Patterico's Pontifications

8/12/2005

Best Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey

Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 9:06 pm

What are the best Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey, in Patterico’s opinion? I’m glad you asked:

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BREAKING NEWS: Boxer Announces Neither Her Support For, Nor Opposition to, John Roberts

Filed under: Judiciary,Morons — Patterico @ 8:55 pm

In a potentially stunning or possibly mundane turn of events, California Senator Barbara Boxer has made the following non-announcement:

Today I am not announcing my support for, or opposition to the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court.

Stay tuned for further non-developments. (Thanks to Howard Bashman.)

WaPo on NARAL Ad

Filed under: Abortion,Judiciary — Patterico @ 7:50 pm

The Washington Post called that NARAL ad a smear today.

Mohammed’s Moving Post About Cindy Sheehan and the War

Filed under: Sheehan,War — Patterico @ 7:15 pm

Mohammed at Iraq the Model has written a stunning post addressed to Cindy Sheehan. Here is a small excerpt, which I hope will convince you to read the whole thing:

Your face doesn’t look strange to me at all; I see it everyday on endless numbers of Iraqi women who were struck by losses like yours.

Our fellow country men and women were buried alive, cut to pieces and thrown in acid pools and some were fed to the wild dogs while those who were lucky enough ran away to live like strangers and the Iraqi mother was left to grieve one son buried in an unfound grave and another one living far away who she might not get to see again.

We did nothing to deserve all that suffering, well except for a dream we had; a dream of living like normal people do.

We cried out of joy the day your son and his comrades freed us from the hands of the devil and we went to the streets not believing that the nightmare is over.

We practiced our freedom first by kicking and burning the statues and portraits of the hateful idol who stole 35 years from the life of a nation.

For the first time air smelled that beautiful, that was the smell of freedom.

The mothers went to break the bars of cells looking for the ones they lost 5, 12 or 20 years ago and other women went to dig the land with their bare hand searching for a few bones they can hold in their arms after they couldn’t hold them when they belonged to a living person.

I recall seeing a woman on TV two years ago, she was digging through the dirt with her hands. There was no definite grave in there as the whole place was one large grave but she seemed willing to dig the whole place looking for her two brothers who disappeared from earth 24 years ago when they were dragged from their colleges to a chamber of hell.

Her tears mixed with the dirt of the grave and there were journalists asking her about what her brothers did wrong and she was screaming “I don’t know, I don’t know. They were only college students. They didn’t murder anyone, they didn’t steal, and they didn’t hurt anyone in their lives. All I want to know is the place of their grave”.

Why was this woman chosen to lose her dear ones? Why you? Why did a million women have to go through the same pain?

Cindy Sheehan has met the President; I haven’t.

But I have met Mohammed; Cindy Sheehan hasn’t.

I humbly suggest that Cindy Sheehan would benefit far more from one meeting with Mohammed than she would from a second meeting with President Bush.

Prop. 77 Back on Ballot

Filed under: General — Angry Clam @ 6:41 pm

[Posted by The Angry Clam]

In case any of you missed it, the California Supreme Court returned Prop. 77 to the ballot today, unless and until the Court decides to keep it off.

Since review was granted, it’s almost certain that the sucker will remain on the ballot.

(Thanks to Dan Weintraub of California Insider for the PDF of the opinion, which I cannot yet locate on the Court’s own website)

More Problems with Quotes at the New York Times

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 7:05 am

Michelle Malkin reports that the Air America scandal has finally hit the New York Times. Malkin, who is disappointed with the story’s placement and lack of fresh details, notes several inaccuracies in the following quote in the story:

“I don’t know why he did it,” Mr. Franken said, according to a transcript of the broadcast made by the Department of Investigation. “I don’t know where the money went. I don’t know if it was used for operations. I think he was borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.”

According to the story, the quote is taken from a transcript prepared by the New York City Department of Investigation. Apparently, the Times didn’t bother to check out whether the transcript was accurate. But bloggers have — and it isn’t. You can go to the audio here and listen to the quote for yourself. Here’s what Franken actually says:

I don’t know why they did it, and I don’t know where the money went, I don’t know if it was used for operations, which I imagine it was. I think he was robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Malkin explains the relevance of the omission of the phrase “which I imagine it was”:

The omission of those five little words matters because Al Franken’s actual statement suggests that the money was in fact stolen from poor kids to pay Air America’s bills–a speculation that the Times attributes to “conservative-leaning blogs,” but not to the Times’ favorite liberal talk show host who said it himself.

The audio is worth listening to for more than just this quote. It’s also interesting because of the constant chuckling, the reference to Michelle Malkin as the “bottom of the barrel,” and the way that Franken’s description is reminiscent of the skits he used to do in which he would tell you how a certain issue affected “ME . . . . Al Franken.”

Pundit Review Radio Interview Posted

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 6:41 am

The folks at Pundit Review radio have posted their interview with me from July 3. If you wish, you can suffer through it here.

If you want to listen to somebody much more entertaining and informative, check in with the Pundit Review guys this Sunday, when they’ll be talking to Michael Yon live from Mosul. You can listen live at the WRKO web site, here.

UPDATE: If you do listen to my interview, try to listen to the whole thing — or maybe start later (around the 21st minute). That’s when we’re talking about judges, and I think I get a little more impassioned and articulate around that point.

Help Chris Muir’s Sister

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 6:40 am

Chris Muir writes to report that the click campaign is working. Click again today to keep it going, and keep his sister in your thoughts.

UPDATE: Actually, cancel that. I see by today’s strip that Chris is no longer asking people to click. Apparently the response has been so overwhelming that the goal has already been achieved, in two days.


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