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Former Bush administration solicitor general goes to court in favor of gay marriage

That ought to make folks' heads explode on both sides of the -isms. Knee-jerk lefties hate the guy for his role in Bush v. Gore. Knee-jerk righties grant him permanent victim status because he lost his wife on 9/11. Wikipedia entry in case you need a refresher.

Bonus: from a thread in the conservatism community, "My attitude is generally 'give it to them, because it doesn't affect me, and I want everyone involved to go away'."
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http://www.wsbtv.com/news/19365762/detail.html
A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they’re thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own. Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment. . . . Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.

“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.

Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.
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Here's a cheerful note about online medical records:

Hackers break into Virginia Health Professions Database, Demand Ransom

If you follow this Washington Post story back to Wikileaks, you can see a replica of the taunting message left on the site's home page.
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If the New York Times says it, it must be true:

But in G.M.’s case, Mr. Obama will be forcing deeper cuts and becoming the controlling shareholder.

That's a very interesting Freudian slip on the New York Times' part. I wonder how long before they get around to correcting it?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/business/03auto.html?_r=1&hp
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Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit offers a chart and a reminder in this short post. The reminder is that folks from both sides of the aisle, but especially the R side, were pushing on the culture of earmarking with the Porkbusters movement. The graphic: a look at the way our government will be hemorrhaging red ink this year and for a decade to come.

A lot of what's labeled "the right" doesn't float my boat -- I could care less about who forms a union with whom and think that "marriage" is a term and a concept with which the government has no legitimate business. But limited government does.

EDITED TO ADD:

Also via Instapundit, the invaluable John Keegan on responses to pirates. These guys are definitely less cute than Jack Sparrow and we hates them, Precioussssss. Let them learn why the U. S. Marine Corps was founded.

From Classical Values, a post on the difference between individualist and communitarian small-c conservatives in the context of the Tea Party movement.

Keith Hennessey, who was to George Bush as Larry Summers is to Barack Obama, offers some information on the "45 million uninsured" and several scenarios for approaching the subsets of the 45 million.

Back home, I continue to be amazed at how much easier it is to work in my home office now. I have this feeling that, in addition to the cat-hair and the fact that at any moment a wet-footed feline might land on what I was doing, just having a room-mate that was bat-shit crazy and also demented (slightly different things) added a certain atmosphere that took the edge off my concentration.
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On the housing bubble and the housing markets, in Forbes, from Todd Zywicki.

http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/09/mortgage-bankruptcy-foreclosure-opinions-columnists-zywicki.html

He seems like such a reasonable guy. Too bad Dartmouth's administration engineered his removal from their board.

EDIT: A fine collection of tax-related factoids from Reason -- calculated to make your head 'splode if you ever aspire to have a high income.

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I ran across this piece by Arnold Kling that sums up what I think about the forced charity known as government social programs:

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2009/04/some_libertaria.html

My absolute favorite bit:

Think of government as a charity. From a libertarian perspective, it is a charity run by the Mafia, which will break your knuckles if you don't make your donations. It is also a badly mismanaged charity. It funnels lots of money into questionable causes, and even when the causes are good the programs that it funds tend to be very wasteful.

I would like to see government have to compete with other charities on a level playing field.


Hear, hear. I can give a dollar to charity and be reasonably sure that $.80 (or $.90 or $.70 but you get the idea) will go toward the charitable purpose. Or I can give a dollar to government and be reasonably sure that a fat chunk of it will be pissed away by the layers and layers of redistributionists who are getting their salaries before a penny goes to the ultimate purpose. Moreover, I can check up on the charity and decide whether it's run efficently enough to be worthy of my dollars. With the government programs, not so much.
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503% of the guns seized in Mexico over the past two years came from the U.S.

Jeez. You'd think they were counting on us to be, like, innumerate or something.

From [livejournal.com profile] unixronin's LJ -- many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] suzilem for having him on her f-list!
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I found this on comments on one of [livejournal.com profile] montieth's entries, and I want to be able to find it again.

http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html

EDITED TO ADD AN IRRELEVANCY: I soaked parsley seeds last night and planted twenty four of them, plus six Supersonic tomato seeds, this morning.
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A nice compare-and-contrast in the London Times showing what happens to murderous terrorists in a city where the citizenry is armed -- in this case, London c. 1909:

click for quotation, link, and brief commentary )
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I don't know how I feel about this.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/30/AR2008113002217_pf.html

But I suspect that when the ACLU and the Cato Institute are united in their concern about something, we should all be a little worried. I'd be a lot happier, I think, if they were equipping the National Guard.

On the other hand, recruiting the troops returning from Iraq into the Reserves would probably be a really really good idea. I suspect that's a cadre of fighters the bad guys would rather not encounter.

(Unrelated update: I rode about 7 miles today)
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We thought we were safe, and then CNN stepped in

CNN broadcast the couple's location, and the gunmen took the elevator down to their floor. Nice...

In another burst of media brilliancy, as the Indian commandos were being lowered from helicopters to the roof of the Chabad house, tiptoeing, and communicating via hand-signals, Indian TV broadcast the whole thing live. As the pundit who reported it commented, perhaps the Indian media thinks that terrorists only watch the cartoon channel?
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From [livejournal.com profile] irismoonlight
http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/resources/quiz.aspx

My score:
You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

I read somewhere on teh intertubes recently, including [livejournal.com profile] irismoonlight's LJ, I think, that the average score when they did this last spring was 49% -- but lawmakers didn't do that well. Sigh... why don't they just wise up and let me run things?

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