“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

Hollywood and the elite celebrities are upset about gun violence and concerned about the affect on American Society

All spoken with the same sincerity as our rulers and masters anguishing over how to balance the federal budget.


  1. Just watched Hamburger Hill for the first time. Great movie.

  2. Carlin, who never was funny, just disgusting, deserves to be shot, along with all those in 'marketing'.

  3. Carlin was a poet and a social critic. It is too late to shoot him as he is dead. He disturbs because he has no sacred cows. For me to even mention “s acred cows”is probably offensive to someone.

    To his point about bullshit: The last election was all about the message and political spending. Why should anyone’s vote be affected by a 30 second commercial? They were? Did any of the candidates lie, distort or bullshit? Did the voters buy the bullshit?

    The first video shows what Hollywood celebrities say about guns juxtaposed against film clips showing how they make their money glorifying gun violence. Any contradiction there?

  4. All of Washington and the media are in a tizzy over a financial fact that is obvious to just about everyone and has been so for years: The government spends too much money that it does not have. Every dime is necessary. Does that have a whiff of eau d’turd?


    1. Green Room
      US Budget for Dummies
      posted at 5:12 pm on December 28, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

      From my inbox, submitted without comment.

      * U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
      * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
      * New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
      * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
      * Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

      Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:

      * Annual family income: $21,700
      * Money the family spent: $38,200
      * New debt on the credit card: $16,500
      * Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
      * Total budget cuts so far: $38.50

      Make sense now?

    2. In light of the fact that those numbers are, what, 3 years old?

      To a dummie, maybe.

    3. And haven't things gotten worse?

  5. Carlin made his money off profanity. I'm just getting old and don't appreciate that kind of humor. Not good for the kids.

    Contradictions all over the place with the 'celebrities'.

    You must, not mentioning it, agree with the sentiments expressed about those in marketing.


    1. Agree about the sound bites, though they seem to be a necessary evil these days.

      I read Romney considered and rejected an idea to make an hour long infomericial in the waning days of the campaign on the grounds that nobody but those already decided for him would watch it, the others switching over to a football game or 'Days of Our Lives'.

  6. DRAMA: Clinton in hospital with blood clot...
    DOCTOR: Danger 'depends on where it is'...
    Worried about 'other issues associated with concussion'...
    NBC reporter: 'Clots from concussions can't be treated with blood thinners'...
    Has not been seen in public for 3 weeks...
    Conspiracy theories abound...drudge

    Maybe somebody slipped some coagulation factor into her gin and tonic leading to a coagulation cascade.


    1. Only Putin does that kind of thing, and he likes incompetence in high office in the United States.

  7. To be clear, I do not only post things that I agree with. If I agree, I will usually comment on that point. More often than not, I agree with some or most, not always.