Patterico's Pontifications

12/3/2003

MY KINGDOM FOR A SCREENSHOT

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 10:37 pm

I just checked N.Z. Bear’s Ecosystem rankings. This can’t last, but — Patterico is currently sitting just above Balkinization — the blog of my extremely liberal former Con Law professor Jack Balkin.

My God, that is sweet.

SCHIAVO UPDATE

Filed under: Schiavo — Patterico @ 10:00 pm

Calblog has the latest on the right to die kill in Florida. (Via Xrlq.)

WATCHER’S COUNCIL NOMINATION

Filed under: Watcher's Council — Patterico @ 9:57 pm

For the second time, I have been nominated for best non-Council post in the Watcher’s weekly contest. Regardless of the outcome, the nomination is an honor.

HINT TO TEACHERS

Filed under: Morons — Patterico @ 6:30 pm

Don’t tell your first-grade students that there’s no such thing as Santa. (Thanks to reader Dean L. [aka Dean I] for the pointer.)

IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S . . . STEVE LOPEZ!

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:10 pm

Dog Trainer columnist Steve Lopez says that Abercrombie & Fitch has decided to discontinue what sounds like an incredibly tasteless catalog:

Abercrombie & Fitch, the incorrigible clothier that proudly markets thong underwear to adolescent girls, has suddenly yanked a Christmas catalog that touted group sex and made Victoria’s Secret models look like choir girls.

“It’s been rotated out of stores to make room for the new fragrance,” said Hampton Carney, A&F’s New York flack.

From descriptions I have read, it does sound as though the catalog was in very poor taste, given that the store targets some very young customers. But why do you think the company discontinued it? Do you think the decision was due mainly to the tens of thousands of people who threatened a nationwide boycott? Or was it due to Steve Lopez’s single column on the issue?

Here’s what Lopez says:

Carney claimed the decision had nothing to do with my giving A&F a good beating two Sundays ago, or with several boycott campaigns around the country. They just needed to clear space to “launch” the new perfume.

“You expect me to believe that?” I asked Carney.

Yup, Steve Lopez gets results. Oh, and tens of thousands of potential customers across the country may have helped . . . a bit.

In unrelated news, Lopez recently had a column titled Handing Out Hope, a Dollar at a Time, about a retired Roman Catholic priest who hands out dollar bills to people on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Lopez writes movingly of the hordes of people who line up to get the dollar bill, which will pay for food — or liquor, or perhaps 20% of their next crack fix.

The column is interesting because it marks Lopez’s realization that even one dollar can be a lot of money to some people. Lopez, who gets paid $300,000 a year to write three columns a week, had previously mocked people who looked forward to saving an average of $140 each on their car taxes. Several weeks ago, I wrote a post taking Lopez to task for this insensitivity.

Lopez claims that his sudden realization of the value of a dollar had nothing to do with my giving Lopez a good beating in my previous post.

You expect me to believe that, Steve?

[Warning for irony-impaired: May not have really happened. Lopez’s denial may be fictitious.]

UPDATE: Post linked to Outside the Beltway’s Traffic Jam.

THE MORE LESS THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE IDIOTS STAY THE SAME

Filed under: Infotel — Patterico @ 5:49 pm

It’s official. Batzel v. Smith, 333 F.3d 1018 (9th Cir. 2003) is still the law, and the people who threatened to sue Justene at Calblog are still idiots.

CARNIVAL OF THE VANITIES

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 6:50 am

Begging to Differ hosts this week’s Carnival of the Vanities.

BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 5:53 am

Wizbang’s Bonfire of the Vanities is up, here. It has the worst posts of the blogosphere. Not surprisingly, one of mine is included.


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