Patterico's Pontifications


Happy Cesar Chavez’s Birthday!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:53 am

He is risen, and the occasion is memorialized at Google (via Twitchy):

Turns out they’ve almost never run doodles on Easter, and the one time they did, it was with a secular theme. It also appears that they don’t have Christmas doodles (or, to be fair, Ramadan or Kwanzaa or Hannukkah doodles either). At Christmastime you get the inoffensive, politically correct “Happy Holidays” themes. Other religious holidays or festivals, like Passover, are largely snubbed. As you browse through their collection, you see a lot of “Bangladesh Independence Day” or “Joseph von Eichendorff’s 225th Birthday” type themes, but almost nothing for religious holidays. Unless the holiday has been completely secularized, like St. Patrick’s Day or Valentine’s Day. Those are apparently kosher, er, I mean, acceptable.

So enjoy this very special day: Cesar Chavez’s birthday. And please. Don’t over-commercialize the day. Remember to take a moment to stop, bow your head, and have a moment of prayer for the continued vitality of the United Farm Workers.

Cyprus Raid on Deposits Waaaaaaaay Bolder Then Initially Predicted

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:32 am

Anyone who flies has experienced it. The voice comes over the loudspeaker and says your flight has been delayed 20 minutes. Well, that’s annoying. But you have two hours to make your connection, so you’ll be OK. A little while later, it turns out the delay is 40 minutes. Still no problem. After another wait, it turns out the delay will be an hour. Then, after another long wait, they say the flight has been delayed an hour and a half. Now that connection is looking pretty tight. But don’t fret! You won’t have to worry about rushing to make the connection . . . because, you see, as the new boarding time approaches, there is another announcement: It turns out the flight is delayed three hours and you have no chance of making it.

But this news always drips out, one announcement after another — and you always suspect that they knew all along that the delay would be three hours.

Which brings us to Cyprus. First, depositors were told that their accounts would be hit for 7 percent — 10 percent for the rich folks. Then — whoops! — it turned out it wasn’t 10 percent, but 30 percent. Whoops, we meant 40 percent.

What was next? Half?

HALF! (Language and content warning.)

(That clip is profane, misogynistic, and horrible. I don’t even know why I posted it.)

No, Cyprus is not planning to take half. No, no, no. Nothing of the sort.

More like . . . 60 percent.

Major depositors in Cyprus’s biggest bank will lose around 60 percent of savings over 100,000 euros, its central bank confirmed on Saturday, sharpening the terms of a bailout that has shaken European banks and saved the island from bankruptcy.

Initial signs that big depositors in Bank of Cyprus would take a hit of 30 to 40 percent – the first time the euro zone has made bank customers contribute to a bailout – had already unnerved investors in European lenders this week.

But the official decree published on Saturday confirmed a Reuters report a day earlier that the bank would give depositors shares worth just 37.5 percent of savings over 100,000 euros. The rest of such holdings might never be paid back.

See, they did it again! Did we say 60 percent? We meant 62.5 percent! In the space of just two paragraphs, depositors lost another 2 1/2 percent.

Officials are assuring the public that this is a “one off” — it certainly couldn’t happen anywhere else.

Oh hey, by the way? Your taxes went up a little at the beginning of the year, but Obama says you have to pay just a little more.

UPDATE: Thanks to Stashiu3 for the link.

Racist Supreme Court Justice Compares Homosexuality to Incest

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:02 am

A brilliant post by John Nolte, who notes that Ben Carson was accused of “comparing” gays to NAMBLA scum and practitioners of bestiality — when all he did was make a slippery slope argument. Guess who else made a similar argument this past week? Sonia Sotomayor, questioning Ted Olson in the Prop. 8 case:

Mr. Olson, the bottom line that you’re being asked — and — and it is one that I’m interested in the answer: If you say that marriage is a fundamental right, what State restrictions could ever exist? Meaning, what State restrictions with respect to the number of people, with respect to — that could get married — the incest laws, the mother and the child, assuming they are of age — I can — I can accept that the State has probably an overbearing interest on — on protecting the a child until they’re of age to marry, but what’s left?



North Texas D.A. And His Wife Murdered

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:51 am

North Texas prosecutor is murdered outside a courthouse in January. Now his boss and his wife are executed at their home:

Kaufman County’s district attorney and his wife were found slain Saturday, raising fears that their deaths may be part of a plot that included the death of one of the county’s assistant district attorneys in January.

Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh and other officials confirmed that Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, had been shot at their home near Forney.

Their deaths followed the Jan. 31 slaying of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

The murders have to be connected. They have to be.

It sounds like it could all be retaliation by the Aryan Brotherhood. I hope they solve it.


Elite Eight – Sunday

Filed under: General — JD @ 9:02 pm

[guest post by JD]

My results have been a mixed bag so far. In my pool, which I am winning :-) I got 25/32 in the 1st round. On here I got 15/16 in the Round of 32, 4/8 in the Sweet 16, and whiffed on the first 2 Elite 8 games.

Duke vs Louisville. This could just as easily be a National Championship game, and speaks to the depth of the field. They played earlier in the year, at Duke I think, but Louisville was without their center Dieng. Ever since that 44-10 run to close out Syracuse in the Big East championship, The Ville has been hot. Duke is good, damn good, but I prefer teams that put defensive pressure on their opponent, and the Cardinals do this as good as anyone. Only way Duke can win this is if they turn this into a half court game, and that doesn’t necessarily fit their style. I have to pick someone, so Louisville in a great game. I am going to this one.

Michigan vs Florida. Trey Burke woke up, and how. His 2nd half and OT was as impressive of a performance as you will see, and the shot that sent it into OT was sick. Florida is immensely talented, but I haven’t seen anything that makes me think they will hold off a surging Michigan team, who has played as well as anyone in the tournament so far. It has the potential to be an exciting game, due to styles of play, but I see Michigan going to the Final 4.


Elite Eight – Saturday

Filed under: General — JD @ 9:37 am

[Guest post by JD]

And then there were 8.

Syracuse vs Marquette – a Big East rematch. Marquette won the first round, but neither team is playing the same now. Syracuse has some swagger now, and Marquette has a grit and determination that is hard to pick against. Although Crean should have known how to attack the 2-3 zone from his time in the Big East, Marquette does know, having done so repeatedly. Syracuse’s run ends tonight.

Ohio State vs Wichita State – Ohio State wins the match ups at every position. I like the way Baker plays for the Shockers, and Armstead is a good point guard, but Kraft and Scott are a great defensive duo. Ohio State is on a roll, and knows how to win close games. I don’t think this one will be close. Big10 moves on.



Obama Kids Living It Up While Regular Kids Can’t See the White House — and News Outlets Are Scrubbing the Information

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:10 pm

Alex Marlow at reports:

A local news affiliate in Idaho reported that the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, are on a Spring Break ski trip in Sun Valley, Idaho. The story quickly spread across the Internet when picked up by the highly trafficked Drudge Report website.

But hours later, the story disappeared from the KMVT website without an update or correction. Breitbart News confirmed that the White House requested that the post be removed.

Obama’s kids were just in the Bahamas. Must be nice.

And the White House’s justification for asking that this news be scrubbed? Alex publishes this statement from a White House spokeshole:

From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest.

Awww. It’s not newsworthy, eh? I beg to differ, and I applaud Alex for breaking the story of how the cowardly Idaho news outlet caved. Elizabeth Price Foley expresses my feelings well:

While I certainly understand the concerns about security, presumably the Secret Service is accompanying these girls wherever they go. If these media reports are true and the girls have been to both luxurious and expensive locations during their spring break, this would be legitimately newsworthy at a time when the President has halted White House tours and other basic government functions, supposedly due to sequestration-based budget cuts. The public deserves to know whether the Obamas are being hypocritical and/or squandering tax dollars during a time of economic austerity.


UPDATE: That’s Elizabeth Price Foley and not Glenn Reynolds. Fixed. Thanks to Ipso Fatso.

Ben Carson Apologizes — For WHAT?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:39 pm

David Zurawik at the Baltimore Sun:

Dr. Benjamin Carson, the famed Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, apologized Friday for his “choice of words” and use of examples in discussing gay marriage on Fox News earlier in the week.

During Sean Hannity’s show on Tuesday, when asked about the matter before the Supreme Court, Carson said, “Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”

The comparison of gays to members of the North American Boy/Man Love Association and those who engage in bestiality set off a backlash of criticism in the media, online and on campus.

That’s a comparison?

I don’t think that’s a comparison, and I don’t care who says it is — be they David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun, or Snooki, or Hitler.

(Did I just say that a journalist and an annoying reality show star are homicidal dictators who killed millions?)

It’s sad that Ben Carson is apologizing for nothing. I’d rather have him quote the classic Breitbart line: “Apologize? For WHAT?”

If someone wants to apologize for their choice of words, the Alaskan Congressman who called migrant workers “wetbacks” is a decent candidate. Ben Carson? Not so much.

Planned Parenthood Representative Fights Bill to Save Babies Born Alive During a Botched Abortion

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:02 pm

The slippery slope at work, ladies and gentlemen. The position of this woman appears to be: We love abortions so much, if the baby is born alive, the decision whether the baby should be saved should be a private decision for the mom and the doctor that was trying to kill the kid seconds before. In other words, she’s approving murder:

Watch all the way to the end to see her objecting to a provision that would require a doctor to drive the born-alive baby to a hospital — because, after all, what if it’s a long drive?

You think I’m making that up? Watch the video.

NCAA Sweet 16 – Friday

Filed under: General — JD @ 1:19 pm

[Guest post by JD]

I only got 50% right last night, so I fell off from last weekend’s scorching pace.

Oregon vs Louisville – Practically a home game for Louisville. Oregon is still way under-seeded, but Louisville should cruise in this one. There isn’t a matchup on the court that favors Oregon.

Michigan vs Kansas – I loathe Bill Self. Michigan has played as well as anyone in the tournament up to this point. Kansas has to play much better than they have up to this point, if they want to win this one, and I think they will, in a close one. This pick causes me pain.

Michigan State vs Duke – right downtown. Great atmosphere. Michigan State is more athletic, and more physical. This is a Final Four matchup in any other year. Spartans in a slugfest.

Florida Gulf Coast vs Florida – does Cinderella’s carriage finally turn into a pumpkin? Sadly, I think so. Florida can be beaten, but I doubt this is the night. I actually hope I am wrong.

There should be at least 2 great games tonight.


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: JD’s pick goes down as Michigan takes it in a squeaker. Greedy Kansans!

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