Patterico's Pontifications


Floyd: The Final Cut

Filed under: General,Music — Patterico @ 10:47 pm

Probably inspired by the Live8 performance, I listened to Pink Floyd’s “The Final Cut” during a bike ride on the beach this evening.

It reminded me why I think that is their best album. Sure, it’s a little uneven. Sure, it is overly political.

But did you ever hear a more touching song than “The Gunner’s Dream”? Enough to bring tears to your eyes.

Goodbye Max
Goodbye Ma
After the service when you’re walking slowly to the car
And the silver in her hair shines in the cold November air
You hear the tolling bell
And touch the silk in your lapel
And as the tear drops rise to meet the comfort of the band
You take her frail hand
And hold on to the dream

And the voice blends into the sax solo. Genius. Just try to tell me it isn’t.

Treo 650 Is Dead

Filed under: Gadgets,General — Patterico @ 2:38 pm

One day my Treo 650 rebooted every time I tried to access the Internet. But I did a hard reset and it seemed okay after that.

This morning when I woke up it was rebooting in a constant loop. I spoke with Palm technical support, but nothing could fix it.

It’s dead.

Post the Documents!

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Government — Patterico @ 1:51 pm

This is a great example of how newspapers frustrate me. The L.A. Times has an article titled Suit Could Kill Ballot Initiative:

SACRAMENTO — Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer asked a court Friday to remove an initiative backed by the governor from the November special election ballot, saying the petitions voters signed were “substantially different” from what the attorney general had approved.

Initiative proponents counter that the version circulated to voters for their signatures is not substantially different.

The L.A. Times has copies of both documents. Why don’t they just give us a link to each, so we can see for ourselves?

For what it’s worth, here is a link to the version submitted to Lockyer. If anyone can find a link to the version circulated to voters for their signatures, please provide the link in the comments. Big bonus points to anyone who runs and posts a single document that shows the differences.

UPDATE: Courtesy of commenter Steve at Oh, That Liberal Media comes a link to Lockyer’s petition for writ of mandate. At the bottom of the document is a textual comparison of the language from the respective documents. The comparisons are not placed in their full context, but between the link I gave you in the post and this one, it’s possible to do the comparison with a little work.

L.A. Times Needs a Correction for Its Correction of that Story on Corrections

Filed under: Crime,Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 12:03 pm

On July 1, I told you that a Los Angeles Times article regarding California corrections policy had misstated the impact of California’s Three Strikes Law. I wrote the Readers’ Representative and was told that a correction would likely issue. The paper issued that correction today — but, as we will see later, today’s correction is itself incorrect. Today’s correction reads:

Elderly prisoners — A June 26 Los Angeles Times Magazine article about the increasing number of elderly prisoners in California said the state’s three-strikes law mandates life sentences without parole for certain repeat felons. In fact, on a third-strike felony sentence of at least 25 years to life, the offender is eligible for parole after serving at least 80% of the sentence. Also, the article gave the wrong first name for a prisoner at the California Medical Facility. He is Clyde Hoffman, not Claude.

These were not the only errors in the article, by a longshot. A previous correction relating to the same article read as follows:

Older prisoners — A Los Angeles Times Magazine article Sunday about the increasing number of elderly prisoners in California prisons incorrectly stated that former Gov. Gray Davis said that murderers would leave prison during his term only “in a pine box.” Although others have characterized his policy in this way, Davis did not actually make this remark. In addition, the article incorrectly stated that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger “is on exactly the same page” as Davis when it comes to releasing murderers. The governor, in fact, has granted parole to 84 convicted murderers whose sentences made them eligible for release, whereas Davis allowed five to be paroled. Also, the article incorrectly referred to the location of the California Institution for Women. It is in Chino, not Corona.

Whew! By my count, that’s five mistakes in one article. Are we done yet?

Actually, we’re not . . . because today’s correction is itself incorrect in asserting that “on a third-strike felony sentence of at least 25 years to life, the offender is eligible for parole after serving at least 80% of the sentence.” A prisoner serving a third-strike felony sentence of 25 years to life is eligible for parole only after serving 100% of the minimum sentence. (In re Cervera (2001) 24 Cal.4th 1073, 1076; for a Web citation, see footnote 14 to this opinion.) The 80% rule cited in today’s correction applies only to determinate sentences with no life component, such as are commonly served in second-strike cases.

The bottom line is, if you are sentenced to 25 years to life under the Three Strikes Law, you have to serve 25 actual years before you are eligible for parole.

It looks like David Shaw’s four experienced Times editors got it wrong, again. (Is he sorry he said that yet?)

P.S. For those keeping score at home, this is the third Patterico-inspired correction in as many days. The other two are mentioned here.

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