“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."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

While the Boss is Away the Children Must Play

It seems to me that no matter what the post is y'all need something to start you off in the morning. Maybe it's not the post, maybe its Deuce. Doug does a fabulous job and while he is working on his next post, I thought I would throw in this post until he's done. I can't deliver Deuce and the birds slept in this morning, so this is all I have. And don't sit behind your little square screens and grin. Did you really expect anything else from yours truly. Sheesh….

While Arnold is getting all the attention these days for his ten year secret, what an ass, it's taking some of the heat off our good friend Charlie Sheen, who has been replaced with Ashton Kutcher. Now I don't know if Ashton is replacing his character or coming in as a long lost third cousin who ran away with his half sister's first cousin 20 years ago just so they could live in peace and harmony. As you can tell I really don't give a shit.

In other news the famous, Mark Burnett, who started the domino effect on reality TV shows, starting with "Survivor" and then later "The Voice" and "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader" is now doing a five part ten hour series on The Bible. Why? I haven't a clue but he will re-create some famous stories from Genesis to Revelations. You go Mark. I hope, The Bible, is more fulfilling than 16 half nude men and woman surviving on a tropical island.

The Hangover Part 2 almost didn't make the opening show on Thursday because of a lawsuit from the artist who apparently designed the tattoo on Mike Tyson's face that was used in a scene, of The Hangover Part 2. The artist said he has copyrights since he designed the original tattoo, and wanted to be paid for the rights to use his art in the movie. He lost, of course, because Warner Bros wasn't using the tattoo to sell tattoos but was using it as a parody, which falls under "fair use" under the copy right laws. People will do anything to try and make money.

The Obamas met William and Kate yesterday. Yeah… You're right who cares.

And there is really only one pirate that is worthy of any ten year secret and that would be Capt. Jack Sparrow. Yummy….


  1. The moustache is alright but the beard fails miserably. Looks like the beards of two chinamen on one white face.

  2. The Hangover Part 2 almost didn't make the opening show on Thursday because of a lawsuit from the artist who apparently designed the tattoo on Mike Tyson's face that was used in a scene, of The Hangover Part 2. The artist said he has copyrights since he designed the original tattoo, and wanted to be paid for the rights to use his art in the movie. He lost, of course, because Warner Bros wasn't using the tattoo to sell tattoos but was using it as a parody, which falls under "fair use" under the copy right laws. People will do anything to try and make money

    Where in hell did you get this shit? :) I thought the National
    Enquirer went broke.


  3. I see rat is happy his barn finally, finally!, has a chance to appreciate.

  4. It's more fitting -

    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)


  5. 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.



  6. 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


  7. You get deep into the article it really get juicy. A garden of delights.


  8. Appreciate?

    You have to be kidding, boob.

    Mrs Palin is reaching, moving on up, into the old neighborhood.

    Just another snow bird, paying to much for a "desert compound".

    While I have the Tonto National Forest as a backyard, more than enough playground and paid for, by you.

    Life is grand, I do not have to hide my horses, from the wife.

    I'm not much into living a life of deception and misinformation. Lying by omission, to my life partner.

  9. Aww, shit. Mark Haines died. I kind of liked the old irascible sonofabitch.




    Boise, Idaho AP - The Idaho Fish and Game Department said in a press release today that wolf tag sales were far exceeding expectations, with over 35,000 already sold. The season opening has yet to be set, but is expected to be in the fall.

    Sales were reported especially high in Areas 8 and 8A, and in the entire Lolo region in north central Idaho, but were reported solid throughout the entire state....


    I wonder what it is like to be a rat and live in a barn?


  11. I've found it is hard to make coffee if the coffee maker is packed. So it's to McDonald's.

    Can I bring you back a Big Breakfast with an extra sausage too, Melody?

    You are looking so thin, like Ethel when she been sucking on the crack pipe so long she could hang glide from a Frito Lay. :)


  12. Maybe he sleeps hanging upside down?

    The Bat

    Something is surely amiss
    And seriously out of place
    When a rat with wings
    Wears a nominal human face....

    Vitriol, not unexpectedly, seaping into what was designed to be a perfectly light-hearted thread, I withdraw so's not to ruin its chances to continue on in the way intended.


  13. By the way I read just the other day barley as over against wheat does not have gluten.


  14. By 2020, wind power is expected to produce 9.1% of the world’s electricity demand. “Looking forward, the report projects an average global growth rate of 15.5% per year for new annual installations through 2015, resulting in expected total global capacity of 513.6 GW by 2015.” (Note that 1,000 MW = 1 GW.)
    Source: Clean Technica (
    By 2020, wind power is expected to produce 9.1% of the world’s electricity demand. “Looking forward, the report projects an average global growth rate of 15.5% per year for new annual installations through 2015, resulting in expected total global capacity of 513.6 GW by 2015.” (Note that 1,000 MW = 1 GW.)
    Source: Clean Technica (

    Interesting Numbers

  15. Imagine, forcing one's own daughter to live a lie, with her own mother.

    Not being able to share the joys of her life, with her mom.

    Shameful behavior for a father to cause a daughter to perform.

  16. Don't worry, Rat. That secret has a projected shelf life less than a snowball in July.

    The Republicans are making one huge mistake. Most people don't want to interact with Insurance companies when they're 65+. And, they sure as hell don't want their parents dealing with insurance companies once they're "elderly."

  17. A man that claims to protect women's rights, forces them to live a lie, for his own selfish purposes.

    An exploiter of women would do that, not a protector.

  18. Laissez-faire Capitalists just don't understand that the average citizen isn't all that enamored of "Laissez-faire Capitalism."

    "Average" People, actually, Like a little "socialism."

    I was a fairly successful insurance peddler (almost two decades after retirement I still have over a thousand policies in force,) but, even I am glad that I don't have to wrestle with health insurance companies. I like my little "socialistic" health deal.

  19. I just wish I could be there to see his skinned-up head when his wife does, inevitably, find out. :)

    He might "wish" he had a barn to sleep in. :)

    10 - 1 it's his daughter that "outs" him. My over/under would be two weeks. :)

  20. "Laissez-faire Capitalism"?

    The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act was signed by President George W. Bush on December 8, 2003.

    That is an example of Republican Laissez-faire Capitalism, at its finest.

    That is what Republican voters wanted, and got, from the Federal Government.

    Make no mistake about that.

    Despite all the current rhetoric from Republicans, I hear no calls to repeal the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act that was signed by the premier Republican President, George W. Bush, on 8DEC, 2003.

  21. Well, of course, the great majority of Pubs are just Dems by another name (that's how they keep their jobs.)

    Right now, we have a few laissez-faire types that are setting the conversation in the Pub camp. Their followers are extremely vocal, and, thus, greatly overestimated.

    Most voters, being adults, take it all with a grain of salt, and vote their own perceived self-interest.

  22. If Pawlenty is the nominee I'll vote for him (I think he pretty much "gets" the whole energy thing," and if Palin is the nominee I'll probably vote for her (just because I like her, and I think she really does have a little "common sense.")

    but if it's anyone else I'll probably break a 40 yr. record, and vote for Obama (I'd rather have the country in debt than in Depression.)

    Whichever one I vote for I'll probably balance out my vote "down-ticket."

    I've never cared much for Democrats. They're just too authoritarian, and too weak on foreign policy, but the Pubs have gotten just downright silly.

  23. hmmm, I'll have to try and remember where I read that barley was gluten free. Can't recall right now, but you're most probably right, and closer to the problem.

    It's just a game, ratto, don't take it too seriously. I know you're worried about my well being. We know already we will be found out, sooner or later. Between my daughter and I, who likes conspiracies, we've had some fun. The shoe has been on the other foot too, tween them, and me.

    You won't get your wish, Rufus. :) Besides she did it herself, from saved money, before I knew about it. I'm kinda proud of her. Game is now, see how long we can get away with it. Makes life interesting, besides its been very therapeutic for her, and she's made a friend in that Miss Marion, and all this riding has put her in great shape. And on this one the wife is simply wrong.

    Sorry to so disappoint you, rat.


  24. Ah, too bad. I wuz going to ask for pictures. :)

    Glad she got her horse, though. Young people need wholesome activites to keep'em out of trouble.

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  26. Mr Saleh had promised for a third time this week to sign a deal that would see him hand over power within 30 days, but at a ceremony attended by bewildered ambassadors on Sunday he again backed down at the last moment.


    Yesterday, the crisis escalated at presidential forces attacked defecting troops protecting demonstrators in Sana'a's University Square, the epicentre of the protest movement. Thousands of people fled the city as gunmen in civilian garb roamed the streets firing at will, while tribesmen loyal to the opposition occupied the state news agency, the national airline Yemenia building and tried to storm the interior ministry headquarters, according to witnesses.

    Amid the bloodshed, Mr Saleh stood defiant and appeared to drop all pretence that he would hand over power, saying: "I will not leave power and I will not leave Yemen. I don't take orders from outside."

    Vacuum In Yemen

  27. What's presently being played out among the GIPS (Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain) is final proof that you cannot have a monetary union of such size among sovereign nations without compensating fiscal union. That simple underlying truth leaves the euro facing a choice between two equally unappetising outcomes.

    Either the richer countries carry on bailing out the poorer ones more or less indefinitely, rather in the manner that Germany subsidises its formerly communist East, or membership of the euro has to be reconstituted on a smaller and more sustainable basis.

  28. Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for fisheries, and who was appointed by Greece's ruling socialists, said her country faces having to exit the currency unless warring parties can agree to makes the sacrifices needed to resolve its debt crisis.

  29. ...Cameron refused to rule out British support for the Palestinians as they push for U.N. recognition of an independent state.

  30. Shell already has an "strategic agreement" with Rosneft, signed in 2007, to co-operate on exploration in Russia. The right to look for oil in the Arctic is a great prize for foreign companies as there is the potential for major discoveries in an area the size of the North Sea.

    A spokesman for the Russian government said: "The negotiations touched on prospective long-term cooperation in geological exploration and the development of oil and gas resources around the Arctic shelf and the Black Sea."

    There was no discussion about any share swap.

    Arctic Talks

  31. the following picture emerges: Spain seems set to vote in favor of the Palestinians, as are Ireland and possibly Norway. France, too, has indicated it would support Palestinian statehood if peace talks do not restart by September. Britain is wavering and has suggested it would contemplate a "yes" vote if Israel did not do more to enable talks to resume.

  32. But it may give them enough of a tail wind to spark mass protests in the West Bank and along Israel’s borders, to spur discussion of boycotts against Israel and to isolate the Jewish state in myriad ways.

    Another armed uprising is not being discussed by Palestinian leaders, but with today’s Middle East in the throes of change and foment, it cannot be discounted. Unarmed mass protests could easily spin out of control.

    Israel does not take any of this lightly. Netanyahu will return home to applause from some for his tough stand, criticism from others for needlessly walking on a razor’s edge, and an increasingly audible rumble of calls for early elections.

    Mideast Talk

  33. I hope the Palestinians declare statehood.

    Israel will then be able to annex all of any and all lands they wish as it will be the Palestinians that voided the peace process officially.

    Israel might be boycotted by the Arab world and selected nations of the world. But so what? they already do.

    The good news?

    If the Palestinians declare statehood?

    Gaza & the West Bank arabs will be on their own. All water, power and assistance from Israel will end at once.

    Personally? I cant wait to watch the Arabs destroy each other...

    Right now that cancer called Islamic jihad is moving way to slow...

    In the end, the west has supported the islamic nazis of the world and they will inherit what they so...

    I sense that it's 1933 again, but this time? We have options...

  34. President Obama knew he had some damage control to do when he took the podium before thousands of Israel supporters on Sunday morning at the opening plenary of the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.


    However, a close reading of what Obama said and left unsaid in his recent speeches hints at significant ways that Obama's approach to resolving the conflict may differ from that of his predecessors. Scant on details, his remarks also raise more questions than they answer.


    "No country can be expected to negotiate with a terrorist organization sworn to its destruction," Obama said. "We will continue to demand that Hamas accept the basic responsibilities of peace: recognizing Israel's right to exist, rejecting violence and adhering to all existing agreements.

    Mideast Speech

  35. There is no budget crisis, amongst the DC elites. The money continues to flow to those in the know.

    May 24, 2011|By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times

    Even as deep federal budget cuts loomed at the end of last year, members of Congress from both parties paid taxpayer-funded bonuses to their staffs.

    Overall, House members spent about $21.5 million more on their office payrolls for the fourth quarter of 2010, when bonuses are traditionally paid, than they spent for the average of the three previous quarters, according to LegiStorm, a Washington group that tracks congressional pay.

  36. In the "Overlooked Story of the Day" Category we have This: Japan to Announce Huge Push to Solar

  37. Maybe this is what I was thinking of --

    Gluten-free Barley?

    Celiac disease is the most common food-sensitive intestinal condition in humans. It is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. The disease is triggered by eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Currently, there is no cure for celiac disease and the only treatment is to adopt a gluten-free diet.

    Washington State University scientist Diter Von Wettstein has been awarded grants the past two years to advance his research to develop wheat varieties safe to eat by people with celiac disease. His research focuses on removing the gliadin proteins from wheat. Gliadins are the substances in wheat that cannot be digested, eventually cross the intestinal wall, and damage the intestinal lining.

    Dr. von Wettstein and his team have identified a fully viable, barley mutant that lacks gliadin proteins. However, gliadins along with glutenins are the proteins responsible for bread dough's elasticity and plasticity. That is, the ability of dough to change shape under pressure, yet resist pressure and move back to its original shape when pressure is removed. Using genetic methods to remove the celiac-causing proteins, Dr. von Wettstein's task is to produce a similar wheat grain while preserving wheat's baking qualities. Once this happens you can kiss your sorghum beer goodbye.

    At this lovely library we can see Cd'A at its highest level ever. And the Spokane River is amazing. And, it's raining again. Waiting till noon when the U-Haul is ready, then the work begins.


  38. Barley flour
    Barley only contains a small amount of gluten, so is rarely used to make bread, with the exception of unleavened bread. It has a slightly nutty flavour, and can be used to thicken or flavour soups or stews. Blended with other alternative flours it is also fairly versatile for cakes, biscuits, pastry, dumplings etc.

    Seems the article I read was about some foreign country, but I can't find it. After reading about 20 articles on the subject the only thing I could really come up with was some gluten free barley beer from Spain. It does seem, don't mess around with any barley products if you are CD. But you already knew that.

    WSU always has a lot of research around the grains. There is always something in the news here. They are world class in what they do there, stirring the genes and the grains around, even adding genes. They have tried to make a nitrogen fixing wheat, for instance, like in peas, but so far have failed. If they succeed in that, it would be, as Rufus might say, a really big deal.


  39. Speaking on a rare visit to the Gaza Strip, Nabil Shaath told reporters that Fatah, which dominates the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, was completely committed to its reconciliation with its Islamist former rivals.

    "I am here to confirm that despite what you have heard from Washington, we are adamant about unity and the scrupulous implementation of the terms that will allow complete unity, the reconstruction of Gaza and the establishment of a Palestinian state," said Shaath, a member of Fatah's central committee.

    His remarks came just days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly urged Abbas to abandon his agreement with Hamas, during an address to the US Congress.

    "I bring a message from Fatah and from Abu Mazen that we are going to apply measures to achieve unity, and neither Netanyahu nor anyone else will prevent it," he said, using Abbas's nom de guerre.

  40. People that hate "government," Bob, usually overlook the tremendous amount of good that comes out of "government-funded" research at institutions like WSU.

    Literally, tens of thousands of best-in-the-world class brains at Universities all over the United States working on problems like that. What a boon it would be to learn how to turn wheat, corn, etc into nitrogen-fixers.

    Our famous "free market" gets a lot of credit for discoveries made in our "public" institutions.

  41. Sarah Palin launches National Bus Tour of Historic Sites

    But, she's not running for President.

    And, I'm the Queen of England.

  42. It's unfathomable (to me) why the Krauthammers, and Roves thought they could say a few negative things about her, and she would slink off, home.

    The way I figure it, she got beat in 2008, then had to take a step back in the Governorship deal, and it grates on her every moment of every living day.

    You're talking about a girl that played a basketball game with a broken foot. A woman that stuck two fingers up Exxon's nose, and twisted. Who not only stood up to the corrupt politicians in her own party, but put their asses in jail.

    Then have to give up the Governorship? That grates. I think this baby-doll wants it bad. I think she'd kill for it. (esp. if it was Rove, and Krauthammer.) :)

  43. Forget the pussified "fire in the belly." This bitch's ASS is on fire.

    The hilarious thing, to me, is that it was Pawlenty that gave her a way to win in Iowa.

    He was the strong ethanol champion in the race, and when he came out and said (echoing Grassley, and the RFA, by the way) that ethanol subsidies should be "gradually" phased out, he left her, and the rest of the field, an opening you could drive a tractor through.

    I'm starting to see how she could get the nomination.

  44. First stop will be the "Rolling Thunder" Memorial Day Rally in DC.

    400,000 in attendance.

    Think she'll ride in on a Motorcycle? Bet she won't? :)

  45. MORELIA, Mexico — A gunbattle between rival drug gangs in western Mexico left 29 bullet-ridden bodies in fake military uniforms heaped across a roadway and inside bullet-riddled vehicles in the state of Nayarit, the army said Thursday.

    The bodies, all male, were found Wednesday scattered around 14 shot-up trucks and sport utility vehicles, two of which had bulletproofing.

    Television images of the scene near the town of Ruiz showed what appeared to have been a convoy of cartel vehicles that was ambushed or engaged by another column of gunmen on a stretch of rural highway. Military-style boots, bulletproof vests, hand grenades and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found at the scene.


  46. Prominent Israelis support Palestinian state

    By Tobias Buck in Jerusalem

    Published: May 26 2011 23:13

    A group of prominent Israelis is calling on the international community to recognise a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, in an open letter that proposes a radical break with the current policy of the Israeli government.

    The letter, which is signed by 21 intellectuals, writers, scientists, former diplomats and senior officials, states: “In the face of endless procrastination and mutual distrust, a declaration of Palestinian independence is not only legitimate, but also a positive and constructive step for the benefit of the two nations.”

    The signatories include Avraham Burg, the former speaker of the Israeli parliament, Alon Liel, former director-general of the foreign ministry, and Moshe Halbertal, a philosopher and co-author of the Israeli army’s code of ethics. Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel laureate and psychologist, is another supporter.

  47. rival drug gangs

    AKA: The Army, and the Police