The National Bureau of Economic Research announced yesterday that the U.S. has been in a recession since December 2007, making official what you probably already knew about our country’s sad economic state. CNN
The Governator has spoken
Meanwhile in my former home of California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal emergency Monday in response to the state’s deteriorating finances and urging lawmakers to “get off of their rigid ideologies.” Schwarzenegger warned that California could run out of cash within two months. LA Times
In my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Larry Langford was arrested yesterday on federal charges including conspiracy, bribery, fraud, money laundering and filing false income tax returns. CNN
Bloomberg v. Burress
As New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was arraigned yesterday on two separate counts of a weapons charge, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was, pardon the pun, up in arms.
This all started early Saturday morning when Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh at a Manhattan nightclub with a handgun he didn’t have a permit to carry. Bloomberg and the Police Department criticized the Giants, who they said neglected to notify the authorities of the shooting, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where Burress was treated, for failing to call the police about his gun-related injury, as state law requires. NY Times