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Lawrence Tribe’s Letter to Obama on Supreme Court Picks

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 2:35 pm

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There are a lot of juicy things in this, like his claim that Sotomayor is “not nearly as smart as she seems to think she is.”  So let me suggest you read the whole thing.

Also, Bench Memos has Tribe’s response to this letter becoming public, and mocks it.

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Open Thread: Suspicious Packages

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 2:01 pm

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I am going to open the floor here, because frankly I can’t keep track of all the stories flying around.

I just got a breaking news email from Cnn that says, “President Obama: Initial analysis of two U.S.-bound packages examined abroad indicate they contain explosive material.”

That seems to be referring to the story found here.

Hot Air has also been keeping track of the story.  There appears to be some printer ink cartridges containing no explosives, but made to look like they are.  But with that breaking news email I think maybe at least one real bomb has been found.

So if you got a clear idea what is happening, I want to hear it in the comments, preferably with links.

And maybe the answer is, no one knows, except hopefully for our President and the people on the ground.

Exit question: this comes on the heels of a story about a man planning to bomb the D.C. Metro and another man shooting up Marine Corps-related facilities.  Is this all a coincidence?

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Oh, By the Way… It’s Sockpuppet Friday!!!

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 12:43 pm

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As usual, you are positively encouraged to engage in sock puppetry in this thread.  The usual rules apply.

Please, be sure to switch back to your regular handle when commenting on other threads.  I have made that mistake myself, alot.

And remember: the worst sin you can commit on this thread is not being funny.

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Stupid Sign of the Day

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 10:27 am

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This is old, but fun, from a John Kerry rally.

Now I assume that this person was in favor of legalizing marijuana.  Okay, so she (or is this a man?) feels that if you asked for a pot plant’s opinion, it would say, “please, chop me into bits and burn me alive?”

That is from Althouse. As for a good sign for the Restoring Sanity rally, how about a picture of the deficit projection, like this…

…and the words “Restore Fiscal Sanity.”  Just a thought.

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(Mostly Stupid) News About the Election (With Updates, Some of Which are Stupid)

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 9:06 am

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Lots of interesting things around the web, many of them with video involved.

Lots of updates throughout.  Jump to the end for a particularly sweet one involving the Alaska Senate race.

First, it’s October!  And guess what?  Surprise! There is a late hit on Christine O’Donnell.  That would be the same O’Donnell who is getting pummeled in the polls.

I won’t link to this vile thing by Gawker, where they paid for the account of a man who claimed to have a sexless “one-night-stand” with Christine O’Donnell.  You will feel dirty even reading a little of it.  I think Jim Treacher has the definitive take down of the whole thing.  And how bad was all this?  Even NOW is upset.  And I have been pretty critical of NOW, but I thought this statement was excellent.  The key quote:

Today the tabloid website Gawker published an anonymous piece titled “I Had A One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell” that takes the routine sexual degradation of women candidates to a disgusting new low. NOW repudiates Gawker’s decision to run this piece. It operates as public sexual harassment. And like all sexual harassment, it targets not only O’Donnell, but all women contemplating stepping into the public sphere.

Right on.

Also O’Donnell has released a statement, playing the victim card for all its worth.  Like Conway further in, I think she hopes this is a game changer.  Lord knows, she needs it.  It says:

This story is just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to deal with. From Secretary Clinton, to Governor Palin, to soon-to-be Governor Haley, Christine’s political opponents have been willing to engage in appalling and baseless attacks — all with the aim of distracting the press from covering the real issues in this race. Even the National Organization for Women gets it, but Christine’s opponent disturbingly does not. As Chris Coons said on September 16th he would not condone personal attacks against Christine. Classless Coons goons have proven yet again to have no sense of common decency or common sense with their desperate attacks to get another rubber stamp for the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda. Such attacks are truly shameful, but they will not distract us from making our case to Delaware voters — and keeping the focus on Chris Coons’ record of higher taxes, increased spending, and as he has done again here, breaking his promises to the voters.

Now to be fair to Coons, I have not seen the slightest evidence that his campaign had anything to do with this.  But on the other hand, I haven’t heard him condemn it yet, and his campaign blog and newsroom seem to have nothing as of this writing.  Which strikes me as a mistake.  Update: The Daily Caller has the obligatory Coons team condemnation.

And Prof. Jacobson is not buying the leftward condemnation of Gawker. My inclination is to buy it, but he makes a compelling argument that I am wrong.

Another Update on O’Donnell: Well, not all liberals are appalled by the Gawker article.  Feministe comes out defending it by claiming that O’Donnell is hypocritical.  Dave Weigel answers that charge, although maybe not specifically in response to Feministe, by saying:

I’m aware that Christine O’Donnell’s public commentary career started with her going on TV to talk about how kids shouldn’t have sex or masturbate before marriage. But not only has she never called for that behavior to be punished legally, I’m unaware of her ever coming out against the actions mentioned here — which, let’s remember are drinking, fooling around, and not having sex. There is no hypocrisy being exposed here. This is anonymous creep shaming a woman who wouldn’t sleep with him, and doing so because she’s a celebrity now.

And Professor Jacobson takes the “hypocrisy” logic to its ultimate conclusion:

Should a female who advocates teaching “safe” sex in schools be outed if she doesn’t practice safe sex?  Shall we have a condom police, as well as the Gawker waxing police?  Where do we draw the line on exposing female sexual engagement if “hypocrisy” is the standard?

Indeed.  Hypocrisy is the fig leaf used to cover up what this really is: the desire to do anything, however low, harm your political enemies.  See, e.g. the attacks on Bristol Palin.

Back to the original post…

Now that heavy stuff is out of the way, let’s get to the “funner” stuff.

First, we get the most “WTF?” moment I have seen in a debate in a long time.  Bob Reilly (D-umb), a New York assemblyman decides to… um… you know nothing can really prepare you for what he does,  so just watch it.


Update on Marine Corps Shootings (Update: Breaking News on Possible Fourth Attack)

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 5:34 am

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At the very heavily commented post “Political Violence is an Indictment Against the Cause that Motivates it… Except When We Do It,” I noted the story of what I am calling the Marine Corps shootings, saying:

[P]olice recently linked together the shootings at the Pentagon and the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and there is a third shooting at the Marine recruiting station in Chantilly, Virginia (that is fairly close to the other two).  I bet that is some right-wing extremist doing that, right?

Well, in an update to that story, the third shooting has been linked to the other two.  You can read up on this, here.

So far no one has been hurt in all of this, but the obvious fear is that this is a probing attack or the like.  And one tipster [Update: it was DRJ] emailed this ominous observation: “And the Marine Corp[s] Marathon is this weekend.”

Let’s hope the authorities are sufficiently concerned.

Update: I just got word that last night was another attack.  This time it was the National Museum of the Marine Corps, for a second time.  Obviously we can’t be sure whether it was the same guy or a copycat until we get ballistics results, but you have to wonder.  Also, like the previous attacks, no one was injured.

Update (II): Security is reportedly being beefed up in the Marathon.  I have some concerns, but I think I will keep them to myself.  I don’t want even a 1% chance of the bad guy getting any ideas.

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