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Opening Arguments

Let Mikey try it?

Mike Pence's name keeps getting tossed around as a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender. Hee's a generally positive report at Bloomberg:

Mayor Nanny back at it

Well, good luck with that, pal:

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.

This land is whose land?

A consensus seems to have been reached about the Cliven Bundy case: 1) He has no legal leg to stnd on in his creative interpretation of government authority leading him to believe he doesn't have to pay no stinkin' grazing fees. But, 2) The federal government so overreached in its reaction (tasering a woman from behind, for God's sake) that it had no choice but to stand down in the face of public disgust.

Fair question

Happy tax day!Check out this Gallup Poll story from yesterday:

As many Americans scramble to prepare their taxes ahead of the April 15 deadline, a majority, 52%, say the amount they have to pay in federal income tax is "too high," while 42% say it is "about right." The percentage who say their taxes are too high has hovered around 50% since 2003, although the current 52% is up from 46% two years ago.

Traitor's prize

So, the Pulitzer Prize was awared for the reporting based on Edward Snowden's document dump. I don't feel quite as strongly about it as Rep. King:

But today’s announcement of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes stoked an old debate about whether a former NSA contractor who leaked details about the surveillance programs — among other leaks — is a traitor or a whistleblower. Today, he was the muse of award winners.

Pardon me for droning on

OK, here's today's callous, rightwing post of ruthless bloodthirstiness. This protect seems misguided a little to me:

Community members take the time to remember innocent casualties of other countries that have been subject to drone attacks.

Despicable

This just seems so wrong:

The Pulitzer Prizes, journalism's highest honor, will be announced Monday.

Posted in: Current events

Bullying the bully

Today's reminder that bullies can dish it out but can't take it:

An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him  has ruined his life.

The other shoe

Second look

Thank God John Paul Stevens is off the bench -- he's downright dangerous. Here's his op-ed in the Washington Post urging that the Second Amendment be "fixed":

Poopularity

Juxtapoisition of the day. First I saw this story of ours, "Poop happens in Fort Wayne," about an entrepreneur who will come out and clean up your dog's business on your lawn:

It's called a lot of things. Crap. Poop. Feces. Scat. No matter what you call it, it's covering the yard, it's starting to smell and it's got to go.

That's when you call Dave Kulp with Poop Happens.

Too late

I have a spectacularly lousy record of political predictions, so take that into account, but I think the ship has sailed on this possibility, Gov. Pence:

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says national Republicans have reached out to him about running for president in 2016.

Please don't call me

It's hard for a working stiff not to admire the, um, work ethic in France, "a place that still believes in half-day closing and taking lunch breaks."

Posted in: Current events

Ill winds

Hmmmn:

Areas where landscape shifts from urban to rural or forest to farmland may have a higher likelihood of severe weather and tornado touchdowns, a Purdue University study says.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Discretion

Eric Holder, explaining why he has a "vast amount" of discretion in how the Justice Department prosecutes federal law, veers into self-justifying gibberish:

Music in the dark

You know any of those wine snobs who sniff with disdain at your bottle of $10 California cabernet? Give them this article to read:

Ten world-class soloists put costly Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper ones to a blind scientific test. The results may seem off-key to musicians and collectors, but the new instruments won handily.

Posted in: Current events, Music

RIP, Archie

Oh, for God's sake. The latest sign that the world is spinning madly out of control:

Posted in: Current events

Things that go boom

Ouch:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Police are on the scene of a shooting at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA

Initial reports indicated that a man accidentally shot himself in the neck. According to an officer on the scene, the man forgot he had his gun in his gym bag and dropped the bag on the floor and the gun discharged.

Free at last, almost

Procrastinator that I am, I finally did my taxes on Sunday. So this yearly reminder seems especially vivid and painful:

Pay grade

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