Morning Must Reads: March 15

In the news: pope's "Dirty War" background; Sen. Portman and gay marriage; Reuters employee and the L.A. Times hack; "London Whale" report released; and Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Cruz's epic battle over gun control.

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

  • While Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been Pope Francis for one day, many media outlets have already started to question his role in the 1970s Argentine “Dirty War.”
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has switched his stand on same-sex marriage, saying he now supports it after his son told him he is gay. You can find Portman’s op-ed in The Columbus Dispatch here.
  • President Obama revives green energy sales pitch.
  • Two years of Syrian War.
  • federal grand jury in Miami is investigating Sen. Robert Menendez.
  • The deputy social media editor for Thompson Reuters was federally indicted Thursday on three counts of conspiracy to hack the Tribune Co., his former employer. If he’s convicted, Keys faces up to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
  • Why men need to read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.
  • All eyes on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for gun control reform.
  • Senate releases investigative report on JP Morgan’s “London Whale.”
  • Sen. Feinstein tells Sen. Cruz that she is “not a sixth grader,” as they battle over the Constitution and gun control reform. Here’s the video:

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forgottenlord
forgottenlord

"I would like a church which is poor and working for the poor."

YES!!!!

MementoMori
MementoMori

And, just for paulie, here's VDARE's Peter Brimelow at last year's CPAC. paulie has cited VDARE as source in previous postings as well as VDARE members like Robert Stacy McCain. VDARE gets its name from Virginia Dare, the first white child born in the Americas.

VIDEO: Peter Brimelow attacks multiculturalism at CPAC

http://coloradoindependent.com/112499/video-peter-brimelow-attacks-multiculturalism-at-cpac

And for those not familiar with VDARE:

Brimelow operates on the line between the mainstream conservative movement and an openly racist fringe. His book “Alien Nation,” for instance, advanced the thesis that “Race is destiny in American politics,” and that policies altering the American complexion are both wrong and against what voters desire. His website, VDare, regularly hosts more openly racist work, like Kevin MacDonald’s claim that “Jewish activity collectively, throughout history, is best understood as an elaborate and highly successful group competitive strategy directed against neighboring peoples and host societies.”

Just a reminder of who paulie is and where he comes from.


DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

London rail excavation unearths suspected 'plague pit'

Archaeologists working alongside builders on a new London rail link have turned up a grisly find that harks back seven centuries, to a time when Black Death stalked the medieval city.

A shaft sunk for the underpinnings of the new Crossrail link in Farringdon revealed 13 skeletons, lined up neatly in two rows, the company said Friday.Suspicions are that the dig has revealed a "plague pit" -- one of many mass graves used to dispose of the bodies of those who succumbed to the Black Death, or bubonic plague, in the 14th century.

Since then, the bones have lain undisturbed just 2.5 meters (8 feet) below the surface in one of the few areas of the central London neighborhood not to have been developed over the years. Historical records talk of a "no man's land" established in 1348 in the Farringdon area, where some 50,000 plague victims were buried, according to a contemporary historian. Up to now the area has never been found.

Good news for London's historical society - bad news for the contractors building the Crossrail link.  First they find that kind buried in a parking lot and now this.

paulejb
paulejb

Obama's chickens are coming home to roost.

CIA Plan Shows Mistake of Iraq Withdrawal

"On one level this is an implicit acknowledgement from President Obama that his decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq at the end of 2011 was a mistake: Contrary to his overoptimistic claims, Iraq was not, and still is not, ready to take over its entire defense."

Now Obama is counting on the CIA to cover his rear. 

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

The Maryland Governor is poised to sign ban on death penalty after legislature approves measure. 

Right on.

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori 

Just a reminder of where Mori and the other racial arsonists are coming from. Never a race card let unplayed.

bobell
bobell

@MementoMori And those are the ones proven innocent and exonerated. God only knows how many people on death rows nationwide right now are innocent. It's also undisputed that innocent people have been executed. Do we really want to adhere to the prniciple that it's okay to execute an innocent person every now and then as long as we can kill a whole bunch of the guilty?

Between the death-penalty debate and gun violence, I have a hard time not thinking of the United States as death-obsessed.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@MementoMori 

I heard an interesting conversation on the radio today with the author of Chasing Gideon. Where a big part of the problem is our public defenders office. Where poor people get awful representation by an often overloaded and ill resourced public defenders office. One of the problem is of course lack of standards and resources.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@DonQuixotic 

Glad to hear it. There's no statistical proof that it deters anyone from murdering, quite the opposite. States with capital punishment also have a higher murder rate. It's a tool of vengeance, nothing else.

paulejb
paulejb

@DonQuixotic 

The death penalty a big problem in Maryland, is it, Donnie? Five executions since 1961?

MementoMori
MementoMori

@paulejb @MementoMori And where's that paulie? Where we "coming from"? What 'racial arson' are you referring to? Are you talking about your little 'unreported race war'? Because claiming the media is covering up a concerted effort by black people to kill white people is the very definition if 'racial arson'. Nothing anyone has said here even compares to that level of inflammatory rhetoric. 

And for the record, paulie has never denied being a VDARE style "conservative". He's just too ashamed to own it. So instead, he tries to change the subject or attacks us for things we never said. Next he'll be bringing up Al Sharpton again, or his favorite go-to bit of bigotry - the 'thugs' of Chicago.

So, which is it paulie? Are you a VDARE fan or not? But I know you won't answer.

Because: You. Are. A. Coward.

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori @paulejb

Did you miss this part of the story, Mori?

"The Obama administration said Thursday it had rearrested and brought back four of the most dangerous immigrants it released from detention last month in the run-up to the budget sequestration.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton testified to Congress that his agency released 10 “level one” offenders, and has gone out and apprehended four of them. He said the other six are nonviolent."

These people are the very definition of illegal.

NP042
NP042

@paulejb @MementoMori


Dr. Gottlieb is a physician and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.


Hardly an unbiased article there.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb 

Liberals treat women and minorities as people unable to care for themselves. Liberals are patriarchal just like the Muslim Brotherhood. 

MementoMori
MementoMori

@paulejb @MementoMori Agreed, anyone is less informed when subsisting only on a diet of FoxNews. Even moderates and liberals. The ones that only watch Fox News, that is.

But then, it's not as much "news" as it is a propaganda arm of the GOP, is it?

And paulie is still a low information FoxNews sycophant.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Topper, you are disgustingly yet unsurprisingly tone deaf to rational thinking.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@paulejb @MementoMori Rightwingers like paulie are so used to hearing racist rhetoric that they don;t even notice it anymore.

I could explain to him that much of the GOP's opposition to ACA is rooted in the color of the President and less the substance of the bill.

I could, but I don't argue with Archie Bunker wannabe trolls anymore. Especially ones like the white nationalists who hang out at VDARE and similar enclaves.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb 

It's what they do not know that causes the way they vote. That's why they are called low information voters, Bugs.

paulejb
paulejb

@MrObvious @NP042 @paulejb @DonQuixotic 

That is actually a fairly reasonable argument against the death penalty. It does cost entirely too much but that is a result of the lawyering. Streamlining the process might make it more speedy and more of a deterrent.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb

You're confusing deterrence with recidivism fix.

And by the same logic, if we just killed all humans, it would be the perfect deterrent against crimes.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@NP042 @paulejb @MrObvious @DonQuixotic 

Technically he's right; executed murderers can't kill again - but then capital punishment doesn't have a side effect outside killing someone. It has no deterrence on anyone else (something 'for killing' people claim) and it's also extremely expensive. As an option goes it's is absolutely a waste of time.

So that leaves the second reason; surviving family of the victim. It makes them feel better (not always true). Which means it's an instrument of 'getting even'.

In biblical terms that might be correct, but legally it's an awful  money wasting endeavor with little if none real benefit to society.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@NP042 @paulejb @MrObvious @DonQuixotic

States with capital punishment also have a higher murder rate

Paulejb always miss the obvious. That always happens to people that brag about something they never display.