Archive for April 2009

Delivery Pizza

So Obama flies a pizza jock 860 miles to the White House because apparently every pizza place in DC sucks balls.

According to this handy carbon footprint calculator, those pizzas generated over 1000 lbs of carbon just getting to DC, not counting the material’s actual production and the carbon it took to get them to him in St. Louis, before he flew them to DC.

Me?  I don’t give a fig about carbon footprint.  But Obama says he does.

Flooding the Zone

With Palin coverage at CNN.

Toldja. I guess it is pretty definative that CNN is in on the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.  Remember how we hear about how Fox News gets all its talking points from the Republican leadership?  Where are those folks when it comes to CNN?

Obama in Baghdad

More of this, please. Less of that other stuff.

Judge Sullivan Is On a Tear

Fresh out of the Stevens debacle, Sullivan is blasting the Gitmo prosecutors:

The government’s case against Batarfi relies on statements from another detainee, who it turns out has repeatedly received psychiatric treatment, calling his credibility into question. A month ago, after it became clear Batarfi’s defense team was not informed of the other detainee’s medical history, Sullivan ordered the government to turn over all medical records to the defense.

According to court documents, Sullivan directed the government to explain “why the Government and its attorneys should not be held in contempt of court” for failing to comply with court orders that could help shed light on Batarfi, a doctor accused by the Justice Department of being a Taliban or Al Qaeda member.

Note: If you are a lawyer, being held in contempt by a Federal judge is a Very Bad Thing.

“To hide relevant and exculpatory evidence from counsel and from the court under any circumstances, particularly here where there is no other means to discover this information and where the stakes are so very high … is fundamentally unjust, outrageous and will not be tolerated,” Sullivan said during a hearing last week, according to the McClatchy newspaper service. “I’ll tell you quite frankly if I have to start incarcerating people to get my point across I’m going to start at the top.

Can I get a “Hell yeah!!!”?

I don’t think that the Gitmo cases belong in our courts.  I think that they belong in military courts.  However, that stand has lost, both in the courts and in the electorate.  Elections have consequences.  I don’t like it, but that is the way it has to be.  America chose, and it is time to live with it.

Prosecutoral misconduct is rampant, endemic and ubiquitous, just like police misconduct.  The whole damned system is rotten from the top to the bottom.  The only way that is going to change is if judges and the People stop putting up with it.

“Whether you are a public official, a private citizen, or a Guantanamo Bay detainee, the proscecution — indeed the U.S. government must produce exculpatory evidence so that justice shall be done,” Sullivan said Tuesday, before dismissing the charges against Stevens, a Republican from Alaska. “The importance of these obligations cannot be overstated.”

The proscution doesn’t have a reponsibility to figure out who is guilty or innocent and then railroad the guilty through the system.  Our system is designed to avoid jailing the innocent, even at the expense of making it easier for the guilty to go free.  That’s a feature, not a bug.  That can’t work if prosecutors sit on evidence just because it makes the guy look innocent.  Maybe it looks like he is innocent because he is innocent.  Whether or not that is true isn’t the prosecutors’ job to figure out.  That job belongs to the jury or the judge.

Sullivan had a message for his fellow judges, lawmakers, the Attorney General and even President Obama.

He urged his “judicial colleagues to be vigilant” and Attorney General Eric Holder to require training for new and veteran prosecutors across the country. Plus, he said, “I urge the president and the Attorney General, as they select new U.S. Attorneys, to obtain from those appointees their commitments to fulfilling these important obligations. And indeed the Senate confirmation process should also address these most improtant prosecutoroial obligations.”

They aren’t going to listen until they see someone from thier side of the courtroom on the other side.  They don’t think that they are above the law — they think that they are the law.

Stevens and Ayers

Stevens walks because the prosecutors were shitheels. That gives us two very similar cases — Ted Stevens and Bill Ayers.  Both had lots of evidence against them.  Both were charged.  Both ultimately had the charges dropped because of the conduct of the prosecutors.

We’ve heard from about half the country that Ayers was “cleared” of his charges.  That leaves us with two choices.  Either Stevens is “cleared”, or having the charges dropped doesn’t really mean you are cleared, like the right has argued with Ayers.

Me?  I think Stevens is guilty as hell, and belongs under every bus we can find.  Does the left still generally think that having the charges dropped mean that you are “cleared”?  Or does that only apply to hippie domestic terrorists, and not RINO politicians?

Maverick

National Journal Magazine:

McCain’s message was obvious, the source continued: After bucking his party on immigration, he had no sympathy for Hispanics who are dissatisfied with President Obama’s pace on the issue. “He threw out [the words] ‘You people — you people made your choice. You made your choice during the election,’ ” the source said. “It was almost as if [he was saying] ‘You’re cut off!’ We felt very uncomfortable when we walked away from the meeting because of that.”

lawl

Elections have consequences, pendejo.  Deal with it.

Not Carter 2.0

Even Carter knew that wage controls were economic disaster. Someone needs to clue Congress in, because unlike Carter, Obama doesn’t have the backbone to veto it.