Tuesday edition - March 24, 2009




AIG Ditches Its Tainted Name
NBC Chicago - ‎12 hours ago‎
AIG will now call its property-casualty company "AIU Holdings LTD" in an effort to "distinguish these well-capitalized businesses from AIG," ...


$50 Million in AIG Bonuses to Be Repaid
New York Times - ‎8 hours ago‎
Mr. Cuomo said he was working his way down a list of AIG employees, ranked by the size of their bonuses, and had already won commitments to pay back $50...

US to crack down on Mexico border violence
Reuters - ‎40 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House unveiled a new effort on Tuesday to crack down on the two-way smuggling of drugs, guns and money across its border with Mexico, expressing President Barack...


"America is pissed at the notorious AIG. Right? Somehow, these guys are the most hated people in America. They're getting death threats. I saw one AIG guy today, he was hiding behind the Octomom." --Bill Maher



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Cuba Update


The only two Central American countries that don't recognize Cuba's government say they plan to re-establish diplomatic ties with the communist nation.


"Last night, President Obama's appearance on the 'Tonight Show' got huge ratings. So, to promote his upcoming book, President Bush will appear on 'The Biggest Loser.' That should get pretty big ratings, too." --Jimmy Fallon



Disturbing News


"There's a new bin Laden tape where he calls for the destruction of Somalia. That's right. Forget destroying America, that job is done." --Bill Maher

Volcano Monitoring


A month after Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal complained about wasteful spending in President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package — including money he sneered was for "something called 'volcano monitoring'" — Alaska pilots were grateful for such expenditures.




Republican-Shenanigans News




Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a "homophobe" in a recent interview with the gay news Web site 365gay.com. The Democratic lawmaker, who is gay, was discussing gay marriage and his expectation that the high court would some day be called upon to decide whether the Constitution allows the federal government to deny recognition to same-sex marriages.

Rock-The-Voter News

He's Baaaaack!



Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has a new gig — as a radio talk show host.

WLS-AM program director Bob Shomper says Blagojevich will be on the air on the Chicago station Wednesday morning, taking calls from listeners, telling stories and talking with guests.





"This morning, the first lady, Michelle Obama, celebrated spring by breaking ground on a new vegetable garden at the White House. She said she did it to help educate children about healthy, locally-grown food, and to help her own family survive the coming economic apocalypse." --Jimmy Kimmel


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Biz-Tech News

 China Wants To Ax Dollar


China has called for ditching the US dollar as the international reserve currency, sweeping away a decades-old system to stabilize the world monetary climate and protect its massive forex reserves.





Why aren't credit cards getting their due scrutiny as the most toxic loans of all time? - Grant "Bud" Gerver



Bush-Prison-Torture News

It Was Bush's Fault!


The media's erasure of the Bush administration and its policies in their coverage of the economy has been so pervasive that they have given round-the-clock attention to the AIG bonus scandal for days on end with virtually no mention of the fact that it was the Bush administration that last fall approved billions of dollars in aid to AIG without requiring the company to nullify its bonus contracts.


A Providence, R.I., strip club held a job fair over the weekend. Some of the questions on the application are a bit misleading. “Had experience working on laptops?” - Laugh Lines




Go-F**k-Yourself News






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Odd News

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The Nano, the world's cheapest car, will hit Indian roads in July, with expectations that demand from millions of aspiring car owners will far outstrip supply. Owners will be randomly selected from bookings made between April 9 and 25, and their prices will be protected, said Chairman Ratan Tata, who had promised a 100,000 rupee ($1,980) dealer price at a glitzy unveiling more than a year ago. Photo/Tata Motors








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