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Here’s the stuff I’ve been accumulating for the last week, intending to write long, pithy essays about each:

You may have heard that the poverty rate has increased lately (obviously, those of us who are employed need pay more taxes so the Government can do something about it, right?)  Actual poverty rate numbers from Carpe Diem so you can interpret the spin yourself.

A post suggesting the White House is either lying or has illegally obtained the tax records of Koch Industries for political purposes.

Balko gives us Dogs doing Tricks.  (Really.  It is a video of dogs doing tricks.)

We have a Government imposed ban on drilling for oil in Gulf of Mexico.  So it just makes sense that we would loan the Mexican oil company, Pemex, $1 Billion so they can drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, right?

Mark Steyn on mollifying Muslims (via Cold Fury)

Take this no-name pastor from an obscure church who was threatening to burn the Koran. He didn’t burn any buildings or women and children. He didn’t even burn a book. He hadn’t actually laid a finger on a Koran, and yet the mere suggestion that he might do so prompted the President of the United States to denounce him, and the Secretary of State, and the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, various G7 leaders, and golly, even Angelina Jolie. President Obama has never said a word about honor killings of Muslim women. Secretary Clinton has never said a word about female genital mutilation. General Petraeus has never said a word about the rampant buggery of pre-pubescent boys by Pushtun men in Kandahar. But let an obscure man in Florida so much as raise the possibility that he might disrespect a book – an inanimate object – and the most powerful figures in the western world feel they have to weigh in.

And finally, Your Optimal has a post on How To Buy Swiss Francs in 5 Minutes or Less.  You really can do it from home and have the actual currency delivered to your local bank so you can pick it up.

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