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Chrysler to shut down all 30 plants for a month, but ‘white collar workers’ will keep regular salaries.»
Chrysler announced today that it would shut all 30 of its North American plants for a month, starting this Friday. ABC News reports that while 46,000 union workers will be shut off from their regular paychecks, the “white collar” management will continue to receive their salaries:
Chrysler said that union workers will receive “state unemployment benefits as well as supplementary payments from Chrysler” based off “a union negotiated formula.”
These [UAW} workers will not be receiving their regular income. There will be an unknown number of white collar workers who will not be working as well, but the expectation is that they will continue to receive their regular salaries during this time.
Dec 14, 2008
Dec 5, 2008
I, for one, would love a nice big severance package, but if it come to that, I think I will be at the bottom of the range since I've been here just under two years.
The gentleman pictured has his own idea of what a nice severance is.
Dec 3, 2008
I HAVE... (done the stuff in bold)
1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band -- if a Kazoo band counts
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo -- to myself and sung might be a generous description
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch -- I cook from scratch.
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train -- but not in a sleeper.
21. Had a pillow fight
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill -- actually it was mechanical difficulties, I couldn't get my *ss in gear.
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run -- baseball or metaphorically?
32. Been on a cruise -- I took deck passage on a ferry from Seattle to Alaska
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors -- Depends on how far back you go. never been to the Old World, but did go to south Georgia.
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance -- bike accident. Bruises only.
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling -- snorkeling only
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater -- My first was a double feature of Goldfinger and Dr. No.
55. Been in a movie -- I'm guessing Super8 mm home movies don't count.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China -- I went to a restaurant by that name.
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class -- but not a marital arts class
59. Visited Russia -- No but I could see the USSR from my apartment when I lived in far eastern Hokkaido! No Sh*t. But only on clear days, which were few and far between.
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies -- Vicariously
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check -- only a couple of times. Hey, look at all the good ones I wrote, why don't you ask about those, huh?
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy -- only if you count the one I was born with, if you get my drift...
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar -- yum
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square -- and nobody asked if I was "dating"
74. Toured the Everglades -- The onliest swamps I've visited are the Okefenokee and Washington DC.
75. Been fired from a job -- Laid off, yes.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone -- Ribs, fingers, toe.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car -- NEVER
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper -- but not the post office
85. Read the entire Bible --Was there a Classic Comics version?
86. Visited the White House -- did not sleep in Lincoln BR
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life -- maybe, gave aspirin to a visitor where I worked. Turns out he was actually having a heart attack.
90. Sat on a jury -- deadly dull. It was an appeal of a workman's comp claim. All they could do was read the transcript of the previous trial. And the reader didn't even do voices.
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant -- No, but the GOP has been riding us for too many years.
Nov 10, 2008
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Oct 28, 2008
Pickles Bush, that is. Interesting story on Huff Post about McCain possibly being involved in a traffic fatality.
News Orgs Investigate Possibly Fatal McCain '64 Car Crash
For the past two months, a major American magazine and an allied news service have been engaged in a legal battle with the United States Navy over records that they believe show that John McCain once was involved in an automobile accident that injured or, perhaps, killed another individual.
Vanity Fair magazine and the National Security News Service claim to have knowledge "developed from first-hand sources" of a car crash that involved then-Lt. McCain at the main gate of a Virginia naval base in 1964, according to legal filings. The incident has been largely, if not entirely, kept from the public. And in documents suing the Navy to release pertinent information, lawyers for the NS News Service allege that a cover-up may be at play. (story on Huff Post)
Oct 21, 2008
($150,000 will buy a f*ck of a lot of mukluks)
By JEANNE CUMMINGS | 10/21/08 7:47 PM EDT
From Politico via Huff Post
The Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.
According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.
The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.
The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.
Politico asked the McCain campaign for comment, explicitly noting the $150,000 in expenses for department store shopping and makeup consultation that were incurred immediately after Palin’s announcement. Pre-September reports do not include similar costs.
Spokeswoman Maria Comella declined to answer specific questions about the expenditures, including whether it was necessary to spend that much and whether it amounted to one early investment in Palin or if shopping for the vice presidential nominee was ongoing.
“The campaign does not comment on strategic decisions regarding how financial resources available to the campaign are spent," she said.
The business of primping and dressing on the campaign trail has become fraught with political risk in recent years as voters increasingly see an elite Washington out of touch with their values and lifestyles.
In 2000, Democrat Al Gore took heat for changing his clothing hues. And in 2006, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) was ribbed for two hair styling sessions that cost about $3,000.
Then, there was Democrat John Edwards’ $400 hair cuts in 2007 and Republican McCain’s $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes this year.
A review of similar records for the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee turned up no similar spending.
But all the spending by other candidates pales in comparison to the GOP outlay for the Alaska governor whose expensive, designer outfits have been the topic of fashion pages and magazines.
What hasn’t been apparent is where the clothes came from – her closet back in Wasilla or from the campaign coffers in Washington.
The answer can be found inside the RNC’s September monthly financial disclosure report under “itemized coordinated expenditures.”
It’s a report that typically records expenses for direct mail, telephone calls and advertising. Those expenses do show up, but the report also has a new category of spending: “campaign accessories.”
September payments were also made to Barney’s New York ($789.72) and Bloomingdale’s New York ($5,102.71).
Macy’s in Minneapolis, another store fortunate enough to be situated in the Twin Cities that hosted last summer’s Republican National Convention, received three separate payments totaling $9,447.71.
The entries also show a few purchases at Pacifier, a top notch baby store, and Steiniauf & Stroller Inc., suggesting $295 was spent to accommodate the littlest Palin to join the campaign trail.
An additional $4,902.45 was spent at Atelier, a high-class shopping destination for men.
Elitists! $150,000?! And who said you couldn't put lipstick on a pig, that is if said sow can lift her snout out of the trough. On the plus side, a $400 haircut now sounds like a bargain.
Do I sound a little bitter? I'm in the middle of figuring out how to pay for more schooling so I don't get outsourced, laid off, or down sized in the republican depression. $150,000 would more than cover what I have in mind. I doubt I've spent that much on clothes in my whole existence on this planet.
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Sep 24, 2008
PETA Urges Ben & Jerry's To Use Human Milk
(Please leave flavor name ideas in the comments. Maybe Mel "Sugar Tits" Gibson has some suggestions.)
VERMONT -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.
"PETA's request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow's milk in the food he serves," the statement says.
PETA officials say a move to human breast milk would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health.
"The fact that human adults consume huge quantities of dairy products made from milk that was meant for a baby cow just doesn't make sense," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Everyone knows that 'the breast is best,' so Ben & Jerry's could do consumers and cows a big favor by making the switch to breast milk."
In a statement Ben and Jerry's said, "We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother's milk is best used for her child."
Read PETA's letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
September 23, 2008
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cofounders
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.
Dear Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield,
On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I'd like to bring your attention to an innovative new idea from Switzerland that would bring a unique twist to Ben and Jerry's.
Storchen restaurant is set to unveil a menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent breast milk procured from human donors who are paid in exchange for their milk. If Ben and Jerry's replaced the cow's milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.
Using cow's milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer's health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America's number one cause of death.
Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.
And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can't produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to 17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can't even turn around.
The breast is best! Won't you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow's milk to breast milk in Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Thank you for your consideration.
Executive Vice President
Sep 19, 2008
Sep 17, 2008
Martha Stewart: ‘I would feel weird, really weird’ about having a president who can’t use a computer.
Today, Martha Stewart dedicated her show to blogging, featuring Politico bloggers Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith. Stewart pointed out that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — by his own admission — doesn’t know how to use a computer, and said she would feel “weird, really weird” about having a president who doesn’t understand “the most current mode of communication.”
She neglected to add that McCain could not create a fully animated Rose Parade float using only pre-worn orange jumpsuits, soiled sheets, twelve rubber bands, and a broken bicycle.
Sep 16, 2008
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Sep 10, 2008
PALIN FAMILY SHOCKERS: WHAT SARAH'S REALLY HIDING!
The NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah 'Barracuda' Palin’s goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!
The Enquirer’s team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover the hidden truth about Gov. Palin’s family, which has become a central part of political identity.
The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Sarah's oldest son, Track, was addicted to the power drug OxyContin for nearly the past two years, snorting it, eating it, smoking it and even injecting it. And as Track, 19, heads to Iraq as part of the U.S. armed forces, Sarah and her husband Todd were powerless to stop his wild antics, detailed in the new issue of The ENQUIRER, which goes on sale today.
THE ENQUIRER also has exclusive details about Track's use of other drugs, including cocaine, and his involvement in a notorious local vandalism incident.
“I’ve partied with him (Track) for years,” a source disclosed. “I’ve seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed.”
The source also divulged the girls would do anything for Track and he’d use his local celebrity to manipulate other guys “to get them to steal things he wanted.”
“He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do,” the source divulged. “You join the military.”
And as Gov. Palin has billed the state of Alaska for various expenses related to her children, as reported by The Washington Post, The ENQUIRER's investigation reveals that she was so incensed by 17-year-old Bristol's pregnancy that she banished her daughter from the house.
Another family friend revealed pre-prego Bristol was as much of a hard partier as Track was.
“Bristol was a huge stoner and drinker. I’ve seen her smoke pot and get drunk and make out with so many guys. All the guys would brag that the just made out with Bristol.”
When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!
And the ENQUIRER also learned that Levi Johnston, the baby mamma’s future wedded dada, who was glad handed by John McCain at the GOP Convention, isn’t too happy about his impending shotgun nups either.
“Levi got dragged out of the house to go to Minnesota,” Levi’s friend told The ENQUIRER. “Levi realizes he’s stuck being with Bristol because her mom is running for Vice President.”
The friend also confided that both Bristol and Levi “broke up a few times and they definitely messed around with other people.”
Meanwhile, as members of the Palin family’s war viciously over “Trooper-Gate” and claims of Sarah’s extramarital affair have turned the political race into a chaotic arena of threats, denials and vicious attacks by political black ops, The ENQUIRER has discovered shocking new details about the red-hot affair scandal!
For the full story of the secrets Sarah Palin is trying to hide – pick up the new ENQUIRER!
Sep 9, 2008
Pima County (Tucson), Arizona Election Integrity advocate and expert John Brakey was arrested last night while performing his job as an election supervisor, on behalf of both the Democratic and Libertarian parties, during a post-election hand-count audit of ballots.
Brakey becomes the latest in a growing string of EI advocates to be arrested and/or barred from observing (Brakey was lucky enough to merit both "honors" apparently) while attempting to assure accuracy, fairness, and transparency in voting and in the reporting of election results on behalf of citizens.
The problem erupted after Brakey had noticed a number of ballot bags being counted in the post-election audit were missing their proper security seals. He began to ask questions about those bags, which eventually led to his arrest at the demand of Pima County's Brad "Election Director Gone Wild" Nelson, a man with whom Brakey has had a number of unfortunate (for Nelson) run-ins over the years.
Sep 5, 2008
Piper, honey, run along Granpa and I have some things to talk about.
Sep 3, 2008
Aug 29, 2008
The governess of Alaska will be McCain's running mate. I guess Vickie Iseman wasn't available.
I suppose Ted Stevens (R-lobbyist's pocket) will do his best not to implicate her. And her husband is an oil industry
Update: Did McCain pick her so he'll have a scapegoat when he loses? Or is his "little pilot" doing his decidering for him?
Aug 20, 2008
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (I've given myself some leeway as you can see in my comments.)
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. (there is no food that I would not consider eating.)
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
There's a few maybes that reflect some dishes I had in Japan. Sometimes not even my hosts knew the ingredients. And I've eaten squirrel, but I didn't cook it in Huckabee's corn popper.
1. Venison- yes, and other wild meats
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile-- not yet, nor has a crocodile eaten me
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
10. Baba ghanoush
13. PB&J sandwich-- I could live on PBJ and milk.
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses-- not yet
17. Black truffle-- white but not black
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes-- Yes, especially if Boone's Farm counts.
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese-- not yet
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda-- not yet
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi-- not yet
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar-- yes to both, but not together
37. Clotted cream tea-- not yet
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O-- not yet, but obviously an oversight on my part
41. Curried goat-- goat, yes, but pickled not curried
42. Whole insects-- candied grasshoppers
43. Phaal-- not yet
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more-- Maybe
46. Fugu-- I think so
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob chips
63. Kaolin-- My second cousin once removed was a kaolin miner. I've only had it in Koa-Pectate
64. Currywurst- not yet
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis-- No
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette-- yep, in Japan in a soup of some sort, they were very chewy.
72. Caviar and blini-- both but not together
73. Louche absinthe-- nope
74. Gjetost, or brunost-- nope
75. Roadkill-- not that I'm aware of, but I wouldn't put it past some of my hosts
76. Baijiu-- I've had (a lot of) the Japanese equivalent, Shochu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini-- No, but it sounds tastier than a fuzzy navel
81. Tom yum-- I think so
82. Eggs Benedict-- Yes and its lowly counterpart, the Egg McYouKnowWhat
83. Pocky-- and giant Pockys, too.
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.-- Alas, no
85. Kobe beef-- Yes
86. Hare-- you mean four legged chicken as we used to call it for my cousin who had delicate gustatory sensibilities
89. Horse-- yes, raw in Japan as horse sashimi (ba sashi) or euphemistically as sakura niku (cherry meat)
90. Criollo chocolate-- no
91. Spam-- hell yeah!
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa-- not yet
94. Catfish-- Yum-yum
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake-- yes, at camp many years ago
Aug 14, 2008
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Ahmed Almaktoum of the UAE unloads his shotgun during the qualifying round of the men's trap competition of the shooting event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 10, 2008.
Aug 12, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
Bush Veterans Affairs Department bans voter registration drives at veterans facilities.
This needs to be circulated far, wide, and repeatedly. Apparently there is a dearth of shame in the Bush appointed members of the VA. This is so reprehensible.
Aug 7, 2008
Aug 6, 2008
Pissed in New York found an interesting story.
Check this out. No one but a two-year old is this concerned with excreta.
And this extract from the original at Kos.
According to our Austrian sources, Austrian newspapers are currently abuzz with special security details of George W. Bush's recent trip to Vienna. Although the heavy-handed Gestapo-like security measures meted out to Viennese home owners, business proprietors, and pedestrians by US Secret Service agents and local police before and during Bush's visit received widespread Austrian media attention, it was White House "toilet security" ("TOILSEC"), which has Austrians talking the most. The White House flew in a special portable toilet to Vienna for Bush's personal use during his visit. The Bush White House is so concerned about Bush's security, the veil of secrecy extends over the president's bodily excretions.
Is this why he had to write a note to Condi about going to the little boys' room. Is she in charge of TOILSEC?
Aug 1, 2008
Anna Quindlen makes a good point in this week's Newsweek.
The terrorists have laptops in their hideouts. Can America afford to have a leader who is just learning how to use one?Read the whole thing, it's interesting.
Honest Abe was a techie. Yep, it's true. President Lincoln pushed hard for the spread of telegraph lines across the country and used the new medium to make communications with his generals during the Civil War swift and specific. Sometimes he even slept on the couch in the telegraph office when he was monitoring battlefield conditions. In his book "Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails," author Tom Wheeler brings the language of Silicon Valley to Gettysburg. "Lincoln's early-adopter instincts," he writes, "coupled with his being unburdened by the old dogmas, allowed him to outperform his generals in the ability to see change and harness it to his purpose."
Paging John McCain. Or at least calling him. Because he doesn't text-message. Or have a BlackBerry. Or use e-mail. Anyhow, he might want to pay more attention to Lincoln's successful future-think.
Tell The Bush Administration: Hands Off My Laptop
I have enough problems with my laptop without having to surrender it to officials on demand.
From the link above:
Today the Washington Post ran a front-page story on a topic previously reported by ThinkProgress. Homeland Security is telling customs agents they can search, and take, travelers’ laptops and other electronic devices without needing any reasonable suspicion or probable cause.Insane? Yes. Maybe they could offer spyware removal and defragmentation services. (That is, if indeed, they aren't installing some nefarious software or device.)
The Post story highlights a new Customs and Border Patrol policy document that states:
In the course of a border search, and absent individualized suspicion, officers can review and analyze the information transported by any individual attempting to enter, reenter, depart, pass through, or reside in the United States.
The new policy says CPB can take away the laptop or analyze copies of its contents:
Officers may detain documents and electronic devices, or copies thereof, for a reasonable period of time to perform a thorough border search. The search may take place on-site or at an off-site location.
CBP says that the officers are supposed to return the laptop and destroy copies of the contents if nothing illegal is found (but be sure not to have any downloaded songs that you haven’t paid for).
That is far from comforting, even once you get your laptop back days or weeks later, because “nothing in this policy limits the authority of an officer to make written notes” about what was in the laptop.
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The dollar's 41 percent drop against the euro during Bush's term writes the economic epitaph of an administration that set out to restore American preeminence. Instead, Bush heads to Japan next week for his final international summit with diminished leverage as Russian and Chinese influence grows.41 percent! 41 percent! I'll never be able to afford new lederhosen if this continues.
Maybe, he'll make it 43 percent by the end of his term, just for self-referential irony.
Paramilitary policemen on assault vehicles take part in an anti-terrorism drill in Jinan, Shandong province July 2, 2008. China will have nearly 100,000 commandos, police and members of the military on standby up to and during the Beijing Olympics to handle potential terrorist attacks, state media reported.
Jul 2, 2008
The Washington Post reports Obama received a “discount” interest rate on his home mortgage loan. “He locked in an interest rate of 5.625 percent on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, below the average for such loans at the time in Chicago.”I did my own research, and guess what I found. Are you ready?
Fully half of the mortgages at the time were below average!!!!!!!!!!!!
And not only that, all the mortgage rates were locked in within two weeks of a full moon, on a day with a "y" in the name.
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This undated photo provided by the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, Italy, Wednesday, June 11, 2008, shows a deer with a single horn in the center of its head. The one-year-old Roe Deer - nicknamed 'Unicorn'' - was born in captivity in the research center's park in the Tuscan town of Prato, near Florence, Gilberto Tozzi, director of the Center of Natural Sciences, said. He is believed to have been born with a genetic flaw; his twin has two horns.
Jun 10, 2008
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“George Bush understands the severity of the Iranian threat and the need to vanquish it, and intends to act on the matter before the end of his term in the White House,” Olmert reportedly said after his 90 minute long one-on-one meeting with the American Commander in Chief.Listen up, Ehud! "Bush" and "understand" in the same sentence? Let me school you, George Bush barely understands that food goes in one end and out the other. How in the hell do you think he can understand Iran?
Jun 5, 2008
Jun 4, 2008
Be sure to catch the last line....
Indicted Saudi Financier Gets $80 Million US Military Contract(Why I am not surprised? -SC)
The U.S. military suffered enormous embarrassment when the New York Times reported that a contract to arm the Afghan forces worth nearly $300 million had been awarded to a 22-year-old man, Efraim E. Diveroli, whose vice president was a licensed masseur. It turned out that Diveroli had been supplying the Afghans with defective weaponry and had broken numerous procurement laws. Apparently, the military has not learned their lesson. ABC News reports that they have awarded an $80 million contract to a prominent Saudi financier who has been indicted by the U.S. Justice Department:
The US military has awarded an $80 million contract to a prominent Saudi financier who has been indicted by the US Justice Department. The contract to supply jet fuel to American bases in Afghanistan was awarded to the Attock Refinery Ltd, a Pakistani-based refinery owned by Gaith Pharaon. Pharaon is wanted in connection with his alleged role at the failed Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and the CenTrust savings and loan scandal, which cost US tax payers $1.7 billion.
The Saudi businessman was also named in a 2002 French parliamentary report as having links to informal money transfer networks called hawala, known to be used by traders and terrorists, including Al Qaeda.
Interestingly, Pharaon was also an investor in President George W. Bush's first business venture, Arbusto Energy.
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A goat loses its underwear durng the goat dressing event of the Liberty Stampede Rodeo in Devon, Pennsylvania, May 10, 2008. Philadelphia's gay community sought to dispel some sexual stereotypes when it held the city's first gay rodeo. About 50 contestants roped steers, cracked whips, and wrestled cattle to the ground during the weekend in an attempt to prove to themselves - and the rest of the world - that they are just as capable of tackling a traditionally macho sport as their straight counterparts.