Patterico's Pontifications

3/5/2013

White House: WE MUST CANCEL ALL TOURS BECAUSE OF SEQUESTRATION!!!!!! (Also, We’re Hiring! Apply Within!)

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:27 pm

The White House suddenly canceled tours of . . . the White House — blaming (you guessed it) sequestration:

Sorry, Washington-bound spring-breakers. Your White House tours have been canceled.

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will cancel all tours starting this weekend, due to sequester cuts. The move prompted swift condemnation from Republican lawmakers, who described the decision as the latest attempt to make the sequester seem worse than it is.

“It’s politically motivated,” Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., told Fox News. “It seems childish — take my ball and go home.”

Are Republicans right? Here’s one hint, from the Washington Times:

The sequester cuts are now officially in place, but many government agencies appear to be hiring freely anyway.

The U.S. Forest Service on Monday posted help-wanted ads for a few good men and women to work as “recreation aides” this summer, the Internal Revenue Service advertised for an office secretary in Maryland, the U.S. Mint wanted 24 people to help press coins, and the Agriculture Department said it needs three “insect production workers” to help grow bollworms in Phoenix.

Monday marked the first regular workday under sequestration, and federal agencies posted more than 400 job ads by 6 p.m.

There are children who will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the White House who will be denied that opportunity so Barack Obama can score some cheap political points, in his quest to do Absolutely Nothing about our budget problems other than continually call for more and more and more taxes on the “rich.”

The dishonesty and smug lack of caring is no less infuriating for having become commonplace.

Witness in Zimmerman Murder Case Lied

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:20 pm

Another setback for prosecutors in a case that appears to be little more than a collection of setbacks for prosecutors:

Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, the state’s most important witness in the George Zimmerman murder case, was caught in a lie Tuesday.

It was not the first piece of misinformation tied to her, but it was the most damaging to date and left prosecutors in a very awkward position.

They had to publicly acknowledge that their star witness had lied under oath and had to answer questions about what they intend to do about it.

Of course, witnesses lie under oath all the time. It happens so often lawyers actually get deadened to it. The key is not presenting a lie to a jury as truth when you know it’s a lie. I know of no evidence they did that here. So what was the lie? Something that seems trivial — so why lie about something so trivial?

The woman had told prosecutors she was in the hospital on the day of Trayvon’s funeral.

“In fact, she lied,” defense attorney Don West said.

Apparently that is not the only bad information she has given:

Despite’s Tuesday’s revelation, there is no indication the woman lied about what she heard on the phone the evening Trayvon was shot. But she appears to have given Crump another piece of bad information: her age.

He told reporters in March, when he played excerpts from the recorded interview, that she was 16 years old. In fact, she was 18 at the time. Crump has said he did not knowingly misrepresent her age.

She is an important witness because she claims Trayvon Martin says he was being followed by Zimmerman and that he (Martin) was scared.

Hugo Chavez Dead

Filed under: General — JD @ 2:35 pm

[Guest post by JD]

Hugo Chavez has died. Posted without comment.

—JD

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Jimmy Carter:

Rosalynn and I extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chávez Frías. We met Hugo Chávez when he was campaigning for president in 1998 and The Carter Center was invited to observe elections for the first time in Venezuela. We returned often, for the 2000 elections, and then to facilitate dialogue during the political conflict of 2002-2004. We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized. Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez’s commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.

I’d seek out Sean Penn’s statement, but I have to eat dinner.

Dow at All Time High

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:32 am

Before the crash, there will be a brief recovery. Everyone will talk about how the handwringing over the debt is overblown.

That’s when you move some stocks into gold.

I think the faux recovery part is just getting started. But who knows for sure?

Two Reminders

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:30 am

I think the story of the day is immediately below: the way that the Washington Post screwed up the Menendez hooker story. The updates are critical, including allegations that 1) the Washington Post lied about contacting Tucker Carlson, and 2) the affidavit from the Post‘s hooker doesn’t even mention the Daily Caller.

Take your comments on that post to that post.

This post is to remind readers of two things. First, I am still collecting coincidence stories at this link. The ones I have so far are wonderful. Second, thanks for using the Amazon widget off to the sidebar. Many of you use it and I appreciate it.

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