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Opening Arguments

OK, you got our attention

I don't know if this "defense" of free speech is spineless and cowardly or, in the writer's own words, "just being stupid," but it's infuriating in either case:

In the bag

Psstt, hey, buddy, whatcha got in the bag, huh, huh, huh?

McDonald's is starting off the new year with new takeout bags that seem to offer customers a choice: Blare to the world that you’re lovin’ it, or hide your McIndulgence altogether.

Is our God their God?

Metaphysical question of the day: Is your religion ready to meet ET?

How will humankind react after astronomers hand over rock-solid scientific evidence for the existence of life beyond the Earth? No more speculating. No more wondering. The moment scientists announce this discovery, everything will change. Not least of all, our philosophies and religions will need to incorporate the new information.

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Posted in: Religion, Science

Supply and demand

Mitch McConnell gets lectured in The New Republic for his "economic ignorance" by a writer peddling a load of liberal crap:

Don't sue, don't sue!

Too bad. At least one Indiana city is plunging into the "somebody might sue us, so nobody is allowed to have fun" movement:

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree.

No-rules schooling

Don't herd me

When I exercise my rights, how does that violate your civil liberties?

Gray Lady down

Admirable

Less from the government, hooray

For the "we'll take any victory, however small" file:

The federal budget is shrinking as a percentage of gross domestic product, falling just below 20 percent in the third quarter of 2014. That's down four points from its peak of 24 percent in 2011, according to market analysis firm Strategas' survey of recent Treasury Department data.

Playing nice for the camera

The most cited reason for the rise in poularity of body cameras for police is that they would create visual records so we don't have to guess what really happens during police-civilian encounters. A generally unarticulated corollary to that assumption is that the cameras will modify police behavior. Now there's a study seeming to show just that:

Alert!

Too many alerts?

When was the last time you suspended all notifications on your phone? Maybe in airplane mode or at night (and even then, only if your alarm can still work), right?

A very short peace

Everybody's getting all gushy and weepy over the 100th anniversary od that Christmas Day Truce during World War II. And leave it to the wide-eyed naifs at NPR to suggest it as proof That There Might Be Hope For The Human Race After All:

In some places, the two sides held prayer services together. They exchanged mementos, like a small brass button on display in a glass case at the museum.

Belt Tightening 101

A lot of people have been complaining about the crushing weight of college costs, but leave it to a conservative Republican like Mitch Daniels to actually do something about it:

The good news

I know most of you know this, but in case the doom-and-gloom headlines and the rantings of lunatic pessimists are getting you down:

Greetings, my icky friends

Have you noticed the "a dead conservative is a good conservative" phenomenon? That's when somebody says something like, "Conservatives today have gone completely off the rails. Whatever happened to reasonable conservatives like William F. Buckley (or Ronald Reagan or some other dead conservative)?" For all I know, somebody a long time ago said, "Whatever happened to reasonable conservatives like Edmund Burke?"

The right to lie

Thank God for the South Bend City Council president, who is trying to make the world better for politicians and editorial page editors everywhere.

Take this gun away from me

Allow me to drone on

We can now get our own personal drones for a few hundred bucks, and I guess they're -- um -- flying off the shelves this Christmas season. This is -- understandably -- raising safety concerns:

Lights out

I've been railing against red-light cameras for years, and I haven't seen any evidence to convince me the things add anything beneficial to the human condition, including the latest:

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