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November 06, 2012

Changing, Or Not, The Shit Chain

Today some of my readers will be able to vote for or against a change in the shit chain. Whatever the outcome of the election may be the taste of the end product is unlikely to change.

Let's hope that this sad and rather undemocratic show will end soon and without months of stupid legal hassle.

Posted by b on November 6, 2012 at 08:46 AM | Permalink


If this election results in a contested or unclear winner, it isn't going to look like 2000, it's going to wind up looking more like 1860...

Posted by: ralphieboy | Nov 6, 2012 8:59:14 AM | 1


Just what I wanted for breakfast – recycled corporate waste. Funny, except it's true. No matter who wins we'll lose.

Posted by: DaveS | Nov 6, 2012 9:06:27 AM | 2

The amazing thing, the truly disheartening aspect of this shameful charade, is that such a huge segment of our society is ignorant to the degree that they still buy into this crock of shit about a "Representative Government". These fuckers in DC are bought and paid for. "Whores" is a far too complimentary term to apply.

Vote today???? For what? An ass reaming?

No thanks. One of these snakes will inevitably slither into the Oval Office, and my participation in that travesty is neither required, nor offered. Fuck these people. They are everything we should aspire not to be.

Posted by: PissedOffAmerican | Nov 6, 2012 9:27:53 AM | 3

The sad fact is that the citizens eat it all up and call it ice cream.

Posted by: Lysander | Nov 6, 2012 10:10:04 AM | 4

Will I ever be glad when this election is over!!! I'm fed up with having all this crap crammed down my throat. And I don't even live in a battleground state.

But I am looking forward to having Obama revealed for the scoundrel he is. This will happen during the resolution of the "fiscal cliff" in December. "Good Democrats" can't eat enough crow!

Posted by: JohnH | Nov 6, 2012 10:21:35 AM | 5

That's a funny illustration, but it's horribly true. I tried to look at the 2012 Presidential election from a strategic point of view, but this morning when I went to vote and I voted third party. I just couldn't bring myself to vote for Obama, and definitely, not Romney. Our democracy has been on life support for the last 12 years. Now it's diving into the abyss of death and being replaced by something horribly Orwellian. When are the American people going to get tired of eating shit?

Posted by: AEWilliams | Nov 6, 2012 1:25:29 PM | 6

Texas, where I live, is not a battleground state. I voted for a couple of Democrats down the ticket. The majority here is used to pulling that republican lever, and none of them is expected to change their ways. The Green Party is showing up and is well represented on the ballot. Even the ordinary Democrats who have given up on the president, without reservations, can find one or two Democrats down the ticket, in whom they find some candle of human decency flickering. I mostly voted Green this time; and it was a vote I cast with enthusiasm, for Jill Stein, the Green candidate for president. In my precinct voting place, this time, there were no electronic screens on which to vote; but instead we all marked on the traditional long paper ballots I remember from years ago, and fed the form through the familiar Scantron counting machines.

Lots of Democrats are still voting Obama, going along with the lesser evil theory.

The media hype around the polling results, and so much wild hoopla over the British bookies and bet-takers claims about an Obama landslide, seems to be setting American emotions and divisions on edge, for a profound sense of being robbed; if results don't conform to built-up expectations. Classic voter suppression and tampering threatens the count, plus covert action to spoil ballots--and as Greg Palast suggests--electronic "glitches" running through the touchscreen appliances, have the potential to disappear something in the range of 5 million votes.

A lot of emotion is riding on what the MSM trumpets as a neck and neck contest. And there is very little public display here in Texas in terms of bumper stickers (there are very few/ almost none) and an unsettling scarcity of yard signs, with which to proclaim advocacy one way or another. I don't know for sure what this means; but I suspect it means that emotion, anger especially, is festering--like we have seen before in our history--a seeming tranquility before a storm. Rumors that the final tally in the Electoral College might drag out well past voting day, because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy, is likely to produce volatile reactions in this political atmosphere.

The corporate takeover of politics in the US has been accomplished through the corruption of the two big political parties, right here before our eyes. And part of the degeneration of democracy has been working internally, as people swallow their anger, as they have become visibly more circumspect and mum, prior to this vote. I think Chris Hedges is right in an essay written just prior to the vote, this US election process has become a sadomasochist experience. And surely there are attendant bouts of humiliation and rage, as the cheating and the artificiality of the contests become more obvious. He compares this process to the hazing experience he witnessed as a boy, in a New England boarding school.

Hedges writes:

So it is with some morbid fascination that I watch Barack Obama, who has become the prime “dominatrix” of the liberal class, force us in this election to plead for more humiliation and abuse. Obama has carried out a far more egregious assault on our civil liberties, including signing into law Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), than George W. Bush. Section 1021(b)(2), which I challenged in federal court, permits the U.S. military to detain American citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military facilities. U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest struck down the law in September. The Obama administration immediately appealed the decision. [...]
Obama tells us that we better lick his boots or we will face the brute down the hall, Mitt Romney. After all, we wouldn’t want the bad people to get their hands on these newly minted mechanisms of repression. We will, if we do not behave, end up with a more advanced security and surveillance state, the completion of the XL Keystone pipeline, unchecked pillage from Wall Street, environmental catastrophe and even worse health care. Yet we know on some level that once the election is over, Obama will, if he is re-elected, again betray us. This is part of the game. We dutifully assume our position. We cry out in holy terror. We promise to obey. And we are mocked as we watch promises crumble into dust.

Posted by: Copeland | Nov 6, 2012 2:08:44 PM | 7

I've thought for some time now that Obama, being the perfect corporate/empire caretaker, was coronated by the patrician class to help the 1%ers implement their global agenda. If he wins, I'll be more convinced than ever. Whatever the outcome, the workers in America lose, and the patrician class wins. The class war is real in America today, and the working class is losing.

Posted by: ben | Nov 6, 2012 2:38:06 PM | 8

P.S.-- Love me some Chris Hedges!!

Posted by: ben | Nov 6, 2012 2:39:18 PM | 9

The difference between Romney and Obama is that Romney is a Harvard MBA whose goal is to promote the interests of the 1%; Obama is a Harvard educated lawyer whose purpose is to protect the interests of the 1%.

I don't know why that that is so hard to understand by the 99% who will vote for the duopoly.

They used to howl when Krushchev got 99% of the vote. But no one whimpers when Robomney gets 99%.

Posted by: JohnH | Nov 6, 2012 3:04:37 PM | 10

the two party system is a one party system
Thing wont get any better till a better class of people have a change to attain power

Posted by: brian | Nov 6, 2012 3:49:53 PM | 11

Will this election change anything about our [foreign] policies towards our 'allies' in the Gulf, those untainted bastions of freedom and equality?

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Nov 6, 2012 4:33:55 PM | 12

The drawing is puerile and only detracts from meaningful dialogue. Maybe it's a cultural thing?

Posted by: DM | Nov 6, 2012 4:38:20 PM | 13

I find it rather silly to see millionaire democrats stand up for 'Joe Sixpack' and 'Ordinary Jane,' because they simply don't have a clue what it means to be 1 paycheck away from poverty, let alone be driven by a heartfelt willingness to really make a difference and improve the live of those millions living below the poverty line. Time for some more tea into a harbor, any harbor...

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Nov 6, 2012 4:51:16 PM | 14

@10 not only puerile, but not logically consistent. The "Politician" and "Media" have it as bad as the "Citizen"?, eg. Somebody's outrage trumped his ability to communicate clearly. And by somebody, I meant the artist, of course.

Posted by: yes_but | Nov 6, 2012 5:31:42 PM | 15

I missed this report on CNN. ;)

The magic behind Mormon underwear: from powerful symbols to Mitt Romney’s connection

"....In the end, ex-Mormons have many ways of getting rid of their garments, either by burning them, throwing them out, or just using them as dust rags to clean. While this is true for ex-believers, Mormons who are still practicing and proud take this piece of cloth as a symbol of their religion. They cherish the garment and wear it every day, for protection against bad and as a reminder of their roots. Perhaps the true message here is not necessarily about the garments themselves, but the person who believes in all they stand for. Remember that people who connect to such an idea, like Mitt Romney, don’t forget their faith when going into politics."

The sort of faith Richard Secord and Oliver North practiced. Remember those drug mafia gofers?

Posted by: вот так | Nov 6, 2012 8:09:23 PM | 16

US bans OSCE observers: What are they trying to hide? (yellow stained Mormon knickers?)

The unspoken truth about American elections is that they are rigged. In fact, election rigging is as American as Indian genocide. The new electronic voting systems guarantee rigged elections with complete concealment of the criminal trail.

But why falsify votes between employees like Obama and Romney?

That's not really the point of it. But creating a controversy about Obama or Romney (Dem or Rep) election stealing is a good way to cover up the real theft. Which is the non-big money items. Like state and local referendums, politicians, judges, bureaucracy positions and all the other things up for grabs. It is at the local and state level where fascist power can be challenged. This is where their corruption and control of the media and corrupt often fails to give the "correct" results and those results need that extra little fixing.

The key to preventing democracy is to prevent it at the local level. This is where real movements can start and take effect outside of the control of the fascists who run the USA. At the national level, the expense alone (of American [s]elections) prevents democracy.

Posted by: вот так | Nov 6, 2012 8:32:12 PM | 17

Sorry to seem like a spammer, but this story has to be the ultimate election scoop in the American media:

Michigan man dies, is revived at poll—and makes sure he voted

For an American reporter, or media outlet, it doesn't get much better than this.

Posted by: вот так | Nov 6, 2012 8:56:52 PM | 18

1] amerikan election sucks

2] since when our election become ur biz ?

1] since the day u decide to rule the world


2] ..................

Posted by: denk | Nov 7, 2012 12:38:07 AM | 19

a suggested caption for the cartoon
*gringos r like mushrooms.....kept in the dark n fed bushit all day*

courtesy john pilger

Posted by: denk | Nov 7, 2012 11:55:37 PM | 21

wake up n smell the bushit

Posted by: denk | Nov 8, 2012 1:39:53 AM | 22

4 more yrs to the prez for change

Posted by: denk | Nov 8, 2012 11:58:51 PM | 23

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