Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 704)
 

What Do Paul Krugman and Khaled Mashal Have In Common?

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Posted by    Friday, January 16, 2009 at 2:43pm 1/16/2009 at 2:43pm

Paul Krugman is the NY Times columnist who won the Nobel prize for economics work he did over a decade ago before he became a columnist. Khalid Mashal is the political leader of Hamas based in Syria, who attained his position based on terrorist work he did more than a decade...

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Must Israel Use “Proportionate” Force Against Hamas?

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Posted by    Friday, January 16, 2009 at 12:06pm 1/16/2009 at 12:06pm

It is always a little dangerous when law professors opine on areas of law with which they have little familiarity. That is why I have stayed away from the issue of whether Israel must use “proportionate” force against Hamas. Although I suspected that the term “proportionate” was used disproportionately and wrongly...

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Remembering Air Florida Flight 90

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Posted by    Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 5:49pm 1/15/2009 at 5:49pm

Watching live television coverage of the US Airways crash in the Hudson River today, I’m reminded of Air Florida Flight 90, which crashed into the Potomac River on January 13, 1982. The Air Florida plane hit the 14th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C., killing 78 people, including four motorists. I’ll never...

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Add “Blogger Burnout” To The List Of Blogger Ailments

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Posted by    Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 2:18pm 1/15/2009 at 2:18pm

Professor Stephen Baindridge, of “Professor Baindridge” fame, is simplifying and scaling back his blog as a result of “suffering for a while now from a severe case of blogging burnout.” When one of the “giants” of blogging needs a break, one has to wonder if this is where Blogger Mood Disorder...

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Obama Backtracks On Osama

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 9:01pm 1/14/2009 at 9:01pm

Remember Barack Obama’s famous attack on John McCain, that McCain wasn’t willing to go to the cave where Osama bin Laden was hiding: “John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell – but he won’t even go to the cave where he lives.” Or...

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Can We Also Impeach Law Professors For “Legal Distortions”?

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 10:45am 1/14/2009 at 10:45am

As we get closer to Barack Obama taking office, the cry for “war crimes” trials of Bush administration lawyers who expressed legal opinions regarding coerced interrogation grows louder.

I have yet to hear anyone call for a war crimes trial for the attorneys during the Clinton administration who created unnecessary and artificial...

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Something’s Fishy About The Burris “Paperwork” Fiasco

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 4:47pm 1/13/2009 at 4:47pm

Has anybody actually seen the paperwork Roland Burris submitted to the Secretary of the Senate which caused Harry Reid and Dick Durbin to approve seating Burris?

In her January 12, 2009 Press Release, the Secretary of the Senate stated that “Mr. Burris’s certificate, and accompanying documentation, appear to contain all the essential...

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No Fair: In Iran Men Only Buried To The Waist During Stoning

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 4:25pm 1/13/2009 at 4:25pm

OK, latest hot button issue. The government of Iran discriminates against women when it comes to stoning as punishment for adultery. Women are buried up to their neck, while men are buried only up to the waist. If you can escape the stoning, you are allowed to go free, which means...

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If Obama Builds It, Who Will Maintain It?

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 10:27am 1/13/2009 at 10:27am

Barack Obama is about to propose a massive, trillion dollar stimulus package, the centerpiece of which is infrastructure projects. Large-scale infrastructure projects have a long history of cost-overruns, mob-influence through corrupt unions, and are not effective at long-term job creation.

But that is not the worst of it. Once built, who will...

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Senate Lawyers Paper-Over Reid and Durbin’s Burris Problem

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Posted by    Monday, January 12, 2009 at 4:13pm 1/12/2009 at 4:13pm

It has just been announced that Senate lawyers have agreed that Roland Burris’ paperwork is in order, and he should be seated. If you followed the commentary on my post The Burris-Murkowski Double Standard, you would have seen this coming. There is no way that Reid and Durbin could maintain the...

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The Burris-Murkowski Double Standard

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Posted by    Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 10:43am 1/11/2009 at 10:43am

Harry Reid and Dick Durbin have been adamant that they will not seat Roland Burris unless Illinois Secretary...

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Harry Reid Is Wrong — There Has Been A Senate Appointment Without A Secretary Of State Certification

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Posted by    Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 6:17pm 1/10/2009 at 6:17pm

Harry Reid is refusing to seat Roland Burris because Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will not sign a certificate complying with Senate Rule 2. Reid made the following statement justifying his position:

And we have a situation here...

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Emergency Alert: Islamic Jihad Seizes Israeli Soldiers’ Hot Dogs

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Posted by    Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 4:55pm 1/10/2009 at 4:55pm

This just in:

First, the bad news – Islamic Jihad has seized the hot dogs of invading Zionist-entity soldiers.

Next, the good news – The hot dog wrappers were empty.

Then, the really good news –

“Meanwhile, the IDF has boasted somewhat more impressive achievements Saturday. The army said it killed Gaza City rocket chief...

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Even More Childish Reasons To Support Sanjay Gupta

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Posted by    Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 3:51pm 1/10/2009 at 3:51pm

Yesterday I posted Support Sanjay Gupta Since Michael Moore Hates Him. A nice, tight little piece joking how the mere fact that Michael Moore hates Sanjay Gupta is enough for me to support Gupt...

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Will The Fate Of The Constitution Turn On An 8×10″ Framed Certificate?

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Posted by    Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 9:58am 1/10/2009 at 9:58am

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Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, needlessly has created a potential constitutional crisis over the seating of Roland Burris, the lawful appointee of Illinois Gov....
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U.S. In Massive Arms Resupply To Israel Days Before Obama Inauguration

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Posted by    Friday, January 9, 2009 at 8:59pm 1/9/2009 at 8:59pm

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz is reporting that the U.S. has arranged for a charter ship “to carry 325 standard 20-foot containers of what is listed as ‘ammunition’ on two separate journeys from...

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Harry Reid’s Ego v. The Junior Senator From Illinois

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Posted by    Friday, January 9, 2009 at 2:55pm 1/9/2009 at 2:55pm

Harry Reid refuses to give in to the U.S. Constitution. With each passing day, Reid has been embarrassing himself more and more. The decision of the Illinois Supreme Court ruling that Roland Burris is the lawful appointee of Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes clear that this dispute is about Reid’s ego,...

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