Patterico's Pontifications


Allah Returns

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 4:59 pm

Allahpundit is back at Hot Air, and blogging with a vengeance.

Nice job by See Dubya filling in for him.

Live Feed of the Phil Spector trial available on LAT website

Filed under: Crime — WLS @ 1:59 pm

[Posted by WLS]

I may be coming late to the party here, but I just found that the LAT has a link to Channel 5’s live streaming video from the Phil Spector trial. Today they have one of the women from his past who claims that Spector threatened her with a gun.

In the little bit that I have followed over the last couple hours, I must say — and I recommend anyone with an interest to take a look — that the Judge on this case is EXCELLENT. I’d be curious to know what Patterico’s view of this guy is, and what is reputation is in the DA’s office.

If all you know about Superior Court Judges in California is what you saw from Lance Ito, I urge you to take a look.


Paris Hilton Legal Factoid (R-Rated language alert)

Filed under: Current Events,Judiciary — Justin Levine @ 10:55 am

[posted by Justin Levine] 

Paris Hilton was sentenced to 45-days in jail by L.A. Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer.

Dunno much about Judge Sauer myself, but


Ramadi: Still Apparently Improving

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General,Media Bias,War — Patterico @ 5:32 am

The L.A. Times has more on the seemingly improving situation in Ramadi.

Previous coverage here and in links therein. As I pointed out in the previous post, the improvements come as no surprise to those of us who have been reading trusted milblogs from Al Anbar during the past several months.

UPDATE: One of those blogs, Badgers Forward, provides perspective on two recent car bombs in Ramadi, and catches the AP in some blatant skewing of the storyline.

Notes On The $65-Million Dry Cleaning Suit By D.C. Judge Roy L. Pearson, Jr.

Filed under: Buffoons,Current Events,General,Law — Justin Levine @ 1:17 am

[posted by Justin Levine]

Patterico has joined several others in condemning D.C. Administrative Judge Roy L. Pearson, Jr. based on his $65-million dollar lawsuit against a group of Korean immigrant dry cleaners after they lost his pants.

A few interesting notes and thoughts on this case that haven’t been reported in most media outlets…


Paul Watson Is Right

Filed under: Environment,General — Patterico @ 12:00 am

Instapundit links a story about a guy who says mankind is acting like a virus:

Paul Watson, founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and famous for militant intervention to stop whalers, now warns mankind is “acting like a virus” and is harming Mother Earth.

Watson’s May 4 editorial asked the question “The Beginning of the End for Life as We Know it on Planet Earth?” Then he left no doubt about the answer. “We are killing our host the planet Earth,” he claimed and called for a population drop to less than 1 billion.

The commentary reminded readers that Watson had called humans a disease before and he wasn’t sorry. “I was once severely criticized for describing human beings as being the ‘AIDS of the Earth.’ I make no apologies for that statement,” the column continued.

Instapundit says:

I JUST HOPE THAT THIS GUY never gets hold of nuclear or biological weapons . . . No, really, I mean that. Guys like him creep me out. If he ever got his way it would be Pol Pot all over again.”

Well, I don’t know about Paul Watson, but I think there’s some truth to what he says. I don’t subscribe to any call for a population drop to 1 billion, especially if he means for it to happen all at once. That’s too extreme. But the thing about humankind being a virus? I’ve been saying that for years.

Imagine that space aliens have been observing the Earth over the past several hundred years. What phenomenon do you think they would find the most remarkable?

I think it’s pretty clear: the way humans are taking over the planet — crowding out other species and driving them into extinction; polluting the planet; and generally behaving, yes, like a plague on the planet.


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