Over the years, Mississippi senator Trent Lott made a name for himself as an opponent of lawsuit abuse, decrying his home state as the center of jackpot justice and declaring, What disgusts me most is the lawyers that the abuse has made super-wealthy. That was then. After Hurricane Katrina ruined his Gulf Coast home, Lott changed his tune, joining thousands of Mississippians in a class-action lawsuit against their insurance companies. The suit is headed by legendary plaintiffs lawyer Richard Scruggs, who observed, Funny how frivolous lawsuits stop being frivolous when its you.
People and menhaden generally dont mix well. If the fishs legendary stench doesnt scare off adventurous diners, its bony flesh probably will. Yet in its relentless quest to wring profit from the tiny, ecologically vital fish, Omega Protein, a Houston-based company, has done the near-impossible: It has not only made menhaden edibleits gone one step further and turned it into a health food.
Omega Protein, which holds a virtual monopoly over the menhaden fishery along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, understands that most Americans have little use for the products that make up the bulk of its bottom line, such as fertilizer. So its tried to base its public image on the versatile fishs use as a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Hence a company name that evokes not scenes of industrial fishing but images of glowing health. Were Not Making Health Claims Were Too Busy Making Headlines, trumpets the website for OmegaPure, the companys brand of fish-oil supplements. As the site explains, OmegaPure is meant to appeal to health-conscious consumers who add its odorless, tasteless, and organic capsules to their diet. The marketing might be smart, but its debatable whether OmegaPure is as indispensable as it sounds.
Lucy Mannions troubles begin when she awakes in a dimly lit tent somewhere in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Dahman. The petite English secretary quickly realizes that shes been drugged and kidnapped by Sheikh Hakim Bin Taimur Al Fulani, a man so outrageously exotic and arrogantly masculine that his presence seemed to fill the tent and overpower her.
As reported by publishing trade mag Folio, magazines that feature Jesus on their covers see their issue sales jump by as much as 45 percent. (Putting the Bible front and center can boost sales as much as 51 percent.) In the past couple of years, magazines such as Wired and Popular Mechanics have tried to cash in on this miracle of marketing, but the most persistent devotees are Time and Newsweek, which have spent the last decade competing over who can squeeze Jesus on the front most often.
April 8 Time fires the opening salvo of the Jesus wars during Holy Week.
April 8 Newsweek shoots back with "Rethinking the Resurrection."
More than six months early, Newsweek celebrates "2000 Years of Jesus."
December 6 Time reminisces about "Jesus at 2000."
December 13 Newsweek looks into "The Birth of Jesus."
December 13 Time reveals "Secrets of the Nativity."
March 21 Time goes for broke with "Hail, Mary."
March 28 Newsweek intercepts with the backstory of "How Jesus Became Christ."
Can there possibly be a more succinct distillation of the Bush administrations worldview than country star Toby Keiths lyrical post-9/11 promise to put a boot in your ass? In this sharp yet dishy book, Chris Willman explores country musics embrace of such shit-kicking conservatism and how it became the unofficial soundtrack of the Dubya years.