The Thursday wrap
The New York Times and CNBC made a big deal last week over Mao Zedong's 120th birthday. And the chipper accounts were simply abhorrent After all, China's late chairman of the Communist brand was responsible, directly or indirectly, for the deaths of, by one estimate, up to 78 million Chinese people. And this, The Times and CNBC celebrate? Sick. ... Federal workers laid off during October's government shutdown reportedly flocked to the Zoosk Internet dating site. Traffic was up by as much as 100 percent. Hey, what's a federal worker who can't surf porn while on the job to do, right? ... The Washington Times reports that Leesburg, Va., restaurateur Bryan Crosswhite has created an online site (2amendment.org) where gun-rights businesses can obtain “2AO 2014” window stickers that let legal gun owners know their right to bear arms is honored at their establishments. It's a great idea. And what a message it could be to would-be robbers as well. ... In neighboring Ohio, the law prohibits “secret compartments” in motor vehicles designed to conceal illegal drugs. But the arrest of a Michigan man has sparked a healthy Fourth Amendment debate. Norman Gurley was recently pulled over for speeding. A state trooper found a secret trunk compartment after he said he smelled marijuana. But the car was clean. Authorities allege Mr. Gurley was “between” drug “runs.” Is this not what a police state looks like?
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