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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Venus in Control


HOROSCOPE – TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

Origin – Second sign of the zodiac; named after Venus the goddess of love and peace. Taurus has always been represented by the bull. The bull constellation’s appearance in the night sky, usually around May Day, coincided with the spring fertility festivals in ancient times.

Controlling Planet – Venus

Lucky Day – Friday

Color – Blue

Element – Earth

Symbol – Bull

Energy Drink – Red Bull

Movie – Raging Bull

Civil War Battle -- Manassas

Compatible Signs – Scorpio, Virgo, Capricorn

Incompatible Signs – Aries, Sagittarius, Gemini

Famous Taurus – Charlotte Bronte, Immanuel Kant , Nicolai Lenin, Leonardo Da Vinci, Barbara Streisand, Karl Marx, Cher, Eva Peron, Joe Lewis, Richard Daily, Ulysses S. Grant, Shirley McClain, Catherine de Medici, Elton John, Adolph Hitler, Charles Manson

Taurus Quote (Male) – Yogi Berra “I couldn’t tell if the streaker was a man or a woman because it had a bag on its head.”

Taurus Quote (Male) – Harry Truman “You can’t get rich in politics unless you are a crook.”

Taurus Quote (Male) – Tom Snyder “If we are not supposed to eat animals, why are they made out of meat?”

Taurus Quote (Female) – Anouk Aimee “It’s so much better to desire than to have.”

Attributes – Strong, tenacious, virile, down-to-earth, dependable, caring, sensual, stubborn, possessive, cautious, vain, patronizing, vindictive, and lord knows, pretty damn lazy. Oh, and they tend to fart a lot.

Being an earth sign the Taurus is a sensual being. They love food, comfortable clothes, constant sex, and oh yea, food. It doesn’t matter whether the Taurus is a bull-in-the-china-shop Minotaur or a peace-loving Ferdinand, he is still usually obese. He’s also easy going and indolent, at least until someone reaches for that last piece of pizza. Then look out. Taureans like watching paint dry and petting rocks.

The Taurus is usually a simple, straight forward guy who loves creature comforts. He is unlikely to be distracted by such peripheral concerns as thinking or feeling. Eating and screwing? Well, it just doesn’t get much better than that.

The Taurus does not like to lead but they do make good followers. Many Taureans are performers, primarily actors and singers. They are good with their hands and like simple earth-based jobs. They make good cops, construction workers, indians, soldiers, bikers, and cowboys. Many of them run Dunkin Donut franchises.

When it comes to finances, the Taurus avoids taking risks. His portfolio is typically made up of cash and cash equivalents. The cash equivalents being things like, well, like cash. Because of his fear of banks, the Taurus tends to keep things like savings, sperm, and extra blood under his mattress.

The Taurus is earthy and strong. They are liked by both sexes and most are bisexual. Their personal relationships are often complicated. Usually they are complicated by the fact that the Taurus rarely takes baths. In love, the Taurus is marked by virility, sexuality, and passion. While not in the least romantic, they enjoy sensual love and have legendary stamina. Once they start, they can perform forever. Of course, it’s possible it may just seem that way because of their silence and typical blank stares. Taureans make excellent ex-lovers.

Appropriate Taurus Pets – A Taurus needs a pet that matches his lifestyle. Rabbits, large snakes, and giant sloths are appropriate pets for the Taurus. Turtles may be appropriate if they lack motivation and tend to sleep most of the day. Any animal that requires exercise or which likes pizza is an inappropriate pet for a Taurus.

2010 Horoscope (Taurus) –

Unfortunately, this will be a very trying year for most Taureans. Head winds will be strong.

A Taurean is not the type of man to recognize or admit to one of his own mistakes. And it takes a real man to admit a mistake. Luckily, now that you are a woman, you can blame the sex-change operation on someone else.

This month, in order to assure your reservation, you will book that “Great Chefs of Europe” themed vacation that is scheduled for October. It is something you’ve always wanted to do; however, when the time comes for you to travel, your agent will inform you that because of the atomized remains of Mt. Eyjafjallajokull now blanketing much of Europe and still falling, flights have been grounded on any destinations east of Nova Scotia and that the tour has been cancelled. In recompense, he will offer you a trip to Pamplone for next year’s “running of the bulls”.
Your finances are also destined to suffer.

Within the next month, based on a viral rumor started by a Mississippi veteran on an obscure blog, gasoline prices will skyrocket to $4.00 plus per gallon. Because of the resulting hoarding and panic and to try to avoid a double-dip recession, the government will authorize massive subsidies for establishing local ethanol stills.

Knowing a good thing when you see it, you decide to convert the back 40 and build a still. However, when your first shipment of Novozymes is delayed from the supplier, you become enraged, sell the farm, and head west to take up bear wrangling. Only later will you find out that the riches you were told were associated with this occupation was merely part of an elaborate scheme dreamed up on a Goldman Sachs trading desk.

Avoid china shops and the color red this summer.

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  2. We've decided not to go with dinner theatre, instead, we're going with new age astrology and tarot reading with a side of naughty.

  3. Famous Taurus -

    With the exception of Grant, they're all fucking commies.

  4. I ain't no damned Taurus.

  5. We might not have the best manners, or the best commentary;

    but we, sure as shootin', got the best Horoscope on the web.

  6. Park Sun-young, a lawmaker with the Liberty Forward Party, told the National Assembly on April 8 a three-man team aboard a Seal Deliver Vehicle could have sunk the Cheonan. SDVs are used to transport commandos under water.

    Some military experts say an SDV laden with explosives could have approached the Cheonan to launch a suicide bomb attack.

    But that is far from certain. Many experts say it would have been difficult to launch a human torpedo attack on the ship, considering the depth, speed of the underwater current and the heights of waves at the site of the tragedy.

    Naval Weapon

  7. Jerusalem Post -

    If Israel wants to help the US isolate Iran, it must stop its support of the settlements and Jewish development in east Jerusalem, former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk told Army Radio Wednesday morning.

  8. Grassley Backs Derivatives Curbs
    Wall Street Journal -

    WASHINGTON—Democrats won the support of a senior Republican Wednesday for a sweeping overhaul of the market for derivatives, as both sides appeared to be inching closer to a broader deal on new financial market rules ...


  9. The US believes that the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has harmed its efforts to isolate Iran and prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons, said Indyk.


    “The President [Barack Obama] told Bibi [Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu] in his first meeting that the military option was on the table. It has never been taken off the table by President Obama. What has been taken off the table is the policy of engagement with the Iranians,” said Indyk.

    Instead the US now seeks to isolate Iran, and it needs Israel to support those efforts by meeting Palestinian demands, a move that would relaunch the peace process, Indyk said.

    “This is a serious crisis” in US-Israel relations, said Indyk, who spoke with Army Radio after writing a similar op-ed in The New York Times called, “When your best friend gets angry.”

    He warned Israelis about chalking up the recent tensions to poor chemistry between Netanyahu and Obama.

    “No doubt that is part of the issue, but that is not the thing that matters,” said Indyk.

    What is at issue here is that the US now believes that a continued Israeli-Palestinian conflict harms its strategic interests in the Middle East, he said, adding that this perception emerged under former US President George Bush, and is not just a consequence of the policies of Obama’s administration.

  10. The US is now involved in two wars in the Middle East, said Inyk. Obama signs 30 to 40 condolence letters a month, which is “many more than the Israeli prime minister signs,” he added, so it has a vested interest it reducing tensions in the region.

    An important step in that direction is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, said Indyk.

    “If Israel is a superpower and does not need $3 billion in military assistance and the protection of the US, and the efforts of the US to isolate and pressure Iran, than go ahead and do what you like. If you need the US then you need to take American interests into account,” said Indyk.

    Iran has already shown that it provokes conflict with Israel through Hamas and Hizbullah as a way to break out of isolation, he said.

    “We have seen it time and time again. So therefore the US and Israel have to work to increase Iran’s isolation, Israel has to work to calm things down,” said Indyk.

  11. Martin Sean Indyk (b. 1951 - ) is Vice President for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Indyk served as United States ambassador to Israel and Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs during the Clinton Administration. He is arguably best known as one of the lead U.S. negotiators at the Camp David talks. He is also known as the framer of the U.S. policy of dual containment which sought to 'contain' Iraq and Iran, which were both viewed as Israel's two most important strategic adversaries at the time.

  12. In 1982, Indyk began working as a deputy research director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington ...

  13. He was born on July 1, 1951 to a Jewish family in London, England, but grew up and was educated in Australia, growing up in the Sydney suburb of Castlecrag. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1972 and received a PhD in international relations from the Australian National University in 1977. He immigrated to the United States and later gained American citizenship in 1993. He was formerly married to Jill Collier Indyk with whom he had two children, Sarah and Jacob.

  14. (Disclaimer: New rules are being developed as to what secret knowledge will be accepted. Some of the stuff you guys have been sending is just sick.)

    Now I'm curious. I need to know secrets and what is being sent that is "just sick" And who ever is sending this awful stuff should be ashamed.

    And 13 really isn't a good number to end on.

    Happy Earth Day.

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