Patterico's Pontifications


Racism Made Him Steal, and Kill

Filed under: Crime,Race — Jack Dunphy @ 11:19 am

[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

Only the naïve among us failed to expect this. From MSNBC:

MANCHESTER, Connecticut — Omar Thornton sat calmly in a meeting with union representative and his supervisors as they showed a video of him stealing beer from the distributor where he worked.

Busted, he didn’t put up a fight, company officials said. He quietly signed a letter of resignation and was headed for the door when he pulled out a gun and started firing — “cold as ice,” as one survivor described it.

In the end, Thornton killed eight people, injured two, then turned the gun on himself in a rampage Tuesday at Hartford Distributors that union and company officials said they would not have anticipated from someone with no history of complaints or disciplinary problems.

Yet relatives say Thornton, 34, finally cracked after suffering racial harassment in a company where he said he was singled out for being black in a predominantly white work force.

Pathetic. Expected, but still pathetic.

–Jack Dunphy

Prediction: California’s Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Will Be Struck Down Today (UPDATE: Prediction Comes True)

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:33 am

[UPDATE 4:54 p.m. My prediction came true: the judge struck down Prop. 8.

Well, it’s not like it makes me Carnac or anything.]

The L.A. Times says the decision will be today. I have this funny feeling the judge is going to find the measure unconstitutional.

Either way, it is likely to be the story of the day.

Good news for an Obama administration that doesn’t want to talk about that vote in Missouri.

Participant in Past Smear of James O’Keefe to Do Profile of Breitbart

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 7:13 am

Everyone remember Robin Abcarian? She is the L.A. Times writer whose quotes from James O’Keefe were misrepresented by anti-Breitbart L.A. Times columnist James Rainey. When I queried her about it, she evaded my clear questions. When I called her on her evasions, she accused of a “prosecutorial attitude” and clammed up.

I think she would be the perfect person to do a profile of Andrew Breitbart for the L.A. Times, don’t you?

A little birdie tells me such a profile is in the works.

Funny how editors have decided that now is the right time for a profile. Since it will give them an opportunity to smear Breitbart over the Shirley Sherrod story once again.

Not that the paper is anything less than scrupulously fair when it comes to Breitbart. Oh, by the way, did you know that Shirley Sherrod has been “gracious” in the aftermath of her firing? It’s true! I read it in the L.A. Times! In a tearjerker about how locals in Albany, Georgia think she is the victim of racism, we actually see this actual line: “But for locals here, they still have the gracious example of Shirley Sherrod.”

Not mentioned: Sherrod’s ever-so-gracious statement that Breitbart “I think he’d like to get us stuck back in the times of slavery. That’s where I think he’s like to see all black people end up again.”


I wonder if this is the sort of evenhanded journalism that will be at work in the Breitbart profile.

Andrew, I have one piece of advice for you: record your interview. Unless you want to see pieces of the interview bubble up in distorted fashion in a future Rainey column.

I’m not kidding. It may sound like I am, but I’m not.

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