Morning Must Reads: February 20

In the news: Koch bros, VA governor race, Heinz ketchup, digital medical records, and Star Wars.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

 
  • Congress won’t win a sequester fight with Obama.
  • Chris Christie has record-breaking approval ratings for a NJ governor.
  • Can the Koch World still count on the support of the dozens of wealthy supporters in its network?
  • The FBI has begun a criminal investigation into a big trade made prior to last week’s $23 billion buyout of H.J. Heinz Co.  Bad news for SoS John Kerry.
  • Race for Virginia Governor in a dead heat between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
  • Companies in the digital medical records business have made a killing since their 2010 lobbing efforts succeeded
  • National Journal: most liberal/conservative Congressmen
  • Will Texas turn blue?
  • Star Wars receives a gender studies analysis
326 comments
sacredh
sacredh

OT, but my wife and I went over to my mother's house to give her her birthday gift. She just turned 88.  My wife was walking around looking at the unusal pictures, statues and sculptures sitting around. My mom kept telling her to take anything she liked because they were hideous and too bizarre for her tastes. I bought her all of them over the years. I had to walk into the kitchen because I couldn't stop laughing. I gave her a gift card this year.

fitty_three
fitty_three

I see that paulejb has demonstrated again his unique ability to pee around corners.

paulejb
paulejb

"Hopey-changey millenials getting crushed…"

http://polipundit.com/?p=44622

Odd that the groups that voted for Obama in massive numbers are taking the greatest hits. Well, Ol PT did say that there was one born every minute. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

So the Number One Tax Cutter-in-Chief John Boehner thinks that Pres. Obama is a failure and a loser because of the sequester?  So he was for the sequester before he was against it?  He should change his name to John Flip-flop.   

MementoMori
MementoMori

Ok, this was too funny to save until tomorrow, so I'm interrupting 'Paulie's Playhouse'.

Headline from The Blaze! (which I'm not going to link to)

HAVE YOU HEARD THE WWE’S WILDLY RACIST ‘TEA PARTY’ WRESTLING CHARACTER NAMED JACK SWAGGER?

(Yes, The Blaze does everything in all caps)

Even Pro Wrestling has caught on that the Tea Party is a bunch of xenophobic Archie Bunker wannabes fit only for mocking. If you're too rightwing for Pro frickin Wrestling, you know you've jumped the shark.

outsider
outsider

This continued misogyny or just hubris? Either way, another instance of GOP class:


Bob Beckel stunned his own co-hosts when he suggested that rape does not happen on college campuses during Tuesday's "The Five."

The Fox News roundtable was debating Colorado legislation that would allow women to carry concealed weapons to prevent sexual assault at colleges. Beckel was skeptical, and asked, "When's the last time you heard about rape on a college campus?"

"What?!" Kimberly Guilfoyle reacted.

"What are you talking about?" an indignant Eric Bolling said. "It's rampant."

"Oh, it's rampant?" Beckel asked. "Rapes on campus?!" Bolling responded. "Where?" Beckel wanted to know.

"In particular, date rape on campus," Dana Perino added.

"Yea, date rape, that's one problem," Beckel conceded, "but you gonna take a gun out and shoot your date?"

An estimated 20%-25% of women in college reported experiencing an attempted or a completed rape during college, according to the Center For Disease Control. New York University's statistics about rape on campuses also report that one in five women raped during their college years.

Beckel is no stranger to making controversial statements on air. Earlier this month, he referred to the appearance of his eyes as "Oriental," and was quickly reprimanded by co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle. He has also dropped the f-bomb numerous timeson "The Five."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/20/bob-beckel-college-rape-guns_n_2726173.html


MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N 

It will eventually pay for paulejbs mental issues, so it's a good thing.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@53_3 

I prefer to think of him as a one person volmitorium.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

'That like bullets going 'round corners?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb 

Well, when the economy was destroyed by the Republicans, the deficit was being run up by the Republicans, they were looking to cut spending on education while we were in school, they did nothing about the accelerating cost of tuition and the debts it gives us, they give tax breaks to the mega rich who we can't join unless we were born into it, they watched and helped as jobs got shipped overseas, and now that the world is going to crap, they're trying to cut the programs that might keep us afloat while we wait for their mess to get fixed.  I don't know if the hopey-changey thing is working or not.  All I know is that it's not the one actively trying to rape us.

(Ok, fine, I'm Canadian, but I am a millennial and I was certainly watching this all unfold as I grew up)

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Hopey-Changey how cute. Keep channeling Sara Palin and keep being as irrelevant as she is.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Or perhaps he just couldn't believe how fast the vultures in the Republican party would turn on one of their own. A rabid weasel would be proud.

sacredh
sacredh

"Never doubt that the left is coming for your guns."

Never doubt that the right is coming for your Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment benefits, retirement, hospitalization and civil rights. Guess which side I'm more afraid of?



mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb The NRA- Lobbying for Criminals to have guns. Because nothing makes American safer than felons with fire arms.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Shannity = Daffy Duck.  Boisterous and irrelevant.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb 

Hannity is doing his 'I'm a moron impression'. Sorry, that is Hannity being Hannity.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@outsider2011 That's the scariest stat I've seen in a while.

We've been watching paulie's rhetoric escalate for weeks. ("The Dems are a comin to take muh guns and manhood!") He's already talked up his 'unreported race war'.

It most cases its's all just blustering xenophobes, but when they're that heavily armed....

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb 

*yawn*

Do you ever listen to the whole video before you make some stupid attack about a single line?

"Either Congress comes up with 1.2 Trillion dollars... or the sequester kicks in"

At the time and today, I took it to mean that for him to not veto, they would have to provide an alternate to the sequester that impacts the deficit as much as the sequester.  I see no evidence that he violated that statement.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb They have the attention span of a gnat.


Says the guy who contradicts himself from post to post.

paulejb
paulejb

@outsider2011 

It's all part of the Democrat war on women. The Democrat party where NO means YES.

sacredh
sacredh

She's getting a little bit loose in her talk anymore. She dropped the f-bomb on us in casual conversation this afternoon.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

@MrObvious @sacredh Remember when Fox News blamed Obama for Romney's loss? Classic.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TyPollard

If paulejb is a one man centipede, then the only difference between your take and mine is the direction of circulation.

outsider
outsider

@MementoMori @outsider2011 


It's not a comforting story. And it's a shame that the ignorance that was supposed to be over come in the 60's, wasn't. 

sacredh
sacredh

I'm not going to get it stitched up. I superglued it shut. I've done that a couple of times before. It's swelled up and a little black and blue.

sacredh
sacredh

For 88 she's pretty good. OT, but I fell out of bed about 30 minutes ago. I've got a three inch gash on the side of my head immediately to the left of my eye.. We got the bleeding stopped and bandaged it up. I'll go to the dr when they open up at 9 and see if it needs stitched up. You can see white stuff. It looks fairly deep. I'm pretty sure I'll have a black eye in the morning. I think I'll move the night stand a little further from the bed. lol.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

<sigh>I guess my wordplay was too crude.</sigh>

Anyway, I gathered that she was suffering the slings and arrows of old age.  Hope she's ok.

sacredh
sacredh

She's a democrat through and through. She voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

sacredh
sacredh

That would be the correct answer fitty.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @mantisdragon91

In Obama's vision of America, ONLY criminals would have guns.

Seriously paulejb. You used to be somewhat amusing back in the day. Now you're trying so darn hard being insufferable. Do you really crave our attention so hard? It's like the fewer that even bother paying any attention to you the more shriek and dumb you post.

Show some respect for yourself. I mean really. You've gone way beyond pathetic and lame at this point. You're like the girl who liked to get spanked and when that's not enough asks someone to spit on her or give her a 'golden shower'. It's to the point people feel dirty and icky trying to discuss things when you're around. You're like that really bad movie you can't even make fun of. Take a hint; 3x, rusty and bunch are not around anymore. THEY don't want to waste their time.

You're not the last para trooper. You're the last village idiot in the ruin of your movement screaming LEEZEN.

We're not listening bud - we're pointing and laughing and even that have lost its charm. Come on. Don't do this to yourself. You're not representing yourself or your movement very well.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@mantisdragon91

Why are you responding with an ad hominen attack?  We aren't defending Beckel, we point out when our own people are idiots, and flooding this thread with ad hominen attacks, aside from doing what Paulie wants, contributes nothing to the actual debate?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Correction: It's Democrat treat women....

outsider
outsider

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb 


Um, doesn't deserve that. Not doesn't not deserve that - that would be a double negative saying he does - and that is NOT what i was saying. 


He so does not deserve to have his idiocy dignified. 

outsider
outsider

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb @outsider2011 


Mantis, why respond to this crap? He took a story about the GOP saying rape doesn't exist, and tried to tie it to the Dems. 


It was useless and transparently desperate. Don't qualify his idiocy with replies. All it does is dignify him - and he doesn't not deserve that when he says something as patently stupid as the GOP saying rape doesn't exist is part of the dem war on women (never mind that it's the GOP who are warring with women, and Dems who are defending them). 



mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb @mantisdragon91 @outsider2011 Is that why the Republicans want rapists to have child custody rights? You see Troll you can throw lies and BS in this board all day long and yet the facts remain the same and the fact is that the Republican Party and Islamic Fundamentalists have more in common when it comes to disdain for women than you are comfortable admitting.