“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, January 20, 2011

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18) by Melody

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

"To chase the glowing hours with flying feet."
~ Lord Byron, poet

Again, it's an honor to take the role as co-writer here at Souls-R-Us. But I must regretfully inform you of the resignation of the CEO at Souls-R-Us. He has moved on to bigger and better things, ie walking the dog, snow blowing the driveway, lurking through windows, etc…(cough cough, chapter 11, cough cough) We have a pact, a verbal agreement, a spit handshake for me to finish the last two horoscopes Aquarius and Pisces. And you know a spit handshake is the most binding agreement ever. So the best to the founder of Souls-R-us, Quirk, who gave us one hell of year. Yay…

Duality ~ Masculine

Triplicity ~ Air: Representing intellect and communication.

Quadruplicity ~ fixed: Representing persistence.

Ruling Planet ~ Uranus. Uransus is one of the youngest planets found through a telescope in March of 1781. Uranus, the first ruler of the universe was the Roman Sky God. Uranus is the planet of the future associated with modern science, invention, electricity, humanitarian movements and revolution. It is also the planet of sudden upheaval and swift, unexpected happenings. Its realm is all that is now, original, different, and unorthodox.

Do you often take an action that has no rhyme or reason? Are you attracted to an unusual line of work or to odd, colorful people? Do you feel that you are a more inventive thinker than those around you? Do you take an interest in modern science and the latest discoveries in the world? Are you known for your startling pronouncements or being and unusual character?

If you answered yes to these questions you must have a strong Uranus in your birth chart.

Symbol ~ The water Bearer, often mistaken as the Aquarius sign, dispenses a gift that flows freely and equally to all; representing the creation and the giving of life. The water that is poured out by the Water Bearer symbolizes truth. Being a truth-teller you give out opinions and observations. You dispense wisdom. You are a seeker of knowledge. You are rational, open-minded and gifted with breadth of vision. Your mind is full of information but yet you still search for more. You always want to know what lies on the other side of the mountain. You could hear something like this from an Aquarian. "It annoys me to know there's something out there I've never heard of. I need to know what it is."

Dominant Keyword ~ I know

Polarity ~ Leo. Aquarius is the sign of hope and dreams and friends and wishes. You tend to be idealistic humanitarians who are concerned with the larger issues of the world. Because of this you remain personally detached in your personal relationships. Leo, your opposite is the sign of pleasure, affection and love affairs. They look for fun and good times to make them happy. They need close ties with others and tend to dominate in love affairs.

Lucky Day ~ Wednesday Lucky Numbers ~ 1 and 7

Special Color ~ Electric Blue: The clear color of the sky

Cities ~ Stockholm, Moscow, Buenos, Aires, Salzburg. Countries ~ Russia, Sweden and Ethiopia

Flower ~ Orchid Trees ~ Fruit Trees

Magical birthstone ~ Amethyst. Brings faithfulness in love and bestows the gift of foreknowledge.
"Hold fast to dreams,
for if dreams die,
life is a broken winged bird
that cannot fly. "
~Langston Hughes

I am never bored anywhere: being bored is an insult to oneself. ~Jules Renard

Aquarians are original people-sort of wacky, witty daredevils who refuse to follow the crowd. It's in your nature to be different and you strive for it. You not only march to the beat of a different drummer you make up new music as you go along.

The great men of science are supreme artists. ~Martin H. Fischer

Intellectual independence is your strongest characteristic. When combining the fixed quality with the air element under the influence of the planet of change, Uranus, you can't help but acquire a personality that is liberal, progressive, yet fixed in opinion. You have a lot of ego invested in your opinions and ideas and you don't let your inflexibility and stubbornness get in your way of what you want. You refuse to compromise and very rarely give an inch, making you a strange mix of radical thinking whose opinions are written in stone. Although, being a seeker of truth, if evidence comes to light you can be persuaded to changing your mind. It doesn't matter what other people think, though, you are always off on a new adventure because there are so many more exciting things to discover that way. You think boredom is a communicable decease and take every opportunity to avoid it.

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. ~Moshe Dayan

Your independence is your way of life. You won't let anything or anyone get in that way. You can't be fenced in or tied down and if you feel trapped you will escape at any cost. Aquarius represents future hopes and yearnings so for you what is done is done. You want to escape the past and like Peter Pan, head straight on to morning.

As an idealist you would like to see everybody happy. Your ambition is to do something meaningful and important. You are a person who follows their dream. LIke the Water Bearer you shower the world with your thoughts and new ideas. Being at a near genius level your mind churns out some pretty amazing things. You like the idea of planning the most elaborate scheme but your main interest is creating the idea not translating it into action. Hard work doesn't interest you. You are creative, imaginative, experimental but the menial task of detail and the trifling matters of management are not your style. You would rather invent the most unrealistic scheme and let other deal with the hard realities.

Your great weakness is to exaggerate your importance and to pose as an expert on any subject. Sometimes you will be argumentative not because you feel deeply, but simply because you enjoy the intellectual exercise. When you are bored you take delight in verbally provoking anyone you consider dull and uninteresting.

Nevertheless, Aquarians are among the kindest people in the world. You are honest, altruistic, helpful, easygoing, reasonable, slow to take offense and best of all you are never boring. You believe in live-and-let-live.

Aquarius Keynote for the year
Simplify things and put the past behind you so that you can move ahead with your many financial and career opportunities.You may have trouble with Uranus. (The planet not your ass) You'll be itching to try new things as this planet of the unpredictable releases its energies this year.
Famous Aquarian Quotes

"I think I'm going to start telling people I'm a retired Axe Murderer." ~Rufus II

"Hell, there are no rule here; we're trying to accomplish something" ~Thonas Alva Edison

"Now, imagine that that Chinese bus is "Electric," charged the night before by a windmill." ~Rufus II

"Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age." ~James Joyce

"True originally consists not in a new manner but in a new vision." ~Edith Wharton

"It's an extra dividend when you like the girl you're in love with." ~Clark Gable

"We're talking "Healthcare," Doug; not pet supplies." ~Rufus II

Love in the stars for Aquarius

Being the contradictory person Aquarians are, they look for someone they can be close to, yet free. Challenging to say the least due to their independent nature. It's important to find someone with whom they can connect with intellectually and discuss the complexities of the universe. They like to be around people that can look beyond what we can actually see. It's important they have their freedom. It doesn't mean they will be unfaithful it's just that they need space and if its granted a loyal and honest partner can be found.

Nothing is shocking with this extremely open minded zodiac. Expect to experiment and expand sexual horizons. And kinky sex? Is definitely on the menu. Those with inhibitions can be in for an interesting adventure as passion levels can be erratic.

If you happen to land an Aquarian don't take it personally if they don't respond in the same manner as you to an outburst. They are not use to excessive outbursts of emotion since they are usually quite detached from their own. The trick to having a stable and unconventional relationship is to connect on a friendship level first.

Most likely ~ Gemini-Libra-Aquarius

Forget it ~ Scorpio-Taurus

You will either repel or attract ~ Leo

A possibility ~ Sagittarius-Aries

The Aquarian Dark side
Aquarians aren't the kind, eccentric, humanitarians you think they are. Beneath their exotic fun loving exterior lurks a secret ambition to be famous and they will betray anyone to get to the top. They adore the limelight and will hog it any chance they get. Their independence is an excuse to be completely unattached emotionally. If they were to go to a romantic sad movie their's will be the only dry eye in the place. They are useless at most jobs unless it is part time or has celerity status.

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  1. Damn fine eye candy, Mel.

    Next time I post, it will be from home, tomorrow, with my new internets.

  2. For some reason this is my favorite one. Go figure. :)

    Great Job, Melody. Thanks for being kind.

  3. Sorry about allthat blank space. I cannot decypher that html, and do not want to lose it or worse yet be up all night tryig to fix it.

  4. Not that kind, I only speak the truth.

  5. Actually, I'm four days on the cusp of an Aquarian.

  6. We're all use to scrolling but not to East Bumble Fuck.

  7. When I look at more than 300 lines of html, i think I'll go play with the frogs.

  8. It looks fine in the compose mode, but the html is a mess.

  9. You go play with the frogs. I'll fix my own post.

  10. It was perfect when I posted it.

  11. That was fast….I am impressed!!

  12. You don't have to fix it in html. Just delete all the empty space.

  13. Done with the frogs? That was fast.

  14. Just. delete. all. the. empty. spaces.


  15. So, Rufus, how much of that is you?

  16. My daughter is an Aquarian and boy is she every word and then some to a tee.

    And the day she was born the sun was actually in Pisces. Technically she is a Pisces.

  17. Mostly, the Good parts, Melody.

  18. Well, actually, pretty much all the Good parts, Melody. :)

  19. .

    And so the student surpasses the teacher. It's the way of the world.

    Your best yet, Mel.

    And thanks for the plug.

    (However, I think you meant 'looking through the windows of the soul'. Right?

    I mean that other stuff was expunged from the record years ago.)


  20. Thanks Quirk.

    Ha ha…Good catch, I'm surprised the editor didn't jump on that one. Wait, it wasn't a comma that's right.

    I read that thing four or five times. I started writing something and then changed my mind. I must not have changed the wording.

  21. But I meant window not soul.

    There is nothing like a good set of binoculars, a clear night sky and, well, you can figure out the rest.

  22. I do not think I ever had the keys to the kingdom, but if I had ...

    I'd have not deleted the Story of "o". I would not disrespect the Jinn, like that.

    As Rabbi Daniel Lapin said back in 2005, it is Jews themselves that damage their position, the worse.

    As Mr Cohen was seen to do, just yesterday.

    Let the Story of "o" play on, that's my stance. He makes the case for the equivalency standard better than I do.

  23. .

    The next chapter in the 'Story of Q'?

    Braco: The Lineage of a Super-Healer

    Croatian Super-Healer Braco unexplainably heals with his gaze alone. He does not ever speak during a healing session nor address individuals about their problems and concerns. No requirement of religious or spiritual belief is encouraged or needed. Braco simply stands on a platform in front of his audience and silently looks ahead with a gentle gaze. All present are instructed beforehand to stand and to look at his eyes and to think of their illnesses and problems. During the five-minute healing session, many immediately feel an intensity of energy and bodily sensations; others shed tears or have profound experiences of joy.

    Why Didn't I Think of That

    So, you go on stage. You don't say a word. You look the audiance in the eye for five minutes. Then you leave.

    Damn, that IS good. Why didn't I think of that?


  24. I somehow pictured rufus differently.

    At TPM, right below the, um, exceptional IGIGI ad:

    It started as the bizarro headline of the day, from The Daily Caller: "First Lady's anti-obesity campaign could be causing more pedestrian deaths."

    But as we looked into it, the underlying story turned out to [be] exceedingly weak...

    I am waiting for the punchline.

    I am waiting for the Writers That Be to grow so bored that something truly exceptional finally appears.

    More exceptional than lion tacos.

    Excellent job as always, Melody.

  25. "When you are bored you take delight in verbally provoking anyone you consider dull and uninteresting."

    Gee. How familiar.

  26. Thanks Trish.

    After tomorrow when T connects to the Internet you will have more than enough exceptional posts. Posts way beyond lion tacos.

  27. Trish, I thought of you a lot while writing this.

  28. You're right, Trish. I don't look very much like those pictures, at all.

  29. Will we be issued NVGs for the home page?

  30. Just look under you seat. Free to the first ten guests.

  31. "After tomorrow when T connects to the Internet you will have more than enough exceptional posts. Posts way beyond lion tacos."

    Bring on the next level of hell.

    I had my intermission yesterday.

    It was swell.

  32. There will be no intercession.

    But I don't hold it against Mary, Sister Angelica, or EWTN.

  33. Fellow Patriot,
    Next week I will be introducing Audit the Fed to the House of Representatives.

    You and I may never have a better chance to pass this important legislation and finally bring transparency and accountability to the Federal Reserve.

    Please take some time to read the message from John Tate below and help Campaign for Liberty in this crucial fight.

    In Liberty,

    Congressman Ron Paul

  34. Astronomers with the Minnesota Planetarium Society have dropped a bomb on the zodiac, noting that thanks to the millennia-long effect of the moon's gravitational pull on the Earth, there's about a one-month bump in the alignment of the stars. The result?

    "When astrologers say that the sun is in Pisces, it's really not in Pisces," Parke Kunkle, a board member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society, told the Star Tribune…

    ...And Capricorns, rejoice! NO need to worry about over-reacting to pressure from the powers that be, as Brompton warns. Instead, turn to the forecast of Aquarius, and know that a major conjunction between wealth planet Jupiter and changes planet Uranus means fundamental adjustments to the way you handle your finances are likely this year.


  35. Starlight, star bright, which star do we see tonight?

    Why, it's Stella!

  36. Howdy Cowboy, I love the smell of rawhide in the morning.

  37. Why do you call yourself "Desert Rat"?

  38. So, why after 26.000 years of knowing this why change it now.

  39. Well, I live in the Sonoran desert, the desert rat is the ultimate survivor, in this environment.

    Plus the British Army had a famous fighting group that used that moniker, in North Africa, during WWII.

    It seemed like a good idea, back in 2001 or 2002 when I started blogging at the Belmont Club, to reference both those in my nom de plume.

  40. If you are as old as I am, you may remember the "Rat Patrol" on TV.

  41. One chart says I'm a Sag and on says I'm an Aquarius.

  42. Well, thank you Cowboy. If I were as old, I just might tell you a little white lie.

  43. Boys will be boys. Be nice, duty calls.

  44. I guess I can't lose either way, eh?

  45. Ther is no fool like an old fool.

    In your case Robert, you are a fool that has grown old and more foolish.

  46. "This place is nothing but a shithole."

    "Delete 'em all, Deuce!"

    "Hell, just shut the whole thing down!"

  47. You had better get back to bed before Trish spots you wandering and laces into you again.

  48. I would like to note that the comment, Trish was quoting, has been deleted.

  49. A scary thing watching the human brain dissolve before your very eyes.

  50. Sen. Cohen is extremely gay. He makes all his political decisions and comments based on that, not on his being a Jew.

  51. "A scary thing watching the human brain dissolve before your very eyes."

    THAT wasn't in Saving Private Ryan.

  52. Actually I thought I saw a couple of brains dissolve, one a radioman, which really made me wince.

  53. Allen once deleted - not disappeared, mind you, but merely deleted - his posts on one thread last Spring.

    He said he wanted to see what it would look like without him around, without him participating.

    And it reminds me of that part early in Apollo 13 where Lovell and his wife are in the backyard after the party and he's looking up at the night sky, one eye closed, with his thumb raised in the air, moving it back and forth so as to see the night sky with the moon, then without, then with, then without...

    I never quite understood why.

    But that's what allen's removal of himself that day makes me think of.

  54. " a radioman..."

    What was the other?

  55. The other was the "lucky bastard" head shot, on the beach, where a bullet ricochetted off a helmet and the next bullet did him in.

  56. I did not know it was him but remember a thread or two where someone left in a huff.

  57. It's come up here and elsewhere so often: lucky.

    And among the oddities (ha ha, it's now the name of a MOST bizarre Science Channel show which I saw for the first time last night) of the past however many months was my leafing : ) through an old cookbook from the twenties, I do believe it is.

    Within its pages are pressed four-leaf clover after four-leaf clover after four-leaf clover.

    Lucky is in the eye of the beholder.

  58. Well, time to lay ol' Rufii down.

    Thanks again, Mel, for a Great Post. (it would'a been good even without the pikturs of the wimmin.)

    Don't forget to fill the cooler before you leave. :)

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  60. Oh wow I'm also an Aquarius.

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  62. .

    She Comes To Me In Dreams: An Old Man's Idyll

    by Quirk

    (From: Dark Tales of the Children of the Night)

    She comes to me in dreams

    Dark, unbidden fantasy

    Pregnant with promises that cannot be

    She comes to me in dreams

    We walk in woods past hoary views of yew and ancient lake

    Past oaks and holly, mistletoe, and morbid eldritch waste

    Through glens and glades I’m drawn ahead to a secret hidden place

    She floating before, me drawn silently in her wake

    Vaporous tendrils pull me on towards a light upon a hill

    A pagan fire burning bright reflected on the moor

    The promise of something precious lost returned from days of yore

    A pledge of rewards unspoken, exquisite, dark, and still

    The siren's song drifts over me and bids me carry on

    A promise to return to days of gambol to dreams liquid and exquisite

    A call to things past and long forgotten, a seductive opiate

    Remember it sings, of days of promise, potential, abandon

    The songs baleful lure drew me cross the moor to an ancient barrow mound

    But then a nascent moon begins to slowly rise up in the east

    Its pale glow stops my somnolent drive and stills the surging beast

    The wan light causes me to hesitate on this still, unholy ground

    The figure before me also stops and turns its face to me

    A gibbous moon pierces the gloom and reflects upon her veil

    The face behind begins to age and turn an earthy pale

    The face that was moves to speak but fades, and there is nothing left to see

    Through a haze again I glimpse the waste of nature’s grim conclusion

    The veil begins to drop and slide the momentary transfixion gone

    A giant oak lies rotting there on the dank corrupted lawn

    Fear and suspicion grow anew, the specter fades, promises all illusion

    But just as quick the moon’s light is drawn behind a darkened nimbus cloud

    The shadow reappears, solidifies, her unseen gaze compelling and persistent

    The figure moves, draws substance, cloying sweet, insistent

    I know it’s false, that it sings of lies, and that it draws me to the shroud

    But still…

    She comes to me in dreams

    Dark, unbidden fantasy

    Pregnant with promises that cannot be

    She comes to me in dreams

    A dream of a dream, a nothing


  63. I like my dream better.

    The kidnapper/rescuer runs outside carrying the young blonde woman - while the deep blue evening sky is frighteningly alive and crisscrossed by brilliant tracks of red and purple - and just as he reaches the car a neon python is suddenly coiled around her. It seems not quite solid.

    He cuts the python away and places her in the back seat.

    And as he does, she turns into an old Indian woman, perfectly composed and staring straight ahead.

    She has antlers. I mean, for crying out loud.

    I never even made it to the vehicle.

  64. A kidnapper and rescuer, one and the same.

    I like that.

  65. "Quirk, I swear to God, I almost said to Bob, we could write a book together."

    Isn't that what you're doing?

  66. I mean, in addition to dissolving my brain.

    Which just might make a fine smoothie for the Hannibal Lector type.

  67. Besides, I'm really not into Lit.

    I'm a nonfiction gal.

  68. Living in a ficticious world.

  69. You don't get it. You cannot and will not compromise someone's request for privacy on this blog.

    Someone trusted you with their identity, assuming you were honorable. She made a mistake and you have assailed her viciously.

  70. I have never assailed anyone visciously.


  71. If someone wishes to trust you with their email, that is their business, but you have demonstrated that you are emotionally incapable, unstable and unable to restrain your juvenile obsessions.

    I am not going to standby and tolerate your abusive behavior that I have read in your rantings on this blog.

  72. "I am not going to standby and tolerate your abusive behavior that I have read in your rantings on this blog."

    So how long HAVE you been married, the two of you?

    Or the eight of you?

  73. She is awfully close to an internet flirt.

  74. I am pretty fucking sure the rest of my life is going to suck massively.

    But, look. It's 3:07 AM and I don't have to think about it now.

  75. I have two children, one wife, and I am TIRED.

    Thirty years.

    Makes one tired.

  76. And makes one to lie in bed and READ.

  77. "I am TIRED."

    Well. We have that much in common.

    Makes one to lie in bed and read?

    If the devil himself uses such shitty English, I'm not going.

    Just sayin'.

  78. Tired.

    You know what I'm tired of?

    Shit like this.

  79. It's like the fucking Legend of Zelda.

    But without the online cheats and, oh yes, without the surveillance.

    Also without the very good music.

  80. I want a side-scrolling game, for Christ's sake!

  81. Oh, well. That's not quite true.

    I mean, who can really beat Rush's Limelight on their drive to Myer?

    Or My Sharona and Love Stinks playing in a CVS?


    Well. The music hasn't enitrely stunk.

  82. But it's 4:44 AM and I don't have to think about it now.

  83. Mr Cohen may be a happy fellow, he may be Jewish, too. Those two things may or may not be related.

    To ascribe to either of those personal traits as his motive for his slanderous remarks about the GOP, impossible for anyone else to do.

    Why do folks call Obama a communist, is it because they are heterosexuals or because they are homosexuals?

    Or because they are Christians?

    Or for some other personal reason?

    The important thing is not the motive behind the slander, but the slanderous statement itself.

    It seems to me, that the constant referencing of political opponents, as NAZIs, is a Jewish thing. From my experience blogging.

    Unless of course allen and "o" are happy fellas, too. Or are not really Jewish, but man loving Islamic Jinns in disguise.

  84. But calling a political opponent a Commie, just does not pack the same emotional punch, though the Communist death toll makes the NAZI look like amateurs.

    Compared to the Soviets and the Chinese, the NAZI don't hold a candle, not when it comes to killing folks that they found disagreeable.

  85. I am SO, SO sorry that you showed up at almost 5:30 to feed more slightly deringed hints into the machine that I am.


    That is all.

  86. Because Literature IS myth --

    - FFB

    Um. I don't think so, buddy.

  87. "Deringed."

    Well. That's kinda funny in a drunken freshman kinda way.

  88. She really, really, really should kill you.

    For Mankind's sake.


    Or My Sharona and Love Stinks playing in a CVS?

    Thanks for the chuckle.

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  91. No. Bob.

    Some things are not merely metaphor.

  92. Some things are not merely literature.

    Some things are not just stories.

  93. At least. I hope to God they are.

  94. On being paid:

    I've been supported as a wife. As a spouse.

    I think I've earned it.

    I would never ask for anything otherwise.

  95. AP BAGHDAD -- Iraqi police and hospital officials say the death toll in a spate of bombings on Shiite pilgrims has risen to 56. Iraqi police and soldiers lined main Baghdad roads Friday morning as thousands of pilgrims headed to ...

    Shiite, those are Muslims, right?

    Wonder who set off those bombs, Christians, Jews or other Muslims?

    Maybe it was the Mormon contingent?

    Perhaps religion is not the motivating factor, it could just be blood lust or a quest for political power that fuels the insurgent terrorists.

  96. Is Muslim on Muslim violence part of the "Clash of Civilizations"?

    Part of the "War on the West"?

    Are the Muslim victims "Westerners"?

  97. Earth could be getting a second sun, at least temporarily.

    Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, outlined the scenario to Betelgeuse, one of the night sky's brightest stars, is losing mass, indicating it is collapsing. It could run out of fuel and go super-nova at any time.

    When that happens, for at least a few weeks, we'd see a second sun, Carter says. There may also be no night during that timeframe.

    The Star Wars-esque scenario could happen by 2012, Carter says... or it could take longer. The explosion could also cause a neutron star or result in the formation of a black hole 1300 light years from Earth, reports

  98. "I damaged his card."

    That is a marvelous statement on so many things.

  99. No one's listening, Rat.

    You have bob's spooge running off your brim.

  100. Does not really matter, about the listeners.

    As for the spooge, it's sterile.

  101. And I mean that in the most affectionate way.

  102. That he is excited by hats, well, that's what hoeing a row does to a fella.

  103. "As for the spooge, it's sterile."

    I'm not so sure.

    And don't much like to think about it.

  104. In what could potentially be the first major step in battling the obesity epidemic, Walmart, the nation's largest grocer, has announced a comprehensive plan to provide its customers with healthier and more affordable food choices.

    The WaPo reports it this way:
    Wal-Mart joins first lady's healthful food campaign

  105. Everything about him is sterile, trish.

    His spooge no different than his mind. Lifeless.

    Metaphorically speaking, of course.

  106. Twin suns on 21DEC12, now that'd be something to talk about, as it happens.

    If it does.

    Commander Cody to the rescue.
    Lost in the ozone, again

  107. Where do you go when the stupidity and absurdity have all run out?

  108. Sunday dinner at my mother's.

  109. The Tonto National Forest.

    For a dose of subsidized American Heritage refreshment.

    Lovin' every minute of it

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  111. It was good, Q, even if it violated Lineman's advise.

  112. Poor old dirt farmer

    He lost all his corn, can't pay off his loan.

    Now he only grows stones.

  113. Path Is Sought for States to Escape Debt Burdens

    Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers.

    Unlike cities, the states are barred from seeking protection in federal bankruptcy court. Any effort to change that status would have to clear high constitutional hurdles because the states are considered sovereign.

    But proponents say some states are so burdened that the only feasible way out may be bankruptcy, giving Illinois, for example, the opportunity to do what General Motors did with the federal government’s aid.

    Beyond their short-term budget gaps, some states have deep structural problems, like insolvent pension funds, that are diverting money from essential public services like education and health care. Some members of Congress fear that it is just a matter of time before a state seeks a bailout, say bankruptcy lawyers who have been consulted by Congressional aides.

    Bankruptcy could permit a state to alter its contractual promises to retirees, which are often protected by state constitutions, and it could provide an alternative to a no-strings bailout. Along with retirees, however, investors in a state’s bonds could suffer, possibly ending up at the back of the line as unsecured creditors.

  114. His wife and his children,
    they've packed up and gone.

    Poor old dirt farmer
    He fell off his tractor

    Killed him quite dead.

  115. .

    The self-delusion in his statement ticked me off so I wrote.

    A little later as is my wont I got to thinking about it and decided that even though what I wrote was true I probably wasn't the one who should be saying it.

    Ergo, delete.


  116. so, DOUG, what is the solution to the States debt problems?

    I'm guessing the feds will turn on the printer - what other option do they have?

  117. Too late. You got the QED .It was briliant, I would ask you put it back up.

  118. I am tiring at the delete button.

  119. If not you, Quirk, then who?

    Who in this quaint psychopathic bar should be speaking up? Because I think everyone has had a say.

  120. "Shiite, those are Muslims, right?"

    Payback is a motherfucker.

    Shiite police and other government agents have been terrorizing "others" for years.

    Good that we chose to eliminate the integrated Iraqi Army.

  121. The states' deficit problems are greatly overplayed, Ash. Il basically solved theirs by raising their income tax from 3% to 5%. Texas doesn't even have an income tax. Brown has proposed a simple solution to fix California's.

    They're mostly just poor-mouthing, right now, hoping to get more Federal money. With the new Republican control of the House that's looking problematic.

    We have a Huge problem on the Federal level, but the States will be pretty much okay.

  122. Yes, Q, I agree with the others. You were just doing your Civic Duty.

  123. Ash said...
    so, DOUG, what is the solution to the States debt problems?

    I'm guessing the feds will turn on the printer - what other option do they have?


    As with GM, they could have allowed a normal bankruptcy to result, but they didn't. they could pay off the unionistas with other people's (our) money.

    Barry would choose to give state government unionized workers the same deal.

    What will the Pubs in the House do?

    We shall see.

  124. Rufus FOS, as usual:

    The Blue State's pension obligations are untenable.

    ...except in Rufusbrain's syphlitic "mind."

  125. DR

    From your perch in AZ, I am sure you see it that way. Cohen used to sit behind me at Memphis basketball games when I lived there. He was friendly until he found out I was a Christian conservative, and did not vote dimocratic. Not so friendly after that.
    He is all about being gay and gay rights.

    Go right ahead and make your comments based on your blogging experiences.

  126. "Brown has proposed a simple solution to fix California's."

    A solution to PART of their woes.

    ...but as we write, Blue cities are following Los Angele's lead in confiscating the CRA funds that Jerry wants back.

  127. I'd rather whip the shit out of Cohen.
    ...even if he got off on it.

  128. In a "normal bankruptcy" the pensioners usually take a haircut. In the States case they'd be bald. I wonder if they'd win a legal suit based on the contract and the States ability to pay being 'unlimited' given their ability to tax.

    What do you do with all those old poor folk with no pension? It isn't like they neglected to plan for it.

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  130. Bob, this is your last warning. I have your IP address. This is your final warning to quit spamming this site and harrassing specific members. Google has a record of everything you have posted including those deleted.

    It is on your head if you persist and force me to take the next legal step, which will be unpleasant for you.

  131. FYCK YOU

    Is that what you want hear? You don't know anything about me or my life or my family. A few emails and befriending a lonely lost soul doesn't warrant you to slander my name here on anywhere else on the Internet. You did this to yourself. STOP…Before you lose the little dignity you have left, If there is any.

    My pity turned into anger and now….Now all I have for you is contempt. And that is a shame.

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  133. Anyone wishing to make a legal complaint, I have recorded his IP address and will send it to you. I will assist in providing whatever is necessary to stop this.

  134. Whit, I have his complete record on a saved unpublished post.

    With pleasure feel free to pass it on to anyone who wished to make a criminal or civil. complaint.

    Anyone wanting it, please send Whit an email through the contact address on the site

  135. Total waste of your prescious time, Deuce.




  136. Now let me explain something to you Bob. You are benned from this site. From now on I am not going to delete anything you post. I am going to record it with a program that ties your comment to your IP address which is unique to your computer.

    You have been repeatedly warned, if you persist further you will be dealing with a problem you do not need.

  137. I have never ever slandered you, Melody.

    I don't know who you are.

    You seem to be three things on five blogs.

    There is a big legal question.

    How could I slander you?

    Let's go to court.

  138. This is about the same as your affirmation of Ron Paul's affirmation of a jurys right to make a judgement -- any judgement -- SUE AWAY.

  139. Bob, I would be concerned, if I were you, that someone would choose to place your personal information on the internet for all to distribute.

  140. I don''t have any personaal information.

    Just at the courthouse.

  141. yep, like your name, address. You have left quite the trail.

  142. California has a Deficit of just a little over 1% of State GDP.

  143. and they can't float debt to cover that deficit.

  144. The comment Q deleted is preserved in comments at Senor Correspondent. See Short Story, comments, 2nd installment.

    There's a minor debate over issues of style between Mikhail and me, so be sure to read comments as well as the 'Story' with its extension.

    It all began earlier in the evening, but the second extension begged to be written after Q posted his seminal comment.

    For what it's worth, I agree with those who urge him to put it back up here.

    This may all become very confusing to visitors.

    Endurance is needed Deuce. Nobody claimed this would be a short war.

    Delegation is an important element of leadership.

    Good job Q. With that, I'm going back to bed.

  145. ...but the second extension begged to be written after Q posted his >seminal< comment.

    Let's make that "incisive" comment.

  146. a quick bing didn't reveal the address for Senor's blog. I fergit where it is...

  147. Let Q copy and paste if he is so inclined. If not, respect his wishes.

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