From the NYT: Income inequality grew significantly in 2005, with the top 1 percent of Americans – those with incomes that year of more than $348,000 – receiving their largest share of national income since 1928, analysis of newly released tax data shows. The top 10 percent, roughly those earning more than $100,000, also reached a level [...]
This is a hilarious feature about guys who have been dumped because of their personal digs. An excerpt from the NYT story: DATING is fraught with disappointments, so you can imagine how delighted a single woman might be to find someone like Albert Podell — particularly after she Googles him and learns how rich he [...]
Kyiv is expected to be the scene of large protest rallies this weekend, with demonstrators on the side of pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko and his pro-Russia rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, expected to gather — and possibly clash. Yushchenko is threatening to call a snap election. An excerpt from the BBC story: The rally has [...]
Alistair Johnson is still being held captive somewhere in the Gaza Strip after being grabbed on March 12. More regional voices are calling for his release. An excerpt from the BBC story: On Thursday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal condemned the apparent kidnapping. Prince Saud said nobody could approve of the abduction of a [...]
Foreign fighters and local tribesmen in the area near Wana, South Waziristan, Pakistan continue to duke it out, with 52 reported deaths Friday. An excerpt from the BBC story: The BBC's Alastair Leithead in Lahore says the fighting is being presented by Mr Sherpao (Aftab Khan Sherpao, Pakistan's interior minister) as a clash between pro-government elders and [...]
From the BBC: Mobile-phone text messaging in Cambodia has been suspended for the weekend, so that users are not bombarded with political texts during an election. The National Election Committee has asked phone networks to turn off the service until after the polls have closed in Sunday's local elections. Human-rights and opposition activists have criticised [...]
From the Western Wing To the Crawford Ranch Karl Rove’s destroyed The executive branch! He’s got no scruples And I don’t mean maybe He said John McCain’s Got a secret black baby! Fuck dat guy!
Here's Dubya's speech to the Radio and Television Correspondents' dinner. And here's a YouTube link for the utterly unfunny rap number featuring “MC Rove.” Here's a post or two on Stephen Colbert's lambasting of Bush at the White House Correspondents dinner last year.
Rachel Marsden first gained notoriety in this country by making sexual harassment allegations against a Simon Fraser University swim coach in the early 1990s, when it turned out she was stalking him. And others. She now has a gig on Fox News' Red Eye, a late-night, right-wing alternative to the Daily Show. An excerpt from the [...]
From the BBC: A Swiss man has been jailed for 10 years after pleading guilty to charges of insulting the Thai king. Oliver Jufer, 57, was arrested last December after drunkenly spray-painting portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the northern city of Chiang Mai. Earlier this month he pleaded guilty to five charges under Thailand's [...]