“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."

Saturday, November 20, 2010

bob's in jail?

I had a friend named Ramblin' Bob
Who used to steal gamble and rob
He thought he was the smartest guy in town
But I found out last Monday
That Bob got locked up Sunday
They've got him in the jailhouse way down town
He's in the jailhouse now he's in the jailhouse now
I told him once or twice quit playin' cards and shootin' dice
He's in the jailhouse now


He played a game called poker pinoccle with Dan Yoker
But shooting dice was his greatest game
Now he's downtown in jail nobody to go his bail
The judge done said that he refused a fine
He's in the jailhouse now he's in the jailhouse now
I told him once or twice quit playin' cards and shootin' dice
He's in the jailhouse now

I went out last Tuesday met a gal named Susie
Told her I was the swellest guy around
We started to spend my money
Then she started to call me honey
We took in every cabaret in town
We're in the jailhouse now
We're in the jailhouse now
I told the judge right to his face
We didn't like to see this place
We're in the jailhouse now



  1. I'll go bail for Ramblin' Bob

    The other two can cool it out.

    Ramblin' Bob may be a slob

    But he's not in jail, have no doubt.


    Idaho smothers Utah State

  2. November 20, 2010
    Tales of 57 States: On Opting-out and Up in Arms
    Lee Cary
    As the day in November approached in the Realm of 57 States when His Obamaness would graciously pardon one random turkey so that the people might eat the rest, the Peasants' Revolt spread.

    With the countdown to Turkey Day, behold, new accounts were told of how the Legionnaires of Big Sis were touching the peasants who boarded the wagons, carts and carriages that carried them throughout the land. These accounts did not pass unnoticed by the people.

    It was rumored, though not confirmed, that the only traveler who looked forward to close encounters with Big Sis' Legionnaires was a Senator from the State of Potato named Lawrence "Happy Feet" Craig. He would, it was rumored, voluntarily receive multiple Claire "That's the way I like it, ah ha" McCaskill's love taps by returning repeatedly to the end of the security line, until he felt satisfied. But I digress.

    Many centuries before the reign of His Obamaness, even before the 57 States came into being, whenever commoners were offended by the Ruling Class - for as the man of special words once said of the poor, we'll always have the Ruling Class among us - angry peasants were said to be "up in arms." In those days, the offended would lift high their hands, gripping pitch forks and clubs, and shake their arms as a sign of aggravation. Hence was born the term "up in arms."

    Well, it came to pass during the Peasants' Revolt that surrounded the intrusions of Big Sis' Legionnaires into the otherwise forbidden regions of the travelers' junk, that "up in arms" assumed an altered meaning. It took on one customarily associated, fairly or not so, with the martial prowess of soldiers from the Land of Frogs where "up in arms" referred to one who had chosen to surrender rather than resist.

    Now, on the Great Travel Day before the Turkey, many commoners planned to move throughout the Realm. Before boarding their wagons, carts or carriages, they would be given a choice between receiving McCaskill "love taps," or, stepping into a cage where a magic light stripped away their garments and left their junk exposed to the scrutiny of allegedly disinterested persons...eunuchs, perhaps. Once inside this special cage, the traveler would lift high his or her hands and become "up in arms," surrendering to intense visual scrutiny. Of course, none of the scrutinizing would ever be made public, except for some.

    So it was that "up in arms," a term that once meant defiance in the 57 States, came to mean surrendering to the Ruling Class. And so it to pass that, henceforth, in books recounting the history of the Realm, those who once stood on Concord Bridge held high their arms in surrender. Those who crossed the Delaware to face the Hessians at Trenton, they, too, held high their arms in surrender when they landed at the far shore. And even the hungry ones at Valley Forge went up in arms so that they might eat the Turkey.

    But there were yet a few who, on the Great Travel Day in the 2nd year of the Reign of His Obamaness, opted-out of the magic light, and without word or gesture, gave to Big Sis...a different kind of bird.

  3. If you ever see This guy's arms up in the air the odds are there'll be a Timber Axe in his hands. More Chris Christie Awesomeness

    I swear, my heterosexualness is in serious danger.

  4. You do got a love this guy. I don't know what they have on him, but if it is anything at all, he should just get it out now, and no one would care except all the usual suspects.

  5. Sometime when I have had a few drinks and not much longer to live remind me to tell you my "fuck you and fuck your lawyers" story.

  6. That's right; cleansing is good for the soul. And, we might all die tomorrow, anyway.

  7. My song is love unknown,
    My Savior’s love to me;
    Love to the loveless shown,
    That they might lovely be.
    O who am I, that for my sake
    My Lord should take, frail flesh and die?

    He came from His blest throne
    Salvation to bestow;
    But men made strange, and none
    The longed for Christ would know:
    But O! my Friend, my Friend indeed,
    Who at my need His life did spend.

    Sometimes they strew His way,
    And His sweet praises sing;
    Resounding all the day
    Hosannas to their King:
    Then “Crucify!” is all their breath,
    And for His death they thirst and cry.

    Why, what hath my Lord done?
    What makes this rage and spite?
    He made the lame to run,
    He gave the blind their sight,
    Sweet injuries! Yet they at these
    Themselves displease, and ’gainst Him rise.

    They rise and needs will have
    My dear Lord made away;
    A murderer they saved,
    The Prince of life they slay,
    Yet cheerful He to suffering goes,
    That He His foes from thence might free.

    In life, no house, no home
    My Lord on earth might have;
    In death no friendly tomb
    But what a stranger gave.
    What may I say? Heav’n was His home;
    But mine the tomb wherein He lay.

    Here might I stay and sing,
    No story so divine;
    Never was love, dear King!
    Never was grief like Thine.
    This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise
    I all my days could gladly spend.

    Samuel Crossman, 1664

    Found it in "Christianity - The First Three Thousand Years" - Diarmaid MacCulloch

  8. .
    Consumer Risks Feared as Health Law Spurs Mergers

    When Congress passed the health care law, it envisioned doctors and hospitals joining forces, coordinating care and holding down costs, with the prospect of earning government bonuses for controlling costs.

    Now, eight months into the new law there is a growing frenzy of mergers involving hospitals, clinics and doctor groups eager to share costs and savings, and cash in on the incentives. They, in turn, have deployed a small army of lawyers and lobbyists trying to persuade the Obama administration to relax or waive a body of older laws intended to thwart health care monopolies, and to protect against shoddy care and fraudulent billing of patients or Medicare.

    Consumer advocates fear that the health care law could worsen some of the very problems it was meant to solve — by reducing competition, driving up costs and creating incentives for doctors and hospitals to stint on care, in order to retain their cost-saving bonuses...


    Hospitals and doctors have also asked the administration to waive laws intended to prevent fraud and abuse in Medicare.

    In a recent letter to federal officials, Charles N. Kahn III, president of the Federation of American Hospitals, said, “To provide a fertile field to develop truly innovative, coordinated-care models, the fraud and abuse laws should be waived altogether.”

    These laws are an impediment and, in some cases, “a total barrier” to creation of accountable care organizations, Mr. Kahn said, making it difficult for hospitals to reward doctors for cutting costs or following best practices...

    The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Oft Go Astray


  9. bob's in jail?

    Fat, black and irritating
    A fly maddened by summer heat
    Buzzes at the sill
    Why does the air turn solid?
    Flam bam he slams in again, and again
    To air turned clear solid
    Buzz buzz fla....bam!
    A rolled up newspaper
    Splats him dead and
    Guts and fluid spreading
    That's the end of that

    A canary in a cage
    Whams his wings gainst iron
    Bars so thin you'd think it wouldn't
    Hurt him, but his wings are bloody
    His beak a cracked and twisted thing
    He flits from bar to bar
    Shits on the newspaper
    And exhausted, lies and nearly dies
    In the corner
    Of his cage

    The puma paces back and forth
    Back and forth
    Back and forth
    Back and forth
    In his two layered iron cell
    In front of the two legs, staring
    In the well lighted Casino
    His eyes glazing
    Returns to his little
    Man made cavern
    For restless doze
    He knows no relief will bring

    bob thinks to get away
    From those twin devils
    Death and desire
    So he thinks to hire
    A chopper from McCall
    To drop him off at Lake DePaul
    A three day weekend
    To fish death and desire away
    But on his third day there
    He has not arisen
    To himself he has to say
    I seem to have brought them with me
    Where they stay
    A change of scene does not make one gay
    A prison must be escaped some other way


  10. That's the best way to fish those hard to get to by hiking high mountain lakes in the Idaho back country.

    Hire a chopper out of McCall to drop you off, pick you up in a few days.

    Saves a lot of leg work.

  11. .
    Russia to aid NATO on anti-missile network in Europe

    Russia agreed Saturday to cooperate with NATO on building a U.S.-planned anti-missile network in Europe as part of what was described as a new era in security relations between the former Cold War enemies.

    The accord, announced at a NATO summit in Lisbon, symbolized a conclusion by the United States and its main European allies that Russia is not a threat to be protected from but a potential ally in girding the continent against possible ballistic missile attacks from Iran or elsewhere...

    Russia/Nato Accord?


  12. The last time the Russians offered to help, Team Bush turned them down, cold shouldered the entire proposition.

    Now they are going to be on board.

    Golly be.

  13. As for the GOP and ObamaCare, bob, they had their own version:

    It's called Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan.

    Meanwhile, the estimated cost of this plan ... has already more than doubled and is now projected at more than $1 trillion over the next decade.

    That was a trillion dollar fiasco, like ObamaCare, that passed the Republican Congress and was signed by the Republican President.

    There was always going to "the next step" in the Federalization of Health Care. The GOP gave US a trillion in costs to support the further socializing medical care for the elderly. The Dems extended Health Care to "everyone".

    Whether the "ObamaCare Plan" is viable is immaterial, Medicare Part D is not viable, either.

    The Federals will "make it work", no matter the costs involved. That is their track record.

    There's no stopping US now!

  14. That's one hell of an incentive chief, if you can promise that to every non voter you will have one hot mess of a turn out.

  15. Damn it, why is it that when I turn to youtube, there is no way to turn the video on?

    What have I done?

    How do I fix it?

    Where is my daughter when I need her?

  16. Damnit, could someone just describe it to me?

  17. I think you need to download adobe flash and if you already have it then I don't know what to tell you. I had the same problem, once…long ago…in my PC days.

  18. I think you may be right. Some stuff came up, and I can't recall whether I did it or not, having gotten in trouble with that kind of stuff before. My daughter is here, I will have here look at it tomorrow.

    Is that the back of your head in your new icon?

  19. Whit, you will never believe what just came on the TV.

    That's right, When Harry met Sally.