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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – AT 4:52 P.M. ET:

TO THE GALLOWS? – District of Columbia police are formally investigating David Gregory, host of NBC's "Meet the Press."  This follows a major online petition demanding an investigation.  Seems that Gregory, in confronting an NRA official on the show Sunday, held up a a 30-round gun magazine that is illegal in D.C.  It's even illegal just to possess it.  Why shouldn't Gregory be prosecuted, just as anyone else would?  The Washington police chief said the investigation would first determine if the magazine was real.  Hmm.  I wonder if NBC flunkies are rushing around to toy stores to try to find a fake one to show the investigators.  Don't expect much from this.

NEW HAWAII SENATOR – Governor Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii is expected to name on Wednesday a temporary replacement for Senator Daniel Inouye, who died this past week.  This should be a matter of concern since Abercrombie is on the left fringe of the Democratic Party.  However, in a rather unique move, Senator Inouye recommended Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his replacement, in the event of his passing, in a note written the day he died.  Inouye was a solid guy, who wouldn't select a lunatic, and I can't see how the governor can defy his wishes.  Hanabusa is pro-national defense, which is the first thing I look for.  She would be Hawaii's first female senator.

SICK – There is growing outrage here in suburban New York over a newspapers's decision to publish the names and addresses of area residents with pistol permits.  It is true that these permits are public records, but very few people know that, and I'll bet most criminals don't know it.  Now the bad guys have a map showing them exactly what houses not to hit – those with serious gun owners who took the trouble to get pistol permits, which often take as much as six months to obtain in New York State.  What a great public service.  The paper is clearly trying to stigmatize people for observing the gun laws.  I'd imagine the result will be more robberies and many canceled subscriptions.

December 25, 2012