So Daddy is a wingnut

Am I surprised? Not really. Most 15-year-old girls are more interested in their friends than politics. I figured somebody was influencing her:

A SPOTLIGHT has been focused on Samantha Pawlucy, the teen who got grief for wearing a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt to school – but Thursday it was her father’s turn under the lights.

A Philadelphia City Paper article published Thursday focused on Richard Pawlucy and his ties to a survivalist Facebook group, “Port Richmond Preparedness.”

The page was no longer on Facebook at midday Thursday, but the paper published a screen grab of the page that included Pawlucy’s opinions about memorials in his neighborhood and the purpose of Port Richmond Preparedness.

The group said its mission was “to keep our homes, and by proxy our neighborhood safe from any who may wish it harm. Our cache will include small arms, munitions, hordes, protective gear, reconnaissance equipment, combat rations, and field communications equipment.”

The group also will help seniors and “infirm” neighbors, while refraining from “thuggery” and “hooliganism.”

In a July 31 post, Pawlucy wrote about an improvised memorial service at Tulip and Cambria streets.

“The scum bags closed of [sic] the street with their cars, loud gangsta rap playing and filth surrounding them,” he wrote. “I never thought the other side of richmond would turn into this [expletive] hole. What gets me is that some people call it Multiculturalism and they live in this [expletive].”

Getting it right

Taibbi on Joe Biden. Go read the rest:

I’ve never thought much of Joe Biden. But man, did he get it right in last night’s debate, and not just because he walloped sniveling little Paul Ryan on the facts. What he got absolutely right, despite what you might read this morning (many outlets are criticizing Biden’s dramatic excesses), was his tone. Biden did absolutely roll his eyes, snort, laugh derisively and throw his hands up in the air whenever Ryan trotted out his little beady-eyed BS-isms.

But he should have! He was absolutely right to be doing it. We all should be doing it. That includes all of us in the media, and not just paid obnoxious-opinion-merchants like me, but so-called “objective” news reporters as well. We should all be rolling our eyes, and scoffing and saying, “Come back when you’re serious.”

The load of balls that both Romney and Ryan have been pushing out there for this whole election season is simply not intellectually serious. Most of their platform isn’t even a real platform, it’s a fourth-rate parlor trick designed to paper over the real agenda – cutting taxes even more for super-rich dickheads like Mitt Romney, and getting everyone else to pay the bill.

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Nothing is bad enough to send a banker to jail

Remember this? Wow. Just wow:

Charges against William Bryan Jennings, the Morgan Stanley (MS) U.S. bond-underwriting chief accused of stabbing a New York cab driver over a fare, will be dropped, according to Connecticut police.

“I’m aware that the charges are being dropped,” Detective Chester Perkowski of the Darien Police Department said today in an interview. He declined to comment further.

Jennings was accused of attacking the driver, Mohamed Ammar, on Dec. 22 with a 2 1/2-inch blade after a 40-mile (64 kilometer) ride from New York to the banker’s home in Darien. Ammar, a native of Egypt and a U.S. citizen, said Jennings told him, “I’m going to kill you. You should go back to your country,” according to a police report.

Jennings faced assault and hate-crime charges, each of which brings a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He was also charged with not paying the fare, a misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty March 9.


What Krugman said:

This is taking place in an environment in which the private sector is still deleveraging ferociously from the debt binge of the previous decade; so we’re creating a situation in which both the private sector and the public sector are trying to slash spending relative to income. And whaddya know, the world economy is sputtering.

The truly amazing thing is that this calamitous error is not, for the most part, the result of special interests, or an unwillingness to make hard choices. On the contrary, it’s being driven by Very Serious People who pride themselves on their willingness to make hard choices (which, naturally, involve inflicting pain on other people). In fact, I’d argue that the desire to make hard choices, or at least to be seen as doing so, is the reason the VSPs chose to ignore the extensive and, we now know, completely accurate warnings from some economists of what would happen if they gave in to their austerity obsession.

FT Alphaville says that I’m feeling a bit “smuggish” about all this; well, I’m only human. But truly, this is a terrible thing to behold.

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