25 November 2010

Palin's new sunshine (or should it be "moonshine") policy

You've got give Sarah credit for holding some unique foreign policy views. Regarding the recent clash between North and South Korea, she stated:

"Obviously, we gotta stand with our North Korean allies."

She should know. She can probably see North Korea from her doorstep up there in Alaska.

24 November 2010

The PhD: Less big bang for the buck

With a few minor changes, the same could probably be said for a lot of majors.

11 November 2010

Our ever-thinning slice of the banana pie

Kristof has a good piece on our ever-accelerating drive to go beyond even traditional banana republics in our creation of a gigantic wealth gap.

9 November 2010

Kermit Jagger

A frog saunters into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack. The frog croaks, "Miss Whack, I'd like to take out a $30,000 loan so that I can go on a holiday." Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, the amphibious son of singer Mick Jagger, and he goes on to say that he knows the bank manager. Miss Whack explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral. The frog says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager, and disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog named Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000. He wants to use this as collateral."  She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "And what in the world is this?" The bank manager looks back at her and says...

"It's a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone."