Ok! As we move into a whole new month for James Call: Expert, I'm going to quickly sum up what's come so far. Some of you have noted that my posts are a bit long and maybe difficult to follow. So just read THIS post... I'm about to break it all down into soundbytes for y'all.
What caused our financial meltdown?
Years of no oversight of finance, the growth of finance as a portion of our entire economy, all of us counting on our homes and credit cards instead of, say, earning a healthy wage, and this fucking sleight-of-hand chop-chop BS called "CDOs" in which really bad loans were bundled with good ones to look fantastic. And the heavy reliance on finance heavy hitters, even old, respectable ones, on said BS.
Is John McCain's little "suspending his campaign" gambit gonna work?
I (sort of) called it - it did not. It just made McCain look stupid. Like everything else these days.
Who won the debate?
I was more or less right about this too. After all, I am very, very smart, and better than you. The debate was not a game changer. Obama is now said to be the winner of the debate, based on the visuals. Only racism can stop Barack now... or maybe an attack on Iran?!? That would fucking ROCK.
What is the best starting class in 2nd Ed. Dungeons & Dragons?
The cleric. Good balance of fighting abilities and the "cure light wounds" spell. Also, a great angle around which to base a character.
Is the "Invisible Hand" a borderline theological concept?
Yeah. It's a handy thing to toss around at cocktail parties, but the mofos who take this shit without any grains of salt sound like Communist Party functionaries. Or, hardcore Catholics, I guess.
How has insta-polling affected our politics?
By making the candidates less "stern leader"-like and more "pandering buffoon"-like. But good pols still understand the importance of "staying the course". Notice the hit Obama took when caving on FISA, for instance.
Assorted ridiculous questions
The Dove is just a glorified Pigeon. It's an Angel Rat with Wings.
Are we headed towards super fun Nazi time?
Probably not. But who knows, we could get Obama '08 and if he turns out to be Jimmy Carter II, Palin in '12, and lord knows that would be terrifying, would it not? But we didn't go (all out) Nazi under Dubya, so I still sort of believe in America.
Do we really need this bailout?
Yep, to keep business running. But it sucks. At this point, it truly is a "crap sandwich". It's a terrible fucking bailout. Can we please just nationalize this shit like they do in civilized countries?
Jews in Georgia? And ... UZBEKS?!?
Jews are everywhere! Especially the former Soviet Union. And, yeah, Uzbeks. Weird. Gotta a wicked sweet name for their ethnicity: "Uzbek". It just rolls off the tongue.
...And with that all said on done, please, BRING ON THE QUESTIONS!
Still angry at having to work as a file clerk,