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A casual reminder courtesy of Edwards Jones.

P.S. the arrow is ours...

h/t nolsgrad

 

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Fri, 03/16/2012 - 18:19 | 2263633 rcintc
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Then why am I so fearful if we are in this uphoria??

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 18:21 | 2263637 12ToothAssassin
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Genius

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 18:30 | 2263677 The Watchman
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but.. but... this time is different right? infinite growth is possible right? but I thought Ben saved us?????

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 18:35 | 2263688 Sudden Debt
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Sure... Now for the money you own us mister stevensons... You're lucky we seem to be able to come to a understanding because it seems you have a rare bloodtype... And healthy kidneys and lungs...

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 18:46 | 2263735 AldousHuxley
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politicians give shit away to ignorant voters during election time....especially in the south....give them the hope that 'the south will rise again'

 

toothless redneck: "I don't care for government. they don't show me anything"

reporter: "you get food stamps"

toothless redneck: "yeah but I think I deserve food stamps. I have no employment"

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW6F_eeeumU&feature=related

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 18:49 | 2263745 MillionDollarBonus_
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Euphoria is where goldbugs and silverbugs have been for some time, and now they are beginning to realize the game is up. In my opinion, libertarians are far more susceptible to this type of bubble mentality because of their lack of adherence to solid principles. It is my personal theory that libertarians were not disciplined enough as children, which is why they constantly feel the need to rebel against ‘authority’. The government needs to start disciplining trouble makers like ‘sovereign citizens’, preppers and anarchists to teach them a lesson about respecting their elected leaders.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 18:52 | 2263755 CompassionateFascist
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I stand in awe. MDB is the best fake-troll of all time.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 19:06 | 2263786 akak
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Or just an attention-starved raging asshole.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:00 | 2263897 CharlieSDT
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Where have you been lately?

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:12 | 2263929 akak
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Wow, didn't realize I would be missed!  I'm touched!

Had to take a little break from the online thang --- death of a good friend, and other matters.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:18 | 2263946 economics1996
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MDB that was funny.  I can't stop laughing.  MDB needs to get booked at a comedy club; I would pay to see that.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:58 | 2264032 V in PA
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Watch one of Obama speeches. Same jokes, and it's free.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:20 | 2264090 nope-1004
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I know what you meant by "free", but I just had to say that Obammy's policies and dreams have cost Americans bigtime, more than most comprehend.  The comedy might be free, or the comedy might be costing you in doctored inflation...... matter of perspective, I guess.

 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 01:14 | 2264426 Oh regional Indian
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That is the straight Dope, Nope.  And something tells me that we are not at Euphoria at all.

Not even close. That is in the Dust of Mid-2007.

We are squarely in the FEAR stage. 

The only EU-phoric thing is the Stock Index NUMBer.

ori

/awe-in-spiring-surya-sun-sol/

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 02:46 | 2264478 TruthInSunshine
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This time really is different and stocks have reached what appears to be a permanently high plateau.

Bernanke's 'put' is for real. He and his fellow central bankers really can and will suspend the ability of the actual market to reassert itself, in the historic and incredibly volatile ways it has after each and every bubble blowing intervention by central bankers throughout history, indefinitely.

There is no more risk; there will only be winners, and market makers won't even be needed before too long; there are only blue skies as far as the eye can see.

Yes. The Bernank 'put' is real and permanent. You don't need worry about old notions of capital preservation. It's risk-on and unlimited reward from here on, no matter the asset class, current valuations, fundamentals of the economy, or global economic-political events of the future.

The game has ended. Central bankers have beaten Mr. Market. This is a watershed moment in the history of economics, finance, geopolitics, and mankind.

 

/s

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 03:08 | 2264491 economics1996
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Are you French?

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 03:30 | 2264498 TruthInSunshine
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I'm American by birth, but I converted to an Austrian.

FWIW, here's a pretty notable Turkish economist (who teaches in the U.S.) who doesn't even entertain that the U.S. economy is doing anything other than deteriorating at a rapid clip (Deep Capture):

 

By his own admission, Daron Acemoglu is a slightly pudgy and fairly nerdy guy with an unpronounceable last name. But when I mentioned that I was interviewing him to two econ buffs, they each gasped and said, “I love Daron Acemoglu,” as if I were talking about Keith Richards. The Turkish M.I.T. professor — who, right now, is about as hot as economists get — acquired his renown for serious advances in answering the single most important question in his profession, the same one that compelled Adam Smith to write “The Wealth of Nations”: why are some countries rich while others are poor?

 

Acemoglu, told me that financial firms have so thoroughly co-opted the political proc­ess that the American economy has become fundamentally unsound. “It’s bad and getting worse,” he told me. Barring some major shift in our political system, he suggested, the United States could be on its way to serious economic failure.

 

It’s the Economy: Why Some Countries Go Bust
Sat, 03/17/2012 - 07:18 | 2264618 Disenchanted
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On the political front, we are here...from March 14

 

Ron Paul’s CPAC and Virginia Cop-outs

The Last Straw

http://www.dcdave.com/article5/120314.htm

 

excerpt:

 

The Virginia Primary


If Ron Paul was ever going to begin to convince the American people that he was a serious candidate for the Republican nomination for President, Virginia was his great opportunity.  The opportunity arose fortuitously because of the failure of candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to muster enough petition signatures to get on the Virginia ballot and the fact that by the time of the primary on Super Tuesday (March 6), they and Paul and Mitt Romney were the only candidates remaining in the national race.  So it came down in Virginia, a conservative state, to a contest between Mitt Romney, the former governor of what is generally recognized as the most liberal state in the nation, and Ron Paul the widely acknowledged most conservative Congressman in Washington.


On top of that, there was no Democratic primary being held at the same time and registered Democrats and independents were free to participate in the primary.  In short, a registered Virginia voter of any stripe entering a polling place on March 6 was faced with a choice of either Romney or Paul.  Since there was no insurgent Democratic candidate for whom any antiwar Democrat might vote, and Romney is even more hawkish than Obama, Paul offered the only opportunity for such voters to register a protest.


To use an expression that has been greatly overused since Sebastian Junger chose it for the title of his book, Virginia represented a “perfect storm” for Paul.  And what did he do?  He did as close to nothing as he could possibly do and still call himself a candidate.  In fact, what little campaign he mounted seemed to be directed entirely toward testing the loyalty of his band of long-suffering followers.  Those followers—and those followers alone—were given what can only be described as a meager, pitiful show of a campaign while the general public, all those people out there thirsting for someone they can believe in and waiting to be wooed, weren’t even given that.


As a former Paul supporter and therefore regular Paul email recipient and a resident of Virginia’s Fairfax County, this writer had a ringside seat for the whole sorry spectacle.  If there was a campaign sign anywhere I never saw it, and if either candidate ran a single commercial on the airwaves I never heard it.  Paul did make one campaign appearance a week before the vote.  For all I know it was a secret to the general public because I saw no announcements and heard nothing about it in the press.  As a supposed supporter, I did get a number of emails telling me all about the big event and I even got a telephone call from the Paul campaign the day before.


Perhaps it’s just as well that there was no wider announcement of the Ron Paul rally.  It’s hard to imagine a worse place and time for  it.  Those of us who live around here know that the one place you want to avoid, especially around rush hour, is the infamous “Mixing Bowl,” the point in Springfield, Virginia, where the Washington Beltway, I-95, and numerous local roads all come together.  So here is the email I received from Ron Paul himself on February 27 with the subject, “See You Tomorrow?”

 

 

Ron Paul's campaign 'management' in 2008 and 2012 left/leaves a lot to be desired...What did the 'money bomb' contributors get for their efforts? Stalking horse from the beginning?

 

I'm beginning to wonder myself...

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 08:50 | 2264663 i-dog
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I said on here about 6 months ago -- upon seeing Ron Paul interviewed by Alex Jones and noting some Freudian slips -- that Ron Paul was not trying at all ... just going through the motions. I believe he is controlled opposition.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 09:38 | 2264696 Disenchanted
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Well there's no doubt in my mind that unverifiable electronic voting(and the unverifiable electronic counting process of electronic votes) plays a role in Paul's disappointing showing as well...but when shooting oneself in the foot so often with poor campaign management decisions starts to develop a pattern it makes you wonder.

I said "stalking horse" previously, but could it maybe be a trojan horse(s) within the Paul campaign instead?

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 11:18 | 2264810 jwoop66
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I

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Mon, 03/19/2012 - 09:08 | 2269186 Disenchanted
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Above I asked about the possibility of a trojan horse within the Paul campaign, this is the prime example that I had in mind. Bruce Fein.

 

The Greatest Plot Against the Ron Paul Camp To Date  (from August 2011)

 

 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 10:28 | 2264756 JPM Hater001
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Call Trygve.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 10:27 | 2264755 Antipodeus
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Not as much as Bush's bullshit cost you'all ... yet.


Sat, 03/17/2012 - 23:14 | 2266441 Chuck Walla
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Frigging Flat Earthers! You disgust me.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:32 | 2263981 spinone
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akak - my deepest sympaties for your loss.  I have come to the determination that the meaning of life is the interaction that we have with the world around us, and the time we spend with friends is the best time of all.  The loss of a good friend takes away a piece of your life too.  It hurts.  I know.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:47 | 2264009 franzpick
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Where is the knowledge in all this financial information?

Where is the wisdom in all this financial knowledge?

In today's and recent equity and volume graphs, I see the message:  "Never Sell A Quiet Market After A Rise".

Ask how that worked for me in 1-2-3 weeks...

 

 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 07:19 | 2264621 lewy14
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Green arrow for the T. S. Eliot reference.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:56 | 2264028 akak
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Thank you Spinone --- I actually regretted mentioning the fact about my friend's death, as I do not like to delve into such personal matters here very often.  But it was a terrible shock, he having died in his sleep from no apparent cause and with no prior warnings whatsoever; his wife is still devastated, and I have been trying to console her as best I can.  It really puts one's daily problems into perspective, though, and makes one reevaluate one's life and one's priorities.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:01 | 2264171 WonderDawg
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Sorry for your loss, akak. Losing a friend is a tough thing to go through, and I can only imagine his wife's grief. Without knowing his situation, this may or may not comfort you, but the guy died in his sleep, and in my mind, there is no better way to exit this world. My condolences.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:11 | 2264189 akak
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Thank you kindly, WonderDawg.  And yes, he did go at least go peacefully. 

It has been hard for all involved, for myself as well as I had just lost another very close local friend in a similar manner just a couple of months ago.  I am now almost paranoid about when the ax is going to fall next, and on whom.  But at least I had gotten to spend two whole days with him and his wife just a week ago, and have very good memories of our last time together.

I appreciate the kind words. 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 02:16 | 2264464 Prometheus418
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Sympathies, akak.

We lost two where I work in the past couple of months as well, equally unexpectedly.

There may be more, these things tend to run in streaks- just hold tight, and in a while, it'll all be just a memory.

As an aside, since this is Zerohedge, after all, I noticed a similar rash of unexpected deaths just prior to both the housing and dot-com collapses.  If this is as bad as it could be, and it could be bad indeed if this is the sovereign collapse, there could be far more funerals than usual in all of our immediate futures.  Take care that you are not one of them- stay out of hospitals, and keep getting up in the morning (yes, it is as simple as that, though most don't realize it.)

We need you in fighting form to keep hoisting the jolly rodger over the hedge.

 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 04:18 | 2264525 akak
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That is a disturbing and sobering observation, Prometheus, and oddly enough you are correct --- there was actually another death in my not-so-large circle of friends and acquaintances about a month and a half ago, so that makes three in three months --- after having gone years with no friends or close relatives passing away. 

Perhaps this again is all just coincidence, but MANY people I know locally have been, very strangely, having ongoing sleeping problems over the last few weeks, myself included, with no prior history of the same.  Is this some kind of "sign", or precognitive disturbance?  The odds of all these people having the exact same problem seems very remote, yet there it is.

I appreciate your condolences, and you have mine as well.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 11:44 | 2264858 Mitzibitzi
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Not that it matters, but...

I too have been having trouble sleeping the past 3 or 4 weeks. Generally speaking, I'm out like a light as soon as head meets pillow. Can't remember the last time I had sleep trouble, must be 3 or 4 years ago, easy. Has been troubling me a little, I must confess.

Sorry about your friend, akak. It's never easy to deal with, is it?

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:05 | 2264359 Hacked Economy
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I often find myself at odds with many of your posted comments, but for now...over something "real" and serious such as this...a truce and a moment of silence for your friend and his loved ones he left behind.  A reminder that Fight Club has its place, and we can slap each other around through our keyboards, but at the end of the day it's all about the relationships we form with the real people around us.  That's what matters.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:14 | 2264372 akak
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Thank you Hacked.

And just in passing, let me say that I can not recall being particularly at odds with you here in the past --- but if you are with me, that is OK.  Monolithic unanimity would be boring.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 15:08 | 2265214 RockyRacoon
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I'll add my condolences to the long list.   I agree that going quietly in sleep is the preferred way.  I just hope to live long enough to dispose of and enjoy my stash.   I'm not leaving anything to anyone that I can't liquidate and "spend" first.   All my family is well-off enough that they don't need my meager holdings. 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 15:22 | 2265265 akak
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Thanks Rocky.

I did not in any way mean to start a pity-fest here, and I am glad that nobody (apparently) has taken it as such.  I very rarely ever come out in this forum with such personal comments, as you probably are aware, but I accept your sentiments and those of others above with a warm heart.

Good to see you around, by the way.

I hope you do get your chance to fully capitalize on your stash in the years ahead --- my friend was living for and looking forward to so much in life, and now has lost it all.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 19:07 | 2263788 CrazyCooter
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Naw, I have seen much better from MDB than this ... although RoboTrader is MIA ... I mean, he could be telling us about his BAC position ...

Oh, wait ... bad visual ...

Scratch that!

Regards,

Cooter

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:24 | 2263962 spanish inquisition
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Occasionally. I feel a little nostalgic for the wisdom of Phil Gramm...

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:36 | 2264397 MsCreant
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Phil was AWESOME!!

And Benjamin Dover...

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 19:08 | 2263789 LowProfile
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(stands, applauds)

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:28 | 2263973 DeadFred
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Every Locke needs a good Demosthenes.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 19:06 | 2263787 AC_Doctor
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MillionDufusBoner, you and your predecessors' archaic Socialism-Liberalism thinking of the past 80+ years have put our system back over $200.  You will soon feel the pain of change.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:47 | 2264406 RobertMugabe
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Is it to much to ask that if your going to rant, at least make it coherent?

"MillionDufusBoner" Are you eight years old? IActually, I know a few eight year olds who are wittier than this. This was pathetic

"You will soon feel the pain of change." ??? This is just sad and off-putting...

I'm giving you a +1 for having posted the single most useless comment i've read tonight. Keep it up dumbass!

 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:48 | 2264407 RobertMugabe
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Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:21 | 2263951 Zero Govt
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@ MillionDollar : "libertarians are far more susceptible to this type of bubble mentality because."

Quicky Survey: where are thr biggest bubbles right now?

a). Govt debt

b). Fed debt

c) banking debt

d) derivatives debt

e). Muni debt

see a single "libertarian" amongst that lot of Govt crones and bankers? ..your kind of people, Timmay & Co, all bubbles on the brain

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:40 | 2263998 Dixie Rect
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Heh-heh, Million Dollar Boner, funny little creature, ain't he?

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:06 | 2264057 CvlDobd
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MDB, Now that's more liike it!

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:41 | 2264128 MeelionDollerBogus
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How do you figure gold & silver are a game, and how do you figure it's "up"?

Gold can't go down while interest rates are zero. Historically, gold in the face of fiat paper only goes up in fiat units while fiat is increasing in supply, and fiat can't decrease in supply until a deflationary force like high rates (10% to 20%) are in place (see Volcker). We all know this.

No one should be a gold bug, silver bug, oil bug or land bug or whatever.  Just have what you need. Stores demand paper money or electronic copies so have some. Gold & silver are long-term disaster-resistant stores of value that rapidly grow in purchasing power with today's real negative interest rates so have some. That's not being a "bug" that's being a brain.

Gold isn't in a bubble. Bonds are in a bubble.

The government needs to BE disciplined - it's stealing & murdering illegally, covering it up & attacking lawful citizens who try to bring the truth to light to bring the guilty to trial with evidence.

We didn't tolerate "only following orders" for Nuremburg. We won't tolerate it now for Bush, Obama or whoever will follow in those footsteps, and will not tolerate it for any underlings.

We have no "eleceted leaders". Diebold & Goldman Sachs have seen to that. Vote fraud means there wasn't a real election. Besides which many dangerous parties in government haven't been elected even in a mock-election of any sort & are still wielding power. Look at Geithner. Who elected him? No one. Look at his power & corruption. It's sinister & damaging.

Surely, mini-B, you wouldn't defend Geither, would you?

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 23:39 | 2264332 ruffles
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seriously, who teh fuck are you?

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:11 | 2264370 MeelionDollerBogus
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My bio says top-calling chart-troll.

That will do for now.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:18 | 2264381 ruffles
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excellent.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 01:08 | 2264423 slewie the pi-rat
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right on time for stPatty's day, too!

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 04:40 | 2264535 Zero Govt
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do they use charts at St Pattys Day?

thought it was Guinnes (only) all the way til you hit the floor ..everyone's got to have an objective in life

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:49 | 2264143 gaoptimize
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MDB:  My parents disciplined me enough, but the discipline that mattered in my life was the mental and numeric discpline required to get my physics degrees and do my heavilly numeric work.  Anyone with a sound understanding of economics, a clear awareness of whats going on, and this kind of discipline knows the game you continue to support is over.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:16 | 2264209 MeelionDollerBogus
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So you think you can Top-Call?

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 01:46 | 2264446 Vic Vinegar
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Only in death are we free to. ___.

If the patron saint of hate, trav7777, died today then I say if he rises again in three days this is the new Easter.  You, I, topcallingtroll and the rest should give up meat at that this time next year in honor of things we don't understand.

Ah, enough with the nonsense and back to: buy physical

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 02:18 | 2264467 Vic Vinegar
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:-(

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 02:26 | 2264472 Prometheus418
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Only because I'm drunk, and have nothing better to do-

I'm honestly curious.  I was baptized Catholic as a baby, but was de facto excommunicated a long, long time ago (bapitized and later ordained in the Gnostic Church.)  Yet somehow, I always find myself observing Lent.  I do it because, quite frankly, I like fish- and everyone and their idiot cousin runs a sale on it every Friday this time of year.  

Anyone else find themselves observing Lent just because of the sales?

(As stated above, it's just curiousity fueled by vodka.  Haven't posted much lately, as it seems we've already covered the relevent ground, and nothing much has changed.)

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 03:01 | 2264483 Vic Vinegar
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Only because I spent the last 20 minutes watching "Drive", and have nothing better to do-

The answer to your question is no. 

But you are a good dude.  Best wishes to you.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:23 | 2264387 carbonmutant
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I almost gave you a thumbs up for that but my childhood discipline kicked in...

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 03:39 | 2264508 TWSceptic
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You're an idiot. First of all, there a plently of perfectly rational reasons for why people are bulish on gold & silver, and history has proven time and again that when governments start accumulalting huge amounts of debt and print insane amounts of money, the currency will be destroyed in a matter of years. The real money always wins in the end. Euphoria is in the equities market because all that borrowed money is spend and Wall Street is eating it up like a bunch of wild pigs. It's the same old, the fed creates a bubble and total idiots like you fall for it every single time.

Libertarians, unlike you, do have solid principles. Just not the lack of economic understanding, and the ridiculous trust in government to do the right thing.

My guess is that some time in your life a libertarian must have owned you big time. The way you talk about the people, about freedom, is simply disgusting. You are a whore of the government, a filthy little government whore. People like you deserve zero respect.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 04:44 | 2264540 deKevelioc
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Keep up the good work.  Funny stuff.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 07:26 | 2264623 Dre4dwolf
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Million Dollar Bonus is out of his damned mind.

 

what "solid principles" ?

Freedom? that's a fairly solid principle I would say.

Dignity? yea kinda solid.

Equity? yea also solid.

Honesty? ???

 

Fuck the dollar, the rest of the world is moving towards gold for transactions, no one wants the toilet paper anymore, the only thing keeping people from switching is the threat of force from a desperate government.

 

 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 08:18 | 2264652 smb12321
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Million Dollar would make a wonderful commisar for the State - eagerly and earnestly enforcing all the rights, showing us the errors of our ways through loving reeducation camps and smiling like a babboon the whole time.  Oh yeah, we have to obey for our own good, you know. 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 09:18 | 2264684 BeetleBailey
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MDB: YOU didn't get taken out to the woodshed enough and thrashed until your skinny ass bled like a rump roast as a youth.

Your asinine diatribes are not only laughable, they are a sad statement as to how warped your brain is.

 

"Respect" for elected leaders - sweet jesus. What a fucking maroon.

 

Take your big government mantra and shove it squarely up your righteous ass.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 20:17 | 2266015 fingulas
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1 out of 10 for trolling....

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 22:21 | 2266309 lasvegaspersona
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yep, preparation is what is wrong with this country

and 'the Constitution is the foundation of our government' I agree that is just one principle...it is kinda solid though..

oh yes...my father was a bit old fashioned...he used a belt...I'm sure I'd be a better person if he had pummeled me with his fist...

dude, we are on to you, you are a caricature of a mindless ridgid freak and a damn good one...now that I get the joke I promise I will laugh...next time maybe

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 19:45 | 2263866 NumberNone
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What a douche bag you are posting that shit and then quoting from it.  Using poor, uneducated whites as rich liberal entertainment, fucking lovely.  See it for what it is dumbass, propaganda. 

Look at these people.  They have religion, they have conservative values, they love their guns.  I wonder what sort of statement a propagandist like Maher is trying to make with this?  Is Maher really just trying to explore the conditions of Mississippi or is he just giving every liberal their wet dream by validating for them that anyone that believes in these things must be a dumb stupid hillbilly and anyone that supports these things clearly is not as educated or as well bred as the liberal. 

But what really pisses me off with this is the fact that they go after the poorest of the poor just so you can have a 'yuck' at how stupid and uneducated they are.  Fucking classless.  Reverse the skin color, make it a conservative television show and every lib in the country would be crying over the abuse.  Libs would be crying that these folks are the victim of their environment and the poor conditions of their education system and how could anyone be so cruel as to exploit that for their amusement.  They would cry that we should be giving them our sympathy not ridicule. 

These people have nothing and have no power.  Glad you, Bill Maher, and all the other douchebags that found it amusing get to enjoy the sense of superiority it gave you.  Please post when he goes into the inner city and mocks the blacks as he says he will. 

 

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:15 | 2263936 blunderdog
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  Reverse the skin color, make it a conservative television show and every lib in the country would be crying over the abuse.

It's not QUITE like that.  I'm a liberal, and I don't cry over anyone's abuse on teevee.  (I don't watch teevee.)

But the great thing about this country is just like the "conservative" Limbaugh can call some woman a slut on the radio as entertainment, the "liberal" Maher can make some man in Mississippi look like an idiot.

Makes you proud to be a 'Merkin, don't it?  It's just entertainment!  I never cared much for NASCAR OR polo!

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:26 | 2263966 economics1996
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The south is less segregated than the north, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio.  The south “red neck areas” tend to have BLACK and WHITE red necks, something that is completely lost in the MSM.

Go hang around Perry, Florida for a bit, blacks, whites, hunting, dogs, fishing, trucks, everyone fucking everyone’s wife, the vast majority 85 IQ with a few 100 IQers mixed in to keep thing rolling.

In the real south they mix if they want to, but they defiantly have the same culture.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:40 | 2264127 grey7beard
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>> Go hang around Perry, Florida for a bit,

 

Hey, I was just in Perry yesterday.  Me and my dog and my truck. I was putting up some fence around my garden and it got a bit hot, so I took the dog to the beach.  Folks is all pretty nice.  Being an escapee from the big city, I absolutely love the fact that everybody waves at you.  I got real tired of the indifferent attitude of the city folks.  I'd heard that folks out in the sticks wouldn't accept a city slicker very well, but they've all been as nice as I could ever ask.  I hope my money doesn't run out so I don't have to go back to the city to work because after a taste of the country the city would suck worse that it ever did before.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:51 | 2264147 akak
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I totally hear you!

I would slit my wrists if I ever had to go back to living in the suburban, metropolitan setting in which I grew up and lived the first 30 years of my life.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:29 | 2264234 TruthInSunshine
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I was sent by a client on a 'fact finding' mission to Florida, about a year and a half ago.

This particular area was near Lehigh Acres.

I thought, prior to the trip, that I had seen it all, at least in the U.S.

I had not.

Words fail me.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:15 | 2264376 akak
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Please expound on your Floridian experiences, and enlighten us!

(Or at least entertain us.)

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 08:57 | 2264672 grey7beard
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>> Lehigh Acres.

Lehigh Acres is the best example of unregulated capitalism gone mad that I know of.  I'm shopping for more property in that area but won't go anywhere near Lehigh.  Are you saying Lehigh Acres somehow represents Florida?  I love Florida and have been here since '56, but I'm no fan of the development above all else mentality that has pretty much ruined the best of what the state has to offer. 

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:23 | 2264226 Harbanger
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Free Speech it’s Merkin right, that‘s fine but you’re dismissing the fact that 90% of the mainstream media has a liberal bias. And lately they’ve become outright propagandists for Barry and the Democrat party. Bill Maher is a part of the State controlled MSM, Rush is not. Who ever said to boycott Bill Maher? No one. Yet there’s a coordinated effort from the left(media matters) to boycott and shut down Rush and all others with opposing views. They tried to control talk radio with laws like the “fairness doctrine” and they are trying to control what you see on your internet as we speak.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:35 | 2264238 akak
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I must admit that I have never seen an overall glaring liberal bias in the corporate-controlled media.

What I HAVE increasingly seen over the decades (yes, sigh) is a consistently growing, now near-universal, pro-Establishment, pro-status-quo bias in said media.  The utter lack of any opposition or questioning of the Bush administration's egregiously shallow and ludicrous warmongering propaganda used to justify their invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the last straw that finally lifted the scales from my eyes and allowed me to see that "journalism", along with any shred of independence, integrity, or honesty in the corporate-controlled media was essentially dead.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:58 | 2264289 Harbanger
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You've never seen a glaring liberal bias in the overall corporate-controlled media?  You think the MSM vetted Barry in 2008?  Real Journalism is rare and ususally comes from independent sources.  For decades the MSM has drummed the beat of political correctness into our culture and most younger people are beyond recognizing it, it's their norm.  

"We've all been raised on Television to believe that one day we's all be millionaries, and movie gods, and rock stars..."  FC.    That's a big part of our problem going forward.  

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 23:05 | 2264300 akak
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No, I must admit that I have not --- but I HAVE seen a consistently STATIST bias, which is not quite the same thing, but is what I think many who talk about a "liberal bias in the media" are actually referring to.

Just look at all the passes that the corporate-controlled media gave Bush during his eight years in office; you can NOT tell me that all of that was due to some widespread "liberal bias".  Again, it was due to their overwhelming pro-power elite, pro-Establishment bias.  It dose not matter anymore which all-but-meaningless political label the current bankster puppet in the White House wears, the corporate-controlled media is NOT going to meaningful challenge or attack them as they once would have, such as they did in my childhood.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 23:18 | 2264313 Harbanger
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You're right.  It's a consistently Statist bias.  It's just that traditional values are more of an obstacle and pose a threat to those that want fundamental change.  ie- If you weren't needy, you wouldn't look to them for anything.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:18 | 2264380 akak
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Yes, I would agree with you there.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 12:12 | 2264917 lakecity55
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Traditional Values, like Honesty, Faith, Individualism, Service, and Patriotism have no place in the Anglo-American Bankster NWO prison planet.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 10:40 | 2264769 jwoop66
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Bush and cronies are one of the reasons it is easy for people to promote the "no difference between left/right" meme.   He and pops were as statist/status quo as they come.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 03:09 | 2264475 swani
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Harbanger

Journalism is rare, yes. This should be no surprise since the entire media is controlled by 6 conglomerates and the majority shareholders of these sit conglomerates, sit on the boards of JP Morgan, Elly Lilly, Merk, Veritas Capital, ext.

And while Bill Maher is a shock jock in the same vein as Rush Limbaugh, it should be clear that these people are sanctioned from above to be on the air and get the attention that they get on the air. Look at the air time and attention that Ron Paul, does not, get.

It is systematic and with intent that the TPTB use the mainstream media to keep the country divided. These shock jocks serve that purpose beautifully, constantly shocking, insulting and attacking people's known sensibilities. These things get attention like a car crash, but these circuses of nothing, simply waste people's time while diverting attention from anything real.

We hear about Rush Limbaugh calling a woman a slut and every other pundit discussing it ad nauseam , but we never heard about the NDAA before it happened, we're not hearing about ACTA right now, we never heard about the Baxter Avian Flu debacle.

I mean, how is it possible that we didn't hear a single word when the leading FDA approved provider of flu vaccines, 'accidentally' sent 73 kilos of live avian flu mixed in with human flu vaccines to 18 distributors, almost starting a pandemic. No. Instead, this past week, we hear about how a Dutch scientist fiddled around with avian flu and made it airborne, yet the media failed to mention that this scientist was a contractor for the National Institute of Infectious diseases and this avian flu research was being financed by a Department of Defense grant. Pretty important facts to omit, wouldn't you say?

Of course, the media needs to keep the sheeple manipulated and blaming the other side. They have to keep convincing them that all of the money that they are extracting from them is going somewhere legitimate, instead of discussing how their hard earned tax money is going to the biggest welfare recipients of all; the TBTF banks or into research that could actually start pandemics, or how it could get, not into the hands of  a 'terrorist', but into the hands of a FDA regulated company like Baxter, who could send it out as if it was regular old seasonal flu vaccine to be injected it into tens of thousands of innocent people and killing millions.

They don't want us to discuss how farmers are being screwed, every single day so that the government can protect and subsidize companies like Monsanto. They don't want us to discuss how prescription drug toxicity is a leading cause of death, or how clinical studies for patented drugs that are supposed to prove safety of these drugs are as fraudulent as the subprime mortgage documentation.

The media under report anything negative if it pertains to the banking or pharmaceutical industries, they make the case for war every chance that they get, they only attack one side or the other, while never attacking the corruption rampant in the entire system. The entire corporate media, every single channel and publication is equally guilty of disinformation and white washing.

 

 

 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 03:29 | 2264505 AnAnonymous
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In US citizenism, the middle class is the king class.

TPTB? Nothing like that.

US citizen elite like to depict themselves as leaders but in the end, they are managers.

US citizen middle class makes the calls. Corporate interests surf the middle class trend.

Every bit of propaganda is conceived with the middle class reception in mind.

Journalists do not take orders, they are middle class themselves.

Corporations are a creation of the middle class, they are empowered by the middle class.

Neither the rich nor the poor have the aggregate demand power to turn a firm into a big monster corporation.

Only the middle class has.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 04:37 | 2264523 Vic Vinegar
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Your comment was absolute fuking nonsense.  But par for the course for you, huh?

Life is all about the lens through which we see things.  To quote from the past here, most Americans think they are living in Disneyland when they are really living on Maggie's Farm.

I bring this up b/c sometimes I think I'm living in a post-apocolyptic ZH.  For fuk's sake, RobotTrader and trav are no where to be found but we have to see this?

Yet I don't see things through that lens 'cuz Tyler and friends still give news that few else have the balls to.

But who cares what I think and most definitely who cares what you think?  Buy physical

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 04:56 | 2264553 akak
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Really, this chinese dishwasher's autistic-like, single-minded, blindingly and wildly bigoted anti-American automatonism can really rankle, can't it?  Trying to respond to it with any semblance of logic or rationality (and I used to try to do so) is like trying to teach matrix algebra to a coconut.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 05:56 | 2264587 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Made me laugh. Chinese citizen dishwashing bigoted coconutism.

 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 08:01 | 2264640 AnAnonymous
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Semblance of logics? That is the name of it.

Side tracking, ad hominems, strawsman etc... is all what US citizens can provide.

Supposedly, the comment was non sense. And the result is nothing pinpointed.Not a single argument.

Superior ground... Yes, sure.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 17:02 | 2265550 akak
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Chinese citizen automatonistic coconutism.

Make me laugh!

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 08:08 | 2264644 AnAnonymous
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Your comment was absolute fuking nonsense.

____________________________________________

Oh really?

What part of it? The whole of it, it can be supposed as no extract to support the case was drawn out.

That the middle class is the US citizenism king class?

That neither the upper class or the lower class generate enough aggregated demand to allow the consolidation of firms known as corporations?

That US citizens elite are fond of seeing themselves as leaders when they are managers?

I do not expect any US citizen to be able to answer to these points, only kicking the can.

Reality takes care of itself, it does not have to be depicted to be.

Telling, not telling that the mammoth like corporations are the result of the aggregated demand generated by US citizen middle class wont change the fact they are the product of US citizen middle class aggregated demand.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 09:52 | 2264709 MeelionDollerBogus
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This was the nonsense part

That the middle class is the US citizenism king class?

Corporations are built only by the most powerful at inception & many will only get some interaction with the middle-class by selling a product or by offering shares.

There's tons of corporations whose services are only for other corporations & plenty of corporations NOT offering shares for the middle class to buy ownership stake into the company / lend money hoping for a return on selling the share.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 19:52 | 2265532 swani
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An Anonymous

You sound like an apparatchick working the forums for TPTB i.e. PR departments of multinationals,  government agencies, the Federal Reserve, ext.. I've been reading everywhere how low waged workers have been hired in droves to spend their hours junking and derailing any comments or threads that are negative to their employers. 

So, in my humble opinion, you are either that, or ridiculously blind, brainwashed or ill-informed.

 

Sun, 03/18/2012 - 03:31 | 2266721 Escapeclaws
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AnAnonymous is a self-hating American. He probably hates his long commute to his dishwashing job in the city. Speaking of commuting, that makes his coconuts Abelian, which is at least a start in teaching them matrix algebra.

Sun, 03/18/2012 - 03:43 | 2266732 akak
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Dammit, you made me spit out half-chewed fig all over my computer screen!

LOL!

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 07:58 | 2264637 ISEEIT
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swani:

One of the better comments I've seen. I would just off the cuff describe the establishment media as being truly an intentional distraction device. I would also add that the establishment media does have a clear statist/totalitarian bias. In my opinion the most meaningful difference between America and China today would be that in China the common citizen is quite aware of the fact that he/she is not truly free. Most Americans have not yet figured that out.

At the macro level Americans are nothing but an ignorant herd to be managed (for profit of course).

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 12:08 | 2264906 lakecity55
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I listen less to Rush than before; his political analysis and football analysis is superb.

Why do I listen less?

Where indeed are the "conservative" talk-show guys on NDAA, Task Force 120, Agenda 21, The now-busted "Kony 2012" NWO op exposed by: Bloggers and Indy Media.

Tod Schnitt is the only 1 who tries to stay right down the factline, but even he refuses to dig deeper into the rabbit hole.

Then again, the NDAA probably has these guys even more weirded out.

Consider:

There was a recent "bomb hoax" at Limbaughs. If I were him and it was a real bomb, I would call it a hoax to the public.

G Beck's studio transformers 'blew up' a couple of weeks ago. Joe Paggs took over from another studio. No follow-up on that story.

Something is going on...

Maybe its nascent totalitarianism and termination of the First Amendment.

 

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 12:01 | 2264902 Mitzibitzi
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"...the MSM has drummed the beat of political correctness into our culture and most younger people are beyond recognizing it, it's their norm.  

"We've all been raised on Television to believe that one day we's all be millionaries, and movie gods, and rock stars..."  FC.    That's a big part of our problem going forward...."

It's certainly a big part of the stubborn, blinkered worldview the eldest 2 of my kids have got. They really DO believe that Government is there to look after them, no matter what, and that they honestly WILL become rich and / or famous in some way, if they just wait long enough.

I've lectured them at considerable length about what's probably going to happen sometime before the end of 2012, and almost certainly within the next 24-30 months, even if new and improved methods of can-kicking are invented. Do they believe me? Or even understand the reasons why I believe these things? Even when I've pulled up reams of evidence to support my assertions?

Their indoctrination has been so thorough that the fan-propelled shit will literally have to splatter all over them before they'll even see, let alone concede, that there's a problem.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 10:38 | 2264765 jwoop66
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Up until the war started, it was supported both on the left and the right.  There was Overwhelming support in congress for military action.  After the war started the dem congress started talking shit and saying they didn't support the war.  Ergo the media also supported the war until it started.  Amazing how both the media and the left side of the house became anti-war at the same time.    No leftwing bias?

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:28 | 2264105 Teamtc321
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Come on into the hill's, Billy. You will get your maher ass deliverence tapped. 


Fri, 03/16/2012 - 23:00 | 2264291 Upswaller
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I logged in just to give you a thumbs up.  To those who blindly and ignorantly hate Southern folks, I have something really special just for you only.  Stand right there.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 04:53 | 2264542 Vic Vinegar
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This one is for you before I log off.  Hank Jr: If The South Woulda Won

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxEmry5lRKk

I usually log in because of my deep-seeded personal issues.  Regardless as to whether you visited Zero Hedge, your shrink, your rabbi, your priest, or your whatever, the question is - did you buy physical?  

The rest of our talk is going into the annals of history as being worthless.  Although perhaps future generations may enjoy understanding as to why you logged in tonight and why I put up a Hank Jr video.  LOL

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 22:25 | 2266321 lasvegaspersona
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Nunber One

Bill is using this as a masterbation substitution...it makes him feel like a god compared to these folks...and besides unless we all vote for our own 'economic selfinterest' there could be the horror of a balanced budget in our future...(just joking, that possibility went away a decade ago...)

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 19:51 | 2263881 macholatte
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THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

 

 

Old Version

 

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

 

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

 

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

 

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

 

 

Moral Of The Old Story:

 

Be responsible for yourself!

 

 

 

MODERN VERSION

 

The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house

and laying up supplies for the winter.

 

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

 

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

 

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper

next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

 

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

 

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green...'

 

Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We Shall Overcome.

 

Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper's sake, while he damns the ants.

 

President Obama condems the ant and blames President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper's plight.

 

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has

gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

 

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

 

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.

 

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.

 

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

 

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

 

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

 

 

MORAL OF THE STORY:

 

 

Be careful how you vote in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:02 | 2263900 Red Heeler
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That modern ant needed a reliable main battle rifle and plenty of ammo.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 00:19 | 2264382 gmrpeabody
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+1

Classic, Macholatte!

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 22:29 | 2266335 lasvegaspersona
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Red

'a' ? reliable....you better have a few or at least a great parts collection

I agree with the plenty part if plenty equals 10,000 rounds....every zombie movie shows someone running out of ammo...be advised

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:03 | 2263902 logicalman
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Very well put - especially the last bit.

I would only like to suggest that sometimes a person finds themselves completely F*^%ed due to something they couldn't have planned for or forseen. I think I'd like to help someone in that position. If I help 3 people and 2 are fakes, at least I helped the guy that deserved the help.

Just a thought.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:41 | 2264129 BooMushroom
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And due to your freedom, and with or without the help of a private charity or religious organization, you are free to do just that.

Unfortunately, much of your wealth has been confiscated to go to the public charities (i.e. wealth transfers) so you don't have as much to go to the private charity or individual citizen of your choice. But the oligarchy would prefer all charity be replaced by social programs, so they can have more power. And the oligarchy-run programs are always less efficient. So less people are helped than they would be if we let the charitable people do their thing.

Bummer.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:36 | 2264248 logicalman
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Direct action - cut out the middle man.

Always a good thing.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:35 | 2264249 logicalman
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Direct action - cut out the middle man.

Always a good thing.

Again, unintentional double post.

WTF??

I'm pretty sure it's not me!

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:16 | 2263939 whstlblwr
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I see you're still caught up in the D vs R bullshit. Occupy Anthill? It was Occupy Wallstreet, so your parable doesn't work. You list all the stupid fake divisions that they hand you on MSM, get out more.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 04:04 | 2264517 putaipan
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yeah nice parable. cute but- all the red arrows for the above? get a fucking clue people- OBAMAH IS NOT A LIBERAL! THE MEDIA IS NOT LIBERAL! kucinich was close and due to gop-mandering he's toast, and now we're gonna lose marcy kaptur to joe the plumber! amy goodman was close but lost me when i found out about what she did to susan landauer and watched her coverage of the glorious alciada liberation of libya at the same time. the only liberal i can think of and trust is rocky anderson and he's running for president. give justice a chance!

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 10:49 | 2264775 jwoop66
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liberal=statist=power over the individual=read the parable again.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 14:56 | 2265189 TheFourthStooge-ing
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jwoop66 said:

liberal=statist=power over the individual=read the parable again.

"liberal"="conservative"=democrat=republican=statist=ownership of the individual.

Understand that the parable, as presented, tells at best a small portion of the story.

 

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:23 | 2263961 mbarido
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OLD, but still so TRUE!

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:40 | 2263999 lotsoffun
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mbarido - with apologies - but i think you are wrong and missed the point completely.  and i was raised on that parable and lived it.  and now - i spend all my time trying to think about how i'm going to save my mother's savings, because we have two choices.  1 - save the savings (impossible) - or 2 - invest in high risk assets like stocks.

his point was - and i was thinking about this today - the sociopaths have so deeply sunk into the skin of the world.  an analogy would be the thief going to the police and complaining he couldn't make a profit (living) because the local shops had installed locks and cameras and it wasn't fair to him.  and then - GUESS WHAT?  the police complied and agreed with him.  sadly - that is the world we live in.

 

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:04 | 2264051 YC2
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exactly.  in the current state of affairs, the ant and the grasshopper are being sucked dry by a tick and turned against eachother.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 02:24 | 2264469 Harbanger
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Constitutional version and Progressive version would have made a clearer point.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 21:19 | 2264059 steve from virginia
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Hmmm ... Mr. I. Entrepreneur Ant just borrowed $300 million from the bond market. He put half in his pocket and the rest into his (fake) 'business'. He does this every year as he has for the past ten years and is a billionaire even though his 'products' are worthless junk made in China. Because he is a successful gangster he is a cultural icon, he appears on television shows and on the covers of magazines.

Mr. Grasshopper is on food stamps, a program run by another big Wall Street bank. The banks make money on the lending for Ant and on the programs for Grasshoppers. Grasshopper gets benefits b/c they are more profitable to the banks than are businesses that would employ him. Besides, all the jobs are in China! Everyone is happy with the benefits racket: bribes are paid in order to keep the 'big money' flowing year after year after year.

 Remember, the names may change but the crimes never do.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 01:01 | 2264416 RobertMugabe
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Steve, your posts are mostly inane and senseless, and make about as much sense as an asshole on a face. With that said, when under the influence of heavy cannabis consumption, I find them to be highly entertaining. Keep up the good work asshole !

Sun, 03/18/2012 - 03:37 | 2266725 Escapeclaws
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Whatever happened to Taraxias? He too had a great "mug" shot.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:43 | 2264266 logicalman
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Find myself in a similar boat when it comes to protecting what my parents worked hard for.

They taught me to work hard and be responsible for myselt.

They never told me about how the world really works - they didn't know - they tried to do the best they could for me, so now I have to do the same for them.

Both suffer to this day from the effects of WW2 - another bankster war, as all of them are.

I am seriously pissed, but, in the end, basically powerless.

What a F'd up mess.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 10:50 | 2264777 jwoop66
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Your mother's savings?   What about yours?

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 12:15 | 2264919 lotsoffun
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my savings are less important because i can be employed and make more money possibly.    what she has can't be replaced.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:34 | 2263986 spinone
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In your story, which one is the wall street banker?

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:04 | 2264178 francis_sawyer
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the squid

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:48 | 2264273 ShankyS
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+1000

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 02:36 | 2264473 Prometheus418
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@ Macholatte-

Fucking hilarious, and sad at the same time.

I regret that I have only one upvote to give...

Nicely done.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 03:23 | 2264500 AnAnonymous
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Quite a tale.

Does not fit.

Seasonal rythm? Are you kidding me?

US citizenism is all about consumption round the clock, 24 out of 24, 7 out of 7, 365 out of 365.

There is nothing like ants and grasshoppers in US citizenism.

But if you want a modern version, compatible with US citizenism, here's something.

The ant started to work (therefore consume) on winter.

Slowly consuming everything around. One day, the fields started to fail, leaving less and less to consume.

Ant's observation: hey, but the grasshoppers made it on little. Basic evidence is they dance all summers and are still there the next summer. They are adapted to an environment with declining resources.

Ant's solution: maybe we should eat the grasshoppers.

That is if the ants embrace US citizenism.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 04:22 | 2264529 akak
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You forgot to blame "US Citizenism" (sic) for the explosion of the supernova that formed the Crab Nebula in 4014 BC.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 10:13 | 2264736 jwoop66
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thanks for having my back.   +1

 

Citizenism!

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 22:35 | 2266351 lasvegaspersona
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akak

AA is the entertainment...he is just not very funny

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 11:53 | 2264882 Antipodeus
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"MODERN VERSION:

After putting up all Summer with the Grasshopper's ignorant & self-serving abuse & whining, the Ant (and all his mates) have had enough.  So the next time the Grasshopper tries to mug one of the Ants, all the other Ants (both the Worker Ants & the Soldier Ants) boil up out of the Nest and, while the Soldier Ants pin him down, the Worker Ants dismember him while still alive, and carry him down into the Larder.  In recognition of their sterling efforts at adding to the surplus for the coming Winter, the Queen gives everyone a month off.

Later, when the Spider-Cops come by in response to a Missing Grasshopper Report, the Ants all say:

"Grasshopper?  What Grasshopper?"

and give the Spider-Cops some beautifly-wrapped flies in appreciation of their 'protection & service', who then continue their search elsewhere.

The Ants then fall about laughing, and live happily ever after.

THE END"

 

 

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 20:28 | 2263975 cjbosk
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And you post a youtube clip of the master of all 'joos, what?  Really, as though Mahr has a clue.  He's just another angry POS, one of the establishment at that, just donated 1.0MM to Obummer's campaign, brilliant indeed.

 

 

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:13 | 2264194 Bendromeda Strain
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politicians give shit away to ignorant voters during election time....especially in the south....give them the hope that 'the south will rise again'

FOAD Huxter, you pencil neck. I have lived in the South, grew up out West and now reside in New England. These morons who would reelect Barney Frank and Sheldon Whitehouse look and act just like the surly brain dead characters from a seedy Dennis Lehane novel. The welfare juju is strong up here too, it just comes with a bad attitude and 2x the entitlement mentality.   

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 13:32 | 2265044 Dingleberry
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The South votes for evangelical degenerates (like Newt, that aldulterer Gov from S.C., Jimmy Swaggert-endorsed types, etc)....in the hopes that they will prevent fags from marrying or joining the military, abortion will be banned, etc......all they did was slit their own economic throat. The Dems are no better...they just don't claim to be the "party of God, country and law and order". We saw just what the Repub "values" were during the Bush years, particularly the financial crisis. I hate traitors more than the enemy at the gates. Dems are the obvious enemy.  But Repubs are traitors....every four years they wrap themselves with the flag and the cross. And idiots still buy the shit. There is NO difference between the parties where it counts:  MONEY. No matter who wins, Goldman will be on their speed dial.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 09:20 | 2264686 BeetleBailey
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Bill Maher is a shit-sucking liberal asswipe.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 10:10 | 2264732 jwoop66
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The south votes republican.   (Please spare me the left/right Meme nonsense)  Repubs don't buy votes w/ social programs.   The Dems do.   They have owned the "urban" vote for decades.  They don't even have to campaign there; they just fill the busses from the "urban" churches and go from polling place to polling place.   "Vote early, vote often".   I believe that was Boss Tweed of The Tamany Hall Democrats.  Been going on for a long time.   

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:15 | 2264204 tarsubil
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Infinite growth is possible. Just not for us. Mainly due to us being a bunch of fucking retards. If not for that, we could totally have infinite growth.

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 15:21 | 2265261 W10321303
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Yes, that is right, this time is really different...

growing demand for food stamps...

growing demand for small boats in Western Australia...

growing demand for food aid in the Horn of Africa....

growing demand for sun tan oil east of the Mississippi...

growing demand for new anti-biotics to combat mutant strains of Super bacterial infections....

growing demand for prosecution of off-shore oil spill disasters...

growing demand for commercial production of one-minute TV ads to promote the careers of Sociopath politicians....

Benny Saved US!!!

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:12 | 2264192 williambanzai7
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Setting sun..The great tao.

Are You Experienced

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 22:16 | 2264207 tarsubil
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The beauty of decline.

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 23:39 | 2264333 Yen Cross
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A sunset on one of Saturns moons.!

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 18:21 | 2263638 catacl1sm
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10% of the population are natural survivalists. Welcome to the club.

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