Patterico's Pontifications


Let Us Hear No More of the Word “Cut”

Filed under: Budget,General — Patterico @ 5:17 pm

We’ve said this before but we’ll say it again: when they say “cut” you have to ask: from what baseline?

The Department of Transportation’s budget for 2013 is $74.2 billion. The automatic spending cuts would slice $1 billion out of its budget: that is a cut of less than 1.4 percent.

And consider this: even if the cuts go into effect, the Department of Transportation will spend more money this year ($73.2 billion) than it spent last year ($72.6 billion).

A $600 million increase is termed a $1 billion “cut” and they’re talking about sending air traffic controllers home. I call B.S.

Operate on the budget you operated under last year. Let’s START with that.

Clint Eastwood Latest SWATting Victim

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:14 pm

It’s unclear if he was home, so this could just be an attempt.

The phenomenon shows no signs of slowing, does it?

UPDATE: And . . . the Playboy Mansion may have been SWATted as well.

On Thursday about 6:15 a.m., police were sent to the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills in response to a call falsely reporting an assault at the location, and are investigating the case as another possible “swatting” hoax, LAPD spokesman Officer Cleon Joseph said. There was no evidence that a crime had occurred there, police said.

OK, law enforcement. Time to get moving on this stuff.

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