“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."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Evita Palin

Sarah Palin Says She Could Beat Obama

In Interview With Barbara Walters, Palin Says She Is Seriously Considering Entering Race in 2012

Eva Peron was never officially elected as President of Argentina but she exercised power and influence within the government. While she could mobilize throngs of adoring supporters at the drop of a hat, the middle and upper classes, military leaders and some government officials were angered by this woman who seemed to have virtually taken over the country. As her celebrity and influence grew, she became progressively more vengeful as well. This only served to validate the bitter hatred some had for her.

Evita Peron Quotes

» Answer violence with violence. If one of us falls today, five of them must fall tomorrow.

» By this time I had fallen in love with him as we both came from the same type of humble back ground. Also because he put his energy behind working people. With the power of the shirtless ones (the poor) he was swept to power. He was then put under arrest so we decided to get married secretly .

» Charity separates the rich from the poor; aid raises the needy and sets him on the same level with the rich.

» I am my own woman.

» I am only a simple woman who lives to serve Peron and my people.

» I am only a sparrow amongst a great flock of sparrows.

» I demanded more rights for women because I know what women had to put up with.

» I had watched for many years and seen how a few rich families held much of Argentina's wealth and power in their hands. So Peron and the government brought in an eight hour working day , sickness pay and fair wages to give poor workers a fair go .

» I have one thing that counts, and that is my heart; it burns in my soul, it aches in my flesh, and it ignites my nerves: that is my love for the people and Peron.

» I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have.

» I was born Maria Eva Duarte in one of those miserable dry and sleepy little towns in 1919.

» I will come again, and I will be millions.

» I will return and I will be a million.

» If I have to apply five turns to the screw each day for the happiness of Argentina, I will do it.

» In government, one actress is enough.

» Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense. I just use the money for the poor. I can't stop to count it.

» My biggest fear in life is to be forgotten.

» One cannot accomplish anything without fanatacism.

» Shadows cannot see themselves in the mirror of the sun.

» Suffer little children and come unto me.

» The nation's government has just handed me the bill that grants us our civil rights. I am receiving it before you, certain that I am accepting this on behalf of all Argentinean women, and I can feel my hands tremble with joy as they grasp the laurel proclaiming victory.

» There are some oligarchs that make me want to bite them just as one crunches into a carrot or a radish.

» Time is my greatest enemy.

» To convince oneself that one has the right to live decently takes time.

» When my father died it left me without any financial support. At the age of fifteen I ran off to Buenos Aires with a passing musician who promised to make me a film star . But soon after the musician left, I managed to stay alive by playing small parts in the theatre and films .

» When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.

» When the rich think of the impoverished, they think of impoverished desires.

» Where there is a worker, there lies a nation.

» Yes, well I do have plenty of clothes, jewels and money. However I don't ask for money for myself but if some one gives me money I take it and put it in The Eva Peron Foundation which gives huge amounts of money to the poor and helps to build hospitals , schools and old peoples' homes .

» You must want! You have the right to ask! You must desire.


  1. Two women that resonate deeply with me.

    Evita and Edith Piaf.

    They're so different than that with which I'm familiar.

    But I find both compelling.

    On my swirl around South America my main reason for visiting Buenos Aires, en route to Uruguay, was to visit Evita's grave... I was comforted by the resident cats that kept vigil by it...

    And I find myself playing Piaf cds more often lately.

    In a way, I suppose, thinking about it just now, it's like a "C and E" Catholic being called back to church...

    Being seduced, being comforted by the pain and the longing. And the searing belief.


  2. When you have the time and inclination, do a post of the great black and white flics. i'l lay it out for you. use youtube if you like. It would be perfect for a Friday or Saturday night

  3. Lea Salonga, a super foxy Fiiipina.

  4. so, do you think Palin could actually get to the top of the GOP ticket? That would be a sad day in America.

    Maybe she'll run as an independent. If she won, that'd be a sad day in America.

  5. Do I think she could? Sure she could. She will face 10-12 other Republicans, pick them off one at a time, get the nomination and get pounded by Obama.

    It would be the Republican gift that keeps on giving for Obama. First Alan Keyes, John McCain (my guy) and then Sarah Palin.

    The Republicans would lose every state in the Northeast, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Illinois Florida and sweep the West Coast.

  6. Romanticizing class distinctions is one sign of a dangerous fraud who has no quarrel sacrificing means on behalf of ends, oblivious to the intimate and deep connection that weaves much of the fabric of human history, and one step removed from Might Makes Right. All of the Left has this profile to some degree. It is decidedly rare on the other side of the aisle where the bootstrap is King. It could be an interesting match - both candidates running on a Support the Middle Class platform.

  7. I would also suggest the possibility that, regardless of Palin's own assessment of a potentially successful run, she is leveraging her grass roots popularity as a form of revenge against the Republican Party honchos.

    Palin's dish is served with a warm smile.

  8. I guess "could" was the wrong word. Will she? I certainly think she could but I hope she won't.

  9. I must protest this continual dragging of Palin through the muck with outragious comparisons. She and Evita have zero in common.

    Further I do think she could beat Obama.

    I think anyone could beat Obama.

  10. I know Bob could beat Obama, and I'm pretty sure Quirk's dog could.

    About the only one I'd really Hate to have to vote for would be Huckabee.

  11. A little late to the party with that one, Sam.

  12. I'm certain Guvnor Rufus could beat Obama. Then it'd be Prez Ruf. And we'd all be in line to be his new zars.

  13. An I'd put all my Zars in new flexfuel cars.

    It'd be a gig, an a party.

  14. Two ethanol breweries in every county. The big finger to Hugo, and the Sauds.

  15. All new contruction would be "Solar Compatible."

  16. My wife is a Sagittarius - kinda an aardvarkian one. Even those who have given their lives to the study of such things wouldn't get her right.

    I'm gonna go look up when Sarah was born.

  17. Loan guarantees for every city, or town that installs solar for "peak" electricity.

  18. February 11, 1964

    That would make her an ..... a ...... what?

  19. Loan Guarantees for all municipalities for "Wind" in "High Wind Resource" areas.

  20. Sam you could be Ambassador to Australia.

  21. Instead of Afghanistan, the Fifth Marines would be headed for the Mexican border.

    Pot Would get legalized. (and taxed.)

  22. All Australian girls would get reduced tuition at Ol' Miss. (and Mizzou, of course.)

  23. Sell one Carrier group to the Japs, and one to the Chinese. Let them go chasing some of them Pirates around for awhile.

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  25. TLC

    "Romanticizing class distinctions..."

    I was/am taken by the writings of B.Traven.

    In one book, (The White Rose?) he has a scene in a village square in Mexico with a grandpa and his grandson.

    They're sitting there some years after the 1910 revolution. And the grandpa has a newspaper purchased that day. And one from before the revolution.

    Both are folded open to the society pages.

    And he asks his grandson to observe that the families being written about are the same in both papers...


  26. No more Foreign Aid, and no more troops in Europe, S. Korea, the Mideast, or any other festering shithole.

  27. Guvnor Rufus has a well thought out program, not this cut waste and streamline government line that is always put out.

    Palin/Rufus 2012

    Ruf will be the power behind the throne, and we'll be able to look at Sarah.

  28. 11 Feb is Aquarius, I think.

    Ambassador sounds good to me.

    Good call on the Aussie girls.

  29. 25% Tariff on Chinese, Singapore, and all other pegged-rate countries.

  30. In government, one actress is enough.



  31. Bob your protest is noted, but I'm not sure that I will be able to restrain myself.

    Seriously, you may like her, I may like her, but that is not the issue. The issue is can she win?

    The way she is going, I can't see it.

    As to her being comparable with Eva Peron. We shall see.

  32. Romney

    Combination there of.

    Definitely not Palin.

  33. Sam!

    Looks like I may be the lone holdout, Rufus having jumped ship to some unknown male, and WiO going for Bolton.

  34. My son, I learned today, doesn't even like her, though my daughter does.

    The issue is dividing the family between The Children of Light, and The Children of Darkness.

  35. Bolton!

    I like that one. My list is modified.

  36. 37% Tax rate over $500,000.00, and standard tax rate on ALL income - dividends, cap gains, healthcare, etc.

    No mortgage interest deduction on loans over $1,000,000.00, and a sliding scale on smaller loans, down to full deductibility on loans of $50,000.00 or less.

    Soc Security indexed to inflation, not wages.

    Corporate tax rate 20%, earned here or abroad, Collectible NOW.

  37. Gnossos , you should find a publisher.

    I wonder if the beret phase will ever be over. There seems to be some evidence for history as a circular series of events, until space exploration, which stretches the time frame between events.

  38. Romney - competent governor.

    Rubio - Cuban Bush, untested rookie.

    Christie? I'd buy a ticket for that.

  39. No Early Front-Runner for 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination
    Romney, Palin, Huckabee get greatest support at this point
    by Jeffrey M. Jones

    PRINCETON, NJ -- Rank-and-file Republicans have no clear favorite for the party's 2012 presidential nomination when asked to choose among a large field of potential candidates. Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee are essentially tied for the lead, with Newt Gingrich close behind. Preferences have been largely stable since September, though Gingrich and Huckabee have seen modest increases.

    I'd think a crowded field would work to her advantage.

  40. . A new Gallup poll shows no 2012 Republican candidate winning more than 20 percent of the vote, a muddle from top to bottom that virtually ensures a large field and a wide-open race for the right to take on President Obama.

    The survey showed four candidates taking double digit support: former Gov. Mitt Romney (19 percent), former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (16 percent), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (16 percent) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (13 percent).

    No other candidate took more than six percent. Likely candidates like Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty received four percent support while the buzziest candidate inside the Beltway -- Sen. John Thune (S.D.) received just two percent.

  41. Pawlenty was a pretty good Governor.

    Daniels seems to be a pretty good Governor.

    Jindal's looking like, potentially, a great Governor.

    I do wish Christie had a bit more "seasoning."

  42. Romney could win.

    Huckabee -No.
    Gingrich - No.
    Haley Barber -No.
    Palin -No.

    All the others are unknown at this time.

  43. That "quitter" image is going to come back to haunt Sarah, I'm afraid.

  44. The economy will still be sucking wind in 2012. Under that scenario I honestly believe that ANY of those people can beat Obama.

    I was only slightly kidding when I said I thought Q's dog had a reasonable chance.

  45. Christie/Romney's the go, I think.

    At this stage, for me.

  46. The Water Carrier
    January 21 to February 19

    Aquarius she is.

    I was immediately attracted to her, for some magnetic, ethereal, celestial reason.

  47. Obama's goose is cooked.

    Pee-Wee Herman could beat him.

  48. If you cannot take the pressure of being Governor of Alaska, how are you going to handle the Oval Office?

    In a time of crisis do we want a President with a history of quitting?

    Throwing in the towel is like waving the white flag.

    "Hail to the Chief" or "Take this job and shove it"

  49. The problem with Huckleberry is, he's liable to win Iowa. Those republicans up there are religious dingbats.

    If he doesn't win Iowa, and Palin does, she'll win the nomination.

    Romney is unlikely to win Iowa because of the Mormonism. Sad, but true, I think.

    Pawlenty, nor Daniels seems likely to "light it up" in Iowa.

    Jindal is an interesting politician. He "could" catch fire. maybe.

  50. The entire primary system is a disaster. Give me the smoke filled room any day.

  51. She was perfectly capable of handling the job of governor of Alaska. Though she was getting harassed half to death by Alaska's strange ethics laws, all the cases brought against her she won. But you said yourself, Deuce, Wassila is a hard place from which to run for President.

    Willie Brown from San Fran said it best, she did exactly what she had to do if she wanted to run, keep her face before the crowd.

    It's an easy charge to make, but doesn't really mean anything except as negative propaganda.

    Now, expect rat to jump in.

  52. The entire primary system is a disaster. Give me the smoke filled room any day.

    Quite true. It's all over before I get to vote.

    Not sure about the smoke filled room stuff, though.

    Isn't that more or less what they have in Chicago?

    I'd go for a system of Princes, as long as I was one of the Princes.

  53. Huckabee has a John Edwards quality about him. One wonders how he advanced to the level of presidential candidate. I never understood the Edwards phenomenon. I understand Huckabee even less.

    I see nobody here seems to think John Kasich has any traction.

    The thing is this: If Palin wins the nomination, we'll have back-to-back presidential races filled with themes of saviors and salvation - and rock stars. Ugh.

  54. She really doesn't talk the Bible all that much. Live it yes, but she preaches politics, not religion.

    I will come again, and I will be millions.


    Maybe there is something to this reincarnation business.

    There's a whole lot of momma grizzlies out there


  55. Huckabee and Edwards?

    Try as I might, I can't see much similarity.

    Got to go get my daughter from class. What a beautiful little campus they have here, the huge old pines, the lake and river right over there, the lake looking gray and grim, but exciting, with all those reflections dancing on the waves from the lights of the city. We could get snow tonight.

  56. Palin was humiliated on the public stage.

    She left Alaska a local hero, a credit to the state. She returned as a disgraced loser, an embarrassing liability.

    I am surprised at the vehemence and contempt attached to her resignation. It surprised me not at all.

    Is her resignation an indicator of weakness that detracts from her presidential qualifications? I think it is a legitimate concern, but I would never underestimate the psychological impact of virgin political experience on the public stage, especially for someone whose physical appearance competes so aggressively with the skill set required of a successful presidential candidate.

    Whiskey@BC used to argue that the female vote for Obama was based largely on his sex appeal - young and handsome. Maybe. But pale in comparison to Palin.** Where Obama was and is cool and (arguably) cerebral, Palin is all about the animal spirits.

    **And I say that as a hetero IIRC.

  57. Neither belongs in a presidential race.

    As I clearly explained.

  58. And John McCain has made not a single disparaging Palin comment, to his credit.

  59. Ah, CL, losing an election doesn't disgrace you in the eyes of the public. Too many losers have come back to become winners for that theory to be viable.

    Leaving your Office in limbo to run for a higher office doesn't seem to be a disadvantage, either.

    However, leaving your office because of the "heat" is Not acceptable. The Tribe, Platoon, Country won't take a chance on a coward. The stakes are too high.

    Will she, in the semi-fullness of time be able to overcome this? I don't know. My gut feeling is it's around 40/60, or, at best 50/50. We'll know fairly soon.

  60. She was damned near being bankrupted by those frivolous ethics charges.

    And it's not sex appeal. There's a million more beautiful.

    She's a force of nature, and has a kind of purity too.

    You overestimate the sex appeal part, helps, but that's not the cat's pajamas, not where the rubber meets the road.

    And she's doing it herself, her own way. No big money in her background.

    And, she sincerely loves the outdoors.

    Paris Hilton has sex appeal, I'd never vote for her.

  61. Well folks, I called the first Obama win way ahead of you all. I distinctly remember Rat denigrating me for making the call.

    Now, way, waaaayyyy out, I'll make my prediction on the next round - Obama in a squeaker.

    A foolish prediction given we don't even know who he will be up against but that's my reading of the tea leaves.

    For the record, also, it doesn't necessarily mean that I think he should win, that he will be the best for the job (i.e. what I want) but rather, what I think will be. That call will me made all the more certain if Palin should be the opponent!

    I can't believe I actually have that much faith in the American people *shrug*.

  62. And the American people can't believe they have any faith at all in you.

  63. Well, not for me exactly, but you know what I mean., Sam

    Pick the venereal goddess of your choice.

    Some Aussie lassie...

  64. That PETA stripper, maybe....

  65. However, leaving your office because of the "heat" is Not acceptable.

    You might be right Rufus, but, as I said earlier, I also think it is not improbable that Palin is jerking the chain of the RNC with the threat of a run. I also tend to agree with Ash that Obama will win a second term based on the absence of an electable opposition candidate.

    Profile-wise, Palin strikes me as Ronald Reagan in a skirt.

  66. Bitter clinger shoots TV after Bristol Palin performance

    November 17, 2010 by Cubachi

    According to Wisconsin authorities, Steven Cowan, a 67-year-old man originally from Vermont, shot his television set after watching Bristol Palin perform on “Dancing with the Stars.” The police were contacted and it led to a 15-hour standoff until Cowan finally was convinced to come out of the house.

    Is this what it comes down to? BDS (Bristol Derangement Syndrome)?

    I've never seen such a level of attack on this young woman for appearing on a dancing show. This certainly dispels the notion that conservatives are “bitter clingers to their guns.”

    Cowan was charged second-degree reckless endangerment and could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Authorities say he has bipolar disorder.

    He may have a mental illness, but the man was drunk according to his wife. Though she doesn’t attribute it to this outburst. So is this a case of an angry liberal?

    According to the Smoking Gun the complaint reads:

    Cowan “jumped up and swore, saying something to the effect of “the —-ing politics.”The complaint added, ”Steven was upset that a political figure’s daughter was dancing on this particular show when Steven did not think she was a good dancer.”

  67. Hilton has sex appeal?

    LOL. That's the response I was looking for.

    Were you down in San Diego last weekend Sam?

  68. She's got much more class than Reagan, and a hunting and fishing license which she really uses.

  69. Palin's definitely down with the Reagan mojo.

    She references him all the time.

    No San Diego, CL. Cooped up in Adelaide here

    Although, I do know San Diego. Lived there for 4 years.

  70. She really needs to start getting some "position papers" out.

    Concrete recommendations on Energy, Trade, and Budget-cutting.

    A plan for Iraq, and Afghanistan.

    She's got the "cutes" sewed up. Now, she needs to work on her "gravitationals." :)

  71. I just can't see a woman as president no matter who she is.

    President of the US

    I mean, doesn't that require testosterone and balls?

    Not estrogen and pussy?

  72. Sam, I don't see a politician out there with half the balls of the Mama Griz.

  73. Think Golda Meir, Sam.

    Sometimes I think we're not out past the barbed wire, not out there on the ice flow where only Sela is to be known, out there in the white out, when out of that white darkness the face of our ideal candidate comes into view, and it is...Art Bell.

    Art Bell knows.

    Plus, Art's a Vet.

    In this day and age when the UN has appointed a czar to meet the aliens when they arrive, Art's the perfect fit. He'd get to the bottom of this Area 51 stuff, and the other secret labs, and, we'd finally have DISCLOSURE.

    Whitley Sreiber for Secretary of Defense.

  74. If she was wired in enough to realize that gasoline prices are going to be sky-high by 2012 she could start, now, hammering on the oil companies. She already has a reputation for being a thorn in their side.

  75. She needs to spend a weeknight or two at the Elephant. She'd be 'good to go.'

  76. Are you serious Sam (and that's OK)

    Or are you just jerking chains (which is OK too)?

  77. Sam's young, hasn't been punched drunk by a woman yet.

    He'll learn, if he lives long enough.

    She needs to spend a weeknight or two at the Elephant. She'd be 'good to go.'

    In a fortnight she'd be ferocious.

  78. I'm not crazy about the Mama Grizzly theme - that implies the welfare state - no claws unless the children are at stake. That's not a good mandate for a CEO and several of you guys have weighed in on that already.

    The question is worth exploring, if for no other reason than to profile voters, but outside of the Mama Griz concept. Surely the distaff side is not so limited in scope that a child must be at risk before performance can meet situational demands?

  79. Think the ARA General Belgrano . Sunk with 323 aboard. Their eyes are like pearls, their bones are of coral made, changed into something rich and strange.

  80. No it doesn't. When did any self respecting griz ask the State of Alaska for a handout?

  81. Think Boudica (pronounced /ˈbuːdɨkə/; also spelled Boudicca), formerly known as Boadicea, heroine of history and legend.

  82. Yah, I think it's time to put the "mama griz" thing to bed.

  83. See Bob, there is constructive criticism.

  84. When did any self respecting griz ask the State of Alaska for a handout?

    Women's suffrage being coincident with the rise of the federal welfare state, as noted by you some time ago.

  85. Well, yeah. First noted by Miss T.

    I don't say she's perfect, just I like her a lot. There sure is such a thing as constructive criticism.

    Many politicians get a certain theme attached to them. Momma Griz seems to me as good as any, better than the Savior of the Earth Who Is Going To Stop The Rise of the Oceans....

    I wish she'd do her hair up a little differently from time to time, is one of my criticisms. :)

  86. Serious, CL.

    Hell, you just can't get past gender hard-wiring, can you?

    But then reading about the Iron Lady, maybe I'm totally fucked up.

  87. With the exception of homosexuals, of course.

    Maybe the Iron Lady had a bit more testosterone than average coursing through her.

  88. An old, blind cowboy wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake.
    He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot of Jack Daniels.
    After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, 'Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?'

    The bar immediately falls absolutely silent.

    In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says,

    'Before you tell that joke, Cowboy, I think it is only fair, Given that you are blind, that you should know five things:

    1. The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat.

    2. The bouncer is a blonde girl.

    3. I'm a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate.

    4. The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weight lifter.

    5. The lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler.

    Now, think about it seriously, Cowboy. Do you still wanna tell that blonde joke?'

    The blind cowboy thinks for a second, shakes his head and mutters, 'No...not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times.'

  89. Hell, you just can't get past gender hard-wiring, can you?

    I'm not the one fixing her hair.

    Look how quickly this discussion went, er, south.

    A Palin campaign will be all about sex just as the Obama run was all about race. What's next? Hair color?

    A nation growing up one baby step at a time.

    Maybe the search parties should start grooming a blond Swedish gay mulatto.

  90. Is not fair, CL. She happens to be nice looking, she does lots of stuff I like, and it's.....all about sex. She can't help it that she's nice looking, I can't help looking, but it's not why most of us males who are voting for her, are voting for her.

    And she has this wonderful vibrant joyful spirit, not sexual, just full of life at the wellhead. Most of us like that.

  91. .

    I prefer the real thing, Tina Fey.


  92. You take Tina then, I'll take Sarah.

    We'll go double dating, but no trading.