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  • [Gun Prohibition Sign] Weekend Pundit, posting on Tuesday, opines on gun-free zones, like the Westroads Mall in Omaha:

    … the signs might as well have said, "Murderers, No One Will Be Able to Stop You Until the Police Arrive."

    Good point. Any chance Nebraska legislators could mandate that language?

  • I'm sure that you, dear reader, don't let celebrity endorsements guide your own voting decisions. But you might find them interesting. I'm impressed at Rudy's list.

    And I should admit: the celebrity endorsing John McCain pulls a lot of weight with me. Not enough, but still …

    (Via Andrew Roth at the Club for Growth, who comments: "I'm devastated, Scarlett. Devastated." Indeed.)

  • From the AP story on the Sunday night GOP Univision debate:

    Asked what he would do with Castro, who has reigned through nine different U.S. presidents, Fred Thompson said, grinning: "I'm going to make sure that he didn't survive 10 U.S. presidents."

    Although Fred is doing dismally in the polls, he's a clear front-runner among likely-voting Republicans residing at Pun Salad Manor.

  • National Review editors do a number on Mike Huckabee's thoughts on foreign policy.

    [Huckabee] wants to anthropomorphize international relations and bring a Christian commitment to the Golden Rule to our affairs with other nations. As he told the Des Moines Register the other day, "You treat others the way you'd like to be treated. That's to me the fundamental issue that has to be re-established in our dealings with other countries."

    This is deeply naïve. Countries aren't people, and the world is more dangerous than a Sunday church social. Threats, deception, and — as a last resort — violence must play a role in international relations. Differences cannot always be worked out through sweet persuasion. A U.S. president who doesn't realize this will repeat the experience of President Jimmy Carter at his most ineffectual.

    Huck has moved into my "Republicans would be crazy to nominate" category (which now contains him and Ron Paul). And Democrats would seem to agree. If a Carteresque foreign policy doesn't sour you on Huckabeee, Brendan Nyhan has compiled a handy list of some other stuff that's come out recently. And he's getting endorsed today in New Hampshire by a group normally unfond of conservatives. Caveat voter.

Last Modified 2012-10-15 3:12 PM EDT

A Night in Casablanca

[Amazon Link] [2.5
stars] [IMDb Link]

I put this in my Blockbuster online queue awhile back since I wanted to make sure I'd seen all Marx Brothers movies.

As it turned out, I dimly remember seeing this before. Yes, it's pretty forgettable. Give me a few years, I'll probably rent it again for the same reason.

No Margaret Dumont, no Zeppo. Groucho takes an unconscionably long time to show up as the new manager of the Hotel Casablanca, whose last three managers have all been murdered by Nazi postwar thugs. There's a low-budget chase-action sequence at the end, kind of reminiscent of the train chase in Go West. But does anyone want to see Marx Brothers movies because of the thrilling action sequences?

Last Modified 2012-10-15 3:09 PM EDT