Posts by Leslie Eastman  (Page 56)
 

75,000 Bikers versus 25 Truthers

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Posted by    Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:45am 9/12/2013 at 9:45am

For event organizers, the definition of failure is when counter-protesters and police outnumber your intended audience.

A good example to total event failure was the “Million Muslim March,” which was just a bit shy of its goal…by 999,975 people.

And it seems that the event wasn’t so much about Islam, but about the ...

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As the World Turns…..to the Right!

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:48am 9/11/2013 at 11:48am

As Americans are debating over how to react to the situation in Syria, there have been some fascinating developments elsewhere in the world well worth noting.

For example, one of Scandinavia’s most nanny-state governments has had an election that tilted their state dramatically rightward:

Conservative Party leader Erna Solberg — nicknamed “Iron Erna”...

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Americans “stand their ground” to assemble peaceably

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:15am 9/11/2013 at 8:15am

As a Tea Party activist, I am aware of many cases where officials become very insistent that citizens have all their paperwork in order before exercising the right to peacefully assemble.

And, like the I.R.S. review of tax exemption applications, the same set of stringent rules do not apply to progressive organizations.

Tammy...

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Hobby Lobby and “rights” and Obamacare

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 9:40am 9/10/2013 at 9:40am

Earlier this year, I covered the story of the buycott is support of Hobby Lobby.

Over 60,000 Americans including myself bought items in support of an important legal case initiated by owner David Green.

The firm, which sells arts and crafts supplies, filed a lawsuit against the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate...

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Japan sees slow economic recovery but strengthening military

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Posted by    Friday, September 6, 2013 at 9:30am 9/6/2013 at 9:30am

After covering the continuing fallout from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, I decided to see how Japan’s economy was recovering after the devastating 2011 tsunami.

If Obama-style definitions were utilized, their recovery would be spectacular. However, with growth at...

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The Indian economy is shaking like a Bollywood dancer

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Posted by    Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 8:00am 9/5/2013 at 8:00am

Those who follow my exploits know I dance Bollywood, so it is not surprising that this news clip would catch my interest:

Indian newspapers have been gushing about the incoming governor of the central bank, Raghuram Rajan, in terms usually reserved for Bollywood film stars:...

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An update on Japan’s Fukushima plant and its radioactive leak

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Posted by    Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 7:45am 9/1/2013 at 7:45am

While all eyes are on Syria, there is some news from Japan that caught my eye.

Readers may recall that the Fukushima nuclear power plant had a series of equipment failures and nuclear meltdowns in the wake of a devastating tsunami in 2011.  There as been a recent update in the...

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Citizens organizing fast food buycott to counter union strike

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Posted by    Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 3:35pm 8/29/2013 at 3:35pm

Fast food workers in dozens of cities will strike today in support of higher wages.  The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been providing financial support and training</...

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San Diego Featured in a Modern Satyricon

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 8:30am 8/28/2013 at 8:30am

As a history geek, I find Victor Davis Hanson’s analogies to ancient classics entertaining.

As a San Diegan, however, I couldn’t help but blush as this savvy pundit featured my home town in an essay referencing a gem of Western literature that describes the decadence of Imperial Rome.

The Satyricon is an often-cruel...

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Chicago’s new “Safe Passage Routes” for school kids are anything but

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 9:30am 8/27/2013 at 9:30am

As the nation was gripped by the George Zimmerman trial, over 50 people were shot in Chicago…many of them as young and black as the much publicized Trayvon Martin.

With shootings seemingly so rampant, Chicago area parents are worried about the safety of their children.  This is especially true, as

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As Yosemite Burns, California Goes Green on Power Supply Threat

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Posted by    Monday, August 26, 2013 at 5:30pm 8/26/2013 at 5:30pm

One of my cherished memories is camping with my husband and son in Yosemite. The beauty and serenity of the park are breathtaking.

So, the news that it is at the center of one of the largest wildfires in California history is devastating. At this point, it looks like our heroic firefighters...

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California’s business environment going to pot

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Posted by    Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 8:30am 8/25/2013 at 8:30am

As a Californian, I am thrilled to discover there is actually one business our bureaucrats won’t over-regulate.

Sadly, it is medical marijuana farming. However, the lessons it offers about the effects of selective reinforcement of regulations are enlightening.

In the Merced Sun-Star, Dan Morain describes how marijuana farming practices in Butte County threaten...

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Resigns, then Blames “Lynch Mob”

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Posted by    Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:15am 8/24/2013 at 8:15am

I am happy to report the San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused by 17 separate women of sexual harassment incidents, has announced his resignation.

The San Diego City Council voted 7-0 to accept Mayor Bob Filner’s resignation. Filner will step down on August 30. Two city council members abstained...

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Nevada gives California “Greyhound Therapy”

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Posted by    Friday, August 23, 2013 at 11:06am 8/23/2013 at 11:06am

Many of Legal Insurrection friends question the sanity of California voters, justifiably.

However, it seems that a neighboring state may have been contributing to our problems, at least in San Francisco:

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is demanding that Nevada reimburse California cities and counties for treatment of about 500 indigent psychiatric...

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Americans Target Obama, Boehner and Filner in Protest Activities

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Posted by    Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 12:45pm 8/22/2013 at 12:45pm

As a co-founder of the first San Diego Tea Party group, I appreciate grassroots activism that lights fires under our politicos.

I would like to feature two new citizen-organized protests and update my Legal Insurrection friends on the local one I have been closely following. They are each inspiring, in their...

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California Judge’s Ruling May Save State from Bullet Train

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 4:05pm 8/21/2013 at 4:05pm

There has been an important ruling on a court case involving the construction of California’s budget-busting high speed train.

And provisions written into the ballot measure approved by voters when they agreed to the train may save them from its unintended consequences. A Sacramento judge ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority ...

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Mayor Bob Filner is San Diego’s Great Divider

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:40am 8/20/2013 at 7:40am

San Diegans have been gathering together for a number of events with Mayor Bob Filner as their central theme.

However, the messages for Filner, who has now been accused by 16 women publicly of sexual harassment,  have been strikingly different.

This past Sunday, hundreds gathered by City Hall for a “

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