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Opening Arguments

A very short peace

Everybody's getting all gushy and weepy over the 100th anniversary od that Christmas Day Truce during World War II. And leave it to the wide-eyed naifs at NPR to suggest it as proof That There Might Be Hope For The Human Race After All:

In some places, the two sides held prayer services together. They exchanged mementos, like a small brass button on display in a glass case at the museum.

Belt Tightening 101

A lot of people have been complaining about the crushing weight of college costs, but leave it to a conservative Republican like Mitch Daniels to actually do something about it:

The good news

I know most of you know this, but in case the doom-and-gloom headlines and the rantings of lunatic pessimists are getting you down:

Greetings, my icky friends

Have you noticed the "a dead conservative is a good conservative" phenomenon? That's when somebody says something like, "Conservatives today have gone completely off the rails. Whatever happened to reasonable conservatives like William F. Buckley (or Ronald Reagan or some other dead conservative)?" For all I know, somebody a long time ago said, "Whatever happened to reasonable conservatives like Edmund Burke?"

The right to lie

Thank God for the South Bend City Council president, who is trying to make the world better for politicians and editorial page editors everywhere.

Take this gun away from me

Allow me to drone on

We can now get our own personal drones for a few hundred bucks, and I guess they're -- um -- flying off the shelves this Christmas season. This is -- understandably -- raising safety concerns:

Lights out

I've been railing against red-light cameras for years, and I haven't seen any evidence to convince me the things add anything beneficial to the human condition, including the latest:

Cuba

The fight between Rand Paul and Marco Rubio over President Obama's "normalization with Cuba" move is a good place to start in understanding all the arguments invovled. They are both likely presidential candidates and represent almost completely different factions within the GOP, so this is an early glimpse into an evolving foreign policy debate.

Ho, ho, oh, no

Oh, dear. First day back from vacation, and I'm gonna go all Scrooge on you.

You can kid yourself that encouraging your kids to believe in Santa Claus isn't really "lying," but don't kid yourself that you're not setting them up to be traumatized somewhere down the road.

Be right back

On vacation. Back on Monday, Dec. 22.

Posted in: All about me

Pretty ugly

So, I guess it's possible to be pretty and ugly at the same time:

Police arrested a former Miss Indiana for public intoxication and disorderly conduct Wednesday.

Terrin Thomas reeked of alcohol when she drunkenly tried to find her boyfriend's apartment early Wednesday, police said. Miss Indiana 2013 allegedly banged on doors and screamed, "let me in" for half an hour, enraging sleeping neighbors.

Pay grade

Lot of good reasons for City Council members to give only Clerk Sandy Kennedy a raise and vote no on a raise for themselves. This is the best one:

By a 6-3 vote, members then awarded only Kennedy the raise, with some members expressing discomfort in voting themselves a raise — especially in the same year in which they ended collective bargaining for non-public safety city employees.

Latest from the "party of ideas"

Juxtaposition of the day:

First up, "Dems push to revive failed gun control legislation"

Nice and mean

Posted in: Science

Bless the miners

I missed Miner's Day, but somebody (OK, my sister) pointed out to me that it was Saturday. Here's a nice little coal-mining song to get you into the spirit of the celebration, "Coal Dust on the Tombstone." It sounds old-timey, but as far as I can tell, it was written relatively recently. The singer-songwriter who sounds a lot like Judy Collins is actually Kay Smith Elliott.

Posted in: All about me

Take it back

Giving back free stuff -- somehow, I don't think it will beome a trend:

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - A southern Indiana police chief plans to return four Humvee vehicles his department received as military surplus this year from the Department of Defense.

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey says the vehicles were acquired by his predecessor as chief and that he's found they don't fit the department's needs.

Soft despotism

I know there have been a lot of  "The Eric Garner case is/is not about race" stories, but I think this piece, arguing that it is "worse than racism" is important

A tortuous report

Profiling

This seems like a ditinction that's hard to justify:

Today, the Obama administration will reveal new updates to its guidelines on racial profiling. Politico explains the new guidelines will tighten “limits on the practice but still allow federal law enforcement agencies to employ it at airports and along the border.”

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