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The Uncomfortable Truth Of A New Normal America (In One Cartoon)

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Despite the ongoing declarations by Wall Street's strategists and Washington's leaders that recovery is here (or just around the corner), record numbers of Americans in poverty and government handouts suggest otherwise. However, the insidious chipping away at the possibility of the American Dream has been replaced by an IPO-chasing, zero-interest-income-earning, yield-reaching, insider-trading, 'dance-while-the-music-is-playing', beggars can be choosers, get-rich-quick-scheme nation of takers (and entitled-ers)...



h/t Sunday Funnies at The Burning Platform blog


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Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:35 | 4249217 LawsofPhysics
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Is that the same store where they "swipe their EBT"?  Sorry, I think the "problems" are a bit deeper and far more sinister.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:23 | 4249313 ZH Snob
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hey, hey, hey, I'm sure whoever wins that lottery will be back to fill santa's pot.  you see, they are contributing to the cause based on future earnings.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:11 | 4249418 DoChenRollingBearing
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The MegaMillions next jackpot is $550,000,000.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:22 | 4249442 duo
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all the tickets were bought with after tax money, but the Feds will get a third of it.  Hmmmmm

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 03:40 | 4249859 Boris Alatovkrap
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tax in tax out = garbage

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 06:22 | 4249954 Jafo
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Why can't the Feds be transparent and impose a small tax on the tickets and leave the prizes alone?  They do that here in Oz and you get to see the winner take it all (lucky bastards).

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:13 | 4249542 Tijuana Donkey Show
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“The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory.” - George Orwell, 1984
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 02:58 | 4249832 Bearwagon
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 03:15 | 4249842 All Risk No Reward
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Given that our basic monetary system is criminal debt money racket...

Debt Money Tyranny

...what makes anyone think that the lotteries aren't rigged so that CIA operatives win many/most of them and the money ends up as black ops money like their drug running billions?

Never thought about that, did ya kiddies?

Time to climb a little higher and get out of the box.

I guarantee you it is easier to rig a lottery than a monetary system, lady and gentlement. 

The latter is rigged, so why not the former?

Merry Christmas!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 03:16 | 4249844 All Risk No Reward
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What is the definition of a "lottery?"

A tax on people who are no good at math (or insider corruption).

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 04:40 | 4249896 rocker
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The only thing good about the lottery is it is a defined loss. Where as the market actually is the real ponzi scam.

Open up a Barrons on any week. Look at the Corporate Insiders including the wonderful directors Selling vs. Buyers.

It is or has to be at a record level of Sellers.  Seems like Billions vs. Hundreds.  Good time for Zero to reflect on it again.

The FED pimps the money in and the insiders take it out with Stock Options and rewarded shares per their contracts.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 08:00 | 4250004 Oracle of Kypseli
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<<<<< I guarantee you it is easier to rig a lottery than a monetary system, lady and gentlement.>>>

I think they got caught one time. Someone used a syringe and inserted water in all the plastic balls except 6 or 7 of them, so the vacuum picked up the lighter ones or something like that. I also heard about a guy who has won the lottery 7 times. What are the odds of that?

Another story from PA where the balls were painted to weigh more

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 08:59 | 4250073 drdolittle
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1 in 80 million to the seventh?

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 06:41 | 4249964 Frankie Carbone
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Take the lump sum because the 4th or 5th installment might not make your car payment.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 08:01 | 4250021 SilverDOG
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Projected and predicted.... ON PAPER.


Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:06 | 4249412 Buck Johnson
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Actually I think that this can be assumed to both the regular American and also the bankers and 1 percenters.  Because the bankers and others did the same thing (remember Corzine) trying to make the money.  And like everything it rolls down hill, if the bankers can try to make a fast buck by using all means to make money why can't the regular man or woman? 

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:37 | 4249218 LetThemEatRand
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Are those bankers rushing into a meeting with BenYellen?  Nevermind, I get it now.  They have cash in their hands.  They are lobbyists rushing into a meeting with Zero or the Annoying Orange.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:42 | 4249230 Anusocracy
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Those aren't bankers, they are everyday sheeple in flannel shirts going in for another kind of fleecing.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:48 | 4249241 john39
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and they borrowed money to do it.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:52 | 4249245 DaddyO
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The FED window is just across the street.


Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:40 | 4249354 petolo
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Right next to the IMF, eh?

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:52 | 4249250 zerozulu
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At least lottery is fair and every one has equal opportunity.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:01 | 4249270 Its_the_economy...
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believe that, do you?

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:50 | 4249369 MeBizarro
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Lottery is a tax on stupidity.  Pure and simple and the payouts were better when the Mob ran it even before taxes. 

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:05 | 4249410 TheFourthStooge-ing
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"You can't lose if you don't play..."

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:08 | 4249411 BLOTTO
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I claim some responsibility...but, 'they' made/molded us this way too...


Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:17 | 4249429 Captain Benny
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Sadly you're right.  You didn't steal from the Mob and the Mob wouldn't steal from you.  Its called reputation.  And either you hard your reputation or nothing... and find yourself 6 ft under.  The Feds steal something like 40% under the guise of taxation but in fact its simple and clear theft.  When you dealt with the mafia, you'd get what was promised or heads would roll and then get what was promised

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:18 | 4249433 cynicalskeptic
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The old illegal 'Numbers' had MUCH better odds 

But governments are desperate for revenue so they've expanded lotteries (saying they benefit 'education' - though clearly not the teaching of statistical odds) and are now going full tilt to allow casinos.

I suspect that the net effect is still negative for government as hey have to deal with all the gambling addicts that never would have existe otherwise.  All those seniors at places like Yonkers Raceway parked in front of slots would NOT be blowing their SS checks if not for the easy access.  Few would ever make it to Vegas - or even Atlantic CIty.   But with casinos everywhere now we've made it easy to become a gambling addict.


Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:58 | 4249618 Son of Loki
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Chance of bein gh it by lightning is 1:6,000.

Chance of winning the lottery is 1:6,000,000.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 07:57 | 4250018 mick_richfield
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Chance of being hit by lightning after winning the lottery:  priceless!

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:15 | 4249260 nmewn
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You know what we really need instead of cartoons of people with EBT cards, subsidized cars and housing throwing whats left of their discretionary income at a voluntary tax of the state?

The state to step in to a completely voluntary exchange and price it out of existance for all but the subsidized serfs. And maybe setup a completely useless .gov website to compliment the effort.

That would really help ;-)

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:40 | 4249346 acetinker
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Dang, bro!  Even though "subsidized cars and housing" can't throw anything, at anything- I totally understood what you meant.  Scary.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:48 | 4249365 nmewn
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As long as we're on the same wave length thats all that

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:36 | 4249219 Seasmoke
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What a crock......not a single Black person !!!

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:44 | 4249235 Mr Pink
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Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:53 | 4249248 Oldwood
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Black folks don't need to play the lotto anymore. They already won with Obama in the WH.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:04 | 4249276 22winmag
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Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:44 | 4249358 Oldwood
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Yes, they kind of are....

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:42 | 4249479 post turtle saver
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... and like most lotto winners, they'll ride high for a while then *poof* it'll be gone

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:46 | 4249236 Hedgetard55
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That store is in North Dakota.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:25 | 4249318 lakecity55
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Must be. Too cold up there for some folks.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:18 | 4250810 fedupwhiteguy
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no way is that north dakota. those peeps have skin showing!! last week it was -6 degrees!!!! holy crap

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:39 | 4249228 max2205
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Can't win unless you Buy a ticket....or get a loan to Buy one...whatever

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:44 | 4249238 Cognitive Dissonance
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You can't lose win if you don't pay play?

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:51 | 4249243 DaddyO
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Amazing, people line up to pay a tax disguised as an opportunity for untold riches...

Reality is definitely for those who can't do drugs to numb the pain of our dismal state of affairs.


Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:05 | 4249274 Anusocracy
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After they changed the format for Mega Million lotto I calculated the odds of winning at about one in 260 million.

Buying one ticket a second, it would take over 8 years to buy all the combinations.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:53 | 4249381 rehypothecator
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Plus, the payout starts at 50%, and itself would be taxed at about 35%, meaning the actual payout is about 36%.  A tax on stupid indeed.  

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:54 | 4249384 RafterManFMJ
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So ... You're saying I have a chance?!

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:21 | 4249440 TheFourthStooge-ing
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So ... You're saying I have a chance?!

Sure, that's a winning strategy! Of course, even if you were somehow to buy every possible combination at a cost less than the after-tax payout, you just know that there would be a retired teacher in Scranton (whose sole ticket was also a winner) and a trust fund baby in San Luis Obispo (who bought a handful of tickets just for the lulz) that you'd end up splitting the jackpot with.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 01:17 | 4249737 in4mayshun
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Haaa! I used to live in SLO...there are a lot of rich silver spoon frat boy douche bags that didn't have the grades to get into Stanford.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 01:48 | 4249772 Buckaroo Banzai
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+1 for Dumb and Dumber reference.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:55 | 4249387 Vincent Vega
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Odds of winning if you don't buy a ticket: .000000000000000% Odds of winning if you buy a ticket: .0000000000000001 roughly the same.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:58 | 4249623 Son of Loki
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That looks like the yield on my savings account:


Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:51 | 4249247 Yenbot
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Santa should be selling Lotto tickets, instead of beggin' an shit...

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:21 | 4249251 cynicalskeptic
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I recall reading a book that postulated that America's defining moment was not any of the typically cited iconic moments - the Pilgrims, the American Revolution or anything else you'd think of but instead was the California Gold Rush - the promise of easy riches, gold found just witing to be picked up.......even though most went home broke and the only ones that really made money were those supplying the miners AND THE BANKERS.   Was in Nevada this summer near Virginia City.  The REAL fortunes made off the Comstock Load were not made by the mine owners but the BANKERS and STOCK TRADERS in San Francisco.   The inherent value of the gold and silver extracted from the ground was less than the money made by those speculating (and manipulating) the mining stocks of the companies that actually produced the gold and silver.

One of the underlying causes of the American Revolution was the desire of 'locals' to continue westward expansion (so they could cash in on all the land speculation) with Britain trying to abide by the treaties it signed with the natives.  Americans were salivating at the prosepect of all the land to be swindled from the Indians and resold at huge profits to westweard bound immigrants.  Washington was a surveyor for one such effort.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:53 | 4249254 Oldwood
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Can't we solve or national debt problems this way. Just have Yellen buy lotto tickets rather that MBS. Its all good as long as you don't read the odds in fine print.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:55 | 4249255 q99x2
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Sun, 12/15/2013 - 20:55 | 4249258 WTFUD
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To give this cartoon more bite you need a mirror image of a group of bankers with the 'needy' bucket and Bernanke printing dwollars.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:03 | 4249266 Oldwood
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Working for a living as a theme has failed. Our government killed it. It was the goose that just kept laying golden eggs but they just kept staring at that goose, envisioning a roasted bird on the plate, until she just up and flew away. Last seen she was circling over China after a brief flyover of Europe, but the smog was too bad and no one knows were she is now.

Lotto it is.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:23 | 4249314 lakecity55
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"If you like our Communism you can keep our Communism, comrade."

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:41 | 4249355 Oldwood
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But you will most definitely NOT hear "if you like your capitalism you can keep your capitalism". Maybe NewSpeak will give us a NewCapitalism.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:10 | 4249415 lakecity55
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"But if you like your bank account, you can't keep your bank account"

LeechCare runs wild, deducting funds from accounts. You know, they could just take the funds w/o youre ever going to the LeechCare site, and they probably will, soon.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 03:32 | 4249853 linniepar
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That's internet pizza right there. Well said,

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:00 | 4249268 Reaper
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The sheeple run in to be fleeced. The sheeple were instructed that this will pay for education of their lambs and with the added bonus of chance to win big.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:02 | 4249269 Big Johnson
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Since its on the corner you might as well include a hot looking thai hooker in the drawing just to jazz it up a bit

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:04 | 4249272 Son of Captain Nemo
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And if you are lucky enough to be one of those poor sods that just got separated from your unemployment benefits and are unsuccessful with the latest round of "Powerball" number(s), you might want to look at what the likes of John Boehner has in store for you as a result of continued outsourcing of your future job with no prospects or incentives for finding new work thanks in large part to the Fed's continued expansion of it's printing operations.

A Modest Proposal not from Jonathan Swift but the Government of Ireland.

If you think it can't happen here.  Think again!

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:44 | 4249343 Rafferty
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Meanwhile, as Ireland's youth flee the country in vast numbers they pass on the way an equal number of Turd World immigrants picking up Irish citizenship thanks to the unstinting efforts of 'our' (ho ho) Minister for Population Replacement.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:48 | 4249370 Son of Captain Nemo
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After reading these all I can think of is the lyrics from the Who's Helpless Dancer...


Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:01 | 4249397 cynicalskeptic
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I don't get Ireland.  

My Irish ancestors left 100 years back when there were a LOT more Irish - many staerving.  I married a first gen whose parents left in the 50's for the US.  For decades the young left for the US, UK and Australia but when things finally seemed to be going fine for Ireland and some were returning they seemed to be flooded with other immigrants.  

Was astounded while in Dublin to find that almost every bartender was Czech or Polish with waitresses from all over - one was from Brazil.  With the CelticTiger collapsing and many of those jobs going to even cheaper venues the exodus has picked up again.  More cousins in the US now than a few decades back and the older relatives remaining are none too happy with the situation there.  They should have followed Iceland's lead with the banks.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:29 | 4249451 Son of Captain Nemo
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I'm 1/4 Irish and as my mother use to say "there isn't a place where the Irishman hasn't stepped foot"...

It's so true.

To your point I think it's both a testimony and tribute to the oppression and hardships they've always had to deal with.  Always with England and now the EU.

Being resilient in the face of hard economic times is a true measure of strength and endurance. But any Government that makes the decision like Ireland has made with austerity measures under the EU at the expense of it's own is beyond shameless.

If it should ever come our way to the U.S. it will be interesting to see how we deal with it.  I think it's why Colonel Oliver North was busy on that project called continuity of government all those years ago building "homeless shelters" with one-way turnstiles because they were pretty certain a couple hundred million or more Americans might have a problem following orders -like getting thrown out of your own Country for lack of work and not contributing to the State's "mission statement"?

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:40 | 4249473 disabledvet
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yep and "below is a good (if unfortunate comment) too." The more ridiculous the demands the more they were taken seriously. Even the Fed put an end to the huge debt bubble this Summer. I still believe there is a way Forward in the USA...barely...and China (if they don't screw it up like Germany did)...but we'll see. I was in Rangoon "way back when" when the Lady in Red first appeared. The irony of her spouting Communist slogans given what she was wearing was not lost in me. (she looked pretty good too.) Within six weeks of me leaving there would be thousands of dead Burmese who tried to overthrow that Government actually. That in fact has now happened...hard to say what has replaced it though. Here's my solution: or you can try the Jimi Hendrix variant: don't know why anyone thought that guy was a great guitarist that's fer sure. Here is he is Goin' South: that guitar work really is too good to be true actually. "so good they made sure to keep that guy in the background for as long as they could."

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:51 | 4249496 Son of Captain Nemo
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Thanks for the stroll down memory lane with those...

I hadn't heard Jimmy do "Day Tripper" until now.  You know you're getting old when you hear the garbage (and it truly is) that the kids listen to these days comparing it to that era. 

What fantastic music it was.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 07:28 | 4249990 Rafferty
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Agree about the music, then versus now.  But times weren't always rosy. I was in Chuck Berry's backing group for part of his European tour in the late sixties.  Horrible evil bastard who simply refused to pay us.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:25 | 4250594 Son of Captain Nemo
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Your treatment aside which is most unfortunate -what an amazing time to be playing at that caliber.  All the memories you must have!

They say that when Hendrix was at his peak in Europe he rented a flat in Mayfair for the equivalent of $40.00 a week.  One can only imagine where the hell in Mayfair you could live on that for rent these days? If any properties in that neck of the woods would be available for rent!

I'm sorry to hear that Berry was such and arrogant SOB, but I am not surprised at all.  After all it's the American condition -isn't it?

He probably was treated that way in the music business when he was starting out so he had to pass along his bad karma to someone else. Pity.

No small wonder why this Country is so reviled and deservedly so.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:30 | 4251298 Rafferty
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CB was so greedy that he toured Europe without a backing band, just picking up local ones as he went along. With predictable results.  One way he used to get out of paying us was to start off in a different key to what we anticipated, again with predictable if not disastrous results.  He's then blame us/me for the outcome.

And he hated white people.  I can assure you he was/is one repellent POS.

PS, band life on the road was good apart from the booze women and drugs:)

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 02:04 | 4249785 Cthonic
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Now, you wouldn't think the English might have some sort of agenda for the population of Ireland, would you?  Ireland requires visas of very few nationalities, and any EU/EEA citizen can work there without a permit. Commonwealth (excepting Pakistan and S.A.) citizens can move to Northern Ireland whenever they wish, right?  Divide et imperia...

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 07:16 | 4249981 Rafferty
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Ireland's current predicament can be 90% attributed to, under pressure from our 'partners' in Europe, burning the Irish taxpayers for the debts of unsecured bondholders in Irish banks. Also the fact that the bust banks, deliberately or not, convinced the government that their problem was one of liquidity rather than solvency. This 'solution' was forced on no other country by the way.

The population replacement I referred to is almost exclusively that handiwork of another of those ubiquitous 'dual citizens' who seem to crop up everywhere. From an average of a hundred or so new Irish citizenships being awarded annually Shatter has awarded about 60,000 during his 30 months in office.  Almost all are Turd World bottom feeders who immediately go anto welfare 

If you're interested in finding out more about how this scumbag  is wrecking our nation check out the 'Shatter Watch' Topic on my blog. 

By the way ignore anyone who  tries to tell you that 'Engalnd' is the cause of our ptoblems. They're not and really, never were. But that's a different story.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:07 | 4249282 Heroic Couplet
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If you're unemployed or underemployed, you should be in a Republican poltician's office, conducting your job search. If you never find a decent job with benefits, then you never leave the Republican politician's office.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:28 | 4249311 Son of Captain Nemo
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"You never leave"... because you become the politician!  It's the new American normal for rewarding failure in D.C. at a cost of $177,000 a year w/ pay increases and medical and dental included -for life!

HC you put a smile on my face with that one.  You need to write it down and keep using it whenever and whereever possible.


Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:30 | 4249326 Real Estate Geek
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Baa-a-a-a!  Blu-u-ue team go-o-o-o-o-od! 

Red team Baa-a-a-ad! 

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:06 | 4249399 Son of Captain Nemo
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My apologies for leaving one side of the equation blank "John Boehner + Patty Murry = 1"

Assholes and mouths from each respective party always interchangeable!

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:06 | 4249284 ebworthen
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I think this guy is making fun of me.

Haven't seen the Salvation Army in a while, used to always give them something, but retail chased them away because they were Christian.

Funny, retail seems perfectly happy hawking stuff for Christmas.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:21 | 4249307 lakecity55
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Yes, they would not mess with you if you were collecting for the Jihad Army. Maybe that's next, a guy with a hood and a big knife at the kettle, you either throw in your cash or he throws in your head.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:27 | 4249325 Son of Captain Nemo
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Just like these guys we're saying we're not funding anymore but still are.  If there is a Hell Washington D.C. and everyone that works for it will get first dibs on the "hot tub"

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 01:58 | 4249778 Buckaroo Banzai
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Muslim savages killing Christians, Druze, and Alawites.

Just doing what the Koran commands: kill the infidel.

How the fuck are we supporting these animals.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 15:37 | 4251331 Hopeless for Change
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The political winds have shifted in their favor.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:11 | 4249291 NIHILIST CIPHER

People who play the lottery deserve what they get in return.....0.  Why is it everyone in this country is sooo in love with the idea of getting something for nothing?  

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:14 | 4249295 kito
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But I'm told lottery proceeds for the state go to education. I play the lottery for the children!!!

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 02:02 | 4249317 Peter Pan
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The last couple of generations of leaders and consumers has already gambled with the children's futures and inheritance. I don't think the kids won anything.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:30 | 4249333 Harbanger
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Never mind that racket,  What about the outrageous taxes placed upon all the nicotine addicted low income pee ons.  That was also all going to "education".   But most of the chillin in high school can't read past 5th grade level.  Don't be judgemental, what they need is more fun ding.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:45 | 4249485 mofreedom
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Tabaki money first went to the trial lawyers, second for front-end design on light rail projects.

1/4 of a trillion dollars smoked away, poof!!!

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:00 | 4249400 RafterManFMJ
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I don't bother letting the State skim and then hand some scraps to the Senior Citizens; I just give it directly to them to thank them for all they've accomplished for us.

Just today I knocked an old blue-hair out of his wheel chair with a well thrown roll of half-dollars.

"Thanks again for all you've done!" I shouted.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:43 | 4249356 cynicalskeptic
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Problem is once in a while some real ASS actually wins.....

Found out that where I grew up in NY burbs there was a $50 million winner.  This guy was a true derelict - barely made it through HS, real juvenile delinquent.  He was working as a tow truck driver and spending $50 a week on lottery tickets.  

When some fool like that wins it makes the others think they're not spending ENOUGH with their $20 a week..... 

Of course the long term FAIL stories about lottery winners are legion - people who blew through millions because they have no idea how to manage money.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 02:04 | 4249786 Diogenes
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America's motto: "If it's too good to be true, we want in on it".

America's other motto: "If you have a problem, take a gun and shoot somebody".

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:15 | 4249296 cynicalskeptic
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The NYT has had a series on 'the invisible child' - about a homeless kid whose future is rather bleak (despite the substantial aid her famliy gets).    While feeling some compassion I have to wonder WTF was the mother doing having ANY children given her financiual situation?  

Having WAITED over a decade AFTER GETTING MARRIED to have children (and even then worrying we were not sufficiently stable financially) I have to say that too many people are having children they should NEVER HAVE - kids that are DOOMED from the day of their birth.   We've done a fair amount of work woth the local Head Start and even one of their former directors says that their children do great when forst enrolled in school but all advantages that came through Head Start are GONE in two years because the HOME environment for these children does not support education.  Minimum skilled grunt labor jobs are disappearing yet we are still producing kids who are qualified ONLY for jobs thata do not require any real thought or decision making.

I see this in my own extended family.  DW has a sister who has made bad choices regularly.  Wrong guy, drug use drinking.  Had two children early on - left the husband (rightfully), was on welfare for a time.  Another bad choice in a boyfriend.  Her oldest works hard and is doing OK.  The youngest daughter got married - rather casually IMO - and divorced in a year and a half.  Only realized she was pregnant after the divorce.  No real education beyond HS - minimum wage jobs.  New boyfriend is a nice guy but in the same situation.  I pity the kid.  She dumps him off on others whenever she has the chance.   Still way into partying and clearly has NOT grown up.   THAT kid  is screwed as well.  BTW she collects a ton of aid too.....

But our reward for having done 'the right thing' in raising great talented kids and saving for their education is that we get to pay full freight while they are competing with other less qualified kids (in the name of 'diversity') who get tons of aid.

But you can't DARE raise the topic of people being suitable parents - it's their 'right' to have as many as they 'want' - never mind if they can afford them or raise them in a slightly competent manner......  Sadly, 'Idiocracyt' seems to have nailed the future of humanity - if we have one

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:38 | 4249345 Oldwood
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In order to have a future you have to believe a future exists. One that you have an actual part in, that you can participate in and have some effect on its outcome.

The future is dead and there is nothing, and I mean nothing worth saving for or in anyway delaying gratification for. Buy what you want by borrowing the most that they will lend and accept no responsibility in any part of the outcome...their future.

Schools have educated our children that America is evil, so they take no ownership in it at all. They are taught that the root of all evil is competition and whatever there is in life is entitled.

While most reject Americanism and flag waving, I believe that one of the reasons that America prospered in the 50's and 60's is our success in WWII. We felt like winners. We were winners. Anyone who has ever competed in anything had to at least believe they could win to even have a chance. We most definitely are not winners today.

Any of today's youth that dare take the time to look at where we are have even more reason to reject the whole mess. It wasn't easy and it took a fair amount of time but they have been able to destroy almost everything about our society that enabled actual prosperity and growth. We are now entering a time where the best occupation is one of handing out whats left of the seed corn. Fighting over what's left is the New World Order.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:48 | 4249371 cynicalskeptic
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America prospered int he 50's and 60's because we were the last one standing.  

The US entered the war late and took (compared to others) 'low' casualties.  

The US was well paid for weaponry by other powers before the US entered the war - with many European countries and China spending their gold reserves on armaments.  Even with 'Lend-Lease' the US made out quite well.   We'll skip over goods sold by US companies to the Axis.

Save Hawaii and some Pacific islands NONE of the US was directly attacked and NO real damage doen to any of our productive capacity.


Much war 'booty' remains unaccounted for and helped fund US post war prosperity.......   Yamashita's treasure for example......

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:03 | 4249395 Oldwood
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I won't argue with your premise but America built a massive military from the remains of the greatest, longest depression and won against two substantial and established enemies in less time that it took to make a half ass website.We were winners. We definitely came out of the war with significant advantages, but having world reserve currency today and the ability to print to infinity is a bit of an advantage as well

I'm simply saying that if Americans do not believe in America, if they think we are evil, if they think competition is evil, then we are screwed. Winners win a hell of a lot more than losers with a shitty opinion of themselves and their country.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:26 | 4249450 cynicalskeptic
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Problem is that we do NOT have any real competitiopn any more.  Crony capitalism USES government to squash competition and insure dominance.  We have a new version of government sponsored cartels.

With government doing the bidding of corporations - we have situations where the US is forced into conflicts like Afghanistan over things like pipelines (same reason for Syria blowing up now).  And the truth is that the US has done some pretty godawful things in the last 50 years - at an accelerating pace.   Thiose little wars in Central America and interventions in the Carribean are nothing compared to what we've done in SE Asia and the Mideast.   Just because Americans aren't taught history in school doesn't mean they aren't aware that some things 'just aren't right'.  They have a pretty good idea that they've been lied to - big time.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:10 | 4249538 Oldwood
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Things "aren't right" much of anywhere. I agree completely with your points. Everything is stacked against us and yes we should endeavor to be better than our past, but self hate is no answer. We have enough problems without wallowing in our failures. It would be nice to actually have a positive view of the future and God knows there are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic, I just wish the powers that be were not concentrated on our destruction through self loathing. Its something like the battered wife syndrome where the women being beaten transfers the guilt upon themselves, convincing themselves it is their fault they are being beaten, and defending the brutalizing husband against any criticism. If we have any reason for guilt as a society, the burden should fall on those leaders who enabled it. They want the credit, they can surely take the blame.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 00:41 | 4249692 Cthonic
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We've played hardball all over the globe, just expect the favor to be returned as we get weaker.  Privation, exclusion, retorsion.  Honestly our only saving grace is excess agricultural productivity; not that I consider our leaders competent enough to parlay that into any sort of happy ending for the bulk of the nation.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 01:06 | 4249722 All_Your_Base
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Invoke crisis...check


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 08:19 | 4253466 Buckaroo Banzai
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It's called Cultural Marxism.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:46 | 4250231 Acet
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Nobody is inherently a winner. Winners are made, they aren't born winners.

All that "we're winners" bullshit is counter-productive. I see the result of decades of the "everybody is a winner" indoctrination in schools all around me in Britain were I'm living at the moment: a generation of people who when they graduated were narcisists thinking "I'm great" and then proceeded to sit on their hands and wait for the world to deliver then success on a platter - now, a decade past, they're overwhelmingly losers who live small miserable lives, none of their dream having come true.

People don't need to be brought up thinking they're winners, what they need is a system which is not overwhelmingly stacked against them, so that those who put in the hard-work and take risks have a chance of becoming winners.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 05:15 | 4249913 PoliticalRefuge...
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Well thought out line of thinking Oldwood.. another reason for our later demise and subsequent inability to compete is we maintained our manufacturing infrastructure intact through and after the war, Germany was forced to build using newer more efficient technology to rebuild their steel industry- same with Japan, both became our eventual competition along with Korea.

That in itself that shouldn't have put us in the death spiral we now face, our current problems are due to a leverage based currency fueled through the outright bribery for votes leading to crony capitalism which has been deliberately mislabeled and presented as tho it were the actual thing.

I am convinced that one reason this generation of people don't have faith in the forces of a free market as we used to is they simply haven't been taught the basics nor encouraged to develop the critical thinking that allows one to know when they are being lied to on the subject; the orchestrated repetition of dogma has an effect.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:20 | 4249443 shovelhead
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I suppose it's too late to send a Thank You card to Japan for Pearl Harbor?


Tue, 12/17/2013 - 07:31 | 4253413 dreadnaught
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like the still missing $4 trillion "lost" by the Pentagon, who have no clue where it went

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:16 | 4249302 lakecity55
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Man, I HATE going to the friggin convenience store in a hurry, late for work, or only have 1 hour to get off the reservation and drive to the Marsupial Station for some grub.

There is always broke-ass EBT people there buying shitloads of lottry tickets. They scurry off to scratch them and when I leave the store they are standing around dejected with a bunch of cardboard tickets. They cannot make up their minds about which games of chance they want. That takes 5 minutes. Then there is the scientific type EBT tool who has a system and spends ten minutes checking his numbers and tickets. ARRRRGH!

About 1Xweek somebody gets 500$ on a ticket and everyone goes wild again. Meanwhile, I am trying to get in and out. They need to have Separate Registers for Lotto.

Now once or twice a month if I am buying cigs at the cig store which is usually empty and has fast business because they sell contraband smoking devices, I will get a quick pick on the state game. I think in my whole life I have won about 900$ and spent about 500$ on tickets. It's just a diversion and a voluntary tax.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:05 | 4249408 RafterManFMJ
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If I hit the powerball for 300 million, I hereby pledge to buy as many gold contracts as possible, and stand for delivery. Wish me luck!

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:26 | 4249558 Peter Pan
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Sometimes I wonder whether that bloody lottery is also rigged.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:00 | 4249484 Angus McHugepenis
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I once stood in a line of 10 people waiting to pay for coffee and other snacks. I didn't realize right away that some welfare idiot was at the front having their weekly lotto tickets run through the scanner as the clerk dutifuly obeyed company policy and spent several minutes running the tickets through the scanner as people in the line behind became irate.

I started talking to the people in line and we ALL left. I figure the store lost about $100 in easy sales just catering to the lottery loser and then had to clean up all the full coffee cups and other items abandoned on various shelves as we left.

And another note to store owners. If I'm standing in front of you waiting to pay you CASH for my purchases and the idiot clerk hears the phone ring and picks it up while I'm doing business, well, I have and will continue to help your clerk by pressing the hang up button on their phone and calmly explaining to them that I AM THE FUCKING CUSTOMER, NOT THE PHONE!!! If that doesn't work I will simply smash the shit out of the phone while paying for my items.


210lbs of angry fucking customer (naked weight, I'm much heavier with all my gear on).

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:20 | 4249306 eddiebe
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How about some good old fashioned liberty and justice for all?

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:20 | 4249312 Peter Pan
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Sadly though, the chances of winning the lottery are better than seeing change you can believe in under the Obama administration.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:29 | 4249328 Stuck on Zero
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You guys have jumped to conclusions.  You are assuming that everyone is rushing in to the store to buy lottery tickets.  They sell bitcoins and booze in that store, too.


Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:41 | 4249348 Oldwood
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Makes me these stores make more money from $20 in lotto or beer?

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:30 | 4249566 Umh
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I would think beer. The government doesn't usually offer great deals to merchants.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:53 | 4249376 Not_Sure
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There is NO American Dream. It is a lie that has been foisted on the US citizens to keep them entranced while the back room bankers and lobbyists screw us out of our productive capacity and wealth.


Anyone that believes there is an "American Dream" is a dipshit.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:02 | 4249398 MeBizarro
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That is overly cynical and not completely true but it is becoming harder and harder and yeah if your parents are in the bottom of 20% of income and live in an area where the public school district is shit then yeah you face some really long odds statistically. 

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:26 | 4249449 10mm
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It's a dream, that's all. Happens everytime one is ASLEEP. American or not.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:51 | 4249613 Stuck on Zero
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The American dream today is about suitably applied tar and feathers for politicians.


Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:53 | 4249378 yogibear
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The Social Security Disability Insurance lotto has much better odds and pays well!

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 21:56 | 4249388 MeBizarro
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It always boggles my mind on here to here that EBT recepients are somehow the cause of America's woes.  As if they have a pot to piss in, vote with any kind of frequency especially outside of presidental years (where an individual's vote matters very little), and have vested lobbying and interest groups who are major campaign contributors pushing their agenda. 

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:18 | 4249432 shovelhead
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Apparently you know very little about the poverty pimping business.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:51 | 4249606 Kelley
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Not THE cause, but a significant cause of America's woes. It's not just the card - although the card is a cluster**** - but the people who get the cards: mouth breathers who have a lot of animosity instead of gratitude towards those who pay for the cards.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 09:24 | 4250082 headhunt
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They are the canary in the mine.

They call it a 'cultural' thing but it is the hole in the boat sinking America.

Teachers unions have F'd an entire generation out of an education because they are too lazy and/or stupid to actually teach a class. The only thing on their teachers plan is to teach people that they 'deserve' shit for free.

F the EBT and the tax dollar it rode in on.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:23 | 4250172 hootowl
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..........."F the EBT and the tax dollar it rode in on?".....Can you imagine 47 million people standing in soup lines in this country?....Revolution....Civil War.....Dead government oligarchs and rotting corpses of banksters hanging from trees and lamposts all over America....Politicians sequestered in underground bunkers.....Chinese PLA and Hizbollah invading from Mexico rampaging, raping, and pillaging America, because our troops are hungry, homeless, defenseless, and stranded at sea, in the ME, and Africa .....that's why the Demons of D.C. need EBT cards......hungry retirees and feral "gimmedats" by the millions looking for food, shelter, and retribution.

EBT cards are the only thing preventing a complete social breakdown, at least for awhile......then what???

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:56 | 4250262 AynRandFan
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The EBT doesn't prevent social breakdown, it creates it.  Ever hear the phrase "necessity is the mother of invention"?  People who need things look for work, at least they used to.

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 07:23 | 4253403 dreadnaught
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when there is work to find

300,000 jobs and 500,000 out of work people dont add up

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 08:29 | 4253482 Buckaroo Banzai
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People in this country used to create their own jobs.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:01 | 4249401 new game
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dewskys, cigs, coffee, donuts, dogs and chips - all the good stuff...

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:15 | 4249426 Captain Benny
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If I won Mega Millions, I'd buy all the silver on the COMEX.  Collapse this fucker.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:36 | 4249464 cheetahbaby
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Bought ten bucks worth of MegaMillions today, but I was the only white guy in line. Funny that the Korean woman behind the counter seemed to understand everyone else better than me. When I finally got to the head of the line, she screamed at me, "you stand right there." WTF???

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:50 | 4249603 Cthonic
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They got's to have their chance.  You wanna see a lot of pissed off people?  Tell them a rich white man won the lottery.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 09:01 | 4250070 headhunt
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No soup for you?

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:35 | 4249466 dexter_morgan
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Fundamental change in America sure sucks.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 22:46 | 4249489 Wilcox1
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Yeah, that lottery is some f--ked up sh-t.  I had to stand behind a guy buying lottery for 3 different people in 3 different transactions just to buy 20 in gas.  what a bunch of dipsh-its

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:03 | 4249521 williambanzai7
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In other words, characters from a Phillip K Dick novel.

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:26 | 4249559 DOGGONE
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Hey you Tyler Durden!
Tell the f___ing TRUTH:
The Public Be Suckered

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:47 | 4249598 blindman
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"Sal Monella" tells the story of Twas The Night Before Christmas
75 Book of Isaiah 1

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 00:22 | 4249668 cheetahbaby
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The lottery line is an ideal way to brush-up on Ebonics. Not to mention getting exposed to folk carrying drug-resistant TB, listening to a peculiar lingo from the Guatamalen hills, and getting berated by elderly Korean women. "Yo, do me a solid and slide me a packa Kool-milds."

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 02:20 | 4249801 W74
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I'll thumb you up on that because I know, I know the deal.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 01:24 | 4249744 TrustbutVerify
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The best charity, presently, is buying a product made in the USA that keeps someone employed in the USA that also buys products made in the USA.  (Read it again if you have to.) 

Double down.  

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:11 | 4250307 RKDS
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Bingo.  It's easy to _say_ that you believe in America.  It's a different ballgame to actually do it for real.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 07:57 | 4250019 venturen
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The picture should have been of crooked bankers collecting their bonuses from the FED money printer....pushing santa to the ground on their way to a ferrari dealer. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 08:02 | 4250023 Downtoolong
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But, but, but, lottery proceeds go to education, you know, for the children, who unfortunately also don’t have enough food to eat at times, because, their parents spent half their paycheck on lottery tickets.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 08:44 | 4250055 gmak
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A lottery ticket is no more a tax on stupidity than the price of a concert ticket.  A lottery ticket is entertainment. where else can you get a week of fantasy for $1 or 2?  People buying tickets are buying hope. Those looking down their noses at this should really look to their own practices of buying stocks (the hope that the smart money overlooks their little nest egg just this once), or buying gold (the hope that there will be a financial apocalypse and hyper-inflation) or cars and homes (the hope that they will still have jobs so their future selves can pay back that unearned purchase ) and so on.

If you thnk of a lottery ticket as entertainment, it provides a much longer and better experience (fantasy) than a movie ticket. 

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 14:22 | 4251058 MeelionDollerBogus
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considering the low cost of a ticket & the high cost of a coffee one could easily trade off the higher blood pressure for a chance to get something giant. You'd spend the cash anyways, net zero loss.

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:27 | 4250190 esum
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for a worthless buck i'm in... isnt it foolish not to be

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:30 | 4250193 esum
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and that did not stop me from donating to the SA ont he way out.. 

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