Patterico's Pontifications


United 93

Filed under: General,Movies,Terrorism — Patterico @ 11:21 pm

We went to see United 93 today. I was looking forward to it because the reviews indicated it’s not a typical Hollywood piece of crap.

Good Lord.

It’s just like I thought it would be — except for the effect it had. My jaw was clenched tight for the last hour. I honestly had to work to keep from openly bawling. Tears were running down my face.

This is one of the most powerful, non-bullshit movies I have ever seen.

Don’t miss it.

Sock Puppets and the L.A. Times

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Hiltzik,Humor — Patterico @ 3:29 pm

This is fun: if you do a Technorati search for the term “Patterico,”, the results page contains sponsored links for sock puppets — and for a subscription to the L.A. Times.

Here’s a screenshot in case this changes (thanks to Allah for converting it from a bitmap file)


Happy Birthday to How Appealing — and All Hail the Return of “20 Questions for the Appellate Judge”!

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 1:11 pm

Congratulations to Howard Bashman on the fourth anniversary of his indispensable blog How Appealing. He is celebrating by resuming his excellent “20 questions fot the appellate judge” feature. This is great news. I have linked past installments numerous times, and look forward to more.

Give Jeff Goldstein a Few Bucks

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 1:02 pm

Jeff Goldstein is running a pledge week at his excellent blog Protein Wisdom. I sent him 25 bucks –and I’m 1) a government servant and 2) a notoriously cheap bastard. You can do much better. Go help him out.

Dana Priest: This Person Was Too Partisan! Mary McCarthy? No . . . Porter Goss!

Filed under: General,Media Bias — Patterico @ 12:15 pm

Allah has the big Goss roundup. Buried in the updates is a little nugget that is sure to infuriate those of you who have been following the Mary McCarthy story: the Washington Post Goss obituary is written by Dana Priest, and accuses Goss of having been . . . partisan!:

Goss, then the Republican chairman of the House intelligence panel, was handpicked by the White House to purge what some in the administration viewed as a cabal of wily spies working to oppose administration policy in Iraq. . . . The perception that Goss was conducting a partisan witch hunt grew, too, as staffers asked about the party affiliation of officers who sent in cables or analyses on Iraq that contradicted the Defense Department’s more optimistic scenarios.

As Allah says:

How could we expect independent-minded American patriots like Mary McCarthy to do their jobs in such a politicized environment?

And yes: the L.A. Times still hasn’t printed one word about McCarthy’s partisanship.

Internet Deception That *Should* Get You Fired

Filed under: Hiltzik,Media Bias — Patterico @ 12:00 pm

If Michael Hiltzik’s Internet deception didn’t merit firing or significant discipline (and I believe it didn’t), then what kind of Internet deception from a jouralist does?

This kind.

(Thanks to Ace.)

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