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More Steyn, On the Times Square Bomber

Tuesday, May 4, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From The Corner:

Any moment now, Janet Napolitano will announce that effective immediately it will be illegal to remove your sweat shirt in a public place.

By the way, there are so many of these isolated extremists and lone wolves, they surely belong to the United Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves and Isolated Extremists. So their cadillac health care plan probably has an ObamaCare opt-out anyway. Very odd.

I would like to know when he was read his Miranda rights and for how long was he interrogated before the public defender arrived?

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What Next For Gitmo?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Allahpundit speculates:

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the White House start a new push to close Gitmo and transfer the prisoners to a mainland facility this summer.

He is worried, as I am, that Democrats devastated in November will rush back to D.C. for a last hurrah of all sorts of ideological last stands. The 41 Republicans in the Senate should take a pledge now that no substantive laws will pass in the aftermath of the elections, and GOP candidates across the country should begin to demand commitments from their opponents that no such rush to the exits will occur.

Speaking of elections, Chip Cravaak is running against Minnesota lefty David Obestar. Cravaak has a great background for the times in which we live –Naval aviator, MBA from U. of Minnesota, airline pilot– and I am wondering what my pals in Minnesocold think of the race.

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The Times Square Terrorist

Tuesday, May 4, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Instapundit has a roundup of key links, including this from Mark Steyn:

“Why do public officials so reflexively dissemble and misdirect every time? In the end, all they’re doing is undermining confidence in the integrity of their own institutions. That doesn’t seem a smart move.”

Glenn provides one answer for mark’s question: “Maybe they’re not very smart.”

The incompetence level of the Administration –on almost every issue– is leaking to the surface like the oil in the Gulf. The consequences of this incompetence are most obvious along the coasts of Florida, Alabama and Louisiana, but they will be most deadly if the national security team continues its feckless ways. As Fred Barnes pointed out on yesterday’s program, there have been four jihadist attacks on domestic targets on Obama’s watch –at the recruiting center in Arkansas, Fort Hood, Detroit and now Times Square.

And still they have a policy in place to avoid using the word terrorism.

The Lawyers Arrive

Monday, May 3, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

As happens after every major disaster, lawyers are arriving in the cities and towns along the Gulf Coast to sign up plaintiffs.

This is an appropriate exercise, but potential litigants should be aware that they are in a position of considerable leverage over their contingency fee rate.

Nor is there any rush to pick counsel. The government was right to warn injured parties against premature acceptance of settlement offers but injured parties should also proceed very carefully in agreeing to representation from the lawyers flooding the zone.

UPDATE: I asked my colleague Joseph Timothy Cook to join me on today’s show to discuss how to hire a lawyer when you are the injured party in a disaster case. Cook has been representing victims in such cases for 30 years, and the transcript of his recommendations is here. If you have additional questions, email him not me: jtcook@hwlawonline.com.

The one thing I am sure he will say on the basis of my past conversations with him on this topic is that no one should be paying a contingency fee of more than 20% in a situation such as this.

UPDATE 2: The damages from the spill are already estimated at $5.5 billion.

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