Daily archives: February 3rd, 2009

Obama Screws Up, Admits It, Moves On

How refreshing to have a commander-in-chief who has the guts to admit when he makes a mistake, make right, pick himself up, and move on.

Remember the last Occupant of the Big House?   Remember his last interviews in the days before he left the Oval Office?  Remember “No-Regrets” Bush?

I’m happy to write about politics again. This Obama guy has guts.

Obama to Cap Pay for Bailed-out Execs

From the Huffington Post:

As was reported today, Barack Obama is expected to announce Wednesday a series of new pay limits, including those for executive pay, for companies receiving significant amounts of bailout money. Obama is scheduled to make the announcement alongside Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner at the White House.

While specific details regarding the type of pay limits that the Obama administration plans to set have so far been vague, the New York Times is now reporting that top executives may see their pay capped at $500K:

The Obama administration is expected to impose a cap of $500,000 for top executives at companies that receive large amounts of bailout money, according to people familiar with the plan.

This is a huge move for the Obama Administration.

The president needs to make sure there are no loopholes.  And the whining Republicans better be on board with this.

Finally, I’ll do my part.  I vow to make no more than $500,000 next year as well.  My employer will be pleased.

Rod Blagojevich’s Flying Circus on David Letterman

Rod Blagojevich’s Flying Circus made its way to the Late Show with David Letterman.

The quote of the interview belongs to Letterman, “I saw you on ‘The View,’ I saw you on ‘The Rachel Maddow Show,’ I saw you on ‘The Today Show.’ I saw you, I think, every other show that is in production currently. And the more you talked and the more you repeated your innocence, the more I said to myself, “Oh, this guy is guilty.'”

Enjoy the clip, and be glad he’s gone.

Comcast Pays Tucsonites to Watch Super Porn

I wonder if John McCain arranged this little treat for residents of Tucson?  I’m speaking, of course, of the pornography shown to residents of Tucson, Arizona during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Sorry.  I had to find a way to make this political for Turning Left, you know.

Anyhow, here’s the news from CNN:

Super Bowl fans in Tucson, Arizona, caught a different kind of show during Sunday’s big game.

Just as Cardinals’ superstar Larry Fitzgerald watched himself sprint into the end zone on the stadium’s Jumbotron during Sunday’s Super Bowl, 10 seconds of eye-popping pornographic imagery “flashed” across the screens of those watching at home.

“We are mortified by last evening’s Super Bowl interruption, and deeply apologize to our customers for the inappropriate programming,” Comcast Cable said in a written statement.

“Our initial investigation suggests this was an isolated malicious act,” the statement added.

Well, today we learn that all Tucsonites who saw the 10-second clip of full-frontal male nudity will receive a $10 credit if they call a special number.

Ain’t that America.

Joey ‘the Clown’ Lombardo Gets Life

Much of what I know about the Mob comes from the Godfather and the Sopranos.  Throw in Goodfellas also.

Today, one of the worst Chicago has ever known was sentenced to life in prison.  It sounds like it was a powerful day in court:

As he stood addressing a crowded federal courtroom today, Joseph Seifert recalled how confused he was almost 35 years ago as he stared out the window of a squad car at his father’s lifeless body.

“He was lying twisted in the grass,” said Seifert, who was 4 when his father, Daniel, was slain. “I wonder if I ever said goodbye.”

The testimony was the emotional highlight as Joey “the Clown” Lombardo, one of the Chicago Outfit’s most colorful and ruthless characters of the last 40 years, was sentenced to life in prison.

A federal jury convicted Lombardo of racketeering conspiracy at the landmark Family Secrets trial in 2007 and found him responsible for the 1974 murder of Daniel Seifert weeks before he was to testify against Lombardo. The charges were dropped against Lombardo after the witness’ murder.

Lombardo, now 80 and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit while seated in a wheelchair, had little reaction as prosecutors flashed Seifert family photos on a large screen in U.S. District Judge James Zagel’s courtroom.

The Godfather, Sopranos and Goodfellas are a few steps removed from reality for me, even though Goodfellas is based on a non-fiction book, and the others are close enough to reality to be disturbing, yet alluring.

Today was real.  No entertainment.  Just an old criminal finally sent away.

And one man forced yet again to relive the death of his father 35 years ago.