“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."

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Don't even think of messin' with the check

rufus said...

I'm the front end of the "baby boom" generation. No one is going to make any money building me a new house. No one is going to create economic activity building me any new furniture.

When I shuffle off this mortal coil the same flexfuel Chevy will probably be parked in the garage.

My laptop is five, or six years old, and it suits me just fine; ditto the TV. I haven't bought a new suit in a lotta years. Hell, my "dress shoes" are 15 years, or older. I buy milk, and bread, and a steak every now and then.

I am Wrecking the Economy!!

I used to spend more in a year, than I spend, in "real" terms, in two or three, now.

Did I mention Social Security? They forced me to put a few hundred thousand in that, credited me with some 2% interest in my "fund," and then pissed that money away on whatever it was the government at the time wanted to piss it away on.

Now, buckaroos, it's time to "pay the piper." Starting next year, you got yourself a "creditor" with a palm, outstretched.

So, you folks got a "problem." His name is Rufus. Your worst nightmare just showed up on your doorstep, and he's not "buyin any alibis." He wants "paid back," and, you know the worst thing? He's going to put the money in "bonds."

You're going to really hate ol Rufi in a couple a years.
And, for you whining, sniveling little Gen X'ers out there, or Gen Y'ers, or metro-queers, or whatever you're calling yourselves, today, Fuck Off!

It was "My" Soc. Sec. money that the government gave you in your unpaid student loans, and your mortgage tax credit on the houses you flipped, and, ultimately defaulted on.

It was My soc sec money that financed the Wars for Oil that gave you cheap gasoline, and allowed you to cruise around in your gas-guzzling Mercedes, and 4x4's.

So, have a nice day, nitwits; and, oh yeah, don't be late with the check. I wasn't allowed to be late with mine.


  1. Rufus, just keep on drinking, you'll live longer, maybe as long as my aunt, she came out ahead on Social Security, but she had to live to 98 1/2 to succeed.

    You can do it! Yes you can!

  2. Rufus, the EB's own Howard Beale.

    You go girl. We got your back.


  3. Program Director: Take 2, cue Howard.

    Beale: I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth; banks are going bust; shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter; punks are running wild in the street, and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it.

    We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be!

    We all know things are bad -- worse than bad -- they're crazy.

    It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we're living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, "Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials, and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone."

    Well, I'm not going to leave you alone.

    I want you to get mad!

    I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot. I don't want you to write to your Congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street.

    All I know is that first, you've got to get mad.

    You've gotta say, "I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!"

    So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,

    "I'm as mad as hell,

    and I'm not going to take this anymore!!"


  4. I'm mad as hell.

    I think I'll have a drink. :)

  5. I feel sorry for people who don’t drink.

    When they wake up in the morning it’s the best they’re going to feel all day.

    NoDonkey on August 31, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    "Work is the curse of the drinking class"

  6. Man held in West Hollywood triple slaying

    Harold Yong Park, 31, allegedly killed three men in an apartment Thursday. Authorities say the case involves the robbery of several pounds of marijuana. Park had pot in his car when he was arrested.

  7. To bad rufus...

    get used to ramen noodles and government clinics..

    expect to die in a line...

    Remember when you cursed me about spelling America with a K? even as a joke?

    Let's hear your take in about 7 years....

    I paid all that you did but guess what?

    I dont expect SHIT from my American government...

    I pay for my folks rent on my 2nd house, no government help... They get a measly check from the government ever month... Not enough to live on..

    But then again that social security was never meant to be a "retirement" fund... pity my foolish folks, but they are happy that their son works his ass off to help...

    on a lighter note?

    Jews murdered execution style for the crime of being a heb....

    No show here...

    No headline...

    Just more executed prego jew bitches...

    More important to support the Hamas SUPPORTING Imam at Ground Zero...

    Dead Jews at least dont argue anymore...

    But then again, who gives a shit about 4 or 5 executed Jews?

    I know I could give a shit, just happy that our President got fresh Shrimp on vacation last week...

    That was important...

  8. It could get rough if everybody starts thinking like the people at the EB.

    The economy is built on the consumer.

    I've got a SUV and car, both seven years old. They both get serviced every 3000 miles and look like new. Both of them have less than 40,000 miles on them.

    I go on vacation. I call a limo service to get me to and from the airport. It costs less than parking the car in long-term. When I get to where I want to go, I rent a car.

    When I was working, I had about 25 suits. Now I have two, and a blazer and a sport coat. Weddings, funerals, and the occasional night out at a nice place.

    I sold my boat a few years ago. Just the winter/summer storage ran about $5,000. I could charter a huge boat a number of times in the summer for that price.

    Thoreau said: "Simplify, simplify, simplify."

    To which Emerson replied, "Three simplify?"

    The only thing saving this country from total disaster right now is my wife's credit card, late night tv, QVS and HSN.


  9. The victims were identified as Pirooz Moussazadeh, 27; his brother, Shahriar Moussazadeh, 38; and Bernard Khalili, 27.

    Several neighbors said the 28-unit apartment building is filled with immigrants from Iran, Israel, Poland and Russia.

  10. "The people of West Hollywood can rest easily tonight,"

  11. OT, but I was reading the Italians are the only nation in Europe to NOT recognize islam as a legitimate religion.

    God Bless 'em, the Italians must be the only people in Europe with any brains.

  12. SANTA ANA, Calif. — Orange County has been a national symbol of conservatism for more than 50 years: birthplace of President Richard M. Nixon and home to John Wayne, a bastion for the John Birch Society, a land of orange groves and affluence, the region of California where Republican presidential candidates could always count on a friendly audience.

    But this iconic county of 3.1 million people passed something of a milestone in June. The percentage of registered Republican voters dropped to 43 percent, the lowest level in 70 years.

  13. Yeah, Q, that was the point I started out trying to make. Us hotshots retiring is a big deal. It's not the Only big deal, but it's a big deal, nonetheless.

    WIO, you missed the whole point.

  14. The only thing saving this country from total disaster right now is my wife's credit card, late night tv, QVS and HSN.

    I know that!

  15. And my daughter's incessant demands.

    I'm telling you true, I paid $171.78 for a stupid 150 page textbook for her the other day.

    i told the clerk, "shit, it's robbery"

    she says, tenderly, "I know."

  16. For the first time in history, Gallup finds that Republicans have a double-digit advantage in its generic ballot test.

    If the election were held today, 51 percent of respondents surveyed from August 23-29 say they'd vote for the Republican Congressional candidate, while 41 percent say they'd choose the Democratic candidate.

  17. Romans know how to handle the vast assortment of peoples living on the shores of the Mediterranean. They've been doing it the right way for more than two thousand years.

  18. Listened to Dick Morris today, he thinks the Pubs will take the Senate too. Said Patty Murray looked to be toast. Reid, toast. Maybe even Boxer.

  19. Rufus,

    didnt miss the point...

    Just gave up any hope that our government had any sense...

  20. Well, we ought to follow the Italian example with regard to the moslems, the way I look at it.

  21. This extremely brief piece from IBD says so much near and dear my heart.

    Cool-Down Phase

    “Its criticism of the IPCC, held up as the divine and inerrant voice on climate change, irrevocably tarnishes the panel's credibility and weakens the case for man-made global warming…

    …"two kinds of errors"…

    "One is the kind where they place high confidence in something where there is very little evidence,"…
    [“Evidence”…Did I hear someone say, “Evidence”?]

    "The other is the kind where you make a statement ... with no substantive value."…
    [Yes, the baloney rule, so evident in so much else other than global smarming]

  22. On his Fox News show, Beck used an Associated Press photo taken from the Washington Monument to support his claim that there were at least 500,000 people at the event. He said that, looking at the photo, it was obvious that a nearly mile-long area was nearly completely filled with people, evidence that the CBS News-commissioned estimate was far too low.

    But Westergard said it's a mistake to try to count crowds that way, and noted, as you can see in the video above, that people bunched in front of jumbo-trons and did not tightly fill out the entire area.

    "You really have to have a position overhead to count it well, and if you use a very oblique angle from the top of the Washington Monument, the sparse areas - and there were many because of people with blankets and chairs - tend to look more dense because you're looking at it from the edge," he said. "We instead are looking at it from above. And that perspective is essential. Anything less than that is sort of like guessing how many people are in a line by just looking at them through a doorway, for example."

  23. WiO,

    You will be amused...faces change, but the game remains the same...

    White House strongly condemns Hamas attack

    First, how can I get a listing on one of those talking houses?

    The White House has much to worry about, like, the PA is divided and in a state of civil war. Fortunately for us, both sides are using our munitions.

    This comment is directed to WiO. If you, dear reader, have nothing positive to offer to the conversation, which by way of example might include an interjection of the alleged/perceived incidence of buggery in Israel, please move along. On the other hand, germane comments and suggestions are always welcome.

  24. Our moron Senator Patty Murray said she is "fearful of spending a lot of money that we don't have" by extending all the Bush-era tax cuts.

    For folks with IQs in excess of their body temperature, she meant to say she is fearful of not having enough revenue to cover the spending that she won't cut.

  25. WiO,

    ...never a dull moment...just learned that some of the regulars are Roman Catholic...Think that might be explanatory?

    While I do not criticise modern Roman Catholicism, hoping that bygones are bygones, the Church, by the instrument of the Holy Inquisition et al, chased us for centuries across Western Europe, until we landed in the arms of the equally affectionate Eastern Orthodox Church or the Muslims. Those are the facts, evidence as it were.

    Every child believes his mother the quintessential one. Shubert touches the heart of every child.

    Ave Maria

  26. Good night, Mrs. Calabash and Whit, wherever you are.

  27. Buggery in Israel would limit the number of abortions that would have to performed there for economic reasons.

  28. US Sen. Lisa Murkowski concedes Republican primary to pledge signer Joe Miller, third incumbent GOP senator not renominated. Starting to get the message out there, RINOs?

  29. "This land is not yours and you know this very well. Settlement will disappear one day," Abbas told Ma'an reporter on the way to the United States.

    "The Palestinian leadership is going to Washington because it is convinced and believes in peace and not because it has faced pressures," Abbas said.

    Palestinian observers in Gaza said that they do not think that the attack in Hebron would undermine the U.S. initiative to bring both Israel and the Palestinians to resume their direct peace talks to reach a permanent peace agreement.

    Shooting of 4 Israelis

  30. Which Oval Office do you like?

    Oval Office Redux

    I kinda like G.H.W. Bush's office myself.

    To me Obama's office kind of looke like the V.I.P. Room at a Vegas strip club.

    Just my opinion.


  31. C'mon dude,

    Reagan, hands down. It's got a certain 'grandiose' about it.

  32. You know Obama is in trouble when even Mo Down starts getting down on him.

    "On the night we were reminded that George W. Bush ended up in the White House and heedlessly, needlessly started the war with Iraq, President Obama did his Mission Relinquished address from his redecorated man cave.

    "The Oval Office was done over by the chichi decorator Michael Smith, who was previously paid $800,000 for his part in refurnishing the lair of the former Merrill Lynch C.E.O. John Thain (a $1.2 million project featuring the notorious $35,000 antique cabinet, or commode).
    The Oval Office, the classiest, most powerful place on earth, is now suffused with browns and beiges and leather and resembles an upscale hotel conference room or a ’70s conversation pit with a boxy coffee table that even some Obama aides find ugly.

    "It almost made me long for the Technicolor Belle Watling swagging and swathing style of the Clintons’ Little Rock decorator, Kaki Hockersmith.

    "The recession redo, paid for by the nonprofit White House Historical Association, was the latest tone-deaf move by a White House that was supposed to excel at connection and communication. Message: I care, but not enough to stop the fancy vacations and posh renovations..."

    Man Cave?


  33. Hey, I said, just my opinion.

    Grandiosity is fine. I go for 'capable competent leadership' myself.


  34. So you’re left with a contest of two divisive celebrities both with self-inflicted scars and both mustering preexisting national followings. Gingrich’s path for a nomination only works if he divides the support of social conservatives among other candidates (his baggage on this count being heaviest), something that I believe Palin would exacerbate — and in a field of governors, it diminishes his lack of executive experience to be pitted against someone whose tenure in office was so brief.

    The upshot is that I suspect a Palin candidacy would drive out Pence and Huckabee, force Romney and Pawlenty to the middle, shrink Daniels’ support to the non-Ron-Paul-minded libertarians, and steal away a host of donors who otherwise would’ve gone to Barbour. It pits Palin’s folksy quips against Gingrich’s history-drenched stemwinders.


    Of course, this list doesn’t include John Bolton. And that, my friends, could change everything.

    Who Benefits?

  35. I go for 'capable competent leadership' myself.

    From the one who hopes the democrats retain the senate.

  36. It seems that the Philistine has discovered there are Catholics that post at the Elephant Bar!

    And he did that, just yesterday.

    Wonder what drove that epiphany?

    Never have I seen such insecurity, such paranoia and self-loathing in a blog participant. There are lots of self esteem issue with that little bitty.

    I have been watching that "Naked Archeologist" program. Those issues seem to be a part of Israeli history. Poor Jezebel, defamed and defiled by the gurus of Israel's past. Those folk never have been able to get along with their neighbors or themselves.

    Those Israeli have a long history of libeling and defaming their political enemies, all wrapped around their mythological beliefs. It goes back thousands of years.

    It seems reasonable, since the King of Israel, David, was a thug and an adulterous coward, especially in his old age, ordering the death of his loyal subject just to steal his wife.

    An entire dynasty built upon deceit and dishonor.
    A civilization founded upon incivility. Barbarians of the first order.

    That King of the Jews, Herod, the guiding light in their current campaign to keep their Messiah at bay. Continuing their two thousand year tradition of slaughtering innocents alive.

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  38. Well there you have it..

    Direct from the "rodent's" mouth..

    Israel IS..

    and has been for thousands of years...

    Thanks for stating the truth that Israel has every right to BE.

    Jerusalem is the property of the Jews...

    As you have pointed out, (even if you really dont have a clue as to how stupid you sound) that Jerusalem and all the lands were and are Israeli..

    So much for any reason to allow carpet bagging squatters to live there, of course I am speaking about the Rodent's siblings, the fake nationalist arabs called "palestinians" or is it "falestinians" since there is no P in arabic...

    The more the Rodent tries to sound smart about all things Jewish/Israel or Zionism the more i laugh

    I wont point out his mistakes, why educate the creep?

    but those of us that know, he's sounding dumber by the day..

    but what do you expect from a jew hating, israel hating, zionist hating prick? smart banter? hardly.

    No the Rodent's own black heart has exposed it'sself to the bar and it's one evil shriveled thing...

    The more Rat posts? The more I think of the Hobbit and Gollum.

    Rat is sorta like Gollum, once a human being, now a human animal, once in a great while we can still see a human spirit trying to get out... But most times the animal soul, wins...

    Keep reading history Rat you will find that Jewish traditions actually date back about 3400 years, not the puny 2000 you mentioned...

    As for you commentary about Allen? It really looks like an episode of the Outer Limits where you who claim that you are making the mouse run the maze are actually the mouse running the maze...


    stupid is as stupid does...

  39. WiO,

    Knowing the psycho would show...

    Look, the guy is a pathological liar, among other maladies. Why bother? You wouldn't if you were passing the insane asylum and he were screaming his lungs out. No, WiO, you would shake your head and pass by silently.

    Maybe today, whit will answer my query.

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