Patterico's Pontifications

10/31/2010

Happy Halloween

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:13 am

I am posting this in the Atlanta airport, where Mrs. P and I are stuck for the next couple of hours. I will spare you the details. But I should be back at the homestead this afternoon.

If he is willing, I am considering keeping Aaron on for another week or so. All I really want to blog about is Brett Kimberlin and my vacation — and I am not sure too many readers care about either at this precise moment, given the impending election. Meanwhile, I am mostly ignorant about the news of the last couple of weeks. Also, I am likely to be jet-lagged in coming days, and have two trials coming up. Given all this, I think readers might be better served if Aaron kept on for a few days, until I can get back in the swing of things. I’ll try to contribute something, but I don’t want to generate a lot of posts that will be uninteresting to most readers who are looking for election coverage. I will get to the vacation and Kimberlin posts once we get done kicking the Democrats’ behinds in the upcoming election.

It’s good to be (almost) back. Talk to you soon. And enjoy your Halloween. Dress up any way you like, I don’t think you can scare the Democrats any worse than they are right now.

44 Responses to “Happy Halloween”

  1. “Asron” ? Hehe, you said “Asron”, hehe.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  2. Sometimes I hate these iPhones. Thanks.

    Patterico (9ba384)

  3. Well, for the record, the A and the S keys are probably right next to each other on the iphone.

    Patrick, I sent you an email, more or less saying, sure, another week is fine and also saying a few other things. So relax and enjoy the fun of our national airline system just after a major terrorist attempt.

    > I don’t think you can scare the Democrats any worse than they are right now.

    Wait, I have it! the perfect costume! ordinary clothes, except with one of those “I voted!” stickers. It’ll make any dem run scared.

    Joking aside, welcome back.

    Aaron Worthing (f97997)

  4. I like the auto-correct on the iPhone but hate the lack of touch to the keys. I am always hitting the s key instead of the a.

    Anyone ever heard of some band called “Daughtry”? They are here on the flight with us. Never heard of them, but a couple of them and their fans did their level best to keep Mrs. P and me awake on a 16 1/2 hour flight from South Africa. They insisted on congregating at the back of the plane and loudly talking while we were trying to sleep. Now they’re in first class with us on this flight (we got an upgrade because Delta made us miss the connection) and if they’re loud again it may spell the end of this band …

    Patterico (9ba384)

  5. Well, was kind of hoping you’d do a post with your endorsements in the LA County judicial elections.

    RL in Glendale (f3cc4f)

  6. Patterico

    Daughtry is both a band and a guy. Chris Daughtry is the lead singer, and he plays guitar for them, too. He got famous by being on american idol. If memory serves he came third that year, but alot of people thought he deserved to win.

    He did a song called “Home” which was a pretty massive hit. Unless you never listen to rock at all, or any popular music, you have almost certainly heard that song. And last i checked they had the biggest selling rock album of the decade with their debut.

    Btw, I am a wealth of useless information.

    Aaron Worthing (f97997)

  7. on daughtry…

    depending on how robust your iphone’s streaming capabilities are, maybe you can use this page to listen to a sample of the first album, here.

    http://www.amazon.com/Daughtry/dp/B000IY04RC

    I can almost guarantee you that you have heard the song “Home” at the very least.

    Aaron Worthing (f97997)

  8. Welcome back, Patterico!
    And your vacation posts will certainly be of interest.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (fb9e90)

  9. Hope yer vacation was a good ‘un. Now convict those no-goods!

    either orr (ee5c8d)

  10. Glad you had a good vacation. Welcome home (almost). :)

    aphrael (fe2ce4)

  11. And: this Democrat isn’t scared. :) We’re gonna get a drubbing this week, but … American politics seems to feature, by its nature, an ebbing and flowing of political tides. The result of this election is no more permanent than 2002, 2008, or 1994. And fundamentally, most of the people being elected are reasonable adult patriots; the outcome isn’t what I would choose, but our nation will survive it mostly untouched.

    aphrael (fe2ce4)

  12. Not disrespect intended by this at all, but Aaron’s really held his own here. The blog has been great lately.

    Can’t wait for more Kimberlin coverage. Soros funded thugs need to be exposed, even if you could expose them for the rest of your life and barely scratch the surface.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  13. aphrael’s right. There’s nothing for a patriotic democrat to be scared of here. Indeed, the GOP is being pushed into a corner on policy, and we all win if that means less corruption and spending.

    A whole lot of dead weight is about to be cleaned out of their party, and they will have fresher, smarter candidates taking their place.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  14. I second Dustin’s comment. Aaron has done an outstanding job. His blog is being added to my daily reads.

    Jim S. (ba7d0e)

  15. #4, Wow, not talk about being out-of-it culturally.

    Must be busy with the bad guys and the blog.

    Torquemada (a8a9b2)

  16. Welcome back. A.W. has done an admirable job standing in. Some old “friends” have reappeared and he’s gotten some nice links and notice on Memeorandum.

    Looking forward to the Kimberlin pieces.

    daleyrocks (940075)

  17. welcome back to America as we are about to begin the hyperinflations we ask that you remain seated until captain ben has brought the helicopter rotors to a full and complete stop kthx

    happyfeet (42fd61)

  18. happyfeet, Krugman insists inflation isn’t a risk at all.

    So don’t worry! Feel free to move about the cabin and don’t mind the toner carts spilling out of the overhead bins.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  19. Krugman is a midget, and should not be trusted.

    JD (c8c1d2)

  20. Krugman’s probably heavily invested in gold, and begging for more fed spending to finance his special midget mansion.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  21. I would like to see a quick going-over of the propositions on the California ballot, just to be sure I’m not getting them wrong. They are often written in a goofy way for exactly that.

    luagha (3f2a53)

  22. luagha, if you click over the Jury side of this blog, Aphrael has an interesting story about the wording of Prop 23 and how it may invalidate that entire vote (cute trick, since this helps the very people who made the ‘mistake’).

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  23. Hey Patterico! Sorry you couldn’t be with us on Thursday night. I, for one, am very eager to see your vacation photos.

    MayBee (212d1b)

  24. MayBes is as beautiful and charming as the food was good.

    JD (c8c1d2)

  25. Great move! South Africa is an excellent place for a vacation from politics, since the time shift makes it almost impossible to get anything fresh even when you can find any bandwidth. (I had just enough internet in Sudan last spring to exchange a few emails.)

    Welcome home – and I hope you keep Aaron around as a partner. You’d make a great team!

    Gesundheit (aab7c6)

  26. Welcome home Patterico. I hope you had the opportunity to meet up with Charlotte in SA. I would also love to see your vacation pics. Nice capture of the Eiffel Tower on twitter.

    MayBee, next L.A. meetup, let me know. Would love to actually put faces to names of regulars commenters. Glad you all had a great time, too.

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  27. Dana – my fault.I was not proactive enough reaching out to people.

    JD (c8c1d2)

  28. Never heard the song, and I’m inundated with the pop crap most of the day – or perhaps I heard it and mistook it for every other “rock” song on the air over the past five years. How formulaic can you get? That thing sounds like a bad hybrid of warmed – over STP and Creed.

    Dmac (ad2c6a)

  29. #13, maybe not, but patriotic Democrats are becoming so rare that it’s becoming almost a contradiction in terms.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  30. Patterico,

    Welcome back! As others have already said, Aaron’s of course done a fantastic job in the “bloodless coup” (in a friend’s recurring joke phrase) of your site. Of course we’ve been missing you at the same time, and look forward to hearing about your vacation. Picturesque pictures would be a bonus :) .

    no one you know (72db9b)

  31. Your site is a regular read though I rarely comment. Aaron has been doing a great job and I have enjoyed his writing. May I suggest you keep him on even when you return?

    Azygos (088152)

  32. Krugman’s probably heavily invested in gold, and begging for more fed spending to finance his special midget mansion.

    Dustin, you made me laugh.

    norcal (193e31)

  33. I’m getting inundated with kids this year. Way more than last year. I’m not going to make it on current candy supplies.

    Oh well… having a great time.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  34. @ JD — 10/31/2010 @ 12:22 pm

    No worries. It sounded like a lot of fun. Next time.

    @ Dustin @ 5:19 pm,

    That sounds like a lot of fun – better make an emergency run to the market. We live next to 10 acres of orange groves and there are no street lights, so we never get trick-or-treaters. Our town does a bang-up job with the grand old Victorians decked out in full Halloween decorations (the 3 story ones end up as entire pirate ships, haunted mansions, etc), so it’s fun to walk down there and see the little ones braving the scary porches.

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  35. Dana, my wife and I were talking about our dream of having a big plot of land tonight, and she noted it just wouldn’t be the same without these trick or treaters, my dog freaking out, etc.

    I bet I could manage anyway, but it’s a blast seeing my great little community. Not to get political about such a good thing, but these guys have some incredible obligations to the federal government, and I like seeing them before election day every year.

    I’m gone to CVS now.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  36. there was an LA meetup and no one told me????

    you bastards!

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  37. To be perfectly honest
    –I’d much prefer posts about your vacation than anything about either the election or Kimberlin
    –Aaron’s doing a bang up job. Take whatever time you need; the blog is in good hands.

    kishnevi (1b86f1)

  38. Red – my fault. I posted some random comments, but was not proactive enough in letting people know in advance.

    JD (c8c1d2)

  39. Luagha, I did that over at the jury (ran through all the CA props), and would be happy to answer questions about what they do.

    aphrael (fe2ce4)

  40. Dustin: I expect prop. 23 to fail.

    I expect it to fail by less than the number of voters in Fresno County.

    I’m voting against Prop. 23 but I’m pretty pissed about this.

    aphrael (fe2ce4)

  41. aph

    let me ask you an honest question…

    why should california hold itself to the highest anti-polution standards? isn’t that just a recipe for bad economic times?

    Aaron Worthing (f97997)

  42. Welcome back, Pat.

    Looking forward to hearing about both the vaca and Kimberlin (like, why isn’t he still in stir?), but all in good time. Aaron’s been great.

    California is going to bring the crazy with those propositions. “Raise our taxes, we beg you” — the folks that vote that way are either welfare leeches or government workers (excuse the redundancy), or trustafarians: they benefit from taxes without paying them themselves.

    Kevin R.C. O'Brien (0372f2)

  43. I’m voting against Prop. 23 but I’m pretty pissed about this.

    Comment by aphrael —

    I completely understand.

    Not just for pragmatic reasons, though there are some basic justice ones. Enjoy yet another completely avoidable mess.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  44. Welcome back Patrick. I had the boys out trick or treating tonight but missed you guys. We helped ourselves to the candy bowl on your front porch.

    If you haven’t already, NO on Measure P!

    Jeff C. (28c1c0)


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