Patterico's Pontifications


Patterico on Stage Right Show Tonight

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:16 pm

You can listen live here. I should be on in a few minutes. I am going to try to embed it after the jump.

Feel free to call in.

UPDATE: Tommy Christopher called in and we had a spirited debate marred by an awful echo in everyone’s ear. It was a great, great show with many née revelations but impossible to hear. Tommy admits he never met Betty and Veronica face to face and could not reconcile all the inconsistencies in his story.


“So Suck It, McCain-Feingold”

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 5:59 pm

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I admit that line made me laugh in this otherwise appalling ad:

Hat tip: Weigel.

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Breaking: Wisconsin Supreme Court Reinstates Collective Bargaining Law

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 5:37 pm

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I haven’t read a word of it, but Legal Insurrection has analysis and you can read it for yourself, here.

There, doesn’t that make you feel much better about this?

Best comment was this in twitter, from Lizard Stomp:

Union riots in 5…4… break time….3…2… break time…1…

Update: Of course I think Althouse’s reaction is important to check out, given how much great work she did during the Wisconsin protests.

Also what does Althouse and Legal Insurrection have in common?  Answer below the fold…


Breaking: Motion to Vacate Proposition 8 Verdict Denied

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 1:59 pm

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I haven’t read through it, but you guys already know how I felt it should turn out.  Expect analysis to come but not for a few hours.  For now, you can read it, here.

So, to recap, a Judge in a ten year committed relationship issues an order that makes it legal for him to marry his lover and a reasonable person would not question the impartiality of that judge, apparently, according to Judge Ware.

Do you question his impartiality?  Are you reasonable?

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In Which I Come Out as a Lesbian Blogger…

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 10:22 am

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No, not really. The title is a joke.  But for a fleeting moment I just felt trendy.  You might have heard in the last few days where one blogger who pretended to be a lesbian in Syria turned out to be a man and, well… how about I let Mark Steyn unravel this?

We’re one lesbian away from a bona fide Fleet Street “trend”. Further to yesterday’s post, a lesbian blogger who helped unmask the Syrian lesbian blogger as a middle-aged American male has herself been revealed to be a middle-aged American male:

In an apology to its readers, one of the other owners, Linda Carbonell, wrote: “The past three days have been devastating for all of us on LezGetReal. ‘Paula Brooks’ has been a part of our lives for three years now.”

Mr Graber told the Associated Press news agency he set up LezGetReal to advance the gay and lesbian cause. He said he felt he would not be taken seriously as a straight man.

Yeah, tell me about it.

That is right, the person who unmasked the faux Syrian lesbian blogger is “herself” a faux American lesbian blogger, which really kind of reinforces the adage that it takes one to know one.  Now admittedly I never even heard of the two bloggers at issue so it is hard to care except for the generalized sense of amusement I feel regarding this story, but there is a deeper point, here: it’s hard to know who you are talking to online.

Which means that even if Congressman Weiner didn’t intentionally contact any underage girls for sexting (and I suspect Patrick is still developing evidence on that front), this is still unacceptable:

It is unacceptable because if it turns out that we can definitively say he didn’t sext an underage girl (and I would be happy if that was the case), it will be purely a matter of luck.  It is, as us lawyers call it, reckless disregard of his moral (and legal) duties.

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Weinergate: Is the Police Investigation in Delaware Closed or Not?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:01 am

They said it was. And yet, a story dated today says:

His decision to seek treatment followed his acknowledgement that he had exchanged online messages with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware, first revealed by Weiner and the girl’s family attorney said nothing improper had passed between the two of them. Police sources told that computer forensics experts are reviewing the exchanges.

They “are reviewing the exchanges”?

How long does it take to review two innocent direct messages?

The girl’s mother, whose name is being withheld, told The Post Wednesday that Weiner sent nothing obscene — and sent only two brief messages to her daughter about seeing him during an April school trip to the Capitol.

I mean five.

Representative Anthony D. Weiner said on Friday that he exchanged at least five private messages on Twitter this spring with a 17-year-old Delaware girl who became an admirer of his after hearing him speak during a high school trip to Washington.

Let’s hope they spend more time reviewing the messages than they did figuring out the difference between five and two.

P.S. The fact that he exchanged online messages with a 17-year-old was not first revealed by Fox News. That’s just how they rewrite history. Like, did you know the line is “I came back strong. Large. In charge. Tights and cape shit”? The words “in charge” and “shit” have been written out of the history books, just like the identity of the blog that actually revealed all this.

So it is written. And so it must be.

Oh, hey. Just one more thing. How many women did Weiner admit to having exchanges with?

And how many have come forward? And admitted sexual exchanges?

Just asking.

“Wingnut Debt Ceiling Demands;” Not Even Trying to Hide Their Bias Anymore (Update: Flushed Down the Memory Hole!)

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 7:41 am

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Update: Well, I predicted it, didn’t I?  So far they have only scrubbed the headline, but they have changed it.  See below the fold for details.

Okay quick quiz folks.  Where  would you expect a piece called “Wingnut Debt Ceiling Demands” to be published, labeling Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Marco Rubio as the wingnuts?

1)      At Little Green Footballs when Charles Johnson is off his meds.

2)      At the Daily Beast when Andrew Sullivan is off his meds.

3)      In a random Daily Kos diary, when they are off their meds.

4)      Jeanne Sahadi at Cnn money (unsure if she is on meds at all).


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