Patterico's Pontifications


Gerald Ford Dies

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:24 pm


Saddam To Be Hanged Within a Month

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:02 pm

Iraq’s highest court has rejected Saddam’s appeals and ruled that Saddam must be hanged within 30 days. Justice is a little swifter over there.

We already know how the media will spin the story: increased sectarian strife, bad for Iraq, tougher for L.A. Times columnists to argue for his return to power, etc.

For the rational world, however, this must be seen as a major step forward in the struggle for Iraq.

The 30 days is a maximum, by the way. I’m hoping it’s done before the New Year.

See Dubya Blogging at Hot Air

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:18 am

Things are slow here at Chez Patterico as I mingle with family members (some of whom have no Internet access!), and slowwwwly try to work up a Dog Trainer Year in Review post . . . on a Treo.

(Yeah, it’s slow going. It may not appear on December 31st this year. Fair warning.)

In the meantime, keep reading my favorite blog Hot Air, where my pal See Dubya is getting some deserved exposure as a guest poster.


Merry Christmas

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:22 pm

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas Eve

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:34 am

Armed Liberal asks: why are you at the computer? Me, I’m just checking a couple of things before I run out to do my typical last-minute Christmas Eve shopping — a Patterico tradition for several years running now. What’s your excuse?

UPDATE: It’s already Christmas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Merry Christmas to our troops.


Council Votes to Publicly Reprimand Real

Filed under: General,Judiciary — Patterico @ 2:05 pm

A judicial discipline council has voted to publicly reprimand U.S. District Judge Manuel Real for taking actions based on ex parte communications with a litigant — and for giving inaccurate and misleading testimony about the incident. Real is appealing the decision.

If the reports are accurate, and the findings are upheld, it’s hard to reach any conclusion other than that Judge Real should be impeached — at the very least, for giving deliberately misleading testimony. How can we allow a judge to continue in office if he has deliberately lied under oath?

“Thank” You, Mr. Nifong . . . You Motherthanker

Filed under: Crime,Scum — Patterico @ 12:39 am

I haven’t followed the Duke rape case closely.

But I do want to take this opportunity to say: thank you, Mr. Nifong. Thanks for giving prosecutors a bad name.

Thank you for making people believe it’s standard procedure not to talk to a rape victim before filing charges. My wife has been filing rape cases for years, and she always interviews the victim first. This is standard procedure in our office — and it means a lot of cases don’t get filed, because they can’t be proved.

But thanks to you, Mr. Nifong, the public thinks prosecutors file these cases blindly. Thank you.

And thank you especially for spreading the image of prosecutors as people who withhold exculpatory evidence. We all know what it’s like to learn that bad fact — the one that takes a great case and turns it into a struggle. But we also know what we do when that happens: we make a beeline for the phone, to call the defense attorney. Because that’s what the Constitution requires. And it’s just what you do.

But thanks to you, Mr. Nifong, people think that prosecutors learn about DNA evidence that points to innocence, and then collude with the lab to hide the results from the defense.

What the thank were you thinking, you dumb thank?

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you so very much.


“Let Go” Rocks

Filed under: Music — Patterico @ 12:10 am

I told you about the band Let Go before, but I don’t think anyone was paying attention. The reference was too deep in the post, and the recommendation was far too lukewarm.

So let me be clear:

This is the greatest new band I have discovered in years.

Their CD flat-out rocks. Anyone with decent taste in music must buy it.

Their stuff has elements of Jellyfish, Kevin Gilbert, and a little-known but classic band called Wasted Tape. The band has the rare combination of good singing, very loud guitars, and musical sophistication. The songs are not your typical three-chord nonsense. They are harmonically and rhythmically very interesting. There are hints of later Kansas and early Rush in there.

I’m telling you, this is great stuff.

Their web site is here. You can download tunes here.

They are so great, I investigated their history. The lead singer, Jamie Woolford, was previously in a band called The Stereo. Listening to clips at Amazon, I determined that this band also rocks, and ordered all three of their albums using a portion of a gift certificate lovingly donated by my mother-in-law.

Let Go will be playing in Anaheim during the first week of January. It’s our bad luck that we’ll be out of town.

P.S. Glen Phillips will also be playing in L.A. during the first week of January. He will be at Largo.

Man, we picked a lousy time to be out of town.

Go to all the above shows, and let us know how they were.

Lefties Push “Fake But Accura –” . . . Ah, Hell. Here Are Some Cool Videos

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:03 am

A couple of days ago, I started to draft a post about the “fake but accurate” stance that so many lefties have taken with respect to the Jamil Hussein story. It began:

How would you feel if you found out that a police officer manufactured a piece of evidence against a defendant?

What if someone tried to minimize the officer’s offense by arguing:

Who cares? The defendant was guilty anyway. So what if an officer manufactured another piece of evidence against him — there’s already plenty of other evidence against him. How come you don’t care about whether the defendant is guilty?

If someone said that to me, I’d light into them. I’d tell them that I do indeed care about whether the defendant is guilty. But regardless of a defendant’s guilt, it’s illegal and immoral for an officer to manufacture evidence against a defendant.

The point is that truth is important, even if you happen to think that your lies serve a “larger truth.”

Yet when bloggers show that there are holes in an AP story — notably serious, gaping, and unretracted holes in the story that four mosques were burned — many on the left say simply: so what? Iraq is a bad place anyway.

Meh. It needed some extension and revision, and so I put it on the back burner. In the meantime, half the conservative blogging world has said it better. Plus, I’ve been in trial, and have had to pack for a trip.

I’m tired. So forget that post. Here are some links to some cool videos. (So much for my personal dynamism, eh, assistant devil’s advocate?)

My favorite link is this:

Amazing pool shots

That’s at a site I never heard of before called, which I learned about (indirectly) from this Xrlq post. I just went to that site and watched everything on the home page. Almost everything was interesting on some level. A lotta idiots out there.

But you read blogs, so you already knew that.


Still More on Jamil Hussein/Jamil Ghdaab Gulaim/Ghulaim

Filed under: General,Media Bias,War — Patterico @ 11:24 pm

Michelle Malkin is following up on the Jamil Hussein/Jamil Ghdaab Gulaim/Ghulaim thing.

The AP is being every bit as responsive as you’d think.

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