“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."

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thank you for your service



  1. "I am a Marine. That alone makes me HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE YOU ALL"

    allen the maroon

    (this is not, repeat not, a shot at Rufus)

  2. whoooo-pi!

    Got 'im down in ten whacks!

  3. It is deeper in the east that cruelty to animals is a sign you have far, far to go.

    In the middle eastern heritage, not so much.

    In that dim wit Rene Descartes, not at all.

    Rene thought animals felt no pain.

  4. Animal rights organizations

    Abolitionist Approach
    Animal Aid (UK)
    Animal Campaigns (UK)
    Animal Defense League
    Animal Defence Society
    Animal Equality
    Animal Freedom
    Animal Legal Defense Fund
    Animal Liberation Brigade (ALB)
    Animal Liberation Leagues
    Animal Liberation Press Office
    The Animal A.R.K.
    Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN)(Ireland)
    Animal Rights UK
    Animal Rights Party USA
    Beauty Without Cruelty (India and South Africa)
    Anonymous for Animal Rights
    Center on Animal Liberation Affairs (CALA)
    Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT)
    Compassion Over Killing (COK)
    Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi
    Friends of Animals (FoA)
    Fox Watch
    Fox Watch
    In Defense of Animals (IDA)
    International Primate Protection League (IPPL)
    Italian Horse Protection Association (IHP)
    Justice Department (animal rights)
    Last Chance for Animals (LCA)
    Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition (MARC)
    Mercy For Animals (MFA)
    Midlands Animal Rights Coalition
    Party for the Animals USA
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
    People for Animal Liberation (PAL)
    Responsible Policies for Animals (RPA)
    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
    Southern Animal Rights Coalition (SARC)
    The Snake Man - Bringing Animal Rights To Snakes
    TARVE "The Voice For Farmed Animals"
    Western Animal Rights Network (WARN)
    World Event to End Animal Cruelty (WEEAC)
    [1] (WEEAC)
    World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
    Uncaged Campaigns

  5. I was reading the other day some of the people in Afghanistan still think they are fighting the Russians. Never did get the message, back in the hills, that it's a new group now.

    But, if we are still there now, it's certainly because Ruf's favorite candidate, Obama the Fraudulent, wants us there.

  6. PARIS — President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Friday that France would break with his allies in NATO and accelerate the French withdrawal from Afghanistan, pulling back combat troops a year early, by the end of 2013. Mr. Sarkozy also said that he and Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, would ask the NATO alliance for a similar speed up the transfer of primary security responsibilities to Afghan troops.

  7. Good news, if NATO and US expedites the military withdrawal from Afpakistan, the earlier the better.

    For US and them.

  8. Them being the Afghans.

    US and NATO, one and the same.

  9. Mitt Romney’s tax returns reveal that the Republican presidential candidate does something fewer Americans do these days: He tithes.

    Romney’s 2009 and 2010 tax returns, released Tuesday, show that he and his wife, Ann, gave 10 percent of their income, about $4.1 million, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The couple reported income of about $43 million for the two years.

    LDS church members must tithe to participate in temple rituals. Nearly 80 percent of Mormons tithe, a poll released this month by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows.

    While tithing among Mormons is high, it is at an all-time low – less than 3 percent – among many faith groups, according to an October report by Empty Tomb, a Christian research organization. The theology behind tithing is also being questioned, with many saying the mandate to contribute 10 percent is not biblical


    LDS church members must tithe to participate in temple rituals. Nearly 80 percent of Mormons tithe

    heh heth teth tithe

    Got 'em by the short hairs, there.

    And the Mormons love their Temple, and Templettes around the country.

    Empty Tomb, a Christian research organization

  10. PETA reminds its reads -

    Please send polite comments to:

    Brenda Tapia, Program Analyst/Data Administrator
    Branch of Permits
    Division of Management Authority
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Rm. 212
    Arlington, VA 22203
    703-358-2280 (fax)

    The reminder about being polite is understandable, as US Fish and Wildlife has just wiped out the elk herds.

  11. The stone cold killing motherfuckers.

  12. She's really good.

    Beats watching sheep get clubbed and elephants mistreated.