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Boom! It’s a Live Chat!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:33 pm


The usual instructions: You see the chat window below? Look at the bottom. Enter your name or pseudonym where it says “Your name.” Enter your comment in the second window just under that, and hit send. I will have to approve your comment before it appears, but I’m online right now, and will approve most comments within a minute. Usually within seconds.

IMPORTANT: Note the buttons at the bottom. You will probably want to turn off “autoscroll.” It bothers a lot of people.

When Provocation Suddenly Isn’t OK: Greg Gutfeld Announces Plan for Muslim Gay Bar Next to Ground Zero Mosque

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:00 pm

It’s OK for us to build something provocative, but it’s not OK for you to do it.

So, the Muslim investors championing the construction of the new mosque near Ground Zero claim it’s all about strengthening the relationship between the Muslim and non-Muslim world.

As an American, I believe they have every right to build the mosque – after all, if they buy the land and they follow the law – who can stop them?

Which is, why, in the spirit of outreach, I’ve decided to do the same thing.

I’m announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space.

This is not a joke. I’ve already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance.

As you know, the Muslim faith doesn’t look kindly upon homosexuality, which is why I’m building this bar. It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world.

I love it. If I can figure out where to send money, I will send $50 tonight.

Lefties: Sarah Palin Totally Embarrasses Herself by Having Conversation with Critic

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:18 pm

Apparently this is supposed to be humiliating to Sarah Palin or something:

It’s tough to hear, so here is a transcript, adapted from a post by a Kos Kiddie who finds the whole thing hi-larious:

Palin: like how? What’s up?

Kathleen: You swore on your precious Bible that you would uphold the interests of this state, and then when cash was waved in front of your face, you quit.

Palin: OH, you WANTED me to be your governor! I’m honored! Thank you!

Kathleen: No, I wanted you to honor your responsibilities. That is what I wanted. I wanted you to be part of the political process instead of becoming a celebrity so that you could (inaudible). And if that is the best you could do, then good for you. If that’s the best you could do.

Palin: Here’s the deal. Here’s the deal. (inaudible) That’s what I’m out there fighting for Americans to be able to have a Constitution protected so that we can have free speech…And ALSO there…

Kathleen: In what way are you fighting for that?

Palin: Oh my goodness!

Kathleen: In what way?

Palin: To elect candidates who understand the Constitution, to protect our military interests so that we can keep on fighting for our constitution that will protect some of the freedoms that evidently are important to you too.

Kathleen: By using your celebrity status, certainly not by political status.

Palin Daughter: How is she a celebrity? That’s my question.

Palin: I’m honored! No, she thinks I’m a celebrity!

Palin Daughter: That’s funny that you think she is.

Kathleen: Well, you’re certainly not representing the state of Alaska any longer…even though…

Palin Daughter: She’s representing the United States.

Kathleen: Yes, I know. You belong to America now, and that suits me just fine. Yeah.

Palin: What do you do here?

Kathleen: I’m a teacher.

Palin: Oh. [Here the lefties claim Palin rolls her eyes. Palin denies it.]

Palin Daughter: Oh.

Kathleen: Also I have a few other jobs. I’m married to a commercial fisherman. And so I fish.

Palin: Oh that’s cool. So am I! I’m married to — we probably have a lot in common!

Kathleen: Yeah. You know, I think that we do.

Palin: Hi! (waves to camera) Are we on video?

Kathleen: Too bad. I’m more of a still camera girl myself. (inaudible) I am, I am…I will tell you I’m very pleased to meet you.

Palin: I’m honored to meet you, I really am. And, no we both agree on the freedom of speech and the —

Kathleen: Yes we do.

Palin: — you know – the protection of that. So, um, no I and, you know… best of everything to you too and, yeah.

Kathleen: Thank you for coming over.

Palin: Well, okay. It’s nice to meet you anyway.

How embarrassing! Or something.

Ted Olson Compares Gay Marriage Right to First Amendment

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:20 am

Ted Olson said to Chris Wallace this weekend:

Well, would you like your right to free speech? Would you like Fox’s right to free press put up to a vote and say well, if five states approved it, let’s wait till the other 45 states do? These are fundamental constitutional rights. The Bill of Rights guarantees Fox News and you, Chris Wallace, the right to speak. It’s in the constitution. And the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the denial of our citizens of the equal rights to equal access to justice under the law, is a violation of our fundamental rights.

It’s a cute, simplistic argument, but it misses the mark. To those who applaud the decision, I say: would you like your favorite legislative victory to be scrutinized for its rationality by a federal judge? Let’s say you like ObamaCare. Would you like the future of ObamaCare to be decided by a federal judge analyzing whether, in his opinion, there is a rational basis for this government takeover of a huge segment of the economy? Would you like for that judge to be someone who gains a personal benefit from ruling against ObamaCare? Would you like the named litigants on your side to be people who would like to see ObamaCare overturned?

OK then.

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