Patterico's Pontifications


Sarah Palin for U.S. Senate?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:53 am

Big Media and lefties say no, but polls (and blog writers) say yes!

Why not? How much fun would a Senate with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz be? Come on now.

John McCain: It Would Be Tough to Decide Whether to Vote for Hillary or Rand Paul in 2016

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:49 am


IC: When Hillary Clinton versus Rand Paul occurs in 2016, I guess you are going to have to decide who to vote for, huh?

JM: It’s gonna be a tough choice [laughs].

Now. He does laugh. And he goes on to say Rand Paul is intelligently trying to expand a segment of the GOP like his dad did. (Which is a backhanded way of connecting Paul to his lunatic dad.)

But the fact that McCain even jokes about this being a tough decision is another clue that his personal grudges play an outsized role in his thinking.

Is Brett Kimberlin Using An Employee of His Nonprofit to Terrorize His Estranged Wife?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:27 am

William Hoge has a fascinating post about the guy that Brett Kimberlin used for the purpose of taking photographs of (and taunting) the participants at Blogbash. Turns out the guy apparently met Kimberlin in prison:

Craig Richard Gillette, age 48, U. S. Bureau of Prisons Register Number 43193-083, was released from prison on 23 March, 2001. I have been told that it was during his stay in prison that Gillette met Brett Kimberlin.

Craig Gillette has been associated with Justice Through Music Project since at least 2006. He was involved as “the blue parka photographer” during Brett Kimberlin’s stalking of BlogBash. He is the star performer in one of JTMP’s YouTube music videos.

Here is a photo of Gillette taken at BlogBash:

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You can go to the federal Bureau of Prisons inmate locator yourself to verify that Craig Gillette was released in March 2001.

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Gillette appears to be employed by Justice Through Music, Brett Kimberlin’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit. He was quoted in 2007 as being a “spokesman for the organization” and he writes post on their blog.

Hoge does not say how he knows Gillette met Kimberlin in prison, but Hoge has been talking to Kimberlin’s wife, who recently separated from him and has sought charges against him for a sex offense. In her application for charges, she wrote that Kimberlin “enticed me to come to Maryland so I could be his sex partner and bride” and repeatedly had sex with her when she was 15 years old.

Hoge describes how Gillette harassed Ms. Kimberlin at a recent court date:

I was a bit surprised to see Gillette at the Kimberlin v. Kimberlin protective order hearing yesterday. Gillette left the courtroom after the judge had ruled but before Tetyana Kimberlin had received her copy of the protective order that the judge issued against Brett Kimberlin. Gillette was waiting just outside the courtroom with a sign reading “Perjury.” When the victim’s advocate helping Tetyana Kimberlin saw what Gillette was doing, she reentered the courtroom and brought a bailiff who detained him.

With Tea Party groups having trouble getting 501(c)(3) status — and with existing conservative organizations facing IRS investigations — perhaps some intrepid journalist would find it interesting to investigate how a convicted bomber can receive favorable tax treatment while employing one of his prison buddies to hassle conservative bloggers and intimidate his wife outside a court proceeding.


Weiner Communications Director Calls Woman “Twat,” “Cunt,” and “Bitch”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:56 pm

Now that’s communicatin’!

Tuesday was an angry day in Weinerland.

The campaign staff awoke to see their former intern, Olivia Nuzzi, on the front cover of the Daily News. Inside the paper was an article bylined by Nuzzi in which she told a rather unflattering tale of her experience working on Anthony Weiner’s mayoral bid.

Now, Team Weiner is firing back. TPM called Weiner’s communications director Barbara Morgan to discuss an unrelated story Tuesday and she went off on a curse-filled rant about Nuzzi, describing her as a fame hungry “bitch” who “sucked” at her job. Morgan also called Nuzzi a “slutbag,” “twat,” and “cunt” while threatening to sue her.

Oh, my.

Well, it certainly is in keeping with the misogyny on display in Weiner’s “gag you with my cock” sex messages, as well as the utterly classless nature of Weiner and his wife. Maybe this woman will get a raise — or at least a crotch shot sent to her in thanks.

Soda Ban: Unconstitutional

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:35 pm


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial plan to keep large sugary drinks out of restaurants and other eateries was rejected by a state appeals court on Tuesday, which said he had overstepped his authority in trying to impose the ban.

I had this great idea for a closing line for the post, where I called Bloomberg a “soda jerk.” Hilarious! Unfortunately, no idea is new any more.

Weiner Dodges Question on Whether He is Still Sexting

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:59 am

The Daily Caller quotes Weiner not-answering a question from a journalist:

Q. There is no one you are sexting now?

A. You can quibble about beginnings, middles and ends but what we’re talking about is over a year ago.

If Anthony Weiner is dodging questions about whether he is sexting right now, Anthony Weiner is sexting right now.

In related news, the Borowitz report reveals that, in the wake of his campaign manager quitting, Weiner has named a new campaign manager: his penis.

One day after his campaign manager quit, the mayoral candidate Anthony D. Weiner named his penis to the post, telling reporters, “He was already making most of the major decisions, anyway.”

In announcing the new appointment, Mr. Weiner lavished praise upon his penis, calling him “a tough hombre” who “cares about the struggles of ordinary, middle-class New Yorkers.”

After one reporter questioned the wisdom of naming his penis to such an important role in the campaign, Mr. Weiner dismissed that concern, saying, “Look, he’s gotten me this far.”

Read the rest here.

Can Government Hackers Control Your Car Wirelessly?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:55 am

This story is a few days old, but I still want to write about it because it’s important.

The video at the bottom of this post is a must-watch video. It shows two hackers with a DARPA grant controlling functions of a car from the backseat, using a Macbook. From Forbes:

Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop–or even slow down–produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I pound the pedal, the louder the groan gets–along with the delighted cackling of the two hackers sitting behind me in the backseat.

Luckily, all of this is happening at less than 5mph. So the Escape merely plows into a stand of 6-foot-high weeds growing in the abandoned parking lot of a South Bend, Ind. strip mall that Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have chosen as the testing grounds for the day’s experiments, a few of which are shown in the video below. (When Miller discovered the brake-disabling trick, he wasn’t so lucky: The soccer-mom mobile barreled through his garage, crushing his lawn mower and inflicting $150 worth of damage to the rear wall.)

“Okay, now your brakes work again,” Miller says, tapping on a beat-up MacBook connected by a cable to an inconspicuous data port near the parking brake. I reverse out of the weeds and warily bring the car to a stop. “When you lose faith that a car will do what you tell it to do,” he adds after we jump out of the SUV, “it really changes your whole view of how the thing works.”

The best part? This can, in theory, be done wirelessly.

The need for scrutiny is growing as cars are increasingly automated and connected to the Internet, and the problem goes well beyond Toyota and Ford. Practically every American carmaker now offers a cellular service or Wi-Fi network like General Motors’ OnStar, Toyota’s Safety Connect and Ford’s SYNC. Mobile-industry trade group the GSMA estimates revenue from wireless devices in cars at $2.5 billion today and projects that number will grow tenfold by 2025. Without better security it’s all potentially vulnerable, and automakers are remaining mum or downplaying the issue.

We’re getting to the point where all someone needs to do is hit a button on his keyboard that says “smite.”

In unrelated news, journalist Michael Hastings was killed recently in a fiery car wreck in Los Angeles, while reportedly working on a big story involving top government figures.

Cue Twilight Zone music; exeunt alles.

Here’s the video:


Billary Livid About Comparison to Weiner

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:59 am

Headline of the day: Bill and Hillary Clinton are ‘livid’ at comparisons to Weiner’s sexcapades and Huma’s forgiveness.

Bill and Hillary Clinton are angry with efforts by mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and his campaign to compare his Internet sexcapades — and his wife Huma Abedin’s incredible forgiveness — to the Clintons’ notorious White House saga, The Post has learned.

“The Clintons are upset with the comparisons that the Weiners seem to be encouraging — that Huma is ‘standing by her man’ the way Hillary did with Bill, which is not what she in fact did,’’ said a top state Democrat.


P.S. I already explained how Bill and Hillary were nothing like Weiner and Huma. They were far worse.

If I Had Seen This, I Doubt I Would Have Attempted the “Conversation”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:35 am

Over the weekend, I published a “conversation” with a woman named Jenée ‏Desmond-Harris about her article setting forth “rules” on how to talk about race. I talked to her on Twitter after Bill Saletan from Slate publicized her article as something that would “challenge” white people. Desmond-Harris works for a web site run in part by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. about race, and her “rules” were basically things that white people need to not say to black people. I wondered aloud if there were rules on how to talk to white people about race, and since there apparently aren’t, I did a piece of my own, which you can read here.

I poked back through Desmond-Harris’s Twitter timeline a little further and realized that she has explicitly said that we don’t need a national conversation on race, so much as we need a national agenda on race in which some people (read: whites) just need to listen:

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“Let’s be honest, some people need to listen.” Or, as she obviously meant: “Let’s be honest, some people need to shut up and just listen.”

So she doesn’t want a national conversation, she wants a national lecture.

Hey, at least she’s honest about it.

That said, she’s not really the best person for Bill Saletan to have consulted in regards to having a “conversation.”

P.S. I also found this in her timeline:

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Raise your hand if, upon listening to your college-age daughter start to lecture you about how you’re wrong about how young people need to behave to succeed in life, you’d be tempted to tell her that if she knows so much, she probably knows how to pay for her own damned college education. *raise*


Don Lemon With Suggestions for the Black Community

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:42 pm

Nice video from Don Lemon. (No embed code, unfortunately.) He’s being attacked for it by the professional race hustlers, of course:

By the way, Don, I have talked about black on black crime plenty here, and not in the context of sticking it to black people. In fact, much of the time I have been sticking it to white journalists at the L.A. Times for ignoring crime against black victims, in favor of eyeball-grabbing stories like Paris Hilton’s court troubles.

P.S. Professional race writer Jenée ‏Desmond-Harris is busy wringing her hands over Lemon’s supposed ignorance, while not taking on a single specific point he made. I’d ask her myself, but she has me blocked on Twitter as part of her quest for a national conversation on race.

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