The Dignity Index

Weighing in on swine flu, VP Joe Biden returns to his role as a one-man foot-and-mouth pandemic, urges people to avoid subways, "confined aircraft." Score: 24

North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx wrongly claims that Matthew Shepard, inspiration for a hate-crimes bill, wasn't killed because he was gay and calls the notion a "hoax." Score: 77

White House Military Office director Louis Caldera approves a low-flying photo op for Air Force One over lower Manhattan, sending New Yorkers into a panic. Score: 81