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Saturday, July 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Cuba has been caught red-handed attempting to smuggle Russian-made missile radar systems to North Korea. By all means, let's “normalize” U.S. relations with the Cubans, right? ... Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has introduced legislation that would make all U.S. contributions to the United Nations voluntary, cap the amount and create new oversight to monitor how Turtle Bay is frittering away your tax dollars. It's a great proposal, just 68 years overdue. ... Two days after George Zimmerman's acquittal, an Associated Press dispatch referred to Mr. Zimmerman, a Hispanic, as “white.” The reference later was changed to “Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.” That, from an organization that identifies itself as a wire service. ... The Daily Caller says the town of Deer Trail, Colo., population 546, is considering an ordinance authorizing “licensed bounty hunters” to shoot down government drones that violate its “sovereign airspace.” Twenty-five dollars will be paid for wings and fuselages. But for “mostly intact” drones, $100 will be paid. All wreckage, however, must bear “markings ... consistent with those used by the United States federal government.” Oh, and if the bounty hunters mistake a hobbyist's radio-controlled model airplane for a drone, they have to reimburse the owner. We'll give the folks in Deer Trail a grade of G — for gumption. But we have a funny feeling they'll be hearing from a few (if not many) G-men should the ordinance pass.

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