It's a great week for Flags of many Lands™ here at Lotsa 'Splainin'. Today the new flag on the list is Trinidad & Tobago. See, Tanzania? When you have two places with two cool names and you put them together, keep both cool names and link them with an ampersand! How hard is that?
When George W. Bush took office, a Canadian dollar cost 66 cents U.S., the Euro was just getting its legs under it and could be had for 93 cents per, and the British Pound was at $1.46. As of business today, a Loonie costs a buck, the Euro is at the all-time high of $1.41 and the pound costs $2.01, slightly off the high mark it reached earlier this month. To put it simply, the world markets aren't confused by administration spin. The American dollar is not a good investment, even with the Japanese and Chinese straining mightily to prop it up.
We are told the problem is sub prime lending. Poor people wanting money.
BAD POOR PEOPLE! NO BISCUIT FOR YOU!
The problem COULDN'T be a huge federal government that has been running up an insupportable debt for 6+ years while trying to keep a half trillion dollar war off the books. No! That's not the problem! Look over here! The problem is poor people acting like the government, not the government itself.
I've been leery about the great American economy for some time now. I used to joke that the boom of the 1990s was largely the NASDAQ for rich people and Beanie Babies for poor folks, not supported by actual new products made in America getting into the hands of willing consumers.
Now, I'm not joking. Some have compared the Bush administration to the Nazis, others have compared them to the Soviets. No one compares us to the Red Chinese. Why would you compare a slave to his master?
I yap about this at greater length on The Smirking Chimp today, if you want to read it. No pretty pictures, though.
And on that cheerful note, a pretty darn good Random 10, if I do say so myself.
Man With A Gun Jerry Harrison
Elenore The Turtles
When I Write The Book Rockpile
Bad Connection Yaz
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg The Four Tops
Don’t Be That Way Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
You’re All I Need To Get By Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Things Go Wrong Chris Isaak
Love Shack The B-52s
Everybody Plays The Fool The Main Ingredient
Not going with the obscure this week, we got a boatload of talent and some absolutely perfect pop songs. Having Ella & Louis hand it off to Marvin & Tammi is absolute genius. If these songs were playing a supermarket, I would shop like a crazy person. Hey, Trader Joe's! Here's your music mix for this week.
Debating which song I should choose from here on Foxy Tunes, I went with Bad Connection, a great song off of Upstairs at Eric's. While my sexuality has confused some, I will say that though I'm not gay and I never have been, I love Yaz more than any heterosexual male should.
Now playing: Yaz - Bad Connection