“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."

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hillary and Barack Debate in Philadelphia. McCain Wins.

It was not pretty to watch. At moments, I felt unease as if I were at dinner with a couple that started to argue. I just wanted the evening to end. They both lost but Obama lost more. Too bad actually. He does seem to be a pleasant guy. Hillary is far tougher. Ruthless.

Given the choice to throw his pastor or grandma under the bus, Barack chose grandma. He continues and persists with that mistake. It was a good night for McCain.


  1. Brigitte Bardot on Trial for Using Muslim Slur

    Former French movie star Brigitte Bardot went on trial Tuesday in Paris on charges of "inciting racial hatred" by using a Muslim slur.

    Prosecutors asked the court to give the former sex symbol a two-month suspended prison sentence and fine her $23,760 for saying Muslims were "destroying our country and imposing its acts," according to Reuters.

    "I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country and imposing its acts,"
    Bardot said, according to Reuters.

  2. "I may be a lot of things, but I'm not dumb," she stated in response to a question about her exaggeration of the dangers she faced in Bosnia.

    Later, she quipped, "I have a lot of baggage, and everyone has rummaged through it for years."
    Couple of debate winning statements.
    "Bardot has been convicted four times of inciting hatred."

    Well good for her. This latest incident seems to involve writting a letter to Sarkozy. Nothing like a woman that tells the truth and sticks to her guns.

  3. "He does seem to be a pleasant guy."
    Most con artists seem that way.

    One thing my wife and I agreed on was that some murderer on 60 minutes or some CBS deal long ago was one of the most charming and endearing individuals we'd ever seen on TV.

  4. "I may be a crook, but I can get away with it. Vote for me."

  5. Outrage over Berlusconi remarks on immigration

    Italy’s Prime Minister-elect Silvio Berlusconi was running true to form on Tuesday as he basked in his overwhelming victory in the general elections held earlier this week. By declaring that illegal immigrants are “an army of evil” he gave Italians a taste of things to come. There has been a rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment in Italy, especially towards people coming from Romania, Albania, Kosovo, and other parts of the Balkans, with attempts to repatriate Roma gypsies often described as “liars and thieves.”

    In a long press conference, Mr. Berlusconi brushed off criticism that he would be putty in the hands of his key coalition partner Umberto Bossi of the Northern League who has been calling for the break-up of Italy into three distinct federal regions so that the wealthy north no longer has to subsidise the poor south. However, he did say he would “increase neighbourhood police forces who would place themselves between the people of Italy and the army of evil.”

    Mr. Berlusconi’s remarks caused tremendous outrage and prompted Walter Veltroni of the Democratic Party who lost the election to remark: “I am horrified by his statements so far. His words do not add up to a good start.”

  6. If you've been conned really well, you're shocked when you find out.

    "My, and he seemed such a nice young man, too."

    Which reminds me when years ago I got conned by a nice young man working out of the L.A. airport. Said he had lots of farm merchandise to sell, cheap. Had gotten my name off a farm list of some kind. I was suspicious. I know you're suspicious, he said, let me send you some cheaper stuff to show what I can do for you. So I bought a couple cases of grease. It arrived. Good stuff, cheap. Couple more orders of other stuff, then wham, he screwed me good. What a nice young man he was.

  7. Romania, Albania, Kosovo.

    Axis of Evil.

  8. "She is in my view a real femme fatale; one in which the man will always in some sense be a victim, yet ever afterward have been grateful for the chance to have been stomped all over."

    Wretchard said...

    "I got into a discussion about Carla Bruni and argued that what set apart all real femme fatales wasn't their great beauty or intelligence (which she has in spades) but the ability to suggest a drama in which the targeted man was unwittingly recruited into casting themselves. I think Carla Bruni has the ability to frame her lover's universe.

    The most powerful sorcery is that of suggestion. A real magician can create a mythical world in which you are willing, almost eager to participate in. Looking at Carla Bruni, I get the sense that she can cast herself in many roles. But her most powerful talent is being able to pull you into a drama of her own scripting. She is in my view a real femme fatale; one in which the man will always in some sense be a victim, yet ever afterward have been grateful for the chance to have been stomped all over.

    Barack Obama's great power is the story he has written not only for himself; but for us too. And many find this drama so compelling that he has gently led them onto the stage and given them speaking parts. Someone who analyzed Obama's speeches noticed that his rhetorical universe was peopled with losers who are about to be redeemed. The lady who ate mustard and relish sandwiches. The woman who couldn't sleep nights thinking of her nephew in Iraq. We feel we know these people; but we put out our hand and touch only the things that Barack has painted for us.

    It is his universe which attracts. The man himself is the spellbinding playwright who sustains the magic. We don't want him to go away; we don't want to wake up. Obama is a very powerful politician in that way. He leads us to a land of myth and in case you think I consider that a bad thing, let me say that Winston Churchill was that sort of conjuror too. He made people imagine they were different from themselves. And he led them through the nightmare. When they woke up, it was to a ruined, but victorious England.

    If knew what Obama was; in whose service his magic was employed I might be tempted to throw in. But there is in him a secret self, which may better or worse than the one I see. If I knew, but then I don't."

  9. Mrs. Obama’s America

    Michelle strikes, &c.

    Michelle Obama is an amazing piece of work, as chronicled by Mark Steyn in the current issue of National Review. She seems the perfect product of a soft-Marxist education (the same education I received — only I am not a perfect product, obviously).

    Couple of points on her most recent remarks. She told an audience, “Folks are struggling like never before.” I realize hyperbole is common on the campaign trail, as in ordinary conversation, but come on: the Great Depression (for one, obvious period)?

    In addition, Mrs. O. said, “. . . when people talk about this elitist stuff, I say, ‘You couldn’t possibly know anything about me.’ So let me give you a better sense of who me and Barack are and why we’re doing this.”

    Maybe she’s proving her non-elitism with bad grammar . . .

    Barack Obama is a very flexible politician — and flexibility, of course, is an important political ingredient. The flag lapel pin is on, the flag lapel pin is off — and then it’s on again. Kind of like Hillary’s name: The “Rodham” is in, the “Rodham” is out, the “Rodham” is in the middle — etc.

    Got a letter from a friend, wanted to share it:

    "I was driving through Poughkeepsie today and saw an Obama sign prominently placed on someone’s front door and an “American” flag hanging next to it. The flag was the usual stars and stripes, but in “African” colors: black, green, and gold. It startled me, and its implications are huge and a bit frightening. The race divisions in this country are sickening to me, and show a lack of spiritual and political maturity. Any thoughts?"

    Yes: I agree.
    --- Jay Nordlinger

  10. Hillary Clinton On Southern Working Class Whites In 1995: "Screw 'Em"

    In January 1995, as the Clintons were licking their wounds from the 1994 congressional elections, a debate emerged at a retreat at Camp David. Should the administration make overtures to working class white southerners who had all but forsaken the Democratic Party? The then-first lady took a less than inclusive approach.

    "Screw 'em," she told her husband. "You don't owe them a thing, Bill. They're doing nothing for you; you don't have to do anything for them."

    The statement -- which author Benjamin Barber witnessed and wrote about in his book, "The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House" -- was prompted by another speaker raising the difficulties of reaching "Reagan Democrats." It stands in stark contrast to the attitude the New York Democrat has recently taken on the campaign trail, in which she has presented herself as the one candidate who understands the working-class needs.

    "I don't think [Obama] really gets it that people are looking for a president who stands up for you and not looks down on you," she said this week.

  11. Dennis Perrin
    has a nice little post up. The Barry Crimmins read ,that Dennis references, is pretty good as well. Here is what Dennis had to say:

    "Barry Crimmins is always good for a rough laugh -- sorta like Rip Taylor, except Barry throws lacerating barbs instead of colorful confetti -- but every now and then, he settles into essay mode, foregoing the gag in favor of reflection. Barry's latest is one of his best, and it instantly spoke to me, having experienced the redneck vibe at point blank range for much of my young life. With all the pious noise over Obama's "elitist" disdain for the unwashed and bitter, it's necessary to emphasize what polite society plays down: there really are violent, bitter, stupid white working (and non-working) people who are not only alienated from the political process, but hold delusional ideas about what's actually going on.

    In short, Obama is right.

    I've been around rednecks for as long as I can remember. Working on cars, shooting guns, drinking cheap beer, getting into fights, every stereotype you can name I've either witnessed or participated in. I lost my virginity to a farm girl who was incredibly dumb and incurious, but was very pretty, sexy, and knew how to fuck. I nearly had my face blown off by a drunk hillbilly friend who waved his shotgun around at a party, squeezing the trigger just as I turned my head away from both barrels, shattering a window, making my left ear ring for a couple of days. (This was in a real redneck part of town; amazingly, no one called the cops.)

    I was both attracted to and repelled by this and related scenes. While I hated the ignorance, racism, fag-phobia, and casual violence (fights would break out over nothing, sometimes just to kill boredom), I liked the honesty, earthiness, and most importantly, the sexiness on regular display. There was little if any pretension. I didn't run into that until I moved to New York and began mixing with a more educated crowd. Urban bohemians, most of whom had college degrees, strained to be "real." To rednecks, it came naturally. Being uncomfortable in my own skin, that aspect appealed to me, and there was a period when these were the only people I socialized with. After trading a few punches with a bigger guy in his driveway, I was accepted by him and his friends, and didn't have to worry about getting my ass kicked by jocks, as these guys had my back.

    After moving away and becoming more politicized, I'd return for visits and hang with some of the old crowd. Most remained exactly where they were when I left, and were put off by my reasons for living in the big city. They were solidly pro-Reagan, despite his assaults on working people, and they didn't want to hear that they were being lied to and used. Makes sense. If you have nothing save some hazy sense of patriotism, you sure as hell don't want to lose the only thing that feeds your identity. Politicians play on this need, catering to redneck biases under a phony "populist" banner while serving those who actually finance their careers. The negative reaction to Obama's rather tame comments shows just how strong this bullshit tactic is, though it appears that Obama will not be hurt by acknowledging reality. Still, I don't see a lot of white working people voting for Obama -- or for that matter, Hillary. John McCain is perfect for most of them, especially those who fly POW/MIA flags in their front yards or on their porches. The religion of militarism remains too intoxicating for many rednecks to resist. If they're not enlisted, they wear the camo-gear in solidarity. I see this every day. It's pretty fucking depressing.

    While working as a cleaner, I continued my conversations with blue-collar whites, and the thing that always mystified me was their belief that by owning guns, they could stave off the government if necessary. This is a gun culture conceit that has no basis in reality. The very militarization that rednecks revere is an essential part of the American police apparatus. When someone would talk shit about blasting federal agents, I'd remind them of Waco. The Branch Davidians fought off an ATF assault, killing four agents and wounding 16. Once that happened, their death sentence was secured. There was simply no chance that a bunch of Christian fanatics were getting away with that, the Second and Fourth Amendments be damned. The Branch Davidians were gassed, burned alive, shot up, and bulldozed into the charred earth. So much for fightin' The Man.

    A few of these guys would scoff at my Waco example, saying that they were better shots than the Branch Davidians. But most would fall silent and shake their heads, their fantasies about armed resistance reinforcing their powerlessness, which in turn made their fantasies even more necessary. Bitter? Hell, that's the least of it."

  12. Bobal,

    I've been puzzling a bit on your fondness for nuclear energy. Have I got your thinking right on the subject?

    We should build more nuclear plants because:
    -Oil is drying up and we won't be able to persist for long using oil based generation.
    -We can master the nuclear fuel cycle so we aren't dependent upon foreign suppliers of fuel.
    -The long term storage of nuclear waste is not a big problem.
    -A nuclear plant may be expensive to build but generation is cheap once built
    -A nuclear plant runs pretty clean

    Have I got it pretty well right?

    If so, why do you want to bomb Iran when they make the same arguments?

  13. Garsh, Arsh, it's hard to argue with that.

  14. Hamas Likes What It Sees In Obama

    During an interview on WABC radio Sunday, top Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said the terrorist group supports Obama’s foreign policy vision.

    “We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said in response to a question about the group’s willingness to meet with either of the Democratic presidential candidates.

  15. "Garsh, Arsh, it's hard to argue with that."

    Bob, youz trying to bait me into an argument? :D

  16. Ash, ol bud, much like Mr. Obama you are confused. We do not cling to guns because we are bitter about our government. We own firearms because we enjoy them. Most dont cling to religion because they are bitter about their government. Many cling to legalism because it gives them a sense of order at a personal level that their government does not. Nor should it. Those that do cling to religion do so until they learn the the basic truth that once you give your life to God and get out of his way he will live through you. No need for religion then. I do agree that there are a bunch of bitter Americans rural and otherwise. Most of them seem to me to be the type that feel that the government should be taking better care of them. A country gent from our lovely Commonwealth once addressed the subject thusly:

    “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

    ~Thomas Jefferson~

  17. So? Osama likes how Mr. Bush has run our mighty military into the quick sand of Iraq and how McCain plans to drive US even deeper into the abyss rendering the USA into a horribly weak state - a superpower with a glass jaw.

  18. joe, that is the problem with sweeping generalizations - there is always an individual to provide a contradiction. There is a difference between saying
    "some poor folk are bitter and cling" and "all poor folk are bitter and cling".

    My above So? was directed to Bobal if there was any doubt.

  19. Ash, deterence might work with Iran. And, it very well might not. There is no certain in that type of argument. At the very least, a nuked up Iran really complicates things. They're not Sweden, Norway. It's probably not going to happen anyway. So relax.

    Habu has been called out over at B.C.

  20. funny stuff

    about Mr Kissinger's one time aide

  21. I be a heck of lot less worried drilling for diesel--

    PLYMOUTH — Police say it’s a 1970s crime wave all over again. Only this time, thieves drilled into gas tanks instead of siphoning to steal fuel.

    Someone cut through a fence at King Collision on Holman Road, drilled holes into gas tanks on a pickup truck and mini-van, and stole 30 to 40 gallons of gas, police said.

    The incident was discovered by company officials just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

    About five hours later, an 80-year-old Duxbury woman discovered that someone had done the same thing to her car.

    Police said the woman parked her car on Aldrin Road Monday night with about three-quarters of a tank of gas.

    The tank was empty when she returned to the car about 1 p.m. Tuesday. When she filled it up again, the gas ran out through three holes drilled into the tank, police said.

    “This is like back in the gas crisis in the ’70s,” Plymouth Capt. Michael Belmont said. “Only then they used siphons.”

  22. "I just said some things that weren’t in keeping with what I knew to be the case.” Hillary

    I laugh every time I think of that.

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  24. Habu.. I found it. Allen called him out once here.i don't think he ever researched his bios.

  25. This?

    A Slow Hand said...

    Send me my $10,000 ass hole and quit picking on the girls:
    On a cached file at Market Watch, he claimed he had a BA in Political Science:

    UF 1970 BA Political Science....UF 1971 MS.. International Relations....USMC 1971-1973.... recruited to CIA 1973-1982......IBM 82-84.....Stockbroker Shearson Lehman Bros/Smith Barney/Merrill Lynch in Montana and Florida.."
    At Belmont Habu has a BS in Political Science:


    Age: 60
    Gender: Male
    Astrological Sign: Aries
    Zodiac Year: Rat
    Industry: Investment Banking
    Occupation: Retired millionaire
    Location: Townsend, MT & Orange Park, FL : FL & MT : United States
    About Me
    Former US Marine & CIA officer. Marketing manager for IBM Beverly Hills , CA and finally broker for Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch. NO cildren. Married> Wife with Master in Computers and a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do..also never defeated in any of the 20+ tournaments she entered while she fought.(i do all honey do's promptly) BS Univ of Florida Masters International Relations Florida"
    Habu over at Market Watch he claimed to be in the marines from 1971-1973. Over at Maggies farm, he posted this..."I joined the Corps in 1968 as a platoon leader and went to Vietnam, where, after several months I was recruited by the CIA because I had the right stuff."
    Here is what he posted over at Maggies Farm:

    "First off I grew up as the son of a Marine Aviator Colonel who was at one time Chesty Puller's G-2, prior to his aviation days where he won the Navy Cross and multiple DFC's.

    I joined the Corps in 1968 as a platoon leader and went to Vietnam, where, after several months I was recruited by the CIA because I had the right stuff. I was undercover with them for over ten years, traveling to every continent on the globe, mostly alone. I was all over Laos,Cambodia, and Vietnam, Chile, Angola , just to name a few. I never got caught and I was damn good at what I did. I have a masters in International Relations, am now retired at 60 and own a place in Florida, a place in Montana, a million bucks in the bank and no debt. Following my CIA time I worked for IBM in Beverly Hills ,CA before going to work for various Wall Street firms, where I made lots of money.

    Now how does that sound? I've never met anyone in my life with the type of experience I have and those who know me tell me they haven't either. I have picture of my first birthday party at El Toro where I am being bounce on the knee of Pappy Boyington who was our next door neighbor. I've known truly great men all my life, leaders, the best of which was probably Gen. Vernon Walters (CIA) who I reported directly to for several years. I know my shit.

    At 60 I can still bench press 300 pounds and my Remington 700 is still very accurate.

    Now, son, what was your question about my qualifications to give lessons?
    #11.1 Habu on 2008-01-30 19:38 (Reply)

    What a worthless lying sack of shit.

    4/17/2008 10:38:00 AM

    A Slow Hand said...

    See what I mean. If she can't prove her point with fact then she attacks your source or goes a bit psycho.

    She's a piece of work."...

    Then there are some psychos that have to play make believe....
    "Now how does that sound? I've never met anyone in my life with the type of experience I have and those who know me tell me they haven't either. I have picture of my first birthday party at El Toro where I am being bounce on the knee of Pappy Boyington who was our next door neighbor. I've known truly great men all my life, leaders, the best of which was probably Gen. Vernon Walters (CIA) who I reported directly to for several years. I know my shit."...

    Platoon leader! Semper fi my ass.

    4/17/2008 11:04:00 AM

  26. Bob's advice on bios is keep it simple. Nobody's going to call me out on the years spent on the John Deere:) Which were real years on a real John Deere

    Gotta run.

    I never said things that weren't in keeping with what I knew to be the case.

  27. How about me working in a TJ quote when the proprietor is in Charlottesville? Or was that yesterday...*pats self on back either way*

  28. what are you volunteering for Joe?

  29. Re: Habu

    Just watched that debacle over at BC. Let me, somewhat, paraphrase Deuce's intro to this post:

    It was not pretty to watch. At moments, I felt unease as if I were at dinner with a couple that started to argue. I just wanted it to end.

    What a shame. What a bloody shame. And all so unnecessary.

  30. Vic, did you see the latest? Habu tried to erase his biography and change it.

    Slowhand found it in Google's cache and reposted it. Habu says Slowhand is doug. Where is Doug?

  31. The irony is Habu has been torturing "T" for pretending to be someone she is not. All she did was change her screen name. I never heard her ever say anything about her history al all, let alone re-create it.

  32. I agree Viktor.

    In the immortal words of that great American, Rodney King, "Why can't we all just get along?"

  33. You're a bunch of REMF AF types.

    That was funny!

    Rhinos and RFB's one and all.

  34. Never drove by a Class 6 store in my military career, stopped at each and every one.

  35. Interesting that they all take it so seriously.

  36. I always found Habu interesting. He is a good writer. He will get over it and be back again.

  37. "I always found Habu interesting."

    Upon relaying a political opinion of my teenage daughter's, habu responded by asserting that he could find out where we live and go all Cape Fear on us. That's something other than interesting, never mind that it's a delusional bozo's empty threat.

    NO Marine officer that I have ever known; NO case officer that I have ever known would ever respond in such a fashion. Nor ground force guy.

    It's not that he's full of crap, though. It's that he's full of crap and full on jackass.

  38. Critics excoriated ABC on Thursday for its televised Democratic presidential debate, slamming the network for "shoddy, despicable" moderators who they said favored Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama and dwelled on "gossip" instead of issues.


    At times during the debate Obama grimaced in clear discomfort as the spotlight shone on such issues as his fiery pastor, his relationship with a 1960s radical and his remarks about small-town voters.


    Howard Wolfson, another Clinton spokesman, said: "In an ideal world, I wish we could conduct our campaigns on questions of policy and policy differentiation. We've learned that campaigns are about much more than that."

    Democratic Debate

  39. Trish: NO Marine officer that I have ever known; NO case officer that I have ever known would ever respond in such a fashion. Nor ground force guy.

    Thank the Maker for Amendment 2, Trish.
    You don't "join the Marines as a platoon leader" you join the Marines, become a rifleman, and work your way up from there. Three years as a Jarhead you might make corporal. A platoon leader is a Lieutenant. The CIA doesn't recruit grunts, they recruit college kids. A "BS" in International Relations is just that, BS, especially when Habu's idea of relating is "nuke 'em all".

  40. On the heels of yesterday's endorsement of Senator Barack Obama, the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA) President Ray Schoenke today responded to a challenge issued by Clinton for President Montana state director Matt McKenna by saying that he would be glad to discuss the unfounded allegations against Senator Barack Obama that he supports the banning of all handguns, "at any place and at any time."

    "I am ready and I am anxious to share a platform with Mr. McKenna, at any place and at any time to discuss these important issues to hunters and shooters and to all those who respect the Constitution of the United States," said Schoenke.

    Schoenke continued, "As Senator Obama once again confirmed at last night's Philadelphia debate, he firmly believes the 2nd amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms and has never supported the banning of all handguns. AHSA believes all American sportsmen and sportswomen should take Senator Obama at his word on this issue."

    American Hunters and Shooters Association

  41. Yeah, you receive your commission, after four years of ROTC, for instance at the U of Florida. Joiners are enlistees, in their own language and in the language of the military.

    Habu had "the right stuff." What does he believe "the right stuff" was?

    He oughta know. He was at Perrrrry.

  42. My dad was in Vietnam in 68. On the ground and in the air (ran into a little trouble over the latter). Handsome young 2LT, FA. Too bad they can't swap stories.

  43. Deuce

    Habu thinks Slow hand is Doug. It ain't Doug.

    Habu is really a very bright guy although, I hasten to add, that I disagree with his worldview.

    It is no small irony that Habu, in his soul, doesn't believe in his own intelligence otherwise he wouldn't have to bolster his opinions with his inflated resume. And he is betrayingly defensive!

    This is not how self-confident people act. Habu doesn't realize how his personal comments undermine his claims about his personal history.

    There is another person who comments on this site, someone of extraordinary intelligence, who could learn a lesson from this sorry episode. If only they could accept themself for who they are instead of inventing this succession of alter egos.

  44. Open your eyes deuce. No one makes a mistake about the years they were in the service. The timelines are simply lies. Habu is a pathetic loner who is a Walter Mitty enabled by the internet. He is all over any blog and it is always the same. If you need more links, say the word. I have plenty more, but don't encourage the likes of him.

    I am not doug. I like to lurk, rarely comment, but have had enough of Habu. So should you.

  45. "I never heard her ever say anything about her history al all, let alone re-create it."
    You missed the Homosex Child Porn Chronicles?

  46. Maybe Hyeana would be so kind as to be reborn as miss T, and repost those passionate, orgasm filled epistles?

  47. I do not approve of him. I do not miss him. I am the Rear Echelon Mother Fucker Air Force type to whom he refers. He is obsessed with the EB, because those who post here see right through him.

  48. Viktor Silo: If only they could accept themself for who they are instead of inventing this succession of alter egos.

    It's a defense mechanism, I think. One time that person worked all the way up to Silver Cluster and was destined for great things and then all the air was let out of the balloon.

  49. Doug said: Maybe Hyeana would be so kind as to be reborn as miss T, and repost those passionate, orgasm filled epistles?

    Come again?

  50. Aenea said...

    Come again?

    Reminds me of a joke I heard many years ago.

    Pat: Do you remember the movie made by Linda Lovelace called deep throat?

    Mike: Yes, but I never understood what it was about.

    Pat: The girl, played by Lovelace had her clitoris in her throat and she had to have sex orally in order to achieve an orgasm.

    Mike: Oh.

    Pat: Did you know she had a sister?

    Mike: No, I didn't.

    Pat: She had an unusual location for her clitoris, too.

    Mike: Where was it?

    Pat: In her ear. She made a movie about her sex life, too.

    Mike: What was it called?

    Pat: (cupping ear) Come again?

  51. habu was alwaays good for comic relief,as he claimed to surrport Mr Bush, but would badmouth every one of the tactics that Team 43 used in pursuit of victory in the War on Terror or the Battle of Iraq.

    Predetermined that the tactics would fail, but surpported with gusto their use, though failure was preordained, by habu.

    Always thought that a bit skewed, myself. Skewed, like habu, himself.

    Never a "real" Marine, by his own account of what a "real" Marine was.

  52. 6:36

    Absolutely, Whit.

    I have fought the tax man on property taxes, and, believe it or not, the tax man has not always won. You need good Idaho republican county commissioners, though, to have a fighting chance, around here.

    I fought my way, after a corkscrew landing, and dodging sniper fire all the way, past the maddening crowds, into Rosauer's Grocery Store today, to get at that $1.99/gal milk. Limit One. The wife and I, working in tandem, scored 4 gallons.:)

  53. Baby Out: Philippines Doctors’ Rectum Surgery Video

    PHILIPPINE doctors are in good spirits, laughing as they remove a 6-inch long canister from the male patient’s rectum.

    “Baby out!”
    says one medic as the object is removed.

    The doctor then removes the canister cap and sprays the contents toward the crowd of nurses and doctors viewing the procedure.

    A video of the event can be seen after the break.

    The patient is not best pleased at having his less good side shown to camera. Lawyers have been instructed to act on his behalf.

    Dr. Jose Sabili, president of the Philippine Medical Association, told The Associated Press the group will conduct an investigation if a formal complaint is filed and doctors found violating medical ethics could be suspended or expelled from the association.

  54. Ah, gawd, Habu is back, this time as

  55. Doug, in case you miss the reference, some folk were thinking you might be Habu, earlier. I've never believed that for a moment.

  56. Rosauer's..

    There's a blast from the past.

  57. I've sworn the same on Rev Wright's Bible.

  58. I thought doug was slow hand and habu was everyone else except trish.

  59. It gets lonely out there on the tractor, and the mind wanders....

  60. You're ALL avoiding the Surgical Subject!

  61. "However, we found broad agreement ... that Al Qaeda had regenerated its ability to attack the United States and had succeeded in establishing a safe haven in Pakistan's" border area, GAO stated.

    GAO also found that while individual federal agencies, including the Defense and State departments, have efforts under way to address the problem, they do not have a single coordinated strategy "that includes all elements of national power — diplomatic, military, intelligence, development assistance, economic, and law enforcement support."

    In 2006, the Bush administration began developing plans to ramp up anti-terrorism efforts in the region using such tools as development and public diplomacy. According to GAO, the plans devised by the Defense and State departments and USAID still lack final approval, including from the Pakistan government, as well as money.

    GAO Report

  62. Trish, for one, has always believed Doug is a chihuahua.

    (But that reminds me: Some years ago my mother emailed this quiz - What kind of a dog are you? Daughter took it and came out a German Shepherd, the Eagle Scout of dogs. Husband took it and came out a chihuahua. We hate those little yippy things. Too funny. I took it. Came out...a chihuahua.)

  63. Doug: You're ALL avoiding the Surgical Subject!

    My godson is 10 he loves scat humor, I don't.

  64. (My son never took it. Whatever breed might roughly translate as "prospective dictator of a small island nation" would probably do.)

  65. Well, I'd like to make one more comment before hitting the dormatory tonight.

    Some one mentioned on another blog the other day, we shouldn't use the words black, white, yellow, red, brown, anymore.

    Said that it keeps the dialogue going in the same old rut.

    While realizing you can't get away from it totally, in talking about voting patterns or whatever, I agree with that poster.

    As an older guy, who hates to see all this conflict, we here in America should only refer to one another as Americans. Or humans. Or hominids or someting. We should make it not PC to do otherwise. I'd be in favor of that.


  66. Oh, I love basset hounds, sam.

    Why can't I be a basset hound?

  67. Yeah? Maybe we should get together.

  68. Gee Trish has selective memory syndrome about her mother:

    Remembers dogs but not the dog references wrt the mongrelization of our society by the illegal invasionists/reconquistadores.

  69. Yeah, Albob, like in France where you can't criticise M.....s.
    ...or pay up, like BB the sex kitten.
    Maybe that there blog is gonna get an Islamic Moniker?

  70. Lets don't mention tall and short anymore, okay, Bob-al-Harb?
    This Heightism is getting me down.

  71. "Stereotypes are generally true,
    except when one tries to apply them to EVERY member of a group.

    - Dennis Prager

  72. I thot your HomoChildPorn was scat humor, Hyeanea.
    But you insist it was True Grit?