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Opening Arguments

A refund? Yeah, give it all back


The state's overreaction to the phony RFRA outrage has officially hit rock bottom:

Indiana's economic development and tourism agencies announced Monday they have hired global PR firm Porter Novelli to help rebuild the state's image in the wake of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act debacle.

Economist who's wrong about everything tries again

A change in the weather

Yeah, yeah, sure, I know "weather" is not the same thing as "climate," but you gotta admit this is funny:

The “Gore effect” has struck again, this time forcing thousands of Canadian eco-activists to march through the snow over the weekend, rallying against global warming on a cold Quebec City day.

Will you. please. turn. that. thing! off?

So this woman in South Carolina stabbed her roommate (and former boyfriend) multiple times because he would not stop playing an album by The Eagles over and over again, and it contains my favorite paragraph of the year so far in a news story:

Hillary's in? You're kidding!

Opps. Hillary Clinton's cmpaign announcement was missing something:

The campaign's official announcement to reporters, perhaps finished in haste, included an embarrassing mistake in the omission of a key word.

City vs. country

It's not a "red state vs. blue state" fight going on out there. It's city vs. country:

Anti-gun nuts

The fight for the Second Amendment will never ber over, will it? Here's Hillary Clinton, former first lady, former U.S. senator, former Secretary of State and, I hope and pray, former tw0-time failure as a presidential candidate:

Smart diplomacy

Cartoon says it all:

It's over when I say it is

Anal retentive fussbudget stomps his little feet and demands we stop saying the Civil War ended on April 9, 1865:

Posted in: History

It's still the economy, stupid

Because of the Obama administration's epic fail in the Mideast and elsewhere on the world stage, the emerging consensus has been that 2016 will be a foreign policy election, which might seem to favor Marco Rubio in the GOP field, who has the best credentials in that area. But not so fast, says Byron York:

Life and death

Alan  Dershowitz doesn't think the Boston Bomber will get the death penalty:           

My little runaway

Our editorial last night was on the possibility of an Article V constitutional convention, which I've been enthusiastic about for a long time. I've also had a lot of opportunties to write about it since Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long has been in the vanguaurd of the movement. Anytime the subject comes off, we always have to address the fear of a runaway convention:

Would you kill Hitler?

What would you do for the greater good?

Here's a question; if you could go back in time and kill Hitler - likely saving millions of lives - would you do it? Your answer, researchers were surprised to find, might depend on your gender.

Posted in: Science

Thou Shalt Not Discriminate

It's difficult enough to find good, thoughtful articles about the great RFRA freakout that try to look at both the discrimination and refligious aspects, let alone one that tries to put the whole issue in historical and constitutional perspective.


On March 20, DelRea Good was driving olone on a dark country road in Porter County when a police officer, who had clocked her at 54 mph in a 35 mph zone, tried to pull her over. She waved to the officer, slowed down, put on her hazard lights and proceeded to a well-lit Kohl's parking lot less than a mile down the road. A wise move, right? Woman driving alone at night, anything could happen. Wrong:

Green vs. green

Want to see a really good case of cognitive dissonance? Just ask one of those Gaia Movement freaks to read this:

It's takeback time

Here we go again:

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul told a raucous crowd in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday that he will build his presdiential campaign on 'a message that is loud and clear, and does not mince words: We have come to take our country back.'

Conventional wisdom

I've done a blog post or two (and a few editorials) in support of the calling of a constitutional convention. There have been various proposals for what it should tackle, but the one gaining traction is to convene one to craft a balanced budget amendment. So far, legislators in 27 states have passed applications for the convention, and activists are pushing for new applications in nine other states where Republicans control both chambers of the legislature.

Whole new world

We all know about Dear John letters. Now we have the Dear John Facebook post:

A Brooklyn woman scored a judge’s approval to legally change her relationship status to “single” via Facebook.

In a landmark ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper is allowing a nurse named Ellanora Baidoo to serve her elusive husband with divorce papers via a Facebook message.