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Univ Illinois Board of Trustees Meeting 9-11-2014 Chancellor Phyllis Wise

U. Illinois: Steven Salaita “lacked the professional fitness to serve on the faculty”

Posted by  ▪  January 29, 2015

Calls Salaita’s federal lawsuit meritless and promises vigorous defense

Earlier today we reported that controversial former professor Steven Salaita had filed a federal lawsuit over his non-hiring. I identified what I saw as a glaring defect in the Complaint. The University of Illinois has responded with a Statement which previews how the case will be defended. The defense hones in on…
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ISIS Demolishes Part of Historic Nineveh, Executes Police Officer

Posted by  ▪  January 29, 2015

Nothing and no one is safe

ISIS sure has been busy recently, between the prisoner swapping and executions. However, it looks like some of their members had some time for sightseeing. Sadly, they took some high explosives with them. Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) A Kurdish official revealed on Tuesday evening that the ISIS organization had bombed large parts and…
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Steven Salaita files federal lawsuit over non-hiring (Update: Glaring defect)

Posted by  ▪  January 29, 2015

Names Trustees and unnamed donors.

Steven Salaita, the controversial former professor who was denied a tenured job at the University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign, has filed a lawsuit against the university trustees and unnamed (“John Doe”) donors who allegedly pressured the university. The one trustee who voted in favor of hiring, James Montgomery, was not named…
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Obama’s not offended, he just wants Bibi out of office

Posted by  ▪  January 29, 2015

There is a breach of protocol, but not by Boehner and Bibi.

Claims by anonymous sources that the Obama administration is deeply offended by a “breach of protocol” in the planned appearance by Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint meeting of Congress are increasing. The New York Times quotes an unnamed official as saying the anger goes beyond John Boehner and Netanyahu, to the Israeli…
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Democrats Still Obsessed With Koch Brothers

Posted by  ▪  January 29, 2015

No lessons were learned in November of 2014.

Remember when Harry Reid and other Democrats thought they could retain control of the Senate by demonizing the Koch brothers? In November of 2014 that strategy proved to be a loser—but Democrats learned nothing. Sean Sullivan and Anne Gearan of the Washington Post reported yesterday: Democrats see new chance to attack Kochs after…
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India Gives Obama’s Climate Deal Cold Shoulder

Posted by  ▪  January 29, 2015

Rejection comes after $1 billion dollar temptation and apologies.

In an ill-omened trip, Secretary of State John Kerry headed to India to pave the way for a climate change deal, missing the important Paris march against terror. I was skeptical that the Indians would warm to any carbon emissions agreement, given the level of poverty in that country and need to…
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Branco Cartoon – His Kingdom Come

Posted by  ▪  January 29, 2015

He will be done (in 2 years)

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William A. Jacobson Cornell Israel BDS Boycott Speech Roc4Israel

Boycotting Israel – The insidious threat of the BDS movement

Posted by  ▪  January 28, 2015

My speech at Roc4Israel in Rochester, NY.

On Tuesday night, January 27, 2015, I spoke at the Rochester (NY) Jewish Community Center on the topic of Boycotting Israel – The insidious threat of the BDS movement I was invited to speak by Rochesterians for Israel (Roc4Israel), a very active multi-faith group. The official attendance count was 354 people, quite…
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Rick Perry Indictment Stands—Again

Posted by  ▪  January 28, 2015

Another day, another roadblock

Rick Perry may have had a successful political weekend in Iowa, but when it comes to legal issues, the former Texas Governor’s troubles are just as real as ever. Last year, a grand jury indicted Governor Perry on two felony counts over abuse of power allegations; since then, Perry…
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Jordan will swap prisoners with ISIS—but what about Kenji Goto?

Posted by  ▪  January 28, 2015

Will ISIS work with both Jordan and Japan?

The situation for two hostages held by ISIS is rapidly spiraling. Officials in Jordan have agreed to the Islamic State’s demands for a hostage swap, but added their own conditions to the mix, which could complicate things for hostages Muath al-Kaseasbeh and Kenji Goto. Via Fox News: In the case of…
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Breaking – Big Blogger Burns Out

Posted by  ▪  January 28, 2015

Please don’t let me be that person.

Blogger Burnout. A frequent topic here, first visited on January 15, 2009, Add “Blogger Burnout” To The List Of Blogger Ailments. For those of you keeping track, that would be about 3 months after I started Legal Insurrection. Three months! Even then I realized that being a blogger could be about the most…
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Marissa “Just a Warning Shot” Alexander Released From Jail

Posted by  ▪  January 28, 2015

Alexander escapes mandatory minimum 60-year sentence

We noted here back in November that 34-year-old Marissa Alexander–facing up to 60 years in prison for firing a bullet past her husband’s head and her two step-children–had once again been offered, and this time accepted, a 3-year plea agreement:  UPDATED: “Warning shot” defendant accepts 3-year plea deal. The renewed 3-year plea…
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Good on you, Michelle Obama

Posted by  ▪  January 28, 2015

She’ll pass on the veil, thank you very much

Michelle Obama made waves this week with her decision to not wear headscarf during her visit to Saudi Arabia. Although reactions to her decision were mixed, the reaction on social media gave birth to a hashtag accusing the first lady of immodesty—a heady violation in one of the few remaining countries…
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Here’s what Congress is doing to #EndTrafficking

Posted by  ▪  January 28, 2015

P.S. The Super Bowl makes the problem even worse

Modern-day slavery. When I lived in Texas, I learned more about the horror and despair of human trafficking than I ever thought there was to know. It’s the fastest growing business of organized crime, and especially in places along the border, it shows. It took me a long time to truly…
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Krauthammer: Scott Walker getting to 2016 Top Tier

Posted by  ▪  January 28, 2015

The speech he made in Iowa changed things.

Charles Krauthammer was on the O’Reilly Factor last night to discuss the Republican contenders for 2016. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker got some kind words from Dr. K, who said that his speech in Iowa last weekend changed things. Watch: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com You’ll notice in the video that O’Reilly and Krauthammer…
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Look who I found

Posted by  ▪  January 28, 2015

Philly Guy.

Had a good speech last night at the Jewish Community Center in Rochester (NY) on the topic of Boycotting Israel: The insidious threat of the BDS movement. I’ll post the video soon. As previously mentioned, the speech was sponsored by Roc4Israel. We had over 200 people in attendance. (Update – final official count: 354) Including…
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529 Tax Changes

Obama dumps tax hike on college savings accounts

Posted by  ▪  January 27, 2015

Score one for the American taxpayer

He announced. America retaliated. He ran screaming from his toxic tax proposal. Today, the White House threw its own plan under the bus by announcing that it would no longer pursue its proposed tax hike on “529″ college savings account. From the Wall Street Journal: The move followed a public call by House…
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