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PATTERICO: Meet Two Men Whose Lives Were Ruined by Socialism.

PATTERICO: Trump Courts Streisand Effect in Legal Action Against ‘Team of Vipers’ Author Cliff Sims.

The Streisand Effect is blind to race, sex, gender, religion, creed, and political affiliation.

KEEP ROCKIN’! Can’t make this up: Guess what Justin Fairfax was up to at the time of alleged sexual assault.

(Classical reference in headline.)

PATTERICO: I AM AN IDIOT: ZINA BASH’S OK SIGN WAS COMPLETELY INNOCENT AFTER ALL.

Related: Kevin Williamson on Alt-Right’s OK Prank & Longing for Identity.

I BLAME RUSSIAN ELECTION INTERFERENCE: The Exit Polls Are in From the Russian Election, and You’ll Never Guess Who Won.

PATTERICO: The Story of the Deputy Who Stood Outside the School Shooting Keeps Getting Worse.

It’s fascinating to watch him being defended by the DNC-MSM, despite their being heavily invested in the narrative of error-free big government.

ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS THE NARRATIVE: The New York Times List Of Donald Trump’s “Racist” Quotes Is Garbage.

Patterico:

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts to bring black and white America together, the New York Times has chosen to stoke arguments over race by amassing a collection of allegedly racist quotes by Donald Trump. The piece is titled: Donald Trump’s Racism:The Definitive List. In many places, the alleged examples of racism are dishonest and absurd. Time and time again, truthful statements by Trump are deemed to be “racist.” It’s shoddy work, and the Times ought to be deeply ashamed.

Let’s pick apart some specific examples, so you can see just how shameless this list is. I’m going to start by debunking one of the allegations at some length, because the claim of racism makes me so angry that I want you to see, in detail, why it’s so dishonest and outrageous.

You’ll need to read the whole thing.

PATTERICO: LAPD MAKES AN ARREST IN THAT DEADLY WICHITA SWATTING.

A 25-year-old California man was arrested in connection to an online quarrel between two “Call of Duty” gamers that prompted a hoax call and led to a man being killed by police in Kansas.

Los Angeles police on Friday arrested Tyler Barriss, who law enforcement claimed is the “prankster” who called 911 and made up a story about a kidnapping in Wichita, ABC 7 reported.

Barriss reportedly gave police the address he believed the other gamer lived.

In the audio of the 911 call, the caller claimed his father had been shot in the head and that he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint. The caller added that he poured gasoline inside the home and “might just set it on fire.”

. . . .

Dexerto, an online news service focused on gaming, reported that the series of events began with an online argument over a $1 or $2 wager in a “Call of Duty” game on UMG Gaming, which operates online tournaments including one involving “Call of Duty.”

According to multiple articles, such as this one at Fortune, Barriss’ Twitter handle was “SWAuTistic,” and Twitter has since suspended that account. According to Fortune, Barriss “has been previously arrested for making hoax calls to police, including two bomb threats in 2015. More recently, he may have been responsible for a bomb threat that disrupted the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality rules.

PATTERICO: Lawsplainer: The California Homicide Statutes Relevant to the Steinle Murder Case.

More here from Sarah Rumpf. The murder charge was iffy, but the real crime was that this guy was present in the United States at all.

THE COMING CRASH OF THE GOVERNMENT DEBT BUBBLE: “It’s going to be a hell of a crash. And the thing is, most of the occupants of the bus are acting like there is nothing wrong.”

Well, that was pretty much how they acted before the last crash, which was a government-induced debt bubble.

FLASHBACK: Under ObamaCare Your Premiums Will Fall “By As Much As 3000%”

That’s a lot.

TWITTER HAS UNBLOCKED MY ACCOUNT ON CONDITION OF DELETING THE OFFENDING TWEET. But lest I be accused of airbrushing, it’s preserved here. Still planning on quitting Twitter, though, after making a few points. Earlier post is here.

UPDATE: From Nick Gillespie at Reason: In Defense Of InstaPundit’s Glenn Reynolds. “Whatever you think of the tastefulness of his suggestion regarding the protesters in Charlotte, the idea that he is seriously inciting any sort of actual or real threat is risible.”

Related: “Glenn Reynolds is old enough to remember Reginald Denny. (Look it up, kids.)”

BREXIT CONTINUES TO BEDEVIL CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR. Ramesh Ponnuru writes at NRO on “Amanpour vs. Hannan, Gove, Brexit, Context:”

Christiane Amanpour has written a defense of her conduct in her CNN interview/debate with Daniel Hannan, which suggests that she understands that it did not go well for her. James Taranto points out Amanpour’s contradictions (and really, was nobody capable of red-penciling her line about “naked political agendas masquerading as news”?).

Go read Taranto. I’d add that on at least two occasions in the article, Amanpour presents quotes from Brexit advocates in a misleading way.

Read the whole thing to spot how Amanpour truncates one of pro-Brexit Justice Minister Michael Gove’s quotes to make him look like an idiot. Amanpour turned into Maureen Dowd so slowly, I hardly even noticed.

THAT TIME THAT TIM BLAIR AND IOWAHAWK DOGPILED ON A HAPLESS BRITISH ACADEMIC. “For the love of God, is there nobody in Britain who can teach this idiot how to operate a steering wheel and a couple of pedals?”

TRUMP JUST ISN’T GETTING THIS WHOLE FISCAL CONSERVATIVE THING: After Walker Endorses Cruz; Trump Blasts Walker….For Not Raising Taxes.

Related: Donald Trump names health care, education among top three government functions. “I think that was pretty much the Founders’ view,” Patterico jokes on Twitter.

HOW DONALD TRUMP IS EXPOSING MEDIA’S DIVERSITY PROBLEM:

Trump’s rise has exposed a gap between the views many Americans hold, and those that are commonly aired in the media. Williams says, “[Trump] is forcing America to realize that there is a large group of Americans who are skeptical of the media, of policy experts, who believe that blunt criticism and simple policies (oftentimes targeted towards marginalizing less powerful groups) would be better for America. And for the moment, those people love Trump for legitimizing their views.”

Setting aside the portentous virtue-signalling that runs throughout the article, it’s sort of amusing for the Atlantic to discover the quantum of an aura of a penumbra of how media bias angers so many readers — a decade after jettisoning Mark Steyn’s monthly column for the Faustian bargain of leftwing blogger Andrew Sullivan and his blog’s Web traffic, only to see Sullivan morph into the World’s Most Legendary Uterus Detective and immediately become, as Jonathan Last described the publication in September of 2008, “a laughingstock.” Their ill-conceived dalliance with Scientology in early 2013 didn’t help matters.

PATTERICO: Please Help Me Thank Bruce Godfrey for His Efforts on Behalf of Free Speech.

HERE COMES THE BERNIEBRO: THE YOUNG, MALE, AND EARNEST BERNIE SANDERS SUPPORTERS: The Atlantic, which knows something about cults, considering the check it took from Scientology for a staggeringly ill-advised infomercial a couple of years ago, and for the many checks the magazine paid out to Andrew Sullivan’s uterus detective agency, spots yet another socialist cult in its nascent stage:

The Berniebro is not every Bernie Sanders supporter. Sanders’s support skews young, but not particularly male. The Berniebro is male, though. Very male.

The Berniebro is someone you may only have encountered if you’re somewhat similar to him: white; well-educated; middle-class (or, delicately, “upper middle-class”); and aware of NPR podcasts and jangly bearded bands.

The Berniebro might loathe one NPR podcast in particular.

The Berniebro might get into big performative arguments about how feminism saved his life. Or, the Berniebro might always seem like he’s going to say that we need economic equality for all genders but doesn’t actually say it, because he knows that it wouldn’t go over well.

The Berniebro says that Sanders isn’t only driving Hillary to the left, which you may agree is a good thing. Bernie, says the Berniebro, really could win.

The Berniebro doesn’t really have a good answer when you ask why the Democratic Party, which has spent six years explaining how its market-based health care policies aren’t socialist, would ever find national success nominating an actual democratic socialist.

That last line is the key; the Berniebro likely looks very much like this fellow, though perhaps, since this is 2015, with some serious chinbeard action — or at least an earnest attempt to cultivate it, along with the equally de rigueur top knot:

obamadouche

As they say at David Horowitz’s Front Page Magazine, “Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out,” and Bernie’s err, nationalist-oriented socialism represents the last, best chance for the beta male Berniebro to really stick good and hard it to his more forthright conservative neighbors — or perhaps even to mom and dad themselves, those ancient reactionaries.

Though in the back of his mind, perhaps the Berniebro may be hearing a tiny voice uttering the concern that Christopher Caldwell wrote a decade ago at the Weekly Standard in answering why “the laments of the small-town leftists get voiced with such intemperance and desperation” — “If the Republicans aren’t particularly evil, then maybe I’m not particularly special.”

I’m sure he’ll quickly tamp out such concerns, though. There’s a moral equivalent of war to be fought after all — which way to the front?

CRACKED.COM EDITOR TEMPORARILY BANNED FROM REDDIT:

Little wonder then, that so many Redditors accuse [Jason “David Wong” Pargin’s] comedy site of becoming little more than a knockoff version of Salon or Gawker. 

Once upon a time, the site knew few comedic boundaries. For example, this “Star Wars” parody, created by former contributor John Cheese contains racial stereotypes, rape jokes, and intensely vulgar language. It specifically advises the easily offended to stay away.

Today, things are different. In his AmA, Wong proudly proclaimed that his writers “try really hard to walk through the reasoning behind our criticism” and explain “why seemingly innocuous things can be toxic.” Readers waiting for a punchline were disappointed: Wong was being serious.

In one viral image, the website’s former content is compared to its current fare. On one side of the image is the site’s front page as it appeared in 2010, featuring articles about superhero identities, historical identities, and writing tips. On the other is the site as it appears today – plastered with headlines like “5 ways men are trained to hate women,” “The 5 weirdest things that can cause you to be racist,” and “5 shocking realities of being transgender.” Widespread accusations that the site has transitioned from comedy to identity politics appear to have a solid basis in reality.

In July of 2010, Kathy Shaidle wrote “It’s come to this: Cracked.com is the ‘paper’ of record.”  At the end of that same year, Aaron Worthing of Patterico praised their surprisingly evenhanded coverage of CNN’s distorted Tea Party reporting, in article titled “Cracked.com Sets the Record Straight on the Tea Party (And Eight Other Major Stories).”

Based on the above article at Big Journalism, it sounds like Cracked has since jettisoned any effort at maintaining a bipartisan audience — and not at all coincidentally, replacing humor with angry left SJW proselytizing.

JOURNALISM: Dave Weigel Reminds Us Of — And Minimizes — Hillary 2008 Strategy Memo “Otherizing” Obama. “I dare any fair-minded person to read this and conclude that Penn wrote this ‘as a warning, not a strategy.'”

Plus: “Kudos are due to Weigel for unearthing the memo, but not for his characterization, which is so hyper-charitable that it is not really accurate. Weigel’s piece highlights the critical need to read source documents and not accept Big Media’s characterization of those documents.”

THE GHOST OF GEORGE WALLACE looms over Politico. “By the way, I counted 5 out of 243 Politico staffers with a picture as being black.”

Plus: “Aside from the obvious smear, and the standard use of ‘many’ to reflect the writer’s leftist view, I am also amused by the sheer incompetence of the writing and proofreading.” Forget it Patrick, it’s Politicotown.

KEEP ROCKIN’! Actual tweet by the L.A. Times: “Dozens arrested overnight in Ferguson, but no violence other than frozen water bottles, rocks.”

So other than throwing rocks* at the police, there was little need for the arrests last night of the “relatively peaceful” protestors.

And really, other than that minor attack on Pearl Harbor, there was little need for America to enter World War II.

Fox Butterfield, call your office — and you keep rockin’!, L.A. Times.

RELATED: “With the Help of a Tea Party Group, This Ferguson Woman Is Rebuilding Her Shop. One Year Later, It Was Robbed After New Protests,” the Daily Signal reports.

And at the London Daily Mail, video of the moment when a mostly peaceful Ferguson protester ‘pulled a gun from his waistband minutes before he was shot by cops.’

* I would imagine a frozen water bottle could make a rather painful projectile upon impact to the face as well if thrown with sufficient force.

PATTERICO: KING V. BURWELL: INTENTIONALISM TRUMPS TEXTUALISM, AND THE RULE OF LAW DIES:

This reminds me of a hypothetical I offered in 2010:

Assume you make $50,000 a year. The legislature passes a law imposing a hefty tax on “people making over $100,000 per year.” Since the law does not apply to you, by its plain terms, you do not pay the tax. However, you are convicted after a judge finds irrefutable contemporaneous evidence showing that all legislators who voted for the tax intended to impose it on people making over $10,000 a year. The judge, an “intentionalist,” finds that the intent of the legislature controls, regardless of the plain meaning of the law.

Under the plain language of the law, the tax does not apply to you. Applying the intent of the legislators, it does. Which is the better interpretation?

Read the whole thing.

PATRICK FREY ON WISCONSIN’S DIRTY DEEP STATE DOINGS:

This is one of the creepiest articles I have ever read. It reminds me of my experience being SWATted — having armed police rush into my home in what looked like retaliation for my speech. Yet in the case described in the article, the SWATting is actually being carried out . . . by the government.

In Wisconsin, citizens had cops bust into their homes with battering rams. Property was taken from their homes, in full view of the neighbors — and in some cases officers mocked them. Then the citizens were told that they could tell nobody about what had happened. If they did, they could go to jail.

All for exercising their First Amendment rights. Essentially, for being conservatives.

And on Twitter, some lefties — including allegedly reputable outfits like the Alliance For Justice — are celebrating it. Alliance for Justice? More like “Alliance for Just Us.”

Related: “America, land of the free, home of battering-ram home invasions of conservative critics of state officials.”

UPDATE: Kevin Williamson:

Every time a local grand jury investigating a police department comes to a decision that some politicians don’t like, there is a call for a federal civil-rights investigation. In Wisconsin, we have a clear and obvious case of out-of-control authorities conducting a campaign, possibly criminal, of police suppression targeting people for their political beliefs, a gross violation of their civil rights.

Where’s the investigation?

Question for the lawyers here: Isn’t this a case for the Civil Rights Act of 1871, a.k.a. the Klan Act? That act forbids any state or local authority acting under color of law from depriving U.S. citizens of their civil rights under federal law. This seems like an obvious remedy to me.

Well, the Klan was a bunch of Democrats concerned about the locals getting uppity, too.

ANOTHER UPDATE: In the comments, Prof. Stephen Clark observes:

Every Democrat should repeatedly be asked whether they support the police state tactics used by Democrats in Wisconsin. As with Rand Paul every media interviewer should be asked by candidates to answer the same as the price for continuing the interview.

Wisconsin Democrats should be made into a public embarrassment for Democrats generally. Behavior of this kind will cease only when it carries a global political cost.

Indeed. Excellent point.

OUT: DON’T BE EVIL. IN: WHAT’S EVIL, REALLY? Google Considers Ranking Sites According to Political Correctness, I Mean, Truthfulness.

HEY, THESE POSSIBILITIES AREN’T MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE, YOU KNOW: The Nancy Pelosi possibilities: lying, suffering from serious memory loss, or a facade whose power is exercised by unelected others.

Plus: “A sign of the times: Lefty website FireDogLake attacks: ‘Trying to pretend Gruber had no part in crafting Obamacare or that you have never heard of him despite considerable evidence to the contrary does sound like someone who is relying on a lack of transparency and the stupidity of the American voter – doesn’t it?'”

Related: Lefties Deceive As They Try to Distract from Gruber’s Praise of . . . Deceit. “This is who they are and this is what they do.”

PATTERICO: How Important Is Your Vote? The Tale of the Slave.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Mia Farrow: Rick Perry indictment ‘doesn’t identify a law he violated. Looks like politics not felony.’

Related: Dershowitz ‘Outraged’ by Perry Indictment.

Plus, an extensive analysis from prosecutor Patrick Frey. “Words truly fail to describe what an outrageous and unsupportable abuse of prosecutorial power this is. The special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, has no business being given prosecutorial authority — and the fact that Obama considered him for a U.S. Attorney position should deeply frighten anyone who cares about the integrity of the criminal justice system.”

SO I GOT A VOICEMAIL FROM STACY MCCAIN SAYING HE WON HIS TRIAL AGAINST (CONVICTED TERRORIST BOMBER) BRETT KIMBERLIN. No surprise there. As I said at the very beginning, nobody with any sense tries to out-crazy Stacy McCain.

I’m sure that Stacy will have a full account on his blog once he’s finished celebrating. Patterico reports that it was a directed verdict.

UPDATE: Game Over! “We did not put on a defense. Judge Johnson ruled that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin did not present evidence of the torts he was alleging, and he ruled in our favor as a matter of law after TDPK rested his case.”

From the comments: “Somewhere, Andrew Breitbart is smiling.”

OOPS: Liberal WaPo Blogger Inadvertently Strengthens Argument from Halbig Majority.

EFFORTS TO SCRUB THE INTERNET OF A NAKED RACIST APPEAL FOR VOTES ON BEHALF OF JUDICIAL CANDIDATE SONGHAI “SUNNY” ARMISTEAD, USING BOGUS DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICES have met their match in Patterico, who’s hosting the video himself.

IT’S FROM DEAN BAQUET: WaPo: In one sentence, a heap of New York Times arrogance.

Some Baquet history.

WHERE WAS BARRY? Visitor Logs: Obama Had “Debate Prep” Meeting on September 11, 2012, the Day of the Benghazi Attack.

UPDATE: Actually, several updates from Patterico at the above link, including:

A reader has just confirmed that a user can save a data set and give it any name they wish — meaning that the “3 meet with Potus” language may have been generated by a user and cannot be considered authoritative. The data is accurate: Obama’s debate prep guy Ron Klain and two other debate prep people visited to conduct “debate prep.” But it can’t be ruled out that the “debate prep” was for Biden.

We still don’t know where Obama was after that. All we know is: he was not in the Situation Room.

Read the whole thing,

“COLLEGE CAMPUSES ESSENTIALLY OPERATE ON MOB RULE AT THIS POINT,” from Prof. William A. Jacobson at his Legal Insurrection blog, noting that “Condoleeza Rice withdraws as Commencement speaker at Rutgers after protests (Update — Does this mean Hillary should be banned too?)”

Nonsense. Hillary isn’t considered The Other — unlike 2008, that is.

Related: “Let’s Purge All Things.”

NOT FLATTERING: How Iran’s Rulers See Obama. “Iran’s rulers are watching Obama lurch from crisis to crisis, and they’re not impressed. Indeed, if this cartoon is a window into their thinking, it’s a safe bet that Tehran is already planning to walk away from the ‘interim’ deal now that it has loosened the global sanctions that had been crimping Iran’s economy.”

Related: Russia Blows Past Obama’s ‘Off Ramp.’

Plus: Charles Krauthammer: The Wages Of Weakness. Obama cares about consolidating Democratic power domestically. He’s not interested in what happens abroad, except to the extent it impacts that. And now that he’s been re-elected, he has more flexibility.

UPDATE: 2012 Is Calling to Get Its Naive Belief That Russia Is Not a Threat Back.

POLITICAL PROSECUTION: Exclusive: Jim Letten Tells Charles C. Johnson That the Decision to Prosecute O’Keefe Was Made “At Highest Levels of the Justice Department.” And notice that they kept him out of the game until after the 2012 election.

PATTERICO: Is The NSA Constructing A Gun Registry?

PATTERICO: A Call to Any Tennessee Readers: Attend the Meeting on How the Feds Might Prosecute Those Who Post “Inflammatory Documents” About Muslims. Alas, I’m travelling that day and can’t go.

UPDATE: More from Byron Tau at Politico.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Eugene Volokh has some observations on this, but warns: “My one reservation is that it’s hard from the newspaper article to tell precisely what U.S. Attorney Killian said; misparaphrases sometimes happen, even more commonly than misquotes. If his claims about the civil rights laws was limited to specific true threats of violence against particular people or particular institutions, such speech may indeed be punishable under the “true threats” exception to the First Amendment. But indeed “inflammatory documents targeted at Muslims” generally are constitutionally protected, so if Mr. Killian indeed used those words or ones that are fairly paraphrased as those words (or suggested that the ‘How to Wink’ posting was actually illegal rather than just wrong), then Floyd Abrams’ criticism is entirely apt.”

SLAPP LAWSUIT AGAINST PATTERICO dismissed.

WATCH GAS PRICES NECESSARILY SKYROCKET: Why, it’s almost as if higher energy prices have always been a stated goal of the Obama administration…

…and the legendarily “objective” and “neutral” MSM are themselves onboard with the prospect.

Nahh, can’t be.

DEMOCRATS’ ANTI-LATINO RACISM? Rubio-ridicule, Cruz-hatred, and ethnicity.

UPDATE: More from Patterico. “So, when Democrats denounce Cruz — that awful McCarthyite! — for daring to suggest that Democrats might be targeting Rubio because he’s Latino? When they do that, you look them in the eye, and you say: ‘Oh yeah? What about Miguel Estrada?!?!’ And when they give you a blank look, like they don’t have the slightest idea what you’re talking about . . . you read them this post.”

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Union thugs use punches, not persuasion, in Michigan.

Union bosses hate right-to-work laws the same way they hate every policy that tends to empower workers — including their own members — to make informed decisions about how they are represented in the workplace. This is why they pushed so hard to eliminate secret ballot votes in unionization elections. It is why they have pushed to shorten the time frame for those elections to the vanishing point, and to prevent employers from discussing the possible drawbacks of unionization with their employees. That is why they pushed to change the 70-year-old rules for airline and railroad union elections, so that a minority of workers can now force the majority into a union.

Right-to-work laws do not ban unions. They merely ensure that workers can no longer be coerced to pay them. They also create workplace conditions under which even union members are no longer a captive audience, forced to bow to whatever decisions the union leadership makes.

And that’s what the union leaders fear most.

With reason.

UPDATE: But of course: Gawker Tries To Defend Man Who Punched Steven Crowder.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Thoughts from Patterico on the tactics involved.

Related: The Terror of the Anti-Liberty Movement.

SWATTING: A front page story in the L.A. Times about Patterico and some other dude named Cowell. More here.

THE WEINER SCANDAL AND Patterico’s SWATting.

THE NEW CIVILITY: A dead pig clad in a Mitt Romney T-shirt was left at a Republican campaign office in Manhattan Beach.

L.A. WEEKLY: A Deadly Game: The Swatting of Patterico. “Over the last few months in L.A., SWATters have victimized Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber — all of whose mansions were stormed by police. Less publicized is the fact that over the last year and a half, four prominent, conservative bloggers have been SWATted across America. All four found themselves surrounded by local cops with guns. . . . So far, nobody has been shot by cops. But not one of the four politically charged cases — all featuring a similar-sounding, nasally voice — has been solved.”

BENGHAZI — NO MERE ‘OCTOBER SURPRISE,’ Jonah Goldberg writes in the L.A. Times*: 

This isn’t an “October surprise” foisted on the media by opposition research; it’s news.

This story raises precisely the sort of “big issues” the media routinely claim elections should be about. For instance, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last week that the “basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place.” If real-time video of the attack and communications with Americans on the ground begging for assistance doesn’t constitute “real-time information,” what does?

This is not to say that Fox News is alone in covering the story. But it is alone in treating it like it’s a big deal.

Read the whole thing. Meanwhile, Roger L. Simon has set up an email account at PJM for tips on Benghazi:

PJ Media has established an email address [email protected] to receive hitherto unpublished information about the events in Libya on September 11. We will respect all confidences on this information and also pledge to our readers that we will not publish anything that we have not thoroughly vetted.

This email address is not for theories about what happened. Plenty of places exist on the Internet — including the comments section of this post — to write what you think may have happened. At [email protected] we are only interested in verifiable facts.

Our purpose is only the public’s right to know — before it votes — so we are not kicking ourselves in the shins three years later when it all comes out at a congressional hearing.

So remember, if you know something concrete, write us at [email protected] We will respect your confidentiality and endeavor to uncover the truth.

* Keep rockin’!

SHOCKER: Obama Was Talking About Redistribution of Wealth After All.

PATTERICO: IN DEFENSE OF JAN CRAWFORD:

So that whole “coordinating the questions” thing with Romney involved someone I like very much: Jan Crawford. If it were almost anyone else, I’d be assuming the worst regarding the reporter’s bias and arrogance. After all, I think most of us agree here that Romney’s statement was entirely proper and that he didn’t deserve the criticism that Big Media tried to heap on him. We conservatives tend to view anyone who seemingly tried to take Romney to task as one of those arrogant Big Media types that we should be suspicious of.

But Jan Crawford just isn’t one of those types. And I’m not about to discard her based on a few seconds of unclear open mike audio.

Good point.

UPDATE: Link was wrong before. Fixed now. Sorry!

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REGARDING Brett Kimberlin’s Wikipedia Entry.

UPDATE: Accuse the accuser!

REALLY, DUDE? WILL PEOPLE NEVER LEARN? Former L.A. Times Reporter Chuck Philips Threatens a Baseless Copyright Lawsuit Against Patterico In Attempt to Get Embarrassing Letters Removed from the Internet. I mean, how dumb do you have to be these days to think Hey, threatening Patterico is a good way to make this thing go quiet?

BEWARE OF FAKE “OUTRAGEOUS” EMAILS, BLOG COMMENTS, ETC.

PATTERICO: A Condensed Version Of The Kimberlin Story.

UPDATE: Related thoughts from Lee Stranahan.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Brett Kimberlin: “I want to be left alone.”

If so, then he chose poorly.

SALON ATTEMPTS damage control for Brett Kimberlin.

UPDATE: Prof. Jacobson writes: “Remember that Pareene is the guy who made the ping pong balls joke about Michelle Malkin.”

A FREE SPEECH VICTORY for Aaron Walker, who is now free to blog about Brett Kimberlin.

PATTERICO: “Consider this a tease.”

BACKSTORY: Rielle Hunter Reveals John Edwards’ Multiple Mistresses in Tell-All.

How many journalists knew about this stuff and kept quiet? Keep rockin!

HOW’S THAT CAMPAIGN TO SHUT UP BLOGGERS WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA?

UPDATE: Not so well.

THUG LIFE: Professor Jacobson: Zimmerman Prosecutor Has History of Going After Critics. The quote from Sandy D’Alemberte is particularly damning — but not as damning as Corey’s response. Good grief. Why is this woman in a government job at all?

Related: “It makes no difference to me who the personalities are here. Democrat, Republican, annoying (but principled!) Harvard Law Professor — everyone deserves the right to speak out publicly without being retaliated against in a thuggish fashion.”

I’M NEVER ON THE INTERNET, EXCEPT WHEN I’M ON IT ALL THE TIME.

ALWAYS TRUST CONTENT FROM PATTERICO.”

HOW’S THAT BLOGGER-INTIMIDATION THING WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? Stacy McCain Investigates Neal Rauhauser.

UPDATE: If They Accuse You Of It, They’re Probably Doing It.

ANOTHER UPDATE: SWATting Story Again In Big Media.

THOUGHTS ON THE JOHN EDWARDS CASE:

Edwards is, of course, a skunk. But he isn’t only a skunk; he was the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nominee in 2004 and the party’s third-leading presidential contender in 2008. Edwards is a young man, and it was not at all unreasonable to think that he could be president someday, even after Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton finished ahead of him that year. When Edwards went to the seemingly-insane length of persuading a campaign aide to claim that he was the father of Edwards’ illegitimate child, it was not just because he was afraid of his wife’s wrath. This, after all, is not Italy in the 1950s; divorce is a realistic option. No, Edwards was trying to preserve his viability as a presidential candidate or, failing that, a nominee for Attorney General.

And, as crazy as his stashing of his mistress and child now seems, if it had been up to the Washington Post and the New York Times, he would have gotten away with it.

With an assist from the L.A. Times. Keep Rockin!

THE STORY’S LEAKING INTO THE BIG MEDIA: Fox News Covers Erickson, Patterico SWATtings.

Meanwhile, Donald Douglas is following the money.

UPDATE: Ed Driscoll wonders why CNN is letting itself be scooped by Fox regarding something that happened to one of its own contributors.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Could this dropped ball lead to CNN hiring a new News Director? “CNN is put in the unenviable position to be, at best, second on a story involving harassment of one of their own people. Cripes did they hire the same news director as that Newspaper in Norfolk that didn’t find the beating of their own reporters newsworthy?”

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: IBD At Kimberlin Hearing: Walker Handcuffed, 1st Amendment Muzzled. “Here’s what seems to have happened. Although Kimberlin’s first peace order against Walker was eventually thrown out on appeal, it appears that while it was in effect Walker wrote a blog post about Kimberlin. This triggered a Google Alert that Kimberlin had set up. Kimberlin filed criminal charges based on that, apparently claiming that constituted “contact.” The court apparently agreed, and Walker was arrested.”

Walker also made a major error by representing himself. No lawyer should do that in anything more than a minor traffic offense. This goes double for Yale Law grads. . . .

UPDATE: “As best as I can tell, Aaron Walker was arrested today in the United States of America for blogging about a public figure.”

CHANGE: Brett Kimberlin’s Wikipedia Page Reappears. Here’s Brett Kimberlin’s page. Only it’s really a Speedway Bombings page.

UPDATE: Reader Earl Blacklock notes that Brett Kimberlin’s Wikipedia page has also reappeared.

ANOTHER UPDATE: “Read it now before Richard Symonds whisks it away again.”

WHEN WIKIPEDIA can’t be trusted.

Interestingly, I wonder if Wikipedia user “Chase Me Ladies” is this guy? I actually did get a call from the ATF’s Dallas office back then, wondering if I knew him. Apparently he had represented me as his attorney at some point in this “prank.” With a bit of googling I found the source and pointed it out to them and that was the end of the story.

UPDATE: A post-Kimberlin blogburst to-do list from Michelle Malkin. Read the whole thing.

And she reminds us that the National Bloggers Club is fundraising to help the victims.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Patterico: Caller to Lee Stranahan Show Claims to Be My Swatter. Keep giving ’em rope. . .

MORE: Reader Ron Baakkonen writes:

I feel like I need to respond regarding Chase Me Ladies. I’ve been an administrator on Wikipedia for many years and have known Chase Me Ladies since 2008. There are definitely admins who bring a leftist tilt to their work. However, I’ve never known Chase Me Ladies to be in that camp. I’d regard him as dedicated, by the book and less likely to involve himself in controversy. If I had to guess, he’s received some complaint from Kimberlin about how he’s the one being harassed and gave him the benefit of the doubt.

He adds: “BTW, I have also registered by disagreement with Chase Me’s decision to delete. I would not have deleted based on the available evidence.”

SWATTING: Bogus Call Sends Police to Erick Erickson’s House.

He reports here. Really, if the goal is to keep people from writing about Brett Kimberlin, this doesn’t seem like the way to do it. It was smart of Erickson to call his local Sheriff ahead of time. I did the same thing.

UPDATE: Stacy McCain looks at where Brett Kimberlin gets his money.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Prof. Jacobson: Solidarity.

IN THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Mark Tapscott on Brett Kimberlin: How To Kill The First Amendment.

Of course, the more they lash out at bloggers, the more people remind the world of stories like this one.

UPDATE: And this one, from Patterico.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Tatler: Brett Kimberlin’s Day In The Sun.

Also, the National Bloggers’ Club is organizing donations to help victims.

MORE: Michelle Malkin is aggregating.

ED MORRISSEY: Free speech moment: Standing with Stacy McCain, Patterico, Liberty Chick, and Aaron Walker.

PAUL MIRENGOFF: John Edwards and the “reality-based” community. “No one is going to deny that Mr. Edwards lied and lied and lied and lied.” All I can say is, Keep rockin’!

THE FREQUENT FLIERS WHO FLEW TOO MUCH: In the L.A. Times, a look at how American Airlines’ marketing gimmick has been abused by those looking to game the system:

There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom.

Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets.

Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees. Flight crews memorized their names and favorite meals.

Each had paid American more than $350,000 for an unlimited AAirpass and a companion ticket that allowed them to take someone along on their adventures. Both agree it was the best purchase they ever made, one that completely redefined their lives.

In the 2009 film “Up in the Air,” the loyal American business traveler played by George Clooney was showered with attention after attaining 10 million frequent flier miles.

Rothstein and Vroom were not impressed.

“I can’t even remember when I cracked 10 million,” said Vroom, 67, a big, amiable Texan, who at last count had logged nearly four times as many. Rothstein, 61, has notched more than 30 million miles.

But all the miles they and 64 other unlimited AAirpass holders racked up went far beyond what American had expected. As its finances began deteriorating a few years ago, the carrier took a hard look at the AAirpass program.

Perhaps someday, the L.A. Times will also look at similar excesses that occur daily from those on the top and the bottom who take advantage of the ever-expanding welfare state and venture socialism. Hey, keep rockin’!

A CAUTIONARY EXAMPLE for bloggers of all stripes.

BATTLESPACE PREPARATION: Anti-Free-Speech Thuggery.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST. We’ve certainly learned a lot about the Wisconsin judiciary over the past year. Wisconsin Judge Who Signed Walker Recall Petition Rules on Walker Recall. Plus, the opinion refers to “Justice William Scalia.” Not very impressive. And to think that Wisconsin used to have a clean good-government reputation. Not so justified, apparently.

NOW THAT’S JUST SAD: The Spirit of David Frum Hacks Breitbart Twitter Feed. Note that he said “spirit” and not “soul.”

JOURNALISM: The Atlantic, in Reporting on Libel of James O’Keefe, Libels James O’Keefe.

LAYERS OF EDITORS AND FACT-CHECKERS: Greg Packer Snookers the L.A. Times in a Big Way.

MORE SAFETY NET MUSINGS: “The NYT never paints wealthy liberals who don’t volunteer extra money to the state as hypocritical and guilty, but that’s no surprise.”

Plus this: “The NYT is continuing the progressive bait-and-switch here: Social Security and Medicare were sold to America as earned benefit programs, not welfare. It’s the ‘secondary mission’ of middle-class vote-buying — and the Boomers heading into retirement — that accounts for most of this story. The NYT overlooks that the US welfare state contributes to the supposed income inequality problem progressives have been decrying for the past few years. Moreover, compared to other developed countries, the US system is unique only in terms of low upward mobility from the bottom among men (although cross-country comparisons of mobility can be tricky). The left would no doubt argue this means we must have ever-higher taxes and more redistribution, while the right would argue we need lower taxes and less redistribution. However, what seems clear is that the Democrats’ version of the welfare state has been a political boon to Democrats and less beneficial to the poor they claim to champion. Moreover, if the NYT is at least correct that the increase in the safety net is fueling anger at the government, it may be that the political value of the welfare state to Democrats is diminishing as well.”

A BIGGER PROBLEM FOR ROMNEY THAN BAIN?

RELATED: On the flip-side, Obama’s Peculiar Reelection Strategy.

JEFFREY GOLDBERG: Was Santorum ‘Weird’ For Bringing Home His Stillborn Baby? “There is much I don’t like about Rick Santorum’s ideas, but the story of how he and his wife dealt with the tragic death of their baby is not something that bothers me. Pete Wehner has an appropriately indignant post, quoted below, about the attacks on Santorum over this issue (and he summarizes the sad story as well), but it strikes me as indecent to criticize the loving, if discomfiting, behavior of people who have just suffered the worst possible tragedy known to humankind.” Like I said, after the Trig Palin assaults nothing surprises me.

Related: Patterico: In Mocking Santorum, Eugene Robinson Reveals A Sickness in Our Society. “The problem is not just that some leftists can’t understand the love that some people feel for their unborn children — or for their children who (like Sarah Palin’s son Trig) were born with disabilities. What really infuriates is the contempt they show for parents who make different choices than they would . . . and the smug arrogance with which they pronounce judgment on the most intimate aspects of others’ private lives.”

PATTERICO: Obama/Holder DoJ Blinds Itself to Voter Fraud Concerns.

A FIRE ALARM IN THE NIGHT: A Fire Alarm in the Night: Darino v. Morgan Hill Unified Sch. Dist. Clearly, you should respond to speech you dislike with violence. That’s the message our responsible authorities are sending, over and over again.

PATTERICO: My Interview with a Twitter User Who Told Andrew Breitbart: “Please Die.”

I wonder if there’s any connection to this.

OOPS: Solyndra Filing A Disaster For Obama. “Wow, which radical right-wing deathbeast Obama-hating Rethuglican Web site ran that headline? Err, NBC’s Bay Area affiliate.” Yeah, this whole “Green Jobs” thing isn’t working out so well.

UPDATE: Solyndra solar company fails after getting controversial federal loan guarantees. “A company that served as a showcase for the Obama administration’s effort to create jobs in clean technology shut down Wednesday, leaving 1,100 people out of work and taxpayers obligated for $535 million in federal loans.” Follow the money.

ANOTHER UPDATE: “You will be shocked to learn that Solyndra’s majority owner, Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser, was a major fundraiser for the 2008 Obama-Biden campaign.” Like I said, follow the money.

What’s amazing about the Obama Administration isn’t the corruption, which we’ve seen before. It’s the crudity and obviousness of the corruption.

Coupled with ineptitude. Reader Patrick Kelly writes:

I read the WaPo article on Solyndra. This quote from Solyndra’s CEO really stood out:

“This was an unexpected outcome and is most unfortunate,” Solyndra chief executive Brian Harrison said in a statement. “Regulatory and policy uncertainties” made it impossible to raise capital to quickly rescue the operation, he said.

I guess that’s what you get when you dance with the devil. The same government that can take other people’s money to make your company work can also regulate your company to the point where you can’t raise capital from any other source.

Oft evil will shall evil mar.

WHY CONSERVATIVES get paranoid about Obama.

I mean since Obama has become president conservatives have often wondered: is he really this bad at his job, or is he some kind of evil genius trying to intentionally frak up this country? . . . Now, consider this syllogism.

1. An unpatriotic act is one that unjustifiably harms this country.

2. Obama has declared that adding $4 Trillion to the debt was an unpatriotic act.

3. As President, Obama has added $4 Trillion to the debt.

4. Therefore Obama is knowingly, intentionally, and unjustifiably engaging in conduct that harms this country.

Now, tell the truth liberals, is there anything at all unreasonable about that syllogism? No.

But there is a reason why that syllogism fails, because there is a hidden premise in it. Let’s call it step 2.5 and insert it back into my syllogism:

1. An unpatriotic act is one that unjustifiably harms this country.

2. Obama has declared that adding $4 Trillion to the debt was an unpatriotic act.

2.5 Obama actually means what he said.

3. As President, Obama has added $4 Trillion to the debt.

4. Therefore Obama is knowingly, intentionally, and unjustifiably engaging in conduct that harms this country.

And as far as I can see, that is the only logical defense to the charge that the President is knowingly and willfully harming this country: that he is a cheeseball politician willing to say one thing to be elected and to do another once he actually has power.

Well, that makes it all better then.

BOSTON HERALD:

Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the nation’s credit rating gives House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan every right to say “I told you so.”

Even earlier this week when President Obama was taking his victory lap for the debt-ceiling compromise, Ryan was disclosing the cold, hard truths of the economic troubles that lie ahead — truths that a jittery Wall Street has been more than aware of.

In an oped column in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal, the Wisconsin Republican reiterated, of course, that the president really has no budget plan. . . . The president knew then and knows now that his health care and welfare state agenda demand new and higher taxes, that the costs of Medicare and Medicaid will continue to rise at unsustainable levels and that he has no plan for dealing with that.

In fact, when presented with options by his own debt commission appointees, Obama continued to be in denial.

How can you talk about priorities when you can’t even present a budget?

UPDATE: For whom the downgrade tolls. “The first reaction of the administration was not to blame the GOP, but to attack S&P’s math, as though a couple of trillion makes the difference in this context. My initial hypothesis was that the administration took this tack to try to scare the Moody’s and Fitch — the other major credit ratings agencies — away from following S&P into issuing downgrades. Certainly, there are real-world effects off a downgrade on interest rates, economic growth, and employment that would motivate the administration to this end. Upon further consideration, I would suggest the reactions against S&P have deeper ideological roots. . . . Perhaps in the future, community organizers will bus hoboes to chant outside the houses of credit agency employees. Or perhaps Big Labor will organize rallies on Wall Street to rail against the evil bond market. But such efforts will be largely futile. Moreover, the DNC and AARP are not going to waste money running issue advocacy ads against our creditors, even though it would be vaguely amusing to see them roll out actors dressed as aristocratic bond vigilantes for demonization. It might be easier to run ads attacking our largest creditor, China, but it is a fair bet that the PRC would not care all that much, either.”

HAS AMERICA REACHED A TEA PARTY TIPPING POINT? “Yes, there is a long, long way to go. But the idea that America doesn’t, in fact, have to be governed for eternity as a debtor nation with a mammoth, out-of-control, ever-expanding government is winning the day. It is tipping the balance with increasing decisiveness against an idea that has become so much a part of conventional wisdom that even some conservatives, startlingly including, inexplicably, the Wall Street Journal, have displayed the wobblies at the thought of confronting the Leviathan.”

He’s also right to note the role played by Mark Levin’s Liberty And Tyranny.

UPDATE: Don’t get cocky. Always good advice!

OBAMA: PASS MY DEBT CEILING OR I’LL STARVE GRANDMA.

UPDATE: Reader David Gulliver emails: “They told me if I voted for John McCain . . . the President would stop paying social security to our most vulnerable elderly and disabled Americans – and they were right!”

Related: The U.S. Treasury Will Not Default If Debt Ceiling Isn’t Raised: “I’m afraid Secretary Geithner and others in government are doing the moral equivalent of yelling ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater and they are doing so for political reasons rather than financial reasons. . . . If we do not raise the debt ceiling by August 2nd, we will not default on Treasury obligations. Nor, will we have trouble making Social Security payments.” Unless the President orders them stopped. Though it’s not clear that Treasury can stop.

Plus, an open thread on debt-ceiling bargaining.

GEERT WILDERS takes a victory lap. As he should.

MORE ON Anthony Weiner and the Delaware Police Investigation.

AARON WORTHING: Hey, maybe you shouldn’t trust Google with your wallet.

WILL RICK PERRY SHOW UP TO SAVE THE DAY?

When I’ve interviewed him for PJTV I was pretty impressed. Plus, he’s got a plan for cutting college education costs, and he blogs for The Tatler. So I’m predisposed to like the idea.