Patterico's Pontifications


Balko Acolyte: Patterico Maintains Curious Silence on Damning Blog Post for Almost a Whole Hour!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:00 pm

Late yesterday morning, while I was at work, a reader sent an e-mail titled “Wow! Drs. Hayne and West manufacture death row evidence.” The reader directed my attention to this Radley Balko article, which was posted online at Reason yesterday. Balko posted a blog post about it at 1:20 p.m., apparently Eastern time.

Fifty-four minutes later, at 2:14 Eastern time, Balko acolyte Steve Verdon took me to task for not having written anything about it. Verdon argued that my curious nearly hour-long silence was “not surprising,” as Balko had shown me to be wrong about something-or-other and I clearly didn’t want to admit it.

Balko readers agreed with Verdon. Balko’s comment system allows readers to rate comments up or down; each positive rating garners you +1. Verdon’s observation regarding my 54-minute silence is currently rated +9.

So I went Steve Verdon to know: I’m off today and have looked at the article, and I will likely write about it sometime this weekend.

I have done some preliminary research, which reveals some unanswered questions about Balko’s analysis. (This is not to say he’s wrong; I just have unanswered questions — all of which I will detail in my upcoming post.) Because of a busy concert-going schedule (Gin Blossoms last night, Blue Rodeo tonight) my Curious and Suspicious Silence will be lasting several more hours.

With Apologies to Instapundit

Filed under: Obama — Patterico @ 11:18 am

They told me that if I voted for John McCain, corporate fat cats would get tax breaks worth billions of dollars. And they were right!

Netanyahu to be Israel’s next Prime Minister

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:47 am

Netanyahu will be Israel’s next Prime Minister. (Thanks to Pablo.)

Since we apparently no longer really care whether Iran gets the bomb, it’s nice to see someone in a position of power who will.

johnny dollar: Smarter Than Two of the World’s Best Blogs

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:38 am

johnny dollar catches the Huffington Post with its pants down. Here’s the Huffington Post’s amusing correction:

The Huffington Post has learned that the below video has been doctored. We regret the error and apologize to Mr. Gibson. John Gibson never compared Eric Holder to a monkey with a bright blue scrotum.

Do tell! And yet, the claim seemed so plausible when we first heard it!!

That’s one of TIME Magazine’s Best Blogs, folks. Golf clap.

Speaking of which, guess who else fell for it? I’ll give you a hint: it’s a completely implausible claim made about a right-winger. You’d have to be a hysterical nincompoop to fall for it — the type who reprints any negative claim about conservatives, no matter how ridiculous the claim sounds.

You guessed it! Another of TIME Magazine’s Best Blogs, Andrew Sullivan.

Sully has already issued a correction and removed the original language. Luckily, it remains available on the Intertubes, so I may as well present it here for posterity:

It’s also saved for you on Google here.

Too bad johnny dollar isn’t one of TIME Magazine’s Best Blogs. Then again, it appears that the key qualification for that honor is the willingness to fall for idiotic claims about conservatives — so maybe that’s company johnny doesn’t want to keep.

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