“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, October 21, 2010

Who's your hero?

This book review is a reminder of how the modern  chapter of an "old story" found root in a post WWII world.  Remember our old friend Sayyid Qutb?
John CalvertSayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), 377 pp., $29.50.
THE COVER of John Calvert’s book parades the face that launched a thousand suicide bombers. Sayyid Qutb, the major ideologue of modern, ultraviolent Islamic fundamentalism, is staring through bars, probably during his Cairo trial in April 1966, shortly before his death sentence was pronounced. Bushy eyebrows, a full, dark, graying moustache, large brown eyes, inquisitive, wary, worried. But by some accounts, he was looking forward to his martyrdom: “I have been able to discover God in a wonderful new way. I understand His path and way more clearly and perfectly than before,” he wrote to a Saudi colleague in June. He was hanged by the Nasser regime, along with two fellow Muslim Brotherhood activists, in the early morning hours of August 29.a
A recent profile of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, says that he has spent much of his time in the American detention facility at Guantánamo Bay reading Qutb. Apparently, so have many others among the fundamentalists wreaking havoc in Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and Western cities in recent decades. Qutb is the man whose books, written as he was edging toward Islamism in the late 1940s and after his “conversion” during the 1950s, explain why Muslims must wage jihad against both the “Near Enemy”—the Western-aligned and Western-influenced regimes in the Arab world—and the “Far Enemy”—meaning the West itself, especially the United States.
Lawrence Wright covered Qutb's (pronounced Katoob)  influence in The Looming Tower, a book I highly recommend. I got the unabridged audio version.

Read the rest at the National Interest


  1. My introduction came from the Paul Berman book "Terror and Liberalism" (2003).

    From a July 2010 article:
    What You Can't Say About Islamism. American intellectuals won't face up to Muslim radicalism's Nazi past.

    Whether Berman et al are correct to emphasize the anti-Semitism within the Islamist movement over the Arab-Persian divide is a matter of debate.

    I think there is room for both when allied with the furtherance of strategic political and economic objectives.

  2. T C L:Whether Berman et al are correct to emphasize the anti-Semitism within the Islamist movement over the Arab-Persian divide is a matter of debate.

    Not a matter of debate for the Jews for whom whose heads have been cut off since Mohammed started his this shit...

  3. The Jewish folks were having problems with their Arab and Persian neighbors long before Mohamed met with God, over Jerusalem.

    Indeed, the Jews having trouble with both Egyptians and Babylonians predate the rise of Western civilization, which has supported Judaism and their place in the Middle East for most of "Western" history.

    Exemplified by Alexander the Great in the Bronze Age and the establishment of the State of Israel, in 1949.

  4. Even the Romans allowed the Jewish people to control their own destiny, as long as they rendered unto Caesar what was due him.

  5. he has spent much of his time in the American detention facility at Guantánamo Bay reading Qutb.

    I had to read that three times.

    he has spent much of his time in the American detention facility at Guantánamo Bay reading Qutb.

    Does our officer corps have shit for brains? No non-suck ass NCO or enlisted man would have let them have access to such bull shit.

  6. Does any American general officer have enough balls and patriotism to say "hell no, I quit" or are they nothing more than a Praetorian Guard with ribbon fetishes?

  7. That episode well exemplifies the level of competency of our "professional" military, Deuce.

  8. ..and to your question, who is my hero?

    We live in an era where every victim is a hero. According to the press the trapped Chilean miners were heros because they were saving their own skins.

    Who can tell?

  9. More concerned about pay and perks than providing the people of the United States with proper protection against protagonists.

    Recall that the deployment of a Ranger Bn to Afghanistan, to shut the the door of Osama's escape route to Pakistan, was to big a footprint, in December of 2001.

    Now the "professionals" tell US that 120,000 troops is not enough.

  10. No, I get it DR. They fret and wring their hands about the pussy who run Wikileaks, claiming sorrow for the damage done to the men under their command by the release of classified documents.

    None of them has the balls to do what should be done and make the Wiki leak for the last time.

  11. Generals and lawyers will save us for sure.

  12. From the Cleaning Lady's link:

    All of these players and interests are so incestuous that the heated debate over whether or not 9/11 was an inside job is almost irrelevant when you understand the history behind it. Whether it was an attack by al Qaeda or a false flag covert intelligence operation to win public support and trillions of taxpayer dollars for the never-ending “War on Terror” and control of Central Asian oil is essentially a non-issue. The main point, which cannot be legitimately argued, is that 9/11 would never have happened if it wasn’t for an out-of-control intelligence apparatus, and we now know the people who were operating that intelligence apparatus. All of the players involved were part of the same banking intelligence network known as BCCI. Al Qaeda and 9/11 were a direct outgrowth and evolution of BCCI intelligence operations. It was the same people, continuing to do what they had been doing all along, except this time their target was on US soil.

    And this same out-of-control intelligence apparatus was the biggest beneficiary of 9/11, having had their funding budgets more than doubled since the attack.

  13. From Cleaning Lady's link:

    On one especially memorable occasion when Afghanistan’s hard-line Islamists visited the White House, President Ronald Reagan described them as the Muslim world’s ‘moral equivalent of our founding fathers.’ Similarly, the American and European media played up the war in Afghanistan as the greatest story of the eighties. Foreign correspondents combed the Hindu Kush for stories of ‘Mooj’ heroism. Competition for Jihad narrative was so great that in one instance a major network, CBS, paid handsomely to film a staged battle between Islam and Communism. As the western media carries great importance and authority in the third world, its Afghanistan war coverage made an enormous impact, especially on Muslim youth.”

  14. Even the Romans allowed the Jewish people to control their own destiny, as long as they rendered unto Caesar what was due him.

    And their destiny was suicide at Masada.

    They took the whole Indian nation
    Locked us on this reservation
    And though I wear a shirt and tie
    I still part Redman deep inside

    Cherokee people
    Cherokee tribe
    So proud to live
    So proud to die

    And some day when they've learned
    Cherokee Indian will return
    Will return will return
    Will return will return

  15. My heroine is gnädige Frau Angela Merkel, the first female Chancellor of Germany, who grew up in the communist GDR, earned a doctorate in quantum chemistry. As a politician she argued for labor reforms to make Germany more productive and competitive, and wa a strong friend of the US. She came out in favor of the Iraq invasion and opposed allowing Turkey to join the EU. Her view on the experiment of multiculturalism in Europe is that it failed miserably, saying, "We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don't accept them don't have a place here." She's basically Thatcher II, the "Iron Frau", and topped Forbes magazine's list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

  16. There were less than 1,000 people at Masada when the Romans besieged it, in 72AD, Ms T.

    So what happened there was not representative of the Jewish people and their relationship with Rome.

    The Romans only assaulted the mountain fortress after the members of the Sicarii sect seized it from the Roman garrison there, in 66AD.

    Taking from Caesar what was his, rather than rendering unto him his due.

    The historical record of Josephus tells us that the Sicarii outside of Masada did raid on a nearby Jewish settlement called Ein-Gedi during the siege of Masada, where the Sicarii killed 700 of its Jewish inhabitants.

    The Jewish Sicarii being as violent towards other Jews sects as the Romans were to the Sicarii.

    Funny thing, the massacre of Jews, by Jews, at Ein-Gedi is not part of the modern mythology of Jewish victimization.

  17. At Ein-Gedi the Romans did not molest or victimize the Jewish population, as they were law abiding folk.

    It was their fellow Jews that slaughtered 700 of them.

    Seems that the people of Ein-Gedi did not "toe the line" that was propagated by the more religiously radical Jews of the Sicarii sect.

  18. Bill O’Reilly said, “The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.”

    Juan Williams said he concurred with Mr. O’Reilly.

    New People's Radio (NPR) NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.

  19. Now the Jew hater Rat, tells us of the LOVING treatment of the Jews by the Romans...

    Hey you dumbass ever HEARD of a CROSS????

    Rat, the ultimate Jew hater, now finds good in the Romans....

    Hey Rat, go nail your fake war hero ass up on a cross and suffer for us...

    What a Schmuck..... No Rat doesnt deserve to be called a schmuck, he's a PUTZ

  20. Putz on a cross:
    Porn art like piss Christ.

  21. NPR Ends Williams' Contract After Muslim Remarks

    Williams responded: "Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

    Williams also warned O'Reilly against blaming all Muslims for "extremists," saying Christians shouldn't be blamed for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

    But strong criticism followed Williams' comments.

    Late Wednesday night, NPR issued a statement praising Williams as a valuable contributor but saying it had given him notice that it is severing his contract. "His remarks on The O'Reilly Factor this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR," the statement read.

  22. Soros has now openly admitted giving 1 million bucks to Media Matters to take down Glen Beck.

    Beck says 4 advisors to BHO are tasked with taking him down, as is Arianna Huffington.

  23. Juan Williams uttered hate speech.

    I suppose the feelings that he described must be hateful also.

    Who among us would not sin by sharing similar fearful/hateful feelings when confronted with Muslims acting out in our airliner?

  24. NPR is my Hero for firing Williams.

    David Brock is my Hero for accepting a cool million from Soros.

  25. The Sicarii behaving in much the same way, back in 72AD, that the radical Islamoids are behaving today.

    Killing those of their own religion that are considered apostates, by the radicals.

    Targeting the "Near Enemy" when the "Far Enemy" is to powerful to confront, even when they are occupying the land.

    Seen in Ein-Ged, back in 72AD and in Baghdad, where al Qaeda car bombings take their toll amongst the Muslim population of Iraq.

  26. David Brock

    - Conservative journalist turned left-wing activist
    - President and CEO of leftwing watchdog group Media Matters
    - Complains about the "undue influence" of the "right-wing media"

    Born in 1962, David Brock is an openly gay author, a former conservative turned leftist, and the founder of Media Matters for America, which monitors the media for evidence of "conservative misinformation."

    Brock first achieved public prominence with his 1993 book The Real Anita Hill, in which he exposed the leftwing smear campaign against the future Supreme Court Justice. Throughout the 1990s, Brock was a muckraking investigative reporter for the conservative magazine The American Spectator. On a contract that paid him $350,000, he produced just six articles; these focused on President Bill Clinton's sexual farragoes and brought Brock much additional fame.

    Soon thereafter, Brock accepted a million-dollar advance from a conservative publisher (Free Press) to write an investigative biography of Hillary Clinton that would expose her in the sensational and salacious way he had discredited Anita Hill. An initial press run of 200,000 copies was announced for this projected best-seller. But Brock failed to produce the book he had promised. When The Seduction of Hillary Rodham was released in October 1996, it was a pedestrian account of a well-intentioned liberal, misunderstood by the "mainstream media," and "seduced by the talented boy from the Arkansas backwoods." As word of the book's tepid contents spread, its sales plummeted.

    In the June 1997 issue of Esquire magazine, Brock wrote "Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man," in which he claimed that conservatives were now punishing him for his independence of thought in refusing to vilify Hillary Clinton. Brock followed up his Esquire article with a March 1998 public letter of apology to Bill Clinton, in which he repudiated his own past reporting on the former President's private life. Brock also condemned the Arkansas state troopers who had been the sources for his 1994 "Troopergate" story on Clinton, now claiming that they had "greedy and had slimy motives." He similarly denounced Clinton's Arkansas critics as "segregationists" who "hated Clinton for his progressive record on race."

    In 2002, Brock published the book Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative, a series of ad hominem attacks on his former conservative colleagues. Brock interrogated the ethics of his onetime friends and co-workers, heaping contempt on everything from their views to their wardrobe. "It's only since coming out of the right wing that I've been able to see beyond partisan politics and careerism to what's really important in life," Brock said in a 2002 interview with the Washington Post.

  27. "Targeting the "Near Enemy" when the "Far Enemy" is to powerful to confront, even when they are occupying the land."

    The Sauds have warned Europe that a 9-11 scale attack is in the works.

  28. The Romans believed that criminals and revolutionaries should suffer while being executed.

    Thus they used the cross, but not just upon Jews. No, it was their standard method of execution.

    Used both afar and in Italy, itself.
    Spartacus and his fellow revolutionaries lining the Appian way mounted as was the custom upon the cross.

  29. Remember what a joke it was, when in the first week of Iraqi Freedom the left warned of a Vietnam style quagmire?

    F - for accurate reporting,
    A+ - for Prognostication.

  30. It was evident that the "Left" was correct about the pending quagmire, after the US military did not allow local elections to go forward in Iraq, in June of 2003.

    That was the turning point of the campaign, there.

  31. Quashing the ongoing project of paying the Iraqi military and their dependents and widows was an earlier marker, also.

  32. The Sunnis in the military that became insurgents after that brilliant move are now being forced to become insurgents again in the face Shia dominated government repression.

  33. Joe Biden's idea of three confederated but self governing regions in Iraq making ever more sense.

    Though the problem of which faction would dominate in Kirkuk would remain.

  34. David Headley also provided US with a similar warning, doug.

    A US DEA informant that was up to his neck in the Mumbai attacks. Now in the custody of the FBI.

    Any bets as to what reading material he is allowed?

  35. At least we all got to observe a miracle:

    Everything about everyone involved in the attack was known and disclosed on 9-12.

    Very little awe or attention ensued.

  36. What ever happened to the genius who wore the construction boots with his suit?

  37. My Hero is Deuce. He keeps this Bar open, and the cats somewhat "herded," day after day.

    No small feat.

  38. The Indian media has raised the possibility that Mr Headley was being protected by his American handlers — a theory that experts say is credible.

    “The feeling in India is that the US has not been transparent,” said B. Raman, a former counter-terrorism chief in the Indian foreign intelligence service, the Research and Analysis Wing.

    “That Headley was an agent for the DEA is known. Whether he was being used by the CIA as well is a matter of speculation, but it is almost certain that the CIA was aware of him and his movements across the subcontinent.”

    According to Mr Raman, it is probable that Mr Headley, who was arrested when the US authorities learned that he was about to fly to Pakistan, was listed on the main database of the US National Counterterrorism Centre, a facility used by the CIA and several other American agencies to track terror suspects.

    Indian officials suspect that US agencies declined to share intelligence to avoid compromising other secret operations and to to be able to deny any link with Mr Headley.

    Rhys Blakely in Mumbai

    “Any suggestion that Headley was working for the CIA is complete and utter nonsense. It’s flat-out false,” Paul Gimigliano, from the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs, said.

    The Indian Home Secretary, Gopal Krishna Pillai, has said that his Government would seek the extradition of Mr Headley — a request that has so far been stonewalled by US officials.

    The tie-in with the story line of the Cleaning Lady's link, all to obvious to any observant reader.

  39. Much like the Pakistani would not allow US to interrogate Dr Kahn, David Headley is held incommunicado, as far as the Indians are concerned.

    The circles grow ever smaller, do they not?

  40. Latest "news" item:

    Democrats ahead in early voting.

    Early voting custom made for ACORN/SEIU shenanigans.

  41. Here in AZ the early votes are not counted until election day. Is this not the "common" practice?

    Or are those votes assumed to be for the Dems, based upon where they were postmarked?

  42. Little is heard about Dr Kahn.

    I guess he retired.

  43. As for modern heros,
    Pat Tillman.

    Gave up $3.2 million, guaranteed, to be an Army Ranger and join the hunt for Osama and Company.

  44. "Or are those votes assumed to be for the Dems, based upon where they were postmarked?"

    Don't know how that works.

    Meg Whitman claims to be ahead in early voting.

    Browns unionized public employees have other plans.

  45. The military officer corps is rumbling with dissatisfaction and dissent, and there are suggestions from some that if officers disagree with policy decisions by Congress and the White House, they should vigorously resist.

    Officers have a moral responsibility, some argue, to sway a policy debate by going public with their objections or leaking information to the media, and even to sabotage policy decisions by deliberate foot-dragging.

    This could spell trouble ahead as Washington grapples with at least two highly contentious issues: changing the policy on gays and lesbians in the military, and extricating U.S. forces from Afghanistan. In both cases, senior officers already have disagreed sharply and publicly with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Barack Obama, and in some cases officers have leaked documents to bolster their case.

    politics daily

  46. Bremmer, Franks, or Tillman,
    that is the question.

  47. Those officers should resign, if they are unhappy with policy.

    To do any of the other steps described, seditious.

  48. "What one generation tolerates,
    the next generation embraces.

    - Glenn Beck on Communism in the fifties leading to the radicalism of the sixties.

    ...and our present situation.

  49. My sister, for reasons I don't want to get into on the Internet, is at the top of my list for heroism. She truly is a heroine in my heart and was presented an award from the American Heart Association for it.

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  51. The same could be said of the Military Industrial Complex growing dominance of DC, doug.

    What Ike warned US of, what even he accommodated coming to fruition under Presidents Bush and Obama.

    Bush and Haliburton
    Obama and General Dynamics

    The political correlations and money trails are easily visible.

  52. George Soros’ Millions Buying ‘Political Reporters’ For NPR

    The left loves to go wild claiming that Ruppert Murdock, a famous conservative, owns a few news outlets. The left is also aghast that well-known righty Roger Ailes guides Fox News. Ailes’s ideology makes of his network a compromised product, they claim. It’s all a travesty of “news,” and “proof” that those agencies are contaminated by right-wing ideology say lefty detractors. So, with the news that George Soros is buying one hundred political “reporters” for National Public Radio (NPR), one waits with bated breath for the left to decry the fact that a famous anti-American leftist is buying and influencing the “news.”
    One will likely wait in vain, too.

    In fact, The New York Times doesn’t even mention the left-wing ideology of the foundation that is supplying $1.8 million to NPR so it can hire political reporters across the country.



    "Williams would have been even more nervous had he realized that simply feeling nervous would get him fired."

  53. The Bushs and the Sauds.
    Obama and Wall Street.

  54. Google cut its taxes by $3.1 billion in the last three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda.

    Google’s income shifting -- involving strategies known to lawyers as the “Double Irish” and the “Dutch Sandwich” -- helped reduce its overseas tax rate to 2.4 percent, the lowest of the top five U.S. technology companies by market capitalization, according to regulatory filings in six countries.

    Google 2.4% Rate shows how $60 Billion Lost to Overseas Tax Loopholes

    You can bet it's more than $60 Billion. We've Got to Fix this Nonsense. We're not getting a damned dime from the Fortune 500 Companies, and we're sending All of their Investment Money overseas. This is Inane.

  55. The Bushs, Clinton, and the Sauds.

  56. Free Market Crony Capitalism, Rufus:

    Learn it, love it, live it!

  57. Glen Beck gets on my fucking nerves. HIs erratic behavior makes me think he is hitting the sauce again.

    On a lighter note my daughter had to perform two tests on me for school today, an MBI and a BFI, and woo hoo, I'm not obese. The down side is that I'm an inch shorter than I thought. No really, I always thought I was 5' 8".

  58. We're not halfway thru the first term, yet, mates!

  59. Beck's erratic behavior is a feature, not a bug.

    Did you see his hemmorhoid video, or whatever it was in which he described his near death experience?

  60. My aunt, but she's not a living one.

  61. Whatever you want to call it has gotten worse. He over dramatizes way too much.

    I missed the near death experience. I can only imagine.

  62. Psst! A majority of Americans sees too much political correctness; even more say it's a problem .
    But be careful what you say about it, because someone somewhere might be offended.

    Here's a statistical finding that may confirm what many of us had been thinking in recent years without really realizing it:

    A majority of Americans, who are globally famous for candidly saying what they think, now say they believe that their country has become too politically correct.

    A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that nearly six in 10 respondents (57%) say they think we've gotten too hung up on too many sensibilities. Can we even talk about this with the other 43%?

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  64. Couple things about the BCCI link:

    Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman fame married DC attorney Robert Altman, law partner of Clark Clifford, in 1984. Altman was indicted in 1992 under eight felony counts related to bank fraud in the BCCI case and eventually cleared of all charges. Clifford was indicted on more indictable counts but the charges were dropped due to his failing health. His white glove reputation was thoroughly damaged. Lynda Carter supported her husband (whose attorney team ran a defense of didn't know what the bank was doing). Carter revealed in 2008 her treatment for alcoholism. She hasn't aged well.

    The second point is confirmation of the near term oil shortage within the 2012-2015 time frame (repeatedly predicted by Rufus on this site) based on a recent SAIC study. It IS coming and the recessionary impact - on a global scale - could mold the 2008 financial crisis into the footnotes of history - particularly when one considers there is no more money to bail out any body, thing, or institution given a severe recessionary climate. Without mitigation from preventive measures, a 2012 recession could be historic in its devastation.

    A recent poll revealed that investors rate economic policy as more of a threat than Islamic terrorism. It's more of a coin flip to me.

    Fascinating about Juan Williams.

  65. I mean a living hero is the world.

    In the next, most likely.

  66. Our Military sees it.

    The German Military sees it.

    The Airlines are seeing it.

    GM, and Ford are seeing it.

    China sees it.

    Our Congress, and Our Major News Outlets Ignore, or in many cases, Deny it.

    Tree, Rope, Elites - Some assembley required.

  67. Watching CNBC all morning. No mention of Google washing their profits through Ireland.

    We're the fucking stupidest people on earth.

  68. Common Sense tells you that there is an Oil Price at which we slide into Recession.

    Some people think it's $120.00/bbl.

    Some people think it's $100.00/bbl.

    Some people think it's $ 85.00/bbl.

    I'm wondering if the $85.00/bbl folks aren't right?

    My gut says the number is somewhere between $85.00 and $100.00.

  69. It depends of course on the underlying strength of the economy;

    but with all of the Fortune 500 Profits (Investment Dollars) "locked up" Overseas, and with China systematically knocking off our jobs,

    And with $1,000,000,000.00/DAY going overseas for oil,

    The Final Number is probably closer to $85.00/bbl than to $100.00/bbl.

  70. The thing is, if it's as low as $85.00/bbl we can slide back into recession without ever realizing what is causing it.

    Millions of "middle-class incomes" depend on the lower classes moving around, and spending money, but many of those middle class businessmen don't realize the effect that $3.00 + gasoline has on those lower classes.

    I would say that virtually none of the Elites understand this.

  71. Tree, Rope, Elites - Some assembley required.

    Someone blogging under the name of 'marysaidno' @BC made a statement that governments and governance are no longer relevant.

    Marginalized into obscurity.

    Fractionated into dust.

    Fear mongering is for demagogues but this is not good. Not good at all.

    As a side issue I wonder how deep the military allegiance to COIN.

    And that's all I know. It's not much but it's enough.

  72. Been reading that "Irakee" oil was going to save us?

    Oops, you're goin' the wrong way, Bubba.

    Iraqi production to DECLINE by 200,000 bbl/day next year -

    now whatta we do, boss?

  73. Watching Fox News in a motel the other day, a rare experience for me, on a big screen too, it was commentator A commenting about Com B, about C, about Juan someone, about D back to A---then there was this whole long stuff about a big mix up among the commentators on an earlier show, an analysis of body lingo in relation to lingo lingo, somebody show have just given somebody the bird, and been done with it.
    Whole thing is a waste land but better than BBC.

    Reid is going to lose. Told you so.

  74. My hero is the lady I saw in the grocery store the other day slap the shit our of her 12 year old for misbehaving. She did not count to three, ask him to use his "inside voice" or put him in "timeout"... Maybe there is still hope.

  75. You mean you are less of the woman we thought you were?

  76. Glenn Beck slipped from the ledge some time ago.

  77. I'll take Glen Beck over Bill Maher any day.

  78. Our (one) local WalMart doubles as a day care center. Management should just cave and build a corral where parents can drop off their ill-behaved inheritors of the earth.

    That's crabby but the situation is also much deteriorated from what I remember.

    WalMart is just one of the worst.

  79. She also looked around in deviance daring someone to comment. It was a rich moment.

  80. I detest them both. Scarborough is a skunk and I struggle for the right word for the mental dwarf, swollen egotist, Maher.

  81. I just learned that Scarborough was implicated by gossip in the suspicious death of a young female aide during or after his last term in office.

    And that he broke with Gingrich.


    Deviance. Defiance. What very little difference a single letter makes.

  82. Bob Guccione died. Perhaps the next EB topic as a memorial? complete with pictures??

  83. Bob Guccione died. Perhaps the next EB topic as a memorial? complete with pictures??

    Somehow the idea of looking at pictures of the late Bob Cuccione's hairy ass doesn't do much for me.

  84. Bwahahahahhaha….

    A whole inch less.

  85. NPR CEO: Williams' Views Should Stay Between Himself And 'His Psychiatrist'

    Update at 3:30 p.m. ET. NPR CEO Vivian Schiller just released this statement:

    "I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark."

    That follows, as you'll see below, her comment earlier today that now-former NPR news analyst Juan Williams should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself and "his psychiatrist or his publicist."

  86. Fast-Paced Foreclosures: Florida's 'Rocket Docket'

    "My point, your honor, is that there's nothing that was attached that shows anything to support the transfer from United Mortgage Corp. to Wells Fargo," the attorney says.

    October 21, 2010 at 12:55 pmOne way to solve the housing crisis is to give Green card or citizenship to non Americans people who have a decent job history in US . They have a job and would be willing to buy a house but won’t do it unless their have an option to stay longer.

  87. Adam Carolla and Mike Rowe discuss work.

    ...also riding to school on a horse, picking up chicks, and etc.

  88. Bob Thanks for email as we need to submit these new names to the City by tomorrow. The longer names (Koosimiitiyi and Wahkan Thanka Way) has the City concerned because it won’t fit on a sign and they have to take into consideration the emergency 911 dispatch and their ability to pronounce the names. Would you consider shortening Koosimiitiyi to “Koosi Court”? We would need an alternative name for Wahkan Thanka Way. I’ll let Bill know to change the JLMP to Miller Street


  89. Even the Romans allowed the Jewish people to control their own destiny

    heh, honest to allah, pbuh

  90. King Herrod built the Temple and Masada, the Romans gave him free rein to run the country, as long a Caesar was properly respected and rendered what was due him.

    It was not until the Jewish revolt that Rome cracked down. Not because the offenders were Jewish, but that is what they did to revolutionaries.

    Everywhere they held dominion.

    All across what is now the Islamic Arc, the Romans ruled with an iron fist in a velvet glove.

    Ask the Carthaginians, that'd be the Libyans, now.

    Ask the Turks how they liked being ruled by Serbians in Roman robes. Justin and his nephew, both Emperors of Byzantine. Both Serbian, by birth. By the Catholic era of Byzantine rule the Romans were no where to be found, amongst the ruling elites.

  91. On the way into Moscow today, out in the country, I got a cell phone call from Jack the Engineer, left a message, so I'm trying to call him back, frustrated by a dead zone, with my wife getting my nerves with just pull over, over. So I did and he calls back, but the dead zone deal kicks in again and I'm in frustration to my wife "Honest to God!" and hang up.

    We drive on and Jack calls and says in his deep booming voice
    'THIS IS GOD!'

    'I heard that'

    heh I say 'it's the sins, the sins....'

    This to change a meeting time tomorrow....such is the difficulty of communication with the Divine....

  92. So, it's down to Rufus or Jack, if you are a monotheist, in my view.

  93. I've avoided posting on this all day in order to process the information, and understand it a little better.

    Now, I can say, "I think it's a pretty, scratch that, damned big deal."

    USDA to provide matching funds for 10,000 Blender Pumps Plus a lot of other stuff.

  94. "Jack."



    Jeez, everyone wants to get in on the "One True Deity" game.

    Look, I Got The Cheapest Indulgences, bar none.

    You find a cheaper indulgence, and *I'll buy it for you, and give you 10% of your money back, okay?



    *rosicrucians extra

  95. Just wait a minute here, you can't be God, you're the Guvnor.

    And a damned corrupt too, if you ask me.

  96. Well, go get your damned overpriced indulgences from Jack, then, dumshit.

    You woudnt know a good God if it gave you a "free" indulgence.

    Yur probly a closet rosicrucian, anyway. Last one a them I gave an indulgence to took a whole afternoon, and half the night.