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Around 14 million U.S. folks are out of work. Some for two years or more. Those are the people counted via government entities such as our local employment offices. There are thousands (millions?) more that do not fall into that category. This last group has had lifelong employment issues and falls between the cracks and isn’t counted—ever. Though they are citizens, they are typically unskilled, poorly educated, and have a family history of poverty going back several generations and possibly mental issues or other factors such as addictions. Not so much in the teeny tiny less than 1% percent of our population, our wealthy corporate citizens with their hands in our Congressional pockets, the so-called “job creators.”

We have way too many poverty level citizens in this country and the count is growing. They are often unemployed or marginally employed and now it’s worse for them than ever. It is difficult for them to break out of that state in good times. In bad times when millions more are out of work the latter group falls so far behind that they will never recover even if it rains gold tomorrow.

Add to that the people who have lost their homes and jobs due to natural disasters of which we’ve had many over the last few years. They are counted in the first group but many more fall into the second group, unrecorded. Many soldiers who return home went into the military because they had high hopes and expectations they would learn skills for a career when they returned. Sadly, many of the skills they learned do not translate into today’s employment pool. If they went in uneducated they often received duties that were likely to kill or injure them rather than train them for a career at home. If they return injured their medical care is spotty and sometimes nonexistent unless they have an injury or illness that would work well in the headlines. Many soldiers return with
injuries that are not glamorous but keep them from jobs for a long time.

My daughter has a friend who has multiple cancers and war related injuries and he has spent years trying to get a disability claim with no luck. He served in Viet Nam and he has been put through unbelievable tasks to prove his injuries were related to Agent Orange. He now has an advocate helping him that my daughter found for him. The government did not find an advocate to help him.

We are not in a recession, not even a depression. We are in the midst of a disaster and we’re barely holding on. Our capitalistic society is out of whack. Furthermore, there are countless forms of capitalism and if we research that word we can get a brain freeze from the various meanings of the many systems of capitalism. What we have now is not what the majority of Americans believe we have. And what we have today is not what we had when our nation was formed. It’s all out there to discover but watch alcohol intake when researching. It can turn you into a blithering idiot.

I know people out of work and some have been out of work off and on for several years now. They find something only to have it disappear after working for a short time. Companies are closing by the thousands. My son and I drive around and visit popular shopping areas to ascertain vacancies (it’s a hobby) and we keep a little list of the shops as they disappear one by one. Each time we do this we spot more business closures. Some are quite large and leave huge gaping black holes in the middle of shopping malls or industrial complexes. (Black holes, as we all know, suck up everything around them.)

People have recently started protesting on Wall Street and in various other financial districts throughout the country (and world). Congress has the lowest approval rating ever. Many blame it all on Obama when in fact we don’t have presidents with real power. He just inherited years of crappola from his predecessors. And not just George. It goes waayyyyyyy back. It’s been coming a long time. All the blame lands on Congress. Folks who have traditionally supported our government no matter how poorly it managed our country have stopped that silly behavior and it seems everyone is questioning our government leaders. Even some of our government leaders are questioning each other. (That is called passing the buck.) Anyone who believes we have political parties is asleep. The powerful democrats and republicans have merely melded into one inefficient and deficient entity with varying viewpoints but really they are the same viewpoints just slightly skewed for personal reasons.

China has been manipulating its currency and undervaluing its currency to such an extent that we are facing even more financial disasters (is that even possible?) in the near future because Congress has linked us so closely with China’s financial control over us. Congress did that. Congress has also dug itself such a hole bowing to the corporations in our country and other countries that they can’t dig themselves out. No matter how we vote or who we vote for no changes will take place unless we have massive Congressional reforms. (We need voting reforms too but I already posted a piece on that sad topic.)We don’t need a new president. We need a new Congress. And not the same type of Congress types. We need real people with real lives and no sense of entitlement. We need you and you and you and you and you. We could clean up some of the unemployment problem by cleaning our Congressional hallways. That would include all the employees who got there by nepotism, cronyism, corporatyism. I know. That’s not a real word. But it works.

Banks and other related financial institutions and Wall Street(s) have become horrific behemoths that have gotten away with the most outrageous financial wrong doing since the beginning of time. Oil companies have been doing that for years with no end in sight and no genuine interest in Congress to force automakers and their subsidiaries to create alternative fuel vehicles on a huge scale (creating j-o-b-s).

The individual morals of our Congressional leaders and corporate leaders have hit the news so many times the rest of the world thinks we are a bunch of child molesters and adulterers and criminals and robber barons. Many people who previously approved of our military actions are wondering why we are still out “there” when we have so many horrendous problems on our own soil. Our own soldiers are wondering why we are in those areas. (It’s because war is a lucrative business and billions of dollars are being made by war machine providers. Many of the providers provide poor quality materials to our soldiers endangering their lives but they charge us outrageous prices for basic daily needs of a soldier. Many soldiers report it’s a daily effort just to keep their supplies and equipment in working order. If not for duct tape they’d be lost.)

The war against terror is here, in our country. It’s been here for a long time. Drug/criminal activity has ruined us. Yet, we are being terrorized more insidiously by our Congressional gang members with their corporate buddies than all the drug cartels combined.

But Congress’ poor behavior has rallied the citizenry like nothing before in our history. Nothing has gotten us together as a unifying force as much as the shenanigans taking place in Congress. People who fought and screamed at each other about their own political “values” are coming together and realizing they have been duped by our leaders.

For those who hate Michael Moore, who does nothing but try to keep us afloat and keep our jobs and keep our homes and try to keep Congress under control, watch Capitalism: A Love Story. It’s true he has an agenda. It’s called saving our butts. It isn’t necessary to like him. He isn’t trying to be popular. [Every fact presented in his documentary can be verified. Every single fact. If the reader cares to test that statement, go for it. It’s so easy to find the truth if only we look it up and refuse to believe what our leaders tell us.] Congress, filled with people we vote for and believe in, is totally and completely controlled by corporations and foreign interests. It’s so out of control that our very way of life is not threatened, it is already under attack. We are living in a fog and the people protesting on Wall Street know this.

We must wake up from our fairy tale. There is no prince coming for us. No one person is going to dig us out. It’s all up to us as a country. What can we do? Pay attention. Protect our interests individually first. Family comes first. But then reach out and be vocal about the demise of the greatest nation on the earth. Protest with our buying power, protest with crappy customer service that is outsourced, protest with poor quality items we are forced to buy because these items are no longer manufactured here in our own country, write to our Congressional leaders every day if possible, never believe what is printed in the paper without researching if it’s true or not, never believe hate emails pontificating on stupid stories with no basis in fact. Be responsible.

People without a home or a job will agree with me. People sitting in their nice comfy house with a good job might not. Until they lose it. Think it’s not possible? Neither did those millions that lost everything. That’s in the millions. M-i-l-l-i-o-n-s. (Herman Cain believes if you don’t have a job it’s your fault and you’re lazy. The world is full of people like him.)

It is our patriotic duty, each and every one of us, to protect our Constitution and our government and our soldiers. Don’t believe everything we are told by our politicians and our corporate media “shows.” Research everything. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” Let’s add women to that too, please.

Oops. I almost forgot. How’s your health insurance working for you? If you have any. MILLIONS do not. Millions never have had it and never will. In the U.S.A.

Recession: The National Bureau of Economic Research defines an economic recession as: “a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, [a few months??? Really??? We’ve had many YEARS now.] normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.”

Depression: “A sustained, long-term downturn in economic activity in one or more economies [one or more??? Really??? We have thousands.]. A depression is a more severe downturn than a recession, which is seen by some economists as part of the modern business cycle. A depression is characterized by its length, by abnormally large increases in unemployment, falls in the availability of credit—often due to some kind of banking or financial crisis, shrinking output—as buyers dry up and suppliers cut back on production, and investment, large number of bankruptcies—including sovereign debt defaults, significantly reduced amounts of trade and commerce—especially international, as well as highly volatile relative currency value fluctuations—most often due to devaluations. Price deflation, financial crises and bank failures are also common elements of a depression that are not normally a part of a recession.

Disaster: A disaster is a natural or man-made hazard that has come to fruition, resulting in an event of substantial extent causing
significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the environment. A disaster can be defined as any tragic event with great loss stemming from events such as earthquakes, floods, catastrophic accidents (mortgage failures? employment loss?), fires, or explosions. In contemporary academia, disasters are seen as the consequence of inappropriately managed risk. These risks are the product of hazards and vulnerability.

And to top it all off, Andy Rooney retired this past Sunday. Now what are we going to do?

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  1. Barb Hughes Barb Hughes says

    Wow. This is a lot to think about.  Makes me appreciate the local, national, and international individuals who are working to create the new economy…which is being created outside the traditional government and corporate eye (that’s why we’re not hearing about it in the corporate media).  Places like Yes Magazine and Sojourners.net have news and examples of people who are striving to actually change out of date and hurtful paradigms.

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    • Sharon Lee 123 Sharon Lee 123 says

      People just need to vocalize and make sure their own personal choices are working and if not fix them to the best of their ability. One thing we can’t do is—nothing! Thanks for listening! Or reading I think is more accurate!!

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  2. Dallas Lady Dallas Lady says

    After reading this I could go in oh-so many directions.   But which one first? 

    Easy .  Michael Moore.  I’m not one of those who hate him.  He isn’t worth that much of my energy.  He’s an entertainer.  A shock jock.  Nothing more.  Your comments  about all he cares about is keeping us afloat are someting that made me laugh out loud.  God knows he laughs all the way to the bank.  Hes a hypocrite.  While, no, I can’t stand his policitcs…..candidly what I cant stand even more is that he’s hypocrite who doesnt even live them. I can respect those I disagree with when they are intelligent and act with consistent integrity. Which isn’t Michael Moore.

    Try this on for size. And its just one example. There are plenty more where Moore is concerned.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2011/mar/7/michael-moore-hypocritical-union-buster/

    Next, I too bemoan this economy, the 9% unemployment rate and our financial relationship with China.  Its appalling. But is the USA in an all out disaster?  No–unless thats all you choose to see.   Unless its your hobby to go around and seek it and look for it and list it. Funny we tend to find exactly what it is we look for. Here’s a thought–try looking for the positive too. Its there. An example:  I too hate the shrinking middle class.  That too is appalling.  But it isnt all a steady decline to lower income and poor and poorer.  There’s a bit more to that tale. Interesting factoid….more people have climbed up OUT of the traditional middle class than have fallen out of it and to the lower class.  But no one really focuses on that.

    Some interesting facts here at Money magazine:

    http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/flowchart/2010/10/15/how-the-middle-class-is-shrinking

    Alas people have moved UP out of middle class as well as down out of middle class to contribute to the shrinkage of middle class.

    Is that good?  Well even I dont think a shrinking middle class is good.  But I hardly call more wealthy in overall percentages in the USA over the 1960s a disaster either.

    its all about your perspective.  And mine and yours are totally different.

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  3. Sharon Lee 123 Sharon Lee 123 says

    It’s good to disagree. That will keep us going on the straight and narrow. Checks and balances. I come from a humble past and live a modest life so perhaps I see things differently. I always say my politics are slightly to the left of Jesus! Thanks for your response. Though we don’t agree you are passionate too. I love that.

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  4. Charmaine Coimbra Charmaine Coimbra says

    The laundry list of national/international woes grows by the hour.  It looks to me that our 20th century analysis is dating and that there is a whole other movement, more or less defined by the OWS, going on. 

    Regardless of the hard right approach, countered by a left-leaning point of view, OWS pretty much touches on every point Sharon Lee notes here. 

    There is a natural synchronicity in the air and the sea (as I said yesterday) that has begun its rumble.  The tea party-like vs. the socialist-like grow old and are passe to this synchronicity.

    Every single day, somewhere on this planet, people are standing for the common good, be it fighting disease, greed, or planetary destruction.  They tend to quiety go about their business and some of them are probably sitting in some park near Wall Street today–right next to someone unable to find work, or someone concerned about the state of democracy, and so on.

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  5. pennylane100 pennylane100 says

    Here is the text that the wall street protesters have issued.
     

    This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011, with slight adjustments in wording on October 1, 2011:
    As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
    As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
    They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
    They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
    They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
    They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
    They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
    They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
    They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
    They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
    They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
    They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
    They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
    They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press. They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
    They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
    They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
    They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
    They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
    They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
    They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
    They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
    They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
    They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *
    To the people of the world,
    We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
    Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
    To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
    Join us and make your voices heard!
    *These grievances are not all-inclusive.

    New York City General Assemblies are an open, participatory and horizontally organized process through which we are building the capacity to constitute ourselves in public as autonomous collective forces within and against the constant crises of our times
    Please read the Principles of Solidarity working draft
    Interested in starting your own General Assembly, here is a quick guide from Takethesquare.net
     
    Published on Sunday, October 2, 2011 by NYC General Assembly

    This well written document was issued by the participants of a movement that started in New York and is now spreading throughout the country.   The organizers stressed that it was not a list of demands.   It was, however, a document that outlined the concerns of the very many different organizations represented in the protests all over  the country.
     
    It is what they hope will be a starting point in the conversation that we must have about the future of our country.   When the supreme court voted to allow unlimited contributions for all federal elections, they basically put a for sale sign on the doors of congress.
     
    I was not sure that the movement would have the staying power it needed to survive but it did.   Of course, a big thank you must to NYPD for their outrageous overreaction in pepper spraying a group of innocent bystanders.   That alone helped to inform and energize hundreds of of thousands of people.    They also handed the protesters another gift when they directed 700 people to a bridge, blocked their exit and then arrested all of them for trespassing.    Big mistake.

    If anyone is interested in reporting as the movement spreads, I would recommend you watch Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV.   He spends quite a bit of the program covering it and keeps updates on his website.

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  6. ThurmanLady ThurmanLady says

    While I can agree with some of your points, there are others that I don’t. Not unusual, since I consider myself a Conservative. What I can agree on is that there is a problem. Some of what I can’t, Dallas Lady already covered.

    Since I love a good political “discussion,” I’m a poster on a Facebook page called “Opinionated Democrat.” Apparently, I’m also a masochist, since I’ve been called all kinds of names and that page definitely doesn’t like the Tea Party. However, to my huge surprise, “OD” had this to say tonight, from Wall Street: “We’re protesting the wrong people. The banks are under no moral obligation to be fair [I will add that someone corrected her on this, due to regulations, etc.]. The government however is under the general welfare clause. We need to be in Washington protesting the fuckers that enable those that take from us. Just like with a bratty child… Do you blame the child or the parent that spoils and enables the behavior? The parent… We need to vote these fuckers out, and start protesting in DC…. now.” I’ll be she’ll be surprised when she sees that I posted back that she’s speaking my language!

    One of the main differences I see is that the Democrats seem to want more government and more rules and laws to solve this problem. I say that more government just puts more people in power to “take” from those who would “bribe” them to do their bidding.

    Another exception I will take with what you’ve said is the difference in how we perceive what Herman Cain had to say. I believe, in general, he’s right. That doesn’t go for everyone, but it does go toward a lot of us. We get to choose whether or not to be a “victim” of this economy. And, I’m saying that after 2 1/2 years of not being able to find a job. I’m now in a place where, if I don’t find some kind of income, I won’t have a phone (and, thereby, a computer) or electric, and have already had to give up my truck. Since I won’t be a victim, I’ll do something – anything – rather than to continue to sit back and bemoan it. I do get my days when I feel hopeless, but I know deep down I’m not. I’ll keep plugging away or sell lemonade on the street corner (if that’s not outlawed, yet) or something. I can look back at how I handled my finances and the things I could have done differently when I was still young and now realize how differently I could have done things. While I’m probably not a Steve Jobs – and most likely won’t come up with some brilliant idea out of my great room – there are things I can do, even now. And, I certainly have to try. The young may have a better chance than I do and, I think, that’s rather who he was talking to. His credentials in business are impressive and I’m thinking he may have a better idea of how to start to get out out of what we’re mired in. Nor is that little soundbite is all he has to say on the subject, but it certainly plays well for those who don’t want to see him get the nomination. ♥

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  7. Dallas Lady Dallas Lady says

    I’ve been pretty slammed at work lately, a tad physically under the weather,  and not too tuned in to news or other activities.  Its work and bed.  I knew something was going on about Wall Street protestors, but thats about it. 

    So today I’m reading facebook to happen upon a blog posting by an 18 year old girl who is a friend of my sons.  He met her at a summer academic camp when they were 14.  Shes a 3rd generation Cuban, originally from Miami.  Her mom is (was) a single mom, deadbeat dad.  The girl is intellectually gifted–itts the type of scholastic camp you are invited to based on IQ, but yes it comes with a fee.  In her case, she received financial assistance to attend.  Beautiful girl, bright, spirited, fun loving.  They stayed in touch via the internet.   We paid her way and invitied her to Texas to visit last fall.  Fast forward to my point.  Today she’s a college student in NYC.  And apparently she’s hanging out at the protest, and she blogs about it and how shes blogging about “something important.”

    Only no where in her incredibly well written blog does she indicate WHAT she’s protesting.  Only that the people are cool, there is a buffet line for ”free, warm” food (!), and how not everyone is a rastarfarian there off on their parents corporate jobs, blah blah blah.  Let’s see, she writes how she’s so poor she works 2 jobs (an 18 year old college student–alert the media~), “not one of the 1%ers”, etc.  Saying that she is saying that angrily in response ot those who walk by and say “get a job”.

    Candidly I wanted to rip her head off. 

    First of all, you are an 18 year old collee student.  You are supposed to be poor and work 2 jobs.  But more about that in a minute.

     Next all–who does she think funded that “financial assistance” she got to attend that summer scholastic camp 4 years ago for bright kids who can’t afford it?  Corporate parents like me.

    Who does she think makes contributions to good univesitities and colleges so that so many kids just like her attend and “get 100% of their demonstrated need met”?  Corporate parents like me.  But yes, sweetie, its ok that you work 2 part time jobs to pay for your room/board and clothes.  Dont you think you should have SOME skin in the game?

    While I damn sure didn’t contribute $$  to that ‘free, hot” food buffet line………….somebody else did.  But hey, lets not get too contemplative about all that, should we?

    PuhLEEZ.  When you are young and stupid, you can be really really stupid

    Hopefully that college education at a top private university in NYC will actually teach her something–including not to be so damn full of herself.

    And if you are going to blog about  “something important”…..actually blog about it.  But not about the party you are really having.
      

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    • ThurmanLady ThurmanLady says

      A couple of days ago I had some hope this OWS might be a good thing. I gave that up yesterday when I read more and more about it. Don’t even try to compare this “movement” with the Tea Party. The “demands” starting to come out of OWS are – for the most part – pure socialism. I’m thinking they merely want to combine the glory days of the 60s with the Tea Party and… what? I have no idea.

      When I see an article about someone taking a crap on a police car, compared to the articles I’ve seen about the TP rallies being left clean, I know there’s nothing to compare. We did, generally, leave this generation to think it is owed whatever it wants, didn’t we? ♥

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      • Generic Image Stevie says

        You might find Lorrie Goldstein’s most recent opinion piece on the OWS movement interesting and informative.  Goldstein is the senior associate editor of the Toronto Sun.  The Toronto Sun is part of the Sun Media’s chain of newspapers.  Sun Media is owned by Quebecor, a right-wing organization.  The column is entitled Criminals on Wall St.  You can find it here:  http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/07/criminals-on-wall-st It is offered for what it’s worth.

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  8. pennylane100 pennylane100 says

    April 18, 2009

    Tea Party Protest Signs: Bad, Worse, & Ugly

    I was reading through some of the coverage of Wednesday’s tea party protests and I came across a post on BlogHer that made some statements that I found…questionable.

    Since when did political dissent become unpatriotic?

    Raise your hand if you just yelled some version of “during the Bush administration, of course!” at your computer screen. Guess it’s okay when the people being labeled unpatriotic are people like, say, liberal anti-war protesters.

    These protests are also not “hate Obama” rallies. Please. If you truly believe that we would not be in the streets if this were President McCain making these decisions and not President Obama, then I have a bridge to sell you. Seriously. You will never find another deal on a bridge like this.

    …As for the every citizen, we hope that they realize that it is NOT unpatriotic to ask that government spend responsibly, that it’s NOT hateful to criticize the president (I can guarantee you that you won’t see the sort of offensive effigies and signs at these protests that we’ve seen at some anti-Bush rallies).

    That last line’s got to be my favorite. I don’t know why anyone on either side would make a “guarantee” like that when it’s so blatantly and demonstrably false. In this case it seems to be an ‘our grassroots activism is better than your grassroots activism’ sort of a thing, which is always helpful and constructive. I had already seen some pictures of protest signs that proved these statements wrong, but I decided to dig in and see just how wrong they were, and…well, see for yourselves.

    Okay, I’m traumatized already. Can we leave Elmo out of this, people? Really now. [Photo from Wonkette]

    Let’s get the ‘Obama = Hitler’ stuff out of the way early. Godwin’s Law in action!


    This may be the winner for ‘most offensive of the day’. Fuck this dude.
    [Photos via Huffington Post]

    [Photo via Teablogging]


    [Photo via Huffington Post]


    Because why should Hitler have all the fun?
    [Photo via The Washington Independent]

    One important thing I’ve learned from these protests is that paying taxes that you think are too high is just like being a slave. Also, President Obama is black. Put those two insightful observations together and you get some lovely slogans.

    [Tax slavery via Wonkette, white slavery via Huffington Post, "chains" via ShortsandPants, "stimulus slave" from Reuters via Yahoo, and racism and ignorance via teabaggers coast to coast]


    Okay, we fucking get it already, you’re racist and you can’t deal with the fact that the president is black. Enough.
    [Photo via Huffington Post]


    Nothing says ‘we’ve got our finger right on the pulse’ like an Urkel joke, right?
    [Photo via Wonkette]


    There are no words for some of these.
    [Photo via Wonkette]

    If this woman knows the term “d-bag”, clearly she could have explained the whole teabagging issue to the protest organizers.
    [Photo via Wonkette]

    Next up, the religious stuff:


    This sign is absolutely correct, in a completely wrong sort of a way.
    [Photo via Jezebel]

    OMG Muslim panic!!!!!!!!

    ["Jewels" and "Real Americans" via Huffington Post and "wake up America" via ShortsandPants]


    By “we” I assume this guy is referring to deeply ignorant, bigoted morons who don’t understand the Constitution or much of anything else.
    [Photo via Talking Points Memo]

    [Photo via dane101.com]


    [Photo via dane101.com]

    Of course we know that the only thing that equals religious panic for these people is The Gay Panic, so that crew showed up too.


    Ah yes, because as any doctor will tell you, colonoscopy=sexytime, especially for the LGBT doctors, which is a group that does not include Barney Frank anyway so STFU.

    [Photo via Wonkette]


    Now this one’s got to be a counter-protester being ironic…right?
    [Photo via Talking Points Memo]


    Here’s a future Fox News show host.
    [Photo via Wonkette]


    Wipe the self-satisfied grins off of your faces, ladies. You’re making light of rape, so you’ve got nothing to be proud of.

    ["Financial rape" via Teablogging.net and "freeloading illegal rape" via Huffington Post]


    You know the anti-choicers were there, because they’ll show up at any protest about anything as long as they can hold up signs about the babykilling.

    [Photo via Huffington Post]

    [Photo via Huffington Post]


    Speaking of killing, this is just charming. Also, helpful hint to the maker of this sign – Hillary Clinton is now in the Cabinet, not in Congress, so you might want to cross her off and replace her with another evil liberal who you think deserves to be executed.

    [Photo via Huffington Post]

    And finally, some comic relief:


    Dude, get a grip.

    [Photo via Huffington Post]


    In fairness, I do think that many of these photos represent a descent into something.

    [Photo via Instaputz]

    This woman has a point. I think it’s time that all of us thought about renouncing our scholiast policies. Who cares about classical literature?

    [Photo via Huffington Post]


    So basically, make that bad evil non-white probably-Muslimish type guy go away? Got it, lady. (Don’t you love the stream of consciousness style of signs? If you’re going to take the time to make a sign, can’t you take 10 seconds to figure out exactly what you want to say?)

    [Photo via Huffington Post]


    Yep, some people are actually still clinging to the birth certificate thing.

    [Photo via The Washington Independent]

    Liberal infiltrators via ShortsandPants.


    No, we can’t.

    [Photo via Jezebel]


    And finally, Our girl BlueGal took what may be the funniest and most misguided sign of the day, and made it a million times funnier and awesomer, which is why we love her.

    [Image via BlueGal]

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  9. ThurmanLady ThurmanLady says

    Interesting, Stevie. And, thanks. It talks about Wall Street executives being the “real criminals.” Somehow it appears everyone misses the point: the real “criminals” are in Washington DC.

    This about says it all for me: “Corporations control the Government. We need Government Regulation to Protect us from these Corporations.” ♥

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