Tragic. “Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has issued a conditional pardon for an imprisoned Hampton man whose accuser recently recanted her story. McDonnell has ordered the immediate release of Jonathan Montgomery. The governor received the official conditional-pardon request from Montgomery’s lawyers at 10 p.m. Monday, a release from the governor’s office said. The governor personally told Montgomery of the pardon.”

Comedic. “The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is asking President Obama to skip the ‘archaic’ annual tradition of pardoning a turkey.” (Isn’t pardoning good?)

Symptomatic of the anti-Israel bias increasingly obvious in the mainstream media. “Appearing on MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner [Tuesday] afternoon, NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin seemed to take a strong position, rather than just reporting, on the United States’ role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He effectively blamed the unresolved crisis on the United States’ refusal to recognize Hamas and for not doing enough to rein in Israel’s military actions.”

Ironic that Israel’s harshest critics can’t see true human-rights atrocities. “Six men accused of being ‘Israeli spies’ were dragged through the streets of Gaza City and executed in front of a chanting mob [Tuesday] as Israel warned Palestinians to evacuate some areas of the territory in apparent preparation for a ground invasion. Witnesses said the six were taken to an intersection in the north of the city where they were summarily shot for providing intelligence that helped Israel pinpoint key figures in Hamas and the Islamic Jihad targeted by their warplanes.”

Iconic Hostess treats heading for the chopping block. “Hostess announced Tuesday night that mediation with its bakers’ union have failed and that the company will proceed with liquidation plans.”

Archaic. It’s time to let it go. “One of the quirkiest rituals of the presidential election — the straw poll of Republican voters in Ames, Iowa — is obsolete and should be eliminated, Iowa’s GOP governor says. ‘I think the straw poll has outlived its usefulness,’ Gov. Terry Branstad said in an interview about the political jamboree. ‘It has been a great fundraiser for the party, but I think its days are over.’ ” Next up: The caucuses.

Optimistic. “So far, this fall’s lame-duck congressional session has been stuffed with sensationalism, but defense insiders are confident that a defense authorization bill and sequestration won’t fall by the wayside. . . . [W]hile lobbyists and advocates can’t help but notice that their priorities aren’t making the morning television shows or drive-time radio discussions, they’re confident their issues will be addressed in hushed tones far from the view of the media.”

Emblematic of the total confusion on this issue. “A congressional source familiar with the testimony delivered Thursday by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says that, in his testimony, Clapper was insistent that he did not alter the Benghazi talking points to remove references to al-Qaeda or terrorism. That raises questions about the latest CBS news report indicating that the talking points were edited in Clapper’s office. It was there, according to CBS, where ‘al-Qaeda’ and ‘terrorism’ disappeared from the unclassified version of the document that later found its way into the hands of UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and onto five Sunday morning news shows.” Enough! Put everyone under oath. One last time to get it straight.