Patterico's Pontifications


What It Means to Be a Conservative

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:41 pm

The other day the Chicago Tribune ran a piece by Geoffrey Stone titled What it means to be a liberal. Stone sets forth 10 principles which he claims that liberals believe, and he therefore implicitly claims conservatives do not.

I almost posted on it at the time, since my main reaction was that many of the points were phony: they are principles that sound good, but that many conservatives also believe. For example:

Liberals believe individuals have a right and a responsibility to participate in public debate.

Conservatives don’t?

Liberals believe “we the people” are the governors and not the subjects of government, and that government must treat each person with that in mind.

Conservatives don’t?

And so forth.

In any event, I’m posting on this now, but only to highlight Cassandra’s excellent response, setting forth 10 conservative principles. She plays off of Stone’s list, noting the similarities and differences. It’s an excellent post.

Cassandra describes this as “a quick, off the cuff response on my lunch hour.” But it’s impressive even if you treat it as a well thought out piece that took time to write — which is how it reads.

Staffer for McCain Guest-Blogs at Captain’s Quarters

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General,Humor — Patterico @ 6:18 am

A staffer for Senator John McCain has a guest-blogging entry at Captain’s Quarters, in which he engages in some “straight talk” about North Korea’s nuclear test.

In the post, the staffer for McCain criticizes sitting Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is running for re-election in New York. The criticism, coming as it does well within 60 days of the election, is a blatant violation of the spirit of McCain’s Incumbency Protection Act, otherwise known as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. Thank God for that media exemption, huh, John?

By the way, the entry has caused consternation among lefty bloggers whose idea of clever and biting commentary is to call Captain Ed names like “Special Ed” or “Captain Cubicle.” These bloggers rushed to find an appropriate name for the guest-blogging Senator. The preliminary favorite was “‘I have to use the’ John McCain” — a reference to the fact that McCain’s first name doubles as an appellation for a toilet bowl.

Defending the admittedly unwieldy nickname, lefties cited a lack of sufficient notice. They were quick to point out that, should this guest-blogging stint continue in the future, they expect to refine the name to make it pithier — and perhaps to work in a reference to the “fact” that both McCain and a toilet bowl are full of [fecal matter].

In all seriousness, though, congratulations to Ed are in order. And cheers to McCain for using blogs to communicate more directly with the public.

Krazy Kagu Outed: He Is Spurwing Plover

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:00 am

(Inside baseball blogball follows.)

Those of you who read the comments have no doubt noticed an occasional commenter by the name of “krazy kagu.” krazy kagu has a rather unique way of expressing himself, as shown by the last six comments he has left on this blog, in reverse chronological order:

10/10/2006 @ 6:48 am:

Hey GREENPEACE why dont they go to north korea and oppose this and what about HANOI JANE,JIMMY CARTER and all those idiots in their sandles go over there and declare a nucular weapons free zone if you liberal wussies have the gumption why dont you go over there and oppose this THE REASON IS THAT THEY WOULD PROBIBLY END UP BARRED FROM ENTERING and GREENPEACE would end up lying dead

10/10/2006 @ 6:42 am:

The New York Slimes our most far left news paper and by far the american equililent to the defunct USSR paper PRAVDA

10/10/2006 @ 6:39 am:

More from the SMELL A TIMES and its leftists babbling from these miserble reptiles this paper isnt worth reading at all

(He really doesn’t like the L.A. Times and invariably refers to it as the SMELL A TIMES, which I find curiously endearing. Moving on . . .)

10/7/2006 @ 11:54 am:

Liberals are this way at times they try and silence all those who dont agree with their radical ideas

10/6/2006 @ 8:53 pm:

It will still be the usial lying liberal leftists rag ite always has been nothing will change with the SMELL A TIMES

10/4/2006 @ 1:18 pm:

More manure from the infamous SMELL A TIMES dose the stink make you gag?

Heh. It sure does, krazy kagu. It sure does.

So anyway, I was talking to See Dubya last night and he was shocked that I didn’t realize who krazy kagu is. Didn’t I realize that a kagu is a kind of bird?

So . . . you mean . . .

That’s right. krazy kagu is spurwing plover.


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