I'm Reminded of These Leonard Cohen Lines [NOTE CRUCIAL UPDATE]

|The Volokh Conspiracy |

So the great affair is over
but whoever would have guessed
it would leave us all so vacant
and so deeply unimpressed

(Full lyrics, that are otherwise not at all apropos.)

UPDATE (Feb. 5, 8:18 pm Eastern): I hereby decree, 50 comments into the thread, that all further responses to this post must themselves be quotes from songs.

FURTHER UPDATE: Vast improvement!

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  1. Finally work up the courage to say something?

    Unimpressed . . . indeed.

    #ConservativeCourage

    1. Generals gathered in their masses
      Just like witches at black masses
      Evil minds that plot destruction
      Sorcerers of death’s construction
      In the fields, the bodies burning
      As the war machine keeps turning
      Death and hatred to mankind
      Poisoning their brainwashed minds
      Oh, Lord, yeah!

      [Verse 2]
      Politicians hide themselves away
      They only started the war
      Why should they go out to fight?
      They leave that all to the poor, yeah!
      Time will tell on their power minds
      Making war just for fun
      Treating people just like pawns in chess
      Wait till their judgment day comes, yeah!

      [Guitar Solo]

      [Verse 3]
      Now, in darkness, world stops turning
      Ashes where their bodies burning
      No more war pigs have the power
      Hand of God has struck the hour
      Day of Judgment, God is calling
      On their knees, the war pigs crawling
      Begging mercies for their sins
      Satan, laughing, spreads his wings
      Oh, Lord, yeah!

      1. On further reflection:
        It’s not the right time to be sober
        Now the idiots have taken over
        Spreading like a social cancer, is there an answer?
        MENSA membership conceding
        Tell me why and how are all the stupid people breeding
        Watson it’s really elementary
        The industrial revolution
        Has flipped the bitch on evolution
        The benevolent and wise are being quieted, ostracized, what a bummer
        The world keeps getting dumber
        Insensitivity is standard and faith is being fancied over reason
        Darwin’s rollin over in his coffin
        The fittest are surviving much less often
        Now everything seems to be reversing, and it’s worsening
        Someone flopped a steamer in the gene pool
        Now angry mob mentality’s no longer the exception, it’s the rule
        And im startin to feel a lot like charlton heston
        Stranded on a primate planet
        Apes and orangutans that ran it to the ground
        With generals and the armies that obeyed them
        Followers following fables
        Philosophies that enable them to rule without regard
        There’s no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated
        Political scientists get the same one vote as some Arkansas inbred
        Majority rule, don’t work in mental institutions
        Sometimes the smallest softest voice carries the grand biggest solutions
        What are we left with?
        A Nation of god-fearing pregnant nationalists
        Who feel it’s their duty to populate the homeland
        Pass on traditions
        “How-to-get-ahead” religions
        And prosperity via simpleton culture
        The idiots are taking over

  2. Next up, is investigating political opponents OK when Obama does it?

    1. ML, if you can show that Obama did anything even remotely comparable to these facts — called up a foreign leader and said he would withhold aid that Congress had already approved if the leader didn’t announce an investigation of one of his political opponents — I’ll eat my hat.

      No one has ever claimed Obama was fault-free. But what Trump did is completely unprecedented as far as we know. Saying “But What About Obama” serves no purpose other than to distract attention away from Trump.

      1. Obama’s security agencies spied on a US presidential campaign.

        1. I guess lying is a big comfort to you at this moment, eh Bob?

          1. Why the FISA report, then? It documented what the FBI did. If the FBI did nothing, then why did the FISA Court order them to explain their behavior and take remedial action.

            1. The FISA report doesn’t say Obama ordered the surveillance.

        2. Bullshit.

          1. There is overwhelming evidence that the Obama Administration spied on the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Anyone who suggests otherwise is a partisan asshat.

            1. Hey, Prof. Volokh . . . is “asshat” approved by this blog’s Board of Censors? The civility standards you described must be a work in progress, but “asshat” seems worth asking about.

              I sense the Board of Censors would want to know, in considering this usage, that Michael W. Towns is reliably conservative.

            2. Sorry you don’t know what spy means.

              1. “- to watch secretly usually for hostile purposes.”

                Miriam.

                Perfectly describes the illegal surveillance of Candidate and then President Trump.

                1. There was never any surveillance of candidate or president Trump.

                  1. Lies, no more lies
                    I can hear it in your voice and it shows in your eyes
                    Lies, no more lies
                    All I want is no more lies

                2. Police wiretaps and stakeouts are spying now?

                  Also wasn’t illegal. Unless you want to argue the entire FISA system has always been illegal.

                  1. Even courts recognize, when law enforcement make false affidavit(s) to obtain a warrant, said warrant is illegal.

                    BTW: Yes, police or any other law enforcement agency using electronic or Mod1 methods are spying.

                    1. Even courts recognize, when law enforcement make false affidavit(s) to obtain a warrant, said warrant is illegal.

                      Actually, no. While it is of course illegal to make false affidavits, the warrant (or, rather, the search pursuant to the warrant) is illegal only if, after removing the false statements, probable cause is lacking.

                    2. @David

                      Have you been sleeping for the last few months?

                      They’ve already announced probably cause was lacking on at least 2 of the 4 total warrants/renewals.

                    3. They’ve already announced probably cause was lacking on at least 2 of the 4 total warrants/renewals.

                      And by “they’ve,” you mean Bill Barr, who is… not a judge.

                      Also, you didn’t read what I wrote: it’s a search pursuant to an invalid warrant, not the warrant itself, that would be illegal.

              1. Yes, I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that the person on the other end of the phone was Saif al-Islam Gadhafi.

                1. So…you admit the Obama administration was recording private phone calls by US Congressmen….

                  1. Reading comprehension isn’t your strength. (Lawyering isn’t it, either. What is?) He “admitted” that they were recording calls by Saif al-Islam Gadhafi.

                    If you “wiretap” Gadhafi’s phone, you will get recordings of calls to Gadhafi’s wife, Gadhafi’s kids’ soccer coach, other members of the Libyan government, Gadhafi’s dry cleaner, and, apparently, Dennis Kucinich. That doesn’t mean that the U.S. government is surveilling Gadhafi’s dry cleaner or Dennis Kucinich.

                  2. No. I’m admitting that the last administration recorded private phone calls by Saif al-Islam Gadhafi to Dennis Kucinich. Per the article:

                    “I had a resolution in the House to try to stop the war and [Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, a high-ranking official in Libya’s government and son of President Moammar Gadhafi] called me to talk about it“.

            1. The Intercept.

              Is that where you get your facts?

              1. I googled. It was there with the reference to the IG’s report

                If you want to ignore the IG report, go ahead.

                1. There’s no reason to argue over what the IG report said. It’s right here.

                  The Intercept (and bernard and Armchair) can interpret the findings however they want. But the document speaks for itself.

        3. Right, because they were concerned about Russian influence. Next.

          1. They were so concerned about Russian influence that they spied on the guy that was spying on the Russians for the CIA, and had to falsify evidence to get the courts to approve it?

            Right. Pull the other one.

            1. If any of that had actually happened, you would have a point.

              1. It was in the FISA abuse report.
                good Lord, you people are trying to memory hole this like you did Obama’s IRS political oppression.

                1. The FISA abuse report? You mean the IG report that found that the investigation was properly predicated and not political?

                  1. Seriously, SarcastrO. Why do you even bother? In what way is your engagement with the beyond-reason fringe element any different from lightly banging your head against a wall? There’s gotta be better ways to spend an evening . . . and ones not guaranteed to give you a headache.

                    1. I don’t know that you’ve noticed but I’m bothering less and less these days.

                  2. The FISA report conclusively determined there was no political motivation?

                    I thought he said he didn’t find any testimonial or documentary evidence of political motivation. Not that he concluded there was no political motivation. That nuance maybe lost on you, but not on me.

                    Further the last 2 renewals have already been declared illegal.

                    1. Well, I declare them legal.

            2. If any of that had actually happened, you would have a point.

              And even if it were true, it’s irrelevant to Trump’s conduct. Next time you get a speeding ticket, try arguing that other people speed too and see how far that argument gets you.

            3. I assume you mean Carter Page. But Carter Page wasn’t spying on anyone. The Russians had approached him to try to recruit him, and later when the CIA asked him about it, he told the CIA the truth. That’s great and all, but it doesn’t make him James Bond.

              And one person fabricated one email. No other evidence was falsified, and it was not to get the courts to approve the surveillance on Page, because it only related to the third renewal of that surveillance.

              1. Seriously?

                You call using the Steele dossier with no verification by the FBI as not falsified? When it is required for the all information used for a FISA warrant to be verified before submitting it to FISC?

                1. You call using the Steele dossier with no verification by the FBI as not falsified?

                  Correct. “Not verified” and “falsified” are very different terms with very different meanings.

                  When it is required for the all information used for a FISA warrant to be verified before submitting it to FISC?

                  Incorrect. That is not only not true, but nonsensical. Law enforcement does not need two sources for each assertion before using it in a warrant application, FISA or otherwise. The FISA requirement — which is not statutory but a matter of policy — is that they confirm that they have a source for each assertion in the application. If they say, “George Papadopoulos met with a Russian agent,” they have to have a footnote saying, “According to the Australian ambassador.” If they say, “Paul Manafort was receiving wire transfers from Russia,” they need to say that they have bank records showing this, or that the bank manager told them this, or whatever.

      2. Trump also didn’t call up a foreign leader and say he would withhold aid if an investigation wasn’t announced. On the other hand the Obama administration had the actual cooperation of 13 foreign governments in its investigation of the Trump campaign.

        The very idea of any of Obama’s sensitive private national security conversations being leaked is laughable, because Obama did not have 99% of the federal bureaucracy conducting outright war against him and his agenda. Obama’s agenda was not an anathema to said bureaucracy, as Trump’s popular reformist agenda is. The so-called whistleblower has been plotting impeachment since day one, just like the rest of them, some of whom have been mentioning impeachment since before Trump was even elected.

    2. Oh yeah. A-OK. And if you’re Warren, you can announce an entire DoJ task force dedicated to just investigating Trump and Trump associates, and that’s fine.

      But if Trump was to do the same with Biden….Impeach him!

      1. It is precisely because a President Warren might announce an entire DOJ task force to investigate her political opponents that impeaching President Trump is important. This race to the bottom will not help any of us.

        1. “We need to impeach Trump now, so that President Warren won’t commit impeachable offenses later!”

          Wow…..

          1. What’s “Wow” about that argument? Behavior X is bad. We don’t want presidents doing it. If we allow one president to do X, then the next president, or the one after that, will do it also. The way to prevent it from happening in the future is to penalize it now, to set the principle that presidents shouldn’t do it.

            Because the just-established principle is that presidents can do whatever the hell they want, and there is nobody willing to put a check on them.

          2. No. So it’s clear that such conduct is impeachable.

            I mean, if it’s not impeachable when Trump does it, then it won’t be when Warren does it.

            Logic is your friend, A.L. Try to use it.

          3. Funny how you people always want enforcement of the Constitution and the law when it’s the *next* or *previous* President. The one without the proper letter denoting allegiance to your worldview.

            Imagine how much more convincing your argument would be if you supported the impeachment and conviction of any President who violated their Oaths and responsibilities, regardless of political persuasion.

  3. For the record, more evidence emerged even today: Before Zelensky even took office, Lev Parnas & Igor Furman nearly brokered a deal with the previous Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko. He would give Trump his “public announcement” of a faux investigation in exchange for a meeting between the two presidents, which would boost Poroshenko’s reelection chances.

    Of course Poroshenko was already known to be hopelessly corrupt by then, but the only priority of Trump, Parnas, Furman and Giuliani was extorting collusion from a foreign government.

    Think about that for a second : This administration’s only concern about who would rule Ukraine was whether that person was willing to benefit Trump personally.

    And today GOP cowards in the Senate blessed a president who has repeated whored the favor of the United States for his own private gain.

    1. Cry more lib.

      1. Open wider, Bob.

        Your betters aren’t done with shoving progress down your right-wing throat. Not nearly.

        Your obsequious compliance with the preferences of your betters is, as has been the case throughout all conservatives’ lives, much appreciated.

        Now be nicer, or the liberal-libertarian alliance might decide to start positioning that progress sideways before shoving.

        Either way, you will comply. I’m just trying to make things more comfortable for you — and the rest of the right-wingers — until replacement occurs and stops your suffering.

      2. That comment is more damming of you and what you’ll condone than anything else, Bob.

        1. Bob might just be distraught about learning that a just, righteous, omniscient, and omnipotent God gave Rush Limbaugh advanced lung cancer, which sort of trumps Trump giving Rush Limbaugh that medal.

      3. If we piled some meat and cheese on top of this guy and put him on a silver tray we could serve him as a canapé.

        Let me spell it out for you, C-R-A-C-K-E-R

        1. Be careful. Liberals and libertarians (and moderates, and RINOs) can get censored around here.

    2. We had the vote. POTUS Trump was acquitted.

      1. Trump — every bit as exonerated as O.J.!!

        Clinger must be so proud.

        1. No Dickland, I am not proud at all. In fact, I am ashamed. At a time where we need adults, we have toddlers as elected leaders. Washington DC is nothing but a toxic cesspool. And I am extremely concerned for the future of our Republic. No good will come out of this. I am not alone in these feelings.

          What has happened here is nothing to celebrate; it is a shameful interlude in our Republic’s history.

          1. Relax. The liberal-libertarian mainstream can handle this. Haven’t you been paying attention for 50-60-70 years?

            In America, the bigots don’t win, not over time.

    3. Perhaps the House can just impeach Trump again.

      1. It should depend on evidence.

        1. LOL…sure.

    4. So you quote Parnas, a man already caught fabricating testimony about this, to say that Giuliani and Trump were interested in Biden’s corruption months before Biden became Trump’s opponent?

      And your article says they wanted answers to the questions:

      – Did VP Biden have an interest personally in the prosecutor’s office and its activities?
      – Was the VP’s son and his company Barisma Holdings under investigation and how serious were the allegations?
      – What happened to that case after the vice president’s intervention?

      That’s your evidence of corruption? Even if true, this doesn’t actually help your case, you know.

      1. Okay; I guess we have to do this again :

        1. Shokin was not investigating Burisma.
        2. Shokin refused assistance to a British investigation of Burisma
        3. Obama told Biden to pressure Ukraine.
        4. State Department policy demanded Shokin’s out.
        5. A publicly articulated U.S. policy goal demanded Shokin out
        6. Bipartisan support from Congress demanded Shokin out
        7. The European Union demanded Shokin out
        8. The World Bank demanded Shokin out
        9. The IMF demanded Shokin out
        10. The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development demanded Shokin out.
        11. Every reform group in Ukraine demanded Shokin out.

        What you’re peddling, Toranth, isn’t dishonesty on the level of spin, but black-is-white agitprop lying. It can’t survive a five minute review of the facts. Unless you’re hypocrite or troll, there’s no way for you to ignore the facts anymore.

        PS : Bolton will testify. More evidence will emerge, month by month. Sooner or later, Trump’s stench will be too much for even you to pretend away. He traded the favor of the United States for personal gain. Don’t you care?

        1. Nice try, grb, but they are unshakeable in their blind faith.

      2. Citations missing.

        1. it’s only make believe

  4. a road less traveled would have been a resolution of censure
    a reprimand from Congress requiring only a majority
    and a rebuke for behavior deemed reprehensible.

    1. A censure resolution will be offered. I assume that Moscow Mitch will refuse to let it get anywhere within a mile of a vote, to avoid the possibility of Republicans finding their collective spine. Which will be yet another example of Trump (and his political whores) bending over backwards to make Trump look as guilty as possible.

      But all that’s okay, because something something Obama something something.

      1. Dude, you gotta stop calling women whores….

        1. I think he was referring to clingers, so . . . mostly men.

          Kind of like this blog. White. Male.

          1. *gasp* oh no we best do something about that, it’s so important

  5. Well, the song is good, even if the commentariat have … better… things to comment on 🙂

  6. Trump successfully extorted a foreign country into damaging his most likely opponent in the next election.

    Now on to Buttigieg . . .

    1. What negative things could Trump possibly say about Buttigieg? Oh! That! You don’t really think Trump would go there, do you? Exactly what kind of low-life do you think Trump is?

  7. The Demonrats proved one thing with their vote to convict, they would have voted that way no matter what. There was no reason to think a trial was anything more then a sham. Any fair take on it was that nothing impeachable was proven. But alas all the Dems voted to convict. You could have taken the same vote the day the articles of impeachment arrived before anything was even presented.

    The Republicans were right to cut the trial as short as possible. There was no reason to give the D’s any more of a venue as required by the Constitution to trash the President. Really though the lesson they should have learned was just to dismiss these outrageous and completely fictional impeachment articles outright without giving the house managers the time of day.

    Shame on the treasonous liberals. Their day of reckoning is coming.

    1. Quit with your veiled threats. You’re not some dark political prophet, just some Internet Tough Guy underlining his impotence.

      1. Who is threatening anyone?

        1. Treason plus day of reckoning? You are not cleverly hiding much, chief.

          1. You are putting words where none exist. Typical though for the victim class, Chief.

      2. We’ll see who’s impotent on election day, that’s the day of reckoning.

        1. Who knows what Election Day will bring.

          I know one thing, though: Maybe don’t throw in with denying his Internet threats guy.

          1. Or maybe don’t inflate the words of someone else to portray them in a false light….?

    2. In the articles of impeachment, and in all the arguments made over the course of the Senate trial, insert the name “Clinton” or “Obama” in place of the name Trump. Would that change your view of what the result should have been? Never mind — I’ll just pretend that your answer would be no.

  8. Like Eugene, I am unimpressed, though I suspect it’s for different reasons.

    1. Actually, the beauty of Cohen’s stanza is that it works regardless of the reasons you’re unimpressed.

  9. Noted, Eugene:

    You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
    Know when to fold ’em….

  10. Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie….

  11. “I’m a fool to do your dirty work, oh yeah, I don’t want to do your dirty work no more…” Steely Dan song’s been running through my head lately, for some reason.

  12. “This is the end”

    “In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking but now God knows, anything goes!”

    “That man is lower than a snake in a wagon’s track.”

    “For the rain, it raineth every day.”

  13. “UPDATE (Feb. 5, 8:18 pm Eastern): I hereby decree, 50 comments into the thread, that all further responses to this comment must themselves be quotes from songs.”

    Hallelujah, hallelujah.

    1. Nice!

  14. And how many times can a man turn his head
    And pretend that he just doesn’t see – the answer
    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
    The answer is blowin’ in the wind

  15. I’m guilty, baby I’m guilty
    And I’ll be guilty all the rest of my life
    How come I never do what I’m supposed to do
    How come nothin’ that I try to do ever turns out right?

    1. Writes the man who rides Outer Banks ferries.

      1. Finally! I’ve been using the name for years. By the way, that ferry was decommissioned a couple years ago. Pity. I also used the name for my dog!

  16. Trying to make some sense of it all
    But I can see it makes no sense at all
    Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor?
    Well, I don’t think I can take anymore
    Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right
    Here I am, stuck in the middle with you….

  17. We are building a religion
    We are building it bigger
    We are widening the corridors
    And adding more lanes
    We are building a religion
    A limited edition
    We are now accepting callers
    For these pendant key chains
    To resist it is useless
    It is useless to resist it
    His cigarette is burning
    But he never seems to ash
    He is grooming his poodle
    He is living comfort eagle
    You can meet at his location
    But you’d better come with cash
    Now his hat is on backwards
    He can show you his tattoos
    He is in the music business
    He is calling you “DUDE!”

      1. The wacky morning DJ says democracy’s a joke…

  18. I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered
    I don’t have a friend who feels at ease
    I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered
    Or driven to its knees
    Oh, but it’s all right, it’s all right
    For we’ve lived so well so long
    Still, when I think of the road
    We’re traveling on
    I wonder what went wrong
    I can’t help it, I wonder what’s gone wrong
    . . .
    Still tomorrow’s gonna be another working day,
    And I’m trying to get some rest
    That’s all I’m trying, to get some rest

  19. Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law
    Breaking the law, breaking the law

  20. We’re leaving together,
    But still it’s farewell
    And maybe we’ll come back
    To earth, who can tell?
    I guess there is no one to blame
    We’re leaving ground (leaving ground)
    Will things ever be the same again?

  21. Steer your heart past the truth
    You believed in yesterday
    Such as fundamental goodness
    And the wisdom of the way
    Steer your heart, precious heart
    Past the women whom you bought
    Year by year
    Month by month
    Day by day
    Thought by thought

    Steer your path through the pain
    That is far more real than you
    That smashed the cosmic model
    That blinded every view
    And please don’t make me go there
    Tho’ there be a god or not
    Year by year
    Month by month
    Day by day
    Thought by thought

  22. This is your time to pay
    This is your judgment day
    We made a sacrifice
    And now we get to take your life

    We shoot without a gun
    We’ll take on anyone
    It’s really nothing new
    It’s just a thing we like to do

  23. I fought the law, and the law won.

    1. I am the law so I won.

  24. Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
    Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
    Everybody knows the war is over
    Everybody knows the good guys lost
    Everybody knows the fight was fixed
    The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
    That’s how it goes
    Everybody knows
    Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
    Everybody knows that the captain lied
    Everybody got this broken feeling
    Like their father or their dog just died
    Everybody talking to their pockets
    Everybody wants a box of chocolates
    And a long-stem rose
    Everybody knows

    1. Well done.

  25. All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home
    Your empty-handed army is all going home
    You lover who just walked out your door
    Has taken all his blankets from the floor
    The carpet, too, is moving under you
    And it’s all over now, baby blue

  26. I’m tired,
    Tired of playing the game
    Ain’t it a crying shame
    I’m so tired
    God dammit I’m exhausted

  27. Sounded like the truth
    Seemed the better way
    Sounded like the truth
    But it’s not the truth today

    I better hold my tongue
    I better take my place
    Lift this glass of blood
    Try to say the grace

    1. Good too!

  28. Life’s a piece of shit
    When you look at it
    Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true
    You’ll see it’s all a show
    Keep ’em laughing as you go
    Just remember that the last laugh is on you
    And always look on the bright side of life
    Always look on the right side of life

  29. Life’s a piece of shit
    When you look at it
    Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true
    You’ll see it’s all a show
    Keep ’em laughing as you go
    Just remember that the last laugh is on you
    And always look on the bright side of life

    1. No idea why it double posted

      1. Reason hired the Iowa guys to ‘fix’ the comment code – – – –

        1. Heh

  30. Blame Canada, blame Canada
    With all their beady little eyes
    And flappin’ heads so full of lies
    Blame Canada, blame Canada
    We need to form a full assault
    It’s Canada’s fault

    1. Not the South Park song I’d have gone with, but definitely the most appropriate one that wouldn’t get removed for content violations.

      1. Just for the record, there are no content violations for this site.

        1. Well… there was that one goat fucking incident…

          And you can’t forget the woodchippers.

  31. Dass nur Gold im Beutel lache,
    jedes Erdenglück ist dein:
    Stolz und Übermuth und Rache
    werden schnell befriedigt sein,
    werden schnell befriedigt sein.

    Drum ist auch Fortuna den Reichen so hold;
    sie thün ja nur, was sie wollen,
    verhüllen die Handlungen
    verhüllen die Handlungen künstlich mit Gold
    worüber sie schämen sich sollen
    worüber sie schämen sich sollen.

    Das Glück dient wie ein Knecht für Sold,
    es ist ein mächtig, mächtig Ding, das Gold, das Gold!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzCyeKMfgmE&t=148s

  32. “I will not stand for anything that’s crooked or unfair;
    I’m always on the up-and-up, so everyone, beware!
    If anyone’s caught taking graft, and I don’t get my share,
    We line him up against the wall, and “POP” goes the weasel!”

    1. Marx Brothers for the win!

  33. And now I’m one toke over the line, sweet Jesus
    One toke over the line
    Sitting downtown in a railway station
    One toke over the line
    Waiting for the train that goes home, sweet Mary
    Hoping that the train is on time
    Sitting downtown in a railway station
    One toke over the line

  34. Well, another crazy day
    You’ll drink the night away
    And forget about everything
    This city desert makes you feel so cold
    It’s got so many people, but it’s got no soul
    And it’s taken you so long
    To find out you were wrong
    When you thought it held everything
    You used to think that it was so easy
    You used to say that it was so easy
    But you’re trying, you’re trying now
    Another year and then you’d be happy
    Just one more year and then you’d be happy
    But you’re crying, you’re crying now

  35. Come senators, congressmen
    Please heed the call
    Don’t stand in the doorway
    Don’t block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    There’s a battle outside
    And it is ragin’
    It’ll soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changin’

  36. Keeping with the Leonard Cohen theme:

    When they said, “repent, repent, repent”
    I wonder what they meant.

  37. It’s a restless hungry feeling
    That don’t mean no one no good
    When ev’rything I’m a-sayin’
    You can say it just as good
    You’re right from your side
    I’m right from mine
    We’re both just too many mornings
    An’ a thousand miles behind.

  38. Our universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding,
    In all of the directions it can whiz;
    As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
    Twelve million miles a minute and that’s the fastest speed there is.
    So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,
    How amazingly unlikely is your birth;
    And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere out in space,
    ‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth!

  39. You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes
    And your smile is a thin disguise
    I thought by now you’d realize
    There ain’t no way to hide your lying eyes

    1. Take it easy 😉

  40. ‘Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then”
    Bob Seger

  41. I never promised you [the] Rose Garden…

  42. King Romney (aka King Nothing)

    Wish I may, wish I might
    Have this, I wish tonight
    Are you satisfied?

    Dig for gold, dig for fame
    You dig to make your name
    Are you pacified?

    All the wants you waste
    All the things you’ve chased

    Then it all crashes down
    And you break your crown
    And you point your finger
    But there’s no one around

    Just want one thing
    Just to play the king
    But the castle’s crumbled
    And you’re left with just a name

    Where’s your crown King Romney?
    Where’s your crown?

  43. Fleet of black, fleet of black limousines
    These tinted machines, here comes the cavalcade
    With the armored cars, armored cars like Berettas
    Flags on antennaes designed to keep me safe, keep me safe

    And oh my my, oh hey hey
    Here he comes, the candidate
    Blue eyed boy, United States
    Vote for him, the candidate

  44. Since everyone knows Trump is just Putin’s puppet…

    “I went home with a waitress the way I always do
    How was I to know she was with the russians, too?
    I was gambling in havana, I took a little risk
    Send lawyers, guns, and money
    Dad, get me out of this, hiyah!”

  45. Selling out
    Is easy to do
    It’s not so hard
    To find a buyer for you

    When money talks
    You’re under its spell
    Ah, but what do you have when there’s nothing left to sell?

  46. For all the Democrats and all the Republicans (except Romney):

    We take care of our own
    We take care of our own
    Wherever this flag’s flown
    We take care of our own

    — Bruce Springsteen

  47. I will stop
    I will stop at nothing
    Say the right things
    When electioneering
    I trust I can rely on your vote

    Riot shields
    Voodoo economics
    It’s life, it’s life
    It’s just business
    Cattle prods and the I.M.F.
    I trust I can rely on your vote

  48. Living in a hellhole
    Don’t want to stay in this hellhole
    Don’t want to die in this hellhole
    Girl get me out of this hellhole

  49. It’s coming from a feel that this ain’t exactly real,
    Or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly fair.

  50. A little too partisan and not quite appropriate in this context, but anyway it’s worth watching one more time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG-_ZDrypec

  51. Some of those that hold office, are the same that burn crosses
    Some of those that hold office, are the same that burn crosses
    Some of those up in congress, are the same that burn crosses
    Some of those up in congress, are the same that burn crosses

    Ugh!
    Killing in the name of…
    Killing in the name of…

    Now you do what they told ya

  52. All around the mulberry bush
    The monkey chased the weasel
    The monkey thought ’twas all in fun
    Pop!* goes the weasel

    * trigger-warning

  53. I read about some squirrely guy,
    Who claims, he just don’t believe in fightin’.
    An’ I wonder just how long,
    The rest of us can count on bein’ free.
    They love our milk an’ honey,
    But they preach about some other way of livin’.
    When they’re runnin’ down my country, hoss,
    They’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

    1. Give Peace a Chance

  54. Let me ask you one question
    Is your money that good
    Will it buy you forgiveness
    Do you think that it could
    I think you will find
    When your death takes its toll
    All the money you made
    Will never buy back your soul

  55. I’ve been running through these promises to you
    That I made and I could not keep

  56. We’ll be fighting in the streets
    With our children at our feet
    And the morals that they worship will be gone
    And the men who spurred us on
    Sit in judgement of all wrong
    They decide and the shotgun sings the song

    The change, it had to come
    We knew it all along
    We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
    And the world looks just the same
    And history ain’t changed
    ‘Cause the banners, they are flown in the last war

    There’s nothing in the streets
    Looks any different to me
    And the slogans are replaced, by the bye
    And a parting on the left
    Is now a parting on the right
    And the beards have all grown longer overnight

  57. America, fuck yeah!
    Comin’ again to save the motherfuckin’ day, yeah
    America, fuck Yeah!
    Freedom is the only way, yeah
    Terrorists, your game is through
    ‘Cause now you have ta answer to
    America, fuck yeah!
    So lick my butt and suck on my balls
    America, fuck yeah!
    Whatcha’ gonna do when we come for you now
    It’s the dream that we all share
    It’s the hope for tomorrow
    (Fuck Yeah!)

  58. This part’s over so get the fuck out- skid row

  59. I never knew a man
    Could tell so many lies
    He had a different story
    For every set of eyes
    How can he remember
    Who he’s talkin’ to?
    ‘Cause I know it ain’t me
    And I hope it isn’t you

  60. The night was wild and wooly
    Didn’t think I’d make it through it
    ‘Cause loving you’s a dirty job
    And I’m the man to do it

  61. I, and I myself alone,
    Realize I never need to use noone.
    Money, Power, Holy Roads,
    Freedom puts my faith in None of the Above.

    (Duran Duran, “None of the Above”)

  62. It says in this book here that God made us just like him

    So if we are dumb

    Then God must be Dumb

    And maybe even a little ugly on the the Side

    Dumb all over
    A little ugly on the side

    FZ

  63. Best VC comment section ever! Well done all!

    “Tell me what you want and I’ll give you what you need…”

  64. ZIp-a-dee-doo-dah
    Zip-a-dee-ay
    My, oh my, what a wonderful day
    Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way
    Wonderful feeling, wonderful day

  65. When I walk down the streets,
    Kings and Queens step aside.
    Every woman I meet…
    They all stay satisfied.
    I wanna tell ya nasty Nancy,
    What I see I make my own.
    I’m here to tell ya Nasty Thing
    That I’m bad to the bone!
    Bad to the bone!
    B-B-B-B-Bad
    B-B-B-Bad
    B-B-B-Bad
    BAD TO THE BONE!

  66. Shot down in flames
    Shot down in flames
    Ain’t it a shame
    To be shot down in flames

    /J. S. Bach

  67. Now to all the Republicans who helped me to win
    I’d sincerely like to thank ya
    ‘Cause now I’ve got the world swingin’ from my nuts
    Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta

    /Ludwig van Beethoven

  68. I’m the pinnacle; that means I reign supreme
    And I’m notorious; I’ll crush you like a jellybean!
    I’m bad

    /Hector Berlioz

  69. Oh, you’re so condescending, your gall is never ending
    We don’t want nothing, not a thing, from you
    Your life is trite and jaded, boring and confiscated
    If that’s your best, your best won’t do

    /Antonio Vivaldi

  70. I’ve got money like Charles Dickens
    I got the girlies in the Coupe like the Colonel’s got the chickens
    And I always go out dapper like Harry S.Truman
    I’m madder than Mad’s Alfred E. Newman

    /Georg Philipp Telemann

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