Patterico's Pontifications


Obama on Your Institutional Racism

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:25 pm

Charles C. Johnson — otherwise known as “the good Charles Johnson” — reports:

A course description for “Current Issues in Racism and the Law,” a class Barack Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School 12 times between 1992 and 2004, categorized race relations in the United States as “institutional racism in American society.”

From the course description:

It is relevant to explain why Obama thinks you are a a racist.

In fact, I hear he thinks 47% of Americans are racists.

Turns out he liked the theory of reparations, too. Just didn’t think it was workable.

Convicted Murderer: I’m Too Fat to Be Executed

Filed under: Crime — Patterico @ 6:50 pm

Just when you thought you’d heard every argument against executing someone comes this:

Lawyers for a 480-pound death row inmate in Ohio say their client is too overweight to be put to death.

“Indeed, given his unique physical and medical condition there is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and psychological pain to him, as well as an execution involving a torturous and lingering death,” reads the filing made on behalf of Ronald Post, 53, who was convicted of shooting to death hotel clerk Helen Vantz 29 years ago.

Post, who is set to be executed by lethal injection on January 16, 2013, says that his executioners would encounter several problems, including difficulty finding a viable vein for injection and the likelihood that with his unusual weight he would break any gurney used in the process.

He wasn’t too fat to kill the victim . . .

Obama: I Don’t Call My Political Opponents Unpatriotic. What Video?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:20 pm

This video:

Sekrit Romney Video Sekritly Edited?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:52 pm

David Corn says the machine was turned off and then back on, but Kevin M. at Not Yet Europe begs to differ:

Mother Jones would have you believe that 1) the recording device suffered an unknown failure; 2) this was discovered and fixed; and 3) the device was either never budged in this process or it was placed down exactly in the same place afterwards.

I call [B.S.]. I have had electronic devices fail, sure, but it has never been so obvious that I could fix it without at least picking it up and looking to see why. Further, Corn[] isn’t an idiot, so this was obvious to him, too. He’s clearly lying and knew that the tape had been edited in a critical place right from the beginning.

Which makes this a fraud and that gap most certainly contains context that spoils the narrative.

Read the whole post for the full argument and evidence.

I’m not sure he’s right and I’m not sure it matters, but it’s worth considering — and I don’t trust David Corn to give me the straight scoop.

I still think the context for what Romney said was pretty clear, and he can still defend the basic points he made.

Deceptively and Selectively Edited!!!!!!!111!!!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:41 am

William Jacobson notices that the two YouTube videos representing Romney’s “complete speech” during the fundraiser have an audio break between them. He emailed David Corn of Mother Jones, who responded:

According to the source, the recording device inadvertently turned off. The source noticed this quickly and turned it back one. The source estimates that one to two minutes, maybe less, of recording was missed.

Deceptively and selectively edited!!!!!1!!11!!!

These comments are tongue in cheek, of course. Anyone who followed ACORN knows what I’m talking about.

Jacobson says:

Maybe Romney answer was “inelegant” only because Mother Jones didn’t disclose that part of tape was missing.

Maybe, but I don’t think so. I think he was just being careless in front of people he thought of as friendlies. Mistake made, lesson learned, move on dot org. Recognize that the polls are still close and don’t be gloomy.

And keep hitting the theme. It’s a good theme for us. We aren’t the party of freeloaders.

(Take back the song!)

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