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MSNBC: Mark Ames and Yasha Levine
Broke the Koch Brothers' Takeover of America
October 2010


Maybe what’s happening in America today will seem funny to some other culture in some future time—how it happened that in the depths of America’s decline, Liberals, the great opposition to everything mean and ruthless in this culture, couldn’t muster up a get-together for anything better than a mock-in. Led by a clown.

I confess, I couldn’t hack it. I came to the rally–saw those two pastry chefs from the Mythbusters show get all the Liberal Elites to hold a post-modern human wave, an ironic human wave allowing all the self-conscious Liberal Elites to play like Real America, while salvaging their vanity because it was all ironic and post-modern… And to make sure that everyone knew they were not really human-waving but rather meta-human-waving, the Mythbusters duo deconstructed the human wave. And all the Liberal Elites smiled and laughed knowingly, because all 150,000 were in on the biggest inside-joke wankathon in American history. And that was it for me–I was outta there. (more…)

October 30th, 2010 | Comments (293)

How Meg Whitman Failed Her Way to the Top at eBay, Collecting Billions While Nearly Destroying the Company

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October 27th, 2010 | Comments (43)

Hereafter I Will Avoid Clint Eastwood Films

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October 26th, 2010 | Comments (28)

WATCH: Mark Ames Is Back On MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan Show, Talking About The Tea Baggers' Slave Mentality, And America's "Virtual Democracy"

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October 20th, 2010 | Comments (37)

The "Flash Crash" Cover-Up

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October 14th, 2010 | Comments (14)

 Neocon Like Me: How I Spent A Year In Iraq Teaching With The Bush-Cheney Crazies

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October 11th, 2010 | Comments (96)

Blood-Sucking Death Porn Dykes Do Western Australia: A Survey Of True Crime From Down Under

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October 7th, 2010 | Comments (28)

Tea Party Republicans Are Nothing But Big Government Whores, Just Like Their Billionaire Masters

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October 5th, 2010 | Comments (30)

Anatomy of a Libertard: Will Wilkinson And the Koch-Funded Nomenklatura

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October 3rd, 2010 | Comments (69)