Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: Miscellaneous — Patterico @ 8:53 pm

Via the Ranting Profs comes this fun item, in which President Bush pricked the egos of the editorial writers at the New York Times, by mentioning that he doesn’t read their editorials.

The elite will say this is another reason to hold him in contempt. He doesn’t even read the New York Times editorial page!

For me, it’s just another reason to love the guy.


Filed under: War — Patterico @ 8:02 pm

The Jerusalem Post reports here that, according to a representative of the temporary Iraqi government, “Saddam Hussein had a team of scientists working on a nuclear weapons program.” (Via Little Green Footballs.)

More as it becomes available. I’m starting to like these Iraqi council members.


Filed under: Miscellaneous — Patterico @ 7:07 pm

I have resisted participating in Amish Tech Support’s Dead Pool, a contest whose rules require you to bet on who will die in 2004. I consider the concept of predicting whether someone will die next year to be tasteless, and beneath Patterico readers.

At least, I did until now. . .


Filed under: War — Patterico @ 6:55 pm

The Ranting Profs say here that Madeline Albright thinks the Bush administration may have captured Osama bin Laden. According to Albright, Bush may be holding Osama for an “October surprise.”

Apparently, Jim McDermott-style lunacy is not confined to Jim McDermott. (Via Pejmanesque.)

UPDATE: She’s backpedaling. I don’t buy it.


Filed under: War — Patterico @ 6:23 pm

Our local Dog Trainer reports here that

Hussein was ratted out by a man from a prominent Tikrit-area family, one so trusted that it was among a handful that provided men to Hussein’s presidential security detail and now is suspected of being heavily involved in attacks on U.S.-led coalition forces, said Col. James Hickey, commander of the Army brigade that launched the raid.

This is the guy to whom we’re giving a cool $25 mil?

I wonder if — just maybe — the “insurgents” decided that they could kill more of our soldiers with $25 million than with the ratty, flea-infested Hussein.

I hope there are some safeguards in place to address this possibility.


Filed under: War — Patterico @ 5:55 pm

Via alert reader Dean L. comes a New York Times story titled Iraqi Minister Scolds U.N. for Inaction Regarding Hussein. (All emphasis is mine.)

“Settling scores with the United States-led coalition should not be at the cost of helping to bring stability to the Iraqi people,” [Iraq’s foreign minister Hoshyar] Zebari said in language unusually scolding for an occupant of the guest seat at the end of the curving Security Council table.

“Squabbling over political differences takes a back seat to the daily struggle for security, jobs, basic freedoms and all the rights the U.N. is chartered to uphold,” he said.

Taking a harsh view of the inability of quarreling members of the Security Council to endorse military action in Iraq, Mr. Zebari said, “One year ago, the Security Council was divided between those who wanted to appease Saddam Hussein and those who wanted to hold him accountable.

“The United Nations as an organization failed to help rescue the Iraqi people from a murderous tyranny that lasted over 35 years, and today we are unearthing thousands of victims in horrifying testament to that failure.”

He declared, “The U.N. must not fail the Iraqi people again.”

Kofi Annan’s reaction? “Now is not the time to pin blame and point fingers.”

(Readers unfamiliar with Monty Python who wish to learn the meaning of the title of this post are advised to read the beginning of this scene from the Holy Grail.)


Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 5:42 pm

Jeff Jarvis has collected a bunch of Letterman and Leno one-liners about Saddam’s capture. Read them here.


Filed under: Court Decisions — Patterico @ 6:00 am

I have decided that the Supreme Court’s recent decision repealing the First Amendment is really for the best.

Sure, everyone acknowledges that the decision didn’t really have much to do with the Constitution. But I have been convinced by Linda Greenhouse’s glowing description of the decision and the Justices who rendered it:

The Supreme Court that upheld the new campaign finance law last Wednesday was a pragmatic court, less concerned with the fine points of constitutional doctrine than with the real-world context and consequences of the intensely awaited decision.

Once I started thinking about it, I realized that the “real-world context and consequences” of the First Amendment are not too pleasant. For example, when an idiot like Howard Dean is allowed to spread his nonsense across the airwaves, good people like myself become irritated. This has real-world consequences. For example, my blood pressure could go up.

Sure, “the fine points of constitutional doctrine” might counsel in favor of letting Howard Dean make an ass of himself. Hopefully the Court will not let these niceties stand in the way of keeping my blood pressure at a safe level.

Come to think of it, it may be time to re-examine the whole Bill of Rights with an eye towards the “real-world context and consequences” of those pesky Amendments. When people are allowed to have guns, people get shot. Juries acquit people that we could count on to be convicted by a single judge. If soldiers can’t be quartered in our homes, they could go homeless! Are you in favor of homeless soldiers?!

For a contrasting opinion on ignoring the “the fine points of constitutional doctrine,” read Thomas Sowell’s latest column:

Just what part of ‘no law’ don’t the Supreme Court justices understand?

The sad — indeed, tragic — fact is that they understand completely. They just think that this legislation is a good idea and are not going to let the Constitution stand in their way.

Moreover, they know from experience that if they can snow us with huge amounts of pious rhetoric, saying the kinds of things that the mainstream media will echo, that their wilful exercise of power will go unchallenged. In short, the Constitution be damned, we’re doing our own thing.

(Hat tip: PrestoPundit.)

Poor Thomas Sowell. He just doesn’t understand the real world.

But I have to admit, somewhere in the back of my mind, a voice — sounding remarkably like that of Joe Lieberman — is saying: Amen, brother!

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