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Friday night trites

Friday night trites

What a day.  I’m going to try to stay away from Newt-Mitt-fest, but no guarantees:

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On Iran, my first thought to the idea we or Israel are already outright attacking their nuclear/military facilities was that this is the same behavior we call terrorism when practiced by Iran’s lackey Hezbollah or by Al Qaeda, except our target has high military value. In fact, if Iran did pull anything like this on the US we’d either declare war (if the culprit was obvious) or take it as an excuse to ratchet up the war on terror internationally and domestically, or both. Iran so far seems to be downplaying these attacks but I doubt we’d do the same.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | December 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm

It’s been reported that Trump wants to moderate a Republican debate. They’ve all kissed his ring, so I really don’t see how they can decline to participate.

Congrats Obama. The worst president in history wins re-election because the Stupid Party is amazingly stupid.

    Methinks that you might be closer to the truth than you might realize.

    Where is the RNC regarding the defense of all aspiring candidates by attacking the real source of our problems, namely the anointed one.

    With the entire cabinet corrupt beyond a doubt, (the possible exception is Panetta), this administration is a disgrace to the nation and an insult to its law abiding citizens.

    GOP – Totally clueless with regard to neutralizing the DNC attack apparatus…

25 years for contempt of court? Sounds like punishment, which contempt proceedings are not supposed to be. Also, how can a person be ordered to undergo medical treatments?

Eventhough this guy is a scoundrel, the court is out of line. It would be interesting to see if SCOTUS will take this case up – some interesting issues at play here.

    janitor in reply to obpopulus. | December 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    How can someone be ordered to undergo psychiatric “treatment” when psychiatrists can’t cure diagnosed maladies. [Ref Robin Dawes, House of Cards]. What kind of “treatment” do the courts believe that psychs have for being a juvenile murderer? This is disturbing. That “slippery slope” thing…

    Jaynie59 in reply to obpopulus. | December 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

    To describe Craig Price as a “scoundrel” is just too much to let pass. I know this is a legal blog and Prof. Jacobson would have to explain why Rhode Island has acted the way it has, but I don’t care if what the state has done to keep Price in prison is ethical or not. I’ll leave that to you lawyers.

    I lived in Oakland Beach in Warwick in 1989 when Price was arrested for killing Joan Heaton and her two daughters. Oakland Beach is right next to Buttonwoods where the murders happened. You’d have to know Warwick to understand this, but to have something like that happen in Buttonwoods was just incomprehensible and terrifying for a single woman who lived in Oakland Beach. It was very scary.

    I won’t describe what I heard about the murders from some cop acquaintances but they were horrific. Anything the state can do legally to keep Price behind bars is worth it.

      William A. Jacobson in reply to Jaynie59. | December 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

      Thanks for that. For readers who are unaware, Craig Price was a brutal multiple murderer who used the state loophole on crimes committed underage (don’t recall what the age minimum was, I think 16 or 17) to avoid prosecution as an adult. The law has since been changed. Price was to be released when he turned 21, but he was charged with assaulting a prison guard, which landed him a lengthy (I think 8 year) sentence, which was approaching its end. Clearly, the contempt charges were another attempt to keep this unrepentant murderer behind bars before he kills again. All along he has had access to legal counsel, and the courts have upheld his challenges. Bad facts make bad law, and this may be bad law, but as with Jaynie59, I’m glad he’ll stay behind bars for a long time.

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Be nice if Legal Insurrection got together with some other enterprising blogs and sponsored a real debate.

Also wonder if there is anything like a first annual “Legal Insurrection Summer Weekend Conference in Las Vegas” in the works?

Nothing like Vegas in the summer. Little poolside time, little gambling, a few lectures, dinner … I believe National Review raises money having cruises with featured conservative speakers. Michael Medved raises money leading an annual tour of Israel. Just food for thought.

LukeHandCool (who loves to play craps but whose social phobia has worsened over time, precluding him now from bellying up to the craps table by himself. He needs a few drinks and a trusted gambling companion to stave off what he knows is the totally irrational fear that the strangers around the table are thinking, “What the hell is he doing here?!” And who, other than that, is probably the most neuroses-free person on the planet … and who denies rumors he has a piano set in a sand box in his bedroom like Brian Wilson … that’s just crazy).

    Be nice if Legal Insurrection got together with some other enterprising blogs and sponsored a real debate.

    This is an excellent idea!

What do you mean renovate? In our little town, where we moved 23 years ago, we’re on our third brand new Social Security Commission building. I didn’t know they kept anything around long enough to require maintenance.

Eqypt, the next Somalia – looted, starving and insolvent.

“Hey You, the Square” – Arab Spring music…
Music from a non-Islamist, cosmopolitan Eqyptian minority.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB1DN6cHWr0

And Zeinobia, the Egyptian girl, chronicles her times and the decline and fall of Eqypt
http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/

But things fall apart, Egypt is on target to become the next failed state. Spengler explains…

“Stripped of a thin Western veneer, what remains of Egypt is one of the world’s most backward societies, despite the veneer of sophistication that beguiled reporters who parachuted into Cairo for the Tahrir Square theatrics in February. Nearly a third of Egyptians marry cousins (because they count on their clan to protect them). 45% are illiterate. 90% of adult women suffered genital mutilation.”

“What ordinary Egyptians see is they barely can fill their stomachs on the 5-piaster (less than 1 cent) pita loaves subsidized by the government. They are looking for someone to blame, and there is plenty of blame to go around: the new book from al-Wafd on Egypt’s central bank puts a narrative in place to explain the impending collapse of the Egyptian currency and the food shortages that will come with it. (Egypt is reported to be the world’s largest importer of wheat. In 2010, the oil minister stated that Egypt imports 40% of its food, and 60% of its wheat.
http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-01-31/markets/30099172_1_food-prices-world-wheat-food-inflation#ixzz1fT7fcLfN )
In fact, the surge in corruption is an effect rather than a cause of Egypt’s financial collapse. Once Asian demand pushed grain prices to a permanently higher plateau, the old regime was finished. And once the instability killed Egypt’s tourism, financial collapse became a matter of “when” rather than “if.” Rather than stay and try to get richer, the kleptocrats are salvaging what they can and getting out.

Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak left Egypt without a single untainted institution. As in Iran in 1979, the Westernized elite, who speak foreign languages and keep bank accounts abroad, will decamp for the fleshpots of London. The Islamists are left by default.

The difference between Egypt and a banana republic is, the bananas: the collapse of Latin American currencies during the 1980s never led to starvation, because it occurred in countries that exported food. The difference between Egypt and Iran is oil. An Islamist Egypt will resemble not Iran, but Somalia.”

http://pjmedia.com/spengler/2011/12/02/corruption-and-islamism-in-egypt/?singlepage=true

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MB02Ak01.html

DINORightMarie | December 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

I find it hard to accept all these nameless so-called Republican “insiders” and such that are being quoted in these Newt hit pieces (see Hot Air’s Quotes of the Day yesterday for a collection of them).

And then there are the ones with a face and well-known name: “Newt, who would have made a marvelous Marxist……” ?!?! Really?! Really, George Will?! You want Romney that badly?!

It is one thing to say Newt is not a stable, solid Conservative, if that is your opinion. (And I say, have the courage to say it on the record, if you believe it.) But to equate Newt with Marxism? That is beyond the pale, and beneath contempt, IMHO.

The primary process is good for duking it out, ensuring that the person selected is well vetted – that their positions and vision is the best the field has to offer. However, the Republicans seem to tear each other apart, doing the Democrats’ dirty work for them, in many cases.

Will someone do a non-biased, clear assessment of each of the candidates, outlining their vision, their record, and their commitment to Conservative principles?! Anyone?!

    Henry Hawkins in reply to DINORightMarie. | December 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Will and Krauthammer are longtime close associates of the old school Rockefellerian GOP, wine and cheese Republicans.
    Romney paid his dues in 2008, lost to McCain, but secured their (the est. GOP) approval to be next in line for 2012. It’s Mitt’s turn. How dare we provincial peons choose a candidate on our own! How dare we ignore their brilliance! Don’t we realize and accept that the people who *matter* have already decided it’s to be Mitt Romney?

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