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Opening Arguments

Justice running amok

In the most radical administration this country has had, the Justice Department has become the most radical agency. First, they urged states to start allowing felons to vote. I suppose you could make a plausible argument for that if you tried very hard. But then there is this:

Snow days? Snow problem

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson and FWCS board President Mark GiaQuinta visited with our editorial board last week, and one of the things they mentioned in passing was their worry that the disruptions because of snow days would affect student performance. It seemed like common sense -- all those absences make it hard to keep an academic rhythm going with any kind of learning momentum.

Posted in: Our town

I shopped till I dropped

One reason the indoor mall may have seen its peak:

So, why don't luxury shoppers like indoor malls anymore?

Carry on

Wendy "It's never too late for an abortion" Davis has suddenly started speaking out in favor of open carry in an apparent effort to sound less blue and more red to  gun-rights-supporting Texas voters. You know, I just don't believe her. But here is a woman whose Second Amendment sincerity I do not doubt for a second:

The circus is in town

John Elway: Hey, I'd have no problem in drafting Michael Sam:

Sam, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive end and linebacker from Missouri who is projected to go in the middle rounds of the NFL draft May 8-10, announced Sunday that he is gay.

What ceiling?

Today's installment of "Go ahead and vote Republican if it makes you feel better, but don't think it will change anything":

The more the merrier

I hope this means both stations will have vigorous news organizations:

As had been rumored for several months, a deal has been made to sell Fort Wayne stations WPTA-TV and WISE-TV.

ABC affiliate WPTA and its companion CW Network station are being acquired by Quincy, Ill.-based Quincy Newspapers Inc. from Malara Broadcasting Corp. WISE, the NBC affiliate, and its MyTV station are being sold to SagamoreHill Broadcasting.

Posted in: Our town

Speak up, Marco

We've gone from Bill Clinton's "I tried it, but I didn't inhale" to Barack Obama's "Yeah, I indulged -- so what?" So this seems like a step back in some way:

It’s a question politicians are asked all the time: have you smoked weed? Sen. Marco Rubio won’t say.

Texas blues

Drunken double standard

Somebody else is writing about an issue that has bugged me for years:

Give no quarter

If you're even a casual reader of newspapers, you know about the First Amendment -- hell, we can't shut up about it. And if you pay attention to the news at all, you've heard the Second Amendment debates: Give me that gun! Stay away from my gun! But the Third Amendment gets no attention and no respect. When have we ever had to worry about soldiers quartering themselves in our homes? Except . . .

and I didn't write this song

I don't exactly know why, but this commercial tickles the hell out of me. I'd take it over all but two or three of the Super Bowl ads that are supposed to be so good.

Posted in: Television

Too early to tell?

I've always been a proponent of early voting -- the easier we make it for people to get to the polls, the better for democracy, I thought.  And the time I used it myself I found it a great convenience not to have to cram my participation into the short window of one busy work day. But here's someone giving "eight reasons for halting early voting," and some of them are pretty persuasive.

Every mile you drive

Just in case you thought only Democrats could come up with bad big-government ideas, Bill Shuster has a whole new tax he'd be delighted to share with you:

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said he favors user fees including a vehicle miles tax to pay for a long-term U.S. highway bill that would extend for at least five years.

. . . and we're not gonna take it anymore

Indiana is in the vanguard of the anti-1984 movement:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens.

No sale

Even New York Times reporters can't stand the newspaper's editorial page:

The fact of the matter is the Wall Street Journal editorial page just kicks our editorial page’s ass. I mean there’s just no contest, from top to bottom, and it’s disappointing.”

The train wreck, she is here

The Congressional Budget Office makes plain what we all knew about Obamacare:

Now the CBO is saying is that in 10 years, about the same number of people will lack insurance as before. This, after new expenditures of as much as $2 trillion and a colossal disruption of the US medical system.

Kelo revisited

Wikifemina

If you're already skeptical about the stuff you read on Wikipedia, here's another reason to approach the site with caution:

Feminist groups at more than a dozen universities are planning to participate in another mass “edit Wikipedia day,” because the free, volunteer encyclopedia website is obviously horribly sexist.

Posted in: Web/Tech
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