“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."

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Dumbest Man in Congress, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, says he won't seek re-election.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he won't seek re-election
February 11, 2010 11:46 p.m. EST

(CNN) -- Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, a Democrat, is not running for re-election, he said Thursday in a video to his constituents.

"Having spent two decades in politics, my life is taking a new direction, and I will not be a candidate for reelection this year," he said. "Going forward, I will continue many of the fights we've waged together, particularly on behalf of those suffering from depression, addiction, autism and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"I'm so grateful to the people of Rhode Island. When I made missteps or suffered setbacks, you responded not with contempt but with compassion."

The 42-year-old representative is in his eighth term in office. He is the youngest of three children of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.


  1. Samples

    Pelosi: Who wants to suckle the government teet?

    KSM: If one more person mistakes me for Ron Jeremy, I swear to Allah I'll blow the hell out of this place.

    Barney Frank: Sure Hawwee's is nice, but Wahm has a DANCER'S ass.

    Like homemade fudge, it's almost too rich to take it all in at one sitting.

  2. Who was that French painter that specialized in contrasts, black and white.

    Pelosi stands out, all naked in white.

  3. Come on Linear, you know the guy. it wasn't Matiisse, but he had the naked broad, all white, bosoms all white, surrounded by black, who was that guy?

  4. It may have been Renoir I am thinking of, though I like blue dresses better.

  5. But, I don't think it was Renoir. Who the hell was it? The woman I'm thinking of was naked as a jay bird, and all white, reclining, inviting, reclining, with a dark background. Her legs were together, but you might think, easily spread. She had one figure in her mouth, like as if to say, you want? The lady I'm thinking of didn't have a stitch on. She was on a couch. Really nice looking, with inviting breasts, full and bouncy too.

    Makes you drool.

    Come on Deuce, you must know. You know stuff.

  6. she had one finger in her mouth, as if, asking a question, you know the look

  7. One of those French paintings, from the 1890's or there abouts, makes the men of the day get a hard on.

  8. I can be explicit too, Melody.

    She was such a pretty girl, I might like to shave her legs, very fine, and very very slow, or perhaps, take a scissors and cut around her bush, making it just right.

  9. fuck, 'i am the walrus' is the greatest song ever..

  10. when it's turned up really fucking loud.

  11. workin' on a few cab sav's here..

  12. Rubio Rises

    Marco Rubio’s Senate campaign is surging. In the past ten days, Rubio, the former Florida House speaker challenging Gov. Charlie Crist in the GOP primary, has raised $860,000. He is also building a lead in the polls — Rasmussen’s latest survey gives Rubio a twelve-point edge over Crist. And he’s doing it all without the support of the national party.

    “We’re living in an unprecedented time where a large number of people that have never participated in politics are paying attention,” Rubio tells National Review Online. “They realize that we’re going to make some decisions over the next few years that will determine the very identity of our country. Given the environment, I think it has become a lot easier to get people to pay attention and to take action. That’s the great challenge of 2010: Can we take this motivation that exists out there to stand up to the agenda that’s coming out of Washington and turn it into action? Right now that action is contributing to campaigns like mine. We’ve tried to harness that and feel good about what we’ve been able to accomplish so far.”

    Rubio says the stakes this year are high and about more than one party beating another. “This election is about more than Republicans versus Democrats or liberals versus conservatives. It is a choice about the very essence of what this country is going to be like. Are we going to continue to be a place of limited government, free enterprise, and personal liberty? Or, are we going to become a country like so many around the world where the government dominates every sector of society?

  13. All Australian Cabs?
    Costco stocks some inexpensive Australians that power my Tortugas.
    (wife winces)

  14. you got that right, doug.

    goo goo ja boob..

  15. doug,

    shiraz is also really popular.

    i think you call it syrah there 'though.

    same grape.

    just ask john lennon.

  16. everybody's got somethin' to hide 'cept for me 'n my monkey..

  17. teresita?

    you there?

    i feel like talkin' 'bout home.

    you know much 'bout kirkland?

  18. where is that fuckin' lesbo.

  19. hey! you got to hide your love away.

  20. John seems to be missing as well.

  21. doug,

    this is really fucking refreshing without bob and rat.

    i have really good friends in waimea, basically at the very top of the big island.

  22. we got the whole pub to ourselves!

    ain't that the shit!!

  23. Zinfandel was the "native" grape on our central coast.
    ...but we abandoned California when the libs took command.
    Now they've f..... it up, Big Time.

  24. Waimea reminds us of San Luis Obispo CA, except it's surrounded by nature's beauty, instead of liberal degradation.

  25. been there a couple of times.

  26. Further north, on the coast, is the tiny town of Waihe'e, which is neat, but I'd live right outside Waimea if I had my druthers.

  27. hilo tropical.

    kona dry.

    both beautiful

    that turtle beach south of kona..

  28. yes, doug!

    that's where our good friends live.

    waimea, real high elevation.

  29. Pahoa, on the way to Puna, is like Humbolt County, preserved in amber.
    The sixties live on forever there.

  30. Sorry, Bob.

    The art appreciation I did in my yute was looking across the bar at the pitcher above the mirror. They didn't have the artists' names on most of 'em.

    I remember them all, though.

  31. wow, i miss my kids so much.

    they were just here for 10 days.

    we had so much fun..

  32. "real high elevation"
    Compared to most of populated Hawaii, but ~ 2000ft is a molehill compared to Mauna Loa!

  33. Maybe the power's off, Sam. Although Deuce seems to have juice. My excuse is I've been sleeping.

  34. no, doug.

    they're in perth.

    but i'm in adelaide now.

    new job.

    they're getting older now and doing they're own thing.

    but they came over last month and we did so much stuff. road trip to melbourne and what-not. we're all tight. so much fun. everybody happy, happy.

  35. thanks for makin' the effort, linear.

    i like reading your posts.

  36. I always wanted to live near Perth.
    ...the Australian Santa Barbara.

  37. getting pretty loaded here.

    but that's a good thing!

  38. not really, doug.

    no people compared to santa barbara.

    beutiful weather and beaches 'though.

    maybe the population difference would be the only thing, i guess.

  39. I knew a couple of girls in Oregon that lived in Waimea, or their dad did. Long ago.

    Have you ever heard of Molombimbi? I think it's south of Sydney. Met a couple from there in Guatemala the time we hiked up Atitlan.

    I fell in love. Her name was Sonia.

    We rolled rocks. Isn't that what Americans do on mountain tops?

  40. one trip we went up way north of kona. way up to the north coast to do this 'shoot the flute' thing.

    basically, intertube down a canal. that was once used for water supply. or something like that. i think.

    please correct me, doug.

  41. Sonia and I hiked TwoTitLan.

  42. Can't do it, Sam, missed the shoot the flute.
    ...saw Kamehameha's birthplace, tho.

  43. Lots of aquaducts on Hawaii to water Sugar Cane.
    Cane now rapidly disappearing.
    Let the water fights begin.

  44. haven't heard of Molombimbi, linear.

    i've been around and seen a lot of australia. but not everytthing. it's a grand place. you could spend a lifetime exploring here and i think i've said that here before.

    i love this place, actually.

    same size as the states. population as the states was in 1890.

    lots of wide open space.

    but i love home, also.

    nothing, nothing beats seattle. not even australia.

    i will end up back there.

    full circle.

  45. Jesus, Sam, I'm here to help.

    I was in Seattle four years, my mum grew up there, I'm only a couple hundred miles away.

    I'm here for you son.

  46. Don't pull that trigger, Sam.

    Hey, you got no problems.

    You haven't even been turned down by Melody.

    That's problems.

  47. thanks, bob.

    i'm all good.

    i'm heading back to the motherland 1 july for 6 weeks.

    part of the vacation is going to priest for a few nights staying at my cousin's place on the north end of the lake.

    i'm going to look you up on the way through, old friend, bob.

    and when i arrive you're going to take me to where my grandparents used to live on the spokane river across from the old mill..

  48. hell, maybe i'll drag you along with me to priest. how would you like that shit? i can show you a lot of cool stuff there.

    it's really good for the soul there.

    for anybody.

    i don't care who you are.

  49. bob,

    you know couer d'alene's on the way though..

  50. deuce/whit,

    thank's for letting me ramble..

  51. I'd expect Rat and Trish to be kickin' my ass right about now.


  52. Try beng turned down by Melody.

    That's the real shits

    We can cry together.

    But, we must be men, and not blow our brains out.

    We'll gamble for the women, if we must.

    Red and Even, that's all we get.

    And the luck of the routlette table.

    Damn the women.

  53. Priest Lake is good Sam. Great in fact. I am happy for you.

  54. i'm going to look you up on the way through, old friend, bob.

    That's ok, but I may be in Ohio, trying to hunt up Melody, and failing.

    You don't know how hard that is.

    She says she's married and that' a big thing.

  55. Bob,

    Want to go?

    Hell yes, if I'm here. Mean it, too.

  56. shit, sent that last one, before you sent yours.

  57. you gonna be in couer d'alene in july?

  58. i thought you were married

    I am, thirty years, but I don't give a damn.

  59. you gonna be in couer d'alene in july?

    I think I'll be in Ohio, but I'm not sure.

  60. bob,

    are you going to be in coeur d'alene in july?

    if so, i am going to pick you up on the way through to priest.

    you and yours. plenty of room.

  61. fuck me.

    i am so totally wasted. time for bed.

    thanks doug.

    thanks linear.

    thanks bob. i mean what i say about priest.

  62. If I'm here, I'll look forward to it.

    Priest is great, as both you and I know.

  63. Take care of yourself, Sam.

    Bob loves you.

    You haven't been turned down by Melody, the bummer of all bummers.