Patterico's Pontifications


Patterico on Facebook?!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:06 pm

Many of you already know about this, but for those of you who don’t, Patterico is now on Facebook. I was reluctant to make an announcement until I had successfully registered “Patterico” as my username, which I just did. You can visit my page at

I am happy to add any recognized reader as a friend, but I want you to send something along with your friend request that proves to me that you are who you claim to be. Be creative. I have access to all your comments, so the best way is to provide me with the secret e-mail address that you use to comment.

I am also on Twitter at Follow me there! It’s social media MADNESS!

HuffPo Blogger: My Boyfriend Is Poorly Endowed

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:24 pm

Man, I’d hate to be Jill Rachel Jacobs’s boyfriend:

As someone of the female persuasion, I have spent a lifetime supporting the adage that size doesn’t really matter. Now I am relegated to role of poker-faced cheerleader since my not so well-endowed boyfriend’s attempts to satisfy in the boudoir have fallen short due to the severe emotional trauma he has suffered resulting from this latest attempt at envelope-pushing programming by cable TV producers.


Well, nobody reads the Huffington Post, do they?

P.S. How long has she been dating Keith Olbermann anyway?

P.P.S. Half the commenters over there are saying her piece is satire. The other half are asking why she’s telling the world her boyfriend has a small wiener. If it’s satire, I’m sure the boyfriend is OK with only half of HuffPo’s readers thinking he has a Vienna sausage in his pants.

Supreme Court Voting Lineups

Filed under: Judiciary — DRJ @ 4:55 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

ScotusBlog has a neat visual representation of the 2008 Term Supreme Court decisions sorted by case. Among other things, it illustrates how often Justice Kennedy is the crucial 5th vote in the majority — and some might even say the heart — of the Court.


Honduras President Ousted (Updated x2)

Filed under: International,Obama — DRJ @ 1:25 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, a close ally of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, has been removed by the Honduran military with the support of the country’s Supreme Court. The Honduran Congress claims Zelaya submitted his letter of resignation and it was accepted, but Zelaya disputes that the letter was his.

The action occurred hours before a scheduled constitutional referendum designed to extend Presidential term limits. Zelaya’s term as President ends in January and he wanted to extend it. The Supreme Court had ruled the proposed changes illegal and the referendum was opposed by Congress and members of Zelaya’s own party. Zelaya’s legal successor, the Congressional President, will be sworn in as President:

“The Supreme Court said it was supporting the military in what it called a defense of democracy, and the Honduran ambassador to the Organization of American States said the military was planning to swear in Congressional President Roberto Micheletti — who is next in line to the presidency — to replace Zelaya.”

Nevertheless, Zelaya plans to attend a meeting of Central American leaders on Monday. He said his friend Hugo will give him a ride.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama promptly responded with deep concern:

“President Barack Obama said he was “deeply concerned” by Zelaya’s expulsion and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the arrest should be condemned. [Note from DRJ: Other reports indicate Zelaya was released and may be in Costa Rica.]

“I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” Obama’s statement read.”

Or, as Dan Collins aptly sums up Obama’s position: “Obama calls on everyone in Honduras except Zelaya to respect the law.

UPDATE 1: According to Hondura’s La Prensa news translated by Fausta’s blog, this was not a coup but action taken pursuant to court order:

“An official statement of the Supreme Court of Justice explained that the Armed Forces acted under lawful grounds when detaining the President of the Republic, and by decommissioning the materials to be used on the illegal poll which aimed to bring forth Executive Power against a judicial order.

Other sources verified that the president of the Congress, Roberto Micheletti, will assume the presidency of the republic in a few hours.

Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was detained this morning by the military in compliance with an order of the courts of law.

UPDATE 2: The Obama Administration tried to stop the Honduran government from ousting President Zelaya.


California State Assembly Speaker: Republicans Have Been Subjected to “Terrorism” by Voters

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:58 am

California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (a Democrat) (of course), replying to a question by L.A. Times interviewer Pattt* Morrison:

Q: How do you think conservative talk radio has affected the Legislature’s work?

A: The Republicans were essentially threatened and terrorized against voting for revenue. Now [some] are facing recalls. They operate under a terrorist threat: “You vote for revenue and your career is over.” I don’t know why we allow that kind of terrorism to exist. I guess it’s about free speech, but it’s extremely unfair.

Excuse me? The Republicans signed a pledge not to raise taxes. There is no justification for going back on that pledge, because California has a spending problem and not a revenue problem.

So it’s “terrorism” to hold elected officials to their word??

She “guesses” it’s about free speech, but it’s “extremely unfair”?

This is the sort of attitude we’re seeing in Sacramento. They want to do what they want to do (raise taxes ad infinitum) — and they’re so very irritated at having to deal with petty annoyances like their signed pledges, and the voters’ wishes.

Thanks to Pat C.

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