Tuesday, September 30, 2008

4 Options for the Failed Bailout from Slate

1. Tweak it to please Republicans.

2. Tweak it to please Democrats.

3. Start over.

4. Do nothing.


Monday, September 29, 2008

4 Executive Orders by Bush that need to be rescinded, from Slate's list of 10

1. Executive Order 13233 (hides presidential records)

2. E.O. 13435 (blocks stem cell research)

3. E.O. 13440 (allows torture)

4. E.O. 13292 (says VP can classify documents)


Friday, September 26, 2008

4 'Genius Grant' Recipients from the MacArthur Foundation

1. John A. Ochsendorf, engineer and architectural historian who uses old technologies that go back to the Incas to improve today’s buildings.

2. Will Allen, urban farmer in Milwaukee, who delivers healthy food to poor city dwellers, and founded the nonprofit group Growing Power.

3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning Nigerian writer whose most recent novel, "Half of a Yellow Sun," details the horrors following the Biafran civil war.

4. Nancy G. Siraisi, an historian of medicine focusing on the Renaissance.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

4 Numbers Related to the Proposed Federal Bailout

1. 6.4: percentage of home mortgages that were at least 30 days behind in their payments as of the end of June, in addition to 2.75 percent that were in foreclosure (wp)

2. 275: factor by which CEO salaries were greater than the salaries of average workers, up from 35 in the late 1970s, according to the Economy Policy Institute. (nyt)

3. $250 billion: possible actual cost of the bailout (wp)

4. $3 trillion: annual federal budget (wp)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

4 things still on the Oklahoma City NBA franchise's to-do list
with two months until its first game, according to ESPN the Magazine's Sept. 8 issue:

1. Name the team. (now done)

2. Finish renovating the arena.

3. Hire over 80% of the staff.

4. Sell some tickets. (now started)


Friday, September 12, 2008

4 Instructions for Oval Office Movers If Obama Wins

1. Erase penciled-in edits on Constitution.

2. Retrieve red phone from vice president's office, put back in Oval Office.

3. Take presidential approval ratings chart off easel, turn upside down, put back on easel.

4. Take "Whites Only" sign off back of president's chair.


Thursday, September 04, 2008

4 Key Advisors in an Obama Administration

1. Austan Goolsbee, a University of Chicago professor whom many expect to head a President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.

2. Jason Furman, an economist in the Clinton administration and a top aide to John Kerry in 2004.

3. Tony Lake, Mr Clinton's national security adviser, who taught the ex-president how to salute and who toiled to bring peace to the Balkans.

4. Samantha Power, author of "Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide"