“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."

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Swim suit contestants then and now.

Some of the blogs and papers are making a big deal of the girls in the current 2009 swimsuit competition as if there is something new about toned bodies in woman. Having dated a few swimmers and track stars when I was in my twenties I do recall a toned body or two. My investigation confirmed my suspicions with this 1936 photo. Remove the suits and not much else has changed.

Swimsuit contestants 1936

The Current Crop is Below

Jennifer Lynn Hepner, Miss Montana, Elise Davis, Miss Idaho, Natalie C. Shaw, Miss New Hampshire, Emily Ann Cox, Miss Kentucky, and Karissa Renee' Martin, Miss Ohio

Gretchen Bergquist, Miss Nebraska

Miss New York Leigh-Taylor Smith


  1. Reminds me:
    I ran across a bizarre article about a south american beauty of 21 that got some frigging infection, and lost her hands and feet and now is fighting for her life.
    On a lighter note, a caller to Dennis Miller:
    Vietnam PBR Vet lost his arm from the elbow down when they blew his little dinghy out of the water.

    This last Christmas, his sister gave him a clapper!

  2. You remember your dates from the mid-thirties?
    Congratulations, gramps!


  4. This last Christmas, his sister gave him a clapper!

    I can make the sound of one hand clapping. It's easy. Ya look like a fool, but it's one hand clapping. Otherwise, zen is cool.

    In Greece they have their own one handed clapping. Finger snapping, Doug. Deuce will remember.


    If you're interested in fishing, Trish, get some light spinning gear and a couple of panther martins. Try those cool Columbian mountain streams. Who knows, maybe pirana would like the panther martin. Wouldn't that be something?

  5. Juan Valdez can guide you.

    We watched "Clear and Present Danger" last night. That river gorge just begged to be fished.

  6. "If you're interested in fishing, Trish..."

    No, but thanks much.


  7. Fuck, I think that has been memorized in my house.

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  9. Cutest GD Seal I ever seen.

  10. The Plain Truth about Glorious Carbon Dioxide

    Okay, children, let’s all sit up straight at our desks.

    We are going to begin 2009 with a lesson about carbon dioxide (CO2). Why do we need to know about CO2? Because the President-elect, several of his choices for environmental and energy agencies, the Supreme Court and much of the U.S. Congress has no idea what they are talking about and, worse, want to pass legislation and regulations that will further bankrupt the United States of America.
    Do I have your attention now?


    Here’s what you need to know; if an increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) is directly related, i.e. causes changes in the Earth’s temperature, there would be a direct correlation between the two. As CO2 rose, we would see a comparable rise in the Earth’s temperature. This correlation does not exist.

    Global warming liars, however, insist that CO2 builds up on the atmosphere over a 50 to 250 year period, but this is untrue. “Every year around April, increased CO2 absorption by plants in the Northern Hemisphere starts reducing the CO2 in the atmosphere,” notes Ashworth, “and the reduction continues until around mid-to-late August when plants start to go dormant.”


    Here, then, is a fundamental fact about CO2 you need to commit to memory. “Nature absorbs 98.5% of the CO2 that is emitted by nature and man.” Nature is a totally self-regulating mechanism that dwarfs any mindless effort to “control” the amount of CO2 produced by coal-fired utilities, steel manufacturers, autos and trucks, and gasoline fueled lawn mowers, not to forget fireplaces where logs glow or just about any human activity you can name, including exhaling two pounds of the stuff every day!

    “Further,” says Ashworth, “no regulation by man is necessary because CO2 is not a pollutant; it is part of the animal-plant life cycle. Without it, life would not exist on Earth. Increased CO2 in the atmosphere increases plant growth, which is a very good thing during a period of world population growth and an increasing demand for food.”

    “Taxing carbon,” Ashworth adds, “would do absolutely nothing to improve the climate but would be devastating hardship to the people of the world.” For example, U.S. Representative John Dingell’s plan to tax carbon would add 13% to the cost of electricity and 32% to the cost of gasoline; just what we need during a Recession that threatens to become a Depression.

    Much more at:

  11. ...I think that has been memorized in my house.

    That's all? I thought you were in the movie. That wasn't you relaying messages for Jack?


    Cherish those memorized anticipating the actors by a half second...

    ...Negative, Ghostrider, the pattern is full...ZOOMMMM!

    Or, words to that effect. Just had this same conversation with gf last night.

  12. One secret of fishing is to get where everybody else isn't.

    This can take some real doing, if you're poor.

    If you're rich, like Cheney, you can helecopter in, but this ruins the spirit of the quest.

    For instance, one time some mates and I figured we'd hit a high mountain lake, outside of McCall, Idaho.

    Got all our shit packed up in an old sedan, and headed out.

    Thirty five miles into the adventure, I hit a rock in the Forest Service road, that punched a small hole in the gas tank, right by the muffler. This caused a great deal of discussion, and some fear for the guy sitting in the back seat, and we kind of sorta patched it up and made it back to McCall, and changed cars.

    Half the day is gone, now.

    Mid afternoon, we make our jump off point.

    God Almighty, it's way over there, that lake, down the valley, up the other side, then, way, way, way up.

    And, this is one hell of a Big Valley, and, it's way way up, on the other side.

    This was in August, and still, a little snow, way up on the peaks.

    We're young.

    Going down wasn't so bad, but going up was a bitch.

    A real bitch.

    The hard part was the chimney, only way up, and Jeff, leading at the time, touched off a rock that tumbled down, missing me, but almost getting Harmsworth, who later in life ended up playing for the Salt Lake Symphony Orchestra. I mention this, cause he was the only one of us who accomplished anything. "Rock" we screamed, and, as luck would have it, there was a little ridge H. was able to dive into, otherwise, he'd be toast. Ten ton rock missed his right temperal lobe by about two inches, going real fast.

    Finally making it up to the plateau, we continue on, and the mosquitos begin to attack. The third feller, Jeff, had torn his pants by his crotch, and, the skeeters zeroed in on that, and he got his balls bit bad.

    Finally made camp, right at sunset.

    Classic moose on the other side of the lake.

    That night, one hellacious thunder, lightning and rain storm. Scared the living shit out of me, big bolts coming down, just aiming right at ME.

    But, in the morning, it was blue sky, and really wonderful. Absolutley paradise, Eden.

    These fish, all planted years ago, and not by the Idaho "More Pickup Trucks Than Employees" Fish and Game Department, but by local folk, were huge, BIG MOTHER FUCKERS.

    They would cruise round and round the shoreline of that lake, which was maybe thirty, forty acres.

    I had a flyrod, put on a really small fly. WHAM! Eighteen, twenty incher hit. Played him, brought him in.

    Ate him for lunch.

    Caught a bunch of others, as we all did, and put 'em all back.

    Well, it's wonderful, but a young man's game. Their are dozens of lakes like that, high mountain lakes, around McCall. Hundreds, in Idaho. There are some down in Nevada too, and in Oregon, unknown to the maddening crowd.

    If you see Cheney coming in on a helicopter, shoot him down.

    Rat proposes that we sell off the National Forests to pay the debt.:(

    I propose we sell off Rat, instead:)

  13. In another generation, these "Swim Suit Girls" won't be wearing a single stitch, if trends continue.

  14. I saw the article you mention, about the girl, too, Doug.

    Really a sad thing, why do things like that happen?

  15. Radio Spreads Taliban’s Terror in Pakistan
    A Taliban leader daily addresses the residents of Swat on banned activities and names those killed for violations.
    Above, Taliban punished a man in the Swat Valley.
    Bobal is punished for hate thoughts about 'Rat!

  16. Really a sad thing, Doug, that beauty queen dying.

    I don't know what it's all about.

  17. We lost one of our best doctors, a guy about thirty-five with a wife and two kids.

    After all those years of medical school, and after.

    Then he goes into the woods with his kids on a couple of snowmobiles.

    Blue sky day, gets off, and is killed by a falling tree.

    We live in a world that is chaotic, contingent.

    I don't know how to explain that.

    Though I have read some deep philosophy from former ages, maintaining the world had to be as it is, other wise we would have nothing to struggle against.

    No real way to move forward, it what they are saying.

    It's a real world, that's for sure, we can all agree on that.


  19. Pretty models,I like the swimsuit that they wear.

  20. umm...old man needs to check his eyes. The chicks today are way more toned than those soft-serve chicks from the 1936 photo. I think he has myopia.