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Oh, if only

Just one death

Hey, James Foley was just one guy, so everybody calm down. I mean, let's not start a war over one little beheading:

Take our country, please

What's worse than a president acting on his own authority without congressional approval? How about trying to deliver this nation up to the United Nations without the approval of Congress?

Time out on the time off

"Better late than never" department: Democrat Bill Burton sorta, kinda regrets piling on George. W. Bush back in the day:

No news is bad news

I know I've said this before, but it bears repeating, because it still isn't getting acknowledged in the right places. People keep harping on "the death of print" and missing the real point, which is that advertising is going away. News has always ridden on the back of advertising, and our advertisiers have discovered they no longer need to pay to reach a mass market. It's not just print journalism but the journalism itself that is in peril:

Posted in: Newspapers, Web/Tech

Boundaries

If you have to walk somewhere in a part of town where there have been a rash of armed robberies, should you not carry a gun because to do so would let the thugs win by knowing they have changed your behavior? That's the convoluted reasoning some "sexual assault prevention advocates" seem seem to have adopted:

Food fight

Can't make this stuff up:

A sign advertising the bacon at a Vermont diner has been taken down after a Muslim resident complained about the sign on the Internet and sparked a massive backlash against the restaurant, Sneakers Bistro.

Memorize this

Another cherished belief of the progressive education movement -- rote memorization is bad and should be ditched! -- bites the dust:

In a finding sure to inflame the math wars, a team of neuroscientists has revealed the crucial role played by rote memorization in the growing brains of young math students.

So long, David

Wow. Hot stuff from the new president of NBC News:

NBC News President Deborah Turness had some tough words for "Meet the Press," telling the New York Times in an interview published Sunday that the show had been raking over the "cold embers" of news from the week before.

OK, your kid first

Go ahead, try to rob me

Anybody out there still think the Detroit police chief was wrong to urge citizens to arm themselves?

Miracle workers

Hooray for Hoosier Dr, Kent Brantly and his recovery from ebola. One reason given for returning him and his fellow medical missionary to the U.S. was that they'd get far better treatment here and would thus have a better chance of survival.  Well, guess what:

Breakfast of chumps

Here we go again

Oh, nooooo!

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The Old Farmer's Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts, is predicting a colder winter and warmer summer for much of the nation.

It's decided, so shut up

So, Eric Holder goes to Ferguson and tells stories about all the times he was racially profiled and then :

The attorney general said Wednesday that he understands why many black Americans do not trust police and that he has experienced many of the same frustrations.

Have fun, you rotten kids!

Well, if the kids in school need a break from the control freaks implementing zero-tolerance policies, they can at least escape for a few minutes a day at recess: Oh, wait . . .

Recess is a time for kids to run free -- unless they attend Fayette Central Elementary school in Connersville, Indiana.

No guns, no God, no glory

Another school year, another round of zero-tolerance craziness. First up, Summerville, S.C.

Evil

I'm not going to watch the video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded. At one time in my life, I probably would have, giving some justification about "needing to see what evil looks like," but in reality just indulging in the ghoulish voyeurism of the young. Today, I don't need to be reminded of what evil looks like; we've experienced too much of it to not recognize it.

What a Rush

Isn't the first sentence of this Associated Press story just precious?

INDIANAPOLIS - Loretta Rush was formally sworn in Monday as Indiana's first female chief justice, but her gender hardly was mentioned during the ceremony.

Mitch at Purdue

Mitch Daniels, just starting his second year as Purdue president, is winning praise from several quarters for his innovations there:

 

. . . many thought it was an odd match to have the famously conservative (especially fiscally) governor at the helm of a university. The move sparked a few protests from former students and wariness from faculty, many of whom were colorful with their predictions of doom.

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