That survey looked readable in the preview.

I’ll be honest with you kids, it is hard to write about comic books right now when a meeting of our greatest leaders to decide how to stave off a depression (not recession) ends in finger pointing and shouting and begging. When the biggest bank in the country has gone under. And our potential vice president can’t coherently answer tough questions from Katie Couric.

It’s all worrying.

But…I’ll keep trying.

PS: We’re off on the road to Baltimore today, so look for some road dispatches and Twittering.


  1. yeah, that interview w/ Katie Couric was BAD. I don’t know which ended up being worse for Palin…the rambling non answers to many of the questions….or the actual answers that she did try to come up with…..

  2. Those questions Couric asked were not tough. I was really, really surprised that she wasn’t better prepared. For example, it was obvious that at some point she was going to be asked how Alaska’s proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy credentials. I would have thought that McCain’s people would have thought up an answer for her to give, but obviously they didn’t. Or maybe they did, and she just forgot it. Aside from being worrying, it was just weird.

  3. palin reminds me of the person in class when i was a kid that didnt know the answer so kept repeating the question. her foreign policy remarks …oh my god…really?

    so sad. we all are in big trouble.


  4. “Things are going to get better soon. You’ll see.”

    Wish I could believe that.

    In any case, have fun in Baltimore.


  5. Every video parody I see of the Palin interviews fail to really make me laugh since they’re not so far removed from the original source. When I heard about the “I can see Russia from the tip of Alaska” reference, I thought it was a joke. I had no idea it was a sincere claim.

  6. “Wish I could believe that. In any case, have fun in Baltimore. Cheers.”

    I would if I were going to Baltimore, but thanks. It’s easy not to believe things arn’t going to get better. I know. All this crazy that’s going on is 75% media shit stirring. They get everyone panicing, and then they report back to us that we’re all panicing, until it’s like a feedback loop of gloom and doom. It’s up to all of us to brake the cycle. We all have to think about making things okay for ourselves, and then work towords that. That’s how I’m the happy guy I am today.

  7. Indeed, what Chris said. I’ve been reading some financial analysts who have been crunching the numbers and their take is that if Congress does nothing, what will happen is that some very rich people will take very large baths, but that the economy overall will only suffer a minor cold, then move on. This is why the Administration and the media keep broadcasting “we’re all freaking doomed!” — because that’s the only way to justify this gigabuck bailout scheme for their special friends.

  8. Dave Ramsey says:

    ‘Nothing to see here. Move along.’

    The main reason the economy is such an important thing right now is that the Republicans are trailing in votes across the board and are trying to look as if they are doing something.

    The ideal thing for Bush and the Republicans would be if this all happened 6 months from now. That’s what they were hoping for.

    And I think the economic instability will be ongoing for quite some time, causing the price of comic books to rise to at least $3.49 an issue by the end of nest summer.

  9. The financial crisis doesn’t mean that in a day or two, the local grocery store will shut its doors because it can’t pay its employees or stock its shelves with goods, but many corporations deal with banks, obtain loans, pay off loans, and, in some cases, have trouble obtaining loans and/or paying off loans. Banks are a vital part of the worldwide economy, and if banks have trouble valuing their assets and interacting with each other– Here’s a paragraph from an NPR story:

    “A credit crisis could have been more perilous than a market fall. The whole global financial system depends on banks lending each other money. Cash flow is the grease that keeps the financial system functioning, and without it, like a car engine without oil, the system seizes up. Right now banks seem unwilling to extend credit to other banks out of concern that they won’t get their money back or that they might need the cash to cover their own obligations.”

    Full article at


  10. News watchers may have noticed that the U.S. House voted against the bailout bill. Investors have responded by sending the DJIA down hundreds of points.

    That sort of fall in a stock market index doesn’t mean the end of the (economic) world, although terms of some corporate loans can require the company’s stock price and net worth to remain at certain levels, and investors certainly suffer.

    So, the bailout bill will probably have to be revised. We’ll have to see what happens economically. I’m thinking that whoever voted against the bill in the House should be thrown out of office by the voters this November.


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