“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."

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Obama as joker is racist. Ahem, what about Bush as joker in Vanity Fair?

Racism of course.

It is unknown who created and distributed the image, which some believe has racial overtones because it shows Mr Obama as a black-and-white minstrel in reverse.

The poster shows the US president with white face paint, dark eye shadow and smudged red lipstick above the caption "socialism", in an apparent attack on the US president's efforts to reform health care and stimulus spending.

It is unknown who created and distributed the image, which some believe has racial overtones because it shows Mr Obama as a black-and-white minstrel in reverse.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, denounced the image and called on those behind it to reveal themselves. "Depicting the president as demonic and a socialist goes beyond political spoofery.

"It is mean-spirited and dangerous.

"We have issued a public challenge to the person or group that put up the poster to come forth and publicly tell why they have used this offensive depiction to ridicule President Obama."

Actually, we may have seen this face before, from none other than Vanity Fair:

Art of course.

Drew Friedman: George W. Bush as The Joker
My favorite caricaturist, Drew Friedman, drew this fine portrait of our fearless leader for Vanity Fair. It's titled "No Joke." For more of Drew's terrific portraiture, check his his books The Fun Never Stops, Old Jewish Comedians, and More Old Jewish Comedians, all published by the good people at Fantagraphics.


  1. The selective indignation of American academia, the press, the left, and the coastocracy is contemptuous.

    Their pious pronouncements show them to be what they are, the hollow avatars of hypocrisy.

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  3. There is nothing racist about the Joker.

    But everything is a product of victimhood, now.

    Any policy disagreement, it's racism and hate, that's the root of it, according to oh so many that practice and polish those procedures .

  4. Geithner Is Said to Lash Out at Regulators.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner blasted top regulators in an expletive-laden tirade amid frustration over President Barack Obama’s faltering plan to overhaul financial regulation, Reuters reported, citing a Monday story in The Wall Street Journal.

    A person familiar with the meeting said that Mr. Geithner told regulators “enough is enough,” the newspaper said. The meeting took place last Friday with Federal Reserve chairman Ben S. Bernanke, Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Schapiro and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairwoman Sheila Bair.

  5. Michigan to get big slice of $2.4 billion in battery grants.

    WASHINGTON – Michigan will be the big winner under a $2.4 billion plan to boost U.S. manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicles that Vice President Joe Biden will unveil later this morning in Detroit.

    Michigan gets a larger slice of the federal dollars to stimulate the development and production of advanced batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles than any other state.

    Administration officials said in a briefing that of 48 grants approved under the program, 11 are in Michigan. Details about specific grants weren’t released, but administration officials indicated several automakers were among the winners.

  6. WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Americans appear split over President Barack Obama's health care reform proposals, according to a new national poll.

    Fifty percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday morning say they support the president's plans, with 45% opposed.

    The results indicate a generational divide.

    "Obama's plan is most popular among younger Americans and least popular among senior citizens," says CNN polling director Keating Holland. "A majority of Americans over the age of 50 oppose Obama's plan; a majority of those under 50 support it."

  7. But then, again, there is nothing racist about calling the police stupid, either.

  8. Fifteen months before the midterms, Democrats have major problems in two states - Illinois and Connecticut - while a third, Nevada, remains a potential headache. Republicans, on the other hand, have serious vulnerabilities in four states - Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire and Ohio - and potential problems in two others. But of late, even those Republican vulnerabilities look less daunting than they once did.

    Sizing Up the 2010 Senate Contests

  9. Looks like Charlie Chi-com is firing on all eight, six or four, depending upon your vintage of auto. Those Russell Company boys knew their stuff, their markets and their resources.

    Can China save the Whirled?.

    With the U.S., Japan and all of Europe mired in the worst global recession in 30 years, China has shown a restorative strength that six months ago many doubted it had. A devastating slump in exports crippled growth late last year, but on the back of a $586 billion government stimulus program — about 13% of GDP, spread over two years — China has snapped back. The economy grew 7.9% in the second quarter and will now probably expand 8% or more this year. Evidence of increasing momentum appears almost every day. Factory production has begun to edge up, in part because Chinese consumers continue to spend money at a healthy pace. Auto sales, helped significantly by government subsidies for small-car purchases, hit an all-time record in April and will easily surpass those in the U.S. this year. Overall, retail sales in China this year are up 16%.

  10. But BHO is a stone cold racist:
    If the garbage mouth revs cesspool is not the equivalent of a kkk meeting in your mind, that does not change the fact that it is a house of race hate.
    To take young kids to such a place indicates a very sick specimen, indeed.

  11. Co-ops can compete — and garner votes needed to pass health reform.
    By Kent Conrad.

    My proposal would create health care cooperatives to provide competition for the private insurance industry. The co-ops would be a public-interest alternative, but consumer-controlled, not government-run.

    Cooperatives are a highly successful business model all across our country. Ace Hardware, the Associated Press and rural electric co-ops are all examples. Group Health, in Washington state, is a successful health care co-op with 600,000 members.

    Those who say co-ops will not work ignore the health insurance market reforms we are implementing. Health care experts tell us the co-op model will do very well in the newly competitive health markets that will result from health reform. They predict that co-ops will capture 12 million customers, which would make them, collectively, the third-largest health insurer nationally

    Senator Grassley and Senator Conrad, reaching across the aisle, to create compromise and ...


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  13. It was not a house of hate, or the Queen of TV would not have have remain a parishoner there for decades. too. It seems reasonable based on the circumstantial evidence that Wright's bombastic sermons spewed forth in the latter years of his religoous career, not spanning the entire 10 years the Obama children attended the church. The change in Wright's message the possible cause, if one were looking for motive, for Oprah to have left the congregation, when she did.
    There is no proof to the contrary that I have seen.

    To claim racism you have to have some actions that Obama has taken, that were motivated by race, and that case has not been made.
    It is not thoughts but actions that are judged, here in the US.

    Your case of his association with a Marine veteran is not enough.

  14. Liberals' birther obsession: It's the left-wing, not the GOP, that's pumping up the story.
    By James Kirchick.

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  16. The Elephant Bar

    All Desert Rat, all the time.

    He pontificates, you decide.

  17. Gotta have commentors. Otherwise, who could you disagree with?

  18. Srep in and step up, murray.

    You obviously know how.

    Nothing to stop you from adding to the noise.

  19. OK, Rat, I'll bite. You say he isn't a racist? Try Bigot. If you look at the definitions of the 2 he fits that one much better.

    Bigot/teleprompter in chief. Has a nice ring to it....

    Host: coastacracy...nice!

  20. I'll vote for racist/bigot, Marxist/Fascist. Anyone got any problem with that?

  21. Yeah,
    You left out that he want's single payer!
    Other than that,
    Good Job!

  22. George Sodini
    July 23, 2009:

    I just looked out my front window and saw a beautiful college-age girl leave Bob Fox's house, across the street. I guess he got a good lay today. College girls are hoez. I masturbate. Frequently. He is about 45 years old. She was a long haired, hot little hottie with a beautiful bod. I masturbate. Frequently. Some were simply meant to walk a lonely path in life. I don't usually look out, but just happened to notice. Holy fuck. I have masturbated since age 13. Thanks, mum and brother (by blood alone). And dad, old man, for TOTALLY ignoring me through the years. All of you DEEPLY helped me be this way.

    I wish I can go back to 1975 and fix things. Awe, that wont work, big BULLY BROTHER would assert his bull shit. He was twice my size. He never messed with guys bigger than 5'10, or so. He is a PUSSY at heart. Remember, Michael is my brother (we have common parents, that's all) is still a BOSS. Repetition only for emphasis: HE IS ONLY A BULLY, even at 50ish! Never forget that! Because he exudes confidence. People believe bull shit if delivered WITH CONFIDENCE. Get it??

    On the same thought, things occured to me today. Michael NEVER had an attractive girlfriend. Debbie, Barb, Kim, ... then I lost track. Not to say I had any (execpt Pam, who was about a 7.25). He married a Chinese-descent, petite woman with no body, no ass, no chest and no personality. She never laughs or smiles, neither does he. But she is highly intelligent and an excellent cook. I can testify to that! She home bakes her own DELICIOUS wheat bread! But who cares about that type of small bull crap? Mike even mentioned when we were visiting dad that "she's not very attractive".

    I don't know where I am going with this. I am getting tired, feels good to write and get it all out.

    On still another thought, I had 20+ years of sobriety and achieved nothing about friendships, girlfriends, guys, etc. Zilch. What a waste.

    Bye, for today.

    August 2, 2009:
    The biggest problem of all is not having relationships or friends, but not being able to achieve and acquire what I desire in those or many other areas. Everthing stays the same regardless of the effert I put in. If I had control over my life then I would be happier. But for about the past 30 years, I have not

    August 3, 2009:
    I took off today, Monday, and tomorrow to practice my routine and make sure it is well polished. I need to work out every detail, there is only one shot. Also I need to be completely immersed into something before I can be successful. I haven't had a drink since Friday at about 2:30. Total effort needed. Tomorrow is the big day.

  23. I could see a case for bigot, gag.
    Thoe policy positions, no argument with them.
    Though more of a die-in-the-wool Federal Socialist than a Marxist.

  24. Where do you find these kind of storylines, doug?

    Where are you surfing and why, pray tell?

  25. Oh, I see, that was the shooter, in PA.

    Could have mentioned that, doug.

  26. From yesterday:

    linearthinker said...
    "...I pity that future that won't ever experience the sweet feeling of motoring in a vehicle with a large internal-combustion engine running on heavy fuel."

    Come over to my joint, I've got something for you.

  27. Do you do much daily driving, viktor?

  28. Damn those Charlie Chi-coms all to hell ...

    China's authorities have scattered 200kg of rodent contraceptive pellets across the Tibetan plateau to control what they describe as a "plague of desert rats". The growing number of rodents have been blamed for destroying fragile high-altitude grasslands and accelerating the spread of deserts. Biodiversity experts warn, however, that the extermination campaign could worsen the problem of soil degradation and the poisons could damage other parts of the plateau ecosystem.

  29. Charlie Chi-com is out to exterminate the rat! Has he been lurking at the bar?

  30. Chinese try to curb 'plague of desert rats' in Tibet with contraceptives .

    They will fail in their attempt at genocide. The Chinese desert rats will burrow deep and successfully fornicate, bring forth a new generation of rats. Much to the dismay of Charlie Chi-com and the peddlers of nonconsentual contraception.

  31. desert rat said...
    "Do you do much daily driving, viktor?"

    Actually, I have two daily drivers. A Pontiac Sunfire for driving around town during the day and the Mustang for late at night.

    During the summer I drive it about 200 mi/wk. I put it in storage from mid-Oct to mid-April.

  32. "It is starting. Open mockery of Barack Obama, as disillusionment sets in with the man, his policies, and the phony image of a race-healing, brilliant, scholarly, middle-of-the-roader."

    Read the rest here

  33. There is a scene from The Departed where Jack Nicholson smells a rat. It is on Youtube. Some one please post.

  34. Nice car, Vik.

    I've always liked Fords, esp. Mustangs. I rode in one similar to yours a while back. Not nearly as well kept, but quick.

  35. Bob it seems Bob is AWOL, MLD.

    Rumors persist he's joined another club where he regales his new friends with tales of Lolo Pass past.

  36. AWOL, MLD, what is this, the fricken Military?

  37. "Oh, I see, that was the shooter, in PA.

    Could have mentioned that, doug.
    That's No Way to catch a Rat!

  38. That's a shame. I like, Bob. I had to go back about three weeks to see what happened. I guess he couldn't take the verbal diarrhea anymore, so he left.

    Next time I'm in Idaho, I'll have to look him up.

  39. In my best Terminator accent: "HE'LL BE BACK!!

  40. Bobal was a pretty flighty, purty darn tender. It might be a good thing that he wasn't here to read that Allen spends significant time in Hilton Head presumably playing some golf. I remember Bobal getting all worked up that I would play golf, even in places not my home town, and he about blew a gasket when he found out I had a sailboat.

    then, if you dared to diss his darlin' Palin, look out...

  41. I thought maybe since she stepped down he was off to Alaska to hunt her down and pursue his life long dream to be by her side.

  42. Just for a split second, though.

  43. linearthinker said...
    "Nice car, Vik.

    I've always liked Fords, esp. Mustangs. I rode in one similar to yours a while back. Not nearly as well kept, but quick."

    Just so we're clear, Linear, the picture is not of my car. It's a stand-in until later.

    My car looks tougher, is tougher. My car would say to that car "Grab your ankles sweetheart and kiss your ass goodbye."

    Metaphorically speaking, of course.

  44. My car would say to that car "Grab your ankles sweetheart and kiss your ass goodbye."

    IOW: Get in. Belt up. Hang on and shut up!

    ...another bumper sticker from the long ago days that's still around,

    "Gas, grass, or one rides for free!"

  45. My car looks tougher, is tougher. My car would say to that car "Grab your ankles sweetheart and kiss your ass goodbye."

    Men in Black

    ...with white shoe polish on the windshield?

  46. I am sure that MLD can be very influerntial.

  47. linearthinker said...

    "Gas, grass, or one rides for free!"

    Forget the grass or the ass, I need to pay for gas!! :-))

    You also said:

    "Men in Black

    ...with white shoe polish on the windshield?"

    I don't usually get caught on popular culture references but this one has me stumped.

  48. BTW, Linear, just in case you missed my comment from a couple of days ago: congrats on the overhaul!

  49. I AM a very powerful woman. But it takes time for some people to realize what they're missing.

  50. It was not the golf or the player, it was the money. The Class Warrior was against the rich bailing out the US government, was against sailing and golf and thought that $30 USD was way to much to pay for a bottle of wine.

    Why that could buy two bottles of Barcardi, we were told.

    Now Gene, he could afford a good bottle of Ripple.

  51. ...with white shoe polish on the windshield?"

    He did a nurse on the front seat and made her keep her shoes on?... Just a guess

  52. ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (CNN) -- Former US Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana was convicted Wednesday on 11 of the 16 corruption charges against him in a case that included the discovery of $90000 in his freezer.

  53. The Associated Press - ‎10 minutes ago‎
    CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday his government will buy dozens of Russian tanks because Venezuela feels threatened by a pending deal for the US military to increase its presence in neighboring Colombia.

  54. NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp, which is trying to stem newspaper revenue declines, could charge for access to its news websites by the middle of next year, and might break off its relationship with Amazon.

  55. - Wes Goldstein - ‎17 minutes ago‎
    You have to admit, the spectacle surrounding the future of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes is a lot more intriguing than watching the team on the ice.

  56. Republican Sens. Kit Bond of Missouri and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire broke with the party to announce they'd vote for President Barack Obama's nominee, saying while they may disagree with her, she's well-qualified to be a justice.

    "There's been no significant finding against her, there's been no public uprising against her," said Bond, who is retiring. "I will support her, I'll be proud for her, the community she represents and the American dream she shows is possible."

    Gregg said in a statement released by his office that politicizing the confirmation process — as he argued Democrats did when they blocked GOP nominees in the past — "undermines the public's views of our courts and the integrity of our judicial system.


  57. That Jon Kyl, just did not wait a week, to see results.

    Phoenix co. getting $100M in stimulus funds.

    by Sandra Haros/KTAR (August 5th, 2009 @ 4:00pm)

    Ecotality Incorporation, a Phoenix based company instrumental in electric car infrastructure, is getting nearly $100 million in stimulus funds.

    President and CEO Jonathan Read says the funds will go toward building nearly 13 thousand chargers that will go in homes and business.

    "We're going to make it easy for people to charge their cars where they work, where they play, where they eat and at home," Read told KTAR's Sandra Haros.

    He says this is going to change the lives of those who buy electric vehicles.

    "When you get a Starbucks, when you get a McDonalds, when you go to Wal-Mart, you will be able to plug in charge and get a substantial charge in 15 minutes," said Read.

  58. While some were bemoaning the lack of doctors, some of US were opening Medical Schools.

    The Arizona Republic.

    For the first time, students from UA's downtown Phoenix medical school are making the rounds at Valley hospitals.

    Students from the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University began making rounds in late July.

    University of Arizona has had a Tuscon medical school for 40 years, but in 2007, it opened a Phoenix campus at 550 E. Van Buren St. with 24 first-year students. The downtown campus school now has 119 students. That initial class of 24 students starts its third year this fall.

  59. 2164th said...
    "...with white shoe polish on the windshield?"

    He did a nurse on the front seat and made her keep her shoes on?... Just a guess"

    Knowing you, Deuce, that's probably spot on.

    My wife started out as an R.N. I've got the car. Hmmm.

    Was it you who did the pushin'
    Left those stains upon the cushion
    Footprints on the dashboard
    Upside down?

  60. Here's a breakdown from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) of which automakers are getting the biggest share of business from the clunkers program:

    General Motors 18.7%
    Toyota 17.9%
    Ford 16.0%
    Honda 11.6%
    Chrysler 10.6%
    Nissan 7.0%
    Hyundai 6.6%
    Kia 3.8%
    Mazda 2.3%
    Subaru 2.2%
    Volkswagen 1.9%
    Suzuki 0.4%
    Mini 0.3%
    Mitsubishi 0.3%
    Smart 0.2%
    Volvo 0.1

    There are thosee Swedes, pullin' pooper scoopin' duty.

  61. Allen doesn't play golf.

    Going way out on a limb here, I don't think bobal's complaint had as much to do with the game as the player. Shocking, I know.

  62. Question: How much will I save?

    Answer: $3,500 or $4,500, depending on the type of vehicle you trade in and the difference in fuel economy between that car and the new one you buy or lease.

    Q: Which "clunkers" are eligible?

    A: Any vehicle weighing 8,500 pounds or less, as long as it was built less than 25 years before the date you trade it in;

    Q: Can I use the credit to purchase a used car?

    A: No. It applies only to new ones.

    Q & A

  63. "Men in Black

    ...with white shoe polish on the windshield?

    I'll let this run for awhile. It's more fun than I expected.

    Somebody's bound to get it sooner or later. The nurse was a good guess, but the ones I've seen lately all wear sneakers it seems.

  64. Here's exactly what Cash-for
    -clunkers will accomplish in three short points:

    1. Folks needing a reliable used car, for whatever reason, are going to pay hundreds of dollars more. Look around at the people needing cars in that lower cost range. The program just screws the folks needing a hand instead of a kick in the ass.

    2. Some morons who shouldn't be buying new in the first place are going to get in over their heads because, after all, look at the free money they're getting from the government.

    3. A few folks who don't really need a federal handout are going to reap a windfall just by virtue of the fact they were planning a purchase anyhow, and along comes Cash-for-Clunkers.


    It smells. Any intrusion of government into the free market stinks, but this absolutely reeks.

  65. wow, all that time on Hilton Head Island and no golf...that's weird.

    Bobal, well, he may have objected to the player, but, in general, it was the wasting of huge amounts of cash that seemed to get his goat. Like, man, can you imagine, 30 bucks for a bottle of wine???

  66. I saw your compliment, Viktor. I apologize for not acknowledging it then.

    Progress continues. Weight was down to 224 last evening, after a few hours pulling and hauling away slash from some brushing we did last year. Rehydration brought it back up, but it's always encouraging to see those little bits of progress.

    By the way, what do you use to put your numbers on the car at the dragstrip?

    The numbers on the windshield.

    Of the black car?

  67. New Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said he is determined to reduce civilian casualties in Afghanistan to an absolute minimum.


    Shortly after landing at Kabul airport amid very tight security, Mr Rasmussen - who replaced Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as Nato chief on 1 August - went to the presidential palace to meet Mr Karzai, and the pair spoke for an hour.


    Mr Karzai said recently he was prepared to talk to Taliban leaders. He said this was not a new position and he was prepared to enter talks with any group, provided they were not agents of al-Qaeda or terrorists.

    Afghan Deaths

  68. Re: weird


    It is probably also weird that, having spent years in St. Louis, I don't bowl either.

  69. The No. 301, 1.5 percent issue, a key indicator of long-term interest rates, ended morning interdealer trading with its yield up 0.005 percentage point from Wednesday's close to 1.435 percent.

    The price of the key September futures contract for 10-year bonds lost 0.11 point to 137.58 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

    Traders said some buybacks of the safe-haven asset kicked in amid speculation that a 30-year bond auction held midmorning would go smoothly.

    US Rates

  70. "Much of this legislation doesn't go into effect until the year 2013 because it takes a long phase-in period, so what's one more week or one more month when our goal is to get it right?" Grassley said.

    "Instead, we will work to develop a nonpartisan bill that will not lead to the nationalization of health insurance, which you do through a public option."

    Grassley also said he opposes Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court because she is a "judicial activist" who "believes you ought to be able to legislate from the bench," and warned that the cap-and-trade plan being pushed by Democrats would lead to the export of all manufacturing in the U.S. to China.

    Nationalization of Healthcare

  71. In addition to passengers, the vessel was also carrying cargo for the outer Tongan islands including a new ambulance and vehicles for the hospital in Vava'u, a spokesman for the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia said.

    The inter-island ferry service is a lifeline for the widespread Tongan islands. The 34-year-old Princess Ashika was put into service earlier this year to replace the passenger ferry Olovaha, which was deemed no longer safe.

    The vessel was to be a stop-gap measure until 2011 when a new ferry, currently under construction, is due to go into service.

    Ferry Sinks

  72. "Just one or two minor economic figures for a single month are unlikely to change" the market's recent optimistic view about the prospects for a U.S. economic recovery, said Masashi Hashimoto, a senior analyst in the global markets sales and trading division at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

    "By looking at movements of stocks, it does not seem that (recent optimism) has receded," Hashimoto said, adding the bullish market sentiment on the economy is likely to remain unchanged unless jobs data and other key economic figures clearly show the recovery trend has changed.

    After briefly rising to the lower 95 yen level, the dollar was directionless around the 95 yen line ahead of the release Friday of U.S. employment data for July, dealers said.

    Stock Rises Pare Losses

  73. Linear

    "By the way, what do you use to put your numbers on the car at the dragstrip?

    The numbers on the windshield.

    Of the black car?"

    I don't race the black car.

    As for the stuff itself, it is a wide windshield marker (1 1/4") with white water based paint.

    Now this is in reference to Men In Black right. But I'm still stumped.

    The little grey cells, they are on strike.

    Help me, Linear, hellllp meeee.

  74. Ok, Viktor. The sooner it's done and you ridicule me, the quicker it's over with.

    The "men in black" came to mind when I saw that Mustang you said was like yours, but not quite.

    So, I assumed you raced a black Mustang, with all those cryptic letters on the windshield...applied with a white shoe polish applicator.

    Tracks of nurses feet on the inside of the window have more panache (pen-ash as I saw on a memorable vanity plate in Ketchum some time ago, and it stuck, bein' kind of a down home feller).

    We can let Doug groan now, and all get on with life.

  75. Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had asked the government to explain its policy on the Honduran crisis.

    Like the voice of one small boy who has the temerity to point out the Emperor has no clothes on, it seems to me.

    Chalk up one more mark against the exalted One and his ill-advised foreign policy gaffs. It's all about damage control now.

    U.S. appears to soften support for Honduras' Zelaya

  76. How very cryptic of you Linear.

    You do know that you'll have to pay for this, don't you?

    Rest easy, Linear.

    While you can. Heh, heh, heh.