Patterico's Pontifications


The Clerk on Scalia’s Mistreatment by the Media

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 11:47 pm

An excellent post by the Curmudgeonly Clerk regarding Justice Scalia’s mistreatment by the media can be read here.

More L.A. Times Letters to the Editor

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 11:27 pm

At the L.A. Times, the letters to the editor continue to overwhelmingly advance the view that the Abu Ghraib abuses are symptomatic of an evil and corrupt administration and war.

Here are today’s letters. Some representative quotes follow:

Until President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledge the connection between the Abu Ghraib atrocities and their own war policies, their apologies are meaningless.

And this:

When the commander in chief sends troops into battle under false pretenses, an example is being set.

And this:

Bush’s assertion that his administration does not condone acts of torture is easily provable as an untruth.

Intermission while a lonely voice cries:

I am not losing sleep over some Iraqis being humiliated in a prison. What does bother me is Bush and Rumsfeld having to kowtow to Democrats who don’t understand that many Muslims, specifically Arab Muslims, want to kill us all.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming:

After looking at pictures of the tortured Iraqi prisoners, I feel that the United States now has to confront a new “axis of evil,” the members being Bush, Rumsfeld and the chief architect of the Iraqi war, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

And this:

Apologies are not enough, nor is a resignation. Rumsfeld should be fired. Lies, lies, lies. This shameful war is now further drenched in shame, and the actions of this administration have resulted in fueling the fires of terrorism rather than extinguishing them.

And finally:

I have watched in horror as those in the current administration stole the election, set up all their big business cronies, eviscerated the environmental advances of the last two decades and now have created a climate in which torture and abuse are accepted by our military.

What will it take to bring the evildoers to justice? That means you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Rumsfeld — and Vice President Dick Cheney and advisor Karl Rove.

There you have it. Six out of seven readers surveyed believe not only that Abu Ghraib was shameful, but that Bush is an evil liar who stole the 2000 election, and whose policies directly caused the Abu Ghraib abuses.

After all, don’t we all think that? That’s what I keep hearing at the water cooler at the Times — so it must be true.

Rall on the Berg Beheading

Filed under: Scum — Patterico @ 7:53 pm

Longtime Patterico readers know that I despise Ted Rall — the man who mocked Marianne Pearl after her husband Daniel Pearl was beheaded by terrorists. Well, it didn’t take long for Rall to weigh in with a predictably boneheaded comment on the beheading of Nicholas Berg.

Rall quotes — and mocks — Bush Administration pronouncements on the Abu Ghraib scandal and the beheading of Berg. Rall then argues that if the beheading says anything about the true nature of the terrorists, then the Abu Ghraib scandal says something about the true nature of the American people. In Rall’s twisted view, any contrary opinion reflects “cognitive dissonance.”

Here is the beginning of Rall’s post:

Cognitive Dissonance

“I share a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated. Their treatment does not reflect the nature of the American people.”
—George W. Bush, May 4

“[The beheading of Nick Berg] shows the true nature of the enemies of freedom. They have no regard for the lives of innocent men, women and children.”
—White House spokesman Scott McClellan, May 11

When we commit crimes, in other words, they’re aberrations. When they commit them, they reveal exactly who they are and what they’re about.

There I go again, talking treason!

No, Ted, this time you’re just talking stupid.

By the way, Teddy-Boy is encouraging his readership to write MSNBC to support him. Accordingly, I am encouraging my readership to write MSNBC to denounce him.

Send your email to: with a copy to

Remember to be polite.

To write Rall directly, send an e-mail to

You needn’t be polite to Rall — he doesn’t deserve that — but please: no threats. Let’s demonstrate the true nature of the American people. Feel free to express your revulsion for his hateful ideas — but do so in a civil and nonthreatening manner.

P.S. Feel free to post the text of your letter in the comments below.

UPDATE: This guy is unbelievable. Now he is attempting to profit from Pat Tillman’s death. Details here.

Liberal Bias in the Media: Bad for Society, Great for Bloggers

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 1:19 am

Man, am I looking forward to doing the Dog Trainer Year in Review for 2004. I thought I had a lot of material to work with last year. But that was nothing compared to this year.

And it’s only May . . .

A Pseudo-Journalist on Pseudo-Journalism

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 1:06 am

Here is the full text of L.A. Times editor John Carroll’s recent speech on “pseudo-journalism.” (Previously, only excerpts were available.) Read the whole thing — it’s amazing in its contempt for critics, its self-pity, and its blindness to the paper’s glaring flaws.

Here are the most obvious problems with Carroll’s speech:

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