Patterico's Pontifications

5/8/2004

Los Angeles Times: We Get Only Anti-Bush and Anti-War Letters

Filed under: War — Patterico @ 5:44 pm

The Los Angeles Times today prints eighteen letters regarding Bush or the war in Iraq. Fourteen of those letters are critical of Bush and/or the war, or make anti-war arguments. The other four letters all criticize American torture of Iraqi prisoners; only one of those provides a non-leftist perspective on those atrocities.

Of the eighteen letters, the total number explicitly supporting Bush and/or the war is zero.

Here are some excerpts from the letters regarding Bush and the war:
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Captain Ed on Smoking Bans

Filed under: Current Events — Patterico @ 11:00 am

Just another reason to love Captain Ed. The title of this post of his indicates that he is going to discuss smoking bans. I was immediately interested. I am a big fan of smoking bans, but since Captain Ed is a conservative/libertarian sort, I assumed he would be against them. Since Captain Ed is a very intelligent and articulate guy, I read his post to learn what the best argument against smoking bans might be.

Instead, I found that the post is a very intelligent and articulate defense of smoking bans — or more accurately, an attack on the idea that smoking is somehow a “right” on par with the right to freedom of speech. I am happy to see that the Captain is sympathetic to the idea of smoking bans, which prevent people from belching their foul and unpleasant smoke in my face.


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