Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 9:43 pm

Our local Dog Trainer has published the following correction:

An article in Monday’s Section A included incorrect information about animal rights activist Virgil Butler. It said that Butler took part in the U.S. invasion of Panama, where he recalled killing enemy soldiers, but the Army has no record of his service. The article stated that Butler shot a man to death in the parking lot of a bar and went to prison for manslaughter. In fact, he was convicted of felony burglary, and the shooting could not be confirmed. The article said Butler killed 80,000 birds a shift at a Tyson poultry plant. He did not slaughter every chicken personally but was part of a nine-person team.

Alert readers will recall that Patterico mentioned this story here.


Filed under: Awards — Patterico @ 6:31 pm

As part of the ongoing effort by conservatives to steal elections across the country, I am happy to report that Patterico has won the Wizbang Award for Best Marauding Marsupials Blog. Patterico was not elected so much as selected, by an elite cabal of opinionmakers including Smash and Hugh Hewitt.

I’ll take it any way I can get it. Thanks to these fine folks, and to Xrlq, for all the help over the past couple of weeks. And congratulations are also in order to Hewitt, Smash, and Xrlq — who won in their respective categories.

Also, thanks to you actual readers who voted (in some cases repeatedly) for Patterico. You know who you are. I appreciate it.

Without further ado, here is the complete slate of winners:


Filed under: War — Patterico @ 6:47 am

The Daily Telegraph recently ran a story with the headline: Terrorist behind September 11 strike was trained by Saddam. The story says that the Iraqi coalition government has uncovered a top-secret memo written to Saddam by the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service. The memo said that Mohammed Atta had been recently trained by the notorious Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, at a camp in Baghdad.

In the memo, Habbush [the author of the memo] reports that Atta “displayed extraordinary effort” and demonstrated his ability to lead the team that would be “responsible for attacking the targets that we have agreed to destroy.”

The second part of the memo, which is headed “Niger Shipment,” contains a report about an unspecified shipment — believed to be uranium — that it says has been transported to Iraq via Libya and Syria.

It’s anybody’s guess whether this is genuine, so we shouldn’t get carried away. Still, it’s important enough that it should not get lost in the hubbub of Saddam’s capture.

By the way, the Daily Telegraph has been at the forefront of the Al Qaeda/Saddam links ever since April, when it published this story, which I mentioned in this post.

UPDATE: Newsweek says it’s a fake. If Newsweek says it, it’s gotta be true! (Kidding aside, it did have that “too good to be true” feel to it.)


Filed under: War — Patterico @ 6:04 am

Smash is blogging under the influence. Maybe he should do that more.

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