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8:40 AM ET, May 28, 2012

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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
SWATting the Ericksons  —  Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.  —  Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.
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Patterico's Pontifications:
BREAKING: Bogus Call Sends Police to Home of Kimberlin Critic Erick Erickson  —  He and his family are OK.  He just put up the tweet minutes ago: … I asked him if he was serious and he said yes.  Again, he said that he is OK, though.  After he started writing about Kimberlin …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Hayes: I'm ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Fallen Military ‘Heroes’  —  Effete: affected, overrefined, and ineffectual; see “Chris Hayes.”  OK, I appended the name of the MSNBC host to the dictionary definition.  But if ever you wanted to see the human embodiment of the adjective in action …
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Chris Hayes Feels ‘Uncomfortable’ Calling Fallen Soldiers ‘Heroes’  —  It's Memorial Day weekend, and while many may be marking this occasion as a time for barbecuing with the family, it's also an important time to reflect on the sacrifice of those who lost their lives serving the country.
Gatordoug / The Daley Gator:
Chris Hayes epitomizes the definition of educated beyond one's hat size  —  I like to say that people who are, while educated, lacking in real wisdom, are educated beyond their hat size.  What I mean is that they do not possess the ability to apply their education to the real world.
Discussion: The POH Diaries and Pirate's Cove
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Big Fiscal Phonies  —  Quick quiz: What's a good five-letter description of Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, that ends in “y”?  —  The obvious choice is, of course, “bully.”  But as a recent debate over the state's budget reveals, “phony” is an equally valid answer.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
Daily Mail:
CLAIMS OF INNOCENCE THAT SLOWLY UNRAVELLED  —  OCTOBER 2006: Computer engineer Marius Milner devises software for Google Street View vans which captures private information from personal computers.  He warns there are privacy implications and the company should consult lawyers.
Discussion: Pat Dollard
TMZ.com:
Justin Bieber — Battery Suspect  —  Battery Suspect  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Justin Bieber is a suspect in a criminal battery ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.  —  Justin was in Calabasas, where he lives, just after noon Sunday at a mall called The Commons.
Discussion: L.A. NOW, Mediaite and msnbc.com
Oldironsides / Conscience of a Conservative:
Meghan McCain / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain: Cut It Out, Internet Bullies!  —  After Meghan McCain spoke out on TV about the GOP's extremists, Twitter and the blogosphere blew up with personal attacks.  What will it take to stop name-calling and focus on the issues?  —  Last week, I went on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show PoliticsNation …
Ynetnews:
Iran confirms sending troops to Syria  —  Islamic Republic admits its forces are aiding Assad's regime in crackdown on pro-democracy protesters; UN's tally of fatalities in Syrian uprising is at 13,000  —  Dudi Cohen  —  The United Nations and human rights groups estimate that over 13,000 people have been killed in
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New York Times:
Syria Denies Responsibility for Massacre Near Homs
Discussion: BBC, CNN, Firedoglake and New York Magazine
Mark J. Perry / CARPE DIEM:
Today's Grade-Inflated, Lake Wobegon World; Letter Grade of A Now Most Common College Grade  —  In 1960, the average undergraduate grade awarded in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota was 2.27 on a four-point scale.  In other words, the average letter grade at the University …
Discussion: Say Anything
 
 
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Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Next to U.S. firing range in Afghanistan, a village of victims
Discussion: This ain't Hell …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Disruptions: Facebook Might Have a Smartphone in Its Future
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Ten Years: Ten Thoughts (plus John's)
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Europe's Maquina Infernal has crippled Spain
Discussion: Firedoglake and National Review
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Bobby Bank / ABCNEWS:
George Will Calls Donald Trump a ‘Bloviating Ignoramus’
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Facebook Caliphate  —  So how's that old Arab Spring going?
Discussion: Theo Spark
Scott Walker / CNN:
Wisconsin recall's a ‘test run,’ DNC chair says
MiamiHerald.com:
Naked man killed by Police near MacArthur Causeway was ‘eating’ face off victim