Morning Must Reads: February 28

In the news: Woodward "threatened" by White House, Obama's sequester bluff, red states, Voting Rights Act, Arne Duncan's pinocchio.

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

  • Sequester negotiations could last until May.
  • Bob Woodward claims to be “threatened” by White House. Email exchange proves otherwise. UPDATED.
  • Budget cuts may hit red states harder.
  • Can Boehner and Obama get along?
  • Pictures of the White House gutted in 1949.
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor‘s role in the Voting Rights Act trial.
  • It’s the Federal Reserve’s 100th birthday; George Will blows out the candles.
  • Karl Rove: Call Obama’s bluff. “Giving Obama flexibility on where to make cuts will temporarily give him greater power. But it will also empower House Republicans, who exercise oversight.”
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s long nose.
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sacredh
sacredh

Bob Woodward claims to be “threatened” by White House. Email exchange proves otherwise.

Of course if Woodward had told the truth, he wouldn't be on MMRs.  

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh I read it but is it real or did they Bar-b-que Dennis after that photo?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh Are there a lot of Chicago thugs who wear mom jeans?

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh Just for the record I'm not sayin' Ynet about this Wood Head thing.  Dumb.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh You'd think a guy who helped take down Nixon would know when he is and isn't being threatened by the White House.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@Sue_N Yeah, I saw that somewhere else recently.  It's pretty awesome, eh?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N 

That was a terrific story. The best of humanity on display without any childish politics involved.

sacredh
sacredh

They're more common than anti-Christs around here.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N @sacredh I guess he's still stressed out after dealing with H.R. Haldeman and E. Howard Hunt. I'd LOVE to know how Carl Bernstein feels about Woodward now, if he'd ever talk. Maybe Karen Tumulty can open him up.

sacredh
sacredh

It makes me proud to be a socialst that sides when the democrats. ;  )

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Diecash1 @Sue_N It is. Especially considering how cutthroat high school sports can be. But we saw a coach and team who had their priorities straight, and a young man on the other team who clearly is being raised right.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MrObvious @Sue_N I've watched it a couple of times now and I get teary at each one. Those boys and that coach just made my week.

And it happened in Texas! There's hope for us yet!!

sacredh
sacredh

retiredvet, people say and do stupid things all the time because they say things before they've thought about them. I know I do. That's why I laugh at how the media tries to read meanings into everything our politicians or spokesmen say. Who hasn't said something on the spur of the moment because they were irritated at something? The people with a microphone or camera in their face are no different. They're just like us but in the public eye. Where they are different is that when they say something stupid, they have to decide in an instant whether to take back what they just said or somehow try to justify what they really didn't mean in the first place.  

retiredvet
retiredvet

You just described the method of the best comedians. Serious subject exposed in a joking way. You could do great standup.

sacredh
sacredh

Thanks for the kind words retiredvet, but a breath of fresh air to one person might be air pollution to another. As for making jokes, I think it's a more effective way of making a point. A person may laugh at something, but then they'll think about it.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@sacredh You're a breath of fresh air man. We have to make jokes to stay reasonably sane these days.

sacredh
sacredh

As for the nudity thing, that does make me wonder. My ex thought it was funny. The three of us have know each other and been close friends since we were teenagers. We've seen each other naked thousands of times and it was never a big deal. Why should it be now? It's not like we've grown better looking or more appealing as we got older.



sacredh
sacredh

roknsteve, I lean socialist. I don't believe in pure socialism as a viable form of government anymore than I think pure capitalism is a good idea. I think we should look at the various aspects of each (and other forms of government) and incorporate the best of them all. I'm not a purist in any sense of the word.

As for me being funny, I don't know. Maybe coming of age in the 60s had a great deal to do with how I think. Sometimes my wife laughs her ass off  at meand other times she wishes I had an off button. I don't really try to be funny. I think life is bizarre and I just notice it.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@Sue_N @sacredh I've heard about this man getting naked in front of women thing since I was a teenager.  I Don't Get It!  I used to feel odd but now think I'm normal odd.   

roknsteve
roknsteve

@Sue_N @sacredh And I think Robin Williams better stay out of sacredh's way- too funny and real life.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh I need to know if I'm a socalist?  I'm not a dem ro rep or liberal or tarian etc.  So where am I???  I only know I was born a rock 'n roller whom is heart centered.   

sacredh
sacredh

But she never beat me by more than mumble, mumble....

sacredh
sacredh

I should say I win all the time. I won 3 of 6. Two. I won two. One game by 7 pts.

sacredh
sacredh

Well, I have to get back to my fascinating life. We're going to play Yahtzee.

sacredh
sacredh

Sue_N, that kind of stuff sounds way worse than it really is. It sounds far more interesting than it really is too.

sacredh
sacredh

True and a minor mistake. I still don't think it was all that bad.

sacredh
sacredh

Sue_N, my wife and ex are best friends and 1st cousins. It was really innocent. My wife and ex went out drinking while I was at work on 4-12 and she told told me if they weren't back by the time I got home, to just go ahead and go to bed. I got home, jumped in the shower and had just got out when she yelled down and asked me if it was OK to bring her down to see the work I'd done in the library. I said I'd just got out of the shower so she said to put something on. I put on my John Deere ballcap. She made a big deal out of it.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh You sound like my husband. Well, except for the "naked in front of the ex-wife" thing. He complains that I remember too much and hear too well. It also bugs him when I bring logic into an argument.

But you'd all be lost without us.

sacredh
sacredh

I don't even try to pretend that I call the shots. She remembers EVERYTHING. She was still complaining recently about me being naked in front of my ex-wife and that was last SUMMER!

sacredh
sacredh

Well, she's my boss.

sacredh
sacredh

She made me call her back and explain. They weren't watching the news. Eileen wanted the recipe for my wife's marshmallow icing.

sacredh
sacredh

Crap. It was. My wife just yelled down and asked me what the hell I said to Eileen.

sacredh
sacredh

Lord, I hope it wasn't his wife wanting to talk to mine.

sacredh
sacredh

LOL. One of my buddies must have been watching the news because almost as soon as I finished reading the story, the phone rang. I saw his name on caller ID, picked it up and yelled "F**k me you BEAST!". Click.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

I'm sure that'll be the meme. It's not hard to think like a GOPer; just remove common sense, reason and anything you think sounds right and imagine the dumbest, most juvenile shit you can. 

sacredh
sacredh

It'll take a few days for them to convince themselves that have to divorce their wives and marry men. At least a day. They're hitting the reststops now.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

Imagine that - Obama found his balls and baggers lost theirs.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@Sue_N Agreed.  I've been coaching for several years and we always stress good sportsmanship and, for the most part, it's gone very well but it's not without its challenges.  Some parents are more of the "win at all costs" mentality and it makes coaching kids' sports a bit difficult.  I'm sure the difficulty only increases at the high school level.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N @MrObvious 

I'm not going to tell you the odds (it IS Texas) but note that both involved, coach and the opposite team player are hispanic. I guess they're not the evil sort some paint them out to be.

Values knows no skin tone.