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Know what I mean?

Following the news is such a part of my job that it's tough to give it up sometimes even on vacation. This time I managed to do it, though. So I came back to work ready to look freshly at unfolding events and discovered, alas, it was the same old crap they'd been shoveling when I left.

Forty years later

One of the darkest days in American history:

Forty years later, the images remain searing: Throngs of desperate South Vietnamese civilians trying to scale the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, hoping somehow to squeeze aboard one of the helicopters evacuating U.S. personnel and their associates in the face of an onslaught by North Vietnamese forces.

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Killing Bill

This seems to be amusing lots of folks on the right:

Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t just running against Republicans. She’s also running against parts of her husband’s legacy.

First amendment mistake

George Will on why today’s very lame and PC mindset, and why free speech is more threatened today than it was during the eras of the Alien & Sedition Acts, or the Red Scares. “Today’s attack is different. It is an attack on the theory of free speech. It is an attack on the desirability of free speech . . . What we have today is an attack on the very possibility of free speech. The belief is that the First Amendment is a mistake.”

It's over when I say it is

Anal retentive fussbudget stomps his little feet and demands we stop saying the Civil War ended on April 9, 1865:

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My little runaway

Our editorial last night was on the possibility of an Article V constitutional convention, which I've been enthusiastic about for a long time. I've also had a lot of opportunties to write about it since Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long has been in the vanguaurd of the movement. Anytime the subject comes off, we always have to address the fear of a runaway convention:

It's takeback time

Here we go again:

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul told a raucous crowd in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday that he will build his presdiential campaign on 'a message that is loud and clear, and does not mince words: We have come to take our country back.'

Conventional wisdom

I've done a blog post or two (and a few editorials) in support of the calling of a constitutional convention. There have been various proposals for what it should tackle, but the one gaining traction is to convene one to craft a balanced budget amendment. So far, legislators in 27 states have passed applications for the convention, and activists are pushing for new applications in nine other states where Republicans control both chambers of the legislature.

Quiet that canon!

Zeroing in on Sniper

There's something I don't understand here:

In spite of the vitriol spewed toward the movie “American Sniper,” Americans flocked to see the Clint Eastwood biopic of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in record numbers.