Friday, October 17, 2003

The news today

I heard the news today, oh boy!

Los Angeles is besieged by angry workers!

I don't know how anyone is getting anything done down there. First, 70,000 grocery clerks employed by Albertson's, Vons and Ralphs are on strike for better health care cost coverage from employers. Second, the MTA mechanics, which keep Angelinos' public transit running, are striking for greater contributions to their health care trust fund. And LA County Sheriff deputies are staging a widening sickout in an attempt to renegotiate their pay contract and improve health benefits coverage. The big story here is not the mild interruption of food access, nor the greater inconvenience of having 500,000 more people on the road, or the inability of courts to function smoothly--it is the rapidly rising cost of private health insurance. The system is getting too expensive to sustain, and it will only worsen as boomers retire and break the working populations' backs with their demand for ever more expensive prescription drugs. On the other end of this, the uninsured and underinsured also put pressure on health care costs.

It's a disappointing sports year for me.

There must really be a curse of the goat and a curse of the Bambino. How else can you explain the fact that neither the Cubs nor the Red Sox made it to the World Series with nearly all of America sending them positive vibes. I bet on some level, even Cardinals fans were pulling for the Cubs. Yankees fans have no soul, so I'm sure they were hell bent on seeing the Yanks make it to the World Series for the 39th time. Jerks. I despise the Yankees even more. I don't care how nice Derek Jeter is. I don't care how badly Roger Clemens wants a world championship. I HATE the Yankees. They are evil.

The Minnesota Vikings had better make it to the Superbowl this year. I need something to be happy about!

Does anyone vet these people?

A crazed evangelical Christian who happens to be a 3-star general working for the Pentagon in the capacity of deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence (trying to catch bin Laden and his ilk), is saying things like this:
without censure or reassignment. As if this is the way to garner support from already suspicious Arab nations.

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