“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Monday, December 31, 2012

We'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. And surely you’ll buy your pint cup ! and surely I’ll buy mine !

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine† ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.


  1. Jeeze, 5 posts since I was last here 8 hours ago!

    Obama family 'costs taxpayers $1.4BILLION per year'
    (that's 20 times more expensive than British Royal Family)

    Which country is a Monarchy?

    Which country bestows such gratuitous waste on it's Maximum Leader that he or she cannot help but be completely removed from everyday reality?


    Barack Obama and his family cost the taxpayer $1.4billion per year, according to a recently published book.

    By contrast, the British Royal Family costs less than $60million each year

    When the President travels around the country on campaign, he is obliged to take Air Force One.

    His party reimburses the taxpayer with the cost of a first-class air ticket per passenger - but this is far from the full cost to taxpayers.
    It also provides a President running for re-election with a national transport network which is unavailable to his challenger.

    Moreover, much of the money spent on Mr Obama's family goes to perks such as entertainment and household expenses.

    For example, the White House contains a movie theatre which is manned by projectionists 24 hours a day in case one of the family feels like a trip to the cinema.

    And even the Obamas' dog Bo costs the taxpayer thousands of dollars - his handler is reportedly paid over $100,000 a year.

    Another huge presidential outgoing, according to Mr Gray, comes in the form of staff members who can be appointed by the commander-in-chief at his own personal discretion.

    226 members of Mr Obama's staff are apparently paid over $100,000 - and the President can increase their salaries at any time.

  2. Blatant Arrogance of the DC Grandees has become completely institutionalized - Pay Raises all around!

    Party On!

  3. Cliff is a non event, except to the media. Like I said, ho hum

    1. What!? Did you expect things would change in am instant? That's naive. Taxes are going up and spending, especially military, is to go down. That's a good thing, no? Unless the pols cooperate and muck ot up.

    2. Not what I meant. Things will carry on. The can will get kicked down the road. The talking heads will find something else to hypnotize YOU with.

    3. No, Ash, not a good thing:

      More cuts in military, more money for destructive social welfare programs that increase at increasingly unsustainable rates.

      While eroding the freedom, power, and initiative of the citizens.

      50 Million people on food stamps and raises for the crooks who buy their votes?

      Give me a break.

    4. 100 k a year for the dog guy.

      24 hour projectionists,

      Any real guy, like Harry Truman, would say thanks, but no thanks.

    5. Doug,

      If they, the pols, don't reach agreement there will be cuts to spending across the board and tax hikes for all. What is wrong with that?

  4. Les Boys.

    Dire Straits

    Les boys do cabaret
    Les boys are glad to be gay
    They're not afraid now
    Disco bar in Germany
    Les boys are glad to be
    Upon parade now
    Les boys got leather straps
    Les boys got SS caps
    But they got no gun now
    Get dressed up get a little risqué
    Got to do a little S&M these days
    It's all in fun now
    Les boys come on again
    For the high class whores
    And the businessmen
    Who drive in their Mercedes Benz
    To a disco bar in old München
    They get the jokes that the D.J. makes
    They get nervous and they make mistakes
    They're bad for business
    Some tourist take a photograph
    Les boys don't get one laugh
    He says they're useless
    Late at night when they've gone away
    Les boys dream of jean genet
    High heel shoes and a black beret
    And the posters on the wall that say
    Les boys do cabaret
    Les boy are glad to be gay

  5. Yeah...
    All is quiet on New Year's Day
    A world in white gets underway
    I want to be with you
    Be with you night and day
    Nothing changes on New Year's Day
    On New Year's Day

    I will be with you again
    I will be with you again

    Under a blood red sky
    A crowd has gathered in black and white
    Arms entwined, the chosen few
    The newspapers says, says
    Say it's true it's true...
    And we can break through
    Though torn in two
    We can be one

    I...I will begin again
    I...I will begin again

    Maybe the time is right
    Oh...maybe tonight...

    I will be with you again
    I will be with you again

    And so we're told this is the golden age
    And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
    Though I want to be with you
    Be with you night and day
    Nothing changes
    On New Year's Day

    1. Things can't get any worse. That's what they say, right? We'll see.

      good bye December

    2. Po Q's taxes can go up. If he fails to slimy and weasel his burden over to the 'rich', so he can 'take it', cause that's where the money is.

    3. Happy New Year, Mel

      "Though torn in two
      We can be one

      I...I will begin again"

      First Chrismas and New years w/o Sally since '68.

    4. Yes, Mel, Happy New Year. I think this one's going to be a barnburner. :)

    5. Happy New year Mel, Happy New year All!!

    6. May your New Year be a really really good one, Doug.

  6. I wonder if the Chic fil a bowl is being boycotted by the Christian haters.

  7. Happy New Year to all. Quirk don't go out driving about tonight. Rufus can take care of himself. I do worry about Quirk, if he gets out of the driveway, he might run down some 'banker' or stock jockey, on general equality grounds, like Ash, to whom I want to issue a special Happy New Year, for some unknown reason, you young fraud. I think maybe Ash is the kind of young lazy ass I always wanted to be, golfing and sailing and speculating, and wasn't able to do.

    1. Pleroma on the Rocks to Melody.

    2. No matter who Q mows down, we can be sure the guy was a Dick.
      Since they all are.

      Ash takes the fifth on how he spends his non-recreational time.
      Maybe that's all there is.

    3. (:

      Happy New Year

      "Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." - Henry David Thoreau

    4. Yuppers, Ash doesn't have any non-recreational time. That's why I always wanted to be just like Ash. Work is for suckers.

  8. This drinks to you, Deuce; You kept the morons entertained for one more year.



  9. And, a toast to you, Doris. I know you're out there, somewhere. :)

  10. A deal has been reached. Taxes remain the same on Everyone but a guy in Detroit that goes by the name, Quirk.

    Asked, "Why?" all Joe Biden would say was, "I never did like that prick."

    1. You live by the Dick, you die by the Dick.

    2. Speaking of dicks, hang in there Doug (but, ride that asshole Bob's ass for awhile, will ya?) :)

    3. And, speaking of asses, Happy New Year, Bob. (now, go pound alfalfa.)

    4. Taxes remain the same on Everyone but a guy in Detroit that goes by the name, Quirk.

      God Exists!

    5. Happy New Year to you too Rufus, you true 'one of a kind".



  11. This one's got some Scottish singing, pretty girls, kids, and bagpipes.

    Makes me think I'll have another drink

  12. "Mitt Romney is not the father of Kim Kardashian's baby. He says he's gone through his binders full of women and there are no Kardashians in there."

    -Mark Steyn

  13. Quick, Bob, before you can google it, or click on the video, who wrote the verse

    Red, Red Rose

    1. hmmm, Whitney Houston?

      Buck from northen Nevada?

      Gene Autry?

      Hell, I don't know Rufus.

      Who wrote:

      What's in a name? that which we call a rose
      By any other name would smell as sweet

    2. It is beautiful, even if one of your white ancestors wrote it, that guy Burns.



    3. Morgan le Fey 1 year ago

      Robert Burns “A Red, Red Rose,” has nothing to do with this video! Please edit it out and let the song stay. Robert wrote “A Red, Red Rose” in “Scot Dialect” on purpose. He fought to continue the Scottish lowland’s people colloquial speech undamaged. It’s a travesty to merge this anglicised song with the “wordsmith’s verse. I pray to find Mr. Cox's entire rendition of “said” poem online. ~ Janet Thompson Deaver

    4. Damn, you can't trust Anything you read on the internet. :)

    5. William Shakespeare - Juliet, spoken to Romeo


      Okay, I googled it.

      Actually, it seems like I read that, somewhere, about 50 yrs ago (I wuz supposed to, anyway.) :)

      About one page of that guy was all I could ever take.

    6. It's where Juliet is coming to terms with the fact that Romeo is the son of her father's worst enemy.

      'I don't care if the dude's last name is Satan, I've got the hots for him anyways'

      This was a problem in those days, and could have been overcome with a little patience on Romeo's part, but he was the impatient type, who lived in now, and who had been, by the way, madly and totally in love with what's her name right before his eyes latched on to poor Juliet, but that was then.

  14. Daughter just walked in with the book I wanted. Good ol' Amazon. Then headed out directly to her friends.

    I was encountering the reality of a world of consciousness that exists completely free of the limitations of my physical brain.

    Mine was in some ways a perfect storm of near-death experiences. As a practicing neurosurgeon with decades of research and hands-on experience in the operating room behind me, I was in a better than average position to judge not only the reality but also the implications of what happened to me.

    These implications are tremendous beyond description. My experience showed me that the death of the body and the brain are not the end of consciousness, that human experience continues beyond the grave. More important, it continues under the gaze of a God who loves and cares for each one of us and about where the universe itself and all the beings in it are ultimately going.

    The place I went was real. Real in a way that makes the life we are living here and now completely dreamlike by comparison.....

    from Proof of Heaven, by Eden Alexander III, neurosurgeon and researcher and professor at Harvard

    Well, I could have told this former debunker who taught at Harvard all this years ago but he wouldn't have believed me. Now I have the pleasure of reading him tell about his experience, which completely changed his life, to me.

    Remember when I said our consciousness grows bright without the brain? And you didn't believe me.

    Read this well written and sincere book by Eden Alexander III and you may begin to adjust your thinking a little, and 'lighten up'.

    And that is the Best New Year wish I can offer you all.

  15. Since we must turn to Russian media, or The Enquirer to get the news, and not our own propaganda organs, this on Hillary -

  16. 'Later, when I was back here in the world, I found a quotation by the seventeenth century Christian poet Henry Vaughan that came close to describing this place - this vast inky black core that was the home of the Divine itself:

    There is, some say, in God a deep but dazzling darkness...

    That was it, exactly: an inky darkness that was also full to brimming with light.'

    A Neurosurgeon Journey Into The Afterlife page 47-48

    The dove flies through the darkness and the darkness always recedes and that darkness is the mystery of God. Greg of Nyssa

    'It will take me the rest of my life, and then some, to unpack what I learned up there. The knowledge given me was not taught in the way that a history lesson or a math theorem would be. Insights happened directly rather than being coaxed and absorbed. ((((Knowledge was stored without memorization, instantly and for good. It didn't fade, like ordinary information does, and to this day I possess all of it, much more clearly than I possess the information I gained over
    all of my years in school.'))))

    same, pg 49

    I didn't have to remember my great vision, it remembered itself all these years.

    Black Elk Speaks

  17. What the hell? This new bill they are voting on is all tax increase, no spending cuts, according to Fox. The House Republicans would be crazy to vote for that.

    The Big Ball has dropped.


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  24. 2020.07.20不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因有關於八大行業酒店上班【簽約/合約】的問題!我梁曉尊做一次總解答讓妳們解決心中的困惑。
    1: 酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容已現在酒店上班沒有所謂的簽合約/切結書,因為這樣是綁小姐的做法,很不道德…【小姐總有一天會離開,強求她留在八大這是不人道的行為】
    2: 我在酒店上班的日子在職人員想更換經紀人或酒店不想做了…卻有合約在身怎麼辦~…!?我梁曉尊直接跟你說可以馬上離開了
    a : 酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?合約內容酒店小姐上班通常會取什麼名字?本身要件要有【商營利事業登記編號/還有政府認證核發蓋章】因為這些文件都是要繳稅的….一但登報稅了,您自己想想妳在職期間這幾年{妳}家人~早就會知道你在八大行業了…..反而家人卻沒發現,每年也都沒有繳稅單更沒有勞健保,因為這份是假合約【法律用語:偽造文書】
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    c :從一開始的違法合約到內容的不人道,甚至離職還又要賠償..。我梁曉尊跟妳說【妳被唬了】
    d : 酒店小姐去酒店上班都一定要出場接s嗎?重頭到尾觸法的假合約,真的到警察局/法院 {妳}是贏家。
    e :我梁曉尊做經紀人快十年了…我還沒見過有經紀公司拿著合約去警局敢賭這件事。

  25. 2020.08.24不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因雖然我不知道這篇貼文是否有人願意看但我們有義務表達我們在八大行業-酒店工作的想法與立場酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容許多人對八大行業-酒店都有所誤解,認為是偏門社會中不正派的人在做的工作但是你們有沒有想過?我們我在酒店上班的日子依然是服務業的一環,也是憑著自己的努力在賺錢,這當中一定也有些毒瘤在破壞我們的名聲,酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?在這行我們看了太多人在這花花世界沈淪,許多剛入行很乖巧的妹妹,入行後整個人變調了。開始吃藥、吸毒、每天開趴..活在EDM的世界裡當初的初心?忘了吧?

  26. 2020.11.11女大學生酒店打工的故事: 酒店工作-台北酒店專業經紀人總編輯:俄羅斯小說家托爾斯泰的文學作品《安娜.卡列尼娜》在開場即說到,「幸福的家庭無不相似,不幸的家庭各有不幸」,而進入八大行業酒店上班【酒店小姐】【酒店公關】,涉身其中的理由或有各自的不幸,而小惠則是「三緣皆無」。所謂的「三緣」,照小惠的說法是家緣、地緣與人緣。小惠大學念的是平面設計,出社會後進入設計公司上班,後來因故被開除,隻身一人與一隻寵物貓在台北,無任何地緣連結也無任何朋友人緣。唯一的經濟收入被切斷,卻得面臨房租、生活費與貓咪的開銷。「臉皮薄」以及與家庭關係疏離,讓小惠更是難以開口向家裡求援。無緣社會中三緣盡失的小惠,麻煩還不只如此。已屆研究所畢業年限的小惠,論文進度卻不前不進,她說她需要一個可以讓她一邊上班一邊寫論文的工作,但求職網看來看去就是那些,直到前男友丟來一個她從未看過的求職網站,上面卻出現一個讓她從來也沒想過的工作職缺:對不喝酒的小惠來說,這工作首先便通過了門檻,高時薪、工時也看似能讓她有餘裕完成論文,於是她加了一個據她說像是「假網美」頭貼的帳號後,對方向她要了全身照後隨後便約她「酒店兼差面試」。面試一切比想像中奇異,進展也比想像中來得順利。「小惠」這個名字其實是個「藝名」,經紀人給小惠的人設是「鄰家女孩」般的氣質,二十出頭的大學生、需要賺取學費所以來做酒店。