Patterico's Pontifications


Poor Misunderstood North Korea

Filed under: Civil Liberties,Dog Trainer,General,Media Bias,Morons,Scum — Patterico @ 10:07 pm

The L.A. Times has a truly unbelievable article today on that misunderstood country: North Korea. The article is a puff-piece interview with an “affable” North Korean businessman “with close ties to the government.” It puts a soft focus on his whitewashing of this evil government. You have to read it to believe it.

Hugh Hewitt, Power Line, and Armed Liberal weigh in, so I don’t have to.

I’ll say only this: when radical leftists complain about the torture and human rights abuses that the United States supposedly engages in, they give aid and comfort to countries like North Korea that actually do engage in human rights abuses. Witness:

[The ever-so-affable businessman with ties to the North Korean government] also said that U.S. criticism of North Korea’s record on human rights was unfair and hypocritical. In its annual human rights report on Monday, the State Department characterized North Korea’s behavior as “extremely poor.” It said 150,000 to 200,000 people were being held in detention camps for political reasons and that there continued to be reports of extrajudicial killings.

“Is there any country where there is a 100% guarantee of human rights? Certainly not the United States,” the businessman said.

Thank you, leftists.

How to Tell When You’re Working Too Much

Filed under: Real Life — Patterico @ 6:03 am

Every night, when I put my five-year-old daughter to bed, we talk about our favorite and least favorite parts of the day.

Lately, I have been working too much. It is, I’m sure, temporary. I gave up a lot of money to leave a job where I would always work such hours. Now, I work long hours only when in trial. But lately, I have been in too many trials that have needed too much work, on weekends, evenings — every spare moment.

So lately, my favorite and least favorite parts are always the same.

My least favorite part: having to work too much, because I hardly got to see her.

My favorite part: talking with her about her day. This is my favorite part, I say. Right now. Can I stay a little longer?

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