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Saturday, July 7, 2012, 8:50 p.m.

Newly elected Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is blaming the United States for being the “exporter of guns fueling the violence” in his nation's brutal drug wars. Actually, according to 2009 statistics, 83 percent of the guns recovered from Mexican crime scenes came from countries other than the United States. But why let the facts get in the way of a shibboleth? ... Even The Associated Press, long-serving cardinals in the Church of Global Warming, had to admit in a news story last week that “it's far too early to say (global warming) is the cause” of the current spate of hot and stormy weather. But that didn't stop it from giving ample space to those who do blame “climate change.” And the AP waited until the 20th paragraph of its 21-paragraph story to quote anyone with a counterargument. Fair and balanced? Try bogus and biased. ... Large pick-up trucks from Ford and Chevy continue to pace all motor vehicles sales. Which more than suggests that the motoring public is not as gullible as the climate cluckers would have you believe. ... The Global Times reports two men who tried to hijack a Tianjin Airlines jetliner in China on June 29 essentially were beaten to death by passengers and the crew. That's what we call a “brite” in the news business.

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