Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:30 pm

YET ANOTHER ARTICULATE FORMER “VEGETABLE”: Add Stephen Drake (author of this L.A. Times op-ed) to the list of people who were written off by doctors as vegetables — yet lived to tell the tale:

I was born brain-damaged as a result of a forceps delivery. The doctor told my parents I would be a “vegetable” for the rest of my life — the same word now being used for Schiavo — and that the best thing would be for nature to take its course. They refused. Although I had a lot of health problems, surgeries and pain as a child, I went on to lead a happy life.

It’s impossible not to wonder: how many Stephen Drakes or Rus Cooper-Dowdas weren’t so lucky?


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:34 am

BARKING MOONBATS ON THE RECALL: Troublemaker Mark Ridley-Thomas and “Expert on Everything”™ Erwin Chemerinsky have a joint op-ed in this morning’s Dog Trainer titled Now That It’s Finally Over, Let’s Revamp the Recall.

They make a number of suggestions, starting with this one: “First, it is far too easy to qualify a recall for the ballot.” This is clearly a major problem, since the state had to spend millions on a recall that, ultimately, was unsuccessful and changed nothing in Sacramento.

Right, Erwin? Is that the problem, Mark?

They state that their “most important” suggestion is that, “in the event of a recall, there should be no race for a successor.” Rather, they argue, the lieutenant governor should succeed the governor in the event of a successful recall. Their reasoning? “We believe this would dramatically depoliticize the recall process.”

Like the guy on the mattress commercials says: “Hey, Erwin!” The recall process is a political process! When a law professor starts talking about how he wants to “depoliticize” a political process, that’s when you should get nervous.

Ridley-Thomas and Chemerinsky end with this lovely speech:

We know that everyone is exhausted from the events of the last few months, and it is tempting to pretend that this was a unique political earthquake never to be repeated and to just move on. But we owe it to the future of California to learn from what we have experienced and to create a better recall process.

Ignore the whole thing.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:31 am

QUESTION FOR ANTI-WAR PROTESTORS: I have a question for anti-war protestors: do you explicitly support the enemy and want the United States to fail? Assuming you answer “no,” perhaps you should know that the groups putting together your anti-war rallies include a group that does, explicitly, support the enemy.

It appears that International ANSWER, a group which helped organize a recent anti-war rally, says on its web site: “The anti-war movement here and abroad must give its unconditional support to the Iraqi anti-colonial resistance.”

As Eugene Volokh notes, “the Iraqi anti-colonial resistance” refers to the people we are fighting in Iraq. You know, the enemy. The ones killing our soldiers. That enemy.

Make no mistake. This group is saying: “We are explicitly and unconditionally supporting the enemies of the United States.” So the next time you plan to attend an anti-war rally, realize with whom you are associating yourself.


Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 12:32 am

L.A. Observed reports here that over 9,000 people cancelled their subscriptions to the Los Angeles Dog Trainer because they were upset by the Arnold hit piece, and by the paper’s recall coverage in general. This is just a bit more than the 1,000 cancellations we’d heard about originally.

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