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Dick Durbin "Hard To Get To An Agreement Tonight"

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It's not even 6 pm yet (futures open time) and all that early optimistic momentum hard procured by splinter GOP Senators, is slowly but surely, being extinguished. Enter Dick Durbin, the second ranking Senate democrat: 

  • Even if budget agreement to avoid fiscal cliff is reached today, it would be tough to “put it together this evening,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., tells CNN.
  • If deal reached, more likely to be made final tomorrow, he says
  • Original terms of budget deal present “problem”
  • Hopeful “common ground” can be reached

So let's set the ground rules for tonight's drinking game: since there will be much hope and optimism, as they are all that's left, and which will all be promptly squashed once reality reverts, every time someone says:

  • "optimistic", do 1 shot;
  • "not optimistic" - 2 shots;
  • "cautiously optimistic" - 3 shots;
  • "guardedly optimistic" - 4 shots;
  • "encouraged" - 5 shots
  • "hopeful" - 10 shots
  • And, naturally, "Bush's fault" - chug the bottle

And now, sit back and look forward to the next rumor and kneejerk reaction, forgetting once more context that truly matters in tonight's theatrical "debate", which of course is what Ben Bernanke said on December 12, when asked what he would do if there is no Fiscal Cliff deal by January 1: "We would perhaps increase [QE] a bit."


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Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:36 | Link to Comment Seasmoke
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the word hopeful is going to get people fucked up and sloppy drunk tonight !

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:39 | Link to Comment maxmad
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I am sure Durbin is going to play along with this drinking game! 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:02 | Link to Comment The Joker
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I'm sure Boner already started, around 6:00 AM this morning.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:06 | Link to Comment maxmad
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Yep I am sure Boner and Dickh*&d are doing shots right about now...

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:12 | Link to Comment smlbizman
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right now in congress on cspan we are working on fucking with putin and adoption....

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:58 | Link to Comment Eireann go Brach
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Is Obama even at these negotiations? I heard he be hanging out in Jay Z's VIP box at the football game throwing back beers and chicken wings, then they have tee time scheduled with Snoop Dog and Flavor Flav at 6!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 02:23 | Link to Comment Zosynspiracy
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Obama is a clown!  I don't know who is worse......him or his big horse mouthed baboon wife!  Seriously, this POS and his wife are the biggest disgrace to ever set foot in the White House!  I can't believe America voted these idiots back into office.  Atleast Laura Bush had some sense of class and sophistication. 

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:01 | Link to Comment The Joker
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I want to get shit-faced so I'm drinking every time I hear the word "cliff".  Fuck it, it'll be New Years Eve soon.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:07 | Link to Comment ball-and-chain
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Durbin's an asshat.

But so are the republicans.

Don't drink too much.

And don't drive if you do.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:40 | Link to Comment benbushiii
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Does Ben (Parker Brothers) Bernank ever run out of money?

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:43 | Link to Comment Racer
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Only when the world runs out of toilet roll to print on

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:49 | Link to Comment max2205
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Double it Ben to $170 billion a month or better yet make it an even $1 trillion a month...who gives a shit

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:02 | Link to Comment Sooth
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The Germans needed paper. Ben will run out of money when the universe runs out of electrons.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:46 | Link to Comment unrulian
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Excuse my ignorance but please tell me there's a reason other than the classic american shotgun to call that POS Bernank "Parker Bros". I'd really hate to think of him when i go woodcock hunting with my 20g VH


and BTW i say Bush's fault...8 ball

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:31 | Link to Comment BeansBulletsBandaids
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The parker bros. board game Monopoly.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:45 | Link to Comment kliguy38
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THE ULTIMATE PONZI.....if you control the money you control the least until the pain becomes unbearable....and that is when you bring in the military that you control. That is when the real fun begins. Of course the military claims they will never turn their guns on their own people but then history has almost always proven that to be a my awakened ZHrs

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:54 | Link to Comment spastic_colon
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what durbin meant was "Hard To Get an Agreement Tonight Before Futures Market Opens".....gotta make sure the bernank, congress and senate can trade properly ya know.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 20:06 | Link to Comment negative rates
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Should he? It's only a game!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:45 | Link to Comment imbrbing
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If the "fecal cliff" is such a bogus circus show for the people why has ZH been putting so much attention on it? Oh yea, it's the drinking!

Count me in!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:51 | Link to Comment knowless
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Technically what politicians do has real life consequences.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:14 | Link to Comment imbrbing
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unfortunatly true

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:55 | Link to Comment Salon
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I've been over a cliff before. It wasnt that bad.

At least what I remember of it.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 08:20 | Link to Comment quadcap
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I only read this article because it promised instructions for the drinking game.   (I'm in India right now, 9.5 (half an hour, really?) hours ahead of the East Coast, and the DJ is setting up in the courtyard outside my hotel room -- I'm in need of some "rules" (or at least guidelines) for what's about to happen.)   Happy New Year, me ZH-hearties!   (And apologies for the nested parens (to understand recursion, you must first understand recursion (burp.)))

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:43 | Link to Comment nmewn
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“Would you restrict freedom in America or would you expand it?” - Dick Durbin

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:46 | Link to Comment Insideher Trading
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Hevin Kenry is at the ready, fear not.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:45 | Link to Comment I am Jobe
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Does he have a pussy waiting or wait,he has a dick he needs to suck on. Pussy Congress and Whore House.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:48 | Link to Comment Frastric
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shit! i hav no mor bottles ta chug! !

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:49 | Link to Comment akak
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I love it when politicians have honest names.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:54 | Link to Comment Iam Yue2
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Early action in eur/usd suggests that the markets are going to be flat to positive at open.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:55 | Link to Comment FinalCollapse
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PPT is out at full force.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:00 | Link to Comment Salon
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I never believed that shit until recently. Just watching the tape ( or nowdays the terminal) the last few years has convinced me.

If they really are scared enough to micromanage currency and futures we are in deeper doodoo than I thought.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 00:09 | Link to Comment Ness.
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It's an illusion designed to keep the dopes duped.  Investors are price specific whereas manipulator's with agendas, are not.  Initiating massive positions in illiquid markets are executed by people who don't have these constraints.

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:06 | Link to Comment Racer
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Yep they sure are... it will go positive no matter what happens with any cliff

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:54 | Link to Comment FinalCollapse
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Laughing Joe negotiating with Crying John while dick is commenting. What can go wrong here...

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:13 | Link to Comment The Joker
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Someone mentioned "weeping cheetoh" earlier today.  I tried to find it on youtube.  This is the best I could come up with:

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:54 | Link to Comment Darksky
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Damn it. Liquor stores closed on Sunday in Texas and I will be outta Woodford Reserve after one "cautiously optimistic".

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:56 | Link to Comment Mark123
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The great fiscal cliff debate in America = a lazy deadbeat hoping to get approved for one more credit card so they can keep shopping for crap.





Sun, 12/30/2012 - 18:57 | Link to Comment MedicalQuack
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Ok enough said, time to start stuffing members of Congress in MRIs and get the diagnosis done once and for all:)  This fear of math has to be dealt with soon so we have competent law makers.

For real, PLOS One study and abstract on how the fear of math makes people feel physical pain.  I'm tired of feeling "their" pain in this thing I call income. Heck if we are so duped that we had to hear Barbara Walters ask Chris Christie about his weight...and if you didn't see that, it was a good one...we better get those folks in DC diagnosed for this fear of math as it may be prohibiting some from doing their job!!

My take on the Chrisie interview below, in the meantime should we start stuffing MRIs with Congressmen:)

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:09 | Link to Comment Racer
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I can think of a lot more suitable places to stuff them

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:07 | Link to Comment tallen
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And the ES opens....... UP!????????????

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:09 | Link to Comment Racer
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You doubted?????????

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:11 | Link to Comment The Gooch
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<<< Death Star

<<<Land Of Lincoln





Sun, 12/30/2012 - 19:47 | Link to Comment franzpick
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Meanwhile, while they're debating whether to 'put spending on the table', I calculated the weight of the 16T$ deficit spending already done, in $100 bills, at 22 pounds per million$, to be 352,000 pounds. 

That's 176 tons already on the table, and they want to add more weight? (YMMV....your math...) 


Sun, 12/30/2012 - 21:32 | Link to Comment Money 4 Nothing
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Dick Durbin... When ever I hear that name, I picture a penis wearing a turbin for some reason? Could be my new pschotropes script..

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 22:19 | Link to Comment Zer0head
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the most reassuring thing is that people vote for their "representatives"


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 00:26 | Link to Comment post turtle saver
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I've been doing a shot every time the word "cliff" is used. Thank goodness for the stomach pump.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 02:11 | Link to Comment Walt D.
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What is Dick Durban's middle name?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:44 | Link to Comment Red Raspberry
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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 05:47 | Link to Comment Grand Supercycle
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Wile E Coyote awaits...

Whether it’s caused by fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, Europe or something else, it doesn’t really matter because as noted before – another crash is guaranteed.

It’s a no brainer.
Charts don’t lie.

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