Monday, December 1, 2008

Post-turkey blues

I'm still awakening from my tryptophan-induced comma and basically have nothing to say, except that the market is down over 400 points now that it turns out we've been in a recession for over a year already. In lieu of originality, I shall reprint a joke recently sent to me by the Hankster, that perfectly captures the zeitgeist:

Young Chuck moved to Texas and bought a Donkey from a farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the Donkey the next day.
The next day he drove up and said, "Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the donkey died."
Chuck replied, "Well, then just give me my money back."
The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."
Chuck said, "Ok, then, just bring me the dead donkey."
The farmer asked, "What ya gonna do with him?"
Chuck said, "I'm going to raffle him off."
The farmer said, "You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"
Chuck said, "Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."
A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, "What happened with that dead donkey?"
Chuck said, "'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a piece and made a profit of $998."
The farmer asked, "Didn't anyone complain?"
Chuck said, "Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back."
Chuck now works for Goldman Sachs.

15 comments:

d'blank said...

Hey, thanks. That was a really good joke.

kgwhit said...

Just saw a Ford Focus filled with three white guys heading towards Capitol Hill. Guess the Big Three are here defend the bailout request.

Gaga said...

It was a good joke. I'm still suffering from political overload from the campaign.
BTW I'v offered to run General Motors for room & board & $1.00. If not accepted i'm taking my offer to Suzuki.
BTW2 On the same day that Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy,Sotheby's Auction House took in $198 million for art done by Damien Hirst. Damien encases whole animals(cows,sheep...)in glass cases filled with formaldehyde. Invest in Art kids,its where the money went.
Gaga Get him while you can afford him.

leslies said...

That is a fabulous joke!

Dennis, I think you need to get back on the Big 3. At the risk of being pummelled by a heavily Ohio readership on the Daily Blank, has the need for unions out-lived itself? Weren't these set up when people were taking such gross advantage of others? Aren't there now enough employment and human rights laws and protections in place? In a democracy, doesn't everybody have to ebb and flow with the success of the company and the state of the economy? Do we protect people in unions to the point that the companies can't afford to make a decent, good looking car? I know I'm not counting on a bonus or a raise this year...in a serious ebb. ok, guys....I may be naiive or simplistic. Set me straight, please.

Birdman said...

I'm seeing and hearing more and more observations about the disparity in how wall street is treated (no questions asked. please take our money) and how Detroit is treated (like a recalcitrant teenager who lost his homework). I certainly hope this gets some traction.

d'blank said...

leslies -- your comments deserve a more complete discussion, but lemme ask you, do you feel over-protected in terms of the security of your job and benefits these days? i think it's time for a union comeback.

Birdman -- in the immortal words of Ed McMahan -- "you are correct, sir!"

Birdman said...

Without unions or some other collective bargaining people that work with boots or some other protective gear are on their own. That's not good news. The only protection the average shmoe has is that the shmoe next to him/her is in the same boat and they work together. Anti-union conservatives, like other species of republicans, do a very good job of demonizing segments of the population to the point where words like union, liberal or progressive become synonmous with pedophile or communist or gay or all three. It's about time someone turned the tables on these people to the point where republican conservative becomes synomous with treasonous and anti-American.

I've had it.

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