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Opening Arguments

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Jeez:

A study released today reveals new statistics about cellphone theft, including that one in 10 Americans have been victims of phone theft.

Take a note

Posted in: All about me

Inequality blues

If you thought you'd been hearing "income inequality" bandied about a lot more lately, you were right!

Hey, what's the news?

Boy, what a bunch of whiny malcontents we are:

American journalists have become increasingly dissatisfied with their work and see the industry moving in the wrong direction, a new survey shows.

Chicken Little update

Beware of global warming climate change climate disruption!

Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says.

Just a little off the top

I do not want to be a customer of one of those fancy styling salons, OK? I am always on the lookout for old-fashioned barbers who will talk my ear off while I doze in the chair in manly contentment. And I have to tell you, it's getting harder and harder. Every time I find a guy -- the place on Fairlfield next to the old Luteran hospital, the guy on Broadway close to downtown -- he's in his 80s and down to one chair that he only works at half-days. Then he retires, and I have to start another search.

Crowd control

Freedom of the press and freedom of religion get most of the First Amendment attention. But let's not forget there's a right to freedom of assembly in there, too, just waiting to be stepped on:

"Already Americans"

Joe Biden doubles down on his "illigal immigrants are already Americans" assertion:

Vice President Joe Biden marked Cinco de Mayo, traditionally a celebration of Mexican culture, with an impassioned call for immigration overhaul.

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Justice delayed

The bogeyman is hot

And a one, and a two

Two late-breaking opinions from the Supreme Court this morning, and they're both doozies. First up, the First Amendment:

 

The Supreme Court has upheld the right of local officials to open town council meetings with prayer, ruling that this does not violate the Constitution even if the prayers routinely stress Christianity. 

Meter madness

In Keene, N.H., a handful of activists are harassaing the town's two parking officers, tracking them with two-way radios, following them with video cameras and feeding expired meters before $5 tickets can be written. As partly a libertarian (on most days), I could resent the headline on the story and the general thurst of the narrative.

Three radical ideas

This seems to be the day for radical political ideas. First we have Alec MacGillis, a senior editor at the New Republic, who wants to do away with mid-term elections:

You can't fix crap

Yep, yep, yep:

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the No. 4 House Republican, is walking back comments attributed to her that ObamaCare can’t be repealed. But she’s not the only one suggesting Congress merely make changes within the framework of the health law. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says the goal is to get the law “fixed.” It seems many GOP lawmakers still haven’t read the law, or they’d know the framework is corrupt.

No RIP for paper yet

Posted in: Books

The customer is always . . .oh, never mind

Washington already has the highest minimum wage in the nation at $9.32 an hour, and now Seattle seems poised to set one of $15 an hour. Instead of going through all the usual pro and con arguments over a minimu wage, let's just take note of a very interesting sentiment from one of the supporters:

No core on the Core

Cause and effect

What a load of ignorant crap -- "Obamacare just saved the U.S. economy from contraction":

"Living in a new world"

Those of us in the "it means what it says" camp who resist the doctrine of a "living Constitution" must nonetheless acknowledge that interpretations of the document must be flexible to the dictates of changing circumstances. The Fourth Amendment, for example, protects us against "unreasonable" search and seizure. Courts have always been a little too deferential to police power by letting them search through everything in our possession at the time of arrst. That has seemed reasonable to a majority of justices in the past.

Pick your horror

Forgive me if I don't join in the hand-wringing by the New York Times over the botched execution of Clayton Lockett:

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