“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."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mike Duvall, California Republican sends his regrets

"Cher, Shar, Shar -- oh, she is hot. I talked to her yesterday. She goes, 'So are we finished?' " Duvall says, adding that he replied no. He continues: "And I go, 'You know about the other one, but the other one doesn't know about you.' "...

On the tape, Duvall describes the "little eye-patch underwear" worn by one of the women. He refers to the age gap between her and him, after a recent birthday made them 18 years apart. "Now, you're getting old, man, I am going to have to trade you in," he said he told her.

The assemblyman has decided to resign.

Duvall had a 100% score for his voting record on issues of concern to the Capitol Resource Institute, a conservative, self-described "pro-family" advocacy organization.

They denounced the lawmaker.

"It is always disappointing when a champion of traditional values does not practice the same in his private life," said Karen England, executive director of the institute.

Some GOP leaders were relieved by the resignation. for enquiring minds that need more details.

"little eye-patch underwear"


  1. Pity the lobbyist's husband who would certainly be aware of his wife's fondness for the "eye-patch."

  2. deuce,

    Thanks for sharing!

    A picture is worth more than a thousand words...Nothing moves so much as the silky sheen of fabric on flesh...

    From now on, all my friends are gonna be eunuchs.

  3. I am rather fond of the "eye patch"

  4. Hell, all this time I was interested in the eye socket, not the patch.

    Silly me.

    But then we'd never get into the Public Libraries, lookin' at the real deal, instead of just the patch.

  5. This is going to be a HUGE story: How ACORN really works — the movie
    [Andy McCarthy]
    Run, don't walk, to Breitbart TV, to watch hair-raising clips of ACORN in action.

    This is an undercover investigation of how Alinsky-style community organizing works, meaning it's a tutorial in how to violate the law.
    It's one thing to hear about it and know it's going on.
    It's quite another to watch it in action.

  6. Russia and China say they are studying the new package proposed by Iran to resolve the standoff over the country's nuclear program.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday submitted the package to the Ambassadors of China, France, Germany, Russia and Switzerland, on behalf of the US, and the British chargé d'affaires in Tehran.

    Russian foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said on Thursday that the Iranian package needs "expert evaluation".

    "The document should be studied, it contains quite a lot of arguments which require expert evaluations," AFP quoted Nesterenko as saying.

    Nesterenko said Russia would be discussing the package with the Group 5+1 to reach agreement on "how to evaluate the document".

    Russia, China studying Iran's nuclear proposal

  7. Now the Federal Socialists can effect political outcomes in Germany, through Government Motors.

    Bloomberg - Tony Czuczka, Brian Parkin - ‎31 minutes ago‎
    Sept. 10 (Bloomberg) --

    General Motors Co.'s decision to back Magna International Inc. as the buyer of its European Opel unit may give Chancellor Angela Merkel a campaign boost before German elections on Sept.

  8. Anyone else wonder if her lips move, when she reads?

  9. DR,

    As a gentleman of substance, you naturally elevate the conversation to the young woman's literacy asking, "if her lips move when she reads."

    I, an inconseqential oaf, gravitate to the base question of whether her lips move when she breeds.

    It is the diverse, motley richness of EB's tapestry of opinion that keep sock puppets coming back ;-)

  10. I am sure, allen, that they move when she breaths.

    As for breeding, that is another issue, entirely.

  11. Duvall had a 100% score for his voting record on issues of concern to the Capitol Resource Institute, a conservative, self-described "pro-family" advocacy organization.

    In the end, everybody got what they wanted: CRI got a hawker for its "issues of concern"; Duvall got family values cover for his extracurricular activities; and CherShar and her counterpart got to fuck a Congressman.

    Walt Disney couldn't have done it better himself.

    All we're missing is the schmalzy musical score.

    OTOH, 2nd Amendment organizations must thank their lucky stars every day of the week that the odds of giving a thumbs-up and implicit endorsement to a Senator or Representative who turns out to be a long-time PETA member and Michael Moore plaything, are really quite small.

  12. DR,

    Not wishing to belabor the matter over much, you know she could be a nose breather? That does open up another avenue entirely (as it were).

    Trish, as to the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms has been firmly established. The Constitution does not contemplate keeping the firm bare arms of lobbyists.

  13. Someone must have disabled your humor function, allen.

  14. This fiasco should be a lesson to Repubs: Stay off any committee that is remotely "Green". Repubs should stick with things they understand, like the Clap and Chlamydia Committee. And, hey, how about advocating the natural born right of every American male to Cialis (talk about a firm issue for '12)

  15. trish,

    Some days you get the bear; some days the bear gets you.

  16. Or as my father once had on his office wall, accompanied by a pen-and-ink beleaguered, charred knight: Some Days The Dragon Wins.

    I find the thought of "issues of concern" being pressed by individuals who've never known a junket sans hookers promptly provided by the host government, for instance, wildly funny.

    Must be H. L. Mencken Day.

  17. off topic...

    Former US IAEA envoy: Syria may have several nuclear sites
    Sep. 10, 2009

    Syria may be operating more nuclear sites, apart from the reactor at Deir Azour which was bombed by Israel on September 6 2007 in what came to be known as Operation Orchard, former US envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Gregory Schulte told Channel 10 Thursday evening.

    "I think there were other activities that gave us concern, that gave the IAEA concern… IAEA inspectors actually asked to go to a number of other sites, and the Syrians wouldn't let them go there; they claimed they were military sites. They claimed the uranium particles that the inspectors found at the destroyed reactor came from Israeli bombs," Schulte said.

    In the past, the Syrian accusation was brushed aside both by the IAEA and Israel, as the uranium used to strengthen the metal of shells is of a different type than the uranium used in producing nuclear energy .

    Schulte went on to criticize the conduct of Mohammed ElBaradei, the Egyptian-born outgoing IAEA chief who has been accused by Israel many times of being biased.

    "I tell you Mohammed ElBaradei was not happy ... he was mad at Israel, he was mad at the United States; he didn't express any discontent about Syria."

    Schulte added that ElBaradei issued a statement following Operation Orchard, "where he sort of deplored Israel's unilateral action, he deplored the late provision of intelligence which was a direct slap at the United States."

    Moving on to the issue of Iran's nuclear pursuit, Schulte said the Islamic republic was using a tactic of stalling to the West while continuing to work on its program.

    Iran is always trying to buy time," he said. "The question is, can you sort of convince them to stop doing that, convince them that they have to negotiate seriously... so the trick is to convince them that the opportunity to buy time is running out and the need to negotiate seriously." Iran needs to "show a willingness to suspend these activities," he said, referring to enrichment of uranium, a process which can serve to produce electricity but also to build a nuclear weapon, Schulte added.

    Earlier Thursday, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Teheran's envoy to the IAEA, suggested that any negotiations with Western powers would not address the Islamic republic's nuclear program, according to a report carried by Iran's state-run al-Alam television station cited by Reuters.

    "Teheran is prepared to have fair and substantive talks about various problems, including the guarantee of access by all countries to nuclear energy and preventing the proliferation of nuclear arms," Soltanieh reportedly said.

    "But these talks do not include Teheran's nuclear program and legal activities in this connection," he was quoted as saying. His came just a day after Iran presented world powers with a proposal for new talks, facing a US threat of harsher new sanctions if it fails to begin negotiations in earnest by the United Nations' General Assembly meeting at the end of September.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ruled out negotiations over uranium enrichment, the UN's central concern regarding his country's nuclear program.

    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday gave a package of proposals to diplomats representing the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany in a meeting in Teheran attended by journalists.

    The proposals came as the UN nuclear watchdog agency was holding a meeting in Vienna, Austria.

  18. Mencken would understand.

    There is no humor in this at all.

    It speaks to the state of a spiritually bankrupt nation, one having abandoned any pretense of decency and having crawled into a cesspit of detached cynicism.

    At such times, one could almost wish for the days of stocks, the lash, and ready piles of rotten vegetables and animal dung.

    These fools, elected by greater fools, have probably destroyed my country and the patrimony that rightfully belongs to our children. If our children come to hate us, they will be wise indeed.

  19. And the friendly monitors will note: I said "for instance." As in: You know, if that sort of thing ever occurred, which is somewhere in the realm of possibility, but of which I have no direct knowledge. Whatsoever.

  20. I have yet to read why the Iranians should not be able to enrich uranium, the NPT provides the signing countries that "Right".

    That they have received plans to build a nuclear bomb, from our allies the Pakistani, certainly not proscribed by the Treaty, while building such a device would be.

    Just as the US has violated at least the "spirit" of the NPT, by giving specifications for nuclear bomb load delivery mechanics for our non-nuclear NATO allies aircraft.
    But not the "letter" of the Treaty.

  21. Allen,

    Bless your heart, truly, sometimes you are insufferably pious.


    a must read about the USA and empt's

  23. trish,

    I may be both insufferable and pious, but you did not say I was wrong.

  24. To be clear, I am not pious. As to insufferable, everyone can't be wrong :)

  25. While the results of an EMP attack that are described may well be accurate, the "Study" does not tell US how the Iranians are going to lift the 300 mega-ton devices required to altitude, over Kansas.

    In fact the "Study" does not address the viability of the threat, only the impact of it.

    We have lived under the EMP threat since the 1960's when the Soviets attained the capacity, to hit the sky over Kansas.
    Today both the Russians and the Chi-coms have the capacity, as well as the Brits and the French, if their missile capable submarines moved to proximity to our coast.

    Space based missile defense would be the best defense against an EMP attack against US.

  26. "There is no humor in this at all."

    Oh, you betcha there is.

    Mencken, like Twain, was a devotee of the vanity, absurdity, and rank hypocrisy of American politics and politicians. Humor was precisely his vehicle for conveying these to his readership.

    Insofar as having destroyed your country: Haven't done it yet.

    But it brings to mind the ancient Greek obsession with a Golden Era which they believed always lay behind them, in the past, inhabitants of the present being condemned to a perpetual twilight, a slow and rather inevitable decay. So persistent was this belief that when twilight did come, they couldn't recognize it.

    And that myth of the lost Garden of Eden, of human flowering in sad, progressive wilt, haunts us still. Haunted the Founders and the earliest Colonists before them, too, while they fought at the same time for the future.

    Bob would understand.

  27. desert rat said...
    While the results of an EMP attack that are described may well be accurate, the "Study" does not tell US how the Iranians are going to lift the 300 mega-ton devices required to altitude, over Kansas.

    why are you obsessed with Kansas?

    why would a smaller emp over LA, Alaska not be a reasonable threat?

    the complete destruction of the USA aint my issue..

    tomorrow is 9/11..

    do you really think that hitting JUST two buildings is not a threat?

    My point still stands...

    North Korea & Iran are dangerous,

    North Korea & Iran with short range rockets are dangerous

    North Korea & Iran with long range rockets are dangerous

    North Korea & Iran with radioactive material are dangerous


    just because you are comfortable with the idea of letting North Korea & Iran loose on the world doesn't mean that others agree.

  28. Sure, man of "substance" those two regimes are not friendly, they are nasty kinds of folks, but so what?

    They do not represent a "Clear and Present Danger" to the United States, even if they want to be.

    Not an EMP threat, at any rate.

  29. "Loose on the Whirled"

    The NorKs are not loose.

    They are locked in their own Hermit Kingdom, no doubt of that. Their missile are duds and their nukes, feeble at best and years away from weaponization.

    The Iranians would love to where the NorKs are, technologically, but are still far behind on that curve.

    Unwad your panties and get a grip on reality.

  30. The Soviets were a far greater threat, even so, grown men did not piss their pants in public because of it.

  31. trish,

    While I respect you greatly, you should consider the implications of the debt load of the United States, to begin. I am no chicken little.

    Twain and Mencken (as Swift) were scathing satirists. They were NOT happy campers, as their personal papers make evident.

  32. The "Dark Days" of the 20th Century are behind US, there are bright days ahead because it is always "Morning in America" if you are moving towards the dawn.

    If you want to wallow in victimhood and self-pity, why there's always excuse for that.

  33. "While I respect you greatly..."

    Good enough for me. I'm at COB.

    Smiley emoticon.

  34. No one is pissing their pants...

    but unlike you i do not put on rose colored glasses to see real threats.

    you see the world like a checker board...

    ignore the real threats at your own risk.

    north korea and iran, with sponsors of russia and china and clients like syria, hamas, hezbollah there are clear and present dangers to the USA.

    we should call you "old iran balls", me?

    call me prepared....

  35. Couldn't see 'em, cause of the patch.

  36. "At the time, France was virtually bankrupt, partly a consequence of her lengthy and expensive foreign wars."

    more John Law

  37. "we should call you "old iran balls", me?

    call me prepared...."

    How does a person prepare for an EMP attack?

    Just asking.

  38. How does a person prepare for an EMP attack?

    Just asking.

    Food, water, weapon of choice, ammo, Faraday cage for selected items to include ham radio, laptop computer, water sterilizer UV, digital thermometers and any other small items needed to be protected.

    Faraday blankets for larger items such as a freezer or tv.

    Properly grounding of hard wired generators or storage of same.

    at least 40 - 100 gallons of fuel

    Portable solar energy generator

    90 days of med's

    access to water supply

    manual fuel pump

    have a plan, know a location away from the cities that has water supply (caves are great) that you can reach if all hell breaks loose..

    and I could go on....

  39. "and I could go on...."

    I bet you could.

    Thanks WiO. I was just laying in extra supplies of duct tape.

  40. I'm having lunch at the Y. It's a box lunch.

  41. But do you have a supply of Wolf Chile?

    Just asking.


    This lady has done more than anyone to bring truth to the healthcare debate.
    (And provide Ammo for Palin)

    Sign up for newsletter has enough security gaurantees to make even Linear Pee his pants with glee.

  43. How does one prepare for a box lunch at the Y?

  44. (like Good Scout WIO my motto is...)

  45. Doug said...
    How does one prepare for a box lunch at the Y?

    with permission from the wife?

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  47. Bibi has a suit with "BB" inside a big circle on his chest.

  48. "He has clashed with other top officials and is reportedly so obsessed with security that he has demanded that other top advisers be subjected to lie detector tests. "
    If only W had been so wise.

  49. No mention has been made of the latest 227 appliance Swiss Army knife (including solar-powered nano-chainsaw/nare plucker - even the Eschaton gives no excuse for poor grooming).

  50. How does a person prepare for an EMP attack?

    Shoot the damned missile down before it gets to your shore.

  51. Better yet, threaten total nuclear annihilation as a response. Worked for the Cold War. Air Force electronics are nuke hardened.

  52. It's like old home week at the EB.

  53. This is probably the first post where three woman commented. Behave yourselves gents.

  54. allen said...
    No mention has been made of the latest 227 appliance Swiss Army knife (including solar-powered nano-chainsaw/nare plucker - even the Eschaton gives no excuse for poor grooming).

    shhhhh.... dont tell them all of our secrets...

    not to mention our portable ark of the covenant generators, nor our anti-grav zohar packs...

  55. Big Government

    Glenn Beck Media Silent on ACORN Corruption

    Chaos for Glory My Time With ACORN

    The scenario we posed the ACORN Housing employees in Baltimore is due to the application of similar power tactics. We gave ACORN a taste of its own medicine. ACORN was alleged to be thug-like, criminal, and nefarious. This criminal behavior was evidenced by a video of Baltimore ACORN community organizers breaking the locks on foreclosed homes.

    Instead of railing against their radicalism, it is best to bring out this type of radicalism. Hannah Giles and I took advantage of ACORN’s regard for thug criminality by posing the most ridiculous criminal scenario we could think of and seeing if they would comply–which they did without hesitation.

    Additionally, instead of focusing on foreclosure itself, which has become seemingly as politicized as abortion, we focused on crimes more difficult for the left to defend: trafficking of young helpless girls and tax evasion. The first group represents the severely disadvantaged, the second a threat to the distribution of wealth.

    While manipulation or entrapment occurs when people are encouraged to do things they otherwise wouldn’t, the pre-set trap is their own. These tactics allow the viewer to see ACORN’s soul; their playing field and their morality, out in the open. Their system is based on conflict and change for its own sake. This system is based on totalitarian principles and class war techniques. These people understand pressure, power and self-interest. When the Baltimore employees saw we were shady dealers, their instincts clicked in, as we were prime recruits.

    ACORN has ascended. They elect our politicians and receive billions in tax money. Their world is a revolutionary, socialistic, atheistic world, where all means are justifiable. And they create chaos, again, for it’s own sake.

    It is time for us to be studying and applying their tactics, many of which are ideologically neutral. It is time, as Hannah said as we walked out of the ACORN facility, for conservative activists to “create chaos for glory.”

    Listen to the complete audio here.
    View the complete transcript here.

  56. Rufus,
    Here's Charles two latest save the world sites.

    Genetically Altered Pond Scum Produces Petroleum.

    Top 10 New Water Technologies to Save the World
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  57. Not a word shall be spoken of the Blastorama shofars either, WiO. My lips are as tightly sealed as those of BiBi's advisers.

  58. When the Prime Minister flys to Russia, the game's afoot, my dear Watson. But what is the game?

  59. allen said...
    When the Prime Minister flys to Russia, the game's afoot, my dear Watson. But what is the game?


    1. that "hijacked" ship that was shipping possibly s300's? and x500's?

    2.russia being pressured not to finish projects and or instillation of s300

    3. lebanon, with hariri withdrawing and hezbollah/syria/iran fingers in the pot?

    4. attack on iran?

  60. "But do you have a supply of Wolf Chile?"

    Can you imagine what the garage must have looked like getting ready for Y2K. :)

  61. "...Worked for the Cold War..."

    It still works T. It's unlikely we have to worry about an EMP attack from N. Korea or Iran even if they had the capability of pulling it off. The whack jobs don't commit suicide. They convince junior whack jobs to commit suicide.

  62. Senior Whack Jobs just hide in spider holes.

  63. rufus said...
    How does a person prepare for an EMP attack?

    Shoot the damned missile down before it gets to your shore.

    that's one way... I would rather blow up the launching pad, kill the missile scientists and take out the leaders of said iranian or north korean nation rather than WAIT for the missile

  64. “Family Values” California state assemblyman representing Orange County, Republican Michael D. Duvall, resigns for apparently not cheating on his wife with a lobbyist or two. Well you have to take his word for it, or maybe believe that hypocrisy has been bred in. In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme religious right (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”. He is just another name that can be added to the list of “Republican 2009 Summer of Love”: Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), SC Board of Ed Chair, Kristin Maguire (AKA Bridget Keeney). But let’s get back to the real problem of political corruption, does anyone think this will get investigated and that things he voted on will need to be affirmed by the remaining members or will nothing happen? Do I hear Tammy Wynette, “Stand By Your Man” playing in the background? I remember not so long ago that other Orange County song favorite, “Stand By Your Tan” (for Tan Nguyen). But that’s another Orange County fool.