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Not so funny

I don't have anything to say about Robin Williams the performer or public figure. That's been well-covered all over the say. But I'm a little troubled by all the posible reasons given for the depression that led him to commit suicide:  He had money trouble, his career was sputtering, he had survivor's guilt, his drug and acohol abuse caught up with him. Michael Levine, a publicist who knew him for 30 years, gets it right:

Dining alone

Are you embarrassed to be seen eating out alone?

About 57 percent of eating and beverage occasions now occur when people are by themselves, according to a recent report from The NPD Group, a market research firm. The portion is highest for non-meal occasions (industry speak for snacking) followed by breakfast, lunch and then dinner.

Greetings from the Balkans

I've been victimized, and I've been scandalized. I've been traumatized, and I've been terrorized. I've been vandalized, and I've been trivialized. Now I've also been Balkanized:

Down and out

This is a long and depressing article about how print journalism has gone from heady optimism a year ago when Jeff Bezos plunked down $250 million for The Washington Post to despair and fear today because Gannett, Tribune Company and E.W. Scripps -- three of the biggest players -- are kicking their newspapers to the curb as do-or-die stand-alones so they can concentrate on their TV properties.

On the cheap

My time to waste

The pope wants us to not waste time on "futile things":

Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions."

Those darn kids

Bless their little hearts:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amir Zendehnam passionately supports marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage, abortion rights and the Republican Party.

Goodbye, cruel world

Caught one of those panel discussions on Fox last night in which George Will said America's foreign policy these days is "complete disengagment." Events happen in the world, and we merely watch and comment on them. The DL (designated liberal) of the day -- it was either A.B. Stoddard or Kirsten Powers -- said, well, yes, that's true, but that's what the American people want. "Do you think anybody could be elected president today by saying we should re-engage in Iraq or Afghanistan?"

4,889 and counting

Always wanted the romantic life of the outlaw? Congratulations, you may already be one!

The federal government has created more than 400 new crimes since 2008, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

A historic moment

The Lightworker

I try not to write anything too gushy about somebody I like or too mean about somebody I don't, especially if they're realatively new on the scene. Unfolding events might illustrate the error of my thinking, and I wouldn't want to be too embarrassed about something I've put out there on the record. I wonder if Mark Medford ot the Huffington Post is a little bit embarrassed by what he wrote in 2008 about Barack Obama:

Dead wrong

This is the best argument against the death penalty, stemming from the one thing people on all sides of the debate should be concerned about:

CORSICANA, Tex. — For more than 20 years, the prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham of murdering his three young daughters has insisted that the authorities made no deals to secure the testimony of the jailhouse informer who told jurors that Willingham confessed the crime to him.

The short, mild summer

They have go to be kidding:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The area is on track for our coolest summer since 2009, but that’s leaving some people with seasonal depression, CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu reported.

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War crimes

This is how insane the United Nations has become:

Both barrels

From Michael Bloomberg's group, quite possibly the dumbest anti-gun ad you will ever see:

It's downright baffling, isn't it?

No right, just rules

Say, if I didn't know better, I'd think the Washington Post was in the tank for the administration: "Hundreds of rules passed by Obama administration are technically illegal.

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EVANSTON, ILL. – Northwestern University will offer “gender-open restrooms” to its students this fall.

“We are trying to be responsive to the needs of all of our students and to be inclusive,” campus spokesman Bob Rowley said in an email to The College Fix. “This is becoming a common occurrence on campuses across the U.S.”

Out of the anthill

A fascinating look at Vietnam today by an observant and articulate journalist:

The VA mess

The commentariat is wetting its pants because the Senate was able to cross that evil, old partisan divide and reach a bipartisan agreement to help the VA: