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Sixth-grade girl suspended for empty shotgun shells

Chalk up another school on the list of unyielding policy slaves that punish unsuspecting students wielding weapons of mass suspension. Brody Middle School in Des Moinse, Iowa, suspended an 11-year-old girl for bringing empty shotgun shells to school.

Relying on Alan Grayson may not be the greatest idea...

Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Relying on Rep. Alan Grayson is not the greatest idea, Gallup shows that more than half of gun owners fear that Obama will ban firearms, Michelle Malkin goes after Newt Gingrich for his attack on Doug Hoffman and Hoffman supporters last night.

First Balloon Boy Now Koran Baby

Passages from the Koran are appearing spontaneously on the skin of a baby in southern Russia. Nine-month-old Ali Yakubov, a.k.a. Koran Baby, has become a sensation in the Russian Republic of Dagestan, which is 90% Muslim. His parents claim that the signs began when the word "Allah" appeared on his chin, and longer passages began emerging on his arms and legs twice weekly

Pawlenty's fumbling fundraiser

Minnesota's Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty is in Washington D.C. tonight holding his first fundraiser for his newly formed political action committee "Freedom First." The fundraiser will start at a local Washington D.C. bar and make its way to the home of lobbyist John Milne and his wife Deb Anderson. Unfortunately, Pawlenty's handlers have closed the event to press. 

Local news blogging: Scozzafava scorn

Headlines in the special election to fill Rep. John McHugh's seat in New York's 23rd Congressional District have been dominated by Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava.  And it's not good news.

ACORN suffers more irreparable cracks

With or without sound, a new ACORN video damns testimony from ACORN workers that O'Keefe and partner Hannah Giles were denied and escorted out of the Philly office.  Instead, the video shows nothing different than past videos: a young prostitute and her congress nominee boyfriend, who are starting a business with foreign child prostitutes from El Salvador, warmly accepted by an ACORN employee who provides tax and loan assistance.