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24 years ago today, Borking was born

Posted by  ▪  October 23, 2011
24 years ago a new term was coined, “borking” or “to bork.”  It is a tactic in which Democrats still revel, except when they feel they are on the receiving end at which point they cry foul. Borking is the complete politicization of the judicial nomination process, in which bad motives are…
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If you have good blood pressure,

Posted by  ▪  October 23, 2011
I recommend reading this discussion between Eliot Spitzer and a protester from Occupy Wall Street. It is actually pretty interesting and shows that Spitzer hasn’t forgotten how to speak like a politician: MM: You think representative democracy is the best system we’ve got? ES: Yes! I say that without any hesitation. Because it…
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Occupy Wall Street metaphor alert

Posted by  ▪  October 23, 2011
We saw something similar in Wisconsin, when an anti-Scott Walker protester locked her head to a metal railing with a bicycle lock. Yesterday an Occupy Wall Street protester climbed a 70-foot statue demanding that Mayor Bloomberg resign and that the police presence be reduced.  The police attempted to talk him down, and…
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Rhode Island – A public sector pension plan which doesn’t make anything

Posted by  ▪  October 23, 2011
You know about the RI pension mess, because I’ve been pounding that issue pretty much since the founding of this blog three years ago. The New York Times takes a devastating look at Rhode Island, The Little State With a Big Mess (h/t @amandacarpenter): ON the night of Sept. 8, Gina M. Raimondo, a…
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I think I need a shower

Posted by  ▪  October 23, 2011
after seeing this. From reader Joe, send in an e-mail with the subject line “bumper sticker of the day-week-month”: Professor, Words fail me, see for yourself! Location- Croton Point Park, Westchester NY
 

Saturday Night Card Game (Herman Cain isn’t their type of black)(Readers’ Choice Award)

Posted by  ▪  October 22, 2011
Herman Cain is bringing out the worst venom from the liberal media and entertainment complex, and the left-wing blogosphere. Just as we saw liberal feminists fall all over themselves to bash Sarah Palin as an insult to women, so too we see liberals who claim to be enlightened on matters of race fall all…
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#OccupyDallas – the birds are not impressed

Posted by  ▪  October 22, 2011
The Live Stream camera at street level tells the story, the Occupy Dallas protesters control the streets with the line of marchers extending as far as the eye can see: Okay, maybe not.  Reader Derek writes: Professor, I’m an avid reader of your blog. I was in the office today and heard some chanting. I looked out…
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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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