Patterico's Pontifications


City Attorney Confirms: Legal To Appoint Illegal Immigrants To Adivsory Boards

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:01 pm

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In a brazen move, a city in Southern California will be the first in the state to name two illegal immigrants as commissioners:

Huntington Park may become the first city in California to appoint two undocumented immigrants as commissioners on city advisory boards, a lawmaker confirms.

City Councilman Jhonny Pineda has picked Francisco Medina to join the health and education commission and Julian Zatarain for the parks and recreation commission.

The 32-year-old lawmaker told CBSLA online producer Deborah Meron that he promised voters while running for office that he would create more opportunities for undocumented residents.

“Huntington Park is a city of opportunity and a city of hope for all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status, race, creed, or in this case, citizenship,” the councilman said in a statement. “Both these gentlemen have accomplished a great deal for the city. For that, on behalf of the city council, mayor, and our city, I want to say thank you to them both and I am confident they will do an excellent job on their commission posts.”

Pineda, ever mindful of following the law, sought confirmation from the city attorney that the appointments were permissible. He was assured that “[t]here’s nothing that requires a commissioner to be a registered voter, a documented citizen or even a resident, which technically means someone here without legal residency can serve.”

And from another official equally concerned with following the law, former Huntington Park mayor, Ric Loya, commented:

“Everybody can be involved in government, as long as it’s done legally,” he said.

And they don’t even bat an eye.


Hillary Clinton, Just Like A Woman: Last Week I Thought The Planned Parenthood Videos Were Disturbing, This Week I Think They’re Terrific!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:44 pm

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a video today in which Hillary gives a full-throated defense of Planned Parenthood. This after claiming last week that she was “disturbed” by what was on the videos. Just like a woman, right? First she’s disturbed, then she’s not, first she’s hot, then she’s cold… It’s anybody’s guess how she’ll react when the next one is released.

Oh, and let’s not forget that last week when she said she was “disturbed” by the videos, she hadn’t actually watched them, but instead looked at pictures from them. Imagine how “disturbing” she would find the videos if she if she ever had the courage to actually watch them in all their disturbing glory.

“I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood, I’ll never stop fighting to protect the ability and right of every woman in this country to make her own health decisions.”

“If this feels like a full-on assault on women’s health, that’s because it is,” Clinton said in the video. “When politicians talk about defunding Planned Parenthood, they’re talking about blocking millions of women, men and young people from live-saving preventive care.”

“Unfortunately, these attacks aren’t new, they’re more of the same, we’ve seen them in Wisconsin where Gov. Walker defunded Planned Parenthood and left women across the state stranded with nowhere else to turn,” Clinton said. “We’ve seen them in Florida where Jeb Bush funneled millions of taxpayer dollars into abstinence-only programs while gutting funds for crucial family planning programs. And we’ve seen them in Texas where Gov. Perry drastically cut funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings and then signed legislation that forced health centers across the state to close their doors. .

“When they attack women’s health, they attack America’s health and it’s wrong and we’re not going to let them get away with it,” she said.

I’m curious as to why Hillary changed her tune. Perhaps she was strongly reminded by the DNC that abortion remains the end-all be-all identifier of a good Democrat and a good feminist, and that she needed to do damage control. No more lapses of judgement, no more straying from the company line, and certainly no more biting the hand that feeds her. And perhaps she was also reminded of the ever-increasing popularity of her rival and his ardent support and defense of Planned Parenthood, in spite of not watching the videos either:

“They’re not selling fetuses,” Sanders said. “And this is something, I think the tone of that discussion was unfortunate. But if the question is, do I support Planned Parenthood? I absolutely do. … I will defend Planned Parenthood. I think a lot of this attack, to be honest with you, comes from people who simply do not believe that a woman should have a right to control her own body. That’s the motive.”


Looking At The New NBC News/Wall Street Journal GOP Poll

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:21 am

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Here are the results of the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of the Republican candidates as of July 30:

Trump is the first choice of 19 percent of GOP primary voters, while 15 percent back Walker and 14 percent back Bush. Ten percent support retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

All other Republican candidates earn single digit backing. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is favored by nine percent of primary voters; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul are tied with six percent support; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio clocks in at five percent; and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are tied with three percent apiece. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum each have one percent support, and four candidates – former HP head Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former New York Gov. George Pataki and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore – register less than one percent support.

What that looks like:

Donald Trump – 19%
Scott Walker – 15%
Jeb Bush – 14%
Ben Carson – 10%
Ted Cruz – 9%
Mike Huckabee – 6%
Rand Paul – 6%
Marco Rubio – 5%
Chris Christie – 3%
Rick Perry – 3%
John Kasich – 3%
Bobby Jindal – 1%
Rick Santorum – 1%
Carly Fiorina – *
Lindsey Graham – *
George Pataki – *
Jim Gilmore – *

Remember that the top 10 candidates are calculated by an average of the last five major national polls and the winners will be eligible to participate in the FOX News debate. Which polls will be used are still not known. However, the Washington Post incorporated the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll numbers and concludes that these candidates will be eligible for the Fox debate:

Trump – 19.8 percent
Walker – 13.2 percent
Bush – 13 percent
Paul – 6.4 percent
Carson – 6.4 percent
Rubio – 6.2 percent
Huckabee – 5.8 percent
Cruz – 5.8 percent
Christie – 3.2 percent
Kasich – 3.2 percent

Not making the cut: Perry – 2.6 percent, Santorum – 1.4 percent, Jindal – 1.4 percent, Fiorina – 0.6 percent,Pataki – 0.6 percent, Graham- 0.4 percent, and Gilmore – 0 percent.


Scott Walker, GOP Bitter Clinger Candidate!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:31 am

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This weekend, presidential candidate Scott Walker refused to cry uncle about an issue that carries no Constitutional weight, matters little to the majority of the public, and for all appearances, matters even less to the candidate himself:

“I don’t know,” the Republican presidential candidate said Saturday during an appearance before 450 donors to the political network backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch. “I presume he is,” Walker continued when asked if he has had time to check since he set off a firestorm in February when he couldn’t answer if the President is Christian.

“You’re not going to get a different answer than I said before,” Walker said toward the end of a Q&A session moderated by Politico’s Mike Allen. Walker said he’s never asked Obama about his faith. “As someone who is a believer myself, I don’t presume to know someone’s beliefs about whether they follow Christ or not unless I’ve actually talked with him.”

TIME reporter Philip Elliott believes it’s important that you understand how significant and telling it is that Walker didn’t admit that which must be admitted:

Obama is Christian, attends Christian services and has spoken frequently about his Christian faith. During his 2008 campaign, he was held to account for statements made in his Christian church in Chicago. His harshest critics often—wrongly—contend that he a is Muslim.

That’s not enough to settle the matter definitively for Walker. This is as far as he would go: “He said he is, and I take him at his word.”

Bad Walker! Bad uneducated, Bible-thumping Walker! And he wants to be the next president? Seriously??

It’s telling when the media wants to force the hand of a bitter clinger who refuses to cry uncle in the way that they demand, especially when one considers that in a logical, sane and non-partisan world, one man taking another man at his word is a sign of respect.

And why was President Obama’s religion even discussed at the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce event given that the invited candidates had a limited 25 minute Q&A session? Wouldn’t such time have been better spent asking about actual things that matter and directly impact Americans, like Obamacare, the Iran deal, the economy, ISIS, our missing foreign policy, immigration, and any number of administration scandals? You know, issues that actually reveal the candidate’s positions and policies. The issues that Walker is always willing to take questions about and discuss – anytime, anywhere.


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