Patterico's Pontifications

5/24/2003

RAPPIN IN CONGRESS: Check out

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:23 am

RAPPIN IN CONGRESS: Check out this page of the Congressional Record. Halfway down the middle column you can read the introduction and lyrics to a rap song written by some Congressman. Excerpts of this idiot’s opus (titled “Shock and Awe”) include:

Brains fried
Glands crisp dried
Ears toasted
Thighs roasted
Blood and skin
For savage sausage
Barbecue ageing sages
Too old to flee

Do I have to tell you that this guy is a Democrat?

You think this guy has been using the poem generator (described and used by Patterico here)?

5/22/2003

MORE ON IRAQ NUKES: The

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:06 pm

MORE ON IRAQ NUKES: The Los Angeles Dog Trainer has an excellent opinion piece this morning titled We Still Face the Menace of Iraq’s Hidden Horrors. Regular readers of Patterico know that this is the biggest underreported story of the war. Here is a taste of today’s piece:

“Each day brings new stories of looting at sensitive weapons sites in Iraq, disappearing documents and under-resourced search teams, incapable of protecting even the sites we know about. Consider the sprawling Tuwaitha nuclear complex south of Baghdad, the main repository of Iraq’s known nuclear material and equipment. Coalition troops have been neither willing nor able to keep looters out. As a result, documents and equipment that could have provided evidence of Iraq’s nuclear ambitions have disappeared.

“Tuwaitha houses at least 13 metric tons of natural uranium and 1.8 metric tons of low- enriched uranium, as well as significant quantities of cesium, strontium and cobalt. These last three nuclear isotopes would be ideal for use in a ‘dirty bomb.’ And further processing of Iraq’s partially enriched uranium, in neighboring Iran for example, could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to fuel up to three nuclear weapons.

“In April, the New York Times reported that U.S. weapons experts searching an ammunition complex near Karbala found manuals and packaging for two drying ovens imported from Germany, but no ovens. These ovens, said the Times, could be used to process viruses and bacteria for germ weapons. The Times also reported that the team found 11 buried containers with sophisticated lab equipment and seven canisters of cesium in a warehouse. Taken together, these items sketch a suspicious picture that will remain forever incomplete because of looting.”

Read the whole thing.

EARTH FROM MARS: There’s a

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:04 pm

EARTH FROM MARS: There’s a neat photograph of Earth from Mars in this story from space.com. The Earth appears as a half-globe, with clouds and the South American land mass visible. Check it out.

In surfing after reading this article, I stumbled upon a space.com article from September 2001 titled Experts Pick: Top 10 Space Science Photos. Some of the photos you have seen before, some you haven’t. It’s all worth a look.

“INSIDIOUS SID”: Michael Isikoff reminds

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:03 pm

“INSIDIOUS SID”: Michael Isikoff reminds me why I have no respect for Sidney Blumenthal.

5/21/2003

IF ONLY THERE WERE MORE

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:26 am

IF ONLY THERE WERE MORE OF THIS: Incredibly, the Associated Press reports that some Palestinians protested Palestinian militants for provoking Israeli military attacks!!

The timing of the most recent terrorist attacks in Israel has reinforced the obvious conclusion that the terrorists are not (contrary to the hand-wringing statements of many liberals) responding primarily to the desperate circumstances of the Palestinians’ lives, or to humiliation by Israel. That is clearly not the motivation. If it were, you would routinely see more suicide attacks right after Israel worsened the Palestinians’ living conditions (usually due to some military crackdown). To the contrary, military incursions generally result in fewer terrorist attacks. What really scares the militants is the possibility of peace. The second that peace discussions seem like they might get serious, that’s when you start seeing stuff blow up.

If more Palestinians would realize that terrorism causes crackdowns, not the other way around, they might see that it is the terrorists and militants who are directly responsible for the Palestinians’ own lives being so miserable. I think that is the kind of attitude adjustment necessary to make it politically palatable for someone like Abbas to truly go after the terrorists. (Of course, getting rid of Arafat and his baby wipes wouldn’t hurt.)

While I’m not going to get too excited by one isolated protest, it nevertheless was refreshing to see.

5/20/2003

SCHEER STUPIDITY: Well, another idiotic

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:52 pm

SCHEER STUPIDITY: Well, another idiotic Robert Scheer column has appeared. However, I will not be debunking it, because Glenn Reynolds has done it so well that anything I said would be superfluous. The bottom line is that Sneer has fallen hook, line, and sinker for a BBC report on the Jessica Lynch rescue that has been shown inaccurate six ways from Sunday. Scheer accepts it blindly because it is critical of Bush.

My only problem with Reynolds’s analysis is his apparently unthinking agreement with an observation that allows that Sneer may be “fundamentally a good guy and a good journalist.” Reynolds is more on target when he calls Scheer an “idiot” and says that Scheer’s column is an “excuse to foam at the mouth in classically over-the-top Scheer fashion.” Amen to that, brother!

SUPREMES TAKE INTERESTING CASES: Decisions

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:33 am

SUPREMES TAKE INTERESTING CASES: Decisions to watch for next term:

What if a cop takes your confession before reading you your rights, and then reads you your rights and takes your confession again — all in a deliberate effort to get you to waive your rights on the theory that “I already confessed”? The practice is denounced in this editorial in the New York Shams (formerly New York Times) as “a form of investigative trickery” which is “coercive and unconstitutional.” We’ll see next term whether the Supremes agree with the Shams.

Also, USA Today reports here: “The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether states that offer scholarships or other aid to needy students may refuse to provide money for instruction at religious schools.”

MORE THAN JUST CUTE: As

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:26 am

MORE THAN JUST CUTE: As a prosecutor, maybe I take this stuff a little too seriously. But I don’t think so. I am really offended by what I read in this story: a town in Northern California making it a crime to obey the Patriot Act. “Starting this month, a new city ordinance would impose a fine of $57 on any city department head who voluntarily complies with investigations or arrests under the aegis of the Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism bill passed after Sept. 11.” The people who passed this seem to understand that the ordinance is “mostly symbolic, since federal law trumps any local ordinance.” But they seem mighty proud of having taking “civic disobedience” to a new level.

Before you liberals start reflexively cheering, stop and think. My objection has nothing to do with whether I like the Patriot Act. It is that it is deeply offensive to pass a criminal statute as a symbolic gesture — one which cannot be enforced. Want to pass a resolution denouncing the Patriot Act? Fine. You’re an idiot and I’ll vote you out of office. But I won’t get upset the same way I would with a phony criminal statute.

What if some yokels in Mississippi passed a law that made it illegal to perform an abortion, with the punishment being death? “Hee-yuk. Clearlah weah jus jokin,” said local official Cletus Q. Tuethliss. “Fed’ral law says it’s ok ta kill them babies, so this heah is mos’ly a like symbolic type thang.”

5/19/2003

KMIEC GOES NUCLEAR: Doug Kmiec

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:51 pm

KMIEC GOES NUCLEAR: Doug Kmiec explains the nuclear option in today’s Dog Trainer.

BYE ARI: The Clinton News

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:35 pm

BYE ARI: The Clinton News Network is reporting that Ari Fleischer will step down in July. I don’t have anything against him, but I don’t particularly like the guy. So I won’t miss him much.

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