Yr Editor is unqualified, like most other Americans, to evaluate whether President Bush’s "surge" will help things or hurt things, but Yr Editor is pretty sure that the estimated price tag of regime change (and aftermath) in Iraq, which will be around $1.2 trillion, could have been a lot better spent. David Leonhardt of the NY Times presents some possibilities.
And speaking of gov’t, er, budgets, Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators castigated the Pentagon for trying so hard to recoup an extra buck or two on its F-14 Tomcat surplus parts by selling them to brokers without serious safeguards . . when the only country that still flies F-14s is (gasp!) Iran. And yes, parts got through. The Associated Press is on the story.
The Alabama Supreme Court last week (but re-reported by the NY Times within NOTW Daily’s three-day window) upheld, 5-4, the state law that prevented a guy from suing for getting leukemia from benzene in his workplace:
In a ruling that would have done Kafka proud, the court held that there was never a valid time for Mr. Cline to sue. If he had sued when he was exposed to the benzene, it would have been too early. Alabama law requires people exposed to dangerous chemicals to wait until a "manifest" injury develops. But when his leukemia developed years later, it was too late. Alabama’s statute of limitations requires that suits be brought within two years of exposure.Below The Fold
Can’t keep dedicated criminals down, as these guys broke out of jail, stole some stuff, and brought it back to their cells in time for roll call . . . . . Raw capitalism in China: A hospital complains about a local doctor performing "preventive" care, which cuts into its revenues [Wall Street Journal $$] . . . . . Former football player viciously stabs victim, drops bloody glove at scene . . . . . If a lawyer wants to get naked with his 14-yr-old goddaughter, the courthouse is probably the worst place to do it . . . . . The U.S. is making diplomatic overtures to Iran after all, like, well, we’re sending amateur wrestlers over there for a meet . . . . . Among the world’s most challenging jobs would be Naomi Campbell’s anger-management instructor (which she got assigned to in a plea agreement for throwing a cell phone against the head of an assistant) . . . . . A rancorous (but tacky, tacky, tacky) personality clash among the Republicans on the Michigan Supreme Court . . . . . Trendiest beauty treatments in many of Singapore’s way-excessive 3,000 salons: foot exfoliation by tiny, nibbling fish, and eyebrow embroidery (pluck out your real hair, then draw in new strands with a tattoo-like ink pen).