Patterico's Pontifications

1/25/2004

BALDILOCKS DEBUNKS “BUSH LIED” NONSENSE

Filed under: Politics — Patterico @ 11:09 pm

Baldilocks has a nice post debunking the “Bush Lied” nonsense — with lots of links to back up her argument.

HOWARD DEAN TASTES SHOE LEATHER — AGAIN

Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 10:59 pm

Oh, Good Lord. Does Howard Dean ever tire of saying really stupid things? The latest is here. This genius says Iraqis are worse off now, without Saddam.

That makes about as much sense as saying America would be better off with Howard Dean.

(Hat tip: Smash, via Xrlq.)

UPDATE: Beldar has more, including the suggestion that the quote could be read (depending on the emphasis Dean used) as referring to the “living standards” of dead Iraqis. I suppose that’s possible. . . Beldar opines:

If Dean was indeed referring only to dead Iraqis’ living standards — even leaving aside the oxymoronic quality of that concept — then his statement goes from colossally counterfactual to merely insipid. Under either interpretation, it’s still a bizarre thing to say.

Yup. Plus, the “dead people are worse off” argument could be used with respect to any war, including WWII. Under Howard Dean’s logic, by fighting Hitler, we lowered the “living standards” of millions of people across the world.

Bottom line: as Beldar notes, the main impression Americans get is that, if Dean had been in charge here, Saddam would still be in charge there. Not too inspiring.

UPDATE x2: Moonbats Dean supporters, of course, would say that Dean would have removed Saddam as well — but he would have done it better, by magically getting the cooperation of the French and others at the U.N. My thoughts on that argument are here.

BLOG MADNESS

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 10:44 pm

If you like, you can vote for Patterico at Blog Madness. I probably won’t be pushing this contest as much as I did the Wizbang contest, but it would still be nice to get some votes. My entry is my Dog Trainer Year in Review.

MORE PC NONSENSE AT NEWSPAPERS

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Media Bias — Patterico @ 10:39 am

Courtesy of Backspin comes an incredible tale of PC nonsense at the New York Times.
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OPPORTUNITY LANDS

Filed under: Space — Patterico @ 10:08 am

Via BuzzMachine comes the news that the second Mars Rover, named “Opportunity,” has landed. Here is one of the first pictures. And here is one in color.

And via Dean’s World comes the news that water has been found on Mars.

SPY WIPER TO BE SUED FOR PERSONAL INJURY?

Filed under: Spy Wiper — Patterico @ 12:10 am

Though the magic of permalinks for comments, I can link directly to a very interesting comment regarding the evil Spy Wiper company. “J” (who in his anger may have been under the mistaken impression that I’m associated with Spy Wiper) intends to sue Spy Wiper. He says that when Spy Wiper opened his CD-ROM drive, it popped his infant in the eye. The infant had to be taken to the emergency room.

“J”‘s story is not at all implausible. When you go around popping open people’s CD-ROM drives without warning, someone could get hurt. Good luck to you, “J”! I hope you bleed those bastards dry.

THE EXECUTION CEREMONY

Filed under: Crime — Patterico @ 12:02 am

The following post describes how I believe executions should be conducted. I believe that, too often, we forget why we are executing the condemned man. Prison guards who have been friendly with the condemned man, and are mostly unfamiliar with the facts of his crimes, feel duty-bound to take part in the execution, but find it distasteful. The words that linger in people’s minds (and are reported in the newspapers the next day) are the last words of the executed man. These words often include protestations of innocence that can fool many of the witnesses in attendance, who are unfamiliar with the proof brought out at trial.

I believe that, for a man to be sentenced to death, his guilt should be proved, not simply beyond a reasonable doubt, but beyond all possible doubt. Once this standard is met, there should be no regrets about the execution. An execution should be a ceremony — one which reminds everyone in attendance why it is happening, and why it is important. What follows is a description of how I believe such a ceremony should be conducted.

The condemned man is brought out.

The audience is somber.

It’s time for the execution ceremony to begin.
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