Patterico's Pontifications


Mickey Kaus Calls It Quits At The Daily Caller

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:04 pm

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Mickey Kaus, blogger at The Daily Caller, calls it quits:

“I wrote a piece attacking Fox for not being the opposition on immigration and amnesty — for filling up the airwaves with reports on ISIS and terrorism, and not fulfilling their responsibility of being the opposition on amnesty and immigration…. I posted it at 6:30 in the morning. When I got up, Tucker had taken it down. He said, ‘We can’t trash Fox on the site. I work there.'”

Kaus says when he told Carlson he needed to be able to write about Fox, Carlson told him it was a hard-and-fast rule, and non-negotiable.

“He said it was a rule, and he wouldn’t be able to change that rule. So I told him I quit,” Kaus explained. “I just don’t see how you can put out a publication with that kind of giant no-go area. It’s not like we’re owned by Joe’s Muffler Shop, so we just can’t write about Joe’s Muffler shop.”

I enjoy reading Kaus, even when I don’t agree with him. He doesn’t simply regurgitate the party line on issues and is willing to criticize both Democrats and Republicans alike. No sacred cows.

And speaking of sacred cows, if Tucker Carlson holds Fox News up as untouchable and not to be criticized, where does that leave the state of objective and comprehensive reporting at The DC? It reminds me a bit of Brian Williams putting the kibosh on airing stories critical of the White House (which ironically, was reported about in The Daily Caller).


Netanyahu Declares Victory

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:02 pm

It’s been a close one, but it looks like he’s won.

UPDATE: Not so close after all!

Coming Soon To Your Local Starbucks: Pretentious Coffee *And* Pretentious Conversations About Race – Just Don’t Ask To Take That Coffee “Black”…

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:53 pm

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Ugh. This is one of the dumbest things ever. Who really wants to stop at Starbucks on the morning rush to work only to discover that their pretentious cup of coffee now comes with a pretentious discussion of race in America?

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced a new PR campaign for the world’s largest coffee shop chain, in which employees are encouraged to serve up chats about race relations to customers.

“We at Starbucks should be willing to talk about these issues in America,” Schultz said in a corporate release on Monday announcing the “Race Together” campaign.

Starting on Monday, Starbucks baristas are being asked to write “Race Together” on coffee cups they hand to customers, as an invitation to talk to them about race.

CEO Howard Schultz is hopeful this “conversation” will make a difference in racists everywhere:

“We have problems in this country with regard to race and racial inequality and we believe we’re better than this and we believe the country is better than this,”


Happy Birthday to My Dad

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:14 am

As I have done every March 17 since I started this blog, I am wishing my Dad a Happy Birthday.

(As I noted last year, I’ve done it so long, I’m running out of places to put the links to past examples!)

This is a special one. He would have been 90 today.

I miss him.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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