“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."

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Has a P*ssy Problem

Dominique Strauss-Kahn to face fresh sex assault complaint

French writer Tristane Banon claims the IMF chief acted like a 'rutting chimpanzee' in an attack on her nine years ago
Tristane Banon
French writer Tristane Banon is to lodge an official sexual assault complaint against IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Photograph: Daniel Janin/AFP/Getty Images

For some, the story of Strauss-Kahn's fall from presidential hopeful to prison cell was a combination of sordid tale and Shakespearean tragedy. For others the story was so extraordinary it smacked of a set-up.
Only three weeks ago, Strauss-Kahn evoked such a possibility in an interview with French newspaper Libération when he said he thought he was under surveillance and named the three principal difficulties he foresaw if he was to stand for the presidential elections.
"Money, women and the fact I am Jewish." He added: "Yes, I like women ... so what?" He said he could see himself becoming the victim of a honey trap: "a woman raped in a car park and who's been promised 500,000 or a million euros to invent such a story ..."


  1. Ah, he wuz "set up" cause he wuz Jewish. Got it.

  2. Didn't I read sumpin about him leaving a bit o that "Jewish" DNA Evidence behind? (no word-play intended.)

  3. As of a few hours, ago, his problem was that He Was the Pussy.

  4. Held without Bail. That would be Rikers, I suppose.

    Yep, definitely the pussy.

  5. Yawn....

    the issue here is the forced pussy playtime...

    If you were innocent, why do you run and leave your belonging in your hotel room?

    If you were "set up" demand an internal examination for tearing and force.

    Nothing say INNOCENT more than standing your ground and INVITING the press as well as the cops to come and question all personal...

    His faith, or lack thereof aint the issue.

  6. The woman underwent a physical examination before the warrant was issued.

    No, it isn't. But, he's the one that brought it up.

  7. Scum suckers use whatever victimcard they can play...

    Obama is hated because he is black, not because he is a shit...

    Same with this fool...

    Keep your excuses to yourself, your a clod, a rapist, a nasty piece of work

  8. Rufus II said...
    Didn't I read sumpin about him leaving a bit o that "Jewish" DNA Evidence behind? (no word-play intended.)

    HIS dna was left behind... Not Jewish DNA you putz...

  9. I've got a "pussy-problem," too. None of mine was named Tristane Banon. :)

  10. I think you missed the irony, Wio.

  11. That forcible touching will get you every time.

    I have a pussy problem, too.

  12. Melody, I got a hunch that what YOU refer to as a "pussy" problem isn't ezzackly what WE refer to as a pussy problem.

  13. Either that, or you're getting ready to break ol' bob's heart. :)

  14. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The crown prince of Abu Dhabi has hired the founder of private security firm Blackwater Worldwide to set up an 800-member battalion of foreign troops for the United Arab Emirates, the New York Times said Sunday.

    The Times said it obtained documents that showed the unit being formed by Erik Prince's new company Reflex Responses with $529 million from the UAE would be used to thwart internal revolt, conduct special operations and defend oil pipelines and skyscrapers from attack.

    The newspaper said the decision to hire the contingent of foreign troops was taken before a wave of popular unrest spread across the Arab world in recent months, including to the UAE's Gulf neighbors Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

    The UAE itself has seen no serious unrest. Most of its population is made up of foreign workers.

    Blackwater, which once had lucrative contracts to protect U.S. officials in Iraq, became notorious in the region in 2007 when its guards opened fire in Baghdad traffic, killing at least 14 people in what the Iraqi government called a "massacre."

    One former Blackwater guard pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in those killings, and a U.S. court reinstated charges against five others last month. Prince has since sold the firm, which changed its name to Xe. The firm denies wrongdoing.

    The newspaper said the Emirates, a close ally of the United States, had some support in Washington for Prince's new project, although it was not clear if it had official U.S. approval.

    Two UAE government officials contacted by Reuters declined immediate comment on the New York Times report, and the U.S. embassy in the UAE also had no immediate comment. It was not possible to locate Prince for comment.

    The Times quoted a U.S. official who was aware of the program as saying: "The Gulf countries, and the UAE in particular, don't have a lot of military experience. It would make sense if they looked outside their borders for help."

    State Department spokesman Mark Toner told The Times the department was investigating to see if the project broke any U.S. laws. U.S. law requires a license for American citizens to train foreign troops.

    The UAE military said in a statement that "all engagements of commercial entities by the UAE Armed Forces are compliant with international Law and relevant conventions."

    "The UAE armed forces currently engage a number of third parties, such as Spectre, which delivers academy training capabilities; Horizon, a pilot training partner and R2 which provides operational, planning and training support," said the statement carried by the state news agency WAM.

    The statement did not name Blackwater or Prince.


    Toner also pointed out that Blackwater had paid $42 million in fines in 2010 for training foreign forces in Jordan without a license, the Times said.

    According to former employees of the project and U.S. officials cited by the Times, the troops were brought to a training camp in the UAE from Colombia, South Africa and other countries, starting in the summer of 2010.

    They were being trained by retired U.S. military, and former members of German and British special operations units and the French Foreign Legion, the Times said.

    Prince had insisted the force hire no Muslims, because they "could not be counted on to kill fellow Muslims," the paper said.

    Former employees also told the newspaper the Emirates hoped the force could be used to counter any threat from Iran, which the Arab states in the Gulf consider a foe.

    Although The Times said the documents it had obtained did not mention Erik Prince, former employees had told the newspaper he had negotiated the contract with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

    Emirati officials had proposed expanding the force to a brigade of several thousand if the first battalion was successful, the newspaper said.

  15. Folks, we're going to run approx. a $130 Billion Deficit this month. Now, they might have already borrowed enough to cover that.

    But, June is another -$70 Billion, and July is -$160 Billin.

    Geithner is talking about making it till August before he has to start cutting payments to Social Security, Medicare, etc. I don't see how he can make it that far.

    I'm well, and truly puzzled.

  16. The former prime minister said that unless leaders take more action, the recent credit crunch could prove just the "trailer" to a string of crises.

    Gordon Brown

  17. US budget deficit as percentage of GDP is worse than Spain.

  18. Timothy Geithner, the US Treasury Secretary, announced the move in a letter on Monday to Congressional leaders as he explained that the move extends the government's breathing space to August 2 to avoid an unprecedented default on its borrowings.

    Pension Fund

  19. Leading authorities in the United States, including the Congressional Budget Office, use the term
    ―unsustainable‖ to describe the long-term fiscal outlook.2 By the year 2080, spending on entitlements
    alone could exceed total federal tax revenues.


    The trigger point for a debt crisis is not quantifiable. This is often true even in the case of private debt,
    such as a credit card balance.


    As we have seen, sovereign debt default is not a matter of hard numbers. We cannot say a priori that
    any particular level of debt will trigger default.

    Debt Crisis

  20. Tests found that the DNA of some villagers in Liqian, on the fringes of the Gobi Desert in north-western China, was 56 per cent Caucasian in origin.


    Maurizio Bettini, a classicist and anthropologist from Siena University, dismissed the theory as "a fairy tale".

    "For it to be indisputable, one would need to find items such as Roman money or weapons that were typical of Roman legionaries," he told La Repubblica. "Without proof of this kind, the story of the lost legions is just a legend."

    Roman Soldiers

  21. I've shown before how they can miss these projections by $100 Billion from one year to the next.

  22. A woman goes to the doctor all black and blue ...
    Doctor: "What happened?"

    Woman: "Doctor, I don't know what to do. Every time my husband comes home drunk on Bud Light he beats me to a pulp."

    Doctor: "I have a real good remedy for that. When your husband comes home drunk on Bud Light, just take a glass of sweet tea and start swishing it in your mouth but don't swallow. Just keep swishing and swishing until he goes to bed in his Bud Light stupor."

    Two weeks later the woman comes back to the doctor looking fresh and reborn.

    Woman: "Doctor, that was a brilliant idea. Every time my husband came home drunk on Bud Light, I swished with sweet tea. I swished and swished,and he didn't touch me!"

    Doctor: "You see how much keeping your mouth shut helps?"

  23. "Melody, I got a hunch that what YOU refer to as a "pussy" problem isn't ezzackly what WE refer to as a pussy problem."

    How do you know?

  24. It is unclear whether Mr. Schneiderman’s investigation will be pursued as a criminal or civil matter. In the last few months, the office’s staff has been expanding.


    Early in the financial crisis, Andrew M. Cuomo, the governor of New York who preceded Mr. Schneiderman as attorney general, began investigating Wall Street’s role in the debacle. But those inquiries did not result in any cases filed against the major banks.

    Nevertheless, some material turned over to Mr. Cuomo’s investigators may turn out to be helpful to Mr. Schneiderman’s inquiry.

    Fiscal Crisis

  25. Would closing down the heroin industry hurt the Taliban?


    Farmers will be upset (poppies are worth about 12 times as much as other crops) and desperate for other work, maybe with the Taliban. And the price of heroin will simply go up, so the Taliban's overall take will not drop.

    Some economists say it might even increase.

    Taliban And Heroin

  26. Another Socialist and autocrat bites the bullet.

    Guess Dominique isn't a Zionist, so he's thrown under the bus, by wi"o".

  27. desert rat said...
    Another Socialist and autocrat bites the bullet.

    Guess Dominique isn't a Zionist, so he's thrown under the bus, by wi"o".

    Anyone who is scum I throw under the bus, including you...

    You have nothing to say criminal.

  28. I'm not saying we're already in recession, but we're sure as hell "dead in the water."

    The only sector that's looking up, right now, is manufacturing; and it just doesn't employ enough people to carry the "rest" of the economy.

    Maybe I'm just depressed from all the rain, and flooding, but all the data is looking pretty grim this morning.

  29. Dominique was mentioned as a possible Presidential candidate, in France. One that had a chance of displacing the current occupant of that office.

    Prove positive that there is no prejudice against Jews, in France.

    The caliber of their politicos, self-evident from the characters in this episode of the "Sons of Abraham".

  30. The past President of Israel, a convicted rapist.

    The current head of the IMF, he seems to have attempted the crime.

    The only ties that bind, their religion and sexual perversions.

    Well, their sexual aggression towards those that are just "little people", the maids, secretaries and clerical workers that crossed their paths.

    Some posters here would advise "let it go", for the sake of the victim.

  31. Now, the French Socialist Party is playing the "Victim Card." They're claiming that we're treating DSK so bad because he's a Frenchman!


  32. Now, THAT is a little Anti-Semitic, Rat.

  33. Nothing new to see here folks, just the Bar's own anti-semite.

    How many thousands of posts that are anti-zionist, anti-jewish or anti-israel does it take to make a decent judgement?

    I'd say by the 2,300th post one could conclude the poster has a "history", a "track record" of being a hater...

    One must learn from repeated and steady negative diatribes about the "jews", "israel" & "zionists" that Rat is what his posts show him to be.....


  34. Put a sock in it, Wio. You're just as bad in the opposite direction. At least Rat is interesting.

  35. Rufus II said...
    Put a sock in it, Wio. You're just as bad in the opposite direction. At least Rat is interesting.

    Fuck you

  36. I Nominate Sam as Bar Comedian of the year for that one.

  37. WIO has already named our
    Crown Putz

  38. Is it Frog Squared when a Frog gets Frogmarched?

  39. "Guess arnold is a daddy..."

    I always suspected he was a closet Joo

  40. Soros, w/Nazi tendencies.

  41. Cum with me if you want to live.

  42. Woo Hoo...Sunday 80, Monday 82, Tuesday 84, Wednesday 86…Looks like I'll be showing some leg next week and sporting my new purchases I got on Saturday.

  43. Hi all, I am deep into a project that is taking a lot of my time. Feel free to post away. I will post as I can. I am reading all of your comments. Interesting.


  44. Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the British ambassador to the US, said: "We are very keen to see the political track, the reconciliation track, given extra vigour in the months ahead along the lines of a speech given by Hillary Clinton in February when she talked about a diplomatic surge to follow the military surge."

    The Foreign Office has long argued the case that a full handover of security to the Afghans by the target date of the end of 2014 will not be achieved without a settlement with the Taliban. By then, all 140,000 Nato troops currently in Afghanistan are due to have left.


    "We believe the US will announce reductions in the months ahead and if that's possible the UK will be able to reduce some of its forces as well," said Sir Nigel.

    Talks With Taliban

  45. Liu Mingsuo, a farmer from the eastern province of Jiangsu, told China's state broadcaster that he couldn't sleep because he kept picturing his precious melons exploding in his field like "landmines".

    'Exploding' Watermelons

  46. I think our Chinee brethren are gonna hafta ease up a bit on the "grow juce." :)

  47. There's something "endearing" about Chinese farmers. :)

    I can't help smiling just thinking about'em.

  48. It just occurred to me; you don't suppose Bob shot himself, do ya?

  49. Wouldn't be much "foot" left after a .243 got through with it.

    Ah well, surely not. Goo'nite.

  50. With the Palestinians demonstrating and the International Monetary Fund in turmoil, it would seem odd to focus this week on something called the Visegrad Group. But this is not a frivolous choice.


    Events in the Middle East and Europe’s economy are significant and of immediate importance. However, sometimes it is necessary to recognize things that are not significant yet but will be in 10 years.

    I believe this is one of those events. It is a punctuation mark in European history.

    Military Force

  51. Once again, my thinking is 180 degrees from Rufus's:

    Think what a blessing it would be for us all, including Bob, if he suffered an accidental lobotomy.

    Already has those Lobos on the brain, too.

  52. As for Dominque and the ex-President of Israel, the convicted rapist, what else in common do they share?

    Their Socialist politics
    Their abuse of female subordinates
    Their religion

    Perhaps they have other characteristics in common, anyone can add to the list. That is if they know of other commonalities.

    "o" has set the Standard of performance as to the paramount importance of religious commonalities. His regarding the totality of all 1.5 billion Muslims as being collectively responsible for the behavior of criminals in their midst applies to Jews, too.

    Collective guilt by religious persuasion was brought to us in the Story of "o"

    Part of the dehumanization process that is a key component of his pornographic literature.

    Vulgarity, bestiality and incest all displayed in the continuing saga of the Story of "o".

  53. And tell us all, fellas, what religious group does the "o" claim to represent while he advocates for nuking Mecca?

    Not for any military reason, but in the attempt to delegitimatize Islamic beliefs.

    Not realizing that spreading the atoms of that black meteorite throughout the stratosphere, from where they will fall back to earth merely enhances the iconic power of their rock. Inciting them further, to claiming the whole wide whirled is their rock.

    Unintended consequences to mass murder and the religious persecution of Muslims by nuclear annihilation would be assured.

  54. Rat, our Bar's actual criminal murderer makes vile and pornographic comments...

    Might he be projecting?

    Rat's own personal lust for taking life shows thru...

    Distorting comments, misleading and lying as usual.

    A non-convicted killer, admitted by his own words..

    Continues to show everyone he is a vile anti-semite.

    Need we know more?


    Rat is a Rat...

    and actual one...

  55. But let the Rat speak and show us all the hatred and black heart he has...

    AN evil one he is...


    A killer of men, a distorter of truth, a defender of Islam

    Rat is Ishmael...

    No news here, just a crusty old Jew hating piece of crap named Rat.

    Let's all remember Rat's history of thousands of Israel bashing, Jew bashing and Zionist bashing posts.

    Rat is a broken record...

    Hardly interesting...

    Just a old, evil, mean loser at life, angry at the Jews...

    Rat is Ishmael....

  56. Quit it, both of you. You're making fools of yourselves, and embarrassing the rest of us.

  57. "Over 30% of our nation is obese. Its time face the facts. Times are changing and we have to adapt."

    I think I really have a problem with this statement.

  58. Tom Jefferson made his maid.


  59. Notice that no mention is made of the commonalities of the rapists.

    Politics, Religion, Treatment of female subordinates.

    The Story of "o" rants about me, not the subject of the thread.

    While life is sweet, any bets the candy confection business is getting a tad sour?

  60. Have a great day, I certainly will!

  61. There are plenty of good Baptist Rapists, Rat.

    To pick out two criminal asshles that just happen to be one religion, or the other, is just bizarre.

  62. desert rat said...
    Notice that no mention is made of the commonalities of the rapists.

    they are both men...

    they both are not arabs

    they both have 2 legs

    they both are human

    they both are from the west

    they both treat women like property

    they both are successful

    they both are leaders

    they both had power and fame

    they both lived overseas

    they both are older than 60

    they both have grey hair

    they both like women

    they both thought being in power gave them "pass"

    now the interesting thing?

    the ONLY one on this blog that refers to PORN is Rat... His constant calling me "story of O" is his fetish

    we all must be grateful that rat has never achieved any real success in life (other than killing people in central america) otherwise I am sure he would be in the headlines for doing something sinister...

  63. Rat tries and fails to needle me with a "personal fact":

    While life is sweet, any bets the candy confection business is getting a tad sour?

    I will respond...

    Rat, you are a self confessed killer... Sucks that your name will be released someday by your own government and I bet you are quite nervous for that knock on your door by the police with an international warrant...

    Knock Knock...

    You are under arrest...

    I bet those words scare the shit out of you criminal...

  64. Men….Age…superiority…Maybe obsession or NPD….Did I mention men?

    These are just a few commonalities, that popped in my head, of a man who thinks it's okay to touch a women when she says no. Of course each individual is different but I highly doubt that in this case it has anything to do with his religion.

    Also? Who the fuck cares, WiO, if DR hates Jews or not. I'll ask you the same thing I asked Allen, if you don't like what you read then why are you here. Don't tell me it's to defend your honor because you look more like an ass defending it than DR does implying he hates Jews.

  65. What a gosh darn nice list you have there, WiO.

  66. And, Wio, you have no right to say those things about a man that was serving his country. I really wish Deuce would cut you loose.

  67. Rufus II said...
    And, Wio, you have no right to say those things about a man that was serving his country. I really wish Deuce would cut you loose.

    Rat was NOT a uniformed member of the armed forces.

    He claimed he was a civilian, hired to murder people.

    He was serving the dollar and satan

  68. Rufus II said...
    And, Wio, you have no right to say those things about a man that was serving his country.

    Ah so you agree, Rat was killing people in central america... you now say he was part of the armed forces?

    Deuce are you listening?

    Rat's assertions that somehow he never did those deeds have been struck down by his own friend...

  69. But Rufus wants me cut loose...

    And Rat's anti-semitic rants dont warrant his being demoted as a bartender?

    hmmm double standard me thinks...

  70. SO let's review...

    Rufus claims Rat's killing of people in Central AMerica was done in American Uniform, so I should lay off...

    After all that is part and parcel of any nation's business.

    Just like when the USA or Israel kill terrorists while wearing uniforms...

    SO Rat is JUST like the Israel army intercepting a terrorist, just as long as you are part of an official army...


    Now, if Rat was not in uniform, but hired as a civilian contractor, do the wet op's for a Blackwater outfit. He would be just a hired gun and open to war crimes at worst, normal murder charges at best.

    Do I have that straight?

    So assuming he "served" our great nation (by liquidating bad guys in Central America) how does that excuse his daily anti-semitic, anti-israel, anti-zionist rants?

    After all as our current President just said yesterday and every other President since 1948, Israel is a great friend and ally and America is proud of our mutual values and ethics.

    Where does the Rat get off in trashing such a great friend of the USA?


    SO to recap.

    Rat was in Central AMerica offing those that America disagreed with, but was he serving his country or was he just a merc?

    That is the question

  71. Also? Who the fuck cares, WiO, if DR hates Jews or not. I'll ask you the same thing I asked Allen, if you don't like what you read then why are you here. Don't tell me it's to defend your honor because you look more like an ass defending it than DR does implying he hates Jews.

    You Mel, it's all about you,

    Ever since you sent me those photos I am obsessed with you... Really, the one picture, with you riding the lawn tractor? oh my g-d amazing.. And that Yellow floppy hat...

    You got me at hello....

  72. Rat is a shit, a jew hater, a self confessed murderer...

    And yet he is a "bartender"

    Me wonders what qualifications this blog accesses to give that honor?

    I am an ass... I agree.... I excel in it...

    I aint no stinking bartender.... Nor would any self respecting blog have me in this persona as one...

    But Rat is?

    How low do you have to scrap to put Rat UP IN LIGHTS?

  73. Once more time...

    At least 3 current people at this blog agree, rat was in central america killing people....


    knock knock...

    we are looking for a senor rodent? we have an arrest warrant...


    Just remember all those WEST germans exposed when the wall fell.....


    knock knock.

  74. Don't put ME on your "list." I said no such thing. I have no idea what Rat was doing in Central America (and, I really don't care.)

    I just wish you were gone.

  75. Ahem…The riding lawn tractor photo was supposed to be a secret.

  76. It's a perfectly blue sky here today, and I do have a 'no pussy' problem.

    Wife has gone to see her friend on the coast.


  77. I don't think DR is a killer.

    He probably nicked someone in the ass with a BB gun for trespassing on his property and now thinks he is a bounty hunter.

  78. :)

    Was it a John Deere?

    My wife has one back in Ohio.

    I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours :)


  79. It happens all the time if you're delusional.

  80. By the way I've wanted to mention bounty.

    If Quirk objects to poisoning his dear wolves, we could put a, say, 2k bounty on them.

    That was the way in the old days, po0ison, and bounty.

    If it upsets Quirk, I'm willing to just go with the bounty.


  81. I'm the most polite poster around here today.

    I'm thinking of Quirk's sensibilities, not arguiing with anyone, no name calling, very unusual.


  82. Listening to the radio --one Houlio (sp) Martinez got offed in Walla Walla by some rival gang members last night.

    The gunfire draws closer.


  83. If you want to really talk about rape, bring up Somalia or one of those other countries down that way. I think the statistics will really shock you. Like in thousands a day.


  84. Rufus II said...
    Don't put ME on your "list." I said no such thing. I have no idea what Rat was doing in Central America (and, I really don't care.)

    I just wish you were gone.

    I feel your love....

    But the truth?

    you are an amoral person.

    you have really no values unless they concern you specifically...

    so your opinion of me?

    could not care less....

    the fact that you defend an anti-semite like rat on a regular basis?

    proves you have no moral compass...

  85. Heard in a bar --

    Are you ignorant, or just unconcerned?

    I don't know, and I don't care.


  86. WSU - which has a world class Vet school - is closing its doors to horses and camelids for a couple of weeks due to one horse contacting the equine herpes virus-1, a killer.

    The outbreak started in Utah.


  87. I have no idea what Rat was doing in Central America (and, I really don't care.)


    School is out here.
    Last night I was on my porch about 2 in the morning and these girls university had stolen a grocery cart from a store near here and were heading down the street lickity split one in the cart the other 'driving' --yup, school is out here.


  88. Lakeysha Beard is this woman's name. I will let you excellent people imagine what she looks like.

    A woman who was escorted off an Amtrak train by police this weekend after she allegedly refused to stop talking loudly on her cell-phone has the Internet cheering her fate.

    Civilians and quiet-car champions are supporting her ejection for violating policy at high volume during the 16-hour journey. It doesn't help her cause that she became belligerent when confronted about it by one of her fellow passengers.

    KOMO News reports that Lakeysha Beard says she felt "disrespected" by the incident, though passengers said it was Beard who was being rude by refusing to stop yapping while sitting in one of the train's designated quiet cars. She had not stopped talking since the train pulled out of Oakland, California, 16 hours before it reached Salem, Oregon, when a passenger confronted her about the talking. That's when Beard got "aggressive," KATU reports, and conductors stopped the train so that police could remove her and charge her with disorderly conduct.

    Amtrak created quiet cars in 2001 when a group of passengers who rode the Philadelphia to D.C. route every morning asked if they could reserve a car where cell-phone loudmouths weren't welcome. Ever since, the rare havens of quiet have become a battlefield between silence-loving rule-followers and rebellious cell-phone addicts. Gawker suggested, not without a dose of sincerity, that the cops who removed Beard from the train were heroes, and that Beard should be charged with "unspeakable crimes against humanity and sentenced to life on some distant planet where there are no reception bars, ever."

    According to a very scientific reader poll at The Huffington Post, 77 percent of people were happy the woman was hauled off the train. And CNN personality Anderson Cooper blasted the woman on his "ridiculist" last night, asking "What could someone possibly talk about for 16 hours?" He even compared being stuck on the train with a person who would do such a thing to the "fifth circle of hell."

    The Internet is full of tales of innocent people's quiet-car journeys being marred by loud passengers who ignore the rules. An Israeli blogger with a PhD in conflict resolution wrote a lengthy post about the best way to get a fellow passenger to shut up without starting World War III. "Always assume the transgressor is ignorant, not arrogant. This way you won't feel wronged and can communicate your message with less contempt and hostility," he suggests.

    Meanwhile writer Christopher Buckley, a self-described quiet car Nazi, wonders why there would be any confusion as to the correct behavior in that part of the train: "The Quiet Car does not hide its light under a bushel. Prominent and explicit signs hang from the ceiling at five-foot intervals. They declare, unequivocally, that NO CELL PHONES ARE PERMITTED and that conversation must be kept to a minimum and in hushed tones."

  89. MeLoDy said,
    "I'll ask you the same thing I asked Allen, if you don't like what you read then why are you here."

    allen recalls no such admonition. Since WiO has been challenged to prove his accusation concerning DR, I am sure you will not disapprove of being held to the same standard. Prove it.

  90. Mr Gingrich also suffered embarrassment when it was revealed that he had at one point owed up to $500,000 (£309,000) to the jewellery store Tiffany, apparently for items bought for his third wife Callista.

  91. The man, named in court papers as Andrew Graham, 40, is said to have told Hassan Habib, a Pakistani computer salesman, that the Prophet was a "terrorist".

    Insulting Islam is a serious offence in the United Arab Emirates, as in other Gulf countries, and can attract a fine and a sentence of up to a year in prison.

  92. The Washington-based lender is worried the country will not meet the deficit-cutting targets agreed as part of its €110bn (£97bn) IMF/EU aid package.

    "The view that seems to be taking hold is that the government programme is not working," said Poul Thomsen, head of the IMF mission currently in Greece to measure the country's progress towards tax and spending goals.

  93. I most certainly did, Allen, and you answered back by saying something like, "That is a good question."

    I believe you referred to it again at another time. I think it was right before your departure.

  94. Dylan at 70 makes sense to us, because he is still helping his listeners make sense of the world. The final track on his most recent album is a masterpiece every bit as beautifully wrought and challenging as The Times They Are a-Changin’, even if its message might sound sour in the mouth of a firebrand youth.


    t’s a song no child could have written, magnificent in its ambiguity, the great bard of pop culture barking out his indifference over a rattling rock and roll rhythm, snapping “throw on the dirt, pile on the dust”. It is, as he wryly notes, “all good”.

    As we mark Dylan’s shifts from the raging fires of youth to the slow-burning embers of old age, we should celebrate not just his extraordinary legacy, but the even more extraordinary fact of his continuing creativity, reporting back from what may turn out to be popular music’s last unexplored frontier.

    Dylan 70 Next Tuesday

  95. The captain informed the passengers that the plane was doomed and was beyond his control.

    A 22 year old blond virgin stood up and screamed hysterically:

    "I've never had a real man show me how it feels to be an experienced, mature woman."

    A handsome gentleman stood up and began walking down the isle toward her, unbuttoning his shirt as he walked.

    When he arrived, he took off his shirt, and handed it to her, saying:

    " Iron it, bitch! "

  96. She most certainly did, allen. I remember it well. I may have complimented her on it, though I can't recall that.

    She said basically why in hell do you come back here if you can't stand the place.

    Nobody here is good enough for you, allen.

    Allen, you are insane.


  97. Modelling of planet Gliese 581d shows it has the potential to be warm and wet enough to nurture Earth-like life.

  98. allen dep0arted, then I think something happened in his personal life, because when he came back he wasn't the same guy. Started bitching about everybody.

    He wasn't the allen of old.

    I have now come to the point in my life where there is one Jew I absolutely can't stand.


  99. And that just isn't like me.


  100. You want me to prove it?

    That's like sifting through a rack at TJ Max looking for the right color shirt you need to match the new skirt you just bought.

    I hate it. It gives me a headache and makes my skin crawl. I'd sooner have a colonoscopy.

  101. MeLoDy said...
    I most certainly did, Allen, and you answered back by saying something like, "That is a good question."

    That's right, I recall that too.

    I may be brain dead in some ways, but I got a rat trap memory on things that seem important to me at the time.


  102. A 22 year old blond virgin stood up and screamed hysterically

    Wait. When did you ever hear of a 22 year old blonde virgin?

  103. :)

    But what was she screaming hysterically about?


  104. “We’re trying to pull together a kind of strategic approach,” Catherine Ashton , the European Union’s chief foreign policy official, said in an interview on Wednesday. “This is our neighborhood.”

    The European aid will focus both on the immediate need for cash and other support — a team of election monitors recently went to Tunisia to help officials there prepare for elections — as well as longer-term economic development.

    Lady Ashton cited a plan by Egypt’s Ministry of Planning to build one million new residential houses over 20 years as an example of the kind of projects that the European Union is supporting, because it combines investment, job creation, and partnerships with European companies.

    Across Mideast

  105. Okay, so it's not the exact wording…

    I don't even know how I found it. It was the third post I looked through from the first month I chose. I thought I was way off base and lo and behold there it was right before my eyes.

    MeLoDy said...
    Allen why do you keep coming back if that is the way you feel?

    Sat Jul 24, 11:33:00 PM EDT

    I will be forever in your debt for having pointed out the obvious. How something so simple escaped notice is really troubling.

    O, Mel, I generally try not to allow how I feel to govern my actions. On the whole, there is method to the madness.

  106. Nice come back.

    I was just thinking about you and wondering where you've been hiding.

  107. Do you know what else I proved tonight? I'm the weakest person ever. No, I am.


  108. Bullshit, Melody.

    You are actually tough as hell.

    Might make a passable farmer, if you could get used to the Osh Kosh



  109. B'Gosh was originally a company for the farmers. I never wore them, but I remember them at Tri -

    When I worked I always had a
    T - shirt and jeans.

    None of your fancy Philly clothes out here.

    We worked, and the T - shirt and jeans was the best for keeping the heat off.


  110. A man and a woman who had never met before,
    But who were both married to other people,
    Found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a Trans-continental train.

    Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room,
    They were both very tired and fell asleep quickly, he in the upper berth and she in the lower.

    At 1:00 AM, the man leaned down and gently woke the woman saying, ........... 'Ma'am, I'm sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach into the closet to get me a second blanket?
    I'm awfully cold.'

    'I have a better idea,' she replied 'Just for tonight, ...... let's pretend that we're married.'

    'Wow! ...................... That's a great idea!', he exclaimed.

    'Good,' she replied. ............. 'Get your own fucking blanket.'

    After a moment of silence, .......................he farted.

    The End

  111. "After a moment of silence, "

    Timing is everythihg.

  112. “I have to tell you, I have great, great admiration for her and based upon the hours that I've spent talking to her,” the lawyer added.

    In addition to examining the Sofitel Hotel suite for further potential DNA evidence, investigators were looking at the maid's keycard to determine whether she used it to enter the room, and how long she was there, officials said.

    One of the officials said that the DNA testing was being “fast-tracked” but that the results could still be a few days away.


  113. Weak as in strength.

    Don't get me wrong if that pervert attacked me while I was wearing my maid uniform I'd probably kick his ass or least try. But…

    I can't do a pushup. I can't use the dip bar. I can't do that thingy on my side.

    Basically I have no core strength and can't lift my legs in the air the way I should. Very disappointing...