September 29, 2008

"The Burt Fool's Bandaged Fingers Go Wobbling Back To The Fire"***

The football game being of absolutely no interest to me this evening, I am watching The Alamo on AMC. It seems to me that about ten out of every fifteen minutes are devoted to commercials, but what is particularly puzzling is that most of the ads are for investment banks and the NASDAQ. Some of them are even flaunting the advantages of reverse mortgages.

Hell-OOOO!!! McFLYYYYY!!!! Has anyone been paying the slightest attention to the financial noooz of the last, what, weeks now?

I seriously, seriously hope that no one out there, on seeing one of these commercials, is scratching his or her chin and thinking, "Hmmmmm...."

***Spot the quote.

Posted by Robert at September 29, 2008 09:04 PM | TrackBack

Sounds like a line from "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" by Kipling, but I would have to look it up to be sure. - Wait a minute, I will go check.

(Yep - except you have a typo in the post title)

"As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

"And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will bum,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return."

The bailout sounds a little bit like Congress wants to avoid having people (borrowers, lenders, politicians) pay for the sins of the last 10 or 15 years.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at September 30, 2008 11:34 AM