Patterico's Pontifications


Everybody Blog About Pigford Day = Everybody Watch This Video Day

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:09 pm

My contribution to Everybody Blog About Pigford Day is to re-embed this video:

If you have any interest in the Pigford story at all — even if you don’t understand it (perhaps especially if you don’t), you really, really should watch it.

As I said recently:

The video has to be seen to be believed. It shows someone coaching an audience on how to fill out the paperwork to get their $50,000 check. Watch the video to make your own judgment about the general attitude towards the truth in that room — both on his part, and on the part of the laughing audience. He tells people that there are four questions on the form, and that they must all be answered yes to get a check. He analogizes it to the four bases you must touch to score a run in baseball — and if all the bases aren’t touched, you go back to the dugout, meaning you don’t get a $50,000 check. He carefully explains that if they SAY they tried to farm, they DID attempt to farm, as far as the government is concerned. To call this a “wink and a nod” is being kind.

My most recent post on this video noted that it had only 891 views. Today, it has 1538. OK, that’s several hundred more views in a few days — which is a good thing, I guess — but the total number is still pathetic. Therefore, I am linking it again and all but insisting you watch it (to the extent that a smallish boutique blog owner can actually “insist” upon anything from his readers . . . which is not a very great extent).

Another Dismal Jobs Report

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:54 am

Just awful:

Businesses added 119,000 jobs in March, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, below economists’ expectations. Job growth picked up from the prior month but remained mired in a spring slowdown.

Economists’ consensus forecast was for private-sector gains of 150,000. A further sign of recent weak growth is that payroll gains in March were revised down to 131,000 from 158,000.

They’ll blame the Republicans and sequestration.

U.S. Warned About Tsarnaev by . . . Saudi Arabia?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:52 am

Yup, if you believe the Saudi account given to the Daily Mail:

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sent a written warning about accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012, long before pressure-cooker blasts killed three and injured hundreds, according to a senior Saudi government official with direct knowledge of the document.

The Saudi warning, the official told MailOnline, was separate from the multiple red flags raised by Russian intelligence in 2011, and was based on human intelligence developed independently in Yemen.

Citing security concerns, the Saudi government also denied an entry visa to the elder Tsarnaev brother in December 2011, when he hoped to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the source said. Tsarnaev’s plans to visit Saudi Arabia have not been previously disclosed.

It doesn’t sound like Tsarnaev was meeting with Al Qaeda; he was independently motivated. Still, how is it that the Russians (and now, it seems, the Saudis) were worried about this guy — but, seemingly, our law enforcement officials weren’t?

Ed Morrissey seems skeptical, noting that Homeland Security has denied receiving the letter, and the Saudis have a motive to have claimed they sent it even if they didn’t. But read this line from the Daily Mail story:

A Homeland Security official confirmed Tuesday evening on the condition of anonymity that the 2012 letter exists, saying he had heard of the Saudi communication before MailOnline inquired about it.

We should, of course, treat anonymous sources with skepticism. But then, based on past experience, we should apply at least the same measure of skepticism to official pronouncements by the Obama administration.

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