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Irene wasn’t overhyped in train- and drive-through country

Posted by  ▪  August 29, 2011
The after-Irene hype is that Irene was overhyped. Yes, maybe in the big cities Irene was no biggie.  It’s easy for a Philly Inquirer columnist to refer to Irene as a “Category Feh” hurricane. But in those areas of the northeast which city dwellers normally only train or drive through, it was a disaster. As of…
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Yes, but

Posted by  ▪  August 29, 2011
Obama’s disapproval rating hit a new high in the Gallup daily survey: I would not put too much weight on this.  Yes, it is reflective of a growing discontent. But for reasons which are beyond me, Obama remains personally well-liked.  Don’t be complacent, or underestimate his ability to overcome unhappiness with his performance. The…
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WI Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s abusive claim of abuse

Posted by  ▪  August 29, 2011
Wisconsin Justice Ann Walsh Bradley publicly accused Justice David Prosser of using a “chokehold” on her during an incident on June 13, 2011. As discussed on Thursday, the investigative file shows that the accusation was false and misleading.  Read my post, Turns out WI Justice Ann Walsh Bradley was the one with the…
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Excerpts from the investigative file of the incident between Ann Walsh Bradley and David Prosser

Posted by  ▪  August 29, 2011
Here are excerpts from the respective interviews of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices present on June 13, 2011, during an incident between Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and Justice David Prosser.  All emphasis is mine.  The full reports are available at the links. An analysis of this indicent is contained in the companion post. Ann…
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The missing Obama command photo

Posted by  ▪  August 28, 2011
We’ve seen him in the situation room when he got bin Laden.  And interrupting his golf game to deal with the D.C. earthquake.  And taking charge of the hurricane control center. But there is one photo which is missing, as noted by commenter Jonathan at Legal Insurrection’s Facebook page: Where’s the photo of him masterminding…
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Irene and me

Posted by  ▪  August 28, 2011
Well, so far things could have been worse, We decided to stay in Ithaca after neighbors took care to get our home in Rhode Island ready.  About 40% of Rhode Island, including our street, is without power since this morning.  Watching the Weather Channel I was surprised to hear my town mentioned,…
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Obama’s “Dukakis Tank” Moment

Posted by  ▪  August 28, 2011
This should be Obama’s Dukakis Tank moment, when pure bravado exposed the very perception of weakness the candidate hoped to overcome. Is there anything worse than a candidate who tries so hard to be something he is not, to fake it so hard that it hurts to watch? But it probably will not…
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Coexist with Truthers?

Posted by  ▪  August 28, 2011
Thanks to reader Bronwyn, who saw this combination in Redding, CA. Note the language in the lower right hand corner of the Coexist bumper sticker from Peacemonger.org: Profits help fight hunger, fascism and social injustice. Yeah, right after those profits pay your salaries and expenses. Oh, and by the way, do the people wearing this bumper…
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A headline only a Krugman could love

Posted by  ▪  August 27, 2011
There is no evidence he wrote this headline, but he could have:
 

Saturday Night Card Game (The 10th Amendment is racist)

Posted by  ▪  August 27, 2011
This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain: There is a curious argument used to paint the Tea Party movement and conservatives as racist. The argument goes that since slave owners and segregationists invoked states rights, and since the Tea Party movement and conservatives invoke…
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The “unexpected” oil sands decision (of 2013)

Posted by  ▪  August 27, 2011
I’ve been receiving e-mails from readers in the past weeks insisting that Obama would kill the pipeline planned to bring “oil sands” oil from Canada to the U.S.  Given the Obama administration’s policies to date, such expectation was reasonable. The environmental movement made the oil sands pipeline a line in the, er,…
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Irene Open

Posted by  ▪  August 27, 2011
Looks like it was “just” a Category 1 when it hit North Carolina. I’ll be interested to see what happens as it moves up the coast, because a shift East would be bad news for my home in Rhode Island.  We’re not on the beach, but much of our town is, so…
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Walker Beats Runners

Posted by  ▪  August 27, 2011
Thanks to reader Phil, who spotted this bumper sticker in Appleton, Wisconsin:  
 

Turns out WI Justice Ann Walsh Bradley was the one with the anger management problem

Posted by  ▪  August 26, 2011
I have focused from the beginning of the scuffle between Wisconsin Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and David Prosser on Bradley’s accusation that Prosser used a “chokehold” on her.  As I have detailed before, “chokehold” is a very specific term recognized by Wisconsin courts as being inherently dangerous because it puts significant…
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Two words missing from Ben Bernanke’s 3,500-word statement

Posted by  ▪  August 26, 2011
Ben Bernanke gave a very lengthy answer to the question “why has the recovery from the crisis been so slow and erratic?,” but Bernanke danced around the obvious: Why has the recovery from the crisis been so slow and erratic? Historically, recessions have typically sowed the seeds of their own recoveries as reduced spending on investment, housing,…
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The importance of independent bloggers

Posted by  ▪  August 26, 2011
It’s lonely out here in independent blogger world, working for the greater glory not the greater paycheck. That’s not to say bloggers who work for The Man are not independent thinkers and writers, but the pressures are there depending upon who The Man is: An escalating series of insults and allegations exchanged between conservative…
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MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough Intro’d House Res. Condemning Sharpton’s “Racist,” “Anti-Semitic” Views

Posted by  ▪  August 26, 2011
In honor of Sharpton’s new position as an MSNBC host, a link to the full resolution, courtesy of the GPO. From Scarborough’s whereases: Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton has referred to members of the Jewish faith as ‘‘bloodsucking [J]ews’’, and ‘‘Jew bastards’’; Whereas the Reverend Al Sharpton has referred to members of the Jewish…
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