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Opening Arguments

Snark alert

Not everyone agrees with my opinion that the Fox News candidate questions did a good job:

Debate night

Yeah, I watched the debates last night, both of them, and they weren't as much of a waster of time as I had feared. Certainly it wasn't possible to get an in-depth look at anybody since they all had so little time to speak. But it helps sorting all 17 of them out to just get an overview.

Friends first


Friends and family should come first and politics, second.

Ten spot

So, Americans' top choice for the woman to replace Hamilton on the $10 bill is Elinor Roosevelt:

 But maybe, if the goal here is to break men’s stranglehold on the currency, we shouldn’t start with someone whose appearance on the $10 will ensure that nearly every conversation about it begins this way: “Isn’t her husband much more deserving?” Because he is, you know. Like him or not.

Retrofitting the past

Be aware or be square

I have a new favorite phrase:

 It was also found that a next-door neighbor, Ed Mosier, brought over two fire extinguishers and emptied them on the fire before crews could arrive. Fire Chief Jim Steele praise Mosier for his quick thinking and willingness to take action. Steele stated, "He had great situational awareness and put it to work."

Posted in: Current events

Watch out for the clown

For more than two decades now, the accepted wisdom has been that Ross Perot "cost" George H.W. Bush his 1992 re-election bid. But the reality is that he probably saved Bush from an ignominious and humiliating loss that would have rivaled FDR's 1932 drubbing of Herbert Hoover:

The starting lineup

Now we know the linuep of 10 candidates whose poll numbers qualify them for the main Fox News debate stage tomorrow night:

Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Shall we share?

It used to be mostly musicians who could say, "Hey, I got a gig." Now millions are saying it:

Hedging their bets


Girl power

Really out of the shadows

Sanctuary cities are bad enough. Now we have this:

Huntington Park became the first city in California to appoint two undocumented immigrants as commissioners on city advisory boards, a lawmaker confirms.

Time waster

So, do you suppose the Republican presidential candidates are deep into debate perparations for Thursday night's Fox extravaganza, boning up on policies, researching issues, memorizing facts and figures? Guess again:

My common sense can whup your dogma

Today's lesson in "preaching to the choir" editorializing comes from The Journal Gazette's disissal of a proposal to drop the licensing requirement for engineers. The editorial slams all licensing rollbacks as dogma driven, an example of "political ideology" threatening to "trump common sense."


States regulate professions – doctors, attorneys, teachers, engineers and more – to protect the public good.

Paper trail

Well, good luck with that:

Remember paper?

Memos to sign. Maps to fold. Letters to write. Calendars to flip.

Angry dog, nice doggie

Lives that matter

Go to Impulse power

Yes, he could

Granted that you can't even run for president without hubris, narcissism and even a touch of I-am-the-center-of-the-universe solipsism, President Obama abuses the privilege. After extolling the virtues of term limits for a chief executive in a speeech in Ethiopia, he goes on to say: