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Opening Arguments

Brainless tolerance

If this isn't the most disturbing thing you've read this week, you may already be suffering from pathological nonjudgmentalism:

I have a very 2014 question for you: How would you respond if you found out that a man living down the street regularly has sexual intercourse with a horse?

Names as destiny

Happy Thanksgiving. Haven't you just been dying to know whether your name is more Republican or more Democratic?

Making the grade

Interesting:

INDIANAPOLIS - When you go out to eat in Indiana, you can't really know if the restaurant is clean, unless you search for inspection reports online.

But that search can be time consuming, inconvenient and impractical. That's why other cities and states use a letter grading system, so when patrons walk up to a restaurant, the rating and the score are in plain sight.

Posted in: Food and Drink

It's a woman thing

Sorry, Hillary, being a woman is not enough:

Her prospective candidacy offers the possibility of the first female president in history, but for all the power behind that aspiration, it is not a message.

That's Washington Post columnist Dan Balz, not a nutjob rightwing Fox News contributor.

Pre-riot report

Power grab

I don't want to get into a whole tu quoque foofaraw over immigration -- you know: Obama is defying the Constitution by going around Congress. Well, so did Reagan. But Obama is being hypocritica about itl. Well, Bush, too. Blah, blah, blah.

Way cool

Oh, if only

Could this really happen -- the end of the Postal Service as we know it?

If Congress does not pass legislation that would save the Postal Service from financial collapse before the end of its current session, the future of the country’s mail service will be in the hands of a senator who opposes government unions and thinks the Postal Service should be privatized.

Ennobling

The lefty blogs and websites are piling on Gov. Mike Pence for the state's plan to require some food stamp recipients to meet certain conditions. Here's the Crooks and Liars site:

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) explained on Tuesday that a new policy that could cut off food stamps for thousands of people in his state would be "ennobling" for poor people.

The pause that refreshes

I realize it's mostly pointless to argue about "climate change," because it truly has become like a religion; you either believe in it or you do not, and logic and facts are not of much use when it comes to matters of faith. But, what the hell, an editorial writer frequently finds himself in "beating a dead horse" territory, so here are things "the mainstream media won't tell you about global warming," including the most obvious one:

Will work for food

The federal SNAP (i.e., "food stamp program") requires what is referred too as "workfare" --meaning recipients have to get job training or show proof they are looking for a job to qualify -- but states have been givendiscretion to grant exemptions for any number of reasons. Until now, Indiana has been pretty generous with the exemptions. No more:

More than fair

Refer back to this stunning chart the next time President Obama or someone else from the  "penalizing wealth" crowd goes on about the rich not paying their "fair share" of taxes:

Nothin' funny here

The problem gambler

Aww. Chris Christie has a gambling problem:

As the gaming industry continues its free fall, Christie says he wants to "stop the bleeding" in Atlantic City, where the municipal government is a financial train wreck and the casinos have become mostly losing bets for their owners as former patrons flock to competitors in neighboring states.

Butt out, please

The Board of Health in the Massachusetts town of Westminster is considering making the town the first in the nation to ban all sales of all tobacco products. A public hearing on the proposal drew a noisy crowd of opponents, and it wasn't just smokers who thought the idea was downright stupid.

Give me a break

Here she comes, GI Jane

Well, here we go. I knew this was coming, but I didn't expect it this soon. The Marines are apparently ready to roll out a plan to evaluate women in combat roles:

In combat, the No. 4 cannoneer on an artillery crew must heave 100-pound rounds, one after another, into the loading tray of a 155 mm howitzer.

Tag, you're it, comet

Man, this is just flat-out amazing:

Mankind has just cleared another hurdle in space exploration: landing the first spacecraft on a comet.

Happy Veterans Day, suckers

Posted in: Current events, Music

The write stuff

I'm always on the lookout for good writing tips, both to improve my own work and to pass along to others who want to do likewise. Here's a good piece with six tips from Harvard's Steven Pinker. Two are expecially worth mentioning here.

The first is "Don't bury the lead":

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