“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 13, 2011

A Speech to 12,000 Screaming Fans and Outright Lies is Not a Memorial Service

Obama's speech was frequently punctuated by applause and cheers from the crowd.
It was an odd and inappropriate event over people killed and maimed,
a woman with permanent brain injuries, all at the hands ofa mad man. 
It is about Democratic politicians and their sycophants in the media.
Democratic Politicians were all over it.
"We will remember how to smile again," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said. "We will go forward together."
Secretary of Homeland Security and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Brewer's predecessor as governor, read from the book of Isaiah, while Attorney General Eric Holder reads from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.
The crowd was dotted with other prominent Arizonans, including Sen. John McCain and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, said they were with the congresswoman when she opened her eyes for the first time since the shooting. This is an outright lie. Look at the date of this post at the Tucson Sentinel:

...Posted Jan 9, 2011, 12:40 pm

B. Poole

The bullet that plowed through the left side of US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' skull from back to front Saturday morning left the congresswoman responsive but still in critical condition Sunday.
The surgeon who operated on Giffords for two hours Saturday, UMC neurosurgery chief G. Michael Lemole, Jr., MD, called the gunshot wound "very devastating" and warned that there is no way to predict how fully Giffords will recover. But he remains optimistic.
"We're all very happy at this stage," he said during a 10 a.m. news conference Sunday.
Giffords was able to respond to simple commands when she came to the emergency room shortly after 10:30 a.m. but couldn't speak and remains unable to. 
"She did not say any words," said University Medical Center trauma chief Peter Rhee, MD
Giffords is in a drug-induced coma in intensive care. Doctors frequently awaken her to check her responsiveness, and she could open her eyes and respond to simple commands Sunday - an encouraging sign, said Rhee said.
Despite Giffords' ability to follow commands, "We know that brain swelling can take a turn, so we remain cautiously optimistic,” said Lemole.
He described simple commands as: "can you open your eyes," or "can you raise two fingers." Such simple tasks can tell doctors much about her condition, he said.
Giffords cannot speak because she is on a ventilator, and cannot see because of the area of her injury and the surgery requires her eyes be kept closed, the doctors said.

Napolitano and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi traveled with the Obamas.


  1. There is no happy news with traumatic head injury, only less bad. Obama did not need to be there in front of 12-13,000 screaming fans.

    Once again the entire unfortunate tragedy had nothing t do with politics. We found that out yesterday. That will not be reported. Today, it will be all about the great healer, Barack Obama.

  2. We will see how many of the liberal pundits will pick up the lie about the "opening eyes"

  3. look at the date on this article

    CNN reports without verification:
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, said they were with the congresswoman when she opened her eyes for the first time since the shooting.

  4. I am not a reporter or journalist, but if I have learned one thing the last four years, it is about the lying, propagandizing, manipulation, obfuscation and fabrication of the liberal media in the US.

  5. The President did say it three times.

    Ms Pelosi was reportedly there, in the room, too.

    That would lend credence to the possibility that this "eye opening" event was a fabricated story.

  6. After the Kansas City bombings, Bill Clinton gained a cache as 'the healer in Chief'. His ratings went up.

    The cynical, the calculating in D.C. seek to gain political advantage from this shooting no matter what the facts are.

    While I think the shooting is tragic for the victims and their families, no one should be surprised. This is the whirled we live in. Good people are shot down every day. Law Enforcement Officers are gunned down everyday.

  7. Don't think that gun control will stop the madness. In China last year in a series of unrelated events, Chinese men attacked elementary school children with axes. Dozens were killed or maimed.

    How does society explain this kind of carnage?

  8. Sibyl tells us the EB is a festering den of intellectual pestilence.

    I dissent:
    it is a clean room by American political standards.

  9. A Democratic wannabe? A seer of Evil, and Darkness in Conservative places?

  10. I just didn't understand why everyone clapped after he talked about each and every one of those victims.

    I thought it was eerie.

  11. I didn't watch it, but, they are Democrats, you know. They do worship "victimhood."

  12. They took their cues from the Wellstone memorial.

    That was a political disaster.

    The new, better co-ordinated MSM will see to it that this will go down as a stunning success.

  13. Deuce/Whit, have you considered a simple set of instructions for posting to be displayed with all posts for a couple of weeks? For those part-time posters that may have missed the last few days brouhaha, and don't know how to go about putting up a comment (or, who may think their comments are no longer wanted.)

  14. Rufus, right now we have not pulled the big switch. We have it set up so those at the top can all post articles above and below the fold.

    I am looking at the wisdom or not of moving it to Wordpress. All I know at this time is that I have become the Brett Favre of retiring bloggers.

  15. I always liked Brett. Remember, he did some of his best work after his first (couple?) retirements. :)

  16. Everyone is highlighting Obama claiming she opened her eyes for the first time.

  17. Now they are claiming a miracle.

  18. Pass this on to the other blogs where you post:

  19. I hate all markets right now. The Tin Can in the back yard makes sense. Diversification? Put some money in the mattress, also.

    I think we're going to find that when gasoline crossed over $3.00 the economy fell into the ditch.

    Don't "Wait for May," Just "Go Away."

  20. Deuce wrote:

    "Once again the entire unfortunate tragedy had nothing t do with politics."

    I beg to differ simply because if you assassinate a politician it is polictical. Add to that the notion Rufus touts about the bearing of arms being necessary to keep the federal government at bay and it is very political.

    as to the blog mechanics - I'm a big fan of word press. I have no idea how tough it would be to move a blog this size over however. I like the idea of 'regulars' getting to post above the fold if it is done with discretion and humility - this would provide regular content and limit the work Deuce need put in to keep it rolling but so to might the distinct voice of the blog be diffused - Ash above the fold - ohmigod but the more common problem would be a vocal poster would dominate. A traditional editor reviewing posts before publishing would be nice in this case but that would require work. In additon, though, the comment section needs to be opened up otherwise it'll devolve to a circle jerk...oops, pardon my language - a small circle of posters creating an echo chamber.

  21. Didn't Favre get more off the field action after being reborn?

  22. Ash is targeting jerks.
    This is a dark, dangerous, and oppressive environment.

  23. Teresopolis is eating it, as is Brisbane:
    The Underwelt is being punished.
    Sibyl knows her shit.

  24. One option, Deuce, would be to leave the Old Bar as is, and start anew on Wordpress.

    ...kinda like Favre,
    ...or Wretchard

  25. It was a Dark and Stormy Morning:

    Maui civil defense reports that honoapiilani Highway is closed
    between Maalaea and Olowalu due to a Rock Slide... and debris on the
    roadway. In addition... Hana Highway is closed in the east bound
    direction at Maliko Gulch. Heavy rain and thunderstorms continue to
    move over Maui from the west... and the threat of flash flooding
    remains high as the ground is saturated.

  26. Doug said... One option, Deuce, would be to leave the Old Bar as is, and start anew on Wordpress.


  27. I told him how to do it. It's easy.

  28. He could just start new at word press. Leave this one as is and the last post would direct readers where to go. I've seen that done.

  29. The only problem with transferring all data is that this blog would no longer exist. So, for the nitwits that only visit once a month or so would have a terrible problem when they scrolled down their bookmarks to the EB only to find that this blog no longer exists.

    They wil not automatically redirect to word press.

    Of course, the name would remain the EB and I pretty sure the URL does, too, but it will then be not blogspot.

  30. Ok, I reset so that anyone can post. Those who registered will be granted permission to make independent posts.

  31. LOL...about running two blogs...that is funny.

  32. You wouldn't run two blogs. It would just give the new comer or the old comer a chance to know where you are at.

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  36. WiO?

    See the list of bartender at the top of the page? We have access to delete any post we wish. ( :

  37. "Doctors frequently awaken her to check her responsiveness, and she could open her eyes and respond to simple commands Sunday - an encouraging sign, said Rhee"

    and then 4 sentences later:

    "and cannot see because of the area of her injury and the surgery requires her eyes be kept closed, the doctors said."

    Nice try, but FAIL AGAIN!!!!

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  40. :-(
    That's what wrong w/the present setup:
    Some Dark Evildoer could wipe it out.

    Since the switch concept is so mysterious, I'll remind Deuce that he can still see the old Belmont Club on Blogger.

    ...or at least you could the last time I tried.

  41. IOW, Deuce, he just locked it up and left it.

    (actually locked it after I informed him that spam comments on some old threads reached 900!)

  42. those spam comments are like graffiti without any pretension of art

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  45. I am experimenting with word press as I have time.

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  47. All I know at this time is that I have become the Brett Favre of retiring bloggers.

    Coffee all over screen, seeping into keyboard, choking while tears run, laughing continues.

    Brett will always be a hero of mine.

  48. I see the moron is testing the system. Where's my button?

  49. Get out of here, Bob. You stink up the place.

  50. Memo for Bob:

    Children love having an audience. The instant recognition and approval that comes from a crowd just can't be beat. Employing blogs to help develop good spelling habits, grammar skills, and develop a love for writing at a young age is an innovative concept that has potential benefits...

    Go start your own blog, Babble. You could call it Bob's Bar and Poetry Parlor.

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  52. More non-politics: President Barack Obama shakes hands with Sheriff Clarence Dupnik as he and first lady Michelle Obama arrive in Tucson, Ariz., to attend a memorial service

  53. The bigoted Story of "o" requires a censor, to protect his feeble minded arguments.

    He'd rather eliminate the debate, because of his limited capacities, rather than engage in civil argument or even discussion.

    When his arguments fail, he feels bullied. So typical of those afflicted with beer muscles.

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  55. While it has become quit evident whom "everyone" wanted to have leave the Elephant Bar community.

    It was not I who was not allowed membership on the Team, but the farmer from Idaho.

    Rather than learn basic civility, he chose exile. Mark that down in the Lessons Learned column.

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  58. If this blog is locked down I can't post because the NAVY does not let me access WEB BASED EMAIL.

    I already said that.

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  61. "Freedom of Thought"

    Loughner's final days at the college were marked by an incident on Sept. 23, when a biology instructor called college police at 7:31 a.m. According to an incident report, the instructor told police that Loughner disrupted the class "when she told him that he would only receive half credit on an assignment because it was late."

    Loughner's protests grew louder, one officer wrote in his report, and Loughner said his freedom of speech was being taken away, though he had trouble verbalizing his distress.

    Another officer said Loughner's head "tilted to the left with a confused look in the countenance of his face. His eyes focused down at his homework and he showed a sustained bobbing of the eyes while looking to his upper left side during questioning."

    In a low, mumbling voice, Loughner, who appeared bewildered that police were involved, said that under the Constitution, he had the right to his "'freedom of thought,' and whatever he thought in his head he could also put on paper.
    By placing his thoughts within his homework assignment, his teacher 'must be required to accept it' as a passing grade,"
    according to campus police records.

    On Sept. 29, campus police found a YouTube video in which Loughner proclaimed the college "a genocide school."

    The title of the video, which has since been deleted, is "Pima Community College School-Genocide/Scam-Free Education-Broken United States Constitution." It was uploaded on Sept. 23 under the username "2PLOY," the same day officers interviewed Loughner after he disrupted his biology class, according to police records.

    The video showed the college campus, and the narrator said:

    "We are examining the torture of students … This is my genocide school. Where I'm going to be homeless because of this school … I haven't forgotten the teacher that gave me a B for freedom of speech … Thank you…. This is Jared … From Pima College."


    His behavior ranged from "subdued" — as he was described by an officer who stopped him for running a red light early Saturday — to angry and intimidating, as when he yelled at an instructor who gave him a B in Pilates at Pima Community College, according to school records.

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  63. I never called for removing any posts, nor have I demanded that others be removed from the Team.

    Nor have I been uncivil, impolite or very profane, comparably.

    I do not write profanity on a regular basis, as do some Story tellers.

    Now if some want to call that equivalence, well, I'll accept that.

    As that is a the core of my argument, the equivalence of men.

    There are those that have rejected that theme, but seem to be coming to its' acceptance.

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  65. Patience, folks.

    I should have ignored him. I didn't. My fault there. I'll try in the future. Like all children he craves attention. Don't give it to him.

    Here's a simple suggestion. For the time being, if all ignored him within threads, and just went on with the conversation, an administrator can drop in later and do a quick search and delete down the thread. Expanding the authority to a few more that the owners trust could lighten the load on Deuce and Whit. I don't place myself in that short list because I'm not here consistently, nor do I expect or desire that responsibility. Melody comes to mind as a hall monitor. Deletions must be 100%.

    Just a thought. For what it's worth.

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  67. Bait?

    to persecute or exasperate with unjust, malicious, or persistent attacks

    I do not persecute anyone.
    Nothing I say is unjust or malicious.

    I can be persistent in argument, but that is not an attack.

    Any more than Sarah Palin "targeted" that Congresswoman from Tucson.

    The Story of "o" is using his standard propaganda techniques.

    They fall short of reality.

  68. Charles: The diabolical genius of American leftists was that they imputed to McCarthy and the American right what Stalin was about to do Russia’s Jews. This was a blood libel.

    I find it hard to believe that leftists would do such a thing to the Jews. After all, according to the Pew Research Center, Jews went 80-20 in favor of Barack Hussein ibn Al-Obama in 2008. And that's a bit like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

  69. Off to shopping, got to stimulate the economy.

  70. Robert Rizzo lands job guarding parked cars

    The former Bell city administrator, accused of misusing public funds, is a parking lot attendant at Huntington Beach's International Surfing Museum.

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  73. Be sure to check out Rizzo's Photo:

    Lopez asked him if he surfed!

  74. Selah said,

    "I find it hard..."

    You wish, deary.

  75. WIO, if you don't want to deal with Rat you can just go post on your own blog. Bob was a special case. He got "Waaay out of line." All Rat has done is state opinions that you don't like.

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  77. .

    I actually have a 'Platinum Key Card'.

    Oh, wait.

    That one's for a different place.

    Never mind.


  78. .

    If this blog is locked down I can't post because the NAVY does not let me access WEB BASED EMAIL.

    What ever happened to your internet service, Selah?


  79. .

    Sibyl tells us the EB is a festering den of intellectual pestilence.

    There is a possibility we have seen the last of the Dreamweaver.

    When we move to a new protocol it will require that she take one extra step in order to guarantee she can post.

    Ensconced in her current ennui, it is unlikely she will be able to manage the energy for this task.



  80. Dupnik vs Sheriff Joe

    Detroit on the Desert

    Although Pima county has had reporting problems (the Sheriff is a remarkably sloppy administrator), the FBI has enough data to allow us to come to this conclusion:

    The citizens of Pima County are up to their necks in crime, especially when compared to neighboring Maricopa County.

    Thirty years of hyper-partisan Democrat-led law enforcement have resulted in the highest crime rates in Arizona.

    The citizen who lives in Pima County, compared to media-reviled Joe Arpaio's territory just next door, will have almost
    three times the chance of being murdered;
    is more than seven times as likely to be raped;
    is more than six times as likely to be assaulted;
    and more than seven times as likely to have experienced a property crime
    such as burglary, arson or car theft.

  81. Of course the Story of "o" makes charges, but cannot produce the particulars.

    I've made him livid.

    The truth will do that, to folks that cannot handle the truth.

    Whether he trusts me, or not, that is immaterial.

    I would suggest he follow his own advise, never mentioning me, at the Elephant Bar, again.

    I will continue to display a lack of respect for the invalid claims that he makes as concerns US policies, foreign and domestic, and as concern the "Rights of Man", as expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

    But I certainly encourage him to ignore me, in the future. That would be a mark of improved civility, on his part.

  82. .


    Check "The Flame Warrior" tab at the right of the picture and see if there is anyone there you recognize from the EB.

    Please note: This is supposed to be a humorous exercise. Let's not take it personal.


  83. As I said in another thread, doug, the spotlight should be shining upon the Pima County Sheriff, not Mrs Palin, as the root cause of the shooter being on the street.

    Especially if those previous claims you posted as to the their previous encounters with complaints against him, and the Sheriff Departments' response to them turn out to be true.

    I would say, though, that with the Sheriff being an elected position, the folks in Pima County are getting the level of service, from the Sheriff, that they knowingly voted for.

    Those crime statistics are not secrets.

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  86. A fella that cannot even follow his own advise.

    A poster that cannot lead by example and still does not produce evidence to back his spurious charges.

    What will the interested reader make of that?

    Only time will tell.

  87. My rules?

    Did not realize there were rules.

    Only Mr Rabbi Daniel Lapin's advice.

    ... we ought to recognize that this unwholesome perception of Jews is the result of anti-Semitism perpetrated by Jews rather than by non-Jews.
    ... and the solution lies not in attempting to defame the critics ...

    Good advise, for Jew and non-Jews, alike.

  88. If reality defames any particular group, or makes them equivalent to another group of deviants, well that's a reality that makes the Story of "o" livid with rage.

    He would like it if that reality were ignored and the propaganda of his political favorites were unchallenged by the truth of their equivalency with what he describes as an unspeakable evil.

  89. While evil those others may well be.

    That is the what is so galling, the truth of the equivalency, to the Story of "o".

  90. The citizens of Pima County are up to their necks in crime, especially when compared to neighboring Maricopa County.

    Thirty years of hyper-partisan Democrat-led law enforcement have resulted in the highest crime rates in Arizona

    An interesting demographic note regarding the uber liberal Tucson population. In addition to the UofA influences, which are not to be discounted, is the interesting fact that the Old Pueblo is a mecca of sorts for a multitude of disenchanted easterners. There's a common narrative frequently encountered when conversing with these folks. "I came on a visit, and never went back." I've heard it from doctors wives, pizzaria proprietors, and bagel bakers. From the toney north and northeast Tucson neighborhoods to the gritty student enclaves surrounding the U of A, and down to the fringes of the wash south of broadway where the homeless retreat for the night.

    It's always seemed they escaped from the east, only to bring some of it with them.

  91. I've been well treated by the folks in Tucson, overall.

    I just don't cotton to a place where the cold water taps run hot.

    And, there are lots of sirens to keep you awake through those hot August nights.

    The A-10's are fun to watch, though.

  92. WiO:Anti-semitic Jew/Zionist hating bigot do tend to upset me...

    That's Bushspeak. He said, "You're either with me, or you're with the terrorists." You're saying, "You're either with the Zion Project, or you hate Jews." That's a crock.

    Zionism is a political philosophy that holds that the State of Israel was to be founded in Palestine and is to exist at all costs. I'm an isolationist US libertarian. I don't like the price tag for Zionism.

  93. Shouldn't you be working, Selah? Or are you on coffee break?

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  96. Welcome back, lineman, I hope you enjoyed your respite.

    That entire cast of characters was entertaining, at the link Q provided.

  97. It was refreshing.

    There's a whole 'nother world out there.


    Speaking of sheriffs, Doug:

    Sheriff Bell: What do you think about the attempts at re-organisation over At The Elephant Bar?

    Deputy Wendell: Well, it's a mess ain't it, Sheriff?

    Sheriff Bell: If it ain't, it'll do until the mess gets here.

    Content Warning

  98. I have my own hunch about how that content warning originated.

  99. I would surmise that someone or another made a complaint to the Google powers that be, seems to me.

    No telling who would do that, not that it matters, much.

    Really not a play ground for the children, this Elephant Bar.

  100. "It amounts to a failed opportunity to recognize that we are now at a historical inflection point at which the time has arrived for a classic post-war demobilization of the entire military establishment," David Stockman said in an exclusive interview.

    "The Cold War is long over," he continued. "The wars of occupation are almost over and were complete failures -- Afghanistan and Iraq. The American empire is done. There are no real seriously armed enemies left in the world that can possibly justify an $800 billion national defense and security establishment, including Homeland Security."

    Short of that, he suggested, the United States has "reached the point of no return" with its artificial creation of wealth, and will eventually face a sharp economic decline.

    Stockman last fall criticized the extension of the Bush tax cuts while the federal government continued to borrow money abroad to pay for its public welfare and warfare programs.

    America has ‘reached the point of no return,’ Reagan budget director warns

  101. "Unless you have a profound change in foreign policy, you're not going to have the possibility of a radical change in defense spending. The later follows from the former," he said.

    "This is a profound disappointment that there's not even a debate -- a serious debate about dramatic change in our imperialist foreign policy and war-making establishment in this administration -- allegedly the most left-wing administration that we've had in modern time."

    "I don't have much hope that what needs to be done will be done until it's finally forced on us by a world bond market crisis, which will happen sooner or later," Stockman added.

  102. "If we see what's going on carefully, we've reached the final unmasking of the Keynesian illusion, that Keynesianism is really nothing but borrowing, stealing from the future to induce consumption today," he said. "There are no multipliers. Every one of these programs we've had from 'cash for clunkers' to housing purchase credits have disappeared as soon as they expired and simple shifted activities in time by a few months."

    Stockman explained that before 1980, it took about $1.50 of new borrowing -- public or private -- to generate $1 of GDP growth. By the mid-1990s, it was $2.50 or $3 of borrowing for a $1 of GDP growth. By 2007, before the big collapse and meltdown finally came, $7 of public and private debt was added to the national balance sheet in order to get $1 of GDP growth.

    "When you get to the point of $7 of borrowing to get $1 of income, you're obviously on an unsustainable path and pretty close to hitting the wall, which more or less we have," he said.

  103. Content warnings are not self generated. They are the result of a complaint.

    I looked into Word Press. It looks marginaly better but I am not sure. I may just get a private domain and eliminate all the gate keepers. I will talk to someone who knows the ins and outs and keep you informed.

    It should not be that complicated and in fact is not a problem for 95% of all blogs, mainly because they don't have any comments.

  104. Fair Warning

    If there is one thing that will shut down the EB, it's the continuing bickering. Keep it up, gentleman and you'll find yourself looking for a new bar. Deuce and I are in agreement on this one.

  105. gentlemen...plural.

  106. Do what you want

    Nice title, haven't listened to it, though.

  107. Christian Science Monitor -

    Some of President Obama's sharpest critics - from Glenn Beck to Pat Buchanan - spoke positively of his speech at the memorial service in Tucson Wednesday.

  108. BEIRUT, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) --

    Lebanese President Michel Sleiman will launch mandatory consultations next Monday to form a new government after the resignation of ministers affiliated with Shiite armed group Hezbollah brought down Prime Minister Saad ...

  109. Wall Street Journal -

    BENTIU, Sudan—This week's independence referendum in southern Sudan marks an apparent victory for US foreign policy in east Africa

    Another step forward for the US and the Obama Administration, according to the Voice of Murdock?

  110. Ex-Girlfriend Recalls Loughner as 'Normal'

    Wall Street Journal -

    TUCSON—He was the shy, sweet boy who once bought her a box of Belgian chocolates, loved the Beatles and practiced clarinet with her in his parents' living room.

  111. That's an interesting situation developing in Lebanon. Layers and layers of intrigue.

  112. I know what the problem is not enough music. A new study shows that music releases dopamine.

    Not enough dopamine = The patrons at The EB

    Musical chills: Why they give us chills

  113. For Hezbollah, Claiming Victory Could Be Costly

    As seen by the NYTimes

  114. I'v heard that some forms of mental illness do not "kick in" until late teens early twenties.

  115. They win the battle -
    Lose the war

    One can only hope that is the ultimate outcome.

  116. It would seem to me, that the shooter knew the difference between right and wrong.

    This is seen in his "good bye" messages to people he had not seen in over a year.

    He was not legally insane.
    Though he may well have been nuts.

    It was, though, politically motivated. Literacy rates were not what they should have been, I've read.
    Obviously the Congresswoman's fault, she not doing "enough".

  117. A guy walks into a bar in Benton, Arkansas and orders a white wine.

    All the hillbillies sitting around the bar look up, expecting to see some pitiful Yankee from the north.

    The bartender says, "You ain't from around here, are ya?"

    The guy says, "No, I'm from Canada ..."

    The bartender says, "What do you do in Canada ?" The guy says, "I'm a taxidermist."

    The bartender says, "A taxidermist? What in tarnation is a taxidermist? Do you drive a taxi?"

    "No, a taxidermist doesn't drive a taxi. I mount animals."

    The bartender grins and hollers, "It's okay boys. He's one of us."

  118. A blonde went into a world wide message centre to send a message to her mother overseas.

    When the man told her it would cost $300, she exclaimed: "I don't have any money." But I'd do ANYTHING to get a message to my mother."

    The man arched an eyebrow (as we would expect).

    "Anything?" he asked.

    "Yes, yes, anything" the blonde promised.

    Well, then, "Just follow me" said the man as he walked towards the next room.
    The blonde did as she was told and followed the man.
    " Come in and close the door" the man said.

    She did.

    He then said "Now get on your knees."

    She did.

    "Now take down my zipper."

    She did.

    "Now go ahead .. Take it out....." He said..

    She reached in and grabbed it with both hands .

    Then paused..

    The man closed his eyes and whispered ..

    "Well .... Go ahead."

    The blonde slowly brought her mouth closer to it and while holding it close to her lips, .... tentatively said ....

    "Hello. Mum, can you hear me?"

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  120. What's your email address, WiO?

    I need your blog link, also.

    I'm at

    You'll understand when I get back to you.


  121. Deuce:

    My understanding is you use WordPress as a your publishing software on your own domain.

  122. In 2008 Qatar helped to mediate an end to an 18-month political stand-off, but the country's Foreign Minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani, referred to that on Wednesday and said there "will be no Doha II".

    Under the constitution, the President must consult with MPs and appoint a new premier to form a government. The prime minister is always a Sunni, and as Mr Hariri is the most most popular Sunni leader, he is likely to be reappointed.

    The question is then whether he would accept.

    Government Collapse

  123. I am looking into it before blogger decides to ramp up their access policies. I don't trust Google at all.

  124. Memo to self: Don't be vague.

    There seems to be a lot of puzzling going on about that comment I left up thread regarding the Content Warning. I regret that.

    I was specifically vague there only because I didn't want to make any more references to Bob.

    Consider the timing between when the decision was made to simply ban him and remove all his drivel, and when the Content Warning first appeared. Only a few hours had elapsed. A few hours is all I would expect it would take for blogger to flip a switch and label the EB. The Content Warning may have originated from anyone, but the simplest explanation, at least to me, is that it was another act of childish spite from someone we know is fully capable of that and worse.