Nobama, No Convention


More Democrats distance themselves from Obama. It looks like there could be a lot of empty chairs at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. The latest defections include three Democratic Congressmen from the State hosting the convention. U.S. Representatives Hayden Rogers, Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell say they’ll be too busy campaigning to show up. Even more embarrassing for the national ticket, the three men have declined to endorse Barack Obama for re-election.

Would you pay to get off a plane faster? Many airline passengers are already paying extra to board faster or get a preferred seat near the front. Pretty soon you may be able to be first in line to get off — by paying another fee, of course. George Hobica, founder of, says it just makes sense: “They’re willing to pay to board early and sit in those uncomfortable seats, so why wouldn’t they pay for the reverse?” All those extra charges really add up. According to the Transportation Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in just the first three months of this year, airlines collected $816 million in baggage fees and another $631 million for changes in reservations.

Chris Rock wasn’t funny. As we celebrated the Fourth of July, here’s what comedian Chris Rock tweeted to his thousands of followers: “Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed the fireworks.” It’s sad how many people like to slam the country that made them rich and famous, isn’t it?

Now that’s a pricey bottle of wine. Austrailian fine wine producer Penfolds has announced that it has produced its most exclusive (and expensive) bottling ever. It has made just 12 bottles of the 2004 Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. Each will come in a hand-blown glass vial in a special presentation case. The asking price is a staggering $168,000 per bottle. Only two bottles have been allocated to North America, so if you want one, you’d better hurry.

–Chip Wood

Personal Liberty

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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