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Three years old

Posted by  ▪  October 12, 2011
October 12, 2008, a day which shall live in infamy. The day of the first post at this thing called a blog which some guy decided to call Legal Insurrection: Obama is “Door  No. 2″ It seemed like a good idea at the time. Three years later the scorecard shows over 9,750,000 visits, 12,750,000 page views, 4,350 posts,…
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Hey country, can you spare

Posted by  ▪  October 12, 2011
some change? Thanks to reader and frequent photographer Linda, who spotted this near Nashville, TN:
 

New Hampshire Republican debate in song

Posted by  ▪  October 11, 2011
Differing impressions of tonight’s Republican debate in New Hampshire: According to Mitt Romney: Tonight’s the night that the lights went out in Texas According to Rick Perry: And we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive According to Herman Cain: Let me entertain you, let me make you smile According to Michele Bachmann: I am the tax lawyer, Obama’s the tax man, I’ll cut your taxes,…
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Republican New Hampshire Debate – 10-11-2011

Posted by  ▪  October 11, 2011
The New Hampshire debate starts at 8 p.m. Eastern. I’ll try to embed the live feed, since it’s not on national television.  Here the link to the live broadcast (not able to find embed yet). You can partipate in the discussion in the Cover-It Live box below or for a more permanent…
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Chris ♥ Mitt Tweet of Day

Posted by  ▪  October 11, 2011
From Elizabeth Crum:
 

Gilad Shalit

Posted by  ▪  October 11, 2011
An Israeli soldier who has been in prison in Gaza for 5 years without so much as a visit by the Red Cross. Apparently a deal has been reached for his release. The terms are not yet known, but the Israeli cabinet is voting on it tonight (Israel time). Updates to follow: Haaretz and other news sources…
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No personal space left

Posted by  ▪  October 11, 2011
Union-backed protesters plan on protesting outside the buildings of several billionaires in New York City, including trying to present “checks” representing the funds the billionaires will save if a New York State surcharge on the wealth expires later this year. Make no mistake, this is not your ordinary Occupy Wall Street protest.  …
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Wisconsin, May 2012 – Be there

Posted by  ▪  October 11, 2011
The mother of all recall battles is set to launch on November 15, when the 60 day clock starts for Wisconsin Democrats to obtain over 540,206 signatures on recall petitions against Governor Scott Walker. If suffiicient signatures are obtained (and I assume they will), the recall election likely will be May 2012. This is…
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The problem with public sector employee unions

Posted by  ▪  October 11, 2011
is pretty well set out in this article in The Providence Journal about intimidation of legislators who are considering reforms needed to save Rhode Island from fiscal collapse (see my post yesterday for background): Philip Keefe, the president of the second-largest state employees union, the R.I. Alliance of Social Service Employees, said…
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Stop campaigning like Democrats

Posted by  ▪  October 11, 2011
I criticized Mitt Romney’s campaign on the night of the Reagan Library debate for having a spokesman claim that Perry wanted to kill social security, linking to this tweet by John McCormack: The Romney campaign has been hitting similar themes for the past month.  It’s the type of scare tactic Democrats use…
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I dare #OccupyWallStreet to try to #OccupyThisCar

Posted by  ▪  October 11, 2011
I would love to see the #OccupyWallStreet protesters try to occupy this guy’s car. It’s a fair bet that he’s not a fan of #OccupyWallStreet protesters carrying the Soviet Flag in Philadelphia, taking dumps on police cars in New York, or chanting stuff about doing it with animals. In other words, he’s probably…
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Eliminationist Tweet of the Day

Posted by  ▪  October 10, 2011
Democrats and media helpers like Paul Krugman have been weaving a Tea Party eliminationist narrative for years. As pointed out by James Taranto, it looks like Democrats finally have found an eliminationist narrative they can believe in: Related:  Worst. #OccupyWallStreet. Advice. Ever.
 

Open

Posted by  ▪  October 10, 2011
What’s new in the #OccupyWorld? The untold or at least not sufficiently told story here is the role of the Canadian firm AdBusters in organizing these protests.  Your links and info. would help me in pulling that story together. I also found quite interesting and distrubing the accounts of Obama as a loner,…
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Mars Ain’t The Kind of Place To Raise Your Kids…

Posted by  ▪  October 10, 2011
…and #OccupyWallStreet ain’t so different. Its Kids Speak Out Day at #OccupyWallStreet!  CNN reports: Organizers of the “leaderless resistance movement” also billed Monday as “Kids Speak Out” day, given that many schoolchildren are off for Columbus Day. “Even as banks got bailed out, American children have witnessed their parents get tossed out of their homes…
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A More Transgressive Post In A University Environment Than The Brave Rebels At #OccupyWallStreet

Posted by  ▪  October 10, 2011
Happy Columbus Day! Where many of these protesters come from, this sort of talk is sticking it to The Man. Their sort of talk is conformity. Meanwhile, I recommend Walter Russell Mead’s article explaining Columbus Day’s origin as a holiday celebrating the contributions of immigrants and Catholics to American society.
 

Did they really chant “you can have sex with animals or whatever”?

Posted by  ▪  October 10, 2011
Is there anything #OccupyWallStreet protesters will not chant responsively?  Apparently not. “Jump the shark” doesn’t begin to describe this sequence of responsive chanting (I think they call it human microphone or whatever). We saw the responsive chanting at Occupy Atlanta, but this one takes the cake, as the crowd mindlessly repetively chants, “You can…
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Rhode Island’s Pension Cliff

Posted by  ▪  October 10, 2011
I know you know about Rhode Island’s public sector employee pension problem, because I’ve posted about it so many times. But take a look at this chart which shows how household contributions to public sector pensions (state employees and teachers) is expected to climb to just over $2000 per household by 2018 unless…
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