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Breakfast Scramble (Thursday)

DavidL's Breakfast Scramble
Close to home, Associated Press [1]:

TORONTO — A magnitude-5.0 earthquake struck at the Ontario-Quebec border region of Canada on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and homes and businesses were shaken from Canada’s capital in Ottawa on south to an arc of U.S. states.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Morgan Moschetti, a seismologist with the USGS, said it was not unusual for an earthquake to be felt 300 miles (482 kilometers) from the epicenter and noted that the latest quake was felt in the U.S. from Chicago to Maine.

Other states that reported feeling tremors were Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York.

Didn’t feel a thing.

Dumbo makes a change, via Sister Toldjah [2]:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama sacked Gen. Stanley McChrystal as his top commander in Afghanistan and will replace him with Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, a senior administration official said.

McChrystal was pushed out over his blistering remarks about administration officials, quoted in a Rolling Stone magazine interview.

The wrong one, from National Review [3]:

It wouldn’t change the fact that our diplomatic team is a disaster. The work of both Af-Pak envoy Richard Holbrooke and ambassador Karl Eikenberry has been ham-handed and counterproductive. It’s understandable that General McChrystal would be frustrated with them, and it’s a scandal that they’ve been allowed to stumble along for this long.

How much confidence can you have in Team Obama when Stanley McChrystal  is out but Joe Biden is still in.   Barry sacks a general who supports his purported policy while keeping aides who do not.   Go figure.

Dumbo will not fight in Afghanistan, but continues to wage war on Louisiana, from Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit [4]:

The Obama Administration continues to act as if they want the Gulf oil spill to destroy as much of the coastline as possible.


And, now the feds are shutting down the sand berm dredging off of the Louisiana coast.

More guns, less crime, by John Stossel, RCP [5]:

[M]ore guns means — hold onto your seat — less crime.

How can that be, when guns kill almost 30,000 Americans a year?  Because while we hear about the murders and accidents, we don’t often hear about the crimes stopped because would-be victims showed a gun and scared criminals away. Those thwarted crimes and lives saved usually aren’t reported to police (sometimes for fear the gun will be confiscated), and when they are reported, the media tend to ignore them.  No bang, no news.

This state of affairs produces a distorted public impression of guns.  If you only hear about the crimes and accidents, and never about lives saved, you might think gun ownership is folly.

Citizens have the right to carry arms, wherever they may travel.  Serf s  do not.   Are we nation of citizens or serfs.