Friday, July 22, 2005

Does Anyone Really Care?

Except for small market Canada, which for some stupid reason doesn't like beauty pageant winners, I can't imagine that there are a whole of people in this country who really care that the NHL lock out has ended. Even before the lockout, hockey in the US was already in a spiral downturn, and unless the league enacts some drastic rule changes to speed the game up, contracts the number of teams and gets another Wayne Gretzky playing in a big market city, I don't see the NHL surviving for much longer in this country.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Homage to DC's Papist History?

Hugh Hewitt points to this weird commentary by Howard Fineman wherein Mr. Fineman essentially asserts that President Bush nominated John Roberts to the SCOTUS because he is Catholic. Right.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

SCOTUS Nominee, John Roberts, is Catholic

I wonder if there's ever been more than three on the SCOTUS at one time? I'm guessing probably not. Looks like some possible, though relatively minor, history is in the making.

Update:Some media outlets take note of the potential of four Catholics (yes, this includes Justice Kennedy) on the SCOTUS at one time.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Stalin Was Bad, But...

GetReligion has posted this ditty on Pete Seeger, a commie folk singer from the '60's who apparently has a soft spot for evangelical praise music. From a constitutional law standpoint, Seeger may be best remembered for expanding our jurisprudential understanding of the term "religious belief."

Question: But didn’t Stalin turn out to be one of the worst despots of the 20th century?

Answer: Well, when it comes to big ones. But there’s bad ones all over. And, you know, for 50 years, the United States has helped control the politics of Latin America. And they have the School of the Americas, they call it, in Fort Benning, Ga. Training military — Latin American military men — how to torture, how to massacre, how to assassinate.

Question: But the U.S.S.R. really was an enemy of the U.S.A., yes?

Answer: Not necessarily. The communists claimed, I won’t say they all believed it, that they would encourage revolutions all around the world. But the people of each country had to make their own revolution. It wasn’t Soviet soldiers helping Mao Zedong take over China. They could applaud them and perhaps even help them. But they didn’t likewise in Vietnam or Cuba.
Chronology of a Liar

Did the former prime minister of Niger meet with and tell Joe Wilson that Iraqi officials were interested in buying uranium yellowcake? Depends when Joe was asked.

In brief:

1. Wilson says “yes” during his private CIA debrief in March, 2002.

2. Wilson fails to mention the meeting in his NYT op/ed and his first “Meet the Press” in July, 2003.

3. Wilson lies and says “no” during a “Frontline” PBS Interview in August, 2003.

4. Wilson lies and says “no” twice during his second “Meet the Press” interview in October, 2003.

5. Wilson says “yes” during his third “Meet the Press” interview in May, 2004.

6. Wilson says “yes” to SSCI committee staff --report released in July, 2004.