Patterico's Pontifications


Hillary Clinton Will Not Be Ridiculed!

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:50 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Not quite clear on the concept of free speech, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is reportedly using intimidation tactics on Jamie Masada, founder of the renowned Laugh Factory comedy club, to take down a three-minute video entitled “Hillary Clinton vs. The First Amendment,” which showcases five comedians mocking and ridiculing Clinton. You know, the sort of stuff that every Republican candidate ever has had to shrug off. Except, the imperious Clinton doesn’t “shrug off” being ridiculed – even if it’s a black comedienne doing the ridiculing.

A video of the short performance, which is less than three minutes, is posted on the website of the renowned club, Laugh Factory, and the Clinton campaign has tried to censor it. Besides demanding that the video be taken down, the Clinton campaign has demanded the personal contact information of the performers that appear in the recording.

Personal contact information? Why? Are they going to make them turn over their comedian cards, or make them swear to never, ever make fun of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (and those pesky issues of age, Bill and Monica, ubiquitous pantsuits, and sexual identity)?

As absurd as this all sounds, Masada isn’t laughing, especially as the campaign has also threatened to put him out of business if he doesn’t cut the video.

It’s remarkable that Clinton feels threatened by a few previously unknown comedians. After all, this is the same woman who demonstrated raw courage and boldness when she dodged that sniper fire in Bosnia.

Further, it’s disturbing that her campaign goons would go after an innocent American in the business of providing a platform for other Americans to exercise their rights to speech. Even funny speech.

Just think, if Clinton is elected our next president, she will take the oath of office like every other president, except she will adjust it accordingly to suit her reign:

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, well, except that annoying First Amendment part…”



Praise for Charles C.W. Cooke’s “Conservatarian Manifesto”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:21 pm

I mentioned yesterday that I had (yesterday morning) purchased the new book by Charles C.W. Cooke: The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Fight for the Right’s Future. I finished it at lunchtime today. The last time I raced through a book this quickly was Ted Cruz’s book.

Cooke has an interesting mix of opinions. He supports gun rights and gay marriage. He opposes the drug war and abortion. He has an interesting prescription for moving towards limited government and decentralizing power, and a realistic outlook on how we can (and can’t) get there.

I highly recommend the book.

Ted Cruz Challenges President Obama: Let’s Have A Debate About Your Refugee Policy

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:13 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Reinforcing his troubling lack of concern for Americans doubtful about the government’s ability to thoroughly identify and track Syrian refugees slated to come into the country, President Obama mocked Republican leaders for their determination to protect Americans in the aftermath of the Paris massacre:

Apparently they’re scared of widows and orphans coming in to the United States of America as part of our tradition of compassion. At first they were worried about the press being too tough on ’em during debates. Now they’re worried about three-year-old orphans. That doesn’t sound very tough to me. They’ve been playing on fear in order to try to score political points or to advance their campaigns. And it’s irresponsible. And it’s contrary to who we are. And it needs to stop, because the world is watching.

Yes, the world is watching, President Obama, and the world knows that ISIS has, and will continue to brutally use, abuse, and groom women and children as terrorists and suicide bombers. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume these radical Islamic jihadists will share the common goal of disrupting and destroying the West, and will attempt to infiltrate the region in any way possible. Also, given that we now know that two terrorists sneaked from Syria into Europe via Greece, how is it *not* reasonable to be very concerned about our inability to thoroughly vet Syrian refugees?

As a reminder, FBI Director James Comey cautioned last month:

“We can only query against that which we have collected. And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing show up because we have no record of them,”

To a reasonable person, the president’s schoolyard games of blame and shame are all the more dangerous in light of the real risk we face. Yesterday, Ted Cruz summed up the president’s refugee plan: “It is the height of lunacy for a government official to welcome in tens of thousands of refugees when we know that among them will be ISIS terrorists.”

Cruz then challenged President Obama to debate his refugee policy:

“I want to encourage you, Mr. President, come back and insult me to my face,” Cruz said today. “Let’s have a debate on Syrian refugees right now. We can do it anywhere you want. I prefer it in the United States and not overseas where you’re making insults. It’s easy to toss a cheap insult when no one can respond, but let’s have a debate.

“I got to tell you, it is utterly unbefitting of the president to be engaging in those kind of personal insults and attacks,” he continued.

Apparently, it’s not just Ted Cruz and other Republicans in leadership who believe the president is seriously misguided, as both Democrats and Republicans rebuked the president in a vote today which increases security checks on Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking entry to the U.S.:

The vote was 289-137, enough to override a threatened White House veto of the legislation, which was hurriedly drafted in response to the carnage in the streets of Paris. Forty-seven Democrats voted for the bill, despite President Barack Obama’s biting criticism of its proposed limits.

The bill would require new FBI background checks and individual sign-offs from three high-ranking U.S. officials before any refugee could come to the U.S. from Iraq or Syria, where the Islamic State group that has claimed credit for the attacks has flourished.

Republicans said it was simply prudent to place new controls on the refugee system, without ending it entirely or requiring religious tests as some in the GOP, including presidential candidates, have demanded.


Obama: Republicans Are a Skeered of Syrian Widows and Orphans

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:04 pm

The sarcastic little punk who calls himself our President had this to say today:

In unrelated news, here is the woman who blew herself up in France as police sought to make arrests in connection with the recent Paris massacre carried out by ISIS terrorists:

Boulahcen is apparently not a widow. But before she died, she did praise a widow: Hayat Boumeddiene, widow of ISIS terrorist Amedy Coulibaly, who massacred Jews at a kosher deli in Paris in January before killing a French police officer. His widow Hayat Boumeddiene was suspected of being his accomplice in the attacks, and ISIS released an interview with her in February.

Hayat Boumeddiene represents the kind of widow that Americans would prefer not to have in America, Mr. Obama. The issue is not so much that we’re scared; the issue is, instead, that you are a sanctimonious idiot.

UPDATE: More on female terrorists here.

Princeton Crybullies Want Woodrow Wilson Scrubbed from Princeton? Good!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:29 am

The crybullies (thanks to JVW for the term) say Wilson was a RAAAAACIST and want him disassociated from Princeton. I laugh and say sounds good to me.

The news comes to us via Jazz Shaw, who says Wilson “was a dove who kept us out of the first world war until reality smacked him around enough to force his hand.” To which I say “wut?” Wilson was a warmonger who relentlessly pursued aggressive policies designed to drag us into World War I. This arguably led to the unbalanced terms of the Treaty of Versailles and thus to World War II. Anyone who dissented was thrown in jail, First Amendment be damned.

Not to mention Wilson signed bills establishing the Federal Reserve and the progressive income tax.

Here’s a quote from Wilson to show how delusional he was:

Why has Jesus Christ so far not succeeded in inducing the world to follow His teachings in these matters? It is because He taught the idea without devising any practical means of attaining it. That is why I am pursuing a practical scheme to carry out His aims.

Woodrow Wilson: fixing the errors made by Jesus.

Wilson was a tyrant and a horrible President. The crybullies may want him gone for silly reasons — but if it happens, I’ll still applaud.

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