Nov 17 2008
Man, I turn my back for three short months to work on my meson cannon, and look what they’ve done — the world’s hardly worth taking over anymore. Drives me crazy.
But I must say, the several trillion dollars the world economy has “lost” will all be worth it, if only to prove the prescience of my last post. Things were nigh-blissful, with a Congress floundering about, passing, at best, absurd non-binding resolutions like commemorating the Kingdom of Bhutan’s participation in the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (seriously).
And then all hell breaks loose.
Did you ever see the movie “Heat”? If not, then I recommend it, if only for appreciation of Al Pacino’s character’s interrogation technique. Essentially, he’d burst into a room, maybe even with a search warrant, grab the guy he wanted to question by the lapels and scream at the guy, practically nose-to-nose, “GIVE ME WHAT I WANT! GIVE ME WHAT I WANT!!!” The hapless target would basically crumble in the face of this unexpected onslaught and, indeed, give Pacino’s character whatever he wanted.
In case you haven’t noticed, in this metaphor, Hank Paulson is Al Pacino, and our beloved Congress is the hapless target.
In a paroxysm of utter panic and confusion, Congress did, indeed, in the words of an incredibly intelligent Continue Reading »