Political Animal


May 25, 2012 6:30 PM Weekend Links

By Ryan Cooper

Well folks, that’s it for me. Thanks for reading and commenting. This was the first time I’ve ever guest-hosted at such a big place, and though I was super nervous at the start, it seemed to go reasonably well. I hope I wasn’t too big a letdown for people expecting their Kilgore fix. You can keep up with me back at my own place and on Twitter. Here are some weekend reads:

1. A beautiful meditation on plywood. Wow.

2. President Obama apparently had some strange pot-smoking rituals. It would be funny if it weren’t for the arrests, SWAT raids on medical marijuana dispensaries and so forth.

3. ICYMI: adorable story about a five-year-old and the President’s hair.

4. A guide to Eurobonds. The time for those to work is running out fast.

5. Jon Lovett discovers what’s wrong with Washington.

6. The conservative blogger Patterico was apparently subjected to some horribly dangerous, terroristic harassment. As Radley Balko says, disagreements aside, the people responsible “need to be arrested and charged with about a dozen different crimes.”

Finally, if you’re sick and tired of Meet The Press and other insipid weekend TV, MSNBC has some exceptionally fine weekend programming, in the form of Up With Chris Hayes, and the MHP show. Tune in starting at 8.

Mr. Kilgore will hopefully be back next week; your weekend blogger will be Adele Stan. I hope everyone has a lovely holiday!


Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper


  • Matt on May 25, 2012 6:59 PM:

    Had to check out the link about Patterico and "swatting". Holy crap, that's terrifying, and apparently this isn't an isolated phenomenon.

    There's broader implications for this. If police now have to be suspicious of the 911 calls they receive, legitimate calls could go ignored or police could mount an inadequate response based on that suspicion. Lots of people could get hurt by this.

  • c u n d gulag on May 25, 2012 7:08 PM:

    Ya done good, Kid!
    Come on back to the spread anytime you're back this neck o' the woods...

  • j on May 25, 2012 7:17 PM:

    Ditto to Gulag, and thankyou Ryan.

  • UnEasyOne on May 25, 2012 7:49 PM:

    Well, if Barry had been treated the way he treats his modern victims, he would have been a felon and effectively ineligible for the presidency. He has the power to reschedule pot on just his own say so - and won't.

    Now I'm not breaking any MJ laws, because I am old and have no connections. But I am also in a lot of pain, and would qualify for medical pot if I didn't live in a neanderthal state like Texas - and if "good ol' Barry the pothead" didn't keep it classified Schedule I.

    I guess I really would be a fucking retard if I was willing to vote for that SOB again.

  • gus on May 25, 2012 8:49 PM:

    President Romney, lackey of the loudest GOP voices, will do you a solid and make sure you can get some pot if you’d like.
    The very election of President Mitt will ensure that Texas can kiss its sovereignty goodbye because Romney believes the Federal Government trumps states’ rights.

  • S. Holland on May 25, 2012 9:49 PM:

    Well done! Come back anytime!

  • Bruce S on May 25, 2012 10:38 PM:

    Thank YOU!

  • Chresmologue on May 25, 2012 10:47 PM:

    Thanks for an uncommonly good day's worth of blogging -- hope to see more of you!

  • Ronald on May 25, 2012 11:11 PM:

    Ryan- you did a great job filling in. I hope you get another rotation soon. :D

  • W.R. German on May 26, 2012 3:57 AM:

    The link to the show Up with Chris Hughes is dead.

  • Bob Putnam on May 26, 2012 6:58 AM:

    Working link to Up with Chris Hayes:

    It is, IMHO, the best there is...

  • Ron Byers on May 26, 2012 7:50 AM:

    Good job Ryan, but calling him Mr. Kilgore is kind of charming in an old fashioned sort of way. When anybody calls me Mr. Byers I look around for my dad. A WWII vet, he died in 2002. I miss him and his generation. They gave us the world we enjoy. I wish we were worthy.

  • berttheclock on May 26, 2012 8:18 AM:

    Yes, I must agree with the erudite "Mr" Byers. However, over at the Seattle PI, there is a story up which came from the Sierra Club about Big Coal creating jobs, well, sort of. Appears they love to use "astro turf" groups to appear to be grass roots activists. For a recent hearing by the EPA in Chicago, young men were paid $50 and provided with lunches to show up at the hearing wearing T-shirts which had logos in favor of Big Coal. More of this is expected at the hearings over the hotly contested mine in Alaska.

  • Just Dropping By on May 26, 2012 8:25 AM:

    I was unaware that Patterico is an LA County prosecutor. Having learned that, all I can say is that I'm not shedding any tears for him over this.

  • cwolf on May 26, 2012 1:27 PM:

    ...2. President Obama apparently had some strange pot-smoking rituals. It would be funny if it weren’t for the arrests, SWAT raids on medical marijuana dispensaries and so forth.
    What Penn Jillette said.

  • TCinLA on May 26, 2012 1:43 PM:

    Patterico is a scum-sucking piece of something you scrape off your shoe when you walk out of the LA Hall of Injustice and a blight on the legal system in Los Angeles (where he's a Deputy DA), and I for one would buy a bottle of champagne to celebrate the day he joins his buddy Breitbart in the Ninth Level of Hell where he belongs.

  • merl on May 26, 2012 1:56 PM:

    I doubt that happened. JS McCain said he had to go into hiding even though he's a well known internet tough guy

  • Neildsmith on May 27, 2012 12:23 PM:

    With the elites waging war on decent Americans every day... It's nice to see some fight back every once in a while. Three cheers for the freedom fighters!