Morning News: Broke, Nutty, and Mad


APTOPIX Sears Tower LedgeIf you’re waking in up in California this morning, chances are you might be broke. Because your state is, and instead of paying people the money they owe them, it’s expected that what they’ll have deposited into their bank accounts today is a nice juicy IOU. Which can’t be cashed until October. While I am sorry for everybody who was hoping for a check today and is instead getting jack freakin squat, may I thank you, California, for temporarily taking the “most messed-up state” award from Michigan for a little while?

Don’t start smoking to cope with the stress, though, because the drugs that can help you quit could also make you want to kill yourself. The FDA is requiring warnings on antismoking drugs Chantix and Zyban, saying that they can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. They also can cause, and I quote: “changes in behavior, hostility and agitation in users, whether users had a history of psychiatric illness or not.” Hmmm. Hostile, agitated, and major changes in behavior? That, my friends, is exactly how quitting makes you feel.

Remember back in the fall when Sarah Palin was the topic du jour? Well, she’s still in the news, this time for a Vanity Fair profile that apparently is less than flattering, and Republicans have been tearing themselves to shreds over it.

Are you brave? Or gifted with a serious lack of a normal fight or flight response to danger? Then this new attraction at the Sears Tower should be on your summer fun agenda. They have new glass-enclosed balconies that allow you to see the city below your feet. Did I mention this glass box hovers 103 stories above Chicago? Let me say this: are people freakin’ nuts??