[Michelle] Obama went to Miriam's Kitchen today, where she served about 50 homeless guests. She stood at the end of a serving line and dished up risotto with mushrooms.
She smiled. Asked how people were doing. Asked them what they would like.
They smiled. Told her sure they would like the risotto, then moved down the line to get steamed broccoli, home-made apple-carrot muffins, wheat rolls and salad, made with fruit donated by the first lady's office.
Every weekday, rain or shine, Miriam's Kitchen, at 24th and G streets NW, serves chronically homeless people breakfast. Last year, Miriam's served 55,272 meals to more than 4,000 guests.Read below the fold...
Bank of America: Disclosing who got bonuses from our bailout money would cause "grave and irreparable harm"
Or, as Ursula LeGuin put it: "There are not very many of the Shing." Taking having the moxie to open a Swiss Bank Account as a proxy for being one of our rulers, see AP:
WASHINGTON – UBS AG now says it had about 47,000 accounts held by Americans who didn't pay U.S. taxes on their assets, but Switzerland's biggest bank isn't providing the names of any more of them to the U.S. government.
[UBS official Mark Branson] said nearly all the accounts have been closed and that the bank "has now done all that it can do to cooperate" with the IRS request.Read below the fold...
Wellpoint, parent of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, my own adopted health care parasite!*
Sorry I missed it at the time:
Executives of WellPoint Inc. are predicting a 1 percent to 3 percent increase in earnings per share for 2009, as compared to last year.
Braly said the 2009 guidance “assumes no future net realized investment gains or losses,” and assumes a further increase in unemployment rates in the states the insurer serves. The company expects layoffs at its client companies to reduce enrollment by 1 million members this year.
Good news all around! Read below the fold...
Lord, deliver us from our friends:
President Barack Obama's proposal to limit itemized tax deductions for high earners is running into opposition from key Democrats in Congress who worry that charities and the housing market would be hurt. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus questioned Wednesday whether the proposal was viable, a day after his House counterpart also expressed reservations.Read below the fold...