Why I love the NY Times

I've said to a couple of people in the last week or so that I am the kind of person who reads the NY Times in the morning.  I would use this as a contrrast from the Journal (which I grab online) or the barely human Post or Daily News.

This habit stems from receiving the paper nearly feree for a couple years, and reading it on the way to work.  I don;t think I want to read a paper that is just business, or just NY gossip-level stories, or the police blotter.  For right now, the times is the right balance, and I thoroughly enjoyed the following from today's paper:

The secret war in Laos has consequernces- considering my passion for expionage stories, this nwas a great mix of human interest, espionage war story, and timely warning about what happens when we leave Afghanistan and Iraq: Old U.S. Allies, Still Hiding Deep in Laos

Considering how much I loved Lord of War and Boiler Room, and The Sopranos (specifically the "Webistics pump-and-dump scheme that  Matthew Bevalaqua was involved in), this story was just awesome.  Apparently there is a book somewhere in this tangled mess. Real Estate Executive With Hand in Trump Projects Rose From Tangled Past.