Patterico's Pontifications


Beating The Heat

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:49 pm

[guest post by Dana]

An unflinching grip:

“Somehow, it was hotter then: a black dog suffered on a summer’s day; bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.”

I don’t know about where you live, but where I live it’s one hundred and hell degrees outside. When I walk out my front door, I’m enveloped in this intensely muggy heat and am quickly transformed into one of those wilted teacakes, sans the gracious decorum of the Mockingbird ladies. I turn around, and the cool refuge welcomes me back.

Here’s today’s weather map, courtesy of Weather Central:


Forty years ago, I lived next to an elderly woman named Juanita, who was born and raised in Kansas during the early 1900’s. Her family lived in the middle of nowhere. She told me that it would get so intensely hot during the summer that the kids and their mother would take the bed sheets down to the pond, soak them thoroughly, and then return to the house with the heavy, dripping load. Their mother would nail a sheet across the wide-open front door with the hope of catching a breeze. DIY air conditioning. Then, with the remaining sheets, they would make up the bed that she and her siblings shared and hope for the best. She laughed when she told me this because she remembered that they would always wake throughout the night, soaking wet but never quite sure if it was because of the wet sheets or the damn heat.

How are you beating the heat?

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


Multiple Shooting Victims in El Paso (UPDATE: Dayton Mass Shooting)

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 12:50 pm

[Headline from DRJ]

El Paso Times:

A shooting at the Walmart in the Cielo Vista Mall area has left multiple people dead, an El Paso police officer said Saturday.

An El Paso police spokesman said a suspect is in custody and the shooting has ended.

He said there are two scenes being investigated: at the Walmart and the nearby mall.

The first alert came at 11:03 AM MST. The Walmart and Cielo Vista Mall are in East El Paso on/near IH-10 and Hawkins, just South of the airport and Fort Bliss.

This is a breaking news story and early reports are subject to change. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

UPDATE: 9 killed in Ohio in second US mass shooting within 24 hours

A gunman wearing body armor and carrying extra magazines opened fire in a popular nightlife area of Dayton, Ohio, killing nine and injuring dozens, authorities say, in the second U.S. mass shooting in less than 24 hours.

Dayton police patrolling the area responded in less than a minute to the shooting, which unfolded around 1 a.m. Sunday on the streets of the Oregon District, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said at a press conference.

Whaley said if the police had not responded so quickly, “hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today.”


Political Elections: Grifter Magnets

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:10 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Definitely a sign that something has gone haywire in the universe: On the exact same day, two well-known scammers made public their intentions about a state and national election. First, from Florida, the infamous Laura Loomer has announced that she is running for Florida’s 21st Congressional District, a heavily Democratic district. She is followed by the infamous Michael Avenatti, who told reporters that he is once again considering entering the 2020 presidential race.

Because what America needs is a few more grifters in public office… Represent!

Anyway, about Loomer:

The far-right agitator Laura Loomer, whose inflammatory rhetoric and guerrilla-style activism have led to her ouster from major social media platforms and multiple encounters with police, has filed to run for a Democratic-leaning Palm Beach congressional seat that includes President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Loomer, a 26-year-old blogger who has worked with the conspiracy website InfoWars and the controversial investigative outlet Project Veritas, is joining a packed field of Republican hopefuls seeking to unseat Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel in Florida’s 21st district, which covers most of Palm Beach County.

She launched her 2020 bid on Friday, according to Florida Election Commission records. Her campaign website states she is a resident of the district. Her statement of candidacy filed with the FEC lists a post office box in Fort Worth as her campaign’s primary address.


Loomer…has been banned from Facebook and Twitter for her incendiary commentary. She was banned from the ridesharing platforms Uber and Lyft in 2017 after unleashing an anti-Muslim tweetstorm following a terror attack in Manhattan that killed 8 people and injured 11…

She has been the subject of national news stories for reportedly jumping a fence at Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi’s home in California to stage an immigration protest and handcuffing herself to the front door of Twitter’s New York headquarters to call attention to her ban from the social media site.

Loomer has also ginned up controversy in Florida, targeting liberal lawmakers and activists — and sometimes diversity itself.


A press release issued by her campaign…states that Karen Giorno, who led Trump’s 2016 campaign operations in Florida, will serve as the general consultant for Loomer’s campaign committee.

About Michael Avenatti:

Avenatti, who in the past represented porn star Stormy Daniels against the likes of President Donald Trump and his then fixer Michael Cohen, told CNBC late on Friday that he is yet again contemplating entering the expansive 2020 arena.

“Never say never,” he said when asked if he’s going to get into the race. “The Dems need a non-traditional fighter. They have a lot of talent but not a lot of fighters.” He later noted that the odds of him getting into the race are at 50/50 and he could make his decision in a few months.

“I don’t think I need to make a final decision for a number of months. I have the name ID and everyone knows I’m one of the few effective fighters that the Dems have,” he said.


“I am increasingly concerned that the Dems don’t have the right fighter to go toe to toe with Trump,” he said. “And the future of the republic and our way of life is on the line. He is a brawler who has no bounds. The Dems need a guy who can match him punch for punch. I may be that guy.”

Still, Avenatti said he has a “number of things to deal with” before deciding whether he will jump into the race.

Obviously, neither one of the characters stands a chance of actually winning an election. But still, I just can’t even.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


Covington Catholic Students File Defamation Suit

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:04 am

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This comes after the dismissal of Nick Sandmann’s lawsuit against The Washington Post:

Eight Covington Catholic High School students claim they were defamed during a field trip to Washington in January in a lawsuit filed in Kentucky.

The lawsuit seeks damages for alleged defamatory comments by 12 individuals—lawmakers, journalists and social media personalities, Law & Crime reported Friday.

The individuals include presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.


“Several of our Senators, most-famous celebrities, and widely read journalists, collectively used their large social media platforms, perceived higher credibility and public followings to lie and libel minors they never met, based on an event they never witnessed,” the lawsuit said, according to Law & Crime.

“These defendants called for the kids to be named and shamed, doxxed and expelled, and invited public retaliation against these minors from a small town in Kentucky,” the lawsuit said.

Defendants include: Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), CNN’s Ana Navarro, comedian Kathy Griffin, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, writer Reza Aslan, Kentucky entrepreneur Adam Edelen, Princeton University History Professor Kevin M. Kruse, activist and journalist Shaun King, Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery and Rewire.News editor-in-chief Jodi Jacobson.

The reports notes that the eight Covington students are listed in the lawsuit as John Doe plaintiffs.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


DC Headlines

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 7:54 am

[Headlines from DRJ]

This weekend’s headlines at The Hill are, not surprisingly, about the GOP and Trump:

Trump defends position on trade after threat of new China tariffs.

An impeachment inquiry has begun.

Nikki Haley hits Trump’s ‘unnecessary’ response to Cummings break-in.

Hurd retirement leaves GOP gloomy on 2020.

But I think Trump supporters will respond to challenges like this guy: Man punched outside Trump rally: ‘If anything, it’ll increase’ my activism.


Odd News

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 5:39 am

[Headline from DRJ]

I can’t believe this story but it seems real:

VIDEO: Man Scrambles Down At Least 14 Stories Of High-Rise After Fire Reported.

Grocery store censorship:

Grocery sees dirty word in ‘Summa Cum Laude,’ censors cake.

Goats invade Boise:

New kids on the block: 118 hungry goats descend on Boise neighborhood.

Customer spots snake trapped behind gas pump screen in Kansas:

A customer at a Kansas gas pump captured video of a bizarre sight — a snake slithering behind the gas pump’s touch screen.


Breaking News & Off-Topic Links (8/3/2019)

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 5:16 am

[By DRJ]

This post is for everyone who wants to share a link to a breaking news story or to an interesting news story/blog post that is not related to a current post. Put your link in the comments.

Discussion about any links is welcome here, too.


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