Patterico's Pontifications


Ted Cruz’s Speech Announcing His Bid for the Presidency

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:30 pm

For the first time in a long time, I feel inspired.

“Imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders. And imagine a legal immigration system that welcomes and celebrates those who come to achieve the American dream.”

No Evidence That University of Virginia Gang Rape Ever Happened

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:00 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Remember that Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia? Looks like it was just that, a story:

Charlottesville police announced Monday that they could find no evidence that a rape happened at a University of Virginia fraternity as described in a Rolling Stone article, and said they were suspending their investigation.

However, Chief of Police Timothy J. Longo wouldn’t close the door to the possibility that something still may have happened to Jackie:

“We’re not able to conclude to any substantive degree that an incident occurred at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house or any other fraternity house, for that matter,” Longo said at a news conference. “That doesn’t mean something terrible didn’t happen to Jackie … we’re just not able to gather sufficient facts to determine what that is.”

With that, Rolling Stone plans to release an outside review of the story within the next several weeks.

Writer of the original story, Sabrina Rubin Erdely has publicly remained silent on the controversy, with her last tweet posted November 30.

U-Va President Teresa Sullivan has not commented on news of the investigation being closed. She is, however, currently under scrutiny as the U-Va executive board decides whether or not to renew her contract which expires in June. It is being reported that the alleged gang rape story (which occurred during her tenure) and Sullivan’s response to it will be part of the review.


Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Run — On Twitter

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:32 am

We already have a thread going on his candidacy and I don’t want to make people hold the discussion in two places, so go here to comment.


Poll: Do You Support Eliminating Tariffs?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:17 am

I am asking all readers to answer this question, whether you normally comment/participate or not.

The wording comes from a poll that is regularly conducted on the issue. More about the poll in a future post. For right now, just tell us whether you support eliminating tariffs. Please choose one option or the other; there is no “third way” on this one.

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Austin “Whites Only” Sticker Turn Out to Have Been Put Up By Social Justice Warrior

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:14 am

Recently, the following sticker appeared on several Austin businesses during the popular South by Southwest festival:

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A Texas state representative shared the photo from one shop on her Facebook page and threatened to put the shop “out of business”:

Some jokes just are not funny. If this is a joke at all, it is tasteless. Pardon mon française mais, I will be damned if this will occur in my House Disrtict, disrtict 46 on my watch on 12th St. in this historical Black Community or any community. This morning, I have been in communication with the City Managers office, APD, PIO, et. al. This is NOT sponsored by the City of Austin and ACM Anthony Snipes is on top of it, all over it. Until then, refrain from supporting Unique Trends until “some explaining” is done. If the explanation is unbelievable …. They need to be put out of business, ASAP!

To regular observers of such stories, what happened next will come as little surprise. The person who put the stickers on the businesses turned out to be . . . a social justice warrior:

Now, a criminal defense attorney, Adam Reposa, is claiming he is responsible for the stickers.

In a YouTube video, a shirtless Reposa appears to be explaining why he placed the stickers on the windows of stores in front of one of the stores he vandalized. In the video, Reposa says the reason why he put the stickers in the store is “pretty clear”: “this area of town is turning into whites only.”

Reposa also reveals that he is upset that people focused on the use of the word “colored” rather than the message of his stickers.

These businesses had their names spread all over the Internet as being potentially racist. I hope they are considering a lawsuit against the lawyer, at a minimum. And Rep. Dukes owes the businesses an apology.

When I checked her Facebook page this morning, I could find no such apology.

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