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Joe Walsh Unleashes Stream of Screaming Abuse At Voters (VIDEO)

Joe Walsh has a new Fox News pundit audition tape out! See, Joe has been carefully studying Roger Ailes’ stable of shrieky little porcupines over there during his constant talking head appearances on the channel. So here he is trying out a “full Bill O’Reilly” during a constituent meet-up, by screaming his bloody head off at some poor folks for calmly asking him why the government needs to be full of kleptocrat bank lobbyists who love to murder financial regulations all day long. God, these rational questions really PISS JOE OFF.

Here’s the salient part of the transcript, via Think Progress:

WALSH: The problem is you’ve got to be consistent. And I don’t want government meddling in the marketplace. Yeah, they move from Goldman Sachs to the White House, I understand all of that. But you gotta’ be consistent. And it’s not the private marketplace that created this mess. What created mess was your government, which has demanded for years that everybody be in a home. And we’ve made it easy as possible for people to be in homes. […] Don’t blame banks, and don’t blame the marketplace for the mess we’re in right now! I am tired of hearing that crap! This pisses me off! Too many people don’t listen.

And then champion listener Joe Walsh yells at a guy trying to ask another question and orders him to shut up or be forced to leave. Probably it’s all part of the plan for this incompetent butthead to get voted out of office by his weary constituents sick of his abuse, so he can move onto that more lucrative teevee gig. [Think Progress]

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    1. MaxUdargo

      This makes political sense, I guess. Right-wingers are sure impressed with loud-mouthed idiots. If you have no idea what you're talking about, but you never let that stop you from yelling at other people as if they're the idiots, you may have a career in Republican politics. See Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, et al.

    1. MaxUdargo

      I can empathize with him. Nothing pisses me off more than a bunch of people with some actual understanding of an issue contradicting the bumper-sticker-ready talking point I read on a blog somewhere. Fucking idiots. Shut up, stupid! Either shut up or leave! I have to go through this every time I'm waiting in line at Starbucks.

      1. GOPCrusher

        I'm constantly amazed at the thought process that went into turning the entire meltdown of the banking and financial industry into an opportunity to blame the government for forcing them to loan money to (brown) people that never had any intentions of paying it back.

    1. Not_So_Much

      Because he's so nuanced, he feels he has to kick it up a notch so he doesn't lose the audience.

  1. Callyson

    What a great role model for his kids.
    Also, what created this mess *is* the private sector, jerk: ever hear of securitization of mortgages, and then falsely marketing them as safe investments? It wasn't the government that did that, and the fact that the government *allowed* it to happen is the result of the deregulation that you Repugnants wanted.

    1. LesBontemps

      Obama personally created the CDO/CDS market by socialist government regulation! Just let the markets work their magic and STFU, you commies!

    2. SorosBot

      To the Free Market worshipers, it is heresy to suggest that their god can fail, so they must make up some mythology to explain away any failures of the actual market as somehow being the work of their Satan, government regulation. It's sort of like how in Christianity all bad things are really the result of man turning away from god, or of demons.

    3. pdiddycornchips

      People of Illinois congressional district 8, you're responsible for this. We will never, ever forgive you.

      I love the Republican meme about how government created this mess. They really want us to believe Wall Street was pressured into securitizing everything in sight by those notorious bullies, Congressional Democrats. Bankers and execs on Wall Street made hundreds of millions of dollars selling subprime Mortgage Backed Securities. They made hundreds of millions more creating CDO's and CDS's either backed by or hedged with subprime securities. When the shit hits the fan, they run to the Fed for a tax payer financed do over and we're supposed to believe they're innocent victims?

      1. BerkeleyBear

        My understanding is he's toast and knows it, so he's basically trying to audition for Fox talking head/GOP asskisser of the year right now.

    4. BlueStateLibel

      All conveniently overlooked by the Cons of course. The way idiots like Walsh talk, you'd think the government waterboarded the poor banks at Gitmo.

    5. hagajim

      So it really is governments fault…because of deregulation not the insistence that all people own their own homes…what a fuck.

  2. BaldarTFlagass

    Glad to see Joe branching out from being an asshole to his kids to being an asshole to his constituents. Up up and away!

          1. Herring_Burnit

            Actually, I was going to dip the barbed wire in chilli sauce and then carefully wrap it around a dildo and … well, you get my drift. Suffice it to say that if the bastard never sits easy again, I will have accomplished my aim.

    1. comrad_darkness

      If I were his constituent, I'd be happy to help take the load off his kids in this department.

    2. Dashboard_Jesus

      yeah well I'm guessin' ol Joe is a one-term Repig wonder, the asshole only *won* by 200 votes in 2010 so shouldn't take long before his *constituents* vote his ass OUT in 2012…then the deadbeat asshole can try the 'free market' that helped him to become a millionaire, oh wait what's that Joe's NOT rich?

      [However, he never made much money and has pointed to salaries of $30,000 to $40,000 a year in the past. In 2010, he had a negative net worth of $317,498 according to the Center for Responsive Politics.]

  3. BlueStateLibel

    This is probably how he bellowed at his ex-wife and ex-kids, except they probably wound up with a couple of shiners too.

    1. JustPixelz

      "YouTube videos piss me off."

      "Support orders! Those really piss me off."

      "Kids who want to start calling me 'Uncle Joe'. They really piss me off."

    1. OneYieldRegular

      It's difficult to debate with nuance when all you have is one single, perfectly round, smooth idea rolling around in your empty skull like a marble inside a basketball.

  4. Tundra Grifter

    There are just so many lies here. Most abusive (predatory) ARM loans were refinances – that whole thing about people buying homes they couldn't afford is spin. Revisionism.

    And it wasn't Fannie and Freddie. Most of the sub-prime crap was brokered outside the regulated banking community. Rogue brokers sold the loans to folks who already owned a home – many were almost or completely paid off. These loans were packaged by Wall Street investment banks and sold overseas.

    Folks like Joe here don't understand "sub-prime" – that means Fannie and Freddie wouldn't fund them (although they did buy some of the bunded loans later on).

    And please don't blame "CRA." That's another lie. Regulators did not tell banks to make bad loans – they told them to make good loans in their backyards. Not to redline. The Community Reinvestment Act didn't trigger this debacle.

    Mendacity! Lies and liars!

    1. Chichikovovich

      Man, don't you get it? The CRA made them loan to – you know – minorities in minority neigborhoods. And according to the Republicanese – English dictionary a loan to a minority living in a minority neighborhood is by definition a bad loan. Doesn't matter how much collateral is provided, how big the down payment, how much the client earns, what their credit rating is.

      [It took me twenty-five years of living in the States to finally notice the dog-whistles.]

      1. starfanglednut

        Sadly, that is really what they think. Poor, brown people ruin everything that good, upstanding (white) people create. That undercurrent of barely concealed racism informs all their political beliefs.

    2. SoBeach

      I like how Joe screams the government "DEMANDED" the banks make those loans. Of course, no one in the room tells the loudmouth he's full of shit.

      Come on, people. They can get away with that crap on Fox where they control the microphone. But in the real world they shouldn't be allowed to get away with it for even one second.

          1. BerkeleyBear

            He probably won't even be on the ballot because of redistricting. The Dems did the map in Illinois this time, and his district was targeted for some changes that left his home (and about half his district) in the 14th, where he'd have to run against a GOP Rep who isn't completely nuts (or at least is quiet about it). The 8th was redrawn as more Dem friendly, and Tammy Duckworth (former state Director of Veteran's Affairs, VA undersecretary, decorated chopper pilot and double amputee Iraq war vet) is running for the Dem nomination, among others.

          2. Herring_Burnit

            Yup. He's about to be out of a job and all those sweet perks, like health care and pension benefits subsidized by taxpayers. The young mistress he dumped his wife for probably won't put up with his being unemployed for a long stretch AGAIN, so I'm guessing Joey's chickens will soon be coming home to roost, bocking all over his living room rug and, hopefully, shitting his bed.

          3. RavenRant

            Uh, no. They get very generous pensions and healthcare for the rest of their lives.

            And he'll probably get a job on right wing radio or Fox. Them righties do like their shouty, screamy bullies.

            Normally, I would say lobbyist, but I don't think his social skills would be adequate to the task.

          4. Herring_Burnit

            I think you have to serve a minimum number of years to qualify for all that sweet shit, and he's only served a single term.

            I hope he doesn't actually get a job, any job, unless it's something really poorly paid and low-level. He needs to experience a little of the suffering of the majority. And, yeah, screaming at people doesn't really work when you're trying to get THEM to do YOU favours. What a godawful prick.

          5. RavenRant

            You are right. Five years to get the pension.

            Here's hoping the laws of karma pay Mr. Walsh a visit soon, and decide to dig in and stay a while.

        1. Dashboard_Jesus

          yeah here's the whole thing, but I couldn't watch past the first 60 seconds cuz I think I know how it ends (somebody shoots the asshole right?)

    3. memzilla

      Damn straight. The bad credit risks were all talked into the deal by the mortgage brokers — who got their fees regardless of the risk of the loan — saying that they would always be able to refinance their mortgage and always be able to sell the house at a profit.

      Read Michael Lewis' The Big Short for the inside story of how Wall Street turned Triple-B rated bonds into Triple-A rated securities (i.e., turned dog-s**t into gold).

      1. Tundra Grifter


        I've been involved in various aspects of commercial (income) property finance for over twenty-five years. I've also dabbled in financing residential real estate.

        I saw this unfold, from the inside. I worked for a thrift that wanted to buy more 125% LTV loans. The regulator – OTS – told them "NO!" Actually, after this OTS told every thrift in the US "NO!"

        I've read every book I can find on the subject – on the housing debacle, the Wall Street meltdown, &c. One of the best so far is "All the Devils are Here." I highly recommend it!

          1. Herring_Burnit

            Thanks muchly. I probably won't get to it before the new year dawns (I'm currently reading a humongous pile of history books), but I make a list every year and try to read everything on that list, so it's going on next year's list.Feel free to make more recommendations! I can't resist a good book, and if I have my surgery at the end of the year, as I expect, I'll have plenty of time to read while recuperating.

      2. BerkeleyBear

        Don't forget the appraisers, who wrote the values of those properties based on instant 10 percent per year appreciations because it made the brokers and lenders happy; the real estate agents who upsold their clients for bigger commissions; the homebuilders, who built bigger and bigger boxes with shitty Chinese drywall and migrant Mexican labor because it fattened up their bottom lines; and all of the moronic middle income Americans who bought that it suddenly made sense for them to own a 5 BR, 4 BA micro mansion with a 3 car garage way the hell out in the middle of nowhere for twice what a 3 BR, 2 BA would have cost them in an established neighborhood. Fucking collective delusional thinking.

        1. RavenRant

          In downtown Los Angeles, a shitty single room condo – not a one bedroom, but a small single – was going for $500,000. Not everyone bought a McMansion. In terrible neighborhoods here, a tear down shack on a postage stamp yard was running $799,000 to well over $1,000,000. And realtors and mortgage brokers were doing the hard sell: "We can get you in! We can write you a loan for any amount! YOU CAN"T LOSE!" I simply gave up hope of buying a home, but I can understand an unsophisticated buyer thinking, "If the experts are telling me it's okay, it must be…"

          1. Herring_Burnit

            Everybody wants to live where the weather is good and the scenery is beautiful, and at least over most of coastal California, it is, and it is. So, yeah, a million will get you a small, unattractive place with NO view in CA. For something WITH a view, you could pay several million more. Especially if you live anywhere near that beautiful, beautiful coast.

          2. BerkeleyBear

            I grew up in SoCal, and my folks got out in 2004, so I know how insane that place has always been. The uptick of stupid there accelerated in the late 90s, but it has always been overpriced as far back as I can remember. The last straw for me with California generally was when I read about a woman who had 250k in cash and wanted a 2 BR in San Jose, and couldn't find anything. Anyone who thought a 30k shotgun shack was actually worth 500k was being moronic in their own special way.

            What I was referring to mainly though, was the MW, where all of a sudden no one was building reasonably sized homes on decent lots, even though there was plenty of land and there hadn't been a huge infusion of money into the area like happened in Silicon Valley. I mean it was the "ez credit scams" that used to prey exclusively on the poor, only repackaged for the middle class. I was lucky – my wife and I bought and sold 2 houses between 2001-2011 and didn't lose money on either, but it was damn close.

          3. RavenRant

            There was plenty of mortgage fraud – lender-initiated mortgage fraud, aka predatory lending.

            And state legislatures and AGs around the country tried to put a stop to it, and were stopped in their tracks by the Bush administration.

        2. MOG2410

          Have to agree, one of my siblings ended up with THREE mortgages, because when the last two companies called they told her she could afford it. Delusional.

    4. RavenRant

      Good to see the knowledge is spreading. The idea that banks were forced to make bad loans by onerous government regulations is ludicrous on its face. But Bloomberg told this very lie a couple of days ago.

      Joe Walsh is just dumb enough to believe and parrot whatever line he is fed by his owners. But Bloomberg knows full well what a crock of shit he is spewing. We need to get to a point where these liars are called out, to their face, and then laughed out of the room.

      1. Radio99%

        It never ceases to amaze me the way these talking points just become ingrained. But, one of my favorite. quotes:
        Great is the power of steady misrepresentation. Charles Darwin

  5. OneYieldRegular

    Consistency is the hobbledehoy of tiny, angry, shriveled, one-track, destitute, bullying minds.

        1. jqheywood

          "And Herman shall get into the camel's toe before a rich man gets into heaven"

          ….or something like that.

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          I'm holy how, I mean holy like I'm a prophet, I anoint you? I make you pray, I'm here to fuckin' salvate you? What do you mean holy, holy how? How am I holy?

    1. Tundra Grifter

      Yes – but that was ok because first they thrust their birth certificates into Baggies so they could wave them around.

      That made it so much better.

      1. poncho_pilot

        "Remember when the 'baggers used to yell at the congressmen?"
        "Then they *became* congressmen."

        This summer.
        Check your closets.
        That's not a giant brussel sprout
        and they are not happy to see you.

        Invasion Of The Party Snatchers.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      I do like the idea of having a constituent event in a bar. And how large the Morning Crew was. And, yes, I do mean "large" in at least two meanings.

      "Quiet! Quiet or I'm going to ask you to leave!" Hey, Joe, it's a fucking bar.

  6. johnnymeatworth

    "What created mess was your government, which has demanded for years that everybody be in a home."

    What? Really? Are we going to start suing the homeless for treason now?

    1. Generation[redacted]

      Obvs the problem is too many people are living in homes. If we just let the banks kick everyone out of their homes, we wouldn't be in this mess. Duh!

      When will constituents learn to listen to their representatives? Stoopid voters think it should be the other way around.

    2. freakishlywrong

      And "YOUR" Government Blow Joe? If you think the Government is so incapable of doing anything, get out of it and watch it blossom. Asshole.

  7. Indiepalin



    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Thank you. I think everyone on this board has fucked that chicken at least once by now, myself included.

      1. weejee

        Songs to be retired from jukeboxes (not sayin' good or bad just enough already):
        1. Stairway to Heaven
        2. Hotel Californicator
        3. Light My Fire
        4. Freebird


        1. BaldarTFlagass

          Not necessarily jukebox-related, but the FCC needs to impose a fine on any classic rock station that plays "Riders on the Storm" and/or "Ridin' the Storm Out" whenever it fucking rains.

        2. SorosBot

          Ring of Fire (good song, but god does it get overplayed on jukeboxes) and Brown Eyed Girl (Dude, every guy who has ever dated a girl with brown eyes – which is about 80% or so of the population – has played that for her; it's not clever).

          1. BaldarTFlagass

            I'm partial to "Brown-Eye Girl."

            Is that even a song? Well, it should be, and it should have been recorded by Frank Zappa.

          2. Chichikovovich

            Back when I was a lil' shaver, working on construction, mes chums would sing a variation on the title line of this Crystal Gayle song.

            I can't actually say it, because my sainted grandmother in heaven would be very disappointed in me. But I think you'll agree that in this context, with that title, it's just a matter of technique from here on in.

          3. Terry

            Try the version of Ring of Fire by a band called Finn's Fury. It's better than Johnny Cash's version.

        3. McRibzgood

          Journey "Don't Stop Beliving"
          Any thing by Aero-shit, Lover(of)boy, CheapDick
          Garth Brooks "I Got Friends in Low Places"

          Well pretty much everything from 01-113 on the CD player at my bar (except for the Parliament).

          1. SorosBot

            Garth Brooks? What hell of a bar do you go to where people play that shit?

            Oh, and the other groups you mentioned are good; and Don't Stop Believing wasn't overplayed until recently, when the one-two punch of its use in the Sopranos finale and Glee premiere lead to its comeback.

          2. not that Dewey

            I live in a town where there are only two bars, so it stands to reason that one of those two jukeboxes is going to play Garth Brooks sooner or later.

          3. HedonismBot

            I hardly ever go to the bars. But when I do, it's pretty much all country, all the time. But I live in Cowboy-istan, Wyoming. If you live where I do, people just assume you like it.
            I sympathize with you. Nuff said.

          4. SorosBot

            Ouch. I live in the city, so almost nobody plays country crap at any of the bars I go to; and on the rare occasion somebody does everyone else glares angrily at the person.

          5. HedonismBot

            My friends and I get glared at when we play something on the jukebox that is not country. When my selections are over, the bartender puts enough music on to ensure I don't get another chance to choose the song.
            That's kind of why I don't go to the bars very often.

          6. Terry

            Pennsyltucky, where Yeungling, Rolling Rock, and Bud are considered premium brands and the default or rail brand of beer is Genny Cream Ale. I can only drink Genny if I'm sitting at a bar with former coal miners and am the only one with all of my fingers and no persistent cough.

          7. McRibzgood

            Don't forget Iron Shitty Beer. Man I hate that stuff. When I lived in Chi town I couldn't believe that a friend of mine would pay me to bring back keg every time I went to PGH to visit the family.

          8. Terry

            My family is from over between Johnstown and Altoona. For some reason, we never saw much Iron City.

            Genny tastes like club soda, more or less.

          9. ShitFilledExistence

            I unfortunately reside in AZ (from lower Bucks co. originally) and always make sure to get my fill of Genny and Yuengling when we go to visit my husband's parents in Rochester during the holidays.

        4. RavenRant

          Love Creedence and John Fogerty, but Proud Mary has been played too many times. Retire it for at least 100 years.

    2. TitsOccupado

      I call bullshit. If the repeated abuse of the "you know who else" meme hasn't been enough, nothing will be.

        1. V572625694

          Remember the Great "Also" Era? Thought that'd never end. Truth to tell I always enjoy the creativity in the you-know-who-else posts.

          1. HedonismBot

            It's kind of like the "that's what she said" joke. Usually, it's just stupid, but sometimes you find the perfect opportunity to use it. And then it's sublime.

    3. Generation[redacted]

      Okay, okay. Take it easy.

      Take it… eeeeeeeeaaaaaaasy.

      (I assume Jackson Browne is still fair game)

  8. Texan_Bulldog

    Hey, his constituents should be HAPPY they got to get yelled at & berated by Joe for free. Next up: Town Hall with Joe Walsh–$250.

  9. NorthStarSpanx

    See voters, this is what happens when you elect populist candidates that aren't fit to serve in public office.

    In the private sector, he can scream at his employees like this all day long, granted he may be subject to a lot of disgruntled complaints beleaguering his company and management efficacy, but it's his style.

    Here's a thought, you gave this turd a job, you take it away.

    1. IncenseDebate

      Give a shit a turd, he craps for a day. Teach a shit to turd, he needs a permanent supply of grampy pants.

    2. pdiddycornchips

      During the Vietnam war, officers were sometimes killed by their own troops if the grunts found their leadership wanting. I'm talking to you Illinois 8.

    3. comrad_darkness

      No one wanted to give this turd a job except idiot republican voters and their narrowminded push button issue (no help for browns!!). This is the guy that begged off paying child support to his wife by pleading poverty.

  10. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Yes, the Government insisted that everyone should have a house. Even black and brown people. And then they forced the large banks to bundle all those mortgages together so that investors had no idea what the risk was, and give loans on big huge houses in Arizona and Florida that were unpayable when the market crashed, and to give giant bonuses to their executives while Rome burned. Damn Government!

  11. EatsBabyDingos

    Needz moar Howard Dean "EEEYYYOOOOOAAAAHHHH!" But not much, as the zesty level is quite elevated.

  12. BaldarTFlagass

    So, is this Joe's Captain Queeg moment? "Ahh, but the strawberries that's… that's where I had them."

    1. Tundra Grifter

      "Captain – are you saying someone stole your strawberries?"

      "No – I invited you all in for a bowl of sand. Makes a great snack."

      – Mad Magazine

  13. Not_So_Much

    What the fuck does Screamin' Joe know about finance? Shouting, lying douchecanoe can't even manage his own child support payments.

  14. ManchuCandidate

    Hey Joe, where you goin' with that Koch in your mouth
    Hey Joe, I said where you goin' with that Koch in your mouth

    I'm going down to shoot my big mouth
    You know, I've been told to tell some fucking lies 'bout banks
    I'm going down to shoot my big mouth
    You know, I've been told to blame you fucks not the banks
    And that ain't too bad

  15. Mumbletypeg

    There's enough repressed rage in this human dildo to power-balloon his own parade float with bilious hot air. I'll provide the nipple clamps for keeping him tethered securely.

      1. Mumbletypeg


        When he's around his kids, I'm hoping so, certainly. That's what Norman Bates felt he deserved that big award for, right?

        /snark off — If his kids, estranged or no, have been spared these outbursts b/c Walsh avoids unleashing his anger around them, that's repression I can believe in. (Until he gets some help).

    1. SheriffRoscoe

      Dammit, I was going to try again with this…..but flipping out in a bar and yelling "Dodd / Frank! Is that what you want? Is that what you want?" at the top of his lungs gets my juices flowin'.

  16. SexySmurf

    Hey Joe, that box with the lens on it is called a camera. It has the ability to record moments of time for all to see. You might not want to act like a complete asshole around it.

    1. SayItWithWookies

      That probably was Joe Walsh not acting like a complete asshole. I'll bet his unguarded self is much more of an uncomprehending, spoiled, arrogant little shit.

    2. Chichikovovich

      I use the general rule of thumb that if someone behaves really badly when they know their every word, movement and facial expression is being recorded, their behavior off camera is ten times worse. By that standard, I'm thinking our Joe is in Ted Bundy territory.

        1. Chichikovovich

          Yes – consistent with the "when the camera isn't on" motif, I was thinking of Bundy when the mask came off.

          1. Herring_Burnit

            So, desu-ka? I like to think he was more like that dreadful fucker, Edmund Kemper, who killed his mother, ripped out her throat and tossed it in the garbage disposal, then had sex with her corpse. Charming!

      1. Herring_Burnit

        What One Dollar Juana said.

        If you're planning a career as a psychopathic serial killer, it behooves you to charm your victims into your power. Yelling usually doesn't work. Ergo, Joe is no Bundy.

      1. Chichikovovich

        And of all the people there it was a woman who gave him the metaphorical kick in the 'nads.

  17. WhatTheHeck

    Incredibly loud and unfortunately too close.
    But hey, that's what you do when people don't understand your message.
    Next time, shout louder. I still didn't get your message.

    1. Oblios_Cap

      I'm always amazed that the people that scream the loudest about how they hate the government are the first in line to make a living being in it.

      1. freakishlywrong

        I hear the salary is nice if you don't have to share it with your children for support and the benefits are generous if you don't cover your fambly.

  18. Wilcoxyz

    Sure he's kicked up in a ragey lather about responsibility, but he didn't beat anyone with a belt.

  19. V572625694

    Did Joe go to the Rick Santilli School of Communications?If he poked his finger in the chest and yelled in the face of some bar patrons of my acquaintance, he might get his clock cleaned in addition to losing their votes.

    And that girl behind Crazy Joe at 0:32 looks quit hittable…in the metaphoric, sexual, sense. (Thanks to Sharon Bialek, you have to explain this now to be "politically correct.") She wisely fled this stupidity fest at 0:42.

    1. Herring_Burnit

      I was just thinking that young Joseph might not have a whole lot of contact with cranky Oldz, especially not vets who might resent the in-your-face-yelling finger-pokey-stabby-stabbing shit. Because I know a few who would personally delight to flatten his arrogant ass into the woodwork and render that pretty face most unphotogenic.

  20. paris biltong

    I'm afraid I must reiterate what I wrote in the previous thread: "According to a New York Times analysis, nearly all of the biggest financial companies — Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America among them — have settled fraud cases by promising that they would never again violate an antifraud law, only to have the S.E.C. conclude they did it again a few years later. " They're lawbreakers and we're letting them get away with it.

    1. gloriositudinously

      But, as their crack legal teams will quickly point out, there was no clause in the contract stating, "No, seriously, for realz this time."

  21. SayItWithWookies

    Joe Walsh is right, of course — if it wasn't for government's sick obsession with people living in homes, we could all camp out and it would be just like the garden of Eden. And then government just bullied the finance industry into creating unregulated securities made out of bundled mortgage slices to let speculators bet on. Really, those smartypants executives at Goldman-Sachs should hire some lobbyists or something so they're not abused in this fashion anymore.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      I'd like to ask him how many Americans he thinks should be without homes.

      But he'd probably scream at me for not listening, when he said, "What created mess was your government, which has demanded for years that everybody be in a home."

    2. not that Dewey

      Why should anyone want a home? Stupid Big Government always making people not sleep in caves.

  22. Schmannnity

    I cannot understand why such a sweetheart is divorced. Maybe if he would pay some child support, his kids could get some therapy.

  23. Oblios_Cap

    "Repression is the only lasting philosophy. The dark deference of fear and slavery, my friend," observed the MarquisJoe Walsh, "will keep the dogs obedient to the whip, as long as this roof," looking up to it, "shuts out the sky."

  24. poncho_pilot

    i wasn't aware that the government was the sole driving force behind this whole home ownership thing. i thought that was some bullshit foisted on us from many different angles. but what do i know? i only listen to people when they're talking to me unlike a certain congressman i can think of whose name sounds like Blow Ballsh.

  25. tymberwolf817

    Oh geez! It totally looks like Screamy McScreamerson slaps the woman in the denim jacket on the arm at 1:34 when he gets way up in her face. Bonus points for her WTF face.

  26. Ruhe

    "The problem is you've got to be consistent. Americans have always utilized every resource available to them and just like coal or timber that money that new Chinese middle class was sitting on was a resource just waiting to be exploited. Failing to develop the collateralized mortgage devices necessary for extracting that resource would have been foolish and un-American. Is that what you want? All those lazy deadbeats who got into mortgages they couldn't afford were just doing their part and the Banks were just doing their part. Who's to blame? Obama, that's who. Now shut up!"

  27. V572625694

    Joe's current district is in the great, flat, dreary exurbs northeast of Chicago. Not sure if that means anything but it ought to.

        1. weejee

          It used to be in Wisconsin you could not buy yellow margarine in ¼-lb stick. You could only by uncolored, white, margarine in 1-lb blocks that came with a dye pellet. At the Illinois border, near Walsh's district, there were store with humongous tall signs advertising "Colored Oleo" with more flash that those at a strip parlor.

          1. V572625694

            Ha! Big Dairy used to be even more powerful than it is now. I grew up in Chicago, and my parents used to reminisce about how you had to mix a separate coloring agent with margarine if you didn’t want it to look like lard. They also fought tooth and nail (or hoof and udder) against the idea of milk in cardboard cartons because it spelled the end of home delivery.

          2. ShaveTheWhales

            When I was a wee Sconnie, one of my tasks was smushing the the plastic bag to turn the margarine "yellow".

    1. Gainsbourg69

      It means that in 2012 that piece of shit is going back to selling cars or whatever the fuck it is he did before he decided to meddle in politics.

        1. SorosBot

          Actually it would be nice to see him go northeast of Chicago, and right down to the bottom of the lake.

  28. Tundra Grifter

    "We made it as easy as possible for everyone to buy a home."

    That joker never tried to close a loan, did he?

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Hey, the market was just responding to what the government did.

      Which was to totally let the banks do whatever the hell they wanted, with minimal regulation, and let Wall Street's financial alchemists transmute the toxic sludge of liars' loans into nice, shiny AAA-rated securities, and sell derivatives and swaps and designed-to-fail funds in a three-trillion-dollar secondary market with zero oversight. All the fault of the gubbimint, which he wants to fix by HAVING EVEN LESS REGULATION.

      What a loud, insufferable fucking moron. No wonder his wife ditched him. If he doesn't want to pay child support, it's probably because his kids hate him.

      1. comrad_darkness

        This wankers took the "lesson" of the savings and loan debacle and used this same "regulation is at fault" excuse to screw the country over two more rounds after that. Yeah, if we stand by and let bastards like this lie unchallenged, *yet again* we really deserve the resulting ass pounding.

      2. Tundra Grifter

        BzB: I agree with you if you refer to investment banks (Wall Street houses). For the most part it wasn't conventional banks.

          1. Tundra Grifter


            No. I put them in the Ownit, Ocwen, New Century, et. al. group.

            The worst conventional bank (actually, a bank/thrift hybrid) was World Savings. Washington Mutual came to the game rather late.

            For the most part, however, the sub-prime loans were generated outside the Federally regulated structure.

    2. Herring_Burnit

      My partner and I went through the whole home-buying schtick twice. The first time was in the late 1980s, and it was MUCH more difficult to buy then, with the interest rates much higher, and the scrutiny you could expect much scrutiner. By the time we endured the second round, in 2002, the banks were practically BEGGING us to take the money. They wanted to give us a loan for much more than we wanted and we had to slap the shit out of them to convince them we weren't interested. So, it actually did become a LOT easier to buy a home between those two decades.

      1. Tundra Grifter

        HB: There is no doubt it became easier – I agree with you. However, I would never agree that it was ever a simple process. Particularly for borrowers who want to understand what the heck they are getting into.

  29. poncho_pilot

    if Walsh had been part of the Cabaret Voltaire he could've gone by the pseudonym, Deadbeat Dada.

  30. GorzoTheMighty

    Someone give his constituents a hanky to wipe the spray off there faces. Disgusting. Emily Post would not approve.

  31. widestanceshakedown

    "An empty barrel makes the most noise"

    [widestanceshakedown's mom, who was too polite to finish the line with, "when you smack it with a stick"]

  32. WhatTheHolyHeck

    "What created mess was your government, which has demanded for years that everybody be in a home. And we’ve made it easy as possible for people to be in homes," Walsh explained in a clear, measured voice. "These freeloaders should be homeless, the way Jeebus intended." Walsh then added, "Jeebus didn't spend a shekel on his own kids either."

    1. TitsOccupado

      Jeebus, am I ever glad I quit drinking before faux news started playing on every teevee in every workingman's bar in USAmerica…

  33. a_pink_poodle

    I remember a Democrat representative who was rather insulting to some Tea Partiers. Although the Tea Partiers were the first ones to start screaming and it may have been over Obama's birth certificate, I don't know.

  34. SheriffRoscoe

    Big government wants us all to be in homes. It's enough to send people like Joe Walsh into a screaming rampage.

  35. WilliamHTaft

    Last time Joe got that mad was when some broad told him he's supposed to help raise his kid just because he's the father.

  36. proudgrampa

    "And I don’t want government meddling in the marketplace. Yeah, they move from Goldman Sachs to the White House, I understand all of that. But you gotta’ be consistent. And it’s not the private marketplace that created this mess. What created mess was your government…"

    So, he makes the point, right? Gold Sacks = WH = "Our" Gubmint.

    What an asshole.

    Oh. And I still like "Peaceful Easy Feeling." Also. Too.

    1. V572625694

      You can't argue that the policies of our government have not been consistent with the best interests of Gold Mansacks.

  37. SorosBot

    People accurately blaming the institutions that are actually at fault for plunging the economy into recession instead of falsely accusing the people that Joe Walsh hates just gets me so angry.

  38. shrillharpy

    After he started yelling about Dodd Frank, I really wanted one of his constituents to shriek back at him: "Bring back Glass-Steagall, muthafuckah!!" What an ass.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      We had the Lyndon LaRouche wackjobs out on the sidewalk today. Seems they've decided that Glass-Steagall was a good thing, and they want it brought back. (They're so many light-years to the far right, they sometimes vanish from sight, and unexpectedly pop up to your left. Proof of a closed universe — but I digress.) Anyhow, it would be a spectacular pay-per-view cage match to put those nutters together with Walsh, and let them discuss the issue.

      1. RavenRant

        An idea isn't responsible for its supporters.

        I wish the entire population of this country would shriek, "Bring back Glass-Steagall, muthafuckah!!" In unison. Over and over and over.

  39. BarackMyWorld

    "Don’t blame banks, and don’t blame the marketplace for the mess we’re in right now!"

    I'm still amazed conservatives have never heard of credit default swaps or over-the-counter derivatives.

    Or maybe they have, but keep pointing to the victims of predatory lending as the culprits because that's the narrative their corporate masters tell them to push.


      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        So long as you take into account that 1 black president = 1,000 ordinary Negroes, I think you have something there.

  40. BaldarTFlagass

    Think Progress is now reporting that Joe's excuse for his tirade is that he was "working on an empty stomach." I think "working with an empty head" may be closer to the truth.

  41. JustPixelz

    In the same meeting

    Walsh also suggested that the federal government stop funding the U.S. Postal Service. He shouted: 'If the Postal Service can't compete in the marketplace, I am tired of propping it up.

    What marketplace is the Postal Service competing in? Packages. As for mail delivery, Postal Service charges 44cents; FedEx "Saver" cost for an envelope is $27. That's the miracle of the market — paying $27 for something that can be done for 44 cents,

    1. BarackMyWorld


      Oh, wait…there it is. My bad.

      1. Chichikovovich

        Well, yeah, sure, but…. did you ever actually read that thing? It even has a clause stating that Congress shall pass laws to provide for general welfare! Y'know – crazy talk.

    2. emmelemm

      I think the point is that the Postal Service isn't quite capable of doing it for 44 cents. (See: current insolvency.) However, they wouldn't have to raise their prices to FedEx levels to be fully in the black. If they were really "in the marketplace", they'd kick FedEx et. al's ASS.

      1. HistoriCat

        Hell, if they were really "in the marketplace" they wouldn't have to fund their pension decades into the future.,

        1. Chichikovovich

          Y'know, it's almost as if Republicans in Congress put requirements on them that they knew would force them to run a deficit, so they could close branches, lay off people, etc….

          Naw, couldn't be. I mean, Joe Paterno's a Republican, so you know they're stand-up guys.

        2. RavenRant

          I'll bet FedEx and UPS don't even have pensions for the rank and file. Management, maybe. Execs, lavish pension benefit packages.

  42. widestanceshakedown

    Keep that up, Joe, and the invisible ballot will guide your head into the lap of one termitude.

    1. Chet Kincaid

      Alright, which one of you fuckers is the smart lady in the jean jacket?

      And I love the way he is obviously pissed as hell at the woman, but is such a coward that he blows up at some other guy who has hardly said anything.

      It's just wonderful the way the whole bar-full of folks just quietly makes an ass of him.

  43. ttommyunger

    Now I get it! I thought he was just a dead-beat dad and a dick to his kids; now I see he is just a dick… Must have lost his shoulders carrying all that dickishness around.

  44. barto

    "your government". See, Joe, it's actually "our government", unless you're just casting aspersions at yourself, as you are the elected one – for now…

  45. Redhead

    Since when is "being mentally ret@rded" the main qualification for Repugnicant candidates, pundits, etc?

  46. SaintRond

    Holy shit! You mean, the government wants people to have a home, as opposed to being fucking homeless?!! Jesus, what'll they think of next?!!

  47. Come here a minute

    OT: This just in — Cain to be on Letterman on "Friday". That is weird because Friday's shows are taped Monday. How will they account for all the new harassment accusations reported in the interim?

        1. Come here a minute

          He has the advantage of, as far as we know, only being accused of consensual cheating on his wife. And he has publicly acknowledged the truth of the accusation. But that won't stop the teatards from calling him a him a hypocrite, because they don't understand words that big.

          1. SorosBot

            That's because, as we've discussed before, consent doesn't matter to these assholes; all crimes of having sex in the wrong way are equal, so rape, child molestation and sexual harassment are the moral equivalents of consensual cheating, non-marital fucking, and gay sex.

          2. Biel_ze_Bubba

            It's only immoral if the woman consents… you can't have that!
            There may be some differences from the Taliban's policies, but they're pretty subtle..

    1. widestanceshakedown

      Preemptive denyfulness, mis-speakage and unremembrance are a politician's best, and generally only, friends.

      (my spellcheck is about to implode)

    1. Chichikovovich

      From the article: "A county judge in Illinois ruled last week that Walsh has to explain why he is so far behind making his child support payments, according to the Chicago Sun-Times."

      "It's because I'm a shameless deadbeat, your honor. OK, are we done now? Can I go?"

  48. SorosBot

    Whoever transcribed Joe got it wrong; to be accurate, those last few sentences need to be in ALL CAPS AND WIHT BAD SPELING AND POUR GRAMMER!!1!

  49. Chichikovovich

    "What created mess was your government, which has demanded for years that everybody be in a home."

    It is true that Bush and his people were inclined to blather on about their goal of making the US an "Ownership Society" and so I can see why he would be inclined to blame Bush, but calling that a "demand" is too strong. Or perhaps he is referring to the Mortgage Interest tax deduction. That does give a powerful incentive to buy rather than rent. So I suppose Joe and his fellow Tea Partiers will be looking to eliminate the Mortgage Interest Deduction right away.

    Bwwwhahahahahahahah….. !

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  51. HelmutNewton

    So Joe's the dude who writes up all those crazy ALL CAPS teabagger e-mails my aunt keeps sending me.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      The numbnuts on the far right were never satisfied with Reagan, who compromised with the Dems on domestic issues. They gave us Bush the Elder, who was more conservative, fucked up the Supreme Court with political hacks, and gave us Gulf War I. But that wasn't good enough, so they gave us Dumbya, who fucked up absolutely everything. Still not satisfied, they've produced the current clown car full of candidates, each trying to out-crazy the other so as to get the wingnuts' blessing.
      It's starting to look as if the GOP's race to the bottom has finally hit bottom… or so I hope.

  52. DaRooster

    Did he also have them folks arrested… in a Paul Ryan sort of way… or just run away crying like Cantor?

  53. kingcocrazy

    Pity no one in the crowd had the sack to take a swing at this shitbag. Guys like him understand one thing: a righteous ass-kicking. One of his constituents needs to step up and deliver one.

  54. Guppy

    You know who else was obsessed with consistency, maintaining the status quo and not rocking the boat?

    (Jefferson Davis)

    1. RavenRant

      Brilliant article. Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism also has consistently good coverage of financial sector criminality.

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      "ignore facts and go with their beliefs" covers 90% of republicans, and 100% of teabaggers and Xtards. And the North Korean government.

  55. comrad_darkness

    Yeah, those banks like Countrywide were doing charity, cashing in on those Wall Street derivatives, encouraging their loan brokers to lie on applications was another great charity move. And the ratings agencies, just the peak of philanthropists, taking those perfectly legal kickbacks to rate all those fraudulent mortgages as AAA when they knew they were garbage. Those dear dear victim bankers strong arming appraisers to force them to value properties higher than market value. God all these people, so cooperative with this government "mandate" to commit fraud that no one has ever been able to point out a single regulator action as evidence for, while there are reams of evidence of fraud to raise bonuses for executives.

    Those charitable bankers cashed in and took home $100, 000,000 bonuses every year of the scam and never gave a single dime of it back despite having their asses bailed out by you and I. Imagine criticizing those people!

  56. anniegetyerfun

    Knowing conservatives as I do, this will just make him a bigger hero. If he had killed a kitten and punched an old lady in the face at the start of the video, he'd have been in the White House by noon today.

    1. SheriffRoscoe

      Telling those women to stop their whining and get back in the kitchen would have been a conservative crowd pleaser, too.

    2. comrad_darkness

      Insisting that 12 year old girls must give birth to rape babies would get him sainthood in the catholic church to boot.

  57. GinnehRED57

    Meanwhile the batshit crazy lady who's his biggest fan on Facebook posts demands in ALL CAPS THAT HE STOP THE OBAMUNISTS FROM TURNING ALL THE RADIOS AND TEEVEES OVER TOO GODLESS ATHEISM BRAINWAVES.

    I kid you not. His fan page is full of fawning Faux News idiots from out of state, and cranky constituents like me, and one crazy lady who's worried about Bildberg.

    1. MissTaken

      Obamunists. I haven't heard that gem yet, I like! Similar to Libunatics but with a bit more flair.

  58. TitsOccupado

    Gah. I can't take it anymore. I am leaving, won't be back until Sunday, fuck the world, which is the original ftw, btw…

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      A bottle of 18-year-old single malt says he won't pay a dime voluntarily, and makes his ex go to the extra trouble and expense of having his paycheck garnished.

  59. comrad_darkness

    Bitch, please. The Commodities Modernization Act, from the darling Banking Whore of Babylon, Phil Gramm, IS the cause of the mess. *Banning* the government from taking action caused the mess.

  60. Allmighty_Manos

    This guy has the political chops of a Bill Clinton — if Clinton yelled at and insulted voters instead of listening to their concerns and empathizing with their problems.

  61. SorosBot

    OT but bwahahahaha:

    Then Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum thought enough of Jerry Sandusky nine years ago to sponsor the former Penn State defense coordinator for a “Congressional Angels in Adoption” award, citing his work with a non-profit group he founded to provide care for foster children.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Someone's gonna have to open up a Republican Shitheads and Perverts Hall of Fame.

      Edited to add:
      Further entry in the "Can't Make Up This Shit" department:
      Sandusky wrote a book about how much he cares for children.
      It's called "Touched".

  62. Limeylizzie

    When confronted with people who do this screaming thing ,MrLimeylizzie, I'm looking at you, my darling, I laugh in their face and it drives them completely insane.

    1. Chichikovovich

      That's a solid strategy, for sure. I like to mix it up (Chichikovna, my love – are you reading this?) with the flat affect, just a hint of a smile, "please tell me more" ju-jitsu. Good to keep a shouter guessing.

      1. Limeylizzie

        I have also used the flat affect, I find it quite successful and annoys them to no end. Also good is the half-smile indicating empathy with their insanity.

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      An excellent move, if you have the presence of mind (or the instincts) to pull it off.
      I would be so astonished by such a spectacular display of assholery that I'd just stare in disbelief.

  63. An_Outhouse

    I wonder if Joe feels the government is meddling in the market place when they garnish his pay check to pay his back child support. Personal responsibility and family values!!11!

  64. Eve8Apples

    "What created mess was your government, which has demanded for years that everybody be in a home."

    The last thing this country needs is the American government helping Americans realize the American dream of owning an American home.

  65. slowhansolo

    What's the approval rate for this congress? Something like 9%? The margin of error? This strident, pencil-necked, kid-abandoning sack of shit ought to get back to his 109 days of work per year and get cracking on yet another reinforcement of "In God We Trust."

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      And what the hell is that last 9% thinking? Must be the "no government = good government" crowd, who have to be pretty well satisfied at this point.

  66. RavenRant

    Oh, how I wish that when he got up in that lady's grill, she jumped to her feet and took a step toward him. It would have been so droll to watch him wet his pants and fall to the floor clutching the place in his chest where a heart is supposed to be.

  67. MissTaken

    A homeless man yelled at me the other day that the "US Government Federal" pays the Queen $5million a year to keep quiet who really killed JR.

    That's more believable than what this nincompoop is spouting off about.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Must be a Lyndon LaRouche fan. You should have asked him about the Queen's involvement in the drug trade (in cahoots with the Pope.)

      There's nothing quite as surreal as discussing this stuff with on of these guys … every time you think you have a handle on their thinking, they pop out another glittering gem of insanity, and you have to back away from reality another several miles to take it in.

      1. RavenRant

        Well, 15 years ago, would you have believed that the Pope and high ranking Vatican officials were running a criminal racket dedicated to shielding thousands of pedophile rapists and giving them unlimited access to new victims?

        1. comrad_darkness

          Yeah, I would have. The Catholic Church's #1 mission is protecting and enriching the Catholic Church. Always has been, always will be.

          1. RavenRant

            So, the Lyndon LaRouche accusations of drug dealing may be crazy conspiracy territory, but accusations of Vatican involvement with bank fraud and money laundering seem to be pretty well supported over a period of decades. (If not centuries.)

            Not to mention slave labor, (Magdalene Laundries), institutionalized sexual abuse, (US, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, Asia…)

            Ad, of course, no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

        2. Biel_ze_Bubba

          I grew up with that stuff … there were always a few "funny" priests who would suddenly vanish — reassigned overnight — and they were quickly and happily forgotten about. In retrospect, anybody with minimal statistical chops could have figured out the scale of the problem — but yes, I'd have been (and was) surprised at how high the problem went. Nobody wanted to be responsible for tarnishing the institution by calling the cops, so each and every one of them kicked the problem upstairs. Until it reached the top … where calling the cops wasn't seen as a good option.

          While we're on the topic: Penn State's not the only place where football is a religion — want to bet we'll see people coming out of the woodwork at other schools, with similar complaints?

          1. RavenRant

            I was in Catholic School in Nevada. A priest was french kissing and groping an 8th grade girl on the playground during recess, in full view of students as young as 1st grade. I told a group of nuns. They told me to mind my own business.

            Impunity. There's a lot of that going around.

            Re: Penn State. Can you believe those douchebags rioting on campus yelling "We want Joe"? One said the trustees had 'tarnished' his icon. Like his icon didn't tarnish himself by shielding a serial child rapist for years.

            The publicity may help others come forward at other schools, but coming out as a victim carries a very high price. I think, in some ways, despite overt misogyny in our culture, the price may be higher for male victims. In addition to homophobia projected onto the victims, there's the expectation that boys/men 'should' be able to take care of themselves and fight back. Just another way of blaming the victim.

            It is bizarre for me to see how many people take the rape of children in stride, as if it's a trivial matter. I think most people instinctively feel the rape of a child is an atrocity, but clearly there is a fairly large population that feels whatever or whomever an important man wants to stick his dick into is entirely up to his own taste and discretion.

  68. RavenRant

    Ewww. I couldn't watch the whole long version, (45 minutes), but I skipped through and played bits and pieces here and there. Later, he starts trying to flirt with the lady he'd been screaming at, saying he 'thinks he's falling for her." He yells at a number of people, but the only person he tries to physically intimidate is the woman, several times.

    Creepy, creepy, creepy. Fucking "Look what you made me do, can't you see how much it hurts me when you make me hurt you?" Domestic abuse is written all over this douche.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, his opponent in the next election has all of his TV ads taken care of in advance. Start showing 30-second clips, and pretty soon people will be tuning in to see what's next.

  69. whatupirondog

    Did I miss the gubmint handing out free houses to poor people like me? Is it too late to pick up a spacious two bath? I need room to wallow in all the free benefits I get that "rich" people don't.

  70. Herring_Burnit

    My god, what a mean, obnoxious ASSHOLE! I woulda popped him in the mouth after the screaming started.

    This is why I'm not allowed out of the house without a chaperone/guardian.

    1. RavenRant

      So he has the emotional control of a toddler. That was already apparent.

      Did Jo Jo need a nappy-bye too? Perhaps a diaper change? Maybe someone could have patted him gently on the back until he burped?

  71. RavenRant

    Who wants to bet that his 'consistent' anti-government principles will not get in the way of taking every dime of his taxpayer-supplied pension for life, and his taxpayer-supplied Cadillac health insurance for life?

    Takers? Anyone?

  72. Negropolis

    He's a total man-child. He even dresses like one. It looks like his mother dressed him for his first day of school.

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