Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 10:50 pm

The New York Times reported yesterday about a new blog aggregator called Kinja. Kinja is put out by Nick Denton, the guy behind

Initial reviews are mixed. Jeff Jarvis says it brings together blogs of note. BoiFromTroy says the jury is still out. Bill Quick, apparently miffed at not having been included, calls it the Elitistsphere.

For my part, I am pleased to report that Patterico has apparently been included in the set of conservative sites that Kinja has chosen to follow. Obviously, I think this reflects well on the judgment of the people behind this venture.

Another Victim of Miranda

Filed under: Crime — Patterico @ 10:15 pm

We always hear about how the Miranda rule rarely (if ever) prevents the guilty from being convicted — a ridiculous canard that prosecutors know to be patently false. Any prosecutor knows that guilty people regularly go free thanks to the Miranda decision.

Add this murderer to the list.

UPDATE: In the comments, Xrlq points out that, while the defendant’s murder conviction has been reversed, he will remain in custody on his rape conviction. So, he did not “go free” — yet.

Spain Not Off The Hook Yet

Filed under: Terrorism — Patterico @ 9:41 pm

Via Alert Reader Hank K. comes news that a bomb has been found in a Madrid train station.

Hmmmmm. And here I thought that Spain was off the hook, now that its voters have appeased Al Qaeda expressed their displeasure with the Iraq war at the ballot box.

UPDATE: Justene at Calblog made this point hours ago.

Will Leftists Denounce Kos?

Filed under: Morons — Patterico @ 8:49 pm

I am watching closely to see whether leftists will denounce Daily Kos, the jerk who said this about the four murdered civilians in Iraq:

Every death should be on the front page.

Let the people see what war is like. This isn’t an Xbox game. There are real repercussions to Bush’s folly.

That said, I feel nothing over the death of merceneries [sic]. They aren’t in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them.

You read that right: “Screw them.”

Lovely sentiments.

(Apparently “merceneries” is a new term referring to “civilian contractors,” since the definition of “mercenaries” does not apply to the people just slaughtered in Iraq.)

Luckily, Michael Friedman is on the case and getting results.

(Via Xrlq and Beldar.)

UPDATE: Lefty blogger Rick Klau e-mails to say that he has stated that Kos’s comments are beyond the pale and require an apology. I’d like to see more of this.

UPDATE x2: I checked out Kevin Drum’s site because I expected him, as one of the more reasonable leftists, to be among those denouncing Kos’s comment. I was right.

However, Drum says that he is “really uninterested in the game of ‘which lefty bloggers are going to criticize the latest lefty outrage.'” I guess he feels like he has to preface his denunciation of a fellow leftist with a disparaging comment about the right. I, for one, am very interested in the question, because I think it reveals a lot about whether the blogger is level-headed or just wildly partisan. As I said, having read Drum before, I was confident that he would be one of the few leftists to register his disgust with Kos’s comment. This is one of the reasons I read Drum: I find him more rational than your Atrios-style pinheads.

UPDATE x3: Add John Kerry to the list of people denouncing Kos.

Three Strikes Quiz: Question Four

Filed under: Crime,No on 66 — Patterico @ 6:07 am

Today is Question Four of my quiz revealing disturbing aspects of the initiative to eviscerate amend the Three Strikes law.

Question One revealed how 13 murder convictions could be treated as only one strike prior under the amended law. Question Two showed how the initiative could result in a lenient prison sentence for seemingly violent crimes — even those committed by people with criminal histories as violent as that of Charlie Manson. Question Three showed how the law as amended probably would not have prevented the murder of Polly Klaas by Richard Allen Davis — the event that caused the law to be passed in the first place.

Today’s question describes several crimes committed by a hypothetical defendant, and asks how many strikes he would earn through his violent conduct.

Question Four:

Our defendant, a gang member, attempts to break into your house while you are asleep. As he is trying to pry open your front door with a crowbar, he is attacked by your dog, which he strangles to death with his bare hands.

The defendant then goes next door to your neighbor’s house. He breaks in looking for something to steal to buy drugs. He does not encounter your neighbor, who is on vacation. The defendant vandalizes the inside of your neighbor’s house with gang graffiti, and then returns to your driveway and steals your car.

The defendant then drives straight to his local drug dealer and gets high on PCP. He gets back in the car and heads for the mountains. Due to his being under the influence of PCP, he crosses the double-yellow line and causes a head-on collision which leaves the other driver paralyzed.

Defendant jumps out of the car and runs into the forest, where he decides to set a forest fire. It is fire season, and he hopes to create a massive fire which will be highly publicized. Accordingly, he starts fires in four different places. A large section of forest is soon engulfed in flames. Luckily, the blaze dies out before anyone is hurt or any property is destroyed.

A police officer sees the defendant setting the fires, and attempts to arrest the defendant. Defendant punches the officer in the face, knocking him down. He then leads the officer on a high-speed chase lasting three hours. During the chase, the defendant drives the wrong way on the freeway for five miles, at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. Several cars spin out of control, and multiple motorists receive injuries ranging from bruises and scratches to more serious injuries such as concussions and broken bones. One motorist goes into a coma.

Defendant manages to evade police, and returns to his gang lair, where he and his fellow gang members form a plan to stab a rival gang member. As he steps out of the gang hideout, defendant sees the targeted victim. He starts throwing gang signs and yells threats to kill the rival gang member.

Your question: if convicted of all of the above crimes, in separate trials brought separately, how many strikes will the defendant earn:

a) under current law?

b) under the law as amended by the upcoming initiative?

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