After giving the package zero votes in the House, and 0with their
counterparts in the Senate likely to provide in a crucial procedural
vote today only the handful of votes needed to avoid a filibuster,
Republicans are relishing the opportunity to make a big statement. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) suggested last week that the party is learning from the disruptive tactics of the Taliban ...
Emphasis mine. Nom nom nom.
(Substantive blogging later tonight. Don't say I didn't warn you.)
The dinner, and a six-course lunch, at the summit of leading
industrialised nations on the island of Hokkaido, included delicacies
such as caviar, milkfed lamb, sea urchin and tuna, with champagne and
wines flown in from Europe and the U.S.
Nom nom nom.
(Hat tip to RMJ. Good luck with your roof. Found pic here.)
Actual stupid-ass headline from today's stupid-ass edition of US-stupid-ass-A Today:
I've got to hand it to USA Today - other news organizations, you know, like Fox, tried to spin the Colombia hostage rescue into some sort of PR coup for John McCain - but at least they had the common decency fellate the presumptive Republican nominee in their sidebar "analyses" of the story, where impressionable young minds were less likely to see it. USA Today? Right in the headline baby!
The economic downturn “will focus the minds of people on what the
alternatives are to full ownership and help accelerate the growth of
the industry,” says Milton Pedraza, chief executive of the Luxury
Institute, a New York-based research firm. “I think long-term, people will realize that instead of owning an asset you can just buy the experience.”
Um, OK. I remember when those "rent-to-own" shops started turning up in working class neighborhoods they were frequently charged with gouging the locals, since a long-term rental of a big-ticket appliance ultimately wound up costing more than just buying the thing outright. Nice to see that this practice is no longer limited to "the hood":
And they may be overpaying. A Rolex watch
renting for $900 a month on Bling Yourself could be bought new within
about five months at the same price. If sold used, the watch would
probably fetch about 85 percent of the original price, according to
published figures. Bag Borrow or Steal carries several popular bags
that can be purchased for the same amount customers would pay to rent
them for five or six months.