“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, December 31, 2007

All The Best for 2008. Open Bar Tonight.


  1. And I'll raise the first glass to you all. Happy New Year. (and remember, leave the driving to the cabbie).

  2. Happy New Year to all the EBers. I hope 2008 will be a great year for all of you.


  3. i will be starting with Kentucky champagne (Jim Beam, Frankfurt, Kentucky) with a tad of coke

    whiskey before beer or is it beer before liquor?

  4. Liquor in the front
    poker in the rear

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  6. to all of those who appreciate the fruit of the vine...

    or the spud

    or the barley

    to those who refuse to indulge due to "lack of control" I give a pass...

    to those who seek to make it haraam, may allah shove it up your ass....

    happy secular new year...


    the next new year i will celebrate will be:

    Tu B'Shvat the Jewish New Year for Trees January 22

    We Jews are lucky, we get a chinese one, a georgian one, and 4 jewish ones a year...

  7. A New Years Gift from Uncle Sam to the Peace Processes set in motion throughout the ME by the splendiferous Candy Rice:
    Defense Contracts Announced Monday

    CNN - This action will provide Foreign Military Sales of F-16C/D new aircraft for the ( Pakistan ) program for F-16 Block 52 aircraft. ...
    These are our ALLIES!
    Arm em up, so they can move out.
    (I'd think an F-16 would be a more reliable delivery vehicle for a precious Nuke than some Paki Missile)

  8. (If someone could explain the C-17 contract above it, I would appreciate. Appears my sister will still have work, whatever it is.)

  9. ...and we wonder why India makes nice with the Chi-coms and the Persians.

  10. elijah:
    Neither, have a Depth Charge to go with the times we live in.
    I'll be giving a nod to our Hispanic Brethern with a Tortuga.
    (I guess someone invented that in my college days, doesn't seem to be official. At any rate it is Beer and Wine)

  11. Looks like $1.3 billion to keep on keepin' on, doug, it seems

    indefinite delivery ...
    16.501-2 General.
    (a) There are three types of indefinite-delivery contracts: definite-quantity contracts, requirements contracts, and indefinite-quantity contracts. The appropriate type of indefinite-delivery contract may be used to acquire supplies and/or services when the exact times and/or exact quantities of future deliveries are not known at the time of contract award. Pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304d and section 303K of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, requirements contracts and indefinite-quantity contracts are also known as delivery order contracts or task order contracts.

    indefinite quantity ...
    16.504 Indefinite-quantity contracts.
    (a) Description. An indefinite-quantity contract provides for an indefinite quantity, within stated limits, of supplies or services during a fixed period. The Government places orders for individual requirements. Quantity limits may be stated as number of units or as dollar values.

  12. Edwards and Huck are the Two Biggest Slimebags of the bunch:

    "When asked if it is hypocritical to make an announcement about not running negative ads, and then show a negative advertisement to dozens of members of the national and local media, Huckabee said he had to show the ad to prove its existence.

    “I want to show you that we were fully prepared,” Huckabee said.

    The former governor said the ad, which hits Romney on the issues of taxes and abortion, was set to start running in Iowa Monday at noon.

    He said he made the decision earlier in the morning that he does not want to run a negative campaign. As a result, he said he will not run any ads going after Romney or other Republican rivals.

  13. It would be a shame to dismantle that production line, what's a few billion here and there, anyhow?

  14. I'd still put most of my discretionary dollars into A-10's.

  15. "OOOOOHHHH I despise this guy. What a jerk. He’s taken the “I wouldn’t say this about my opponent, but I’ve heard…” thing way too far. He had to show the ad to the press so they knew he had the guts to make one??? Then still pretended to take the high road??? He’s been rattling on about how evil Mitt is for days and called him a liar. He’s gotten personal and you can’t unring that bell. He’s a hypocrite in addition to being totally unqualified.

    I used to think that a vote for Huckabee was a vote for Giuliani, I now think it’s a vote for a conniving ignoramus with no moral core. He’s a Pharisee in the worst way.
    I hope he just goes away. "

    — Posted by Mike

  16. dolf look to bin suckin' on a crack pipe

  17. A woman died and went to heaven. When she arrived, she heard a terrible scream and asked what it was. "You have been preceded by a man who is being fitted with wings, and we need to make holes to attach them," St. Peter told her.

    Later, she heard another terrible scream and asked what that was.

    "The man in front of you is being fitted for a halo, and we need to drill a hole in his head to attach it," St. Peter replied.

    The woman said, "That's it, I'm going to hell."

    St. Peter objected, saying, "But you'll be raped and sodomized down there!"

    The woman replied, "It's okay, I already have the holes for that."

  18. A Memorable Fancy W. Blake

    As I was walking among the fires of hell, delighted with the enjoy-
    ments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity. I
    collected some of their Proverbs: thinking that as the sayings used in
    a nation, mark its character, so the Proverbs of Hell, shew the nature
    of Infernal wisdom better than any description of buildings or gar-
    When I came home; on the abyss of the five senses, where a flat
    sided steep frowns over the present world. I saw a mighty Devil folded
    in black clouds, hovering on the sides of the rock, with corroding fires he wrote the following sentence now percieved by the minds of
    men, & read by them on earth.

    How do you know but ev'ry Bird that cuts the airy way,
    Is an immense world of delight, clos'd by your senses five?

    Proverbs of Hell.

    In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

    Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead.
    The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

    Prudence is a rich ugly old maid courted by Incapacity.
    He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence. 5

    The cut worm forgives the plow.

    Dip him in the river who loves water.

    A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
    He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.

    Eternity is in love with the productions of time. 10
    The busy bee has no time for sorrow.
    The hours of folly are measur'd by the clock, but of wisdom: no clock
    can measure.

    All wholsom food is caught without a net or a trap.
    Bring out number weight & measure in a year of dearth.

    No bird soars too high. if he soars with his own wings. 15

    A dead body. revenges not injuries.

    The most sublime act is to set another before you.

    If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise
    Folly is the cloke of knavery.

    Shame is Prides cloke. 20


    PLATE 8
    Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.
    The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
    The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
    The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
    The nakedness of woman is the work of God. 25

    Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.

    The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea,
    and the destructive sword. are portions of eternity too great for the eye
    of man.

    The fox condemns the trap, not himself.

    Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth.

    Let man wear the fell of the lion. woman the fleece of the sheep. 30

    The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

    The selfish smiling fool. & the sullen frowning fool. shall be both thought
    wise. that they may be a rod.

    What is now proved was once, only imagin'd.
    The rat, the mouse, the fox, the rabbet; watch the roots, the lion, the
    tyger, the horse, the elephant, watch the fruits.

    The cistern contains: the fountain overflows 35
    One thought. fills immensity.
    Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.

    Every thing possible to be believ'd is an image of truth.

    The eagle never lost so much time. as when he submitted to learn of the crow.


    PLATE 9
    The fox provides for himself. but God provides for the lion. 40
    Think in the morning, Act in the noon, Eat in the evening, Sleep in the night.
    He who has sufferd you to impose on him knows you.
    As the plow follows words, so God rewards prayers.

    The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction

    Expect poison from the standing water. 45

    You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than

    Listen to the fools reproach! it is a kingly title!

    The eyes of fire, the nostrils of air, the mouth of water, the beard of earth.

    The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
    The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow, nor the lion. the
    horse; how he shall take his prey. 50
    The thankful reciever bears a plentiful harvest.

    If others had not been foolish. we should be so.
    The soul of sweet delight. can never be defil'd,

    When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius. lift up thy head!
    As the catterpiller chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the
    priest lays his curse on the fairest joys. 55

    To create a little flower is the labour of ages.

    Damn. braces: Bless relaxes.

    The best wine is the oldest. the best water the newest.
    Prayers plow not! Praises reap not!
    Joys laugh not! Sorrows weep not! 60


    PLATE 10
    The head Sublime, the heart Pathos, the genitals Beauty, the hands & feet

    As the air to a bird or the sea to a fish, so is contempt to the contemptible.
    The crow wish'd every thing was black, the owl, that every thing was white.

    Exuberance is Beauty.

    If the lion was advised by the fox. he would be cunning. 65

    Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without
    Improvement, are roads of Genius.

    Sooner muder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires

    Where man is not nature is barren.

    Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believ'd.

    Enough! or Too much

  19. From a member

    (A MESH member who prefers to remain anonymous submits the following comment on the film Charlie Wilson’s War.)

    This is a movie made by a highly sophisticated political and artistic mind, someone—the director—who knows all the arguments and charges and nuances of what this important episode has come to mean to various interpreters. I came away feeling that the film is aimed at four different audiences, the last of the four being the most important.

    The first and most inconsequential audience is people like us, who know a lot about all of the doings covered in the story and who, like me, will find the movie to be a rather charming bad-boy fairy tale comedy involving some preposterous assertions.

    The second audience, I imagine (I’m hardly knowledgable about the cinema “industry”) is the famous 18 to 29 demographic. They will like the sex scenes and proliferation of the F word. They also will delight in the parodies of Washington authority-figures. The battle scenes in Afghanistan will also be attractive to them as almost as good as video games, and about as meaningful. The geopolitics of it all will be utterly lost on them, as they wouldn’t be able to tell you what a “Soviet” was anyway.

    The third audience would be those in East Texas and elsewhere across “real” America, where the story will seem to be a delightfully stirring tale of how a Good Ole Boy from Nagadoches took on the effeminate Washington establishment bureaucracy and whupped those Commies.

    The fourth audience is the one that really matters to those who produced and directed the movie. That would be people like themselves: well-to-do, highly educated, politically active “Progressives” who proclaimed in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 that “We (America) brought it on ourselves.” To them, the underlying story is that the US supply of weapons to the Afghan Mujahedin virtually created the movement which would later emerge as the Taliban, would energize Al Qaeda by proving that holy warriors could win a world-historical victory over a powerful industrailized imperial power, and would launch the religiously-driven terrorist war against America.

    Finally, as an example of the sophisticated fine touch of the makers of this film, there is the vignette early on when Congressman Wilson in the corridor of the House is told that The Speaker wants to put him on the Ethics Committee looking into the charges against John Murtha. Wilson snaps back, saying that the charges against Murtha are baseless. Only those closely following the 2006 anti-Iraq War movement, in which Congressman Murtha’s calls for the US to pull the troops out in acceptance of defeat were central, would recognize that the film makers here are trying to refute the re-emerged criticism of Murtha for being involved in the “Abscam” scandal of the time in which the movie is set. In Charlie Wilson’s War every little scene has a meaning all its own.

  20. WiO, "A jewish new year for trees". I like the sound of that - tree fan that I am.


    On wind power, and power in general, a large problem lies in the inability to effeciently store power. The turbines need turn and produce as the electric demands. They can't generate and store.


  21. Let he who is without sin ...

    Remember the Keating Five?
    McCain’s own standards would have hung him.

    Mark Levin @ the National Review

    "Mr. Keating, his associates, and his friends contributed $56,000 for Senator McCain's two House races in 1982 and 1984, and $54,000 for his 1986 Senate race. Mr. Keating also provided his corporate plane and/or arranged for payment for the use of commercial or private aircraft on several occasions for travel by Senator McCain and his family, for which Senator McCain ultimately provided reimbursement when called upon to do so. Mr. Keating also allowed Senator McCain and his family to vacation with Mr. Keating and his family, at a home provided by Mr. Keating in the Bahamas, in each of the calendar years 1983 through 1986.

    "…[F]rom 1984 to 1987, Senator McCain took actions on Mr. Keating's behalf or at his request. The Committee finds that Senator McCain had a basis for each of these actions independent of the contributions and benefits he received from Mr. Keating, his associates and friends.

    Abscam - John Murtha
    REP. JOHN MURTHA, D-PA.: Now, as I told Howard, I want to deal with you guys a while before I made any transactions at all, period. In other words, I want to say, "Look put some money in these guys." And I, just let me know, so I can say, you know, these guys are going to — they want to do business in our district. Then there's a couple businesses that I'm not personally involved in but would be very helpful for the district, that I could make a big play of, be very helpful to me.

    UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let me ask you now we're here together, I was under the impression, OK, and I told Howard we were willing to pay. And OK, I went out and got the fifty thousand. From what you're telling me, OK, you're telling me that's not what, you know, that that's not what you...

    MURTHA: I'm not interested.


    MURTHA: At this point.


    MURTHA: You know, we do business for a while, maybe I'll be interested, maybe I won't, you know.

    Send some business to my District, but I will not take a Bribe, to paraphrase John Murtha.
    If he had taken the money, he'd have been indicted, he would not take one dime, the money was on the table.

    Work in his District, jobs for which he could take credit. That's what he wanted.

    Same excuse Big John made, with regards Mr Keating, but John McCain, conscience of the GOP, took the money.

  22. The McCains were millionaires at the time, his wife's money, to be sure, but Arizona is a community property State.

  23. Darwin according to Mickster the Trickster Huckabee Huckster:

    After The Origin
    In between movie roles and enjoying chart-topping success with singles such as 'I Like Big Ducks' and 'Darwin's Got A Brand New Bat' Chuck D managed to revise the Origin five times, each one a bit more toned down than the one before it, partly to appease his religious wife. Who also happened to be his cousin. But after a few more years he'd had enough of trying to disguise the logical conclusion that humans are descended from the same common ancestor as all other animals he published 'The Descent of Man' to really piss off the religious establishment.

    Darwin lived out his final days as a celebrity wrestler with a traveling circus.

    His body can now be found encased in granite in the food hall of London's Natural History Museum. Near the toilets.

  24. Desert Links for the Desert Rat:

    Annie Alexander was No Paris Hilton
    (Alexander and Baldwin is one of the largest companies/landowners in Hawaii.)

    Eastern Mojave Vegetation

    Lobo Point

    Balanced Rock

  25. Blake would have been welcome at the Bar:

    "The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
    The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
    The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
    The nakedness of woman is the work of God.

  26. Cheers!
    Here's to the best 2008!

  27. Happy New Years, All.

    And, thanks, again, Deuce and Whit for putting up with a bunch of old reprobates.

    Uh, is my "Tab" still good?

  28. My vote is for Francine for Best Joke of 2007!

  29. Can They Stay Safe?
    Trying for a truce that could save the Americas’ biggest cat.

  30. "I was burning like a torch," says man, after wife lights his penis on fire.

    News Stories of 2007

  31. He drank so much Vodka, his Penis became Flamable?

  32. "Last week he came under fire for using a jet owned by billionaire entrepreneur Vincent Bollore, one of France's most influential businessmen, to fly to Egypt.

    "Nicolas Sarkozy has the right to go on holiday where he wants with whom he wants," Socialist party leader Francois Hollande told Sunday's Le Parisien.

    "But what is not acceptable, is the permanent confusion ... between the private life and public life, personal interest and general interest, private financing and public financing.
    Here we just spend 747 Gazillion Taxpayer's Dollars moving AF-1 around.

  33. I'd take the fire if I could have his date.

  34. "For her part, Sydney looked a bit crestfallen after Chelsea turned her away. But luckily for Hillary Clinton, Sydney's mother has made up her mind to caucus for the former first lady.

    "I like her position on family values and health care. And I think it's time we have a female president," Robyn Rieckhoff said."
    What's her position on family values?

  35. A separate reality

    The Press Trust of India reports Pakistan's government has backed off from an earlier claim Benazir Bhutto died from a concussion.

    In a dramatic U-turn, Pakistan government has "apologised" for claiming that former premier Benazir Bhutto died of a skull fracture after hitting the sunroof of her car during a suicide attack.
    Caretaker Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz Khan has asked the media and people to "forgive and ignore" comments made by his ministry's spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema which were slammed by her Pakistan People's Party as "lies" and led to an uproar at home and abroad.

    The Interior Minister made the apology during a briefing for Pakistani newspaper editors on Monday. Punjab province on Tuesday issued a front-page advertisement in newspapers that offered a reward of Rs 1 crore for information about a gunman and a suspected suicide bomber seen in the photos and video footage of the assassination.

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  37. Buying memory is such a big hassle... You have to search online for prices, sort through which ones are legit, go out to a bunch of shops,compare prices, finally buy your memory, and then hope that the price doesn't drop in the next month or so.

    I've been f'd over by some ridiculous price drops in the past... especially this one time when I bought a Micro SD card for my R4 gaming flash card at what I thought was a steal, only to later see that it had dropped by five bucks in a week's time.

    (Submitted by R4Net for R4i Nintendo DS.)

  38. 2019.08.29台北市政府21日下午舉行酒店工作會報,會中酒店經紀商業處報告北市飲酒店、小吃店裁罰情形,其中有兩家知名酒店業者因違反土管遭罰,柯文哲當場質疑,為何八大行業會有業者明知違規但仍要砸千萬投資裝潢?他是無辜老百姓不知道犯法、還是他們覺得「很穩」?哪一種?最後柯更裁示,要求把該酒店上班的地址送到市長室,「市長去看就好了,我跑去消費一下。」酒店經紀指出,凱冠名店(原富都名店)、晶都名店(原全盛名店)兩店,皆因未辦妥酒吧業許可即營業,經複查後仍經營酒吧業,且同時違反建築法,爰由建管處從重裁罰業者6萬元並限期3個月改善,前者期限為9月28日,後者期限為8月27日,商業處將進行複查並得以連續開罰。聽完報告後,柯文哲直言有疑問,如果要開一個酒店,業者要投資3千萬去做不合法的東西,他怎麼敢?如果開一家老人茶室裡面簡單擺幾個桌子就算了,「花好幾千萬裝潢結果是非法的,我每次都很好奇他怎麼敢?除非他很有把握,不然他怎麼敢?」另外,建管處補充,該兩家業者使用的區域並非酒吧、飲酒店業,已經違反土地使用分區管制,未來解套方就是變更營業態樣,可以透過縮減營業面積的方式,否則就依《建築法》連續開罰,後續還可加重裁處。柯文哲表示,哲以後就是抓到那種裝潢很貴的非法的東西,第一個要問這是誰管這些酒店上班的酒店小姐公安規劃,甚至還追問當地為哪個警分局的轄區。隨後柯說,為什麼可以限期改善?是酒店變咖啡廳?不能營業就是不能營業。

  39. 2020.05.16酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容如果妳沒有接觸過酒店這八大行業,【酒店經紀梁曉尊】我在酒店上班的日子相信包括妳在內,很多人對這行業的第一個想法一定是:「酒店裡面酒店小姐一定有S?一定是龍蛇混雜,裡面 八大行業是哪八種行業呢?的人都是黑社會吸毒!打架、暴力脅迫女生陪睡…」等等電視上看來的畫面。
    其實這跟【酒店經紀梁曉尊】所接觸的職場須知 【酒店PT 】酒店的實際情況有很大的出入。梁曉尊在酒店這行業已經有多年的經驗,到是從來沒有在如此黑暗的酒店工作過,或許妳聽人說到「酒店打工的小姐,如果客人看上了酒店小姐想帶小姐出去,公司就一定會強迫小姐出場!」而事實上就算是十幾年前的老酒店業也很少有這個情況更不用說當今Google資訊如此發達的年代,而且酒店小姐的來源幾乎掌控在酒店經紀人的情況下,如果有酒店以如此方法對小姐施以逼嚇之手段,一定會讓酒店經紀人對這家店嗤之以鼻,為了保護旗下小姐,沒有人會帶經紀小姐去那種店上班,酒店當然不會笨到為了一個小姐出場強迫小姐做她不想做的事而導致店方得罪酒店經紀人,沒有經紀人要帶小姐來這家酒店,導致這家酒店沒小姐來吸引客人,沒客人的結果就是關門大吉!

  40. 2020.06.14付費平台「酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容Swag」充斥素人自導自演的性愛影片,片中的直播主全程無碼演出,時我在酒店上班的日子內容尺度更堪比日本A片,只要粉絲願意付費,就可直接下載觀賞。就有網友納悶不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因,SWAG上的台女作風大膽,連露臉也沒在怕,比起私下酒店上班-酒店兼職-兼差如何達成人生的第一桶金接S的酒店小姐,毫不遮掩,「難道swagger有比酒店妹好賺嗎?」「寧可做swagger不去做酒店是什麼心態?酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?」有網友在PTT八卦板發問,「聽說職場須知 【酒店PT 】酒店妹月收12萬起跳,差不多是一般小公司副總等級了。最近很流行拍動作片放上swag給人家看,都被看光了,臉也露了,難道swagger有比酒店妹好賺嗎?同樣都是S,酒店妹至少隱密性高,不用動腦剪片想梗,swagger為什麼之前都不做酒店?」其他網友留言「喝酒傷身啊,上床不會怎樣吧,而且應該是跟她的熟人」、「工時長,還要一直吃肝藥vs藝術工作」、「swagger可以不用陪噁男啊」、「因為素質太差,連酒店都不收」、「拍片自己可以爽,酒店只能一直喝傷身」、「Swagger很多都修圖的」、「只有AV淪落去風俗的,風俗到AV是人生升級」。不少老司機點出差異,直言「跟男友/炮友上床還有錢賺,屌打酒店賣笑」、「酒店你要給醜肥宅摸,Swagger的對象可以自己選,喝太多酒也傷身體,而且日夜生活顛倒」、「一個上夜班,一個隨你喜好上班,當然後者」、「Swagger月薪不只12萬...遠超過」、「那些人出價約一次就是酒店一個月薪水了」。