The CEOs of Ford, Chrysler, and GM have all recently made their way to Washington D.C. to vet their case as to why taxpayers should bail their failing companies out of bankruptcy. How much, you ask? $25 billion in taxpayers dollars.
Now, the interesting part of this story is that while begging the government and taxpayers to pay for their own failures, all three CEOS flew into D.C. on $36 million worth of luxury aircrafts.
In fact, one of the CEOs private jet trip from Detroit to D.C. cost a whopping $20,000 roundtrip.
Side Note: A rountrip flight from Detroit to D.C. goes for about $288 bucks online.
"Ford CEO Mulally's corporate jet is a perk included for both he and his wife as part of his employment contract along with a $28 million salary last year. Mulally actually lives in Seattle, not Detroit. The company jet takes him home and back on weekends," said this ABC News article.
Call me crazy, but before asking for $25 billion dollars, try cutting your $28 million salary. In fact, fly coach.
A CNN article reports that Al Qaeda's 'number 2' has a few choice words for President-Elect Barack Obama. I found this article highly disturbing and telling about Al Qaeda's threat level.
In a video, Ayman al-Zawahiri criticizes Obama by saying that a "heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits him."
Ayman al-Zawahiri calls Obama the "direct opposite of honorable black Americans," like Malcolm X.
"You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand in the ranks of the enemies of the Muslims, and pray the prayer of the Jews, although you claim to be Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America. And so you promised to back Israel, and you threatened to strike the tribal regions in Pakistan, and to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan, in order for the crimes of the American crusade in it to continue," the message said.
Seems like a lot of hate for a man who isn't even president yet. I hope Obama is ready.
Oh my gosh, I can't believe I just used the word 'hunk.' That's so circa 1998 of me. My lovely and adorable friend, Lizzie, is really into this new actor named Robert Pattinson. He stars in the new flick Twilight, which comes to theaters next week.
Don't get me wrong, Robert Pattinson is very cute. But, Daniel Craig is more my cup of (hot English) tea. Daniel Craig stars in the new James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace out in theaters November 14th.
Eye candy below:
Men in suits make me happy.
Holy Christ, Daniel Craig shirtless.
Happy viewing, ladies. And "questionably straight" gents. PS: The new Bond girl is pretty good herself!
Kate Winslet is an absolute vision on the December cover of Vanity Fair magazine. I have been a big fan of Kate ever since her days in Titanic. The media has always been very critical of Kate's weight and frankly, I have never understood why. Since when is not being a size zero considered 'fat' or 'heavy?'
Katie Winslet is sexy, well-spoken, and intelligent; the perfect representation of women today. As the youngest actress to be nominated for five Oscar nominations, she is on her way to a sixth nomination with Revolutionary Road, a new movie featuring she and Leonardo DiCaprio (heaven)! I love the theme of the movie; challenging the status quo.
I’d like to introduce myself as one of the hundreds of thousands of ‘youngsters’ who voted for you this past Tuesday. I’m writing today because I need to get something off my chest.
I am counting on you. Please don’t disappoint me.
I hope you know how much faith I have put into you. I rooted you on in the early days, against Hilary Clinton, Chris Dodd and Bill Richardson. I read your book, The Audacity of Hope, and felt….hopeful. I have been accused on voting for you because I’m on ‘the bandwagon.’ I have gotten into tearful debates with my own family over supporting you.
You have promised me over and over that you will never lie to me, even when times are tough as they are now. I am holding you to that promise, Mr. President.
Our country needs a president with integrity and I want more than anything for you to be that president. Please remember during these next four years that many Americans have risked a lot for you, myself included.
Remember that I am counting on you. Please don’t disappoint.
Safe sex is important, no doubt. But, some other countries don't place as much of an emphasis on safe sex as they should. Here are some interesting ways others are spreading the word.
1. Bill and Melinda Gates of all people have donated money to India for a national condom ring tone. Listen here.
2. In Ethiopia, condoms are very unpopular because of the smell of latex. However, coffee is very popular in Ethiopia. So, DKT International has created coffee smelling (and tasting!) condoms. Yeowza!
3. Western Australia has an extremely high HIV rate. Public health nurses have starting places condom canisters under trees. About 3,000 condoms are taken each month.4. Argentina has favored a more morbid (and perhaps realistic) approach; positioning skeletons having sex to emphasize the severity of HIV.