AIG: Why I Can’t Be Bothered To Be Bothered

This column also ran on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality Forum

I have a confession to make: I’m having a hard time getting worked up over the taxpayer-funded retention bonuses handed out to executives at AIG, the huge, failed, insurance company that remains solvent only because the federal government has picked up the tab for their foolhardy business practices.

I may be the only person I know who isn’t irate over the AIG compensation scandal. While I don’t like the idea that the some of the folks who sent the world’s markets into a tailspin are making more in a year-end bonus than I’m likely to earn in my entire professional career, I’ve come to expect such things at the place where business and government intersect. The simple truth is that American taxpayers have been making well-connected financiers rich for a very long time, and usually we’ve had miserable returns on our investments. Continue reading

Skull and Bones and Geronimo’s Remains: It’s Long Past Time for the Fratboys to Grow Up.

This column also ran on UPI’s Religion and Spirituality Forum.

On February 18th of this year, Harlyn Gernomino, the great-grandson of the famous Apache chief with the same last name, filed a lawsuit in federal court, demanding the return of his great-grandfather’s skull.

The lawsuit alleges that Geronimo’s skull and some of his bones are in the possession of Skull and Bones, the secretive and uber-exclusive Yale fraternity, whose membership rolls boast a long list of important American political, business, cultural  and even religious leaders. Three American presidents (Taft, Bush, and Bush) were members; the most prominent member of Skull and Bones currently holding political office is Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.
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