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Opening Arguments

A gay old time

In case you blinked and missed it, gay marriage just became the law of the land in Indiana:

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously forbidden.

For the birds

For your "It takes all kinds" file:

HAMMOND, Ind. - A man whose animal cruelty conviction led Indiana lawmakers to pass a law making sexual relations with animals a crime faces another charge of sexually abusing an animal.

Forty-two-year-old Michael C. Bessigano was arrested Friday at his Lake County home on charges of bestiality and two other felony counts.

Rotten to the Core

It's not just wacky, Tea Party conservatives who think Common Core might not be the magic solution for the education system:

Border guards

President Obama tells "immigration activists" (i.e. those who want to erase our borders) that "no force on earth can stop us," then says, as a preface to a bunch of "this country is its people" gobbledygook,

 People who love this country can change it. America isn't Congress. America isn't Washington.

Dressed and dangerous

Age-appropriate

I never cared much for John Mellencamp's music, so I was prepared to get all snarky about the revelation that he "channels" people like Tennessee Williams and Pete Seeger. But then I read the story and it sounds more like he's just saying they speak to him, i.e. inspire him. Then there is this, which makes me like him a lot more

Posted in: Hoosier lore, Music

Gulp

If this isn't the perfect metaphor for what the federal government has become, I don't know what is:

Boys will be girls

A world gone mad:

A transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as a female, can continue to use a women’s restroom and locker room at a Jefferson County Public School.

I am your destiny

Most of the criticisms I hear about President Obama's foreign policy generally fall either into the "he is disengaged" category or represent some version of  "he wants to be friends with the world instead of accepting the U.S. superpwer status as a good thing." Those are pretty general, tough. It's possible to think a little more specifically.

Send me a man who works

Yeah, you've come a long way, baby, but sometimes it's one step forward, two steps back, Millennial women's No. 1 request: Give me a man with a job:

Duty, honor, blah, blah, blah

No, jerkwad, they join to protect the interests of this country and serve unworthy idiots like you:

ESPN’s Colin Cowherd went off on a rant today about Americans who do and do not, in his view, deserve his “sympathies.”

President Pence

Matt Yglesias of the increasingly silly Vox "explanatory journalism" site, has "7 reasons Mike Pence will be the GOP nominee in 2016." Of course, being a good liberal disguised as an objective observer, he isn't really too thrilled about the prospect. In fact, the whole article seems like nothing more than an excuse to be snottily dismissive of conservative ideas.

He has a plan!

Oh, gag me. President Obama says "we know what to do" to increase incomes of working-class Americans:

Charlotte's future

This is what online "journalism" has come to. Politico asks a bunch of astrologers to chart the future of Chelsea Clinton's new baby girl:

Hang in there, Ruthie

Heh. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has told all those who want to take her job to shove it, and the old, white men are not happy with her:

I advise them to keep low

Well, duh:

President Obama insists he will not have “boots on the ground” in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the line between a combat and advisory role is blurry.

Obama plans to send more than 1,600 troops to Iraq as “advisers” to the military, and all of them could find themselves in harm's way.

My stars are not aligned

My birthday is on Sept. 6, so I guess this is one more reason to be glad I don't live in China:

IMAGINE being turned down for a job not because of your skills and experience, or even whether you’re a man or a woman, but when you were born.

Posted in: All about me

Fire at will

According to a new FBI report, the number of incidents in which a shooter opens fire in a crowd of people has more that doubled in the past seven years compared with the previous seven. And please note:

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