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TURNING and turning like a runaway tyre

The HP falcon cannot hear the HP falconer;

Things fall apart; the Central Banker cannot hold;

Market anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed fiat tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.


Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Third Easing is at hand.

The Third Easing! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image straight out of the Simpson's

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a PhD canard,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of indignant pundit birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twelve months of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a gold plated tungsten dreidel,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Maiden Lane to be reborn? 

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Benjamin Glutton's picture

Is Karl Rove a Tyler? too funny.


Dubbed the Weaver Terrace Group for the Northwest Washington address where Rove convened the first meetings in his living room, the meetings are now hosted in the downtown Washington offices of a pair of linked powerhouses conceived by Rove, American Crossroads and Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies.

An email sent to attendees Friday by Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio warned participants that POLITICO “is calling folks up asking who attends the Weaver Terrace meetings” and included as a reminder “for those of you who don’t remember the rules of the road” a YouTube link to footage from the film "Fight Club." In the clip, Brad Pitt’s character says: “The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.”


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Fix It Again Timmy's picture

This is your pilot, we have begun our descent to "The Nine Circles of Hell....."


It is high time that you work with some one who exemplifies the times we live in from a literary stand point. Edgar Allen Poe. The Pit And The Pendulum. Quoth The Raven. Heartwarming story lines that suit the times. Go get 'em.

Please, no monetary compensation for this momentary flash of genius in the remaining brain cells I have that survived the Sixties and Seventies madness. I do miss the no bra look though. You knew exactly what you were getting prior to asking a girl to share a little bit of the free love that everyone practiced back then.

And, your dick wouldn't be turning green, nor your teeth be falling out while you coughed up blood the following morning due to some nasty social disease that hasn't been named yet. Those were the days..............

williambanzai7's picture

I did the Raven... Debts No More last year.

StychoKiller's picture

We have "The Fall of the House of Usher" to look forward we got that going for us!

nmewn's picture

JUSTICE KENNEDY: But the reason, the reason this is concerning is because it requires the individual to do an affirmative act. In the law of torts, our tradition, our law has been that you don't have the duty to rescue someone if that person is in danger. The blind man is walking in front of a car and you do not have a duty to stop him, absent some relation between you. And there is some severe moral criticisms of that rule, but that's generally the rule.

And here the government is saying that the Federal Government has a duty to tell the individual citizen that it must act, and that is different from what we have in previous cases, and that changes the relationship of the Federal Government to the individual in a very fundamental way.

GENERAL VERRILLI: I don't think so, Justice Kennedy, because it is predicated on the participation of these individuals in the market for health care services. Now, it happens to be that this is a market in which, aside from the groups that the statute excludes, virtually everybody participates. But it is a regulation of their participation in that market."

Remarkable...some groups are excluded from the "law of the land" by the very law he argues for "those groups apart from it" be included in it.


Some pretty twisted logic.

Dropping this off here Banzai.

rlouis's picture

William, it looks like you found the sailors from the USS Eldridge following the Philadelphia experiment!

Wakanda's picture

"And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Maiden Lane to be reborn?"

Lower Manhattan has many rough beasts and demons.

Who will challenge them?  At what cost?

SaveTheBales's picture

This is fun.  Always wondered what Phynx looked like.  Apparently, its a predecessor to the Gargoyle.

Things that go bump's picture

Someone needs to slap that smirk off his face.

fiddy pence haff pound's picture

ha. the Bernank is a sphinxter boy.


a quiz, if you Will:


what is a Bernanke Bungalow?

A one-floor dwelling for those who can't pay rent, also known as

'the family car'. Gas heating, out-house, mobility (if you've paid your licence renewal).

johnQpublic's picture

do 'telltale heart' next bonzai


the tell tale ponzi perhaps...

blu's picture

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Maiden Lane to be reborn?

Funny you should mention it:

Liars and tigers and angels, oh my.

mess nonster's picture

A very nice read indeed, thanx!

rosiescenario's picture

...thanx for the link...a nice read....

Al Huxley's picture

Nice take on the Yeats classic WB.

Piranhanoia's picture

Is that original Village People there standing on the man titties of the Sphincter?   Looks like a sightseer wearing shades,  the Navy, the Army maybe the police?

AN0NYM0US's picture

March 16, 1912


J. P. Morgan spent his Winter vacation at the ancient oasis of Khargeh,
which is four days' ride west of Thebes, on the old caravan route from
the Nile to Berber and the Soudan. The principal object of Mr. Morgan's
stay there before starting home by way of Italy was to watch the native
laborers he has employed ...

mess nonster's picture

indignant pundit bird, what a great line! ... makes me think of a WB7 picture of Cramer as Angry Bird.

the grateful unemployed's picture

and in the widening gyre debts fly off the balance sheet (like an entire war for instance) where the people cannot hear the crushing load of debt.

[and i fully expect the fed to place its assets off balance sheet when interest rates compromise their solvency]

but poor lil Bernanke is really just the head of this countries largest (insolvent) GSE. that he buys Fannies paper means nothing, its like transferring the debt from the right hand to the left hand.

in Didions homage to the poem, she said of California, "it was the land were the literal interpretation of Genesis slipped imperceptibly into the literal interpretation of Double Indemnity.." we all know how that works, AIG was worth more dead than alive.

WALLST8MY8BALL's picture

Gruff Rhys'   -  Patterns of Power



Inner circles and the patterns of power,
The dead epicenter,
And ruined extremes.
Spinning cycles and a crisis of conscience,
Of circular cycles,
Amoral disease.
The aim to please pulsates the complex of pleasure,
We buried the treasure,
And serpents arose.
And hear the salary men tapping at keyboards,
Innumerable midnights devoted to death.

Kids are dying and I'm drinking champagne.
The patterns of power,
A patchwork of pain.
I'm on fire and you're drinking champagne,
The patters of power,
Again and again.

And all our eyes will roll in unison swiftly,
As packaging opens,
And void is revealed.
But still we dream,
And so we should with our whisper,
Prepare all our bellows for new year balloons.
Kids are dying and I'm drinking champagne.
The patterns of power,
A patchwork of pain.
I'm on fire and you're drinking champagne,
The patterns of power,
Again and again.
Inner circles and the patterns of power,
The dead epicenter,
And ruined extremes.