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Politico Reporter Marc Caputo Beclowns Himself, Proudly Distributes the Proof

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:10 pm

How lacking in self-awareness must you be to release a video that shows you to be, beyond any doubt, a juvenile twit posing as a reporter?

Apparently, Politico’s Marc Caputo knows the answer.

The apparent purpose of releasing this video is to show that, wow, this Congressman sure did lose his mind! He curses! He yells! Wow!

But here’s the thing. If you can listen to this, I guarantee you will conclude that “reporter” Caputo is the true asshole.

Sure, Bongino goes over the top. Why does he allow this punk to push his buttons like that? It’s a fair question.

But it’s frankly amazing to me that Caputo released this himself, thinking it reflects well on him.

Answer the question. Answer the question. Answer the question. Wow, you sure are a loser. How many times have you lost, loser? Wow, you’re getting upset! Why are you cursing? Why don’t you answer the question? Answer the question! Answer the question!!!

By the end, I was rooting for Bongino to challenge him to a duel. I still am.

Dear Kim

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:55 am

Dear Elena is a blog started in 2006 by a father who had just lost his six-year-old daughter Elena to a sudden and inexplicable disease. I first wrote about the blog in this post. I quoted this post and this passage:

Yesterday, Kim and I were making corrections to the program for Elena’s funeral. Kim decided that she didn’t want a quote on the front page. Just her name and a picture. Oh and the dates.

I wrote “March 3, 1999 -” and then I stopped. How do you complete that thought. How does a father write on paper the date that his daughter died. It was a crippling writer’s block. My hand shook, the tears flowed, others in the room offered to write it for me but I knew that I had to.

Finally, I wrote “February 22, 2006″.

I have kept up with it over the years, and the father has written very occasional posts, with months or years in between. Mostly they commemorate anniversaries of difficult times, or relate memories about Elena, or positive stories about his adopted daughter Maggie.

Last night he published a post about his wife Kim. She was in a horrible car accident Friday afternoon. She lost brain matter and would never recover.

We made the tough decision to honor Kim’s wishes and allow them to turn off the machine.

On the one hand, it was explicitly what she wanted. On the other hand, it was the hardest words I’ve ever had to say.

I invited Kim’s family and friends to come in and say goodbye. My friend Mark also said a blessing over Kim that was familiar and comforting.

Right now the hospital is waiting to line up organ recipients. Once they have done so, Kim will be taken to the operating room and the doctors will will turn off the respirator.

If she is able to breathe on her own for an hour then they will bring her back to her room.

The expectation is that she will not be able to expel the carbon dioxide and it will be a painless death. They will then intubate her, restart her heart and begin to harvest the organs.

The hospital will call us four hours before they take her down to the operating room.

We’re waiting for the call.

Give everyone you love an extra hug today.

Privileged White Woman Who Shamefully Blames Black Man For Her Bad Decisions

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:50 am

[guest post by Dana]

Last week, it was revealed that during an interview with the F.B.I. about her email practices, Hillary Clinton blamed then-Secretary of State Colin Powell for advising her to use a personal email.

In a statement released by his staff, Powell rejected the assertion:

General Powell has no recollection of the dinner conversation. He did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department. At the time there was no equivalent system within the Department. He used a secure State computer on his desk to manage classified information. The General no longer has the email he sent to former Secretary Clinton. It may exist in State or FBI files.

This weekend, Powell said enough is enough::

“Her people have been trying to pin it on me,” Powell, 79, told PEOPLE Saturday night at the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 Night of Legends fête in East Hampton, New York.

“The truth is, she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did,” Powell added.

Why does the former diplomat believe this to be the case?

“Why do you think?”

Who knows, maybe when Clinton was taking sniper fire in Bosnia, she got clipped in the head. That might explain her endless lies, obfuscations, and decision to blame Colin Powell.


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