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EDITORIAL: Dealing with a disgraceful tax code

Millions of Americans entrust their financial information to private accountants, lest they fill out the dreaded 1040 tax form on their own. When things go wrong, and they’re overcharged, they sometimes lodge a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.

Member of Parliament and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Jim Murphy, speaks from a soapbox in support of the Union on the final day of his 100 Streets in 100 Days Better Together tour, in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Sept. 13, 2014. Scotland will vote in an independence referendum on September 18. (AP Photo/PA, Jane Barlow)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

EDITORIAL: A historic vote for Scotland

Scotland the brave, the ancestral home of millions of the sturdiest and most independent of Americans, will vote Thursday whether to secede to become once more an independent nation. The United Kingdom would be united no more.

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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FRISKIES - Friskies® “official spokescat,” Grumpy Cat helped announce the third annual “The Friskies” awards, for the best Internet cat videos of the year, during VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Fans can enter "The Friskies" at www.TheFriskies.com. (Bret Hartman/AP Images for Friskies)

EDITORIAL: Captioning cat videos

Cable and cellphone companies are universally unpopular, so the unthinking demand that the government regulate access. Such regulation invites absurd "innovations," such as the latest Federal Communications Commission proposal to require closed captioning on cat videos.

Young boys sleep in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz.  CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Madness on the border

The spirit of independence is alive in Murrieta, Calif., where townspeople heard that the federal government was about to send 170 illegal-alien children flooding across the border to their town in Riverside County. Three hundred residents stood in front of the buses, blocking the way.