Patterico's Pontifications


Are They Drafting Michael Moore For L.A. County Sheriff?

Filed under: Crime,Miscellaneous — Justin Levine @ 3:18 am

[posted by Justin Levine] 

I suppose Moore might have some extra material for the DVD release of ‘Sicko’ –

Under fire for overcrowded jails, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is seeking the power to force thousands of inmates to be placed on detention in their homes, but prisoners rights advocates are fighting the move, saying that it would mean many more inmates would be deprived of the medical and mental healthcare they get behind bars.

What kind of lawyer would you want for YOUR murder trial?

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Justin Levine @ 2:13 am

[posted by Justin Levine] 

I was struck by this profile of Phil Spector attorney Bruce Cutler.

First off, he seems to think that he is the only one capable of “freeing” Spector –

“Phillip needs me” to win over the jury. “He needs my oomph, bang and emotion,” said Cutler, who is known as much for his theatrics as his legal skills.

To know him is to acquit him, Cutler said. “The jury needs to know Phillip. They can only know him through me,” he said.

“I believe in Phillip. I am the only one who can wield the cudgel, heavy enough, light enough, to free him,” he said.

Now, word has it that Cutler will be on a reality TV show. Draw your own conclusions.

A Post That Makes a Serious Journalistic Point About the Los Angeles Times

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General,Humor — Patterico @ 1:18 am

The other day, a couple of colleagues urged me to start posting pictures of attractive women on my web site. “Man can’t live on politics alone,” they said. “Even those Power Line guys spice it up once in a while with pictures of beauty contest winners.”

Naturally, I rejected any such suggestion as beneath my dignity as a political blogger. I am not about cheesecake, my friends. This site is about journalistic integrity. It is about The Truth.

So stick with me as I use the following photograph to make a Serious Point About Journalism.


Steve Smith (whom I saw in the Compton courthouse the other day) writes to inform me about this post, which notes a grave error made by the Los Angeles Times:

I’m not one of those people who put everything in a newspaper under a microscope, hoping to find a mistake somewhere. But when someone gets the most crucial facts of a story wrong, it is my journalistic duty to point it out.

That brings me to the big story on David Beckham that ran in the L.A. Times on Sunday. The piece, written by Grahame L. Jones, discussed the lavish lifestyle of Beckham and his wife, Victoria, once better known as Posh Spice of the Spice Girls.

David and Victoria shower each other with lavish gifts, the story said. “While Victoria was expecting their third child, Beckham spent $1.8 million for a diamond encrusted sex toy with matching 16-carat diamond necklace.”

As fate would have it, I was scheduled to take part in a conference call with Victoria in connection with her one-hour NBC special, “Victoria Beckham: Coming to America,” scheduled for 8 p.m. ET/PT on Monday. Though I’ve spent a lifetime interviewing people great and small, I’ve never had the privilege of talking to the owner of a $1.8 million sex toy.

When my turn came, I got my chance. “Does the immense value of this item tend to inhibit you from using it?” I inquired.

And that’s when I discovered that, all those Pulitzer Prizes notwithstanding, you can’t absolutely rely on the Times.

“It isn’t true,” Victoria said, her voice calm and measured. “We do buy each other nice things,” she admitted, but some things get exaggerated. “I don’t have a diamond-encrusted vibrator.”

Now, friends: just because someone makes an accusation like that, are we going to leap to the conclusion that there has been journalistic malfeasance? Hardly! We demand evidence!

And so I say: take a look at the picture above.

A close look.

That necklace — which is either the 16-carat diamond necklace referred to in the story, or perhaps some other necklace entirely; I’m not quite sure which — has to be worth $1.8 million on its own.

And if it isn’t, then those straps have to be worth a lot. What are those made of anyway?

Proof that the L.A. Times got it wrong!

If you don’t believe me, look again. With enough study, you’ll see what I mean.

If You Could Push a Button . . .

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 12:08 am

My friend Scott Kaufer posed an interesting question the other night.

If you could push a button and make anyone in the world the next President, who would it be?

It’s a tough question to answer, since many possible choices are people who haven’t been in the spotlight. If they’re untested, you just don’t know if they would work out.

With that caveat, I’ve always been really impressed with John Cornyn. He’s always right on the issues, he’s well spoken, he has a statesmanlike appearance, he’s great on judges — and he’s a Texan. What more could you ask for?

Who would be your choice?

Deport the Criminals First: The Summary Post

Filed under: Crime,Deport the Criminals First,General,Immigration — Patterico @ 12:03 am

Keep your eye on Hot Air today. I have a time-delayed post set to publish at about 10:20 a.m. Pacific time, which summarizes my entire history of “Deport the Criminals First” posts. (When it appears, you will be able to access it at this link.) There’s something about seeing all these stories in one place that is depressing but effective.

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