Patterico's Pontifications


Dafydd ab Hugh Solves the UAE/Ports Controversy

Filed under: International,Terrorism — Patterico @ 9:10 pm

Dafydd ab Hugh’s blog is always excellent, but he has outdone himself in this post about the UAE ports controversy. It’s more intelligent than anything you’ll read in tomorrow morning’s newspapers about the controversy. Dafydd explains in detail what each side is missing in their analyses. What’s more, Dafydd has a proposal for solving the controversy that makes good sense.

Xrlq a Virgin(ian)

Filed under: Bear Flag League,Blogging Matters,Real Life — Patterico @ 7:57 pm

I guess it’s okay to tell you that Xrlq is no longer a Californian, since he just announced it. Congratulations to him on his new home on a three-acre lot in Virginia.

There’s just one thing that I don’t understand. If he wanted a home on a three-acre lot, why didn’t he just get one here in California?

Why Alito Is Important

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:28 am

It should surprise no-one that the Supreme Court has agreed to review a Court of Appeals decision striking down the Partial- Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. Ed Whelan says that the case will be heard next fall.

While I am hopeful, I am not as confident as Whelan that the decision will be reversed — indeed, I have previously argued that the Act is unconstitutional if one accepts the validity of the absurd Stenberg v. Carhart decision, which struck down a similar state ban on the horrific procedure.

Of course, I do not accept Stenberg. I agree with Justice Scalia, who has said:

I am optimistic enough to believe that, one day, Stenberg v. Carhart will be assigned its rightful place in the history of this Court’s jurisprudence beside Korematsu and Dred Scott.

With the confirmation of Sam Alito to the High Court, conservatives have a reasonable hope that this day will come sooner rather than later.

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