Patterico's Pontifications


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!

John Podhoretz: Obama Is So Very Serious

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:31 am

John Podhoretz has a column that says Barack Obama is a Serious Man doing Serious Work and also he is Serious:

Barack Obama is a serious man. . . . The truth is that Barack Obama and his liberal followers have been doing very serious work over the past four years, and the same cannot be said, alas, of far too many people who oppose them.

. . . .

The notion that Obama is a dangerous extremist helps him, because it makes him seem reasonable and his critics foolish. It also helps those who peddle it, because it makes them notorious and helps them sell their wares. But it has done perhaps irreparable harm to the central conservative cause of the present moment—making the case that Obama’s social-democratic statism is setting the United States on a course for disaster and that his anti-exceptionalist foreign policy is setting the world on a course for nihilistic chaos. Those are serious arguments, befitting a serious antagonist. They may not sell gold coins as quickly and as well as excessive alarmism, but they have the inestimable advantage of being true.

Barack Obama is a serious man. The professional and political right needs to be as serious as he is to make sure the Age of Obama ends with him.

I’m not sure what JPod’s real point here is, other than to repeatedly label Obama “serious.” What are we supposed to do, put on our Grim Serious faces? Not point out how frivolous he is, with his endless golfing and spending?

The closest Podhoretz comes to a prescription is to tell conservatives to stop pushing a view “that Obama is a not-so-secret Marxist Kenyan with dictatorial ambitions and a nearly limitless appetite for power.” Take the word “Kenyan” out of that phrase and I have no problem with it, as long as the argument is backed up by examples and facts. If Obama takes an action that shows his commitment to Marxist redistributionist principles (which happens all the time) or seems to want to reserve the option to, say, kill Americans on American soil even if they pose no imminent threat (remember the drone debate?), are we supposed to stand by and whistle nonchalantly?

That doesn’t sound like a very “serious” response.

Watch Gas Prices Necessarily Skyrocket

Filed under: General — JD @ 9:07 am

[guest post by JD]

The so-called Tier 3 standards would reduce sulfur in gasoline by more than 60 percent and reduce nitrogen oxides by 80 percent, by expanding across the country a standard already in place in California. For states, the regulation will make it easier to comply with health-based standards for the main ingredient in smog and soot. For automakers, the regulation allows them to sell the same autos in all 50 states.

California will be the new normal.

The Obama admin, has the temerity to claim this will have little to no impact on the cost of gas. However, API, and sentient beings, says it will increase costs at least 6-9 cents per gallon, as at least 15 refineries will need major renovations, and an additional 60+ will need less than major retro-fitting. I cannot imagine that having over 70% of refineries off-line for renovations at some point will have no impact, much less the capital investment to make these changes.


Obama and Biden Are Coming For Your Guns

Filed under: General — JD @ 8:51 am

[Guest post by JD]

“And lastly, but not least, the Assault Weapons ban and the limitation on the size of magazines, let me say this as clearly as I can: this is just the beginning. We believe that weapons of war have no place on our streets. That’s the message that the retired admirals and generals have spoken to us about. The comment one of them used was: if you want to learn how to use a semi-automatic weapon, join the United States military, but these are weapons of war, and we believe there’s no rational reason why someone would need a clip that can hold fifteen, twenty, thirty, one-hundred bullets, one-hundred rounds. We have to do more and we will do more.”

A couple notes on this …

Magazine limits and the ridiculous assault weapons ban are just the beginning for them.

Biden is not the first Dem to state this. Daleyrocks’ favorite congress critter, Rep Schakowsky stated that was their goal as well.

Weapons of war is their new euphemism for scary looking semi-automatic weapons, and to a rational person, this exemplifies the ignorance and/or duplicity of these people.

Obama surrounded himself with human shields to try to shame people into going along with him yesterday. He mentioned weapons of war, but not the assault weapons ban, and is pretty much just pushing the dishonest narrative of 40% of guns are purchased without a background check, a stat so old and misleading that an honest person would be embarrassed to use it.

Audio of Biden at bottom …


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