Sad news from the war front: Fourteen Americans were killed in separate helicopter crashes in Kabul and Helmand province, making today the deadliest day of our totally non-Soviet 9-year war in Afghanistan since 2005. While the world waits with bated breath over whether President Obama will increase troop levels to relative Vietnam-era proportions, the accident also, for the first time ever, claimed the life of three DEA operatives (Afghani heroin is really popular here), further linking our futile domestic war on drugs with the equally futile one we’re fighting over there.
Going public?: Reuters says that our Congress is close to passing a real-life health care reform bill, and that such a bill “likely would include a national health plan that would allow states the option of dropping out,” which makes us long for the old days when the Majority Whip actually whipped waffling elected officals into voting smartly.
Ovaries cost extra: Women pay up to 50% more on health insurance premiums than men, according to this link. Apparently, a nifty trick called “gender-rating” allows companies to discriminate against the fairer sex because, you know, some actuary in a cubicle found that old ladies go to doctors way too much.
The times, they are a endin’: In news that shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, major newspapers across the country announced that print circulation has — yet again — continued its steady decline. Gannett’s USA Today (which reported a 17-percent drop) has been usurped by The Wall Street Journal, which is powered by rare secretions’ from Rubert Murdoch’s penal gland, as the nation’s number one daily paper. Although some of this was expected, as print executives have stopped delivering so many papers to hotels and brothels and such, the across-the-board decline (10.6-percent) is one of the steepest ever, and you’re reading this on the internet.
Chris Wallace needs a vacation: The FOX NEWS anchor attempts to portray the current Presidential administration as something far more dangerous than the last one, which had Dick Cheney. (Linked for inclusion of Sean Connery)