We can all shut down our computers for the week. The internet has done its job.
There are still decent people in the world.
A new father has secretly named his baby girl Sarah McCain Palin after the Republican ticket for president and vice president.
Mark Ciptak of Elizabethton put that name on the documents for the girl’s birth certificate, ignoring the name Ava Grace, which he and his wife had picked earlier.
“I don’t think she believes me yet,” he told the Kingsport Times-News for a story to be published Tuesday. “It’s going to take some more convincing.”
Since 1929, Republicans and Democrats have each controlled the presidency for nearly 40 years. So which party has been better for American pocketbooks and capitalism as a whole? Well, here’s an experiment: imagine that during these years you had to invest exclusively under either Democratic or Republican administrations. How would you have fared?
As of Friday, a $10,000 investment in the S.& P. stock market index* would have grown to $11,733 if invested under Republican presidents only, although that would be $51,211 if we exclude Herbert Hoover’s presidency during the Great Depression. Invested under Democratic presidents only, $10,000 would have grown to $300,671 at a compound rate of 8.9 percent over nearly 40 years.
In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Nguyen Tien Tran acknowledged that conditions in the prison were “tough, though not inhuman”. But, he added: “We never tortured McCain. On the contrary, we saved his life, curing him with extremely valuable medicines that at times were not available to our own wounded.”
Tran, now 75, said McCain reached Hanoi with the worst injuries he had seen in a downed pilot. But he denied torturing him, saying it was his mission to ensure that McCain survived. As the son of the US naval commander in Vietnam, he offered a potential valuable propaganda weapon.
During our visit we sought out Vietnamese who’d met McCain. We found 81-year-old former nurse, Nguyen Thi Thanh. In his memoir, McCain says she saved his life, fending off a baying mob at the edge of Hanoi’s West Lake, and treating his wounds, putting splints on his arms and leg, and giving him antibiotics.
“Some people were very angry,” she recalled, “but I was a nurse, it was my responsibility.”
Perhaps most surprising of all is the man who ran Hoa Lo, the notorious Hanoi Hilton prison, where McCain spent two years after the Plantation.
These days Tran Trong Duyet, talks about his “friend” McCain, who he describes as “strong willed, but with a sense of humor.”
He dismissed the well-documented reports of brutality in the prison system. “During ‘office hours’ I would call him to my office and have fierce debates about the war. But ‘after hours’ we would talk to each other as friends.”
He calls McCain a “model American soldier,” who helped teach him English.
As for today: “If I had a vote, I would choose the person I knew well. So I would vote for John McCain.”
That must go down as one of the strangest endorsements the Arizona senator is ever likely to get.
Even een tussenstand van uw belastingcentjes die door Nederlandse ambtenaren zijn geparkeerd bij failliete banken in het buitenland. Hou u vast: 244 miljoen euro! And counting. Want zo’n beetje ieder uur komt er weer een gemeente, provincie of waterschap uit de kast. Nieuwste en tevens grootste klapper: de provincie Noord-Holland. In plaats van de centjes gewoon veilig te parkeren bij een Nederlandse bank werd 98 miljoen euro weggesluisd naar het buitenland omdat daar de rente maar liefst 0,5 procent hoger was dan de plaatselijke triple A Rabobank kon aanbieden.
Chandler police responded Sunday to a Wal-Mart store when employees reported three men bought a laptop computer and returned with an empty box, claiming a laptop was never in it.
Thinking the men were attempting to defraud the store, store employees called police.
When police arrived, one of the men ran away. During the chase, he threw credit cards to the ground. Police recovered the cards and determined they were forgeries.
Authorities say further investigation showed the three had 19 forged credit cards, which they allegedly had used to buy electronic items from other Wal-Mart stores in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
The counterfeit credit cards were encoded with valid stolen credit card numbers and police say an investigation is ongoing to identify the account holders.
Store employees later discovered they had indeed sold an empty box to the three men.
So you’ve looked at my website, have you? Really? And you’ve managed to miss an entire category while doing so? And poker? Really? Dear readers – show of hands, who would like to see poker advertising here?
Admit it, you’re just mass-mailing some database you bought. Your mailserver just earned a prominent place in my blacklist. Oh, and that stupid disclaimer on the end of your mail? Go fold it into sharp corners and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.
The Treasury’s plan seeks to take aim at the eight-figure pay packages given to Wall Street executives that have enraged so many Americans in the wake of the country’s financial collapse.
Banks that get an equity infusion from the government will have to follow some general rules on paying their top five executives. They will be restricted from offering golden parachutes, as rich severance packages are called, and they will have to pay more taxes if an individual’s compensation exceeds $500,000.
“The key will be how they implement it,” said Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and has long sought to restrict executive pay.
When Congress limited the tax deductibility of cash salaries to $1 million, for example, it simply led to an explosion in stock options used as compensation and even higher total payouts.
Like other experts, Professor Murphy expects the $500,000 cap to be largely ignored, with banks willing to accept the tax consequences. For many of the top executives, such a salary would simply not be competitive: “$500,000 was supposed to be a good week,” he said, adding that many of these executives would respond to such suggestions by leaving for jobs at unregulated banks or hedge funds.
William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.
But look at what Ayers did when Obama was 8!