Patterico's Pontifications

4/27/2004

InfoScum Begins Legal Action Against Calblog

Filed under: Scum — Patterico @ 9:02 pm

InfoScum has filed some sort of legal document against Calblog’s Justene — in Canada.

Did I mention that they are scum?

Croche Answers Music Question

Filed under: Music — Patterico @ 5:24 pm

Croche has weighed in on my musical question below. Unlike his political comments on this site, which are often trollish and annoying, he has some interesting thoughts on this topic.

He tangentially reminds me of a character in my favorite movie of all time, Full Metal Jacket. One of the best characters is a soldier named Animal Mother, who is played by Adam Baldwin. As a friend of his says:

You might not believe it, but under fire Animal Mother is one of the finest human beings in the world. All he needs is someone to throw hand grenades at him for the rest of his life.

And Croche is a fine human being when answering questions like the one I posed. All Croche needs is someone to keep him discussing music for the rest of his life.

P.S. His response was interesting only if you found the question interesting — which you probably didn’t.

4/26/2004

The Best Argument I Have Heard for Abortion

Filed under: Morons — Patterico @ 8:46 pm

Baldilocks has this delicious quote from Maxine Waters:

I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion.

As the song goes: “If I could turn back time . . .”

P.S. Kevin Murphy, whom I met yesterday, has a similar take.

P.P.S. I can’t find the original source for the quote. Guys, is this for real?!

P.P.P.S. Kevin Murphy passes along this cite to Lucianne, and this cite to K. Lo. at the National Review. Hmmm. . . . It’s not that I doubt Maxine Waters’s stupidity, but this still sounds like a late April Fool’s joke.

The Big Picture

Filed under: Terrorism — Patterico @ 8:41 pm

Easily the most important op-ed in recent memory is here.

Music Question

Filed under: Music — Patterico @ 7:10 am

For the classical music buffs out there:

Did Richard Wagner borrow heavily from Felix Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony in constructing one of the major leitmotifs of the Ring cycle?

If so, what does that say about Wagner — who reviled Jews in general and Mendelssohn (and his music) in particular?

I’ve never seen this discussed anywhere.

Maybe we can get M. Croche to weigh in.

P.S. For a $30 donation to Spirit of America, you can demand that Dean Esmay write an essay about a topic of your choice. The sadistic side of me (which is not insignificant) says this would be a great topic . . . Lucky for Dean, I have control of my sadistic side.

P.P.S. Okay, Croche is avoiding the question, so I’ll be more specific. I am referring to the opening theme of the first movement of the Mendelssohn Third, as compared to the leitmotif commonly known as the “Annunciation of Death,” or what some have called the “Judgment Motif.”

P.P.P.S. Croche has weighed in. Unlike his political comments on this site, which are often trollish and annoying, he has some interesting thoughts on this topic.

4/25/2004

More Reverence From the Left for Our Fallen Soldiers

Filed under: War — Patterico @ 10:28 am

Power Line informs us of this lovely thread at IndyMedia about Pat Tillman: Dumb Jock Killed in Afghanistan.

Nice.

Pictures of the War

Filed under: War — Patterico @ 10:23 am

Via TheAgitator.com comes a link to a site with pictures (many graphic) of the war.

New England Republican

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

Go say hi to the New England Republican: a lonely red dot in a sea of blue.

4/24/2004

Liberty Alliance

Filed under: War — Patterico @ 10:39 pm

Patterico has joined the Liberty Alliance of blogs dedicated to helping Spirit of America do good work in Iraq — and spread the word to Iraqis about the good things that are happening there.

To donate, go here.

P.S. Why the Liberty Alliance? You gotta love the underdog.

Editorial Writing Lesson

Filed under: Crime — Patterico @ 10:23 am

Here is an example of how a newspaper can write a reasoned, balanced, fair editorial against overly harsh punishment under the Three Strikes law. The editorial appears in the Sacramento Bee. The following quote is a representative excerpt:

In May 1996, Ramirez walked out of a Sears department store with a $199 VCR. He surrendered to authorities without incident. This crime is a petty theft misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of six months in county jail. But Ramirez had two prior convictions for taking merchandise from a Lucky’s grocery store and a K-Mart department store in 1991. No weapons were involved. But because the getaway car driven by another person ran over a security guard’s foot in one incident, and Ramirez pushed a security guard with his open hand as he ran out of the store in the other incident, prosecutors charged him with second-degree robbery – defined as a “serious felony.” For both crimes, he served a single sentence of six months and 20 days in county jail.

The questions seem obvious and so do some of the answers. Does it serve society’s interest to have Ramirez serve jail time for stealing a VCR? Yes.

Does it serve society’s interest to have him serve a longer term because he has two prior theft-related offenses? Yes.

Does it serve society’s interest to give him a 25-years-to-life sentence for his crimes? The answer is not so clear cut, but on balance it seems to be no.

See how the author included all of the relevant facts of the defendant’s criminal history?

How is it that the Sacramento Bee is able to include these facts in an editorial — but the Los Angeles Dog Trainer can’t be bothered to include these facts in a news story on the same topic?

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