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Opening Arguments

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 (AP) — Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens.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


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

Duly noted

Posted in: All about me

Sacre of the day

God, they never, ever let up:

SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Governments could slow — and even reverse — the growing epidemic of obesity by taking measures to counter fast food consumption, according to a study published today in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Groundhog Day Day Day

What with eagerly anticipating the Super Bowl, dejectedly watching the Super Bowl and bitterly resenting having devoted so much time to the Super Bowl, I never got around to looking for the annual showing of "Groundhog Day" yesterday. But since it's become one of my favorite movies and I catch it any chance I can, I didn't mind missing this particular airing. Besides, this commentary came along to fill the void:

Posted in: Movies, Television


Near the end of the Super Bowl yesterday, a friend texted, "What happened to the Broncos?" I texted back: "Total collapse when it mattered most. Inexplicable."

That was a flip, spur-of-the-moment comment, but I wouldn't change it today except to perhaps make it a little more artful. Reading the mountain of commentary hasn't made it more understandable. Stuff like this:

Posted in: Sports, TV

You get what you shoot for

Oh, go heterogeneously group yourselves:

A popular gifted-student program at a New York City elementary school is getting the ax after school officials decided it lacked diversity.

President Buckeye

Yeah, we were ready. Big deal.

It is true: Misery loves company. After suffering through the record-breaking cold Tuesday, I started to feel a little better on Wednesday when the temperature crawled out of the single digits. Then I felt a lot better when TV reports started coming in about the snow and cold hitting even the Deep South.

Coolidge the great

Why Calvin Coolidge was the best president ever (besides the facts that he rarely spoke, had a great sense of humor and kept a pet raccoon):

A generous boss

Alas, all the progressives in Washington think this way, and so do a fair number of so-called conservatives:

Amnesty light

So long to all that

Oklahoma State Rep. Mike Turner:

 Well, if the courts won't let our state define marriage the way we want to, screw it; we'll just get out of the marriage business.

OKLAHOMA CITY - State lawmakers are considering throwing out marriage in Oklahoma.