March 27, 2011
1. While Obama searches for clarity, we're plunged into another war (March 23). "Now the man who ran for president as an anti-war candidate owns his very own war," says columnist John Kass, referring to the United Nations-sanctioned decision to bomb Libya. Any president taking the country to war, Kass says, needs to demonstrate understanding of the mission he wants to accomplish, to "have complete clarity before you ever give the order to fire."
2. Herd of deer killed by lightning (March 22). On the one hand, you feel bad for the deer, seven of them in a southern Wisconsin field, apparent victims of a recent storm's electricity. On the other hand: venison. Although six of the animals were found gathered in a circle, there is no proof that they had any intention of collective bargaining.
3. David the Goliath (March 22). He's a pro wrestler and a Harvard Law graduate, and he's engaged to singer-actress Jennifer Hudson. Come on, David Otunga, try to have something interesting happen in your life.
4. Illinois teacher pension system nearly $40 billion in the hole (March 22). The bright side to the current budget crisis is that legislators and other public officials are finally having to face up to the pie-in-the-sky promises they made but did not fund. The dark side is that I can already feel their fingers reaching into my wallet.
5. Bikers call for state to count 'dooring' accidents (March 20). Beyond a call for better record-keeping, what this article once again highlights is the passionate dislike between many bicyclists and motorists. The post-article comments suggest that a fair amount of road rage relates to the type of vehicle the other person uses, and that cyclists would do well to remember which group is encased in steel and airbags.Follow @stevenkjohnson on Twitter
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