Adolph Hitler and a boy named Sue

OK. I’ll admit it. There are plenty of things I don’t understand. For instance, I’m not exactly sure why I ran outside this morning in the cold, wind and with the streets covered with enough ice that the garbage truck was replaced by a Zamboni. But once I made the less-than-thoughtful decision I don’t understand why drivers refused to yield even an inch of icy concrete. When there is no one else on the road — move over. WTF

Don’t understand that. And here’s something else.

Why would anyone these days name his son (or I guess daughter for that matter) Adolph Hitler?

Well Heath Campbell, according to an Associated Press story in USA Today, said he named his 3-year-old son after Adolph Hitler because he liked the name and because “no one else in the world would have that name.”

Fair enough. And I guess no real story here except that a ShopRite in Campbell’s hometown of Easton, Pa., refused to put young Adolph’s full name on a birthday cake. (Note: Story ends happily. Wal-Mart was OK with it.)

Wow. Wonder if the family of Bernard Madoff, the architect of the $50 billion Ponzi scheme, will run into the same problem when ordering his birthday cake? I digress.

But that’s another thing I don’t understand. How could Madoff get away with the deception for so many years. Particularly with the ever-vigilant Securities and Exchange Commission on the job. Here’s from The Washington Post:

The nation’s chief securities regulator said yesterday it was “deeply troubling” that his agency had failed to catch perhaps the largest Ponzi scheme in history despite “credible and specific allegations . . . repeatedly brought to the attention of SEC staff” regarding the activities of Bernard L. Madoff.

In making this unusually frank statement, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox announced he had ordered an internal investigation.

His remarks followed a day of growing demands for the agency to explain how it missed Madoff’s alleged $50 billion fraud, including the apparent failure of regulators to spot numerous and massive inconsistencies during an investigation of his company that ended quietly in 2007.

Well, I hope things turn out better for young Adolph than they will for most who “invested” with Madoff. And let’s hope Adolph doesn’t grow up to be an investment banker. Something tells me he is going to have other issues to deal with.

So just to keep things in perspective, here’s a little ditty from Johnny Cash, “A Boy Named Sue.”

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