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Two women, gunman die in Delaware courthouse shooting
Mon Feb 11, 2013
I don't understand: are the preliminary news accounts incomplete or inaccurate, or some combination of both? Only inaccuracy is a basis for valid criticism, since any news account of an ongoing story will of necessity be incomplete. What is the "downside" of waiting for more complete and (hopefull …
The Top 10 "shark-jumping" moments of the 2012 election
Sat Dec 29, 2012
Having read thousands of comments on this site over the past presidential election cycle, I am amazed at both the insightful comments AND the amount of unsupported vituperative invective.
Very heavily armed gunman shot mother multiple times before killing 26 at Connecticut school, police say
Sun Dec 16, 2012
A Modest Proposal: The NRA shifts (the majority of) its funding from "lobbying" legislators to increasing direct support for its firearms safety classes.
Too big to fail means too big for jail
Tue Dec 11, 2012
What bothers me most about the "too big to ...." (put your own term here - fail, be convicted of a felony, be imprisoned) argument is the lack of empirical verification of the presumed necessary result of failure.
Do noisy restaurants get on your nerves?
Thu Dec 6, 2012
I never return to a restaurant in which the noise level made it difficult to converse with anyone at my table. If asked "Was everything to your satisfaction?" when leaving the restaurant, I say "No." If asked to "explain" further, I mention the too loud ambient sound levels. One additional point: n …
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