EXXON MOBIL POSTS HIGHEST PROFIT RECORD IN HISTORY
Remember this the next time it costs you $90 to fill your tank: Exxon Mobil posted an $11.68 billion profit margin — in 2008′s second quarter alone. However, the company missed forecasts which projected it would be even higher than that.
My take: I can’t even begin to say how disgusted I am with this. All the time, you and I get e-mails (junk and otherwise) from folks talking about ways to get back at the companies, including organized boycotts. I wish there was something we could do to show these companies that it’s BS for them to rape us the way they do at the pumps — just to increase their profit margins.
It wouldn’t bother me so much to pay $4 a gallon for gas if Exxon Mobil was struggling to make it. But to post these kinds of profits is just a slap in the face.
LEGISLATORS AIM TO DROP PENALTIES ON MARIJUANA
Mass. Rep. Barney Frank announced a proposal to end federal penalties for Americans who carry fewer than 100 grams of marijuana (a quarter-pound). Frank and his supporters hope to end the decriminalizing of the use — not the abuse — of marijuana.
My take: It’s about time someone in government stepped up and said what folks are thinking. On AOL yesterday, 76 percent of those polled said they thought it was time for the government to loosen up penalties on pot use. What was even more eye-opening was that 71 percent of AOL users admitted to smoking pot at some time in their lives.
Folks, marijuana use is as safe — or safer — as/than drinking a beer. In 2001, 331 people died because of alcohol overdose and 0 deaths due to marijuana overdose. It’s time the government finally begins to recognize tihs and I applaud Rep. Frank for starting some common sense in Washington.
THREE PRESIDENTIAL MOVIES COMING SOON
Not one, not two, but three movies about the U.S. presidency open in theaters in the next few months, highlighted by tomorrow’s opening of “Swing Vote” starring Kevin Costner. It’s about a lovable loser whose vote will determine the presidency and how far the candidate go to get his vote.
Other upcoming presidential movies include Oliver Stone’s “W” about George W. Bush and “Frost/Nixon” about Richard Nixon’s fiery post-Watergate interview with British journalist David Frost.
My take: As someone who likes politics and Costner, I think “Swing Vote” will make the most money. But there’s no way it knocks “The Dark Knight” out of No. 1 this week.
The iPod shuffle
Rhymin’ & Stealin’ — The Beastie Boys
Betta Stay Up In Your House — Busta Rhymes
FM — Steely Dan
Already Gone — The Eagles
Say You Love Me — Fleetwood Mac