Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 9:31 pm

Thanks to Xrlq, who has installed MT-Blacklist here. Hopefully that will get rid of (or severely minimize) the annoying comment spam that has been popping up lately.


Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 9:19 pm

Patio Pundit and Patterico agree: Edwards is the Dems’ best hope to beat Bush.


Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 9:17 pm

For some reason, a lot of people are coming to this blog by searching for “Howard Dean Sucks.” Since I agree that Howard Dean sucks, I am happy to show up relatively high on the Google search for “Howard Dean sucks”. But I’d like to show up higher. How can I move up on the Google list, so that people who believe that Howard Dean sucks will come to this blog to see why Howard Dean sucks?

The Case for “Nookyoolar”

Filed under: Grammar — Patterico @ 7:07 pm

I have long been irritated by what I considered to be Bush’s mispronunciation of the word “nuclear.” My motto has been: “If he can’t pronounce the word, perhaps he shouldn’t be allowed to launch the weapons.”

But here comes a post by Beldar with several cites (in the updates) to posts defending the pronunciation. [UPDATE: The posts collected by Beldar are from the Curmudgeonly Clerk and Prof. Volokh.]

I will still teach my children to pronounce it “noo-klee-ur,” but having read these posts, I will not be so quick to conclude that the other pronunciation is objectively “wrong.”


Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 7:08 am

I was thinking about John Kerry’s snooze-inducing acceptance speech in Iowa, and Howard Dean’s manic outburst, and it occurred to me: what would happen if you combined these two guys into a single individual? Would the result be a candidate with an appropriate level of energy?

Or would it be a haughty-looking guy who screams maniacally and incoherently about having been to Vietnam?

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