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Willamette rejects Israel boycott, denies being Institutional Member of American Studies Assoc

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2013

Update: Hamilton also denies being Institutional Member // Update No. 2: Northwestern denies being Institutional Member too

Willamette rejects Israel boycott, denies being Institutional Member of American Studies Assoc

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12/20/2013 at 4:20pm
Willamette University joins an increasing number of universities rejecting the anti-Israel academic boycott, but in a twist, denies having any knowledge as to why ASA lists it as an Institutional Member. The ASA considers Institutional Memberships to be important indicators of university support which is why it highlights the list: Institutional members help to…
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Association of American Universities rejects Israel boycott

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2013

Executive Committee Statement signed by Presidents of UT-Austin, U. Penn, Tulane, Duke, UC-Irvine, U. Kansas, U. Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Michigan State, and Cornell.

Association of American Universities rejects Israel boycott

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12/20/2013 at 3:33pm
The list of universities rejecting and denouncing the anti-Israel boycott resolution of the American Studies Association is growing rapidly. In a statement signed by its Executive Committee, the Association of American Universities has stated its opposition to the boycott. ASA quickly is becoming a pariah in the academic community. I just received the…
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Obama Press Conf 12-20-2013 law working

Obama: Obamacare is working

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2013

Obama: Obamacare is working

Obama Press Conf 12-20-2013 law working
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12/20/2013 at 3:10pm
That’s the take away from today’s press conference, which still is in progress as of this writing. So Democrats should run on it in 2014.
 
Boston University President Robert A. Brown

Boston U. President rejects Israel academic boycott

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2013

But leaves decision on Institutional Membership to American and New England Studies program.

Boston U. President rejects Israel academic boycott

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12/20/2013 at 12:33pm
Robert A. Brown, President of Boston University, will be issing a formal statement rejecting the Amercian Studies Association’s anti-Israeli academic boycott.  The statement is not yet posted on BU’s website, but was obtained by Legal Insurrection and confirmed with the President’s office. President Brown, however, is deferring the decision on withdrawal of Institutional Membership to…
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Lee Rigby killers convicted of murder

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2013

Lee Rigby killers convicted of murder

Lee Rigby killers after the murder
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12/20/2013 at 10:21am
We reported on some of the gruesome details and testimony at the trial of the killers of British soldier Lee Rigby on a street in London by machete and knife wielding Islamic radicals, Killer of British soldier Lee Rigby: “I am a soldier and this is war”. The evidence concluded last week,…
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Catastrophic insurance for the Obamacare catastrophe

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2013

Catastrophic insurance for the Obamacare catastrophe

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12/20/2013 at 8:33am
The Obama administration had a bright suggestion for their insurance companies (they do seem to belong to the governement, don’t they?): The Obama administration said Thursday it would allow millions of Americans whose insurance policies had been canceled to purchase bare-bones plans next year, in another 11th-hour tweak to the law likely to…
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It’s Not the Occupation, Part II

Posted by  ▪  December 20, 2013

The Palestinians won’t make peace unless they have something to lose.

It’s Not the Occupation, Part II

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12/20/2013 at 7:00am
In addition to what I wrote about Eugene Kontorovich’s excellent essay Israel, Palestine, and Democracy there are some parallel observations worth making. Among other points, Kontorovich wrote: This is no longer a dispute about democracy; it is a dispute about territory. The Palestinians have their own government; now their demand is to increase…
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Social media’s role in Hurricane Sandy recovery

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2013

Social media’s role in Hurricane Sandy recovery

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12/19/2013 at 6:23pm
A college student’s documentary as part of a senior project highlights the impact of social media after Hurricane Sandy, and I think illustrates the role that such communications played in bringing people, community, and information together during a time of need. From Newsworks/Down the Shore blog: A new documentary by a Rutgers University…
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Pajama Boy Cartoon

Branco Cartoon – The Pajama Game

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2013

Branco Cartoon – The Pajama Game

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12/19/2013 at 3:30pm
Note: You may reprint this cartoon provided you link back to this source.  To see more Legal Insurrection Branco cartoons, click here. Branco’s page is Cartoonist A.F.Branco 
 
Gallup Govt Threat 12-2013

Distrust of Big Government growing

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2013

Distrust of Big Government growing

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12/19/2013 at 2:10pm
The Obama administration and Obamacare has increased distructs of Big Government so much even a majority of Democrats view government as the greatest threat, via Gallup, Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat: Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future…
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Duck Dynasty guy, slippery slopes, and counting sins (Update – Family issues statement)

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2013

Duck Dynasty guy, slippery slopes, and counting sins (Update – Family issues statement)

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12/19/2013 at 10:58am
I’ve never watched Duck Dynasty. I don’t know what it is other than from a cursory review of headlines. But the Duck Dynasty guy (whatever his name is) is suspended from his hit TV show because of these comments in an interview with GQ Magazine: Out here in these woods, without any cameras around, Phil…
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My email to President of Princeton regarding academic boycott of Israel

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2013

Dr. Michael Oren, a celebrated Princeton alumnus, is subject to the American Studies Association boycott. Will Princeton become complicit?

My email to President of Princeton regarding academic boycott of Israel

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12/19/2013 at 8:15am
Readers have been very good at posting contact information in the comment section at the Reader crowdsourcing project to fight American Studies Assoc anti-Israel boycott You also need to start sending emails to Presidents, Trustees and others who have a stake when a university lends its name and funds to an organization…
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A Tea Party Catholic View on Pope Francis Economics

Posted by  ▪  December 19, 2013

A Tea Party Catholic View on Pope Francis Economics

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12/19/2013 at 7:00am
The last time I wrote about the Catholic Church, the church had selected its new pope. And, as anticipated, the first pope from Latin America is shaking things up at the Vatican and around the world. However, I was a bit surprised that Pope Francis would so soon be engaged in an economics…
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It’s not the Occupation, Stupid

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2013

Mideast Media Sampler 12/18/2013 – Why Israel’s Democracy is not Endangered by the Lack of Peace

It’s not the Occupation, Stupid

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12/18/2013 at 8:40pm
Eugene Kontorovich wrote an important essay for Commentary, Israel, Palestine, and Democracy. Here are three critical paragraphs from the middle of the essay: The Palestinians have developed an independent, self-regulating government that controls their lives as well as their foreign policy. Indeed, they have accumulated all the trappings of independence and have…
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If You Like Your Senator Shaheen Video

Which is scarier video: “Like Your Senator” or “Sacrilize Sperm”?

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2013

Which is scarier video: “Like Your Senator” or “Sacrilize Sperm”?

If You Like Your Senator Shaheen Video
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12/18/2013 at 6:00pm
2014 may come down to which side makes the scarier videos. Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post says This is the ad every Democrat should be scared of in 2014. Aleister says This Is The Ad Every Republican Should Run In 2014. I say the response will be: War On Women! It worked before. Someone actually…
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Brandeis University Sign

Brandeis Univ. drops American Studies Association membership over Israel boycott

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2013

Second shoe to drop, how many will follow?

Brandeis Univ. drops American Studies Association membership over Israel boycott

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12/18/2013 at 4:14pm
Brandeis University becomes the second confirmed university to drop its Institutional Membership in the American Studies Association over the anti-Israel academic boycott. Earlier we reported that Penn State Harrisburg would be dropping its membership. The real key will be whether universities also will refuse to allow university funds to be used to…
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White House to release task force report on NSA surveillance (UPDATED: report added)

Posted by  ▪  December 18, 2013

White House to release task force report on NSA surveillance (UPDATED: report added)

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12/18/2013 at 2:29pm
The White House is expected to release a task force report of recommended changes to National Security Agency surveillance policies this afternoon, earlier than initially planned. From CNN: An independent assessment of National Security Agency surveillance ordered by President Barack Obama following classified leaks by Edward Snowden will be released Wednesday, White House…
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