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Mitch at Purdue

Mitch Daniels, just starting his second year as Purdue president, is winning praise from several quarters for his innovations there:

 

. . . many thought it was an odd match to have the famously conservative (especially fiscally) governor at the helm of a university. The move sparked a few protests from former students and wariness from faculty, many of whom were colorful with their predictions of doom.

Which precedent?

Did the Supreme Court already settle the gay marriage issue, way back in 1972?

A whole lot of judges who are being asked to decide whether states may ban same-sex couples from marrying think the Supreme Court clearly gave them the answer last year: no.

Ferguson

.08 or .05?

British Columbia tightened its driving-while-impaired law in 2010 to make a BAC as low as .05 an offense, and they say the results have been significant:

Tough calls

A bad bet

Mayor Tom Henry has had plenty of good ideas. But he had one very bad idea when he flirted with trying to get a casino here as an economic development tool. Casinos do not develop the local economy. In fact, building one is about the fastest way to wreck a local economy:

Head fake

The U.K.'s Indpendent is, I believe, supposed to be a serious newspaper, not a supermarket tabloid. And yet . . . Here is the headline:

Huge asteroid that 'could end human life' defying gravity as it moves towards Earth, scientists say

But here is the fourth paragraph in:

Hillary the hawk

You don't get a pass, press

From the "some of us more equal than others" school of journalism comes this Tweet by one Stefan Becket, the poltics editor at .Mic, about two reporter getting arrested at the scene of unrest in Ferguson, Mo.:

Reporters are granted a privilege by the Constitution. Like it or not, their rights being violated rise about that of an average citizen's.

The beat goes on

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Not so funny

I don't have anything to say about Robin Williams the performer or public figure. That's been well-covered all over the say. But I'm a little troubled by all the posible reasons given for the depression that led him to commit suicide:  He had money trouble, his career was sputtering, he had survivor's guilt, his drug and acohol abuse caught up with him. Michael Levine, a publicist who knew him for 30 years, gets it right:

Dining alone

Are you embarrassed to be seen eating out alone?

About 57 percent of eating and beverage occasions now occur when people are by themselves, according to a recent report from The NPD Group, a market research firm. The portion is highest for non-meal occasions (industry speak for snacking) followed by breakfast, lunch and then dinner.

Greetings from the Balkans

I've been victimized, and I've been scandalized. I've been traumatized, and I've been terrorized. I've been vandalized, and I've been trivialized. Now I've also been Balkanized:

Down and out

This is a long and depressing article about how print journalism has gone from heady optimism a year ago when Jeff Bezos plunked down $250 million for The Washington Post to despair and fear today because Gannett, Tribune Company and E.W. Scripps -- three of the biggest players -- are kicking their newspapers to the curb as do-or-die stand-alones so they can concentrate on their TV properties.

On the cheap

My time to waste

The pope wants us to not waste time on "futile things":

Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions."

Those darn kids

Bless their little hearts:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amir Zendehnam passionately supports marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage, abortion rights and the Republican Party.

Goodbye, cruel world

Caught one of those panel discussions on Fox last night in which George Will said America's foreign policy these days is "complete disengagment." Events happen in the world, and we merely watch and comment on them. The DL (designated liberal) of the day -- it was either A.B. Stoddard or Kirsten Powers -- said, well, yes, that's true, but that's what the American people want. "Do you think anybody could be elected president today by saying we should re-engage in Iraq or Afghanistan?"

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Always wanted the romantic life of the outlaw? Congratulations, you may already be one!

The federal government has created more than 400 new crimes since 2008, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

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