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Opening Arguments

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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We're all doomed!

Bet this will be the gloomiest report you read all year:

A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Today's obvious question

The kiss

My sister-in-law Michelle in Texas sent out this note upon the death of World War II's Kissing Sailor:

Don't go back, I'll be right away

I'm taking next week off to rest up for the onslaught of primary election candiates trooping before the editorial board. Back on Monday, March 17.

Posted in: All about me

Go ahead, guess the word, it's an easy one

It's been a loooong time since I took the SAT, and I don't really know enough about the way the test has evolved over the years to tell how good or bad the recently announced changes would be. But two things sturck me. One is that all those pesky "hard words" are going away:

And difficult vocabulary will be replaced with words that students are more likely to use in college or in the workplace.

Posted in: Cudrrent events

Barbie dull

Wouldn't want you to start your weekend without this as an inspiration -- what the Barbie doll would look like with an average woman's proportions. The doll has brown hair by default, comes with minimal makeup and is sold with the tagline "Average is beautiful." No. It's not. Yeech.


Posted in: Current events

The misleading label

I was prepared to really dislike this article -- "Why most conservatives are secretly liberal" sounds like Democratic propoganda disguised as news analysis. Alas, there is is a lot of truth in it, even if the headline is greatly overstated: