“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."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bibi, Barack and Tom

Reading a Tom Friedman column on Bibi and Barack is to take a step into a virtual reality show, where the director, Tom Friedman, says there will be no connection to any real facts or any real history. Rather, the director, Tom Friedman, will superimpose a virtual reality of wishful thinking and pet prejudices that will serve as a new substitute reality.

In the new Tom-Friedman-directed reality, the Arabs are surging towards peace and democracy in a Barack-Obama-driven world. Arab oil prices are stable and low out of gratitude to Sheriff Barack, who drilled Osama bin Laden, and is about to drill for oil off-shore, perhaps in one Gulf (Mexican) or the other (Persian). And, yes, he is also about to “drill” Bibi Netanyahu, the villain who has come to town.

Tom the Director has the tough and decisive sheriff read a few lines to the world’s new outlaw—Bibi Netanyahu: “Yo, Bibi, you better get out of them there West Bank settlements by sunset, or you’re gonna be pushing up daisies, pilgrim.”

According to Tom the Director’s script: Bibi, the black-hatted villain surrenders and leaves or gets shot down at high noon on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Arabs in the audience cheer and everyone rolls in oil and a surging economy.

Yup. You-betcha. That’s Tom’s World—flat and wishful. Barack Obama is John Wayne as the Sheriff. Tom Friedman is director John Ford, and Benjamin Netanyahu is the evil and villainous rancher-rustler-”dirty Injun” who gets “run off the reservation.”

As a virtual reality show this only nets a small audience, because most of us recall where this kind of script has gone before. But Director-Screen Writer Tom Friedman has apparently not learned or perhaps forgotten the plot line from the real world.

In the real world, Sheriff Barack Obama’s attempt in 2009-2010 to impose terms on Israel caused the worst set-back in 20 years of Arab-Israeli negotiations. Obama demanded and got an Israeli settlement freeze that goaded the “moderate” PLO “leadership” of Mahmoud Abbas (also known as Marshal Abu-Mazen in some scripts) to refuse even to talk to Israel about anything. This was quite an achievement for Sheriff Barack and Director Tom. Let’s remember that other sheriffs have also had their own virtual scripts, too. Deputy Sheriff Condoleezza Rice demanded that Israel allow Hamas to take over Gaza in the 2006 “elections,” and this led to a new terror state in Gaza. But Deputy Condi cannot equal Sheriff Barack.

Sheriff Barack also tried to talk sweet to the Islamist government of Turkey, the ayatollahs of Iran and what Deputy Hillary called the “reformers” of Syria. We have all seen the success of that virtual reality script. Sheriff Barack made his first foreign speech in Turkey that was once the hope of a truly modernized Muslim community. Now, it has returned to the dark side of Islamism. Sheriff Barack even sent an ambassador to Syria where they tried to build a nuclear reactor with the help of Iran and North Korea. Iran is continuing its own nuclear weapons program.

Most of us who have seriously studied and lived in Arab countries know that Israel is a familiar excuse—but not a real cause—for any of the problems or turmoil inside the Arab countries. There is widespread Arab yearning for better government and for an end to fasaad (corruption, in Arabic). There is also a tremendous yearning for better jobs and opportunities for real careers, especially among the educated youth, and there is a search for a more normal role for women.

None of this has anything to do with Israel, and it has nothing to do with Israeli “settlements”, which (sorry about this, Tom) are completely legal (take a look at the League of Nations resolutions, San Remo documents, etc).

The only way to bring a chance for more peace and development in the Middle East is “to get real,” not to be surreal. This seat-of-the-pants analysis is not real analysis.

Israel is real. It is also a successful democratic state, though not a perfect one. In some respects, it is much more successful and democratic even than Britain, France, and the United States. For example, it has a lower unemployment rate, and it successfully absorbed more immigrants than any other country in the world.

Tom Friedman and the other surreal pundits should stop trying to bully Israel or to re-draw Israel in the image of its neighbors. Rather they should encourage Israel’s neighbors to face their own problems the way Israel has faced its problems.

Israeli prime ministers are not villains. Whenever a classroom had to be built or a water carrier or sewer needed fixing in Israel, Bibi Netanyahu, Golda Meir or David Ben-Gurion did not ride into the United Nations or the White House and claim that all the problems were caused by the Egyptians, the Syrians, the Iranians etc. Rather, they tried to fix the problem.

So, the first step for the Palestinians, the Syrians, the Iranians and Tom Friedman is:

Get real.

As Israel’s prime minister comes to town, Tom Friedman and his ilk should not be organizing an Obama-Osama greeting card.


KISS' Gene Simmons: Obama 'Has No F***ing Idea What The WORLD Is Like'...

JANE WELLS, CNBC: What do you think of President Obama’s suggestion that the borders be redrawn pre-67?

GENE SIMMONS, KISS: President Obama, I voted for an idea. What I didn’t realize what I was getting was an idealist.

If you’ve never been to the moon, you can’t issue policy about the moon. You have no f—king idea what it’s like on the moon.

For a president to be sitting in Washington, D.C., and saying, “Go back to your 67 borders in Israel,” how about you live there and try to defend an indefensible border nine miles wide?

On one side you’ve got hundreds of millions of people who hate your guts, on the other side you’ve got the Mediterranean. Unless you control, in Israel, unless you control those Golan Heights, it’s an indefensible position.

It’s a nice idea, when you grow up you find out that life isn’t the way you imagined it, and President Obama means well. I think he’s actually a good guy. He has no f—king idea what the world is like because he doesn’t have to live there.

As someone that has stood on top of the Golan Heights, I can attest to what Simmons said, as they overlook Israel and giving them back would mean Syria could lob munitions into a completely indefensible Jewish state.

Anyone who's been there knows this is something Israel will never agree to, and if Obama would visit there and see it for himself, he would immediately realize how absurd his speech was Thursday.

Obviously, Simmons - who Hot Air Pundit accurately noted was born in Haifa with the name Chaim Witz - understands this far better than the man currently in the White House as well as all his sycophants in the media that praised him since he threw Israel under the bus.

Although the vulgarity was unnecessary, Witz was spot on.


  1. It became a lot easier to read and understand where Tom is coming from once I learned that he became independently wealthy by marriage.

    ...As is radical "commie" redistributionist Robert Scheer of the LA Times

  2. If one truly believes that legality for actions taken in 1967 derives from decisions by the League of Nations, well, don't bogart that joint.

    The League was history, long before there was was a crime committed by the Israeli. There was a Rule Change, back when the UN took over responsibility for the new whirled order.

  3. When the UN declares that there is a Palestine based upon the 1967 borders, the new "Law" will supersede the "old".

    Law is like that, it is a living thing, ever changing.

  4. Rat distorts and lies

    Law is based on precedent to suggest otherwise is keeping with the bar's liar Rat normal israel hating position

  5. Muzzies eliminating Christians and Jews, Good.

    Jews defending their right to a place to live, Bad.

    Mainstream Christians, mostly silent about the ethnic cleansing of Christians by the Towelheads throughout the Middle East.

    Iraq, a "sucessful democracy" say the loathers on the left and right.

  6. Land of the Freeloaders

    Welcome to the land of the freeloaders and the home of the depraved. No image captures America’s regressive ethos better than that of 30-year-old Stanley Thornton Jr., self-proclaimed “Adult Baby.” Profiled on a recent National Geographic reality television show, Thornton claims to suffer from a bizarre infantilism that leads him to wear diapers, lounge around in an oversized crib and seek constant coddling.

    The nappies may be extreme, but let’s face it: Thornton Jr. — let’s just call him Junior — is a symptom of our Nanny State run amok, not an anomaly.

    Junior came to Washington’s attention this week when Oklahoma GOP Sen. TomCoburn challenged the Social Security Administration to probe into how the baby bottle-guzzling 350-pound man qualified for federal disability benefits. A former security guard, Junior is handy enough to have crafted his own wooden high chair and playpen.

    Just this week, a Michigan man boasted that he’s still collecting food stamps after winning a $2 million government-sponsored lottery prize. “If you’re going to … try to make me feel bad, you aren’t going to do it,” he told a local TV reporter. Embedded in his rebuke is the eternal refrain of the self-esteem-puffed teenager: “You can’t judge me!”

    Adult Baby Syndrome isn’t an isolated pathology. It’s the new American Way. Or, I should say, the new American Wahhhhh.

  7. Little off topic but I can't resist, then I go to bed.

    Beef Flavored Waters

    This is really just what is needed to coax those endangered by deep vegetarianism back to a normal and healthy lifestyle.

    Found in Japanese Wal-Marts - Japan, where the consumption of all things fish, flesh and fowl is at an all time high, now they can afford something other than rice--and whose population is arguably the longest living on earth - it could slowly reverse a perverse addiction to carrots and spinach, and help heal bodies around the world.


  8. But if the courts should have decided it was ok dokey to ban private gun ownership, I recall rat saying he'd keep his guns in his closet, and be damned the new 'living constitution.'


  9. Fatah and Hamas are thug organizations, one born out of the terrorist PLO, the other a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. It's obvious to anyone that neither can be trusted. Screw them, screw the UN, screw the anti-Zionists and the horse they rode in on.

  10. There were some really delicious looking items in that article my wife sent me - raw meats handled by the customers, fish of all kinds, hanging whole chickens, alligators or crocodiles (small) still alive, wonderful pigs heads, you name it, they had it, insects too, lizards. Then I came to the part about the meat waters and I thought, that could be the end of deep vegetarianism as we have known it. Hooray!

    Shoot a wolf, save the elk for unemployed Idahoans, who really need it.


  11. We should have left the U.N. long ago, when it became such an obvious farce.

    g'nite, or g'morning


  12. The UN is an instrument of US foreign policy.

    It was founded by US and is funded by US.

    The United States of America
    Love it or leave it.

    If one supports the Zionists, rather than the US, emigration is not illegal.

    The Israeli will welcome you, with open arms, if your pedigree is politically correct

  13. If your pedigree is not what the Israeli want, though, they'll throw you under the bus.

    Just ask the Ethiopian Jews.

  14. Those folk, they're at a disadvantage, just not "looking" like Europeons.

  15. The Ethiopians, just not "Jewish" enough.

  16. Even though they have direct lineage to David's son, Solomon.

  17. "screw the anti-Zionists and the horse they rode in on"


    "screw the Towelheads and the Camels they rode in on"

  18. Everyone that boob thinks is great, they move to Arizona.

    First his lawyer, now his Presidential hopes.

    New Scottsdale home for Sarah Palin?

  19. Do you smoke those Camel filters,
    or do your take your carcinogens straight?

  20. The US should remove itself, not from the UN, but from the IMF.
    Since the IMF would not embargo funding for Iranian infrastructure projects, the US should sanction the IMF.

    AUSTRALIA will not be pushing its own candidate to become the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund, instead campaigning for an appointment on "merit" because the convention of appointing Europeans is out of date.

    The Treasurer, Wayne Swan, is believed to have decided Australia's push for reform in the fund's appointment processes would be stronger without an Australian candidate. Names suggested in uninformed speculation include Kevin Rudd, Ken Henry and Peter Costello.

    The IMF has promised transparency in the selection process, saying it will choose by the end of June the most qualified candidate to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned days after his arrest in New York on May 14 on charges of sexual assault.


    "The tradition of automatically appointing a European to the role is one that's long past its use-by date, given the shift of global economic weight to emerging economies,'' Mr Swan said. "The most suitable candidate may well come from Europe, but I think it's essential that the appointment not be limited to any one nation or continent.''

    In a separate statement with South Africa's Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, Mr Swan called on the IMF to honour a Group of 20 commitment to appoint leaders to key international agencies using ''an open, transparent and merit-based process".

    Read more:

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  22. The law, anon, often overturns precedent.

    Just look at slavery.
    Legal for millenniums, not so today.

    Christians and Jews were fine with slavery, until they weren't.

  23. While the League of Nations was rejected by the United States as a viable and legal international organization.

    Whatever findings it may have made, before its demise, irrelevant to US and the Law.

  24. I knew the pineapplehead would still be here "the day after."

  25. I can't get to sleep so I give up to go have breakfast.

    Just a temporary home for the Palins on their way to the White House. As for my lawyer they have a place down there to be near their son who goes to school there. About four months of the year. Close like most Jewish families are.

    I'd much much much rather read a whole thread by Melody than the endless whole threads by rat.

    She's got humor, which seems strangely lacking in you.

    But if you force yourself to laugh even for you it might give you a chance to experience the real thing once in your life. There may even be a Laugh Club near you to join.

    I think I'll have two eggs over easy, link sausages, a pile of hash browns, orange juice and wheat toast with grape jelly.


  26. Don't give up hope Rufus, there'll be another end of the world date one of these days.


  27. Obama was quite besides himself... Telling us how he supports the State of Israel, how he was misreported about the 1967 borders, he then quoted the GWBush's commitment to Sharon that stated that the 67 borders were the outline and that his UNDERSTOOD that the MAJOR "settlements" are to be included in any settlement.

    He also went on to say that a Hamas fatah PA is not acceptable and that the USA will not fund such a government.

    He stated that the USA has a SPECIAL and 60 year relationship with Israel that is IRON clad and his commitment ti Israel's security is non-negotiable. he actually seemed upset that the crowd were skeptical about him.

    Those are the spoken words and policies of the USA about as Obama said, a Nation whose values are the same as the USA.

    He also went on to talk about the additional aid for the iron dome and how America will have Israel's back at the UN and in the world.

    I guess Rat needs to listen to Obama more about how the USA LOVES Israel.

    Did i believe all the things that obama said? What did the gipper say? Trust by verify...

  28. Steny Hoyer also spoke, he went even further and farther than Obama in his statement that BOTH he and Eric Cantor are 100% in support of the state of Israel and will do everything to keep her safe from islamic nutjobs.

    Obama actually said that Iranian nuclear weapons was a non-starter and he would not allow it to happen.

    One talking pundit later stated he thinks Obama will attack Iran between now and next spring...

    "october" surprise in march?

  29. No military force needed, WIO:

    He'll give such a powerful and moving speech that the Persians will lay down their arms on the proverbial rug.

    (Proverbs 69-69)

  30. I laid low in the furrow for a few days, Rufus, just in case my fellow Pineapples started lifting off.

  31. ...actually, I even cut a slit in the black plastic and slid under that, too.

  32. As can be seen in the update, Simmons straightened his b.... ass out.

  33. Obama's going to bomb Iran?

    I didn't even have to go to the U of I Laughter Club to get a gas out of that.

    Anyone going to see long lost cousins and such on a first visit should take some pepper spray, if there is any property involved, on the second visit add a stun gun, in my experience. On the third, bring a good Jewish lawyer.

    Doug went underground alright. To that same lava tube where he always hides out.


  34. This Horse Could Dance With The Stars

    Pressage I think it is called. Techniques go back to the Knights of Germany days, when your horse had to know some shit so you'd survive the day.

    The rider looks, and is supposed to look, like she is doing absolutely nothing, but in reality is controlling every move through her butt, legs and hands, just so very subtly one doesn't notice.

    My expert here also tells me a horse can't walk backwards for any distance but needs to break into a trot. I always trot backwards, too.


  35. No way, Jose:

    see my
    Sun May 22, 08:03:00 PM EDT

    I'm on the DOLE, Baby!

  36. DRESSage, you shit-kicking maroon!

  37. "The rider looks, and is supposed to look, like she is doing absolutely nothing, but in reality is controlling every move through her butt, legs and hands, just so very subtly one doesn't notice."

    I had a girl in College that could do that in the front seat of my VW.

    Even passing Semi Drivers never noticed.

  38. My expert also tells me you can tell when the horse is relaxed by the mouth, and if it licks its lips once in a while.

    All these horse vids are delaying the packing.


  39. I'm new at this Doug. And the hearing in one ear is only 50%.


  40. Ms. Regalmuto started her riding career in her hometown of Karlsruhe, Germany, under classical master: Egon von Neindorff.

    She studied with Von Neindorff exclusively for six years, learning the basics of dressage. At age fifteen, Ms. Regalmuto expanded her already large body of experience by studying show jumping at the famous Rosenhof barn, where she successfully completed her "Reiterabzeichen" -- Bronze certification -- qualifying her to compete in dressage as well as jumping classes levels A-L.

    Moving to Berlin in her early 20s, Ms. Regalmuto continued studying dressage with Mr. Neindorff and began show jumping with the eminent Guenther Till.

    At twenty-five, Ms. Regalmuto began working with dressage horses in classes A-M at the world-renowned Dietrichsmeier barn, successfully completing her "Reiterabzeichen" -- Silver certification -- which enabled her to compete in the highest levels of dressage and jumping in Europe.

    Susann Regalmuto

    Sue liked my German Ride.

  41. Yup, she licked her lips when I was done.

  42. But did she whinny and neigh nice?

    I left some of my hearing in Hawaii.

    Back to packing.


  43. Can't really blame Arnie:

    Maria looks like shit after four kids.

  44. "In 1995, Ms. Regalmuto relocated to Maui, Hawaii, where she was a founding member of the Hawaii State Dressage Society.

    In 1996-1998, Ms. Regalmuto organized and participated in dressage symposiums with Lilo Fore and Max Gahwyler.

    Ms. Regalmuto brought her talents to California in 1999 where she has taught and trained ever since."


    Nobody caught on but the wife...

    Fun while it lasted.

  45. A man was having problems

    with premature ejaculation, so he
    decided to go to the doctor.

    He asked the doctor what he could

    do to cure his problem. In
    response, the doctor said, "When

    you feel like you are getting
    ready to ejaculate, try startling


    That same day, the man went to

    the store and bought himself a
    starter pistol. All excited to try

    this suggestion, he ran home
    to his wife.

    At home, he found his wife was

    in bed, naked and waiting. As the
    two began, they found themselves

    in the 69 position.

    The man, moments later, felt the

    sudden urge to ejaculate and
    fired the starter pistol.

    The next day, the man went back

    to the doctor. The doctor asked,
    "How did it go?" The man answered,

    "Not that well ... when I
    fired the pistol, my wife peed in

    my face, bit 3 inches off my
    penis, and my neighbor came out

    of the closet with his hands in
    the air!"

  46. One day, while going to the shop, I passed by a retirement village. On the front lawn were six old ladies,
    lying naked on the grass.

    I thought this was a bit unusual, but continued on my way.

    On my return trip, I passed the same retirement village with the same six old ladies lying naked on the lawn.

    This time my curiosity got the better of me and I went inside to talk to the retirement village Administrator,
    and asked her?

    Do you know there are six ladies lying naked on your front lawn?

    Yes,' she said, "aren't they darlings? They're retired prostitutes - they're having a garage sale.

  47. It was a small town and the patrolman was making his evening rounds..
    As he was checking a used car lot, he came upon two little old ladies sitting in a used car..

    He stopped and asked them why they were sitting there in the car or were they trying to steal it?

    'Heavens no, we bought it.'

    'Then why don't you drive it away.'

    We can't drive.'

    Then why did you buy it?'

    'We were told that if we bought a Used car here
    We'd get screwed we're just waiting.

  48. Sam, are you ever going to reveal the secret of where you get all this stuff?


    Progress report

    So far today we have not got one box actually in the car. But the apartment is so cluttered now I've had to fight to keep a small path from my couch to the w.c. Par for the course for a female that takes 30 minute showers, and an hour with the hair.

    If this doesn't improve dramatically tomorrow, I'm going to the casino....alone. I'll take the casino bus, too.

    I mean it.


  49. Were they blonde little old ladies?


  50. And, what made the 60's Really Great?

    We Were Young.

  51. Yodeling.
    Have you ever wondered where and how yodeling began?

    Many years ago a man was travelling through the mountains of Switzerland

    Nightfall was rapidly approaching and he had nowhere to sleep. He went up to a farmhouse and asked the farmer if he could spend the night.

    The farmer told him that he could sleep in the barn.

    As the story goes, the farmer's
    daughter asked her father, "Who
    is that man going into the barn?"

    "That fellow traveling through," said
    the farmer "needs a place to stay for
    the night, so, I told him he could sleep in the barn."

    The daughter said, "Perhaps he is
    hungry." So she prepared him a plate of food for him and then took
    it out to the barn.

    About an hour later, the daughter returned. Her clothing
    disheveled and straw in her hair. Straight up to bed she went.

    The farmer's wife was very
    observant. She then suggested
    that perhaps the man was
    thirsty. So she fetched a
    bottle of wine, took it out to the
    barn, and she too did not return for an hour. Her clothing was askew, her
    blouse buttoned incorrectly. She also
    headed straight to bed.

    The next morning at sunrise the
    man in the barn got up and continued
    on his journey, waving to the farmer as he left.

    When the daughter awoke and
    learned that the visitor was gone, she broke into tears. "How could he leave without even saying goodbye," she cried. "We made such passionate love last night!"

    "What?" shouted the father as he
    angrily ran out of the house looking
    for the man, who by now was
    halfway up the mountain.

    The farmer screamed up at
    him, "I'm going to get you! You had
    sex with my daughter!"

    The man looked back down from
    the mountain side, cupped his hand next to his mouth, and yelled


  52. I have resigned myself now that no boxes with be in the car tonight but progress is being made at a more rapid rate.

    Her having found an old Hemingway Review in the third layer of the dig I talked myself into the conviction I could no longer be of use even as an adviser and turned to an article of various readings of Hills Like White Elephants, a serious short story about a couple considering an abortion, marrying and babying etc.

    This is a plausible reading. The conversation between the two seems to indicate that there is little love between them. Thus the girl, who now wants more than a relationship based on sex and alcohol, would have no reason to stay on with the man. However, one or two troublesome details fail to fit into this scenario; why does the girl smile at the man, whom she supposedly cannot tolerate, when he tells her he had better move the bags? Why does she urge the man to come back so they can finish the drink together? And why does she smile at him again when he returns after placing their bags closer to the point of departure? A mere smile would not be sufficient reason to cast doubt on an interpretation in the case of most writers. But this writer is Hemingway.

    Turning to another interpretation....

    the ending of this ambiguous story is left to the reader to interpret.

    Hemingway Review is published in Moscow, Idaho, home to hayseeds and Sarah Palin's education in college.

    Now I take a load of old phone books to the dumpster.


  53. "However, one or two troublesome details fail to fit into this scenario; why does the girl smile at the man, whom she supposedly cannot tolerate, when he tells her he had better move the bags? "

    It's a setup for another one of Sam's jokes.

  54. Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner.



  55. Geez, 89 and counting in Joplin...

    Rohr said the twister cut a path nearly six miles long and more than a half-mile wide through the center of town, adding that tornado sirens gave residents about a 20-minute warning before the tornado touched down on the city's west side.

    20 minutes:
    Important decisions were made.

  56. Congrats Doug, you mastered the photos. I will be traveling in Central America and a big Caribbean Island most of this week . Will check in when I can.

  57. Yeah, you did good, Pineapplehead.

    (I'm sure you'll fuck it up the next time.)

  58. It does appear that the most plausible reading has the two boarding the train to Madrid, her to have the abortion, he later to jettison her as well.
    The hills across the valley that look like white elephants to her - there is some playing around about 'white elephant' - and represent in her mind a future, finally!, of some kind of commitment, family life and circle, and happiness, he simply does not recognize - I have never seen a white elephant - and the hills morph to a tomb like and sepulchre white. This is the reading your reader here endorses, though there are other possible more positive outcomes conceivable.

    Great hopes for progress today, if I can awaken sleeping beauty.

    I am now certain the Mexicans upstairs are dealing, as they have no visible means of support for those two nice cars, the kids speak Ingles, senora never shows, Bigmex, with whom I had the following deep conversation -So your mujer makes you go outside to smoke too? Hu(thin smile)yah -and Slimmex are always on the phones on the stairwell in quiet but rapid Spanish, the kids don't seem to be going to school anywhere, and the windows on the big suburban are tinted. The plates on the two cars are from California somewhere.

    Bigmex is so big I could hire him alone to move the couch to the U-Haul, but if he tried to sleep on it like I do, he'd roll off.

    Checking out.

  59. The kids by the way are cute as peyote buttons but messy as goats and are always dropping candy sticks and wrappers and other crap down on our porch from above.

    America may get two uneducated but bilingual citizens out of the deal if Bigmex and Slimmex get busted, I don't know what would happen with Maria.

    I've thought of following the burban when it infrequently leaves, and am beginning to monitor the foot traffic up to their roost.

    But we'll be outta here fore anything more happens.


  60. The Prince has wakened Briar Rose who alas has not yet risen, nor showered, nor combed.

    She drives me nuts, it's like herding a turtle.

    But I got to drive the Princessmobile to U-Haul to make a reservation.

    It's the first time she has allowed me to drive it.

    What a rocketship, can't wait till I get this hand-me-down car, no more old rickety convertible!!

    Speedo goes up to 150mph.

    I've never gone that fast, not even in Nevada in dad's old caddy. I did make 120, though.


  61. Briar Rose

    In J. Campbell the meaning is simple enough. The sleeping feminine soul(B.R) is awakened by the Spirit (Prince) to True Life.

    Lest some fool like allen
    engage in a gross misreading, perhaps projecting his own internal contents onto a simple lovely old tale I've always liked.

    Princess has now headed towards the healing waters in the w.c.


  62. May 23, 2011
    Socialists buried in Spanish elections
    Rick Moran
    How bad were the results of regional and local elections for Prime Minister Zapatero? A radical separatist party beat the socialists in Basque country.

    But Zapatero has ruled out an early general election, no doubt because he would lose in a landslide. BBC reports:

    Voting took place amid mass protests against high unemployment and the government's handling of the economy.

    Young demonstrators holding sit-ins in Madrid and other cities said rallies would continue for another week.
    Mr Zapatero said three years of economic crisis had taken their toll.

    "It destroyed thousands of jobs. It is a crisis that had profound effects on citizens' morale. I know that many Spaniards suffer great hardship and fear for their futures," he said.

    "Today, without doubt, they expressed their discontent," he added.

    However, he vowed to pursue job-creating reforms until the end of his mandate. A general election must be held by March of next year. He has already said he will not stand for re-election.

    The center-right Popular Party won 2 million more votes than the socialists. With unemployment at 21% (45% for those under 25) the country teeters on the abyss of bankruptcy.

    Protests against the incompetence of the Zapatero government are going on across the country. It remains to be seen whether the Spanish PM can resist the calls for new elections where he would almost certainly lose.

    Steve McCann adds:

    It has always been assumed that Spain was at heart a rock-ribbed socialist nation, and with one exception when the Popular Party was in office on a national basis from 1996-2004, that factor is generally true as the regional power has consistently stayed in the hands of the socialists.

    These regional elections are somewhat akin to the 2010 mid-term election in the United States insofar as their importance and message. The socialist tide in Europe has begun major ebb as more and more countries and their citizenry awaken to the brutal message that they have run out of other people's money.

    Here in America, President Obama, the Democrats and their sycophants in the media are attempting to instill the notion that: 1) Obama is virtually unbeatable as compared to the current line-up of Republican candidates and 2) that the American people really prefer to keep social and other spending in place regardless of the financial landscape.

    This tactic is solely an attempt to weaken the opposition and spread depression by deflating enthusiasm as to a potential conservative victory in November 2012. Do not fall for it; it is the strategy of those who are faced with defeat.

    The people of Spain have awakened as are the Americans. No amount of demagoguery or outright deception will succeed again. There is indeed a grass-roots (or Tea Party) revolt brewing throughout much of the world.

    The Princess Transporter has now been loaded by the slave who also buys the gas and the sustenance of the Princess.
    We will be on the road in 15 minutes.


  63. re: fool like allen

    There are no others.

    Get a job, Sport.

  64. I've come to the conclusion that the nest that sits outside my bedroom window has decided to many different bird families. I used to enjoy that first morning stretch as I rolled over to peak at the clock, hoping I would have enough time to lay there and listen to babies chirp.

    Now? I want to own a gun.

  65. In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 1.05pc at 12381.26. "What is clearly unnerving markets at the moment is just how unquantifiable the eurozone crisis still is," said David Jones, chief market strategist at IG Index.

  66. What's required in Europe, then, is not so much a transfer union as a federal banking system, whereby banks are centrally regulated and collectively underwritten, as in the US. We are already seeing the development of unified regulation, while the Irish bail-out, where a large part of the money is specifically earmarked for bolstering banking solvency, partially recognises the principle of collective responsibility for banking liabilities.

    In the end, however, the bail-outs are only loans, so the liability still falls on the sovereign.

    What's more, even if European nations could be persuaded to give up control of their banking systems to a central authority, with all the loss of economic power than would entail, it's most unlikely they would accept collective liability without compensating fiscal benefit, so we are back to the idea of a transfer union in any case.

    End Game

  67. Practitioners of Falun Gong, a set of Chinese teachings and exercises designed to achieve physical and spiritual enlightenment, allege in the suit that Cisco had a key role in building a "Golden Shield", an internet firewall that the China uses to censor the web and track down dissidents.

  68. A mother and father take their 6-year old son to a nude beach.
    As the boy walks along the sand, he notices that many of the women have boobs bigger than his mother's, so he goes back to ask her why.
    She tells her son, 'The bigger they are, the sillier the lady is.'
    The boy, pleased with the answer, goes to play in the ocean but returns to tell his mother that many of the men have larger things than his dad does.
    She replies, 'The bigger they are, the dumber the man is'
    Again satisfied with her answer, the boy goes back to the ocean to play.
    Shortly thereafter, the boy returns and promptly tells his mother,
    'Daddy is talking to the silliest lady on the beach, and the longer he talks, the dumber he gets.'

  69. Riddle me this:

    At the exact same time, there are two 35-year-old men on opposite sides of the earth.

    One is walking a tight rope between two skyscrapers at the 85th floor.

    The other is getting oral sex from an 85-year-old toothless woman.

    They are both thinking the exact same thing; What are they both thinking?

  70. But, remember that the presidential nomination process is not a national election; it is a series of state-by-state contests.

    Pawlenty’s decision to bet on boldness will almost certainly be praised by the GOP chattering class as just the sort of truth-telling that the party and the country need right now. But, winning the Iowa caucuses also matter — in a major way — to Pawlenty and his opposition to subsidies will almost certainly make that victory more difficult.


    Make no mistake: he and his political team have rolled the dice. We won’t know whether the gamble will pay off until early next year.

    Bets On Boldness

  71. A Kansas State Trooper is patrolling late at night off the main highway.

    He sees a parked car, over under the trees near the river, with the interior light brightly glowing.
    He carefully approaches the car to get a closer look.

    He sees a young man behind the wheel, reading a computer magazine.
    In the rear seat, filing her fingernails, is a very attractive young woman.

    Puzzled by this situation, the trooper walks to the car and gently raps on the driver's window.
    The young man lowers his window.

    'Uh, yes, Officer?'

    The trooper asks: 'Sir, is everything OK here?'

    The young man says: 'Well, Officer, I'm just reading this magazine...'

    Pointing towards the young woman in the back seat the trooper says: 'And your young lady, what is she doing?'

    The young man shrugs: 'Sir, I believe she's filing her fingernails.'

    Now, the trooper is totally confused. A young couple, alone, in a car, at night in a lover's lane .... and nothing obscene is happening!

    The trooper asks: 'What's your age, young man?'

    The young man says: 'I'm 22, sir.'

    The trooper asks: 'And your girl .... what is her age?'

    The young man looks at his watch and replies:

    'She'll be 18 in 11 minutes....'

  72. Okay, you got us; what were they thinking?

  73. :)

    Yikes, how did I not think of that? :)

  74. "I am told that Brett was a highly professional, dedicated and an exceptionally nice guy.

    "Brett's loss will be deeply felt across Australia's special forces community as he was an inspirational leader and a popular and highly respected member of his unit."

    This was Sergeant Wood's third deployment in Afghanistan. He also served in Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Iraq.

    Hero Woody

  75. Have no fear Rufus, Camping, predicted a new Judgement Day. There is still have hope.

  76. Ahem….There is still hope.

    Or you can join the 2012ers.

  77. I'm gonna need a Risky Alibi if the wife finds out.

    We've figured out the room and board. I'm selling them some alfalfa in exchange.

    I'm walking one ice, here.

    Glad to see Netanyahu made a great appearance before congress.

    I had a thought last night, we all if we formed an Association might be able to negotiate a great rate with the psychotherapists. heh Doug could do the negotiating, as we couldn't all do it together.

    :)We acknowledge our foolishness with God
    We am gathered together again
    We embrace the world....

    The Toshiba stumped my daughter. They say it is 'on' just doesn't 'know' it, whatever that means.

    So I'm down to 15 minutes library time again, damn, I had some things to say too.

    Back to the Princesslair in CdA tomorrow, we have made great progress. Take care

  78. Our Banker Lays Down the Law.

    China “warned in unequivocal terms that any attack on Pakistan would be construed as an attack on China”.

  79. Sam
    I was thinking CONCENTRATE!

  80. A senior EU diplomat said Britain, France and other European countries had backed away from the precondition that Col Gaddafi must leave power before there was a halt to Nato action. It was an attempt to help "mediation efforts" in Tripoli by Abdel Elah al-Khatib, the United Nations special envoy for Libya.

  81. The political wrangling came as Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, became the first UK politician to admit openly that Greece has no option but to restructure its €330bn of public debt.

  82. China, where the economy has expanded 10.1pc a year on average since 1978, is reminiscent of the housing market before credit default swaps allowed hedge funds to make bets against the entire market, according to Mr Zuckerman.

  83. Mr Sarkozy told the summit, whose guests included Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezoz: "The world you represent is not a parallel universe where legal and moral rules and, more generally, all the basic principles that govern society in democratic countries do not apply.

    "You can't be exempt from minimum rules."

  84. Interesting thing going on at a College in Yuma Solar School

    Stuff like this is what you're supposed to do during "downturns."

  85. Police found the tank during a raid on a remote ranch in Jalisco, western Mexico.

    Tank From Drug Gang

  86. Mr Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before the Earth was destroyed, said he felt so terrible when his doomsday prediction did not come true that he left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife.

    Date Wrong

  87. Camping is camping out in the Caribbean somewhere, I think, or soon will be.

    Or you can join the 2012ers.

    Not the Twelvers.


  88. There is no beach where the beach is at Beach Front City Park in Cd'A.
    Never seen anything like it. Over by NIC some of the cedar trees are about 10 feet out in the water. Maybe AlGore is right, after all.


  89. Here's How Absurd Things Are Becoming

    Wonder how the Iranian negotiations with the Venezuelans are going for those missile launch sites?

    Let's just put the oceans between us, we'll be ok.


  90. All those "talking" heads had to know about this movie, and, yet, they kept saying they didn't think she was running. I'm lost.

  91. She's running, Rufus, she's not moving to Arizona to be with rat.


  92. Perk up your ears, readers
    Young, middle aged, and old
    We here will be so bold
    To bring to view
    A Hemingway you never knew



    Richard Fantina

    Hemingway Review (published in Moscow, Idaho)


    Although many critics now readily dismiss the old Hemingway myth of machismo, few seem prepared to acknowledge the masochism that prevails in much of his work. The ideal Hemingway woman, revealed as early as The Sun Also Rises demonstrates power and a will to dominate. This becomes particularly apparent in the posthumous The Garden of Eden where Hemingway celebrates a woman who controls the sexual relationship with her husband, and who initiates female -on - male - sodomy. Since its publication, the dominance of Catherine Bourne in that novel has led scholars to reappraise the foundations of Hemingway's machismo, which coexists with an alternative, masochistic sexuality.....con't

    (It's shit like this made me turn to farming)


  93. Hemingway's work does not feature incidents of female domination in the sense of the woman with the whip who so intoxicated Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. But despite the absence of the dominatrix, submissive sexuality reveals itself more subtly and at times more dramatically than in the ritualized fantasies of Venus in Furs. Although little attention has been devoted to its appearance in Hemingway's texts, male heterosexual masochism represents to some a legitimate, alternative form of masculine sexuality and has been the focus of study in recent gender theory. This essay seeks to locate Hemingway's work within this discourse. Although psychoanalysis necessarily informs this discussion, the purpose here is not to offer another psychoanalytic interpretation but to discuss Hemingway's work in the tradition of literary masochism and the critical responses to it.



  94. Oh, yeah, she's running. I've thought that since Nov. 2008.

    I just can't figure out why super-kraut, and all the pundits keep saying they don't think so.

    The woman's a fierce competitor. It just didn't make sense that she would lose once, and then go home and raise tomatoes. Oh well, I wish her the best. I think a Palin Presidency would me marvelously entertaining.

  95. Psychoanalysis has a long history of diagnosing masochism both as feminine and as misdirected homosexuality all the while trying to 'cure' it. This attitude has been increasingly challenged in recent years. Carol Siegel writes of the tendency of psychoanalysis toward a "nonsensical conflation of male homosexuality with submissively expressed male heterosexuality and its touting of female masochism as essential femininity." Gilles Deleuze's Cold and Cruelty places masochism within a tradition of masculinity that had been denied or disparaged by psychoanalysis. Deleuze insists on masochism as an arena in which masculinity can assert itself. The avowal of masochism as a tenable masculine position allows for new interpretations of some classic literature. Elements in much of Hemingway's work indicate a masochistic sensibility coexisting with his cult of traditional masculinity. As an artist, Hemingway expresses an alternative masculinity that on the surface seems diametrically opposed to that which he publicly embraced, but both paradigms of masculinity (and others, including gay models) now have a more recognized validity despite a century-long tyrrany imposed by the Victorians. Hemingway's embodiment of diverse models of masculinity may be his greatest legacy.
    end of quote

    Well, fuck me altogether, who'd a thunk ol' Hemroid was polymorphosly perverse.

    Whatcha think, Ruf?

    I think it's enough to drive one back to the farm


  96. Yes, it would be, and I wish her the very best, too.

    I got to catch some winks, have filled up another car with belongings.


  97. Real estate agent Jeff Sibbach of John Hall & Associates specializes in high-end properties in northern Scottsdale. He says the price is about right for a move-in ready home of that size in that particular area, which is one of the few with large acreage properties.


    Sibbach said he and a local television crew were told to leave the area on Sunday by a man driving a van with Alaska license plates. The same van was spotted entering the property on Monday.

    "To come out and chase me from the property, I've never ever had that happen before," he said. "That was kind of interesting."

    Creates Buzz

  98. Well, the Pubs had'em a real, pretty smart female in the NY-26 race. Should have been a done-deal; the Dems have only won that seat three times since 1857,

    The Dem started pounding her on Ryan's Medicare Plant, and she had no place to run. She was like a deer in the headlights.

    The Dem thumped her ass, soundly.

    I don't understand why the Right-wingers don't realize that their "voters" have grannies, too.

  99. Ryan, and his cohorts, get all hyperbolic, and say, "It doesn't affect you if you're Over 55."

    Do they think that all those 44 yr olds, and 54 yr olds plan on Dying when they turn 64?

    I mean, shit; they're talking to a guy that's worked, and paid into Medicare his whole life, and he knows damned well he'll be "uninsurable" when he's 65, if he isn't now, and yet they think he'll just say, "Oh, Okay then; let me vote for that."

    It's fucking bizarre. Here's a guy that's been fighting the insurance companies his whole life, thinking, well, at least when I get old I'll have Medicare, and won't have to put up with these bastards, anymore, and Paul Ryan, and the Right Wingers are going to give him an opportunity to pass on Medicare, and fight the insurance companies The Rest of his life.

    How do people that fucking stupid get elected?

  100. Poor Scott Brown. Sure, he can vote against Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan, and the Globe and all the rest of the moonbats will be glad to say that he’s “grown.”


    So here we have two major Boston media outlets manufacturing lies about you out of whole cloth. And yet, how many people have even heard about Barack Obama’s speech in Austin, Texas, on May 10 where he described a “Teutonic shift” in the Mideast.

    Not “tectonic,” but Teutonic. Yet typical of this ignorant president who’s been handed everything in his life.

    Scott Brown

  101. Poor boob, still living in denial. His sweetie politico is moving right down the street from my barn.

    If she runs for President, she'll lose. Happens to every candidate that comes out of Arizona.

    They win the nomination and then lose the election, in a landslide.

    Even funnier, the posters here at the EB that quote Obama, and tell us to believe what he says.

  102. The dancing daughter bought a house down in Maricopa, momma griz is moving uptown, to Scottsdale.

    boob just does not want to believe that Arizona is a better place to live, than Alaska.

    The Palin women, they know the real deal, at least about where to find the finer quality of life.

  103. Mubarak To Face Trial Over Protester Killings
    Sky News - ‎

    Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak is to be put on trial on charges of corruption and conspiracy to kill protesters who called for him to step down earlier this year.

  104. The GOP, still the Party of Stupid.

    Riding what they say is strong opposition to a Republican plan to change Medicare, Democrats won back a seat in the US House on Tuesday, taking a historically GOP district just seven months after being blown out in that same race in last November's ...

    A swing in just seven months.
    Thanks to Mr Ryan's rhetorical "Plan", one that never will be adopted.

    It is evident that even historically GOP voters will not vote to cut their own Federal benefits. A challenge that even a momma grizz will not overcome.

  105. Israel's daily Maariv published a poll showing about 57 percent of voters believe Netanyahu should have supported Obama's initiative rather than opposing Obama.

    But the poll also showed Netanyahu was still Israel's most popular political leader.

    "Netanyahu knows very well that the conditions that he set yesterday for a peace process are a complete non-starter," wrote Maariv's Ben Caspit.

    "There is no Palestinian in the world who will accept them, there is no Arab state in the world that will support them, there is not a single person in Europe who will take them seriously, and they will only make Barack Obama angry."

    Caspit also made the point that in the United States, foreign policy is set by the President, not Congress.

    "Nobody in the world will change their attitude toward Benjamin Netanyahu as a result of this speech. Nobody will change their attitude toward Israel as a result of this speech. Peace will not break out as a result of this speech. No peace outline was presented in this speech," he concluded.