Sunday, March 09, 2008

Iraq costs U.S. $12B per month 

The News Tribune

Studies: Iraq costs U.S. $12B per monthBy CHARLES J. HANLEY; AP Special Correspondent
Published: March 9th, 2008 02:07 PM | Updated: March 9th, 2008 05:02 PM

The flow of blood may be ebbing, but the flood of money into the Iraq war is steadily rising, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month, triple the "burn" rate of its earliest years,

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and co-author Linda J. Bilmes report in a new book.Beyond 2008, working with "best-case" and "realistic-moderate" scenarios, they project the Iraq and Afghan wars, including long-term U.S. military occupations of those countries, will cost the U.S. budget between $1.7 trillion and $2.7 trillion - or more - by 2017.

Christ, I can't make the monthly mortgage without facing the prospect of getting my heat shut off. How the hell am I suppose to pay for my portion of this God forsaken clusterfuck?

Tucker Carlson Show Canceled. 


Insiders tell TVNewser Tucker Carlson's 6pmET show Tucker
is getting the axe, but Carlson stays on as a political contributor to
all MSNBC shows at least through the 2008 election. The official
announcement, expected tomorrow, will include details about who will
replace Tucker at 6pmET as well as other political programming
additions. Sources say the network is going to beef up its schedule
with more NBC News talent.
You know, I am trying like hell to work up some sympathy for ol' Tucker. But, try as I might, it is bone dry in that particular department today.

Seriously, that boy got his chops handed to him by John Stewart and he never recovered. He was never a good newsman. The fact he tried to nail John as not asking hard hitting questions on The Daily Show was the clincher. This cancellation is a foot note to a lack luster career.

He really was nothing more than a tag-a-long of the Mighty Wurlitzer. He collected the crumbs from the big boys, attempting to mimic their blow hard bellows to only produce an effeminate lisp.

Oh, and that segment with John Stewart is still great to watch, even if it is close to 4 years old.