Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Below is the now-famous interview with then-former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney wherein he quite presciently discusses the risks the U.S. would have faced had we gone all the way to Baghdad in 1991.

What is perhaps more interesting about this clip is that I just received it attached to a solicitation for from a well-meaning–if misguided–liberal friend of mine.

Thx to my liberal friend for forwarding this to me

20/20 is investigating Dateline.


How riveting, one news outlet investigating another.

No, there does appear to be something to this story regarding the effect Dateline’s “To Catch a Predator” series had on the subsequent suicide of a Dallas prosecutor who was caught in the sex sting.

Personally though, my sympathy for any of these micreants snagged by Dateline amounts to less than a scintilla.

Thx to TV Newser

While speaking at the ABA‘s annual meeting in San Francisco, Justice Breyer admitted that the past year for him–after having been forced into the minority on the bulk of the Court’s major opinions last term–made for “a difficult year.”

Justice Breyer

Justice Breyer elaborated that he “was in dissent quite a lot, and I wasn’t happy.” However, he did relate that he was still proud of the system as it is, and is thankful that the Court’s October 2006 term proved again that disputes in this nation are settled “in the courts, not in the streets.”

Of course, the conservative lament regarding Justice Breyer is that we believe many issues he thinks should be settled by the Courts are better left to the People via thier elected legislative representatives.

Update: Happy 69th Birthday to Justice Breyer today.

Thx to, the Legal Times, and the WSJ Law Blog

Deposed former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega is set to be released from federal prison in Florida on September 9, after serving only 18 years of his original 30-year sentence due to good behavior.

El Jefe

However, it appears Noriega didn’t just run afoul of U.S. law, he was also convicted in absentia in France for funneling about $3.15 million to a bank account in France in the late 1980s.

So now, Noriega is seeking to stop his extradition to France (the hearing on which is currently set for August 28 ) because he claims he is a prisoner of war.

His options in Panama look considerably better though, because while Panamanian courts sentenced him in absentia to at least 60 years in prison for embezzlement, corruption and murder committed during his 6-year dictatorship, the law only allows him to serve a maximum sentence of 20 years. Under legislation passed in January he could subtract his 18 years of U.S. jail time served from the 20-year maximum, leaving him with only 2 years of mandated jail time in Panama.

Thx to the Miami Herald, the AP , and How Appealing

But that’s okay, because the BCS formula doesn’t include the SI poll, and the Coaches’ poll has Texas at no. 4.

No. 1

Thx to SI

Wikipedia, long derided for it’s policy of allowing anyone to edit an entry, has instituted a new service to combat erroneous posts. The Wikipedia Scanner function allows one to track who has made edits to any particular entry.


Well, Little Green Footballs tracked the person who entered “jerk, jerk, jerk, jerk” into a September 12, 2001 Bush speech, and lo and behold, if you track down the IP address, it belongs to someone at the New York Times. “All the [libel] that’s fit to print,” indeed.

Update: This article appears in today’s UK Guardian, relating all the different and surprising entities that have now been caught editing entries, from the Vatican to the DNC.

Updated Update: Little Green Footballs has looked further into the newfound wonders of Wikipedia Scanner and found that someone at Al Jazeera has edited the entry for Israel, that someone at the BBC had inserted “wanker” in the entry for George Bush, and that someone from New York Times had changed the “pianist” in Condoleeza Rice’s entry to something phoneticallly similar.

Thx to Little Green Footballs, and the Guardian