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Senate Back In Session: Live Webcast From Senate Floor

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Because you know you just can't get enough of the Fiscal Cliff melodrama, whose final episode for the 2012 season has just started, here is a live webcast via C-Span from the Senate floor, where Wall Street muppets have reverted to opening and closing their mouths.


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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:09 | 3109054 SHEEPFUKKER

Let the drinking games begin.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:11 | 3109063 camaro68ss
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$5 says bonehead cries

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:12 | 3109066 icanhasbailout
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This will resolve itself with the lobbyist-owned in both parties ganging up against the few in Congress with principles.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:24 | 3109106 derek_vineyard
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in my personal fantasy world this deal is passed and the market crashes limit down and stays down (realizing the problem not faced again and btfd is eliminated)

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:27 | 3109117 redpill
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What an insulting charade.  There is broad agreement in the Senate that spending should continue at all costs.  In the end they will "compromise" by continuing to spend and not cutting shit.  I'd rather have the fiscal cliff, at least it would be a tiny tiny dose of reality.


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:32 | 3109136 ZippyBananaPants
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This Leahy guy is too old to be in charge of anything but wiping his own ass.  Jeeze, no wonder we are in this position.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:33 | 3109145 Freddie
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He is a mega POS.  A big Grateful Dead fan too. Old stoner.  The Dead's music sucked so bad. 

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:39 | 3109175 JPM Hater001
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"This is exactly the wrong time for us to go over the cliff." Dick Durbin, D, IL

I agree.  And fuck you for not doing it at the right time.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:39 | 3109180 DeadFred
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Red arrow for disparaging some very danceable music. Other than that +1.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:36 | 3109678 MachoMan
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One of the hallmarks of shitty music is that it's danceable...

Jam bands are literally the bottom of the musical rung...  if you need to be high to enjoy it (often mischaracterized as "to understand it"), probably not very good.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:34 | 3109389 GMadScientist
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You obviously don't play a note.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:52 | 3109231 Pascal1967
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he is too old to wipe his own ass.  but, lucky for him, because as one of the "ruling elite", he will tell his (armed) bodyguards to make US (unarmed little people) wipe his ass for him.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 15:18 | 3110009 MFLTucson
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Those on government subsidies and in the hood don’t give a shit about reality, it’s about freebies, not reality or deficits.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:44 | 3109179 spastic_colon
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i know the feeling....but i think we all know the script here;


just enough talk to keep the markets green during cash hours, then more corkeresque headlines over the holiday, all to bide time for the 85bil to prop markets in time to soak up all the incoming 2013 first of year/month/flows blah blah blah ensuring that all shorts are crushed and the <whisper> short selling ban stays in effect.


I almost left out the part where TPTB makes sure trading revenues are not interupted the remainder of 2012 for bankster bonus purposes by using headlines and keeping resolution in limbo, and to use AAPL/BAC to keep S&P above 1400 for same reasons.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:16 | 3109331 Panafrican Funk...
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It does appear that the markets have not priced in the reality that "sell the news" is likely regardless of cliff vs. no cliff.  

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:38 | 3109165 takeaction
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WTF is this Music...HAHAHAHAHAHA  Are you kidding me?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:50 | 3109219 Spastica Rex
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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:12 | 3109072 Miss Expectations
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I think that it's possible that Hillary fell because she was drunk and didn't go to the hospital because she was drunk...was there a ZH drinking game the day of her "fall"?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:23 | 3109104 Freddie
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Hillary is dodging testifying about Bengazi.  Obama should be impeached for what happened.  Hillary should go to jail.  F her.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:40 | 3109182 Renewable Life
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Oh Fred, first the comments about being an "old stoner", now the brainwashed bullshit about one party is better then the next! It's too early in the morning for this shit already Freddie!!!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:29 | 3109381 rwe2late
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 They are ALL dodging public knowledge about Benghazi/Libya.

 Fact of the matter is that the buildings attacked were being used as a CIA "enhanced interrogation" and operations base.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 16:30 | 3110285 redpill
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This is why they hate Julian Assange so much.  These assholes have been doing whatever they want for decades and now are scrambling like roaches when the light is shined upon them.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:18 | 3109094 smlbizman
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i love how these fuckers qoute their source of info as usa today, cnbc, nyt, et als....i waver back and forth that they are dumb as a fox and truly clueless and incompetent ,...and my common sense keeps landing on they are truly clueless, ...years ago i read that smart people question theier intelligence constantly, where dumb people never question theirs.....

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:48 | 3109217 spastic_colon
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with the exception of CNBC who can use the viewers; ever try and comment on the completely obvious censorship sites like the NYT/HuffP etc?  good luck.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:09 | 3109056 Spastica Rex
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Has anyone been voted off the island, yet?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:17 | 3109093 GMadScientist
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Jim Demint.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:22 | 3109101 pepperspray
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I want to see Obama try to NDAA-smack somebody.  Who's first, Norquist?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:30 | 3109126 Freddie
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Norquist's wife is a muslim and he is a big islamist.  He is Obama's peeps now.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:36 | 3109158 James-Morrison
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The Farce is strong with this one.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:10 | 3109057 Schmuck Raker
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I wish I had some butter for my popcorn, but all my butter money went into buying guns. Oh well...

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:49 | 3109453 toady
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I got a sweet deal on some dehydrated butter about a month ago. 10 #10 cans for twenty bucks!

I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but it's really good stuff. I use a little more water than the directions call for. It turns out better than store bought!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:13 | 3109067 Boilermaker
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Time to RAMROD the equities!!!!

Joe 401(k) is watching!!!  RAM IT!

UPDATE:  Yep, there goes small cap.  RUT going ape shit.  Lovely.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:13 | 3109070 buzzsaw99
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what a bunch of prima donnas

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:12 | 3109071 ZFiNX
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It's like you KNOW me.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:14 | 3109077 malikai
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Meanwhile, closures today:

Quite a few, including S&P in progress.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:14 | 3109078 kill switch
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Poor bastards had to get up at 11:00am for this next clown show,,,,we did fix the milk ramp up...You guys make me so fucking proud..

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:26 | 3109112 Freddie
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The hookers were paid up until 11 am from last night.  Booze, the Redskins game and hookers plus some coke.  Nice "work" if you can get it.  Hopefully - Teddy Kennedy is still burning in hell.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:16 | 3109334 pods
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Well if old Ted is burning in hell, I would gladly put him out.  

Maybe submerging him in the Chappaquiddick for a couple hours would do?


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:18 | 3109338 Taffy Lewis
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Sounds like you know what you are talking about, Freddie. And that's a compliment!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:15 | 3109079 Zer0head
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what's with the muzak

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:26 | 3109081 Boilermaker
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Is everyone going to stand on the steps of the Capitol all huddled around a podium and then take turns congratulating each other for avoiding a crisis and 'coming together' for the public good?!?


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:45 | 3109206 Renewable Life
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Yep, and they're praying that its snowing and the wind is whipping in their faces as they do it!!!! Thank you mister senators, and misses senators, thank you!!! Without you, we would have all perished!!!!!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:28 | 3109642 rwe2late
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 Don't forget the deserving others:

For example, here find pictures of Paulson with adoring Congresspersons during the TARP salvation:

From Obama to Bernanke, they all should be given credit (no pun intended).

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:14 | 3109082 Dr. Engali
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I'm glad you got a raise Harkin. You deserve it for all of the hard work you do screwing over the American publiic. 

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:17 | 3109091 Racer
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Opening and closing their mouths llke brainless fish

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:38 | 3109169 dogfish
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A little hard on fish dont you think.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:42 | 3109420 Go Tribe
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Especially the brainless handicapped ones.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:21 | 3109098 Zer0head
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symptoms of a cold and a hangover are similar as are symtoms of being drunk and taking certain cold medications

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:23 | 3109102 Spastica Rex
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B. Boxer (D-California) just explained that our economy is 70% based on "consumerism" and that we need to make sure people have money in their pockets to keep that going.

See, Democrats understand!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:28 | 3109118 Freddie
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The House GOP Tea Party members should tell all of them to F off and that they are cutting 10-15% off everything.  Then tell them at the next debt ceiling - they are cutting 10% more.   The White House budget is being cut 50%.  Cut it all cut everything.  Bring the troops home too.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:36 | 3109156 GMadScientist
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Please do...there's no faster way to return them to private life.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:22 | 3109103 IridiumRebel
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(you fucking assholes in Congress)

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:23 | 3109105 AndrewJackson
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The good thing is that they are going to kill two birds with one stone and add something about the debt ceiling in the fiscal cliff compromise. At least now we won't have to go through two months of media driven bullcrap.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:25 | 3109113 IridiumRebel
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*Please note that Media Driven Bullcrap(MDB) will continue in perpetuity.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:25 | 3109114 Zer0head
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sarc on??

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:25 | 3109110 Zer0head
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nice kick to Boners nuts Boxer

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:28 | 3109122 Atomizer
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Harry Reid: I gave 110% towards looting the US taxpayers. After 3 rounds, all I got was a black eye

Comedy at its finest.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:29 | 3109124 toomanyfakecons...
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How about a webcast of these clowns being handcuffed and herded into prison buses?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:39 | 3109408 pods
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Or maybe shuffled off to the back room of the army surplus store where Ned's Chopper is parked out front?

Bring out the Gimp!


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:31 | 3109132 Fish Gone Bad
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I have said this so many times before that I might have to take up the new name, Caasandra.  This is the first disaster everyone saw coming and did not get out of the way.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:31 | 3109133 paint it red ca...
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Ain't the news media great? Tout TV has muted video of our elected speaking on the floor alongside video AND commentary of a lineup consisting of the usual status quo suspects spinning the event for consumption.

That passes for headline news coverage? Same in every other fascist state.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:31 | 3109135 djsmps
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Leahy has to be drunk.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:35 | 3109152 ZippyBananaPants
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He is drunk, I hope he says something really stupid and the media can jump all over him.  Or maybe he barfs up some bloody mary, 

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:31 | 3109139 buzzsaw99
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the algos will get what the algos want eventually


fram stock market: you can pay me now, or pay me later

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:33 | 3109141 JSD
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I think this guy just  forgot what year it is.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:37 | 3109142 ZFiNX
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oh shit we're going to have a meltdown.

and that C-SPAN elevator music makes the perfect soundtrack, now I think of it.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:33 | 3109144 Dr. Engali
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Would a nation of 320 million people really miss 549 people plus their supporting staff?...... Would we?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:34 | 3109150 Spastica Rex
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I voted you down to mean "no."

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:40 | 3109183 Dr. Engali
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Thank's for the down vote. I have been getting too many greenies lately. My eye was starting to get a tic.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:33 | 3109146 Spastica Rex
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I've been listening to this for about a half hour and it almost sounds like they're just wasting time.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:38 | 3109170 Zer0head
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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:39 | 3109171 ZFiNX
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Feels like they're posturing themselves for a major event.


"I warned about this..."

"We shouldn't have done that..."

"I told you so..."

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:46 | 3109207 Dr. Engali
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Rex if you have been listening to that garbage for an hour then it sounds like somebody else besides them is wasting time :)

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:29 | 3109376 pods
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I'm reading the comments with Prodigy on.

Maybe I will play the feed?  It might make "Smack my Bitch Up" even better?


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:34 | 3109147 Clint Liquor
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This is all Kabuke. They decided months ago how they were going to screw us and how many strokes each of them would get. If you are still rooting for the Red Team or the Blue Team, you are an idiot.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:45 | 3109202 Temporalist
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Calling this Kabuki is a misnomer.  It is more like Mummenschanz

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:35 | 3109149 Seasmoke
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Look at these shriveled up prunes. I will never follow any of them.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:34 | 3109151 JSD
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How the FUCK do these clowns get elected?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:38 | 3109164 GMadScientist
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Corruption and corporate campaign donations, but I repeat myself.


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:45 | 3109203 MsCreant
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Don't you love farce? 

 My fault, I fear. 

I thought that you'd want what I want... 

Sorry, my dear! 

And where are the clowns 

Send in the clowns 

Don't bother, they're here.



Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:35 | 3109154 takeaction
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Still Blaming Bush?  Wow...


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:36 | 3109162 Spastica Rex
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He's so old and unwell. No respect.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:39 | 3109176 GMadScientist
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Yeah, some of us have attention spans longer than the average gnat.


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:35 | 3109155 magpie
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The rate hike the Bernank will never make

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:40 | 3109163 takeaction
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WTF is this music...are you fucking kidding me?? (Intermission Music between Speakers if you don't know what I am talking about)


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:39 | 3109173 glenlloyd
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I can't stomach these parasites....literally, they make me wanna puke.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:39 | 3109181 TruthBeforeAll
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This would make a great Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:41 | 3109187 magpie
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And all MST 3000 episodes will make great sessions of Congress

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:41 | 3109185 JSD
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I wonder if the last guy realized he is having a stroke yet.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:42 | 3109192 takeaction
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Sir...I really laughed....Thank you.  These old bastards could care less.  Now you have Thune talking the truth...nobody cares.  Who are they talking to?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:03 | 3109241 socalbeach
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Thune (R-SD) is pretty impressive, never heard him speak before.  Rand Paul giving an effective speech also.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:54 | 3109479 Shell Game
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"Rand Paul giving an effective speech also."


Effective means it will have affect. It won't.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:42 | 3109193 Temporalist
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Senate report faults State Department, intelligence on Benghazi


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:43 | 3109196 GMadScientist
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If your economy is really teetering on the edge to the point that a 'fiscal beanfart' can 'destroy' it...then it doesn't matter what these assclowns do or don't.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:45 | 3109201 wisefool
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Anybody else notice all the flags behind the press conferences lately? I think all those ribbons, gold and special folds mean something, but then they say they don't, we just like to be "fancy" 

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:45 | 3109204 tuttisaluti
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Attention chinese. More cheap gold and Silver is coming......

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:47 | 3109442 Go Tribe
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Sliver running up nicely as they speak. Keep it going guys!

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:59 | 3109505 Shell Game
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Nevermind the bear flag on the daily. One more beat down to $26-$28, then a very nice 2013 for Ag/Au.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:46 | 3109211 Zer0head
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Thune clearly does not understand the concept the Chicago way

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:49 | 3109218 Debeachesand Je...
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It's the wonder that the O man> Reid> and Polosi,have not asked the Security Council at the United Nations to mediate the "fiscal cliff" bullshit.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:54 | 3109233 Temporalist
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Heart - Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin - Kennedy Center Honors w/ Jason Bonham

If any of you are tired of the charade and want to see and hear something worth the time.  All that glitter's not gold.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:58 | 3109249 Spastica Rex
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Rickrolled again. Sigh.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:00 | 3109259 Temporalist
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Whoops that's a copy/paster error.  here is proper link (which I can't fix above now sorry and thanks for bringing that to my attention)

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:02 | 3109274 Spastica Rex
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Hey, I like Mummenschanz and the Muppet Show.

Coulda been worse.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:57 | 3109248 Salon
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Please just kill me now

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:59 | 3109255 Salon
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Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:59 | 3109256 Spastica Rex
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"This about yacht sales in the Bahamas."

Thanks, Rand.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 12:59 | 3109258 Savyindallas
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I'm so sick of these windbage republicans who won't give up a dime of the overbloated $1.2 trillion  military budget which is about 40% waste and blatant fraud. They have no problem giving trillions to the banksters and military industrial complex and funding and expanding the Orwellian police state--of course the Democrats are no better  -they just let the windbag crooked Republicans do all the talking.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:27 | 3109367 Taffy Lewis
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During one of the NFL games yesterday I saw a Happy Holidays message from the Armed Forces and it said something like "from 137 countries around the globe" and I thought, is that every single country in the world except for Russia and China?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:06 | 3109548 Go Tribe
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206 countries, here's the list.

It needs a column titled "Occupied by US (Y/N)"


Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:13 | 3109321 Fix It Again Timmy
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100 Senators - "What's a budget?"

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:16 | 3109328 virgilcaine
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New Years bufoonery.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 13:19 | 3109348 Muppet
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"...Article I Section 7 of the Constitution, which requires all bills for raising revenue to originate in the House. "  Per John Hussman (    The Senate cannot originate revenue bills.

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:13 | 3109578 Panafrican Funk...
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Kind of a technicality, if they agree to some parameters, and then the house subsequently passes a look-alike bill, which is then passed in the Senate, then you've effectively done an end around of that Constitutional clause.  

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:21 | 3109609 GMadScientist
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No "end run" at all...the point is that the House (i.e. "we the people") should get a say and the "look-alike bill" is still amendable in the House (barring byzantine house rule change shenanigans anyway).

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:11 | 3109572 Loose Caboose
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In some science fiction world, I would love to see the founding fathers show up at this 3 ring circus, fire their muskets in the air and tell them all to STFU and sit down and listen. 

The debt is repudiated on the grounds it was created unconstitutionally by that greedy cabal of banksters, out of the City of London, who run the Federal Reserve, which, by the way, is finished.  Bernanke, their puppet, will hang with all of them, in the morning.  

With the debt gone, the troops come home, and the republic stops making other countries' squabbles, oil, religious or human rights, their business.  There is a country to re-build and all hands are needed on deck to revive lost production, get the shuttered factories humming and concentrate on making life good again for the people.

The New Repulic will issue their own debt-free currency and with jobs for all, zero unemployment, the safety net will be unnecessary and the people will be unburdened by high taxes. 

The traitors in the house and the senate and the white house, as well as Jon Corzine and his ilk, will stand trial and answer to the people.  Punishment by execution will be public, without regard to wealth, status or connections.  Rule of Law is reinstated and will not be compromised for any one in or out of public office. 

Anyone who remains loyal to the status quo, and the coporations, along with all the lobbyists, or anyone found consorting with any remnants of the old families in the City of London, will be held in FEMA camps for re-education, before being released back into the new republic to begin making a real contribution to society. 

And finally, anything with Made In China attached to it, will be loaded on cargo ships and sent back to them with a note attached.

"Sorry about the default but you can have all your crappy stuff back." 



 I know, I'm a simpleton.  But I can dream, can't I?

Mon, 12/31/2012 - 14:22 | 3109613 GMadScientist
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You really shouldn't bogart that.


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