16 March 2009

Monday Mix-up

This week is the closest thing to a religious festival that gets celebrated in our house. For the last ten years at least, our house has been NCAA March Madness central... I must admit I love the Tourney... the chance to see a little school upset a bigger, more powerful school is always a great thing. I am bound and determined to be watching when a 16 finally beats a 1. It'll happen, it's just a matter of patience.

Here's a couple of things to think about for tonight.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was quoted as saying that the AIG Executives should either apologize and resign or commit hara-kiri. Now, while I certainly understand the anger and frustration with the executives at AIG (along with every other giant bank/insurer that has been bailed out) I don't really find it appropriate for a member of the Senate to be calling for people to kill themselves. That makes me a bit uncomfortable. I want them to be miserable for the pain they have cause average Americans, but I wouldn't want anyone to commit suicide over money. I just can't understand that. Now I realize that Sen. Grassley probably doesn't intend for anyone to actually do it, but I have to wonder what his reaction would be if someone did.
Barney Frank seems to be a bit more rational about it, simply saying that "maybe it's time to start firing some people." That I could definitely understand. I've been saying from the beginning that an CEO of a company that takes bailout funds should have to resign.

****Edit: H/T to Dan for this very appropriate video :)

Second little thing....Arianna Huffington is asking what the interview of Dick Cheney (The Dark Overlord) would have been like this weekend if Jon Stewart would have been doing it. I find this rather interesting. I wonder how "real journalists" feel about that? Do any of them feel guilty for not pushing former administration officials, for not questioning the information that was coming out of the White House/State Department/Federal Reserve/Pentagon? It seems that the press has completely abdicated their position as a form of regulation for our government. Is this something that the journalists are comfortable with?

Let me know what ya'll think!


  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQthFDpYCys

    Harry Carey is dead anyways.

  2. I agree with the comment about AIG. I think it's wrong for anyone to suggest committing suicide. Pick a different phrase.