Patterico's Pontifications


Lost in the Garden of the North American Martyrs

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:14 pm

Andrew Sullivan:

I had a dream last night that I was lost in Sarah Palin’s garden. It was springtime, and there were bluebells everywhere. I suddenly realized where I was and tried to get out to the street. But there was just more garden …

So, you know. There you have it.

With Friends Like These …

Filed under: Obama — DRJ @ 8:42 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Washington Post’s Virginia Politics blog suggests the Obama Administration may be getting a raw deal on the Sestak and Romanoff stories. It points out that other Presidents have considered offering administration jobs to convince potential candidates not to run — like Richard Nixon.

It’s not clear whether the Nixon Administration aides followed through on their plan but it is clear the Washington Post has an interesting way of “helping” President Obama.


Houston Man Indicted On Terror Charges (Updated)

Filed under: Terrorism — DRJ @ 8:23 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

A Houston man has been charged with trying to provide aid to al Qaeda. The details are sketchy and these are only charges, not proof. But in general, doesn’t it seem like there could be a lot of people like Barry Walter Bujol?


UPDATE 6/4/2010: Guess who was in contact with Anwar Al-Awlaki? Barry Walter Bujol.

The only good thing about al-Awlaki is that (hopefully) the government knows to investigate everyone he talks to.

Law School Advice

Filed under: Law — DRJ @ 6:56 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Please join me in giving Leviticus some law school advice at The Jury.


Van der Sloot Update

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 5:09 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

As if being the suspect in the death of two girls weren’t enough, Fox News reports Joran van der Sloot is also accused of extorting money from the family of Natalee Holloway.

Are some people addicted to crime?


The Flotilla Choir

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 3:46 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]


Insert White Lawyer Joke Here

Filed under: Law,Race — DRJ @ 3:39 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

San Antonio has nixed a plan by the State Bar of Texas to honor the contributions by early Anglo lawyers:

“Remember the Anglo lawyers! The State Bar of Texas had hoped do to so with a plaque on Alamo Plaza, but the city’s historic commission has refused to approve the plan, citing concerns about singling out a profession or ethnicity for honor near the famed landmark.”

I have a feeling this battle isn’t over yet.


Good Sports

Filed under: Politics,Sports — DRJ @ 2:51 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ lesson of the day:

“Gibbs voiced disappointment that Major League Baseball decided not to award Armando Galarraga a perfect game, but noted: “To watch an umpire take responsibility and to watch a pitcher do what he did, to watch the sportsmanship that’s exhibited … I think that’s a good lesson in baseball. It’s probably a good lesson in Washington.”

This means President Obama will be a good sport if the GOP is able to repeal ObamaCare, right?

MORE: At least Galarraga got a Corvette as a consolation prize.


Obama and Brewer Meet at the White House

Filed under: Immigration,Obama — DRJ @ 2:36 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

President Barack Obama and his lawyer met today with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and her lawyer and like many discussions involving opposing clients and counsel, their meeting was “cordial”.

Of course, not all meetings are cordial. Sometimes opponents sound more like this classic Texas deposition, although I can’t help but wonder if today’s participants had similar feelings.


UPDATE: No wonder the meeting was cordial. Fox News reports there was limited discussion on the contested issues:

“During a brief news conference on the White House
driveway following her meeting with the president, Brewer described the meeting as “cordial,” but the potential lawsuit wasn’t discussed.

“That was kind of over, brushed over a little bit,” she said.

When asked if she thinks the president has read the law, Brewer only smiled.

In a written statement, the White House said Obama reiterated his concern over the law and how it could lead to a patchwork of different state immigration regulations that would interfere with the federal government’s response.

“The president urged Gov. Brewer to be his partner in working in a bipartisan manner on comprehensive immigration reform to implement the type of smart, sensible, and effective solutions the American people expect and deserve from their federal government,” the White House said.

Brewer said she assumes in two weeks, she’ll know how many National Guard troops will be headed to Arizona.

“People from the staff are coming out to Arizona to brief us on what their projections are going to be in regards to the 1,200 National Guard and the $500 million that he has indicated that he’s going to send down there. And we’re going to see how that’s going to get distributed. He assured us that the majority of resources will be coming to Arizona — yet to be figured out,” she said.

The governor said she is encouraged there will be “much better dialogue between the federal government and the state of Arizona” on border security and immigration reform.

“I hope that’s not wishful thinking but positive thinking,” she said.”

Comment Problems Persisting?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:30 pm

Many are e-mailing me to say that they are continuing to have problems seeing comments. We are well aware of the issue and tech guys are working on it today. Please leave a comment and let us know if you are still having these problems. If so, tell us what operating system and browser you are using, and describe the problem as specifically as you can.

Meanwhile, deleting cookies seems to work for many people as a temporary solution. Obviously that is a pain in the rear, and not something you should have to do in the long term — but it will probably work as a temporary solution.

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