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Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:34 | 515272 oklaboy
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imagine that, just in time for fall elections

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:43 | 515312 mikla
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Free stuff?  I want some!

And a pony.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:52 | 515358 aheady
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You'll get nothing and like it.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:02 | 515410 Takingbets
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Ha! I love that post!

You sure do know how to brighten up a gals day my friend. :-D

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:42 | 515573 Overpowered By Funk
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I miss the Hippy Dippy Weatherman. He had a ton of insight and comic genius. I bet he's having a good laugh at our peril.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:02 | 515413 chunkylover42
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here, how about some vaseline instead.  trust me, you'll appreciate it more than a pony anyway.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 13:35 | 515774 knukles
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Whoa, slow down!  Let's not get ahead of ourselves here.  How about the pony, the Vaseline and some animal tranquilizers. 

New meaning to the Circus half of Bread and Circuses.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 14:27 | 515924 Cognitive Dissonance
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Looks like knukles has his freak on today. :>)

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 17:06 | 516525 Village Idiot
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Knuckles for penetration! ;-)

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:27 | 515509 It is a bargin ...
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Now thats comedy

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 13:14 | 515705 aheady
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The vaseline AND the pony?

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 13:47 | 515805 JLee2027
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Free stuff?  I want some!

And a pony.

Thanks for the laugh!

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 21:01 | 516946 StychoKiller
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I'm a homeowner AND I'm distressed (by all the insanity, that is!), so gimme a suitcase full of FRNs too!

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:48 | 515338 WaterWings
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The US Central Bank is so crafty. If I could guess what was next I'd be a rich asshole.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:18 | 515470 surfsup
Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:52 | 515363 BobWatNorCal
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This is one of those multi-thousand page Bills the lawmakers

didn't have time to read, right?

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:53 | 515370 Ragnarok
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Vote buying BS! Stop paying your taxes, stop consuming and throw their FRNs back in their face.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:59 | 515396 Shameful
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I expect what you mean by "throw their FRNs back in their face" is to buy gold/silver?  To make it more interesting to keep that scheme rolling.  I have little interest in throwing my labor away...now using it to create a little chaos and comedy on the other hand...

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:12 | 515452 Ragnarok
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I guess what I mean by that is cash out of any paper promises denominated in USDs, buy real world items that can produce cash-flow (farms, oil wells, import/export of daily necessities) and yes some PMs.  It will not make a difference in the long run, but then I don't get upset I simply laugh.  Trying to get my family to do the same.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:12 | 515384 Paper CRUSHer
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F*** Q.E.2 this is much more like it.Thank you Mr President......Dumb Bastards.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:50 | 515603 Paper CRUSHer
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Mr President i dedicate this to you...

I used to be such a welfare stoner
I used to be such a twilight zoner
I used to be such a moneybumming boozer
I used to be such a masochistic schmoozer
But now I'm worldwide-
you know that I made it
I'm above the law -
I'm the zillion dollar sadist
Zillion dollar sadist
What do you want what do you want for nothing baby
What do you want what do you want for free
I tell you what you need,
it's some Hanky-action baby
I wanna hear you scream in denim ecstasy
Yes indeed
Cause now I'm worldwide-
you know that I made it
I'm above the law -
I'm the zillion dollar sadist
Zillion dollar sadist
Well c'mon



Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:00 | 515398 Popo
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Let's do that whole 'bubble' thing again!  Yay!

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:54 | 515627 LePetomane
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Public sector employment demands it!

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 18:53 | 516719 techperson
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Silicon Valley bumper sticker circa 2004:

"Please, God, Just One More Bubble"

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:02 | 515408 gringo28
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take a look at the recipient states, CA is by far the largest at 500mm. nice way to play the big give is MREITs. at least you get something for your tax dollar......

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 19:13 | 516744 Buzz Fuzzel
Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:36 | 515275 IrishSamurai
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Moral Hazard on Steroids, Bitchez!

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:36 | 515276 Pegasus Muse
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Vote every incumbent out.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:38 | 515293 RSDallas
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Yes Yes Yes

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:42 | 515313 Tense INDIAN
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i think all AMRICANS should be seriuosly thinking about their GUNS now and not about vote.....well forgive me for being suspicious...even RON PAUL looks like a controlled opposition to me( why is his son advocating war with IRAN; a true patriot will always know that is wrong).................

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:16 | 515463 NotApplicable
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The father is not the son. Nor vice versa.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:42 | 515571 MSJChE
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Rand realizes he has to cater to the typical neocon to get elected.  I think (hope) he's just keeping his real opinions close to his chest until November.


First post, btw.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 15:43 | 516189 ATTILA THE WIMP

Peter Thiel is one of Ron Paul’s main advisors (read handler) and Mr. Thiel is a Bilderberger 


Wed, 08/11/2010 - 13:41 | 515787 quartshort
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Wed, 08/11/2010 - 17:09 | 516530 Village Idiot
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Run the bumper sticker presses!!!

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:42 | 515277 ATG
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Rearranging debt chairs on the USS Titanic.

As usual with PPIP, TALF and TARP bailouts for the banks and not the people, the devil in the details.

Obrama Brand and Made in USA died...


Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:36 | 515278 rubearish10
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Government leadership "rule of thumb": Give to those who make the worst mistakes and exploit the children (by keeping teachers). Wow, what world...

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:40 | 515296 IBelieveInMagic
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Better to employ teachers than to fund our young to kill other human in endless wars. That is soul destroying! 

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:52 | 515367 rubearish10
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Didn't think of that outcome.....ummm better do some of my own soul searching??? What have i missed? Are you a teacher? Sorry but comment was a macro fundamental and political remark, that's all. Over and out.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:07 | 515421 ColonelCooper
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I junked you.

Who the Hell said it was an either or proposition?

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:25 | 515500 IBelieveInMagic
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I don't see such raging concerns being expressed when nearly trillion dollar defense budgets are routinely passed annually with minimum of coverage (more than defense spending of hundreds of countries combined). Just sayin... 

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:38 | 515553 ColonelCooper
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That's a perfectly logical comment, but your original comparison has nothing to do with the topic of this thread.  Maybe if the Gov. wasn't so eager to prop up the lifestyle of people who can't/won't support themselves, those people would make more of an effort to stay informed, and have more raging concerns than who's going to be on Dancing with the Stars this go around.

I would say that you find more raging against the U.S. Military machine on ZH than any other place where the average user isn't a Libertarian just because they're pro bong hits.

This is simply an effort to buy some continued apathy.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:42 | 515579 Mactheknife
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You knowwhat they say, "Those that can, do; those that can't, teach."

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 13:24 | 515742 MachoMan
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And then if you want to impose de minimis standards on them via testing/peer review, they get all uppity...  as if they might actually have to compete for a job and/or care about their performance. 

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 15:27 | 516128 Raymond K Hessel
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....and those that can't teach, teach gym!



Wed, 08/11/2010 - 12:42 | 515580 Mactheknife
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You know what they say, "Those that can, do; those that can't, teach."

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 14:58 | 515902 DosZap
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Here's your Government.......................in action!


This shit makes me sick.

Don't get me started on screwls.

$8,000.00 per student per year, and 70% of them cannot even pass 6th grade classes............most cannot even read, or write, and never graduate High School.

This is public edumacation at it's best.

Until the NEA is brought down, and Vouchers are issued to parents...........

We will still pay more per student to come up with the most illiterate amongst the rest of the civilized world.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 22:52 | 517089 StychoKiller
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"Everything you Know is Wrong" ISBN: 978-1-56731-637-7, Chapter entitled "Some Lessons from the Underground History of American Education" pretty much explains all you need to know on WHY this is happening.

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:37 | 515279 bonddude
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So let's all get distressed.

How many times until we know this doesn't work?

Wed, 08/11/2010 - 11:36 | 515280 VK
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Dumb a$$holes!!

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