EPISODE NUMBER: 5156 (December 8, 2009)
GUESTS: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Andy Schlafly
SEGMENTS: USA Infographic about Christmas shopping, Attacks on the Federal Reserve
VIDEOS: Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Even though I’m still a bit wigged about that tongue parasite thing from Monday night, I went ahead and braved tonight’s show. On the up side, we had no poop references tonight! *clap clap clap* On the down side, learning more about the Fed was actually a bit more terrifying than something eating my tongue and replacing it.
I wish that the interview with Sanders could have bit more in-depth. Sanders seemed to be on message, and had that politician’s cadence that annoys the bejesus out of me at political rallies. Unfortunately, being on message doesn’t answer questions, and I think he really missed out on being able to inform a segment of the public that doesn’t give a lot of thought to these kind of matters. Yes, we get it, the bankers make too much money, Ben Bernanke is nasty and awful, we get it … but give us a little bit more meat. Just a bite or two.
It’s been a while since a guest appearance turned into a hard core nailing, but Stephen managed to pull it off with Andy Schlafly. It was interesting to watch Stephen nail Schafly on the phrase “best of the public”. Stephen kept trying to bring him back to something resembling a logical answer, and Schafly squirmed and wiggled his way out of giving a hint of an explanation as to what definition makes the “best of the public” different from open source. It also seemed to slip by Schafly that Stephen was making a very clear argument about Schafly creating his own reality. Stephen’s Wikiality definition, about the truth being what we agree upon, was also skillfully slipped into the conversation. “Is it a jury of my peers? But my peers are the Nation, and they put me on the site.” This is one of those interviews where I wish he could pull a Jon and turn it into a two-segment piece.
Which nailing did you enjoy the best this evening?
- I found it very info-mative.
- That is sad – I guess only 6% of the parents really love their kids.
- That’s why I am steamed about recent attacks on the Federal Reserve, known to most of us as the Fed, and by bailed out banks as Dr. Blankcheck Von Moneypants.
- And every since then, the name Knickerbocker has been associated with massive failure [New York Knicks].
- Every 3 months, the Fed meets in secret and determines the prime rate by, let’s say, slaughtering a chicken and rubbing the blood on Jacqueline Bisset’s belly, donning a Phoenician mask and watching strangers hump in a suburban mansion, and finally passing through the Stargate to receive the interest rate from the aliens who built the pyramids. Then a puff of smoke comes out of the Fed chimney announcing whether the economy has seen its shadow.
- That agency? Goldman Sachs.
- Wrong sir! The definition of being a moral hazard is being married to Tiger Woods.
- I’m a huge fan of disparity. What’s the point of making all this money if I don’t make a lot more than you do? By the way, I make a lot more money than you do.
- But who better to solve the problem than the person who helped create the problem? It’s like if you are cursed by a witch, you have to get the original witch to take the curse off you, or don’t you understand financial fairy tale.
- They could make some new flavors, like Credit Crunch, or Strawberry Clusterf#?k.
- I will not be out-poor fathered by you!
- My guest tonight is trying to create a conservative Bible. We already have that. It’s called the Bible.
- No gossip? Oh, come on, have a little gossip.
- [Newton] came up with gravity when a bible fell out of a tree.