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Think Progress Hillary Shill Upset That Hillary Not On Sunday Talk Shows…No, Make That Upset That *Other Women* Not On Sunday Talk Shows…(Because Hillary Might Actually Be Forced To Answer Direct Questions About Pesky Issues She Is Working To Avoid And We Can’t Have That!)

Filed under: General — Dana @ 2:51 pm

[guest post by Dana]

There was an amusing twitter exchange this morning between Think Progress legal brain, Judd Legum (whom I have previously written about), and CNN’s Jake Tapper:

So, what was Legum’s girl, Hillary, up to? Well, she was making sure no solid reporters worth their mettle confronted her with any substantive questions about any number of current scandals involving her – unless of course, they were about ice cream:

Nothing says freedom on Independence Day like corralling reporters with a rope to keep them away from Hillary Clinton as she marches in a July 4th parade.

Clinton’s advance team used a rope to separate the press from the Democratic presidential candidate as she walked the parade route, at times dragging the cranky reporters down the road.

The decision to lasso the media was a reminder of Clinton’s fraught relationship with the press. Pictures of the reporter-roping took on a life of their own on social media and overshadowed what was supposed to be a news-less holiday photo-op in the early primary state.

Republican candidates marched in 4th of July parades “without obstruction from their staff.”



Greece Votes “No” to Bailout Terms

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 2:48 pm

The people of Greece were presented with a referendum to accept terms of a bailout: yes or no. They have decisively said “no”:

With almost all the ballots counted, results from the Greek referendum show voters decisively rejecting the terms of an international bailout.

Figures published by the interior ministry showed nearly 62% of those whose ballots had been counted voting “No”, against 38% voting “Yes”.

Greece’s governing Syriza party had campaigned for a “No”, saying the bailout terms were humiliating.

This likely means ejection from the Euro. It will be interesting to see whether their banks reopen. If they revert to the drachma, it will be interesting to see if it fails, or fails miserably.

But hey. They have their pride.

New “Badass Feminist Coloring Book” Blowing Minds Everywhere!!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:08 am

[guest post by Dana]




You know what real “badass” women never need? An insipid feminist coloring book to relieve their stress and affirm their relevance and worth. And why is that? Because honest-to-God badass women are too busy naturally being badass as they live out their principles and beliefs in service to others without compulsively needing to draw attention to themselves as women. Instead, they are people with a greater vision and purpose than self, thus rendering the sole promotion of gender, irrelevant. Real badass women don’t need the affirmation of grievance mongers.

But given what the modern feminist is all about, it’s nice that this new coloring book has been created for them to relieve the ever-present stress of struggling to be relevant. I am relevant, hear me roar! Because God knows they don’t seem to be having much success on either front:

Feminists of the world, you know how tiring it can get dealing with the oppression, discrimination and hate that’s all too rampant in our everyday lives. Sometimes you just want to scream, or cry, or rip out all the pages of your favorite feminist manifesto and cover your body in them like a paper fort. Well, here’s another idea. In times of stress, why not whip out your handy feminist coloring book?

“You’re never too old for coloring books & you’re never too young for feminism,” is the motto behind Ijeoma Oluo’s incredible project, aptly titled Badass Feminist Coloring Book. The radical book combines the meditative lull of coloring with the revolutionary spirit of feminism, a combination that will please just about any creative lady.

“I’m a feminist writer and a woman of color, so I spend a lot of time neck-deep in misogyny and racism,” Oluo explained to The Huffington Post.

Drawing these amazing feminists has really helped me feel connected to them and their ideals, and I want other people to have that. We can celebrate and enjoy feminism. It’s a very serious topic, but it’s also beautiful, fun, creative and inspiring.”

Serious people demand to be taken seriously!

Crayons ready?




Mind. Blown.

Am I right?!



PUS Barack Obama

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:40 pm

Kevin Gutzman on Facebook:

The federation’s official name is “The United States of America.” How do we abbreviate it? “USA.” Not “TUSOA,” just “USA.” We omit “T” and “O.” For many generations, it has been so.

So why do we use a “T” and an “O” when abbreviating “Supreme Court of the United States” or “President of the United States?” Let’s be consistent. Rather than “SCOTUS” and “POTUS,” I think they should be “SCUS” and “PUS.”

“PUS Barack Obama” has a nice ring to it. I think I’ll start using that. I’ll link back to this post when I do, so you remember what it means.

Thanks for Using My Amazon Widget or Link!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:21 pm

Happy Independence Day, and thanks to everyone who remembers to use the Amazon widget, or accesses the site through this link:

I have added that link to the sidebar, under the widget, for anyone whose Ad Blocker prevents them from seeing the widget — or who is having problems with the widget. (Is anyone?)

Right now, while you’re thinking about it, click that link, and bookmark it as your Amazon page. That way, whenever you go to your Amazon bookmark and then buy something, you’ll be making a contribution to help keep the site going.

I appreciate it. Thanks again, and have a great Independence Day.

Greece Plans Cyprus-Style Raid on Bank Deposits

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:44 pm

The Financial Times has reported that Greece plans to raid Greek bank deposits to deal with its financial crisis:

Greek banks are preparing contingency plans for a possible “bail-in” of depositors amid fears the country is heading for financial collapse, bankers and businesspeople with knowledge of the measures said on Friday.

The plans, which call for a “haircut” of at least 30 per cent on deposits above €8,000, sketch out an increasingly likely scenario for at least one bank, the sources said.

A Greek bail-in could resemble the rescue plan agreed by Cyprus in 2013, when customers’ funds were seized to shore up the banks, with a haircut imposed on uninsured deposits over €100,000.

But relax, silly depositors in Greek banks! Greek officials have told Reuters that any such reports are “baseless”:

The head of Greece’s Bank Association on Friday dismissed as “completely baseless” a report by the Financial Times that contingency plans were being made for a possible bail-in on bank deposits.

Louka Katseli, who also chairs the National Bank of Greece , told Skai TV that suggestions authorities were planning a raid on deposits belonged “only in the sphere of fantasy.”

“There are no such scenarios at any Greek bank, not even as an exercise on paper,” Katseli said.

Are you having a sense of deja vu? If so, here’s why:

On March 1, 2013, Cyprus officials told Reuters they ruled out seizing bank deposits:

Cyprus’s new finance minister on Friday ruled out a haircut, or imposed losses, on bank deposits to ease a financial bailout from international lenders, now stalled amid worries about debt sustainability.

Really and categorically – and this doesn’t only apply in the case of Cyprus but for the world over and the euro zone – there really couldn’t be a more stupid idea,” Michael Sarris, who took over his post on Friday, told reporters.

By the end of that same month, Cyprus had stolen 60% of bank deposits over 100,000 Euros.

Governments will steal your money if they want to.

But it could never happen here.

Caption Contest

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:15 am

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Thanks to Kevin Gutzman.

San Francisco “Sanctuary City” Policy Leads to Young Woman’s Murder

Filed under: Deport the Criminals First,General — Patterico @ 10:40 am

The murder of 31-year-old Kate Steinle at Pier 14 in San Francisco could have been prevented. Before the murder, authorities had the confessed killer in custody, and knew he was an illegal alien. ICE had told them. But, thanks to San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy, police knowingly let him go.

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Above: Kate Steinle, whose murder resulted from San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” policy

Police were required to let the illegal alien go — under San Francisco’s glorious and progressive “sanctuary city” policy:

The man accused of gunning down a 32-year-old Pleasanton woman while she was out strolling San Francisco’s Embarcadero with her father was in a Bay Area jail less than four months ago and should have been turned over to federal immigration officials upon his release, instead of being set free, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

But that’s not the way the San Francisco County Sheriff’s Legal Counsel Freya Horne sees it. In an interview Friday with NBC Bay Area, she said the city and county of San Francisco are sanctuaries for immigrants, and they do not turn over undocumented people – if they don’t have active warrants out for them – simply because immigration officials want them to.

. . . .

San Francisco Police Officer Grace Gatpandan Gatpandan added that San Francisco is a “sanctuary city, so we do not hand over people to ICE.” She also said that the police are “not responsible” for Sanchez once he is booked into county jail, “meaning we do not have control over his release.”

The suspect, Francisco Sanchez, has confessed to the murder.

The policy that caused Sanchez to be released, Ordinance 130764, was passed by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and signed by San Francisco’s mayor in the fall of 2013. Its sponsors were San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos; London Breed, David Campos, David Chiu (now a former supervisor), Malia Cohen, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, and Norman Yee. It was signed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

Everybody in this story is pointing the finger at someone else, but everyone is complicit. The police complain that they were required to release Sanchez. But ICE notes that, actually, police could simply have notified ICE that they were going to release him: “The federal law enforcement source told CNN the sheriff’s department ‘didn’t even need to hold him. They simply could have notified that they were going to release him and we would have gotten him.'”

Obama and the feds (ICE) are not off the hook here, either.

ICE is pointing its finger at the San Francisco policy and the police, but consider: ICE had this guy first, and released him to a sanctuary city, knowing they would probably let him go. According to CNN, “ICE said it turned Lopez-Sanchez over to San Francisco authorities on March 26 for an outstanding drug warrant.” NBC tells us that this case was “a marijuana case that was about 20 years old.”

So: ICE officials knew Sanchez had been deported 5 times before. They knew that, after his last deportation, he was convicted of illegal re-entry and served several years in federal prison. But, upon his release from federal prison, rather than deport him, they turned him over to San Francisco officials for a 20-year-old marijuana case, knowing that San Francisco has this sanctuary policy. Shockingly, the D.A. declined to pursue the case, leading to his release (rather than being returned to ICE custody).

Federal officials should refuse to turn over illegal aliens to sanctuary cities for state prosecutions, unless the state prosecutions are for crimes of violence, or crimes in which the alien is facing several years in prison. Turning over aliens to sanctuary cities, for potential prosecution for low-level non-violent crimes for which they face little time in custody, is tantamount to releasing them outright. Federal officials have the right to say: “if you want to prosecute this guy, you sign a document saying you will return him to us. Otherwise you don’t get him at all. We will deport him.”

The failure to implement this policy is squarely on Obama. And the refusal to secure the border, allowing this guy to come back again and again and again, is also on Obama and the Democrats.

P.S. L.A. Times coverage of this naturally does not even mention the “sanctuary city” angle.

The More Things Change. . .

Filed under: General — JVW @ 9:47 am

[guest post by JVW]

Among the many grievances that the colonists laid out against against King George III of Great Britain 239 years ago in the Declaration of Independence were the following:

– He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
– He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
– He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
– He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
– He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.
– He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us.

What do you suppose Messrs. Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Livingstone, and Sherman would think of our present-day situation?



Christian Bakery Owners Silenced By Officials As Lesbian Couple Awarded $135,000 In Damages For Being “Mentally Raped” By The Bakers

Filed under: General — Dana @ 2:30 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Power corrupts obscenely and absolutely:

On Thursday, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian upheld a preliminary finding that sentenced Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to a fine of $135,000 in emotional damages to the homosexual couple they denied service, but also added a new provision forbidding them to speak about their unwillingness to serve a gay marriage.

If you recall, the Kleins owned the now closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa Bakery. They had declined to provide a wedding cake for a lesbian couple back in 2013.

As a result, the lesbian couple claimed 88 symptoms of “emotional distress” in their subsequent lawsuit against the Kleins.

The Kleins had attempted to crowd source for help, but GoFundMe pulled their campaign, and not soon after (when they were questioned about it), implemented a new policy prohibiting campaigns from defending against claims of discriminatory acts.

Ignoring the fact that the Kleins did indeed provide cakes for gay customers when their business was open, Avakian made the following inaccurate assertion:

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

With that, Avakian tyrannically issued a “cease and desist” order for the Kleins to shut-up already about same-sex marriages and violations of their faith:

“The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation,” Avakian wrote.

The Kleins responded to the gag order:

“This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” wrote the Kleins on their Facebook page. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”

Why is an elected official compelled to silence two individuals who already face bankruptcy and have been forced to close their brick and mortar business?

Perhaps because he is threatened by the Klein’s fighting spirit and refusal to go down without a fight:

The cease and desist came about after Aaron and Melissa Klein participated in an interview with Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins. During the interview, Aaron said among other things, “This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong.”

And we can’t have that.

Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation responded to Avakian’s move to silence the Kleins:

It is exactly this kind of oppressive persecution by government officials that led the pilgrims to America. And Commissioner Avakian’s order that the Kleins stop speaking about this case is even more outrageous—and also a fundamental violation of their right to free speech under the First Amendment.

Avakian would have fit right in as a bureaucrat in the Soviet Union or Red China. Oregon should be ashamed that such an unprincipled, scurrilous individual is a government official in the state.


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