Matt Taibbi's Latest: " Why Isn't Wall Street In Jail?"

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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 19:32 | 968319 Bay of Pigs
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Why would you assume we aren't involved in our communities, cities, states and country just because we don't vote? 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 19:51 | 968425 Pee Wee
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I don't (sorry for the impression).

I'm saying not voting (in the US) is a carpenter who punishes his hammer by throwing it away because it hurt his thumb, and then complaining about the guy that built the table wobbly.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 20:37 | 968565 impending doom
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Yes, but if both the hammer and the table were used to sodomize the carpenter and the other guy, would that not be a good reason to throw them away?

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 21:59 | 968805 Pee Wee
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So, if I understand, if the two inanimate objects become animated, you're going to set my country music award on fire? 

Nice avatar, kicking it John Romero old school.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 23:02 | 968969 Fearless Rick
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The idea that you want to get a politician's "ear" tells me everything I need to know about what's wrong with this system. your fucking VOTE is supposed to count, not what's whispered at a private function to your lobbied-for and paid "representative."

If you believe voting helps your cause, imagine what a little MOOLAH does to grease the skids.

Grow a pair, grow up and stop being so naive, Pee Wee.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 13:20 | 970621 Pee Wee
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So, what's wrong with the political system is the influence of people?  Nonsense.

I can't argue that money doesn't help the cause, but I can assert that jealousy ain't going to help.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 22:26 | 968869 laughing_swordfish
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+ 1000

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 05:20 | 969493 Shylockracy
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Vote and forfeit your right to complain. Voting is the opium of debt slaves, the blinding smokescreen, and the invisible prison carefully maintained by the Shylockracy.

If you want to see change, you have abstain from the empty political antics, and starve the beast of legitimacy.

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 13:22 | 970635 Pee Wee
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"Vote and forfeit your right to complain"

Maybe in Egypt.

I'd bet money you've not once set foot into the local process (city/county).

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 17:50 | 968087 DaveyJones
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one of my favorite law professors confessed one day that he didn't vote anymore. I gave him the same scolding. Twenty years now and I can still hear him. Only now I understand. History is full of moments when the system becomes incompetent, corrupt, hypocritical, unpredictable, criminal and broken. At that point, the oppressed can only fix the political system through other means: collective, economic, poetic, and human. Whenever you're ready    

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 19:04 | 968260 Pee Wee
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The irony is that you once called a legal fraud, "professor."

I digress...

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 10:03 | 969783 Confused
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How about this. By not voting I'm letting YOU know that I don't approve of either choice. 


It actually marginalizes your opinions as the "lesser of two evils" mentality prevails. 

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 13:16 | 970597 Pee Wee
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Again, more hurting yourself to make a point to others.

It doesn't hurt me, nor does it marginalze my opinions at all.


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 16:05 | 967781 LFMayor
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too bad he's still dead...

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 16:25 | 967850 aheady
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: (

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 16:39 | 967887 Revolution_star...
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and that my son is how I became an american insurgent, and I must overthrow this government. You see I had no choice:

"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation"

 so it was written and so it must be done. God speed to the american insurgents.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 19:30 | 968360 Fecund Stench
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I declared myself an insurgent and domestic terrorist months ago - about the same time I put Zero Hedge bumper stickers on my vehicles.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 17:02 | 967957 Miss America
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Fantastic article! 


It was even better when I wrote it over 2 years ago.


All the best, Miss America 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 18:53 | 968233 poydras
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It is remarkable that the populace remains effectively paralyzed.  I am convinced that the status quo remains until the US discovers how broke they are.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 20:05 | 968467 crazyjsmith
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I get it, they have been building the FEMA camps for all of the Banksters!!

Now it makes sense.  I was getting nervous there, but really our Government is just looking out for us.


Thanks Big Sis, you're the best.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 22:16 | 968844 ispeedtoo
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Soon the Gangs of New York will be back on the Street looking for the people that destroyed their city and there will be no cops to protect the rich!

What goes around comes around!


Thu, 02/17/2011 - 01:09 | 969280 Oh regional Indian
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Even the Matt Tiabi's of the world cannot con-front the elephant in the room.

The elephant can be dancing on his toes, or even Tyler's toes, but no one can call th eBIG FLAMING LIE that is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, out for what it is.

If the truth is known, every treaty signed, every war declared, every compact with citizen (HAH!) or nation would be null and void. 

So the truth about the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is under a carpet somewhere.

If it came out, tata FED, CONgress, IRS, DC Diabolism......everything. 

Read about it, spread the word.

The Elephant is dancing on your toes too.


Thu, 02/17/2011 - 04:25 | 969465 DavidPierre
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Under just one corner of the rug we find...


 Andrew Carnegie makes an investment of ten million dollars and creates the imaginatively-named Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

With Carnegie leading the way, America will soon be littered with the tax-free foundations of the ultra-wealthy, with those who profit from war leading the pack. Inside these little legal fictions,
millions, hundreds of millions and billions of dollars multiply completely tax free with the proceeds being used to lobby and propagandize for the interests of the kind hearted philanthropists who created them.

One of the first jobs of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will be, with no hint of irony, to propagandize for the U.S. to enter the First World War.

When Woodrow “Making The World Safe For Hypocrisy” Wilson decides that the war really isn’t really such a bad thing after all and takes the U.S. into it, the Carnegie Endowment telegraphs the president and encourages him to "see that the war does not end too quickly."

Andrew Carnegie’s profits from the sale of armor plate and other goodies skyrocket.

Like the other major “philanthropies” of the ruling class, the Carnegie Endowment will create cozy little relationships with American presidents and officials throughout the federal government and the mass media.

Fittingly, the first president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is none other than Elihu Root, one of the twentieth century's first major war criminals.

Shyster for some of the world’s most ruthless robber barons, as U.S. Secretary of War from 1899 to 1904 Root was responsible for numerous massacres, wholesale torture and an almost unending litany of war crimes against the people of the Philippines. Carnegie could scarcely have found a more fitting first president for his "peace" foundation.

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 00:58 | 973184 Oh regional Indian
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Awesome DavidP. Thanks.
The million points of light that Bush Senior spoke of in his famous NWO speech in the UN.
The NGOs.
What was that about the road to being paved with something or the other?

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:37 | 967471 Misean
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The legal system as it applies to big business is to act as a barrier to trade.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:46 | 967472 hedgeless_horseman
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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 15:06 | 967599 MayIMommaDogFac...
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He should call the USAG and let him know about it.  </sarc>

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 15:59 | 967764 Kobe Beef
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Good idea. Wonder where he left his phone. Probably in the toilet at Goldman Sachs where he was polishing the brass.


double ugh.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 16:08 | 967790 newworldorder
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No thanks to him.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:38 | 967475 Boilermaker
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Jails and prisons are for the peasants.  Everyone knows that.  There's no story there.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 20:48 | 968604 gmj
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But for ze nobles, we have ze guillotine.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:39 | 967476 Gubbmint Cheese
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as much as I agree, as much as this entire charade sickens me.. BTFD prevails.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:45 | 967503 jobs1234
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Totally agree, as long as this stuff happens and the Bernanke Put lives in perpetuity, you have to buy every dip (and pretty much every asset known to man) no matter what.

The reason is that people don't seem to ever suffer in this economy for making a mistake unless they are the actual victim of the mistake. The perps of the mistake get off scot-free.

And somehow the "retail" buyer is going to return to a US financial system?


Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:39 | 967480 dick cheneys ghost
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how can you go to jail if you own congress, run the treasury and sit next to potus? 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:59 | 967564 blindfaith
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and, don't ever forget "count chads", not votes, but chads.  Good, bad, or indifferent...this whole country stood by (including the politicians) and allowed an election to be called by 7 people.  No one said a word about Phil Grahamm on Christmas eve 1999, no one said a word about Long Term Capital Management, so why not a green light on the highest seat in the land.  These things add up.  None of this is a one off, it is all pre-planned years in advance.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:39 | 967481 SDRII
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Just ask OJ 

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:41 | 967485 midtowng
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Why not? Because Wall Street owns the regulators and the politicians. Duh!

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:43 | 967488 buzzsaw99
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Don't forget "squeal like a pig for me" dimon.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 18:57 | 968244 New_Meat
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Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:43 | 967490 apberusdisvet
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Taibbi obviously doesn't realize that the banking cartel, led by the FED actally runs the country with its latest puppet-on-a-string in the WH.  The more things change, the more they remain the same.  Been that way since JFK; notice that all who followed haven't been assassinated, so the system never gets bucked; the lesson has been learned.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:43 | 967494 huckman
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Somebody call Chuck Norris.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:59 | 967560 luk427
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This one stinks so bad we need them all.Norris, Rambo,Terminator,Seagal,Rick Santelli as "the Boss" and Vandamme as "towel boy"

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:44 | 967498 Ancona
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No one is in jail because the Fed, the Treasury, SEC, and White House are complicit. They would have to arrest themselves.

We can't have that now can we?

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 16:05 | 967782 Husk-Erzulie
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Start with the disgusting, crooked Clintons.  I'd like to see if they would rat out Poppy on the Mena business rather than do time in solitary.  My guess is that Bill might hold out but Hill would flip like a Flying Wallenda.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:45 | 967508 bunkermeatheadp...
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If Amtrak workers are subject to random drug and alchohol screening, then so should all of wall street for derailing the economy.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 15:03 | 967584 Rick64
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 I would like to see our politicians get tested regularly.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 14:47 | 967513 Amish Hacker
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So the penalty for massive financial fraud is to forfeit half of one percent what you stole, and you get to keep the rest? Sounds about right.

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 15:20 | 967645 eddiebe
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Whatever, fuck that! I say: Off with their heads!

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 16:34 | 967872 Bob
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No, no, no, no.  The company pays the fine.  You still get your bonus.

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