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The UAW held a 6-hour strike against



my poppa!

) during which time negotiators for both sides sat in a stocked conference room and said, "You think we've been in here long enough?"

Yeah, probably looks like we're serious, let's go.

"Wait, hold on, I think I can wolf down another sandwich."

Well... You're a tough negotiator. Only If I can have more Perrier!"


Actually, the shorter strike was just an attempt for labor and manufacturing to reflect their lessened relevance.

Mmmmm, iPods and debt.

Sallie Mae

, the student lender, is suing a group of firms to force them to purchase the company. Sallie Mae keeps calling the companies and is able to track them down even when they move. The companies told Sallie Mae they were broke right now, but have been looking for jobs, and should be able to get her some money next month. Sallie Mae threatened to take away their diplomas.


St. Joe

company underwent big cutbacks this week, but it wasn't as bad as the

Hey Joey

company, which suffered a shortage of white tank tops and Camaros.


reported lower earnings, but the company's prospects look good should there be a massive need to move, such as a hurricane, change of administration, or a lot of foreigners buying all our property.

Done and almost done and done.




have merged so that their Lite and Light beers can just come from the same giant vat of lukewarm water. You won't notice the difference.

In a blatant case of copyright infringement,


will delay delivery of its 787 Dreamliner.

Hey! That was Airbus' story!

In a story about an American producer of Chinese food, the marketing director said: "We wanted our fortune cookies to be a little more value-added." Word of advice to makers of Chinese items: Don't say you've "added" anything.

Along those tainted lines,

Johnson & Johnson





were among drug manufacturers recalling infant cold medicine. Oh, leave them be. They're going to grow to be lead-toy users anyway.

Profits at

Yum Brands

rose in part thanks to sales in China. So look for special lead prizes in your next bucket of KFC wings.

Unforeseen Complications

The German software maker


bought another company, and I'm just surprised that SAP is German. Every time I hit the SAP button on my remote, my TV doesn't say


, it says


Royal Bank of Scotland

finally won control of

ABN Amro

after reluctantly agreeing to throw in a kilo of haggis, one wet monster, and the right to veto kilt-wearing on windy days.

The EU is delaying


plan to buy


because it might constrain competition in the financial information market. Here's some financial info:

I want money. Gimme. I'll do good things.


purchased the Oxygen network in an attempt to breathe life into its programming. It's a breath of fresh air. Investors breathlessly await with baited breath. Um ... NBC likes the ladies?


will spin off Snapple and Dr. Pepper. Consumers should be warned to open the new company over the sink, because, having been spun, it might explode.


combined two major units in an effort to keep all their money in one place.


stopped production of Banquet pot pies ...

and I don't care!

Oh wait, the song's "Jimmy Crack Corn, and I don't care," not "ConAgra pot pies, and I don't care."



consistently pushes for lower property taxes, because by "supporting the community," they don't mean "supporting" the "community."

You don't need schools and fire departments. Just come work for us. It's menial and easy. Plus, we've got sprinklers.


will build a plant in Thailand, which probably has no relation to the high cost of U.S. labor or the low cost of Thai immorality.

Analysts predict heating costs to rise this winter. In unrelated news,

Exxon Mobil

just purchased Mars.

After finally being taken private,


changed its name to Energy Future Holdings Corporation because "Doom Gloom Omnipotent Control Inc." wasn't sinister enough.

MGM Mirage

announced plans to build a $5-billion hotel in Atlantic City and then make us all time-travel back into the '50s.

A federal panel cleared the way for a new heart stent from


, because it's been a while since anyone's profited from inevitable "unforeseen complications."

The CEO of

Children's Place

is engaged in a nasty legal spat with his former company in an effort to set a good example for customers.



was unclear about future interest rate movement, and stocks surged. Ah, back to the good old days of spring, when government uncertainty and/or incompetence and/or uninvolvement made the private sector giddy.

The Republican candidates all said the economy is doing great because they're getting millions of donations for just talking and talking and talking...

According to

The Times

, several stores are quietly beginning to market Christmas shopping. To those stores, I have a simple message: You must die.

New technology allows sports fans to keep track of their teams wherever they are. Oh, and the world's dying so much Al Gore won the Nobel. But gooooooo Rockies!

A graduate of Princeton, Virginia Law School, and the fictitious College of Asparagus Lovers, Jeff Kreisler ( is an accomplished comedian, writer, producer and person. He writes for Comedy Central's Indecision2008, won the Bill Hicks Spirit Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, is in the cast of "Shoot The Messenger," a new show from the creator of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," stars in the "Comedy Against Evil" tour, and is writing "Get Rich Cheating," a parody of corporate crime. Jeff performs at clubs and colleges all over the known galaxy and has been featured at the Edinburgh Fringe, Freedom Cinema, and San Francisco Comedy Festivals. He plays blues saxophone, speaks French and Russian, was a sports broadcaster, taught English in Russia, helped start a non-profit dedicated to at-risk youth, and played college football. After extended stops in cities like San Francisco, Boston, and D.C., Jeff now lives in New York City from whence he is available for birthdays, circumcisions and bachelorette parties.