Patterico's Pontifications

6/28/2005

The Doctrine of Paula Abdul’s Unclean Hands

Filed under: Government,Humor,Public Policy — Patterico @ 12:14 pm

Some time ago, BoiFromTroy opposed a proposed law against Internet hunting, on the grounds that the Legislature has more important things to do with its time. I responded that the Legislature wastes its time on plenty of things more trivial than banning the shooting of animals with the click of a mouse.

I stand corrected:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul urged California legislators to force nail salons to clean up their act, testifying Monday about her yearlong health ordeal after an unsanitary manicure.

If Paula Abdul can’t get a sanitary manicure, ladies and gentlemen, then there’s something very, very wrong with this state.

An Argument for Drug Laws

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:19 am

One of the Onion Field killers was just returned to prison for heroin possession.

Chris Muir on Kelo

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Court Decisions,Humor — Patterico @ 6:19 am

Here is Day by Day’s take on the Kelo decision:

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6/27/2005

I Know It When I See It

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Court Decisions,Humor — Patterico @ 9:25 pm

Eugene Volokh notes that Establishment Clause jurisprudence has, in the eyes of some, become a Potter Stewart-style ad hoc “I know it when I see it” test.

Which gave me an idea.

Everywhere that a potentially unconstitutional depiction of the Ten Commandments is displayed, public officials should construct a nearby depiction of two people engaged in the most explicit sexual acts their hired artists’ imaginations can muster.

When someone files suit against the Ten Commandments display, officials should find a shill to file suit against the sexually explicit display, as running afoul of obscenity laws.

Then watch the fun as the courts strike down the Ten Commandments display, even as they uphold the depiction of explicit sexual activity as expression protected by the First Amendment.

It’ll never happen, but it should.

Words Straight Guys Don’t Use

Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 9:10 pm

Eugene Volokh has a post about words straight guys don’t use. His example: “adore.” Out of 27 comments, only one person has suggested others, and that person has three examples:

fabulous
to die for
I was in heaven

Well, only one of those is a word; the others are phrases. Follow the rules!

Before I looked at the comments to Volokh’s post, I had come up with the following:

fabulous
darling
sweetie

I asked Mrs. P. before she looked at the comments, and she said:

fabulous

and then she said that she was “not into the gay-bashing” and refused to answer further. (In fact, she’s probably going to slug me when she sees this post. Don’t tell her.)

What are yours? (For the record, answering the question does not mean you are “into the gay-bashing.”)

P.S. I sometimes call my daughter “sweetie.” Am I gay? You can tell me the truth.

Zbigniew Brzezinski: Neutral Expert? Or Democratic Shill?

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 7:21 am

Earlier this month, in an article I complained about here, the L.A. Times quoted Zbigniew Brzezinski regarding President Bush’s foreign policy, as if he were some sort of “expert” to whom we should be paying attention:

“The simplistic notion that you talk a great deal about democracy and twist a few arms and it will somehow come magically on its own is absurd,” said Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was national security advisor to President Carter.

In an article yesterday, we see that Brzezinski is officially shilling for Democrats (as if this were a surprise):

In the Democrats’ official response Saturday to Bush’s radio address, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security advisor to President Carter, said: “This war has been conducted with tactical and strategic incompetence‚Ķ. The president should provide the American people with a plan describing the key elements of a successful strategy in Iraq.”

When the L.A. Times quotes an “expert,” watch them like a hawk.

Weekend Posts

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 7:07 am

If you are a weekday reader, don’t forget to scroll down to read this weekend’s posts — especially my debate with Professor Bainbridge.

It’s a Supreme Court Day

Filed under: Court Decisions,Judiciary — Patterico @ 6:15 am

Howard Bashman lists the remaining cases to be decided here. Displays of the Ten Commandments will be the issue of the day.

Will there be a retirement? Will there be more than one? Who will be the replacement(s)? K-Lo points to a Chicago Tribune article that purports to narrow the field to Luttig and Roberts, but it’s still all speculation at this point.

Stay tuned to Howard’s site for breaking news.

UPDATE: The opinions have all been handed down. The Ten Commandments won in Texas and lost in Kentucky. Bashman has links to the opinions and other information here. You’ll probably have a hard time accessing the opinions for a while, however.

Retirement news will probably have to wait until later in the day.

6/26/2005

Bainbridge-Patterico Debate on Kelo and its Effect on the Coalition of the Chillin’

Filed under: Court Decisions,Judiciary — Patterico @ 1:01 pm

This weekend, Professor Bainbridge and I have had a pleasant and spirited debate about the Kelo decision, and whether it ought to cause the members of the Coalition of the Chillin’ to reconsider their membership. I thought it would be useful to collect the links to our posts on the issue in one place.

Professor Bainbridge aroused my interest with a post titled The Party that Says No.

My opening salvo was Professor Bainbridge: Another Defector from the Coalition of the Chillin’??.

Professor Bainbridge responded with Patterico’s Peeved.

I came right back with my Response to Bainbridge.

And the Good Professor provided the final post with an alliterative article titled Patterico’s Persistent.

(I have a short response to that last post, in an update to the Response to Bainbridge post.)

An enjoyable debate. I hope other Coalition members will take note and get involved in the discussion.

Quick Links

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:03 am

Some quick Sunday links:

Paul Winchell, the voice of Tigger, has died. Ta-ta for now!

The ubiquitous Greg Packer has been reduced to being quoted in a North Jersey Herald & News story about Christian superhero “Bibleman.” “I’m finding myself enjoying it,” Packer says.

Michelle Malkin busts the dude who made the movie Super-Size Me. Turns out he’s doing a new documentary whose conclusion has been determined before it was even made. Hard to believe, I know.

I had totally missed the fact that Power Line published Kerry’s Form 180s.

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