Patterico's Pontifications

11/28/2003

THE INDEPENDENT GOES GOBBLE-GOBBLE

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 8:01 pm

The British rag The Independent shows it is a serious news publication with this headline about Bush’s trip to Iraq: The Turkey Has Landed. (Hat tip: Calpundit.)

I HATE STRONGLY DISLIKE HATE SPEECH

Filed under: Political Correctness — Patterico @ 8:00 pm

: From Best of the Web comes this silly story:

Gonzaga University has reaffirmed the value of freedom of speech after unfairly disciplining a student group for posting fliers with allegedly ‘discriminatory’ language,” the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announces in a press release.

As we noted last month, the Young Americas Foundation chapter at the Catholic campus in Spokane, Wash., got in trouble for using the word hate — though it was merely citing the title of guest speaker Daniel Flynn’s book, “Why the Left Hates America.”

“Administrators chose to place a disciplinary letter in the group’s file for using the words “the left hates” on the fliers, suggesting that that use of the word ‘hate’ was ‘discriminatory’ and might constitute ‘hate speech.’ ” This presented administrators with a logical conundrum, since if the word hate is “hate speech,” all they can say without running afoul of their own stupid rule is that it might constitute “speech.”

I assume that administrators will not be troubled by the conundrum, but will rather apply adapt Congress’s age-old rule that “the rules we make don’t apply to us.”

WHY THE UNITED NATIONS IS USELESS

Filed under: International — Patterico @ 1:22 pm

Israel cannot even get a resolution passed by the United Nations calling for the protection of Israeli children. As explained in this BBC story:

Israel has withdrawn its first United Nations draft resolution in nearly 30 years in the face of strong opposition. The Israeli draft, which called for the protection of Israeli children from terrorism, mirrored one on Palestinian children passed earlier this month.

But mostly Arab opponents of the text introduced changes Israel could not accept, ambassador Dan Gillerman said.

(Via Watcher of Weasels.)

THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING A U.S. CITIZEN

Filed under: Crime,Immigration,International — Patterico @ 1:22 pm

Meet the only guy on the planet who wishes that he were a Mexican citizen rather than an American citizen: David A. Garcia. Yesterday, Garcia was arrested in Mexico for the murder of a Burbank police officer, and was turned over to U.S. Marshals. As our local Dog Trainer explains:

Mexican authorities have previously resisted returning fugitives to the United States to face the death penalty, but most of those cases have involved Mexican citizens. Garcia, like his parents, is a U.S. citizen.

Too bad.

GREAT AGGREGATOR

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 10:51 am

I have discovered a great aggregator called BlogLines. It was recommended by The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler. It has many advantages over AmphetaDesk, which I had previously used. It requires no downloads. It allows you to organize your blogs into folders. Most important, it remembers what you have read so that you don’t need to scroll through miles of already-viewed items.

This tool will save you hours of time. Check it out now.

COUNCIL WINNERS

Filed under: Watcher's Council — Patterico @ 8:13 am

The Watcher’s Council has spoken. The winners are:

Winning Council entry: The Weaseliest of Weasels by Free Will

and

Winning non-Council entry: Revolution – Beyond Instalanche by The Politburo Diktat (aka the Commissar).

A special congratulations to the Commissar for the latter post, which is (like most of the Commissar’s entries) quite entertaining. And I’m not just saying this because I have a place (Pattericosk) on the Commissar’s Map of the Blogosphere, which is explained at this post.

11/27/2003

THE HAMMER COMES DOWN

Filed under: Crime — Patterico @ 8:14 pm

Michael Jackson’s attorney Mark Geragos recently said: “We will land on you like a ton of bricks, we will land on you like a hammer, if you do anything to besmirch this man’s reputation.”

In unrelated news, the Los Angeles Dog Trainer today reports that certain unnamed sources say Jeffrey Borer, the XtraJet Executive being investigated in connection with the surreptitious taping of Jackson aboard an XtraJet aircraft, has been an FBI informant for years. The Dog Trainer has also learned that Borer was in federal prison. Borer vigorously denies having been an FBI informant.

The story says: “Geragos could not be reached for comment.” Very interesting, since Mark Geragos is very rarely unavailable for comment. But I’m sure the unnamed sources have no connection to him, or to the threat quoted above.

SPY WIPER HIJACKING UPDATE: I

Filed under: Scum,Spy Wiper — Patterico @ 12:32 am

SPY WIPER HIJACKING UPDATE: I have noticed that I have been getting a lot of Google hits from people looking for information on Spy Wiper. Apparently due to my recent post about how my browser was hijacked by this company, Patterico is high on the Google list when you search for “Spy Wiper.” Moreover, Patterico is apparently the top site not maintained by the company (and thus the first site that people click on if their browsers were also hijacked).

BoiFromTroy has disclosed that he had the identical thing happen to him, quite recently. He reports that the offending company is called “Mail Wiper, Inc.” and is based in Georgia. Given his report, other similar reports, and the numerous Google searches, I believe that this is an experience many people are having right now. I would therefore like to invite comments on two topics:

1) If you have had your browser hijacked by this company, describe your experience in the comments. Tell us the date and exactly what happened. I sense there is a lot of frustration out there. Please vent it here.

2) I would also like to hear from anyone with insights on what can be done to stop this company’s hijacking of people’s browsers. I am less interested in technical fixes, virus software, etc. and more interested in legal opinions as to steps that can be taken against the company. Is this illegal? To whom should people complain? Any and all relevant suggestions are welcome.

UPDATE: I put a potential fix in the comments. It worked for at least one person. Please leave feedback as to whether it works for you.

11/26/2003

POOR, POOR RETALIACRATS�

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.

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