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Howard the hippie

This might be the single most incoherent raving by a political figure I've seen in the last six months:

America is about to revisit one of the most turbulent decades in its history, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told a religious conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. "We're about to enter the '60s again," Dean said, but he was not referring to the Vietnam War or racial tensions.

Bring in the plumbers

We can agree or disagree with some of the assessments in this story about the true extent of the damage caused by the continuous publication of leaked secrets. But I think it gets one thing exactly right:

Posted in: Current Affairs

Humpty Dumpty tossed

Maybe this guy should be forced to put a sign in his yard that says, "I am a greedy, opportunistic jerk who got what he deserved":

The Indiana Supreme Court says a Munster man who leaned back too far and tumbled backward off the top row of gymnasium bleachers is responsible for his own fall.

A stunning appeal

Ah, the workings of the legal mind. John Stephenson, 42, is to die by injection after a jury convicted of him in the March 1996 shooting deaths of three people along a rural Warrick County road. Stephenson is seeking a new trial or new sentencing. Here is what his attorney says:

Stolen fries

Quick, what's the most common thing women order in restaurants? A salad? Soup and half a sandwich? Iced tea? Guess again:

Women order fries more often than any other food.

Here's another surprise: The second-most-ordered food is burgers, followed by pizza. A main-dish salad comes in seventh.

Posted in: Food and Drink

Your boom is in the mail

Just a reminder, as we get closer to our first Fourth of July with legal fireworks, to read all the police reports on Wednesday, after having stayed safely indoors all day Tuesday:

A Whitefish man was critically injured early Tuesday while allegedly using fireworks to blow up mailboxes with a friend.

I know you'll find this hard to believe, but alcohol was involved.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

A lousy little distraction

Hooray, let's stick it to up for the common man:

A week after the GOP-led Senate rejected an increase to the minimum wage, Senate Democrats on Tuesday vowed to block pay raises for members of Congress until the minimum wage is increased.

What a showing of solidarity! Until those at the bottom of the pay scale get $7.25 an hour (never mind how many of them it will drive out of work), members of Congress will have to subsist on the pitiful scraps they get now.

Posted in: Current Affairs

The Fat Lady hasn't sung

Gosh, I thought all the evidence was in and the debate about global warming all but over. That's certainly the gist of this Associated Press review of Al Gore's movie:

Posted in: Science

In a moral muddle

OK, this is me being judgmental.

What can you say about (or to) a person who believes what she's decided is "morally wrong" but is going to do it anyway because the other options would leave her "worse off emotionally"? Sorry, kid, you could have had a life, but I would have felt so bad about having you and then giving you up.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Want to be full of spit?

See, there's a silver lining in every cloud, even if it's a killer cloud of tobacco smoke. Because Indiana has the second-highest percentage of smokers in the nation, we get to be a test site for this cool new product:

It's called Taboka, a smokeless, spit-less tobacco product wrapped in sheath netting. It's just days away from its national one-city debut in Indianapolis.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Tag, you're out of it

Boy, am I glad I got through school before this crap started:

Some traditional childhood games are disappearing from school playgrounds because educators say they're dangerous.

Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Spokane, Wash., banned tag at recess this year. Others, including a suburban Charleston, S.C., school, dumped contact sports such as soccer and touch football.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Are they actually Sirius?

Baba Wawa has been one of the people most responsbible for blurring the line between news and entertainment fluff on TV. But, hey, if you loved her smarmy interviews, you can pay to listen to them all over again:

Sirius will air a weekly two-hour series, starting next year, that replays many of the interviews Walters has conducted since joining ABC in 1976. About four interviews will be featured in each program, with new introductions by Walters to place them into the context of the time.

Posted in: Current Affairs

So long, Harry

Uh-oh, millions of kids probably will be upset to hear this:

LONDON, England (AP) -- Author J.K. Rowling said two characters will die in the last installment of her boy wizard series, and she hinted Harry Potter might not survive either.

"I have never been tempted to kill him off before the final because I've always planned seven books, and I want to finish on seven books," Rowling said Monday on TV in London.

Posted in: Books

In the course of Human Events . . .

Here's news Republicans will love to broadcast and Democrats will love to rally against. Mitch Daniels has cracked the Top 10 list of conservative governors as chosen by Human Events, the "national cosnervative weekly." Here's what the political editor said about Daniels:

Delay, delay, delay

The death-penalty appeal in this country has been so perfected that many people who are on death row have about as much chance of dying of old age as they do of the state actually carrying out the sentence. Now, in a case in which the resolution has been delayed for two and a half decades, the defense is using the delays ("some of which" he blames on the state) as reason for another appeal:

The First Amendment, but . . .

As it happens, I agree with this editorial that a flag-burning amendment is a waste of time and effort -- it's not as if there's a national epidemic. But I don't agree with the newspaper's reasoning that such a measure would somehow dilute the First Amendment:

The writers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights never envisioned freedom of speech applying only to pleasant words. There is no need to amend the First Amendment.

They'll find you anywhere

If you ever doubted that telemarketers were out of control:

The federal government has decided to put its own secret Homeland Security hotline to the nation's 50 governors on the federal Do Not Call Registry, according to Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Forgive and forget

Holy cow! Looks like the debate over illegal aliens is going to turn around. Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, who has favored the "path to citizenship" for illegal aliens, now says he is firmly opposed to amnesty!

Oh, wait. He meant he is against amnesty for Iraqis:

Posted in: Current Affairs

Fencing in the land grabbers

It's nice that the president has put the White House on record as being opposed to the use of eminent domain strictly for economic development purposes. But critics are right that this is mostly window dressing and that much more is needed:

Who's responsible and who isn't?

If a man deliberately sets out to get a woman drunk so she loses her inhibitions and has sex with him, I doubt too many would object to the state charging the man. Until it recently changed its law, Wisconsin  apparently was the only state left that did not define alcohol as a potential legal intoxicant in rape cases: