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Yesterday, as President Obama ran victory laps at Ground Zero to the cheers of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” eXiled Online editor Mark Ames was up in midtown Manhattan spreading his buzz-kill message to America from MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show.  Ames describes the post-victory hangover that Americans should be experiencing by now–if they had functioning memories, that is.

Watch the video of Ames ranting about the “Bin Laden Hangover” to Dylan Ratigan:



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  • 1. Tyler  |  May 6th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Way to go, Mark. Dead on. Glad you didn’t shed crocodile tears over Bin Laden like some libs are doing. But even gladder that you effectively described the truth, which is that nothing has changed really.

    P.S. Please release Brecher.

  • 2. GuidedBombUnit  |  May 6th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Damn, Mark. You’re really getting me worked up into a commenting-troll lather. Maybe I’m too obsessed with you? Maybe I’m getting way too frickin envious? Also, why doesn’t Dylan Ratigan put me on his show too? If he does, I swear I’ll stop obsessively checking your website and trolling comments sections everywhere.
    Gavin McInnes, Jew-lover…NOT!

  • 3. Anna Politkovskaya  |  May 6th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Ames is my fucking hero! I’m with you on this one Gavin.

  • 4. GuidedBombUnit  |  May 6th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    You know what would suck? Being some 50-something fashion critic guy with an ironic circus mustache who writes for a magazine whose logo is a debutante with a martini glass. Good thing you’re not one of those libertard idiots Ames. You’re the shit. And your turquoise eyes with flecks of chestnut…if I were gay…which I am but if I were…

  • 5. Usama  |  May 6th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Ames is Mankind’s last, best hope! Ames gets it. Libertards don’t.

  • 6. Tom  |  May 6th, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    You guys are so right, so often. My brother is a staffer for one of the oligarchs you mocked while publishing The Exile, so I can’t post these things to my Facebook. Paranoid? A bit…

  • 7. Dammerung  |  May 6th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    bububu but it’s a great victory for government and politics! How could anything good for government not be good for the common man right Ames? Maybe al-Queda should convert themselves to an investment bank …

  • 8. BahamaPapa  |  May 6th, 2011 at 2:26 pm


    Sure, the empire is in decline. Nobody doubts that.

    But if we score the occasional victory: let’s cheer and hope for more.

    Either we turn the game around or we’re all fucked.

    Osama’s death comes at a significant time, right on the heels of the success of the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia. Bin Laden hoped to channel all the anger of the young Arab men towards God, but now it seems like that anger might (maybe) be being channelled towards democracy and human rights, etc.

    Bin Laden’s death looks like another nail in the coffin of Jihadism. Too soon to tell, sure, but it actually looks, for the first time in who knows how long, like we might actually be winning. People love a winner, as you well know. It might all be bullshit, but all we can hope for is that it”s not, and maybe we’ve scored a couple of points, and maybe the Arab street might come around to our way of thinking. So, let’s cheer and hope for the best.

    What else can we hope for?

  • 9. rick  |  May 6th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    “You can go on decaying and getting stupider and stupider”–

  • 10. wengler  |  May 6th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Yeah I remember when the US wasn’t a banana republic too. The State of Illinois today shoveled 100 million dollars into the greasy palms of Motorola so they won’t relocate their corporate HQ. This is the state that just had an across-the-board 66 percent increase in the state income tax and whose news operations are actively pushing public workers’ pension fund hysteria.

    Rationality seems like a hundred years ago.

  • 11. sool  |  May 6th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Damn, they got the exiled logo up there.

  • 12. tanya  |  May 6th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    With all due respect, why do so many feel that
    taking out bin Laden will not change anything?
    What about a “change” in our relations with Pakistan for starters? One thing leads to another, so time will tell. But Justice has been done! And that’s a change in the right direction.

  • 13. Wyse Guy  |  May 6th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    You’ve shot to the top Ames, kicking ass on Ratigan’s show. Imagine, there are some sad doofuses out there still trolling your comments section while you’re zooming to the stars and telling it like it is. I’m speaking of course about that middle-aged geek who works for that tiara-branded Koch site, Gavin what’s-his-name, the one that the new york times called a “white supremacist.” Ever gone back and looked at what Gavin says about Jews?

  • 14. captain america  |  May 6th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    what i want to know is why does the generous comment-improving moderator waste his time improving the dyslexic retarded drivel that trolls might befoul this site with. seriously, how do you deal with improving the banjo-plucking dumbfucks whose idea of an “opinion” is sniffing the billionaires’ toilet seats and then going on the comments to anonymously write love-letters to their billionaire masters? you’re a man of patience and wisdom, o mighty censor!

  • 15. captain america  |  May 6th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    there’s nothing wrong with being the offspring of incest-addicted rightwing mongoloids who play banjos. just saying.

  • 16. empire in decline  |  May 6th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    The people always have a strong desire to turn certain individuals into Christ-like figures all the sins of a nation or humanity can be put upon so that nation, through that person’s death, can be absolved of responsibility. Osama bin Laden’s death is meant to obscure every sin this country committed in the past ten years.

    It’s the same with soldiers. No matter what crime is being committed against another people, if a soldier dies in the process of committing that crime, then that soldier’s death acts as a Christ-like absolution for any sin this country committed.

    The president too. Get rid of him and everything that happened under that president goes down the drain as if it never happened. The way the people think is as totalitarian as any dictatorship.

    Liberals and lefty types have a habit of sucking up to the people and pretending they’re victims rather than part of the problem so it’s nearly impossible to fix this. Once you start going after the real problem (the precious people lefties always bleat about) you don’t stick around in the public eye much longer – that’s how you know they’re the problem.

    By the way, it’s not elitest if you’re going against powerful people while siding with the weakest and most abused in other countries who get no representation in any powerful nation. I guarantee leftists who read this will think I’m being some aristocratic snob when siding with true victims of the majority’s will actually puts you with people like the mentally ill, criminals, drug addicts and the homeless – people most want on an island and ignored. There’s nothing elitist about going against a powerful majority of selfish assholes.

    I doubt Mark agrees with me since I think his sympathies lie with the people more than mine (to be honest my position is impossible to maintain and still be mainstream so I understand) but at least he seems to be trying to cut through the hysterical euphoric bullshit early when it matters the most. Most people wait far too long to try to tame mistaken popular sentiments. He’ll fail of course but I respect the effort.

  • 17. John Figler  |  May 7th, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Oh, boy… I was not gay, but you are turning me into one…

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaamen! to every fucking word in that video.

    (BTW, I think the other guy in the video secretly hates you, watch your back)

  • 18. maus  |  May 7th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    “Ames describes the post-victory hangover that Americans should be experiencing by now–if they had functioning memories, that is.”

    Yeah, the people hooting and running up poles aren’t hung over, because they have a jingoist IV drip.

    The only people “hung over” are those who already loathed American excess and incuriosity.

  • 19. the other Jon  |  May 8th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I think this interview officially seals it: Mark Ames is this generation’s Hunter S. Thompson. Unlike Matt Taibbi, who has always had his family to fall back on, therefore making his daring exploits less genuine (because if you can’t actually fail, then you really have nothing to lose by fucking around), Ames, like Thompson, came from nowhere, with no connections except those he forged on his own, and genuinely doesn’t seem to give a fuck one way or another what happens to himself–he’s always right on the verge of spinning out of control and getting exiled (see what I did there?) from mainstream journalism, or being shunned by polite society, or dying from a methamphetamine overdose. May Allah bless him.

  • 20. motorfirebox  |  May 9th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Is it me or does that headshot look like Ames is dropping a deuce? “What do I think our chances of turning this around are, Dylan? Hrnnk!”

  • 21. gyges  |  May 10th, 2011 at 4:15 am

    From the outside looking in the ‘deathing’ of OBL is extremely creepy and weird. The idea of hyperreality has been around for quite awhile but the relevance of the idea to OBL / al-qaeda hasn’t touched many commentators.

    Many, many people regard al-qaeda as “an authentic fake” or “the simulation of something that doesn’t exist”.

    It’s like looking at the Salem witch trials from the perspective of someone who doesn’t believe that witches exist whilst all the participants are totally immersed in their belief.

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