“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, November 16, 2012

Stay thirsty my friends

  1. He lives vicariously through himself.
  2. He once taught a German shepherd to bark in Spanish.
  3. He never says something tastes like chicken – not even chicken.
  4. He’s been known to cure narcolepsy, just by walking into a room.
  5. He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels.
  6. His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man’s entire body.
  7. Even his enemies list him as their emergency contact number.
  8. He’s a lover, not a fighter, but he’s also a fighter, so don’t get any ideas.
  9. When it is raining, it is because he is thinking of something sad.
  10. His shirts never wrinkle.
  11. He is left-handed. And right-handed.
  12. If he were to mail a letter without postage, it would still get there.
  13. He has amassed an incredibly large DVD library, and it is said that he never once alphabetized it.
  14. You can see his charisma from space.
  15. The police often question him, just because they find him interesting.
  16. He once punched a magician. That’s right. You heard me.
  17. If a monument were built in his honor, Mt. Rushmore would close… due to poor attendance.
  18. His blood smells like cologne.
  19. His organ donation card also lists his beard.
  20. On every continent in the world, there is a sandwich named after him.
  21. He doesn’t believe in using oven mitts, nor potholders.
  22. His reputation is expanding faster than the universe.
  23. His cereal never gets soggy. It sits there, staying crispy, just for him.
  24. The pheromones he secretes have been known to affect people miles away, in a slight but measurable way.
  25. His hands feel like rich brown suede.
  26. He owns three sports cars and rents five.
  27. He once taught a horse to read email for him.
  28. He once brought in $13 million at a charity bachelor auction, which was a lot of money at the time.
  29. Respected archaeologists fight over his discarded apple cores.
  30. He is the most interesting man in the world.


  1. “If he were to punch you in the face, you would have to fight off the strong urge to thank him”

  2. He doesn’t lick postage stamps – he simply stares at them until they wet themselves.

  3. Replies
    1. Do you hate him so much that stuffing that turkey didn't make you crack a smile?

    2. Maybe if it'd been a live turkey.


  4. Occasionally, there is another kind of ad that features the man sitting at a table at an elegant bar, usually flanked by two beautiful younger women, where he gives his insights on certain subjects (examples: on life - "It's never too early to start beefing up your obituary"; on the two-party system - "The after-party is the one you want to attend").

    Euro RSCG marketing firm.

    (Geico ads produced by The Martin Agency.)

  5. The beer commercials are the best of the breed.

  6. Your Jenny poster has another role to pay.

  7. Fed Ex Driver calls Miller show to tell his story of following Dennis's advice to "shrug:"

    After delivering an Obamaphone to a home sporting a High-End BMW for their mode of transport, he signed up for foodstamps to buy all the high-end items he was heretofore unable to afford.

    RufusWorld Heaven:
    A gift to and from our children.
    (esp those who yearn to live in Greece.)

    Google spellcheck on "RufusWorld:"

    Rufus World



  8. Replies
    1. Then, it might be interesting to "think politics."

    2. Indeed!
      ...a rich one, however, who refuses to disclose the source of his wealth.

  9. .

    Once while sailing around the world, he discovered a short cut.



  10. Osama is Dead, and So Are Ho Hos

    6. Buck O'Fama

    Well, from what I understand the money behind the 2nd incarnation of Hostess Co (this one arose from the ashes of the prior bankruptcy of Interstate Bakeries) are DEMOCRATS….

    “Only this time there is a twist: because it wasn’t really PE that was the pure evil in the Obama long-term campaign, it was associating PE with Republicans, and thus: with jobs outsourcing. And here comes the Hostess twist: because Tim Collins of Ripplewood, was a prominent Democrat, a position which allowed him to get involved in the first bankruptcy process in the first place, due to his proximity with the Teamsters’ long-term heartthrob Dick Gephardt (whose consulting group just happens to also be an equity owner of Hostess).”

    BTW, there are also stories saying that the Teamsters Union, which had accepted a deal with the company, is pointing fingers at the bakers union – the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) – for refusing to go along with the Teamsters to accept the last offer from Hostess:

    Let the blames begin!

  11. Not much difference 'tween Pubs and Dems

    You make my case, doug

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  13. What a perfect video, Ruf!

    The Americanization of today's NEA Youth.

    Sadly, this partially brain-dead senior could still far outscore the vast Majority of those students on the National Merit Scholarship Exam.
    (If it was as given in 1962, not as given today
    ...if it still exists.)

    I was a shitty student from 7th grade on, yet my schools and the culture in my little Oil Town were such that I still scored a National Merit Scholarship Award.

    Unlike today's Mississippi, however, none of us ever wore suits and ties often, and never to school.

    ...and our teachers were not made up to look like overexagerated Parodys of Trailer Park Whores.

    1. Did we watch the same video? The one on optical illusions?

  14. Your case for the Americanization of Mexicans has already been made in Central California, Deserter Rat:

    Well Documented by Central Valley Native, VDH.

    A lawless, degraded, and bankrupt ghetto divided slightly by Geography from the affluent movers and shakers in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and San Fran.

    All blamed on the Pubs Proposition 187, when in fact that would have saved the state from Welfare State Immigration based bankruptcy.

    When in fact the cause was that it was thrown out by a Democrat Judge.

    Free Money!
    Everybody (w/o skills, education, culture, or motivation) is welcome.

    ...and come they did.

  15. The World you two embrace results in Hell on Earth.

    1. "the affluent movers and shakers in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and San Fran."

      ...those whose representatives voted to cut off irrigation water to said valley, bankrupting farmers and eliminating jobs for the unskilled but motivated.

  16. Hyperbole, dougo.

    California was full of Mexicans long before the Okies migrated there, looking to steal oranges

    1. You're right:
      Mexico a far better example of Nirvanna than what once was part of the USA. it was, and never will be again.

    2. The old men were saying the same thing Doug, when you were young, and the country was great.

  17. You've managed to out-ass Rufass.

  18. Cheering the downfall of a once Great Nation.

  19. enuff time wasted...
    ...or not

  20. We didn't find out much of what we wanted to know about Benghazi today concerning how the Ambassador and the others were left to die only that the Magical Illusionist in the White House somehow or other put out some diverting talking points.

  21. Santa Fe, New Mexico an established city long before the English ex-pats landed at Plmouth Rock

    1. These folks were building cities a thousand years, or so, before that.

      The Mississippians

    2. Don't get uppity, johnnycomelately, the Solutreans were here first.

    3. We visited this -

  22. A lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday alleges mass favoritism in the Department of Energy’s decisions to award federal grants to major car companies to develop electric vehicles, according to a legal complaint obtained by Scribe.

    The plaintiff, San Francisco-based XP Technology, says in a complaint filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that “corruption and negligence” pervaded DOE’s decision to award loan guarantees to Ford, Nissan, Tesla Motors, and Fisker Automotive for the development of electric vehicle technology.

    “Investigations have shown that DOE officials intentionally stalled numerous applicants’ reviews in order to force them out of business and protect favored players,” the complaint claims.

    Read complaint here -

  23. .

    Washington — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday rejected a request from eight governors and nearly 200 members of Congress to waive requirements for the use of corn-based ethanol in the nation's 240 million vehicles in the wake of this summer's severe drought.

    The move is a victory for corn farmers that have seen prices jump by 400 percent in recent years, but a loss for pork and beef producers who have seen the price of feed jump.

    Congress is likely to take up the issue again next year amid concerns about the growing amount of corn being diverted into the nation's gas tanks...

    Waiver Denied


    1. What's good for the corn farmers is good for the country, Quirk!
      And the alfalfa growers too. Everybody wins.

      Except the foreign starving. And they aren't on TV much.

    2. Out of sight, out of mind sorta thing.

    3. Corn is $0.12/lb, today (and, falling.)

      I doubt that anyone, anywhere in the world, is starving because corn has gone from eight cents/lb to 12 cents/lb.

      Actually, virtually all of our corn exports go to feed cattle for rich Asians.

      We have NEVER exported corn to feed the poor starving folks in Africa, etal.

  24. Obama Consults With MSNBC Host Al Sharpton, and Other 'Civil Rights Leaders,' on Fiscal Talks...

    We are now officially in the toilet.


    This should thrill Obama.


    This should thrill no one really.

    Other news:

    BAILOUT! Federal Housing Athority $16.3B in Red... Despite $15.9b loss, U.S. Postal Service execs see boost in pay... GET HIGH: Marijuana-dispenser stock jumps 3000% in one week...

    We should have been on that marijuana-dispenser stock. Might as well make some money as society goes to hell.

  25. Here is where you can keep up on the dehumanization of Jews in Palestinian propaganda.

    Palestinian Media Watch

    Golda Meir said there will always be war so long as they teach their children to hate.

    Don't expect peace anytime soon.

    Palestinian Media Watch is put together by some 'right wing' Jews.

    OOooooo - Boo!

  26. Israel still is, so I read just recently, still supplying those assholes with most of their electricity. Further, their surgeons sometimes operate on their wounded.

    Israel looks to be going into Gaza -

    1. .

      Further, their surgeons sometimes operate on their wounded.

      What would you expect them to do?


  27. Some reports are saying sophisticated air defense weapons are going into Gaza guessed it, Libya.

  28. What Sarah said…

    “We stand with Israel and Netanyahu’s strength that he wisely uses to protect his country. May he have the wisdom of Solomon as Israel’s leadership moves forward. You can keep track of the developments by following @IDFSpokesperson on Twitter.”

    – Sarah Palin

    1. .

      The wisdom of Solomon?

      What a pompous putz.



  29. Israel Defense Forces
    This is the official Tumblr blog of the IDF. Here you can find visual content you can use to help us to spread the truth.

    Live Updates: Missiles on Largest Israeli Cities
    Published on: November 14, 2012


    Official Israel Defense Forces Twitter: real-time information and updates from the IDF. (RT, following does not constitute endorsement)

    Israel ·

    canopfor on November 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

  30. IDF ‏@IDFSpokesperson

    Video: Aerial footage showing the #Hamas UAV program destroyed by the IDF … #Gaza

    7:10PM Nov 16 2012

    canopfor on November 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

  31. 3. Hamas bears legal responsibility for civilian deaths in Gaza. Unless there is evidence that Israel clearly and intentionally targets civilians, Hamas is responsible for the civilian deaths that result from its decision to wear civilian clothes and launch rockets from civilian buildings even when Israel makes mistakes. In other words, but for Hamas’s decision to use human shields, those civilians would not be in the zone of conflict or subject to military targeting. Any other legal construct would only further incentivize Hamas’s violations of laws of war by placing on Israel an impossible burden — the burden of certainty in the face of illegal obfuscation.

    How the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) actually applies to Gaza.


  32. Who Is Responsible for Benghazi?

    November 16, 2012 - 8:37 am - by Roger L Simon

    Apparently, David Petraeus doesn’t just lie about his private life. He also at least airbrushes the truth when it comes to national security, telling the House Intelligence Committee that he always said Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

    Rep. Peter King – who attended both Petraeus’ testimony Friday and the former DCIA’s briefing to lawmakers on Sept. 14 — has a more jaundiced view:

    Petraeus’ testimony both challenges the Obama administration’s repeated claims that the attack was a “spontaneous” protest over an anti-Islam video, and according to King conflicts with his own briefing to lawmakers on Sept. 14. Sources have said Petraeus, in that briefing, also described the attack as a protest that spun out of control.

    “His testimony today was that from the start, he had told us that this was a terrorist attack,” King said, adding that he told Petraeus he had a “different recollection.”

    But never mind the self-serving shifting sands of the increasingly slimy general. The lede from the same Fox story is the important news:

    Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified in a closed-door hearing Friday morning that his agency determined immediately after the Sept. 11 Libya attack that “Al-Qaeda involvement” was suspected — but the line was taken out in the final version circulated to administration officials, according to a top lawmaker who was briefed.

    There’s your smoking gun, as the saying goes. Someone, or ones, somewhere redacted that crucial line.


    A commenter – CatDaddyKSC – on has an interesting theory:

    Consider this possibility … the talking points came from the CIA, and they were altered by the campaign people in Chicago. The coverup has been about hiding the sharing of classified information with campaign officials who don’t have the proper clearance. This sharing of information could also be the source of the earlier leaks such as the virus in Iran’s nuclear program.

    I’ve always wondered why David Axelrod appeared on news programs to talk about the administration’s official policies when he was a campaign official. Those of us old enough to remember Watergate will recall the mixing of official administration business with CREEP (Committee to Reelect the President) activities and the Democrat’s outrage at the time. Perhaps we are seeing the results of a similar improper mix.

    CatDaddyKSC may be on to something, and I am highlighting his comment in the hope that the FBI and the staffs of the House and Senate committees will take notice. I suspect too that, if true, this is more than just an “improper mix.” Legal lines may have been crossed here with a political campaign redacting or helping to redact classified material it should never have seen in the first place.

    What may emerge is a kind of government by cabal, a super-government composed of David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, and possibly a few others who operated, in the service of the president, above and beyond our legal and constitutional systems — all the time thinking what they did was for the better good of our country.

    Events like Benghazi could and should be whitewashed, since in their views Obama’s continued rule was of paramount importance. To say this is a crime beyond Watergate is to understate it. In the coming days we shall see how this evolves. It is the duty of every American citizen to watch carefully, since many forces conspire to push it under the rug.