“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."

Saturday, April 17, 2010

How about an ISM?


  1. That guy looked a little like Obama, didn't he?

  2. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll shows President Barack Obama's approval rating has slipped to a new low after his victory on health care, despite signs of economic revival.

    The poll says 49 percent of people now approve of the job Obama is doing — and only 44 percent like how he has handled health care and the economy. His overall approval rating is down from 53 percent last month.

    The numbers are worsening for congressional Democrats, too.

  3. Wait till the numbers come in over his NASA plans.

  4. Jis one quession.

    What about Capitalism?

  5. Rasmussen has him at 45 - 54 with an Neg 17 in "Strongly approve - Strongly Disapprove."

  6. And there I was, just about to launch into a lively lecture on tick inspection and removal.

    There are any number ISMs I rather approve of.

    This is a most ill-conceived attack on ISMs and I won't have it.

  7. BTW, Gateway has an article on that speech down at NASA.

    None of the audience were NASA employees. NO NASA Employees were invited.

    All of those 200 people were "dignitaries," and such that were trucked in.

    The guy's a piece a' work, I tell ya.

  8. Deuce, that is so incompetently, comical that I can't even get worked up enough to say "piece of shit."

  9. This is what I'm talking about, Trish

    We should be able to look at something of our liking once in a while. Don't ya think?

  10. Maybe not if you're trying Really hard to find them, like, you know, rolling around in the grass, and stuff? ;)

  11. Not here it isn't. I removed two seed ticks by tweezer from Little Brown Dog this morning, found one such on the tent last night, and two larger ones over a month ago.

    And our older dog just tested positive for Lyme disease, which we gather she contracted while at my parents' in PA. Probably last summer or fall. Luckily a month's worth of antibiotics should alleviate and/or eliminate any symptoms.

    No, unfortunately, it's not too early for ticks.

  12. The Dems are in for one horribly, horrible election. Some guy named Hsu (I think it is) walked out of his Hawaiian home a couple days ago, and said, "you know, it looks like a slow summer; I think I'll run for Congress."

    He's leading in the polls.

    There ain't no telling how many seats the Dems could lose this November. ALL of them? There may not Be "Two" sides of the aisle after This election.

  13. Barbara Boxer is, honest to God, in trouble. If Barbara Boxer can be beat there's not a safe seat in the country.

  14. If anyone here has ever wanted to be a Congressman (the pay Is pretty good,) this is your year. Move to some "Blue" District where no Republican ever thinks of running, and have at it. This could be your chance.

  15. I was thinking about that, in fact, yesterday, Melody. While we were hiking.

    Almost all men, as far as I have ever been aware, are leg men (as well as ass men, boob men, etc). Which is all to the good.

    But to many a *woman* what really makes the world turn, is a pair of long, lean, powerful legs attached to a man with any number of other, endearing qualities.

    Put a pair of spikes or cleats on 'em, a little sweat running down, and one is driven to endless, pleasant distraction.

  16. Of course, I'm not sure you couldn't go to a Red district and run as a Democrat (or, better yet, Independent.)

    People ain't too happy with their "Pubs," either.

    If you can swear on a Bible that you've never even "driven through" the District of Columbia you might be the favorite.

  17. and one is driven to endless, pleasant distraction.

    Not to mention, driven to finding innumerable ticks.

  18. About this Icelandic volcano that has completely shut down Europe:

    The last time this volcano went off like this it lasted for Two Years.

    Jes sayin

  19. 25% of England's imports come by air?

    That can't be right, can it?

    Maybe that's just food imports.

  20. Could you imagine all air travel shut down in Europe for Two Years?

    Kinda makes me want to giggle.

    Jes kiddin. That would, actually, be pretty serious.

  21. Air travel shut down, economies impacted, ash falling for years, a large ash cloud encircling the earth.

    It could knock down on the tick population.

  22. Speaking of ticks, someone was going to discourse on the finer points of performing inspections.