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Washington Post Reporter Frustrated Every Space In Parking Garage Taken Up By Anonymous Source

WASHINGTON—Circling every level multiple times with no luck whatsoever, Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker was frustrated Tuesday that every space in the parking garage was taken up by an anonymous source. “I’ve gone around and around, but I can’t find a single spot that isn’t already filled by an unidentified White House leaker,” said an exasperated Rucker, who recalled how easy it was to nab a prime parking place to clandestinely receive privileged information only a few short years ago. “It’s such a nightmare driving all the way to the very top of the whole fucking structure to hold a secret meeting with an informant and then have to squeeze into a spot reserved for compact cars that another journalist who’s meeting with a whistle-blower is halfway parked in anyway. Seriously, I have to start scheduling these rendezvous earlier, because as soon as dusk settles in, you can forget it.” At press time, Rucker was idling his car near the space occupied by a New York Times reporter who had just received a thumb drive and appeared to be wrapping things up.
Posted by Muddling Through | Wed May 31, 2017, 08:51 AM (1 replies)

Notre Dame Students Walk Out of Mike Pence Graduation Speech

Poor snowflakes. Imagine what the real world will offer.

"On Saturday, about 150 students staged a walk-out protest against Vice President Mike Pence's graduation speech at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind. Ironically, Pence used the speech to praise Notre Dame as a campus open to dissenting opinions.

"Notre Dame is a campus where deliberation is welcomed, where opposing views are debated, and where every speaker, no matter how unpopular or unfashionable, is afforded the right to air their views in the open for all to hear," Pence declared, as the South Bend Tribune reported. But just as Pence began speaking, about 150 people, half students and half faculty members, walked out of the speech.

The walk-out had been planned in advance, and took place right as Pence took the podium. Some students and faculty even booed the sitting vice president as they filed out of his speech.

Pence intended to draw a contrast between Notre Dame and other colleges, but this act seemed to solidify the anti-speech trends on American campuses. "Far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness, all of which amounts to nothing less than suppression of the freedom of speech."

Balance of article at the link:
Posted by Muddling Through | Mon May 22, 2017, 08:21 PM (4 replies)

Voter Suppression in Deep-Blue New York

This story makes me smile.

"Democrats are celebrating the Supreme Court’s refusal to review an appeals court decision striking down a North Carolina law for violating the Voting Rights Act. Some liberal media outlets called it America’s “worst voter suppression law.” I was happy to see it go, too. But “worst” in the nation? As a New Yorker, I take exception.

A fair examination of the record shows that no state does a better job discouraging voters from going to the polls than New York.

For starters, New York is the worst state for independents, bar none. Most states, including North Carolina, hold some form of open primary or caucus that allows independents to participate. Not New York, where independents outnumber Republicans. Voter suppression begins with eligibility, and New York’s parties have long history of trying to minimize participation in primaries.

Some states with open primaries require independents to join a party when they arrive at the polls. In New York, independents must join a party 11 months in advance of state primaries. No other state sets such a distant deadline. Many of Senator Bernie Sanders’s supporters found that out the hard way last year.

Much of New York State is also dominated by one party or the other (sometimes as a result of gerrymandering). For independents, this means that unless you join a party and participate in the primary, most winners have already been decided before you get a chance to cast a general election ballot. New Yorkers are busy people. Why bother waiting in line to vote if the election is a fait accompli?

It’s not just independents who face challenges in New York. The North Carolina law struck down by the courts would have reduced early voting to 10 days from 17. But New York (like a dozen other states) has no early voting at all. If you’re counting at home, 10 days of early voting is a voting-rights violation, but zero days of early voting is just fine with the federal courts."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sun May 21, 2017, 08:32 PM (2 replies)

These Charlotte kids named their rocket Trump and went to DC. Guess who took notice?

"When students from Charlotte’s Victory Christian Center School decided to revive a rocketry team tradition of naming their rockets, one of the groups christened their rocket Trump.

And if there’s anyone who likes seeing his name on things, it’s the president. So when the team went to Washington, D.C., on Friday to get ready for the national competition, they ended up showing their entry to President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

“That’s a mean-looking machine, huh?” the president said as the team set down their sleek black projectile with his name in gold letters.

President Donald Trump speaks during a visit by the Victory Christian Center School from Charlotte.

Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, introduced the team when the national press corps came in. They spent a little under 5 minutes exchanging pleasantries and having their pictures taken.

“How did you come up with the name Trump?” the president asked.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a visit by the Victory Christian Center School as his daughter, Ivanka Trump, looks on.

“Simply because it conquers all,” one student replied, drawing a handshake from the president and cheers from his classmates.

“They’re never going to put that on television,” Trump said."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sun May 14, 2017, 03:49 PM (5 replies)


May the 4th, be with you.

Posted by Muddling Through | Thu May 4, 2017, 10:08 AM (8 replies)
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