“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."

Friday, July 03, 2009

A gentleman will always steady a ladder for a lady.


  1. There is NO POSSIBLE way to work Zorro Mastery or Israel into this lede...wanna bet?

  2. Couldn't just let it go and enjoy the view like the boy in blue

  3. EU resolve hardens as British workers face Iran show trial

    Times Online - ‎2 hours ago‎
    Iranian employees of the British Embassy in Tehran face the prospect of a show trial after the regime said that they had admitted conspiring against the Islamic Republic

  4. Well, I got point B, "Zorro's Bar Mitzvah" but you gotta get there from here.


  5. Use Condoms or Make Hitler

    A series of German condom advertisements feature a sketch of a sperm made to look like Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden or Mao Zedong. Their not so subtle message being,
    "Better wrap it up... unless you want to bring evil into the world!"
    The ads are arresting and hilarious, but the self-flagellation inherent in them strikes me as being distinctly German:
    I can't imagine many American dudes susceptible to the suggestion that their sperm wear swastikas, or, to use a more purely American parallel, KKK outfits.
    (Obviously, their sperm have 90 mile an hour fastballs, good looks and a working familiarity with the art of the deal).

    It's a dark take on procreation, informed by an everyday awareness that people can go really, really bad.
    Of course, people can go good as well, and I almost expect to see these images re-purposed for an anti-condom or pro-life campaign, with sperm made to look like Jesus, Abe Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr.

  6. ash's hope for a possee, to serve that ICC writ must be beginning to dim. The African Union decides that the ICC is a racist institution.
    Who'd have ever thought.
    More rhetorical flaunting of whirled opinion by Libya and the other Africans, even after they've been cowed by civilized men.

    Tripoli, Libya (AHN) - Fifty-three countries belonging to the African Union decided not to comply with the International Criminal Court's order to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during their summit in Tripoli, Libya on Friday.

    The delegates also appealed to the United Nations Security Council to delay the arrest warrant for Bashir, whom the ICC charged with war crimes for the alleged death of 300,000 civilians and displacement of 2.7 million people in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.

    "The AU member states shall not cooperate... for the arrest and surrender of Sudan President Omar al-Beshir," said the joint declaration of AU members, who felt the ICC is unfairly targeting Africans

  7. Zorro Mastery seems to be all the rage, here at the EB.

    A Zorro Masterful Bar Mitzvah.

    Gotta luv it, Ms T.

  8. Use a condom, and be sure you're not bringing the next Osama bin Laden, Adolf Hitler or Mao Zedong into the world.

  9. Bat Masterbates.
    Details @ 11.

  10. I've only showered with my clothes on a couple of times.

  11. In a surprise move, Sarah Palin is resigning as governor of Alaska.

    To put her sights on a Presidential run, it seems.

    It's no secret that I like that woman. Will she make some mistakes? Sure.

    A gaff or two? Inevitably.

    Is there a skeleton in the closet? I don't know.

    I wish her all the best.

    What little political money I have is going her way, but it isn't much.

    I hope she becomes the next President of the United States.

    She might, too. I think she might be able to pull it off.

    Go, Sarah Palin!

  12. Rat, you are freaking everyone out. One minute you look like a gang banger from prison, the next like some hallucination of Michael Jackson. Get a grip.

    I can loan you some of my flowers, if you need.

    Or some of my snow scenes from cold old Idaho.

    Maybe a river scene, if that would suit.

  13. The thought has crossed my mind that you are crazy as hell, and might drive up here an shoot me.

    I hope that's not the case.

    But if it is, I really win. It's time God took me anyways.

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  15. teresita,

    Zorro's bris, now that would have been worth paying money to see.

  16. DR,

    Re: Zorro Mastery and Israel

    Not the words, DR, the bickering.

  17. "But if it is, I really win. It's time God took me anyways."
    That's what the lady in the Yellow Alert Video thinks, al-Bob:

    "The Shelter"

  18. Jeez, this reminds me of the night Melvin Gibbs, old Melvin, younger than I, he of the tomato farm, and raises cabbages too, he of the one eye that looks leftward, kinda upward a bit too, from having got kicked by a horse, Melvin and me, Melvin that everybody likes, Melvin, a true feature of the Casino, Melvin of the Casino, who loses every dollar he ever gets, a true hero to the Nez Perce, and, that young lady stretching over, stretching over, o so luxurious, playing Nordic Quest, and Melvin and I getting a hard on, both of us together, even at our age, from that fine piece of pussy, and joking about it a bit, and laughing.

    It's all innocent, if you don't break the law.

  19. This ain't a "Bar." It's an "Old Folks Home."

    Deuce puts up the "Perfect" Ass, and the old farts never miss a beat. They just keep Bickering.

    Since I don't know how to type "one-handed" I'll be back in a minute (or two.)

    :) Thanks

  20. You could go to Gibbs Fruit Ranch, but it ain't on the internet, but it's just up the river, a ways.

  21. Melvin and I ain't bickering, we got no time for that, what you mean?

  22. Midnight @ the EB

    A collection of questionmarks.
    Improbable Entities, stuck together in a pit of darkness.
    No logic, no reason, no estimation
    Just a prolonged nightmare in which fear, loneliness, and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows.

  23. Why shouldn't we have a ticket of Palin/Sowell, or Sowell/Palin?

    I know, Doug says Sowell is too old.

    But I'm not sure of that, really.

    I think that would be a wonderful ticket, an older black, and up an coming white lady.

    First, second, doesn't make any difference.

    What's wrong with this? They both think about the same.

    I'd vote for that ticket.

    A ticket like that would stir things up.

  24. "We're not retreating. We're advancing in another direction."

    Sarah Palin

  25. al-Doug/Palin



    No Problem, bro.

  26. Bobal: Palin: "We're not retreating. We're advancing in another direction."

    Sort of like how the French advanced in another direction all the way from the Maginot Line to the Champs-Élysées.

    Fely likes the second video in this thread but she says the girl in the first one is a slut.