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NYT Confuses Scott Walker’s Skill And Dexterity With ‘Struggling’

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:02 pm

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In the media’s continuing efforts to break Scott Walker and put him in his place, today’s New York Times opened their article titled For Scott Walker, a Consistent Approach to Tough Questioning by informing readers – as if it were a fact – that Walker is struggling with questions posed by the media:

As Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin struggled to respond to questions about the president’s patriotism and religion last week, some saw an unprepared presidential hopeful in the national glare — not ready for “the N.F.L.,” as one participant in a Sunday morning talk show put it.

As the NYT cited those two vexing questions that the existence of civilization apparently hinges upon, I thought surely I must have missed something in Walker’s responses. Something like a struggle, and an undeniable one at that.

Asked whether he thought Obama was a Christian, Walker answered:

I don’t know.

And when reminded that the president has publicly spoken about his faith:

I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that. I’ve never asked him that. You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?

Asked whether he thought Obama loved America, Walker answered:

You should ask the president what he thinks about America,” Walker told The Associated Press while in Washington for a weekend meeting of the National Governors Association. “I’ve never asked him so I don’t know.”

Struggle? What I see is a politician walking through a minefield with skill and dexterity and deftly taking control of the conversation. And I definitely see a man who is infuriatingly smarter than those who seek to trip him up.

Of course none of this has anything to do with Walker “struggling” to answer gotcha questions or what he really thinks of Obama, and it certainly has nothing to do with an indignant media defending the president’s honor, this in spite of Dana Milbank’s hysterical efforts to appear as such. It is simply further evidence of a smug and partisan press continuing their hit job on Walker and most amusingly being unable to grasp that their very actions are having the opposite effect they hoped for: instead of branding Walker as a president-hating presidential-hopeful who pandered to the “Obama is a Muslim from Kenya who hates America” crowd and displayed a cowardice and insidiousness by his responses, they have instead helped shoot Walker right to the top of the polls. When a group is so smugly enamored by their own cleverness they are rendered without self-awareness, and the painfully obvious goes unseen.


The Patterico Music Project: The Original Version of “The Same Mistake”

Filed under: General,Music,Music by Patterico — Patterico @ 6:18 pm

Tonight I am sharing the original version of “The Same Mistake,” which I debuted here Monday evening as sung by Northern Pikes front man Jay Semko, one of my favorite singers Of All Time. (Lyrics are here.)

As in the past, I ask you to bear in mind that these are primitive recordings done on primitive equipment — namely, a cassette-based TASCAM recorder, operated around 1992 or so. Details about how I did these recordings are here.

As with the others, you will note some differences between this version and Jay’s. I have two guitar parts and a faux-bass line, accomplished by playing the top string on my little nylon-string acoustic guitar, and turning up the bass on my TASCAM all the way for that track. This version has harmonies and background vocals that Jay could not replicate in a “live off the floor” performance.

Oh — and then there is the most salient difference: on my version the singing is poor, while Jay’s singing is completely awesome.

Without further ado, here is my version:

And as a reminder, here is the version Jay Semko did for me:

P.S. This will be the last entry in the “Patterico Music Project” series for a while. Today I received an update from one of the other musicians performing one of my other songs. It’s in process, but I don’t expect a final recording any time soon. Quality takes time. I am, therefore, in no hurry. So, look for entry #4 at some unspecified future date.

Net Neutrality Vote Tomorrow

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:35 pm

Enjoy your last few hours of freedom before Barack Obama gets his hands on your information pipeline.

Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:43 am

He didn’t want to do it. He felt he . . . owed it to us:

President Obama vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, making good on a threat to reject a proposal embraced by Republicans as a jobs measure but opposed by environmentalists as contributing to climate change.

“The presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously,” Obama said in his veto message to the Senate. “But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people. And because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest — including our security, safety, and environment — it has earned my veto.”

Well, we wouldn’t want to interfere with the powers of another branch now, would we?

January 20, 2017 can’t come quick enough. 694 days, but who’s counting?


The Patterico Music Project: The Lyrics to “The Same Mistake”

Filed under: General,Music,Music by Patterico — Patterico @ 9:57 pm

I debuted the song “The Same Mistake” here last night. It’s all part of my crazy project to have professional musicians record songs I wrote in the 1990s. Details on the project here.

Consistent with my pattern, I am publishing the lyrics here tonight. I’ll go ahead and include the song again with the lyrics, below the fold. As I said last night in a comment, the lyrics may be a little goofy, but it has one of my favorite couplets of any song I have written:

Insulting your intelligence would not concern me now
There’s not much chance that it would take offense

The lyrics are meant to be heard and not just read, so hit the play button and follow along as Northern Pikes lead singer Jay Semko sings a song I wrote.


No Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:18 pm

Not a shock — just surprising (OK, not surprising) that it took this long:

The Justice Department said Tuesday its independent investigation found “insufficient evidence” to charge George Zimmerman with federal civil rights violations in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the evidence did not meet the “high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution,” but the decision should not end efforts to explore racial tensions in the justice system. The decision closes the federal investigation.

“This young man’s premature death necessitates that we continue the dialogue and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface,” Holder said in a statement. “We, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.”

Don’t attack and beat guys with guns, would be one way to do that, Mr. Holder.

The Continuing Audacity Of Scott Walker

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:17 am

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Scott Walker, refusing to kowtow to the media’s shameful “gotcha” game, is instead shrewdly taking advantage of the “press” he’s been getting and using it as a fundraising springboard. This in spite of his insidious and cowardly behavior which is causing Dana Milbank’s head to most amusingly explode.

In a bold move, Walker refused to be baited in answering the latest “gotcha” of whether he thought Obama was a Christian:

“To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press. The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.

Team Walker, recognizing an opening, sent the following email out to supporters:

Governor Scott Walker has always believed in standing up for big, bold ideas.

And he refuses to be distracted by the small, petty, and pale ideas that the “gotcha” headline writers for the Liberal Media want to talk about. He refuses to be drawn into the sideshow of answering pointless questions about whether and how much President Obama loves our country. To Governor Walker, what matters are ideas, issues, his record, and results. If you agree, please stand with him with a contribution of $10, $35, $50, $100, $250, or more.

When you have a record like President Obama and the Democrats’, the last thing you want to talk about are results. That is why their defenders in the mainstream media love to distract the public. That is why they sensationalize the news, promote Democrat propaganda, and demonize Republicans.

Enough is enough.

Now is the time to stand up against the publicity hounds and the journalistic pack, and help Governor Walker fight back with a “Friends of Scott Walker” contribution of $10 or $100 or $1,000 or whatever amount is right for you. Your support will show the clueless and mindless journalistic herd that you know what matters most and that it is not the pointless minutiae that they are pushing.

Of course, not everyone thinks Walker is being smart about his handling of the press:

The challenge for a new presidential candidate is not limited to coming up with a cogent answer for how you would win the war against ISIS or raise wages. You’ve also got to come up with a strategy for handling the circus. You can engage, duck, or turn it to your advantage. Walker is trying to transform a duck into a weapon by making the press an issue.

Time will tell, but for a lot of us, enough is indeed, enough.


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I think Walker is leaving some rhetorical opportunity on the table. I think he should say, as I have said here recently: “I don’t know if Barack Obama is a Christian or not. What I do know, however, is that he used his claimed Christianity to sell an opportunistic political lie about his beliefs on gay marriage to the American public. I think we need leaders who won’t lie to the citizens, about their religious beliefs or anything else.”


Music by Patterico, With a Little Help from Jay Semko of The Northern Pikes: Part 3: The Same Mistake

Filed under: General,Music,Music by Patterico — Patterico @ 6:33 pm

Tonight I am sharing the last of three songs that I wrote in the 1990s, and that Northern Pikes front man Jay Semko recorded for me this year. I posted the first one a while back (song; lyrics; original version). I posted the second one a couple of weeks ago (song; lyrics; original version).

Here is the last one, a little ditty called “The Same Mistake.”

It’s a joyous little breakup tune, where the boy wishes he could have the girl back . . . to give her the treatment she truly deserved, but which he never gave her when they were together.

Hollywood On Snipers: It All Depends On Whose Ass Is Being Protected

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:52 pm

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(via The Hollywood Reporter)


Rudy Giuliani: My Bluntness Overshadowed My Message

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:49 am


There has been no shortage of news coverage—and criticism—regarding comments I made about President Obama at a political gathering last week in New York. My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America notwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart. My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance. Let me explain.

I like Dr. Mike K’s view of Obama: he pretty much loves himself and that’s it. But I agree that the effect of Obama’s actions matter more to me than trying to look into his “heart.”

The rest of the piece is about American exceptionalism. To the extent that such a thing as “American exceptionalism” still exists — and I think it does — it lies in the spirit of the Founding Fathers, which is still alive in some of the country. Barack Obama does not believe in the spirit of the Founding Fathers. More importantly, he does everything humanly possible to undermine what those Founding Fathers bequeathed to us.

But, frankly? I care more about what the Fed is doing (creating another asset bubble) and what Obama’s debt is doing (continuing our slide into financial ruin) than I care about whether the Narcissist in Chief loves his country or not.

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