Morning Must Reads: March 13

In the news: The China Dream, Ashley Judd, Girl Scout tax-breaks, Obama on the Hill, Ryan's budget, Big Sugar, and the man behind the "47 Percent" video.

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

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forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Amongst the other notes about Pope Francis, one note I've read is:

"He rides a bus to work, wears an ordinary priest's robe and lives with an older priest in a simple apartment where he cooks his own meals, rather than live at the luxurious residence he was entitled to as Archbishop of Buenos Aires."

Jokes abound about living with another Priest but the fact that he lives simply gives me hope for a refocus on the poor.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Iran to add lawsuit over 'Argo' to cinematic response

First, Iran said it would produce its own cinematic response to "Argo." Now, Tehran plans to sue Hollywood filmmakers who contribute to the production of such "anti-Iran" propaganda films.

State-run Press TV reports that Iranian officials have talked to an "internationally-renowned" French lawyer about filing such a suit.

"I will defend Iran against the films like Argo, which are produced in Hollywood to distort the country's image," said Isabelle Coutant-Peyre.

They would probably feel a lot better if someone explained to them that the majority of the film is highly embellished, and international involvement in the incident is completely marginalized.

paulejb
paulejb

Sequester Fail:

White House Refuses to Disclose Cost of President’s Golf Outings

'White House press secretary Jay Carney earlier today refused to disclose the cost to the American taxpayers of the president’s golf outings. The question, from ABC’s Jonathan Karl, came on the heels of Carney’s claim that White House tours had been canceled as a result of the sequester because they are “labor intensive.” '

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Too bad I didn't arrive earlier as we can see this thread is ending thanks to that one offender. Good stuff posted earlier, but I'm not going to enable his trollery. Let him argue only with the voices in his head.

Tero
Tero

Soooooooo glad the Canadian contender was not selected as pope. I don't want my country associated so closely with these criminals.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@nflfoghorn  "She became an embarrassment to Scott and a distraction from his agenda."


How could she be any worse than what he did to himself and to the poor residents of FL?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb 

Deficit has been cut by a third and is expected to be cut by at least another third before Obama leaves office.  Could that be enough for Obama to believe the next 10 years will be fine?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb The Tea Party is more like the Spanish Inquisition scared of change and science, but by all means please go on.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

The GOTP is more like the Linda Blair Revolution.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Of course imbeciles need representatives. How else do you explain the Tea Party members of congress.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@DonQuixotic

My favorite part was this one Iran quote:

""The Iranophobic American movie attempts to describe Iranians as overemotional, irrational, insane, and diabolical..."

Somehow, replying with a lawsuit kinda proves 3 of 4 on that list.

paulejb
paulejb

@DonQuixotic 

It is fascinating to watch Islamic fanatics utilize the tactics of the American left. They have more in common than either side is willing to admit.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Paulie blames it all on Obam--wait, what??

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb 

The problem with fracking, IMO, is not global warming - Green power cannot supply energy needs in the short term and fracking is the least bad of dirty power - but the damage to the local environment with contamination of ground water and local environment as well as, likely, polluting nearby rivers to a dangerous extent.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Giood for President Obama.  Maybe it is time to see how much brush cutting and bike riding cost us during Bush2 reign of terror?

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

You obviouslt have\ never  filled out the college forms for financial aid.  Maybe that is why you have so much time to look up false claims omn dubvious sires?

MementoMori
MementoMori

@deconstructiva If you sort by 'Most Likes' at the top of the list, it hides posts with no 'likes'.

And no one likes paulie, so...

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Gee, it dropped from 55% to 50% so it is only 5 times greater than House Republicans and 50 times greater than Sarah Palin, Santorium, and even Jeb "I'm for/against (check 1) immigration" Bush.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb If he is, he is sure to get a ton of Republican votes seeing as violence against women is higher in states that consistently vote Republican.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Or with the Republican claims of what Obama will do to America. Seeing as Republicans and North Korean officials are equally disconnected with reality, I think this explanation is more likely.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Tero Too bad Penn Jillette didn't get the nod. He would've cleaned up the mess. So he's an athiest, minor details, picky, picky.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Tero 

Yeah, That'd be like electing 'the trailerpark boys' as pope. Canadians do trash (in movies) better then Americans.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb @DonQuixotic Google Republican or Taliban Paule. It seems the Islamist share the right's disdain of women, science and alternative lifestyles.

paulejb
paulejb

@forgottenlord @paulejb

"...but the damage to the local environment with contamination of ground water and local environment as well as, likely, polluting nearby rivers to a dangerous extent."

A total canard as numerous reports have shown including the report from Obama's EPA.

"U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson told energy industry leaders and environmentalists Wednesday that natural gas fracking can be done without harmful impacts, presenting "an historic opportunity" for the country in terms of energy development and job creation."

http://www.app.com/article/20120223/NJNEWS1002/302230013/EPA-chief-Fracking-can-OK



Tero
Tero

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb 

Resist the temptation. He is far too deep in a pit of ignorance for you to dig him out. Let him go :) Just let him go...

Tero
Tero

@MrObvious @Tero 

Electing one of the Trailer Park Boys would be a step up for the catholic church. At least none of them has covered up the sexual abuse of children, nor have they promoted policies in Africa that have led to thousands of deaths...

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb

When I think diabolical, I also assume that there's some creativity and sneakiness to them - that they're strategizing the long game for an ill-intended result.  Calling in lawyers lacks the sneakiness element and is about as unimaginative as you can get.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

I guess we tell the people who have methane gas coming out of their water faucets in Damascus AR that it is all in their hands but, BTW, don't leave the faucet on if you have an open flame near-by.

Those who depend on wells for their water are not as sure as Paulie is that fracking is so great.  I have 3 wells within a mile of my house and frankly, I don't want to go on the loczl water system because some business doesm't do their job properly with chemicals they won't identify.  And, we have had eartthquakes around here that stopped once they were told to not dump theri waste down injection wells.  Other states with fracking and injection wells are also getting a chance to pick up pictures and worry about their houses moving.