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Opening Arguments

Name blame game takes flight

God, I really thought this whole demeaning-name thing had already gotten completely out of hand, but I guess I was wrong:


Hey, buffer this

So, are free-speech "buffer zones" unconstitutional or not? The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, seems to say yes, they are:

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a Massachusetts law requiring protesters to stay at least 35 feet from the entrances to clinics that provide abortions is unconstitutional, a decision that cast a legal cloud over similar provisions in 15 other states. …

Chelsea blues

A gay old world

Millions of Trekkies out there are going to be bitterly disappointed to learn that the Prime Directive is no longer in effect:

Seeking to mobilize a global front against anti-gay violence and discrimination, Vice President Joe Biden declared Tuesday that protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions.

Marijuana lawlessness

This is the law at its worst:

Attorney General Eric Holder swooped into Spokane, Washington, without public notice Friday to visit with federal prosecutors, but his trip didn’t immediately benefit a group of indicted medical marijuana patients nicknamed the Kettle Falls Five.

Ready for a woman

I'd say she's half-right:

The U.S. should elect a female president "as soon as possible," first lady Michelle Obama said Monday.

The GI Bill's legacy

Mr. Anonymous

Let's start the week with a soft, non-controversial suggestion. News organizations grant women who say they were raped anonymity because being a rape victim is so shameful the woman's life would be ruined forever if her name were known. So, if the crime is that bad, why don't we withhold the name of the accused until it's dtermined whether he's actually guilty or not?

Straw dogs

My brother and his gun-advocate friends are freaking out over the Supreme Court's "straw" purchase decision:

Stay away, ET

My apologies for what will be sporadic posting over the next few days. We're going live with a new front-end system this week, and that's taking up most of our time. As long as you're here, check out this paranoid excursion into outer space: "Bid to talk to aliens could doom us all: How the quest to find ET could be insanely risky":

Chasing Hillary

I enjoy listening to Terry Gross' interviews on NPR's "Fresh Air," especially her talks with authors. Yes, there's a little liberal bias now and again, but not enough to spoil the appreciation of her interviewing skills. She usually reads not only the book in question but also anything else of the author's she can get her hands on, and she has a way of zeroing in on th most important things the person has to so.

Earn that treat, Fido

Good Lord, something new we have to worry about -- not turning our dogs into welfare-dependent members of the permanent canine underclass:

Here we go again

I think this is about right -- we have to keep fighting the war on terror, but here, not overseas:

So long, tenure?

If Eric Cantor's defeat was front-page stunning, here's a little inside-page shocker:

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprive students of their constitutional right to an education, a decision that hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case that overturns several California laws that govern the way teachers are hired and fired.


Bottom of the poll barrel

We needed Gallup to tell us this?

The longer that Americans are unemployed, the more likely they are to report signs of poor psychological well-being. About one in five Americans who have been unemployed for a year or more say they currently have or are being treated for depression -- almost double the rate among those who have been unemployed for five weeks or less.

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I know what you're thinking

Posted in: Science

White House to Poor House

Hillary Clinton to Diane Sawyer of ABC:

Well, if you -- you have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea's education, you know, it was not easy.

Aww, poor babies.