Morning Must Reads: March 22

In the news: Paul Ryan's budet, Obama's Israel speech, gun control in April, DOMA, Nicolas Sarkozy, Obamacare, and Calvin Trillin on his time at TIME.

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

  • Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget rejected in Senate on 40-59 vote Thursday night.
  • Yahoo creates a fascinating Senators’ Social Network.
  • Peter Beinart breaks down Obama’s speech in Israel.
  • Gun control will be the first order of business in the Senate when lawmakers return in April from their two-week holiday break.  A new Quinnipiac poll finds that 85% of gun owners support universal background checks before allowing purchase of a firearm.
  • Former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy investigated for allegedly abusing the frailty of 90 year-old L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for campaign donations.
  • Health care insurers are warning that premiums will increase under Obamacare. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) mangles the information, saying the bill will “literally kill” vulnerable women and children during a speech on the House floor. Video below.
  • Three Marines die in shootings at Quantico.
  • George Will: Defense Against Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
  • New Yorker’s Calvin Trillin on his experience at TIME in the 1960s.

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notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but actor Harry Reems passed away. His loss will leave a gaping hole in Hollywood. He was known as a hard worker that would always rise to to occassion. He could lick any problem on the set and left a smile on the faces of those he worked with. He will be sadly missed.

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, But NBATV added Miami-Detroit game to it's schedule. They play at 7:30 this evening.

notsacredh
notsacredh

50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles 1st album! It was 50 years ago today Sgt Pepper taught the world to play.

outsider
outsider


                                 Is Roger Ailes the GOP’s worst enemy? Despite the party's rebranding efforts, Fox News seemingly has no interest in moderating its attack programming           

           A question for Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who this week unveiled a nearly 100-page “autopsy” report on  the GOP’s recent electoral failings that urged the party to soften its image and become more inclusive: Do you think Roger Ailes is more concerned with his new biography hitting the top ten on the best-seller list, or with the Republican Party successfully appealing to more minority voters?

The answer to that question might go a long way in determining whether the GOP has any luck rebranding itself in the coming years. Early indications are Ailes and Fox News have no interest in moderating their form of attack programming, the bare-knuckle brand celebrated in Zev Chafets’ new bio of the Fox News president,  Roger Ailes: Off Camera.

Dubbed the “Growth & Opportunity Project,” the RNC’s laundry list of campaign failures urges the party to become more inclusive, tolerant and able to engage and persuade non-believers. Or to at least be able to not turn them off entirely with angry, absolutist rhetoric. “On messaging, we must change our tone,” the report concluded.

Right now though, the Republican Party, riding a White House losing streak (2-4 since 1992), has a massive messaging problem, thanks to Roger  Ailes.

As Variety 
confirmed last year,  “the voice of Republican opposition throughout the Obama administration has been Fox News Channel, and the de facto leader of the GOP its chairman-CEO Roger Ailes.”   

http://www.salon.com/2013/03/22/gop_rebranding_doesnt_apply_to_roger_ailes_partner/

outsider
outsider

Last night, twelve year-old Matthew Lannon delivered an impassioned testimony before Rhode Island’s Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of marriage equality. The sixth-grader from Providence, who has two moms and two dads, ended his statement by saying that “if there’s one thing you don’t mess with in life, it’s love”:

My parents and all the other gay and lesbian people here want to be happy, just like you. All they want is to be treated fairly. But unlike most of you, they have to come again here year after year and explain over and over why their love is equal to yours. This year, you have the opportunity to change that. I say, choose love.


http://www.salon.com/2013/03/22/watch_an_awesome_sixth_grader_testify_for_marriage_equality/

notsacredh
notsacredh

I'm waging my own war on Easter. I will the chocolate bunny's ears off. I will then eat his face. Next...his butt. That part's a secret.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Silly me. I thought his name was Hairy Reams.

notsacredh
notsacredh

The win streak hits 25. Heat win 103-89.

bobcn
bobcn

@Sue_N 

Funny stuff -- except for the fact that this clown is actually a congressman (which is kind of depressing).  

I particularly enjoyed listening to him call the people who write for the Huffington Post 'simpletons' after he had demonstrated that he's too much of a 'simpleton' to understand the explanation the witness was trying to give him.  It also didn't surprise me that rather than trying to understand what was being presented he was more interested in belligerently trying to badger the witness into supporting the conspiracy theory he was trying to  concoct.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Sue_N That's a hoot! I ordered some sandals the other day and suddenly an annoying ad for the company appeared on everything I looked at. I clicked on ad choices and indicated I didn't want anymore sent. Maybe I could go to Congress in his stead since I know how things work? (Although sometimes it takes a little help from my friends!)

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Records have a distinct scent, cool album art and a perfectly imperfect sound iPods just can't capture. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh Being a teenager in the fifties I didn't really get into them until Rubber Soul.  I think people over analyse them but they were determined to go to the top.  "She's got a Ticket to Ride - And She don't Care!" 

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@outsider2011 That article has quickly become what MMR used to be. Interesting how quickly people new to this forum figured it out.

notsacredh
notsacredh

retiredvet, every time I bite a chocolate bunny's tail off, I wink at my wife. She's says I disgust her. That's why she married me. I'm not rich and I'm not that good looking.

retiredvet
retiredvet

A roll of paper towels might be better.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@bobcn @Sue_N I enjoyed seeing that other senator (Sensenbrenner?) smack him down over the HuffPo crack – "My son writes for the Huffington Post" – and then watching Louie shuffle his papers and mutter under his breath.

Louie's an idiot. He's not interested in what anyone else has to say unless it supports his own crackpot lunacy. He and Bachmann are two of a kind.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B @Sue_N And these are the people who we expect to deal with issues like Internet privacy and cyber security.

I wonder if he's a member if the "series of tubes" school of thought?

roknsteve
roknsteve

@nflfoghorn CD's just sample the sound from the master tapes.  Recording LP's with digital audio gives you a 360 degree sound.  I've been doing that since 2000 with a Pioneer CD Recorder and a Direct Drive turntable.  When you play it back you hear more highs and lows than just playing it thru the receiver.        

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn Liner notes. I miss liner notes.

notsacredh
notsacredh

roknsteve, I loved all of the Beatles music before Rubber Soul, but Rubber Soul is the album that made me think of rock as art. My parents were C&W fans and barely tolerated my music. I came home from school one day and my mom was sitting on the couch listening to Rubber Soul and looking at the song listings on the back. Great music knows no boundaries.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet @outsider2011 Unfortunately, they seem determined to take the rest of us down with them when they go.

notsacredh
notsacredh

OTOH, we're expecting the worst snow storm of the winter tonight and I'm heading out to work. They said we'll get at least a half a foot of snow.

notsacredh
notsacredh

No, it just doesn't hurt. It feels like the other knee now. I'd think that if something tore, it would give out or at least it would swell. It went from aching all the time to feeling normal while I was asleep. It's a miracle. Praise Jesus!

retiredvet
retiredvet

Hope you haven't lost all feeling in it. That can't be good.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Speaking of what's on the inside, my knee has been  bothering me so much that I started the process for surgery.  It's been getting worse for weeks. I went to bed this morning and when I woke up, it wasn't even sore. The pain was just gone. How weird is that?

retiredvet
retiredvet

It's what's on the inside that counts.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

"And it just chaps me that these people are so intent on regulating the internet, yet see no need to get beyond a third-grade understanding of what it is and how it works. I don't expect them to become experts – that's what staffs are for – but they can at least become conversant in the language and concepts."

I think that's true of all politicians on all issues that aren't their personal pet interest.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @Sue_N Granted, it's not the worst explanation of the internet given in Congress (see Gohmert above). But, knowing what I do of Stevens, I'd bet t was a staffer's attempt at an explanation that he just mangled along the way because he honestly had no idea what he was talking about.

I could also be prejudiced against him because he was an opponent of net neutrality and was all about the telecomm's cash. Of course, Stevens loved anybody's cash.

And it just chaps me that these people are so intent on regulating the internet, yet see no need to get beyond a third-grade understanding of what it is and how it works. I don't expect them to become experts – that's what staffs are for – but they can at least become conversant in the language and concepts.

Then again, these are Republicans, so …

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

"They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."

He's not wrong.  It's an extension of him explaining - very dumbed down - that there is limited bandwidth and that larger bandwidth users have the ability to crowd out lower bandwidth users.  Sure, his email garbage was just plain wrong but the entire paragraph there actually flows quite logically and is reasonably accurate.  I wouldn't for a second believe he's a tech guru, but I think he understands how the Internet works better than most of the teachers I deal with (and probably better than most Senators).

I think he got a reasonably good explanation of what bandwidth is and the limitations on it and then when his email didn't work, he tried to apply that knowledge to a subject it was irrelevant to.  Compared to a lot of the garbage on technology, I really think it's actually a very good argument.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @Sue_N It's pretty clear that Stevens had absolutely no idea how the internet works. Whatever he might have gotten right was entirely accidental.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N 

What was wrong with the "series of tubes" comment?  I've seen it mocked everywhere but I thought it was a great analogy and an awareness of how the Internet works far and above what the average person in Washington knows and I seem to be in the extreme minority

notsacredh
notsacredh

Interesting question. I can't imagine a life without music. I listen to music every day. Music doesn't move you? All people are different and have different tastes.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Music isn't only the soundtrack to life, it's a window into the soul.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@kbanginmotown @roknsteve @nflfoghorn I'm not an audiophile.  I don't even know how to spell it.  I just bought the best CD recorder I could find & had to get a 280 watt receiver for better playback and it turned out great.  Music is the soundtrack to life. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

He passed away a little over a year ago. It was a great show. When we were in the car he asked me where we were eating and I said we'd grab a burger on the way up. When he said "Up where?", I told him to look in the glove box. He opened it up and the tickets were laying on top. He'd only been preaching for a couple of years and told me that the next Sunday he told his congrgation that a good friend had taken them out for dinner on their anniversary...to Burger King. Lol.

AfGuy
AfGuy

@sacredh 

That ought to get you at least a consideration from them in the "naming the firstborn" sweepstakes.

notsacredh
notsacredh

AfGuy, back in the late 80's my best friend (future brother-in-law) and his wife bought me a really nice gift for my birthday. I decided to get them something better for their anniversary but wouldn't tell them what it was. I gave them a date and told them to keep it open. I picked them up and had told them I was taking them to dinner. I lied. I took them to see Paul McCartney. They were surprised.

AfGuy
AfGuy

@sacredh

I always got a kick out of the parents whose kids came home early in the 2k decade and talked about the "new" band they had found called the Beatles... and couldn't figure out why the parents were lying on the floor laughing.

Even now, whenever a poll is taken, and even though Michael Jackson's fans believe he is the best, it STILL is the consensus that the Fab Four were the most influential. Take Paul McCartney (as a Beatle, soloist and part of Wings) and John Lennon, and you'll find that the Beatles make up three or four of the top acts in the polls over R&R history.

outsider
outsider

@DonQuixotic 


Turns out i had - and commented - but like 8 hours ago .. i posted it though, thanks for suggestion.