Traditional investigations by regulators of all the suspect hanky-panky in the banking industry have produced nothing in the way of fundamental reform and protected the worst repeat offenders. So why not bribe big bankers to turn one another in?
Canada has won its share of Olympic medals over the years, but apparently not enough. Whether to reward or recognize its athletes, Canada will now pay them $20,000 per gold medal. That's not so extraordinary -- a number of countries, including the U.S., already shell out, and Italian gold medalists in the Turin Games took home a cool $150,000 per gold.
Hustler founder and rabble-rouser Larry Flynt is once again offering money -- $1 million, to be exact -- to anyone who can prove that they have had an illicit sexual encounter with a member of Congress -- the same strategy he used to try to root out Capitol Hill philanderers during President Bill Clinton's impeachment ordeal.
Even though the U.S. and five other countries have offered Iran a series of rewards for giving up its nuclear program, Bush and Cheney have given the world ample reason to be skeptical that the White House has any intention of settling this issue diplomatically. (And we're not alone in this sentiment.)