Patterico's Pontifications

2/15/2013

Beneath The Dignity Of Congress

Filed under: General — JD @ 7:54 am

[guest post by JD]

Nancy Pelosi tells us the draconian sequester cuts and gasp Congressional pay cut is beneath the dignity of Congress.

The idea that anything is beneath their dignity is laughable.

Were we to have a MFM that does it’s job, SanFranNan and Slow Joe would have a daily gaffe segment on every news broadcast.

—JD

No Whites Need Apply

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:43 am

Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever, says school principal (not quite in those words):

A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination.

The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent a letter telling parents the program is only for students of color. Parents CBS4 talked with said they were shocked to see, in this day and age, what they consider to be segregation.

(I love how agnostic the article is on the question of whether this is discrimination or segregation. The parents say it is, the article tells us, but we won’t.)

The principal later left a voice mail for one of the white parents saying they might be able to squeeze in some help for her kid too. A quote from the voice mail:

It’s focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs.

First come the children of color — then your kid . . . you know, if there’s room.

Hagel Filibustered

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:23 am

Allahpundit doesn’t seem to think it will last.

Name the Party

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:23 am

What party are these people from?

Example 1:

A former mayor of San Diego spent the last decade wagering more than a billion dollars at casinos across the country, eventually liquidating her savings, auctioning her belongings, selling off real estate, borrowing from friends and taking more than $2 million from a charity set up by her late husband, a fast-food tycoon.

The former mayor, Maureen O’Connor, 66, blamed an addiction to gambling aggravated by a brain tumor for the gargantuan spree. Her lawyers said that while she had made well over a billion dollars in bets at casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and San Diego, her actual net losses were around $13 million.

Federal prosecutors said it was impossible to know precisely how much Ms. O’Connor had lost over those years, but she emerged with her fortune gone and her health shattered. She took out second and third mortgages on her La Jolla, Calif., home to pay for the gambling.

Hint: the New York Times never says.

Hint #2: the New York Times article has the following sappy passage about how poor Ms. O’Connor once ate hamburger for Thanksgiving as a child, before marrying into $40-50 million of wealth:

Ms. O’Connor came from a working-class family in San Diego, one of 13 children of a part-time bookie. When she was a child her family was once so poor that her parents could not afford turkey on Thanksgiving and instead molded a bird out of hamburger meat, she once said in an interview.

Awww.

If you guessed Democrat, you get the prize.

Example 2:

The Tennessee congressman embroiled in a mini-scandal today for sending, then deleting, sappy Twitter messages to a 24-year-old Texas State University student says the woman is his secret daughter.

New York Magazine reported this morning that the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for transparency in politics, had captured images of U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen’s deleted messages to the woman including one that read, “Happy Valentines beautiful girl. [I love you].”

In a different exchange, the congressman tweeted to Brink: “miss u/wil call later _ -give me a good time”

The tender tone of the messages set media tongues wagging. A number of news outlets, including the San Marcos Mercury, described the messages as “flirty” — or worse. The conservative political blog, Red State, ran a story under the headline, “Is Steve Cohen schtupping his buddy’s daughter?”

Now NBC reporter Luke Russert and others are reporting that U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is saying that Victoria Brink, who apparently attends Texas State’s fashion merchandising program, is his daughter. When news of the intimate exchanges spilled into the news cycle Thursday morning, Cohen’s spokesman initially said that Brink was the daughter of an old family friend.

The article ends with no mention of the Congressman’s party.

Then there is an update. Then there is another update. Then there is something called “earlier” with six tweets showing the news when it broke. If you keep scrolling and scrolling, eventually, at the very last tweet, you run across something that says the guy’s party.

But you had already guessed this one as well, hadn’t you?

Thanks to Milhouse and another tipster.


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