Tuesday's intriguing people
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, has received a lot of praise as well as criticism for his controversial plan to overhaul Medicare.
May 24th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Paul Ryan

It's a big week for the House Budget Committee chairman, who is proposing a massive overhaul of the Medicare program. On one hand, he's getting such support among the GOP that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has suggested the Wisconsinite make a run in the 2012 presidential campaign. But Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is raining on his fellow Republican's parade. Brown authored a column on Politico this week called "Why I Don't Back Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan."

The House GOP budget, authored by Ryan, includes a plan to change Medicare from a program that directly pays for senior citizens' health care to one that would provide subsidies for people to purchase coverage from private plans.

Sharon Duncan

The grandmother of two graduating seniors from Joplin High School saw the front of the Joplin, Missouri, Walmart store destroyed as she and her granddaughters rode out the storm in her car in the parking lot, according to The Joplin Globe. After attending Sunday's graduation of sisters Melinda and Sabrina Duncan, Sharon Duncan was hoping to buy a cake at Walmart for the celebration, but the tornado struck, the paper said.

“There was hail, tree limbs and glass,” Sharon told the Globe. “Then we were buried among the other cars, and we had to crawl out through a window.”

The Joplin tornado was the single deadliest twister to hit American soil since the National Weather Service began keeping records 61 years ago. At least 118 people have died, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday.

Victor Whitmill

The tattoo artist sued Warner Bros for copyright infringement but failed to hold up this week's release of  "The Hangover Part II" over a replica of the tattoo he designed for Mike Tyson's face,  Entertainment Weekly reported.

In a scene from the expected summer blockbuster, Ed Helms' character wakes up with a replica of the famous ink job done for the boxer.

“Plaintiff’s failed attempt to enjoin 'H2' in order to try and extract a massive settlement payment from Warner Bros. was highly inappropriate and unwarranted,”  a studio statement said, according to the magazine.

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  1. auntie depressant

    Thanks Raven. I don't have T.V. I sure hope she doesn't get away with it. I don't think she drowned in a pool. I think Casey killed her. I think she is an over-the-top narcistic sociopath!

    May 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    @auntie,any time and i agree!wally,be careful what you wish for! shes cryin now but where were her tears when her baby was (ahem)missing ?

    May 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Moore

    If you want something go out and work for it and buy it yourself. The government and the American taxpayers do not owe anybody a living. Socialism does not work.

    May 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skynet

      Social programs should be reserved for students, employed, handicapped, or elderly people. Nobody should get a free ride, but there are some who deserve help.

      May 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    Paul Ryan –
    "If you have enough grease and a big enough hammer...you can put anything anywhere."

    May 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • azguyjim

      I like Paul Ryan. I don't agree with all of his ideas, but he is they type of leader this country needs.... someone brave enough to propose things that need to be done in the best interests of the country, rather than what is politically popular.

      May 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Slave

      Oh jeethuz christt.....

      May 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ticking Time Bomb

    Live Free Or Die....... Well it's clear we can't live free, so that leaves only one other option.

    May 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cricket

    Good post RuffNutt,thank you. I would further add that the right-wing nuts in Washington are economically tearing this country apart and to the ground. With both wars in excess of $10 Billion per month and our outrageous pay to high ranking military staff, it is just a matter of time before our fiscal credibility suffers, and we lose our credit rating several notches below what we have today. This simply has to stop. It makes me so angry!

    May 24, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. relaps

    bad post crissy oops i mean cricket your agreeing with the same old crew is really getting old.

    May 25, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joe Moore

    The military is the reason this country has its freedoms.

    May 25, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. steve

    After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in late 2007, after many radiation treatments, I was operated on in late January 2008. Had an emergency by-pass in late 2009. Both bills from the hospitals were well over $200,000 each. Anybody wonder where I would be now with my $15,000 voucher? First bill under $1,000 out of pocket. Open heart surgery while I was on Medicare cost ZERO! Monthly Medicare, supplement & R/X cost are $400 month. Go try and find insurance for $400 a month at 65 years old!

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