Patterico's Pontifications

8/22/2003

FRANKEN WINS: “A federal judge

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:35 pm

FRANKEN WINS: “A federal judge on Friday denied Fox News Channel’s request for an injunction to block humorist Al Franken’s new book, whose title mocks the Fox slogan ‘fair and balanced.’ . . . U.S. District Judge Denny Chin said the book — ‘Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right’ — is a parody protected by the First Amendment. . . . ‘There are hard cases and there are easy cases,’ the judge said. ‘This is an easy case. This case is wholly without merit, both factually and legally.’

Absolutely — as I said a week ago. But the denial of the injunction does not technically end the suit. Isn’t it time Fox News cut its losses and just dismissed this dog?

MOORE SUSPENDED: “Chief Justice Roy

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:24 pm

MOORE SUSPENDED: “Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended by a judicial ethics panel Friday for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building rotunda.”

As I said this morning, this guy shouldn’t be a judge.

PREDICTABLE OUTRAGE: The latest “illegal

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 pm

PREDICTABLE OUTRAGE: The latest “illegal immigrant exception” to the law is described in the Dog Trainer here: “Maywood has agreed to a four-month moratorium on police checkpoints, criticized by some for mainly ensnaring illegal immigrants who can’t get driver’s licenses.”

Yup. You didn’t read that wrong. Maywood was doing checkpoints to catch unlicensed drivers, but stopped because too many of the unlicensed drivers they were catching were illegal immigrants. Apparently their status as illegal immigrants makes it wrong to punish them for disobeying the law. As the Hispanic Mayor Pro-Tem explained: “I honestly believe that the community basically said, ‘Look, city of Maywood, your checkpoints not only get unlicensed drivers, but they also get unlicensed drivers who can’t get driver licenses.'”

Gotta look out for the illegal immigrant exception.

But what do you expect from a state that charges out-of-state tuition rates to U.S. citizens from other states, but in-state tuition to illegal aliens?

LISTEN TO FEINSTEIN: “Sen. Dianne

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:47 am

LISTEN TO FEINSTEIN: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the state’s most popular elected Democrats, said during a campaign appearance in L.A. with Davis that ‘I am not going to vote on the second part of the ballot.’ . . . . Feinstein, who has scolded Bustamante for running after originally saying he wouldn’t, added that ‘I’m going to vote on the first part of the ballot, and my vote is going to be to vote no on the recall.'”

Given that the first part of the ballot is completely unaffected by whether or how you vote on the second part, this is a completely boneheaded thing to say. I strongly urge all Democrats voting “no” on the recall to follow Feinstein’s advice.

ROY MOORE: You know, I

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:41 am

ROY MOORE: You know, I haven’t really followed this whole Ten Commandments bunch of nonsense in Alabama. And longtime Patterico readers know I don’t trust the press to give you the straight poop. But, if the facts are as reported (a big “if”), and this guy is really violating a clear judicial order — well, he just has no business being the Chief Justice of their Supreme Court. I don’t care what the issue is.

Kudos to Bill Pryor for taking the position that the judicial orders must be followed. And shame on the habitually dishonest editorial staff of the Dog Trainer, which printed the following misrepresentation: “Alabama Atty. Gen. William H. Pryor, nominated to the circuit court that ordered the monument removed, opposes the order” — without explaining to readers that Pryor has also consistently maintained that state officials have a “legal duty to obey the federal injunction.”


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