Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Financial Crisis Calls For Funk

Enjoy some Nina Simone instead of fretting over your 401k. Trust me. You'll feel much better.

Edited to add words of wisdom from John McCain: "The first thing I would do is say, 'Let's not call it a bailout. Let's call it a rescue," McCain told CNN. Because a change of vocabulary always works. Actually, I like bailout better, because it evokes images of us all in the same boat, working to save ourselves, where a rescue makes me think of a helpless person sitting on their roof in the middle of a flood, waiting for help.

Edited to add some more:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said "doing nothing is not an option." Duh. At least he did not say "Failure is not an option." Because failure is always an option.


  1. That was good, thanks.

    Me, personally, I've been re-learning all our old Woody Guthrie songs so we have something to sing to entertain ourselves in our new Hoovervilles.

  2. In an odd coincidence, this was the song that Kathy and I danced to at our wedding, and I wore that yellow hat!

    Believe it or not...

  3. Bailout? Rescue? Are you talking politics again?? Being unemployed and dirt poor has it's advantages: since I'm never going to be in a position to afford something like a HOUSE [only rent, I'm sure] the whole Fanny Flagg bailout biz most likely won't trickle down to ME specifically. I've believed that Social Security is/will be dead and gone by the time I can get any, and I've worked without reasonable health insurance, retirements, 401s (whatever THOSE are) for so long, I just automatically assume I'll be bustin' my hump until the day i keel over. Kinda like an Egyptian slave building the pyramids for some rich dude who don't even know I exist.

  4. Bubs: You're welcome. I'm going to start teaching the girls how to play the washboard and jug.

    SD: I could totally picture that. You're so funky.

    Cap'n: You're a nihilistic hero. I admire you.

  5. Miss Nina has been in my Top Ten for twenty years. Thanks for this.