Morning Must Reads: February 18

Happy Presidents' Day! Here are today's top stories.

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  • Happy Presidents’ Day! How well do you know the American Presidents?
  • Through an exemption Congress granted itself for trips deemed to be cultural exchanges, congressional staffers can get free trips abroad if foreign governments pay for them.  Lobbyists are allowed to supervise.
  • America’s foreign policy priority: the “pivot to Asia” or the Middle East?
  • GOP civil war is not a quick fix.
  • Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai bans his people from calling the U.S. for airstrikes in residential areas.
  • Obama administration plans decade-long project to map the human brain.
  • Ramzi Yousef, the’93 World Trade Center bomber, has been in solitary confinement for 15 years. He filed a lawsuit to be in an open prison environment.
  • SNL takes on Rubio’s Gulpgate. Does it beat Stephen Colbert?
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sacredh
sacredh

I only buy Huslter 'cause I like to hide The National Review in something on the way home - Elaine Boosler

Paraphrased.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

And while we're on this sports kick, would anyone care who won the Daytona pole if his name wasn't Danica Patrick?  Wake me when she actually wins a race BTW.



sacredh
sacredh

OT, but on a sad note, Dr. Jerry Buss passed away. Thanks for Showtime Jerry and RIP.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Think I might watch that Maddow doc tonight, just to get all PO'd again.

sacredh
sacredh

Yes, I got another book of quotes for Christmas. I finally got around to reading it this past week. Consider this a warning.

sacredh
sacredh

I think there's life in outer space, sure. But they think we're the Alabama of the universe. They know we're here: they just want nothing to do with us. - Tom Rhodes

sacredh
sacredh

President's Day! Wheee!! Double-time!!! I'd like to thank all the tax-payers for the extra cash.

sacredh
sacredh

 O/U 300? I'm saying over.

sacredh
sacredh

"would anyone care who won the Daytona pole if his name wasn't Danica Patrick?"

.

His? Plumbing problem. 

sacredh
sacredh

NASCAR and liberals. Roofies and Purity Balls.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn I'm gonna watch it, Foggy. As mad as I know it will make me, I think it's important to remind ourselves just how badly our own government played us, and how shamefully complicit the press was.

What's interesting to me is that the right, which sees a conspiracy in everything Obama does and seems so eager to take up arms against his administration, still defends what Dubya and his crew did. McCain can't stop yapping about Benghazi, but he's perfectly fine with Iraq. It's just mind-boggling.

sacredh
sacredh

nfl, OT, but I finally got to see "Beasts of the Southern Wild". I hated it.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh Alabama and Nebraska exist from September thru January.  

[Same for Iowa, except when an election comes up.  So I guess that makes it three things that come from there....]

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh I was thinking more New Hampshire - it exists, but only every quadrennial.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh See? There you go, you godless commie gubmint-workin' slacker, livin' high on the hog off the sweat of honest, God-fearin' taxpayers' toil. Or something.

sacredh
sacredh

His son Jim is an idiot and is destroying the Laker legacy.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@sacredh I am with you on this. After I watched it in total last night, the only thing I had to say to my wife was " that is a strange movie".

sacredh
sacredh

Christ, even my worst relatives weren't as bad as the people in that movie.

sacredh
sacredh

Another quote: I don't mind doing an honest day's work, I just want a week's pay for it - Joey Adams

sacredh
sacredh

I'm in a prognosticating mood today.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I am glad you didn't mention eating in that sentence.

sacredh
sacredh

And it isn't visible to Christie. I think we've killed this thread.

sacredh
sacredh

What does McCain hacve to do with this?

sacredh
sacredh

Sex changes? Don't we all just want more of what we already have?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh Poor Clippers.  Even when after 40 years they're finally good no one talks about them.

sacredh
sacredh

Plus, Kobe gets 30 million next year. The Lakers are looking at 80-90 million just in luxury taxes/penalties next season if they sign Howard to the max.

sacredh
sacredh

I think it goes deeper than that. Jim Buss is not half the man his father is when it comes to basketball smarts. Nash will be 40 on his birthday and has two more years after this one on his contract. Gasol is due almost 20 miliion next season and I can't see Dwight putting up with another year of Kobe ragging on him

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh Kobe is in the same boat as Shaq was with him.  He'll either stay a Laker or move on to a team where he can be the 'it' guy.

sacredh
sacredh

Kobe lives and dies with every win/loss. When the final buzzer sounds, Dwight forgets about it. It's like putting a match to gasoline with Kobe. The Lakers have the wrong coach for Howard. 6-8 shots a game for Dwight is ridiculous. He needs at least 15/game and he's not going to get it in that offense.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh If the Magic have to suffer without him the 'Lakes should with him.  DH is indeed a big baby.

sacredh
sacredh

I think Howard walks at the end of the season. Dwight and Kobe do not get along at all. Dwight is thin skinned and Kobe is constantly in the press alienating him.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh I strongly believe he blocked Jeannie's desire to have her boyfriend/fiance Phil Jackson coach the team.  The guy who replaced Mike Brown can't cut it and he'll be gone by season's end regardless.  They'd better watch it or the Lakers could become what the 49ers went through after DeBartolo left.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm really not the person to judge the artistic merit of movies. I like popular culture films much more than I should. I just wasn't entertained at all by that movie. I don't mind movies that make me think, but all I could think of was "F*** this. It sucked". We watched Hitchcock too and I loved that movie.

sacredh
sacredh

The little girl was amazing, but I didn't like the movie at all. Not at ALL. I'm very easily entertained, but it was just depressing from the get-go.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh 'Haven't seen it either, but I'm guessing you have to really suspend reality past the Marvel superhero stage to watch it.

sacredh
sacredh

I kept thinking, "Please God, SOMEBODY call Children's Services. Get that child away from those people".

sacredh
sacredh

They weren't thirsty at all. All drunk, all the time. Filthy conditions and depressing as all hell. It wasn't uplifting at all.

sacredh
sacredh

Is that a Mexican beer?