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Panaconda Donating Member (672 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 07:30 PM
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Welcome to America, the largest insane asylum in the solar system
America? You think America is funny?

It is funny - in fact its hilarious! Its so monumentally stupid, such a gargantuan orgiastic epic of IDIOCY and utterly mindless confusion, hateful ignorance and wasted lives, material and energy, that the mind boggles and guffaws and withdraws into self administered statistical shock as western society implodes into a sickeningly shredded caricature of the hideously diseased values that it had supposedly been erected upon. Laughter is the only medicine for the self. The good ole US of A can no longer be treated.

Come on - it would make more sense if this were all the first wave of an alien invasion. We are all crazy and weak and stupid and ignorant slaves to cash for letting this happen, and now heres Tom with the weather...

Oh and that laughter? Its nervous laughter. Everyone in the room knows they're fucked up beyond repair. Even the ones that have no clue. Its time to sit back and watch the titanic sink. This baby is going down, and no terrorist even has to lift a finger. Get a mint julep, perhaps, for all the sense it would make.

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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 07:31 PM
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1. I think you should put down the bong.
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blue sky at night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 07:42 PM
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2. hey nail head....
here is the hammer, I will now hit you.
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 07:48 PM
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3. Bad day,eh?
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Pharaoh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 07:49 PM
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4. Nailed it man~
Welcome to DU.........K&R
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A-Schwarzenegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 07:49 PM
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5. Things are starting to look up in America.
Bad Girls Club just won an Emmy for Reality TV.
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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 07:52 PM
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6. Not Bad, Sir....
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 07:53 PM
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7. Those whom the gods would destroy..
They first make mad..

-Euripides

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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 07:55 PM
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8. "Its time to sit back and watch the titanic sink." ... well only once
you've taught yourself to grown your own food again. Then you can sit back and watch the fireworks from afar.
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HillbillyBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 08:46 PM
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16. What we did..more out of finanical need than anything
bought a house in the country where we could grow food and be out of the cities when things go to hell..which they are starting to.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 09:13 PM
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17. Yep, that's what I did, too...
I'm building my house out there now. It's totally off-grid.
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Aviation Pro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 07:55 PM
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9. Yeah, the Europaeans are just shaking the frills in wonderment....
...
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bkozumplik Donating Member (391 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 08:02 PM
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10. they hate us for our freedoms
our freedom fries I mean.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 08:06 PM
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11. Can I get those to go?
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bkozumplik Donating Member (391 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 08:39 PM
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15. I love the smell of freedom fries in the morning.
Edited on Sun Aug-29-10 08:39 PM by bkozumplik
It smells like...victory.
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whathehell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 08:12 PM
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12. Well, gee then..
What keeps you here?
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Panaconda Donating Member (672 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 08:34 PM
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13. Love it or?
Send me the airfare and get me any decent payin' job in any number of troubled countries (with health care dontcha' know) and I'm well you know goooone...



Wide awake in the homeland.

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whathehell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-30-10 12:38 AM
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20. Not quite that simple, homey....
Why should any foreign country give YOU a job?...They've got their own problems and their OWN people to employ.

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Steely_Dan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-30-10 01:10 AM
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22. What a great pic.... n/t
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 08:37 PM
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14. That should be obvious. n/t
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 10:11 PM
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18. LOL! Great title! I certainly responded to it...but...
I'm not quite sure WHAT you are talking about...

"...such a gargantuan orgiastic epic of IDIOCY and utterly mindless confusion, hateful ignorance and wasted lives, material and energy."

Are you talking about an impression you get from corpo-fascist TV 'news'? I think you should ask yourself this--because I think there is a critical distinction to be made between how the corpo-fascist press portrays the American people and what most of our fellow and sister Americans are really like. There is also a very important distinction to be made between our government (that is, perception-of-our-government-from-the-corpo-fascist-media), and the true government, on the one hand, and the American people/country, on the other.

Most Americans are sensible, practical people with good hearts, and strong desires for peace and justice. They are not insane. They are not idiots. They are not hateful. Their lives are not wasted. Mostly their lives are devoted to caring for their families and friends, often include volunteer work for their communities, and often involve hardship. They may suffer some confusion and are beset with disinformation--mostly deliberately induced ignorance, not ignorance by choice nor ignorance by incapacity to learn. What we see on TV, especially 'news'/'politics,' is often insane, idiotic, mindless and confusing. But that is not what and who we are.

I laughed at your OP title because, yeah, that is what we PERCEIVE about our country FROM THE CORPO-FASCIST 'NEWS' MONOPOLIES. It is also often true of government policy (controlled by multinational corporations and war profiteers)--it is often seemingly insane, seemingly idiotic, and quite truly warlike, murderous and anti-democratic. But our inability to control our government does not mean that we, as a people, do not wish to. I think we very much DO wish to have a government of, by and for the people, that supports peace and justice throughout the world. But, we, as a people, are baffled as to why the normal mechanisms of democracy are not producing that result. People vote for change and nothing changes. This is baffling and demoralizing--and disempowering.

So, I would say, beware of perceiving and characterizing the American people, in your own mind, based on propaganda that you would certainly reject if you knew it was propaganda. There are extremely powerful and extremely well-financed forces without our society working feverishly to shape our perceptions. We need to disconnect from those perceptions and just talk to people--and also seek out alternative news sources, and follow somewhat more objective indicators about our society--for instance, looking at a wide range of opinion polls.

Back when the Iraq War was starting, I really, REALLY wanted to know if my fellow and sister Americans had gone off goose-stepping to Bush, or if something else was going on. I researched a range of opinion polls and, to my astonishment, found that nearly 60% of the American people opposed the war on Iraq (Feb '03, all polls). There were other things that amazed me in the polls of that period--for instance, 64% of the American people opposed torture "under any circumstances" (May '04). You COULD NOT have known these two things from how the 'news' about the war and torture was being handled (being manipulated) and how the IMPRESSION of the American people was being conveyed by the corpo-fascist press. And, bear in mind, too, that most opinion polls are from corpo-fascist sources. They are already weighted against majority pro-peace, pro-social justice views. The number of anti-war, anti-torture Americans were probably undercounted. But even the EVIDENT numbers amazed me, given the IMPRESSION--both direct and subliminal--that you got from the 'news' (including political talk shows, print headlines, TV 'news' shows, etc.)

It is in the interest of the multinational corporations and war profiteers who rule over us to make us think ill of ourselves, as a people--to make us seem idiotic, insane, confused, hateful, divided--and to disempower us.

Some of our people are stupid, crazy and hateful. They have always been a minority. We had these types in the 1950s and 1960s. I remember them from my youth. And they are STILL very much a minority--but they are now being given a Big Trumpet to promulgate minority nutsiness. And that is what we must recognize before we make generalizations about our people and our country. Most people are working hard, barely keeping it together, trying hard to care for themselves and their families and communities, and want a good life--a decent life, social justice, fairness--for everyone, and also fervently desire good, fair, decent government--not this cauldron of corruption we see in Washington DC (and often locally as well). You can fault most Americans for being clueless, say, about the 'TRADE SECRET' voting machines, but I really don't think it's accurate to imply that most Americans have gone round the bend, or desire bad government--or the horrendous madness of unjust war, or any of the other insanity that we see, for instance, the lack of action on climate change.

Just think it through, is all my saying. Where are your perceptions of our country coming from?
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-10 10:13 PM
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19. Blah, blah, blah.
Some old song.

People have been singing it since 1776.
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-30-10 12:50 AM
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21. Yeah, America sucks.
which is why nobody ever tries to sneak in here illegally.
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whathehell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-30-10 06:17 AM
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24. Good one. n/t
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Steely_Dan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-30-10 01:12 AM
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23. Put Down Camus...it's not helping n/t
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-30-10 07:45 AM
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25. Seems like the immediacy of our situation is lost on some...

ah well, sometimes experience is the only teacher some will recognize.
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