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Remembering Mike Spann and others

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2012

Remembering Mike Spann and others

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12/20/2012 at 8:15am
The first American killed in the Afghan war, on November 25, 2001. I’ve told his story before (also here), but it is worth remembering every year. As we just finished Hanukkah and approach Christmas, we also remember the others featured previously at Legal Insurrection, Jonathan Daniel Porto, U.S. Army, Spc. Dennis Weichel , Lt….
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It worked

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2012

It worked

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12/20/2012 at 7:00am
I’m overwhelmed. I can’t zero in on any one bumper sticker. It worked. From Jon, taken at the Perimeter Mall in Atlanta/Dunwoody, Georgia, with images of the other sides of the vehicle to follow: Here is a mini-van tesselated with bumper stickers. Methinks these stickers may be serving a functional purpose, not just opinion. One, no one…
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Free speech academics rally around academic who wanted to shut down NRA free speech

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2012

Free speech academics rally around academic who wanted to shut down NRA free speech

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12/19/2012 at 9:30pm
You’ve heard about Erik Loomis, the University of Rhode Island assistant professor of history who launched an almost psychotic, foul-mouthed Twitter tirade against the NRA, accusing it of being a terrorist organization, of complicity in and criminal culpability for murder, and a host of other invectives culminating in his wish to see…
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I would never be so insulting as to accuse the NY Times of tokenism

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2012

I would never be so insulting as to accuse the NY Times of tokenism

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12/19/2012 at 5:01pm
The New York Times today ran a demeaning Op-Ed about Tim Scott, the Republican Congressman from South Carolina who was just appointed to the seat being vacated by Jim DeMint. The Op-Ed was written by U. Penn. Political Science Professor Adolf L. Reed Jr.,  The Puzzle of Black Republicans, and accused Republicans of engag…
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So Plan B is it, no Plan C?

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2012

So Plan B is it, no Plan C?

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12/19/2012 at 3:34pm
Obama held a press conference today about gun legislation, but almost all of the press questions were about the “fiscal cliff.” Obama’s responses were truly amazing, a spiking-of-the-football approach in which he pocketed Boehner’s concession on tax rates for those making over $1 million, then moved the class warfare down to those…
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It being necessary to cut through the blather about the Second Amendment before we lose our rights…

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2012

It being necessary to cut through the blather about the Second Amendment before we lose our rights…

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12/19/2012 at 1:52pm
The president has just promised to submit gun-control legislation (though not a budget) to Congress in a matter of weeks.  So now is a good time to point out that our national debate over a citizens’ ownership of guns wouldn’t be necessary—nor would the kinds of laws that the Heller and…
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And the Award for the most snide and offensive NY Times Op-Ed of 2012 goes to …

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2012

And the Award for the most snide and offensive NY Times Op-Ed of 2012 goes to …

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12/19/2012 at 12:04pm
This reprehensible column about Tim Scott by Adolf L. Reed, Jr., a U. Penn. Political Science Professor, The Puzzle of Black Republicans: … But this “first black” rhetoric tends to interpret African-American political successes — including that of President Obama — as part of a morality play that dramatizes “how far we…
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Robert Bork, R.I.P.

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2012

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Robert Bork, R.I.P.

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12/19/2012 at 9:48am
Robert Bork has died. Roger Kimball (via Instapundit), has a good summary of Bork’s importance, which unfortunately ended up being not his scholarship but the vicious attacks by people like Ted Kennedy which gave rise to the modern left-wing smear machine: Judge Robert H. Bork, one of the the greatest jurists this country…
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A priest and a rabbi walked into a gun shop

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2012

A priest and a rabbi walked into a gun shop

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12/19/2012 at 8:15am
If this didn’t come from long-time correspondent, photographer, reporter, bumper sticker aficionado, and music impresario Danelle, I wouldn’t believe it. Made a quick stop at my favorite firearms shop today just to see what was in stock. The store was fully staffed, with a help wanted sign on the door. Every salesman, the owner,…
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Which is more offensive?

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2012

Which is more offensive?

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12/19/2012 at 7:00am
Using a sports team name which may be offensive to Native Americans, or ripping off their heritage and identity for your own professional gain? The team bus of the Liberal High School (KS) Redskins, in a photo take in early November: Professor, On my way home this evening, I spotted Elizabeth Warren’s campaign/tour bus travelling…
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Benghazi Report — No protest, deteriorating security conditions ignored

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2012

Benghazi Report — No protest, deteriorating security conditions ignored

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12/18/2012 at 10:03pm
The State Department has released the independent review board report, available here.  It provides many details, but ignores the big issue, which is the White House response once the attacks started.  I’m not sure if that was outside the scope of the investigation, but there’s no explanation as to why that…
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Cultural shift — McDonald’s urges stores to stay open on Christmas

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2012

Cultural shift — McDonald’s urges stores to stay open on Christmas

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12/18/2012 at 7:40pm
After a greater number of McDonald’s stores stayed open on Thanksgiving, resulting in an estimated $36 million additional sales this year, an internal memo from the company is urging franchisees to remain open on Christmas. According to an analysis in Advertising Age, that one day accounted for almost one percentage point of…
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Does the cultural War on Young Men contribute to mass murders?

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2012

Does the cultural War on Young Men contribute to mass murders?

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12/18/2012 at 5:31pm
Via @RightInAcademia, 22 Stats That Prove That There Is Something Seriously Wrong With Young Men In America: When are we finally going to admit that we have a very serious problem with this generation of young men in America? We have failed them so dramatically that it is hard to put it into…
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Elizabeth Warren to be first Native American in White House since …

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2012

Elizabeth Warren to be first Native American in White House since …

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12/18/2012 at 3:00pm
It’s bad enough that people already are talking about Elizabeth Warren being a serious candidate for President in 2016, President Elizabeth Warren: Few people have a better and more appealing story and background to seize that opportunity than Elizabeth Warren. Which “more appealing story and background” would that be?  The one in which she…
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Dear @SpeakerBoehner, it’s time for Plan C — The Christmas Strategy

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2012

Dear @SpeakerBoehner, it’s time for Plan C — The Christmas Strategy

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12/18/2012 at 1:14pm
It is very frustrating to watch John Boehner and House Republicans twist themselves into contortions in a futile attempt to appease Obama. Plan B failed before it was swallowed because Obama believes that he can shift the blame to Republicans based on the arbitrary deadline for taxes to rise.  There is no…
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Best fiscal cliff metaphor ever — Republicans propose Plan B

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2012

Best fiscal cliff metaphor ever — Republicans propose Plan B

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12/18/2012 at 12:04pm
Please tell me this is not happening, Boehner offers ‘Plan B’ in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks: House Speaker John A. Boehner has launched “Plan B” in budget talks, announcing Tuesday that he will bring for a vote his proposal to extend expiring tax breaks for all but the wealthiest Americans who earn more…
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Violent rhetoric for we, but not for thee (Update – Twitter account deleted)

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2012

Violent rhetoric for we, but not for thee (Update – Twitter account deleted)

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12/18/2012 at 10:48am
If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to College Insurrection for Rhode Island prof demands NRA chief’s “head on a stick”, regarding University of Rhode Island assistant professor Erik Loomis. Loomis is outraged that he is being called out: Oooh, the obligatory Glenn Reynolds attack on me for going after the NRA. How…
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