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Welcome to Irene-Hype Central

Posted by  ▪  August 31, 2011
Rhode Island still is without power in much of the state, including my neighborhood.  National Grid is estimating that power will not be restored to the entire town until September 5. As of yesterday, as reported by The Providence Journal: Electrical power was the biggest casualty of Tropical Storm Irene –– and the…
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I haven’t recovered yet from the first

Posted by  ▪  August 31, 2011
Thanks to reader Greg who writes: I’m a young Legal Insurrection reader from North Carolina. I designed this anti-Obama bumper sticker and would really appreciate if you could help me spread the design so people can re-post or print it themselves. The beauty is that at first glance it looks pro-Obama, so…
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Widener Law School fundraising leader criticizes sanctions imposed on Prof. Lawrence Connell

Posted by  ▪  August 30, 2011
I previously posted about the resignation of Capt. (Ret.) Robert P. Taishoff, a major donor to Widener Law School and Chair of the school’s fundraising campaign, Widener Law School loses major donor over Connell case. I indicated that I had seen the text of Taishoff’s resignation communication, and that it was clear he…
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The Madison Flotilla

Posted by  ▪  August 30, 2011
I should know never to make a categorical statement about anything, because I have several thousand fact checkers/helpers. This morning I joked that I had not seen any boats involved in the Madison protests. Thanks to reader Patricia for sending me a link to a post about the Madison flotilla organized to protest at…
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Clarence Thomas on verge of victory

Posted by  ▪  August 30, 2011
That’s a theme in a very worthwhile article about Thomas written by Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker: These tempests obscure a larger truth about Thomas: that this year has also  been, for him, a moment of triumph. In several of the most important areas of  constitutional law, Thomas has emerged as…
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From “the best and the brightest” to “the best of the worst”

Posted by  ▪  August 30, 2011
The Kennedy administration has been described as having attracted the best and the brightest to government service, sometimes with bad but well-intentioned results. I don’t know Alan Krueger, Obama’s new head of the Council of Economic Advisers.  But Ezra Klein claims to know a lot about Krueger, describing him as such: … Krueger is arguably…
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They have boats in Wisconsin?

Posted by  ▪  August 30, 2011
I never knew they had boats in Wisconsin.  Is it on a lake or something?  I didn’t see any boats in the videos of the protests in Madison. But then again, they also didn’t seem to have a sense of humor in Madison, unlike the owner of the boat below.  Probably a…
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Add this to the list

Posted by  ▪  August 29, 2011
of stories about Obama’s demise about which I am skeptical. Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard argues that the media lovefest for Obama has weakened Obama by making him lazy: As a rule, the press is the scourge of presidents. They’re expected to endure unending scrutiny, mistrust, and badgering—plus hostility if they’re Republic…
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I never realized there was such a thing as …

Posted by  ▪  August 29, 2011
a “heavy duty teleprompter.” From the DC Examiner, on the occasion of Obama’s three-minute announcement of the appointment of a new economic adviser: President Obama required two heavy-duty teleprompters on Monday during a three-minute speech in which he nominated Alan Krueger to serve as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers.
 

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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