Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:57 pm

PRESIDENTIAL LANDING: I didn’t see Bush landing on the carrier yet, but when I read about it on Drudge, it seemed like grandstanding and silliness. But then I read an e-mail quoted here at National Review Online’s “The Corner,” from a guy who has actually done the same thing. He describes it in this way:

“It was one of the most frightening things I ever did. The pilot literally crashes the plane intentionally on the deck and at the point of impact jams the throttle to full power. A hook grabs a steel cable stretched across the deck and slams the plane down hard stopping it in about 60 feet from a speed of over 120mph. There is this tremendous impact and a huge metallic KA-BLAM!! as the plane comes down. At the same instant your spine is decompressing from hitting the deck the deceleration clobbers you too. The four point restraints cut into your shoulders so hard you wince in pain. As your forehead comes to rest on your chest if feels like your head is going to pop off your shoulders. You then slam back into the seat and immediately look out the window hoping your don’t see fire and the flight deck crew running away. . . . You then say to yourself or out loud, ‘HOLY-_____!!’ and then, depending upon your upbringing, add a religious reference or a profanity to it.”

This writer concludes:

“[Bush] exposed himself to a very dangerous experience to show the troops that he was willing to take risks that they take everyday for low pay. Everybody on that ship got that message.”

Interesting point of view. From what I heard, the reaction on the ship was indeed very positive. I think I’ll go watch it now.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:41 pm

CHUCKIE S. TRIES HIS HAND AT REWRITING THE CONSTITUTION: This piece by Byron York at National Review Online has an interesting description of the latest brainchild (can one who is brainless have a “brainchild”?) of Chuck Schumer. Schumer has written the administration with the following proposal, designed to yank away from the President his constitutional prerogative to nominate judges:

“Both the Administration and the Senate should agree to the creation of nominating commissions in every state, the District of Columbia, and each Circuit Court of Appeals. Every commission will consist of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, chosen by the President and the opposition party’s Senate leader. Each commission will propose one candidate to fill each vacancy. Barring evidence that any candidate proposed by a commission is unfit for judicial service, the President will nominate the individual and the Senate will confirm her or him.”

As York notes, “Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution says the president ‘shall nominate, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for…'” But what’s the Constitution to a guy like Chuckie S.? Just an impediment to what he thinks should happen.

This all may help explain the frustration of Orrin Hatch, who (though he usually says stuff like “Gosh golly gee whiz”) was recently provoked to call one of Schumer’s queries to a judicial nominee a “dumbass question.” Read about that here.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:21 pm

THE SWEET SMELL OF VINDICATION: This story about our withdrawal of troops from Saudi Arabia reminds me of a conversation I had with an anti-war friend before the war. He said the war would undoubtedly make terrorism worse. I countered that we might be better off, since liberating Iraq would allow us to withdraw troops from the holy land of Saudi Arabia. After all, we had them there only because of Saddam, and once we withdrew, that would take one of Osama’s big spin points away.

So far, so good. It would be nice to continue to be right about this one.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:59 pm

SOMEONE TAKE MY TEMPERATURE: I don’t know if I am feeling well when I agree with all three Dog Trainer editorials of the day.

This one decries the deal the U.S. made with Iranian terrorists — the same deal I decried here on Tuesday morning. Better late than never, Dog Trainer!

This one proposes tough anti-spam laws. I learned something in this one I never knew (and was astounded by): “The FTC says just 200 people generate about 90% of the junk e-mails crashing through cyberspace.” Wow. Would it be an overreaction to suggest a firing squad along a very, very long wall? I don’t think so.

And this one leads with the sentence: “It’s hard to take the U.N. Human Rights Commission seriously when it allows Libya, China, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe to pass judgment on nations accused of oppression and torture.” An obvious point, but the wise men at the Dog Trainer don’t usually pick up on those obvious points.

If this keeps up, I’ll be paying a visit to my doc, pronto.

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