“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."

Thursday, July 29, 2010

HOROSCOPE – Leo (July 23 – August 21)

"Brevity is the soul of lingerie"-
Dorothy Parker, Leo

Quirk said...
HOROSCOPE – Leo (July 23 – August 21)

Origin – Fifth sign of the zodiac; named after the Nemean Lion, a heroic beast that got his ass kicked in a fight with Hercules. To commemorate the epic struggle Hera placed the Lion in the heavens and thus we have the constellation of Leo.

Controlling Body – Sun

Lucky Day – Sunday

Color – Gold (Red/Orange)

Element – Fire

Symbol – Lion

Lucky Number - One

Compatible Signs – Aries, Sagittarius

Incompatible Signs – Capricorn, Pisces

Famous Leos – Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Benito Mussolini, Genghis Khan, Deng Xiaoping, Menachem Begin, Fidel Castro, Princess Anne, Mata Hari, Anita Hill, Henry Ford, Milton Freeman, Amelia Earhart, Dolores del Rio, Herman Melville, Percy B. Shelly, Karl G. Jung, Roman Polanski

Leo Quote (Male) – Barack H. Obama: "Al Qaeda is still a threat. We cannot pretend somehow that because Barack Hussein Obama got elected as president, suddenly everything is going to be OK.”

Leo Quote (Male) – Barack H. Obama: “Why can't I just eat my waffle?”

Leo Quote (Male) – Bill Clinton: “What's a man got to do to get in the top fifty?" (reacting to a survey of journalists that ranked the Monica Lewinsky scandal as the 53rd most significant story of the century)

Leo Quote (Male) – Mick Jagger: “It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back."

Leo Quote (Female) – Dorothy Parker: "Brevity is the soul of lingerie."

Leo Quote (Female) - Jackie Kennedy: "There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed."

Attributes – Big, bright, bouncy, larger-than-life, idealistic, charismatic, generous, ambitious, extrovert, adventurous, dynamic, strong-willed, magnanimous, courageous, grand, creative, splendiferous, born leaders, self-centered, insensitive, narcissistic, egoistic, pompous, bossy, intolerant, arrogant, haughty, needy

The typical Leo is hard to miss. Bigger than life, they project accordingly. They travel through life at the center of the stage, flamboyant in dress and manner. The most important motivator for the Leo is his own self-image, and that image is a heroic one. This can be both a blessing and a curse. The Leo creates his own mythology. He/she creates an internal, idealized world of black and white, good and evil, with himself as hero at the center of that world. Further he has the motivation, ambition, and energy to bring that world to reality. The defending “Most Interesting Man in the World” is a Leo.

The Leo is courageous and willing to take risks to achieve his aims. His prime motivations are to be the center of attention and to be appreciated. While it may not appear that way to most people, the Leo’s is sometimes shy and introverted and his actions are often meant to compensate for the fact that he is terrified of being perceived as mediocre, or left unnoticed or unappreciated. He/she desperately needs love and affection and the applause of the crowd. Leos make good managers, chefs, politicians, knights and dictators. Recent surveys indicate that a disproportionate percentage of actors and bungee jumpers are Leos.

In relationships, the Leo is magnanimous. He is a romantic and he can make the person he loves feel the beauty of that romance, at least for a while. However, the Leo is a romantic and sometimes, because it fits more with his own self-generated mythology, is more in love with the concept of love than with any specific partner. This often leads to tension and/or masturbation. If the partner rebukes him because of this, the Leo is usually dumfounded and dejected having never realized that caught up in his own vision he was causing pain to another. That’s why it is important for the Leo to choose a relationship with a compatible astrological sign. To do otherwise can lead to disaster. Mary Jo Kopechne, fatality and Leo, should have avoided her relationship with that Pisces politician. Just saying.

The Leo sees himself as the hero of life’s story and is unwilling to share the spotlight. Likewise, in the idealized mythology the Leo creates for himself he is concerned with great things and cannot be bothered with the mundane and banal. Unfortunately, he assumes that others will without complaint handle the small stuff and pick up after him. It was a Leo that invented the position of “booze lackey”.

The typical Leo is an idea guy. He would rather be the “Big Fish in a small pond” than vice versa. He is willing to invest whatever it takes to bring his vision to reality. This means he often attains significant material success. However, it can often also lead to heroic failures. The concept of the “See-through Burqa” was developed by a Leo. However, while it achieved significant critical acclaim when first introduced on the Paris runways, it for some reason never became a commercial success.

Bold and flamboyant, Leo’s are the demigods of the astrological universe. Unfortunately, in many senses they are walking anachronisms. In today’s world, reality intrudes on their romantic vision. The heyday of the Leo Age peaked in France sometime near the end of the 15th Century.

Appropriate Leo Pets – Leo pets should reflect the personality of their owner. They should be flamboyant, impressive, and exotic. Appropriate Leo pets could include peacocks, Komodo dragons, and griffins. Cats are surprisingly inappropriate pets for the Leo. For while they share the Leo’s haughty arrogance, they are also self-centered and independent and incapable of giving the Leo the appreciation and attention he covets.

This year is expected to offer a mixed bag for the typical Leo.

• People consider Leo the Divine Child of the zodiac. The Sun shines upon you and you are basically just a kid at heart. Unfortunately, this will not prevent you from being tried as an adult later this month.

• A slight crack in the door of your microwave will result in microwave leakage sufficient to give you the tumor-growing capability of 20 normal people thus assuring you another slot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

• At this year’s Renaissance Festival, you will receive a broken collar bone when hit by a huge, overly –done drumstick in a fight with another Leo over who deserves to be called King of the Festival. The state police and local swat team will be called in when the conflict spreads as people dressed in Star Wars regalia enter into a food fight with World of War proponents and New Agers. A number of police will be injured by flying crystals.

• At the annual Christmas party, forgetting to disconnect the lamp while reaching for the lampshade results in a spectacular conflagration which achieves to an unexpected degree your goal of becoming the center of attention.

Next Month: Virgo (monthly personalized horoscopes available by request)

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Because of time and space constraints we don’t usually present any expanded horoscopes. However, this month we were presented with a request for some comments on people with Leo ascendant; therefore, being a slave to the whims of the EB Muses, I offer the following:

[Note: Please remember that horoscopes merely highlight tendencies and potentials. Any particular person may be molded and shaped by other planetary influences and may never fully exhibit all the typical traits associated with his/her Sun Sign.]


Leo ascendant individuals typically share many of the Leo’s more obvious characteristics. You can’t help but notice them. They are flamboyant, energized, spontaneous, very conscious of their appearance especially their hair, and are always seeking to be the center of attention. They are usually the life of the party and jealous of sharing the spotlight. However, when things don’t go their way, look out. The resulting temper tantrums can produce a lot of collateral damage.

Women who are Leo ascendant typically have cute toes. Because they share the Leo’s flamboyant nature, they will often adorn them with bright red polish even though some people who are not necessarily Leo ascendant might offer the suggestion that a more muted hue might be more attractive.

The appropriate scent for the Leo ascendant woman would be a perfume or a subtler eau de parfum drawn from the Creed line of fragrances. However, while the true LEO wouldn’t think twice about purchasing the Creed brand, the Leo ascendant individual might be swayed by the more practical aspects of her own sign and forego the extravagance. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to offer birthday suggestions.

Thu Jul 29, 12:38:00 AM EDT


  1. Teresita said...
    WP: "The term Semite means a member of any of various ancient and modern Semitic-speaking peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, Arabs, and Ethiopian Semites."

    Wed Jul 28, 08:36:00 PM EDT

    Not your best, T. I addressed your incorrect use of the term "anti-Semite", which has a specific origin and purpose.

  2. anti-Semite, a term developed in Germany, in German, to express distaste for things Jewish.

    A phrase that is both inaccurate and propaganda that has been utilized as such by the Jewish community seeking to enhance their victimhood status.

    Simply spin of old German propaganda that is without any real meaning, in English.

  3. To use anti-Semite as a term meaning anti-Israeli and pro-Arab, both factually and linguisticly inaccurate and oximoronic, when speaking English.

  4. That horoscope, Q.
    Hit me, like a 2x4, up side the head.

    Quite entertaining.

    Thank you for your service to the Bar and Bait Shop..

  5. But than, again, allen has always been a bit challenged, by linguistics.

    I recall his confusion about the word bible.
    He thought it a title to a single book, not a word applying to all the books, in the biblioteca.

    Or all the libros, in the library.

  6. No, words have real meanings, and Semite is one of those words that those in allen's community have tried to spin for their own propaganda purposes.

    They have been reasonably successful in their attemp. Americans, like allen, also trend towards being linguistically challenged.

    It may exemplify those "public" schools, failing US.

  7. I did mention, at the time, that I thought most of the damage will be largely gone within two years.

    Most past clean-up efforts have been a waste of money in almost every spill. The best that should be done is to stop the leak as quickly as possible.

  8. Allen, it's one thing for the Jews to stake out their claim to the land based on boundaries written in a scroll that the Jews invented, but surely you will not defer to the incorrect use of the name for the Semites by the same Nazis that invented the "Aryan" race. By seizing control of the language, one can divert a rational opposition to Zionism into opposition against a whole ethnicity, anywhere in the diaspora, which is what the far worse enemies of Israel do in the UN when they spout the Zionism = Racism mantra.

  9. Correct, Ms T.

    There is an effort, on both sides, to equate Zionism with Judaism.

    The two do not conflate, at all.

  10. Thanks, rat.

    However, based on the phrase "...Hit me, like a 2x4...", I suspect you were more than a little influenced by Deuce's artwork. It had the same effect on me.

    Not sure where he comes up with these, some obscure web file or his own personal albums.

    In a recent post he did actually portray himself as an international man of mystery and contender for the post of "Most Interesting Man Alive" when the current occupant passes on.


  11. DR,

    While I may be challenged by linguistics, I do know a auto-de-fe of anti-Semites when I see one.

    For the record, the term "anti-Semite" was coined in Germany by Wilhelm Marr in 1879.

    Since I'm off to work, I do not have time to enumerate the multitude of times the phrase "anti-Semitic, etc" have been misused at the EB. Had I a dollar for each occurrence, I would not be heading off to work today.

    One final thought, DR: no matter the etymology and epistemology of “anti-Semite”, you are one, enabled by less reckless members of the EB.

  12. T,

    I have given the historic origin of the term anti-Semite. My time at the Bar has expired. Another time perhaps.

  13. allen's time with us has expired, what a shame.

    To bad he cannot address the issue of Zionist propagandists usurping German propaganda from the post WWI era, for their own purposes.

    Again, when reality fails to support the Zionist propagandists, they attack the messenger.

  14. And, evidenced again, the Zionist propagandists continue to to want us to conflate both Zionism and Israel with Judaism, which is both nonsensical and a false construct.

    As are most of their propaganda efforts.

  15. It doesn't take a Rockette Zionist to know there's not very many Jewish gals dancing at Radio City Music Hall.

  16. DR:And, evidenced again, the Zionist propagandists continue to to want us to conflate both Zionism and Israel with Judaism, which is both nonsensical and a false construct.

    In other words, you find it in the Zion's friction section of the book store.

  17. My problem with Obama is not that he's half-black but that he's entirely liberal.

  18. desert rat said...
    And, evidenced again, the Zionist propagandists continue to to want us to conflate both Zionism and Israel with Judaism, which is both nonsensical and a false construct.

    As are most of their propaganda efforts.

    Rat, a simple truth...

    Maybe your buddies in the aryan nation believe the shit you shovel, but to those of us that are Jews? You're an anti-semite...

    Case closed...

    Now go back to your Lester Crown rants, your diatribes over Israel and your one standard for Israel and no standard for all others nonsense....

    We all here, and those that visit, see you as a black hearted, jew obsessed, israel hating, zionist hating nitwit...

    There is no use in presenting facts to a rapid dog such as yourself...

    no use...

    The only thing I hope that comes out of your black hearted and evil obsession?

    I hope it fills your life with pain...

    Maybe a heart attack or two as well...

  19. "The Earth is hotter than ever, global warming is real: Researchers


    “The conclusion is unmistakable – yes, the planet is warming,” said Derek Arndt, a co-editor of the report, called State of the Climate, which was published by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

    “The facts speak for themselves, and speak simultaneously,” said Mr. Arndt, who runs the Climate Monitoring Branch at NOAA. “And, they all point toward the same conclusion – the globe is warming.”

    The report – co-edited by researchers in the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia – pulled together data from 10 climate indicators measured by 160 research groups in 48 countries. The scientists compared the figures decade by decade as far back as possible, more than 100 years in some cases. They concluded 2000 to 2009 was the warmest decade ever, and the Earth has been growing warmer for 50 years. Each of the past three decades – 1980s, 1990s and 2000s – was the hottest on record, the researchers said.

    This year is shaping up to be even warmer. For the first six months of 2010, the combined global land and ocean temperature was the warmest on record, according to the NOAA.


  20. Quirk: Not sure where he comes up with these, some obscure web file or his own personal albums.

    My brother has one too, he calls it his spank bank.

  21. Rat's a man of no convictions.

  22. T: writes this shit on her blog...

    After Abram had checked out the land as he was told to do, he built his third altar to Yahweh in Hebron, which in modern times, like Beitin, is another West Bank town populated by Palestinian Arabs. They too are the children of Abram by blood, not only the Jews. Their presence in Canaan fulfills Yahweh's promise to give this land to Abram's seed every bit as much as the presence of Israelis Jews does.

    And you wonder why Jews think that T is losing her mind?

    What a lode of shit...

    Talk about delusion....

  23. Another Great Job, Q. Great Art-work, also, Deuce.

  24. Quirk, that was great. I had a rough morning and you made me laugh out loud.

    The add-on was transcendent and so true. There is no doubt about it, though, it's gotta be red all the way, baby.

    Je ne porte pas parfume. It doesn't matter what sign I'm under.

  25. Teresita said...
    Allen, it's one thing for the Jews to stake out their claim to the land based on boundaries written in a scroll that the Jews invented.

    Wow... what a loaded comment....

    so the "jews" invented it....


    does that mean it's false or true?

    if it's simply a load of shit? then christianity and islam by definition are even MORE full of shit... And one WONDERS why you spend so much time studying it....

    If it's TRUE? Then the Lands of Israel are infact PROPERTY of the JEWS. Period...

    As for the Modern State of Israel, it's creation was not based on Jewish created scrolls but the self determination of the JEWS that have lived there and wanted their own state..

    Just as the NUMEROUS arab countries became states, Israel became a state.....

    You yourself have commented that Israel "history" is bullshit (according to your expert opinion) and should not be given any weight to create a state, and yet...

    you claim that "palestinian arabs" some how uphold the covenant with Yahweh (a ignorant false name of the creator by the way)

    To keep track of what is and what is not bullshit seems to be what fits your fantasy at the moment...

  26. T: By seizing control of the language, one can divert a rational opposition to Zionism into opposition against a whole ethnicity, anywhere in the diaspora

    Rational opposition to "zionism"?

    Spoken like David Duke....

    T, read the Hamas Charter.. It refer's to it's opposition to the JEWISH PEOPLE..

    Arabs have been treating JEWS as inferior pieces of garbage for centuries before the modern creation of Israel.

    Rational opposition to "zionism"? MY ASS...


    To somehow white wash Jew hatred into "Rational opposition to "zionism"?" is quite frankly...


    and no, that word doesnt apply to arabs in any way shape or form...

    what a load of revisionist bullshit...

  27. So now T is a Mormon...

    Lesbian Mormon...

    A religion that claims to come from a LOST tribe of Jews... (nonsense)

    What does Mormonism say about Gays..

    Mormons Bankroll Anti–Gay Marriage Amendments in California, Arizona
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has mobilized followers to give an estimated 77% of the total donations that have come in to support California's proposed gay marriage ban, Proposition 8. Californians Against Hate released figures Tuesday showing that $17.67 million was contributed by 59,000 Mormon families since August to groups like Yes on 8. Contributions in support of Prop. 8 total $22.88 million.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has mobilized followers to give an estimated 77% of donations to support California's proposed marriage ban.

    Californians Against Hate released figures Tuesday showing that $17.67 million was contributed by 59,000 Mormon families since August to groups like Yes on 8. Contributions in support of Prop. 8 total $22.88 million. Additionally, the group reports that Mormons have contributed $6.9 million to pass a a similar law, Proposition 102, in Arizona.

    "It is a staggering amount of money and an even more staggering percentage of the overall campaign receipts," Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate said in a press release. "The Mormon Church, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has hijacked the campaigns in both California and Arizona, where voters face constitutional amendments to end same-sex marriage."

    Karger said Californians Against Hate came up with the figures by cross-referencing donor information from the California secretary of state with Brigham Young University alumni lists, church memberships, and other personal documentation that could identify Mormon Church members. He said the surge in support has been an attempt to boost the church's social standing among the greater religious community.

    "For whatever reason, they're trying to get some respect from other religions," he told The Advocate Tuesday. "They've always been looked down upon by the Christians, the Catholics, and evangelicals."

    Success with the marriage amendment would give the church credibility, Karger said.

    The Latter-day Saints Church says it has approximately 770,000 members in California, accounting for about 2% of the state's population. Senior church elders broadcast a call to Mormons October 8 for increased volunteer efforts and donations for the marriage fight. The hour-long message went out to churches in Utah, Hawaii, and Idaho as well as California.

    Members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, the second-highest church governing body, explained their plan to pass the ballot initiative. They asked each California congregation to commit 30 volunteers to donate four hours a week to Proposition 8. They also urged young people to use technology -- such as social networks, text messaging, and blogging -- to spread the word. (Michelle Garcia, The Advocate)

    This is T's new faith...

    too fuckin funny

  28. So I guess in T's warped mind, being anti-mormon is being "anti-semitic"

    after all Mormons sailed the ocean blue, long before Columbus...

    Settled in the Americas...

    had visions...

    gold plates...

    father and mother gods...

    become your own jesus on your own planet...

    dont think they have an acceptance of lesbian father and mother gods on your own planet...

    get's funnier by the day....


    maybe T, when she becomes jesus on her own planet, can invite all of the yahweh palestinians to be her servants...


    this is too funny...

  29. The Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade was underway on Thursday with approximately 3,000 supporters in attendance.

    A planned Gay Pride Parade was also planned in Gaza, however the group's leader Mohammed Sucksalotdick Hussein, was executed by the Hamas.

    Hamas was quoted as say: We tolerate no stinking queers, lesbians or jews...

  30. Hussein calls himself a mongrel on "the view."

    The son of a Bitch has got to go!

    - Limbaugh caller

  31. "...he calls it his spank bank."

    I should have been more clear, T. By "personal albums" I was insinuating that these ladies could be former friends of Deuce.

    He is after all an "international man of mystery".


  32. Trish, I know that dance is not something that excites you anyway but I thought of you last night every step of the way in this piece. It expresses a loved one going off to war. Watch the whole thing you'll be surprised at the end. Amazing choreography.

    Heaven is a place on earth

  33. WiO:So now T is a Mormon...Lesbian Mormon...

    What the hell are you talking about? I'm an agnostic Taoist.

  34. Taoist agnostic Lesbian.

    Horoscopes have the smell of decaying fatality, no existential choice.

  35. rufus said...

    The "Greatest Healthcare the World has ever Known" is great unless you're one of the ten million, or so, Americans that can't get it.


    How much would it have cost to simply buy insurance for those Americans?

    Academic, of course, since the real objective is to deconstruct American Society and rebuild it in the image of East Germany prior to the Wall's Fall.

  36. Hating Congress, Hating Ourselves

    Personally, I share the view that an ever-expanding federal government -- bigger, fatter, spending at an atrocious rate -- leads, inevitably to alienation.

    Expectations are sky-high as to what it can actually accomplish in a manner which can remotely be termed cost-effective. Disappointment is inevitable.


    But hope for change springs eternal for our very own Rufus Rose Colored.

  37. Doug, a lot less, of course.

    Elections have consequences.

    Which means,

    Primaries have consequences.

    Maybe we'll choose more wisely next time.

    Of course, having the world's economy/financial system Blow Up right before the election has consequences, also.

  38. Doug, my outlook isn't really all that more "rosy" than most others'.

    I just think our problems will probably come down a road not, currently, being watched.

  39. ObamaVolt

    Added bonus from comments at the link:

    Trish described: to be brave and cheerful. It’s like sitting in the first-class saloon of the Titanic as the boat yaws, drinking brandy and making light, amusing conversation."

  40. You would be glad to know that the annual audit put out by the ADL reported a 10% decrease nationally in anti-Semitic incidents from 1,352 in 2008 to 1,211 in 2009. Locally in the Delaware Valley there were 68 anti-Semitic incidents in 2009 down from 97 incidents in 2008.

    And for the second year in a row Phila ranked 5th in the country in the number of incidents.

    It's sad to read that a middle school in a surrounding county (we're talking middle school now, 6th, 7th and 8th grade) had an incident where they had "kick a Jew day" unfuckingbelievable.

    See what I get for reading other people's mail.

  41. I sse I inadvertently posted as anon, it happens when you have two or three people behind you.

    I have checked out the Boise River, I'll be fishing on the Boise State University campus tomorrow morning, early. Great little river to inner tube, if you're a kid.

    Catch this, Hillary and Bill didn't invite the obama's to Chel's wedding. What can this posssibly mean, to an alert observer? hint, hint

    My daughter's driving drives me nuts. She refuses to put her right hand on the top of the steering wheel, like a normal person, rather left hand, three fingers, controls from the bottom of the wheel, resulting in swaying back and forth. Further, she follows too close, and, coming down the Payette River road she hits the 35 mph curves going in at about 55. I'm a wreck, nerve wise.

    Rafters on the Salmon, kyakers on the Payette, which in places, is pure white water, and extreme sport.

    Tomoorw: very late lunch, dinner really, with niece Emily and friend.

    The Basques, according to the suppliment in the paper, have created some interesting drinks. Which I'll describe later, as someone wants to use the house computer, lurking behind me.

    I want some of that love potion made from a flower, (pansy, I think) as described in "Aa Midsummer's Night's Dream'

    Stuff seems to work, after all Tatiana, I think it was, fell in lover with Bottom.

  42. 5. Jason S

    It’s worth noting that the battery plant where the Volt’s batteries are being made is the one where Obama called out Pete Hoekstra for attending. Yeah, the same plant that just created 150 jobs at $500k a pop. So taxpayers are paying $500,000 per job to produce $10,000 batteries that will be installed in a car that nobody is going to buy. This is the new “green economy”, and a 3rd grader with an abacus can tell you that this is “unsustainable”. And this administration is shocked by the persistently high unemployment? “If you build it, he will come” is not a good economic policy.

  43. Quirkie, I'm ashamed of you, peddling that horo crap like you do. And too think I almost swooned for you. I may have been mee'me the ho, but I'm matriculated now, all by my own choice. Whoroscopes be damned.

  44. hehehehhahaha--Rangel is going to trial, starting in September.

    Rangel's one of those affable crooks I like.

  45. "Quirkie, I'm ashamed of you,...


    Bob-Anon, Svetlana, the occasional Bob.

    Did you forget to take your meds with you on that trip?

    Put your wife on the line, I want to get this straightened out.


  46. Yeh, I don't know why but I kinda like Rangel too. Maybe it's the bow tie.

    Of course, I also kind of like Bill Clinton. Go figure.


  47. SEC proceedings ruled 'TOP SECRET'.

    What can one expect in TOP SECRET AMERICA?

    Transparancy? Translation from NEWSPEAK = Trust us, we're the government.

    Makes you want to go out and join the Tea Party.

    "SEC Says New Financial Regulation Law Exempts it From Public Disclosure

    So much for transparency.

    Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The law, signed last week by President Obama, exempts the SEC from disclosing records or information derived from "surveillance, risk assessments, or other regulatory and oversight activities." Given that the SEC is a regulatory body, the provision covers almost every action by the agency, lawyers say. Congress and federal agencies can request information, but the public cannot."

    New Law Exempts Public Disclosure


  48. Lucky Damned Lion.

  49. Why "former?"

    Excellent point Rufus.


  50. I've just met the nicest guy, one of my dotter's friends from Boise State University. Hit it off, right off, he fly fishes. He confirms my judgement, and he's a geologist student/fly fisherman, and he tells me, Boise State University campus is the place for it, in town, less you want drive out of town, which I don't. Nobody fishes it, cause the boys here are concentrated on the girls, and football, cept for this nice fellow. This is a few blocks away from the Capitol Building. A forgotten urban risheries.

    I'll try to write a poem about it, cause the river is me, and Quirk too, according to the interpretation of the buddha, in dotter's buddha books I am reading, for nothing else to do.

    Gotama would tell Quirk, it is not helpful, it is not skillful, to fill the airwaves with such errant nonsense. It does not conduce to liberation.

    Not that I exactly believe that myself.

    What pisses me off about Karen Armstrong, the author of this book, is she has such a soft spot for the muzzies. She simply has a blind spot there, but doesn't or can't admit it. She doesn't want to face the facts. Other than that, she knows her stuff.

    There is an excellent few pages about Gotama under the Rose Apple tree, in his youth, which reminded me of the descriptions by Theodore Roethke of some expeeriences in his youth. Not that anyone cares, save me and my dotter.

    The buddha sat under two trees, not one. The Rose Apple tree in his youth, the introduction. and the bo tree, facing east, later in life, the consumation.

    Royal Caochman or nymph first, that is the overwhelming question, for tomorrow morning.

  51. Put your wife on the line, I want to get this straightened out.

    Shit, there ain't a chance in hell of that, she's sane, a Methodist, minds her own business, has her own frineds, and is secretly looking forward to my demise, good woman.

  52. Senate Republicans blocked a measure that would cut taxes and ease credit for small businesses, saying they objected that Democrats refused to consider their amendments to extend expiring tax breaks.

    The Senate voted 58-42 today to end debate on the bill, falling short of the 60 votes required to consider the legislation for passage.

    “Once again a common-sense bill that would help Americans is being held hostage by political calculation,” Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, said in debate before the vote.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said he would work with Republicans today to seek a compromise on amendments to the measure. The legislation was aimed at easing terms for loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration, providing $12 billion in tax breaks and issuing grants to states to provide business loans.

    It would have provided $30 billion to banks with less than $10 billion in assets to encourage lending to small businesses. The cost of paying back those capital infusions would decline based on the level of small-business lending by the bank. The aid could spur $300 billion in lending.

    From Bloomberg:

  53. Melody, I appreciate all that about dancing. My daughter never did get into that. I think I can understand how much pleasure it's given you.

  54. I think I'll just stay home this Nov. I'd hate to admit I voted for either a Republican, or a Democrat.

  55. The Dems are "Dangerous," and the Republicans are just plain stupid.

  56. Richard Shelby, intellect extraordinaire, had "This" to say:

    The program might induce banks to make risky loans, lawmakers said.

    “The lack of credit for small businesses is a problem that needs to be addressed,” Shelby said during Senate debate last week. “I do not, however, believe that we should try and solve this problem with another expensive and bureaucratic government program.”

  57. Makes you want to go out and join the Tea Party.

    Here in Michigan, we have our own little brouhaha going regarding the Tea Party.

    As in the rest of the country, the Tea Party here is a movement not an official party. Well, not an official party until recently that is.

    A whole bank of cadidates recently filed as candidates for the Tea Party. This required setting up an official Tea Party. Now we have five parties here, GOP, DEMS, No-TAX Party, Some Other Guys (maybe Libertarian), and the new Tea Party.

    The actual Tea Party movement in the state is up in arms and is seeking leagal redress. DEMS are facing a tough fight here this fall. The Tea Party movement says the move is merely an attempt to confuse the voters. They accuse the Democratic party of dirty tricks.

    Seems all the candidates that have filed are Dem hacks. The guy who organized to register the party is a Dem operative and major player here. It cost about $120,000 so far to set up the party. The Dems deny any involvement.

    Dirty trick? Oh yeah, no doubt.

    Smart play by Dems? Well, clever.

    Effective? Remains to be seen.


  58. "Gotama would tell Quirk, it is not helpful, it is not skillful, to fill the airwaves with such errant nonsense. It does not conduce to liberation."

    What bullshit Bob. The last time I visited Lily Dale, I met up with Gotama briefly during a speed-dating exercise. They assigned me a young medium, obviously inexperienced, who was supposed to hook me up with Marilyn Monroe for a 10 minute session (I later found out she ended up on the other side of the room.) Anyway this little shit ends up channelling Gotama (he prefers to be called Gautama by the way and by the end of the session I was calling him Sidd). Anyway the little mix-up was initially a little embarrassing for all three of us, but we decided, what the hell, let's do this.

    His regional dialect was a little difficult for me to get past, but we eventually had an interesting talk. Interesting guy. And funny. At times we were laughing our asses off.

    But back to the point. The guy kinda dominated the conversation with all his proselytizing for the Bahai faith, but I was able to slip in a few words about what we've been doing over at Souls R Us. He was very supportive.

    Said since he's been away he has had time to do a lot of thinking and is reavaluating a lot of his previous views.


  59. "“The lack of credit for small businesses is a problem that needs to be addressed,” Shelby said during Senate debate last week. “I do not, however, believe that we should try and solve this problem with another expensive and bureaucratic government program.”

    Shelby is a dick and I have to agree with your assessment of the GOP and DEMS Ruf. However, even if his actual rationale is a bunch of bull, his point about the expanding bureaucracy is a legitimate on.

    Take the recent FinReg legislation. It requires that banks have to take women and minority interest into account in there hiring practices. To monitor this the FEDS will be setting up 20new regional boards to monitor the bank's performance.

    Worse, the legislation merely establishes broad outlines. Once the actual rules are written by the bureaucracy no telling where we will end up.


  60. If you don't think us Rosicrucians have Siddhi think again cab driver. I know your mind, I can levitate, and make you vanish with a thought.

    I am arhat, be nice to me.

    Cause I'm not perfected, still have some wickednness in me.

  61. "their hiring practices"

    Apologies to the comma marm and Deuce.


  62. The minor siddhi--

    yathā sańkalpa saḿsiddhiḥ: Perfect accomplishment of one's determination

    Best watch out smart ass. Poof!!!

  63. Cause I'm not perfected, still have some wickednness in me.

    If you were truly arhat, you would realize that a fledgling oblati such as you is required to show more respect to his is superiors in the Rosicrucian brotherhood.

    Perfection is boring.

    As for the threats, bring it on Big Boy.

    But beware. I have friends in low places.

    (By the way, by low places I'm not talking about the EB.)

    You are a pale Kojiro to my Musashi.

    I am livid. I would settle this right now except my dog is pressuring me to take him for a walk.




  64. I am beginning to feel vindicated...this is from Time: far — while it's important to acknowledge that the long-term potential danger is simply unknowable for an underwater event that took place just three months ago — it does not seem to be inflicting severe environmental damage. "The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared," says geochemist Jacqueline Michel, a federal contractor who is coordinating shoreline assessments in Louisiana.

    Read more

  65. This is shaping up as one of the defining arguments of the fall elections:
    The nascent US economic recovery would be halted in 2011 if Congress fails to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, analysts at Deutsche Bank said.

    Read more at CNBC

  66. T, DR et al,

    Re: anti-Semitism

    You may call your Aunt Mary, "Uncle Harry"...Still, it ain't so.

    T, I do not know how you came to think that your opinions would garner a "Nazi" from me. They have not done so over all these years. Is it that time of month?

    If you now are speaking for DR, I will have to give it some thought.

  67. And a Semite can be a Jew, but it is more likely to be an Arab from Saudi Arabia.

    Semite describes language, not religion.

    If one speaks English.

    So, this time you are right, allen.
    You can call anyone a Semite any time you want, but it is still a language grouping, not to be conflated with religion, at all.

  68. BAGHDAD – Militants flew an al-Qaida flag over a Baghdad neighborhood Thursday after killing 16 security officials and burning some of their bodies in a brazen afternoon attack that served as a grim reminder of continued insurgent strength in Iraq's capital.

    It was the bloodiest attack in a day that included the deaths of 23 Iraqi soldiers, policemen and other security forces across the country who were targeted by shootings and roadside bombs.

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  70. So you can call anti-Semitism anti-Judaism, if you want to, but it is not English that you'd be speaking.

    But Zionist spin.

    Or rehashed German.

    But for you and yours to misuse the English language, that does not make it viable nor meaningful.
    Just more propaganda, spin and smoke. To confuse the issue of Europeons, Russians mostly, colonizing the Eastern Med, without just cause or justice to the locally born inhabitants.

  71. Before the CIA, there was The Pond.

    Deuce, you should have worked for this outfit. They sound like they were a lot more fun than the AF.

  72. Now, this is what I like: no namby-pamby gobbledygook; no conflation of Zionist/Israeli/Jew/Semite. No, sir: no failure to communicate here, just straight from the hip race baiting. Someone from the EB needs to reach out to this gentleman and let him know he is not alone against all that Jew money.

    McMahon Campaign Hits Grimm For Taking "Jewish Money"

    failure to communicate

  73. Whow, bow wow, your dog can't hit a tree with piss, that's what the boys have watched you, say.

  74. That was sent to the semi-arhat asshat Quirk.

    no levitation
    no reading of minds
    no bilocation
    no vanishings
    and no following

    the five failures of an asshat fraud My very sleeping breath would fry such a fellow. My snoring would break his weak pathetic ear drums.

    The movement of the stars, the drift of the universe, my ass. Particularily when consciousness has created it, not the other way around.

    Criminals and saints all born on the same day, same hour, even the very same minute.

    Think again, o cockroach, o nobly born.

  75. Melody, that was quite beautiful and moving. Thank you.

  76. The only thing you might have right, O Quirk, O Nobly Born, is the universe has a memeory, better than the internet, much better, a memory that glues your very thoughts, much less what you say, and do, even your thoughts always being there, as yours.

    Sleep tight with this thought.

    Meditate upon that in your consciousness, O Nobly Born.

    Charlie Rangel, affable crook, never considered this.

    It's popularily called the bite of conscience.

    By the way, T., how can you be an agnostic Taoist, as Taoism is an expression of the old Perennial Philosophy, which was built upon experience and knowing? Often quite wide openings are granted to quite small children in such an outlook, and taken seriously.

    You'll find a discussion of such matters in William James 'The Varieties of Religious Experience'.

    Noboby sound wants a drab unknowing, a fake agnosticism.

    People yearn for the real thing. That's why they drink, and do drugs, trying to get out of themselves in an impossible way.

  77. They are speaking Spanish, or Axtec or Mayan, all around me now, but it ain't American English. I am retreating to my room.
    Since they are dressed nicely, it's possible they are Basque. I'm still retreating to my room, the day is far gone and done for me, goodnight.

    Tomorrow: a Basque drink recipe that will knock your bra off.

  78. Last comment, I wish Melody's daughter could watch this Basque dancing, I'm sure she would enjoy it.


  79. Egyptian Journalist Describes 'Absolute Prosperity' in Gaza

    " Al-Houl's story of his trip to Gaza and his realization that “in actual terms, Gaza is not under siege” was written up in the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram..."

    DR et al, take heart; the lad will soon be eliminated and things can return to normal Jew bashing.

  80. The level of prosperity, in Gaza, is another false construct, more spin from the Israeli propaganda machine.

    The level of prosperity, or the litany of materials allowed into Gaza, is meaningless to the issue. Which is, of course, the Israelis continued violation of the Geneva Accords, a gross violation of civilized and legal behavior. A benevolent despot, is still a despot.

    A nice illegal, is still an illegal, I've heard that, here at the Bait Shop, more than once.

  81. Melody,

    Re: "unfuckingbelieveable"

    Obviously, not...Thanks for reporting the fact.

  82. Oooooh...Now, I get it: The Egyptian reporter is part of the vast Israeli-Egyptian ME propaganda machine...How very clever of you to have picked up on the Jew duplicity so quickly. Fortunately, we have you and Quirk to keep us up to speed on the latest conspiracies.

  83. "It’s like sitting in the first-class saloon of the Titanic as the boat yaws..."

    And I'm having Ron Zacapa.

    And listening to this:

    With the bass turned all the way up.

  84. Haven't been here in awhile. Skimmed the last 4 posts and comments. Reminds me of what a doc friend of mine here in ATL told me that one of the male med tech's said in the middle of surgery one day. True story. This was not just any med tech, but a former ATL Falcon professional football player, offensive lineman. That means he was a big fucker - towered over the rest of the staff. Also a midwestern white dude. So, the doc tells me that the surgical team was way up there on the diversity scale - gays, lesbians, white, black, asian, tatoos, nose-rings, lip-studs, etc. Not exactly what the footballer grew up with in Iowa or wherever he was from out there in the Midwest. Right in the middle of a heart catheterization procedure, one of the "others" (meaning non-white, non-heterosexual) made a comment referring to his or her lifestyle. This big dude looks down at my doc friend and deadpanned, "Doc, this is a hell of a sociology experiment you got going on in here...I hope your patient survives it."

  85. Here's what I was listening to. Through my ipod though. (Much better audio quality.)

  86. Regarding that missing oil spill, I believe i was the first to say that nature would take care of itself, that the ocean was a giant washing machine, with a link to the Saudi spill that dwarfed this one and for which nary a trace could be found a few years later.

    The Bar's rat, as he so often does, climbed high on his pile of garbage to ridicule that assertion. Wrong, as usual.

  87. Whatever the Egyptian reporters says, allen, has no bearing on the Israeli actions with regards the continued violation of the Geneva Accords.

    The level of property, in Gaza, has no bearing on the issue of sovereignty or the justification of the continued occupation of the Levant, by Russians.

  88. Oh, no. Absolutely not, friend.

    I am NOT doing melancholy.

  89. "Whow, bow wow, your dog can't hit a tree with piss..."

    Bob, you ignorant slut. I can take your vituperative rants when directed at me but not at my dog.

    He can too hit a tree.


  90. I believe you are correct, Mr Willie. And I believe I was castigated for making light of the disaster by simply reporting what I was seeing and not seeing.

  91. A giant Maytag machine,
    Yep, that's what I called it.

    It seems, more plausible that the amount of oil that was being spewed was misreported, by those that had a partisan axe to grind.

    It seems that the US did not need those Dutch skimmers, after all.

    There was no mismanagement by Team Obama and his reactions were on the spot.

    That is the essence of what is being reported, now.
    Obama and his staff, they were right.

  92. Though BP will still be held criminally responsible for the accident.

    If there is any justice in the land.

  93. And Bob,

    One other thing I probably should tell you because if we don't they'll probably be saying this about me too, we did get something-a gift-after the election. A man down in Texas heard my wife on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog. And, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it. You know what it was. It was a little cocker spaniel dog in a crate that he'd sent all the way from Texas.

    Black and white spotted. And our little girl-Topeka, the 6-year old-named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we're gonna keep it.


  94. Choose your alignment:

    In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, alignment is a categorization of the ethical and moral perspective of people, creatures and societies.

    Early editions of Dungeons & Dragons allowed players to choose between three alignments when creating a character: lawful, implying honor and respect for society's rules; chaotic, implying the opposite; and neutral, meaning neither. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons introduced a second axis of good, neutral and evil, offering a combination of nine alignments.[1][2]

    The nine alignments can be represented in a grid, as follows:
    Lawful Good Neutral Good Chaotic Good
    Lawful Neutral Neutral Chaotic Neutral
    Lawful Evil Neutral Evil Chaotic Evil

    This schema of nine alignments was used throughout the first and second editions of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, as well as the successor game, the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons. The fourth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, released in 2008, reduces the number of alignments to five: lawful good, good, unaligned, evil, and chaotic evil.



  95. Lawful Good

    Neutral Good

    Chaotic Good

    Lawful Neutral

    Neutral Chaotic

    Neutral Lawful

    Evil Neutral

    Evil Chaotic


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  97. Such entirely rebel-run territories are key to Maoist plans, according to their training manuals. The CRPF estimates 1,500 to 2,000 guerillas come to the forests each year to learn modern weaponry, and children as young as 16 are trained in AK- 47s and rocket launchers. In April 2005, November 2006 and March 2007, Maoists attacked two armories and a police station, killing 55 people and carrying off 730 rifles and 28,000 rounds of ammunition.

    ‘Safeguard Your Weapons’

    “Safeguard your weapons like your life,” reads page 52 of a 200-page manual the CRPF took from a village in 2008. “The enemy must be finished, his weapons seized and he must be made powerless.”

    So, where is this wild, and dangerous place? Afghanistan? Pakistan? Uzbekistan? Bhutan?

    Try, India>

    Right in the middle of the most resource-rich area of S. Asia, if not the world is a huge area devoid of law. In revolt.

    From Bloomberg:

  98. Hey, hey,

    leave Memphis outta that. Memphis got enough problems.

  99. "...Memphis got enough problems.

    Sorry, Rufus.

    I forgot where that uppity punk lived.

    (I knew something didn't sound right)

    "...the universe has a memory..."

    And your transgressions will not be forgotten, Bobbo.

    May the great wolf Fenrir and the hell-hound Garm visit Moscow and decimate your elk herd and then piss on your hay bales on the way out of town.

    Yea, that's the ticket.


  100. Sorry again Ruf. Tried to get them diverted west to Idaho. They were coming from Scandanavia and I think I caught them in time. But if you got any wet hay bales in the morning let me know.


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  102. Quirk, what was your profession?

  103. Living mostly in Michigan, I took the usual path and worked in automotive. It was fun until it wasn't.

    (Now I assume you are talking about what I did in this incarnation. Right?)


  104. : )

    Indeed I was. And I thought I remembered you indicating that to Doug awhile back.

    Nothing against the industry or those so occupied, but it would seem in this instance just little...mmmm...mundane.

  105. " this instance just little...mmmm...mundane."

    And so it would seem. However, in the early years before the push from Japan, it was fun and games.

    The partying was great. Not on the level of Mad Men but still...

    Of course, that was as seen through the eyes of a much younger man. Perhaps I idealize that period too much now.



  106. Beautiful day here today, sunny, a nice breeze blowing, probably won't hit 80.

    It was down to 57 degrees last night.

    Within a month we will be entering my favorite time of the year.

    When I had my boat, I used to enjoy cruising in the fall.


  107. I've never really been much of a party-er.

    Though I certainly have enjoyed a few.

    You know, there were two kinds of Americans down in Bogota.

    Those who craved summer. And those who craved fall. Because we never had either.

    (Never knew anyone to complain about a lack of winter.)

    I'm a spring person. Nothing beats springtime.

    Spring we had year round. The good and bad. Except it's not *really* spring without the winter.

    Know what I mean?

    You have to suffer through that freezing, dark, bleak, seemingly lifeless season in order to experience spring as spring.

  108. What a Nice Post!

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