Patterico's Pontifications


Who Said It?

Filed under: Law — DRJ @ 7:16 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

“I don’t know why I continue to expect people to do the right thing.”


I Left My Heart Syringe in San Francisco

Filed under: Political Correctness — DRJ @ 6:56 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Where else but San Francisco?

City health officials took steps Thursday toward opening the nation’s first legal safe-injection room, where addicts could shoot up heroin, cocaine and other drugs under the supervision of nurses.

Hoping to reduce San Francisco’s high rate of fatal drug overdoses, the public health department co-sponsored a symposium on the only such facility in North America, a 4-year-old Vancouver site where an estimated 700 intravenous users a day self-administer narcotics under the supervision of nurses.”

San Franciscans have surrendered when it comes to the War on Drugs.


House Unable to Override Bush’s SChip Veto (Subtitle: Rep. Pete Stark Loses It) – Updated

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 6:15 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

By a vote of 273-156, the House of Representatives failed to override President Bush’s veto of the SCHIP legislation and, as a result, Rep. Pete Stark-CA was overcome with Bush Derangement Syndrome:

“You don’t have money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people, if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President’s amusement.”

Video here.

UPDATE: From the Instapundit, Nancy Pelosi finally condemns Stark’s comments.


It’s All in My Head

Filed under: Miscellaneous — DRJ @ 3:18 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

A recent but small Canadian study suggests concussions may cause longer-lasting mental impairment in women than in men:

“Up to eight months after suffering a concussion, female college-level soccer players still have impairment in certain mental functions, Canadian researchers report.

“Contrary to what is typically thought, these effects are longer-lasting,” Dr. Dave Ellemberg of the University of Montreal told Reuters Health. “They’re mild, but yet they’re prolonged.”

Any article that compares mental impairment between men and women is a goldmine for jokes, but the good news is this gives me an excuse for another 3 months.


One More Time: Is Waterboarding Torture?

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 11:52 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey says the US government can’t torture but, in Congressional testimony today, he would not say whether he thinks waterboarding is torture:

“In an intense exchange today with three Democrats, President Bush’s nominee for attorney general left the door open for allowing an interrogation technique on terrorism suspects that simulates drowning.

Michael Mukasey, a retired federal judge, issued highly conditioned statements that so-called waterboarding violates the Constitution only if it is defined as torture.”

Mukasey also disagreed about a need for laws “shielding reporters from being forced to reveal their sources,” saying current procedures worked well enough up to now.


Homeland Security: “Still a Joke”

Filed under: Immigration — DRJ @ 11:32 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Depressing news from Homeland Security on border security.


The Newest Thing in Scams and Pranks

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 10:42 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

We’ve heard about the Nigerian millionaire scam, the foreign lottery rackets, the fake charities, and the counterfeit bank and eBay emails …


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