Patterico's Pontifications

7/31/2006

Liveblogging the CSNY Concert During a Lame New Song

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:18 pm

I think they’re against war, or something.

UPDATE: Yup. Four lame new songs later, still definitely against the war.

UPDATE x2: Intermission.

If I had to pick one word to describe these guys, it would be: “jowly.”

Sorry, Graham. I don’t mean you.

The Incredible Anti-Israel Bias of the L.A. Times

Filed under: Dog Trainer,War — Patterico @ 6:05 am

A week ago today, I was in the office of my friend alert reader hank k., who was ranting about the L.A. Times‘s coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict. He still brings his paper to work every weekday, and showed me the front pages from the last week or so, which were just sitting around his office.

I don’t subscribe anymore, so I’d missed these. I started leafing through the front pages, and was aghast at what I saw: page after page after page of Lebanese suffering, with scarcely a hint of any suffering by Israeli civilians.

I asked my friend if I could borrow his newspapers to bring home, so I could eventually do a blog post about what I’d seen. He lent me the papers, and last night I took a bunch of photos of the front pages of each of these papers.

Here’s what I saw, beginning with the first Page One that my friend gave me:

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Chuck Philips Again Attempts to Discredit Witness Who Accused Him of Corruption — Without Disclosing the Allegations the Witness Made

Filed under: Crime,Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:03 am

Chuck Philips writes today of the LAPD’s new cold-case investigation into the Biggie Smalls murder. Philips says:

But [Biggie Smalls’s] family has suffered numerous setbacks as it pursues the city in court.

Shortly before its first trial began last summer, the family dropped Mack and Muhammad as defendants. A paid informant who figured prominently in both LAPD and FBI investigations into Wallace’s murder admitted that his identification of Muhammad as the gunmen [sic] was fraudulent.

Sure sounds like Philips is trying to discredit this “paid informant,” huh? For some reason, Chuck Philips wants to portray the witness as simply having lied.

I wonder why.

Oh: in unrelated news, it turns out that the same witness also previously accused Chuck Philips of corruption. He recanted that allegation at trial, too.

So when the witness is portrayed by Philips as being untruthful at trial — rather than simply recanting allegations due to possible fear of gang retaliation — that portrayal actually protects Philips’s reputation.

Not that today’s article mentions that.

In a previous post, I explained the controversy regarding the witness’s allegations against Philips:

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Virtual Patterico

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:00 am

Yeah, that’s about right. Except a lot of my defendants aren’t quite that bright.

Buy Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers” Now

Filed under: Music — Patterico @ 5:59 am

Over the weekend, on a whim, I picked up a copy of Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers.” It’s an a capella piece. The version I got was performed by Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.

It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard.

Highly recommended.

Swingset: Up!

Filed under: Real Life — Patterico @ 5:58 am

Big thanks to neighbor Jeff C. for his invaluable help in finally getting the swingset in working order in the backyard.

Finally, the rugrats darling children can go outside and swing and play without immediate adult supervision. (Yes, yes, we’ll still keep an eye on them. But now we don’t have to stand right there holding the whole contraption down so it doesn’t fall over.)

Jeff, we owe you a steak dinner — at a minimum. And you are welcome to bring your boy by, any time.

P.S. Yesterday was beautiful here in Rancho Palos Verdes. The heat spell broke and we opened up the house to cool breezes. Happy days are here again.


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