An old-time trial lawyer once said, "When your case is weak, shout louder!"

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shouted louder when asked about the Obama administration's story last fall that the September 11th attack on the U.S. ambassador's quarters in Benghazi was due to an anti-Islamic video that someone in the United States had put on the Internet, and thereby provoked a protest that escalated into violence.

Okay, half-slow laughin’ Joe didn’t actually say that, but he might as well have. While defending his position this past Thursday that banning the rifles incorrectly called “assault weapons” won’t negatively impact upon Americans’ safety, he pointed out that you shouldn’t trouble yourself: shotguns would still be available — and they’re more effective, anyway.

Believe it or not, there is a worldwide Sustainable Development policy not to fund development projects in Third World countries if the projects don’t meet the political agenda. It’s called the Equator Principles.

A slideshow presented by Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Public Welfare, Gary Alexander, “Welfare’s Failure and the Solution,” graphically illustrates the cost and unsustainability of the state’s anti-poverty programs.

In testimony before Senate and House committees, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enthusiastically endorsed increased U.S. intervention in Africa. When government officials seem incapable of learning obvious lessons from the recent past, maybe their incentive is not to learn but to keep doing the same destructive things.

The latest locale for American intervention is the west African country of Mali.

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