“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, November 30, 2009

Goodbye Mike Huckabee

Remember Mike Huckabee going after Mitt Romney on the law and order issues? Is the Washington cop massacre another result of a Huckabee pardon?

Speculation on political futures you say?

Huckabee is a bit of a prognosticator himself. Here is a recent quote and prediction from Mike Huckabee, while on a trip to Orlando, Florida ten days ago:

"Well, I think it's absurd, and I think the Obama administration will be as much on trail as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," said Huckabee.

He says the terror suspects will use their trials as a platform to spout anti-American venom.

"And God help us if they get off on a technicality because of the way the evidence was gathered," said Huckabee. "I would tell you not only is the Obama administration finished, I think the Democratic Party is finished."

Man linked to Washington shootings had long sentence commuted
Ed Pilkington, Matthew Weaver and agencies,
Monday 30 November 2009 08.27 GMT

Police name Maurice Clemmons as 'person of interest' who had sentence commuted by Republican Mike Huckabee

A man wanted in connection with the gunning down of four US police officers in a cafe yesterday had a long prison sentence commuted by the former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, it was revealed today .

The officers – three men and a woman, all from the local police force in Lakewood, Washington state – were preparing paperwork for their morning duties and working on laptops at the Forza cafe when they were shot dead by a lone gunman.

Police named Maurice Clemmons, 37, as "a person of interest", although not yet a suspect, in their inquiry. Clemmons has an extensive criminal record and was recently charged for third-degree assault on a police officer, and second-degree rape of a child.

In 1989, Clemmons, then 17, was convicted for aggravated robbery. He was paroled in 2000 after Huckabee, then the governor of Arkansas, and now a Fox News presenter, commuted Clemmons's 95-year prison sentence.

Huckabee, who was criticised during his run for the presidential nomination in 2008 for the number of clemencies he granted, cited Clemmons's age at the time of the sentence.

After his release, Clemmons broke his parole and was returned to prison in July 2001. He was released on 18 March 2004, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper.

The four dead officers have been named as Mark Renninger, 39; Ronald Owens, 37; Tina Griswold, 40; and Greg Richards, 42.

The police spokesman Ed Troyer said one of the officers fought with the gunman and may have wounded him before the officer died just outside the door.

He said investigators were asking medics in the area to report any people wounded by gunshots. "We believe there was a struggle, a commotion, a fight ... that he fought the guy all the way out the door. We hope that he hit him," Troyer said.

"It's carnage out front everywhere," Troyer said, describing the front of the cafe. "It's like a bad horror movie. It's horrible." The officers were all in uniform, including bulletproof vests, he said.

The attack was clearly targeted at the officers; not a robbery that went wrong, he said.

"This was more of an execution. Walk in with the specific mindset to shoot police officers."

Around 200 police descended on the area, searching for their colleagues' killer. A helicopter and dog teams were used to scour houses, parking areas and open spaces, but no one was found.

"I have never seen this many scramble to a particular spot, ever," said David Gabrielson, 27, a worker at a petrol station near the cafe.

Investigators were baffled by the killings and the absence of a motive. There were no indications that any of the officers had received previous threats.

Police will be seeking to rule out any link between the murders and the death of police officer Timothy Brenton in Seattle last month. Brenton was shot as he was sitting in a police vehicle on the night of Halloween.

"We won't know if it's a copycat effect or what it was until we get the case solved," Troyer said.

Police questioned two cafe staff and a few customers who were in the shop at the time of the shootings. Though none of them were physically hurt they were described as stunned.

"As you can imagine, they are traumatised, they are in shock," said Troyer.

The Forza cafe is owned by a former police officer, Brad Carpenter. "I'm a retired police officer, so this really hits close to home for me," he said.

A $10,000 (£6,000) reward has been offered for information about the killings.


  1. Compassionate Conservatism!
    ...brought to us by brother W.

  2. What does Chuck Norris have to say?

  3. The error of the pardon was seen and remedied, in 2001.

    Who let the wacko out in 2004 and why?

  4. Investigators now believe the gunman also may have been shot during the cold-blooded assault, as one of the officers returned fire just before he died of his injuries.

    I hope so. Nothing like a trail of blood to lead cops right to him in the veterinarian's office where he flees like the dog he is. And when they catch him, suicide by cop might be in order.

  5. How the F... did he take out 4 armed/armored w/o paying the price?

  6. But it certainly does the Huckster's image no good, at all.

    It will end his Presidential hopes, for all practical purposes, though I never thought he had a practical possibility to get the job.

  7. Shot first, shot fast.

    Quick target acquisition and an adrenalin rush that would "Pump U Up!"

    While the cops were sitting, focused upon their lap tops, coffee and danish.

  8. The attacker may have heeded G. Jordon Liddy's advice as to handling ATF agents, and taken head shots.

  9. The first two officers could have been down in seconds, not even realizing there was a threat.

    By then the other two police would be moving, making the third a harder target, the fourth engaging with him as they went out the door.

    But still the entire incident could have been done in 10 - 15 seconds.

    No more than 30, most likely.

  10. "The attacker may have heeded G. Jordon Liddy's advice as to handling ATF agents, and taken head shots."
    G Gordan also advised to have no second thots about what you are going to do once you decide to deploy your weapon.
    Seconds count.
    Second thots or not.

  11. Can't remember right now what female ATF agent did when interviewing me when I ignored whatever distress the baby kid was going through.

    She must have checked:

    "Poor Fathering Skills"

  12. They got him holed up in some house now, surrounded about 10 deep according to local news. He's going no further.

    Looks bad for the Huck, though.

  13. Hope he has a Koran Handy.
    Might be his only safe way out.

  14. LAKEWOOD, Wash. — The police cornered a man suspected of gunning down four uniformed officers in a Seattle home early Monday and said he might have died from a gunshot wound, according to news reports.

    Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, told The Associated Press that the suspect, Maurice Clemmons, had been shot and “may be deceased from his gunshot wound.”

  15. 89. Lifeofthemind:


    Dime will get you a donut that a lawyer invents the “Swiss Minaret.” It looks just like a regular Minaret only it has a watch attached to the outside. Presto!, it becomes an Islamic Clock Tower.


  16. 91. toad:

    If you are a private supplier of goods to the US government and you supply an item that doesn’t comply exactly to material spec., you can go to jail in a heart beat.

    If you are working for some kind of non-profit connected to the left however you can rape babies in the IRS parking lot, record it, and charge the government for the use of the camera.

  17. In 1989, Clemmons, then 17, was convicted in Little Rock for aggravated robbery. He was paroled in 2000 after Huckabee commuted a 95-year prison sentence. Huckabee, who was criticized during his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 for granting many clemencies and commutations, cited Clemmons' youth. Clemmons later violated his parole, was returned to prison and released in 2004.

    Newsmax article

  18. I never have like bible-thumpers in positions of power (of ANY race, or religion.)

    Their judgement gets skewed from time to time (usually, at the worst possible time.)

  19. starling hunter to me:

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.

  20. Reply:
    Racism rears it's ugly head!

  21. rat wrote:

    "We just bought a Scottsdale condo,"

    I trust the Condo corp. is a viable entity? Are the monthly condo fees relatively low and the occupancy pretty high?

  22. Yeah, those Bible thumpers have caused no end of misery to modern man -
    Bible thumper #1

    Bible thumper #2

    Bible thumper #3

    Yep, Bible thumpers everyone...

  23. Stalin?

    Sure - The Religion was Communism.

    Catholicism, Socialism, Pentacostalism, Mohammedism, Judaeism, capitalism, buttfuckingism, -

    All "Religions"

    They all get people killed.

    Or, Enslaved. Or, Impoverished.

    All Assholes.

  24. Our newest "religion," CO2ism is getting its ass kicked.

    To make it work they had to "get rid of" the Medievel Warm Period. When they couldn't do that they tried to "localize" it to Europe.

    Sorry, Sugarboogers; de jig is up.

    Wonderful Interactive Graph showing the MWP around the world.

  25. Yep, ash, the fees certainly are low and the units full, in that complex.

    There are some where rents are low, lease purchases available, but the Association fees are in the $650 per month range.

    Greyhawk, where gag went golfing, to name one that stands out.

  26. They all had their "Book", rufus.

    You are totally correct, each of those despots thumped their book hard.

    Their particular myth of choice not nearly as important as their belief in their myths' authenticity.

    From Gods' lips, to their ears.

    It was written.

  27. That is what Bible translates to, Book.

    Everyone of the despots have one.

    To legitimize their crimes.

    Against those lessor beings that are not real "believers".
    Described as bastards, pigs, monkeys or just not us, always of lower caste than the believer.

    The equivalency of haters.

  28. GreyHawk would be a good place to buy. Cheaper still if you dont mind the drive is Gold Canyon in Apache Junction. Beautiful place.

  29. I wuzn't hyperbolating about CO2ism being the "New" Religion.

    Environmentalism should be regarded on the same level with religion "as the only compelling, value-based narrative available to humanity," according to a paper written two years ago to influence the future strategy of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the world's would-be environmental watchdog.

    Document reveals

  30. "liberalism" is also a religion according to Sister Ann.

  31. ...but NOT Bible thumpers, were they...And THAT was the point, not that they were "assholes".

    Discussion is well nigh impossible when folks change horses mid-stream, as it were.

    When Eisenhower once fired an officer, it was not for calling his fellow a SOB; no, he was fired for calling the other guy a "British" SOB.

    Huckabee may be an idiot for all I know, but this parole had nothing to do with his alleged Bible thumping. So, call him an idiot or an "asshole", but dispense with the religious bigotry by subterfuge. Neither the Bible nor Judeo-Christian thought were responsible for the miscarriage. Indeed, had the Bible been followed verbatim, the cretin would have been dead long ago or still permanently locked behind bars.

  32. THIS is, absolutely, astonishing. A biologist compares the temperatures from 70 "Urban" sites to nearby "Rural" sites.

    We been had! Urban Heat Island effect brought home

  33. I'm just going by what Huckabee Said at the time.

  34. Huckleberry, his own damned self:

    “I would not deny that my sense of the reality of redemption is a factor,” the former Baptist pastor said in a radio interview with KUAR in Little Rock.

  35. "Reality" of Redemption

    Cause the "Book" said it was "Real."

    A "Real" thing.

    The "Real" Deal.


  36. As Rat said, "From God's lips to his ears."


  37. Or, as a "Rational" person might characterize it:

    "Fucking Insanity"

  38. "Cause the "Book" said it was "Real."

    Come on Ruf. I'm a little to busy to get involved right now; but your starting to drift off into silliness.

  39. "Reality"

    As opposed to: "Hoped for," or "Believed," or even "theorized"

  40. The "Good Book" says that a person's soul Can be Redeemed.

    In fact, it says a person's soul Will be Redeemed under certain circumstances. ie Baptism, etc. etc.

  41. The "Book of the Rufii" say, possible, but unlikely.

  42. Rufus, a sinner in the hands of an angry God. :)

    I think the Huckster is sincere enough, least from appearances, his sense of Christian compassion having gotten in his way.

    His policies back in Arkansas seemingly too lenient.

    By the way, 95 years seems a stretch for aggravated robbery. Violated his parole, was sent back, must have been the parole board then let him back out.

    State of Washington had it's chance too.

    But, it doesn't look good for the Huck.

  43. The Book of Rufii (BOR) says, "If you tread too close to a rattlesnake, he will bite you."

    You can "preach" to him all night, but, tomorrow, he'll do it again.

  44. That was what he "Pled" to, Bob. I imagine there was a lot more to it, don't you?

    That's the problem with mixing up "religion" with "law." We, in our own good judgement, made the laws.

    We don't want someone, because of their, personal, religious "Beliefs<" messing around with them.

  45. The BOR sayeth: "Let the Preacher do the Preachin, and let the Judge do the Judgin."

  46. Ruf, you can get at least three views of salvation in the New Testiment, all from the 'words' of Jesus, backed up by the exegesis of your choice.

    Hell's empty.

    Hell's population in undetermined, though presumably quite crowded, it's up to the individual's moral effort.

    Hell's got however many inhabitants God wants it to have, base upon His own sovereign desires and demands.

    By the way, America has a prophet.

    His name is - Moses!

    Moses and the story of the escape from Egypt is written all over early America, and is used in politics even today.

    The Promised Land!

    See: "America's Prophet - Moses and the American Story" by Bruce Feiler that I'm reading now.

    Good book.

  47. That was what he "Pled" to, Bob. I imagine there was a lot more to it, don't you?

    Good point. Engage brain, bob, 'fore posting.

  48. The BOR sayeth: "Let the Preacher do the Preachin, and let the Judge do the Judgin."

    And a good sayin' it is.

    The Huck's problem, in a nutshell.

    Only add, Huck was doin' the forgivin' , too.


    These presumably precise data are the backbone of climate science.

    Reading "HARRY_READ_ME.txt" it's clear the CRU's files were a mess. The programmer laments huge gaps in data, bug-filled programs and worries about all the guesswork he's doing. His comments suggest the problems go back years.

    The CRU at East Anglia University is considered by many as the world's leading climate research agency. Here's how's Declan McCullagh describes its enormous impact on policymakers:

    "In global warming circles, the CRU wields outsize influence: It claims the world's largest temperature data set, and its work and mathematical models were incorporated into the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 report. The report ... is what the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged it 'relies on most heavily' when concluding carbon dioxide emissions endanger public health and should be regulated."

    As you read the programmer's comments below, remember, this is only a fraction of what he says.

    - "But what are all those monthly files? DON'T KNOW, UNDOCUMENTED. Wherever I look, there are data files, no info about what they are other than their names. And that's useless ..." (Page 17)

    - "It's botch after botch after botch." (18)

    - "The biggest immediate problem was the loss of an hour's edits to the program, when the network died ... no explanation from anyone, I hope it's not a return to last year's troubles ... This surely is the worst project I've ever attempted. Eeeek." (31)

    - "Oh, GOD, if I could start this project again and actually argue the case for junking the inherited program suite." (37)

    - "... this should all have been rewritten from scratch a year ago!" (45)

    - "Am I the first person to attempt to get the CRU databases in working order?!!" (47)

    - "As far as I can see, this renders the (weather) station counts totally meaningless." (57)

    - "COBAR AIRPORT AWS (data from an Australian weather station) cannot start in 1962, it didn't open until 1993!" (71)

    - "What the hell is supposed to happen here? Oh yeah -- there is no 'supposed,' I can make it up. So I have : - )" (98)

    - "You can't imagine what this has cost me -- to actually allow the operator to assign false WMO (World Meteorological Organization) codes!! But what else is there in such situations? Especially when dealing with a 'Master' database of dubious provenance ..." (98)

    - "So with a somewhat cynical shrug, I added the nuclear option -- to match every WMO possible, and turn the rest into new stations ... In other words what CRU usually do. It will allow bad databases to pass unnoticed, and good databases to become bad ..." (98-9)

    - "OH F--- THIS. It's Sunday evening, I've worked all weekend, and just when I thought it was done, I'm hitting yet another problem that's based on the hopeless state of our databases." (241).

    - "This whole project is SUCH A MESS ..." (266)

    And based on stuff like this, politicians are going to blow up our economy and lower our standard of living to "fix" the climate?

  50. DR "Deportation" and his apostle...Wow! Will wonders never cease :)

    By the by, they STILL were NOT "bible-thumpers" and no amount of squirming will make it so.

  51. Okay, we'll just expand that to All-Book Thumpers. :)

    'Ceptin the BOR, of course.

  52. The "One, True Book"

  53. In our last Presidential campaign, one of our dumbest ever, complete with styrofoam pillars and such, The One compared his very self, not to Moses, who evidently he thought beneath him, but to Joshua.

    "Barack Obama also placed himself in the Mosaic tradition, though he claimed the role of Moses' successor. 'We are in the presence of a lot of Moses's,' he said in Selma, Alabama (where els, bob) in 2007. 'I thank the Moses generation; but we've got to remember that Joshua still had a job to do. As great as Moses was....he didn't cross over the river to see the Promised Land' He concluded 'Today we're called to be the Joshuas of our time, to be the generation that finds our way across this river.' "

    Obama's use of the Exodus story became so prominent that his rival, John McCain, issued a video in which he mocked Obama for anointing himself 'The One'......but the echoes of the Exodus only continued....

    from America's Prophet

  54. I've been reading the quotes from your Mon Nov 30, 05:20:00 PM EST, Rufus.

    It's just unbelievable. Totally, fricking unbelievable.

    Honestly, I've got no words for it.

  55. Ash, 'tis called Peer Review. Remember that word. Peer Review.

    There's got to be method to the madness in there, somewhere. But, where, o where?

  56. Cop Killer Still On The Run

    jeez, and I said he wasn't going anywhere.

    He must not have been in there at all.

  57. From Gateway Pundit:

    from the state parole board that bear on the decision by Gov. Mike Huckabee to commute murder suspect Maurice Clemmons’ 108-year-prison sentence to immediate parole eligiblity. He said he’d fallen in with a bad crowd after moving to Arkansas, but had turned his life around. He said he’d prayed Huckabee would help him. Circuit Judge Marion Humphrey, who is also a Presbyterian minister, supported the clemency application.

  58. He said he’d prayed Huckabee would help him.

    :( See there, Rufus, prayer works.

    Obama At West Point--And Why We'll Fail

    Human Events

  59. :( See there, Rufus, prayer works.

    *scratches head*

    yeah, I guess you got me on that one.

  60. That cop killer kinda looks like Mr. T, a little.

  61. My picture was suppose to be in a book but after 18 months and much editing they decided not to use it.

    I still get a complimentary copy and invitation to the launch party in New York. That's this Sat.

  62. December 10th is the Day, MLD. We're goin' to CdA about the 8th, stay with the daughter. I'll try to get one for you, if you want. Don't know how long this book tour goes on.

  63. My picture was in our high school year book. Quite a few times, in fact!

  64. But, I was going to be in a book that people were going to buy. It was exciting. Now, I have to look through the book, knowing they didn't want. Bastards.

  65. Michael Savage is telling me that rather than my idea of a misplaced sense of Christian compassion, the Hucker was trying to curry favor with the liberal establishment by releasing about, it seems, one every forty days.

    May be a more realistic way of looking at it.

  66. If, I hear one more time about Tiger Woods, I'm not going to have a TV left. This will be the fourth time today. I really don't care.

  67. Through hell and back, for you, MLD, if needed.

    For the book, from Lewiston to CdA, about 100 miles, one way, with the inevitable stop off at the Couer d'Alene Casine, Worley, Idaho.

    As for being a jock, a little basketball, not very good.

    In our school we tried to pack the year book with everyone's picture as many times as possible, especially the dances, etc. to make everyone feel good about themselves.

    Don't ask me if I was a good dancer, please, cause I won't answer.

  68. I think that's a funny story, 'bout Tiger. Seems the wife took the mashie iron to him, for infidelities, real or suspected.

    (mashie is an old name for a four or five iron, I think. I had one once)

  69. Ooooh, I get it. You didn't like to stand much.

  70. The feet do get tired. I also had a woodie in my golf bag, too, that I'd take to the dances, inflexible as an iron!

    One guy used to come to the dances with a big elk rack on his head, no kidding here. Always makes me laugh, thinking about it.

    Got to go mail my life insurance check, to NML, the Quiet Company, that's being sued class action, for cheating on dividend payments, and are trying to 'keep it quiet'-- see ya later MLD.

  71. I miss all the fun here working, but I gotta, you know, eat.

  72. For some of the best radio on the airwaves, go to iTunes and search for the John Batchelor Show.

  73. Well, allen, I think you would admit that your Holy Book is not the same as the Pope's Holy Book and certainly not the same as the BOR.

    Yet all are Bibles.

    You do not get to lay claim to the one true Bible, nor the one true Book.

    The Koran is a Bible.

    Your own prejudice is blinding you to reality.

  74. Gold Canyon is a fantastic place, if you do not have to commute anywhere. Pinal County, with the County seat in Florence, a good ways away.

    Good golf course, nice homes and condos and the fabulous backdrop of the Superstition Mountains.

    Used to be a dude string operating out there, don't know if they still do, or not.

  75. Or is the King James version of Bible the one true book?

    Or is it:
    Mein Kampf?

    Das Kapital?

    The Book of Enoch?

  76. The Book of Mormon, that's a Bible.

  77. From God's lips to Joseph Smith.

    In a round-a-bout way.

    Then direct to Brigham Young's ear.

  78. Who led a religious, sectarian revolt against the United States of America.

    Though casualties were light, they were for the most part civilians in transit through Desyret killed by the Mormon militias.

    Young had a variety of nicknames, among the most popular being "American Moses,"[2] (alternatively the "Modern Moses" or the "Mormon Moses")[3] because, like the Biblical figure, Young led his followers, the Mormon pioneers, in an exodus through a desert, to what they saw as a promised land. Young was also dubbed the "Lion of the Lord" for his bold personality, and was commonly called "Brother Brigham" by Latter-day Saints.
    ... concerns persist about his role in the Utah War against the United States government and in the Mountain Meadows massacre.


  79. A Spelling error, mia culpa.

    State of Deseret.

    is the correct spelling

  80. Over 120 men, women and children were killed by the Mormons and their Native American allies. It is clear that local Mormons were the principal perpetrators. United States Army officer James Henry Carleton was sent to investigate the massacre and was convinced that the Mormons were the perpetrators. Only children survived, the murdered members of the wagon train (known as the Fancher Party) were left unburied, and the surviving children were cared for by local Mormon families. The remains of about forty people were found and buried and Carleton had a large cross made from local trees, the transverse beam bearing the engraving, "Vengeance Is Mine, Saith The Lord: I Will Repay" and erected a cairn of rocks at the site. A large slab of granite was put up on which he had the following words engraved:

  81. "If a fool looks into a book, don't expect a genius to look back out."

    Then, you'll only have The Book of Fools.

  82. Could Mr Romney carry any of his "Home States"?

    I doubt he'd carry Massachusetts, perhaps he could do well in Michigan. Better than McCain, anyway, who abandoned all efforts and hope for the Presidency, in Michigan.

    But better than Obama-Clinton, after they dump how much more cash and credit into Government Motors?


  83. 43. David Thompson

    ......I also think there is a 50/50 possibility that Maurice Clemmons was somehow encouraged by Islamic radicals to murder the four police officers. How did he get the $15,000 bail money? This is a highly unusual incident. To be blunt, statistically it is off the charts. I am not infallible, but my gut instincts tell me that Clemmons was partially motivated by Muslim extremism. Sigh, everyone has the right to make fun of me if my suspicions prove unfounded.

    Where did he get the 15k? Good question.

  84. Book of Rufii: "Before thee argue with thy wife, lock thy golf clubs away, lest she get teed off, and tee thee away."

  85. Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife's Ass

  86. I gotta hand it to Tiger, he's acting a true gentleman. His wife beats the crap out of him with a five iron, and he's protecting her from the coppers, who have at this point no business trying to stick their damned noses in the golf tournament. If I'm reading this right.

  87. (1031 pardons)


    Here is a story about just “one” Huck’s pardons…

    “Glen Green, sentenced to prison for life after confessing to the savage rape and murder of a teenage girl (Helen Lynette Spencer). An Air Force sergeant, Green had bludgeoned the woman with nunchucks, violated her almost lifeless body, run over her with his car and dumped her in a bayou. A preacher friend of Huckabee’s convinced him that the girl’s murder had been an “accident” and that the convict had repented, come to Jesus and therefore should be freed.

    Huckabee seems to have known very little about the horrifying case beyond what his preacher pal (Rev. Johnny Jackson) told him. He didn’t bother to seek the opinions of the prosecutor or the victim’s family, and he ignored the dissent of his own parole board. But after the governor (Huckabee) announced that Green would be released, a furious public eventually forced him to reverse his decision. Still, he insisted on releasing a number of murderers and other violent criminals despite protests from prosecutors.”

    It may be bad of us, but we were saving up all this S* to unload on Huckabee in case he was the GOP runner in 2008. But now, it is time to go beyond that and tell the sad truth about Mike Huckabee’s insane Christian religious crusade to free the criminals.

    Mike Huckabee made his own far reaching legacy into the future.

    He might as well start paying for it right now.