Nobama, No Convention
July 13, 2012 by Chip Wood
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 theyâ€™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 Airfarewatchdog.com, says it just makes sense: â€śTheyâ€™re willing to pay to board early and sit in those uncomfortable seats, so why wouldnâ€™t they pay for the reverse?â€ť All those extra charges really add up. According to the Transportation Departmentâ€™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 wasnâ€™t funny. As we celebrated the Fourth of July, hereâ€™s what comedian Chris Rock tweeted to his thousands of followers: â€śHappy white peoples independence day the slaves werenâ€™t free but Iâ€™m sure they enjoyed the fireworks.â€ť Itâ€™s sad how many people like to slam the country that made them rich and famous, isnâ€™t it?
Now thatâ€™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, youâ€™d better hurry.