Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 9:10 pm

There is a lively debate going on in a couple of comment threads at L.A. Observed, where myself and some other folks have been debating the Jill Stewart/John Carroll imbroglio. The comment threads, where you can read the debates, are here and here.

Of special interest are some vitriolic comments attacking me, posted by this ex-newspaperman dude called “expat.” His specialties include ad hominem insults and misreading the English language. Sample expat comment: “By now we’re all familiar with Patterico’s little reading comprehension problem, so no surprise at the response.” (You will not be surprised to learn that the guy has a little problem interpreting the written word himself.)

It’s scary that this guy was once actually a reporter somewhere, perhaps even at our very own local Dog Trainer.

WORM?: There are an awful

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:15 pm

WORM?: There are an awful lot of internet sites down right now. Could there be a worm moving through the system that we haven’t heard about?

UPDATE: The Southern California Law Blog reports here that the problem is an “intentional denial of service attack” at a very popular blog hosting company called “Hosting Matters.”


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:04 pm

NO, THIS STORY IS REALLY NOT FROM THE ONION : The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that George Bush

told his senior aides Tuesday that he “didn’t want to see any stories” quoting unnamed administration officials in the media anymore, and that if he did, there would be consequences, said a senior administration official who asked that his name not be used.

Hey, I’m a conservative, but irony is irony.

Of course, there’s not much danger that Bush will see any such stories anyway, because Bush generally doesn’t read newspapers. As Bush told Brit Hume in a recent interview transcribed here: “I glance at the headlines just to kind of a flavor for what’s moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves.”

Meaning that when Bush said to his staff: “I don’t want to see any stories quoting unnamed administration officials,” his staff thought, in unison: “Okay, we won’t show you any.”


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:43 pm

JILL STEWART CORRECTION: Jill Stewart has issued a correction to that piece that I mentioned to you the other day, in which she sets forth her interview with a Dog Trainer staffer. The correction is at the end of the interview and reads as follows:

Note: In a previous version of this interview, the source stated that betting pool of 113 journalists conducted at the Times showed about 25 percent thought Schwarzenegger would win and recall would win. However, reporter Ken Reich, who conducted the pool, says this information is wrong and offers the following correction:

“Of the 113 participants, 74 picked both the recall to pass and Schwarzenegger to win the replacement race…. Of the 113, by the way, 101 picked Schwarzenegger to win the replacement race, 11 Bustamante and one McClintock.”

Not sure what to make of this. On one hand, it appears to show that the interviewee was dead wrong about the betting pool. On the other hand, the betting pool was one of the most minor of several easily verifiable facts stated by the interviewee — and this is the only fact that I have heard disputed by anyone at the Dog Trainer.

Patterico says: the jury’s still out. Mickey, we need you!


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:33 am

CUTESY EDITORIAL WATCH: The idiot who writes the cutesy editorials for the Dog Trainer is at it again. Today’s topic: acronyms. Beware.

One day, perhaps all of this writer’s editorials will be gathered together in a single volume, which we can then hurl onto a bonfire.

Meanwhile, I am guessing the editors are telling Mickey Kaus they’re too busy to talk to him about Jill Stewart’s piece.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:49 am

STILL MORE ON SCHIAVO: A reader e-mails regarding the Schiavo case to say the husband apparently has “some evidence of early tests including a brain wave probe that showed no response.”

I wish I had access to more original court documents on this case. Perhaps after work today I will dig into it some more.

Here is more of the other side. I found this on my own. This New York Times article quotes Kenneth Goodman, director of the Bioethics Program at the University of Miami, as saying: “Very often, people in persistent vegetative states have reflexive actions that mimic for all the world an ordinary human action. If it’s someone you love, you are inclined to attach meaning to it.”

I can see this. For example, a director of bioethics may speak in apparent complete sentences, yet an expert like myself can tell that he is actually in a persistent vegetative state.

MORE ON SCHIAVO: Regarding the

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:45 am

MORE ON SCHIAVO: Regarding the Schiavo case, Xrlq asks: “Couldn’t the Legislature convene tomorrow and vote to prohibit the intentional starvation of anyone who hasn’t executed a living will?” Good question. They could even call it the “The Bitch Isn’t Going to Die Yet, Mr. Schiavo” law.

KAUS ON . . .

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:39 am

KAUS ON . . . BASEBALL: Nothing yet from Mickey Kaus on the John Carroll/Jill Stewart controversy. He’s talking about that guy who caught the foul ball in Chicago.

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