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The Monseigneur



May 17, 2011 – Comments (13)

"Monseigneur, one of the great lords in power at the Court, held his fortnightly reception in his grand hotel in Paris. Monseigneur was in his inner room, his sanctuary of sanctuaries, the Holiest of Holiests to the crowd of worshippers in the suite of rooms without. Monseigneur was about to take his chocolate. Monseigneur could swallow a great many things with ease, and was by some few sullen minds supposed to be rather rapidly swallowing France; but, his morning's chocolate could not so much as get into the throat of Monseigneur, without the aid of four strong men besides the Cook.

Yes. It took four men, all four men, all four ablaze with gorgeous decoration, and the Chief of them unable to exist with fewer than two gold watches in his pocket, emulative of the noble and chaste fashion set by Monseigneur, to conduct the happy chocolate to Monseigneur's lips. One lacquey carried the chocolate-pot into the sacred presence; a second, milled and frothed the chocolate with the little instrument he bore for that function; a third, presented the favoured napkin; a fourth (he of the two gold watches), poured the chocolate out. It was impossible for Monseigneur to dispense with one of these attendants on the chocolate and hold his high place under the admiring Heavans. Deep would have been the blot upon his escutcheon if his chocolate had been ignobly waited on by only three men; he must have died of two."

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens


Whenever I am told that our problems would be solved with just a little more regulation (which can't ever be quantified, even by those who think you should quantify everything) or just a little more government control (how much exactly is never spoken), I like to think if the Monseigneur.

The Monseigneur was caught with his pants down (pun intended) the other day.  He wanted some Afternoon Delight but perhaps she did not.  As the head of the IMF, our hero knows a thing or two about involuntary exchange.  He's been taking his whole life - taking from you - whether you wanted it or not.

There are many Monseigneurs in modern government.  This is not an isolated case.  This is standard operating procedure.  They tell the academics what will be in the textbooks.  They guide the money to research projects.  They pick winners and losers in the market.  They have an army of intellectual prostituters - men like Paul Krugman and Phil Jones - lined up to provide justifications for their sick desires.

Involuntary exchange is their game.  But the Monseigneur needs something else to keep eating his chocolate.

He needs suckers - the guy at the poker table that doesn't know he's getting outfoxed.  The Monseigneur needs people to think that life would be worse without his fat, incompetent, bloated existence.  He needs you.

David in Qatar

13 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On May 17, 2011 at 7:42 AM, sleepreading (< 20) wrote:

At first I couldn't figure out what I was reading.


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#2) On May 17, 2011 at 9:24 AM, kdakota630 (29.09) wrote:

Don't mean to hijack your blog David, but I thought you might find this interesting:

Philly Police Harass, Threaten to Shoot Man Legally Carrying Gun

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#3) On May 17, 2011 at 9:24 AM, ChrisGraley (28.67) wrote:

sleepreading (< 20) wrote:


At first I couldn't figure out what I was reading.

Then you woke up? 

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#4) On May 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM, russiangambit (28.92) wrote:

This case actually illustrates one of  still remaining things that make USA great -  the power of the law. This would never happen in France or anywhere in Europe. It would've been hushed up.

In the USA there are some questionable things going on behind the doors of the power brokers but, at least, not in the open like that.

On the other hand, I can't help but think - what was he thinking? Does the power really changes people so much? Makes them compeltely lose anhy recollection of what is right and what is wrong? The only thing they care about is poer anhd how to retain it and how to get more of it?

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#5) On May 17, 2011 at 10:23 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

I wish I lived in a world where this kind of news shocked me. But it does not. Those in positions of power will always find it hard to not abuse their position. Power should be used to enhance freedoms and protect the innocent.

The only thing that does surprise me about this story is the wronged lady survived long enough to report the incident and that our justice system has moved so swiftly and taken this matter seriously. This could have turned into another Roman Polanski episode very easily.



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#6) On May 17, 2011 at 10:28 AM, mtf00l (42.87) wrote:

Hmmm, interesting.

I enjoyed the story and found the link provided by kdakota630 to be very interesting.

Looking foreward to the day the TSA wear long coats with special insigia on their lapels...

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#7) On May 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM, dag154 (41.87) wrote:

The example is totally off the point.

A Monseigneur spending huge amounts of wealth in order to drink chocolate is a very far cry from people trying to intervene in the global finacial system with the aim of fending off financial crisies.

Modern economies are effectively run by banker and traders. These are the very guys who get zillion dollar bonuses in good years and walk away in bad years.

Come to think of it,  these are the guys who can afford to have 4 poor souls running after them and making sure they are well pampered ... 

It must be because they did something great for society.  They are after all our very own Monseigneurs. 

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#8) On May 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM, mtf00l (42.87) wrote:

This was a great man who did somthing great for society;

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#9) On May 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM, L0RDZ (90.41) wrote:


Such small men are midgets  and some day will be treated as such low repugnant  slime.

And they will know  I am  the LORDZ  when I lay my kindness.

Eventually  some truth does reveal itself...

Whether in this world or the next...


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#10) On May 17, 2011 at 1:51 PM, L0RDZ (90.41) wrote:

Two characters, the Pardoner and the Summoner, whose roles apply the church's secular power, are both portrayed as deeply corrupt, greedy, and abusive.

A pardoner in Chaucer's day was a person from whom one bought Church "indulgences" for forgiveness of sins, but pardoners were often thought guilty of abusing their office for their own gain.

Chaucer's Pardoner openly admits the corruption of his practice while hawking his wares.[29]

The Summoner is a Church officer who brought sinners to the church court for possible excommunication and other penalties.

 Corrupt summoners would write false citations and frighten people into bribing them in order to protect their interests. Chaucer's Summoner is portrayed as guilty of the very kinds of sins he is threatening to bring others to court for, and is hinted as having a corrupt relationship with the Pardoner.

[30] In The Friar's Tale, one of the characters is a summoner who is shown to be working on the side of the devil, not God.[31]

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#11) On May 17, 2011 at 2:19 PM, motleyanimal (38.29) wrote:

If you think of all leaders in government, religion, and business as psychopathic personalities, you will not be disappointed.

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#12) On May 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM, Valyooo (35.42) wrote:

Thought you would like this as well

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#13) On May 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

Thanks for the rec's and comments. Don't have time for any detailed analysis right now, so this is the best I can do.

David in Qatar

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