Patterico's Pontifications



Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:44 pm

I almost forgot there was a government slowdown. How can this be?

R.S. McCain on Team Kimberlin

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:39 pm

McCain has two posts that are worth your time.

‘Very, Very Bad, Doug!’ More Journalism Ethics Lessons From Bill Schmalfeldt

Strange Craziness From @x3n0ph0n, Another Member of ‘Team Kimberlin’

The latter post especially has some interesting connections between Rauhauser, Kimberlin, and the idiots at the Kimberlin-supporting site Breitbart Unmasked.

I don’t write about these Kimberlin-loving clowns much any more, mostly because they bore me and I have better things to do with my time than respond to lies from insignificant trolls. But every so often I think it’s important to reiterate the obvious: folks like Stacy McCain are being lied about. Some of the lies are mixed with truth to give them verisimilitude. Some are 100% made up. They do this to McCain. They have done it to me. They have done it to others. And when people don’t stand up and say: this is a pack of lies, but instead remain quiet, you can’t blame a person for wondering if the opposition’s tactic of repeating lies over and over and over and over and over and over and over might not cause some of it to stick in people’s minds.

So let me say clearly, Stacy: the lawsuit against you is nonsense. Neal Rauhauser, Brett Kimberlin, and their pals are deeply dishonest. We do not believe the things they say about you, even one little bit.

You have my support, entirely. And I know I speak for many in saying that.

Saturday Night Music: Andy Sturmer

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:18 pm

The voice of Jellyish. Enjoy.

L.A. Times Now Hitting “Publish” on Pretty Much Anything

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:20 pm

Do they still have editors over there? Scan this screenshot for grammatical errors and generally crappy writing. I count at least one problem per paragraph for the first four paragraphs of the piece.

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Let’s take it one paragraph at a time:

The House unanimously agreed Saturday to provide back pay for hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers, but they showed no sign of ending the impasse that has forced much of the government to shut down.

Who are (is?) “they”? Is the House “they”? Admittedly, I’m being a little picky here — but for the lede of the article to contain a plural pronoun that refers to a singular noun, to me, is an indication of shoddy writing and editing.

And it gets better. Meaning worse.

Lawmakers faced steep political pressure to ensure that federal workers are paid when the shutdown ends. The bill now goes to the Senate, which also convened for an unusual Saturday session, but Democrats had no immediate plans to approve the approve the back pay bill.

“Approve the approve the back pay”? Who’s writing this, Jimmy Two Times?

Third paragraph:

“We’re trying to ease the pain here,” said zafter the House vote.

“Zafter the House vote” is my favorite Congressman.

The White House has signaled that it will not veto the bill, but Democrats have largely rejected the Republican strategy of trying to reopen selective parts of government, insisting they will accept only full funding of government operations.

Are we trying to reopen only “selective” parts of government? What does that mean? Are we trying to reopen, say, the Department of Justice Honors Program? I remember that was pretty “selective.”

(I think she meant “selected.”)

Layers and layers of editors!

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