Patterico's Pontifications


Reid Calls Bush “Loser”

Filed under: Judiciary,Morons — Patterico @ 10:17 pm

Harry Reid has called President Bush a “loser.”

When asked for specifics, Reid cited Bush’s dissent in the Hillside Dairy case.

Michael Schiavo: Still a Lowlife

Filed under: Government,Schiavo,Scum — Patterico @ 10:04 pm

Michael Schiavo’s true self is made painfully apparent once again:

MIAMI (AP) — The family of a severely brain-damaged woman who died after her feeding tube was removed in March said Friday they still have not been told where her remains will be laid to rest.

Terri Schiavo’s parents and siblings, who waged a lengthy court battle over her end-of-life wishes, said on Fox’s “Hannity & Colmes” show that her husband is keeping her remains from them.

“They were supposed to tell us, and we still have not heard from … Michael Schiavo where Terri’s been laid,” said Terri Schiavo’s brother, Bobby Schindler. “Our family expected this. Michael has disobeyed court orders throughout the ordeal and continues to do so today.”


UPDATE: For those who defend Schiavo: he is violating a court order by this behavior. Details in this earlier post of mine.

Scum of the Day: Clarence Stowers

Filed under: Crime,Humor,Scum — Patterico @ 7:08 pm

I thought the latest finger-in-food story was funny. But there’s nothing funny about this aspect of the story. It turns out that the scum who found the finger in his food, a lowlife by the name of Clarence Stowers, refused to return it to the guy who had lost it so it could be reattached:

To a dessert shop customer, the severed fingertip found in a pint of frozen custard could be worth big dollars in a potential lawsuit. To the shop worker who lost it, the value is far more than monetary.

But Clarence Stowers still has the digit, refusing to return the evidence so it could be reattached. And now it’s too late for doctors to do anything for 23-year-old Brandon Fizer.

“I’m not saying who has it, but somebody has it,” Stowers said this week in a telephone interview, refusing to let on where the fingertip is now.

Soon after Stowers found the finger in a mouthful of chocolate soft-serve he bought Sunday at Kohl’s Frozen Custard in Wilmington, he put it in his freezer at home, taking it out only occasionally to show to television cameras.

He refused to give it to the shop’s owner, and refused to give it to a doctor . . .

Medical experts say an attempt to reattach a severed finger can generally be made within six hours.

But according to the shop’s management, Stowers wouldn’t give it back when he was in the store 30 minutes after the accident.

“The general manager attempted to retrieve it and rush it to the hospital,” reads a statement posted Thursday on Kohl’s Web site. “Unfortunately, the customer refused to give it to her and declared that he would be calling the TV stations and an attorney as he exited the store.”

Officials at Cape Fear Hospital said their efforts to retrieve the finger also failed.

Apparently the guy’s lawsuit was more important to him than whether someone could keep their finger. And Stowers’s attorney has the nerve to make his client sound like the aggrieved party:

Stowers’ attorney, Lee Andrews of Greensboro, wouldn’t say if a lawsuit against Kohl’s is planned, saying he needed “to get some more facts.”

But Andrews said his client is concerned about possible disease in the fingertip and kept it because he wanted someone to test it for “all the diseases that are out here now.”

“He’s upset to the point that he’s been debilitated to some degree,” Andrews said. “Emotionally, it’s been very upsetting to him.”

Boo freakin’ hoo.

I wonder if local prosecutors are considering filing charges. Can he be prosecuted for theft under the laws of North Carolina? If this had happened in California, Penal Code section 485 might apply:

One who finds lost property under circumstances which give him knowledge of or means of inquiry as to the true owner, and who appropriates such property to his own use, or to the use of another person not entitled thereto, without first making reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and to restore the property to him, is guilty of theft.

Sound applicable to you?

In any event, I would certainly think that the owner of the finger has a damn good civil lawsuit himself, against Stowers. A hell of a lot better than any lawsuit Stowers might file against the custard shop.

(Via How Appealing and commenter Rick.)

UPDATE: At Kevin Drum’s blog, the commenters have taken this lesson from the finger-in-the-custard incident: Republicans suck. Of course, that’s pretty much the same lesson they take from any post of Kevin’s.

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

Filed under: Blogging Matters,Humor — Patterico @ 6:41 am

Some blog recommendations:

I never read that Ace of Spades blog until recently, but it’s pretty good. Some good and thoughtful writing, together with humor along the lines of Jeff G. at Protein Wisdom (the funniest blog on the Web). It’s now on the regular reading list.

A friend at work asked me to e-mail him a link to a good Catholic blog. There is one that I read consistently, but I thought it would be better to post a link and share it with everyone. My recommendation: Lex Communis. The “about” page says:

Welcome to Lex Communis – the most respected blog in all of north-central Fresno County.

I am a practicing business-litigation and plaintiff’s employment law trial attorney. This site generally focuses on my interests, which include history, philosophy, religion, science, science fiction and law. Fair Warning: I write with an unrepentant neo-Conservative, Catholic, pro-Western Civilization bias.

And from the sublime, we move to the ridiculous: the weirdest blog I have ever seen. It’s a little frightening to imagine someone actually spending all that time to create this blog. What kind of person is this?

But it’s pretty funny.

UPDATE: A couple more:

On the goofy side, there’s this. (H/t: Steve Ely.)

On the serious side: The Unalienable Right.

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