Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: Miscellaneous — Patterico @ 10:22 pm

I found this via Dean’s World. (As the last 2-3 posts will attest, I am playing catch-up with Dean’s blog.) The games are here. Enjoy.


Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 10:03 pm

Rosemary of Dean’s World has passed a rule: no accusations that someone committed a crime unless you have proof beyond a reasonable doubt, which would stand up in a court of law.

I pointed out that under this rule, I can’t say O.J. murdered two people. Rosemary never responded. But she’s still pushing the rule. Being the stubborn cuss I am, I am still pushing the point in her comments.

All I know is that the rule on this blog is: I say what I want, and I delete any comment I want.

And what I want to say is:

O.J. murdered two people.

Call me Joe Controversy.

P.S. I don’t mean to seem like I’m picking on Rosemary. I understand the reason she came up with this rule; I just think it might be a little too broad.

P.P.S. In saying that “I say what I want, and I delete any comment I want,” I don’t mean to imply that this dictatorship is not open to commentary that disagrees with me. As long as such commentary is civil, I won’t delete it — nor will I mock it. An example of what I won’t do to civil and intelligent commenters can be found here.


Filed under: War — Patterico @ 9:53 pm

Dean Esmay has issued an interesting challenge: come up with an example of war between two democracies. As the comments demonstrate, it’s tough to do.

The smart-ass leftists will say that the Iraq war was between two dictatorships, but even this nonsense doesn’t answer Dean’s question.


Filed under: Miscellaneous — Patterico @ 8:44 pm

I am getting increasingly annoyed at the ridiculous programming decision by L.A. talk radio station KRLA to cut the last hour of Hugh Hewitt’s radio show in favor of that moron Michael Savage. Today was especially galling. At the end of Hugh’s second hour, he was talking about his upcoming interview with notorious Democrat operative (and sleaze merchant) Bob Mulholland. Hewitt was savaging Mulholland relentlessly, albeit with good humor. You could tell it was going to be a fun interview.

And then Savage came on and spoiled everything.

I changed the station, but as I drove home I decided I was going to complain about this again on the blog. (Regular readers remember I have registered this complaint before.) So I decided to tune in to Savage for 60 seconds, so I could report the contrast between his nonsense and the Hewitt interview with Mulholland I was missing.

Savage’s show was an “encore presentation,” and when I tuned in, Savage was saying something about how nuns are more attractive when they are older, because they never have sex.

KRLA, get this idiot off the air and give us three hours of Hugh Hewitt!


Filed under: Miscellaneous — Patterico @ 8:27 pm

Today is an anniversary more significant than my blogiversary yesterday (if you can imagine that): the anniversary of my parents’ wedding. Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad!


Filed under: Judiciary — Patterico @ 8:11 pm

Today, my wife phoned me and told me to take one of those online surveys that purport to tell you which presidential candidate’s views most closely match your own. She stayed on the phone as I walked through the test.

These sorts of tests are generally pretty bad, but this one was exceptionally awful.

The first question was: “Where do you stand on the following abortion positions?” I was then asked whether I oppose, favor, or have no opinion on the following:

Appoint Judges Who Will Outlaw Abortions
Outlaw “Partial Birth” Abortions
Outlaw Abortions Except for Rape/Incest
Parental Notification for Minors Under 18

I indicated that I strongly opposed the first position, and strongly supported the second, third, and fourth. If you agree with my philosophy on abortion and the judiciary, you will understand these responses immediately.


Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:15 am

Our local Dog Trainer reports that a judge in San Francisco yesterday refused to halt the same-sex marriages that have been taking place there. But you have to look to an English newspaper to see what the litigants were discussing all day: a misplaced semicolon in the proposed order seeking the injunction.

The second judge told the plaintiffs that they would likely succeed on the merits eventually, but that for now, he couldn’t accept their proposed court order because of a punctuation error.

It all came down to a semicolon, the judge said.

“I am not trying to be petty here, but it is a big deal. … That semicolon is a big deal,” said San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren.

The Proposition 22 Legal Defense and Education Fund had asked the judge to issue an order commanding the city to “cease and desist issuing marriage licenses to and/or solemnizing marriages of same-sex couples; to show cause before this court.”

“The way you’ve written this it has a semicolon where it should have the word ‘or,'” the judge told them. “I don’t have the authority to issue it under these circumstances.”

Until they write their proposed court order correctly, Warren indicated he would not order an immediate halt to the marriages of gays and lesbians that continued throughout the day across the street at City Hall.

Lawyers for both sides then spent hours arguing about punctuation and court procedures; the hearing was still continuing late Tuesday afternoon.

One wonders why the judge didn’t take out his judicial pen and replace the semicolon with the word “or.” The whole episode kinda makes the judge sound like, well, he is being petty. How interesting that no part of this anecdote appears in the Dog Trainer story.

UPDATE: In the comments, BoiFromTroy notes that a Dog Trainer story from yesterday, posted on the Dog Trainer‘s internet site only, relates the bizarre semicolon anecdote. (You can read it here.) However, to my knowledge, the semicolon story has not made it into the print edition of the newspaper — the version most people read. It is certainly not in the story I linked at the beginning of this piece, which was the logical place for it.

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