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Opening Arguments

Epic

 

OK, Trekkies and "Star Wars" nerds, this one's for you:  Capt. Kirk vs. Darth Vader.

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Three strikes

Will on Pence

Our editorial page has been hard on Gov. Mike Pence both for his Common Core efforts and his negotiating with the Obama administration on Medicaid expansion. Our general gripe has been the usual conservative one -- that he seems to be trying to have it both ways, speaking one way and actually acting another way. So in the interest of fairness, I feel I should call your attention to this George Will column in which he offers praise for Pence on both issues.

On Common Core:

The real deal

"The CBS Morning News" today had a tribute to Bob Simon, the CBS foreign reporter and longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent, who did Wednesday night in a car accident in New York City. It featured news clips from his long career, and it was impossible not to appreciate how fearless he was in pursuit of a story. He had reported from just about every war zone there was, starting with Vietnam and including Iraq, where he was captured and tortured for 40 days:

Bangless

Yum

This means war

Go kick butt, Mr. President, but not too hard, OK?

The White House will ask Congress to approve military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that bans “enduring offensive ground operations.”

Administration officials briefed lawmakers on Tuesday about the emerging language, which is intended to win over Republicans.

Psst, guess what?

I think this is what we call a "done deal":

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Monday in a stinging dissent to the court's refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama.

So, who's shocked?

I was taken to task recently by an acquaintance for saying I find listening to President Obama pointless since I don't believe a single thing he says. I now await an apology:

Barack Obama misled Americans for his own political benefit when he claimed in the 2008 election to oppose same sex marriage for religious reasons, his former political strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

Feeeeelings

The thought police are out in force:

Dozens of posters plastered across the University of Michigan caution students not to say things that might hurt others’ feelings, part of a new “Inclusive Language Campaign” at the state’s flagship public university that cost $16,000 to implement.

Reliable Knuckleheads

In a moment of weakness or temporary insanity yesterday, I found myself watching "Reliable Sources" on CNN (I know, I know, what the hell was I thinking?) and discovered a panel of news "experts" talking about the Lyin' Brian scandal. (It is a measure of their cluelessness that, three-quarters of the way into a show devotedy exclusively to the Brian Williams sagay, one of them wondered how such trivial stories become such hot topics today.) To a person, the panel members espoused some version of this theory: We should be careful not to judge him hastily.

Border line

Jeb Bush has said some incredible things about immigration, and it is fair to say, as this headline does, that they "shock conservatives." This may be the most astonishing remark of all:

Other comments included that Bush declared that "it's not possible in a free country to completely control the border without us losing our freedoms and liberties."

Liar

Sometimes the lameness of an apology tells us more about someone's character than the transgression being apologized for does:

WASHINGTON — NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.

No beef here

Huh:

In the U.S., the country that made the hamburger a global icon of American fast-food cuisine, beef is about to fall another spot on the meat scale.

A herdy time was had by all

In the previous post, I talked about "herd immunity." That doesn't work just with flu:

From the experience in Illinois and around the country, a relatively small number of armed people can similarly reduce the risk of crime — even for those who aren’t armed.

Take your best shot

You know I appreciate Rand Paul's libertarian instincts, but this is just stupid:

“I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”

Get a job, kid

Every teenager should be required to work a grubby job:

I believe internships and travel are enriching and can help young people build their visions of the world and place in it, and my children have experienced both. But they aren’t a substitute for a grubby job with an unreasonable boss and an inflexible schedule. This too is part of the real world. Nobody wants to hire an attorney or brain surgeon and find out their case is his first real job.

Bad call

Measles panic

A bad week continues

Gov. Mike Pence has had a bad week, and this isn't going to make it any better. The conservative Hot Air blog just did a post-Freedom Summit survey asking its readers for their GOP presidential picks. Confirming that he is, as the digital kids say, trending, Scott Walker came in first of the 14 candidates listed, and Ted Cruz was second. So this readership is obviously from the conservative wing of the GOP. And what did they think of Pence?

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