Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: Politics — Patterico @ 9:34 pm

The Washington Post decries the tactics of the Republicans in Congress, who the Post says have not been negotiating sufficiently with Democrats. The Post calls this “contempt for the minority.” To use a favorite phrase of Angry Clam‘s, boo freakin’ hoo. What about the contempt for the majority shown by Democrats who filibuster perfectly qualified judicial nominees?

UPDATE: Reader L.V. writes with this thoughtful comment: “4 radical freaks you moron. Jackass conservatives tried to filibuster 60 the last time around. Like that wasn�t a waste of my tax dollars. [expletive]ing hypocrite.”

Another leftist helping to raise the level of discourse. Thanks, L.V., and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

NEW HOME PAGE: After two

Filed under: Scum,Spy Wiper — Patterico @ 8:45 pm

NEW HOME PAGE: After two awful days of having Talking Points Memo as my home page (to avoid the home page that browser hijackers Spy Wiper forced on me), reader and General Good Guy Steve G. has taught me how to edit my registry and reset my home page. Patterico is now my home page. Thank you, Steve!

P.S. I also finally managed to fix the permalinks, which I broke by adding comments.


Filed under: Political Correctness — Patterico @ 5:34 pm


Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms “master” and “slave” on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive.

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Dennis Tafoya, director of the affirmative action office, said in a separate memo that an “exhaustive search” had been undertaken to find all such labels and replace them with more “appropriate” ones. A form was sent to all departments to identify equipment carrying the labels “master” and “slave” or any other offensive terms.

Your tax dollars at work.

Keep this story in mind the next time some liberal argues that waste in government is a myth.

(Thanks to reader Steve G. for the pointer.)

UPDATE: This is apparently going all around the blogosphere. I have to say that Baldilocks has the best comment I have seen on it so far. Something about Ritzes. Go see it for yourself.

Dale Franks says: “Next thing you know, male/female connectors will be named patriarchal/oppressed connectors.”

UPDATE x2: Even Kevin Drum thinks this is stupid.


Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 5:29 pm

First there was the guy who was critically injured while being initiated into the Ku Klux Klan. And now comes another example of God’s sardonic sense of humor, via this story from the Anchorage Daily News:

A local businessman who had just finished testifying against a proposed no-smoking ordinance in Homer collapsed with a heart attack in the city council chambers Monday night and could not be revived.

Robert Keys, 70, a former smoker, told a packed city council meeting he thought businesses should have the option to decide for themselves how to limit smoking. He said he sat at a table of smokers every morning for coffee and conversation at a local restaurant without trouble.

“It hasn’t bothered my health any. I’m 70 years old and still kickin’. Pretty good, too,” Keys testified. In fact Keys, a veteran, said he’d just had an echocardiogram about six weeks ago at the hospital at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

“They told me I had the heart of a very young person. So I think all this baloney about it affecting people’s health is just that. Baloney.”

Keys returned to his seat in the council chambers. Less than five minutes later, gasping noises from Keys interrupted further testimony. The room was cleared and emergency help summoned. . . . Attempts to resuscitate Keys en route to the hospital were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead of cardiac arrest in the emergency room at South Peninsula Hospital, Homer Fire Chief Bob Painter said.

Thanks to reader Laudio (Dean I) for the pointer.


Filed under: Schiavo — Patterico @ 6:14 am

Those who have followed the Schiavo case may be interested in this Q & A with disabilities advocate Stephen Drake regarding end-of-life planning.


Filed under: Miscellaneous — Patterico @ 6:10 am

This is interesting. Bonus points if you can guess each song and artist. (Via Dave Barry’s Blog, as pointed out by reader Dean L.)

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