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Greenwald Comments: Gone. All Gone.

Filed under: Buffoons,General — Patterico @ 9:25 pm

Glenn Greenwald’s old comments appear to be, well, gone. All of ’em.

Weirdest thing, that.

Remember the post where he gave an (insinuated) defense to charges of sock-puppetry? Last time I checked, there were over 600 comments to that post.

Today, there are none.

Apparently, it happened during his installation of Haloscan for comments. He’d really like to restore all the old comments, but, you know, that apparently just isn’t going to work out. So unfortunate.

(h/t Freedom Fan.)

Oh: just one more thing, since we really should talk about Mr. Greenwald’s “substance.” In a post today, part of Mr. Greenwald’s “substance” is an approving reference and link to one “Mr. Montalban at Sadly, No.” Greenwald cites “Mr. Montalban” with approval — reverence, even — but uses the very formal designation “Mr.” to refer to the Sadly, No! blogger. Which allows him to forego using “Mr.” Montalban’s first name.

Which is probably a good idea. Since the first name of “Mr. Montalban,” you may recall, is . . . “Retardo.”

Ah, the substance!

UPDATE: Smiles, everyone! Smiles!

UDPATE x2: Greenwald defenders say: hey! all he did was change comment platforms.

I fall back on the old liberal saw: I question the timing.

UPDATE x3: In comments, Xrlq wonders what the big deal is. Well, it may not be. It’s just that Xrlq’s pal Tim Lambert and I were having a little debate over the meaning of some comments on Greenwald’s site, here, and Lambert was starting to convince me that these comments showed Greenwald’s guilt even further. (Lambert was actually trying to argue the opposite point, but he did it so unconvincingly that he ended up providing evidence for the point that he was trying to disprove.)

I was really interested in this further evidence of Greenwald’s guilt.

And then the comments disappeared.

It could be innocent, I suppose. If Greenwald has been wronged on the issue of disappearing comments, well . . . chalk it up to karma.

UPDATE x4: Oh: hi, Glenn!

A Comment from Deb Frisch

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:49 am

Deb Frisch tried to leave the following comment on my site. It was caught by the spam filter. (Recent background on her here, older background here.) It was left under the same IP address as the recent comments from her IP address on Jeff Goldstein’s and Ace’s site: It was left under the moniker “WW” (“Word Warrior”) with Frisch’s correct e-mail and URL.

It contains an interesting admission.

If foul language isn’t your bag, stop reading now. Here’s the comment (emphasis mine):


L.A. Times Editors: “We Just Can’t Solve the Mystery of Why that Muslim Guy Shot All Those Jews”

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 10:18 am

What was the motive of the guy who shot up the Jewish Center in Seattle? L.A. Times editor Dean Baquet says:

You got me!

Yes, if you ask the editors of the Los Angeles Times, it’s an utter mystery why the shootings occurred. At least, if you look at Page One. Here is a graphic from the paper’s front page today, teasing stories appearing inside the paper:


The teaser leads to a story on Page A22, which contains the following clue to the “mystery” of the shooter’s motive:

Haq reportedly shouted about his anger toward Jews, toward Israel and its war in Lebanon, and toward U.S. policy in Iraq.

Hmmmm. Yes, it’s a head-scratcher. Further clues to this impenetrable conundrum appear further down in the story:

According to [Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske], Haq said he “wanted the U.S. to leave Iraq, that his people had been mistreated, the U.S. was arming Israel, and he didn’t care if he died.

The official police report, released Saturday and based on interviews with witnesses in the office and on the transcript of the 911 call, quoted Haq as saying: “I’m not upset at you people; I’m upset at your foreign policy. These are Jews, and I’m tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East.

Then he repeated his name and gave his Social Security number, adding: “I just want us to get out of Iraq. I’m an American too, but I want our people out of Iraq.”

By Jove, Watson! I do believe we are getting closer to the solution of this indecipherable enigma!

Let’s look at some other news reports to see if we can get to the bottom of this brain-teaser. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports:

“He said, ‘I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel,’ before opening fire on everyone,” said Marla Meislin-Dietrich, a database coordinator for the center. “He was randomly shooting at everyone.”

Jot that down, Watson! He said he was “angry at Israel.” I do believe that could be a clew.

The AP gives us further leads in this story:

Seattle police said Haq picked up the two handguns and spare ammunition just days earlier, and appeared to have targeted the federation after a cursory Internet search for Jewish organizations.

Remember that, Watson! “Jewish organizations.” Why, I do believe that was the very type of organization that ended up being targeted! Yes, I believe we may be onto something here.

The game’s afoot!

We’ll examine what the paper may have really meant using the paper’s own style of burying context: by placing it below the fold.


Two-Second Investigation

Filed under: Buffoons,Crime,General — Patterico @ 9:06 am

The L.A. Times reports:

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s civilian oversight office said Saturday that it will investigate whether authorities gave Mel Gibson preferential treatment when he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and tried to cover up alleged offensive comments and behavior by one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures.

I can announce that I have just completed my own investigation, which took me about two seconds. The results are in: Gibson got preferential treatment.

I spent my two-second investigation recalling the details of yesterday’s post on Gibson, which set forth the contents of police reports that redacted material embarrassing to Gibson. (The Times has confirmed with a confidential source that the documents linked to were indeed accurate.) Oh — and Lee Baca also personally ordered Gibson’s booking photo to be withheld from the media, something which law enforcement generally does not do.

I’ll be publishing the results of my investigation in about four mon — oh, wait. I just did.

Bonus moronic comments from Lee Baca below the fold.


Roberts and Alito Misled Us

Filed under: Buffoons,Humor,Judiciary — Patterico @ 8:26 am

Sen. Tedward Q. Kennedy writes in the Washington Post: Roberts and Alito Misled Us:

I was, er, promised four bottles of, er, Chivas and two, er, hookers if I voted for these right-wing extremists. I did not get my payment.

No, Sen. Tedward, you did not — but then, you didn’t vote for them.

(Roberts tally here, Alito tally here. Kennedy voted “nay” on both.)

P.S. Yeah, he actually writes with the “er” inserted. I think the Post left them in to show that it was written by him and not some staffer.

P.P.S. If you’re looking for a sincere response to Kennedy’s tripe, which doesn’t make up quotes like I just did, go here.

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