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How they carry on

Gun-control advocates sometimes ask if the NRA will always have a "never give an inch" attitude or whether there is something so extreme even that group would speak out. Well, now we know: Asking gun owners to show a little restraint does not violate the spirit of the Second Amendment:

Aww, what a cute little hurricane you are, Missy

I know I've called attention to a lot of frivolous research here, but this just may be the silliest study yet:

People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study.

Not cool

The Say Anything Party

The Indiana Republican Party will draft its 2014 platform when its state convention is held here later this week, and, thank goodness, it doesn't look like it will have a rigid ideological agenda that will require me to do something hard, like decide where I stand on the issues. At least that's my take based on the comments of Allen County GOP Chairman Steve Shine:

Turncoats

"Apostate" in the political sense is just a fancy word for "traitor," although I suppose that's too strong a label for people who've never had any core beliefs in the first place:

Work, work, work

Gay dollars

Most studies need to be taken with a grain of salt. This one needs a whole shaker full:

The true religion

The religion of climate change explained:

The sky is always falling. If the new ice age doesn’t do us in, the ozone hole will. The instant DDT is banned, aerosols must follow. Global warming is replaced by climate change is replaced by “global weirding.”

The golden age

Stop all the hand-wringing, journalists. Things are actually looking pretty good:

But I would argue that maybe it’s not that bad, that maybe all the things that people have savaged the Internet for — speed, carelessness, chaos, the destruction of the daily newspaper — are actually creating a golden age for journalism.

[. . .]

Spuds

Little toy car

Have debates on any aspect of Google's "driverless car" that you care to, but the bottom line is, "What kind of lame dweeb would even set foot in a vehicle that looks like this?"

Like dogs and cats

Don't blame me, dog lovers. This is a real study done at an actual university:

"Dog people" and "cat people" really do have different personalities, according to a new study.

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Yes, marriage is changing

The Daily Beast, of all places, asks the most interesting question of the day: Were Christians right about gay marriage all along?

What if gay marriage really will change the institution of marriage, shifting conceptions around monogamy and intimacy? On the other hand, what if the domesticating institution of marriage changes—and even erases—the more libertine tendencies of gay culture?

Natural-born

In this very interesting poll, a majority of Americans say a child born outside the U.S. to one American citizen is not a "natural born" citizen. That percentage is likely to change, though:

Rich and content

They always say I'd be miserable if I won the lottery because the sudden and unearned wealth would overwhelm me. Turns out they're lying weasels:

It has taken a few decades, but that research has finally been done. The findings are good news for those who hit the jackpot — and for the rest of us who want to get off that hedonic treadmill.

Vietnam redux

I generally agree with the critics of President Obama's "egg-timer strategy" in drawing down troops in Afghanistan:

The only thing that should inform the decision are conditions on the ground: The capacity of the Taliban to wage war and the capabilities of the Afghan national security forces to wage war right back at them.

Let's pretend

Brothers and sisters in arms

President Flat Foot

So what should we talk about today? The president's foreigh policy?

President Obama is proud of ending America's foreign wars, but there is a growing chorus of criticism of a foreign policy that to some looks vapid and weak.

Or how about his domestic agenda?

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