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Guest Post: H.L. Mencken Was Right

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Submitted by Jim Quinn from The Burning Platform

Guest Post: H.L. Mencken Was Right

“I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.” - H.L. Mencken

 

H.L. Mencken was a renowned newspaper columnist for the Baltimore Sun from 1906 until 1948. His biting sarcasm seems to fit perfectly in today’s world. His acerbic satirical writings on government, democracy, politicians and the ignorant masses are as true today as they were then. I believe the reason his words hit home is because he was writing during the last Unraveling and Crisis periods in America. The similarities cannot be denied. There are no journalists of his stature working in the mainstream media today. His acerbic wit is nowhere to be found among the lightweight shills that parrot their corporate masters’ propaganda on a daily basis and unquestioningly report the fabrications spewed by our government. Mencken’s skepticism of all institutions is an unknown quality in the vapid world of present day journalism.

The Roaring Twenties of decadence, financial crisis caused by loose Fed monetary policies, stock market crash, Depression, colossal government redistribution of wealth, and ultimately a World War, all occurred during his prime writing years. I know people want to believe that the world only progresses, but they are wrong. The cycles of history reveal that people do not change, just the circumstances change. How Americans react to the undulations of history depends upon their age and generational position. We are currently in a Crisis period when practical, truth telling realists like Mencken are most useful and necessary.

Mencken captured the essence of American politics and a disconnected populace 80 years ago. Even though many people today feel the average American is less intelligent, more materialistic, and less informed than ever before, it was just as true in 1930 based on Mencken’s assessment:

“The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

You can make your own judgment on the accuracy of his statement considering the last two gentlemen to occupy the White House. His appraisal of U.S. Senators and citizens in our so-called Democracy captures the spirit of the travesty that passes for leadership and civic responsibility in this country today.

“Democracy gives the beatification of mediocrity a certain appearance of objective and demonstrable truth. The mob man, functioning as citizen, gets a feeling that he is really important to the world—that he is genuinely running things. Out of his maudlin herding after rogues and mountebacks there comes to him a sense of vast and mysterious power—which is what makes archbishops, police sergeants, the grand goblins of the Ku Klux and other such magnificoes happy. And out of it there comes, too, a conviction that he is somehow wise, that his views are taken seriously by his betters — which is what makes United States Senators, fortune tellers and Young Intellectuals happy. Finally, there comes out of it a glowing consciousness of a high duty triumphantly done which is what makes hangmen and husbands happy.”

People still read newspapers in the 1930s to acquire credible information about the economy, politics and economy. Today’s corporate owned rags aren’t fit to line a bird cage. The mainstream media is a platform for the lies of their corporate sponsors. Each TV network or newspaper spouts propaganda that supports the financial interests and ideology they are beholden to. Does anyone think they are obtaining the truth from Paul Krugman, Chris Matthews, Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh? Evidently the answer is yes. The upcoming presidential campaign will be a nightmare of endless negative advertisements created by Madison Avenue maggots and paid for by rich powerful men attempting to herd the mindless sheeple towards their ultimate slaughter. Whichever corporate controlled party can more successfully scare the masses into pulling their lever in the voting booth on November 6th will get the opportunity push the country closer to its ultimate collapse. This collapse was destined from the time of Mencken when the Federal Reserve was created by a small group of powerful bankers and their cronies in Congress. Fear has worked for 100 years in controlling the masses, as Mencken noted during his time:

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

In the 1930s you needed to count on newspapers for the truth. The purpose of those who wield power is to keep the masses dumbed down and paranoid regarding terrorist threats and artificial enemies. By convincing the dense public that acquiring material goods on credit was a smart thing to do, they have trapped them in a web of debt. By making life an inexhaustible bureaucratic nightmare or rules, regulations, forms, ID cards, registrations, and red tape, those in power maintain control and accumulate power. H.L. Mencken would be proud:

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

Let’s See How Far We’ve Come

“The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.” – H.L. Mencken

 

The corporate / government / banking oligarchy started the fire. The world is burning to the ground and politicians have thrown gasoline onto the fire with passage of debt financed stimulus programs, Obamacare, bank bailouts, the Patriot Act, NDAA, and a myriad of other government “solutions”. To anyone willing to think for just a few minutes, the picture is unambiguous. This requires the ability to think critically – a missing gene among the majority of Americans.

Critical thinking is the careful, deliberate determination of whether one should accept, reject, or suspend judgment about a claim and the degree of confidence with which one accepts or rejects it. Critical thinking employs not only logic but broad intellectual criteria such as clarity, credibility, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, significance and fairness. Critical thinking requires extensive experience in identifying the extent of one’s own ignorance in a wide variety of subjects (“I thought I knew, but I merely believed.”)

One becomes less biased and more broad-minded when one becomes more intellectually empathetic and intellectually humble. I have observed little or no critical thinking skills in the pompous asses that write daily columns in today’s newspapers and zero critical thinking skills among the vacuous pundits and big breasted brainless fashion models that yap all day long on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox and the Big 3 dying networks.

Any thinking would be a shocking change of pace from the corrupt corporate owned politicians in Washington DC. Other than Ron Paul and a few other truth tellers, critical thinking from a politician or a government bureaucrat is about as likely as Obama not using a teleprompter. Everything being spewed at the public from the MSM, Wall Street, and Washington DC is intellectually dishonest, manipulated and packaged by pollsters and PR firms. I’ve come to the conclusion that those in power desire that public school systems of the United States churn out ignorant, non-questioning morons. A populace that is incapable or uninterested in critically thinking about the important issues of the day is a politician’s best friend. Half the population doesn’t vote and the other half unquestioningly obeys what they are told by their parties.

Ignorance is the state of being uninformed about issues and unaware about the implications of those issues. It is not about intelligence. A huge swath of America is ignorant due to lack of education and a low class upbringing. But, I know many college educated people who haven’t read a book in 20 years or could care less about economic issues. They made a choice to be ignorant. They prefer being distracted by their latest technological toy to dealing with reality.

Most Americans are incapable of looking beyond a 2 to 3 year time horizon. That is why the median 401k balance in the US is $13,000. That is why the average credit card debt per household is $16,000. That is why 25% of all homeowners are underwater on their mortgage. Politicians, banks, and marketers take advantage of this witlessness to enslave the average American. We’ve come to love our slavery. Appearing successful because you drive the right car, wear the right clothes or live in the right house is more important than actually doing the hard work to actually become successful, like spending less than you make and saving the difference.

An informed, interested, questioning public would be a danger to the government as described by H.L. Mencken:

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out … without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.”

There were already two fiscal hurricanes of unfunded liabilities and current deficits churning towards our shores before Obama and his non-critical thinking Democratic minions launched a third storm called Obamacare. No matter how many intellectually deceitful mouthpieces like Paul Krugman and Rush Limbaugh misrepresent the facts, the fiscal foundation of the country is crumbling under the weight of unfunded entitlement promises, out of control government spending and far flung military misadventures. Only someone who is intellectually bankrupt, like Krugman, would declare the National Debt at $8 trillion as a looming disaster when George Bush was President, but declare that a $15.6 trillion National Debt headed towards $20 trillion by 2015 isn’t a danger now that Barack Obama is President. The intellectual and moral credentials required to write for a major newspaper have fallen markedly since the days of Mencken.

The combination of educationally uninformed, ignorant by choice, and intellectually dishonest will be fatal for the country. Total US credit market debt as a percentage of GDP is just below an all-time high, exceeding 350% of GDP. It is 25% higher than it was at the depths of the Great Depression. Consumer debt fell in 2010 – 2011 because banks wrote off about a trillion dollars of bad debt, while government debt has skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. Now consumers are back racking up more debt, with government encouragement and subsidies responsible for the surge in student loan and auto debt. With GDP stalling out, government debt accumulating at $1.4 trillion per year and consumers back to their delusional selves again, this ratio will pass 400% by 2014.

The financial crisis was caused by excessive utilization of debt. In order to correct these imbalances, the country needed to undergo a deleveraging and reversion back to a country of savers. Savings equals investment. Instead, our “leaders” have reduced interest rates to 0% and have gone on an unprecedented government borrowing and spending spree. Savers and senior citizens are punished, while gamblers and speculators are rewarded. Anyone who thinks about this strategy for a few minutes will realize it is asinine and hopeless. It enriches the few and impoverishes the many.

Based upon a realistic assessment of our current spending trajectory, The National Debt of the U.S. will exceed $25 trillion by 2019. That is more than double the figure when Bush left office. George Bush almost doubled the National Debt from $5.6 trillion to $11 trillion during his reign of error. It seems one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on is that spending money they don’t have will have no negative consequences (“deficits don’t matter” – Cheney). When you have a Federal Reserve willing to print to infinity there is no limit to how much you can spend. Only a fool would believe there won’t be consequences. That fool writes and opinion column for the NYT and has a Nobel Prize on his bookshelf.

We add $3.8 billion of debt to this figure each and every day. We add $158 million to this figure each and every hour. The interest on the National Debt reached an all-time high of $454 billion in 2011 with an effective interest rate of about 3%. Much of this interest is paid to foreign governments like China, Japan and OPEC nations. This is $1.2 billion per day of interest paid mostly to foreigners. With just the slightest bit of critical thinking one could easily perceive that with a National Debt of $25 trillion and a likely increase in interest rates to at least 6%, our annual interest costs would increase to $1.5 trillion per year. The United States needed to implement a long-term plan ten years ago to address the impossible to fulfill promises made by its corrupt, mentally bankrupt politicians. Americans’ inability to deal with reality and fondness for not thinking beyond tomorrow has shown them to be an inferior species, as Mencken noted:

“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.”

The entire revenue of the US government totaled $2.3 trillion in 2011, with $800 billion of those funds earmarked for Social Security outlays in the future. Does this appear sustainable? President Obama submits budgets of never ending trillion dollar deficits and then gives stump speeches declaring that we must get our deficits under control. He appears on the MSM declaring his dedication to fiscal responsibility and what passes for a journalist these days nods their head like a lapdog and lobs the next softball to the President. You have to be delusional to believe this claptrap. Luckily for the politicians, most Americans are delusional and apathetic. They just got another text message from their BFF. They are consumed by who will get booted this week from American Idol or Dancing With the Stars. The NFL draft is tonight and did your hear that Kim Kardashian is doing Kanye West?

H.L. Mencken understood the false promises of democracy 80 years ago:

“Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses. It is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

We deserve to get it good and hard, and we will.

 

 

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Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:49 | 2376615 Squishi
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A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
H. L. Mencken 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:58 | 2376654 Bindar Dundat
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One of those men is Glenn Beck   www.GBTV.com

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:04 | 2376677 SheepDog-One
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Glenn Beck is just an asshole, Mormon/Jewish (depending on the required butt kissing of the day) frontman troll for the elite.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:47 | 2376831 JW n FL
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SheepDog-One, you relize the new comers will see you as a crazed, negative, nazi who jerks off to the Movie Red Dawn twice a day..

You had better temper the truth.. or the Sheep will brand you! LOL!!

But MY! how you have Grown!

I Love You!

for the record..

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:52 | 2376843 Temporalist
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Patrick Swayze is in Red Dawn...how could anyone be crazy enough to stop at twice a day?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLA3cdUt5to

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:11 | 2376916 JW n FL
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Temporalist and I Love You too!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:45 | 2377779 The Alarmist
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Charlie Sheen too! Ooh, a classic for the ages.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:42 | 2377751 ConfederateH
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Jim Quinn definitely has an agenda.  Just what I am not quite sure, he keeps his cards close to his chest.  His nastiness towards any kind of criticism is a sure indication that he doesn't believe his own bullshit.  I suspect that he still reveres FDR which would mean he could be as big a liar as Roosevelt himself.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:05 | 2376680 tarsubil
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Glenn's continued book sales prove that a sucker is born every minute in America.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:33 | 2376797 Vagabond
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When the local borders went out of business it couldnt' sell his books at 90% off.  Michelle Bachmann and he had by far the biggest piles of unsold books.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:17 | 2377184 NotApplicable
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Serves them right. Any business stupid enough to peddle that trash deserves what it gets.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:14 | 2377177 Urban Roman
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A sucker is born every minute.

-- P T Barnum

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:28 | 2377229 Winston Smith 2009
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Actually, according to 2009 stats (what I could easily find), there are 7.86 births per minute in the US and I'd suspect all of those are suckers (on nipples).  Later, that falls to about 57% and consists of those who bother to turn out to vote for "oligarchy front man and liar A" or "oligarchy front man and liar B" in November of every fourth year.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:02 | 2377554 Kobe Beef
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But of course you see Winston, that is the true beauty of American "democracy". The POTUS is a salesman for the oligarchy, and every four years they produce this expensive, serious and sparkly Reality Show to decide who will be America's Top Salesman. The audience, ahem- voters, think they are getting to vote on whatever promises and pageantry their choice has dazzled them with, but they are really voting on who will sell them to the oligarchy for the next four years.

Of course the POTUS cannot represent the will of the people, since he is selected by the looters, ahem- producers, ahem- oligarchy. But he must maintain the facade, if he wishes to remain America's Top Salesman.

Since even TV-viewing morons have eyes and a primitive nervous system, this facade cannot hold together for very long: he is caught in his own lies, and the viewers begin to question the salesman. Eventually, he loses nearly all credibility, as seen in the perpetually plummeting Nielsen ratings, ahem- presidential popularity polls. And just in time, they trot out a new season of...

...America's Top Salesman. The rubes take another spin at the wheel. The producers laugh all the way to the bank.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:11 | 2376704 Dr. Engali
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Is that guy still around? I thought he put himself out to pasture.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:12 | 2376709 alexwest
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Mr beck is #ucking imbicile..

only in USA "recovered" alcoholic can even pretend on national tv that he has any some kind of moral values..

I vividly remember Mr beck , live, declared HE #UCKING RED WHOLE 'CAPITAL' BY MARX.. i never laughted so hard..

and all those escapades about reading that and learning this.. married guy w/ 2 children who is working on TV, making his own show and has TIME TO READ... yeah, right and I arrived from Mars..

its so #ucking amuzing that american sheeple believe literally anything anything shown on TV...

behhhhhhhhhhhhh

alx

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:19 | 2376737 CvlDobd
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So Alex. Are you cursed with eternal damnation if you type the letter F? If you type a F or a # you mean the same fucking thing! Grow a pair! Your stupid pastor won't find out.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:32 | 2376772 The Big Ching-aso
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"And we deserve to get it good and hard, and we will."

Correction.   We already are getting it and it's called, 'SMAR'.

Slow Motion Ass Rape

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:08 | 2376891 JW n FL
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Alex is a closet Homo who wants to snort meth off some STUD Hookers COCK!

 just like the preacher! LOL!!

 

God doesnt Love you any more than he Loves anyone else Alex! and Words? Polite Words and inaction in the face of Geneocide in Palestine? In the Face of Starving Children?? In the Face of EVIL???

Polite Words and turning the other cheek is NOT! what makes anyone Godly!

 Striking Down Evil when and where ever possible! is Godly!

 Wake Up!

 It is Crusade Time!!

 AGAINST THE EVIL ZIONISTS!!

 

 

 

 

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:13 | 2376926 Uncle Remus
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Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:41 | 2377046 JW n FL
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and I Love You Uncle Remus!

there a Lot of Great People here!

we just need to get together and Eat the top 400! and the Corrupt System that supporters the Top 400!!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:03 | 2377136 SheepDog-One
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Im lovin reading this whole thread!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:21 | 2377427 Bicycle Repairman
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Don't eat their brains.  Don't you do it.

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 00:20 | 2379242 KowPie
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Mad Sheeple Disease.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:51 | 2377540 JW n FL
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no one can PLUS arrow you when you post on those first 2 lines like that Uncle Remus!

But we Love You!!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:30 | 2376782 NidStyles
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I read Capital while being deployed to Afghanistan and while pulling missions every day. I think I was just a little busier than Beck during that period.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:05 | 2376896 boogerbently
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A cynic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:31 | 2377001 Bananamerican
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"There are no journalists of his (Mencken's) stature working in the mainstream media today."

Matt Taibbi

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:30 | 2377239 Winston Smith 2009
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Yep!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:51 | 2376625 I am a Man I am...
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HL Mencken is my favorite journalist ever.  Total badass.

OT:  If anyone followed my HTWR stock pick, I sold half my position today.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:54 | 2376629 DavidPierre
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SmokeyQuinn:

In Your Own Words

The combination of your being a TOTAL  9/11MORON, grossly ignorant by your own choice, and intellectually lazy and dishonest makes you a lightweight shill who parrots your corporate masters’ propaganda and unquestioningly report the fabrications spewed by government.  The purpose of those who wield power is to keep the masses dumbed down and paranoid regarding terrorist threats and artificial enemies.

A person that is incapable or uninterested in critically thinking about 9/11Truth is a politician’s best friend.  Your ignorance is not a state of being uninformed about 9/11 or unaware about the implications of those issues.  You have made a choice: to be ignorant.  An informed, interested, questioning person is a danger to the government.  The combination of uninformed, ignorant by choice, and intellectually dishonest will be fatal for the country.  Only a fool would believe there won’t be consequences.  That fool writes daily and has many opinions on his blog.

  “The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, and the    inexplicable.  What he wants above everything else is safety.”  HLM

Critical thinking is the careful, deliberate determination of whether you should accept, reject, or suspend judgment about the fanciful NIST claims and the degree of confidence with which you accept or reject the “OffalCIAl  CONspiracy” Theory.  Critical thinking requires not only logic but a broad intellectual criterion such as clarity, credibility, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, significance and fairness, and most important:  HISTORY and SCIENCE.

Critical thinking requires extensive experience in identifying the extent of your total ignorance in a wide variety of political and physical science subjects.

You will become less biased and more broad-minded, less of a pompous ass, when you become more intellectually empathetic and more intellectually humble.  Over the past few years I have observed little or no critical thinking skills on you part regarding the Truth about  9/11.  You deserve to get it good and hard, and you will.

“The men that American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest the most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”  HLM

9/11 is the Litmus Test for any 21st century writer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVY-iQDO8pg

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:55 | 2376647 Jim Quinn
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Zero Hedge Troll of the Year

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:08 | 2376694 illyia
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Just bringing up the subject of Mencken is inspiring - perhaps some of those who use their verbal talents to berate others on these pages could  put those talents to better use.

Eh? Just sayin'...

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:38 | 2376957 JW n FL
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illyia ,

You sound like a BITCH! (not in the mean sense.. but in the You are a Pussy since.. unless you are a woman, in which case you would sound normal)

This is Fight Club!

Not My Pussy Hurts Polite Conversation while I wait for the Waiter to bring me some Pamprin Club.

The Harsh Conditions here.. Mimic the outside (REAL!) World!

People will Punch Holes in your version of the Truth and you had better be ready to defend your ideas if you are to be successful in sharing the Truth.

Sharing the Truth and thusly Waking People is the MOST! Noble thing any of us can do.. especially now days!

So, being prepared to fight.. with words! to defend the Truth in the Face of 24 hour news channels spewing corporate swill all over the minds you seek to free!

Once People are awake.. they cannot go back to ignoring the truth! or if they can they are fucked any way.. but people like a cucumber cannot be un-pickled.

 

Fight Club is really more.. Sparing Intellectually Club, for the purposes of educating the Sheep, Club.

 

Take for instance 9 – 11.. instead of discussing Tower one or Tower Two that the Planes did hit.. discuss Building / Tower 7 that NO PLANE HIT!! And that fell 8 or 9 hours later. Be sure to mention your credentials if you have any.. and if not source your information to the 2,000 PLUS! Building Professionals who have called BULSHIT! On it ALL!

 

We should be learning from each other’s mistakes.. Too make better, stronger presentations to the SHEEP! So that they can grown into a person that Protects Sheep from the Wolves! Being Your Brother’s Keeper is Serious Business! Caring enough to want to Help the World in spite of the pain it causes You is Noble!

Ignoring the Past and Looking Only to the Future?

Ignoring the Numerical Facts and Only Following Your Gut??

These ignorant behaviors.. Like Turing the other cheek, so you can get smacked again..

Being a good slave by not murdering your master who Rapes you over a over and over again.. is not God Inspired! That Bull Shit is a Control.. the Hopium of the People!

 

The 400 who stole 93% of all Profits!!

 

And 299,999,600 PLUS of us get to SPLIT!! 7 FUCKING %!

 

The few must sacrifice for the good of the many!

 

The 400 must now pay back all of their back taxes to the 299 PLUS! Million of us American!

 

Fuck Splitting 7% is OLD!

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:31 | 2377240 TonyCoitus
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Dude, how many cips of coffee have you had today?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:49 | 2377528 JW n FL
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Dude? when will you share some Facts! thusly be of some use.. rather than just BITCH? and WHINE?

You offer NOTHING!

You Contribute NOTHING!

You BITCH Constantly!

are you a trophy wife?

 

You can sign in with your 4 names and jerk yourself off..

But you still are NOTHING! and not becuase I say so!

Your Actions make you who you are!

 

here, watch this and share the Facts with a Friend and get the fuck off my dick

Keiser Report: Tainted Sinkholes Of Fraud (E280)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wYk80fAt7t8

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 00:23 | 2379247 KowPie
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"My Pussy Hurts Polite Conversation while I wait for the Waiter to bring me some Pamprin Club."

 

Time to clean the keyboard again. It's tough to keep from spitting iced tea everywhere while laughing out loud.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:19 | 2376712 DavidPierre
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How goes it?...

Mr. Hypocrite of the Year.

Do you ever honor the 1st amendment over on you’re sick little blog, where, just like Kunt Douchenger, you delete anyone one who disagrees with your aiding and abetting the TPTB?

Censorship is the easy way out… MORON.

…………………………………………………………………………..

yardfarmer says:

and of course, the mouthpiece of Wharton considers himself, and his pet nostrums OWS and the 911 hoax exempt from Mencken’s scathing diatribes. thanks for the usual condescending hypocrisy and misdirection.

*deleted off www.TheBeastilityPlatform.com

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:49 | 2376836 malek
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Nobody stops you from starting your own blog, dimwit.

(Oh, and you're absolutely sure you would never ever delete something from the comments on your own blog?)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:34 | 2376981 DavidPierre
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Deleting a few comments once in a while is one thing...

But deleting entire 9/11 threads, which Mr.DimWit/SmokeyQuinn started, and then LIEING about it, is something else.

Do you also believe that posting phony comments under various aliases is okay in your own blog is okay?

..............................................................

Some basic research.

"WHO'S LYING?"

Go back and read SmokeyQuinn's sordid history.

Some classic shit SmokeyQuinn ran on his blog.

See:
#577149

#495628

...................................................................................

#577815
Jason Rines, @ www.RagingDebate.com Smokey Quinn's former webmaster...

"Smokey and Jim are the same people, YES.

I mapped both the I.P.'s back to his office at Wharton."

....................................................................................

(Oh, why would I start my own blog when ZH is such fun and games?)

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:12 | 2377171 Jim Quinn
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Learn how to spell LYING you dumbass motherfucker.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:17 | 2377411 DavidPierre
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It takes a Liar to notice such overwhelmingly important tidbits.

{I have for sure learned something really important from you today.}

Keep your cool FatAss!

This is Fight Club, not your pathetic-sheepshit blog.

No place for a whinny bitch to fret about spelling or grammar.

When does ZH get your 9/11 Magnum Opus instead of all your rehashed articles?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:22 | 2377433 Jim Quinn
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Why don't you log on as some of your other aliases and agree with yourself? CRAAAZZZY!!!!!

Mad cow disease really messed you up.

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:41 | 2377504 DavidPierre
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Not everyone attempts the same 'LYING' (today's word) Bull Shit that you do.

You would have probably got away with it if your previous webmaster had not finally pulled the plug on you.

Why don't you tell all the folks here on ZH exactly why Jason (Raging Debate) shit canned your first blog?

 

 

{crickets...}

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:46 | 2377522 Bay of Pigs
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Jim says,

"Ignorance is the state of being uninformed about issues and unaware about the implications of those issues. It is not about intelligence. A huge swath of America is ignorant due to lack of education and a low class upbringing. But, I know many college educated people who haven’t read a book in 20 years or could care less about economic issues. They made a choice to be ignorant. They prefer being distracted by their latest technological toy to dealing with reality."

And you deny 9/11 wasnt an inside job and ensuing cover up? Look in the mirror fool.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:49 | 2377533 Jim Quinn
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How's Jason's blog doing without me?

Jason's monthly visitor count 20,000

The Burning Platform monthly visitor count 400,000

Are you two still close? Tell everyone the truth now. You're banned from Raging Debate too.

You're pathetic in your foaming at the mouth hatred for me.

Back to the barn traitor.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:11 | 2377619 DavidPierre
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I don't hate you SmokeyQuinn, but I do pity you.

You've become a 'Useful Idiot' and I do appreciate the way you gamely get in the ZH fight ring every so often and let me use you as a punching bag.

As for your or Jason's visitor counts... Who the fuck cares besides you?

It is Quality not Quantity that really matters.

Banning any one from a blog is proof of your stupidity squared... just ask Tyler D.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:29 | 2377456 A Nanny Moose
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Private property. If you talk shit in my house, I reserve the right to kick your ass out of it.

Moderators reserve the right to nuke astroturfed, trolled and otherwise hijacked forum threads.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:27 | 2376972 Jim Quinn
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Good to see you could pull yourself away from the sheep to comment yardfarmer

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:46 | 2377062 DavidPierre
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You talkin to me Punk...?

Well are you?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuC_4mGTs98&feature=player_embedded

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:34 | 2377224 JW n FL
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Jim Quinn 

You dont like Dancing Jews of 9 - 11?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Huf2Kz7bV2k&feature=related

You dont like the The TRUTH? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=972ETepp4GI

Why would you delete and entire thread? did someone make you eat shit at your own website and your ego got the better of you?

 

AWWWWWWWWWW! Poor Jim's Ittsy Bittsy Ittle Wittle Pussy Hurts! AWWWWWWWWWW!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:02 | 2377367 Jim Quinn
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You can't teach crazy.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:22 | 2377431 DavidPierre
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... But... but... but you sure as hell try hard everyday to teach all those hockey helmeted kids off the short bus that comment over @ your sheep paddock blog.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:30 | 2377462 Jim Quinn
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Drop by yardfarmer if you can pull yourself off your sheep. How pathetic that you still troll my website even though you've been banned for life.

Is Zero Hedge the only website left on the planet that has not banned you?

Mental illness is a terrible burden to bare. You can barely tell that you have an IQ of 50.

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:53 | 2377552 DavidPierre
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'yardfarmer' ain't home...MORON!  Stop banging on that door... no one in there!

It is just your bff... DP.

"... you've been banned for life." 

Are you really that stupid?

Ever heard of www.hide-my-ip.com ?

"Mental illness is a terrible burden to bare."

You speak from experience.

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:06 | 2377587 Jim Quinn
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Are you really stupid enough to believe I can't tell one of your moronic comments like your yardfarmer drivel?

Try coming on TBP and I'll kick you in the balls so hard they'll come out your foaming mouth.

Have a nice day you yellow bellied American hating traitor.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:30 | 2377646 DavidPierre
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Damnation Smokey!

Just stay down!

You're so fucking punch drunk you have no sense left.

Go back to your corner and wipe the blood and snoot off your face.

Fight Club - You're Going Down http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLNkIM7pcYE&feature=related
Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:02 | 2377837 Jim Quinn
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Still jacking off every time you watch Brad Pitt?

Come out of the closet/barn yardfarmer.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:49 | 2377080 W10321303
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New scientific analysis shows that the obvious explanation of controlled demolition by 'highly enginered' plastic explosives is actually wrong. Each one of the three buildings had dormant volcanoes beneath them and they all came to life on the same day! Just look at the ash clouds....This new information has been supplied by ......Cheney's lawyers

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:30 | 2377465 A Nanny Moose
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Pyroclastic flow....

...Bytchez!!!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:54 | 2376635 fonzannoon
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All I want for Christmas is Gartman on fast money today. I am guessing he will say we all confused him and that he was long vietnam dong in gold.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:54 | 2376636 cossack55
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Certainly in the same league as Twain and Rogers, just a little more brutal.  My kinda guy. 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:20 | 2376746 Dr. Kenneth Noi...
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Twain & Rogers

Mencken & Bierce

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:46 | 2377784 dark_matter
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Stewart & Colbert

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:56 | 2376648 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end."

But they did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KODZtjOIPg

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:39 | 2377281 Winston Smith 2009
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From the YouTube comments for that video, something interesting (for a change).  Always thought that that song sounded very Russian!  I was right:

"This song was written by two russian authors in the 1920`s (Boris Fomin and? Konstantin Podrevsky). At the 1924 the great russian singer Alexander Vertinsky performed the new version named "By the long road". After that time the song was prohibited in Soviet Union untill the late 50`s. The song came to the Western world in the 50`s (adopted and translated to English by Gene Ruskin). Sir Paul McCartney heard this song once and ask Mary Hopkin to sing it (approx in 1968-1969)."

If ever a nation's people absolutely deserved the right to be cynics and pessimists, it's the Russians.  Russian cold war joke (approximately) - In the event of a nuclear attack you are instructed to cover yourself with a blanket and walk slowly to the graveyard.  Why slowly, comrade?  So as not to create a panic.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:57 | 2376652 Racer
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Thank goodness we have Zero Hedge!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:01 | 2376665 Azannoth
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I thank the Goddess too :)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:03 | 2376672 Cognitive Dissonance
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Nice!

Very nice. :)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:58 | 2376653 Scroto Gaggins
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Lets replace Democracy with Demonocracy.  Sad...so many of our elected officials don't even know the difference between Demonocracy and REPUBLIC!!!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:49 | 2376835 Centurion9.41
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Scroto, they do know the difference.  Hence their lies and dance.

What is sad is that so many American people are ignorant of the difference. The public school system needs to go back to including the Federalist Papers, especially the part about Democracy vs Republic, to the required reading list.

Btw, love your "Demonocracy".

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 10:59 | 2376658 Crash N. Burn
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People really need to stop showing charts of the national debt priced in fiat as it gives the the missleading impression (ie. spending mushrooming). If, however, we were to price the debt in real money (gold), spending has been stagnant since 1985.

The Great Western Revenue Crisis, Part I

 

The only real increase was --- the bank bailouts (not even 9/11).

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:42 | 2376822 Centurion9.41
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Crash, such subtleties escape the synaptic fireworks of 0H's 99%er Padawans. 

You might want to also include the fact that those who make a living off of eye-popping charts have a tendency to ignore the proper use of % and log scales.

However, you're sojourn into >> the Western “debt crisis” is a revenue crisis (not a “spending crisis”) << results in those with even the most basic level of synaptic development to lose faith in your valid assertions.   There would be no revenue crisis IF there was no debt issues.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:03 | 2376886 Crash N. Burn
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While I don't disagree:

"However, once you reach the economic stratosphere of the Privileged Few then it is all “gravy”. Here we have no better example than the U.S., since the U.S. has simply been much more obvious about its efforts to grant its own aristocracy a free-ride. Indeed, were it not for the massive “Bush tax cuts”, the revenue crisis afflicting the U.S. (as seen in the chart above) would not be nearly as stark/cataclysmic: Bush proclaimed his hand-outs for the ultra-wealthy and instantly U.S. tax revenues fell off a cliff (in real dollars)."

 

The Great Western Revenue Crisis, Part II
Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:02 | 2376663 SheepDog-One
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The free comfy cushy blissful ride for 50%+ americans is soon over, no doubt.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:04 | 2376679 DosZap
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The free comfy cushy blissful ride for 50%+ americans is soon over, no doubt

 

You locked and loaded, cause the SWHTF.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:02 | 2376668 Chippewa Partners
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Nobody tweets better than Tyler. He must be a  relative of Mr. Mencken.

Check out ZEROHEDGE on Twitter.  It doesn't get any better.

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:04 | 2376676 Fish Gone Bad
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Just when I think things can't get any more fucked up, I am surprised.  Apparently that must be the nature of things to just get more fucked up.

Fish Gone Bad

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:42 | 2377290 MonsterBox
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That "nature of things" is called entropy.  left alone, everything decays, including a distracted society.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:07 | 2376682 Cursive
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The masses are asses.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:12 | 2376690 Dr. Engali
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I get so sick of the people who defend their particular red or blue color that it makes me want to puke. Both sid are all committing the same crimes but when it is "their guy" doing it the masses don't mind. When this thing falls apart all these idiots are going to e shocked and think "what the fuck just happened"? It won't be long before the sheep get slaughtered.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:09 | 2376910 Temporalist
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Yes I like the people that attacked Bush for financial chicanery and the "Great Recession" when it was Clinton and his cadre, the same people that Bush carried over, with Rubin and Summers, who then Obama carried over and all their "high minded" "ideas" about the economy and monetary policy.

And Clinton never lied under oath...and still doesn't know what the word "is" is.  Bush didn't lie to go to war with a country that never attacked the US.  Obama didn't bomb countries unconstitutionally and without approval of congress and isn't expanding unconstitutional spying on private citizens and isn't halting the legalization of medical marijuana that he "promised" he'd focus on and he isn't letting banksters walk without prosecution...

Americans actually think they "vote" for who is in office...what a joke.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:43 | 2377763 dark_matter
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They won't say "WTF just happened?" They will blame the 'other side' and maybe go kill a few of 'them'. When the sheep are slaughtered they will conveniently slaughter each other. The masters will find their actions regrettable but understandable.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:08 | 2376692 Northeaster
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OT:

http://www.sigtarp.gov/frate2abAt2a/tre9uPrUvAst.pdf

Surprised ZH hasn't picked this apart since yesterday. Nothing new, just reemphasizing what a complete fraud the bailouts were and are, and how taxpayers get the shaft again.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:08 | 2376693 trippy64
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"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and start slitting some throats" H. L .Mencken

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:35 | 2376800 SoNH80
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Hunter S. Thompson quoted that line in a letter to a friend, circa 1960.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:12 | 2376708 illyia
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It will be interesting to read the comments on this post later...

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:14 | 2376718 juangrande
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So, the more things change.... The common denominator of history is we are still stuck in the 10 to 15% of our fear based grey matter! That is the only thing that needs to change, the only thing that matters! Free your mind and the rest will follow.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:16 | 2376721 Dr. Engali
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Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

 

                                           H. L .Mencken

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:16 | 2376728 fringus
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Actually, we do have a modern day Mencken with us. Jim Goad has his own page at jimgoad.net and a weekly column at takimag.com. Goad basically writes with a blowtorch. He skewers those pompous asshats that we hate so cordially but does it with better wordage. Have a look-see for yourself.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:13 | 2377174 EvlTheCat
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I liked his article on Ted Nugent.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:57 | 2377567 Jena
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Thanks for that link.  I haven't read much there but "Great Bad Movies Since 1975" caught my eye.  Fun stuff.

Sun, 04/29/2012 - 09:19 | 2383477 TheFourthStooge-ing
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See also http://www.fredoneverything.net/

"Scurrilous Commentary by Fred Reed"

It has my highest recommendation.

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:16 | 2376729 Imminent Collapse
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Great article.  Keep 'em coming.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:21 | 2376744 Rich V
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"The upcoming presidential campaign will be a nightmare of endless negative advertisements created by Madison Avenue maggots and paid for by rich powerful men attempting to herd the mindless sheeple towards their ultimate slaughter. Whichever corporate controlled party can more successfully scare the masses into pulling their lever in the voting booth on November 6th will get the opportunity push the country closer to its ultimate collapse."

Although our choices come November will be bad and worse we do have a choice.

Who here if told that they will lose a pound of flesh as punishment but would be given the choice of where that pound come off would throw up there hands in defeat and not chose?

We will lose some flesh regardles of who is in the White House next year but I do expext where it come off will be different depending on which of the two gets in.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:54 | 2376846 karzai_luver
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all past experience of the last (at least) 80 years proves you are not only wrong but stupid to "think" such crap.

 

Once you are down to your LAST pound , whatis the big deal?

 

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:55 | 2376856 Rich V
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Ok but you do know where I will take my pound of flesh from.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:36 | 2377266 karzai_luver
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You wouldn't be the first to fail in that endeavor.

Bring it:)

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:33 | 2377703 dark_matter
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The choice is more like "Do you want to donate your left kidney or right kidney?" It's nice to have options.

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:22 | 2376748 Mister Ponzi
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My favorite: "[...] government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods." (H.L.Mencken)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:43 | 2376765 midgetrannyporn
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The Jews could be put down very plausibly as the most unpleasant race ever heard of.

 

H.L. Mencken

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:58 | 2376867 israhole
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Henry Ford wrote something similar as well.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:46 | 2377066 kennard
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Far from being an anti-Semite, Mencken was one of the first journalists to denounce the persecution of the Jews in Germany at a time when the New York Times, say, was notoriously reticent. On November 27, 1938, Mencken writes (Baltimore Sun), "It is to be hoped that the poor Jews now being robbed and mauled in Germany will not take too seriously the plans of various politicians to rescue them." He then reviews the various schemes to "rescue" the Jews from the Nazis, who had not yet announced their own final solution.

Gore Vidal

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:52 | 2377320 Sandmann
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Clearly there is only one official viewpoint permitted........Criticism Not Permitted.....Jews Beyonf Reproach (JBR) -  maybe WASPS should get the same official protection ?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:32 | 2376768 SoNH80
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Republican (small r) government is about the protection of the rights of the individual against the mob.  Democratic (small d) government doesn't care about the rights of the individual-- only about what the mob decides.  Democratic government likes to use the coercive power of the government to regulate private behavior that is of no real consequence to the community at large, just to enforce the prejudices and fancies of the mob.  Mob rule-- the booboisie have us by the balls.  Mencken especially hated Prohibition, the ultimate legal expression of the prejudices of the shouters, the squawkers, the Ku Klux, the Chamber of Commerce buffoons, and the busybody dingbats of his age.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:56 | 2376859 karzai_luver
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commie, just fork over your pound and be done with it....................

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:03 | 2376889 SoNH80
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Oh, I'm forkin' all right, and my pound has been forked many a time.  Not a commie, though-- just a goat forked away from the sheep.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:31 | 2376789 green888
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Never forget Ambrose Bierce, he of the Devils Dictionary. "Peace- a period of cheating between two periods of fighting"

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:28 | 2377687 dark_matter
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"Non-combatant - A dead Quaker"

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:51 | 2376834 Uncle Remus
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I see those pictures of Obama & Romney and can't help but think of the caption "Am I not merciful?"

 

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. - H. L. Mencken

 

[EDIT: didn't see someone posted this quote already]

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:57 | 2376862 karzai_luver
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dead on point there.

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:26 | 2377222 Uncle Remus
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Maybe WB7 can throw some of his mad skillz at a visual adaptation....

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:55 | 2376852 insanelysane
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People then and now are just as intelligent, however, people then quit school by the 8th grade whereas people now, with the same "intelligence" have at least high school diplomas and most have a few years of college education.  Being stupid is no way to go through life.  Are we watching Idol or NFL draft tonight?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:55 | 2376855 Tortuga
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My favorite quotes by this MAN.

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken
 
The only cure for contempt is counter-contempt. The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
H. L. Mencken

I bet he would be a stacker!

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:52 | 2377319 MonsterBox
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I bet we'd see him next to us in the FEMA camp soup line...

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 11:58 | 2376871 karzai_luver
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The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:02 | 2376880 Centurion9.41
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Every, and I mean every, thought and philosophy he wrote of is merely regurgitation of philosophy that preceeded him.  Anyone with a strong education in the high points of philosophical history can see Mencken was really nothing more than the Bill O'Reilly of his day.

He is not nearly as intelligent or aw wise as his supporters claim.  And many of his ruminations are filled with the same abject and hate filled ignorance displayed by Christopher Hitchens.

Evil is always hides from well intentioned men behind truths erected around false idols.

Language of course was Mencken's great love...

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:11 | 2376914 ebworthen
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"All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it."

 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/h_l_mencken.html#xdI2F3iv4ge2CLIm.99

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:40 | 2377041 theprofromdover
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Mencken, of course, joked of Shakespeare that he .... err ......just collected old, polished quotes and published them in his plays. (they didn't have <<sarc-off>> in those days)

Remember the times of fraud and injustice that Mencken lived in, cos we are about to do the same (without the war-dead). If we had such a fearless mouthpiece working in the mainstream nowadays, you would rally to him.

(now if Max Keiser would just slow down a little and put pen to paper and script some elegant rhetoric in a daily column)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:45 | 2377292 Uncle Remus
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You give O'Reilly too much credit. I can't disagree on Hitchens, except I think it was more bigotry than ignorance in his (Hitchens) case. O'Reilly is probably just inbred. I do disagree on the philosophical history education aspect; only because a formal institutional education process is implied as opposed to a well-read autodidact.

Man has not changed much over the millennium. We keep repeating the same mistakes, over and over and with progressively better technology, so it is not unreasonable for philosophies to do the same.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:21 | 2377430 Questan1913
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cENTURION9.41?

'Every, and I mean every, thought and philosophy he wrote of is merely regurgitation of philosophy that preceeded him. Anyone with a strong education in the high points of philosophical history can see Mencken was really nothing more than the Bill O'Reilly of his day.

He is not nearly as intelligent or aw wise as his supporters claim. And many of his ruminations are filled with the same abject and hate filled ignorance displayed by Christopher Hitchens.

Evil is always hides from well intentioned men behind truths erected around false idols."

 

 

From your lofty perch even God must seem small.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:06 | 2376900 Stuck on Zero
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Jim Quinn is just another American basher.  American's are idiots.  Americans are fools.  All this because they don't all agree with his point of view.  Fuck you Jim Quinn.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:19 | 2376946 ebworthen
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Did you have something of substance to say?

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:11 | 2376915 Centurion9.41
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"many were surprised that Mencken, who once called marriage "the end of hope" and who was well known for mocking relations between the sexes, had gone to the altar. "The Holy Spirit informed and inspired me", Mencken said. "Like all other infidels, I am superstitious and always follow hunches: this one seemed to be a superb one."  Even more startling, he was marrying an Alabama native despite his having written scathing essays about the American South."

Typical of Atheists & Agnostics.  They're all "rational", worship intellect, and rage against the beliefs of "religious" people, .... right up until it comes to their personal desires.

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:18 | 2376940 ebworthen
Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:13 | 2377402 Questan1913
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Yes,  but there are times when I prefer "hell ls other people".

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:32 | 2377002 theprofromdover
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They tried to smear him by saying he was a racist (he wasn't)

HL Mencken choice quotes-

"The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's good-bye to the Bill of Rights."

"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule--and both commonly succeed, and are right... The United States has never developed ... an intelligentsia really intelligent. Its history is simply a record of vacillations between two gangs"

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:50 | 2377314 sdmjake
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I appreciate that Mencken, like me, was Ombibulous.

Words to the wise from his interview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djkK8vUd4UQ

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:32 | 2377012 Sandmann
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H L Mencken is a valuable curmudgeon and it would be good to read more critiques from the 1930s. 

W. C. Fields is also worth alluding to -  In Poppy (1936), he tells his daughter, "If we should ever separate, my little plum, I want to give you just one bit of fatherly advice: Never give a sucker an even break!" In You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939), he tells a customer that his grandfather's last words, "just before they sprung the trap" were, "You can't cheat an honest man; never give a sucker an even break, or smarten up a chump."

 

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:42 | 2377049 TNTARG
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Ortega y Gasset wrote some like this: "Wherever five people stay toghether, they'll appoint one to be the leader. People tend to organize themselves into hierarchies".

Well, this one seems like the ultimate hierarchy to me. Paroxism.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:48 | 2377078 GeneMarchbanks
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+1 for Ortega y Gasset who is a treasure for those who still care to read up on social pathology. He is a must along with Le Bon and Freud's little book on social psychology.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:42 | 2377050 TNTARG
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Ortega y Gasset wrote some like this: "Wherever five people stay toghether, they'll appoint one to be the leader. People tend to organize themselves into hierarchies".

Well, this one seems like the ultimate hierarchy to me. Paroxism.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:47 | 2377072 Meatballs
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Love Mencken.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:48 | 2377079 blunderdog
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  One becomes less biased and more broad-minded when one becomes more intellectually empathetic and intellectually humble.

Good point to bear in mind.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 12:53 | 2377090 Widowmaker
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Mencken would be the most critical of the insulation of democracy to a select few (elite) using incorporation.

Inc. has undermined the rule of law, surpressed critical thought, and neutered the media.  Truely a faggot's paradise.

Perhaps government cops like the secret fuckups in service or department of confiscation can label everyone terrorists and bring out the mass graves.   That is literally the only thing missing when oppression becomes the model for economic growth.

Perhaps another round of TARP will help or Fuckup Bernanke can fill some more failure rewarded accounts for fraud's workers.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:33 | 2377245 karzai_luver
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Very few bother to study history and the times of certain men and fewer still can let go of their hideous belief systems to even begin to question the bullshit they have been brought up on.

They just can't stomach a question on the order of things.

 

They are ruled by fear and the unknown and find comfort in casting that fear over all others.

 

 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:22 | 2377664 dark_matter
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Most people (all people?) identify with what they have come to believe is true, that is, it becomes part of their identity. If what they believe is false then they are false and they are often willing to kill when their most sacred beliefs are threatened. This is a warning to all of us.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:01 | 2377125 unclebill
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I wanna be H.L. Mencken

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:02 | 2377128 AurorusBorealus
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I'm glad some others are starting to see democracy for what many in the past (Mencken included) saw it to be: "mob rule."  Rather than read Menken, however, I recommend de Tocqueville "Democracy in America."  De Tocqueville, as a member of the ancien regime, was rather flattering in his depiction of democracy, but as a man between 2 eras, saw the shortcomings of the modern democratic state more clearly than anyone who knows nothing but democracy (which would be everyone in the modern West).

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 13:53 | 2377325 Questan1913
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Thanks Tyler, and Mr. Quinn for this timely reminder that there once was someone in America with a brain.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:39 | 2377491 SmoothCoolSmoke
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Mencken - serious cigar man. Enough said.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:32 | 2377704 Mary Wilbur
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""Humanity marches enveloped in a veil of illusions,' a thinker -- Marc Guyau said. In fact, it seems that without this veil men aren't capable of marching. Barely has reality torn a blindfold from them than they hasten to put on another, as if their too weak-eyes were afraid to see things as they are. Their intelligence requires the prism of falsehood." Victor Serge (1910)

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:41 | 2377749 Clowns on Acid
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The US is a Republic not a democracy. However States rights have been trampled such that the left wing facsists can now taxpayer fund shit like Fannie and Freddie, and other so called "democratic" Federal slushfunds which end up in bubbles.

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:46 | 2377787 prains
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As opposed to the right wing fascists???

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 15:46 | 2377785 W10321303
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We must always remember that when it comes to the crypto-facist police state (Patriot Act, what's the Patriot Act?) there is no person who is better at justifying and 'improving' it than a TRUE BELIEVER Serial Killer Clown from Outer Space GOPer....(thier elected officials, especially)

"As it heads toward a House vote, critics say the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would allow private internet companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft to hand over...

Computer security researcher Jacob Appelbaum argues the measures included in the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would essentially legalize military surveillance.."

http://www.democracynow.org/

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 16:48 | 2378006 dolly madison
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It should more rightly be called representative democracy, not democracy.  I am still a believer in the goodness of democracy, but no longer a believer in the goodness of representative democracy. 

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 17:18 | 2378137 snblitz
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The claim that newspapers in the past were some how different than the media outlets of today is not supported by the available evidence. All one has do is go and read such papers from whatever era they wish at their local library or university. There were papers on each side of each issue promoting the views of their readers and sponsors.

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