Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 707)
 

Catch 22 — Burris Suit Turns on Meaning of “Commissions”

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 4:29pm 1/7/2009 at 4:29pm

On December 31, 2008, Roland Burris filed suit in the Illinois Supreme Court seeking an order compelling Secretary of State Jesse White to sign and affix the state seal to the Certificate of Appointment (see Exhibit A to Burris’ Complaint) signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointing Burris to Barack Obama’s open...

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At Least Harry Reid Didn’t Call Roland Burris “Articulate and Clean”

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 11:27am 1/7/2009 at 11:27am

Harry Reid just held a news conference in which he continued to refuse to seat Roland Burris. Reid’s justifications are transparent and unjustifiable. Reid claims he is waiting for the Illinois Supreme Court to force Illino...

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Harry Reid Shoots Harry Reid In The Foot

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:47am 1/7/2009 at 8:47am

When Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced the appointment of Roland Burris to Barack Obama’s open Senate seat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took a principled stance: Burris would not be seated. That principle was wrong, but at least it was a principle.

Initially, Reid had widespread...

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Obama Sticks Pin In Social Security Bubble

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 7:38pm 1/6/2009 at 7:38pm

It appears that Barack Obama intends on following through with his campaign promise to issue refundable income tax credits so that people who pay no income taxes will get “refund” checks from the federal government. Obama justifies these payments as being a refund of payroll taxes. While many people have referred...

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A Test For Internet Addiction Disorder – Take At Your Own Risk

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 7:52pm 1/5/2009 at 7:52pm

When I announced the discovery of “Blooger Mood Disorder,” I had no idea what I was getting into. Next came, Bloggernoia and SiteMeter Fever elucidated by Robert Stacy McCain, then SiteMeter Envy.

I never should have started on this path. I have stumbled on “Internet Addition Disorder,” which disproportionately affects Chinese internet...

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Hugo Chavez Plays Joe Kennedy For A Fool – Funny

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 7:26pm 1/5/2009 at 7:26pm

Update 1/8/2009: Hugo has changed his mind, after intervention by or on behalf of Joe Kennedy. Apparently, the goodwill of a Kennedy is more important to Hugo than providing for his own people.
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Joe Kennedy shamelessly aligned himself with Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez to provide...

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Dying NY Times Runs Dying CBS Ad on Front Page

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 2:18pm 1/5/2009 at 2:18pm

The New York Times has run an advertisement on its front page for the first time ever. What a precious moment, made all the more poignant by the fact that the ad was from CBS television.

So the dying NY Times breaks with tradition to run an ad by the dying...

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What if Blagojevich Is Not Guilty?

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 9:19am 1/5/2009 at 9:19am

Events are moving so quickly in the saga of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, that there has been precious little time to reflect. But as I look back on the past month, I keep thinking of Raymond J. Donovan, and a question keeps nagging me; what if Blagojevich is not guilty?

While many...

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It’s Approaching 3 a.m. for Israel

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Posted by    Monday, January 5, 2009 at 8:09am 1/5/2009 at 8:09am

On October 29, 2008, I wrote It’s 3 a.m. and the Prime Minister of Israel is Calling, which appeared at American Thinker. Considering how events in the Middle East are unfolding, and the likelihood that in two weeks the Obama administration will make decisions on UN resolutions, equipment re-supply, and other...

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Can Senate Republicans Refuse To Seat Any New Democratic Senators?

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Posted by    Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 11:35am 1/4/2009 at 11:35am

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated today that the Senate can do “whatever we want” with regard to seating Roland Burris, the appointee of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Reid may want to rethink that position.

Reid apparently is picking up on an argument advanced by Harvard Law School Professor (and potential...

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It’s Not Left v. Right, But Blogosphere v. Mainstream Media

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Posted by    Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 9:19am 1/4/2009 at 9:19am

The rise of the blogosphere owes to two developments: (1) the technology of the internet which allows individuals to be heard by a potentially unlimited audience without filtering by traditional news organizations, and (2) the agenda-driven mainstream media, which has driven tens of millions of conservatives and liberals to the internet...

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SiteMeter Envy

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Posted by    Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 1:30pm 1/3/2009 at 1:30pm

I recently identified Blogger Mood Disorder, “a condition in which one’s mood swings up and down in sync with the level of blog traffic.”

The Other McCain (the one who has never lost an election) then identified two syndromes related to BMD, “SiteMeter Fever” and “Bloggernoia.” These syndromes focus only on one’s...

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Will Blago Meet RICO?

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Posted by    Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 9:34am 1/3/2009 at 9:34am

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has requested a three month extension of time to bring an indictment against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, stating that he needed more time to review thousands of telephone intercepts and to interview new witnesses. While I can’t presume to know what is in Fitzgerald’s mind, it looks...

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Why Does Fitzgerald Need More Time?

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Posted by    Friday, January 2, 2009 at 9:00am 1/2/2009 at 9:00am

A post at Critical Thoughts blog notes the relative silence of the Blagojevich blogoshpere about the request of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald for a three month extension of the time to bring an indictment against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and suggests that Fitzgerald may have moved quickly out of concern further...

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Will Harry Reid Also Bar Caroline Kennedy?

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Posted by    Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 10:02am 1/1/2009 at 10:02am

According to news reports, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is prepared to have armed guards bar Roland Burris from the Senate floor, despite the fact that Burris has been legally appointed to Barack Obama’s open Senate seat by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. At the same time, Reid is praising the...

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New Year’s Resolution: Beat Blogger Mood Disorder

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

Although I only have been blogging for fewer than three months, I have identified a problem which must be quite common. I’ll call it Blogger Mood Disorder. I have no psychiatric background, but I can identify the symptoms and have come up with the following description:

Blogger Mood Disorder is a condition...

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Thanks, and Happy New Year

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11:11am 12/31/2008 at 11:11am

Legal Insurrection Blog started on October 12, 2008, with what is still my favorite post, Obama is Door No. 2.

In those first days, readership consisted of me, a few relatives, a couple of neighbors, and some friends of relatives. Then a handful of other followers signed on, for reasons I am...

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