Patterico's Pontifications


Sports Talk: Pro Basketball

Filed under: Sports — DRJ @ 7:35 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

My basketball knowledge is, shall we say, limited. I have no excuse since two members of my immediate family are avid basketball fans and players, including varsity ball through high school. Plus, I’ve warmed the spectator bench at many games.


“We Close at 5”

Filed under: Law — DRJ @ 6:22 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I’m a stickler for law and order but not this kind.


Oakland International Airport Update

Filed under: Air Security — DRJ @ 3:00 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Following up on these Oakland I and Oakland II posts, the Oakland International Airport has apologized:

“Oakland International Airport officials apologized for prohibiting a planeload of U.S. troops, just back from Iraq, from entering the passenger terminal during a layover Thursday, prompting conservative pundits and bloggers to hold up the incident as an example of the Left Coast dishonoring soldiers.

“We apologize, I apologize to any members of the military that were on this flight and may have experienced some discomfort or perception of disrespect,” said Omar Benjamin, executive director of the Port of Oakland, which operates the airport.”

In addition, here’s some perspective from the charter airline:


DHS gets Spammed with its Own Reports

Filed under: Government — DRJ @ 9:52 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sends out a DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report to an email subscription list of hundreds, perhaps thousands of people. It’s a serious report sent to serious people … until today.


Kim Jong Il’s New Year’s Resolution

Filed under: International — DRJ @ 7:56 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

North Korea has promised to disable its main nuclear weapons facilities by December 31:

North Korea pledged Wednesday to disable its main nuclear weapons facilities by the end of the year, while its leader Kim Jong Il huddled with his South Korean counterpart at the two Koreas’ first summit in seven years to talk about a greater peace on the peninsula.

The agreement at international arms talks came after Kim met South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun in Pyongyang, where Seoul officials expressed satisfaction with the result of about four hours of reconciliation talks. The two Koreas were to issue an agreement Thursday, but no details of what it contained were known.

In a separate accord at China-hosted arms talks, the North said it would allow the U.S. to lead a group of experts to Pyongyang within two weeks “to prepare for disablement” of its nuclear facilities, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei said in Beijing.”

This is good news, if true. I’m more encouraged by the reconciliation talks with South Korea.

Maybe the sanctions that prohibited Kim from getting his coveted luxury goods did the trick.


A Little Blog Triumphalism at the Expense of the Dog Trainer

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 12:44 am

Kevin Roderick quotes an L.A. Times memo that says that the paper’s top blog for September was:

The Envelope: Gold Derby – 233,603 page views (up from 99,055 in Emmy-less August)

Meanwhile, this blog had 271,393 page views in September. That’s up from 240,938 in Emmy-less August.

And no web site of a major newspaper backing me up.

So yeah, the paper still has a zillion more readers — in print and online.

But their blogs have a ways to go.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Part 13

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:03 am

[Language warning]

This sign was seen in a McDonald’s near the Italian-Austrian border. I translate this as follows: “I have not been there yet. Does that not make me a dick?”


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