“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, November 25, 2010

Turkey Hunt



  1. Next week we do it in loin cloth, moccassins, and bow and arrow.

  2. Or, as they call it in Alaska, "Todd Palin, style."

  3. O all right, since I'm in a good mood today -

    To the goddamned Idaho Fish and
    Game Department - congratulations on your one and only success - letting some Merriam turkeys out the back of your pickup truck.

    You ruined the fishery at Coeur d'Alene Lake, at Pond d Ray too, you have succeeded in wiping out the elk, but God Bless You, Idaho
    Fish and Game, more pick up trucks than employees, I hate your guts.

  4. Since I'm in a good mood -

    Friend --

    When Michelle and I sit down with our family to give thanks today, I want you to know that we'll be especially grateful for folks like you.

    Everything we have been able to accomplish in the last two years was possible because you have been willing to work for it and organize for it.

    And every time we face a setback, or when progress doesn't happen as quickly as we would like, we know that you'll be right there with us, ready to fight another day.

    So I want to thank you -- for everything.

    I also hope you'll join me in taking a moment to remember that the freedoms and security we enjoy as Americans are protected by the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. These patriots are willing to lay down their lives in our defense, and each of us owes them and their families a debt of gratitude.

    Have a wonderful day, and God bless.


    Right on, dude!!!!!

  5. So I want to thank you -- for everything.

    As you well should, shithead, we being the creators.

  6. Our Josh

    I'll put him up 'gainst anyone from Philly :)

  7. Black Friday shopping the day before, I love it. Five tops, a pair of pants and a jacket all for under 50 bucks.

  8. What
    We've Got Here Is
    The Merriam's Turkey

    A real success story, you will find them in the fields, the pine groves, up in the mountains, and in the deserts, too. All over.

  9. I am thankful that the general election is less than 2 years away...

    I am thankful that the majority of Americans, to stupid to see an illegal poser, staging an takeover of our institutions, are getting annoyed.

    I am thankful that I still live in a nation that allows me the right to arm myself for defense of my family and home, so unlike EVERY OTHER LAND my people have attempted to live on peacefully for almost 3000 years.

    I am thankful that my enemies will be taking aim at those that mostly loudly defend them, rather taking aim at me (since I fight back)

    I am thankful that the looters of our nation, who live in an entitlement dream state will very soon be wetting themselves at their ever dropping standard of living, as those us producers never stopped innovating, working and improving our lot in live by toil and sweat rather than relying in elitist connections.

    I am thankful the rug has been pulled out from stupid money and the contraction in the USA of unearned success is melting like the frost on a sunny morning. Step aside all looters... Step away!

    This great nation is not for the taker but the giver.

    It is EXCEPTIONAL, where else could an illegal takeover our highest office, attempt to destroy all we hold sacred and holy and actually be rebuffed by the true grit Americans that actually earn their way in life.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all those that get up and go to work each day (exceptions to those who are elderly, underage or are truly in need of drastic medical care) To those looters and parasites that do nothing but take and redistribute? Hope your sick to your stomach. Crow doesnt taste good does it?

    A word to our allies in these times of ball-less American will, the storm shall pass soon.. And you too will be thankful for an AMerican that stands for freedom and liberty, not for appeasement and tolerance of totalitarian systems.

    A new dawn in America is about to shine... in about 23 months.....

  10. I think it would be a lot easier to do it the way my girl friend's husband did it. He bought her 20 baby turkeys for her birthday. She raised them. Then he had them slaughtered the week before Thanksgiving. I really didn't see the difference between the fresh one or the free one I got from Acme.

  11. .

    Well isn't that precious.

    The Don is happy again.

    His atavistic appetites assuaged by anticipation of engorging huge amounts of hot dead, mutilated birds.

    Later, laying about in a tryptophan induced stupor he will be unheard from and unseen like some bloated lion resting after the rest of the pride has provided him with sustenance.

    PETA? Ha.

    Glad to hear you got good news from the doc though, Bobbo.


  12. Acme is a bitch, L-4 s one son bitch.

  13. Oh yeah, congrats on the cancer test.

  14. Detroit needs a quarterback.

    Otherwise, they actually seem to have a little better team than in the past hundred years. :)

  15. Thanks. I've been doing a lot of thinking, and, I'm not sure what it's all about.

    It' about love, I think.

  16. Living is like hopes for a decent Lions season. You are born, you live, briefly, and then you die.

    Lovin' ain't got much to do with it.

  17. Bob, congrats on the test...

    I have been applying myself to adding stock, channels and new items these last few weeks.

    It's amazing how a flair of gout, a broken set of glasses reduces us to that old episode of the twilight zone where the guy who loved to read survived a nuclear blast only to sort out his favorite reading lists into monthly and yearly piles...

    Only to break his glasses...

    Live while you can, grab the goblet IF you can...

    Life is precious, that's why WE love life as there are those that love death...

    "We love death more than you love life."
    -- Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 and wounding of 30 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, TX

    "We love death more than you love life."
    -- Adis Medunjanin, part of a 911 call made in New York City after crashing his car while fleeing from federal agents who had confiscated his passport


    Every glass of wine, every moment of freedom, every day on earth to say to those that seek our destruction?

    Fuck you!

    That includes cancer of course...

    Live long and when it's your time hope you still will be like Moishe and be with vigor and moisture...

  18. Wrong.!!!!!!!

    Lovin' is the heart of it.

    Unbegining and unending.

  19. .

    It's been and is pretty bad.

    The worst part is even at 2-11 people here are fairly happy just because of the fact that they are starting to get some talented players (although half of them were out with injuries today.)

    Other than three games, they had an opportunity to win all of the games. They continue to shoot themselves in the foot with mental mistakes and they really need to beef up their defensive backs.

    The good thing? The way they are going they should be in line to get some more high draft choices.

    I know.

    Kinda pathetic. But that's all we've got.


  20. .

    Lovin' is the heart of it.

    Geez, Bob. You're starting to sound like the friggin Beatles.

    I heading over to my daughter's for some grub.


  21. On a day like this, give her a hug from me, and best Thanksgivings to you, Quirko.


  22. But the first priority is to restore the missing men to their families, a process that can only begin when the mine is rendered safe and that is likely to take several weeks and possibly longer.


    Equipment to fill the mine with water vapour, thus displacing the oxygen which would sustain a further explosion, has been sourced from Queensland.

    The timeframe is loose but there appears to be no chance any of the bodies will have been recovered before a remembrance service is held in Greymouth next Thursday.

    Survival Plan

  23. Jesus Christ, Sam, where the hell are you?????

  24. You talking about the ice tea?

    Chinese friend of mine in Adelaide here sent me that.

  25. The military will reinforce ground forces, especially on five border islands, and set different levels of counter-attack “depending on whether attacks are targeted against civilians or the military”, the presidential office said.

    Many observers believe the attack was meant to highlight the military credentials of heir apparent Kim Jong-Un, youngest son of leader Kim Jong-Il.

    North Korean state television and radio interspersed repeated broadcasts of official statements about the shelling with martial music Thursday, Japan's Kyodo News agency reported.

    North Attack

  26. What the heck is 'martial' music?

    Does it have a good beat?

    Good riffs?

  27. A couple go for a meal at a Chinese restaurant and order the 'Chicken Surprise'.

    The waiter brings the meal, served in a lidded cast iron pot.

    Just as the wife is about to serve herself, the lid of the pot rises slightly and she briefly sees two beady little eyes looking around before the lid slams back down.

    'Good grief, did you see that?' she asks her husband. He hasn't, so she asks him to look in the pot. He reaches for it and again the lid rises, and he sees two little eyes looking around before it slams down.

    Rather perturbed, he calls the waiter over, explains what is happening, and demands an explanation.

    'Please sir,' says the waiter, 'what you order?'

    The husband replies, 'Chicken Surprise.'

    'Ah! So sorry,' says the waiter, 'I bring you Peeking Duck'.

  28. Sarah Baby Returns Fire:

    My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…


    If the media had bothered to actually listen to all of my remarks on Glenn Beck’s radio show, they would have noticed that I refer to South Korea as our ally throughout, that I corrected myself seconds after my slip-of-the-tongue, and that I made it abundantly clear that pressure should be put on China to restrict energy exports to the North Korean regime. The media could even have done due diligence and checked my previous statements on the subject, which have always been consistent, and in fact even ahead of the curve.

    Sarah on 'full automatic'

  29. But even among them: do they REALLY want Sarah Palin to President? Or is she just, in the end, a cultural icon who fights their fight in the broader media world?

    I don’t know how you could poll this question. But I do wonder, anecdotally, if there really are large numbers of people who would take comfort with the reality of Sarah Palin in the White House.

    Needless to say, my guess – and hope , for the sake of American democracy (at the risk of concern trolling…) – is that most of the powers that be in the Republican Party know this and will make damn sure that she is not the party’s nominee in 2012.

    Sarah Palin

  30. Sarah merely misspoke. As former Governor of Alaska, I'm pretty sure Sarah is more than familiar with N/S Korea.

    That said, I think SP is doing too many "free-flowing" interviews. It's time for her to hire a top-flight Chief of Staff, and/or Campaign Advisor, and "tighten up" her message. It's time to start Controlling the Narrative.

  31. In fact, here is A Letter to Sec of Def Gates, written by Sarah Palin when she was Governor, urging him to reconsider his plan to cut $1.4 Bilion from Missile Defense In Light of the danger presented by North Korea, and Iran's Nuclear Weapons, and Missile Programs.

  32. That's a nice letter by
    Sarah, and she has a strong signature.

  33. And I'm going to be sleeping better at night when she is President.

  34. .
    A Thanksgiving Message to All 57 States

    "Sarah on full automatic"?

    Right. Shooting off her mouth at the wrong time. Not very "presidential."

    1. Facebook is the media She has chosen to get out her political message so there is no denying that this is a political message.

    2. Much or most of what she says was true so there is also no denying that.

    3. However, claiming that no one has see The Obama bumbling is taking it a little far. How many times have I seen clips of the man making the mistakes she cites? Plenty. Besides I am sure that just like Bush and Clinton and all the other presidents you can Google to a sight or two that have all of his and their mispeaks and malapropos.

    And how many times have I seen her gaffe on NK played up in the news? One for me, well now two.

    3. Sarah has a lot of BFF's in the media and in politics, why not have them carry the water on this fight instead of making her look like a whiner (fighter for Bob and Rufus I guess)?

    4. My main complaint is with the timing. Look at the title. "Thanksgiving message to all 57 states." It's Thanksgiving!
    Instead of a message of hope or thanksgiving she gives us bitching, pissing, and moaning.

    But hey, maybe that's what her BFF's are into.