News and Notables

Stimulus Package Heads to Obama's Desk

Well it's about time. On Friday the Senate appoved the $787 billion dollar stimulus plan proposed by President Obama. The plan, which the president plans to sign on President's Day, will include "about $120 billion for infrastructure -- new projects repairing bridges, roads, government buildings and the like -- more than $100 billion for education and $30 billion on energy-related projects that Obama says will create "green jobs," according to

"More than $212 billion goes to tax breaks for individuals and businesses, and another $267 billion is in direct spending like food stamps and unemployment benefits.

The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that the plan will create between 1 million and 3 million jobs."

Peanut Corp Files for Bankruptcy

Peanut Corp, the company at the center of national recall due to salmonella found in their peanut butter products, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in a Lynchburg, Virginia court on Friday.

The company's bankruptcy comes on the heels of an ongoing investigation by health departments, with the Texas health department ordering a recall of the Plainview, Texas plant's products after discovering dead rats, rat excrement and bird feathers (Bird feathers? Really? What the hell was going on in that plant?)

"It is unacceptable for corporations to put consumers' health at risk and then simply declare bankruptcy and go out of business when they get caught," said Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports.

"PCA's declaration of bankruptcy will, among other things, shield it from liability suits filed by consumers who became sick or whose loved ones died as a result of eating PCA's peanut products," she said.

Indeed. A company, especially one manufacturing food, should not have dead rodents and rat feces floating around the warehouse.

Gays and Lesbians? What Gays and Lesbians?

I guess since they're in Africa, they figure they might as well live in DENIAL. During an appearance before the UN council defending Nigera's human rights record, Chief Ojo Madueke denied that gays and lesbians exist in Nigeria.While presenting an overview of issues raised by members of the Council on the Rights of Women, Death penalty and Nigerias Criminal Justice system, The Niger Delta, extra judicial killing and the state of prisons in Nigeria.

"His presentation caused a stir when he informed members of the council that the government of Nigeria had been unable to locate persons of gay and sexual orientation,despite concerted efforts by his ministry to include this category of persons in the consultations on the human rights situation in Nigeria.

"He further informed the audience that his ministry located only one woman of lesbian orientation and when invited to participate in a discussion on the rights of gayand lesbian persons, the lady informed his Ministry that she was pregnant."

Lawd I have heard it all! So out of the millions of people in Nigera, not one person is gay. And the one lesbian they found magically found a man to slide up inside her and knock her up, freeing her from the "bondage" of lesbianism. Too perfect. Maybe Chief Maduekwe meant there aren't any OPENLY gay folks in Nigeria. Of course with its reputation, why wouldn't someone want to come out in Nigeria? Rod 2.0 says it best:

"When lynch mobs attack and kill groups of suspected gay men, state prosecutors and the religious courts condemn gays and lesbians to death, and, the nation proposes comprehensive anti-gay measures that would ban gays from even going out to dinner together .. what incentive is there to come out of the closet? But if there really are no gays in Nigeria, one wonders why the government just voted for the second time to outlaw same-sex marriage."