Patterico's Pontifications


Whom Will Trump Pick for the Supreme Court Tomorrow? [UPDATED]

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:15 pm

Just like last time, the name Thomas Hardiman is being bandied about this weekend, even as Kethledge is being deep-sixed in the rumor mills. My views on Hardiman have not changed much since I wrote this post in January 2017. I said then that Hardiman was not battle-tested enough to replace Scalia but might be appropriate down the road. I think he might be an OK replacement for a lefty justice like Ginsburg, but unless our goal is to replace an unpredictable and moderate judge like Kennedy with another moderate, we can do better. I still think Bill Pryor would have been a better choice right out of the gate to replace Scalia, and we could have done Gorsuch this time — but what’s done is done.

Whether this is a feint to make Kavanaugh seem more of a surprise, I don’t know. I hope so.

[UPDATE 7/9, 1:12 pm by JVW]

And then there’s this:

[UPDATE II, 1:41 pm by JVW]

Twitchy thinks Sen. Cruz is trolling us. I suppose a Senator flying to Washington isn’t much of a big deal, but I figured they were on break for a few weeks.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

#FAKENEWS Tries to Undermine Trump’s Nuclear Deal Success with Chairman Un [Guest Post by Hateway Pundit]

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:56 am

[In an effort to increase diversity of opinion among posters here at, here is a guest post by Him Joft, aka Hateway Pundit. Patterico will return tomorrow. Or later today. Who knows?]

As the world knows, Donald Trump, who wrote The Art of the Deal, recently returned from Singapore triumphant, having solved the Nuclear Crisis with North Korea. Our President, who the far left wackos and the #NeverTrumpers (but I repeat myself) like to portay as a liar, said: “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” I dont know about you but I believe my President.

Its no surprise that the real enemy of this country, the #FAKENEWS lamestream media, is trying to undercut Trump’s great success. First there’s the New York Times, who’s motto is “All the #FakeNews Thats Fit to Print”. They say:

North Korea accused the Trump administration on Saturday of pushing a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization” and called it “deeply regrettable,” hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his two days of talks in the North Korean capital were “productive.”

Despite the criticism, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, still wanted to build on the “friendly relationship and trust” forged with President Trump during their summit meeting in Singapore on June 12. The ministry said Mr. Kim had written a personal letter to Mr. Trump, reiterating that trust.

The harsh North Korean reaction may have been a time-tested negotiating tactic. Two months ago, a brief blowup between the two countries led President Trump to briefly cancel, then reschedule, his summit meeting with Mr. Kim. But North Korea’s remarks also played to a larger fear: that the summit meeting’s vaguely worded commitment to “the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” meant something very different in Pyongyang and Washington.

If Trump said their “de-nuking” then theyre de-nuking. And even if they arent, Trump knows how to put on a good show. Its the Expectations Game, and anybody with half a brain like us knows that, unlike the Fredocon #NeverTrumpers and they’re far left Buddies at there cocktail Parties they like to go to so much with Billy Crystal and all those other guys with the cruises they always try to sell you.

And anyway I sincerely doubt North Korea said the U.S. was pushing a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization.” Maybe the geniuses at the New York Times need to get new translators. If anyone is a gangster, it’s Barack Obama, and Chairman Un is smart enough to know that. If your the head of a Country like that, your smarter then to say things like that about President Trump. He wrote the Art of the Deal, and he even gave Chairman Un a CD reminding him about how he called him “Rocket Man” for some lighthearrted humor, which everyone knows Chairman Un likes. So why would Rocket Mans panties be in such a twist? The obvious conclusion is there not, and its more #FAKENEWS.

Its time for the “fifth column” to recognize what Trump has acheived here. Except for several times, NOrth Korea has never offered to “denucularize” before. And they sure haven’t offered it before to Presient Trump, who wrote The Art of the Deal. I don’t care what idiots like Mark Cuban and Michael Bloomberg say about Trump: the fact is you dont get to be as Rich as Donald Trump without being smart, okay?

Then theres the #FAKENEWSBEZOSPOST that ran a Story about a week ago trying to make it sound like Chairman Un is still trying to nuke, even after Trump said hes trying to denuke. Get a load of this story with it’s four “Sources” that dont even exist:

U.S. intelligence officials, citing newly obtained evidence, have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to conceal the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities, according to U.S. officials.

The evidence, collected in the wake of the June 12 summit in Singapore, points to preparations to deceive the United States about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea’s arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs, the officials said.

The findings support a new, previously undisclosed Defense Intelligence Agency estimate that North Korea is unlikely to denuclearize.

Its pretty obvious whats going on here: the Deep State. From the Demonrat operation run by lifelong Demonrat Special Councel Robert “Witch Hunter” Mueller to our so-called “intelligence community,” their all deep staters. Donald Trump shineded the light on these frauds and revealed that anyone who joins law enforcement or the intelligence community does so to “undermine” the Country from within. We owe our President a grate Debt for revealing these traitors to be that thing they are.

Thanks to Patterico for the chance to say this stuff. For a dirty traitorous #NeverTrumper hes OK.

— Him JOft

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 126

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 12:01 am

It is the seventh Sunday after Pentecost. The title of today’s Bach cantata is “Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort” (Sustain us, Lord with your word).

Today’s Gospel reading is Mark 6:1-13.

A Prophet Without Honor

Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.

These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.

The cantata is based on Martin Luther’s hymn of the same name: “Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort.” The basic melody of the hymn can be heard in this simple piano harmonization:

The text of today’s piece is available here. Piece 5, a recitative, contains these words:

Thus Your word and truth will be revealed
and made manifest in the highest radiance,
since You watch over Your church,
since You make the teaching of Your holy word
fruitful with blessing;
and if You turn to us as our Helper,
then in peace
the abundance of blessing will be granted to us.

Wherever God’s word is preached, the truth will triumph.

Happy listening!

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

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