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Opening Arguments

Gutter bawl

No pot jokes today

I remember being surprised if not downright shocked when William F. Buckley, at the time the most prominent conservative thinker around, not only softened his stand on marijuana but even went out beyond the three-mile limit and actually tried the stuff. Now we have Michelle Malkin, no slouch when it comes to conservatism, rethinking the issue for personal reasons:

Food porn

Gimme that quarter, kid

Guess things are even tougher than we thought:

Between 30% and 50% of parents steal money from their kids piggy bank or savings account, surveys show. Is this anyway to set an example?

A senior shift

It's a political truism that the natural tendency is to gradually become more conservative as we get older. So this, from the Gallup people, probably shouldn't surprise me, but it does:

Robot news

Looks like I'm being obsoleted:

Professor of Computer Science Dr. Kristian Hammond predicts that by 2030, 90 per cent of all news stories will be written not by human reporters but by computer algorithms.

Uncoupled and unhinged

I think this, from a Washington Post story about the impending divorced of Gwyenth Paltrow and Christ Martin, is my favorite sentence of the year so far:

 

Snake dance

Boy, someone sure is clueless, and this time I'm pretty sure it isn't me. Obamacare supporters have made their own version of the famous Gadsden "Don't tread on me" flag that has become an adopted banner for the Tea Party and libertarian movement. Here are the original and the Obamacare version.

Payback time

Ready for one of those "Thank God I live in this country" moments?

A court in Egypt has sentenced 528 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to death.

They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property.

The group is among some 1,200 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on trial, including senior members.

Artistic license

Don't you just hate it when they take a good book and turn it into a crappy movie?

Posted in: Movies, Religion, Science

My bully pulpit

Last year, Indiana became one of the few states to pass a law requiring anti-bullying programs. Schools are required to offer programs and training for students and staff on preventing and identifying bullying, which is defined as "an imbalance of power, with a pattern or repeated acts over time, or acts done with the intent to cause harm."

As this story notes, schools are now working to comply with the law:

Free for me but not for thee

Our irony-challenged first lady:

First lady Michelle Obama told students that freedom of speech should be a universal right during her extravagant, no-press-allowed tour of China — a hypocritical move that will surely draw the ire of critics, according to an expert.

Idiotas en un desfile

Is this a legitimate civil rights issue or a case of accommodation and  inclusionism gone wild?

A very healthy growth rate

Today's "well, duh" connect-the-dots exercise. This:

That means President Obama has added 17,522 pages of regulations in his five years in office; one president growing the regulatory state 11 percent increase in five years.

Brings up:

Pleas stop it

Pure and powerless?

Hey, you want a little dissent on the right? You got it. Here's Thomas Sowell on how conservative-sponsored primary fights are endangering COP chances to take the Senate:

Pure and powerless?

Hey, you want a little dissent on the right? You got it. Here's Thomas Sowell on how conservative-sponsored primary fights are endangering COP chances to take the Senate:

Two fronts

I've said before that one of the things that bother me most about Rand Paul is his isolationist tendency. But at least he comes by it honestly. Here's father Ron on Russia's takeover of Crimea:

Food for thought

Yeah, especially the food:

Inflation is starting to really mean something when it comes to food and energy.  The government stats on inflation conveniently omit food and energy when reporting things like the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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