Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 683)
 

What if Blagojevich Is Not Guilty?

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 9:19am 1/5/2009 at 9:19am

Events are moving so quickly in the saga of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, that there has been precious little time to reflect. But as I look back on the past month, I keep thinking of Raymond J. Donovan, and a question keeps nagging me; what if Blagojevich is not guilty?

While many...

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It’s Approaching 3 a.m. for Israel

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 8:09am 1/5/2009 at 8:09am

On October 29, 2008, I wrote It’s 3 a.m. and the Prime Minister of Israel is Calling, which appeared at American Thinker. Considering how events in the Middle East are unfolding, and the likelihood that in two weeks the Obama administration will make decisions on UN resolutions, equipment re-supply, and other...

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Can Senate Republicans Refuse To Seat Any New Democratic Senators?

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Posted by    Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 11:35am 1/4/2009 at 11:35am

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated today that the Senate can do “whatever we want” with regard to seating Roland Burris, the appointee of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Reid may want to rethink that position.

Reid apparently is picking up on an argument advanced by Harvard Law School Professor (and potential...

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It’s Not Left v. Right, But Blogosphere v. Mainstream Media

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Posted by    Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 9:19am 1/4/2009 at 9:19am

The rise of the blogosphere owes to two developments: (1) the technology of the internet which allows individuals to be heard by a potentially unlimited audience without filtering by traditional news organizations, and (2) the agenda-driven mainstream media, which has driven tens of millions of conservatives and liberals to the internet...

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SiteMeter Envy

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Posted by    Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 1:30pm 1/3/2009 at 1:30pm

I recently identified Blogger Mood Disorder, “a condition in which one’s mood swings up and down in sync with the level of blog traffic.”

The Other McCain (the one who has never lost an election) then identified two syndromes related to BMD, “SiteMeter Fever” and “Bloggernoia.” These syndromes focus only on one’s...

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Will Blago Meet RICO?

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Posted by    Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 9:34am 1/3/2009 at 9:34am

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has requested a three month extension of time to bring an indictment against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, stating that he needed more time to review thousands of telephone intercepts and to interview new witnesses. While I can’t presume to know what is in Fitzgerald’s mind, it looks...

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Why Does Fitzgerald Need More Time?

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Posted by    Friday, January 2, 2009 at 9:00am 1/2/2009 at 9:00am

A post at Critical Thoughts blog notes the relative silence of the Blagojevich blogoshpere about the request of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald for a three month extension of the time to bring an indictment against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and suggests that Fitzgerald may have moved quickly out of concern further...

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Will Harry Reid Also Bar Caroline Kennedy?

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Posted by    Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 10:02am 1/1/2009 at 10:02am

According to news reports, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is prepared to have armed guards bar Roland Burris from the Senate floor, despite the fact that Burris has been legally appointed to Barack Obama’s open Senate seat by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. At the same time, Reid is praising the...

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New Year’s Resolution: Beat Blogger Mood Disorder

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Posted by    Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 9:20am 1/1/2009 at 9:20am

Although I only have been blogging for fewer than three months, I have identified a problem which must be quite common. I’ll call it Blogger Mood Disorder. I have no psychiatric background, but I can identify the symptoms and have come up with the following description:

Blogger Mood Disorder is a condition...

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Thanks, and Happy New Year

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11:11am 12/31/2008 at 11:11am

Legal Insurrection Blog started on October 12, 2008, with what is still my favorite post, Obama is Door No. 2.

In those first days, readership consisted of me, a few relatives, a couple of neighbors, and some friends of relatives. Then a handful of other followers signed on, for reasons I am...

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The “Rule of Law” Applies to Gitmo Detainees, But Not Roland Burris

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 7:59am 12/31/2008 at 7:59am

Barack Obama loves to invoke the “rule of law” when it suits his political purposes, but not in the case of Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris to Obama’s empty Senate seat. In the Burris case, politics apparently trumps the law.

There is no substantial legal dispute here. Harry Reid and other...

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Blagojevich Plays The Race Card On Fellow Democrats

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 3:15pm 12/30/2008 at 3:15pm

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris has put the Democratic party in a box. By appointing an African-American to the empty Senate seat, Blagojevich has forced his political opponents to risk being called racists. In supporting the appointment, Congressman Bobby Rush called opposition to Burris an attempted lynching. Whether...

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Fitzgerald Must Be Worried Blagojevich Will Survive Impeachment

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 8:24am 12/30/2008 at 8:24am

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has reversed course, and now wants to release to the Illinois House impeachment committee some wiretap evidence relating to the federal criminal case against Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Previously, Fitzgerald went so far as to ask the House committee not even to delve into areas covered by the...

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At Least Caroline Kennedy Didn’t Lie, and People Didn’t Die

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Posted by    Monday, December 29, 2008 at 9:25pm 12/29/2008 at 9:25pm

The mainstream media loves Ted Kennedy despite the fact that Ted left a woman to die in a ditch and then lied about it.

But Caroline Kennedy, for some reason, doesn’t pass the test, even though she didn’t lie, and people didn’t die. Caroline’s liberal creds are impeccable, she’s a Kennedy, she’s...

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Got News For You — Emanuel and Jarrett Will Testify, And The Blagojevich Impeachment Trial Will Be Delayed

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Posted by    Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 7:47pm 12/28/2008 at 7:47pm

The media is all atwitter over the decision of the Illinois House committee considering articles of impeachment against Gov. Rod Blagojevich to deny the request by Blagojevich’s attorneys to subpoena Obama aides Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett. The House decision comes at the request of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who is...

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NY Times’ Clinton-Blagojevich Impeachment Double Standard

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Posted by    Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 2:33pm 12/28/2008 at 2:33pm

What a difference a decade makes. In the fall of 1998, President Bill Clinton faced impeachment for obstruction of justice and perjury in giving false and misleading testimony under oath regarding his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Congressional impeachment proceedings, while focused on the issue of testimony under oath, were against the...

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The Media Permits Iran’s Christmas Eve Hangings To Pass Silently In The Night

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Posted by    Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 9:27am 12/28/2008 at 9:27am

On Christmas Day, British television Channel 4 provided Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a platform to broadcast “an alternative Christmas message on British television to rival Queen Elizabeth II’s annual address.” In the message, Ahmadinejad said that “if Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly he would hoist the banner of justice and...

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