On second thought

Published: Monday, July 16 2012 6:53 a.m. MDT

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has gone and done it now. He used Disney characters in a giant stage production without getting permission. If he thought he had to fear attacks from Western powers, wait until Disney's lawyers get hold of him.

Actually, Goofy would make a pretty good mascot for North Korea's space program.

North Korean scientists have modest goals. They're hoping their next rocket goes higher than the winning pole vault at the London Olympics.

To mark the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, several states have decided to not provide insurance exchanges and not expand Medicaid coverage, two key pillars of the law. The court decision gave states that ability. Obama must be thinking: With court victories like this, who needs defeats?

Eighty-three percent of doctors who returned a survey sent out by the Doctor Patient Medical Association said Obamacare is making them think about quitting. That wind you just heard was the collective gasp of golf course owners nationwide.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee took issue with HBO's new show "The Newsroom" last week for portraying him in an inaccurate light. Lee said HBO's co-president told him the show has fact-checkers, but some things apparently got by them. Lee, for example, apparently did not blow up the Maine, break into the Watergate or sabotage Amelia Earhart's plane.

The House held its weekly vote the other day to repeal Obamacare. That's a good thing, because some of us were wondering how House Republicans really felt on the subject.

A recent study by the Center For American Progress found that many grade school students think the work they are given is too easy. They also would like earlier bedtimes and more vegetables for dinner.

"I thought that I was a genius, as I could get A's without studying," one person wrote on a post USA Today created to talk about whether school is too easy. What does it mean for society to have a bunch of graduates who mistakenly think they're geniuses? Well, for one thing we'll have to dramatically expand Congress.

Apparently, partisan divisions in Congress have been solved. All it took was one look at the uniforms the U.S. Olympic team is preparing to wear in London. They were made in China.

Now we have gridlock of a different sort — a traffic jam of "uniformly" angry politicians trying to reach the microphone.

Jay Evensen is the associate editor of the Deseret News editorial page. Follow him on Twitter @jayevensen.

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