Patterico's Pontifications

10/29/2010

Oh, By the Way… It’s Sockpuppet Friday!!!

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 12:43 pm

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As usual, you are positively encouraged to engage in sock puppetry in this thread.  The usual rules apply.

Please, be sure to switch back to your regular handle when commenting on other threads.  I have made that mistake myself, alot.

And remember: the worst sin you can commit on this thread is not being funny.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

Stupid Sign of the Day

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 10:27 am

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This is old, but fun, from a John Kerry rally.

Now I assume that this person was in favor of legalizing marijuana.  Okay, so she (or is this a man?) feels that if you asked for a pot plant’s opinion, it would say, “please, chop me into bits and burn me alive?”

That is from Althouse. As for a good sign for the Restoring Sanity rally, how about a picture of the deficit projection, like this…

…and the words “Restore Fiscal Sanity.”  Just a thought.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

(Mostly Stupid) News About the Election (With Updates, Some of Which are Stupid)

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 9:06 am

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Lots of interesting things around the web, many of them with video involved.

Lots of updates throughout.  Jump to the end for a particularly sweet one involving the Alaska Senate race.

First, it’s October!  And guess what?  Surprise! There is a late hit on Christine O’Donnell.  That would be the same O’Donnell who is getting pummeled in the polls.

I won’t link to this vile thing by Gawker, where they paid for the account of a man who claimed to have a sexless “one-night-stand” with Christine O’Donnell.  You will feel dirty even reading a little of it.  I think Jim Treacher has the definitive take down of the whole thing.  And how bad was all this?  Even NOW is upset.  And I have been pretty critical of NOW, but I thought this statement was excellent.  The key quote:

Today the tabloid website Gawker published an anonymous piece titled “I Had A One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell” that takes the routine sexual degradation of women candidates to a disgusting new low. NOW repudiates Gawker’s decision to run this piece. It operates as public sexual harassment. And like all sexual harassment, it targets not only O’Donnell, but all women contemplating stepping into the public sphere.

Right on.

Also O’Donnell has released a statement, playing the victim card for all its worth.  Like Conway further in, I think she hopes this is a game changer.  Lord knows, she needs it.  It says:

This story is just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to deal with. From Secretary Clinton, to Governor Palin, to soon-to-be Governor Haley, Christine’s political opponents have been willing to engage in appalling and baseless attacks — all with the aim of distracting the press from covering the real issues in this race. Even the National Organization for Women gets it, but Christine’s opponent disturbingly does not. As Chris Coons said on September 16th he would not condone personal attacks against Christine. Classless Coons goons have proven yet again to have no sense of common decency or common sense with their desperate attacks to get another rubber stamp for the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda. Such attacks are truly shameful, but they will not distract us from making our case to Delaware voters — and keeping the focus on Chris Coons’ record of higher taxes, increased spending, and as he has done again here, breaking his promises to the voters.

Now to be fair to Coons, I have not seen the slightest evidence that his campaign had anything to do with this.  But on the other hand, I haven’t heard him condemn it yet, and his campaign blog and newsroom seem to have nothing as of this writing.  Which strikes me as a mistake.  Update: The Daily Caller has the obligatory Coons team condemnation.

And Prof. Jacobson is not buying the leftward condemnation of Gawker. My inclination is to buy it, but he makes a compelling argument that I am wrong.

Another Update on O’Donnell: Well, not all liberals are appalled by the Gawker article.  Feministe comes out defending it by claiming that O’Donnell is hypocritical.  Dave Weigel answers that charge, although maybe not specifically in response to Feministe, by saying:

I’m aware that Christine O’Donnell’s public commentary career started with her going on TV to talk about how kids shouldn’t have sex or masturbate before marriage. But not only has she never called for that behavior to be punished legally, I’m unaware of her ever coming out against the actions mentioned here — which, let’s remember are drinking, fooling around, and not having sex. There is no hypocrisy being exposed here. This is anonymous creep shaming a woman who wouldn’t sleep with him, and doing so because she’s a celebrity now.

And Professor Jacobson takes the “hypocrisy” logic to its ultimate conclusion:

Should a female who advocates teaching “safe” sex in schools be outed if she doesn’t practice safe sex?  Shall we have a condom police, as well as the Gawker waxing police?  Where do we draw the line on exposing female sexual engagement if “hypocrisy” is the standard?

Indeed.  Hypocrisy is the fig leaf used to cover up what this really is: the desire to do anything, however low, harm your political enemies.  See, e.g. the attacks on Bristol Palin.

Back to the original post…

Now that heavy stuff is out of the way, let’s get to the “funner” stuff.

First, we get the most “WTF?” moment I have seen in a debate in a long time.  Bob Reilly (D-umb), a New York assemblyman decides to… um… you know nothing can really prepare you for what he does,  so just watch it.

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Update on Marine Corps Shootings (Update: Breaking News on Possible Fourth Attack)

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 5:34 am

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At the very heavily commented post “Political Violence is an Indictment Against the Cause that Motivates it… Except When We Do It,” I noted the story of what I am calling the Marine Corps shootings, saying:

[P]olice recently linked together the shootings at the Pentagon and the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and there is a third shooting at the Marine recruiting station in Chantilly, Virginia (that is fairly close to the other two).  I bet that is some right-wing extremist doing that, right?

Well, in an update to that story, the third shooting has been linked to the other two.  You can read up on this, here.

So far no one has been hurt in all of this, but the obvious fear is that this is a probing attack or the like.  And one tipster [Update: it was DRJ] emailed this ominous observation: “And the Marine Corp[s] Marathon is this weekend.”

Let’s hope the authorities are sufficiently concerned.

Update: I just got word that last night was another attack.  This time it was the National Museum of the Marine Corps, for a second time.  Obviously we can’t be sure whether it was the same guy or a copycat until we get ballistics results, but you have to wonder.  Also, like the previous attacks, no one was injured.

Update (II): Security is reportedly being beefed up in the Marathon.  I have some concerns, but I think I will keep them to myself.  I don’t want even a 1% chance of the bad guy getting any ideas.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

10/28/2010

D.C. Metro Bombing Updates

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 10:08 pm

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First the WaPo has new deteails about the suspect and how the investigation came to light.  It’s worth a read. And give credit where credit is due, the WaPo also discusses the links between other incidents like the Ft. Hood shooting, not in the literal sense but in the way that these are part of a larger problem.

Meanwhile Red State finds out that the suspect is a neighbor, literally down the street from him.  Interesting video follows.

And you can read the indictment here.  But exit question…  why aren’t we charging this jerk with treason?

Finally, My Pet Jawa also has a lot of information and analysis.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

Death Penalty Stoppage Unplugging?

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 2:06 pm

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A while back Patterico noted that the death penalty was being slowed down in California by shortages in sodium thiopental, a drug that is part of the mix most commonly used in death penalty cases.  Well, it turns out that in Arizona, they managed to get a fresh batch from a British company and tried to go forward with the execution of Jeffrey Landrigan.  His crimes were described as follows:

In 1989, Landrigan escaped from an Oklahoma prison where he was serving time for second-degree murder.

He was convicted of strangling Chester Dyer in Arizona a year later during an armed burglary and was sentenced to death.

Pro-Death Penalty has alot more detail about both crimes the man committed.  What leaps out at me was how forthright he was about the whole thing.

Nonetheless, his lawyers managed to get a last minute stay on the theory that this foreign-made drug might not be safe.  They won in the District Court and then it was appealed to the Ninth Circuit.  Do I have to tell you that the Ninth Circuit Affirmed?  Yeah, they did.  But the Supreme Court put a stop to all of this silliness with a singe page order saying:

There is no evidence in the record to suggest that the drug obtained from a foreign source is unsafe. The district court granted the restraining order because it was left to speculate as to the risk of harm….  But speculation cannot substitute for evidence that the use of the drug is “‘sure or very likely to cause serious illness and needless suffering.’”… There was no showing that the drug was unlawfully obtained, nor was there an offer of proof to that effect.

This suggests there is some hope in California to see the de facto moratorium on executions end.  We can hope.

Also, the LA Times notes that this is Elena Kagan’s first vote, most likely meaning the first public and final vote in a Supreme Court case.  She dissented along with the predictable gang.  It was a 5-4 decision.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” is Good Law in Texas

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 10:43 am

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Consider this a light item, but Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was cited by a concurrence in the Texas Supreme Court (the opinion of the court is here).  At issue was the application of the principle of Ex Post Facto in the Texas Constitution, so I won’t bore you with the details.  But here is the key passage:

Appropriately weighty principles guide our course. First, we recognize that police power draws from the credo that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Second, while this maxim rings utilitarian and Dickensian (not to mention Vulcan21), it is cabined by something contrarian and Texan: distrust of intrusive government and a belief that police power is justified only by urgency, not expediency.

And of course at footnote 21 it says this:

See STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Paramount Pictures 1982). The film references several works of classic literature, none more prominently than A Tale of Two Cities. Spock gives Admiral Kirk an antique copy as a birthday present, and the film itself is bookended with the book’s opening and closing passages. Most memorable, of course, is Spock’s famous line from his moment of sacrifice: “Don’t grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh . . .” to which Kirk replies, “the needs of the few.”

So there you go, Texas lawyers.  You may cite Star Trek II as controlling law.  Non-Texas lawyers can cite it as persuasive authority.  I would not, on the other hand, recommend citing Star Trek V.

Also, someone pointed out ages ago that the recent “Star Trek” demonstrates that the biggest Star Trek fan in history might be…  Spock himself.  See if you follow this.  In the most recent movie, a young James Kirk steals a car and as he drives, he puts the song “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys on the radio.  So the Beastie Boys existed in the Star Trek universe.  But the Beastie Boys made another song called “Intergalactic” where they say, “Your knees’ll start shaking and your fingers pop/Like a pinch on the neck by Mr. Spock.”  That is a reference obviously to the TV show, Star Trek.  Which means necessarily that all the Star Trek TV shows and movies exist, which means that according to their universe every action they have taken—including the changed timeline that debuted in the most recent movie—was predicted by a string television shows and a series of movies that appeared in the 20th and 21st centuries.  And that means necessarily that people depicted in these movies and shows are consciously imitating the real actions predicted by these movies and shows.

Well, either that, or they decided to stick a rap/rock song in a movie because it seemed like a good song for the scene, without considering the metaphysical ramifications of it all.  I mean I suppose that is a possibility.  :-)

Still I am waiting for a scene in the sequel where like in Spaceballs, they fish out a copy of the movie they are in, and fast-forward it to figure out what their enemies will do next.

Returnig to the court case, it’s also worth noting that the majority opinion in that case was written by the Honorable K. Noonien Singh.  The dissent, by J. Tiberius Kirk simply read: “Khhaaaaaan!!!”

(No, not really.)

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing, who admittedly can be a real geek sometimes.]

The Appearance of Impropriety

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 6:21 am

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Hey have you heard that Democrats are out-spending Republicans this year?  Well, here is one of the reasons why:

Shortly after Labor Day, as polls continued to sink, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) realized it needed a cash infusion for the upcoming midterm elections. Its chairman, former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, turned to the Bank of America to secure a $15 million revolving credit line. Then, in the middle of this month, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) got another loan from BofA [Bank of America] for an additional $17 million.

What was their collateral? It turns out, not much.

The DNC claims their collateral was an intangible piece of property — its donor mailing list. The DCCC only cites unnamed assets.” Neither party organization possesses real estate even close to cover the $32 million. The DNC’s headquarters is owned by another entity. Even it was put up as collateral, its market value was last estimated at only $13.7 million.

As they say, read the whole thing.  So we bail out Bank of America.  And Bank of America bails out the Democratic party.  How cozy.  Aren’t you glad to know that your tax money is funding one side of the debate?

Mr. President, if corporate money spent in an election is a “threat to democracy” then what do you call this?  Oh, wait, I know: the Chicago way.

And this comes on the heels of news that Barney Frank (D-bag) has received a lot of money from the very banks that received bailouts and which he is supposed to be monitoring.  And he promised not to do this.

I mean, sure, it is possible that these people just spontaneously decided to give money to the Democrats because they agreed with them on abortion or some reason other than as payback for the infusions of our money put into their pockets.  But at the very least, there is a very obvious appearance of impropriety, here.

No wonder we have fallen out of the list of the top twenty least corrupt nations.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

10/27/2010

“Blazing Catfur” Defense Fund!!!

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 7:43 pm

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; send your tips here.  Cross posted here and here.]

Update: Instalanche and Driscollanche!  So, um, bear with us, I suspect things might go slooooow…

Blazing Catfur” is a blogger I have known since the Everyone Draw Mohammed controversy.  He says he is being sued by Richard Warman.  Followers of Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant’s fight with the Canadian Human Rights Commission will recognize the name.  One example of Steyn’s many columns on the man can be found here.

So Catfur says he is being sued in part…  for linking to a Steyn article.

Does that make any fraking sense to you?

Anyway, we all know that defending yourself, even from a bogus suit, costs money.  So if you are inclined to help out a guy out in need, he really could use a few bucks to help him defend himself and he tells you how, here.

Oh, and this cartoon from the Everyone Draw Mohammed day seems appropriate:

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.  No I did not draw this cartoon.  It was given to me during the Everyone Draw Mohammed Day event, and I thought it was really appropriate.]

“My Opponent Knows Where Washington is on a Map; I Don’t and I Never Will”

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 2:48 pm

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The Onion goofs on the Johnson/Feingold matchup.  It’s really too silly to be really scathing as an attack, but it is funny.

And no, Johnson didn’t actually write it.

I would be a very happy man if Feingold, of the infamous McCain-Feingold free-expression-strangling legislation lost his job.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

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