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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  stlgonzo | 

    I really thought the Robert Mugabe link was going to go to The Onion. Wow.

  2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Obama administration: If we kill you while you’re standing in geographic proximity to a terrorist, you’re probably a terrorist.

    Makes sense. That’s a natural extension of the philosophy the government developed in Vietnam: If we killed you, then you must have been the enemy. And, of course, that’s the same logic they will use when they summarily kill Americans within the borders of the U.S. And who’s going to complain as long as it doesn’t interfere with the broadcast of sports events or Dancing with the Stars.

  3. #3 |  Sysiphus | 

    Free business idea: print the “globes” warning label on some babydoll t-shirts.

  4. #4 |  tarran | 

    If they run, they’re VC.

    If they stand still, they’re disciplined VC.

  5. #5 |  Andrew S. | 

    The comments to the article on drone strikes at HuffPo gave me a migraine. I really need to stop reading comments.

    (It also continues to make me scared of what will happen to the comment threads when this blog moves to HuffPo. :( )

  6. #6 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “TV networks may soon sue you for taking a bathroom break during commercials.”

    Cable TV advertising has degenerated into an endless stream of bad actors, bad jokes and politically correct and maudlin pandering. I’m supposed to buy a Subaru because of “Love”? Not to mention that the commercials are taking up more time than the shows. And if we’re paying money for cable, why are we forced to watch commercials in the first place? The whole point of cable was to watch quality shows uncut.
    Thank God for that remote…

  7. #7 |  the other rob | 

    Turley writes: “Mugabe will join Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, and Ricky Martin as the ambassadors for the United Nations. I cannot understand why those celebrities have not refused the ambassadorships rather than be associated with one of humanity’s greater war criminals.”

    He raises a very good point – why haven’t they?

  8. #8 |  Pi Guy | 

    “- why haven’t they?”

    Because being an ambassador’s cool.

  9. #9 |  Quiet Desperation | 

    “And if we’re paying money for cable, why are we forced to watch commercials in the first place? The whole point of cable was to watch quality shows uncut.
    Thank God for that remote…”

    Or DVD/BluRay rented from Netflix. Or streaming. Or *cough* downloads. Or some other late 20th/early 21st century technologies you might want to investigate. ;-)

    As an aside, I’m amazed I still hear people say things like “Oh! I have to get home to watch my show.” FFS, by the late 90s they were giving VCRs away free in breakfast cereal. There really is no excuse to be beholden to network scheduling anymore.

  10. #10 |  perlhaqr | 

    Andrew: Ditto for the comments about the guy running the restaurant.

    “Messikan? OMGs! Iz he ILLEGALZ?!?!?”

  11. #11 |  perlhaqr | 

    stlgonzo: No kidding. Mugabe would clearly be a much better fit on the UN Agriculture Committee.

  12. #12 |  Davis | 

    Or DVD/BluRay rented from Netflix.

    Except even when you buy a DVD/BluRay, there are unskippable commercials at the start of the disk (including, ironically, anti-piracy commercials — there’s nothing that annoys me more than being treated like an infringer after I just handed over money to the filmmaker).

  13. #13 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    It’s odd. The vast majority of the media would have run with the story that Bush was having Iraqi babies barbecued if they could have found one source. Yet it seems to me that Bush did a better job of appearing to give a goddamn about civilians, even with that handicap.

  14. #14 |  celticdragonchick | 

    Regarding the Kimberlin fiasco, Kirkland at the Volokh Conspiracy notes that Walker was an asshole in court who managed to piss off the judge. Never a good idea.

    While Kimberlin was (and is) a terrorist felon who should still be a jail, I noted that the death threats against him are certainly true (you can see them in the comments section at The Blaze) and I have no idea just what the supposed evidence is that Kimberlin is the hoaxer behind the SWATing incidents. People on the right have found their perfect scapegoat and I do think there is a non trivial chance that somebody will attempt to kill Kimberlin.

  15. #15 |  M | 

    If human shields are terrorists, then hostages are aggressors.

  16. #16 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    The Pop-Up Book of Phobias, so that you can see just how good a use it is of the format.

  17. #17 |  Radley Balko | 

    People on the right have found their perfect scapegoat and I do think there is a non trivial chance that somebody will attempt to kill Kimberlin.

    What exactly is your point, here? Have any of the right-wing bloggers written anything that isn’t true? Does this make what’s happening to Walker okay? Does the reaction of commenters on other parts of the Internet justify putting a restraining order on what Walker can write?

    If Kimberlin were a right-winger who, say, had bombed an abortion clinic 20 years ago, and he and his pals were now pulling this crap on left-wing bloggers, I kinda’ doubt your first reaction would be to point out what a perfect scapegoat he is.

  18. #18 |  DarkEFang | 

    “Turley writes: “Mugabe will join Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, and Ricky Martin as the ambassadors for the United Nations. I cannot understand why those celebrities have not refused the ambassadorships rather than be associated with one of humanity’s greater war criminals.”

    He raises a very good point – why haven’t they?”

    I see no articles suggesting that any of those celebrities – or Mugabe – sought or accepted those ambassadorships. And none of them strike me as being politically sophisticated. Do we really think Drew Barrymore or Ricky Martin even know that Zimbabwe exists?

  19. #19 |  CyniCAl | 

    •Obama administration: If we kill you while you’re standing in geographic proximity to a terrorist, you’re probably a terrorist.

    As has always been the case, in war, truth is the first casualty. What? You were expecting the State to tell the truth?

  20. #20 |  Lee | 

    So someone that thrives on page views (a blogger) stirs up a controversy that gets him more page views.

    Then more bloggers get bent out of shape for one reason or another and get more page views.

    I think I’ve heard this song several times before.

  21. #21 |  el coronado | 

    Poppycock, I say. Mugabe clearly needs to be on the UN Banking and Development Commission. Why, he single-handedly increased the incomes and net worth of the Zims by a billionfold.

  22. #22 |  johnl | 

    It’s funny to watch Patterico learn that judges are thin skinned uninformed bullies with no love for justice or the law. Still I expect he’ll revert back to his might makes right style of reasoning the next time an American is killed in his bed.

  23. #23 |  MH | 

    Those warning labels are crazy. I just bought a gas grill and the manual PDF is full of this stuff. The phrase “bodily injury or death” occurs at least a dozen times throughout it. Another gem: “Do not use a flame to check for gas leaks.” Or: “do not attempt to disconnect any gas fitting while your barbecue is in operation.”

  24. #24 |  Bronwyn | 

    My all-time favorite was on an umbrella stroller:

    Remove child before folding

    Aww, damn!

  25. #25 |  Ted S. | 

    Is there any place to view the entire WSJ article?

    Never mind that something on that site (probably the Facebook crap) slows it down tremendously.

  26. #26 |  Mike | 

    @Ted, do a google search on the article title, including site:wsj.com. Can see the entire article that way.

    Good idea for a warning label: Stupid people should not use.

  27. #27 |  croaker | 

    @22 The part that isn’t funny is his shock and amazement that a criminal victim can press charges in front of a judge without the need to suck police or prosecutor dick beforehand.

    As if we’re peons who must beg leave of the Baron or something.

  28. #28 |  derfel cadarn | 

    If they named Mugabe ambassador for tyranny they would have it correct. Let us hope the next terrorist they target does not enjoy Mexican food and is standing in the line at District Taco when they strike. Them would be some mighty subversive tacos they got there.

  29. #29 |  Quiet Desperation | 

    “Except even when you buy a DVD/BluRay, there are unskippable commercials at the start of the disk”

    Which is why I don’t buy. I’ll rip the rental it I absolutely need a copy for some reason. I figure were just a few years from being able to stream everything ever made at will, so I don’t keep many hard copies around.

    “Them would be some mighty subversive tacos they got there.”

    Subversive tacos are the BEST tacos, baby!

  30. #30 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    The pro-death penalty movement could take a page for the Obama administration: just pass a law making it a capital offense to have been executed and viola–never again will there be a case of an innocent person being executed.

  31. #31 |  Personanongrata | 

    Obama administration: If we kill you while you’re standing in geographic proximity to a terrorist, you’re probably a terrorist.

    Worry not humanitarians as the tyrant in chief has so blithely pronounced if you are mistakenly killed in a drone strike you may be proven posthumously innocent.

    “Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties. . . . It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.” ~ Excerpted from Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will

  32. #32 |  Christopher Swing | 

    Conservatives that are any kind of sane would never kill Kimberlin; they wouldn’t get to write post titles like this anymore:

    “Who is Brett Kimberlin, the George Soros backed terrorist?”

    Such as a local clown takes glee in, and hell no I’m not giving him a link from here.

  33. #33 |  celticdragonchick | 

    What exactly is your point, here?

    I stated it, actually. Walker is a whiny victimhood-crying ass who pissed off the judge and Kimberlin should never have been allowed out of prison, in all liklihood. I can’t say I’m sympathetic to either of them. However, Kimberlin has been getting death threats and we have past experience with abortion doctors to know that some of these people really mean it.

    Have any of the right-wing bloggers written anything that isn’t true?

    It would be instructive to see just what the evidence is that Kimberlin is actually performing these SWATting ploys beyond “I say so!”

    Does this make what’s happening to Walker okay?

    I think he brought some of this on himself through sheer stupidity, although the judge seems to be waaaay out of date on applicable precedant regarding email and other internet communication means. The judge was almost certainly wrong, although I have no sympathy for Walker.

    Does the reaction of commenters on other parts of the Internet justify putting a restraining order on what Walker can write?

    No. That also is not what I was talking about. I do think that somebody may try to kill the guy (think back a couple of years to that guy arrested on the Oakland after a shootout with the police who was going to go kill everybody at the San Fransisco ACLU and the Tides Foundation…a favorite Glen Beck liberal conspiracy meme. The right wing blogs have started the Tides Foundation/George Soros funded meme with Kimberlin as well.)

    http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/highway-shooter-targeted-tides-foundation-aclu/nK56r/

    I tend to take people seriously these days when they say that somebody needs to be killed.

    BTW, a preacher in Kansas has called for the final solution to GLBT people.
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/30/kansas-pastor-calls-on-u-s-government-to-kill-lgbt-people/

  34. #34 |  Cynical in New York | 

    RE: Taco Stand

    It took until the second comment for a Paleocon to scream “ZOMG WHATZ HIZ STATZ HEZ ILLEGALLLL!”

    RE: Mugabe

    As if we needed a new reason to hate the UN

  35. #35 |  Mattocracy | 

    When foreigners kill innocent Americans with aircraft, it’s terrorism. When we do it, it’s freedom.

  36. #36 |  PersonFromPorlock | 

    #9 | Quiet Desperation | May 30th, 2012 at 10:24 am
    “There really is no excuse to be beholden to network s
    cheduling anymore.”

    Yeah, there is: 12:00…12:00…12:00….

  37. #37 |  Steamed McQueen | 

    re: Wacky Warning Labels

    On an extended- reach grill and fireplace lighter:

    Warning: Risk of fire.

    No shit. It’s a lighter. Was it supposed to blow bubbles?

    You get things like this in a country that has too many laws and too many lawyers writing new laws to keep all of them working.

  38. #38 |  Bramblyspam | 

    Tsk, tsk. Radley, you’ve normally impressed me with your care in fact checking, but you slipped up on this one. Seems that the Mugabe story is, to put it bluntly, false.

    http://wherepoliticsstops.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/two-truths-and-a-lie-mugabe-and-the-unwto-edition/

  39. #39 |  Belle Waring | 

    I have been, on the one hand thinking that the Kimberlin harassment was way worse than I had initially thought, and on the other that it wasn’t totally clear he called in the fake 911 calls. I mean, you’re in an extralegal fight with someone crazy, and that happens to you, it’s natural to assume it was him. Nonetheless…evidence would be good! And if Kimberlin claims that some people have incited others to post death threats against him on the internet I’m inclined to say that’s accurate, without knowing whether it’s illegal. But, backtracking to say, having read more about it, it sounds as if there was more extensive and much more awful harassment than I realized.

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