“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."

Monday, September 14, 2009

Goodbye Patrick Swayze

How sweet it was.


  1. That scene is enough to turn anyone on.

    Nice choice.

  2. Alrighty then, guess, I'll go try out my new shower head.

  3. Some shower heads are luckier than others.

  4. Dirty Dancing star (and Texas native) PATRICK SWAYZE has died at age 57...

    Here was someone man enough to dance ballet, figure-skate in a Disney ice show, croon the sap-tastic hit single "She's Like the Wind" and make a cornball line like "No one puts Baby in the corner" (from Dirty Dancing) go down in history.

    It was reported in February 2008 that Swayze had "a gastrointestinal procedure" at the Stanford University Medical Center in California and was "doing fine." Later, his publicist confirmed that he was diagnosed in January with pancreatic cancer and was having chemotherapy at the university's cancer center in Palo Alto. Swayze and his wife of 33 years, dancer Lisa Niemi, who both have pilot's licenses, would fly there in their own Beechcraft.

    Swayze, who earned People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive title in 1991, was tough enough to endure aggressive treatment and work six-day weeks to film 13 episodes of "The Beast", an A&E series that premiered Jan. 15. "I do find myself, at the end of the day, riding home sort of catching myself with a smile on my face," Swayze told The New York Times when discussing the series. "I'm proud of what I'm doing."