Patterico's Pontifications

2/14/2021

Constitutional Vanguard: Why the House Managers Dropped the Ball, from a Prosecutor’s Point of View

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:39 pm



A teaser from today’s Constitutional Vanguard newsletter:

Today, the House managers are trying to justify this disastrous decision. As a prosecutor who has tried plenty of cases, I’m here to say: there is no justification for this. I’ll tell you why in this missive — and I’ll tell you a story about a hypothetical gang murder case, loosely based on my experience, to vividly explain why live testimony is better than stipulations.

Never stipulate to the coroner.

Today’s missive is free, although you can also sign up for the paid version to get extra content, which I am trying to put out on Wednesdays at a minimum. (Last week it was Monday because there was a time-sensitive post about the lawsuit against the District Attorney that I wanted to write about.) I was going to make today’s free missive about the ways that “equity” can kill people — but the impeachment topic seemed more timely, so I think I’ll save the equity post for the paid subscribers on Wednesday. I have already written much of it and I think you’ll find it thought-provoking. Sign up here.

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 128

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 9:49 am



It is Transfiguration Sunday. Today’s Bach cantata is “Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein” (On Christ’s ascension into heaven alone), composed for the Feast of the Ascension but with relevant words for Transfiguration Sunday as well:

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 9:2-9:

The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The text of today’s cantata is available here, and contains these words:

I am ready, come, take me!
Here in the world
are suffering, fear, and pain;
over there, in the courts of Salem,
I shall be transfigured.
There I see God face to face,
as His holy word promises me.

. . . .

To fathom His omnipotence
no human can discern,
my mouth is dumb and silent.
I see through the stars
that He already from afar
indicates the right hand of God.

Happy listening! Soli Deo Gloria.


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