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The problem gambler

Aww. Chris Christie has a gambling problem:

As the gaming industry continues its free fall, Christie says he wants to "stop the bleeding" in Atlantic City, where the municipal government is a financial train wreck and the casinos have become mostly losing bets for their owners as former patrons flock to competitors in neighboring states.

Butt out, please

The Board of Health in the Massachusetts town of Westminster is considering making the town the first in the nation to ban all sales of all tobacco products. A public hearing on the proposal drew a noisy crowd of opponents, and it wasn't just smokers who thought the idea was downright stupid.

Give me a break

Here she comes, GI Jane

Well, here we go. I knew this was coming, but I didn't expect it this soon. The Marines are apparently ready to roll out a plan to evaluate women in combat roles:

In combat, the No. 4 cannoneer on an artillery crew must heave 100-pound rounds, one after another, into the loading tray of a 155 mm howitzer.

Tag, you're it, comet

Man, this is just flat-out amazing:

Mankind has just cleared another hurdle in space exploration: landing the first spacecraft on a comet.

Happy Veterans Day, suckers

Posted in: Current events, Music

The write stuff

I'm always on the lookout for good writing tips, both to improve my own work and to pass along to others who want to do likewise. Here's a good piece with six tips from Harvard's Steven Pinker. Two are expecially worth mentioning here.

The first is "Don't bury the lead":

Suck it, Tibet

It's kind of hard to keep thinking of the United States as the world's foremost champion of freedom when the commander in chief isn't exactly on board:

I'm baaack!

It was good to have a week off. My brother and sister and I traveled to our birthplace of Perry County, Ky., to visit our one living aunt and a bunch of cousins from both sides of the family. We found the county seat, Hazard, much changed from our last visit. Our childhood home of Fourseam, a coal camp so named because, you know, four seams of coal in the mine, was all but eaten up by kudzu. The vine that ate the South, indeed.

Be right back

Taking my usual post-campaign season r&r vacation. Back on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Hope your candidates do well. Except unless, you know, you picked the wrong ones.

God and evolution

I'm not well versed in Catholic theology, so I don't know how big a deal this is. And the press has a long history of hopelessly mangling what popes say, so I'm not even sure he really even believes this. But I do find it interesting:

Posted in: Religion, Science

Die, baby, die

Isn't "post-birth abortion" what we used to call infanticide?

A trend seen by prolife activists that frequently engage college students on campuses nationwide is the growing acceptance of post-birth abortion, or killing the infant after he or she is born, campus prolife outreach leaders tell The College Fix.

All together now: Huh?

OK, we shouldn't really be in panic mode over Eboal -- I get that. It's not that easily spread, and our health care workers are the best in the world and blah, blah, blah. But surely we're right to be a little worried when our public officials treat us to one stunning display of incompetence and incoherence and another. The insults to our collective intelligence are just getting more and more galling:

Happy days

Posted in: All about me

Mean and aggressive

OK, negative political ads tend to be misleading. We all know that. Still, one that's on TV now is a little galling.

It's on behalf of Democratic state Senate candidate Jack Morris, and it is, of course, a slam on Republican candidate Liz Brown. She is "mean," the ad says, and "aggressive" and "driven by politics and revenge," all things Morris will banish with, I guess, the politics of niceness.

Josh and James

In a case of the pygmies feeling free to pass judgment on the giants, we have White House spokesman Josh Earnest weighing in on White House efforts to replace states' "patchwork of Ebola quarantine laws" with a one-size-fits-all national policy:

What's up, Doc?

You didn't do that, Part 2

Barack Obama schooled all of us free-enterprise fanatics with "You didn't build that." We would have nothing -- nothing! I tell you -- without the ministrations of a benevolent and aggressive government. And for those of you who think the current darling of the Democratic Party would be less economicallty incomeptent than Obama, consider this:

History lesson

An interesting observation, but one that I think strains the metaphor a little: How we 'won' in Vietnam, but are losing at home.

Board stiff

Awww, the fragile flowers; did their feelings get hurted?

Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst skipped out on a scheduled meeting with The Des Moines Register on Thursday, prompting criticism from one of the paper's leading political columnists.

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