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Opening Arguments

Greenhouse gasbags

Lordy, Lordy:

Group of Seven leaders agreed on Monday to wean their economies off carbon fuels and supported a global goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but they stopped short of agreeing their own immediate binding targets.


I've admitted a time or two to being nitpicky, but this is too much even for me:

Zayat Stables picked American Pharoah’s incorrectly spelled name from a fan submission contest on their website.

Yeah, affordable, right

If the government is going to make it costlier to hire people, then businesses are going to hire fewer people. Simple economics, right?

An Indiana businessman told lawmakers Wednesday he has purposely kept his companies small to avoid having the number of workers that would require him to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Go left or get left?

This is moderately amusing. Scrath that. It's borderline hilarious:

Public opinion is moving so quickly on gay marriage that even its supporters are struggling to keep up.

Gun hands

The 17th annual Indiana Conference of Mayors convened in Kokomo recently, and gun control was a hot topic:

Early Thursday morning the mayors moved into their first seminar, titled "Guns N’ Gov," which addressed the issue of armed citizens in public meetings and how to walk the line between public safety and constitutional rights.

Word power

Interesting words encountered while wandering through the blogosphere:

predation (pree-DAY-shun): plundering; the act of plundering or robbing; predatory behavior, as in: "The United States does not seem to know what to do about Vladimir Putin's predation in Ukraine."

White ain't right!

The best term I can think of for the age we're living through is "fascist tolerance." Tolerance is the new religion, and apostasy must be punished swiftly and severely .

Panic on your own, pal

Hey,  global warmists, join me in looking back at Paul Ehrlich's "population bomb" theory, which, well, bombed:

Posted in: History, Science

Don't dare hide from us

9 to 5

A great big load of crap from The Associated Press:

If you want an income, or you're an employer looking for help, it may be time to scrap the idea of the traditional 9-to-5 arrangement.

So long, Rand Paul

Guess it's pile-on-Rand-Paul day. First, this:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had what will probably be the defining moment of his presidential campaign on Sunday night. It could conceivably help him, but at a high political cost. It could also end his presidential hopes.

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War weary

Since World War II, the Unites States is one for five in armed conflicts, so the question is, why has America stopped winning wars?

Gun grabbers

It's a guns-guns-guns day.

Now that the Supreme Court has pretty much established that the 2nd Amendment protects and individual right to bear arms, the gun-control crowd is going to become ever more creative in its efforts to work around that pesky old Constitution. There is this, for example:

I'm a people person

Hey, chimps are people, too!

Its lawyers said that personhood rights have already been applied to corporations, rivers and ships. If chimps are also eligible, they are then eligible for the writ of habeas corpus, which gives those who believe they are unlawfully detained or imprisoned the right to appear in court.

It's baaaack!

For those who think the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is just an excuse to discriminate against gays:

Is posting a Bible verse on a desktop computer in a military workplace an act protected under the Constitution as a free expression of religion?

Or is such an open display of religiosity an affront to "good order and discipline"?

No early limit, please

I wrote recently about ways the Republican presidential debates could be made less of a sound-bite circus. CNN and Fox, which will broadcast the first two debates, think they've found the answer by limiting participation to candidates who place in the top 10 in polling prior to the debates.  Bad idea. Even 10 is too many people to pay attention to at once. And in the early rounds, everybody should have a shot. Says Stuart Rothenberg:

Spend, baby, spend

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss:

Washington wants to spend more.

Just four years ago, the nation’s rapidly expanding debt was seen as Washington’s No. 1 crisis.

When House Republicans took the majority in 2011, they made it their overarching mission to rein in spending. Together with the White House, they agreed to limit spending for the next decade by the use of budget caps.

Death to the penalty

Get ready

How about some real debates?

The Republican primaries ought to be more fun next year than they were in 2012 for the simple reason that the field is so much better -- a lot of new faces instead of the same old ones. But the "debate" prospects aren't any better. With 12 or more candidates on stage, it's just going to be a battle-of-the-sound-bites circus that we'll learn nothing useful from. I like this idea: