Patterico's Pontifications


Welcome to the Democrat Candidate for President: This Guy

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:48 pm

Thank God he’s a Democrat.

If he were a Republican this would be on the front page of the New York Times tomorrow.

Media Matters Research Fellow Oliver Willis Falls for Hoax Story

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:43 pm

Well, Bloomberg fell for it first:

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But the story was based on a clear hoax site, and Bloomberg quickly took the story down and retracted. The cretinish Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, in his zeal to blame the right wing, blamed the hoax on the Drudge Report, when it was in fact based on a fake Drudge Report.

But the best fun was watching Media Matters Research Fellow Oliver Willis conduct some high-level research and media analysis on this phony story.

Paging Media Matters Fellow Eric Boehlert.

Jonah Goldberg: Tsarnaev Deserves the Death Penalty, and So Might Michael Slager

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:32 pm

Goldberg’s argument for the death penalty for the South Carolina cop is fatuous. Seriously: I’m embarrassed for him.

As for Tsarnaev, I agree with Elizabeth Warren: he deserves to die in prison. Only in my version, he does so in the next five years max, with a needle in his arm. I’m not sure if that’s what Liz had in mind.

Hillary! to Launch Presidential Campaign This Weekend

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:39 am

And there was much rejoicing.

Hillary Clinton reportedly will kick off her long-expected 2016 presidential campaign on Sunday.

Sources confirmed the planned announcement to The Associated Press. The Guardian, citing a source familiar with the campaign, also reported that Clinton is scheduled to declare her candidacy through Twitter at noon Sunday. The tweet will be followed by a video and email announcement, and then a series of conference calls announcing her tour, which starts in Iowa.

Clinton would be the first Democratic candidate to confirm a run for the White House and she is considered to be the clear frontrunner to win the party’s nomination.

It will be great to have her face back on my computer screen regularly.

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Above: Hillary!

Net Neutrality = More Taxes

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:25 am

Oh, sorry . . . “fees.” L.A. Times:

Recently adopted net neutrality regulations soon could make your monthly Internet bill more complicated — and potentially more expensive.

Every month, consumers pay a small fee on their phone bills for a federal program that uses the money — a total of $8.8 billion raised nationwide last year — to provide affordable access to telecommunications services in rural areas, underserved inner cities and schools.

Now the fee could start appearing on broadband bills too, in a major expansion of the nearly two-decade-old Universal Service Fund program.

Wait: putting government in control of something means more pointless payouts? I don’t understand.

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