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Obamacare Oral Argument, Day 2 – The Mandate

Posted by  ▪  March 27, 2012
Tom Goldstein at ScotusBlog has an interim report: Based on the questions posed to Paul Clement, the lead attorney for the state challengers to the individual mandate, it appears that the mandate is in trouble.  It is not clear whether it will be struck down, but the questions that the conservative Justices…
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The worst blow yet to Dick Lugar’s narrative

Posted by  ▪  March 27, 2012
It has been a bad week for Dick Lugar: But it just got worse. A critical part of Lugar’s campaign narrative is the scare tactic that if Richard Mourdock is the nominee, the seat may be lost to Democrats.  I’ve addressed that argument before, pointing out that Democrat Joe Donnelly is a weak candidate. Now Stuart…
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Kohler joins Limbaugh boycott

Posted by  ▪  March 27, 2012
Kohler, based in Wisconsin, has joined the Rush Limbaugh boycott, according to tweets it sent out yesterday from its Twitter account, @Kohler: It is not clear that Kohler actually ever advertised on the Limbaugh show, almost certainly not nationally.  This may be another of the pre-emptive moves to take the pressure off. I…
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Captain Carroll “Lex” Lefon, USN (ret)

Posted by  ▪  March 27, 2012
Captain Carroll “Lex” Lefon, USN (ret), of Neptunus Lex blog, passed away on March 6: Carroll “Lex” LeFon, ATAC F-21 pilot, retired Naval Aviator, TOPGUN Graduate and prominent military blogger known as Neptunus Lex, was killed in a plane crash on the morning of March 6th, 2012 when his F-21 Kfir crashed…
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Best is the Worst

Posted by  ▪  March 27, 2012
This has some great ones, including a take off on the Coexist sticker, and a “You are not entitled to what I have earned” sticker.  But the best is the WORST. From reader Tim: I snapped a shot of these in the lot at Best Buy, in Minnesota, no less.
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UNC – Chapel Hill forbids mention of Limbaugh’s name during sports broadcasts

Posted by  ▪  March 26, 2012
UNC – Chapel Hill now forbids mentioning of names: UNC-Chapel Hill has asked WRDU 106.1, a Triangle station also known as “Rush Radio,” to stop referencing the school or the Tar Heel Sports Network during the broadcast of Rush Limbaugh’s daily talk show on the station. The new practice, announced in a statement…
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Trayvon Martin case heading towards the political abyss

Posted by  ▪  March 26, 2012
I predicted Saturday night that the Trayvon Martin case was being set up for an explosive outcome in which expectations of a conviction faced the reality of the rights of an accused and evidence which cast “reasonable doubt” on what happened. Two developments today make the facts supporting a conviction even murkier, and cast…
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Big win for Jerusalem at Supreme Court

Posted by  ▪  March 26, 2012
The refusal of the State Department to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, and to issue passports listing Jerusalem as a birthplace in Israel, made its way to the Supreme Court. The Court ruled that courts can decide the issue under U.S. statutes.  While it appears to be an empowerment of the courts,…
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Obamacare Oral Argument – Day 1

Posted by  ▪  March 26, 2012
This morning was the first day of oral argument in the Supreme Court on challenges to Obamacare.  The audio should be available in a little while. Today was the issue of the Anti-Injunction Act, which arguably would prohibit court involvement if the mandate were viewed as a tax (something the Obama administration…
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Fix the tax code or we’ll shoot another rabbit

Posted by  ▪  March 26, 2012
Herman Cain’s Sick of Stimulus website has released a new web ad. It’s right up there with the “greats” of web ads.  (h/t Robert Costa, who says he is speechless.) Update:  This reaction from one of the people behind the Rush boycott actually is quite unintentionally funny: And, Cain protests temporary removal of controversial rabbit…
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President Hot Mic can’t wait for a second term (Update: The bigger question)

Posted by  ▪  March 26, 2012
Notice how the Obama captured when he doesn’t think he is being recorded is so differenct from campaign Obama.  The  “bitter clinger” remarks and the Netanyahu put-down are the most memorable. And there are the hot mic sound bites which the media won’t release, like CBS refusing to release the full audio of Obama’s…
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In the future, everyone will be the 99%

Posted by  ▪  March 26, 2012
so long as they put a 99% bumper sticker on their Saab. From reader Roxeanne: ….because nothing says “I feel for the little guy” like driving a $45,000 convertible. Sorry that my on-road photography is so bad. :)
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Off road

Posted by  ▪  March 25, 2012
Off the road, finally. I’m catching up on what was going on today.  What did I miss? Okay, here’s what I’m finding: Rick Santorum on Face the Nation prejudges the Zimmerman-Martin case, and attributes malicious motives to Zimmerman (emphasis mine): NORAH O’DONNELL: Senator, the President did not use the word race, but do you think race…
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Spike Lee didn’t “Do the right thing”

Posted by  ▪  March 25, 2012
There have been numerous threats made against George Zimmerman, the shooter of Trayvon Martin.  It is unclear whether a crime was committed, and Zimmerman has not been charged. Spike Lee’s most famous film was Do the Right Thing, about racial tensions which spill into violence: Yet Lee did not do the right thing,…
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