Decline Watch: Can Americans afford to drive drunk anymore?

Drunk driving incidents have fallen 30 percent over the last five years. How can this possibly be a sign of decline, you ask? The AP's Mike Stobbe, via Gawker, explains:

The decline may be due to the down economy: Other research suggests people are still drinking as heavily as in years past, so some may just be finding cheaper ways of imbibing than by going to bars, night clubs and restaurants.

"One possibility is that people are drinking at home more and driving less after drinking," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Decline-o-meter: Giving this a neutral score both for the uncertainty of the premise and the fact that, despite the reasons, this obviously isn't a bad thing. 

Something doesn't quite add up though. If Americans are getting their drink on at home to save money, shouldn't there be an increase in the sales of inexpensive beers? As we noted last week, beer sales are down except in hoity-toity categories like microbrews and imports. 

In any case, don't drink and drive whatever your income. America's roads are dangerous enough already.  


Shocking revelation: Putin didn't really discover those ancient urns

Vladimir Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov shatters all our dreams

In an interview released late on Tuesday, Mr. Peskov said that the jugs had actually been found by archeologists during an expedition “several weeks or days before.” They were then placed in six feet of water where Mr. Putin, dressed in a wetsuit and trailed by cameramen, could find them.

“Naturally, they either left them there, or they put them there,” Mr. Peskov said. “This is completely normal. It is totally not a pretext for malicious joy and so forth.”

I just don't know what to believe anymore. Next Peskov is going to tell us this tiger was pre-tranquilized.