Patterico's Pontifications


Music by Patterico, With a Little Help from Jay Semko of The Northern Pikes: Part 3: The Same Mistake

Filed under: General,Music,Music by Patterico — Patterico @ 6:33 pm

Tonight I am sharing the last of three songs that I wrote in the 1990s, and that Northern Pikes front man Jay Semko recorded for me this year. I posted the first one a while back (song; lyrics; original version). I posted the second one a couple of weeks ago (song; lyrics; original version).

Here is the last one, a little ditty called “The Same Mistake.”

It’s a joyous little breakup tune, where the boy wishes he could have the girl back . . . to give her the treatment she truly deserved, but which he never gave her when they were together.

Hollywood On Snipers: It All Depends On Whose Ass Is Being Protected

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:52 pm

[guest post by Dana]

(via The Hollywood Reporter)


Rudy Giuliani: My Bluntness Overshadowed My Message

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:49 am


There has been no shortage of news coverage—and criticism—regarding comments I made about President Obama at a political gathering last week in New York. My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America notwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart. My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance. Let me explain.

I like Dr. Mike K’s view of Obama: he pretty much loves himself and that’s it. But I agree that the effect of Obama’s actions matter more to me than trying to look into his “heart.”

The rest of the piece is about American exceptionalism. To the extent that such a thing as “American exceptionalism” still exists — and I think it does — it lies in the spirit of the Founding Fathers, which is still alive in some of the country. Barack Obama does not believe in the spirit of the Founding Fathers. More importantly, he does everything humanly possible to undermine what those Founding Fathers bequeathed to us.

But, frankly? I care more about what the Fed is doing (creating another asset bubble) and what Obama’s debt is doing (continuing our slide into financial ruin) than I care about whether the Narcissist in Chief loves his country or not.

Neil Patrick Harris Does Creditable Job at Oscars

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:13 am

I didn’t watch the show, but as usual, it was on in the other room while I worked. But afterwards, Mrs. P. was trying to show me a particular joke and ended up spending a few minutes fast-forwarding through most of the jokes.

First, Harris pops Gleen Grennwald‘s balloon a little bit after he accepted the Oscar for “CitizenFour: Smug and Smuggler” — by saying that Snowden couldn’t be there “for some treason.” Heh.

Then, after Patricia Arquette did a bizarre rant about women getting equal pay, and Meryl Streep was seen cheering her on, he did a joke about Streep suddenly realizing she was underpaid. Heh again.

Even his joke about the night honoring the “best and the whitest” was a good poke at these idiots overlooking David Oyelowo’s excellent performance in “Selma.”


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