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Opening Arguments

Another trail blazed

Let's take a step back

One in four

The political class has kinda sorta stopped talking about illegal immigration. But that doesn't mean it isn't an issue important enough to talk about:

Word power

Regular readers will know that I love words, to the point where I used to watch William F. Buckley's "Firing Line," dictionary in hand, just so I could learn new ones. In that spirit, I've decided to create an irregular feature based on "interesting words I encountered while meandering through the blogosphere."

Two today.

farrago (fuh-RAH-goh), n. -- a confused mixture; hodgepodge, medley, as in: "Hillary Clinton's farrago of email explanations gets harder to take with a straight face every day."

No diversity required

Sonia Sotomayor is still trying to sell her "Supreme Court needs diversity" schtick:

Hot shot students

And the latest gatherings of lunatic, dangerous gun nuts can be found in . . . the Ivy League?

In between completing problem sets, writing code, organizing hackathons, worrying about internships and building solar cars, a group of MIT students make their way to the athletic center, where they stand side-by-side, load their guns and fire away.

Not so dead simple

What's next? Hanging? Stoning? Burning at the stake? The guillotine?

Retrenching blues

What a line

It's actually kind of entertaining to watch Hillary Clinton apologists twist themselves into knots to defend the indefensible act of doing government business on a personal email accountt. MSNBC knucklehead Ed Schultz gets the nod for most amusing response:

Goodbye, Page 1

Is this print's last gasp? Both the New York times and the Los Angeles Times have announced that meetings to pitch stories for Page 1 are a thing of the past:

Just dumb

Given the well-publicized abuse of veterans by the people who are supposed to help them, you'd think people dealing with them would start being a little more cautious in word and deed. Apparently a little slow on the uptake in Indianapolis:

A manager at the Roudebush Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis appears to mock the mental health problems of returning combat veterans in an email to her employees.

City election, part 1

We started our interviews with Primary election candidates today, and that effort will eat into my blogging/tweeting time for the next four weeks. So I thought I'd fill in the gap a little with periodic thoughts about the interviews and this year's city contests. Right now I'm thinking I won't use names, but that could change.

How to avoid an email scandal

In the aftermath of the Hillary email scandal, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham explains why he does not use email "to a baffled a press corps that walks around with smartphones welded to hands."

The real robot takeover

Following are the opening sentences of two sports stories. Can you tell which one was written by a human being and which was generated by a computer algorithm?

So long, Spock

Before we elevate Leonard Nimoy to sainthood, a couple of contrarian opinions:

1. Spock was a jerk:

The kids are all right

Let's end the week with happy thoughts for the next generation.

A second-grader in Louisiana wrote a complaiing note to the first lady:

Thank you for trying to make my school lunch better, but you have ruined Taco Tuesday. Please bring back the old taco shell. I miss them. Also, the pizza is terrible. If you would like to try the new tacos, I will buy you lunch.

Size matters

Juxtaposition of the day. First up, from Slate:

Three squares ain't magic

Commitment to eating three meals a day is "racist." So The National Review says an article in Mother Jones says:

Butler offered excerpts of an e-mail interview with Abigail Carroll, author of the book Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal, as proof of this point.

Spring forward

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend, and, of course, curse the damn gub'ment for making you do it:

Last chance

Republicans have a majority in both House and Senate but still can't seem to get anything done. Their latest capitulation -- on President Obama's executive order on amnesty -- seems to have sent some people over the edge. Like this guy:

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