Random Phrase Internet GOLD!: Timely Observations

In addition to being timely (given current political events), today’s phrase is really just fun to say: despot swag! If I can’t be in a band called Uterus Cannon, I want to be in one called Despot Swag.

When we go to Google, we learn many things about despot swag. For example, we discover that good ol’ Gadhafi is quite the fashionista — he sports looks ranging from the rakish to the ridiculous, and he does it with proper despot style. His decadence and wickedness? Undeniable.

Mubarak, however, will not be counted out in the competition for biggest douchpot.

The strangest coincidental discovery on a search of this phrase, however, is that

1) There exists a woman named Karen Despot, who is an artist, and
2) The first place her name appeared in my search results (conjoined with “swag”) was in an article on NASCAR.com (which is, obviously, the first place anyone interested in art would look to find such a person).

I venture a guess that she is probably a much more tasteful dresser than either Gadhafi or Mubarak. I cannot be certain, however, whether this is because she simply doesn’t have the despot cash and power to be truly and artistically tasteless. Absolute power does, after all, corrupt absolutely.

At the very least, her name makes possible unfortunate NASCAR headlines like: “Despot brings the world of art to Martinsville.


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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