Capitalist Propaganda: “Elbow Room”

Proving that the decade wasn’t a total disaster, a little something that older Gen X’ers & younger Boomers might remember from Saturday mornings in the 70’s – an episode of the Schoolhouse Rock series from 1976 called “Elbow Room”:

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Yeah, you won’t be getting THIS song out of your head anytime soon.

Anyway, I can’t decide if this clip actually approves of the American expansion across the continent, or if it just SEEMS like it because it’s been so long since I’ve heard the process discussed without the use of the phrase “smallpox infected blankets”.

Bonus points to the Schoolhouse Rock folks for not sneering contemptuously after using the phrase “Manifest Destiny”. I can’t imagine that happening today.

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lolbama! Part 15

This week, That One. Next week, terrorists. Submit for either at

Meanwhile, pass ’em around, spread the love, and if you make your own, don’t be shy about dropping a link to your pics in the comments. The more, the merrier.

NOTE TO READERS: Hovering your mouse over the picture activates closed captioning for the l33t-speak/txtmsg impaired.

[hat tip: Rick of The Rabid Conservative]

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From Brian:

From Bryan of Colorado Right:

From Peregrine John:

[NOTE: based on a real $5 fly-by-night street vendor T-shirt]

From Rick of The Rabid Conservative:

Also from Rick of The Rabid Conservative:

My favorites from the submissions using last edition’s uncaptioned picture:

From 5th Level Fighter:

From AlanABQ:

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From Brian:

From Carl:

From Dneff:

From Marty of No Time For Recess:

This week’s uncaptioned picture for you to play with:

#1: When creating lolbama! pictures, please caption with either black or white text, as colors like red and yellow tend to blur badly when I compress the images.

#2: Standard image size for these posts is 350px wide by whatever high. If you can have your images 350px wide before you caption them, I won’t end up shrinking your captions into illegibility when I re-size the images.

MAKE YOUR OWN: The free lolbuilder from I Can Has Cheezburger.

STYLE NOTE: Short captions are usually better. Your goal is 10 words or less, with humor value tending to increase exponentially as the number of words approaches 1.

Send your submissions to and – if they aren’t obscene (IMAO is a PG-13 site) and don’t suck too terribly bad – I’ll post them for you. Remember to include your name (and blog URL, if applicable) so I know who to thank.

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Reader Steven has honored IMAO with the “Here There Be Tygers Award For Blindly Heading Off Into Uncharted Territories” Award.

Some people fear the unknown. At IMAO, we assume it’s some sort of hippie, punch it in the face, steal it’s lunch money, then walk away laughing and singing a little pirate ditty.

Conventional wisdom – totally not our thing. Especially the wisdom part.


To join the exclusive club of blogs who honor IMAO and have your award featured on our sidebar with a link to your blog, make up a fancy award image honoring IMAO, blog about it, and drop a link in the comments.

Keep it PG-13, and if it doesn’t suck too terribly bad, your award will be duly noted in a post (Current estimated wait time – 2 Award posts), and placed in the sidebar with a link to your site.

As added incentive for people to honor IMAO with worthless, made-up awards, those who do so may proudly display this worthless, made-up Participant Ribbon:

If you don’t have a blog, then send your image to and include a link to one of your favorite IMAO posts.

For the Photoshop-impaired, here’s a guide to making mediocre fake pictures with Microsoft Paint

Or try the free lolbuilder from I Can Has Cheezburger.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Maximum sidebar image width is 190 pixels. Please make sure text is at least barely legible at that size.

Now get honoring!

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