Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 1:35 pm

The RantingProfs have this nice catch about the Washington Post‘s omission of some material from a Charles Krauthammer column that would have been embarrassing to the Post. The actual column opened with a sarcastic reference to a quote from a Post news story, which Krauthammer then mocked. Fortunately for readers, the material showed up in other newspapers, so we can see exactly what the Post tried to bury — and why.

Remember this the next time the folks at the Post get self-righteous about politicians trying to cover up something embarrassing.


Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 8:48 am

Captain’s Quarters reports a rare sighting: a sensible editorial published in our very own local Dog Trainer. The editorial notes that the fact that we didn’t just have a terror attack on a flight from Paris to L.A. doesn’t mean that one wasn’t planned. It is nice to see that the local yokels at the Times are, once in a blue moon, capable of penning an editorial incorporating the heretofore unfamiliar concept of “common sense.”

The Captain does note, however, that the entire enterprise may have been a successful Al Qaeda counterintelligence operation. If true, this is nothing to applaud.

By the way, is there still anybody who believes that there was nothing to this? Doesn’t the whole incident reek of French incompetence, combined with the French government’s minimizing the whole event to cover up said incompetence?


Googling Idiotic Statements by Liberals

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 5:00 pm

A hearty welcome to the person who found my blog by conducting a Google search for the phrase idiotic statements by liberals. You have found your home here!


Filed under: Civil Liberties — Patterico @ 1:00 pm

Via Dale Franks’s blog comes the link to Nat Hentoff’s column on the Supreme Court’s disastrous campaign finance decision. I have been saying lately that Hentoff is fast becoming one of my favorite columnists. This column is a good example of why.


Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 8:12 am

The Patterico blogroll expands again today with two sites that should have been added long ago: RantingProfs and BuzzMachine. If you aren’t visiting these sites daily, you are missing out.

Both of these sites keep a close watch on the media. RantingProfs is run by two college professors who teach Communications Studies. By far the more prolific blogger of the two is Cori Dauber, who has been a guest blogger at the Volokh Conspiracy, another great site.

BuzzMachine is run by Jeff Jarvis, who has been a TV critic and newspaper columnist, among other things.

Both of these folks will astound you with their sheer blogging output. You’ll be amazed that such a tremendous output of posts can contain this much interesting, original, and insightful material.

If you haven’t visited these sites before, please do so now.

P.S. For an example of some excellent entries from these sites, check these out:

The Profs have this criticism of French officials for turning away passengers on the recently cancelled flight before they checked in: “Oh, that’s just spectacularly brilliant. We think one or more of you may be terrorists, so we’re sending you all home now. And we wonder how the shoe bomber got past these people.”

The Profs call on the U.S. to help Iran after the recent earthquake there, to strengthen the hand of the protesters in Iran seeking democracy.

And for a good example of BuzzMachine at work, check out this roundup of Iraqi blogs. Jarvis has done much to promote the Iraqi section of the blogosphere, and even sent a digital camera to one of them — the act that broke the story that there were actually anti-terrorism protests going on over there.



Filed under: Miscellaneous — Patterico @ 1:49 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Patterico readers.



Filed under: Crime — Patterico @ 1:53 pm

Beldar has a typically thoughtful post on the Malvo verdict. However, this time I must disagree with him. Beldar says that the decision of the jury in Virginia to spare Malvo from the death penalty should be respected by prosecutors in other jurisdictions. But I see no reason why other juries’ hands should be tied by the actions of one jury — a jury that (as Beldar notes) had before it only one murder.

I have spent more time with family than I have reading the news in recent days, so I haven’t read any press accounts containing the jurors’ explanations of why they spared Malvo. However, it seems inescapably true that a jury might easily come to a different conclusion on the penalty if it had found him guilty of several murders instead of just one. Why isn’t that single point alone enough to retry him and seek death?

UPDATE: The title of this post seems all the more appropriate now that I have read a quote from one of the jurors explaining why she rejected death for Malvo: “he wanted to die for his cause and his cause was Allah.” This is the jury that Beldar wants to tie the hands of every other potential jury in the country who could try this mass murderer? (Thanks to the Ranting Profs for the quote.)


Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 1:43 pm

Drop by the Carnival of the Vanities, hosted this week by Winds of Change.



Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 11:46 pm

Thanks to whoever nominated me for this week’s Watcher’s Council vote.



Filed under: Civil Liberties — Patterico @ 3:10 pm

In discussing what should happen to Saddam Hussein, leftists typically resort to the argument that we need to be more enlightened about such matters — you know, like they are in Europe.

For example, I noted in this post below that Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen had complained that the United States still engages in capital punishment, just like “such pariah nations as Sudan.”

I think it’s high time that we caught up with our more advanced European allies on social matters like this. While we’re at it, it’s also time to fall into step with the Europeans’ enlightened attitude towards free speech. Namely: they don’t allow it.

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