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What could possibly go wrong with our interference in the internal affairs of a Middle East country?

French parenting

This is pretty much how I raised my own kids, and I have to say, I don’t understand why anyone wants to have kids running the show.

Madonna exits, Mitt marches on

The concepts are unintentionally funny, the players about as exciting as a squad of assembly-line robots. More here.


How did the Japanese government immediately respond to the Fukushima crisis?

By cutting off the funding for radiation monitoring, that’s how.


Again, with the healing:

You will heal. You need patience and confidence in your ability to do so. Many members of your noble sign are probably being reminded, and maybe rather harshly, that Libra is supposed to be all about justice and fairness, not passive-aggressive control. If you’ve got right on your side, you need now only to negotiate the best deal for everybody. If, however, you’re playing the injured party and cannot see or refuse to see your participation in the game, then any resolution will be long, drawn out and excruciatingly painful. Getting older can mean getting wiser, too. To repeat: You will heal. You need patience and confidence in your ability to do.


Arizona goes after public workers with laws even more extreme than Wisconsin’s.

NRA logic

NY Mayor Mike Bloomberg appeared on Meet The Press yesterday to push for gun control, pointing out, “You’d think that if a congresswoman got shot in the head, that would have changed Congress’ views.”

If anything, the picture in Congress is even bleaker than Bloomberg suggests. In 2006, the NRA successfully lobbied Congress to make the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) a Senate-confirmed position. Since then, the Senate has been unable to confirm anyone to serve as the chief enforcer of firearms laws due to the combination of gun lobbying and the nearly-unbreakable filibuster. President Obama’s nominee was blocked because he opposes allowing civilians to purchase a weapon capable of punching a baseball-sized hole in 2.5 inches of bulletproof glass.

Not content simply to erect barriers to enforcing federal firearms laws, much of Congress also wants to strip states of their power to enforce reasonable gun regulations. The House recently passed the “National Right To Carry Reciprocity Act,” which forces nearly every state to honor concealed carry licenses issued by the states with the laxest licensing rules. Half of North Carolina concealed carry permit holders with felony convictions have been allowed to keep their permits, and Florida issued 1,700 concealed carry permits to people with “criminal histories, arrest warrants, domestic violence injunctions and misdemeanor convictions for gun-related crimes.” Under this NRA-sponsored bill, all of these permit holders [would] be allowed to carry concealed firearms in 49 of the 50 states.
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War crimes

I guess the people like Glenn and those who agree with him are just Obama haters?

Birth control

There was another “bishops letter” attacking Obamacare read in Catholic churches yesterday. Fred Clark explains why their stance on birth control has been examined and found wanting by 98% of Catholics.

Let it be me

Ray LaMontagne:

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