Ye Olde Fryday Open Thred
Rules for credit card companies are "tightening" (if you want to stretch the definition a little) today. Instead of fifteen days notice of a fee increase, they must give us forty-five. Of course, they're raising the rates like skyrockets in advance of this. Can you imagine what a horrible blow this must be to the bankers? "Forty-five days' notice!?! That's outrageous!" banker Shylock Morgenthau said yesterday.
Families of the Pan Am 103 victims are unhappy with Obama's "soft" stance on release of Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi from prison in Scotland. They claim it has less to do with compassion than it does with appeasing Ghadafi so he'll fill our tankers with oil.
Mexico decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana....AND cocaine...AND heroin. I'd say they got carried away. You can't OD on pot but cocaine and heroin have killed thousands.
Cicero, Illinois, former home of that cutup Al Capone, is determined to keep weapons under control. To that end they've passed an ordinance which makes it illegal to possess a slingshot(sorry, kids) or laser sighting device (scratch target shooting). Sales of Bowie knives must be licensed and it's illegal to carry a concealed knife.
Here we go again...there's no immediate clear winner in the Afghan elections. Iran redux?
Tom Ridge says Bush aides pressed him to raise the terror alert level just before the 2004 presidential election. I'm shocked!
Speaking of fear-mongering, WHO is predicting an "explosion" of swine flu cases this winter. Color me skeptical.
"Cash for Clunkers" ends next Monday. After a rocky start, my sister in PA got in on it. She had a clunker here in Iowa that was mice-infested from being stored and would barely run. Drove it all the way to Cleveland to pick up her new Toyota truck. Parts were falling off it all the way, including the muffler, side trim and driver's side door. It's a funny story and she's glad to be rid of the clunker. The only sad part is that she didn't see fit to chose an American-made vehicle.
So how's your Fryday?