“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."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Germany plans to slap a fine of up to 25,000 euros on people having sexual relations with pets, but zoophiles plan to fight the move. They say there's nothing wrong with consensual sex and that the true violations of animal rights are taking place in the farming industry.

There really is no normal left. I saw this little blurb on der Spiegel and thought , naaah, it had to be a joke. maybe I did a Rip Van Winkle or was in a coma and it was 1 April 2013. Then I looked at the headlines and was relieved to see nothing has changed, Greece was saved again, the Euro rallied and as if we did not have enough troubles with the Middle East, they decided to dig up Arafat.

I returned to the Zoofilia story. At one time, I could have said with good conscience, it was a German thing. I had to get the picture of someone shagging Lassie out of my head. Perhaps there is something witty on YouTube about the subject.

There is, but I didn’t dare open any of them. They did not look like they were kidding.

I’ll leave that to someone else, and this is from someone who watched the entire video of Berg getting his head hacked off by the jihadis and this is The Elephant Bar and we have to  maintain some standards.



  1. Good Gawd, it's a sign the Mayan Calendar really is gonna run out. I'm goin' on a long last ride.


    1. Animal rights in the farmin' industry. Now there's somethin. Sounds like some PETA manure from Philly or somethin. Ain't they read Campbell? The veggies always lose, man or beast. Jus take a look at a lion and a gazelle. An elk an' a wolf. Get it? Why don't they all just commit suicide an' get it over with.


    2. An' by the way talkin' of the Jews, I hope the Jews blast them all to Kingdom Come, the way they treat real women. Like slaves, they do.


  2. While I'm here, for that golfer Ash dandy kid -

    Green Room
    Once more, with feeling: More guns = less crime
    posted at 5:02 pm on November 26, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

    Criminals will always be able to obtain firearms — the best and most effective antidote to this reality is allowing law-abiding citizens to arm themselves, plain and simple.

    Gun-related violence has fallen steadily since 2006 in Virginia despite record firearm sales, according to a university professor’s analysis. …

    Baker’s analysis shows the number of gun purchases soared 73 percent in the six-year period, while gun-related violent crimes fell 24 percent.

    Baker, who specializes in research methods and criminology theory, said the comparison seems to contradict the premise that more guns lead to more crime in Virginia.



    Swedes Have More And
    More Animal Sex
    By Carin Pettersson

    Animal sex is not illegal in Sweden, and every year between 200 and 300 pets are injured because of sexual assaults.

    The estimate was presented by Svenska Veterinärforbundet, the Swedish veterinary organization, and it is now trying to make the authorities and the public more aware of animals' suffering. The organization claim the problem has increased during the last couple of years, even if most people are unaware of it.

    "We have seen an increase since 1999 when child pornography became illegal," said Johan Beck-Friis. "It appears, in other words, as there are some people who have replaced children with animals. In both circumstances, it is sex with defenceless individuals."

    The injuries inflicted on animals after sexual assaults are of the same character of those children get. Beck-Friis said that the most common injuries are wounds on the sex organs and blisters.

    Animal Porn

    The fact that animal sex is becoming an increasing problem can be indicated by the mere fact that there is an increasing selection of animal porn at video rentals and there an increasingly number of websites with animal pornography is surfacing.

    No one knows for sure how many animals that are abused, but a British study from 2001 indicates that every 20th dog or cat that receives treatment at veterinaries, the injuries are not a result of a direct accident, but the animal has been inflicted the injury as a result of a sexual assault.

    According to the Swedish paper Expressen, if the same estimate can be used in Sweden that will indicate that 200 to 300 dogs and cats every year are injured as a result of sexual assaults.

    Not Illegal

    In contrast with most other countries, animal sex is not illegal in Sweden. It was decriminalized in 1944 in connection with the decriminalization of homosexual sex.

    Copyright © 2003 TV2. All rights reserved.

    The days of the Swedish Empire of old are truly over. If they are not out in the pasture with the pets they are in the loco cafe.

  4. .

    In contrast with most other countries, animal sex is not illegal in Sweden. It was decriminalized in 1944 in connection with the decriminalization of homosexual sex.

    As I've said right along, the slippery slope starts in Sweden.

    Start poisoning wolves and this is where it gets you.


  5. Holy Shiite - Muslim's Blood flows - Shiite Muslims mass flagellation

    Bloody rites and agonising ceremony: Devotees turn mosque floor red during mass flagellation to mourn Shiite martyr

    WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: They pay respects to the Prophet Mohammad and his martyred grandson with the flowing of their blood.

    Blood is seen on the floor of a mosque as Indian Shiite Muslims flagellate themselves during a holy procession.

    Shi'a Muslims all over the world pay their respects with the flowing of their blood as they mourn the slaying and martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad.

    He was killed by his political rivals along with 72 companions in the seventh century battle of Kerbala where some of the bodies of the dead were then mutilated.

  6. What is Farmer Bob's Ancestry?

    1. I can claim, and truthfully too, English, German, and French.

    2. And am doing so more frequently.

  7. And, those standards are . . . . . . ?


  8. What does Camille Paglia have to say?

  9. Youtube: Mark Knopfler - Kingdom Come

    I tell you what!

    They don't mess with me, I'm a wild man, son
    I got me my very own anti tank gun
    I got a jack rabbit with it, guess he was a mean one
    Yeah, I've always been a sportsman

    Now, there wasn't much left when I got to him
    Them big old shells didn't just go through him
    Just lumps of fur and that was it
    Guess you could say he sure took a hit, alright

    Yeah, you want to see my fire power, see my collection
    Cause that's my thing, man, perfection
    Now I'm talking power in the barrel of a gun
    I'll blow anything I want to Kingdom Come

    Ba ba boom
    Ba ba ba ba bomb
    And I'll blow anything I want
    To Kingdom Come

    Yeah, all you got to do is squeeze on the trigger
    And a little bitty human get a whole lot bigger
    Cause there's a time for talking and a time to shoot them down

    And this mama-jama don't pussy foot around, alright

    Yeah, let them laugh, let them say we're strange
    Me and my buddies on the rifle range
    But you won't be laughing when it hits the fan
    You're going to want to be a survivor, man

    Yeah, you got to see my fire power, see my collection
    Cause that's my thing, man, perfection
    Now, I'm talking power in the barrel of a gun
    I'll blow anything I want to Kingdom Come

    Ba ba boom
    Ba ba ba ba bomb
    And I'll blow anything I want
    To Kingdom Come

    Ba ba ba ba boom
    I say we ought to drop the bomb
    Yes, and I'll blow anything I want
    To Kingdom Come

  10. Which is goofier: animal rights or personhood rights for a fertilized egg?

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    2. Like Doug says, a lot depends on the type of egg.

      And, how can one really have 'animal rights' if their fertilized eggs are not protected?

      You may just end up with, again as Doug hints, scrambled eggs, bacon and toast.

    3. That makes more sense. A negative makes all the difference. (As does bacon.)

      I don't argue abortion. I argue choice, which belongs at the level of the pregnant woman. (I also support parental advise and consent for minors.)

      (On the fact of abortion, I will cite Teresita because I believe she was the first to articulate on this forum what is a fairly common POV: the nine month gestation period from conception to birth is a process. People of good faith differ on the details attending that process. Decision-making belongs with the woman.)

  11. The modern Republican Party took a couple of crucial and very key and uniquely American concepts - personal responsibiity and initiative - and just buried them by shoving a bible between the legs of every vagina not implanted with a cement IUD. The overnight neck-wrenching segue from character to caricature was amazing to watch. Defied belief.

    "You didn't build that." Pivotal and concise line in the sand. Republicans could have gone a long way with their bootstrap narrative if they hadn't gone goofy over religion and women. And they haven't learned a god damned thing.

    1. How long are you going to continue with this? The election is over.

    2. For the umpteenth time. Two obscure candidates said something stupid and the Dems made hay with it. Every four years the Dems trot out the same old scare tactics.

      Apparently they really, really work.

    3. .

      Yea, but I don't argue abortion. I just like to bring it up.



  12. If it's a Chicken's Egg, all things are equal.

  13. Sea has turned red, down Sam's way -

  14. Steve Liesman is asking why business doesn't educate more of the labor force in specific skill sets that are allegedly missing. I would wager he knows the answer but he couldn't drag it out of today's panel.

    1. Because they are only allegedly missing, or they would if they were truly missing and needed.

  15. If you want to know if you were meant to eat meat, look in the mirror. Are you looking back at yourself? Look at the owls and the chickens. Look and the wolves and the elk. The meat eating early hominids won out over the banana folk. Homo homini lupus.

  16. Gun Sales Hit Record High...

    Obama has truly done wonders for Smith & Wesson.

    Place you order here if your shopping cart is empty -

    There may be a slight delay in delivery as orders are outrunning production.

  17. Jim Greer, the former head of the Florida Republican Party, recently claimed that a law shortening the early voting period in the state was deliberately designed to suppress voting among groups that tend to support Democratic candidates, the Palm Beach Post reports.

    Another Bombshell

    What this country needs is a good transvaginal probe.

    1. Quit, you will get Rufus all stirred up.

      'former head of the Florida Republican Party'

      Has he traitored out, defected, and joined Team Obama, and is now making propaganda?

    2. "Traitored out?"

      Interesting reaction.

    3. Greer is the disgraced former head of the State Republican party. He is now making one outrageous slander after another against the FL GOP. He is a sick and bitter man.

  18. Just off the top of my head, someone brought up human scalps. Was talking to an older farmer the other day whose grandfather was a Presbyterian minister to the Nez Perce in the very early days. He actually has one, given to him, apparently as a gift of appreciation, by an old guy whose name I think was 'Many Wounds'. He was told to keep it very carefully and honor it. He has. Kept it carefully, anyway. I am hoping to see it one of these days and take a photo, and share.


    1. Make a hell of a Halloween cap, would it not?


    Green Room
    Ed Morrissey Show

    Green Room
    Arafat’s remains exhumed for polonium testing
    posted at 8:57 am on November 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

    As you’ll see, by waiting eight years to test the remains they’ve guaranteed that only the barest traces of undecayed polonium will still be present in his bones, assuming there was ever any there in the first place. Which there almost certainly wasn’t. If Israel was going to take him out, by poison or otherwise, why would they have waited 40 years to do it, when he was 75?

    So they’ll probably find nothing. Show of hands: Anyone think that’ll convince Palestinians that he wasn’t poisoned?

    video included

  20. November 27, 2012
    Why Strict Atheism Is Unscientific
    By Ross Pomeroy

    Do you believe in God?

    If a cadre of outspoken, strong atheists wrote a litmus test for scientists, that might very well be question #1.

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    "Scientists, if you're not an atheist, you're not doing science right," PZ Myers -- a well-known blogger, biology professor and atheist -- regularly preaches.

    But if this is true, then as many as half of scientists are doing science wrong. A 2009 study from the Pew Research Center polled members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Fifty-one percent of respondents reported a belief in a higher power. Does this mean that it's too late for science? Has religion already pillaged the minds of researchers worldwide? No, of course it hasn't.

    "It seems to me that we as a society have lately been caught in this false dichotomy where it's either God as the guy with the beard on the cloud or nothing at all," neuroscientist David Eagleman told Discovery News.

    Staunch atheists often falsely characterize followers of religion as being "all-in" with their beliefs, opining that they ascribe to the whole creationist, woo-y shebang. "Where's your evidence?" atheists mockingly question. "You can't prove that God exists!" they accuse (correctly). Yet, hypocritically, strict atheists are guilty of the exact same crime: belief without evidence.

    "We know too little to commit to a position of strict atheism. [But] we know way too much to commit to any particular religious story," Eagleman said.

    Just as it's a leap of faith for a religious person to assert that God incontrovertibly exists, it's an equally large leap for a strict atheist to declare, without question, that God does not exist. As Carl Sagan eloquently explained:

    "An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I know of no such compelling evidence. Because God can be relegated to remote times and places and to ultimate causes, we would have to know a great deal more about the universe than we do now to be sure that no such God exists. To be certain of the existence of God and to be certain of the nonexistence of God seem to me to be the confident extremes in a subject so riddled with doubt and uncertainty as to inspire very little confidence indeed".

    1. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. As this statement applies to science, so does it apply to religion. History is replete with signs that an all-powerful deity may not exist, but such substantiation is nowhere near tantamount to proof -- especially, as Albert Einstein said, in a universe as incomprehensibly vast as our own:

      "The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe. We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly."

      Ultimately, the key is not to be swayed to one extreme or the other -- fundamentalist religion or strict atheism -- but to walk a reasoned middle path. Eagleman believes that path is "possibilianism," the concept of holding multiple beliefs or hypotheses whilst exploring new ideas.

      "The goal is to avoid committing to any particular story," Eagleman told Discovery News, "whether that's religious fundamentalism or strict atheism. The goal of possibilianism is to retain the wonder that drives us all into science in the first place and to avoid acting as though we know the answers to things we can't possibly know at the moment."

      Strict atheists do the world an incredible service by promoting the scientific method, skepticism, and critical thinking. But they do a disservice by campaigning against religion or touting -- as pure truth -- the non-existence of God, for those actions (especially the latter) are just as unscientific as a blind belief in all aspects of religion.

      This summer, a worldwide poll showed that atheism is on the rise and religiosity is on the decline. It is my hope that these "New Atheists" and agnostics won't narrowly focus on denigrating religion, but will instead focus on encouraging open-mindedness and discouraging fundamentalism.

      That would surely make the world a more enlightened place.

      Ross Pomeroy is the assistant editor of RealClearScience.

    2. I'd add that there isn't an absence of evidence but quite a lot of evidence of presence.

      Newest Journal of Near Death Studies has just arrived. Has big discussion concerning the Resurrection of Jesus and after death visionary experiences. I will try and post some of it later.

  21. The CEOs are part of a campaign run by the Peter Peterson-backed Center for a Responsible Federal Budget, which plans to spend at least $30 million pushing for a deficit reduction deal in the lame-duck session and beyond.

    During the past few days, CEOs belonging to what the campaign calls its CEO Fiscal Leadership Council -- most visibly, Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein and Honeywell's David Cote -- have barnstormed the media, making the case that the only way to cut the deficit is to severely scale back social safety-net programs -- Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security -- which would disproportionately impact the poor and the elderly.

    As part of their push, they are advocating a "territorial tax system" that would exempt their companies' foreign profits from taxation, netting them about $134 billion in tax savings, according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies titled "The CEO Campaign to ‘Fix’ the Debt: A Trojan Horse for Massive Corporate Tax Breaks" -- money that could help pay off the federal budget deficit.

    The hits just keep on coming.

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  23. DRR said...

    "Which is goofier: animal rights or personhood rights for a fertilized egg?

    ...maybe Barry's rights for a baby that survives abortion?


    Voted for it 3 times as I recall.

    Whatever the case, few joined him in his Crusade for the rights of children.


  24. How doomed are conservatives? Pretty doomed, if you look carefully at the Pew Research Survey’s close analysis of the youth vote in the 2012 elections. The Republicans’ long-term dilemma has generally been framed in racial terms, but it’s mainly a generational one. The youngest generation of voters contains a much smaller proportion of white voters than previous generations, and those whites in that generation vote Republican by a much smaller margin than their elders. What’s more, younger voters supported President Obama during the last two election cycles for reasons that seem to go beyond the usual reasons — social issues like gay marriage and feminism, immigration policy, or Obama’s personal appeal — and suggest a deeper attachment to liberalism. The proclivities of younger voters may actually portend a full-scale sea change in American politics.


    1. Yes indeedy!
      The MSM,
      The NEA,
      Hollywood and pop culture, have truly indoctrinated a couple of generations of ignorant, hate America First, true believers.
      Knowing of nothing of the lessons of History.

      ...what an accomplishment.

  25. Did Obama vote to deny rights to infant abortion survivors?

    Obama swore during the 2008 election that he would have supported the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, prompting the National Right to Life Committee to issue a scathing white paper that pointed out how he had contradicted himself by voting against the Illinois measure while backing the older federal version in retrospect during his presidential campaign.

    Obama denied any contradiction during an interview that year with the Christian Broadcasting Network, accusing the antiabortion committee of lying about the circumstances of his vote. Here’s what he said:

    I hate to say that people are lying, but here’s a situation where folks are lying. I have said repeatedly that I would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported — which was to say — that you should provide assistance to any infant that was born — even if it was as a consequence of an induced abortion. That was not the bill that was presented at the state level. What that bill also was doing was trying to undermine Roe vs. Wade.”

    From what we can tell, Obama misrepresented the facts during this interview. The 2003 bill addressed his concerns about undermining Roe v. Wade, and it matched the federal legislation that he supported virtually word for word.

    PolitiFact determined that the claim about a neutrality clause in the federal legislation was True. said “Obama’s claim [about the committee lying] is wrong.”

    For what it’s worth, The Fact Checker in 2008 appears to have overlooked the neutrality clause while awarding Two Pinocchios in a column that examined a separate claim from then-GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. However, that oversight wouldn’t have affected Palin’s rating, because her claim was different — closer to the claim from Huckabee.

    The evidence suggests we could have awarded Four Pinocchios to the former Illinois senator for his comments to the Christian Broadcasting Network, but that interview is several years old now, and it’s not the focus of this particular column. The president’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment on the matter of whether Obama’s 2008 comments on the Christian Broadcasting Network contradicted his 2003 vote against Illinois’s Born-Alive Infants Protection bill.

  26. Frat on Steroids


    (Newser) – Goldman Sachs recently released its list of the year's promotions, and women make up just 14% of new lifetime partners. In the Atlantic, Marie Myung-Ok Lee writes of her time as an editor at the firm in the '90s, and notes that it was a lot like the experience described by three women whose gender discrimination case against Goldman is currently winding its way through the court system. Among some of the stories Lee shares about the company, which she calls "a giant man-cave" and which her friends dubbed "a frat on steroids":

    In one office, memos announcing new female associates featured semi-nude pictures from Playboy in place of the women's corporate headshots. When Lee complained, she was called "humorless."
    Male analysts judged the "hotness" of female junior analysts daily. Lee once overheard a male analyst bragging to a female junior analyst about having "sex in the stacks" at Yale.
    An analyst once started flossing his teeth in Lee's office and got upset when she asked him to stop. She was then rebuked for not being "submissive" enough.
    "It was widely thought that it was a professional responsibility for women to wear heels, the higher the better."
    A female analyst was once asked to shave her "shapely legs" in front of a crowd; she did, "even zipping a credit card against her bare skin to demonstrate the lack of stubble when she was done."

    Lee was particularly baffled by the women who took to this culture "enthusiastically," including one "first in, last out" type who never took vacations, worked through her bout with breast cancer, wore "painful four-inch heels every day"—and was never made partner. Lee ultimately left, of course: "The place was just too soul-killing for me." Click for her full piece.


    1. You just paste out more shit, never respond to legitimate argument that shit is shit.

      You are shit.

    2. 3 or 4 EXCELLENT POSTS, already, this morning, Doris. A Cornucopia. Every time my heat-seeker thinks about honing in on one, you post another.

      I think I'm going to comment on your "How doomed are Conservatives" post in a moment. I've been thinking the last few days that some (many?) of those gerrymandered districts might not be all that safe for the Pubs.

    3. An ex: When you gerrymander one safe red seat, one safe blue seat, and 2 toss-up seats into one blue seat, and 3 slightly reddish seats, you might be in danger when a "wave" washes through.

    4. Have at it Rufus. I'm sure it will be interesting. My WalMart torture beckons.

    5. 2014 might be one of those rarest of years when the President's party doesn't take a shellacking in the 2nd term, off-year election (I believe Bill Clinton was the only President since Woodrow Wilson (?) to pick up seats in his second off-year vote.)

      W/O the powerful anti-Obama White vote, some of those thin, red Southern districts have to be at risk, especially if the Dems can field some candidates that will appeal to just the demographic your link describes.

    6. Goldman:
      BHO's biggest backer, and biggest receipient of payback from the Prez.
      Who woulda thunk?

    7. My thinking is that a greater, and greater number of young people have been raised in single-parent, food stamp-dependent households, and are benefitting from Democratic initiatives in College Aid, and certain Obamacare provisions.

      These facts, and the knowledge that young people are, by their very nature, liberal, plus the absolute, inviolate rule that people ALWAYS vote their perceived self interest, make it totally Unsurprising that this group will vote overwhelmingly donkey if you can JUST GET THEM TO THE POLLS!

      The question is: Can the Dems get them to the polls in an off-year?

    8. A month ago I would have bet the ranch against it. But, now? I'm beginning to think a guy could go broke betting against Obama's turnout machine. It'll be interesting.

    9. Yeah, a lot of them vote two, three, four times with early voting.

  27. ATTENTION Wal-Mart Shoppers!

    Dispute, attempted robbery led to Wal-Mart shooting

    The Black Friday shooting outside a Tallahassee Wal-Mart started over a parking-lot dispute but quickly escalated into an attempted armed robbery, according to newly released court documents.

    Two people, a man and a woman, were injured in the shooting, which began after they pulled into the Apalachee Parkway store’s parking lot around noon and honked at a car blocking the lane in front of the grocery store entrance.

    The driver of the car, Earl White III, 31, pulled out of the way while an occupant, Tiffany Yancey, 27, jumped out of the passenger side and began approaching the victims’ car with a handgun, according to court records.

    The male victim ran inside the store when he saw the woman with a handgun, according to TPD’s probable-cause affidavit. Yancey walked up to the female victim, pointed the gun in her face and struck her several times before demanding, “Give me everything in your purse,” according to court records.

    The woman was knocked to the ground, and White and Yancey both hit and kicked her while trying to steal her purse. At one point, Yancey dropped the gun, but White retrieved it. White pointed it at the male victim as he was coming out of the store.

    White and Yancey got back into their car and began driving off, but the male victim tried to stop them by pushing a shopping cart in the way of their car. White then got out of the car and started shooting, according to court records.

    The male victim was shot in the buttocks, the groin and his lower right leg. The female victim was shot in the right biceps. Police have said their injuries were not life-threatening.

    By the time officers arrived, White and Yancey were gone. Witnesses were able to give a vehicle description and tag numbers to police, who traced the green Camry to a residence in DeKalb County, Ga. A man at the residence said the car belonged to his son, White, who had been visiting relatives in Tallahassee.

    TPD conducted a photo lineup the day of the shooting that included a picture of White, but the victims were not able to identify who’d shot them, according to court records.

    On Saturday, Gadsden County deputies got a tip that the car was seen heading north on U.S. Highway 27 in Havana. They tried to pull it over, but White refused, leading deputies on a chase into Grady County, Ga. Deputies with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office deployed spike strips in the road, which caused the car to crash into a guardrail on U.S. Highway 111.

    White and Yancey are facing charges in Tallahassee of attempted murder, attempted robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. They also are facing drug charges in Georgia after deputies found pills in their car, said Robert Simmons, an investigator with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office. White also faces numerous charges related to the car chase.

    According to court records, both White and Yancey have felony convictions in Georgia. White was convicted of burglary in 2008 and Yancey was convicted of forgery in 2009.

  28. Ginsburg Wants To See All-Female Supreme Court
    November 27, 2012 10:06 AM

    BOULDER, Colo. (CBSDC) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hopes to see an all-female Supreme Court one day.

    Ginsburg made the comment during a 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference at the University of Colorado in Boulder, according to CNS News.

    “Now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay,” Ginsburg told the conference. “And when I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough and I say when there are nine, people are shocked.”

    Dang, we got no chance left. Like one man alone ain't got no chance.


  29. The disagreement dates back to the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War. The treaty assigned to the newly independent 13 colonies all islands within 20 leagues — about 70 miles — of the American shore. Since Machias Seal Island sits less than 10 miles from Maine, the American position has been that it is clearly United States soil.

    But the treaty also excluded any island that had ever been part of Nova Scotia, and Canadians have pointed to a 17th-century British land grant they say proves the island was indeed part of that province, whose western portion became New Brunswick in the late 18th century.

    Good Neighbors, Bad Border

    I say flip a coin, and have a Canadian whiskey, Canadian Club Reserve (10 yrs.) $14-16 to be precise.

    1. "...have a Canadian whiskey Canadian Club Reserve (10 yrs.) $14-16 to be precise."

      Really, that's like a garaging this for ten years in the hope that it will be better.


    2. It beats RufusQwikAged. I like McNaughton's myself.

      It looked like the best pick on the upper shelf.

  30. Isaiah 13:22 Hyenas will howl in her strongholds, jackals in her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.

    Nov 26, 2012 02:41 PM

    PHOTOS: Wild coyotes roam Wrigleyville streets

    Posted: Nov 26, 2012 11:44 AM PST Updated: Nov 27, 2012 5:27 AM PST
    By Dane Placko, FOX 32 News Investigative Reporter - bio | email

    Photo courtesy of Will Byington Photography. Photo courtesy of Will Byington Photography.
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

    When you live or work around Wrigley field, you probably think you've seen it all, but chances are you haven't seen this: a pair of rather large coyotes hanging outside the ballpark looking for a snack.

    "I've lived here all my life and that's crazy," one lady said of the wandering coyotes.

    Read more:


  31. GOP senators: We’re “more disturbed” after meeting with Amb. Rice than we were before
    posted at 1:01 pm on November 27, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

    United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice has been catching all kinds of flak from Republicans about her Sunday talk show appearances in which it now looks an awful lot like she willfully participated in purposefully misling the American people about the true nature of the 9/11/12 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in four American deaths. At her own behest, some of her harshest critics — Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte — agreed to meet with her and hear her out on Tuesday morning, along with acting CIA Director Michael Morell, at a closed-door briefing. Apparently, her self-defense was unconvincing:

    From The Hill:

    “Bottom line, I’m more disturbed now than I was before (by) the 16 September explanation about how four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya by Ambassador Rice,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). …

    “We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get concerning some of the evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate,” McCain said. …

    Ayotte echoed Graham, saying she was “more troubled today having met with the acting director of the CIA and Ambassador Rice.”

    “When you’re in a position where you’re ambassador to the United Nations, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparation and responsibilities for that job. And that’s troubling to me as well, why she wouldn’t have asked” more questions.

    In a nutshell, it seems like the meeting helped to get to the bottom of approximately nothing, except to confirm that the “spontaneous protest” line that Amb. Rice peddled was very clearly incorrect and we’re no closer to getting the basic answers about who changed the talking points. So, kind of back to square one — as Sen. Graham wondered again, why did she have to definitively say anything about the attacks? Why not just say, ‘We don’t have enough information to be sure, here are the possibilities, and we’ll keep you updated’?

    The senators didn’t explicitly say that they were still committed to blocking her potential nomination to Secretary of State, saying that they’d need more information — I’m sure they’d like to leave themselves some wiggle room on that one — but they’re clearly not satisfied with Susan Rice’s side of the story.

    video of disturbed Senators

    1. Yeah, where are the interviews with the survivors? I want to see the transcripts of those too. They are being withheld even from the Senators. And hear from General Ham too.

      What a squad of liars we have now.


  32. My thinking is that a greater, and greater number of young people have been raised in single-parent, food stamp-dependent households, and are benefitting from Democratic initiatives in College Aid, and certain Obamacare provisions.

    The argument will be "entitlement dependent" or "entitlement deserving" or some other form of psycho-sociocultural dependent profile that speaks directly and negatively to the burden the individual places on society.

    Undoubtedly that is true for specific demographic subsets - the urban minority ghetto. One can argue that welfare's been a bitch on the black family.

    But (as Rufus noted) the exit polls showed that those young women who voted Dem in 2012 weren't Flo from the diner but Sloan from the downtown and suburban professional offices.

    Which suggests another interpretation of the "entitlement" mess: entitlements actually work - they facilitate social mobility and the young professional somethings are aware of that. While the old white guys are spitting about entitlement dependency, the younger people are seeing "a way out."

    The other thing: The "1%" is fairly homogenous - and pretty much white male. But that other 99%? I believe "mixed bag" is the technical term, whether you're focusing on the lower 47% or the middle 52%. Designing public policy as if "the rest of us" were one monolithic group with commonalities is a mistake.



    Barack Obama
    University of California $1,092,906
    Microsoft Corp $761,343
    Google Inc $737,055
    US Government $627,628
    Harvard University $602,992

    Mitt Romney
    Goldman Sachs $994,139
    Bank of America $921,839
    Morgan Stanley $827,255
    JPMorgan Chase & Co $792,147
    Credit Suisse Group $618,941


    Barack Obama
    University of California $1,648,685
    Goldman Sachs $1,013,091
    Harvard University $878,164
    Microsoft Corp $852,167
    Google Inc $814,540

    John McCain
    Merrill Lynch $375,895
    JPMorgan Chase & Co $343,505
    Citigroup Inc $338,202
    Morgan Stanley $271,902
    Goldman Sachs $240,295


    George Bush
    Morgan Stanley $603,480
    Merrill Lynch $586,254
    PricewaterhouseCoopers $514,250
    UBS AG $474,325
    Goldman Sachs $394,600

    John Kerry
    University of California $644,630
    Harvard University $355,859
    Time Warner $319,274
    Goldman Sachs $311,250
    Citigroup Inc $292,881

    1. How does the University of California get away with giving money to the democrats? It is taxpayer funded is it not? Which means most of the money probably comes from old white men.

    2. Do you know where your money is?

    3. I brake for old white guys.

    4. Nice of you, thanks. If I had any real money, it would be in the Caymans.

  33. And I hugged an old white guy today - at WalMart.

    1. Actually touched an old white guy? That goes too far. Did you ask permission?

  34. Not to worry - EPA will protect you when you become endangered - start breeding you in your favorite habitat.

    1. That doesn't sound so bad. Put me down for McCall, Idaho at The Yacht Club, with some girls.

    2. All the booze, weed and naked wimmen you can handle. Waiting anxiously for those pint-sized old white guys to emerge.


      Gotta run.

  35. Re: the party of the amalgamated disaffected.

    With so many people on the government teat, party zealots and a syncophantic media, the Democrat party could, barring a black swan event, make the coming years very difficult for conservatives and Christians.


  36. heavy-ion collisions produce a wave of quark gluon plasma, accounting for the this wave sweeps some of the resulting particles in the same directioncorrelation in their flight paths proton-proton collisions may produce a liquid-like wave of gluons three quarks they tend to gain an accompanying cluster of gluons at higher energy levels several weeks of lead-proton collisions which should allow them to establish whether the collisions really are producing a liquid the proton-proton collisions may produce a liquid-like wave of gluons, known as color-glass condensate

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    This is all just as I expected.

  37. The U.S. Treasury Department repeated that China's currency remains "significantly undervalued" but declined again to label Beijing a currency manipulator, avoiding a public slap that could disrupt diplomatic relations between the economic powers.

    In its semiannual report on global exchange rates, the Treasury said Tuesday that Beijing has substantially reduced its market interventions to manage the value of its currency, the yuan, since the third quarter of last year, acknowledging the steps taken by Chinese officials to liberalize capital controls. The yuan has appreciated 12.6% against the dollar after adjusting for inflation in real terms since June 2010...

  38. Another pilot, Emir Sisul Hess, reportedly told relatives how sleeping victims "fell like little ants" from the aircraft.

    The only pilot to have been convicted is Adolfo Scilingo, who was found guilty of being on board two aircraft in which 30 people died. In 2005, he was sentenced by a Spanish court to 640 years behind bars.


    Justice and human rights have become cornerstones of Argentinian politics since former president Nestor Kirchner, the husband of the incumbent, Cristina Fernandez, came to power in 2003. Kirchner, who died of a heart attack in 2010, helped to steer legislation through Congress in his first year in office, repealing previous laws that had pardoned those responsible for crimes committed during the dictatorship, expect for the top brass.

  39. A federal anti-terrorism program has drawn North Jersey deeper into the practice of hidden surveillance, equipping police departments with high-tech cameras, infrared technology and automatic license plate readers to keep tabs on people as they travel to local reservoirs, financial hubs and malls.

    The stepped-up security around potential terrorist targets links the region into a network of clandestine monitoring. Some of the departments are already putting to use the equipment provided by Homeland Security; others are gearing up.

  40. Here, too, the seal abuse is reflective of the sexual violence that is typical among sea otters.

    “Everyone thinks they’re cute and cuddly,” said Mark P. Cotter, a biologist with Okeanis, a nonprofit marine research organization in Moss Landing. But when otters mate, he went on, the male bites the female on the face so she can’t get away. Female sea otters often die from mating trauma.

    Another sexually aggressive species is the bottlenose dolphin. In the Bahamas, bottlenose dolphins are routinely seen sexually coercing smaller spotted dolphins, Dr. Mann said.

    Kind of fits in with the topic of the thread.

    Just say no doesn't seem to work in the larger world of nature.


  41. Two obscure candidates said something stupid

    If this is Whit, you know as well as I do that the subject is deeper and more divisive. Much.

    If it isn't, then maybe you don't.

    And just maybe Kathleen Sebeius isn't the bad (take your bad birth control medicine) guy either:

    At least 28 states have laws requiring insurers to cover birth control. Twenty of them allow some employers and insurers to opt out. Elizabeth Nash, a policy analyst at the Guttmacher Institute, a research and advocacy group, said the exemptions in about half of those states were narrower than those allowed by Mr. Obama, while in the rest the exemptions were broader.

    The election is over all right. (Some) Washington Republicans appear to have trouble acknowledging that. Karl Rove reminds me of the hypnotist in Sam's joke: Shit. Some of them are still at it.

    Bye now.

    1. I guess those two "obscure" candidates (U.S. Senate Candidates) just happened to sneak in one night and write the Republican Platform, eh?

    2. :)

      I think the word "obscure" should be politely retired as long as Rush has a microphone.

      Off to watch my movie.

  42. Theoretical plausibility is all fine and well, of course. What White needs now is a real-world proof-of-concept. So he's hit the lab and begun work on actual experiments.

    "We're utilizing a modified Michelson-Morley interferometer — that allows us to measure microscopic perturbations in space time," he said. "In our case, we're attempting to make one of the legs of the interferometer appear to be a different length when we energize our test devices." White and his colleagues are trying to simulate the tweaked Alcubierre drive in miniature by using lasers to perturb space-time by one part in 10 million.

    Of course, the interferometer isn't something that NASA would bolt onto a spaceship. Rather, it's part of a larger scientific pursuit.

    "Our initial test device is implementing a ring of large potential energy — what we observe as blue shifted relative to the lab frame — by utilizing a ring of ceramic capacitors that are charged to tens of thousands of volts," he told us. "We will increase the fidelity of our test devices and continue to enhance the sensitivity of the warp field interferometer — eventually using devices to directly generate negative vacuum energy."

    Look at that! They's stealin' my Warp Drive idea

  43. Genetic testing confirms the legendary Bigfoot is a human relative that arose some 15,000 years ago — at least according to a press release issued by a company called DNA Diagnostics detailing supposed work by a Texas veterinarian.


    It's a fascinating theory.

    So where's the evidence? Well, there is none.


    How did the team definitively determine that the samples were from a Bigfoot? Did they take a blood or saliva sample from a living Bigfoot?

    DNA Study

  44. .

    This was predictable.

    Obama has taken the abuse of constitutional rights to new levels during his administration. One area of concern to all but the kool-aid drinkers is his 'kill list' and the protocol for targeted assassinations using drones.

    Well when Romney was rising in the polls, the Big O decided it might be best to have a set of rules and guidelines to govern these issues in place for the next president. However, unsurprisingly, when he won the election, the issue didn't seem quite so important and he has now back-burnered it.

    Cult of Personality Shared by Kool-aid Drinkers of Both Right and Left



  45. 12. RWE

    Recently I heard of a case of a family that lived in a fairly rural area, on a 3 acre lot. It just so happened that a policeman liked to sit in his patrol car at the end of the street when he was not actually chasing bad guys. And one day the family’s 5 year old child walked out into the yard, and took a pee. The cop saw it and handed them a ticket with a $2000 fine.

    Several years ago a family in a rural area of NC was undergoing their usual morning chaos as the kids got ready for school. Their toddler, naked, followed a kitten out the door (the kitten is thought to have been nude as well). One of the older children ran out and immediately dragged the little exhibitionist back in the house. Having a little kid wander outside unclothed is not all that unusual in my experience, but it appears a school bus diver passing by witnessed the display and reported the family to the authorities. It took them months to get the Dept of Child Protective Services off their back.

    That’s the flip side of a government big enough to give you anything you need; it’s also big enough to really piss you off.

    No wonder the Left wants gun control so badly.


    24. Doug

    #12. RWE…

    It was actually PETA upset about that nude kitten.

    …having no enforcement arm, they called in Protective Services.

  46. On this day in 2009, Tiger Woods crashed his SUV into a tree near his Florida mansion. The accident ultimately led to the revelations of infidelity with multiple women and hindered his golf game, which hasn’t been the same since.

  47. French beauty and personal care company L'Occitane International 0973.HK -5.27% fell 4.5% despite first half net profit rising 16% on-year, as analysts pointed to the stock's high valuation after rising 56.7% so far this year.

    South Korea's Kospi Composite slipped 0.8%.

    Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.3%, with miners down due to the risk-off sentiment: Rio Tinto RIO.AU -1.94% lost 1.9% and BHP Billiton BHP.AU -0.89% was 0.9% lower.

  48. Here's what you get when humans 'go to the zoo' -

    Genetic testing confirms the legendary Bigfoot is a human relative that arose some 15,000 years ago — at least according to a press release issued by a company called DNA Diagnostics detailing supposed work by a Texas veterinarian.

    The release and alleged study by Melba S. Ketchum also suggests such cryptids had sex with modern human females that resulted in hairy hominin hybrids, but the scientific community is dubious about her claim.

    'Bigfoot' Is Part Human, DNA Study Claims

    By day the bat is cousin to the mouse.
    He likes the attic of an aging house.

    His fingers make a hat about his head.
    His pulse beat is so slow we think him dead.

    He loops in crazy figures half the night
    Among the trees that face the corner light.

    But when he brushes up against a screen,
    We are afraid of what our eyes have seen:

    For something is amiss or out of place
    When mice with wings can wear a human face.

    There is something really quirky about all of this. Like a werewolf, sometimes human, sometimes wolf.


  49. November 28, 2012
    Four-D Ultrasounds Show Videos of Unborn Children
    Steven H. Aden

    Ultrasounds have long been a thorn in the side of abortion sellers.

    This is because the images of hearts beating inside the womb, and of children sucking their thumbs or reacting to outside stimuli, have gone a long way in undercutting the "mass of cells" or "bundle of DNA" theories abortionists pawn to ease the consciences of prospective clients.

    And this is why pro-abortion forces demonize the 24 states that require an ultrasound before an abortion -- they know that mothers who look upon their children's faces will have a harder time looking the other way while an abortionist stops a beating heart.

    With this understood, abortionists have to be more than a little concerned with the growing number of next-generation ultrasounds, which are taking images and video from inside the womb to unimagined levels.

    Four-D ultrasound scans, the latest variants of which were released last year, can be found at hospitals throughout the country and are being used by researchers to watch the development of children in real time.

    One group of researchers is currently using 4D to record 24-week-old babies yawning in the womb.

    These scans are so advanced that they not only detect and record the yawns, but actually record how long the yawns last and the frequency at which they are occurring.

    According to 4D researcher Nadja Reissland, "4D ultra-sound scans are to 3D scans as video footage is to still photos: they are in 3D but also have a time dimension, allowing doctors and researchers to measure how long the behavior they are observing lasts."

    As Reissland and other researchers watched the yawns in their testing, they were able to establish habits and patterns that could "serve as an index of health in unborn babies."

    If seeing 3D images of babies discouraged mothers from aborting their children, what will 4D videos do?

    If seeing the face of her child had a positive impact on the mother, how much more will watching the child yawn and move?

    The old storylines of a "mass of cells" or a "bundle of DNA" keep becoming a harder sell for doctors of death. They, together with some courts and activist groups, may move slowly in admitting that children in the womb are children nonetheless, but ultrasound technology has not proven to be so lethargic.

    Steven H. Aden is senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom (, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty and the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. Aden heads Alliance Defending Freedom's work to defend the sanctity of life in court from its Washington, D.C., regional service center.

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  50. November 28, 2012
    Krugman's Howdy Doody Time
    By Randall Hoven

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    It's also a bit funny that he used the period of 1947-1973 to evaluate the 1950s. President Kennedy slashed those 1950 tax rates about as soon as he entered the presidency in 1961. So about half of Krugman's "golden years" were after the tax rates of the 1950s were cut.

    In the seven decades since World War II, there have been 11 recessions in the US. Three of them started in just the seven years of 1953 to 1960, or exactly the period of our highest tax rates on personal incomes. That is, we suffered 27% of our post-war recessions in the 10% of the time top marginal rates were highest.

    And much more.

  51. If Israel can't deter Hams, how can it deter Iran> Good question.

    November 28, 2012
    How Not to Deter Hamas (and Iran)
    By Jonathan F. Keiler

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