Patterico's Pontifications


According to Lefty Bloggers, “Obscure Right-Wing Blogger Patterico” Got an Advance Copy of “The Path to 9/11”

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 8:34 pm

Think Progress states:

ABC has been aggressively advancing its inaccurate and politically slanted miniseries, “The Path to 9/11,” to the right wing. Big players like Rush Limbaugh have been provided copies, as have obscure right-wing bloggers like Patterico.

I’ll cop to being obscure, right-wing, and a blogger. But if I’ve been given a copy of “The Path to 9/11,” it’s news to me. I have my TiVo set like everyone else — and I’m wondering what will be deleted from the version I’m allowed to watch.

But the left-wing bloggers are insisting that I’ve seen the film. Sheldon Rampton at FireDogLake writes:

Even relatively obscure right-wing blogs such as Patterico’s Pontifications, written by Los Angeles County attorney Justin Levine, have been favored with advance screenings. Levine reciprocated by declaring that the film is “free of political spin, politically correct whitewashing and partisan wrangling” and “one of the best made-for-televison movies seen in decades. … The Clinton administration will likely go ballistic over this film.” In its politically-spin-free way, Patterico pontificates, the film also “lays out viscerally powerful arguments in favor of the Patriot Act and airport profiling.”

I appreciate your using the word “relatively,” Sheldon. Very kind of you — not like that Think Progress bastard who just called me flat-out obscure!

But aside from that, there are a few problems:

1. I am Patterico, but I am not Justin Levine.

2. I have not been favored with an advance screening.

3. Despite the implication that the filmmakers are seeking the approval of right-wing bloggers — wayyyy down to the obscure ones like me — Justin probably got to see the film because he produces the most popular morning talk radio show in Los Angeles. It’s just a guess, but I bet I’m right. Justin? [UPDATE: Justin confirms this in the comments.]

These are just errors; no big deal. I’ve made similar errors in the past. No matter how many times you tell the guest bloggers to say: “Posted by guest blogger [whoever],” someone always misses it. It’s no big thing.

But I hope these folks will quickly make corrections.

UPDATE: The meme is spreading, baby!

Clint Taylor on Jihad in Latin America: Part Two

Filed under: General,International,Terrorism — Patterico @ 6:56 am

Part Two of Clint Taylor’s video report on jihad in Latin America is here. I told you about Part One here.

My Biggest Fan

Filed under: General,Real Life — Patterico @ 6:00 am

I wrote and recorded some songs in the 90s. The arrangements are simple acoustic guitar and voice — no drums, bass, or other instruments. I had no reverb or decent recording equipment. I’m a terrible guitar player and a worse singer.

But a friend of mine just converted them into .mp3s for me, so I can play them on the computer.

And I found someone who is a fan of the songs: my six-year-old daughter.

Unlike any sensible adult, she thinks my guitar playing is good, and my singing better. Last night I played the songs on my laptop while the kids ate dinner, and they both bobbed their heads and smiled.

When dinner was over, my daughter got up and danced with me.

Sometimes I wish she could stay six forever.

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