“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."
Having a nice weekend with or without the wife:ReplyDelete
"Rielle Hunter, John Edwards' former girlfriend, left the federal courthouse in Raleigh this evening after nine hours with federal investigators.
Hunter left at 5:40 p.m. with her daughter - Frances Quinn Hunter - an unidentified man, and two federal agents.
A federal grand jury is investigating whether Edwards misused campaign funds as hush money for Hunter."
Who'd have guessed?ReplyDelete
Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama may accept nonprofit health-insurance cooperatives in place of a new government-run plan as long as consumers are guaranteed more choice and competition in buying insurance, a top aide said.
By MarketWatch HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- China Investment Corp., the mainland's sovereign wealth fund, reported Friday in its first-ever annual report that its global investment portfolio suffered a loss of 2.1%, according to a report by Xinhua News ...ReplyDelete
LONDON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - NATO's new secretary-general made a direct call for more troops in Afghanistan on Friday and said training of Afghan forces also needed to be escalated.ReplyDelete
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
Just saw a banner, on MSNBC, saying the AFL-CIO will be sending a contingent to all of these Town Hall meetings, from here on out.ReplyDelete
Things are going to get fiesty.
The democrats show how it is doneReplyDelete
God Bless America!
YouTube - Irate Tea Party Mob Breaks Out in Song at Carnahan Town Hall
Nothing like a good old fashion revolt. I have been around Teamsters and AFL-CIO types all my life. They are a bunch of pussies. No problem.ReplyDelete
Hot Air » Blog Archive » St. Louis town hall Protesters locked out while SEIU is admitted Update “These Members need cover”ReplyDelete
Update: Amanda Carpenter e-mails to point me to Health Care for America Now’s playbook on how to counter conservative protesters at town halls. The money bit:
Another one of Ms. Jorge’s tips is to “Address the [member of Congress] directly with a positive message: Remember, these Members need cover and they are getting beaten up by right wing zealots in these meetings.”
HCAN Communications Director Jacki Schechner said protecting elected officials who support their favored reforms was necessary given the contentious nature of some town-hall meetings.
Ms. Schechner said conservatives are baiting lawmakers into holding town-hall meetings, “so [lawmakers] can get yelled at and they don’t want to feel unsafe and uncomfortable.”
Stacking the audience with friendly SEIU members in lieu of ObamaCare naysayers surely qualifies as providing “cover.” Fun fact: One of the organizations on HCAN’s steering committee is, you guessed it, SEIU.
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40. Foul Harold:
Ordinary people are fed up.
YouTube - No jobs= No recovery
...and all this time Viktor's been telling us he's in Canada!ReplyDelete
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Green Inc.: Carbon Effect of Having a ChildReplyDelete
This is a Most Amazing "Good News" story that caught me Completely Flat-footed.ReplyDelete
Farmers "Quietly Build 1500 Ethanol "Stills"
These small refineries range from 10,000 gallons to 500,000 Gallons/Yr.
Talk about "Flying Under the Radar!"
We could, easily, have 150 Thousand of these.
Combine this news with the Buick announcement of a Plug-in Hybrid, with an advanced Flexfuel Engine, and the Sauds, and the Rockefeller family can "kiss my rusty red Mississipp Ass."ReplyDelete
Knew an old boy from TN, he had a distillery, but he made drinkin' lickor with it.ReplyDelete
That was thirty some years ago, so the simple technology, ain't much to it.
Country boys will survive, them city slickers, they're gonna need some mercy, I do believe.
Michigan Legislature Rep. Arlan Meekhof has introduced legislation that would allow small biofuels plants to operate, so long as not more than 100,000 gallons of ethanol or other fuels are produced annually.ReplyDelete
The proposed legislation also would require such plants to operate on land not adjacent to residential-zone districts, and would make it a "right in any agricultural district" to operate ethanol plants, so long as several requirements are met.
If the bill becomes law, the 200,000-gallon Rasch plant would be allowed to apply for a special land-use permit to exceed the 100,000-gallon limit.
I tried to tell that farmer from Idaho that teaming with the University and switching from alfalfa to sweet sourgham with a localized distillery was the way to get an annuity income from his poorly irrigated farmland.ReplyDelete
Decided to go into the McMansion business, instead.
So goes America.
Leaving generations of experience at what works, and diving headlong into the "easy money" of the other fellow's area of expertise.
When the way forward was in tweaking the production, creating a niche product and gaining a Federal Energy/Farm subsidy.
That particular Idaho farm always being a Federally and locally subsidized project. From the initial land grant, to the County Extension Agents and the favorable local property tax rates for farmland.
Should have embraced the lands' heritage, not rejected it for dreams of white picket fences and easy money.
Has anyone noticed it's Friday?ReplyDelete
G_d (h/t allen) gave us Fridays so we could all say, "And? Who gives a fuck?"
Friday? Feels like Saturday...ReplyDelete
Sudden cold weather here, snow down to 8,000 feet, another three dog night.
Joy to the Whirled--
Colombians get a jump on that by one day, which is not covered in the Good Book but nevertheless something in their favor.ReplyDelete
Marine Happy Hour begins in three hours. Depending upon your time zone, of course.ReplyDelete
Did anyone else encounter a "problem" with google. I couldn't access any blogspots for awhile.ReplyDelete
Today is a special day...ReplyDelete
And this day is about Jimmy Carter...
Jimmy Carter is felling happy and wonderful...
He's not the.........
Worst President of America, ever anymore....
Congrats to Jimmy " the dhimmi" Carter
"The White House is in bit of a conundrum because of this privacy statute that prohibits the White House from collecting data and storing it on people who disagree with it," Judge Andrew Napolitano, a FOX News analyst, said Friday.ReplyDelete
"There's also a statute that requires the White House to retain all communications that it receives. It can't try to rewrite history by pretending it didn't receive anything," he said.
"If the White House deletes anything, it violates one statute. If the White House collects data on the free speech, it violates another statute."
Napolitano was referring to the Privacy Act of 1974, which was passed after the Nixon administration used federal agencies to illegally investigate individuals for political purposes.
White House Move to Collect 'Fishy' Info May Be Illegal, Critics Say
AARP Organizers Cancel ‘Listening Session’ After Participants Refuse to ‘Keep Their Comments Quiet’.ReplyDelete
...from me (and maybe the Big Guy)...
Yeah. There's still no forgiving your decent weather and time at the shore.ReplyDelete
Johnny Cash - Wabash Cannonball.ReplyDelete
Oh listen to the jingle
The rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodlands
Through the hills and by the shores
Hear the mighty rush of engines
Hear the lonsome hobos' call
We're travelling through the jungles
On the Wabash Cannonball...
It is Friday. But, I usually don't need an excuse to say, "And? Who gives a fuck?"ReplyDelete
That mixed with happy hour is a cure all for any frustrating day.
Washington Post - Zachary A. Goldfarb, Ben Pershing - 34 minutes agoReplyDelete
The Senate Ethics Committee on Friday dismissed complaints against Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Kent Conrad (DN.D.) that they used their positions of power to obtain special deals on home loans from ...
Right now, it's Dylan and the Band, at the Last Waltz.
May you stay, forever young.
New York Daily News - Tracy Connor - 1 hour agoReplyDelete
Hyperactive pitchman Billy Mays used cocaine days before his heart attack - and it killed him, officials said Friday. Mays, 50, suffered from heart disease but his drug use contributed to his June 28 death, the Hillsborough County ...
Especially when that day ends in a missed call.ReplyDelete
When scientists run amok...ReplyDelete
...The "cloud ships" are favoured among a series of schemes aimed at altering the climate which have been weighed up by a leading think-tank
The project, which is being worked on by rival US and UK scientists, would see 1,900 wind-powered ships ply the oceans sucking up seawater and spraying minuscule droplets of it out through tall funnels to create large white clouds...
'Cloud ship' scheme to deflect the sun's rays is favourite to cut global warming .
Now, THAT'S a "Smart" Phone.ReplyDelete
I also thought Fridays were for talking about things other than, well...politics.ReplyDelete
...and all this time Viktor's been telling us he's in Canada!
Fri Aug 07, 11:13:00 AM
Doug, have mercy on an old man. I don't understand the reference.
However, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the link "YouTube - No jobs= No recovery".
After I clicked on it, my computer crashed.
This was bad timing as I was just about finished translating War and Peace into Urdu. The whole file was up. Sixty years of work. (Started when I was 11) Now it's gone. Vanished into the ether.
This does not augur well for the weekend.
What say you?
See? I need Bob.ReplyDelete
The Brits are getting ready to "Freeze to Death,"ReplyDelete
and they're worried about this nonsense.
Bob just emailed.ReplyDelete
"Tell MLD I called."
Oh, you want to laugh, and watch poor old Bob bleeding on the floor as Rat beats him with stats, and numbers?ReplyDelete
Shame on you.
Johnny Cash says you can run on for a long time, but sooner or later, God's gonna cut 'em down.
Tell Bob, I miss him. Even though, I don't comment here, because I really do hate politics, I do stop by every day to catch up on the daily news, and really enjoy listening to him.ReplyDelete
And on nights like tonight, I can always depend on him to humor me.
I guess you really don't have to tell him, I'm sure he's stalking on his own.
The infrastructure build out report I've got, rufus, gives the cost of the infrastructure by the foot, in 2004 dollars.ReplyDelete
Looks to be about ten bottles of $30 wine per foot of infrastructure. Just to start.
Cloud ships are not politics, that's comedy, in a brave new world.ReplyDelete
It's rather like chasing the devil's herd across the desert sky
missed calls or missed callings are better un-missed.ReplyDelete
It's all about timing. Maybe, I'll get lucky next time.ReplyDelete
I like this version, RatReplyDelete
I'm sure you could make something out of it.ReplyDelete
Ringo. :orne GreeneReplyDelete
Cowboy Bebop: Big IronReplyDelete
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Here you go, den mother, Lee Marvin on John Ford and John Wayne.ReplyDelete
"Doug, have mercy on an old man. I don't understand the reference."ReplyDelete
Fess up, Viktor, we know that's you!
Can't be blamed after what happened to your Urdu.
I went over to BC just to check out Foul Harold and do you know, Doug? I like that boy! He's got major grit.ReplyDelete
However, Doug, old buddy, old pal, I see you've got a video up too. I am Gunnery Sgt. Doug Hartman
Don't try to deny it. Fess up!!
YouTube - 1937 - Mickey Mouse - The Worm TurnsReplyDelete
Little wonder, doug, that after 70 years of that kind of cultural input that steroid use is as rampant as it seems to be.ReplyDelete
Along with the Cap'n America saga.
It's all about the proper mixture and dosage, don't you know.
Better living through chemistry.ReplyDelete
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORNReplyDelete
Published: August 7, 2009.
WASHINGTON — Senator Mel Martinez, Republican of Florida, abruptly announced his resignation on Friday, saying he would step down as soon as Gov. Charlie Crist named a replacement, presumably before Congress returns from its summer recess after Labor Day.
Mr. Crist, a Republican who announced in May that he would run for Mr. Martinez’s seat, is now in the awkward position of selecting someone to finish Mr. Martinez’s term. At a news conference in Tampa, Mr. Crist said that the search for a replacement would begin immediately and that he would not appoint himself.
Mr. Martinez said he was in good health and was resigning to return to private life and spend time with his family.
“This is of my own free will,” Mr. Martinez said, his wife, son and daughter standing behind him at the airport news conference. “There is no impending reason, only my desire to move on and get on with the rest of my life.”
Has 2164th lost his sharp tongue since he is concert meister and no longer posts at the Belmont?ReplyDelete
Boy, you guys sure know how to party.ReplyDelete
It WAS a great party, viktor, just not here. I'm not a regular here but I stop by every once in a while to stir things up. I usually get a better response but, I guess everyone is still mourning over the fact the Bob left.ReplyDelete