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Mort Zuckerman: America's Love Affair With Obama Is Over

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Obama's biggest fan-turned-critic is back, this time with a gloating epitaph to what has been a disastrous two years for the US economy, which has so far been prevented from collapsing, thanks to the trade-off which is making Wall Street richer than ever, the middle-classes poorer in real terms than ever, and letting the country to plunge to a record level of indebtedness, which merely guarantees that when the inevitable day of reckoning comes it will be that much worse.

From the US News and World report.

Mort Zuckerman: America's Love Affair With Obama Is Over: The administration is running out of time to lower unemployment and fix the economy

It was the worst of times for the Democrats and the best of times for
the Republicans—almost. The GOP did not succeed in capturing the
Senate, or dethroning the Democratic leader, but with an energy boost
from the Tea Party movement it certainly reflected the anger and dismay
of voters who see their country foundering at home and abroad.

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The results represent a sharp rebuke to President Obama, who
interpreted his 2008 "vote for change" as a mandate for changing
everything and all at once. Right from the start, he got his priorities
badly wrong, sacrificing the need to help create jobs in favor of his
determination to pass Obamacare. It was the state of the economy that
demanded genius and concentration, and it just did not get it. The
president will now have to respond to public anger, not with anger
management and, not, please God, with still more rhetoric. The unusually
revealing exit polls spell it all out—how he re-energized the Republican Party, lost the independent center, and failed to overcome the widespread sense that the country is heading in the wrong direction.

The exit polls conducted by Edison Research for the National Election
Pool show that the economy was the dominant issue, rated at 62 percent,
while healthcare
was only at 18 percent. Minority voters remained loyal (9 in 10 blacks
and 2 in 3 among Hispanics), but everywhere else Obama was deserted.
Independents and women fled the Democrats;
among white women, no less than 57 percent chose the GOP. There are
some surprises for the conventional wisdom. The case for creating more
jobs by government spending was rated within a hair's breadth of
reducing the deficit
(37 percent to 39 percent) and opinion was evenly divided (33 to 33) on
whether the stimulus had hurt or helped the economy. Voters registered
their disapproval of Democratic control of Congress and of what the
White House promised but failed to deliver. It is apparent that Obama
didn't seem to have understood the problems of the average American.


He came across as a young man in a grown-up's game—impressive but not
presidential. A politician but not a leader, managing American policy
at home and American power abroad with disturbing amateurishness.
Indeed, there was a growing perception of the inability to run the
machinery of government and to find the right people to manage it. A man
who was once seen as a talented and even charismatic rhetorician is now
seen as lacking real experience or even the ability to stop America's
decline. "Yes we can," he once said, but now America asks, "Can he?"

The last two years have exposed to the public the risk that came with
voting an inexperienced politician into office at a time when there was
a crisis in America's economy, as the nation contended with a financial
freeze, a painful recession, and two wars. The Democrats were simply
not aggressive enough or focused enough in confronting the profound
economic crisis represented by millions of ordinary Americans whose main
concern was the lack of jobs.

Jobs have long represented the stairway to upward mobility in
America, and the anxiety over joblessness became the dominant concern at
a time when financial security based on home equity and pensions was
dramatically eroding. No great speech is going to change the fundamental
fact that millions of people are either jobless or underemployed at a
time when only a quarter of the American population describes the job
market as good.

Why did Obama put his health plan so far ahead of the economy? To do
what the Clintons couldn't? His rush to do it sparked a broad resistance
that has only spread since the bill was passed. The public sensed that
healthcare was a victory for Obama, and maybe for the Democrats, but not
for the country—and contrary to Democratic hopes, public support for
the measure has continued to drop to as low as 34 percent in some polls.
A significant majority, some 58 percent, now wish to repeal the entire
bill, according to likely voters questioned in a late October poll by

As political analyst Charlie Cook put it: "Every month, every week,
every day that Washington seemed focused on healthcare instead of the
economy frightened people. It seemed out of touch." It also seemed
tone-deaf to the public's concern with unemployment,
the cost of government, and the sense that America was declining in its
ability to compete in the world. It made Obama's behavior seem as if he
headed the most liberal wing of the Democratic Party in Congress,
particularly when he allowed the major policies of his presidency to be
written not by his cabinet or the White House staff but by the
congressional leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Then he
accepted the lopsided bills that emerged and the political corruption
that accompanied them—the very processes he condemned during his
campaign and that are so much distrusted by a broad section of the
American public. Eighty-five percent of Americans were concerned about
the cost of healthcare, but the administration focused on extending

The open purchasing of votes through the provision of special
exemptions for five states and for unions, and concessions to many of
the special interests in the Democratic Party, especially trial lawyers,
symbolized the corruption of our politics. The 2009 omnibus spending
bill alone contained 8,570 special earmarks like those that had so
enraged the American public in the past. When lawmakers had no time to
even read the bills, it gave the impression that what was important was
passing anything, no matter how ineffectual. Obama had promised he would
change "politics as usual." He changed it all right, but for the worse.
The list of his additional programs only provoked the public's distaste
for big government, big spending, and big deficits.


Today the polls indicate that the president has reached a point where
a majority of Americans have no confidence, or just some, that he will
make the right decisions for the country. There isn't a single critical
problem on which the president has a positive rating. It didn't help
when he kept on and on asserting that he had inherited a terrible
situation from the Bush administration. Yes, enough, and sir, the
country elected you to solve problems, not to complain about them.

It did not help that the administration had completely lost the
support of the business community, where virtually no one has a good
word to say about the administration and where there is no go-to,
high-level businessman in Obama's inner circle. The result was to make
corporate America lose even more confidence in making investment


Obama's job approval rating has fallen well below 50 percent overall,
but the numbers are lower among whites and even lower among
working-class whites, whose revolt may be the defining characteristic of
2010 (counting even more than the rise of the mostly white and affluent
Tea Party movement). These were the famous "Reagan Democrats." They
felt that the economy was collapsing around them and that their
president was out of touch. In addition, as those exit polls confirm,
Democrats have for some time been losing vast pieces of their core
constituencies among women, independents, college graduates, and the

As for the public's hope for bipartisanship, Obama's partisan
approach was underlined by putting forth one of the most liberal budget
programs in decades. This failure was captured most recently in a New York Times front-page
story that reported that for the first 18 months of his presidency,
Obama would not meet one-on-one with the Republican leader in the
Senate, Mitch McConnell. This is not bipartisanship, and inviting a few
Republican congressmen to the White House for the Super Bowl is no

The public disillusionment has now hardened. In a Quinnipiac poll
this summer, only 28 percent of white voters said they would back Obama
for a second term if the election were held then. Still, those results
do not mean the public will go Republican next time. It depends on the
candidate and the party. A centrist Democrat could win again—someone
like retiring Sen. Evan Bayh, who sets a better course for the party in a
New York Times op-ed. "A good place to start would be tax
reform. Get rates down to make American businesses globally
competitive," he writes. "Simplify the code to reduce compliance costs
and broaden the base. . . . Ban earmarks until the budget is balanced
[and] support a freeze on federal hiring and pay increases."

The love affair with Obama is over. The jobless will be the new swing
voters. Unemployment, underemployment, and collapsing home equity will
be the leading factors in 2012.
The administration hopes the economy will have improved significantly
by then, but it is running out of time and out of the confidence of the
American public.


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Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:03 | 704686 egdeh orez
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A lot of people in ZH hates Mort Zuckerman... but I love the guy.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 10:16 | 704999 MrVincent
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..and this is why I dont love him:

"The case for creating more jobs by government spending was rated within a hair's breadth of reducing the deficit (37 percent to 39 percent).."

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 15:54 | 705475 Imminent Crucible
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Zuckerman has no credibility among ZHedgers because he promoted Obama and voted for him.  Zuckerman could have used his media presence to tell the truth about OFascist before the 2008 election, but instead he was in full denial mode.

Now he wants to blame Obama for being himself, a product of the Chicago corruption machine.  Zuckerman is pathetic.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 18:44 | 705685 Cruel Aid
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There was no choice in that election, but the truth about O was fully known for anyone who cared to know. Now McCain's buddy Feingold is history.

Glimmer of hope?

Zuckerman is a Massengill.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 10:22 | 705007 jplotinus
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I neither 'love' nor 'hate' any pundit or opinion purveyor who has access to publicly disseminated media.  There is no point.  Pundits, like everyone else, have beliefs that they can choose to adhere to for as long as they can do so.  My interests lie solely in what can be objectively asserted, backed by data or other aposteriori confirmation.

MZ's statement at the outset of his current opinion piece states:

"The results represent a sharp rebuke to President Obama, who interpreted his 2008 "vote for change" as a mandate for changing everything and all at once."

Obama is noteworthy for the opposite of 'change.'  On an objective basis, Obama represents a continuity of the Bush policies in virtually all domestic, economic and foreign policy spheres.  There are some exceptions, of course.  But, both (D) and (R) "party" differentiations serve only the purpose of distinguishing one right wing, corporatist-capitalist segment from the other.

I do not know why more Murkins do not grasp that there is very little difference between what are called the two parties, but which, in actuality, are but two branches of one party.

It is not good to accept an underlying premise -- the existence of two parties, or the policies of change -- when there exists an inadequate objective basis for allowing a premise to be given assumed validity.

Doing so results in the perpetuation of illusion.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 00:53 | 706112 asianist
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Amen. Amazing how one person's radical policy shift is another's status quo.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 09:17 | 706369 psychobilly
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"I do not know why more Murkins do not grasp that there is very little difference between what are called the two parties, but which, in actuality, are but two branches of one party."

It was a one-two punch.  First, the public "education" system in this country, as designed, destroyed its victims' ability for independent, critical thinking.  In the words of John Taylor Gatto (who has written extensively on this system): "Once the best children are broken to such a system, they disintegrate morally, becoming dependent on group approval."

The corporate media system then took advantage, and has been bombarding generation after generation of the mentally enfeebled with propaganda. 


Sun, 11/07/2010 - 18:03 | 707071 NationalizeTheFED
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You tell it. The only real choice will be in the republican primary if Ron Paul runs again, everyone else are just different flavors of the same criminal mindset.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:35 | 705172 Sqworl
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I love Mort and begged him personally to run for President.

Thu, 11/11/2010 - 04:11 | 718895 Miles Kendig
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If he is man enough to sport both a big left & pinky right red sharpie toenails open toes, in public and private without interruption for the whole of race week in Monaco while attending every event of significance I might be consider this recommendation, since it comes from you Sqworl

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:33 | 705275 sgt_doom
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Oooooohhhhh....poor, poor Morty Z.  Something he must have eaten at one of those posh Trilateral Commission brunches,


or perhaps it was at one of those ultra-expensive New York Bretton Woods Committee dinners,


must have given him indigestion.


Poor....poor Morty.


Burn him hell, and hope I never get my hands on your phony butt.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 14:10 | 705349 benb
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Good call – Uncle Mortimer is complete phony NWO baloney. I can see by some posts that a few people here think that the theater is real. It’s not.  We are given the children’s story. The Round Table Groups run the government from behind the scenes.

“It’s a nightmare in there. Obama is just a television watching second fiddle guy. He doesn’t make any of the decisions. He doesn’t have any interest.”

From an insider who left the White House in early October - as reported by Joel Skoulsen.


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 14:28 | 705375 zaknick
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Almost all the jokers who get airtime in the fascist MSM are there precisely because they are complict in their fascism.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 15:33 | 705438 MeTarzanUjane
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When the event comes, I offer up 10oz of pure gold for his hide.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:14 | 704700 wisefool
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When people like Mort get bandwidth here. I Just want to know where freud died to pour my student loans over his grave with McGlauglin egging me on.

Tyler, it was fun. Tell me where we are supposed to go next. PBS is not going to work any more.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:55 | 705300 MeTarzanUjane
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Tyler has some kind of affinity for [this].

Penny stock pusher, gold man lover, Randomberg promoter.

Perversions. Subversions.

In the first instance, one is not "guilty of a conflict of interest." A conflict of interest, in and of itself, is not a crime. There is only the appearance of a conflict of interest. Why, exactly, are appearances so important? We think it reflects a particular attitude about public discourse. A particularly disturbing attitude.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:16 | 704705 Apostate
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Nihilists always switch sides to the most powerful faction. Ho-hum. 

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:56 | 704752 GoinFawr
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You must be referring to 'Trash-nihilists', Kropotkin knew better.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 11:41 | 705095 FreedomGuy
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I'm not a Zuckerman fan but he got this right:

"He came across as a young man in a grown-up's game—impressive but not presidential. A politician but not a leader, managing American policy at home and American power abroad with disturbing amateurishness. Indeed, there was a growing perception of the inability to run the machinery of government and to find the right people to manage it."

I have said since they got in office we have a bunch of 5 year olds at the controls of a 747.  The 747 is the American economy and most of the time if you leave it alone it will fly itself on autopilot. Right now we have serious problems and all they know to do is randomly punch buttons, flip switches and go for the shiney lights all the while telling the passengers everything will be the plane rolls and dives.

Frankly, it is the modern liberal-statist in general. They all have this child's view of the world and government represents mommy and daddy while they act like petulant demanding children. That's how I'd describe the European protests. Like kids they know less than half of what they think they know and all they care about is what they want. Not necessary to deal with reality.

You have a tax cheat as the head of the treasury for Christ's sake! It's not important that you are competent or even ethical. You just have to say the right stuff and be "in" the club. Every time I see Obama speak I see the shallow rhetoric of a community organizer. He has never really had to make a damn thing work his whole life. We voted in rhetoric and that's all we will get.

Time to get some grown ups in there. Time is growing short and the education process for the public has to speed up. The Fed and the Imperial Congress of the United States are going to drag the whole world down the drain. The Obama's party while Rome burns.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 11:56 | 705118 janchup
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You have to wonder what Obama is thinking. Destruction of the economy would certainly qualify as change we damn well better believe in.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:01 | 705218 apberusdisvet
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Get familiar with the Cloward-Piven Strategy.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:58 | 705327 SRV - ES339
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Yes, it's all an "evil plot" to reverse the (apparently positive) redistribution of wealth up to the obscenely wealthy top 1%, to (a completely unacceptable) redistribution of (exponentially less) wealth down to the obscenely poor bottom 1%.

Makes perfect sense to me... Glenn said so!

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:39 | 705293 Yes We Can. But...
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+1 Right on.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 06:11 | 706273 Bartanist
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Where do you find grown-ups?

No "real" person of value wants to have anything to do with government and politicians and for most of the sound-bite club, being in the club is what made them who they are. It does not mean they have any value as a person, only that they did what the club rules demanded ... and that has always worked for them because they became powerful and wealthy through the club... those not courting club membership? ... not so much.

There was no fundamental problem with healthcare reform. The problem is that the bill was written by the insurance companies to ensure their power and profitability, was 2700 pages long, anyone with power who wanted to be exempt was allowed to be exempt and no one who voted for it had read it. That, by definition is not reform... and Obama & Pelosi claimed it as some miracle and a victory (but for whom?). It is assinine.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:20 | 704710 Rogerwilco
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I guess this means Mort didn't get the job.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:36 | 705283 sgt_doom
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That, and the Obamatron has still failed to burn and incinerate millions of innocent Iranians, which would do more for Zuckerman than his usual mega dosage of Viagra.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 23:17 | 705993 RockyRacoon
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Your answer implies that Zuck was promised something and didn't get it.

I feel that same way although we'll never know what it was, I'm sure.

A guy doesn't turn like that in such a vile way without reason, and seemingly out of political character. 

There is much more in this story than meets the eye.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:23 | 704714 onlooker
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The way that Obama and the Democrats/Media handled the election loss was most telling regarding their ability to understand the Citizens of the United States of America. It also showed that they have little realistic understanding for the condition of the Nation. OR, even worse---THEY DO NOT CARE.


The rant from the Left was caustic and the raves from the Right were not healthy or realistic. If Pelosi is put in as minority speaker and the Republicans continue talking Ronald Raygun conservatism----- we are still upside down.


A 3rd option political party is the only game in town, until they too are corrupted. Right now, lets give the Tea Party a chance by trying to screen the nut cases and also put pressure on the main 2 corrupted parties.


Go out and win one for the Griper.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:13 | 705136 Buckaroo Banzai
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Hey I love to read The Exiled, but they have a hard-on for the Tea Party movement. Bitter and violently deranged doesn't make for clear-eyed journalism.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:37 | 705175 Cathartes Aura
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The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests.

Read more


read about 'em in the new yorker then. . . but do read about their support of the tea party, it's an important chunk of the narrative.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 06:26 | 706278 Bartanist
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You do no find it great irony that capitalists were able to profit from fascist communists? Is that not what capitalists do? There is no doubt that the Tea Party was not a spontaneous movement. It was opportunism put into action and backed by some serious money ... and then subverted by the Reblican mainstream.

However, maybe you should buy the clue. People who profit from regimes quite often do not share the values of the regimes. To imply otherwise seems to be simple diversion.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 08:42 | 706337 New_Meat
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"The way that Obama and the Democrats/Media handled the election loss was most telling..."

totally expected

- Ned

(couldn't find a video clip)

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:23 | 704715 economessed
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These pretzels are making me thirsty.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:30 | 704723 Miles Kendig
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It did not help that the administration had completely lost the support of the business community, where virtually no one has a good word to say about the administration and where there is no go-to, high-level businessman in Obama's inner circle. The result was to make corporate America lose even more confidence in making investment decisions.

Hope you're paying attention Obama.  Mort says that you need to spend more time kissing Wall Street's ass if you're going to do any better.  I suggest that you had better get Ben busy on purchasing risk assets to support the economy.  Mort would hope you'd begin with supporting CRE and its related products.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:30 | 704727 wisefool
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Mort owns a crapload of NYC real estate.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:37 | 704735 Miles Kendig
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While Mort & I both appreciate that there is little more Obama can do to support the folks off S. Main than by maxing out the Wall Street bonus pool so the neighborhood hookers and dope dealers can afford a holiday this year.  Trickle down even Dave Stockton could appreciate as the cost of conversion would go directly to support the TBTF and their plussed up margins for the on-the-left economic conversion.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:44 | 704745 wisefool
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That is how you do it. Trite, but everybody likes bread and circuses. And zoos. But I seriously need to know where I should be reading now that people like mort get bandwidth here. Been watching him on McGlauglin for my entire adult life. And will watch him there this Sunday.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:55 | 704748 Miles Kendig
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Just about anything gets bandwidth here.  Never try and judge where tyler and crew are coming from by what gets posted.  The idea is to speak your mind and fight for your ideas to see if they hold up.  In this there are few better places to go simply because you'll see just about everything here.  Welcome to freedom of expression (see the manifesto for more).

Back to Mart and his love affair with "centricism" since that is the most easily manipulated by his $.  If Mort had ball one, or hair one on that Abe Vigoda sack of his he would be urging fiscal & monetary stability.  The last thing that would enrich him so it will be the last thing he will advocate.  A true example of parasitic symbiosis on the body of society.  Which is why he advocated for an expansionist fed.  Funny how with Summers, Geithner, Bernanke, a federalized FNM/FRE and all the rest of these fraudulent fucks in power Mort is still sniveling about how there aren't enough friends of business in the administration...

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:02 | 704763 wisefool
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Friends are hard to come by. But I'd take the lot of you over a sliver of gold any day. Thanks for the guidance. I'll read the manifesto.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:07 | 704765 Miles Kendig
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Welcome to fight club.  If it is your first time you have to fight.  Find an idea or writer that rubs you right, wrong or whatever go to town and have some fun getting bloody. It takes all of us being as real as we can to get to it so bring yours since it takes everyone to make a society function

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 14:03 | 705338 SRV - ES339
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Very well said (as ususal) Miles.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 21:38 | 705871 Bananamerican
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"have some fun getting bloody."


Is THAT why there's only a "junk" button and no "love" button?

In 2007, as now, the economy was issue #1 so I waited to see who O tapped for his econ team. NOTHING else mattered, not his veep pick, nor his stances on abortion, affirmative action, gay rights or health care or any of that other typical topical bullshit. So Obama picked (or had picked for him more likely) the clown car team of oligarch insiders we all know and loathe. What else did ANY sentient being need to know at that point??? another four years of figurehead fronting fucktastic fascism was in the offing...that the country itself was being offed (or "oafed" if you want to be generous...i don't)

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 07:10 | 706292 Miles Kendig
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Digital blow jobs arrive only after some quality fights ..

Most old timers only use the junk button when a +inf or +! just won't do .. unless the comment is truly beyond the great beyond (Which should be a nearly unbearably high/low bar since the site is premised upon being able to be as off the wall as yawanna be).

Keep on keepin' on bringin' it.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 06:33 | 706280 Bartanist
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Congress and the administration did everything for Wall Street and the rest of the parasite class. What they apparently did not do is praise and defend them in the media... and this pissed off the parasites.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 03:01 | 704817 laughing_swordfish
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Miles, you got some names mixed up.

Dave Stockman: Neo-conservative deficit hawk and failed hedge-fund guy.

Dave Stockton: Utah Jazz basketball immortal (along with Karl Malone).

Go Jazz !

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 03:07 | 704818 Miles Kendig
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Speared  :D  Thanks for the head slap

Perhaps the Jazz can follow the Giants of baseball...

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:35 | 705280 mnevins2
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John Stockton - not Dave. I'm a Chicagoan who used to care about professional basketball and so I recall the Jazz - coached by Bulls great - Jerry Sloan!

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:44 | 705303 Yes We Can. But...
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How 'bout that friggin Jeff Hornacek!

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 14:20 | 705364 laughing_swordfish
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You're right - my bad it's John Stockton

Besides, here in LV all we get are Lakers games anyhow.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 21:35 | 705893 Clinteastwood
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Dave Stockton is a senior golfer, great putter, won the PGA back in '70 and '76. 

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:37 | 704737 NOTW777
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"now seen as lacking real experience"

many who simply opened their eyes and were breathing knew ahead of time that he had virtually NO experience.  people like mort ignored this fact.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:54 | 704751 quasimodo
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Some more people like mort

I wonder what that fucktard is up to now? She probably lives in the Hamptons with a pre paid gas card, no?

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 09:14 | 704959 hardcleareye
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Bad form!

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 10:22 | 705006 kaiserhoff
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What is it about the truth that so offends you?

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:56 | 705208 quasimodo
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For some, ignorance is bliss

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 02:28 | 704803 Midas
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Maybe the Mortster just realized running for office is not real experience.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 06:36 | 706282 Bartanist
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Obama seemingly has three talents.

1. telling people what they want to hear

2. doing what he is told to do

3. reading a teleprompter as if he means it

He says that he has other talents, but I think that is simply an example of #1 above.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 08:46 | 706343 New_Meat
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hysterically, some still don't get it:

- Ned

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:48 | 704747 desgust
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Dead Sugershit pleading to kill the puppet after fulfilling Part I.

PartII will be real hardcore and I wonder which dirty party will still be able to get absolved.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:52 | 704749 Fraud-Esq
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Mort only "supported" Obama with his eye on today. He's been itching to pound Obama from day one. Union busting, Wall Street loving, pension draining Mort had no business supporting Obama in the first place. It was a publicity stunt and here we are today for his return on investment, Pow!

Mort pretends... like any amateur political scientist couldn't have predicted mid-term results or polls at 10% unemployment after Mort's squad of New York bankers ass-tore the economy with fraud and Mort-real estate leverage. Mort screams loud, why oh why is Obama having such a hard time? I don't understand!? It must be "the man".

Mort is a weasel. Almost entirely gop talking points, no creativity. Selective polls "last summer" and the famous mid-term election reading when most Obama supporters stayed home without a horse in the race and unhappy with all of Congress. Left a soft target for the GOP, the worse of the two bad political parties. Obama sucks for marginal bank regulation and zero prosecutions of Mort's friends, but Mort sucks worse for not appreciating it and angling with republicans over drinks.  

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:44 | 704793 Fraud-Esq
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Stealth junkers don't belong at fight club. You wanna defend your petty, turncoat, over-levered, federally-subsidized, real estate mouthpiece, defend him live and in person! 


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 10:21 | 705003 Ned Zeppelin
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FEsq is right - not a single suggestion or idea promoted by Mort, just noise. Another vapid, wealthy fuck not worthy of his pedestal and cardboard megaphone.  

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 23:24 | 706002 RockyRacoon
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Doesn't look like the junking rules are gonna change.  I think it's like a blind kidney punch from the rear from a punk that can't look ya in the eye.  No junk without comment -- I'd like to see that new Fight Club rule.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 08:58 | 704944 Bob
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Good call, FE. 

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 14:11 | 705351 SRV - ES339
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Sat, 11/06/2010 - 00:59 | 704757 mark mchugh
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The government has completely forgotten it's only real purpose.  We don't need the government to manage the stock and housing markets, or create jobs.

We rely on the government to administer justice. 

And that seems to be the only thing they're unwilling to do.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 08:45 | 704937 A Man without Q...
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+ 1776

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 09:16 | 704960 hardcleareye
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Sat, 11/06/2010 - 09:16 | 704961 hardcleareye
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Sat, 11/06/2010 - 10:29 | 705014 kaiserhoff
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++  And secure the borders, which neither party wants to do.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:36 | 705174 stormsailor
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+++++++++"to support and defend the constitution of the united states"  something that  was severly wounded in 1865, and is now totally dead.

the "federal" machine has eaten everything that the constitution has ever stood for and usurped all power from the  states and citizens.


the executive branch refuses to prosecute, and is corrupt

the legislative branch represents corporations and is corrupt

and the judicial branch acknowledges corporations as citizens and grants them rights, as well as upholding the unconstitutional powers of the entire corrupt federal machine.

in my humble opinion it will take a "revolution" to set things right.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 06:42 | 706283 Bartanist
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Odd that the judicial branch grants corporations rights as citizens given that courts have also ruled that naturally born people here are not protected by the Constitution because they are not "party to" the document (contract).

... people can sure screw up a good thing when they have a mind to and self-interest takes over.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 12:22 | 706601 Thats Mr Dumass...
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Sat, 11/06/2010 - 22:18 | 705931 Diggintunnels
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+ 1 Life, Liberty and Property is all the government is supposed to protect.  Wow, how far we have come...

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 08:24 | 706321 Widowmaker
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Life, liberty, and property have no place in an incorporated society.

The SCOTUS says corporations are individuals, then tax them as such.

This will go a long way towards reigning in their influence.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:07 | 704766 Fraud-Esq
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This is 60% or more about Israel. Mort needs to keep his bonafides with Bibi and the neocons. 

Why, it was just Spring when Mort was pounding Obama in the WSJ because Mort wanted more settlements built during the peace process. 

He couldn't stand for Obama saying no new settlements, like George HW Bush or any rational peace broker during a peace process.

This was after begging the Feds to bail out his biggest client and tenant, Citibank and slamming Paulson for not bailout out his second biggest tenant, Lehman and after criticizing the bailout while seeking one.

Cheap game. 

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:41 | 704789 tired1
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Seems like you're close: he's pissing off his controllers. The folks that groomed him had expectations and he's dissapointing them on Isreal.

I wonder what the power factions that surround him in the WH are. It seems that there are at least two Jewish groups as well as a Muslim presence.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:57 | 704794 Fraud-Esq
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Israel and the American neocons have spent more effort deligitimating Obama since his Cairo speech and Mitchell's visit that any single non-financial special interest group, period. Mort is part of that. Israel is celebrating the elections and they sound exactly like Mort, providing all that spin for "American consumption". That's why Mort included "and abroad" twice without naming Israel (of course). Most Americans are probably wondering what the hell he means Obama failed abroad too? Wow. Mort knows. He almost succeeded but Mort and gang shook him down, threatened to beat him and steal Florida in 2012. Doubt that? Don't.  

Whatever you think of Obama and banking, this was one area where most Americans should have wished him well before these crazy zealots pull us into another war. This mini-nation of 7 million people is way too dangerous for anyone's good. If Kennedy has his way, they wouldn't have nukes and this whole arms race in the middle east could have been averted. I wish Israel well, but I'm not sinking for the divine and unusual needs of 7 million people. They'd have made peace years ago if Americans neocons and nutty Christians too didn't make their wars a remote control hobby sport. 



Sat, 11/06/2010 - 02:26 | 704801 tired1
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American Old Testament thumpers should spend some time in Jerusalem to experience what the Jewish attitudes towards Christians are. Then again it might cause convulsions. On the other hand relations between Muslims and Christians that live there seem quite respectful.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:16 | 705247 trav7777
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did it...strong sense there that you are an outsider.  Pretty much everyone is like "what are you doing here?"

Israel is a charming little apartheid State.  I have no problem with that.  But, the national interest of the United States must not continue to be subordinated to the support of it.

You'll hear WASPs saying that they would send their children to die for Israel.  Screw that

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:57 | 705210 Cathartes Aura
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great post(s) Fraud-Esq, here and above. . . anonymous junk wiped as clean as Mort's memory. . .

as one of the wealthiest men in amrka, "editor-in-chief" (*cough* owner)of the rag this moan was printed in, and a member *cough* of CFR, as well as a strong supporter of Israel, Mort has an obvious agenda, deftly changing "sides" like double dutch jump ropers. . .

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 08:31 | 704933 mogul rider
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Sad but true, piss off Israel and the Zionists - you get mort-ified in every jewish owned paper in the land.


I only ask - what would the founding fathers do? Kick some ass is what they'd do. Obamasan get some keholes and flatten 'er.


That'll shut em up

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:09 | 704768 Ted K
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Mort's probably still pissed The President told him he's a crappy speech writer.  That and he might have asked Mort how could a Madoff victim give lectures to anyone on issues of judgement.  Those are just guesses though....

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:39 | 705292 sgt_doom
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"That and he might have asked Mort how could a Madoff victim give lectures to anyone on issues of judgement."

F**king A, Ted K, dude!

That pretty much says it all, big guy!

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:19 | 704777 tony bonn
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my love affair for the lying sack of shit kenyan born arrogant community activist bankster asshole never started. obama is bush's twin.

whoever thinks that a president can create jobs earns the fucktard of the day award.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:31 | 704783 Fraud-Esq
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Zero banker prosecutions Obama may be a crime, but not being born in Kenya! I'd take a Kenyan born bank buster over a Hawaii born bank lackey any day. And if I had the last bit of evidence the bank prosecutor was born there and shuffled here before he knew it, I'd burn it. :0

Now you have me thinking. Maybe the banks have the hard evidence and they're not giving it to you.

That would make a lot more sense. 

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:44 | 704791 Aristarchan
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Say that again......?

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:59 | 704797 Fraud-Esq
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if a bank buster, bank buster president were Ken-yan, I'd take him over a non-bank busting, non-Kenyan Ameri-can.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 08:22 | 704930 TBT or not TBT
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'Gah!   Obama is Keynes-ian.   

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:41 | 705297 sgt_doom
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Dood, you've explained it all, by god!

Those Mad Hatter Tea Partiers keep getting Keynes confused with Kenya.

Holy crap!  That should have been obvious to the rest of us subliterates!

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:17 | 705251 trav7777
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The ends do not justify the means

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 18:56 | 705705 Fraud-Esq
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why not? 

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 06:51 | 706286 Bartanist
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How "Randy" ... as in Ayn Rand(y) ... makes you no better than the bankers.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 23:39 | 706013 RockyRacoon
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I respect your opinion on some things, Trav, but I think the banksters might not agree with you on this one.  Bankrupting the middle class in order to own the last real asset and loot the treasury is by all means worth the "means" to them.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 08:38 | 706325 Widowmaker
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Loot the treasury my ass, try all things material.  This is in peoples homes, under the carpet, in your fridge, and in your kids' bedrooms and college savings.



Sat, 11/06/2010 - 09:11 | 704951 Bob
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Ya got my vote for common fucking sense, FE. 

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 14:19 | 705363 SRV - ES339
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Count me in Bob... great stuff FE!

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 14:45 | 705365 SRV - ES339
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Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:28 | 704780 Indrid Cold
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Made by the media.

Unmade by the media.

Nature takes its course.


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 08:15 | 704928 Careless Whisper
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that's right. but it's also made by the bilderberg group and unmade by the bilderberg group. mister zuckerman is a member of the bilderberg group and the committee on foreign relations. they are globalists. barry is their puppet, just like w was. now they see the writing on the wall. time for a new puppet. it could be hillary, mitt, or rick perry. all the same. puppets.


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:44 | 705302 sgt_doom
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Geez, Careless Whisper, just because the American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc., lists David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Richard Perle, Jessica Mathews (NBER, SAIS, etc.), et al., as directors, is no reason to get annoyed.

Surely these are all fine upstanding satanical scum-sucking demons?

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 06:53 | 706288 Bartanist
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I find it ironic that their minions called that kid from Jersey a "witch".... or that she practiced witchcraft.

Pretty funny, really.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:31 | 704784 Paul Bogdanich
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Gee that's nice Mort.  If the system is still around to hold an election by 2012 it will be a victory.  We simply can't withstand 2 more years of this.  In 2 years the situation will be completely insoluable if it is not already. 

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:35 | 704786 Fraud-Esq
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P.S. Phil G - Keith Olberman suspension smells like a promotional scam. Pretty clever if you ask me, but a little obvious huh?

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 02:31 | 704805 Midas
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It's a good thing the suspension was posted on Drudge or no one would have known about it.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 03:32 | 704825 Fraud-Esq
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Nah - it was front page news! on Huff Post and she doubles Drudge's traffic. 

Out of the three people, I don't know who's more dramatic. 

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 04:07 | 706239 Midas
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My point wasn't the volume on Drudge, but the lack of viewers for Olberman.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 23:42 | 706018 RockyRacoon
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You just didn't hear it on FOX, that's all.  Too close to home for the folks there who don't have the same policy on political contributions.  I say to hell with both networks -- nah, just make it ALL networks, and newspapers, and magazines, and blogs.... almost.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 09:59 | 704980 leathaface
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Once the President said that the people should be getting their news from HuffPo, is the day i stopped reading anything from there. 

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 23:44 | 706019 RockyRacoon
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And if the White House touts ZH you'll leave here as well?  Sounds like some narrow thinking coming your way.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:35 | 704787 Milton Waddams
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LOL@OLIGARCHICAL misanthropy, Wha Whaaa

We gotta switch teams now.

Mah fingernails are accumulating dirt.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 01:41 | 704790 Aristarchan
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He is right...but hell, everyone knew that months ago. Thanks, Mort, for your (usual) blinding glimpse of the obvious.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 02:39 | 704811 HankPaulson
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Mort tries to avoid observing that Obama served out his brief of representing the bankers at the expense of the public.

We don't got much, but we do got "perception management".


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 03:32 | 704824 laughing_swordfish
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Ahhh Mort Zuckerman...!

How typical of the Jew to turn on his benefactor. You spent untold millions having this Kenyan Muslim elected and then because he didn't bail you out of your bad CRE investments by leaning on Ben Shalom Bernanke to buy some worthless CRE paper as part of QE, you turn on him.

But Mort, you're kind of in a bad spot, as I don't think anyone on the "Repub" side is going to give you the time of day with your problems. You're kind of stuck with your guy.

The problem is, more and more Real Americans are coming to see the connection between job loss, outsourcing, foreclosure fraud, two endless no-win Middle East Wars and the ascendancy to the top ranks of Wall Street and Corporate America of members of that Certain Religious Minority with which you share kinship.

Real Americans already know that the "media" is controlled by your co-religionists - which is why we don't trust them - yes, and that includes most especially Faux News and theNew York edition of the Jerusalem Post - I mean the Wall Street Journal.

Isn't it somewhat strange that twenty years ago, when we had the last big problem with RE and the banks (the S&L crisis) that most of the guilty went to jail, and that this time around there has been not one indictment, not one prosecution, of crimes and frauds too numerous to list here?

Could it be, could it possibly be, that this is because the Banks, The Media, The Multinational Corporations as well as the Judiciary, the Regulators and the Legal Profession are all firmly in the hands of that Certain Religious Minority whose name begins with the letter "J" ?


Food for thought....

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 03:46 | 704833 Fraud-Esq
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You mean Jews? 

Not a chance! In this country, if you want to avoid prosecution, you're going to need way more than J-ness going for you. It takes the C's to stay out of jail. The C's have the keys. That's how the C's get all the political contributions! The J's have been hyperventilating about the "anti-J FBI" and DOJ for decades, AIPEC getting wiretapped under Bush II isn't exactly immunity, guy goes to jail from the OSP-Pentagon too. Sure, it wasn't really on the news and that's probably some J blackout help for a brother, but the C did send him to jail. 

This kind of failure to prosecute take the C's, J's, and ALL BANKERS working together. This kind of failure means everyone at the top's got everyone else by the balls.   

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:03 | 705225 Walter_Sobchak
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what are "C's"?

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 18:58 | 705707 Fraud-Esq
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The Christians! 

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 08:40 | 706335 Widowmaker
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Corporations fit.

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 07:01 | 706289 Bartanist
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I once looked at the Obama White House, looked at Wall Street, looked at the media and thought as you do. There is no doubt that there is a very powerful and exclusive club that provides its members favors.

However, I now believe that polarization is the problem... and the enemy...

... what is the ultimate source of polarization? I am not sure that I know.

Mon, 11/08/2010 - 03:02 | 707680 StychoKiller
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Even the stupidest, most ignorant person can differentiate black from white, but IT TAKES THOUGHT & INTELLIGENCE to integrate black and white into shades of gray!  See much Intelligence in Govt these days?  I don't.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 03:37 | 704828 UncleFurker
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"The results represent a sharp rebuke to President Obama, who interpreted his 2008 "vote for change" as a mandate for changing everything and all at once."

Bullshit. What has he really achieved along with the rest of the democrats. A half-arsed healthcare reform. That's it.

They promised an end to the war shit. They promised heads would roll. "Subpoena Power" Pelosi did nothing. The crooks are still all out there.

They're a fucking joke and deserved to be buggered by the Republicans


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 23:47 | 706025 RockyRacoon
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The only buggering that got done was to the populace and the Constitution.

Everything else is on track as planned.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 04:31 | 704857 The Real Fake E...
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Mort is upset because his tax break is expiring and he hasn't been making as much money as he thought he would under Obama. While the Fed is artificially propping up capital markets, they have done very little to prop up real estate markets with another bubble.  Chill-ax Mort, you had your turn in the 00's.  bummer

He like most of wall street fell in love with Obama because they figured, hey he went to Harvard and Columbia - he's just like us!  Plus since he's black, while we donate to the Harlem Magnet school programs, what we're effectively doing in also helping Obama.  Man, i'm so freaking liberal.  Not only do I do God's work, but I also help black people, I'm awesome!  Save me a spot in the VIP section of heaven because I did exactly what God wanted me to do and I helped black people. 


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 07:42 | 704912 nmewn
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"Man, i'm so freaking cynical.  Not only do I do God's work, but I also help black people, I'm awesome!  Save me a spot in the VIP section of heaven because I did exactly what God wanted me to do and I helped black people."

There...fixed it for you.

The unspoken issue of course, of the elite bourgeoisie class, is their narcissistic habit of choosing the most incompetent and suicidal from among them to be the standard bearer for the country.

In this example, life really is imitating art...the movie Trading Places comes immediately to everyone's mind...with a different plot twist.

Barry really isn't a good fact there are none to be found within the entire movie.

At this point one of the directors, Mort, is lamenting the choice of casting Barry as one of the leads in the movie instead of the script itself, which he helped write ;-)

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:51 | 705312 sgt_doom
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A timeout for a serious comment.

I believe you are seriously misreading this as it is simply part of the American Political Theater for the Masses.  Obama is ONE OF THEM --- prepped to be the first "Black president" (actually, Afro-Saxon president, but why quibble over trifles) during his tenure at the University of Chicago academic system, which has never, ever, ever turned out anything but neocon swine.

Obama has been towing the line, this is simply the least expensive procedures, with the greatest ROI, to continue having the Obamatoids continue apologizing and pulling for their guy, regardless of how his administration continues selling out the American worker and American citizen.

I mean, Geez Louise!!!!, right now he's winging over to Asia, with Jeffrey Immelt (CEO of GE) sitting beside him.  Now, technically speaking, GE is a bank, and only survives today because they availed themselves mightily of some of those TARP funds.

And paid not one cent in federal income taxes in 2009, for Cripes sakes!

So now Obama's gone to pimp out more jobs offshoring for the multinationals in Indonesia, India and elsewhere.

That's the way this insanity rolls....

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 07:11 | 704907 Azannoth
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So the American public has woken up huh? Well too bad it's too little too late

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 08:09 | 704925 fallst
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Loss of Unions stopped over 50% of money to Democrats.

Therefore, they are rendered into KStreetWhoring.

So, it is now a Party of One.

Still want to know how they scared off Ross Perot.

That crazy anti-NAFTA guy.

The giant sucking sound is getting louder.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 09:03 | 704948 Crab Cake
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Nothing special against Obama, he's a lying self aggrandizing tool that serves the highest bidder like all the rest. I hate the Democrats and the Republicans equally. Love affair? I have zero faith in the government. Fuck DC, fuck Wall St, and fuck the Fed; I hope they all burn to the ground.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:21 | 705257 Husk-Erzulie
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Love the ever pithy Cake...:-)

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:53 | 705317 sgt_doom
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(Before that burning, please waterboard the eff-tards.)

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 10:11 | 704992 americanspirit
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A lot of the comment threads on ZH lately remind me of a board game in any cafe in the Middle East - a large group of guys gathered around some issue, jostling each other, tough-talking each other, lots of psuedo-angry psuedo threats, qute a bit of racist banter, lots of mundane cursing - nothing creative - and everyone so focused on each other and the game supposedly going on that they are completely unaware of the knapsack in the corner.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 23:51 | 706033 RockyRacoon
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Why don't you run that knapsack outside for us while we order another round of lattes.


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 10:18 | 705001 Atomizer
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Folks, nothing has really changed. We are simply repeating an old era that will be canceled out by new.. The cycle repeats.

1950's Cold War Propaganda - Communism Vs Capitalism

In today's era, the tightly knitted group feels so close to achieve utopian success.

Have a watch below. Remember, only the people have the final say. The Government circle jerks are merely public servants. Never forget these words.

And without further ado

Future America - Mandatory Public Service Announcement.




Sat, 11/06/2010 - 23:53 | 706037 RockyRacoon
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The Government circle jerks are merely public servants.

...and the middle class gets the soggy biscuit.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 10:46 | 705029 Gordon Freeman
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Let me put it simply:  Mort Zuckerman can suck my dick.


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 10:54 | 705035 bugs_
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Mort is still in his bubble.  What he really means to say is that THE MEDIA's love affair with Obama is over.

And why is that?  Because he failed to execute their agenda, failed to move their agenda forward, and because of his arrogance actually set it back.


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 11:20 | 705068 kaiserhoff
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Well said, but there is that shit-for-brains health care thingy.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 11:32 | 705082 ThePhysicist
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Hard to explain how 9 of 10 Blacks can still support Obama, other than racism.


Sat, 11/06/2010 - 23:55 | 706040 RockyRacoon
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You, as a physicist, can't explain that?  We really are in trouble....

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 11:53 | 705111 cdskiller
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This wasn't about putting an inexperienced politician into office, it was about putting a disingenuous, corrupt politician into office. Obama, more than any politician in my lifetime, has said one thing and done another. He has fully embraced special interest politics, caving in to corporate lobbyist concerns on every front. He has embraced the politics of fear and militarism. These were precisely some of the things he campaigned against.

Obama shifted the focus from the economy to health care reform in order to take our attention away from Wall Street reform and give lobbyists the chance to work behind closed doors with Senate and House finance committees to construct legislation that would be toothless. It was very conscious and disgusting. That was not the action of the man we thought we were voting for. The man we thought we were voting for would never have suspended mark-to-market, and he wouldn't be trying to put lipstick on the actions of Tim Geithner and Bernanke.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:25 | 705266 myshadow
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I second that.  My difference is, I don't think he caved, he was with them all along.  At 62, for me, his misdirection is the greatest betrayal of my political life.  It galls me to hear asshats like hannity and limbaugh spew their hateful verbiage about him, when they could effectively call him on his total duplicity. The thing is, the President serves their master as well.

I am gobsmacked by the fact all of this 'socialist/communist' is effective at moving the sheeple, let alone the reptilian racism.

Those of us on the liberal side of things were the 'tea party' in the last election, now, it will be the tea party's turn to be turned upon.

You can bet that Pharma, United Healthcare and every other kleptoration that benefitted from barry and baucus's sellout will be jerking the chains on boner and mcconnell, nothing legislatively will happen on obamacare.

We are being punked from both directions by these vampires. 

The next two years are going to be fucked.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 23:57 | 706044 RockyRacoon
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And we'll both be 64.  I'm really enjoying the show.  Wanna come over and bring some popcorn?

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 18:28 | 705664 Sparkey
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He is not the man you voted for, the man you voted for never existed, you voted for an actor playing President in a reality TV show, an actor who, I believe, thought the role was real, that is what inspired his performance, he was believable because, "He believed it himself", after the election show was over, he had to be sat down and explained to; that the script writers and the director tell the players how to play their roles! and if you don't want to do that... Hum! Well, we own your contract and we are thinking of casting you as the New John Kennedy, the role doesn't last long but the residual fame can go on for years! Which role do you prefer? Which one would you take?

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:00 | 705120 Eureka Springs
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Since I am not a Democrat (and never considered for one nano second being a Republican) because of people just like bitter billionaire Zuckerman. I can only give free advice to Democrats... kick the 'zucker" out of your party. Do so in a very public manner! If you can't recognize the fact he's (like Joe Lieberman and others) only interested in destroying you frokm within... you deserve to lose forevermore.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:43 | 705153 Lucius Corneliu...
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The older I get I keep thinking of how much sense Joseph Heller made of it in Catch-22.  Its all for the good of the syndicate...prophetic, IMHO.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:55 | 705320 sgt_doom
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Morty Z., a bitter, bitter billionaire....

How sad....

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:31 | 705137 Lucius Corneliu...
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As much as I dislike the leftists, I can't help but to think that it wouldn't matter who was president at this juncture.  There is plenty of blame to pass around, but in general it is a problem of the American public not paying their taxes for the past 30+ years and instead kicking the can to the next generation.  It is surreal the way that politicians are ignoring the elephant in the living room while the emperor runs around with his clothes off.  It reveals how utterly self-centered and out of touch the politicians and patrons have become.  Almost like DC is in some other time space continuum.  The cold hard truth is that PAIN is baked into the cake.  They most know this.  My hope is that once the credit bubble collapses we learn our collective lesson.  Hell, at this point I just hope the Nation will be able to get through it intact.  In the end, we will all get what we deserve because the piper WILL be paid.

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 12:51 | 705200 Gordon Freeman
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Hey, Lucius, how much did you pay in taxes all that time? 

Because those of us doing the heavy lifting really don't want to hear about how we haven't been paying any fucking taxes...

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 13:46 | 705249 Lucius Corneliu...
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Hey Gordon, don't get me wrong.  I have been a heavy lifter for many years and have never taken government handouts.  Maybe I should have rephrased it to say that the politicians spent money they didn't have.  Personally, I'm all for a much smaller Federal Government.  I just think the debt problem is the core issue and that is always caused by living beyond your means.  That is a bi-partisan vice and one that the public didn't complain about until the piper showed up at the door.  Ending the FED would be one giant leap towards disabling the politicians ability to run deficits.

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