“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."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Gun Repression in South Africa


  1. A fresh thread demands an OT post.


    After getting hammered in two national elections, the rehabilitation of conservatism takes the form of these flowery paeans about the timeless wisdom of an ideology that is the “negation of ideology.” What a load of gibberish. At what point will these clowns realize that they sound like the Soviet apologists in the late 80’s and 90’s who wanted to tell us that communism didn’t fail, it just wasn’t properly implemented?


    They chose to go down with the ship. Can’t they stay drowned?

    - John Cole

    The death of conservatism. And "conservatism."

    Baby, I'm feelin' it.

    And it doesn't feel bad.

  2. According to the Mayan calendar of unavoidable doom, this is Make Me Care Sunday.

    On Make Me Care Sunday, the politically liberated sit around and enjoy the spectacle of the chronically outraged - you know who are - being driven up a tree by what-the-fuck-ever boogieman it is running loose this week.



  3. They are well, and truly fucked.

  4. On Make Me Care Sunday, the politically liberated sit around the pool.

    Forgot to mention that crucial tidbit.

    Here, have a mow-heee-tow. And enjoy the show.

  5. ..It's over — we're officially, royally fucked..

  6. That a girl, Trish, that's the spirit. Another per mu ta tion on the theme is my old humanity is ungovernable so why even try line. Tho this doesn't go so far as the 12th of Mayan doom it does get you settled in to knowing things aren't getting any better and probably worse.

    Screw the fantasists, we'll sit on the couch and enjoy all the antics of the fools on both sides. We know better.

    Just keep your door locked and a gun handy. Mormons, Obumbleoids, crims in neighborhood, maybe.

  7. I'll have whatever Trish is having. :)

  8. Think globally, hide locally.

  9. For those that still hold fantasies about GE, I'll bring your attention to the following line in the above article:

    "By 2007, the EU had conferred legitimacy to OTS supervision of three mammoth firms — GE, AIG and Ameriprise."

  10. "Everything's gone to the dogs," Frankie Austin said.

    God-Fearing Patriots Turn Out In Orlando, Florida

    These people haven't heard of the new sit-on-the-couch-and-be-still movement that's afoot in esoteric knowing communities around the nation.

  11. Various news organizations have tried to report on the new sit-on-the-couch-and-be-still movement, but always seem to start and end the report with "Nothing much going on here. Back to you Chet."

  12. Well what can one say about the video. Kind of hope old nurse Rachet there gets mugged herself a few times--no permanent damage, mind you--maybe she'd think differently.

    Join NRA now.

  13. March 22, 2009

    Let other states produce California's power

    Clarice Feldman

    As the Democrats make extraction, refining and utilization of traditional fossil fuels increasingly impossible, touting alternative sources, the party's leaders put their own aesthetic NIMBYism first.

    Ted Kennedy has worked to block windmills that might hamper his ocean view.
    Now Diane Feinstein wants to block solar panels in the California desert.

    WASHINGTON -- California's Mojave Desert may seem ideally suited for solar energy production, but concern over what several proposed projects might do to the aesthetics of the region and its tortoise population is setting up a potential clash between conservationists and companies seeking to develop renewable energy.
    Nineteen companies have submitted applications to build solar or wind facilities on a parcel of 500,000 desert acres, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Friday such development would violate the spirit of what conservationists had intended when they donated much of the land to the public.
    Feinstein said Friday she intends to push legislation that would turn the land into a national monument, which would allow for existing uses to continue while preventing future development.
    Maybe suckers in places where people bitterly cling to their guns will agree to be overrun with windmills and solar panels to provide energy to those who demand fossil-free energy in California and Massachusetts.

    no coal
    no nukes
    no hydro
    no solar
    no wind
    no nothin'

  14. no coal
    no nukes
    no hydro
    no solar
    no wind
    no nothin'

    Close down the military bases and turn them into solar farms. :)

  15. Game parks, Mat, game parks. Turn the military bases into game parks.
    Deer, cougars, jackrabbits, all God's creatures. Only cameras allowed.

  16. Them already are, Bob. They just keep the dimwit riffraff who pay for it all, out.

  17. Whit, it would be my sincere pleasure to deliver to you a single, neatly balanced mojito, on behalf of a bunch of people you'll never know. But oughta.

  18. The final judgement is in.

    Chavez Calls Obama
    An "Ignoramus"

    'Ignoramus' was one of dad's favorite words. So and so is an ignoramus. That was the final word on the subject. The nail in the coffin. Ignorante.

    In Latin would it translate as 'we ignore'? Ignoramus?

  19. The darts show a bad day for the market tomorrow. But the pattern was odd, and hard to interpret.

  20. I'd rather be drinkin' Planters Punch, as I've never been much of a mint man.

  21. "I realize there are those who say these plans are too ambitious to enact,"
    Obama said in his weekend address. "To that I say that the challenges we face are too large to ignore. I didn't come here to pass on our problems to the next president or the next generation — I came here to solve them."

  22. "I came here to pass on problems to the next generation that we've never even had before" would be more like it.

  23. RULE 11: "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative."

    Never let the enemy score points because you're caught without a solution to the problem.
    (Old saw: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.)

  24. El Gallo Crows
    You must go... to where the rooster crows.

    Peter Schiff on American "captains of industry".

  25. Looking across the Spokane River as it drains out of Coeur d'Alene Lake by the city. I'm running out of photos to post.





    (you gotta read thru the end) unbelievable

    36 have been accused of spousal abuse

    7 have been arrested for fraud

    19 have been accused of writing bad checks

    117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses

    3 have done time for assault

    71 repeat 71 Cannot get a credit card due to bad credit

    14 have been arrested on drug-related charges

    8 have been arrested for shoplifting

    21 currently are defendants in lawsuits,


    84 have been arrested for drunk driving

    In the last year


    You guess which organization this is?

    NBA Or NFL ?

    Give up yet? .

    Scroll down,


    it's the 435 members of the

    United States Congress

    The same group of Idiots that crank out

    Hundreds of new laws each year

    Designed to keep the rest of us in line.


    Gotta pass this one on!


    Disclaimer: I have no idea if these 'facts' are true or not.

  26. The Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility

    You can't fool ol' Bob, Mat:)

  27. The Ass Backwards Conned Paper Monopoly Money Mutually Finessed Liquid Facilitators

  28. Former Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman has said on Sunday that the center government has been facing multi-faced challenges since 1971 while serous threats are hovering over country.


    She was in favour of sticking to law, rules and regulations instead of ministries or power.

    “Freedom of media and democracy utterly essential for the stability of country”, remarked she.

    Freedom of Democracy

  29. :D

    Better leave some alpacas for the Chinezies to eat. Other they may eat ol' Bob. :)