“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, February 12, 2013

Feb. 12, 2:05 a.m. — The Korean Central News Agency reports that North Korea succeeded in its third underground nuclear test. “The test was carried out as part of practical measures of counteraction to defend the country’s security and sovereignty in the face of the ferocious hostile act of the U.S. which wantonly violated the DPRK’s legitimate right to launch satellite for peaceful purposes.”

North Korea confirms 'successful' nuclear test

North Korea has confirmed that it has carried out its third nuclear test, after international monitors detected seismic activity close to the nation's nuclear test site

The North Korean regime said it had "successfully" detonated a miniaturised nuclear device with "greater explosive force" in an underground test.

"A third nuclear test has been successfully staged," the state-run Korean Central News agency said.

"The nuclear test was conducted as part of measures to protect our national security and sovereignty against the reckless hostility of the United States that violated our republic's right for a peaceful satellite launch," KCNA said.

The confirmation came after monitors in Seoul, Japan and the US detected an "artificial quake" at 11:57am Korean time (02:57 GMT).
The South Korean Yonhap news agency said it measured 5.1 in magnitude and was located in Kilju county, where the Punggye-ri test site is located.
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The US Geological Survey measured it as a 4.9-magnitude quake at a very shallow depth of just 0.6 miles.

South Korea raised its military alert level after reports of a quake and the presidential office said that it was "likely" to be a nuclear test, according to Yonhap. Shortly later, a UN Security Council diplomat confirmed it was a nuclear test.

"We've been informed by the South Koreans that there's been a (North Korean) nuclear test," a UN Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

North Korea is not prone to seismic activity. It conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
The reclusive and isolated state is banned under United Nations Security Council resolutions from developing nuclear and missile technology.

Confirmation of the test throws down a stark security and diplomatic challenge to US President Barack Obama at the start of his second term, and to regional neighbours China, Japan and South Korea, all of which have new or incoming leaders.

The UN Security Council has convened an emergency meeting to discuss the test later today.

The first priority for the international community will be determining the precise nature and yield of any test and what it reveals about the technical level of the North's nuclear weapons programme.

The United States and its allies have been on edge since North Korea said last month it will conduct its third nuclear test to protest against toughened sanctions over a December rocket launch that the UN called a cover for a banned missile test.

North Korea's powerful National Defence Commission said Jan. 23 that the United States was its prime target for a nuclear test and long-range rocket launches. North Korea accuses Washington of leading the push to punish Pyongyang for its December rocket launch.

Last October, a spokesman from the commission told state media that the country had built a missile capable of striking the United States, but did not provide further details. A missile featured in an April 2012 military parade appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, but its authenticity has not been verified by foreign experts.


  1. Would anyone care to guess how many times North Korea was mentioned in recent confirmation hearings for America's next Secretary of Defense?


  2. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on Monday that the US measure "seriously violates the norms of international relations and harms China's interests."

    "China urges the United States to immediately correct its mistaken policy and revoke these irrational sanctions toward the relevant companies and individuals and cease taking actions that harm China's interests and China-US relations," the statement further read.

    The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a Chinese businessman and a number of firms over the allegation that they have sold Iran items banned under the US Arms Control Act and its Export Administration Act.

    According to a notice published on the US Federal Register website, the sanctions took effect on February 5.

    The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

    Over the false allegation, Washington and the European Union have imposed several rounds of illegal unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

    Iran refutes the allegation and argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

    The latest US sanctions, announced on February 5, target Iranian oil revenues.

  3. Wonder how many Iranians were at the North Korean nuke test?

    DOZENs if not hundreds.

    So how many times was IRAN mentioned at the HAGEL hearings?


    and why?


    AND Israel will be the edge of the knife in that battle.

    like it or not...

    Obama will not do anything to stop Iran and North Korea from nuking 1/2 the world

    1. If Iran did not have technicians at the test site, they would have to be out of their minds:

      Iran is surrounded by US military bases, has been the obsession of the US Congress and has been under constant economic warfare that is destroying their economy . Not to mention, two neighboring countries have been under continuous US military assault for the past ten years. The US has been sending drones over Iranian borders and has nuclear war ships off Iranian shores.

      Israeli politicians and their agents in the US have been beating the war drums against Iran and have been making terrorist attacks against Iranian nuclear scientists.

      What could possibly motivate the Iranians to want to become a nuclear power?

    2. More than half the US population distrusts American politicians. (Now, take a breath and try and use your brain.) Why would foreigners hold US politicians in higher regard? Why would they trust them?

      Netanyahu could not get a majority of Israelis to support him. Why would Iranians trust him?

      If you want to successfully deal with people, you better put aside your feeling of moral and intellectual superiority. You can also this admonition…all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

    3. What could possibly motivate the Iranians to want to become a nuclear power?

      The Koran, and lust for power.

      Lust for power is universal, the Koran an added vitamin pill. Throw in an apocalyptic outlook, it becomes very worrisome.

    4. If you want to successfully deal with people, you better put aside your feeling of moral and intellectual superiority. You can also this admonition…all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

      And don't forget - The meek shall inherit the earth.

      Therefore we should disarm, become humble, and put aside our feelings of moral and intellectual superiority. And dig our graves.

      Blessed are the meek; they shall inherit wrath

      Theodore Roethke (granted a little out of context)

  4. That Gal is hot.
    ...unless she's a guy.

  5. North Korea as a threat to World Peace will become moot once Obama eliminates our Nuclear Arsenal.
    ...Die Welt will Follow, and World Peace will reign forever.

  6. Putin will trade their nuclear stockpile for two nipple rings for his next middle age uberman photoshoot.

  7. "A missile featured in an April 2012 military parade appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, but its authenticity has not been verified by foreign experts"


    The second stage was carved out of Balsa Wood.

  8. Withering Competition

    32. Harold -

    Silicon Valley also benefits from having turned the most beautiful city in the country into a playground and bedroom for it's employees.
    And it's the only place to be for many of these ultra-liberal capitalists.
    Stanford, Berkeley, et-al are added attractions.

    How Google's Buses Are Ruining San Francisco

    It's become common practice for Silicon Valley-based tech firms, like Google, Apple, and Facebook, to shuttle its employees to and from work on Wi-Fi equipped private buses with cushy, leather seats.

    There are more than 1,700 tech companies in San Francisco, which employ about 44,000 people.

    Not everyone rides these buses, but those that do are making the housing hunt in San Francisco increasingly more difficult.

    "At the actual open houses, dozens of people who looked like students would show up with chequebooks and sheaves of resumés and other documents and pack the house, literally: it was like a cross between being at a rock concert without a band and the Hotel Rwanda," Solnit writes. "There were rumours that these young people were starting bidding wars, offering a year’s rent in advance, offering far more than was being asked. These rumours were confirmed."

    In several neighborhoods throughout San Francisco, rent has gone up between 10 and 135 percent over the past year, Solnit writes.

    Here's A Map To Silicon Valley's Cushy Private Buses

    Amazing that all this exists a short trip away from the increasingly lawless and impoverished central valley.

    80 years from now when Brown is 160 years old and again becomes Governor, he will be reduced to lighting a fart in response to Gas Rich Texas.

  9. 'The Most Important Document Ever To Come Out Of The Valley'

    Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, is a big fan of a presentation published by Netflix.

    She loves it so much, she said it "may well be the most important document ever to come out of the Valley."

    The presentation was created by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and it was first published in 2011. It's an easy-to-skim slideshow called Freedom & Responsibility Culture that explains the company's management philosophy.

    Why does Sandberg feel it is so important?

    Hastings mentioned a number of new, controversial ideas in the document. For example, Netflix has a "no vacation policy" for its employees. Its staff is allowed to take off as many days as they want, as long as they do so responsibly.

    Other things in the presentation that caused a stir:
    "Outstanding" employees only. Netflix doesn't accept anyone who does an "adequate" job (Hastings says those hires often lead to "generous severance packages").

    "Freedom and responsibility" vs command-and-control: Employees get to make decisions; managers just give them the right context to do so.

    No "brilliant jerks." It doesn't matter how good you are at the job. If you're a jerk, you won't stick around Netflix for long.

    The document has been read more than 3 million times on Slideshare and many of Hastings' controversial ideas have been implemented by other companies, including Business Insider.

  10. Kim Jong-Un Is John Bender In 'The Breakfast Club'—With Nukes

    It appears North Korea may have detonated a nuclear device last night.

    It's not as though Pyongyang didn't warn us, and pull off a nifty rocket launch back in December.

    Just weeks after accepting a new round of sanctions, Pyongyang redoubled its commitment to perform a third and “higher-level” nuclear test."

    Lest there be any mistake, or nuclear confusion, DPRK's new leader Kim Jong-Un made sure to clarify the latest test would "target" the U.S.

    If the 4.9 level seismic disturbance originating in a tectonically placid region of North Korea last night is in fact the promised detonation, it's time for a bit of reflection.

    A 4.9 inspiring blast on the Richter is nothing to sneeze at, but then it's not exactly mad scientist scale weaponry either. The Soviet Union voluntary banned all nuclear tests registering 4.75 and below in 1960 and make no mistake, the Soviet's made a punchy nuke even back in the day.

    But if Pyongyang thinks the distance between its long-range rocket launch and its possible nuclear test are more than graceful scheduling, it's sadly mistaken. A big boom and a successful rocket launch do not a nuclear missile make.

    But maybe it doesn't really need to. With the region girding up for potential disputes in the South and East China Seas, perhaps Pyongyang just wants to cause enough of a ruckus to be placated. It's list of dwindling necessities is as long as it is diverse, and any assistance would be a mercy.

    It could work, because in the Pacific Rim, Pyongyang's bellicose mini-triumph registered tremors far greater than 4.9 on the Richter scale.

    After imploring the North to hold off on the test, China will be forced to formally respond. Beijing has its plate full taking on Tokyo and pursuing China's claim upon a small string of Islands in the East China Sea. Taiwan also has a hankering for the island's, but how could Beijing focus on that when it has Pyongyang clamoring for attention like a slighted youth?

    Perhaps it's not too much too imagine that if some uniquely spoiled folks tired of not getting the attention they demanded, they might use a little atom splitting in lieu of stomping their feet and screaming for all they're worth? When it's the gang in North Korea, maybe it's more likely than not.

    Pyongyang's rulers and Kim Jong-Un perhaps in particular are a bit like Judd Nelson's character in "Breakfast Club," John Bender, taking a futile stand against principal Richard Vernon (the U.S.):

    The atomic test goes off without a hitch ...
    Richard Vernon/The U.S.: What was that?
    John Bender/North Korea: Eat ... My ... Shorts.
    Vernon/U.S.: You just bought yourself another Saturday.
    Bender/North Korea: Ooh, I'm crushed.
    Vernon/U.S.: You just bought one more.
    Bender/North Korea: Well I'm free the Saturday after that. Beyond that, I'm going to have to check my calendar.
    Vernon/U.S.: Good, cause it's going to be filled. We'll keep going. You want another one? Just say the word say it. Instead of going to prison you'll come here. Are you through?
    Bender/North Korea: No.
    Vernon/U.S.: I'm doing society a favor.
    Bender/North Korea: So?
    Vernon/U.S.: That's another one right now! I've got you for the rest of your natural born life if you don't watch your step. You want another one?
    Bender/North Korea: Yes.
    Vernon/U.S.: You got it! You got another one right there! That's another one pal!
    Claire Standish/Russia: Cut it out! I "decisively condemn" this!
    Vernon/U.S.: You through?
    Bender/North Korea: Not even close bud!
    Vernon/U.S.: Good! You got one more right there!
    Bender/North Korea: You really think I give a shit?
    Vernon/U.S.: Another! You through?

    John Bender: How many is that?

    Vernon/U.S.: Now it's eight.

    1. ...That's the last time, Bender. That's the last time you ever make me look bad in front of those kids, you hear me?

      I call for "further swift and credible action by the international community!"


      How many is that for Pyongyang, and what's left? Even John Bender knew detention, or sanctions, held only so much power. What now as Chinese ships paint the Japanese Navy with fire-control radar and South Korean ground troops in the DMZ have standing orders to return fire all day long?

      Pyongyang created a muffled explosion it wants the world to believe was a nuclear test. Ok, so what is the world going to do about it?

      Is anyone over there asking what comes next or are they mindlessly racking up detention days like its 1985?

  11. Let's face it: if it is the fate of mankind to be annihilated in a nuclear war, North Korea is not the most likely source.

    1. What jack - you think North Korea is the most likely source of nuclear war?? I would have thought Iran would have been your choice.

    2. iran and north korea are the same....


    3. oh, riiiight, I forgot how Islamic those North Koreans are...

  12. North Korea is the proliferator...doncha get it? A.Q. Khan, Pakistan, the Iranians.

    Let's not be dense.

  13. While most are fascinated only with the misnamed "Arab spring" some are keeping an storm eye on the Pacific and raised credible warnings about the geo-political machinations of China, Korea, and Japan.

  14. Mr Khan is a Pakistaani, not NorK.

    The proliferation emenates from the Paki/Saudi coalition, financed by US

    1. desert ratTue Feb 12, 11:20:00 AM EST
      Mr Khan is a Pakistaani, not NorK.

      The proliferation emenates from the Paki/Saudi coalition, financed by US

      Wow, deep thoughts....

      reminds me of the dialogue one used to hear at the "Cheers" bar, in between yells for "NORM".

    2. :)

      The Federal/Socialists are behind all the proliferation, it emanates from them, we are the proliferator

  15. An unnamed "senior American official" suggests that North Korea is not just testing nukes for itself, but also for (and possibly with) the Iranians. The New York Times reports:

    No country is more interested in the results of the North’s nuclear program, or the Western reaction, than Iran, which is pursuing its own uranium enrichment program. The two countries have long cooperated on missile technology, and many intelligence officials believe they share nuclear knowledge as well, though so far there is no hard evidence.

    The Iranians are also pursuing uranium enrichment, and one senior American official said two weeks ago that “it’s very possible that the North Koreans are testing for two countries.” Some believe that the country may have been planning two simultaneous tests, but it could take time to sort out the data.

  16. Let's not forget to celebrate the birth of a very good man today, Abraham Lincoln. Our nation was once half slave plantation - and now our freedoms are available to all. Our task now, in remembrance of Abe, is to make sure we retain what has been passed down to us.

    1. February 12, 2013
      Losing Lincoln's Legacy
      By Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison

      Lincoln and Obama compared.

  17. Khan was selling info and equipment all around, was he not? It's like a bunch of biker gangs, trading weapons and plans around. You'd need a flow chart to follow it all.

    But we will be OK, folks. We got Barky, Reporting for Duty, Fudd, and Jester to defend us.


  18. Indeed, Iran's nuclear weapons programme bears many striking similarities to the research being undertaken in North Korea. The delivery system for Iran's nuclear device is an advanced form of the Soviet-era Scud missile – just like the North Koreans. And Iranian scientists are working on a project similar to the North Koreans which would enable them to attach a nuclear device comprising enriched uranium to the missiles.
    We should not be surprised, though, by the similarities between the two programmes. Both Iran and North Korea have benefited from the expert advice they have received from Dr AQ Khan, the "father" of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, and teams of nuclear scientists regularly shuttle between Tehran and Pyongyang to share their research material.
    And the fact that North Korea has been able to detonate three nuclear devices with relative impunity will only serve to encourage Iran that, when the time comes, it will be able to test a device of its own without any unwelcome interference from the West.

    1. And nuke the black rock of Mecca is your answer.

      As Doug is wont to say:


  19. Humorous interlude -

    Oops: WaPo retracts report Sarah Palin is going to Al Jazeera
    posted at 1:21 pm on February 12, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

    Jerry Sandusky is not being considered for Pope, either.

  20. Khan was the Pakistani Army.
    He had their proxy.
    He had their aircraft.
    He was their man, then, now.

    Why do some fear the Shiite without a nuke and not Wahabbi with dozens?

  21. "North Korea is an example where direct, tough diplomacy that lays out clear choices to rogue regimes for good and bad behavior can lead to change. When the United States was engaged, the pace of Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons was slowed; when we were not, it quickened. While there has been some promising progress, it’s important that all of North Korea’s claims are verified. If they are not, we should move quickly to reimpose sanctions that have been waived, and consider new restrictions going forward. As President, Barack Obama will work with diligence and determination with our friends and allied to end the threat of North Korea and to secure a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula."

    That thinking matches the pseudo-realist view expressed repeatedly by Obama’s new nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)--that (((the danger of regimes such as Iran and North Korea is amplified by, or even caused by, U.S. failure to “engage.”))) Obama’s extreme self-confidence emboldened his campaign promise not just to contain North Korea, but to convince it to abandon nuclear weapons entirely.

    It's all our fault. Just like with Iran. All our fault. There is poor North Korea, surrounded by nuclear armed states like Japan, South Korea, and their friends the Chinese......

    Remember When Obama Promised to 'Eliminate North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Programs'?

  22. TEST #3: 'Miniaturized, lighter'.....drudge

    Might fit in a VW Bus, who knows.

    Might be able to drive it into Phoenix, or Vegas.....

  23. Why do some fear the Shiite without a nuke and not Wahabbi with dozens?

    It is not the Shiite without a nuke that people fear, but the Shiite with a nuke.

    1. Which is of course why lots of people would like to stop the Shiites from building nukes.

      "“We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah; for patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land burn. I say let it go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world”

      The late Supreme Leader and founder of the Iranian ‘1979 Islamic Revolution’, Ayatollah Khomeini

      This kind of rhetoric continues to this day, and is unnerving to many more gentle souls.

  24. So, did the Chinese give the OK to the North Koreans for this nuclear test?

  25. Gotterdammerung in Big Bear

    by Micha F. Lindemans
    Ragnarok ("Doom of the Gods"), also called Gotterdammerung, means the end of the cosmos in Norse mythology. It will be preceded by Fimbulvetr, the winter of winters. Three such winters will follow each other with no summers in between. Conflicts and feuds will break out, even between families, and all morality will disappear. This is the beginning of the end.

    The wolf Skoll will finally devour the sun, and his brother Hati will eat the moon, plunging the earth [into] darkness. The stars will vanish from the sky. The cock Fjalar will crow to the giants and the golden cock Gullinkambi will crow to the gods. A third cock will raise the dead.

    The earth will shudder with earthquakes, and every bond and fetter will burst, freeing the terrible wolf Fenrir. The sea will rear up because Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent, is twisting and writhing in fury as he makes his way toward the land. With every breath, Jormungand will stain the soil and the sky with his poison. The waves caused by the serpent's emerging will set free the ship Naglfar, and with the giant Hymir as their commander, the giants will sail towards the battlefield. From the realm of the dead a second ship will set sail, and this ship carries the inhabitants of hell, with Loki as their helmsman. The fire giants, led by the giant Surt, will leave Muspell in the south to join against the gods. Surt, carrying a sword that blazes like the sun itself, will scorch the earth.

    Meanwhile, Heimdall will sound his horn, calling the sons of Odin and the heroes to the battlefield. From all the corners of the world, gods, giants, dwarves, demons and elves will ride towards the huge plain of Vigrid ("battle shaker") where the last battle will be fought. Odin will engage Fenrir in battle, and Thor will attack Jormungand. Thor will victorious, but the serpent's poison will gradually kill the god of thunder. Surt will seek out the swordless Freyr, who will quickly succumb to the giant. The one-handed Tyr will fight the monstrous hound Garm and they will kill each other. Loki and Heimdall, age-old enemies, will meet for a final time, and neither will survive their encounter. The fight between Odin and Fenrir will rage for a long time, but finally Fenrir will seize Odin and swallow him. Odin's son Vidar will at once leap towards the wolf and kill him with his bare hands, ripping the wolf's jaws apart.

    Then Surt will fling fire in every direction. The nine worlds will burn, and friends and foes alike will perish. The earth will sink into the sea.

    After the destruction, a new and idyllic world will arise from the sea and will be filled with abundant supplies. Some of the gods will survive, others will be reborn. Wickedness and misery will no longer exist and gods and men will live happily together. The descendants of Lif and Lifthrasir will inhabit this earth.

    Ragnarök does not mean "Twilight of the Gods"; that phrase is the result of a famous mistranslation. "Ragnarökr" or "Ragnarøkr" means "doom of the powers" or "destruction of the powers" (where "powers" means "gods").

    Dorner goes out in grand style, ammunition exploding in the flames, smoke rising to the sky, whole drama broadcast to the world.

    1. Only evidence left is the dental records.

  26. If Campbell were around to ask, I'd ask him if the Shiite end of the world mahdi craparoo was an analogue/take off on the old Norse/Germanic Gotterdammerung.

  27. I'd love to watch Obama do a dry anal rape on Boehner, just see John's cute little smile in response.

    I used to think Denny was the worst ever, but Boehner takes the cake.
    Makes me want to forget Dad and Grandad are from Toledo.

    Holy Fuckin Toledo!
    ...where have you gone?

  28. ...just watched two minutes w/the sound off to avoid puking, there was John applauding and smiling at our maximum leader.

  29. At least he took out another racist LA Cop in the process.
    Our New Hero for the New Millenium.

    ...they said he knew how to fly, I was hoping for a mini 9-11, just to see how the young lefties on Twitter could justify that slaughter of innocents with the race card.

    Twits indeed.

  30. Shit!
    That WAS MY summer Hangout.
    ...I'm taking the insurance money and staying put.
    Damned if I want to get MORE involved w/this shit.

  31. "•The science of identifying remains | 6:37 p.m."

    Let's see, Black (Char-Broiled) male, 6 foot six, 300 lbs.

    That is a toughie.

  32. •Fugitive held couple hostage

    That musta been fun.

  33. "Riverside Officer Michael Crain, 34, a married father of two who served two tours in Kuwait as a rifleman in the Marines, was killed in the attack. His partner remains hospitalized, Police Chief Sergio Diaz said, and it was unclear if he would be able to return to active duty."


    Hard not to love that guy, maybe I'll take up Tweeting.


  34. Be still, my heart. Dr Benjamin Carson is freeing up time and energy to pursue his passions in politics and education, retiring from surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Could world-renowned, up-from-the mean-streets of Detroit inspirational figure be the Man on a White Horse who could rescue America from the fiscal and social death spiral the progressives have foisted upon us?

    February 12, 2013
    Dr. Ben Carson leaving Johns Hopkins surgery post
    Thomas Lifson

    1. They made a movie about him, Cuba Gooding, I've got the link, I'll get it tonite sometime.

      Coulter said he was 1 of 24, I think!
      No dad, mom couldn't read, but required him to read 2 books a month, or a week.
      Most amazing story.

  35. After acclaimed neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson's National Prayer Breakfast speech last week went viral, a 90-minute film of his remarkable life story is making the rounds on the internet.

    The video Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, which stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., and was originally aired in 2009 on TNT, can be viewed in full here. It portrays Carson's struggle to overcome a broken home, poverty, and racial prejudice to become one of the world's most renowned brain surgeons. Carson is the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    In his National Prayer Breakfast remarks, Carson humorously, but pointedly, chastised President Obama – who sat near the podium – for his overreach in healthcare, taxation, and the national debt, and said the U.S. needs a system that rewards private initiative and lets people take charge of their own lives through education and the help of God.

  36. Doubt if he has the Herman Caine problem, but the left will do their damndest, and Ash will follow along like a good puppy.

  37. .

    I couldn't watch Obama's speech. There was a Bug Bang Theory marathon on. However, from what I heard as far as analysis after the speech, it appears Obama did not mention a single spending cut.

    Appropriate for Fat Tuesday.


    1. .

      Actually, that was a Big Bang Theory marathon. The Bug Bang Theory is on Thursdays on the Animal Planet network.


    2. I can see how you would be confused, following the Bang Big And Bug Out Theory as you do in business, and pleasure too.

  38. Replies
    1. Surely you didn't think that was funny.

      What's the point?

      It was idiotic from start to finish.

    2. .

      As was much of your commentary on the hearing.

      The hearings were a joke. This merely the typical SNL satire of the childish posturing we see in Congress.

      Live with it.


    3. .

      And don't worry about it. Due to pressure from the ADL, this skit never aired.

      This Saturday, you can expect SNL will have a skit on about the Pope resigning. It to will be satire. I doubt you will have Opus Dei, the Knights of Columbus, or the Council of Bishops rising up in righteous indignation.

      If they do, they are dicks.

      I don't trust anyone so sensitive they can't laugh at themselves.


    4. Fellatio on a mule? har har har

      Kids stay up late these days.

      At least the ADL has some taste.

  39. .



    Admittedly, it was a little crude and juvenile, similar to the questioning of Hagel by the GOP.

    A bunch of old farts with their panties in a twist because Hagel wouldn't go along with their pompous pronouncements on feel good 'Sentiment of the Senate' documents that carry less weight than when they name a post office or side street. Poor babies.

    Looking at the actual hearings, it was hard to tell which was hearing and which was satire.