Trumped: Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican nomination for president has been interesting,but Seth Meyers put it best at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner:
“Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising because I just assumed he was running as a joke.” The reality star and hotel/casino/golf course magnate found support among Republican voters for a time thanks to his devotion to the “Birther” issue. According to National Journal, Trump had the support of 26 percent of Republican voters, putting him in the lead, thanks to the 51 percent of Republican primary voters who thought Obama was born outside the U.S. Unfortunately for The Donald, Hawaii released President Obama’s long form birth certificate recently. Trumps numbers plummeted, sending him into fifth place overall with just 9 percent of the vote. So au revoir, Trump. It was fun while it lasted.
The March of the Volunteers: In the weeks following the outbreak of deadly tornadoes across Alabama, the response has been tremendous. Donations, volunteers, and other forms of relief have been flowing almost constantly to areas affected by the storms. Even Charlie Sheen, the very same drug-addled, tiger blood-swilling celebrity that captured the media’s attention recently, showed up in Tuscaloosa asking what he could do to help. The full force of volunteers has done nothing but continue to grow. In fact, according to the Associated Press, many organizations have started waiving the registration process because they found it impossible to try to keep track of the sheer numbers. However, the damage left by the tornadoes is just as tremendous as the response. It will take months, likely even years to fully recover. Still, it’s good to know that, when the chips are down, Alabamians can band together on such a scale.
Insurance Influx: It’s been a difficult couple of weeks in Alabama after the tornadoes, to be certain. But it’s also been difficult couple of weeks for the beleaguered insurance industry who must respond to what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has deemed the biggest outbreak of tornadoes in history. Early estimates have placed the total value of insured property at anywhere from $2 to $5.5 billion. According to Insurance News, Farmers Insurance has received 3,600 claims, and State Farm, one of the largest insurers in Alabama, has received 10,200 homeowner claims and 5,500 auto claims from Alabama alone. Adjusters have been working practically around the clock since April 28 to respond to respond to claims, but their work will likely continue on into the months to come as the true scope of the destruction becomes more apparent.
Right on, sisters! Saudi Arabia presently bans women from driving cars. This is, of course, sexist and stupid. But now, a 32-year-old woman who identifies herself as Manal and 10 other brave riot girls are planning to drive in defiance of the ban. The group is organizing a Facebook and Twitter campaign urging Saudi women with international driver’s licenses to start driving June 17, risking their jobs and freedom. “I’m doing it because I’m frustrated, angry and mad,” Manal told Bloomberg News correspondent Donna Abu-Nas. “It’s 2011 and we’re still discussing this insignificant right for women,” she said. According to Abu-Nasr, the risk the women are willing to take stems in part from the infectious nature of the political and social changes sweeping the Middle East.