- A recent survey found that two-thirds of Americans think the nation has a major civility problem. The other third is so tired of hearing about it they want to hit someone.
- The Fast & Furious program did its job. Republicans in the House got furious pretty fast.
- Republicans voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. They need a vote for that? I thought Republicans and Democrats naturally held each other in contempt.
- Fast and Furious involved the deliberate sale of firearms to known criminals so law enforcement could track them as they made their way into Mexico to leaders of drug cartels. I thought Republicans were all for looser gun-control laws.
- This program actual began under the George W. Bush administration as Operation Wide Receiver. Back then it wasn't quite as furious and, as far as Democrats are concerned, too fast.
- Bombarded by bad publicity, Attorney General Eric Holder did the only thing he could last week to divert attention — he cracked down on FLDS polygamists again.
- The Justice Department is suing the Arizona-Utah border towns of Hilldale and Colorado City for allegedly discriminating against people not of the FLDS Church. Those are two towns apparently not worried about growth or economic development.
- Worst job ever — director of tourism for Hilldale and Colorado City.
- The Days of ’47 organizers said last week they won’t allow candy to be thrown from the parade. This is a sign of how soft we’ve gotten. I’ll bet the pioneers used to throw watermelon from their floats.
- Just when you thought it was safe to take your money outside again, along comes Moody's and downgrades all the banks.
- Moody's — what an appropriate name considering how it made Wall Street feel last week.
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