Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: 2004 Election,Humor — Patterico @ 3:26 pm

Tacitus has the shocking photographic evidence. Just click on the link and scroll down.

Not for weak stomachs!

(Via Pejmanesque.)


Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 2:41 pm

I have taken the advice of Xrlq and begun running — the most impressive anti-spam program I have seen. And it’s free.

0Spam is especially effective when used in conjunction with MailWasher, another anti-spam program I have used for months now. With MailWasher, you receive no spam, but may spend some time marking and bouncing junk mail. With 0Spam, you need only review your junk mail folder once every week or two to make sure you’re not losing good mail. Anything that might theoretically sneak through (which, so far, is absolutely nothing) would get caught by MailWasher.

This is almost miraculous. I highly recommend both programs — especially 0Spam. (I am now using it with the patterico address as well — so first-time writers may be forced to confirm their human identity. I have added the appropriate warning under the e-mail link.)

If you are frustrated by spam, you should do yourself a favor and download these free programs today.


Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 12:15 am

The ever-forgiving Xrlq (motto: “Quotation marks? Schmotation marks!”) probably has no problem with this distortion of a quote in the New York Times. The story was about the new head football coach of Mississippi State. Every other news outlet to cover the event quoted him as saying:

I am the first African-American [football] coach in the S.E.C., but there ain’t but one color that matters here, and that color’s maroon.

The Times quoted him as saying:

I am the first African-American coach in the S.E.C., but there is only one color that matters here and that color is maroon.

The condescension is palpable.

It is interesting (and slightly encouraging) that the new Times ombudsman sees a problem here.


Filed under: Politics,War — Patterico @ 12:06 am

Here is an inspiring letter from a captain who was at the Bush Thanksgiving dinner:

Bremer then said that we should probably get someone more senior to read the speech. Then, from behind the camouflage netting, the President of the United States came around. The mess hall actually erupted with hollering. Troops bounded to their feet with shocked smiles and just began cheering with all their hearts. The building actually shook. It was just unreal. I was absolutely stunned. Not only for the obvious, but also because I was only two tables away from the podium. There he stood, less than thirty feet away from me! The cheering went on and on and on.

Soldiers were hollering, cheering, and a lot of them were crying. There was not a dry eye at my table. When he stepped up to the cheering, I could clearly see tears running down his cheeks. It was the most surreal moment I’ve had in years. Not since my wedding and Aaron being born. Here was this man, our President, came all the way around the world, spending 17 hours on an airplane and landing in the most dangerous airport in the world, where a plane was shot out of the sky not six days before.

Just to spend two hours with his troops. Only to get on a plane and spend another 17 hours flying back. It was a great moment, and I will never forget it.

Before you get too skeptical, you should know that has declared this genuine, in part based on posts from NRO’s The Corner, here and here.

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