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Opening Arguments

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:

Sign right here, please

I've resisted the truly libertarian approach to gay marriage, which is that government shouldn't be in the marriage business in the first place. Isn't marriage too important to society for government not to be involved? But I guess I'm starting to come around, because this makes sense to me:

Drink up

You might want to think about that second drink:

People who are trying to impress a date with their good looks might want to limit themselves to one drink, a new study finds.

People in the study were rated as more attractive after one glass of wine, but not after two glasses of wine, compared with when they were sober, according to the study published Feb. 25 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Posted in: Current events

President His Way

With all the uproar over Netanyahu's speech to Congress and the flap over Hillary Clinton's peculiar use of a personal phone account to conduct State Department business, this little gem is in danger of getting lost:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is "very interested" in the idea of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.

How I learned to stop worrying and love the terrorists

My word:

It was a very dark Strangelovian speech painting the picture of a dystopian world, raising the spectre of a genocidal nation, a genocidal regime spraying nuclear weapons to annihilate the whole world and the whole region. Now, obviously many people are very concerned about Iran and there is a deep lack of trust, but surely the same was said of the Soviet Union all those years ago.

He's not credible

President Obama is just not credible when he claims to have "evolved" on gay marriage. His former aid David Axelrod is more believable when he says Obama always supported gay marriage but felt he had to lie about it because it was politically expedient.

Outta my spot!

Boy, the mayor of Boston is a real wet blanket. First, he tells people to stop jumping out of second-story windows for fun, even if the snow is high enough to cushion their fall, and now he's cracking down on parking:

BOSTON - The mayor of Boston says residents who worked tirelessly to carve out parking spots during the city's multiple blizzards can no longer claim stake on those spots.

Can you hear me now?

Do we really want to know if we're not alone in the universe?

Now some SETI researchers are pushing a more aggressive agenda: Instead of just listening, we would transmit messages, targeting newly discovered planets orbiting distant stars. Through “active SETI,” we’d boldly announce our presence and try to get the conversation started.