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Tying the Ribbon on 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

We continue to look back at 2008 with a few more news quiz questions, and a call-in, year-end, question of the day: If 2008 was a fable, what's the moral of the story? Comment below!

Comments [108]

pw from New Jersey

Live more charitably, simply, and sustainably.

Jan. 01 2009 04:51 PM
Ed Helmrich from Larchmont

When you vote against the unborn, your country gets destroyed.

Dec. 31 2008 04:56 PM
Christine Berthet from New yOrk

The tail wagging the dog

real estate takes wall street down
wall street takes mainstreet down
mainstreet takes the industry down

Dec. 31 2008 04:44 PM
LM from Park Slope

The Piper must always be paid.

Dec. 31 2008 04:03 PM
steve from hoboken, nj

The Bulls and the Bears make out..........the Pigs get slaughtered!

Dec. 31 2008 03:05 PM
superf88

(And this relates to the election, not Katrina)

"Heckuva job, Bushie."

Dec. 31 2008 03:02 PM
Robert Stein from Upper West Side NYC

The moral of 2008: When you elect the foxes to guard the henhouse they eat the chickens that come home to roost.

Dec. 31 2008 01:52 PM
Olivia Koppell

Without personal and public integrity, wealth, power and intelligence are meaningless and worthless.

Dec. 31 2008 12:43 PM
mgduke from hel's kitchen

the bigger they are, the harder they land on the little guy

Dec. 31 2008 11:58 AM
Dan Kaplan from Chelsea

THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE

Dec. 31 2008 11:58 AM
Danny from New York

Be sure you know what the change is before you choose it.

Dec. 31 2008 11:58 AM
Sarah Tuft from Manhattan

Greed is bad. (plus it comes back to bite you in the butt...)

Dec. 31 2008 11:57 AM
Pat from Red Hook, Brooklyn

To quote Willie Nelson: There's a little old fashioned Karma going down!

Dec. 31 2008 11:57 AM
avessa from manhattan

caveat emptor

Dec. 31 2008 11:57 AM
Mark from Brooklyn

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Dec. 31 2008 11:57 AM
tia from east village

run a decent campaign

Dec. 31 2008 11:56 AM
Yannie from East Village

Moral: The emperor STILL doesn't know he has no clothes, and it's mighty cold!

Dec. 31 2008 11:56 AM
Kathy from Hoboken

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered

Dec. 31 2008 11:56 AM
Isabel from Harlem

Hope can, and hopefully will still, win.

Dec. 31 2008 11:54 AM
Harris from NYC-Harlem

"DON'T JUDGE A BARACK BY ITS COVER"

Dec. 31 2008 11:54 AM
Sean from Brooklyn

"The skeletons aren't in your closet, they're in your living room."

Dec. 31 2008 11:54 AM
Ronald from Brooklyn

Greed is good.

Dec. 31 2008 11:53 AM
HC from nyc

i have two:
things always get worse before they get better

and

claims of morality are overrated (like for example leaders who claim to be moral arbiters are most likely going to be kicked out for immoral actions)

Dec. 31 2008 11:53 AM
Maria from Brooklyn

Think for yourself...too complicated? naw :)

Dec. 31 2008 11:52 AM
chefesse from brooklyn

wait...the moral of this fairy tale? Sometimes your dreams CAN come true!

Dec. 31 2008 11:52 AM
b Lynd from NYC

Invest in gold!

Dec. 31 2008 11:50 AM
chefesse from brooklyn

okay, maybe this qualifies as more of a fairy tale: prince charming rescues us from the burning dungeons of the evil princes of darkness (also known as the evil-doers)

We're starting our ride off into the sunset, and, as in all fairy tales, we don't know if we'll actually get to live "happily ever after". (They always SAY that, but we never get an epilogue...) But we sure hope we do!

Dec. 31 2008 11:47 AM
Paula B from Chappaqua, NY

Dont put a bully in the White House!

Dec. 31 2008 11:45 AM
Lori Harris from Montclair, NJ

The Emperor(s) (SEC, Fed, Madoff, Wall Street Bigshots, Auto Big 3) -- very naked!

Dec. 31 2008 11:43 AM
frank galante from Brooklyn

The moral of the 2008's story is, "Don't be greedy. Return to living life simply and be happy."

Dec. 31 2008 11:42 AM
lynden miller from Manhattan

Never trust people calling themselves "compassionate conservatives".

Dec. 31 2008 11:41 AM
Déva from NYC

The bigger they are, the harder they fall!

Dec. 31 2008 11:41 AM
Anthony from Westchester

Greed is a malware of human nature.
Never turn off your antivirus program.

Dec. 31 2008 11:40 AM
Anne

"Slow and Steady Wins the Race"

Dec. 31 2008 11:39 AM
thom from brooklyn

"Socialism for the rich": JK Galbraith:

Dec. 31 2008 11:39 AM
Gustav Rech from manhattan

Do not put all of your assets in one basket (especially one weaved by Bernard Madoff)

Dec. 31 2008 11:39 AM
Roz from nyc

The sky IS falling. What fable?

Dec. 31 2008 11:39 AM
Paul from Glen Cove

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Dec. 31 2008 11:39 AM
RCT from NYC

"Every cloud has a silver lining"

(Only twenty days to go.)

Dec. 31 2008 11:39 AM
David Zarko from Scranton, PA

What goes around, comes around.

Dec. 31 2008 11:39 AM
John Celardo from Fanwood, NJ

Don't let anyone scare you into making a bad decision.

Dec. 31 2008 11:38 AM
RCT from NYC

"Every cloud has a silver lining."

Only 20 days to go!

Dec. 31 2008 11:37 AM
Anthony from Westchester

Greed is a malware of human nature.
Never turn off your antivirus program.

Dec. 31 2008 11:35 AM
Ron de Villa from New York

"The fox must not guard the henhouse."

Dec. 31 2008 11:35 AM
brian

Everyone is driven by self-interest; hubris always leads to a tragic end

Dec. 31 2008 11:33 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Don't sign *anything* unless you've read it all the way through & understand it! Including all the fine print!

Dec. 31 2008 11:33 AM
Wes Thenor from Great Neck, Ny

If 2008 was a fable, what's the moral of the story...Don't be greedy.

Dec. 31 2008 11:32 AM
Eleni from NYC

Too much is never enough; what you desire more for leads to your demise. Unless you have a good lawyer, then it can be deferred to the demise of others instead.

Dec. 31 2008 11:31 AM
Eleni from NYC

Too much is never enough; what you desire more for leads to your demise. Unless you have a good lawyer, then it can be deferred to the demise of others instead.

Dec. 31 2008 11:31 AM
Gary Dabbagh

Feast becomes Famine

Dec. 31 2008 11:30 AM
Stanley Kushel from Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

"Whatever goes up, comes down."

Dec. 31 2008 11:29 AM
Eleni from NYC

Too much is never enough; and the desire for more leads to one's demise ....... unless you have a good lawyer. In which case it's everyone else's misery and the guilty can buy death and live in Costa Rica with an alias. This is the premise of Capitalist Democracy in the US in the 21st c.
Thanks for the memories Mr Bush and Mr. Cheney.

Dec. 31 2008 11:23 AM
mary

"In media stat virtus"

Virtue lies in the middle way, or moderation in all things, etc.

Dec. 31 2008 11:19 AM
Loretta Morris from NJ

Re: Election and Obama
If the mainstream media happens to like the would-be emperor who has no clothes, it doesn't matter -- they'll still flack for him.

Dec. 31 2008 11:16 AM
Benjamin Rosner

It is better to cherish the little things in life, because the big things can not exist without them.

Dec. 31 2008 11:16 AM
Jinan Martini from Brooklyn

Be wary of leaders with whom you would have a beer, becasue he will drink you under the table and leave you with the check.

Dec. 31 2008 11:15 AM
hjs from 11211

the chickens have come home to roost
(or roast)!

Dec. 31 2008 11:15 AM
Debbie from Jackson Heights

2008 in a Joni Mitchell lyric: "If you're smart or rich or lucky, maybe you'll beat the laws of man, but the inner laws of spirit and the outer laws of nature no man can"

looked at negatively: If you give bad loans with adjustable rates where people's mortgage payments double or triple and they lose their houses, you might benefit in the short run, but you will have to face the consequences eventually.

looked at positively: If you dare to have optimism and hope and idealism and to speak honestly and to listen, people might scoff at you in the short run and say "America's not ready" etc, but in the long run, you will move people (even my dad who voted for W twice!!!) to take a chance with you.

Dec. 31 2008 11:15 AM
Dan Smith from Brooklyn

If something is too good to be true, it probably isn't.

Dec. 31 2008 11:14 AM
Julie from Manhattan

Sometimes dreams do come true (re: Martin Luther King's speech and the election of Senator Obama)

Dec. 31 2008 11:14 AM
Amy from Bronx

Take the hardships we are given & learn from them. Re-evaluate how we got to this dark place & use this to change how we see & do things.

Dec. 31 2008 11:14 AM
Loretta Morris from NJ

Re: Election and Obama
If the mainstream media happens to like the would-be emperor who has no clothes, it doesn't matter -- they'll still flack for him.

Dec. 31 2008 11:14 AM
Elena from Brooklyn

Correction to wording of last comment:

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Dec. 31 2008 11:14 AM
Henry Glass from Rivervale, NJ

Unlike Gordon Gekko in Wall Street

GREED IS NOT GOOD !!

Dec. 31 2008 11:14 AM
james from brooklyn

'MIND THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN'

No one is a guru or a magic man. Just because you have a title (stockbroker, bank president, chairman of the federal reserve) does not mean you are an expert. Always hold authority's feet to the fire. Common sense still has a place America.

Dec. 31 2008 11:14 AM
Gene from New Rochelle

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

Dec. 31 2008 11:13 AM
hjs from 11211

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

Dec. 31 2008 11:13 AM
Frank from New Kingston NY (catskills)

Those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it.

Dec. 31 2008 11:13 AM
Sean Mahon from millburn nj

Greed is not good, greed does not work.
America can still surprise the world and reinvent itself

Dec. 31 2008 11:13 AM
David Epstein from West Village

The wolf in sheep's clothing probably lives in a multi-million dollar apartment on the Upper East Side and plays LOTS of golf.

Dec. 31 2008 11:12 AM
Henry Glass from Rivervale, NJ

Unlike Gordon Gekko in Wall Street

Greed is not good!

Dec. 31 2008 11:12 AM
Neph from NYC

My choices:

1. Don't get too comfortable!

2. Pay attention; what you don't know CAN hurt you.

3. A turd in the hand is worth two terms of Bush... and vice-versa.

4. All of the above.

Dec. 31 2008 11:12 AM
Leo from Queens

The moral is that: We should not allow incompetents and criminals to take over government. Otherwise we end up with a society destroyed by organized crime (Madoff, Financial company CEOs, Democratic and Republican electec officials, etc.) or worse - a society destroyed by Violence. Look at Mexico. That's where we are heading!

Dec. 31 2008 11:12 AM
superf88

Wall Street Capitalism a zero-sum game!

Dec. 31 2008 11:12 AM
Richard from NYC

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Dec. 31 2008 11:11 AM
Karen from New Jersey

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (Santayana)

Dec. 31 2008 11:10 AM
sean the dog walker from Brooklyn

4 legs good 2 legs bad

Dec. 31 2008 11:10 AM
Elena from Brooklyn

Don't put your eggs all in one basket!

Dec. 31 2008 11:10 AM
steve in greenpoint from greenpoint, brooklyn

When the emperor has no clothes, it's your wallet that gets stripped naked.

Dec. 31 2008 11:10 AM
Dan from Brooklyn

What goes up must go down.

Dec. 31 2008 11:10 AM
ann rory from nyc

PAY ATTENTION....to the man behind the curtain

Dec. 31 2008 11:09 AM
Theresa from Brooklyn

Regulation is not a dirty word.

Dec. 31 2008 11:09 AM
Paula from Morristown, NJ

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Dec. 31 2008 11:09 AM
Katherine from Manhattan

Appearances are everything.

Dec. 31 2008 11:09 AM
jane from connecticut

as you sow so shall you reap

Dec. 31 2008 11:05 AM
Daniel Latorre from Brooklyn

Democracy will be destroyed by ANY fiscal-driven ideology's inherently unsustainable ways if Democracy isn't seen as interest-group advocacy work that citizens, teachers, and journalism *must* refine & participate in *each generation* of humanity.

Dec. 31 2008 11:02 AM
MMN from Midtown Manhattan

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But seriously!

Dec. 31 2008 10:53 AM
GL from NJ

Bad guys finish first, nice guys pay the check.

Dec. 31 2008 10:53 AM
Genji from LES

Keep hope alive but, the house always wins.

Dec. 31 2008 10:50 AM
Popo

Take the money and run; because if you don't, someone else will.

Dec. 31 2008 10:50 AM
Anelise from DC

Credit Card is not the solution of all the problems.

Dec. 31 2008 10:50 AM
Kevin from NYC

Life is just a day at the beach, sometimes its bright and sunny, sometimes it’s cold, windy and overcast, sometimes it’s a hurricane.

Dec. 31 2008 10:49 AM
Ophelie Z from Astoria

Caveat Emptor...in spades.

Dec. 31 2008 10:49 AM
Rapti from Upper East Side

If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.

Dec. 31 2008 10:45 AM
Thomas Eccardt from Manhattan

Ignore politics and current events at your own risk.

Dec. 31 2008 10:44 AM
markBrown from sos-newdeal.blogspot.com and markbnj.blogspot.com

Easy. Greed Sucks. Do unto OTHERS as you'd have THEM do unto YOU.

Dec. 31 2008 10:41 AM
Alice Toklas from Manhattan

Hindsight is 20/20. Let’s work on our short-sightedness. From electing George Bush TWICE to a total turnaround in support for the Iraq war to the bailout...are we always doomed to regret and repeat our mistakes?

Dec. 31 2008 10:40 AM
Andrew Thomas

In the prophetic words of Ice Cube:

You better check yo self before you wreck yo self.

Dec. 31 2008 10:39 AM
Isaac from prospect heights

We need a social systems which protects the most vulnerable and need to regulate capitalism so the extremes of greed and poverty are not continually perpetuated.

Dec. 31 2008 10:39 AM
Skip K from East Elmhurst, NY

Crime _does_ pay.

Dec. 31 2008 10:38 AM
adam from new york

If we continue to allow our emperors to wear no clothes, we all wind up penniless, destitute, and naked.

Dec. 31 2008 10:38 AM
Cynthia from Brooklyn, NY

The bigger the bubble, the bigger the pop!

Dec. 31 2008 10:36 AM
ruth from NJ

Don't be greedy if you share a stomach.

Dec. 31 2008 10:36 AM
eugene

Trust but verify or how due dilligence can keep an economic system healthier.

Dec. 31 2008 10:35 AM
Cynthia from Brooklyn, NY

The bigger the bubble, the more likely it is to burst.

Dec. 31 2008 10:34 AM
Kate

Don't live beyond your means.

Dec. 31 2008 10:33 AM
Petra Alexander from New York

"You win some, you lose some."

Dec. 31 2008 10:23 AM
Luke Barclay from New York

"Don't Believe the Hype"

Dec. 31 2008 10:03 AM

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