“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, December 21, 2013

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

Total US Certified Bullshit:


Duck Dynasty Continued

First, Bob Hope, touring the world in the year or so after the passage of the 1975 Consenting Adult Sex Bill:

“I’ve just flown in from California, where they’ve made homosexuality legal. I thought I’d get out before they make it compulsory.”

From Mark Steyn

The Age of Intolerance



  1. What in the world is a "Duck Dynasty"?

    Those four fellas, up top, they look like four back country peckerwoods.

    King Mallard


  2. I have no idea. Never watched the show. Doubt that I will. Just another made up fuss by the MOG.

    (Most Offended Generation)

  3. UPDATE:
    A&E Grapples With Death Threats And Clan Ultimatum On ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Suspension


    UPDATE, 2:45 PM: Some Washingtonians were disappointed this afternoon when no one stepped up to ask President Obama a Duck Dynasty question during his last news conference of the calendar year.

    The disappointed ones had a pool going, in re which reporter would ask POTUS a question about the recently suspended Duck Dynasty star.


    A&E has no plans to edit down, or out, show patriarch Phil Robertson’s appearances in the nine episodes that have already been completed of the show’s upcoming 10-episode fifth season, scheduled to debut on January 15.

    And it is hoping he will be back for Season 6.

    That said, the network is giving some thought to pushing back start of production on the next batch of episodes currently slated for spring, according to informed sources, as it attempts to see what it can salvage from the wreck left by this week’s GQ article and newly unearthed Phil video.

    In that 2010 video, Robertson is seen making an impassioned speech against the “gross sexual immorality” of “women with women” and “men with men.” The video, first uploaded by various attendees of a Wild Game Supper of the Berean Bible Church, somewhere in Pennsylvania, shows Robertson alternately demonstrating bird calls, defining his pursuit of happiness as “to blow a duck’s head smooth off,” and discussing the “shameful lust” going on in this country.

    “Women with women. Men with men.
    They committed indecent acts with one another.
    And they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion,”

    Robertson said in the video.
    “They’re full of murder, envy, strife, hatred.
    They are insolent, arrogant God haters.
    They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless, they invent ways of doing evil.”

    PREVIOUS, 8:47 AM:
    A&E Network has had to beef up security at its New York headquarters after receiving death threats and suspicious packages from people enraged about the network’s decision to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson.

    No formal meetings are schedule today between A&E and the Robertson clan, who yesterday issued a statement saying they “cannot imagine” doing the show without Phil —
    which, loosely translated, means “No Phil – no show.”

    That said, the network, which has had a good working relationship with the family
    (as the clan noted in its statement), is “always talking to them,”
    as one source with knowledge of the family said.

    The decision to suspend Phil Robertson triggered a firestorm and has created some strange bedfellows;
    last night Jon Stewart defended Phil’s “right to say ignorant shit” —
    joining Phil defenders Sarah Palin, who’d tweeted
    “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us,”
    and Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who’d pronounced it
    “It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended.”

  4. Network quiet amid petitions calling for boycott over 'Duck Dynasty' move
    By Breeanna Hare

    (CNN) -- While boycott petitions against "Duck Dynasty" home A&E take off, the network itself is staying quiet.

    Since its Wednesday decision to "indefinitely" suspend Phil Robertson, one of the stars of its highly rated reality series, A&E has yet to publicly clarify what the future of the show might be, what they'll do with their block of reruns, or even what it really means to be "indefinitely" suspended.

    The network's lack of communication has done nothing to stem the tide of detractors who strongly disagree with its decision to put Robertson on the bench over remarks quoted in GQ magazine, in which he called homosexuality a sin, citing the Bible. A petition demanding that Robertson be reinstated and the network issue an apology was steadily climbing toward 100,000 signatures Friday.

    A separate petition at a website called makes a similar appeal. Hosted by the online community Faith Driven Consumers, the website helps its members spend their money with companies that fall in line with their spiritual beliefs. The petition on had surpassed 130,000 signatures by Friday evening.

    Those who've signed the petition are asking for their "views (to) be treated with equality and respect in America's rich rainbow of diversity," and for the "network to immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to 'Duck Dynasty,' and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview."

    1. "While the LGBT community may be offended by his opposing viewpoint," that webstite continues, "your rash, discriminatory, and unfair treatment toward Mr. Robertson -- a recognized symbol of the faith community -- is a slap in the face to Faith Driven Consumers and everyday Americans alike."

      Both websites are urging people not to watch A&E programming in the meantime.

      So far, the number of petitioners doesn't compare with the millions that "Duck Dynasty" has drawn to A&E -- its fourth-season premiere in August set a record with 11.8 million watching, and the season finale in October brought in 8.4 million -- but those signatures would give any network exec flop sweat. Especially when the rest of the Robertson family has stoked the fire with a statement that suggests the future of the show might be in jeopardy.

      "We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm," the family said in a statement. "We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of 'Duck Dynasty.'"


  5. A&E (an initialism for its former name, the Arts & Entertainment Network[1]), is an American cable and satellite television channel that serves as the flagship television property of A+E Networks, a joint venture between

    the Hearst Corporation and Disney–ABC Television Group
    (both of which maintain a 50% ownership interest).

    The channel is headquartered in New York City and operates offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; London, England; Los Angeles, California and Stamford, Connecticut


  6. I'd rather go over Palouse Falls in a Kayak than watch the Duck Dynasty --

    We were camping out that way once, doing survival training, and one night Quirk wandered over to the river to take a leak, fell in, and went over the Falls without even a life belt.

    I saw him go over. The only thing I can compare it to is Slim Pickens riding that nuke bomb down into Russialand. Q was waving his arms and yelling 'yohooooooo....'.

    We hiked down the next morning, and there Q was sound asleep on the shore, snoring the vodka off.

    It was Augusts and the nights were warm.

    1. Which episode of Star Trek 'Next Generation' was that?

      Q was on about a half dozen episodes, I don't recall the plot points you describe in any of the shows that were broadcast. Could there be 'Lost Episodes', perhaps episodes that were made ...

      In the forest of your mind.


    2. If you watch Star Trek you're really a dumb fuck.

    3. wrote it, never watched it



    4. Who is bob?

      He is not the 'Most Interesting Man in the World'

      That fella who is so interesting, he can peak Spanish.

      Our contributor, 'Medicare bob', he no habla espanol.

  7. Borderland Beat Reporter Havana PuraSat Dec 21, 06:35:00 PM EST

    7 Bodies Found on One of the Busiest Beaches in Veracruz
    Borderland Beat Reporter Havana Pura

    Locals from the town of Alvarado, Veracruz reported finding seven half-buried bodies in a vacant area entering Playa La Cava. The bodies showed signs of torture and various gunshot wounds.

    Elements of the Secretary of the Mexican Navy, the Federal and State and officers of the Attorney General of the State (PGJE) moved immediately to the site where they were found the bodies of four men and three women.

    The discovery occurred last Thursday the 19th, but until now wasn't revealed.
    Police beat reporters who arrived at the scene said they received phone calls from Javier Duarte, government spokesman to not broadcast the news.

    The bodies were taken to the city medical examiner to determine the cause of death and identification.
    The perpetrators left no message with the bodies.
    The only thing that is known is that the victims had bruises on different parts of the body and marks from the gun.

    The area where the bodies were found is one of the main entrances to the beaches of Alvarado.
    Playa La Cava is one of the busiest entry point for tourists coming from all over the country.
    A mile away is the Anton Lizardon Naval Academy

    The PGJE said it has opened the ministerial case 429/2013.
    The statement came a day after the discovery the bodies.

    Sources: Aztecanoticias, Guerrerossme


  8. Anonymous sources are not as accountable as they could be.
    Only in rare and well-justified circumstances should anonymous
    sources be quoted or depended upon as sole sources.

    This article did not mention the release of information based on classified material,
    which The Post has a disturbing penchant for using.

    While I am sure that The Post believes that it is serving a great public purpose and is acting within constitutional boundaries, often such information is released for self-serving purposes and the paper may be complicit in breaking the law or aiding those who threaten our security.

    We may debate for many years whether Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor and whether he should have stayed in this country or run, but at least he had enough courage to allow his name to be published.

    If only some of The Post’s other sources had enough courage to be named and forthcoming.

    Mark Kane, Sterling

    1. In two decades teaching media criticism at Towson University, I have found that class discussions regarding anonymous sources are always among the most fascinating.

      In his comprehensive and fair analysis of the issues, Paul Farhi laid out the substantive journalistic necessity for such sourcing (e.g., for whistleblowers) as well as the potent dangers to journalistic credibility from its proliferative use.

      One general way to minimize overuse of anonymous sources is for all journalists to have a presumption against allowing anonymous sources.

      Anonymous quotes would be used only when the need for protection of the source, the lack of hidden motives of the source and the importance of the information are established clearly.

      Richard E. Vatz, Towson, Md.

  9. The Quackers are stone, cold, yuppie fakers. They went from country club frat boys to backwoods, good ol' boys in one fell marketing operation.

    Total fakery.





    2. Now, Morsi to stand trial for murder, prison break
      Times of India -

      CAIRO: Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi and 132 others, including members of Hamas, will stand trial for a prison break and the murder of officers during the 2011 uprising, the prosecution said.

    3. Rufus, JUST like you!!!!

      Fake marine can spot a fake redneck!

    4. Got all the nose marks of a Quirk Productions to me, if you got the ear for this kind of stuff.

      Whole thing was put together just outside Detroit.


    5. Whenever the defenders of the indefensible ran out of rational arguments, personal attacks are rarely far.

      Personal or ad hominem attacks are fallacious arguments directly directed at a named individual which serve as substitutes for that individual’s arguments.

      In football terminology, they play the player instead of the ball.



  10. Despite 20-year-old Eldo Kim’s goal of anonymity, his attempts to mask his identity led authorities right to his front door. Does that mean that Tor failed a user looking to delay his “Politics of American Education” exam? Not in the slightest.

    While the Harvard student did indeed use Tor, it was his other sloppy security measures that led to his arrest. The complaint says the university “was able to determine that, in the several hours leading up to the receipt of the e-mail messages … Eldo Kim accessed Tor using Harvard’s wireless network.”

    What Kim didn’t realize is that Tor, which masks online activity, doesn’t hide the fact that you are using the software. In analyzing the headers of the emails sent through the Guerrilla Mail account, authorities were able to determine that the anonymous sender was connected to the anonymity network.

    Using that conclusion, they then attempted to discern which students had been using Tor on the Harvard wireless network around the time of the threats. Before firing up Tor, Kim had to log on to the school’s wireless system, which requires users to authenticate with a username and password. By going through network logs and looking for users who connected to the publicly-known IP addresses that are part of the Tor network, the university was able to cross-reference users that were using both Tor and its wireless internet around the time the bomb threats were received.

    Given how quickly he was found, Kim was likely one of the few—if not the only—individuals on Tor around on Monday morning. According to authorities, he “anonymously” emailed threats including “”bombs placed around campus” at 8:30 a.m. to the Harvard University Police Department, two officials of Harvard University and the president of the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper.

    Shortly thereafter, Harvard police called in the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Secret Service, the Cambridge Police Department, the Boston Police Department and the Cambridge Fire Department. Around 3 p.m., long after Kim’s exam had been canceled, officials concluded that the threats were a hoax and reopened the buildings.

    Kim was taken into custody on Monday—identified as one of the few Harvard wireless users who was also on Tor at the time. When interviewed by an FBI agent and an officer with the Harvard University Police Department that night, Kim admitted to sending the bomb threat emails and said that he acted alone. The complaint says Kim was “motivated by a desire to avoid a final exam” scheduled to be held on Monday. Kim is set to appear in U.S. District Court later on Wednesday. If convicted, he could face a maximum of five years in prison, three years of suspended release, and a $250,000 fine.

    And to think he could have had gotten away with it had he just used the wireless internet at a local Cambridge coffee shop.

  11. The Duck Dynasty controversy may be starting to scare off the show’s retail quarry.

    The Cracker Barrel chain quietly pulled some of its Duck Dynasty-branded products from its restaurants on Friday, then promptly found itself in the cross-hairs of the show’s outraged fans.

    One Virginia-based ABC affiliate reported that local Cracker Barrel employees were ordered to remove some Duck Dynasty products and slash prices on others that remained on the shelves by 50 percent. The restaurant chain defended its decision with a statement on its Facebook page:

    Cracker Barrel’s mission is Pleasing People.
    We operate within the ideals of fairness, mutual respect and equal treatment of all people.
    These ideals are the core of our corporate culture.
    We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores.
    We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation. We continually evaluate the products we offer and will continue to do so.

    Unsurprisingly, some Duck Dynasty people were less than pleased (the top comment on the company’s page:

    “Sad. Worried about offending gays? What about offending Christians???????????”).

    It’s not entirely clear if the merchandise involved were products from the A&E series or the Robertson family’s own Duck Commander line.


  12. I've been to many a Cracker Barrel, never seen a black in one yet.

    1. What does the customer profile of a Cracker
      Barrel have to do with Robertson being a homophobic redneck?

      Are you saying that Robertson is a racist, too?

      Speak plainly, Anonymous, please.

      Just how evil is Mr Robertson?


    2. "The Cracker Barrel - For Safe Friendly Apartheid Family Dining"

    3. AnonymousSat Dec 21, 09:39:00 PM EST
      I've been to many a Cracker Barrel, never seen a black in one yet.

      Say what!



    1. Is Sunny another homophobic Robertson?


  14. Soon will be time for my annual "Ernest Saves Christmas" clips !!!!!

    Stay alert.

  15. Fuck! If you folk are just now cottoning on to duck dynasty you are pitifully out of fucking touch!!!

    1. You are all simply bending over and smelling your own ass holes and thinking "my that smells nice". No friggin clue if the world you inhabit.

    2. Sorry Ash. You are surely correct. Since I don't watch TV I am lost indeed. What's going on at "The Young and the Restless" these days?

      You must know, being so 'with it'.


    3. Ash is hip, dude, Canadian hip.


    4. Ash is not 'fucking out of touch', he's tuned in, turned on, hasn't dropped out......


    5. Heh, good old Ash.

      Always brings a smile to the face and joy to the heart.......laughter to the belly......good will all round.......

    6. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Ash.

      I mean it. Hope your stocks soar and your wife remains content, etc........

    7. .

      ...cottoning on...?

      Lausy, that Ash.

      Coming around here throwing around them new hip hoppity rap terms like he is some dude like E. Ness, Dice Raw, Reef The Lost Cauze, or even Miley Cyrus.


    8. .

      You are all simply bending over and smelling your own ass holes and thinking "my that smells nice". No friggin clue if the world you inhabit.

      No friggin clue if the world you inhabit?

      That is wack my brother. I'm thinking the Ashster is bent maybe even crunk, come here hatin on the brothers like that. I use to think the bizzle was dope , that he had game. Now he comes around all gangsta like some wizzle player-hating fool who thinks he's down. I don't know why he's buggin but I think it's time for him to dip and get ghost.


    9. No, no, no Ash shoots sub par. He makes this blog, he is so wonderfully naïve and culpable. He is the cherry on top the ice cream soda, the star on the Christmas tree, the eagle taking flight, the diamond in the rough, and, as the girls say, the head of the pecker.

      Good Ol' Ash !!!!!

  16. Just as a practical matter I think all this anal thumping and humping would not be good for immune system.


    1. Are Robertson's genetic homophobes, or do they come to it individually?
      The question, really, are the Robertson's a religion, race, or just another Lost Tribe of Europeans?



  17. When butt thumping leads to an inflamed and enlarged prostate, Urine sometimes leaks into one's balls.
    Those balls then feel like they are on fire.

  18. Literary pop question for the dim witted and ill read this Christmas Season:

    In which short story did Ernest Hemingway mock "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens and the Victorians in general?

    Ans: later but before Christmas

  19. <font color="yellow"> yellow text </font>

    ta da!

    1. Thanks, T. I've been away from HTML for years.

      ...and of course HTML 5 doesn't use the font tag like than no more.

  20. Replies
    1. Heh :)

      I think it's a double con. Them boys weren't ever family men..........they're all a bunch of San Francisco queers pulling the wool over EVERYONE.

      That's what I think.

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