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SNAKE OIL SALESMEN
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I HAVE A DRONE
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Just check out Obama's new drone
"In The Land Of The Free" it is flown
Nothing will save
"The Home Of The Brave"
Tyrannical forces have grown

The Limerick King

BANANA REPUBLIC
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All hail the Banana-In-Chief
The source of our national grief
A slippery fool
A Kleptocrat tool
And Romney provides no relief

The Limerick King

RUNNING MATES

 

If you are wondering what I am thinking about the entire red and blue clown circus, this piece by Matt Stoller is not a bad place to start:

WHAT ARE WE CHEERING FOR?

"But the idea that America is shifting into an authoritarian system is a difficult truth to handle, as it flies in the face of an endlessly marketed notion of progress and deep-seated political rhetoric about American exceptionalism. Political elites are also very good at dishonest excuses. In her convention speech, for instance, Michelle Obama remarked that change is hard, and slower than we might like. Many Democrats point out that Republicans block change at every turn. But this is misleading — in fact, Obama has turned out to be a transformative president, and has in fact solidified a bipartisan consensus in favor of a sweeping political change, for endless bailouts and endless war.  Liberals do not want to recognize that this is his agenda, and that this agenda is designed to turn America into a society where democracy exists only in small rooms of elites. Better to say there hasn’t been enough change, than to recognize the radical change that has occurred.

Making the case that our systems are not what they are marketed as will be difficult. Americans overwhelmingly still, for instance, believe in homeownership as a virtue, despite the obvious bleak future on that front. They still think that paying crushing, predatory and illegitimate mortgage and student debt is the moral thing to do. They will not let go of their illusions without more personal experience in the malevolence of the system, denser organizational networks of dissident elites, and a possible alternative they can support. Liberal Democrats and union officials will not shake their faith in Obama, insisting on lying for him and the Wall Street-friendly Democratic establishment he represents. But these illusions are not sustainable, and neither is the increasingly authoritarian American state. It is a small group who realize this fundamental truth, but every day, more are waking up."

Link to original Salon article: Here

 

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Fri, 09/07/2012 - 22:22 | 2773802 diogeneslaertius
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every day, more are waking up!

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 22:22 | 2773804 diogeneslaertius
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@Fox19BenSwann the last lawman in Dodge

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:30 | 2771598 rosiescenario
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Great work....."I have a drone....".....classic.

 

.....and on the other hand we have Mitt droning and the rest of us drones drowning....

 

 

 

 

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:06 | 2771505 stiler
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President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. 

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 12:29 | 2772084 stiler
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well on those up & downs Obamney, er, Romney, looses. Have fun with the Big dOnut for the next 4.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 11:32 | 2771851 DaveyJones
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if any of these people actually "ran" the country, you'd have a point

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 13:20 | 2772278 stiler
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good point. And what about the one over them and the One over him? there are layers of authority.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:57 | 2771717 blueridgeviews
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Two boats leave a dock.  One filled with drunken teenagers the other filled with sober adults.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out which boat is going to crash and burn.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:02 | 2771487 clawsthatscratch
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Great work as always!

 

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 09:09 | 2771249 Bob
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The real NWO is being constructed behind the scenes:

http://www.nationofchange.org/thief-lurks-shadows-1346936485

Meanwhile, both parties push bullshit about American jobs, jobs, jobs. 

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 09:13 | 2771281 williambanzai7
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They tell you about the green shoot jobs that pay less than half of the avg salary of the jobs they are replacing.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 21:21 | 2773703 nmewn
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Exactly.

And dutifully reported by the government news network as a "good thing"...on some weird volume based premise over quality..and even at that, the volume isn't there.

Banzai, we are being ruled by complete fucktards...but as long as a "law student" paying 50k a year to be in college is trotted out as a victim because the taxpayer is too cheap or stingy or selfish to pay for her ten dollar a month birth control pills...we will continue to be ruled by fucktards.

Ain't democracy (50) grand? ;-)

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 08:54 | 2771174 Ar-Pharazôn
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i dont get this.... "Americans overwhelmingly still, for instance, believe in homeownership as a virtue"

 

are you saying it's better to live under a bridge or in an apartement?

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 09:10 | 2771242 williambanzai7
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It used to be the be all and end all. And it was warped by the industry fantasy that real estate prices only go up. But now people seem to understand the benefits of renting. Indeed, with the new reality of job insecurity, taking on a mortgage is a much different risk proposition than Americans were traditionally led to believe.

The lay of the land is very different now.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 11:19 | 2771797 Boxed Merlot
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The lay of the land is very different now...

 

You're correct.  The US allows for anyone to own real estate as long as the taxes are paid.  The US has allowed international financial interests to decimate the backbone of the US economy, the SFR, with impunity.  Furthermore, our clowns in congress have encouraged the REIT pillage and have purchased protection by co opting the judiciary.

The US needs to invest in a complete overhaul of the judiciary in order to re-establish trust in our system.  We get it that the legislative and executive branches are easily co-opted, it's another thing when our faith in the ultimate outcome is compromised.  We need to chase these criminals down and prosecute them for the treasonous and terrorist conduct they're responsible for.  imho. 

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 09:37 | 2771400 Sauk Leader
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My realitor told me a few years ago that a home never depreciates. I said, you mean Land? He said, no a home. I told him to stop telling that to his clients.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 09:54 | 2771468 williambanzai7
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They all say that. Half of them are too stupid to know and the other half are scheisters.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:16 | 2771544 machineh
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'scheisseters' -- LOL, great German-English double entendre!

Lawyers with sh*t-eating grins ...

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 08:35 | 2771051 blindman
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jimmy buffett - Anything Anytime Anywhere - License To Chill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsR7DuDaviU
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and there is another great version....
the intersection of finance/money and the individual life. oh boy, off the rails ........
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Bruce Cockburn Live ...If I Had A Rocket Launcher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOjHior0RfU&feature=related
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Bruce Cockburn - Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979-2002 - Anything Anytime Anywhere
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArLeuA3oyZY
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i think there is an even better version somewhere but ...?
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Fri, 09/07/2012 - 07:42 | 2770931 chunga
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Josey Wales to the snakeoil salesman:

"How is it with stains?"

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 07:30 | 2770919 The Limerick King
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William...I sent you a DM on twitter. Did you get it?

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 08:15 | 2770986 williambanzai7
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Yes, got it

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 06:29 | 2770858 nmewn
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I caught the tail end of his speech last night and was shocked at how many times our community organizer used the word democracy to describe our nation and the ease in which it was accepted & applauded.

We have miles to go before we sleep.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 07:01 | 2770882 williambanzai7
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A couple of drones here, a couple detainments there, give or take a few...won't kill you ;-)

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 07:05 | 2770887 nmewn
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lol...off to work.

An email from Michelle...

nmewn --

I know your life is full -- with work, or school, or family -- and yet you still find the time to help out when you can.

You may have a tight budget, but you give what you can afford.

A woman recently told the campaign her family skipped a pizza dinner at their favorite place so that they could make a difference in this election.

That is the commitment that drives this campaign.

If you can support Barack with a donation today, please know it makes a huge difference. If we win, it will be because of what you did at moments like this....

Thanks,

Michelle

P.S. -- It meant a lot to me to speak with you and everyone else last night. Thank you for everything you do."

The pizza store owner was not amused ;-)

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 11:36 | 2771868 DaveyJones
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I'm amazed you can even listen nmewn. I can't do it anymore. It's water torture.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 21:08 | 2773685 nmewn
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Yeah, I could tune it all out...throw my hands in the air and go all blue team/red team sucks and say there really is no difference...be a part of the herd at ZH...but, what would you think of me then?...just another conformist...thats not me ;-)

But there is a real difference on a lot of issues.

I think at this point everyone who is sane, realizes the math, yet no one is weighing what they will ask of you to make their math work for just a little while longer. I refuse to compromise on what they will ask of me. I have never compromised on that in the past and I'm definitely not in the mood or have the inclination to compromise on it now.

One might as well ask me to be a slave and enjoy my place, my station, my lot in life. That, for me, will never happen.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 09:36 | 2771394 tip e. canoe
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funny i got the same note with the following paragraph inserted:

"A woman recently told the campaign her family skipped a mortgage payment to make a donation knowing that we got her back in case the big bad bank tries to foreclose on her family."

:)

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 20:38 | 2773625 nmewn
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Thats a oneáh expensivevah pizza pie!!! ;-)

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:13 | 2771533 machineh
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Another woman skipped a tax payment, and said 'F*ck the politicians, I'm not giving either party a damned dime!'

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 05:45 | 2770836 ebworthen
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After watching both conventions it is hard to feel that we aren't totally screwed here in the U.S.

The two headed hydra of crony capitalism, somehow perceived as separate stallions of virtue on a verdant green, blast their flame and smoke on the parched plains; with those being burned cheering them on.

Banana Republic - Salute!

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 04:19 | 2770811 ReligiousAtheist1
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"I have a drone" you killed me with that one

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 03:32 | 2770798 williambanzai7
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THE THING WITH TWO HEADS

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:45 | 2771649 monad
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Head #1: Lay off the choom, I'm losing count!

Head #2: Don't worry bra, they have plenty more.

Head #1: No you ass, I'm cunting our pay outs.

Head #2: Oh shit! Well... Hey Timmah! Timmah! Get over here boy, I gots work for ya.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:55 | 2771709 mudduck
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Head #1: Wheres the car keys?      Head #2: Did you check in the rectum? Thats where you have been losing everything lately.      Porridge slapping sound.      Head #1: Got em!

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:31 | 2771595 TruthHunter
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The Thing With Two Heads


ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX
 
If there's anything more important than my ego around here, I want it caught and shot now.

ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX
Who cares where we go? Lets just go!

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:05 | 2771498 Nobody For President
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Geez Banzai, this one picture/editorial cartoon alone could be a stand-alone post, and you throw it into the discussion as a quickie. This stuff should start showing up in more media than ZH - time to get syndicated (sindicated?).

Two heads indeed.

 

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:30 | 2771596 williambanzai7
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It's funny how an image from a cheesy old movie suddenly obtains relevance ;-)

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 12:05 | 2771799 DaveyJones
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it's the perfect thematic backdrop. This whole thing feels like a bad sci-fi film with really bad acting and  special effects that don't work.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:05 | 2771496 mudduck
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Head  number 2; Got a Q-tip?      Head number 1; What for? You're letting in a breeze down our neck-crack.        Head number 2; You're lucky I can't control that gun arm choom-brain.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 05:18 | 2770827 dogfish
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Interracial

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 05:23 | 2770829 williambanzai7
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Funny enough, so was the actual movie, which is rated as one of the worst ever.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 13:59 | 2772476 Jena
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This plays like a great piece all on its own but it's the real trailer for "The Thing With Two Heads"

 

"It seemed like a good idea at the time..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irQf50m5Jvw

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 02:46 | 2770768 caerus
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the major averages are near levels that will mark an historic triple top...central bank intervention half life has been expectedly decreasing...there is no such thing as sanitzed intervention...

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 02:50 | 2770773 williambanzai7
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Every good magician knows not to repeat a trick with the same audience.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 02:18 | 2770749 fukidontknow
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I Have a Drone.

 

I can't stop laughing, if it wasn't so funny I'd probably cry.

 

Thanks for the good times banzai7.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 09:42 | 2771419 Peter Pan
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Wasn't it Martin Luther King who said that we live in a time of guided missles and misguided men?

Decades later his words still ring true.

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 01:55 | 2770729 pd303
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A solid double to left field, if not a home run, Dr. Banzai.

Just great.

 

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 02:00 | 2770737 williambanzai7
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I'll settle for a Mookie ;-)

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