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Steven Seagal, Sheriff Arpaio and a Tank

Funniest TV show of 2011 or real news? Or both. . . Steven Seagal, Sheriff Raid Valley Home In Tank PHOENIX — Sheriff Joe Arpaio rolled out the tanks to take down a man suspected of cockfighting. West Valley residents in the neighborhood are crying foul after armored vehicles, including a tank, rolled into their neighborhood to make the bust. Neighbor Debra Ross was so worried she called 911 and went outside where a nearby home had its windows blown out, was crawling with dozens of SWAT members in full gear, armored vehicles and a bomb robot. “When the tank came in and pushed the wall over and you see what's in there, and all it is, is a bunch of chickens,” Ross said. In a massive show of force on Monday, the Maricopa … Read entire article »

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How Taxpayers Subsidize 'March Madness'

No wonder the president likes it so much. Steve Malanga writes: As the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament kicked off last week, U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan penned an op-ed in the Washington Post noting that graduation rates among the major college hoops powers are notoriously low. Even as Duncan's boss, President Obama, was revealing his own March Madness bracket predictions to ESPN, Duncan suggested that the NCAA adjust its distribution of television money from the tournament to reward schools that graduate more players. Duncan might have gone one step further, however, and noted that the schools participating in the tournament, both private and public universities and colleges, enjoy non-profit status ostensibly designed to support their educational purpose. But the major sports programs of Division 1 schools make … Read entire article »

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NRCC: Hey, the Democrats Finally Found Something They Can Cut!

NRCC: Hey, the Democrats Finally Found Something They Can Cut!

Folks at the National Republican Congressional Committee are having a good laugh over this… IN NOVEMBER 2010, THE DCCC SAID IT WAS TARGETING 61 DISTRICTS CARRIED BY OBAMA: “The DCCC has identified 61 seats currently held by Republicans in districts that Barack Obama won in 2008.  ‘Republicans won a lot of seats they have no business winning,’ said a top Democratic strategist. ‘It's going to be a full-on recruitment cycle [and] Israel is the perfect person for that.’” (Brian Beutler, “Blue … Read entire article »

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Carl Levin: I'm Certain the Libya Mission Will Get Cheaper Soon

Has anyone seen anything to indicate this statement is true? The senators skirted the issue of costs, saying there haven’t been any discussions yet of a supplemental bill or including this into the continuing resolution. “I think that the fact that it’s a multinational operation will . . . minimize costs for the U.S.,” Levin said, when asked where the funding for the operation will come from. “I believe this is going to cost a lot less because we’re going to be the junior partner in a multilateral effort and also I believe there will be some support in terms of costs that are coming from other countries,” he added. “The cost in these first few days will be a lot larger than the cost of supporting our coalition partners after they … Read entire article »

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A Wisconsin Election of Supreme Importance

Conservatives may want to spend the next few days helping out Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. As Robert Costa reports, liberals are making an all-out push to replace Prosser with JoAnne Kloppenburg, an environmental lawyer and veteran state attorney, for a ten-year term. The expectation is that Kloppenburg would support legal roadblocks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill that has state unions violently furious. The election is April 5. Volunteers can help reach Wisconsin voters, categorized by area code, by going here. A campaign ad for Prosser: Jim Geraghty Read more CompleteA Wisconsin Election of Supreme Importance … Read entire article »

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Mike Huckabee, Cruising in June 2011

Mike Huckabee, Cruising in June 2011

Traditionally, the first presidential campaign event that means anything at all — and most would argue we're stretching it – is the Ames Straw Poll, held the summer before a presidential election year, roughly six months before that state's caucuses. This year, the Ames Straw Poll will be held August 13. From June 5 through June 12, Mike Huckabee will be on the Alaska Freedom Cruise with several Christian music groups. Now, obviously, at NR we heartily … Read entire article »

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Mandel to Join Early-Starting, Hard-Charging GOP Senate Challengers?

Mandel to Join Early-Starting, Hard-Charging GOP Senate Challengers?

Politico raves about the way Republicans are recruiting their Senate candidates… In the recruiting battle for 2012 Senate candidates, Republicans are winning by a landslide. Just three months into the election cycle, the GOP has locked down heavyweight candidates in seven key Senate races, with top contenders seriously thinking about running in two others.Democrats, on the other hand, are still without a major candidate in Massachusetts and Nevada — two states that present the best opportunities to … Read entire article »

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This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—March 27

 1931—Stephen Reinhardt is born in New York.  Appointed to the Ninth Circuit by Jimmy Carter in 1980, Judge Reinhardt has earned notoriety as the “liberal badboy of the federal judiciary.”  In his overtly political view of judging, “The judgments about the Constitution are value judgments.  Judges exercise their own independent value judgments. You reach the answer that essentially your values tell you to reach.”  Undeterred by, and indeed defiantly proud of, being perhaps the most overturned judge in history (frequently by a unanimous Supreme Court), Reinhardt declares, “They can’t catch them all.” Ed Whelan … Read entire article »

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Defeating Governor Walker, 'By Any Means Necessary'

Jean-Paul Sartre called for the eradication of class “by any means necessary” and Malcolm X brought it into the lexicon of the American Left. We in Wisconsin have seen it on placards and banners around our state capitol. We are now learning just what it means. In addition to fugitive legislators, intimidation, and boycotts, “any means necessary” apparently includes an unapologetic politicization of the race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which currently has a narrow (4–3) conservative majority. As opponents of Governor Walker’s collective-bargaining reforms move into the courts, an organized campaign seeks to persuade the public that a vote for incumbent Justice David Prosser is a vote for Walker. A recent letter to members of a local teachers’ union claims that a vote for Prosser’s opponent will … Read entire article »

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This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—March 23

1970—By a vote of 5 to 3, the Supreme Court, in an opinion by Justice Brennan, rules in Goldberg v. Kelly that the Constitution requires that the government provide an evidentiary hearing before terminating welfare payments to an individual whom it has determined is not eligible to receive such payments. Justice Black objects in dissent: I would have little, if any, objection to the majority’s decision in this case if it were written as the report of the House Committee on Education and Labor, but, as an opinion ostensibly resting on the language of the Constitution, I find it woefully deficient.… [I]t is obvious that today's result does not depend on the language of the Constitution itself or the principles of other decisions, but solely on the collective judgment of the … Read entire article »

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This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—March 29

2000—In dissent (in City of Erie v. Pap’s A.M.), Justice Stevens, joined by Justice Ginsburg, opines that an ordinance generally barring public nudity violates First Amendment speech protections.  Amidst discussion of pasties and G-strings, Stevens complains that the ordinance was adopted in response to a specific concern about nude dancing at strip clubs rather than about public nudity in general.  So what?  As Justice Scalia responds:  “As far as appears (and as seems overwhelmingly likely), the preamble, the councilmembers’ comments, and the chosen definition of the prohibited conduct simply reflect the fact that Erie had recently been having a public nudity problem not with streakers, sunbathers or hot-dog vendors, but with lap dancers.” … Read entire article »

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Japan: Ignoring the Real Threats

The New York Times — the same paper that largely ignored the Climategate scandal — ran an exhaustive investigation into the Fukushima nuclear plant last weekend and why the Japanese utility and government were unprepared for a large tsunami in a major earthquake zone. Climategate and Nukegate — and their relative press coverage — are not unrelated. Clearly, earthquakes pose a far greater threat to Japan than global warming as the ongoing tsunami death toll — likely to surpass 20,000 — and nuclear accident attest. Yet Japanese authorities and the media have been obsessed for the last two decades with global warming and meeting Kyoto targets — diverting billions of dollars from the real threats facing island nations like Japan. “In the country that gave the world the word tsunami, the Japanese nuclear … Read entire article »

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Gallup Polls Global Warming

And finds global warming last among all environmental concerns. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteGallup Polls Global Warming … Read entire article »

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In Defense of Plastic Bags

Don't miss NRO-new-guy Nat Brown's take on plastic-grocery bags over on the homepage. The opener: Before they came for our light bulbs, they targeted our plastic bags. And they’re still after them. It all began in 2002, when Ireland enacted a plastic-bag tax for the clearly stated purpose of lowering the amount of litter in the country. The fact that it would also raise tax revenue was an added bonus. And sure enough, weeks after its passage, the New York Times was already reporting a 94 percent drop in plastic-bag use, as reusable bags quickly caught on among Irish shoppers. So naturally, when San Francisco (big surprise) became the first U.S. city to pass an all-out ban on plastic grocery bags, in 2007, supporters were quick to highlight Ireland’s case as an example … Read entire article »

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Hugo Chavez, Journalism Award-Winner in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Hugo Chavez is getting a journalism award in Argentina. The Venezuelan leader regularly clashes with critical media, but the University of La Plata is giving him its Rodolfo Walsh Prize on Tuesday for what it describes as his work giving people without a voice access to the airwaves and newspapers. Chavez’s government […] … Read entire article »

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MMFA Targets Fox’s Sammons, Shoots Foot With Audio Sting

If this is the best Media Matters For America (MMFA) can do as they try to best James O’Keefe and sting Fox News with “newly discovered” audio of Fox’s Washington managing editor Bill Sammons – no doubt a part of their recently announced guerilla war on Fox News – we can go back to ignoring Eric Boehlert […] … Read entire article »

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NewsBusted: Kinetic Military Action?

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CNN’s Newfound Skepticism of Enemy Propaganda

This CNN report by Nic Robertson on funerals for alleged Libyan victims of allied bombing, including civilians, is model of hard-nosed reporting; of refusing to swallow government propaganda, and of speaking truth to power.  And this should come as no surprise, since CNN’s track record in challenging Arab dictators’ claims of casualties caused by the […] … Read entire article »

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HuffPocracy Alert: HuffPo Bloggers Unleash Ad Hominem Attacks on Breitbart… at Huffington Post

Alternate Headline: “HuffPo Brass Admits Breitbart Not a Racist, Publishes Articles Portraying Him as One Anyway” Andrew Breitbart was banned from the the front page of AOL/Huffington Post because he called the cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak Van Jones a “cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak.”  In my background post from last week, I promised to provide […] … Read entire article »

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HuffPocracy Watch: HuffPo’s History of Uncivil Discourse

On March 24, HuffPost once again revealed its subversive, hypocritical, double-jointed double standards — this time, in regards to the standards of conduct it applies to actions and statements by its authors (“bloggers”)… even off-site. In this case, as reported by Big Journalism, HuffPost decided to punish one of its co-founders (and bloggers) Andrew […] … Read entire article »

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