“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, March 22, 2014

Man's feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell. ~Jean Paul Richter

The Elephant Bar and Libertarian are closed. Best of luck and fortune to all. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all for your gifts and shared views. I have nothing more to say.

- Deuce


  1. Hellllloooooo hello hello

  2. So I called up the Captain,
    "Please bring me my wine"
    He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine"
    And still those voices are calling from far away,
    Wake you up in the middle of the night
    Just to hear them say...

    Welcome to the Hotel California
    Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
    Such a lovely face
    They livin' it up at the Hotel California
    What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
    Bring your alibis

    Mirrors on the ceiling,
    The pink champagne on ice
    And she said "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device"
    And in the master's chambers,
    They gathered for the feast
    They stab it with their steely knives,
    But they just can't kill the beast

    Last thing I remember, I was
    Running for the door
    I had to find the passage back
    To the place I was before
    "Relax, " said the night man,
    "We are programmed to receive.

  3. Just got to the Great East. Places like Moscow, Iowa, raw towns we live and die in, as a poet once said. Going on an Alaska Cruise soon, then mighty Europa.

    Still thinking of putting up a Hamdoon's Blog one of these months, will post the address here if this joint is still open.

    Can't seem to bring myself to the thought of living without Quirk around.

    Look at this -

    did you know you can get nagged to death?

    Tata, much later


  4. Not able to face life without Quirk?

    Now that's what I call a CHARACTER FAULT !

  5. For 100 years all good communists from Russia and China have been campaigning against the Western European Running Dog Empires, while pushing Running dog Empires of our own and my friends this is straight poop from the hoarse mouth.

    The Western Powers, invaders, occupiers, exploiters and oppressors, armed struggling was justified and guns were sent all over the world to Kill Europeans and the running dog Swedes took part dovetailing the KGB operations and my very good friend Vladimir.

    Now Ukraine poses big Question:

    It is Ukraine which is being invaded, and mentally challenged Euro Bureaucrats are failing to respond.

    According to the previous political practices of various European Countries, the Ukrainian People now have the right to rise up in arms against the Illegal Invaders, Occupiers, Exploiters and Oppressors.

    And to remove those which are betraying the Ukrainian Wealth, Heritage, Space, and Benefits to the Invaders.Trust me, there is very much more plenty to say, but now I have to go badly.

  6. Meanwhile, during our Holiday, Rufus, black coat, white collar, reports on "The German Energy Miracle" here -

    "All that is needed is absolute faith."

  7. I hit them all, Hu Dat, the Madison, the Gallatin, the Jefferson, and the Yellowstone, on the way east.

    I've purchased three hundred miles of the Gallatin out of Big Timber for you, and I.

  8. My machines are dozing Big Timber now to improve the scenery.

  9. Beginning with the Motels -

  10. You know, really, there's hardly a tree in all of Big Timber worthy of the name.

  11. Quirk once worked an entire summer in Big Timber changing sheets at a motel there. Said he was 'working undercover again'.

    He was really paying off a Forest Service fine incurred while fishing with barbed hooks in a barb-less area.


  13. Yesterday, at 2:00 PM, the world's 10th largest economy was producing over twice as much electricity from Renewables as it was from Coal and Nat Gas, Combined. (almost 3 times as much if you count Hydro.)

    California ISO

  14. Oh, Happy Day to all you "Mothers."

  15. I've tried to participate at Belmont but it sucks over there. Faux intellectuals!!

    1. You mean to say, they laughed you out of the house again?

      You will always have a dunce chair here.


    2. Naw. Fernandez spends all his time rambling to and fro pontificating on how all is bad on account of Obama and his chorus simply says hallelujah. No decent discussion, no historical analysis, just bitching and moaning that Obama causes it all. You'd fit right in if you could only learn to log in and post.

    3. Old Doug spends all his time kissing ass and trying to fit in.

  16. Those wingnuts over there are probably pretty grouchy; their side hasn't had a particularly good couple of months.

  17. Ah, good, we are one testimony away from knowing what the President emailed/knew and when he emailed/knew concerning Benghazi.

    The underwear are about to slip to the President's knees.

  18. It is not going to be a pretty sight, and right before the elections, too.

  19. Ash, I tried to fit in over at your place, but it's closed.

    Why don't you open up again and we can blah blah blah there.

    Your chance to be a big banana.


  20. You and Quirk could sell lemonade on the side.

    It is summer.


  21. Ah, my people, the smerds......