That’s one way to deal with a financial crisis, I guess . . .

Stephan Pastis offers this suggestion (click the image to be taken to the cartoon’s Web page for a larger view).

Reminds me of the first entry in Howard Tayler’s “The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries“:  pillage, then burn.  That would also help to take care of your debt – although those from whom you pillage might have different views!



  1. The opinions of the pillagees are of no concern to the pillagers.

    Speaking of which, here is a variant song for birthdays. It's the birthday dirge, sung to the tune of The Volga Boatmen.

    Happy Birthday. (pound on table)
    It's your Birthday. (pound on table)
    Gloom and doom and dark despair
    People dying everywhere
    Happy Birthday. (pound on table)
    It's your Birthday. (pound on table)
    * repeat *

    Here's a lesson you must learn
    First you pillage, then you burn

    Hear the women wail and weep
    Kill them all, but spare the sheep

    May the candles on your cake
    Burn like cities in your wake

    Your servants steal, your wife's untrue
    Your children plot to murder you

    Birthdays come but once a year
    Marking time as death draws near

  2. And hundreds more. One of my favirites is "may your deeds with sword and ax equal those with sheep and yaks"
    Search for "Ghengis Khan birthday dirge"

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