Patterico's Pontifications


HTML? Or H.L.? A Quiz

Filed under: Buffoons,Humor — Patterico @ 7:19 pm

As close watchers of the Sadly, No! web site are aware, blogger “Retardo Montalban” has re-branded himself as “HTML Mencken,” after the famous journalist H.L. Mencken. (Who was, by the way, a racist and anti-Semite, but leave that for another day.)

Does “HTML Mencken” live up to the memory of H.L. Mencken? Or is H.L. rotating in his grave like a demon-possessed washing machine on “super-spin cycle”?

Take this quiz, and decide for yourself. Who said the following?

1. “Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.”

a) H.L. Mencken
b) HTML Mencken

2. “So fuck that fucking pukeface Mark Fucking A. Fucking Kleiman.”

a) H.L. Mencken
b) HTML Mencken

3. “A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.”

a) H.L. Mencken
b) HTML Mencken

4. “GODDAMNIT!!! Fuckface fucktart cocksmoking chickenfucking FUCKETTY FUCKING SHITSICLE THIS PISSES ME OFF!!!”

a) H.L. Mencken
b) HTML Mencken

Answers below the fold.


Anna Nicole Smith’s Will – Another Fine Mess

Filed under: Current Events,General,Law — Justin Levine @ 12:39 pm

[posted by Justin Levine] has obtained a copy of Anna Nicole Smith’s will. I’m assuming at this point that it is genuine and that no subsequent revisions to the will have been made.


I suspect that this document could potentially screw things up even more regarding the Anna Nicole Smith death saga.


I am not an expert. I took wills and trusts in law school. I’ve written three wills for people who had relatively simple estates. So I maybe wrong about this, but it seems to me that Anna Nicole’s will could shape up to be yet another disaster that the courts will be forced to deal with.
Is Anna Nicole’s will invalid?? Possibly.

Here is my analysis –


DRJ Pores Through the Border Patrol Trial Transcripts — End of Chris Sanchez’s Testimony (from Volume VII)

Filed under: Crime,General,Immigration — Patterico @ 6:58 am

DRJ has the end of her excellent summation of Chris Sanchez’s testimony below, in the extended entry.

I’m going to try to persuade her to start posting these herself.

Here it is:


More Fallout from Liberal Avenger Comment Alteration Non-Scandal

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 6:45 am

Reaction to the posts about Liberal Avenger altering comments on his site:

Cathy Young says that it “should be a blogosphere scandal but isn’t, for some reason.” Young concludes:

Liberal Avenger’s “prank” is not only juvenile, unethical, and offensive; it is also dangerous to blog discourse. If people know that a blog administrator can tamper with comments at will, it could have a truly chilling effect on speech in the blogosphere. Any blogger, liberal or conservative, should take this very seriously indeed.

Taking the opposite view is Ilyka Damen at Pandagon, who mocks the notion that this is a serious issue:

It has come to my attention that some no-good liberal bloggers have been editing comments posted by people who annoy them. This is absolutely unconscionable and must stop immediately.

I’m really upset about this. I am astonished that such deceit could be countenanced anywhere, let alone on the internet. Goodness gracious! Where’s the integrity?

As evidence that this is no big deal, Damen approvingly cites the habits of commenters at Sadly, No!, who regularly post embarrassing comments under the name Ann Althouse.

So there are your opposing viewpoints.

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