“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."

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Valentine's Day Shopping Ideas


  1. I am getting pissed...

    How did you get video of my wife AGAIN?

  2. Which one's the wife, curious minds want to know.

  3. The one that's not the girlfriend.

  4. I got my Valentine's Day gift early.

    From the United States Government.

    How often does that happen?

    You-Know-Who-You-Are has been told to unass his office.

    Enjoy your unexpected retirement.

  5. Subject: FW: men!

    For all those men who say, Why buy a cow when you can get milk for free. Here's an update for you: Nowadays, 80% of women are against marriage, WHY? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage.

    Men are like....

    1. Men are like Laxatives . They irritate the crap out of you.

    2 Men are like. Bananas The older they get, the less firm they are.

    3. Men are like Weather Nothing can be done to change them.

    4. Men are like Blenders You need One, but you're not quite sure why.

    5. Men are like Chocolate Bars Sweet, smooth, & they usually head right for your hips.

    6. Men are like Commercials You can't believe a word they say.

    7. Men are like Department Stores . Their clothes are always 1/2 off!

    8. Men are like .. Government Bonds .. They take soooooooo long to mature.

    9. Men are like .. Mascara . They usually run at the first sign of emotion.

    10. Men are like Popcorn They satisfy you, but only for a little while.

    11. Men are like Snowstorms You never know when they're coming, how many inches you'll get or how long it will last.

    12. Men are like Lava Lamps . Fun to look at, but not very bright.

    13. Men are like Parking Spots All the good ones are taken, the rest are handicapped.

  6. Peaked at 114'. It's in the record books. New record. On the way down now.

  7. In one of Joseph Campbell's books, the abos were reported to have danced for days in 156 degrees, only a few fainting once in a while. Sam's got it made in the shade.

  8. (Actually, I would take a summer in AZ over a summer in the SE US, given the choice. Provided a good swamp cooler at reasonably close reach.)

  9. It's not enough to just be alive in an accident that wasn't the airlines fault----

    US Airways passengers get $5,000 each; is it enough?

    Rescuers search the Hudson River on Jan. 15. No lives were lost. "But passengers lost luggage, briefcases, cellphones, BlackBerrys and business documents, and went through a terrific ordeal," a safety advocate says.

    Many US Airways (LCC) passengers who endured a crash landing in the Hudson River 12 days ago say they appreciate the $5,000 that the airline has offered — but some say it's not enough.
    Joe Hart, a salesman from Charlotte who suffered a bloody nose and bruises, says he "would like to be made whole for the incident."

    It's too soon after the accident to determine what emotional distress he has suffered, he says.

    He's one of 150 passengers who were dramatically rescued Jan. 15, when the Charlotte-bound Airbus A320 jet safely ditched into the frigid river off Midtown Manhattan. A pilot on the plane told air-traffic controllers that birds struck the plane before both engines failed after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport.

    After the crash, US Airways sent passengers a letter of apology, a $5,000 check to assist "with immediate needs" and reimbursement for the ticket.

  10. (Humidity is the scourge of man.)

  11. It's all what you're used to. In the Himalayas, the shamans can sit in light cloth, and melt the ice with their body heat at 10 below.

  12. "It's all what you're used to."

    I suppose so, bob.

    To redheads with fussy hair, humidity is the devil himself.

  13. And whatever causes redheads pain and suffering, is not good for the rest of mankind.

  14. :)

    True, Trish. I'll bet Colombia is pretty danged humid. Been to Malaysia. That's the most humid place I've ever been. Hard to describe. Thick.

  15. It's not humid, not tropical, in Bogota. Though it rains most every m****er f***ing day. A different, but persistent complaint.

    You would think the State Department could do something about that. Alas.

    But Barranqilla or better yet, Melgar...Holy cow. That's like Deep South times 5.

  16. We've got Hillary now.

    You never know.

  17. I can't find that quote about 156 degrees, but I know that's what was said. Didn't believe it at first, but then thinking about the temperatures in Iraq, and our soldiers, I started to think, well, maybe....I believe he was quoting someone else's research or report, maybe the thermometers were a little off....

    I think it's humid in Ohio, so that shows what I'm made of.

  18. Hillary and Obama, they can fix that rainfall for you. What's a little rainfall in comparison to the entire climate of the earth, and the sea levels? Just a local adjustment is all you're asking for.

  19. I'll keep my umbrella handy. : )