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Dangerous Game

US officials are "fuming" in the AP's words at the barrage of Israeli criticism of Secretary of States John Kerry. But as Chemi Shalev notes in Haaretz, there's a deeper backstory. Nothing gets the Obama administration's ire up like the perception (very often grounded in reality) that Netanyahu and his government ministers are trying to scuttle his initiatives by inveigling themselves into domestic partisan conflict in the US. Specifically, using GOP proxies as cut-outs to push back against the President's initiatives.

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Language Clarity Above All

Over the last eighteen months, we've made an on-going effort to highlight various cases of accidental shootings - sometimes leading to grave injuries, other times to minor ones, but usually illustrating the straightforward fact that guns are dangerous and people often do stupid things with them. Like showing them off to friends while they're loaded, or showing them off when the gun is loaded and the gun-shower is also loaded, or leaving them unsecured where 3 year olds can find them and blow their heads off. But frequently, and increasingly of late, we get emails from readers criticizing our decision to call these shootings 'accidents' because that is not, in their view, what they are.

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Elmo, Scared Straight

Best thing going on in this picture is Elmo's look of shock and surprise.

This is from a New York Post article on a police altercation in Times Square with a man dressed up as spiderman. According to the article, Spiderman was pulling a more exorbitant than usual tourist shakedown; a cop asked Spiderman for ID. At some point in the interaction - who knows what happened leading up to it - Spiderman roundhoused the cop and things went about as you'd expect from that point on.

In fact, if you've spent much time in NYC you'll know that the Time Square Elmo is a pretty gritty figure, with a fairly gnarly costume, who you're as likely as not to see taking a break near the Starbucks dragging on a cigarette or getting in tourists' faces if they don't pay a higher fee for a picture with the kids. But still, Elmo!