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The law and the jungle

1, 2, 3, 4, what the hell are we fighting for?


 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- When Army Sgt. Patrick Hart decided a decade ago that he would not serve in the war in Iraq, he expected to follow the same path as thousands of American war resisters during the Vietnam era and take refuge across the border.

Word power

Interesting words encountered while wandering through the blogosphere. Actually, today we have a word pair, and while they're not uncommon in usuage, they are frequently misued: flout and flaunt. Following is a comment made to a blog post on the Oregon baker who ran afoul of the law for refusing to cater a gay wedding:

Courting trouble

For those opposed to the Supreme Court's gay-marriage edict, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has the right reaction:

A sorry performance

Welcome to your new home, fellow Hoosier!

BOSTON (WISH/AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is coming to Terre Haute, Indiana, a judge ruled during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, 24-Hour News 8’s sister station, WPRI-TV reports.

Tsarnaev also spoke for the first time in the courtroom, apologizing to victims.


That hour

The most chilling part of the horror inflicted by the gunman in the AME church in Charleston is that he worshiped with the congregation for an hour before shooting nine of them dead. Was he trying to work up the courage? Was he savoring the moment to come? Whatever it was, that one hour he spent among them just underscores the absolulte evil he took into that church.

Mug shot

I was surprised (but realize I shouldn't have been) to hear on TV this morning that the manhunt for those two escaped killers is costing $1 million a day. There's a reason for that:

First things first

Strange times for the First Amendment. In one story, we have the Supreme Court pretty narrowly defining what is a threat and being generous with free speech:

In a closely-watched case about free speech online, the Supreme Court on Monday overturned the conviction of a man whose online rants landed him in prison.

My, how we do carry on

Yeah, this is a gun I have here. You gotta a problem with that? Say hello to my liitle friend, which I call the Second Amendment:

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.