The Thursday wrap
New research reported in The New York Times suggests that President William Henry Harrison didn't die of pneumonia after a mere 32 days in office in 1841 but of some kind of typhoid contracted from Washington's open sewer of the day. Given that Washington remains an open sewer, we're surprised that more president's haven't succumbed. ... Given all of General Motors' product problems of late, that multibillion-dollar bailout sure must be looking good to all those “progressives” out there, eh? ... Major League Baseball has debuted its “replay review system.” It adds a nice touch to the experience that is attending a big-league baseball game. The new experience at home isn't too shabby either. And from what we've seen, the review process doesn't take nearly as long as some of those NFL reviews, which allow fans ample time to go to the bathroom, cook and serve a three-course dinner and, in some cases, calculate the value of pi. ... Mark Witaschek of Washington has been convicted of violating the District of Columbia's gun laws for possessing unregistered muzzleloader bullets. (He never had a firearm, The Washington Times reports.) And for this “offense,” he's been forced to register with the Gun Offenders Registry Unit. Mr. Witaschek now is branded for life, nationwide, for harboring inoperable ammunition that he could not fire. And anti-gun zealots really wonder why gun sales have soared?
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