Today is our 3,044th day in Iraq and our 3,572nd day in Afghanistan.
We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4474
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4335
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3615
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 246
Since Operation New Dawn: 46
Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,670
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 930
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448
We find this morning's cost of war
passing through: $ 1, 222, 869, 925, 000 .00
So...have you ever had any problems getting an insurance claim paid? We all like to think that we have insurance to pay the bills, but of course the reality is that a for-profit insurance is exactly that; it's there to make money, and they do that best by not paying the bills. I was in that industry for a long time, and using all sorts of trickery and loopholes to get out of paying was something I was very good at. It even came home to roost once; I fought with a Florida hospital for over a year concerning an ER visit for young Javi...but thanks to my inside knowledge, I made them eat it and we were off the hook for any out-of-pocket expenses.