“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."

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Bernie Madoff of biking, Lance Armstrong, plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday. Armstrong doesn’t have the decency to slink off into history with the other great frauds, liars and con artists. With all the moral corruption of an ancient pope, Her High Holiness, Oprah I, will preside over the televised public teary eyed mea culpa and ring kissing ceremony, of the broken but hardly humbled Lance. Oprah will grant an indulgence to free Lance from the purgatory of being out of the public spotlight. Can’t we all just tell him to go shit in his bike beanie?



  1. Travesty. He's skating. Probably doped too. Getting off from Oprah I easier than Paolo from the Pope. He ought to do at least a month in her dungeon. That bitch is richer than the Pope, too.
    What does she care?

    This whole tale broke my wife's poor heart. She was always going on about Armstrong. Idolized him. You couldn't do that, Bob. Thinking about that, he deserves life, the scum.

    1. Harder on my wife than when Jack LaLanne died.

    2. By the way, Mat has offered to replace hip tissue using stem cells. None of you muzzie lovers would do that.

  2. Armstrong got hooked back in the days when he was a client of VictoriesRUs out of Detroit, my broke heart wife tells me.

    1. Speaking of skating -

      Benghazi terrorists, skating free

      Last Updated: 11:32 PM, January 11, 2013
      Posted: January 12, 2013

      Four months have now passed since the terrorist attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But for all the vows that the perpetrators would swiftly be brought to justice, no one so far has been.

      Nor, it seems, is anyone likely to be.

      So much for President Obama’s solemn promise: “Make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.”

      What’s happened instead?

      Tunisia last week released the only person who’s been arrested as a possible suspect, citing “lack of evidence.”
      Chris Stevens

      Time magazine quotes a senior Libyan activist: “There is no Libyan investigation. There is not even a will to investigate.”

      For understandable reasons: Benghazi’s chief investigator was kidnaped from his car, and the chief of police was murdered.

      And North African countries reportedly are refusing to cooperate with the FBI.

      It's Barky should be on Oprah gushing for forgiveness, the swine.

      And, most of you people, too.

  3. So after many years of straight up lying about taking illegal substances, Lance will finally admit it. Apparently not because he is racked with guilt over lying but because he wants to further compete...Wow

    "The newspaper said Armstrong, 41, has told associates and anti-doping officials he may make the admission in hopes of persuading anti-doping officials to allow him to resume competition in athletic events that adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code, under which Armstrong is currently subject to a lifetime ban."

    1. Is he a sociopath? It might be fascinating and disturbing to read his psychological profile.

  4. Replies
    1. I swear. I was just looking for some cosmological insight.

    2. I like the headline under "Other Stories on our Radar"

      "Why Do Rich Women always Sunbathe Topless?"

      That's an attention getter.

    3. OMG!

      The Slate article also poses this puzzler:
      "How long could a lactating woman survive drinking her own breast milk

    4. Sure, Doris. Whatever you say. :)

    5. Big twinkie.

      I thought they were going to say The Great Attractor, which ain't no shucks, either.

    6. Doris, the explanation was under your nose. From a comment on the same article:

      Okay wise guys...our planet travels at 60,000 mph to get toward the next season. The entire Milky Way travels at 1,300,000 mph toward the Great Attraction. Which is what I would call this Phenomena of quasars collected via Black Holes and is 4 billion light years please begin to understand why each and every time you look into the night sky, all galaxies within millions of light years away appear to always be in the same place night after night after night such as the North Star. This is because they are traveling with us toward the Great Attraction. The Great Attraction is the Phenomena of the collection of Quasars. It is so unbelievable powerful, that the Black Hole gravitational pull, eats up entire galaxies into itself. We are headed toward this Quasar. Don't be afraid please. We are so far away, billions of light years away, that in effect we will never, ever get there. Imagine for a moment, speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. One minute is 11,160,000 miles. How far is an hour, a day, a month, a year...are you getting the pun intended. The Son of God said "In my Father's House there are many Mansions. If it were not so, I would tell you. I will be there with you when you come." When the Lord Jesus comes a 2nd time, and remember, He never lied to us. He was like Superman, He never lied. At the 2nd coming, all of us who have been asleep for whatever period of time, will be awaken and taken to our Mansions....That is how He will be able to be with us when we come...We will all go together. How do I know this? Remember Lazurus? When Martha and Mary found Jesus they in so many words blamed Him for their brother's death. Jesus said "He is Sleeping. take me to where he is so that I may wake him up." And you can call me Mr. 1492.

    7. I read that. I don't know many, or listen closely to those, who deny the mystery of what waits us after leaving this world, tantalizing hints of which we see in the infinities at both the large and small end of our world. Where I do part company with those who think about such things is how much it shapes my life here. I am capable of experiencing compassion and empathy for human suffering. I do what I can which obviously isn't much. But personalizing that universal mystery (not to even get into organizing it into bricks and mortar and ritual - and tithing), to the extent that god's will serves as an implacable fate that consumes self-determination, (sounds suspiciously like Allah Willing) is a step I not only do not take, but refuse to take. Jesus can blow me.

    8. Dayyum!

      Even I backed off from that one. :)

    9. Somehow, I think Jenny wrote that to be ironic, but maybe not.

    10. I thought about that, but it came with may name attached so I manned up. There is not a sliver of distinction between Rufus and me on this subject.

  5. I don't hate him because I never idolized him. You will always be disappointed when you idolize man.

    From what I understand "blood doping" is a process which permits more oxygen in the blood. What does drinking Gator Aid do? It puts more electrolytes into your system. I understand that blood doping was banned but do I want to draw and quarter Armstrong for cheating? No, in fact, I don't care.

    Armstrong lied for a long time, his titles are stripped and he's banned from the sport. Now, he should just keep his mouth shut and stay out the spotlight. But you know what? If he wants to go on Oprah and shed crocodile tears, I don't care about that either.

    1. You will always be disappointed when you idolize man.

      Ain't that the truth, and even if you're not a woman.


  6. The 360-passenger, 120-car electric ferry will be operated by shipping company Norlend and traverse the Sognefjord fjord.

    To allow for battery power, the ferry was made much lighter with aluminum hulls. The battery charges in 10 minutes, and can propel the ferry at 10 knots in normal weather conditions.

    Clean Technica (


    Norwegians. 10 Minutes. Could recharge this thing while you're loading. Amazin'.

    Electric Glide

  7. Others, however, think that cost savings are achievable. The Department of Veteran Affairs estimates it saved just over $3 billion in unnecessary health-care costs in the six years after it adopted electronic medical records system-wide.

    The larger American health-care system isn’t even in a position yet to figure out whether cost savings are possible, as a good chunk still hasn’t taken the first step of going digital.

    The Worst (most misleading) Headline in History

  8. After thinking about it overnight, I suspect the same as Darwinian at the oil drum that the big hit to Bakken Production in November is more a harbinger of a "Slowing Rate of Growth" than it is decline. There are 400 wells backed up to be "fracked," and still a lot of drilling going on (although, less than before.)

    I expect the Bakken to grow modestly, and then level out around the end of 2013, before starting the inexorable decline in 2014.

    1. About that time the initial results will be coming in from the first large "cellulosic" refineries.

      This is a pretty damned good country. :)

    2. BTW, one reason Natural Gas Production has held up as well as it has in the face of such low prices, besides the fact that gas drilling is still profitable in most regions of the Marcellus, is that there were a huge number of drilled wells, backlogged, to be fracked in the Barnett, and Haynesville Shales.

    3. The VA is saving a lot of money by not treating D., who when I saw him yesterday hardly knew who he was, there at the old Ho-Hum.

      I am pledged to myself to at least see he gets end of life care, if I have to do it myself, and rob a pharmacy.

      Government run anything is a bunch of shit, always.

    4. Not always, I'm just pissed this morning.

      But what you are looking at here is ObamaCare.

  9. Could you knock off the energy crap for one day, Rufus? I don't know about anyone else but you are driving me crazy.

    1. You just want to bitch about the black guy in the "white house;"

      I'm trying to find some of the Good Stuff.

    2. You don't know shit about the VA. I've been dealing with them for years. They give pretty good treatment; but they won't spend a million dollars trying to treat the "untreatable."

      Your buddy's terminal. When it gets to the last stage they'll load him up with Morphine, and wait for him to die.

      This is NOT a policy they adopted a year ago, or 3 years ago. This has been their policy since the inception.

      A man has to understand that there comes a time when the race has been run.

    3. They are incompetent, Stem. I have watched this now for over a year. They cannot coordinate between Seattle, Spokane, Walla Walla. They mis diagnosed his original growth back when it might have done some good to get it right. They did the biopsy wrong. They delayed finding cancer until it was way late. I don't think they can even read a blood sample correctly. Them they told him he was going to get chemo. He was all set to do that. Told him he'd get it in Lewiston. He hasn't even gotten the results of his brain scan, much less the bone scan. Look, Stem, I know he is terminal. Have known it for a long time. And I fully realize they are going to save money and have him die. What I am concerned about is the end of life care.

      Stem, I wouldn't wish this kind of incompetence on you, and you deserve because you want to have everyone go through it.

      ObamaCare = VA for everyone.

    4. You have no idea what you're talking about. You're getting everything second-hand from a man that's obviously 3/4 nuts on his good days.

      You said it yourself. He's terminal. He's also a Vet; they're not going to hold his hand and read him fairytales. They're not incompetent; they're very competent. They're just not going to spend limited resources on someone who can't be saved. They'll pump him full of morphine; you can read him the stories.

  10. REPORT: Harry Reid fingered in bribery case...drudge

    Indicted businessman ties Swallow to alleged scheme

    Jeremy Johnson says new A.G. brokered attempt to derail federal investigation.

    By Tom Harvey

    and Robert Gehrke

    | The Salt Lake Tribune
    First Published Jan 11 2013 11:59 pm • Updated 1 minute ago

    Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnson’s company go away.

    But when the federal government filed a lawsuit Johnson thought he had paid to quash, he demanded Swallow return some of the $250,000 initial payment. Then, just days before the Nov. 6 election, Johnson engaged in a frenetic but unsuccessful effort to get Swallow to drop out of the race, saying information about what Johnson called a "bribe" would come out and force the Republican’s resignation if he became attorney general.

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    Johnson’s allegations come less than a week after Swallow took the oath of office. Federal agents have interviewed several Utahns about Johnson’s relationship with Swallow, among other issues, according to those interviewed. The FBI would not comment.

    Johnson said he does not know if any of the money he paid in the deal actually reached anyone connected to Reid.

    Reid’s office declined to comment, spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said Friday.

  11. .

    To show I am unbiased on ethanol, I offer this up to Rufus as a means to judge how the nation and the government would view his proposal to build 3,000 ethanol refineries nationwide.

    Anyone can post a petition on the “We the People” site, launched by the White House. If a petition gets 25,000 signatures, the administration will respond. Administration officials have answered demands that the government recognize extraterrestrial life, allow online poker, legalize marijuana, remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance and ban Rush Limbaugh from Armed Forces Network radio.

    The only thing I ask in return is that if you get the required 25,000 signatures and submit the idea, that you return to the blog and let us know the response the government gives you.

    White House rejects ‘Death Star’ petition


    1. :)

      They reject the 'Death Star,' and you think they'll go for ethanol?

  12. Sandy Weill (allegedly) changed his mind about Too Big To Fail because he watched his $800M retirement shrink to $43M. Lance Armstrong lost all his big endorsements and is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit. He probably needs the money.

  13. I propose an 'Ethanol Free Day', in keeping with DRR's list, which warns against going round the same things endlessly, for the sake of mental health. Once a week, draw straws to pick the day.

    1. Also, a "Suck My Cock Free Day" and a "Fuck You Free Day" as well.

      This would shut Stem up for three days of the week, at least, which sounds like heaven.

    2. I offer up a totally "Bob Free Day" as an incentive to get this done.

    3. Fuck you Bob.

      You'll renege on the "Bob-free day," and I'll be left with nothing to talk about.

      Suck my cock.


  14. Treasury: We won’t mint a platinum coin to sidestep the debt ceiling

    Posted by Ezra Klein on January 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    The Treasury Department will not mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin to get around the debt ceiling. If they did, the Federal Reserve would not accept it.

    That’s the bottom line of the statement that Anthony Coley, a spokesman for the Treasury Department, gave me today. “Neither the Treasury Department nor the Federal Reserve believes that the law can or should be used to facilitate the production of platinum coins for the purpose of avoiding an increase in the debt limit,” he said.

    Damn, we're screwed. A perfectly plausible way out of our financial straightjacket is offered up, and the government rejects it.

    1. congress authorizes the spending and the revenue taking but when the ends don't meet on what they decreed they have to authorize the borrowing to do what they said they'd do?? And you guys think the is style of government is the bestest thing ever. How fucked up is that?

  15. Good lord your headings are becoming posts

  16. You mean the President rejected it.

    He is the Top Dog at Treasury, but not the Fed.