Patterico's Pontifications


Putin Mocks U.S. in NYT

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:56 am

As much fun as it can be to watch Obama squirm, this is absurd:

No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.

It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”


The Hot Air headline seems apt: Russian president trolls Obama, entire United States with NYT op-ed. Nice of the New York Times to give him this platform for his B.S., huh?

Meanwhile, John McCain and Lindsey Graham are busy giving Obama political cover if he decides to strike Syria even without Congressional approval. Good going, guys.

P.S. Graham is polling low enough to be facing a potential runoff. One can only hope.

Twerking Fail Becomes Media Fail

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:03 am

This is a good one. If you haven’t heard about it, watch these videos in order. First, a 37-second video shows a girl catches herself on fire twerking:

Harrowing, awful, and kind of funny. Now watch the full unedited 55-second video (or, if you have a little more time, skip to the third video in this post, which is a better reveal):

It’s the same video as the first one for the first 37 seconds.

Jimmy Kimmel explains what happened, and who fell for it, here:

Good stuff.

And it makes fun of the media in a way that a serious 2000-word blog post could never do.

September Pennant Races

Filed under: General — JD @ 6:11 am

[guest post by JD]

A little change of pace, from the normal daily nonsense emanating from our elected officials …

Pennant races in September. There aren’t many that are still in question, in some cases due to weak divisions, a d others, teams that have run away with the division. Barring epic meltdowns, the RedSox, Braves, and Dodgers seem to be virtual locks. Cleveland is 6.5 back on Detroit and Cabrera, who was having another monster year. Texas is 3 back on Oakland. And my Cardinals lead the Pirates by 1 game, and the Reds by 3, in a race that should be settled in the last day or so of the season.

The NL wild card race is a virtual tie between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, the NL Central is loaded, 3 teams with over 80 wins already. Washington is 6 back and will have a huge challenge to catch the teams ahead of them.

The AL wild card race is chaos. Texas and Tampa are tied for the lead, with the Yankees 1 back, Cleveland and Baltimore 1.5 back, and Kansas City 2 back. There could be a single game playoff again? How cool would a 3-way tie be?

I love fall baseball. You will never hear a Cubs fan say that.


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