Business as usual

A.I.G., who has received 170 billion dollars in bailout funds, is still planning on handing out bonuses.

This is rich.

"A.I.G., nearly 80 percent of which is now owned by the government, defended its bonuses, arguing that they were promised last year before the crisis and cannot be legally canceled. In a letter to Mr. Geithner, Edward M. Liddy, the government-appointed chairman of A.I.G., said at least some bonuses were needed to keep the most skilled executives."

Most skilled exectutives? How much money did these credit swap gamblers lose? They do not seem very skilled. And this is the division that is set to get the most in bonuses. Wow, rewards for failure, when can I apply for a job?

“We cannot attract and retain the best and the brightest talent to lead and staff the A.I.G. businesses — which are now being operated principally on behalf of American taxpayers — if employees believe their compensation is subject to continued and arbitrary adjustment by the U.S. Treasury,” he wrote Mr. Geithner on Saturday."

Best and brightest? This company failed in a dynamic fashion, is now mostly owned by the government and they are going to get away with this.


Now I'm reading that our elected officials want to try to tax our health benefits.

Let me tell you what happened

Blue Jackets were up 3-0 in the third period when Malkin came in on Mason at nearly full speed and knocked him on his ass. Malkin was called for interference.

When your goalie is run with a 3-0 lead someone on your team is supposed to flatten the guy who ran him. Not one player on the Blue Jackets even got in his face.

That is sad.

It's now tied at 3-3. The Pens are flying and the Blue Jackets are watching them skate by.

This can really mess with a team.

Going to overtime. Peca's shot trickled wide with 11 seconds left.

Don't get me wrong, this a one exciting game!

Also: biggest crowd in team history, 19,100 plus in Nationwide.

Wow, Huselius is the only scorer in the shootout and Mason stops Crosby and Malkin. Jackets get two big points!
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Saying this now so the rest can be an afterthought

Been asked about my leaving LJ, and yes it's still happening.

I'm not going to stop reading, commenting, following your lives. But I will stop posting at the end of this month.

I have to. It's burnt me out and I need a new outlet. Plus, life has changed and an adjustment to online life has to happen because once Em' gets here there will be more important things to focus on.

There's not going to be any countdown, no best of this blog rehash. Although you may feel free to share your memories :)

There have been some major changes in my life since starting here almost seven years ago.

A sadly public breakup of a marriage. If I have any regrets, it would not have shown up so much here.

The birth of my son, and all that came with.

The losing and finding of friends here on Live Journal.

The losing and finding of friends in the real world

Writer's Block and all the good that has come from that.

Sockpuppets and all of their drama.


Sports recaps and my discovery that I like soccer. A lot.

Your source of celebrity death

Job rants about CML.

The great job I now have at OSU.

And, of course, Emma. We're getting married this year but have no idea when!

So constant readers, lurkers, cutters and pasters. You know who you are.

Thanks for letting me ride along with you.

My forwarding address.

And now there are three

Today a man jumped into the Niagara River, went over the Horseshoe Falls, and survived.

This person survived some very cold temperatures in the river waters and seemed to not want to be rescued. Kudos to the rescue personnel who risked their own lives to save this person.

So now there are three people to go over the falls, not in a barrel, and live. The first was a seven year old kid who was accidentally swept over after his family's boat capsized in the early sixties. He was wearing a life jacket. The second did it as some weird stunt back in 2003.

The Horseshoe Falls are 167 feet high.

The first person to survive going over the falls in a barrel was Annie Taylor, who took the plunge on October 24, 1901

The guy behind her looks like that because she defecated in her pants.