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The Less 'Hoping & Dreaming', More 'Believing' State Of The Union Post-Mortem

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President Obama unveiled 12 key executive actions in his 6,778 word tome this evening at a reading level that was lower than the average of George W. Bush's SOTUs and the same as Clinton's (Flesch-Kincaid 9.8). From 'raising the minimum wage' to 'myRA' savings plans ("a guaranteed return with no risk"?) and from redesigned high schools to teach real-world skills (like EBT-card-usage?) to increasing college opportunities (blowing that bubble even bigger), it was a corporate-bashing, hopeful-job-creating manifesto that had less "hopes" and "dreams" than MLK's speech, but more "believing."

 

Joe Biden loved it...


 

The speech summarized...in words...

for a quick comparison -  

  • MLK's "I have a dream" speech had 3 "believes", 4 "hopes", and 11 "dreams"...
  • Tonight's SOTU had 10 "believes", only 1 "hope", and a disappointing 9 "dreams"
  • Priorities for the Fed - Jobs 39 - 2 Stocks
  • So much for inequality - Rich 1 - 1 Poor

 

in pictures...

 

and in headlines...

  • *OBAMA URGES CONGRESS TO RAISE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE TO $10.10
  • *OBAMA SEEKS TO LIMIT RETIREMENT TAX BREAKS FOR WEALTHIEST
  • *OBAMA TO START 4 NEW MANUFACTURING INSTITUTES IN 2014
  • *OBAMA TO MEET CEOS THIS WEEK ON HIRING LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED
  • *OBAMA REITERATES CALL TO END FANNIE, FREDDIE `AS WE KNOW THEM'
  • *OBAMA ANNOUNCES 12 EXECUTIVE ACTIONS IN STATE OF UNION SPEECH
  • *OBAMA TO RAISE FEDERAL CONTRACTOR MINIMUM WAGE TO $10.10/HR
  • *OBAMA PROPOSES NEW INCENTIVES FOR ALTERNATIVE-FUEL TRUCKS
  • *OBAMA SEEKS TO REVIVE EXPIRED TAX CREDIT FOR BIOFUELS
  • *OBAMA SAYS IN STATE OF UNION `GIVE AMERICA A RAISE'
  • *OBAMA PLANS INFRASTRUCTURE TAX CREDIT FOR ALTERNATIVE FUELS
  • *OBAMA SEEKS TO CREATE BUSINESS ZONES AROUND FRACKING
  • *OBAMA SAYS 2014 CAN BE `BREAKTHROUGH YEAR' FOR U.S.
  • *OBAMA REITERATES VETO THREAT ON POSSIBLE NEW IRAN SANCTIONS

 

The 12 Key Executive actions...

The President’s top priority remains ensuring middle class Americans feel secure in their jobs, homes and budgets. To build real, lasting economic security the President will work with Congress and act on his own to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

Middle Class Security & Opportunity at Work

Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers. The President will also continue to urge Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 across the nation because no one who works full-time should have to raise their family in poverty.

Creating “myRA” – A New Starter Savings Account to Help Millions Save for Retirement. The President will take executive action to create a simple, safe and affordable “starter” retirement savings account available through employers to help millions of Americans save for retirement. This savings account would be offered through a familiar Roth IRA account and, like savings bonds, would be backed by the U.S. government.

Building a 21st Century Workplace for America’s Working Families. The President will host a summit on Working Families to highlight the policies that will ensure America’s global economic competitiveness by supporting working families; showcase companies doing exemplary work in this space; and highlight model laws and policies from cities and states across the country in areas such as discrimination, flexibility and paid leave.

Jobs & Economic Opportunity

Launching Four New Manufacturing Institutes in 2014. American manufacturers are adding jobs for the first time in over a decade. To build on this progress, the President will launch four new institutes through executive action this year. These institutes will build on the four the President has already announced.

Government-wide Review of Federal Training Programs to Help Americans Get Skills in Demand for Good Jobs. The President is directing the Vice President to conduct a full review of our federal job-training system to make sure programs are higher performing and driven by the needs of employers which are hiring so that they lead to well-paying jobs. In the coming months, we will help community colleges build partnerships with businesses so that as industries’ skills needs change community colleges can quickly adapt.

Partnering With Many of America’s Leading CEOs to Help the Long-Term Unemployed. Later this week, as part of an ongoing effort that the Administration began several months ago, the President will convene a group of CEOs and other leaders around supporting best practices for hiring the long-term unemployed.

Expanding Apprenticeships by Mobilizing Business, Community Colleges and Labor. This year the President will mobilize business leaders, community colleges, Mayors and Governors, and labor leaders to increase the number of innovative apprenticeships in America.

Increasing Fuel Efficiency for Trucks. The President will propose new incentives for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that run on alternative fuels like natural gas and the infrastructure needed to deploy them, and the Administration will set new fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty vehicles.

Partnering with States, Cities and Tribes to Move to Energy Efficiency and Cleaner Power. The President has directed his Administration to work to cut carbon pollution through clean energy and energy efficiency.

Schools & Education Opportunity

Connecting 20 Million Students in 15,000 Schools to the Best Technology to Enrich K-12 Education. The FCC is making a major down-payment on the President’s ConnectED goal of connecting 99% of students to next-generation broadband and wireless technology within five years. In the coming weeks the President will announce new philanthropic partnerships – including by companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon.

Redesigning High Schools to Teach the Real-World Skills That Kids Need. This year, the Administration will announce the winners of a $100 million competition supporting redesigned high schools that give high school students access to real-world education and skills.

Increasing College Opportunity and Graduation. Building on the success of the President and First Lady’s College Opportunity Summit, in the coming months the President is asking colleges and universities, nonprofits and businesses to work with him on ways to improve students’ access to and completion of higher education.

 

And a key paragraph for all (even Tom Perkins?)...

Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.

 

Our job is to reverse these tides. It won’t happen right away, and we won’t agree on everything. But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.

 

Ron Paul sums it up...

 

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Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:21 | 4378274 HedgeAccordingly
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– Treasury Sec. Lew to Bloomberg: Congress working on immigration, infrastructure in 2014 http://hedge.ly/KNau1U 

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:24 | 4378288 InjectTheVenom
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USA ! USA !

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:26 | 4378299 Jack's Digestib...
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"We must give diplomacy a chance to succeed." -Barack Obama

Why use diplomacy when you have an arsenal of UAV's at your command?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:43 | 4378409 CH1
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Translation: Please keep believing our bullshit and sending in your money.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:52 | 4378449 JohnnyBriefcase
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Also please do not riot in Washington D.C.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:06 | 4378512 InjectTheVenom
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I sure wish i had watched THIS right before SOTU started !  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVJPB3W54Tc

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:35 | 4379046 GetZeeGold
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I watched this instead. Not sure who those three guys are seated in back.....but I think they're important.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfLzkFhSv0M

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:54 | 4379091 negative rates
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Well after 3 2 term ass backwards administrations, people should be feeling as if they have been stiffed by their own gvt.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:58 | 4379093 GetZeeGold
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It's almost like we were lied too....and those guys are all on the same team.

 

That would explain the big man hug Dubya gave to Barry when he handed over the reigns.......keep it going buddy!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:36 | 4379156 johnQpublic
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what is a manufacturing institute?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:43 | 4379167 johnQpublic
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'An autoworker fine-tuned some of the  best, most fuel-efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help America wean itself off foreign oil.'

fine tuned?

like an assembly line guy, or a tech trying to fix a computer bound piece of crap on which there exists no possible way to "fine tune"?

wean our selves off foreign oil?

crist on a crutch

i could pick this pos speech apart line by line

meaningless drivel

glad i dont listen to that crap, and i shouldnt have bothered reading it either

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 09:34 | 4379269 noless
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I would also like to fucking know the answer to this question.

Whatever it is I'm gonna apply for a job there.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:15 | 4379656 exi1ed0ne
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They don't get it.  We don't need jobs, we need the freedom to pursue opportunities.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:20 | 4378546 The Joker
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This ain't Ukraine.  Americans don't riot in this weather.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:03 | 4378744 BraveSirRobin
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Americans reject tyranny

Americans vote for tyranny by a landslide

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 04:15 | 4378893 solgundy
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"This ain't Ukraine.  Americans don't riot in this weather."

 

No country has ever revolted that has Home Theater

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:44 | 4379166 eclectic syncretist
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Why do you think they're going to legalize marijuana?????  It's because they know they're going to have a lot more highly stressed people and they're hoping that hitting the bong will take the place of hitting the streets angry.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:10 | 4378754 A Nanny Moose
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Translated translation: why are any productive people still fucking working?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:19 | 4378765 G-R-U-N-T
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O'Biden is the spitten image of the "Joker" in your short clip....On a more sobering note why wasn't O'Biden cast as Forest Gump, he would have been perfect as the "local Idiot"!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WPkwQbUWpU

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:26 | 4378301 InjectTheVenom
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<<<<  Waste of 65 minutes of my life

<<<<<  Brilliant speech

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:59 | 4378488 pods
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Sorry, didn't watch.  

pods

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:11 | 4378756 A Nanny Moose
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Bingo! Didn't watch, listen, or review.

Next irrelevant pile of Statist horseshit...

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 06:40 | 4379010 new game
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went to bed, same as listening to rush limbozo. why get worked up over something u cant change.

change yourself, ignore the bullshit and make your own world better. come here to get some info.

comment-get it off my chest and go back to contributing in a positve way with actions...

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:36 | 4379155 kralizec
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Good night for admiring stuff I lost a long time ago in a boating accident far far away.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:45 | 4379081 astroloungers
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I watched the first 20 minutes or so.......now to the point where I can't a talking head on TV ,liars all. Gov.com is not even creative...MyRA?, good god. I predict just as MySpace was a special place just for you on the web , MyRA will be a special place to save for retirement. We have allowed idiots to be come our leaders, the framers must be proud.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:29 | 4378564 Renewable Life
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OK so its obvious Bammer is a total sucker for his own self delusional image of himself and wants to be a "player", do you think we could just buy his ass out of office early, maybe start a fund to "encourage the Prez to resign for the good of the Country" and as a prize, he can have whatever is in the fund! Shit lets accept BTC and all forms of digital currency as well! 

Scratch that..........then we just got "Whacko Joe" to deal with!! We're just fucked! Can't wait until they CROWN Hill as Prez, shit we can overcome all our "diversity issues" in 12 years!! Black Prez.......... check   Femaie Prez................Check       Lets just hope Hillary will pick a Latino, Lesbian/Gay/ or Bisexual running mate, and we can this shit over with!!!  Shit by the time Hillary and her Gay, Latino running mate leave office, white men will be a minority in this Country and they can get some affirmative action benefits, cheap collage loans, and a "helping hand up"!!      

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 01:07 | 4378636 ebworthen
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That's what I need, a Collage loan:  some student debt for a worthless degree, an FHA loan for a mortgage I can't afford, and a car loan on a GM I won't pay back - oooh, look at the colors!

Welcome to the New Rome, Mordor on the Potomac, and a mulato Nero to fiddle us to Perdition!

"All flail Caesar!"

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 06:29 | 4379001 Wahooo
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Your idea is brilliant for getting the kenyan and whackjob out of the two top spots - just buy them out. But it will be perverted by the system after that. Here's what will happen: As Americans contribute more and more money to the Throw The Bums Out Fund, political candidates will begin seeking office just so they can get the payout. We'll have a revolving door of presidents, maybe 5-6 in a single year, each coming and going with their payoff. It would continue until Americans get bored of it, which of course won't take long.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:28 | 4379048 surf0766
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Look 3 communists loved it

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:26 | 4378302 UP Forester
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BEST...SPEECH...EVAH!

does the ACA cover slit wrists?

 

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:30 | 4378319 sixsigma cygnus...
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Bah...I so f&*^&ing plastered now I probably need a liver transplant.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 09:15 | 4379074 GetZeeGold
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 does the ACA cover slit wrists?

We'll hook you up to the death panel......slip us a Bengi......and we'll get you in a lot sooner.

 

You can come up with a new doctor......right?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:57 | 4379094 negative rates
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Yea, that yeast piss is a killer, but the education system is so good we can pray for new parts, even if we don't deserve them sometimes.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:31 | 4378327 ihedgemyhedges
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TGIO!!! Thank God It's Over

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:30 | 4378328 Osmium
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My take on the Potus SOTU speech?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnkU9GMArCU

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:05 | 4378505 InjectTheVenom
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVJPB3W54Tc   Here's a MUCH better 'take' on SOTU  !!    ;>)

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:40 | 4378339 asteroids
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Satan spouting to his disciples. Here, bite the apple. I thought he was going to bore us to death. I too love my wife, but holy shit, you would think his wife was the answer to the worlds problems.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:46 | 4378417 IridiumRebel
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It's evident that she hates her life.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:20 | 4378771 Johnny Cocknballs
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I promise: she hates your life a lot more.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:55 | 4378458 666
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It's been a while since I've seen Moe, Larry & Curly.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:59 | 4378491 Darksky
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As Family Guy would say....slash across the wrist for attention and up the arm for results.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 01:35 | 4378696 DeadFred
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Yes, slit wrists are in fact covered. The ICD-9-CM code for billing purposes is 881.02. Code 881 covers all open wounds of the elbow, forearm and wrist while the .02 is for wrists without mention of complications. Were there any complications? Those would change the code and affect the process of billing. Of course those codes will soon be replaced with newer, more complicated ones, so for simplicity's sake please cut soon or don't cut at all.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:05 | 4378749 BraveSirRobin
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From another web site, I think, yesterday.... "I was depressed, so I called mental health hotline. The call center was outsourced to Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got real excited and asked if I knew how to drive a truck."

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:43 | 4379170 de3de8
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Brave sir, good one, clever and funny. LOL!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:09 | 4379948 BraveSirRobin
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Thanks - can't claim credit. It was posted on another website. I stole it.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:12 | 4378758 A Nanny Moose
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YAOYOB...You are on your own Bytch.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:32 | 4378337 lickspitler
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How embarrassment. Good job America

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:26 | 4378561 Crawdaddy
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Don't judge us by this guy and his wookie. If you have to judge us, please use honey boo boo or jersey shore as the standard for defining deviancy down. We can recover from them.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:47 | 4378597 Things that go bump
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You know, the pendulum of societal indulgence always eventually swings the other way and we are going to end up with a bunch of Puritans running this place. When enough people are finally offended by the cultural inanity, the loose morals, casual fraud and rampant dishonesty there is going to be a backlash that will make the morals, conventions and behavior of the '50s look wanton in comparison. Its not going to be any fun. In fact, fun will probably be frowned upon 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 01:27 | 4378683 aerojet
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That would actually be fine with me.  I'd rather live like a Quaker than put up with this cultural cesspool even one more day.  I don't care for the "burn the witch" types, but I kind of think most of the Shakers and Quakers got a bad rap thanks to those original Puritans.  They were at least humble, decent people and they represent the values our nation was founded upon not this fascist, militarized, wacko nonsense.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 01:30 | 4378691 Things that go bump
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Fun is overrated and gives me a hangover. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 04:49 | 4378915 Lore
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You make a good point above re: pendulum swings, but what should bother us even more is that the process has already been anticipated and hijacked via Agenda 21 (revamped and revitalised Gaiea cult): the rewrite of 'good' and 'bad' according to the all-encompassing mandate of "Sustainability" and the interests of the Oligarchical Collective.  

Next time you hear people talking on local radio or read the letters page of your newspaper, examine the positions brought forward in the context of bottled rhetoric downloaded from "Green" school textbooks. After the looming SHTF is over and dust is settled, your grandchildren will see a twisted world where there is a "Green" place for everyting, and everything is in its "Green" place, and there will be no critical thinking or questioning or old-fashioned rugged individualism or freedom as our forebears knew it. Society will be fully restructured into a technocratic, totalitarian hell on earth.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 06:48 | 4379014 new game
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collectivism

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:26 | 4378779 A Nanny Moose
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Just shoot me now.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 09:44 | 4379298 noless
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I fucking hate fun.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:16 | 4378536 Renewable Life
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Ohhh Joe biden is so much fun though, god that dude is a riot!!! Hey Joe, even with your fake tan, you couldn't get as dark in the face as boner!! I think Boner only took a breath about 5 times during the whole specch!  If this shit was a reality TV show and not destroying our lives on a daily basis, these guys would be the best comedy on TV!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:19 | 4378544 USA USA
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Yes, How can I help you?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:24 | 4378292 bunzbunzbunz
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Get some free bitcoins at http://freebitco.in/?r=25727. Or you might be poor next year....

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:40 | 4378380 Jack's Digestib...
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This all day.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:52 | 4378446 The Thunder Child
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Bank the scam link spammer please....

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:01 | 4378498 pods
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You know how many hours his mom has to work online to buy all those bitcoins he is giving away?  

At $83 an hour online, that is one worn out hoohah.

pods

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:26 | 4378295 Millivanilli
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I wanted to lift everyones spirit after that sickening display.

 

Two top American bankers commit suicide in London as one jumps 500ft to his death from JP Morgan skyscraper and another hangs himself in luxury home

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2547684/TWO-senior-American-bankers-working-London-commit-suicide-just-two-days-one-jumped-500ft-death-JP-Morgan-skyscraper.html#ixzz2rkpMiXuN 

 

YES YOU CAN!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:38 | 4378373 El Vaquero
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And it appears that there may be a third, though the cause of death has not yet been released.  Please please please let it be a sign that the music is stopping. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:16 | 4378535 LetThemEatRand
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Jump, you fuckers.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 06:33 | 4379004 Wahooo
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I up arrowed you, but these are not "top bankers" by any stretch of the imagination. I want to see Lloyd and Jamie as grease spots on the pavement below.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:24 | 4378296 Millivanilli
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I wanted to lift everyones spirit after that sickening display.

 

Two top American bankers commit suicide in London as one jumps 500ft to his death from JP Morgan skyscraper and another hangs himself in luxury home

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2547684/TWO-senior-American-bankers-working-London-commit-suicide-just-two-days-one-jumped-500ft-death-JP-Morgan-skyscraper.html#ixzz2rkpMiXuN 

 

YES YOU CAN!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:30 | 4378318 bh2
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Now if only the politicians would likewise follow suit.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:31 | 4378324 Oldballplayer
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It was better the first time. But this one was good too.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:12 | 4378528 Ms. Erable
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News like this never gets old.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 01:24 | 4378674 aerojet
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Jump you fuckers!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 01:54 | 4378730 Frozen
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Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:24 | 4378297 Mr Pink
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I turned it off after, "lowest unemployment rate in 5 years" and 8 million new jobs created"

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:30 | 4378316 IridiumRebel
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You too? I walked back in as he said,"Climate Change is settled!" Walked back out.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 09:26 | 4379254 GetZeeGold
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'click'

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:33 | 4378333 The Vineyard
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I didn't think it was a terrible speech.  This economic funk was thirty years in the making.  So I don't exclusively blame Obama.  Furthermore, now that we're an offshored economy, the minimum needs to be raised.  There's no more manufacturing to float middle class boats. 

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:56 | 4378471 UP Forester
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Step 1: Higher wages, absolutely free health care, blanket amnesty, at least 2 more wars, raise EBT limits, cut taxes, more H1Bs, more green energy projects, carbon tax, and ban all repeating firearms larger than .22lr.

Step 2: Make popcorn, and pour your favorite drink.

Step 3: Enjoy!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:17 | 4379125 GetZeeGold
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This economic funk was thirty years in the making.

 

So when is Barry gonna get that deficit cut in half again? If he can't get it done...maybe he shouldn't have applied for the job. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:18 | 4378539 GeezerGeek
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Certainly Obama is not responsible for creating all the economic problems, but he has done his best to prevent a more normal recovery. Strangulation by regulation is his game plan and it is working. In fact, everything - not only economics - Obama has done has worked to the detriment of the USA. Go figure.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:40 | 4378794 El Vaquero
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There is no such thing as a normal recovery in store for us.  A good president would acknowledge this and then get everybody else to acknowledge this.  Then we could get to work changing our economy and general way of life to match the reality of finite resources.  If we had a system with a shred of integrity, we would have a decade or two to make this transition. Instead the MO is to preserve the status quo, and it will not work.  There is too much dishonesty and too many politically charged issues where physical reality will interject and inflict itself upon us because we will not come to grips with them despite what anybody believes.  Our course of action not the best one, nor even a good one.  We could be on the road to a more peaceful life, but instead we are on the road to hell on earth. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 04:55 | 4378925 Lore
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Good post, but I humbly submit that you make the mistake of presuming that the sociopaths actually CARE.  Put succinctly, what we are seeing now is a breakdown in the measures that require the public to be paid lip service. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 06:55 | 4379020 new game
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yup- like hoping a fox won't eat a chicken whilst overseeing the coop.

i supose enuf chickens could peck the fucker to death...

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:59 | 4379097 negative rates
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No, they just stand there and watch each other get killed, but once the fox is gone they start to peck.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:12 | 4379644 rwe2late
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El Vaquero wrote:

"If we had a system with a shred of integrity, we would have a decade or two to make this transition. Instead the MO is to preserve the status quo, and it will not work.  There is too much dishonesty ..."

Don't see how that can reasonably be interpreted to mean that Vaquero mistakenly presumes "the sociopaths actually CARE".

Discussions here too often are accompanied by gratuitous put-downs which only serve as a distraction from any points made.

I, for one, would like to see less presuming about what others supposedly presume.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 01:37 | 4378701 Clowns on Acid
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STFU....dimwit...

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:20 | 4378767 AGuy
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" the minimum needs to be raised. There's no more manufacturing to float middle class boats. "

Why only $10/hr?, Why not  raise the minimum wage to $50/hr, or better yet, $200/hr? since every american deserves their  very own fleet of private jets! /sarc . Hopefully you figure out that mininum wages increases don't do squat for the economy,

 

 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:05 | 4379027 D-liverSil-ver
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Is there any way to find out how many government contract workers are actually making less than $10/hr.

Seriously, his boot licker makes more than that.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:29 | 4378783 Johnny Cocknballs
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Jesus Christ.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 03:54 | 4378880 Theosebes Goodfellow
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WHERE?!?!?!?!?

Oh, holy crap, I thought you'd seen Him. Knock it off, will ya'?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 06:56 | 4379021 new game
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he is coming-trust me(as i pass the offering plate)...

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:01 | 4379099 negative rates
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They say Hollywood would be scared to death of his arrival, and no one would ever ask him where he got his money.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:39 | 4379067 Disenchanted
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Jesus wept.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:44 | 4378804 El Vaquero
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You may not be a calamitous twat, but you're still a twat nonetheless.  Just don't catch the clap.  I don't like contagious twats. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 06:39 | 4379007 Wahooo
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None of that is any excuse for:

1. Nationalizing healthcare to the point where even basic coverage is unaffordable

2. Allowing the Fed to continue stealing from savers

3. Using the IRS to attack political opponents

4. Keeping our troops overseas fighting senseless wars

5. Increasing the reach and power of the welfare state in the face of bankruptcy

6. Militarizing local police forces

7. Establishing search and seizure without cause

etc etc etc

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 01:02 | 4378631 tempo
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QE is zero sum game. Initially, buying down interest rates help boost housing/jobs. But savers lose income over the past five years which is now depressing the economy. Over time, there is nothing but an illusionary gain. Six large banks act as primary dealers between FED and Treasury making billions for the NYC elite. Sub prime litigation paid out $20 billion to a handful of NYC lawyers. Yes a bit of inequity.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 04:13 | 4378801 Johnny Cocknballs
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Nyc elite? Nyc lawyers?

There is yet freedom enough to just type 'Jews' man....

But in all seriousness, do you think those same banks own the ny fed?  And might the six banks be owned by a small group of mostly European dynastic banking families?8

 

Seems likely, but I couldn't tell you for sure.

 

It's a secret, and only conspiracy theorists, racists, and teabaggers would even ask.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 07:41 | 4379071 Disenchanted
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re: "There is yet freedom enough to just type 'Jews' man...."

Not here...I just use 13th Tribe.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 03:51 | 4378875 Theosebes Goodfellow
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~"...Treasury Sec. Lew to Bloomberg: Congress working on immigration, infrastructure in 2014"~

Because legalizing 13 million foreigners holding jobs in this country when so many Americans are out of work is what is best for this country.

Because it really, really is important that we supply healthcare and education to those who came here without permission just to send the money they earn here back to their country of origin.

Because it is way more important that big business have cheap foreign labor than requiring them to hire American citizens.

Because the socialists in this country cannot win elections without the vote of those who are here illegally. That's also why we must never, ever have voter ID requirements.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:36 | 4379158 de3de8
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Just means the free s%#t train gets longer

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:23 | 4378279 Al Huxley
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That was faster than Hilsenrath responding to a FED speech.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:27 | 4378308 NoDebt
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I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoy when you pop in to stir the pot.  Up arrow.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:37 | 4378367 IridiumRebel
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It's become less and less...I was worried he was the JPM Swan diver.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:22 | 4378283 VD
VD's picture

FUCK YOU O & CO!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:28 | 4378314 Mr Pink
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Holy shit!, Boner is 3 shades darker than ol' Purple Lips!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 04:57 | 4378927 Lore
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You know what causes that red flush.  Actually, he looked very tired.  Must have been up late.  Guilty conscience?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:23 | 4378284 mumcard
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Hope is great for breakfast, but it sucks for dinner.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:24 | 4378291 G.O.O.D
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it is truly sad what we as a nation have become.. all shit and no substance.. we are doomed

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:24 | 4378293 OC Sure
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All the leaks told you what he was going to say.

Then he said what he said.

Now, all the media will tell you what he said.

So what?

Get busy.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:24 | 4378294 f16hoser
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Truth be told, expect the EXACT OPPOSITE of what Pinochio just said. Let it be so!

My question to everyone here; "Why do we have a Congress?"

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:33 | 4378334 OC Sure
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Because of September 17, 1787?

I feel your pain, man, but the darker the despotism grows then the brighter those words of old do shine!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:25 | 4378298 IridiumRebel
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Puff the Magic Dragon lived by Decree!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:30 | 4378325 Spanky
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+1

For... the bad use of a good song.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:26 | 4378300 hunglow
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My tie does not look like yours.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:27 | 4378304 Bennie Noakes
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That wasn't so good now, was it?

It sounds like he plans to reduce inequality by crushing the stock market and corporate profits. Can he do it? Yes, he can!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:27 | 4378306 The_Ungrateful_Yid
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S&P to the fucking moon now bitches!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:27 | 4378307 bh2
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Waste of air time. Back in the old days, Presidents like Washington and Jefferson just sent their state of the union note over to the Congress and stayed home.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:28 | 4378309 Dre4dwolf
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raise the wage and the prices raise themselves.

all you achieve is nothing, you cant paper over poverty

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:28 | 4378310 G.O.O.D
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Ladies and Gentlemen, "welcome to skynet."

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:33 | 4378336 hunglow
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SHTFplan.com

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:29 | 4378312 socalbeach
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Not 100% bad.

"OBAMA REITERATES VETO THREAT ON POSSIBLE NEW IRAN SANCTIONS"

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:28 | 4378313 Oldballplayer
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MyRa. Are they fucking kidding?

This Halfrican be tripping.

Do they get these ideas from a freshmen marketing class?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 03:52 | 4378876 StychoKiller
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If it had been named "TheirRA", folks might get a little uptight!  (Too much "truthiness!")

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 04:59 | 4378928 Lore
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The name is an inside joke, for those who are In The Know.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 09:58 | 4379360 noless
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Anagram?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:23 | 4381658 Lore
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All Seeing Eye of RA

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:32 | 4378320 Bryan
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Weird....I turned on the TV and America's Got Talent was on all the channels!  Except there was this black guy just droning on and on at a 3rd grade level about believing in fairies or something.  What a crappy act, but all the judges seemed to love him.  And apparently many of them had hemorrhoids because they could only stay seated for short stretches.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:31 | 4378323 starman
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" we're going to stamp Made in America on every Chinese product"!

The man is a genius!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:33 | 4378340 Oldballplayer
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Yes, let's make the Chinese products here. Yahoo!

Does he think no one is going to think, "hey wait a second. The Chinese use slave labor and they throw themselves out of buildings. That doesn't sound like the US Steel job gramps had!"

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:36 | 4378358 El Vaquero
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Yes, but hopefully it is bankers that start throwing themselves out of windows here.  It's already happening in London.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:35 | 4378341 Reaper
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All those "one of the best" certificates of attendance, aka HS and college diplomas, will now come with a pasted on star indicating that a government inspired technology program was taken. Those with stars will be better than those without.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:51 | 4378606 Things that go bump
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Like the star-belly sneetches?

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:35 | 4378349 El Vaquero
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I don't know how that sanctimonious cocksucker kept a straight face throughout all of that.  Wage disparity, yet we have 8,000,000 new jobs?  Cut the deficit in half?  Liar!  Now, he's instituting a mechanism to go after people's retirement accounts. 

 

I watched the entire thing sober.  I'm going to start drinking heavily now. 

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:36 | 4378350 G.O.O.D
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He made his baboon sit next to the blown up retard..THAT was funny..

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:38 | 4378361 Ms. Erable
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...and in headlines:

 

  • OBAMA URGES CONGRESS TO RAISE NATIONAL CONSUMER INFLATION RATE
  • *OBAMA SEEKS TO ELIMINATE IRA TAX BREAKS
  • *OBAMA TO START 4 GLORIOUS NEW WORKER"S INSTITUTES
  • *OBAMA TO COERCE CEOS THIS WEEK ON HIRING PEOPLE THEY DON'T NEED
  • *OBAMA REITERATES CALL TO INCREASE FANNIE, FREDDIE `BAILOUT' $ AMOUNTS
  • *OBAMA DICTATES 12 EXECUTIVE ORDERS IN STATE OF MARTIAL LAW SPEECH
  • *OBAMA TO RAISE FEDERAL CONTRACTOR MINIMUM WAGE ABOVE PRIVATE SECTOR WAGES
  • *OBAMA PROPOSES NEW TAX SWINDLES FOR ALTERNATIVE-FUEL TRUCKS
  • *OBAMA SEEKS TO REVIVE TAX SWINDLES FOR BIOFUELS
  • *OBAMA SAYS IN STATE OF UNION `GIVE AMERICA A STIFF ONE'
  • *OBAMA PLANS INFRASTRUCTURE TAX CREDIT FOR FINANCIALLY UNVIABLE FUELS
  • *OBAMA SEEKS TO CREATE FSA ZONES WHILE FRACKING AROUND
  • *OBAMA PROVES 2014 CAN BE `BREAKDOWN YEAR' FOR U.S.
  • *OBAMA REITERATES "I WON, BITCHEZ"
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:41 | 4378387 IridiumRebel
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CEOs best be hiring or I'm regulating dat ass!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:49 | 4378436 Ms. Erable
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Directive 10-289 on tap.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:37 | 4378366 OC Sure
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Five minutes in, and I know all about Rep Rodgers biography but not an inkling about what her rebuttal is. Very, very, sad. She is not offering a rebuttal. ALL PLATITUDES, EMOTIONALISM...

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:41 | 4378381 suteibu
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It's pitiful, isn't it?  They should have gotten Joe "You Lie" Wilson. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:04 | 4378507 OC Sure
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Or, they just could have rerun Obama. Why relisten to a cheerleader when you can hear the team captain again? Damn, it TRULY IS a one party non system!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 04:22 | 4378898 Johnny Cocknballs
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I kept looking at her big milk-laden tits, and wondered if the GOP had finally, in more ways than one, simply gone full retard.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 05:10 | 4378938 Lore
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Figure they picked her because she's a relative unknown, and would elicit pre-election chatter as to a possible Repub vice-presidency...?  She's white.  At the end of a coloured presidency, in a nation with inflamed racial tension, that may be noteworthy.  Is she intelligent?  MBA doesn't necessarily tell us much.  All she had to do tonight was sit and read into a microphone. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathy_McMorris_Rodgers

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:40 | 4378376 jtlien
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Did he explain why 40 million rural Americans can't get propane to heat their homes?

Did he explain why his Energy Secretary still has a job?    I can not see at this moment why the guy has not been fired or resigned.

 

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:44 | 4378403 IridiumRebel
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Because Obama!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:40 | 4378378 Colonel Klink
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What a cocksucker of epic proportion who spews lies faster than McDonalds corporations can spew burgers.  More than a billion told.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 00:18 | 4378537 El Vaquero
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I see that you share my opinion of Obama and the rest of the clownagarchs.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:05 | 4378740 Colonel Klink
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I also have to add that Biden is a plagiariser and a GIANT embarrassing doofus to this nation.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 02:18 | 4378764 El Vaquero
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Biden is quality entertainment.  I'm hoping that he becomes president in 2014.  Not because I think he'll make a good one, but simply because his incompetence would at least be good for a laugh or two. 

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:42 | 4378386 knicks3005
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John Boehner's facial expressions pretty much summed up the evening.

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:48 | 4378421 OC Sure
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YESsss! If only SHE had expressed them! WTF was that???

She just said we are all bowls of jello! Aren't you sweet? Now, go suck it up. MMMMMmmm. Delicious!!!!

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:42 | 4378398 stant
stant's picture

i didnt watch it but i guess many did, like watching a car wreck or crime scene. the death of a republic and a great nation. to see if it real

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 23:44 | 4378410 OC Sure
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THAT WAS IT? THAT WAS THE OPPOSITION REBUTTAL?

TOOTHPICKS IN MY TEMPLE, PLEASE!!

THIRD PARTY REBUTTAL???????????????????? ANYONE?

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