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Opening Arguments

Like dogs and cats

Don't blame me, dog lovers. This is a real study done at an actual university:

"Dog people" and "cat people" really do have different personalities, according to a new study.

Posted in: All about me

Yes, marriage is changing

The Daily Beast, of all places, asks the most interesting question of the day: Were Christians right about gay marriage all along?

What if gay marriage really will change the institution of marriage, shifting conceptions around monogamy and intimacy? On the other hand, what if the domesticating institution of marriage changes—and even erases—the more libertine tendencies of gay culture?

Natural-born

In this very interesting poll, a majority of Americans say a child born outside the U.S. to one American citizen is not a "natural born" citizen. That percentage is likely to change, though:

Rich and content

They always say I'd be miserable if I won the lottery because the sudden and unearned wealth would overwhelm me. Turns out they're lying weasels:

It has taken a few decades, but that research has finally been done. The findings are good news for those who hit the jackpot — and for the rest of us who want to get off that hedonic treadmill.

Vietnam redux

I generally agree with the critics of President Obama's "egg-timer strategy" in drawing down troops in Afghanistan:

The only thing that should inform the decision are conditions on the ground: The capacity of the Taliban to wage war and the capabilities of the Afghan national security forces to wage war right back at them.

Let's pretend

Brothers and sisters in arms

President Flat Foot

So what should we talk about today? The president's foreigh policy?

President Obama is proud of ending America's foreign wars, but there is a growing chorus of criticism of a foreign policy that to some looks vapid and weak.

Or how about his domestic agenda?

A week suggestion

Posted in: Current events

Go forth and multiply

Oh, thank God; I was soooo worried about this: Having kids probably won't destroy the planet.

Several friends and academic colleagues vocally opt not to have kids in order to “save the planet.” To them, population numbers are a simple input and output equation in which more people create more problems. Thankfully, it takes more than math to understand the mechanisms that shift the balance of life on Earth.

Self-defense-free zones

When the Chipotle chain announced its intended gun ban by saying the sight of law-abiding citizens carrying guns caused customers "anxiety and discomfort," Breitbart News reacted with this:

The doctor is in

We've all heard about prison inmates getting things a lot of law-abiding Americans can't afford, such as a college education. This little nugget is especially galling:

Al Qaeda detainees get better medical treatment than our veterans.

Say what?

About ready to shrug

Same old, dreary same old:

Two days after defeating tea party challenger Matt Bevin, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would no longer stand with Rand.

Ayn Rand, that is.

Is the tea party over?

The Republican Party was the big winner in Tuesday's primaries, because safe establishment candidates beat out those tea party extremists, which means the GOP has a great shot at retaking the Senate in November. That's the gist of most of the analyses I've read anyway. This one from NBC's Chuck Todd is typical:

See ya, Eric

Holy cow. Is it possible someone in the Obama administration is actually going to held accountable for something?

Talking the talk

Judge advocates

Remember the main reason given for the proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution banning gay marriage? It was that it would bebetter than the state's a;ready-existing law banning same because a judge could come along and invalidate the law. A constitutional ban would be more permanent.

Well, tell that to the good citizens of Oregon:

And don't spit, either

If you go to Brighton, Mich., better watch your !@#$% mouth:

Quite the event

OK, class, your new word of the day is "eventize":

NEW YORK (AP) -- One day into the annual week where television's biggest networks reveal their future programming plans and it was clear what the buzzword was going to be: Eventize.

My way

OK, this whole "Oooh, look at us, we're so proud to be open-minded" stuff has officially gotten completely out of hand:

NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) — After 40-years of the slogan “Have It Your Way,” Burger King is scrapping it in favor of the more personal “Be Your Way.”

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