Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:52 pm

THE POWER OF THE JUMP: Another installment in our semi-regular series. For the background, visit this earlier post.

Today’s installment: a piece titled Tax Cut Is a Victory and a Risk for Bush. The piece is by Ronald Brownstein, a Dog Trainer political writer with a good reputation as a tough, fair, thorough analyst. It opens with a view of the recently passed tax cut as a remarkable accomplishment for Bush — but one that carries risks as well as opportunities. Fairly high in the piece is this quote from a presidential historian: “It [the tax cut] gives Bush the image of a leader, an impression as someone who cares and someone who is effective — all of which are good arguments for people to hire you for four more years.”

If you read this piece on the Internet, you’d never know that quote was — you guessed it — after the jump. You should have seen the physical paper itself; it’s hilarious how tiny a space they had to cram the column into so that this quote would not appear on the front page. I can tell you there is no way the Dog Trainer editors were going to allow a quote that favorable to Bush to grace the actual front page.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:43 pm

MORE FUN FROM OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: A brutal murderer’s death sentence was vacated because there were Gideon Bibles in the sequestered jurors’ hotel rooms.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:02 pm

BLAIR SAGA CONTINUES: This is just amazing. Howard Kurtz is reporting that Jayson Blair is proposing to write a book called “Burning Down My Master’s House” in which he refers to the New York Times as his “slavemaster.”

Kurtz says: “Blair casts his story as one of ‘a young black man’ told he would never succeed ‘by everyone from his white second-grade teacher to his editor at the Times, who rose from the fields and got a place in the master’s house and then burned it down the only way he knew how.'”

Oh. And here I thought he was just an a**hole who plagiarized and made a bunch of sh*t up.

If the Bob Herberts and William Raspberries of the world had any rationality, they would be condemning this proposal as a huge step backward for blacks. Don’t hold your breath.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:09 am

GOOGLE SEARCH UPDATE: I am thrilled to announce that this page was visited by someone who accessed it by running the Google search:


Whoever ran that search: welcome! You are my kind of reader!

I am also proud to state that this blog comes up #2 in that brilliant search. I’ll see what I can do to push Patterico to #1. I’m guessing it might help to call Senator Byrd a pompous idiot.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:23 am

RAPPIN IN CONGRESS: Check out this page of the Congressional Record. Halfway down the middle column you can read the introduction and lyrics to a rap song written by some Congressman. Excerpts of this idiot’s opus (titled “Shock and Awe”) include:

Brains fried
Glands crisp dried
Ears toasted
Thighs roasted
Blood and skin
For savage sausage
Barbecue ageing sages
Too old to flee

Do I have to tell you that this guy is a Democrat?

You think this guy has been using the poem generator (described and used by Patterico here)?

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