Archive for September, 2011
Leave the printing presses alone! Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has come out in favor of what no rational person would ever endorse: printing valueless money to cover indebtedness. Here are his exact words: “The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.” Gee, I can remember when the money maestro said the best way to protect our currency was to back it with gold. I still like that solution.
Who talked Rick Perry into grabbing the third rail of American politics? In case you don’t recognize the phrase, “the third rail” refers to any criticism of the Social Security system or any suggestions on ways to improve it by anyone running for public office anywhere in the United States. It’s called the third rail because, just like a subway line, touching it usually proves fatal.
VACAVILLE, Calif., Sept. 29 (UPI) — A California high school teacher who reduced a student’s grade for saying “bless you” to another student who sneezed said the punishment was about disruption. Steve Cuckovich, health teacher at Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville, said he knocked 25 points off a student’s grade for saying “bless […]
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 29 (UPI) — Police in North Carolina said a couple’s first date was interrupted when a man accidentally shot himself in a parking garage. Charlotte police said the couple returned to the man’s car after eating Tuesday at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on Fairview Road and the man’s gun, which was in the […]
OTTAWA, Sept. 29 (UPI) — A Canadian radio station is running a “Win a Baby” contest, with the winner getting three free in vitro fertilization treatments. The prize offered by CIHT-FM, a hip hop radio station that goes by the moniker Hot 89.9, is worth at least $35,000, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday. One […]
NEW CAIRO, Egypt, Sept. 29 (UPI) — Authorities in Egypt said a tiger was confiscated from a man who allegedly allowed the animal to roam freely in his yard. The New Cairo Police Department and the General Department for Environmental Police said the tiger was taken from a Saudi man living in the Rehab development […]
WORCESTER, Mass., Sept. 29 (UPI) — A Massachusetts woman said her 12-year-old cat made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest living cat born with two faces. Marty, the Worcester cat owner who asked for her last name to be withheld, said her feline, which she dubbed Frank and Louie, […]
DETROIT, Sept. 28 (UPI) — U.S. automobile navigation service OnStar said it would reverse direction concerning a policy of keeping track of former customers. OnStar, which is owned by General Motors, wrote to customers that it would track former clients unless they notified the company they preferred not to be tracked, the New York Daily […]
HOUSTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) — A U.S. worker fired because of his obesity was terminated illegally, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says in court papers. BAE Systems, which manufactures vehicles for the military, fired material handler Ronald Kratz II in October 2009 after noting that he was having trouble walking from the parking lot to […]
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) — The Commerce Department revised the U.S. real gross domestic product for the second quarter back to show 1.3 percent growth on Thursday. The department started with an estimate of 1.3 percent growth in July, then revised that down to 1 percent growth in August. Thursday’s estimate is the final estimate […]