Patterico's Pontifications


New O’Keefe Video on Voter Fraud in North Carolina

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:56 pm

Interesting stuff. Every time you think it’s the same old act in a different state, they surprise you.

Report: Zimmerman Had Broken Nose, Two Black Eyes, and Lacerations to the Head

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:20 pm

Paging Eric Boehlert!

Nothing says “aggressor” like getting the crap beaten out of you:

A medical report compiled by the family physician of accused Trayvon Martin murderer George Zimmerman and obtained exclusively by ABC News found that Zimmerman was diagnosed with a “closed fracture” of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation.

My bold prediction: this guy does not get convicted of murder.

UPDATE: It just gets better. Martin had injuries to his knuckles, according to autopsy results.

Stories About Underwear Bomber Blew Usefulness of Al Qaeda Mole

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:10 pm

If Obama is responsible for this leak, it’s one of the worst things he has ever done:

[T]he emergence of this story, with a blow-by-blow account of operational detail, is the result of reckless, impetuous leaking that could cost lives and compromise operations in the future.

For a start, the story appears to have trickled out far too soon.

One US official has noted that “this operation could have gone on for some time … when it was cut off by a leak”. Even once the agent turned up in Saudi Arabia, it was clear that his intelligence was helping to target a spate of crucial drone strikes within Yemen – including one that killed AQAP’s head of external operations, a man responsible for the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.
If the group learnt of their member’s defection from the media, who knows what countermeasures they took? How did that stymie further arrests or airstrikes? AQAP’s chief bomb-maker, Ibrahim Al-Asiri, might even have escaped as a result.

After all, the agent was reportedly evacuated from Yemen two weeks before the appointed date for his attack. He might have remained quietly operational for that entire period, contacting his colleagues and passing on their location. This leak appears to have frustrated a painstaking and risky operation, of the sort that cannot come around very often.

Second, it’s possible that the story shouldn’t have been leaked at all, at least not in such detail. Agents work with intelligence services because their anonymity – and therefore safety – is guaranteed. AQAP now knows the name and location of their traitor.

More here and here.

Cui bono? The Obama administration gets a big publicity boost in an election year. So, one guess who is responsible.

L.A. Times: Obama vs. Romney = Amiable Occasional Pothead vs. Scissor-Wielding Homophobic Bully

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 7:24 am

David Horsey at the L.A. Times:

Sure, you may know which man — Mitt Romney or Barack Obama — you want to see running the country, but which one would you have wanted to know in high school?

We learned four years ago that young Barack was a laid-back, not overly studious kid who loved basketball and occasionally smoked a little weed. The kids at Punahou, the prestigious Honolulu prep school Obama attended, never expected their amiable but seemingly unmotivated classmate to one day become the most powerful man on the planet.

. . . .

[I]f you were a certain type of student at Cranbrook back in 1965, the idea of Mitt Romney getting any kind of power over people would have been frightening.

. . . .

Romney pulled together a pack of boys and went to Lauber’s room, where they tackled him and pinned him down. As Lauber, with tears streaming down his cheeks, screamed for help, Romney pulled out scissors and chopped away at the kid’s hair.

If we’re going to keep talking about the dog-eating days of yore, can we at least get it right, Horsey? Obama did some cocaine too:

“Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it,” Obama wrote in a book long before running for Senate. “Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man.”

It doesn’t make for such a nice, neat contrast, of course, to mention the cocaine use. It’s just more factually accurate.

Which is better? Factually accurate? Or a distortion that fits a narrative?

David Horsey and the editors of the L.A. Times have made their choice!

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