“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."
I swear that wasn't me.ReplyDelete
And why isn't anyone laughing?
Now that sucks. I still would have laughed, though.ReplyDelete
This is definitely not helping to preoccupy my mind.ReplyDelete
If I told you once, Melody, I told you a thousand times;ReplyDelete
STAY AWAY FROM THE DAMNED POLE!!
My pole is always stable. I can promise you that.ReplyDelete
The bride's face before the fall....."Who invited her?"ReplyDelete
It's the alcohol that usually gets puts me on the floor.ReplyDelete
yeah, I guess she got what she deserved...a bloody nose.ReplyDelete
I think I need to go find fun somewhere else.ReplyDelete
How these assholes have stayed out of jail is beyond me.ReplyDelete
Major banks have masked their risk levels in the past five quarters by temporarily lowering their debt just before reporting it to the public, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
A group of 18 banks—which includes Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc.—understated the debt levels used to fund securities trades by lowering them an average of 42% at the end of each of the past five quarterly periods, the data show. The banks, which publicly release debt data each quarter, then boosted the debt levels in the middle of successive quarters.
Why did the bride deserve a bloody nose?ReplyDelete
I bet the drunk in red bashed her in the nose while the tent was down.
You can figure that a gal that shows up at a wedding dressed in red is up to no good. You have got to watch them like a hawk...especially if they're really good looking.
BTW - the music was really bad.ReplyDelete
Anyone that unhappy at her wedding even if the lady in red is running around drunk making a fool out of herself deserves at least some kind of pole collapsing or better yet a nose bleed.ReplyDelete
You're right, Whit, no one can put together a play list better than us.ReplyDelete
And damn, I lost a phone number.ReplyDelete
"How these assholes have stayed out of jail is beyond me."ReplyDelete
All companies play those games with their books Ruf. It's why shipping terms and FOB points are important to large manufacturing companies. If you can ship out a boat load of inventory on rail cars at the end of the period it gets it off your books even if your customer doesn't receive it for a week or ten days.
It's perfectly legal. The problem with the banks is that unless Congress legislates too big to fail legislation, the taxpayer gets screwed. You can't legislate out greed. All you can do is assure that no financial institution is too big to fail.
Still waiting to see it though. It's amazing that they still have nothing passed.
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