Dec 8, 2005

You Gets No Bread With One Meatball

The Chinese evidently have few scruples. After the United States declared Islamic- governed Sudan a rogue state for harboring Osama Bin Laden, forcing the American companies to abandon their lucrative trade with the country's crude, China was only too happy to fill the void.
Spiegel Online

Sweden's former prime minister Carl Bildt was one of the first Swede's to point a finger of blame at Osama bin Laden immediately and seemingly on cue after the 911 attack and almost before it's toxic dust came to rest on the streets of Manhattan.

Now Lundin Petroleum for which Carl Bildt peddles his influence for improved fortunes is in celebratory mode as they've resumed their much criticized exploratory activities in the Sudan - a country the United States has labelled a rogue state for harboring Osama bin Laden. The U.S. has subsequently banned all American companies from conducting business under penalty of law.

By the way, how does the average Sven, Ingrid, or naturalized Mohammed of fabled egalitarian IKEA-ville get one of those cards to avoid having their God-cracked asses of many colors extraordinarily renditioned from the Swedish Folkhem to a CIA-sanctioned dungeon of torture in Egypt for suspected financial dealings with rogues and other tanned nasties?

Alas, Alas! So many questions abound and Meatball One just has to know the answers! Does one need friends in duplicitous places and if so just where are those places and who there are the resident patron saints offering refuge and solace de apologetica. for those who merely, and dutifully, endeavor to feed beloved kin with the spoils of enemy collaboration?

So Skål to scruples, Kalle ol´Boy! (I don't know how to say that in any form of Chinese but I guess I'll soon have to learn.)

And here's a little diddy you can sing whenever you find yourself low on funds and left to little but your wits and resumé. I dedicate it to Kalle. Rock on, meatball!

One Meatball
A little man walked up and down,
He found an eating place in town,
He read the menu through and through,
To see what fifteen cents could do.

One meatball, one meatball,
He could afford but one meatball.

He told the waiter near at hand,
The simple dinner he had planned.
The guests were startled, one and all,
To hear that waiter loudly call, "What,

"One meatball, one meatball?
Hey, this here gent wants one meatball."

The little man felt ill at ease,
Said, "Some bread, sir, if you please."
The waiter hollered down the hall,
"You gets no bread with one meatball.

"One meatball, one meatball,
Well, you gets no bread with one meatball."

The little man felt very bad,
One meatball was all he had,
And in his dreams he hears that call,
"You gets no bread with one meatball.

"One meatball, one meatball,
Well, you gets no bread with one meatball."
-Josh White's hit version

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