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“credit for every successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune”

Posted by  ▪  October 22, 2011
George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 8: “It had become usual to give Napoleon the credit for every successful achievement and every stroke of good fortune. You would often hear one hen remark to another, ‘Under the guidance of our Leader, Comrade Napoleon, I have laid five eggs in six days’; or two…
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CA Finalizes Cap and Trade

Posted by  ▪  October 22, 2011
California’s streak of bad governance is coming to a climax with the finalization of their cap and trade legislation: California’s plan to cap greenhouse gas emissions and put a price on carbon is set to take effect on Jan. 1 after the Air Resources Board voted Thursday to make final adjustments in…
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More on the darling Ms. Wafa al-Biss

Posted by  ▪  October 22, 2011
Recently released, already calling on school children to hope for martyrdom. Some more background (h/t @MargieInTelAviv)[Note, I substituted the original NBC video for the YouTube version as a reader pointed out that the last frame of the YouTube video includes links to some offensive videos): Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news…
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No Lech Walesa for Occupy Wall Street

Posted by  ▪  October 22, 2011
Oh my how the supporters of Occupy Wall Street cheered when Lech Walesa, hero of the fight against communism in Poland, announced that he would fly to New York to support the Occupy Wall Street movement. Brent Budowsky at The Hill was ecstatic: Great news for the real America. One of history’s great leaders…
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Why I respect Jennifer Rubin

Posted by  ▪  October 22, 2011
I don’t always agree with Jennifer Rubin, the not-liberal blogger at The Washington Post, who used to blog at Commentary. But I respect her because unlike the Stockholm Syndrome suffering not-liberal columnists at The New York Times, Rubin is willing to take on her own newspaper. This conclusion to Rubin’s post (h/t Instapundit)…
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Remember when stimulus actually created jobs?

Posted by  ▪  October 22, 2011
Spotted by the wife about two blocks from our house in Ithaca.  She was surprised I had not spotted it yet. Actually I had, but if I took the photo and posted it, there would be hell to pay.  But since she took the photo it’s okay.
 

Today was “Take Our School Children To ‘Occupy Providence’ Day”

Posted by  ▪  October 21, 2011
Of course, the day started out as take your child to school, but the school turned it into a field trip to the otherwise sparsely populated Occupy Providence encampment, as tweeted by most excellent Rhode Island talk show host John DePetro:
 

Open

Posted by  ▪  October 21, 2011
In meetings most of the day, what did I miss? Seems like this is some of it: Everyone out of Iraq by Christmas.  Then what. Was Gaddafi originally shot by NATO special forces then turned over to the Libyans who killed him? University of Iowa Poll (thanks reader Charles); who has to drop out if…
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An Odd Case in Governance

Posted by  ▪  October 21, 2011
Over at Marginal Revolution, Alex Tabarrok has a really fascinating post on the Mexican Mafia: The Mexican Mafia is a fairly small prison gang (perhaps 150-300 made members) and it has significant operational control only within prisons in Southern California yet the Mexican Mafia is extremely powerful. In fact, the MM taxes…
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“Is the end in sight?” Chart of the Day

Posted by  ▪  October 21, 2011
From Gallup, which registers Obama’s lowest approval rating ever: President Barack Obama’s 11th quarter in office was the worst of his administration, based on his quarterly average job approval ratings. His 41% approval average is down six percentage points from his 10th quarter in office, and is nearly four points below his…
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New York’s disappearing millionaires

Posted by  ▪  October 21, 2011
Of course, there always will be a top 1%, so those in the Occupy Wall Street movement who want to demonize the top 1% always will have a cause. But the numbers of millionaires who could be taxed to feed the demands of the proletariat is down in New York State: Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported…
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“Jeremiah Wright is back on the table” Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  October 21, 2011
Not long ago The Washington Post was digging up rocks from 30 years ago to find dirt about Rick Perry. Now WaPo is digging up immigration papers from 50 years ago about Marco Rubio’s parents, Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show.  The gist of WaPo’s dramatic claim is that Rubio’s family did…
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Snowed

Posted by  ▪  October 21, 2011
Thanks to reader Bob who writes: Seen in Longmont Colorado. I was stopped behind the car and the turn signal just came on. Obama08 supporter from decal on the side window. (Ok, I had to be careful and quick while driving to take this one.)[my note, not in this photo] Back sticker: “Insurance CEO’s get…
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What do you call someone who lies about rape for political gain?

Posted by  ▪  October 20, 2011
Mr. Vice President. Biden has been playing the rape card, arguing that if the federal government does not subsidize police union contracts which states and local governments cannot afford, more women will get raped. This is part of a theme, with Biden earlier this month claiming that rapes were up in Flint, Michigan…
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“Hard to Please” Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  October 20, 2011
From blogger, frequent commenter and longtime friend of Legal Insurrection, Fuzislippers:
 

Should anti-Semitic Occupy LA woman have been fired? (Reader poll)

Posted by  ▪  October 20, 2011
An employee of the L.A. School District and active Occupy Los Angleles supporter was fired for her anti-Semitic comments which have garnered a lot of attention. Here’s the video of her reaction to the firing, where she doubles down (h/t IsraellyCool): The easy answer would be sure, fire her, she’s a despicable person. But, her comments…
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Debate on Education Policy Reinforces Party Stereotypes

Posted by  ▪  October 20, 2011
I participated in a debate last night at Cornell sponsored by Students for Education Reform to encourage an exchange of ideas on education policy. I was on the libertarian panel, which was wedged between the College Democrats and Republicans. It was a fairly heated debate: “Libertarians believe the federal government should play…
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