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Glenn Beck To Create New Web TV Channel

It will be called ‘GBTV’ and have a tagline: “The Truth Lives Here.” TVNewser: Outgoing Fox News host Glenn Beck and his company, Mercury Radio Arts, are developing a new service called “GBTV,” which will be a web-based TV channel, according to sources familiar with the matter as well as trademark applications filed by the company. GBTV will be based at GBTV.com, which Mercury acquired in January. Mercury also filed a trademark on a tagline for the channel: “The Truth Lives Here,” as well as a logo (pictured after the jump), based on the logo for his “InsiderExtreme” subscription service. The trademark applications are limited exclusively to programming delivered via the internet, so it is not likely that GBTV will become an actual TV network anytime in the near future. Mercury also filed the … Read entire article »

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Leno Stealing Jokes From <i>Red Eye</i>'s Andy Levy?

Mediaite has the video. Here are the two versions of the jokes. First up, Leno: Bad news for the state of California. The Supreme Court will force the state to release something like 46,000 convicts because of prison overcrowding. But the good news – it looks like the Oakland Raiders will have more season ticket holders. Yeah, so the stadium will be packed. And here’s Andy Levy’s joke from two days earlier: Supreme Court orders tens of thousands of California prisoners released. This actually might help the Raiders start selling out their home games again. Actually, neither joke is all that funny. Raider fans might be felons, but they’re not stupid enough to waste money going to the games. Read more CompleteLeno Stealing Jokes From <i>Red Eye</i>'s Andy Levy? (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); … Read entire article »

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Media Angry at Palin's Failure to Provide Schedule

CNN: Sarah Palin is going rogue again. Want to cover the potential Republican presidential candidate? Better bring your running shoes. Unlike most carefully choreographed presidential campaigns that routinely release detailed candidate schedules, Palin’s staff is keeping most of the national news media in the dark about her political action committee’s bus tour this week. The result is a chaotic game of cat and mouse, with the media frantically chasing the 2008 vice presidential candidate from one stop to the next. [. . .] Palin, a paid contributor for Fox News, told the network Monday that she is challenging reporters to keep up the pace. “I don’t think I owe anything to the mainstream media. I want them to have to do a little bit of work on a tour like this,” she said. With few details about … Read entire article »

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Coming Soon to a Race Near You: The Balanced Budget Amendment?

One can argue that to many Americans, a “Balanced Budget Amendment” is a pain-free way to balance the budget, and that they underestimate the scale of cuts or tax hikes that would be required to ensure that the federal government never spent more than it took in. Nonetheless, there is something akin to bipartisan unity on this issue: As the intense debate over the federal budget continues to dramatically unfold in Washington, a new Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll finds an overwhelming number of Americans would support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring Congress to pass a balanced budget every year. According to the poll, 46 percent of those surveyed would be more likely to vote for a candidate if they also supported a balanced budget amendment, while 21 percent indicated they would be less … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, Political Campaigning

Tim Pawlenty Tweets of Obama's 'European Pub Crawl'

Snap, from Tim Pawlenty’s Twitter account: @BarackObama sorry to interrupt the European pub crawl, but what was your Medicare plan? Is visiting European capitals and the G-8 summit really fairly characterized as a “pub crawl”? Eh, maybe not. But the visual of Obama drinking Guinness in the bar got plenty of play, and it fits the GOP theme that Obama is often doing the candidate side work. This is the first sign of the Trump pugnaciousness rubbing off on other candidates. Dave Weigel disagrees with my prediction that we won’t see Barack Obama inside another bar for the remainder of the campaign. We’ll see; clearly the mockery of his golf game hasn’t kept Obama off the links. In fact, this White House prefers to ignore criticism of bad optics, as the Los Angeles Times’s Andrew … Read entire article »

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Illinois Treasurer: Don't Loan Any More Money to My State!

Ah, the political culture that our president marinated in: Illinois chief fiscal officer [Republican Treasurer Dan Rutherford] said Monday he is willing to dial up the bond houses and finance companies to alert them that lending the state more money, as Gov. Pat Quinn  has proposed, would be a ‘major risk.’ . . . The backlog of unpaid bills will reach $8 billion by July, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka recently estimated. Rutherford says the debt from past borrowing has soared to $45 billion in recent years, which amounts to $10,000 for every household in the state. As a result, Illinois has the second-worst credit rating in the nation, above only California, he added. We need to borrow more money so we can pay down our debt! Read more CompleteIllinois Treasurer: Don't Loan Any More … Read entire article »

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5-4 Supreme Court Affirms California Prisoner-Release Order

In the ruling issued today in Brown v. Plata, a five-justice majority of the Supreme Court has affirmed a district-court order that, by the majority’s own estimate, may require the release of as many as 37,000 California prisoners. Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion (joined by Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan) acknowledges that the prison “population reduction potentially required is … of unprecedented sweep and extent.” Justice Scalia, joined by Justice Thomas, wrote one vehement dissent (e.g., “the Court disregards stringently drawn provisions of the governing statute, and traditional limitations upon the power of federal judge, in order to uphold the absurd”), and Justice Alito, joined by the Chief Justice, wrote another. I may have more commentary when I have completed my initial review of the opinions. … Read entire article »

Filed under: From the Bench

More on Geoffrey Stone’s Partisan Hackery on Filibusters

Pardon the overkill, but just a few more points (in addition, that is, to those in point 1.a here) on law professor Geoffrey Stone’s wildly distorted claim that “Senate Republicans” pioneered the filibuster against a court of appeals nominee in 1980 when they “unsuccessfully tried to block” President Carter’s nomination of Stephen Breyer to the First Circuit: 1. A Democrat who followed Breyer’s nomination closely in 1980 writes to me (emphasis in original): It is a long story, but you have the denouements right—indeed, the appointment after the election was unprecedented—and the direct result of Senator Thurmond’s willingness to support Breyer’s nomination. Thurmond’s willingness to permit this one nominee to go through during the interregnum was an act of extraordinary generosity by the Committee’s principal Republican, in a gesture of bipartisanship in support … Read entire article »

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This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—May 27

2009—Odd bedfellows, indeed! Supposed constitutional conservative Theodore B. Olson, solicitor general under President George W. Bush, betrays the legal principles that he has purported to stand for over the course of his public career as he joins forces with liberal David Boies, his adversary in Bush v. Gore, to file a lawsuit asking a federal district court in California to invent a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—May 23

1957—Three Cleveland police officers arrive at Dolly Mapp’s home seeking a suspect wanted in connection with a recent bombing. After Mapp refuses to admit them, the police forcibly enter and search the home and discover obscene materials. Mapp is convicted of possession of these materials. The Ohio supreme court rules that the search of the home was unlawful but that Mapp’s conviction resting on evidence resulting from the search is valid. In Mapp v. Ohio (1961), the Supreme Court, by a vote of 5 to 3, overrules its own 1949 precedent that held that the Constitution does not require that evidence obtained in violation of the Constitution be excluded from criminal trials in state court. The Court instead applies to state criminal trials the exclusionary rule that it first imposed on … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Prop 8 Proponents’ Reply Brief in Support of Motion to Vacate

Prop 8 proponents’ reply brief in support of their motion to vacate former district judge Vaughn Walker’s anti-Prop 8 judgment systematically dismantles the feeble arguments that plaintiffs presented in opposition to the motion. (See also my various responses to the many confused critics of the motion.) 1. In reply to plaintiffs’ “startling claim that the longstanding statutory (and constitutional) prohibition against a judge hearing his or her own case does not apply when the judge ‘is a member of a minority group that seeks access to a fundamental constitutional right’”: The cases cited by Plaintiffs …. stand for the unremarkable proposition that merely belonging to the same minority group as one of the parties does not itself give rise to an interest in the outcome of the case requiring disqualification.… [T]he recusal … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Michael Gerson Mistakes a Law's Purpose

In his Washington Post column today, Michael Gerson comments on Monday’s Brown v. Plata ruling, in which a 5-4 Supreme Court affirmed a lower court’s order that California’s prison population be reduced by roughly 40,000.  One need not be a heartless beast about the plight of convicts in a badly overcrowded prison system to think that Gerson is too ready to let judges take on “systemic” problems of this kind. And he gets one thing badly wrong.  Gerson writes: Prison overcrowding exposes a democratic disability: Some states are unwilling to provide reasonable services to a group toward which the public is profoundly unsympathetic. So in 1996, Congress passed the Prison Litigation Reform Act, giving federal courts oversight over dysfunctional state systems. The law allows for caps on prison populations if there is … Read entire article »

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President's Preferred Gasoline While in London? BP, Of Course

Hey, thanks for the $20 billion. Here’s about $600 back as a thank you: He maybe the president of the most powerful nation in the world, but his car still needs filling up with petrol. Workers at a garage in Pimlico today told of their astonishment after Barack Obama’s car and the presidential entourage pulled up for refuelling. The armoured limousine, nicknamed “The Beast”, arrived with six other vehicles and police escort at a BP petrol station on Vauxhall Bridge Road during the president’s state visit to London. Onlookers said the cars took up the entire forecourt when they arrived yesterday at around 3pm. They also told how the Cadillac – which is fitted with bullet-proof glass and has an armoured body, its own oxygen supply and even samples of the President’s blood – took up … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Climate Alarmism from <i>Newsweek</i>

Time to panic: Are You Ready for More? In a world of climate change, freak storms are the new normal. Why we’re unprepared for the harrowing future. Joplin, Mo., was prepared. The tornado warning system gave residents 24 minutes’ notice that a twister was bearing down on them. Doctors and nurses at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, who had practiced tornado drills for years, moved fast, getting patients away from windows, closing blinds, and activating emergency generators. And yet more than 130 people died in Joplin, including four people at St. John’s, where the tornado sucked up the roof and left the building in ruins, like much of the shattered city. Even those who deny the existence of global climate change are having trouble dismissing the evidence of the last year. In the U.S. … Read entire article »

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U.N. Climate Talks Not About Temperature

Here’s my testimony from yesterday’s hearing before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: Chairman Rohrabacher, Ranking member Carnahan, and members of the committee: I will begin with my contentious conclusion, which is that the international diplomacy of climate change is the most implausible and unpromising initiative since the disarmament talks of the 1930s, and for many of the same reasons; that the Kyoto Protocol and its progeny are the climate diplomacy equivalent of the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 that promised to end war (a treaty that is still on the books, by the way), and finally, that future historians are going to look back on this whole period as the climate policy equivalent of wage and price controls to fight inflation in the 1970s. The diplomatic approach—the United Nations Framework Convention … Read entire article »

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World CO2 Emissions Hit New Record

CNN: Carbon emissions from energy use reached a record level last year, up 5% from the previous record in 2008, the International Energy Agency said. The Paris-based agency called the findings a “serious setback” to limit global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F), which was set at the U.N. climate change talks in Cancun, Mexico, last year. “Our latest estimates are another wake-up call,” said Fatih Birol, chief economist at the IEA. “The world has edged incredibly close to the level of emissions that should not be reached until 2020 … it will be extremely challenging to succeed in achieving this global goal agreed in Cancun.” Carbon emissions climbed to a record 30.6 gigatonnes in 2010. For the 2-degree goal to remain attainable, emissions in 2020 can’t be greater than 32 gigatonnes. And … Read entire article »

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Pawlenty vs. Gingrich on Ethanol

A good piece from The Weekly Standard comparing the two candidates: Ethanol: A Tale of Two Candidates In a moment of candor after his political career had ended, former vice president Al Gore averred that his support of ethanol was in part driven by “a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.” Gore, it should be noted, cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate when he was vice president in 1994 to pass the first statute to mandate the use of ethanol as an additive to certain reformulated gasoline blends. Ethanol fever is far from being a partisan affliction, though. The latest diagnosed case is Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. In his most recent speech in Iowa, Gingrich declared his commitment to make … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Al Gore Blames the Past 12 Months of Weather on Global Warming

In Gore’s commencement speech at Hamilton College: “Similarly today, we have a debate in our nation about whether our climate crisis is real,” Gore said. “Mother Nature has weighed in if you will think about the events in the last 12 months.” He said in the last year, Pakistan and Australia have seen massive flooding, Texas and Russia have endured wide-scale drought and fires, and the Mississippi River is facing the largest floods in recorded history. “These events have been just in the past 12 months, and the scientists are now in a shift in their rhetoric saying that if you ask the question, ‘Would these events happened in the absence of man-made global warming?’, the answer is almost certainly no.” Really? BBC on the Pakistan floods in 2010 — global warming or bad river … Read entire article »

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Blame Breitbart!: Salon.com Editor Joan Walsh Lies and Bullies on Weinergate

As the Weinergate story leaves behind many unanswered questions, the Twitterverse is not likely to get many truthful answers – not as long as Joan Walsh has anything to do about it.  The Salon.com editor had some harsh words for reporters who tried to cover the story from an angle that didn’t suit her own […] … Read entire article »

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CNN Reports on Weinergate; FBI and Capitol Police Not Investigating Rep. Weiner’s ‘Hacking’

A solid report from CNN’s Dana Bash: CNN reports on the latest developments involving a lewd photo sent out on Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account to a young college girl in the Seattle area. She says despite the congressman’s claim that his account hand been “hacked” neither the Capitol Police nor the […] … Read entire article »

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