Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 333)
 

Widener makes Top 12 List with Harvard, Yale, other elites

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:53pm 3/27/2012 at 8:53pm

That’s the Good News.

The Bad News – It’s a list of The 12 Worst Colleges For Free Speech In 2012 from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Widener joins such elite institutions of higher learning as Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Brandeis and Tufts.

Here’s the FIRE write-up of why Widener is on the list.  The story will ...

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O Jerusalem

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:00pm 3/27/2012 at 8:00pm
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Really bad day for right-wing eliminationist narratives

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:30pm 3/27/2012 at 5:30pm

This has been a really bad day for eliminationist narratives of a rising right-wing terror.

First, it turns out that George Zimmerman, rather than being a product of Republican / Tea Party / right-wing talk radio, was a registered Democrat.

Now, a federal judge has dismissed all the most serious charges against a Michigan...

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Inconvenient narratives in the Martin case

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 1:53pm 3/27/2012 at 1:53pm

Via The Crawdad Hole, a very interesting chart of FBI crime statistics for 2009.

What it shows is that whites kill whites, and blacks kill blacks.  And interestingly, “other” kills “other.”

It’s not the narrative heard much in the media, because it does not play into stereotypes as to violence.

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Obamacare Oral Argument, Day 2 – The Mandate

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 12:06pm 3/27/2012 at 12:06pm

Tom Goldstein at ScotusBlog has an interim report:

Based on the questions posed to Paul Clement, the lead attorney for the state challengers to the individual mandate, it appears that the mandate is in trouble.  It is not clear whether it will be struck down, but the questions that the conservative Justices...

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The worst blow yet to Dick Lugar’s narrative

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 11:43am 3/27/2012 at 11:43am

It has been a bad week for Dick Lugar:

But it just got worse.

A critical part of Lugar’s campaign narrative is the scare tactic that if Richard Mourdock is the nominee, the seat may be lost to Democrats.  I’ve addressed that argument before, pointing out that Democrat Joe Donnelly is a weak candidate.

Now Stuart...

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Kohler joins Limbaugh boycott

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 9:43am 3/27/2012 at 9:43am

Kohler, based in Wisconsin, has joined the Rush Limbaugh boycott, according to tweets it sent out yesterday from its Twitter account, @Kohler:

It is not clear that Kohler actually ever advertised on the Limbaugh show, almost certainly not nationally.  This may be another of the pre-emptive moves to take the pressure off.

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Captain Carroll “Lex” Lefon, USN (ret)

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 8:15am 3/27/2012 at 8:15am

Captain Carroll “Lex” Lefon, USN (ret), of Neptunus Lex blog, passed away on March 6:

Carroll “Lex” LeFon, ATAC F-21 pilot, retired Naval Avi...

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Best is the Worst

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7:00am 3/27/2012 at 7:00am

This has some great ones, including a take off on the Coexist sticker, and a “You are not entitled to what I have earned” sticker.  But the best is the WORST.

From reader Tim:

I snapped a shot of these in the lot at Best Buy, in Minnesota, no less.

 
 
 

UNC – Chapel Hill forbids mention of Limbaugh’s name during sports broadcasts

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Posted by    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 5:26pm 3/26/2012 at 5:26pm

UNC – Chapel Hill now forbids mentioning of names:

UNC-Chapel Hill has asked WRDU 106.1, a Triangle station also known as “Rush Radio,” to stop referencing the school or the Tar Heel Sports Network during the broadcast of Rush Limbaugh’s daily talk show on the station.

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Trayvon Martin case heading towards the political abyss

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Posted by    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 1:38pm 3/26/2012 at 1:38pm

I predicted Saturday night that the Trayvon Martin case was being set up for an explosive outcome in which expectations of a conviction faced the reality of the rights of an accused and evidence which cast “reasonable...

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Big win for Jerusalem at Supreme Court

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Posted by    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 1:07pm 3/26/2012 at 1:07pm

The refusal of the State Department to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, and to issue passports listing Jerusalem as a birthplace in Israel, made its way to the Supreme Court.

The Court ruled that courts can decide the issue under U.S. statutes.  While it appears to be an empowerment of the courts,...

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Obamacare Oral Argument – Day 1

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Posted by    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 12:13pm 3/26/2012 at 12:13pm

This morning was the first day of oral argument in the Supreme Court on challenges to Obamacare.  The audio should be available in a little while.

Today was the issue of the Anti-Injunction Act, which arguably would prohibit court involvement if the mandate were viewed as a tax (something the Obama administration...

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Fix the tax code or we’ll shoot another rabbit

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Posted by    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:55am 3/26/2012 at 9:55am

Herman Cain’s Sick of Stimulus website has released a new web ad.

It’s right up there with the “greats” of web ads.  (h/t Robert Costa, who says he is speechless.)

Update:  This reaction from one of the people behind the Rush boycott actually is quite unintentionally funny:

And, Cain protests temporary removal of controversial rabbit...

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President Hot Mic can’t wait for a second term (Update: The bigger question)

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Posted by    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:19am 3/26/2012 at 9:19am

Notice how the Obama captured when he doesn’t think he is being recorded is so differenct from campaign Obama.  The  “bitter clinger” remarks and the Netanyahu put-down are the most memorable.

And there are the hot mic sound bites which the media won’t release, like CBS refusing to release the full audio of Obama’s...

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In the future, everyone will be the 99%

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Posted by    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7:00am 3/26/2012 at 7:00am

so long as they put a 99% bumper sticker on their Saab.

From reader Roxeanne:

….because nothing says “I feel for the little guy” like driving a $45,000 convertible.

Sorry that my on-road photography is so bad. :)

 
 
 

Off road

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Posted by    Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 6:15pm 3/25/2012 at 6:15pm

Off the road, finally.

I’m catching up on what was going on today.  What did I miss?

Okay, here’s what I’m finding:

Rick Santorum on Face the Nation prejudges the Zimmerman-Martin case, and attributes malicious motives to Zimmerman (emphasis mine):

NORAH O’DONNELL: Senator, the President did not use the word race, but do you think race...

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