Patterico's Pontifications


Ferguson Grand Jury Decision; UPDATE: No Indictment

Filed under: General — JD @ 1:26 pm

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Open thread. What do you predict?

My prediction – no indictment. Less rioting and mayhem than anticipated. Obama will try to use as platform for some “above the fray” grand speech, because reading speeches and politicizing things is his thing.



UPDATE BY PATTERICO: USA Today says no indictment.

UPDATE x2 BY PATTERICO: It’s official. No indictment.

Chuck Hagel Out

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:41 am

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has resigned been fired:

The officials described Mr. Obama’s decision to remove Mr. Hagel, 68, as a recognition that the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ. A Republican with military experience who was skeptical about the Iraq war, Mr. Hagel came in to manage the Afghanistan combat withdrawal and the shrinking Pentagon budget in the era of budget sequestration.

But now “the next couple of years will demand a different kind of focus,” one administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. He insisted that Mr. Hagel was not fired, saying that he initiated discussions about his future two weeks ago with the president, and that the two men mutually agreed that it was time for him to leave.

But Mr. Hagel’s aides had maintained in recent weeks that he expected to serve the full four years as defense secretary. His removal appears to be an effort by the White House to show that it is sensitive to critics who have pointed to stumbles in the government’s early response to several national security issues, including the Ebola crisis and the threat posed by the Islamic State.

Hagel disagreed publicly with the president over ISIS. He should have known better:

He raised the ire of the White House in August as the administration was ramping up its strategy to fight the Islamic State, directly contradicting the president, who months before had likened the Sunni militant group to a junior varsity basketball squad. Mr. Hagel, facing reporters in his now-familiar role next to General Dempsey, called the Islamic State an “imminent threat to every interest we have,” adding, “This is beyond anything that we’ve seen.” White House officials later said they viewed those comments as unhelpful, although the administration still appears to be struggling to define just how large is the threat posed by the Islamic State.

Added: President Obama on the 2013 confirmation of Republican Secretary of Defense Hagel:

I will be counting on Chuck’s judgment and counsel as we end the war in Afghanistan, bring our troops home, stay ready to meet the threats of our time and keep our military the finest fighting force in the world. Most of all, I am grateful to Chuck for reminding us that when it comes to our national defense, we are not Democrats or Republicans, we are Americans, and our greatest responsibility is the security of the American people.



Hillary: She’s Nice Enough And Now She Smells Enough

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:09 pm

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When asked about Hillary Clinton’s efforts to distance herself from him as she moves toward a possible run in 2016, President Obama commented that he believed the American people want “that new car smell” in their next president:

“They wanna drive somethin’ off the lot that — that doesn’t have as — as much mileage as me,” he told George Stephanopoulos on This Week.

Really? Obama is all of 53! But Hillary, on the other hand, is 67 years old. An old, smelly woman. A post-menopausal grandma who wears dowdy, matronly pantsuits. And smells. Hillary, the old failed Edsel trying one last time to sputter and chug her way to the White House while spewing copious amounts of exhaust and smelly pollutants. But voters don’t want old or smelly. Apparently they want a sharp, fresh smelling, leather-upholstered sports car that can traverse any highway and byway, or the halls of Congress, with speed and efficiency while looking sleek and stylish. Message sent and received: Hillary was once nice enough, and now she smells enough. Is the Great Orator unaware of his foot-in-mouth disease or did we long ago conclude his seemingly innocent linguistic jabs are actually made with shrewd calculated intent? Women of a certain age are wondering. And if Joe Biden – who is 72 years old – runs in 2016, will the president comment on his aging unsavory odor, too?


Schoolhouse Rock: “I’m An Executive Order, And I Pretty Much Just Happen”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:03 pm

“Oh, that’s adorable! You still think that’s how government works!”

Thanks to Simon Jester.

Random Links – Some Amusing, Some Less So

Filed under: General — JD @ 11:01 am

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Congress made me do it. Because of that Clause in the Constitution that says I get to do what I want if Congress doesn’t do what I proclaim. . Later on, he advances the mendacious ideas that raw numbers of EO’s shows he respects the process, and how they can get rid of his EO by passing legislation.

Al Sharpton defends his four million plus in deliquent taxes, because Trayvon, Ferguson, and racists.

Rep Pelosi wages her own war on women, refusing to accommodate a pregnant veteran amputee who couldn’t make it to DC to vote on Dem leadership. It turned out to have been a power play, since Rep Duckworth was supporting someone other than SanFranNan’s choice for a committee leadership position. The Dems selected the opponent of Pelosi’s hand picked choice.

Imagine if the Republicans had done this.

Chuck Todd declares Gruber fallout to be a political back and forth story, unworthy of national media coverage. That reminded me of how Gosnell was a local crime story. [UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Sarah Kliff agrees with both!]

MFM lapdog John Harwood declares that Gruber flapdoodle just serves to make mad people madder, and is not a story worth covering. . Good dog, John.

And, from the You Cannot Make This Up Files … Lumbersexuality and the toxic rapey beard culture. You really have to read it in its entirety to get the profound ignorance pushed by these ever-aggrieved social justice feeling warriors.

Last but not least, the term freshman is rapey. . Elon has not banned the term freshman, but has replaced it with first year, which is more inclusive. Get a load of that job title – Inclusive Community Wellbeing Coordinator, and then wonder why Higher Ed costs so much, an leaves so many behind.



Damn You, AutoCorrect Siri!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:34 pm

My brother in law blamed Siri for this text today:

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Not to worry, Justin. I have the next version of WordPress. Which means, I guess . . .

Insert your obvious joke in the space below — if you have the ability.

Because If You Don’t Laugh, You Just Cry

Filed under: General — Dana @ 3:53 pm

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If anyone thought that after the midterm trouncing, the president would back off on his immigration plans, then they have not been paying attention. There has never been any indication that this president is open or willing to receive and accept criticism, whether from his own party or even especially from the American people. In this he remains consistent. Besides, one man’s flagrant disregard for the Constitution is just another man’s moral imperative, right?

“When members of Congress question my authority to make our immigration system work better, I have a simple answer: pass a bill.”


Anyway, via Rand Paul, a little amusement in spite of the whole debacle.

Starter pack for presidents who think they’re kings:


Gruber’s take on the immigration move by the President:


Saturday Afternoon Music: California Edition

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:07 pm

Two songs about my current home from artists that I have seen in the last week. First, “California” from Radney Foster, who I had the pleasure of watching perform last night at The Mint in Los Angeles:

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Second is “California Wasted” by Toad the Wet Sprocket, which the family got to see last weekend at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano:


Stop Being Culturally Arrogant, White People!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:23 am

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I think we are supposed to be abuzz about the “bold”new cover art from the New Yorker. Artist Bruce McCall:

“It’s not profound, you know—nothing I do is profound—but I wanted to address the whole kerfuffle over the Redskins’ name,” Bruce McCall says.

Rather than viewing the team name as a “badge of honor” like owner Dan Snyder, McCall has a different take:

“This is 2014, and it seems a little late to be dealing with that stuff,” McCall says. “It should have been quashed a long time ago. We did everything to the Indians that we could, and it’s still going on. It seems crude and callous. Names like the Atlanta Braves come from another time. So, in my cover, I’ve brought the cultural arrogance of one side back to the sixteen-hundreds and the first Thanksgiving dinner, just to see what would happen.”



Emperor Obama Amnesty Lies Open Thread

Filed under: General — JD @ 5:06 pm

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I listened for 2 minutes. Then barfed.



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