Saturday, June 28, 2008

Martin Gee, you just jinxed yourself

From Editor & Publisher
Published: June 27, 2008 11:05 AM ET

NEW YORK You could file it under "Ultimate Irony," or just "More of the Same."

But the announcement this week that the San Jose Mercury News would layoff nine employees today took on an extra feeling when word came down that one of those ousted would be Martin Gee.

Gee, a veteran designer and illustrator, drew industry-wide attention this spring when he created a poignant photo display of images from the Mercury News that represented the emptiness of the paper following recent cutbacks.

He also said in that piece: "I am probably on the top of the list for the next round of layoffs." Gee could not be reached for comment Friday, but several sources confirmed his layoff, which also was reported on a number of Web sites.

A report on Gee's layoff at www.visualeditor.com also said that Gee's father had died earlier this month after a battle with cancer and, to top it off, Saturday is his birthday.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Another hedge funder goes for the Big Easy

In our ongoing coverage of bankers/hedge fund managers/traders who bust out, here's the latest:

Samuel Israel III, disgraced hedge fund manager of Bayou Group, offed himself at the Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson River (by West Point) instead of serving 20 years for fraud, etc.

And as per usual in these cases, we'd like to see the body before declaring Mr. Israel III dead.

Habeas corpus, baby!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

What does Cheney know that we don't?

Congress, under the leadership of John Conyers (D-MI) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) are introducing a bill that would extend Cheney's Secret Service protection for 6 months after leaving office.

Does that protection extend to Paraguay? Dubai?

Can't Cheney cash in on his Haliburton days (and directed, no-bid contracts) to get some KBR mercenary protection (thereby taking taxpayers off the hook)?