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Eric Holder Set to Resign

Posted by  ▪  September 25, 2014

The headline we’ve all been waiting for.

Eric Holder will step down today as Attorney General, at least according to NPR. Sources told NPR that Holder plans to remain in his post until a replacement has been confirmed: Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked…
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Andrew Branca Talks Self-Defense Law on KXDJ-Texas

Posted by  ▪  September 25, 2014

Real-world practicalities of how self-defense works in the “criminal justice” system

I was interviewed by Chris Samples of KXDJ radio, way WAY up in the Texas panhandle, on the subject of (naturally) self-defense law.  This radio interview was triggered by the recent scheduling of a Law of Self Defense Seminar up in the Amarillo area of the Lone Star State. I don’t have…
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Inconvenient comparison: Obama’s war and Bush’s war

Posted by  ▪  September 25, 2014

It’s different this time!

When it comes to the (former?) War on Terror, the media has already been caught furiously spinning legitimate news stories in order to set Obama apart from his predecessor. While the revisionism of the New York Times was remarkable, Michael Tomasky of the Daily Beast deserves an honorable mention: Obama’s Iraq Is Not…
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Video: “Handcuff Shooting” Victim Resisted Arrest

Posted by  ▪  September 25, 2014

Three officers required to arrest non-compliant Charles Smith.

There’s been some video surveillance footage released of the arrest of Charles Smith, the 29-year-old paroled convict who was arrested by police on 7 outstanding warrants and then shot and killed when he allegedly threatened the officers with a hidden firearm. The footage comes from within and immediately outside the convenience store…
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Branco Cartoon – Thanks A Latte

Posted by  ▪  September 25, 2014

Obama Latte Salute

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PA Nurse Arrested on Gun Charges Given Reprieve

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

Original decision denying pre-trial intervention is reversed.

Shaneen Allen has, thankfully, received a reprieve, reports Philly.com.  Allen is the Philadelphia-area nurse who, after being mugged in the course of the odd hours her job demands, sought and obtained a license to carry a concealed firearm. Philadelphia, of course, is only a bridge-crossing away from New Jersey, a state far…
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AARP slams Martha Robertson over attack ad (#NY23)

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

“AARP did not authorize the use of its name or logo in currently-running Martha Robertson campaign ads.”

It just never stops with the Martha Robertson campaign and its TV ads in NY-23, my home district. Robertson’s “fat shaming” ads mocking incumbent Tom Reed gained national attention, for all the wrong reasons. Her ads also suffered bad truthfulness ratings. Now AARP is calling out Robertson for improperly using AARP’s name in her…
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Obama Tells UN What it Wants to Hear

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

But actions speak louder than words, Mr. President.

President Obama addressed the United Nations today with the confidence of a world leader, although some would argue that he has yet to display competence in the area of actual international leadership: Each of these problems demands urgent attention. But they are also symptoms of a broader problem – the failure of…
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Scott Walker John Doe Probe

Appeals Court lifts injunction against “John Doe” investigation of Walker and conservatives (Update: Will seek en banc full Court review)

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

Not clear that decision makes great practical difference in the short term — will the Supreme Court take the case?

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a District Court injunction prohibiting Wisconsin prosecutors from utilizing a “John Doe” proceeding investigating Scott Walker and conservatives. (Full Opinion embedded at bottom of post.) The Court ruled that it was an issue for the state courts, not the federal courts. While…
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“Repentance”

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

A new song for the High Holidays by Moishey Ney

My son-in-law, Moishey Ney, is blessed with a wonderful voice and musical talent. He composed and sang this song “Repentance” in honor of the Jewish High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year starts this evening and begins a ten day period of repentance that culminates with Yom Kippur, a week from…
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Texas Newborns hit with TB Scare

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

Today’s infectious disease update should have parents on edge.

Remember when the worst infection Americans had to worry about was a bad flu? As I reported last week, Enterovirus 68 with its potentially devastating respiratory symptoms is still spreading among American children. An outbreak has now been reported in San Diego county: California’s first cases of a virus that has been…
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Chelsea Manning Sues for Hormone Therapy

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

Is Manning entitled to hormone therapy?

Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning, is suing in federal court over allegations that the U.S. Army is delaying her hormone therapy treatment. Manning, who is currently serving a 35 year prison sentence in Leavenworth, Kansas, alleges that her diagnosed gender dysphoria will cause her mental state…
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Wisconsin “John Doe” Whistleblower stands by story of prosecutorial bias and reporter harassment

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

Michael Lutz says gave same story of prosecutorial political bias to Journal Sentinel in 2012

Michael Lutz is the whistleblower who came forward to legal reporter Stuart Taylor with a story of political bias by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm in connection with the “John Doe” investigation of Scott Walker. Lutz then was outed as the source, after a mole hunt at the D.A.’s office,…
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Berkeley Journalism School’s answer for low paying careers: $10k tuition hike

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

Graduates can look forward to low salaries and little public trust, but hey… social justice!

What’s the problem with an extra ten or twenty thousand dollars for a journalism degree? It’s not like the public’s trust in journalists is at an all time low or anything. The higher education bubble is a subject we’ve covered extensively at College Insurrection. This new report from Kaitlin Mulhere at Inside Higher…
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NY Times’ ISIS coalition coverage “unlike” the truth

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

A generation will now grow up thinking that “unlike” George Bush, Obama sought partners.

The NY Times made a rather large error the other day, and then issued a correction: “…[Our article] gave an incorrect comparison between efforts by the president to seek allies’ support for this plans and President George W. Bush’s efforts on such backing for the Iraq War. The approach Mr. Obama is…
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Eugene, is that really you?

Posted by  ▪  September 24, 2014

So unexpected

Dear Professor Jacobson, Spotted in the People’s Republic of Eugene, Oregon, . . . Cordially, Oregon Mike
 
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Psych study: “trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism”

Posted by  ▪  September 23, 2014

Canadian researchers: “Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling”

They come in all shapes, forms, manners of caps lock, and misspelled profanity, but one thing’s certain: no one likes an internet troll. Internet trolls are the thorn in the side of most people who dare to express an opinion on the internet. Trolls are the people completely disinterested in honest debate, but love to…
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