DAILY BRIEFING  8:52 am April 16, 2009

Struggling Author Biden Must Keep His Day Job

by Sara K. Smith

  • After stagnating a few months, our nation’s foreclosure rate rose again in March thanks to various moratoriums expiring. Expect foreclosures to continue at a hearty pace through the summer. [USA Today]
  • That Spanish judge who wants to investigate former Bush guys for war crimes will not be getting a whole lot of support from the Spanish attorney general. [Reuters]
  • The famous bestselling author Barack Obama made millions off his book sales last year, while Joe Biden cleared $9,500 in audio book royalties. [Washington Post]
  • At least 15 members of the Iraqi military are dead following the suicide bombing of a mess hall in Anbar province. [Washington Post]
  • Nobody likes the Tamil Tigers anymore, due to their use of human shields. [BBC News]
  • The second-largest mall owner in the US has filed for bankruptcy. [Los Angeles Times]
 
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ManchuCandidate April 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

Note to big sore loser and whiny bitch Jim Cramer, next time you might want to keep your mouth shut before you start screaming about how everything is going to be better.

Welcome to phase two of the Giant Shitpile, the Business/Commercial real estate bomb.

Texan Bulldoggette April 16, 2009 at 9:01 am

I love Joe, but really, $1800 for charity with a $200K income is kind of paltry.

gurukalehuru April 16, 2009 at 9:05 am

Baltasar Garzon! There is a name that inspires, much like Barack Obama, the opposite of snark.
Suerte, Senor Garzon.

Cape Clod April 16, 2009 at 9:15 am

[re=291402]gurukalehuru[/re]: Isn’t that a character from Battlestar Galactica?

Terry April 16, 2009 at 9:20 am

Malls closing and limiting hours, that makes me sad for a different reason. When I was at financial rock bottom, I used to save on my electricity by turning off the heat or AC at my apartment and spend the evening walking the mall (not buying anything) or sitting in a chair in one of those central areas and reading a book. Malls have, or had, longer hours than the library.

Tommy Says Soooo, Jugdish! April 16, 2009 at 9:22 am

My foreskin closure rate has jumped up dramatically as well. Oy.

Min April 16, 2009 at 9:36 am

Oh! Were we supposed to like the Tamil Tigers, before they started using human shields? I didn’t get that memo.

NebraskashireGentry April 16, 2009 at 9:45 am

how will this bankruptcy affect my Claire’s and The Buckle stock?

I thought investing in the consumerism of teenage girls would be the only way to survive financially in this economy…apparently even that American tradition cannot thrive in the current environment.

prototype April 16, 2009 at 9:48 am

I’m surprised by how poor Joe Biden is. He almost gets the socialist tax cut.

hobospacejunkie April 16, 2009 at 9:55 am

[re=291400]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: I love Joe, but really, $1800 for charity with a $200K income is kind of paltry.

Well maybe he’s like my wife & I in that our charity-giving isn’t too high on the tax return but our support of local, independent ‘farmers’ in the black (or, uh, green) market runs in the high four figures.

Could explain his many gaffes, also. Also.

SmutBoffin April 16, 2009 at 10:10 am

From the ‘Oh, now you tell us” department

FreedomWorks Organizer: So, anyway, about this whole ‘tea bag’ symbolism-thing that we’ve adopted. . .(whisperwhisperwhisper).
Teabagger Wait, are saying that we looked like idiots out there?

Fear of a Black Reagan April 16, 2009 at 10:11 am

Ha ha. Tom Friedman is now a hobo because his wife’s mall-peon feudal duchy is broke.

bitchincamaro April 16, 2009 at 10:40 am

Attorney General Candido Conde-Pumpido + U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales = BFF?

TGY April 16, 2009 at 10:59 am

Joe Biden would have much greater success as an ‘audio author’ if he published the bloopers.

Jerk Cade April 16, 2009 at 10:59 am

the plural of moratorium is . . .

TGY April 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm

[re=291536]Jerk Cade[/re]: ‘Moritoria’ is more latin-y.

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