Patterico's Pontifications


Kupfer Ring (Barcelona Production) on DVD

Filed under: Music — Patterico @ 8:31 pm

I just ordered the Barcelona version of the Kupfer Ring production on DVD from Amazon. The Barenboim version, previously available on video, is in the process of being released on DVD as well, but Die Walküre appears to be the only opera yet available, and I ordered that as well.

Hooray for Amazon gift certificates!

If anyone has seen these, I’d appreciate a review. But I’m getting them anyway.

Bush Considering Only Strong Nominees

Filed under: Judiciary — Patterico @ 11:31 am

It’s getting harder and harder to argue that the campaign to boot Harriet Miers was a bad thing. Just look at a Washington Post story today titled Appellate Judges Cited as Focus of New Search:

The administration has backed away from any insistence that the nominee be a woman or a minority. Rather, it is focused on potential nominees who have previously won Senate confirmation, whose intellectual qualifications would be unquestioned and who have paper trails that make clear their conservative credentials, said one source who is close to the nomination process.

Those candidates, according to the sources, include several federal appellate judges, among them: Samuel A. Alito Jr., J. Michael Luttig, Michael W. McConnell, Emilio M. Garza, Priscilla R. Owen and Edith H. Jones.

Every last one of them would be a good pick, and I’d term almost all of them “fantastic.” How different this short list sounds from the last time! This time, it’s all people who should be considered. And why is that, pray tell? Because of the current environment:

By focusing on such candidates, the Bush administration is shifting to what one source described as President Ronald Reagan’s doctrine of picking justices. “The nominee can’t be a stealth candidate for a number of reasons,” the source said. “There are very, very few people who have the kind of credentials that the administration can put up in this environment that would not have a record.”

See? We opponents of Miers have created an “environment” where the Administration feels that it can consider only candidates with strong credentials.

I don’t know about you, but I’m bustin’ my buttons. It’s too bad that that “environment” is apparently seen as temporary — but no matter. It’s the environment now, and that’s all that matters.

By the way, the story only adds to the Alito buzz:

“The reason his name is popping up is he’s probably the closest thing out there to John Roberts,” said former Bush White House associate counsel Bradford A. Berenson. “And he’s got even more of a full record that people on both sides of the aisle can evaluate.”

Adding to the speculation were reports by those close to the process that Alito arrived in Washington Thursday night. Asked why the judge came to town and whether he was in chambers yesterday, Alito’s clerk laughed and said he would have to take a message.

In this Administration, saying that Alito is the closest thing out there to John Roberts is a clear signal that they are picking him. Nothing’s guaranteed, but it’s looking more and more like Alito.

So these are good days. Even some former skeptics, who warned of doom should Miers be defeated or have her nomination withdrawn, are starting to see the bright side. People such as our good friend Dafydd ab Hugh:

Christmas came early for the Bush family. And now W. has the chance to start off fresh with a reasonably clear scandal slate — and a unified base, assuming he takes advantage and names a “consensus” candidate… where the consensus is between the various wings of the Republican Party, and to hell with what Ted Kennedy and Charles Schumer want!

Whoever is named, it’s likely to be a tough fight. But the candidate will have one thing going for him or her that Robert Bork never had: us. We in the blogosphere can hold the media’s feet to the fire. And we must.

The Roberts nomination was only a warm-up. He didn’t need us. Chances are, this candidate will.

To the barricades!

Our 27 Months of Hell Brought to Us By Lyin’ Joe Wilson

Filed under: Scum,War — Patterico @ 10:07 am

Lyin’ Joe Wilson lies again in this morning’s Los Angeles Times, in a piece titled Our 27 months of hell:

I knew that the statement in Bush’s speech — that Iraq had attempted to purchase significant quantities of uranium in Africa — was not true. I knew it was false from my own investigative trip to Africa (at the request of the CIA) and from two other similar intelligence reports. And I knew that the White House knew it.

No, lyin’ Joe, you did not know any such thing. What you knew, my dishonest friend, was that you had uncovered evidence that Iraq had indeed sought uranium from Niger. That is what the CIA initially concluded from what you brought them.

Lyin’ Joe, it is highly ironic that a liar like you would accuse the White House of lying. You lied about whether you had debunked the “sixteen words” claim. You lied about whether the White House was told about your findings. You lied about whether your wife recommended you for the trip. And you lied to various journalists about having determined that the relevant documents were forged — seeing as how you had never seen these documents at the time you talked to those journalists.

Full details here and here and in the links cited therein; I’m getting tired of repeating myself.

Of course, the news media almost never tells us any of this.

Lyin’ Joe, I’ve said that I’m not going to let the news media get away with this — and I’m certainly not going to let you get away with it. You are an opportunist and a serial liar. This is only one in a series of lies you have told people, starting with Nick Kristof (at least) and moving forward from there. And every time I see this lie repeated, I’m going to refute it.

Every time.


L.A. Times Allegedly Tells a Whopper

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Scum,War — Patterico @ 11:06 pm

The L.A. Times runs a story about the Scooter Libby indictment titled Libby Allegedly Told a Whopper. It contains this curious sentence:

On July 6, Wilson wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times that cast doubt on President Bush’s statement that Iraq may have purchased yellowcake uranium from Niger.

(My emphasis.)

I am unaware of any such statement by President Bush. Perhaps you readers can enlighten me? I know the article is not referring to the phrase commonly known as the “sixteen words,” from Bush’s 2003 State of the Union speech:

The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.

See? That can’t be it. Saying Hussein “sought” uranium is not the same as saying he purchased it, or even that he “may have purchased” it. This fact has even been noted by, an outfit that The Times has seen fit to cite on occasion — when it suits the editors’ purposes. (Also, there are other African countries besides Niger that sell uranium — such as the Congo, for example.)

So, The Times cannot have been referring to the 2003 State of the Union.

Do you have any idea what they’re talking about?

Do Me a Favor, Willya?

Filed under: Humor,Politics — Patterico @ 10:18 pm

Browse through the images of Scooter Libby on Google and tell me if this man has any eyebrows. Here’s one representative image:


What the New York Times Leaves Out

Filed under: Media Bias,War — Patterico @ 10:07 pm

Michelle Malkin has the story of a selectively quoted letter from a Marine killed in Iraq. The New York Times reported it this way:

Sifting through Corporal Starr’s laptop computer after his death, his father found a letter to be delivered to the marine’s girlfriend. ”I kind of predicted this,” Corporal Starr wrote of his own death. ”A third time just seemed like I’m pushing my chances.”

Here’s the relevant passage:

Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this, that is why I’m writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I’m pushing my chances. I don’t regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it’s not to me. I’m here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.

The part in bold was not included in the NYT story.

This Marine died for freedom, and he wanted the world to know he thought it was worth it. But the editors of the New York Times decided they didn’t want the world to know.

I guess they didn’t have enough space — in a story that was 4,625 words long.

To hell with them.

Spread the word.

Real Clear Politics Blog

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 8:59 pm

Real Clear Politics has started a blog. (Via ab Hugh.) I have blogrolled it and added it to my Bloglines subscriptions. Only one thing missing from their site: a link to Patterico. Hopefully that will be remedied soon.

Anyway, go pay a visit.

Let’s Make It Mierony #TheLast

Filed under: Judiciary — Patterico @ 1:20 pm

Hugh Hewitt has a post titled Mierony #1:

Mierony: A category of irony, including all commentary on judicial nominations that is ironic given the source’s position on the nomination of Harriet Miers.

Example: Jonah Goldberg’s upset with Polipundit’s unfairness to the prospect of a McConnell nomination.

Please. PoliPundit’s suggestion, that McConnell is not partisan enough, is simply silly. It is reminiscent of an equally silly statement he made in support of Harriet Miers (before he changed his mind and decided to oppose her): “Ideology trumps all. If a mangy yellow dog were the SCOTUS nominee, Id support it, if it would consistently vote with Scalia-Thomas.”

I generally like Polipundit. But I criticized his “mangy yellow dog” statement at the time, and I am criticizing his statement about McConnell today. And there is not a damn thing I said about Miers that is inconsistent with this criticism. I am not estopped from making it, and neither is Jonah Goldberg.

One more thing, Hugh: please stop with “Mierony #1.” Enough, already. I’m serious. There are positive things to talk about today. The rumor is that Alito may get the nod. These rumors often prove to be wrong — but if true, that would be fantastic news. Let’s try to be positive, and nip the “Mierony” series in the bud.

UPDATE: This is more like it: an endorsement of Mike Luttig.

Another Stupid Jury

Filed under: Morons,Terrorism — Patterico @ 7:20 am

A jury of six morons people has decided that the New York Port Authority is 68 percent responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The terrorists’ percentage of responsibility? I’m so glad you asked. That would be 32 percent — less than half that of the Port Authority.

I didn’t hear the evidence and I don’t care. This is a stupid verdict which should be summarily reversed.

McConnell Would Be Confirmed

Filed under: Judiciary — Patterico @ 7:17 am

Even Erwin Chemerinsky says Mike McConnell could not be successfully filibustered. I heard him say so on Hewitt’s radio show yesterday. And Chemerinsky would strongly oppose a McConnell nomination.

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