Barack Obama owes more than I’d like him to owe to the Wall Street crowd. He probably at this point owes a little more than I’d like him to owe to the military. The rest he owes to the millions of people who elected him in 2008 – especially to those people whose enthusiasm I neither shared nor really understood – and he will owe them even more if they come out and pull his chestnuts out of the fire for him this time around. He may sell them out – and, yes, I understand if you wanted to add “again” to that statement – but they are not likely to revenge themselves against the country if he does and, even if they decided to, they don’t have the power to do much but yell at the right buildings.
On the other hand, Willard Romney owes even more to the Wall Street crowd, and he owes even more to the military, but he also owes everything he is politically to the snake-handlers and the Bible-bangers, to the Creationist morons and to the people who stalk doctors and glue their heads to the clinic doors, to the reckless plutocrats and to the vote-suppressors, to the Randian fantasts and libertarian fakers, to the closeted and not-so-closeted racists who have been so empowered by the party that has given them a home, to the enemies of science and to the enemies of reason, to the devil’s bargain of obvious tactical deceit and to the devil’s honoraria of dark, anonymous money, and, ultimately, to those shadowy places in himself wherein Romney sold out who he might actually be to his overweening ambition. It is a fearsome bill to come due for any man, let alone one as mendaciously malleable as the Republican nominee. Obama owes the disgruntled. Romney owes the crazy. And that makes all the difference.
He can earn million-dollar gains without anybody knowing. He can execute make-believe trades by sending fake emails from hacked computers. He doesn’t always lose money. But when he does, he loses more than $6 billion. He is … the most indebted man in the world.
Jérôme Kerviel is learning one of life’s harsher lessons: It stinks to be $6.3 billion in debt. That’s how much his fraudulent trades in 2007 and 2008 cost French bank Société Générale, and how much he has been ordered to pay in restitution — after he gets out of jail in three years. A judge recently upheld these terms on appeal.
The RCMP’s Operational Communications Centre received a 9-1-1 call just before 1:00 pm. The operator was not able to understand the person that made the call. In the interest of public safety, the operator dispatched a General Duty officer to attend the residence and ensure everything was fine. Constable Jeremiah Walker attended the residence off North Nechako Road to investigate.
After the officer failed to get a response when he knocked on the door, he entered the residence and announced “police, anyone here”. Cst. Walker heard a reply from a bedroom in the residence. He found an elderly woman in bed with obvious health issues.
The woman explained that she was bed ridden and was trying to contact her husband, who had gone out. When she was unable to reach him, the service directed her to the 9-1-1 centre. She said that she was otherwise fine, but was hungry. Learning that it would be a couple hours before her husband would likely return, Cst. Walker asked the 75 year old if it would be ok if he made her something to eat. The woman consented, adding that she would like some cheese and crackers. Cst. Walker headed to the kitchen returning a few minutes later with cheese slices and crackers.
An inquest into the death of a teenage Canadian prison inmate has opened in Toronto, where coroners are examining video footage of the 19-year-old woman being hooded, manhandled, bound with parcel tape and forcibly injected with anti-psychotic drugs.
Observers say it is Canada’s prison system which is on trial, after the footage was finally released late on Wednesday, following a five-year legal battle to bring the videos into the open.
Ashley Smith was 14 years old when she threw crab apples at a postman, an offence which landed her in a youth facility for a month – a sentence which was constantly extended due to her disruptive and occasional violent behaviour.
After nearly four years of incarceration, the teenager from New Brunswick killed herself in October 2007 – despite being placed under formal suicide watch by the institution where she was held.
A case of the most appalling and barbaric treatment of a mentally ill person.
A Greek journalist who published the names of more than 2,000 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts has been acquitted of breaking data privacy laws.
Costas Vaxevanis’s acquittal on Thursday came hours after he went on trial in a case analysts said was a test for press freedom in Greece.
An indirect message to rich people: Pay your taxes!