Posts by Leslie Eastman  (Page 97)
 

Egypt’s Gen. al-Sisi turns Islam on the Islamists

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 7:00am 5/14/2014 at 7:00am

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former Egyptian army chief who deposed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi, is likely to win in the upcoming presidential election at the end of this month.

His popularity has increased enormously during his successful battle against Egypt’s religious extremists who threatened to enact a wide array of...

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Hot Sauce giant eyes Texas as California business climate gets chilly

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:00am 5/13/2014 at 7:00am

Per its tradition in the second week of May, America’s business leaders have voted for the states with the “best” and “worst” business climates.

As usual, Chief Executive Magazine places California at the top….of the naughty list!

That’s 10 years in a row — a decade of dominance.

Over that same period, California saw...

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Hiding the harsh realities of the “creative destruction of capitalism”

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Posted by    Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:30pm 5/5/2014 at 5:30pm

Conservative dynamo Tammy Bruce recently took a look at the how the federal government is masking the realities of our very questionable economic “recovery,”  disguising  the fact that 20 percent of American families do not have a single person in the household who is employed.

That kind of image is not great...

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DOJ’s “Operation Choke Point” Strips Porn Stars of Bank Accounts

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Posted by    Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:30am 5/2/2014 at 8:30am

As a Tea Party activist, I am accustomed to the fact that our citizen-based groups are targeted.

However, given how much time federal employees spend watching adult films during work hours, I would think that protecting the porn business would be a priority.

So, imagine my surprise at discovering this legal enterprise  is...

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Egypt: 683 sentenced to death, including Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:30am 4/30/2014 at 8:30am

In Egypt, it looks like they have opted to go BIG:

A judge in Egypt on Monday sentenced to death 683 alleged supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president in the latest mass trial that included the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, defense lawyers said.

But in a surprise reversal, the same judge also...

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Rick Perry Has Last Laugh as Toyota Moves to Texas

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 1:45pm 4/29/2014 at 1:45pm

Professor Jacobson just asked if a Toyota can get from California to Texas on single tank of gas?

As a Californian, I would like to answer that question.

First, you need to know that California Governor Jerry Brown recently said Rick Perry’s efforts to recruit businesses to Texas are “barely a fart.”

So, if...

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Obamacare Dials Another Wrong Number

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Posted by    Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 8:30am 4/3/2014 at 8:30am

While President Obama was doing a “victory lap” over the truly questionable healthcare exchange enrollment numbers, the deaf citizens of California were being directed to a sex hotline by the Covered California website:

Auburn resident Jeff Brown was one who went on the Covered California site to fill in his details but...

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North and South Korea Exchange Fire

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5:30pm 4/2/2014 at 5:30pm

To add to the chaos and unrest around the world, there is recently some disturbing news about the always tense relationship between North and South Korea.

North and South Korea have exchanged fire into the sea across the disputed western sea border, South Korea says.

North Korea announced early on Monday that it...

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Egyptian Police General Killed in Cairo University Blast

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:00pm 4/2/2014 at 2:00pm

There have been some very troubling developments in turmoil-ridden Egypt recently.

There were a series of blasts around Cairo University yesterday, which killed several people including a top police official.

A third...

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Memorable Lines from Leland Yee’s Arms-Dealing Indictment

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Posted by    Monday, March 31, 2014 at 6:00pm 3/31/2014 at 6:00pm

I have been following the news about California state senator, Leland Yee, who was arraigned in federal court on charges related to alleged roles associated with Chinatown gangsters and brokering arms deals with a Muslim rebel group based in the Philippines.

I made the analogy to the recent box-office smash, American Hustle.

When they write the script, Cal Watchdog’s...

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California version of “American Hustle” features cameo by #Shrimpboy

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Posted by    Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:30am 3/29/2014 at 8:30am

I am a fan of American Hustle, the Hollywood take on Abscam, a FBI sting operation that was aided by a convicted con-man in which politicians were videotaped as they were offered bribes by a fictional Middle Eastern sheik in return for various political favors.

Now, the Golden State has produced a...

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French Elections Turn Right

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:30am 3/25/2014 at 7:30am
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Local elections in France just took a dramatic turn to the right:

France’s anti-immigrant National Front (FN) scored gains in first-round town hall elections on Sunday and took control of a former Socialist bastion as voters punished President Francois Hollande and his left-wing allies.

The elections in thousands of constituencies across France were...

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Giving up US control of internet naming while #Twitterisblocked in Turkey

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Posted by    Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 3:15pm 3/22/2014 at 3:15pm

One of the memes hitting the blogosphere recently has been that the US just “gave up control of the internet”.

This week on Canto Talk, Legal Insurrection’s Mandy Nagy explained why that wasn’t the case. (Skip ahead to 14:50 for Mandy’s appearance; she also gives us her regular Obamacare update).

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History Bytes: New Podcast Program Connects Past with Present

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Posted by    Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:00am 3/22/2014 at 7:00am

I have been very grateful for the media experience gained by being a contributor at Legal Insurrection and the Executive Producer for Canto Talk.

Professor Jacobson has been a big inspiration behind a project I have been working on and which is now ready to launch:  History Bytes.

The tagline of this new,...

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#FAIL – Rhode Island’s Obamacare Nag-Based Marketing Scheme

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 8:30am 3/18/2014 at 8:30am

When I discussed Cover Oregon ads, which were a study in hippie-oriented marketing appropriate in the 1970′s, I thought I had uncovered the worst Obamacare marketing scheme that could have been possibly concocted.

I was wrong.

Lonely Conservative reviews the new website developed by the Rhode Island state exchange, “Nag Toolkit”. Th...

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#Mcconnelling = The Senate Minority Leader Must Change His Tune

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Posted by    Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 1:30pm 3/16/2014 at 1:30pm

As many of you may know, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said, in regards to those pesky Tea Party activists challenging GOP incumbents for Senate seats: “I think we are going to crush them everywhere. I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

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Sen. Feinstein changes course on California’s water problems

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Posted by    Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 9:00am 3/16/2014 at 9:00am

It looks like the special election earthquake that shook FL-13, sending Republican David Jolly to Washington D.C., may be being felt in other ways in the land of real earthquakes — California.

I recently covered the severe drought that is impacting the Golden State, which is leading Governor Jerry Brown to contemplate...

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