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That awkward moment

Posted by  ▪  September 30, 2011
when the rule named after you isn’t what you want: Warren Buffett backs out of Obama’s Buffett Rule on CNBC. 
 

Bad facts make bad law, Anwar al-Awlaki edition

Posted by  ▪  September 30, 2011
From David Dayen at Firedoglake: We’ll hear this was necessary because of Awlaki’s operational role, and his part played in the Fort Hood massacre and the Christmas Day bombing attempt.  In reality, many experts saw Awlaki as a public figurehead, a man who could speak in front of a video camera and…
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U-Wisc Prof May Not Have Aimed To Misbehave, But Is Busted By PC Police Anyway

Posted by  ▪  September 30, 2011
As Instapundit said, it’s  Brownshirts vs. Browncoats, as a University of Wisconsin professor displays a poster of an unapproved rebellious figure. ‘Firefly’ and Anti-Fascism Posters Get Professor Threatened with Criminal Charges on University of Wisconsin Campus MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 26, 2011—A professor has been censored twice, reported to the “threat assessment team,” and threatened with…
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UC Berkeley LGBT Activists Seem Disappointed AA Bake Sale Did Not Discriminate Against Them

Posted by  ▪  September 30, 2011
Zombie (via NiceDeb) reports that some in the Berkeley LGBT community were offended that the bake sale did not target them (Of course, they wouldn’t be getting preferences under the proposed legislation anyway, so it would be quite odd if anything about the bake sale did have anything to do with…
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A rising tide week (El Paso)

Posted by  ▪  September 30, 2011
Seen on a GMC Yukon XL, from reader Danelle, who commented: And El Paso is a Blue County! It’s a little fuzzy, but there are some good ones:
 

Dodd-Frank should have made everything free, including lunch

Posted by  ▪  September 29, 2011
The government should have just taken over the banking sector, so we could avoid things like this, The End Of Free Checking? On Sat., Oct. 1, new regulations from the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul go into effect on debit cards. Specifically, they impose price controls on “interchange fees,” the fees that banks and…
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Anti-Obama Protest Sign Shark Jumped

Posted by  ▪  September 29, 2011
This could not wait for a bumper sticker post, and anyway, no bumper stickers were involved, Anti-Obama sign in Uptown neighborhood draws controversy (h/t reader Leland): NEW ORLEANS — There are several political signs attracting all kinds of attention in one Uptown neighborhood. On Wednesday, crowds gathered at the corner of Calhoun and Coralie streets,…
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Farewell to the BlogProf

Posted by  ▪  September 29, 2011
Another excellent conservative blog is lost. I’ve read and linked to the Blog Prof pretty much since I started Legal Insurrection.  In fact, we started our blogs around the same time, and we even picked a similar Blogger template and color scheme (for those of you who remember the old LI). We…
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Rumor has it

Posted by  ▪  September 29, 2011
Chavez is on his deathbed. (But, of course, the state is in denial.) I don’t care much at all for Francis Fukuyama, but his 2006 write-up on Chávez’s ascent in WaPo was pretty good. Or, at least, clear: Latin America has indeed witnessed a turn to this postmodern left in some countries… Venezuela…
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Iranian Pastor Faces Execution for Refusing to Recant Christian Faith

Posted by  ▪  September 29, 2011
Fox News Reports: An Iranian pastor who has refused to renounce his Christian faith faces execution as early as Wednesday after his sentence was upheld by an Iranian court. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who maintains he has never been a Muslim as an adult, has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in…
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Redefining Mayoral Roles

Posted by  ▪  September 29, 2011
During a United Nations General Assembly summit on non-communicable diseases — a discussion that included diet and eating habits – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said “governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option.” Bloomberg is a fascist, but we’ve known that for years. He also might…
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Politically, Republicans cannot lose a 2012 Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare

Posted by  ▪  September 29, 2011
The Obama administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the 11th Circuit case which found the Obamacare mandate to be unconstitutional. There is no absolute right to appeal to the Supreme Court in this case; the Court decides which cases it will take.  Dahlia Lithwick has a round up of…
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A rising tide week (Virginia, Part 2)

Posted by  ▪  September 29, 2011
More from the Clear Brook, Virginia van featured yesterday, from frequent commenter DINORightMarie:
 

Open

Posted by  ▪  September 28, 2011
What’s doing? Palin’s appearance on Greta last night certainly leaves the impression she’s not running, and the reasons she articulated may very well be what she is thinking, not just cover talk: If someone doesn’t deeply want it, they should not run. Chris Christie (regardless of his merits) didn’t want it badly enough,…
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A prayer for 5772

Posted by  ▪  September 28, 2011
From Caroline Glick, in a must read post: It’s my prayer for coming year that US Jewish community will act with the majority of their fellow Americans to defend Israel. What’s most stunning is that such a prayer even is needed. Update: I should have pointed out that Glick cites extensively to Matthew Knee’s post…
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Norks learn Qaddafi’s lesson: Don’t give up nukes

Posted by  ▪  September 28, 2011
No one could have seen this coming. Via The Telegraph: Diplomatic efforts are under way to revive six-nation talks on the North’s nuclear disarmament. South Korea and the United States have held preparatory  discussions with the North since July. But Peter Hughes said senior officials there had told him that “if Colonel Kadhafi had not…
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“Patriotic Millionaires” want you to donate to them

Posted by  ▪  September 28, 2011
At a recent Obama campaign event masquerading as a town hall, an ex-Google executive begged Obama to raise his taxes, to which Obama responded with an Elizabeth Warren-like argument: It turns out the guy was a plant by a group called the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, which includes a number of wealthy…
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