Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 700)
 

Blagojevich Trial Day 2: The Gun That Didn’t Smoke

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 6:40am 1/28/2009 at 6:40am

I listened to much of day two of the Illinois Senate impeachment trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. This was the day when the smoking gun would be revealed, in the form of four audio tapes just released by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Despite the claims in some of the television and...

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UNRWA Fails To Prevent Hiring Of Terrorists, Says Former General Counsel

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 9:23pm 1/27/2009 at 9:23pm

James G. Lindsay, the former General Counsel of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), has issued a detailed 84-page report harshly critical of UNRWA’s policies with regard to Palestinian refugees. The report is titled “Fixing UNRWA Repairing the UN’s Troubled System of...

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At Least One Illinois Senator Understands The Injustice Of The Impeachment Process

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 9:00am 1/27/2009 at 9:00am

At least one Illinois Senator appears to understand that the rigged rules of the Senate impeachment trial of Rod Blagojevich, do not allow Blagojevich a fair trial. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sen. Rickey Hendon wants to ensure that Blagojevich gets a fair trial and “is upset that senators are being...

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British Papers Cover For Hamas Again In Latest Ceasefire Breach

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 8:17am 1/27/2009 at 8:17am

Hamas set off a massive roadside bomb at the Gaza border, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding several on the Israeli side of the border. In return fire, one Palestinian was killed. So how do British papers report the story? Here are the headlines:

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Obama Wants You To Be Honest

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Posted by    Monday, January 26, 2009 at 9:39am 1/26/2009 at 9:39am

Last October was our first Halloween in Ithaca, New York. Because I couldn’t tend to the door, I put a box of candy on the front porch, with a sign that said “Please be honest, take just one.”

This being Ithaca in the month before the election, I thought about putting on...

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The Unjust and Unconstitutional Trial of Rod Blagojevich

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Posted by    Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 7:03pm 1/25/2009 at 7:03pm

On Monday, January 26, 2009, the impeachment trial of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich begins. Nominally, the trial will be held by the Illinois Senate with the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding. In reality, this case is, and always has been, under the control of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

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The Satellite Doesn’t Lie – Obama Inauguration Crowd Was No Big Deal

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Posted by    Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 9:56am 1/25/2009 at 9:56am

Estimating the size of crowds traditionally has been an art, not a science. The art part of crowd-estimating leaves much to the artist’s interpretation. Police departments often go with their “gut” feeling based upon experience with prior events, or a helicopter flyover.

In the case...

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Should Law Professors Really Be Running The Government?

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Posted by    Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 10:37am 1/24/2009 at 10:37am

You know the old saying, “those who can’t do, teach.” When I was in private law practice, I took that saying as gospel. Now that I teach, I’m not so sure I like it, or that it’s true. I think a better phrase might be, “those who teach, should be careful...

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The Left Lied The Country Into Accusing Bush Of Lying Us Into War!

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Posted by    Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 9:09am 1/24/2009 at 9:09am

An air strike from a Predator drone killed 15-20 people in the tribal areas of Pakistan yesterday. According to most reports, the targets were al-Qaida operatives. Presumably, the CIA, NSA, and other government intelligence agencies had intelligence information as to the location of the operatives in a...

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Blagojevich Right, But Doing It Wrong

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Posted by    Friday, January 23, 2009 at 3:45pm 1/23/2009 at 3:45pm

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich just finished a press conference in which he claimed that he is not participating in the Senate impeachment trial, scheduled to start Monday, because the Senate impeachment trial rules deprive Blagojevich of a fundamentally fair hearing. Blagojevich is right that he is being deprived of a fair...

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I Feel Safe Now

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Posted by    Friday, January 23, 2009 at 12:08am 1/23/2009 at 12:08am

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans …. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet...

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Musicians Finger-Faked Inaugural Music

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Posted by    Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 10:22pm 1/22/2009 at 10:22pm

As if the flubbed oath of office wasn’t enough, it has now been revealed that the all-star musical ensemble at Barack Obama’s inauguration didn’t play the music you heard live. The honorable Itzhak Perlman, Gabriela Montero, Yo-Yo Ma, and Anthony McGill actually played on...

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Domestic Oil Drilling Still Is The Answer

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Posted by    Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 7:35am 1/22/2009 at 7:35am

Dramatic increases in domestic drilling were offered as the answer to many of our economic problems last summer when gas was approaching $4 per gallon. Even Democrats were forced to recognize the need to open up some offshore drilling, and pressure was building to drill in ANWR in Alaska. Yet...

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Obama’s First President-to-President Call to Abu Mazen

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 7:03pm 1/21/2009 at 7:03pm

Symbolism counts for a lot. In a highly symbolic move, Barack Obama’s first President-to-President phone call was to Abu Mazen, a/k/a Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and President of the Palestinian Authority:

In a flurry of telephone calls from the Oval Office, [Obama] reached out to leaders in the...

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Do Unto Obama As Obama Did Unto Bush? You Betcha

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 10:59am 1/21/2009 at 10:59am

I really wanted to put my disgust at Bush Derangement Syndrome behind me in approaching Obama.

Yes, Obama and his supporters (i) repeatedly lied about Bush lying us into war, (ii) distorted the court rulings on Gitmo to create the false impression...

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NY Times Takes Out Subprime Mortgage

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 12:22pm 1/20/2009 at 12:22pm

On the morning of the inauguration, when attention was focused on the peaceful transition of power from George Bush to Barack Obama, the NY Times disclosed that it had taken out a loan from Mexican financier Carlos Slim on terms that would shame the worst subprime lender:

The New York Times Co.,...

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Stupidest Anti-Bush Comment Of The Day, Week, Month, Year, Century, Millennium

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 9:55am 1/20/2009 at 9:55am

I have thought about opening up this blog, as many do, to multiple bloggers. It would make the work load much easier, but it carries the huge risk that one of the co-bloggers would say something really stupid, and the taint would rub off on me. So, at an excellent ...

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