Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 697)
 

“Some Say” Obama Is A Shorter

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Posted by    Friday, June 5, 2009 at 8:04am 6/5/2009 at 8:04am

I didn’t know what the term “shorter” meant until I started blogging. A “shorter” is someone who exaggerates someone else’s opinion, or creates a false choice between two extremes. Back in the day, such form of argument would be called setting up a “strawman.”

As others have pointed out, Obama loves strawman...

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Obama Speech In One Sentence

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Posted by    Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 8:08am 6/4/2009 at 8:08am

Here is a one sentence summary of Barack Obama’s “historic” speech to the Muslim world:

“I have no right to tell you how to live, because we’re as bad as you are, but here’s how you need to live.”

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Unaccountable Commission May Run Healthcare

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Posted by    Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 7:23am 6/4/2009 at 7:23am

Three card monte is a scam in which the sucker is led to believe he is following the winning card, when in fact the skillful dealer has distracted the sucker into following the wrong card. The sucker never wins.

Right now, everyone’s focus is on Obama’s “historic” speech to the Muslim world...

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Obama Doesn’t Bow to King Abdullah

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 9:40pm 6/3/2009 at 9:40pm

Depends on what the meaning of “bow” is. Because leaning down to have a medal put over your head is not a bow. How could anyone think otherwise? From LGF:

Please note! Barack Obama is absolutely not bowing to King Abdullah! He’s receiving a medal.

That is not a bow. It’s very, very...

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Sotomayor’s Supporters May Spin Her Out Of A Job

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 5:21pm 6/3/2009 at 5:21pm

The White House explanation for Sonia Sotomayor’s 2001 “wise Latina” statement was that Sotomayor used a “poor” choice of words and certainly would “restate”...

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Because Only The Far Right Incites Violence

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 8:01am 6/2/2009 at 8:01am

See HotAir and Michelle Malkin for more examples of “kill Bush” memorabilia.

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What Sandra Day O’Connor Said

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Posted by    Monday, June 1, 2009 at 2:34pm 6/1/2009 at 2:34pm

In my post yesterday, I noted that Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus wasn’t “buying” the Obama administration spin that Sonia Sotomayor made a “poor” choice of words or misspoke in her speech in 2001 when Sotomayor said “I...

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Sotomayor “Meant What She Said and Said What She Meant”

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Posted by    Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 11:21am 5/31/2009 at 11:21am

Ruth Marcus is a columnist for the Washington Post. By any standard, Marcus is left-of-center, not an Obama-basher, and not hostile to liberal causes. So when Marcus rejects the White House spin on Sonia Sotomayor’swise Latina” statement, it deserves attention:

Nice try, Mr. President, but I’m not buying the poor-choice-of-words defense...

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Because I’m Entitled

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Posted by    Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 9:21am 5/31/2009 at 9:21am

I did it because I’m entitled to burn a jet-load full of fuel, even though:

  • I plan to cap industry’s production of carbon emissions regardless of whether it destroys our global competitiveness
  • My carbon emission caps will cost consumers thousands of dollars per family in higher energy costs
  • I have made independence from foreign...
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Those Other “Unfortunate” Words

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Posted by    Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 8:35am 5/31/2009 at 8:35am

“Scott, you said that – or the President said, repeatedly, that Harriet Miers was the best person for the job. So does that mean Alito is sloppy seconds, or what?”

CBS News Correspondent, John Roberts, at White House Press Briefing, questioning White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. Roberts later apologized, saying...

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Prominent Constitutional Scholar Warns Of “Stealth Nominee”

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Posted by    Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 5:14pm 5/30/2009 at 5:14pm

Bruce Ackerman, a prominent constitutional law professor at Yale Law School, warned against the tactic of “stealth” Supreme Court nominations, where an ideologically driven President who seeks to change the direction of the Supreme Court nomin...

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Sotomayor’s Damned Statistics

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Posted by    Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 8:57am 5/30/2009 at 8:57am

“There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” So it is said. We now have reached stage three of the Sotomayor debate, because we are into statistical analysis of her opinions and dissents.

First, some backdrop on statistics as relates to Supreme Court nominees. During the confirmation process for Samuel Alito, then law...

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Misleading Sotomayor Headline Of The Day

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Posted by    Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:37pm 5/29/2009 at 10:37pm

At a 2001 conference, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor uttered these now-famous words:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

The White House has acknowledged that ...

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Ambassador “Vacuum Cleaner” Gets Company

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Posted by    Friday, May 29, 2009 at 11:05am 5/29/2009 at 11:05am

Louis Susman of Chicago was nicknamed “the vacuum cleaner” because he was so good at cleaning out the pockets of the wealthy to get them to give to Democratic causes and candidates. As noted on this blog last February, Susman was in line for ambassadorship to Britain after having raised $240 ...

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Sotomayor’s Disparate Impact

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Posted by    Friday, May 29, 2009 at 8:18am 5/29/2009 at 8:18am

The New York Times has an article today about Sonia Sotomayor’s board membership at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEP) starting in the 1980s until she joined the federal judiciary in 1992. According to the article, Sotomayor was far from a passive board member, and took an active...

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Release The Sotomayor Memos

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Posted by    Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 9:31am 5/28/2009 at 9:31am

Barack Obama campaigned on the theme of a new era of transparency. Obama used that theme as a justification for the release of four highly classified internal Justice Department memos detailing strategies for interrogation of alQaeda detainees, over the objections of Obama’s own Director of the CIA.

It’s time to bring that...

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First Libby, Now Burris

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 10:17am 5/27/2009 at 10:17am

On December 9, 2008, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald held an emergency press conference to announce a criminal complaint against then Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. While there were many accusations, the most prominent and inflammatory was...

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