Madoff Sentenced to 150 Years

It’s a small consolation really to those who lost their life savings to Bernie Madoff, but atleast it’s something… Madoff was sentenced today to 150 years in prison “for operating one of the largest frauds in Wall Street history, an operation that ensnared millionaires, private foundations, a Nobel Prize laureate and hundreds of small investors who lost their life savings to an investment guru they had trusted completely.” In pronouncing the sentence — the maximum he could have handed down — Judge Denny Chin turned aside Mr. Madoff’s own assertions of remorse and rejected the suggestion from Mr. Madoff’s lawyers that there was a sense of “mob vengeance” surrounding calls for a long prison term. Mr. Madoff’s crimes, the judge … Continue reading

Breaking: Pop Star Michael Jackson Dead at 50

Breaking News… Pop star Michael Jackson has died. He was 50 years old. The NY Times sent out a news alert a short time ago that he had been rushed to the hospital. Shortly after that I recieved a call from a friend who said that WBCN in Boston was already stating him dead. MSNBC is now reporting that the LA Times reports Jackson has been pronounced dead. NBC has now confirmed. TMZ also broke the news early on that Jackson had passed away. Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We’re told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back. A … Continue reading

Tarnished Shields: The Morally Bankrupt ‘Family Values’ Republican Leadership

Some columns are easier to write than others. This is one of them. Providing all of my research were the “family values” Republicans. This week, second term Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina disappeared for six days, leaving the state without a chief executive who could make decisions in an emergency. His Republican lieutenant governor didn’t know where he was, and had not been given any authority to make decisions in his absence. The state police said they had not been informed. His wife told the Associated Press she didn’t know where he was, wasn’t worried about him, and thought he was “writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids” over the Father’s Day weekend. His … Continue reading

Gov Sanford Explains Disappearance and Admits Affair

Why am I not at all surprised by the news that Governor Mark Sanford, whose strange dissapearance for a few days was the talk of the press and the blogosphere, is (or was?) having an affair. Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina said Wednesday that he had been having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina for the last year, ending the mystery surrounding his disappearance over Father’s Day weekend and considerably dampening his prospects for a national political career. Duh! Sanford’s wife supposedly had no clue where he was — of course she was trying to save face because evidently she knew about the steamy affair. Chalk up another hypocritical conservative to the long list of those who … Continue reading

A Poem for Neda Agha Soltan (1982-2009)

Neda Agha Soltan died Saturday in Iran. She was an Iranian student who was shot by a single bullet amid the protests following the Iranian election. Her last moments were captured on a video that has gone beyong viral to global. Via the NY Times and The Writing Life II: A Poem for Neda Agha Soltan (1982-2009) Written by Mandana – Stay, Neda— The twittering birds, Green-garbed forests, Scented blossoms… all sing of spring’s arrival Don’t go, Neda… – Stay, Neda— Sing with your people in the streets Say, Long live life! Down with death! Tell the sun to shine, the cold to depart Don’t go, Neda… – Stay, Neda— Look at this city At the shaken foundations of palaces, The height of … Continue reading