My favorite cartoon this week:
While we've been duking it out in Indiana over whether to move our gay marriage ban from the law to the state constitution, judges in Utah and Oklahoma have ruled those states' limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution on equal protection grounds. The language and the reasoning used have become pretty standard in eliminating "moral disapproval" as a rationale for laws:
I've written often about how useful -- indispensable, even -- our smart phones have become in just a few short years. This says it much better:
A well-educated time traveller from 1914 enters a room divided in half by a curtain. A scientist tells him that his task is to ascertain the intelligence of whoever is on the other side of the curtain by asking whatever questions he pleases.
Illustrating once again how many Americans’ knowledge of the Bill of Rights is virtually non-existent, Californians signed a petition to repeal the Third Amendment and allow U.S. troops to commandeer their homes.
The unbelievable footage was captured recently in California by activist prankster Mark Dice, a regular Infowars contributor.
We just got thrown under the omnibus:
Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday that would ease sharp spending cuts known as the sequester while providing fresh cash for new priorities, including President Obama’s push to expand early-childhood education.
Sillier and sillier all the time. House Democrats have released a resolution saying that climate change could lead impoverished women to turn to prostitution:
“[I]nsecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health,” it says.
It's hard to know how seriously to take Robert Gates' book about his time as secretary of defense. People who write tell-all books have their axes to grind, and we have to consider their observations in the context of the times and our own sense of the way things were. What we tend to do is read our own predispositions into such memoirs. Critics of President Obama will like the book, Obama acolytes not so much.
Alaska State Rep. and Vietnam veteran Bob Lynn wants to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18 for active-duty service members, using the rationale that "if you can get shot at, you can have a shot." Should Republicans get on that particualr bandwagon?
Geez. The number of Americans self-identifying as conservative (38 percent) is much greater than the number self-identifying as liberal (23 percent), according to a recent Gallup poll. But this is the headline Gallup put on the announcement of the results:
Liberal self-identification edges up to new high in 2913.
Yeah, it shot all the way up from 22 percent last year. Boy, that's some surge.
At first glance, this doesn't seem right, and yet . . .
You'd have to be living under a rock to not know about what's happening in Colorado - it's marijuana mayhem! Weed has finally become legal for retail sale in that state, and more might follow. And yet, there are still hundreds of marijuana convicts sitting in jail.
And apparently, not granting "retroactive ameliorative relief" is official policy.
Of all the people who might not have gotten what they expected in Barack Obama, I suspect the highest levels of disappointment might be here:
A Youth Misery Index that measures young Americans’ woes has skyrocketed under President Barack Obama and hit an all-time high.
Time magazine, 1974: "Clobal Cooling" Causes "Circumpolar Vortex."
Time magazine, 2014: "Global Warming" Causes "Polar Vortex."
When politics and science mix to form a new religion, the press is there to preach the gospel and curse the heretics.
The New York Times is dismayed -- downtirght shocked, I tell you! -- that a gun magazine would be so absolutist about gun rights and so uniformly hostile to gun control. Then it trots out the familiar leftist argument that "all constitutional rights are regulated," managing to count a lot of trees while missing the forest. James Taranto reacts: