Morning Must Reads: March 25

In the news: Supreme Court, immigration, David Cameron, Rick Perry, Obamacare's third birthday, tourist-friendly countries.

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A man walks past the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 10, 2010.

  • Big week for the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments in a challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8. On Wednesday, the court will hear a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that prohibits same-sex couples from receiving any federal benefits for married couples (such as tax preferences and military burials).
    • TIME on how the court will decide.
  • An unhappy third birthday for Obamacare.
  • New York Post: 48% of first births in America are to unmarried women.
  • Sequestration to be signed into law with Obama’s signature this week. How it risks the President’s economic goals.
  • Gov. Rick Perry could turn Texas blue.
  • NYC Mayor Bloomberg is launching a $12 million gun control ad campaign to put pressure on senators.
  • The Senate’s contentious budget vote approved Saturday splits the  Gang of Eight immigration reform group.
  • U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron pledges tighter immigration rules.
  • America is the 104th most tourist-friendly country in the world (out of 140).
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mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Will the last sane person  left in the Republican party turn off the light on the way out, it's almost that time.



Tero
Tero

What a great day of thoughtful debate and reasoned discussion with all of you at Swampland. It is such a nice change. Below is a link to a good article from an excellent journalist at Canada's National Broadcaster; the CBC. Hope you all like.

Keith Boag: Will the U.S. Supreme Court bless same-sex marriage?

"It is to say that equality for gays and lesbians is a civil right; that equal marriage is a civil right; and that, if the court disagrees, then to continue the struggle is to be on the right side of history."

outsider
outsider

Income Growth For Bottom 90 Percent Of Americans Averaged Just $59 Over 4 Decades: Analysis 


Another day, another mind-blowing fact about the staggering difference between the haves and the have-nots.


Incomes for the bottom 90 percent of Americans only grew by $59 on average between 1966 and 2011 (when you adjust those incomes for inflation), according to an analysis by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston for Tax Analysts. During the same period, the average income for the top 10 percent of Americans rose by $116,071, Johnston found.


To put that into perspective: if you say the $59 boost is equivalent to one inch, then the incomes of the top 10 percent of Americans rose by 168 feet, Johnston explained to Alternet last week. 



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/income-growth-americans_n_2949309.html



But by all means, vote Republican.. 

paulejb
paulejb

In honor of my friends in the Swampland hive who are currently shunning me I will close today's MMRs with these immortal words from one of their most respected leaders.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CifYWxJXaI

Good night and enjoy! See you all soon.


paulejb
paulejb

Q: What capital controls are already being enforced (e.g. border checks, ATM limits)

A: Customs officials said border guards at the counrtry’s air and sea ports have been instructed to check baggage and monitor whether travelers are taking more than €10,000 (about $13,000) out of the country. Any amount above that €10,000 threshold can be confiscated. Daily ATM limits vary: at Popular Bank of Cyprus (Laiki), cash-machine withdrawals have been capped at €100 euros; at Bank of Cyprus, the limit is €120. Other ATMs are operating normally.

http://blogs.wsj.com/eurocrisis/2013/03/25/cyprus-bailout-qa/

This well may be your future, people. Be afraid, be very afraid.

MementoMori
MementoMori

It's interesting that the extreme right is trotting out Heather MacDonald again. We've seen three of her articles posted here already. She's the go-to source on the far-right when you need pseudo-intellectualized racism. That's why VDARE and others on the racist fringe on the right post her work so often, it ties in nicely with their view of white supremacy.

Other columnists have argued that inaccuracies in the media coverage unfairly tarnish the town and have led to a national overreaction. Dallas Morning News columnist Heather MacDonald, while condemning the noose hangings as a "despicable provocation", expressed her view that "the media, the (race) advocates and pandering politicians have erupted in an outpouring of seeming joy at the alleged proof that America remains a racist country."[68]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jena_Six

MementoMori
MementoMori

Just a notice that someone is posting VDARE crap, again. Though this time, he's tried to obfuscate it by using the VDARE contributor's work from a different, less obviously racist, site.

As proof, here's the link, slightly obscured so VDARE doesn't get any SEO from this comment. When the openly racists pondscum at VDARE agree with your point of view, you probably need to take a long look at your point of view. Unless you like being a racist, that is.

Heather MacDonald Debunks Racial Profiling

www. v*d*a*r*e .com/articles/heather-macdonald-debunks-racial-profiling

retiredvet
retiredvet

Sens. Tell NRA: Stop Berating Newtown Victims' Families

"Connecticut’s two senators wrote a letter on Monday to the National Rifle Association demanding that the group “immediately stop” robo-calling families and friends of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting victims to promote its agenda."

jmac
jmac

"The five states that implemented deep tax cuts during the 1990s experienced slower job growth over the next economic cycle than states that did not, and none of those states experienced income growth that exceeded inflation . . . " ( CBPP)

We have only to look at W.Bush's Presidency to know that massive tax cuts, especially to the very wealthy, do not create jobs.  


DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Obama takes it easy on the last day of a busy Mideast visit

Friday in Jordan, Obama focused on the civil war in neighboring Syria, with King Abdullah telling reporters that the conflict has caused 460,000 refugees to flood his country and more were on the way.

That equals 10% of Jordan's population, and the total could double by the end of the year, the king said in asking for more help from the international community as his country also deals with internal reforms in response to economic woes that are raising public dissatisfaction.

Obama said he was working with Congress to provide an additional $200 million to Jordan this year to help deal with the refugee influx, but he remained steadfast in his refusal to pledge U.S. military assistance to the Syrian opposition movement.

However, Obama repeated past warnings that his stance on military involvement could change if the Syria uses chemical weapons.

Jordan is suffering from refugee fatigue. Masses of people have fled there for from neighboring countries whenever conflict was rife. The Syrian conflict comes on top of the flood of refugees that came from Iraq just a decade ago.

MementoMori
MementoMori

Second NYPD officer testifies on stop-and-frisk quotas, racial targeting

Officer Pedro Serrano, an 8-year veteran of the New York Police Department, held back tears as he explained to the judge why he came forward: “It’s very simple. I have children. I try to be a decent person.”

http://rt.com/usa/second-nypd-officer-quotas-691/

Of course, the racists will continue to insist that Stop and Frisk is good policy. Probably the same racists who think there's an "unreported race war'.

MementoMori
MementoMori

NYPD Stop and Frisk is a Failure, So Why Does It Exist?

My big brother gave me "the talk" when I was 12 years old.

Only he didn't mention the birds or the bees, and he didn't show me how to put a condom on a cucumber. The talk he gave was different. He was teaching me how to avoid getting shot by the police.

"Always keep your hands in plain sight," he said. "If they ask for ID, tell them which pocket it's in before you reach for it. Avoid sudden motion. Move very, very slowly."

-----

Guns have been found in less than 0.2% of all stops, while 88% of those searched have been innocent of any crime. In Park Slope (Brooklyn) alone, blacks and Latinos made up 24% of the population, but constituted 79% of all stop and frisks in 2011.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/30250/nypd-stop-and-frisk-is-a-failure-so-why-does-it-exist

Stop and Frisk, however, does seem to be very popular with the racists.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

New York Post: 48% of first births in America are to unmarried women.


Alright.  I read this much earlier and have been mulling it over.  I don't like it when such a massive statistic is just dropped on a multi-faceted phenomena, without picking apart the separate issues contained within. For such a fat headline, the article itself is meager--and draws a correlation without making causality clear.

Isn't the greater issue, not so much having children out of wedlock, but having unplanned children?  I think the only reason marriage, as a concept, gets stuck with birthrate statistics is that, of course, it's usually easier to care for a child/children with TWO adults working together, than as a single parent--but that can be independent of marriage.  A better statistic would be how many first births are unplanned, regardless of married status, and see what the long term impacts of those births are.  Also, the only way to effectively address unplanned children, is to see the breakdown of how they happen, and to whom.  Lack of education?  Lack of access to birth control?  Just plain old accidents?  Teenagers? College kids?  Twenty-somethings?

I just think hand-wringing over children out of wedlock is the intellectually lazy way out of addressing the core issues. (I am married, with children.)  The very best thing, I think, is to make sure that all children get brought into this world intentionally--so they have parents (or at least a parent) that is ready, willing, and able to care for them.  Marital status notwithstanding.       

  

MementoMori
MementoMori

Checking in with the racists at VDARE...

So what happened to Detroit? MLK’s “Dream” came true…America’s founding principles of liberty, equality, and democracy came true for black people, and full citizenship and civil rights were extended to millions of African-Americans, who had previously been marginalized and excluded from the mainstream of American life.

And the result was Detroit as it exists in 2013.

Yup. They're still racists.

Racism at VDare.com towards Detroit

http://thoughtsandrantings.com/2013/03/16/racism-at-vdare-com-towards-detroit/

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

This is the idiot these idiots worship:

GREAT THOUGHTS OF RONALD REAGAN  "A tree's a tree.  How many more do you need to look at?" -- Ronald Reagan (Governor of California), quoted in the Sacramento Bee, opposing expansion of Redwood National Park, March 3, 1966
 
"All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk." --Ronald Reagan (Republican candidate for president), quoted in the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press, February 15, 1980
 
"It's silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas." --Ronald Reagan (candidate for Governor of California), interviewed in the Fresno Bee, October 10, 1965
 
"...the moral equal of our Founding Fathers." --President Reagan, describing the Nicaraguan contras, March 1, 1985
 
"Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal." --Ronald Reagan, quoted in Time, May 17, 1976
 
"...a faceless mass, waiting for handouts." --Ronald Reagan, 1965.  (Description of Medicaid recipients.)
 
"Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders." --California Governor Ronald Reagan, in the Sacramento Bee, April 28, 1966
 
"We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry every night.  Well, that was probably true.  They were all on a diet." --Ronald Reagan, TV speech, October 27, 1964
 

Diecash1
Diecash1

@Tero Shoot.  I've been so busy lately that I've only checked in briefly each day.  It appears that I've missed the great shunning.  Nice.  Keep up the good work.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@outsider2011 This paragraph is staggering:

"Another way to illustrate the huge disparity: the six heirs to the Walmart fortune had a net worth equivalent to the bottom 41.5 percent of Americans combined in 2010, according to an analysis from Josh Bivens at the Economic Policy Institute."

And yet we are commies for even saying the words "income inequality."

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@outsider2011 What Reagan meant by "Trickle down" was that the rich can now piss at you at will with his blessing.. .

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori 

Heather is on to the race baiters and racial arsonists of the left such as those at the New York Times.

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori

New York Times Slanders NYPD Officer, Shamefully Distorts Stop-and-Frisk Policy

"A fiendishly deceptive article about the New York Police Department in the New York Times has set back the cause of public safety not just in New York but nationally. Afront-page story on Friday twisted a police commander’s exhortation to an underperforming officer to work harder against crime into an injunction to target blacks on the basis of race."

You can't hide the truth, Mori. Leftists want more minorities to be murdered as they are in Chicago.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet The NRA is beyond despicable. Decent, rational, responsible gun owners need to start dropping their memberships.

paulejb
paulejb

@jmac 

Just compare California and Texas, jmac. California is destined for 3rd world status while Texas grows and prospers.

paulejb
paulejb

@DonQuixotic

"WHY HAS OBAMA TURNED HIS BACK ON IRAQ"

"President Obama has often given the impression that he has turned his back on Iraq, and many Americans understandably sympathize with him. But a failure to engage with the fragile state U.S. troops left behind would endanger U.S. interests and break faith with the many Americans who made sacrifices there. (emphasis added)"

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/03/why-has-obama-turned-his-back-on-iraq.php

Feckless is too kind a word to describe Barack Hussein Obama.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@MementoMori I still remember a friend of my mine telling me about when he was a law student at Temple during the Rizzo years. The same cops would stop him every night walking to his dorm from the Temple Library. They knew who he was and what he did but were under strict orders to stop and question any minority of a certain age walking in certain areas of the city and would have taken heat from their supervisors if they didn't.

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori 

Why do leftists prefer more murders among minorities. Is it their way of "ethnic cleansing?"

outsider
outsider

@MementoMori


It quashed debate within the Republican Party. Political parties are political; politics is about a fight. The fight takes place at the polls and in debate. But the high stakes and high drama of the wars—and the sense within the Bush White House that it was fighting for our very life after 9/11—stoked an atmosphere in which doubters and critics were dismissed as weak, unpatriotic, disloyal. The GOP—from top, the Washington establishment, to bottom, the base—was left festering, confused and, as the years passed, lashing out. A conservative movement that had prided itself, in the 1970s and 1980s, on its intellectualism—"Of a sudden, the Republican Party is the party of ideas," marveled New York's Democratic Sen. Pat Moynihan in 1979—seemed no longer capable of an honest argument. Free of internal criticism, national candidates looked daffy and reflexively aggressive—John McCain sang "Bomb, Bomb Iran"—and left the party looking that way, too.

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori 

"Stop and Frisk" The only gun control law that actually works is vehemently opposed by the left. Why does the left want more minorities to die as they did before Rudy Giuliani saved NYC from liberal chaos and lawlessness.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@mantisdragon91

“This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety ... While we recognize that assault-weapon legislation will not stop all assault-weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals.” 
--Ronald Reagan, in a May 3, 1994 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, which was also signed by Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. 

“I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.”
--Ronald Reagan, in a speech at his 78th birthday celebration in Los Angeles on February 6, 1989. 

“Certain forms of ammunition have no legitimate sporting, recreational, or self-defense use and thus should be prohibited.”
--Ronald Reagan, in an August 28, 1986 signing statement on a bill that banned the production and importation of armor-piercing bullets. 

“With the right to bear arms comes a great responsibility to use caution and common sense on handgun purchases.”
--Ronald Reagan, speech at George Washington University in a on March 29, 1991. 

“Every year, an average of 9,200 Americans are murdered by handguns, according to Department of Justice statistics. This does not include suicides or the tens of thousands of robberies, rapes and assaults committed with handguns. This level of violence must be stopped.”
--Ronald Reagan, in a March 29, 1991 New York Times op-ed in support of the Brady Bill. 

“I think maybe there could be some restrictions that there had to be a certain amount of training taken.”
--Ronald Reagan, in a press conference in Toronto on June 21, 1988, suggesting that prospective gun owners should have to receive training before purchasing a firearm. 

“Well, I think there has to be some (gun) control.”
--Ronald Reagan, during a question-and-answer session with high-school students on November 14, 1988. 

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91

"Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so."

Ronaldus Magnus

Diecash1
Diecash1

@Sue_N Unfortunately, most of them are too brainwashed to even consider dropping their NRA memberships.  I know several people that post pro-NRA, anti-government, anti-Obama, etc. crap on Facebook all day, every day.  Some of them are/were reasonable people but not on this issue.  I've tried to dispel the idiocy from time to time but it's of no use.  Obama was precisely right when he remarked about some people clinging to their guns and religion.  Unbelievable.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

My wife would've gone to Temple of Doom if her family hadn't moved from Philly to a small town outside of Tampa.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@mantisdragon91 @MementoMori I grew up in Philly during the Rizzo years. The police were awful and corrupt, and no one trusted them in the poor neighborhoods. Not a exactly a high point in the city of brotherly love's history.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider2011 @MementoMori 

The problem with GOP is that they keep spinning in circles about stuff they lost and people have moved on from. It's bad. They don't have any new fresh ideas and they're held back by the flood of crazies they invited through the tea party.

They really dug their own graves on this one. All their new fresh faces are dumber and crazier then the ones they're primarying into oblivion.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Keep in mind he said all these things right around the time his mind was starting to go.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@DonQuixotic 

Shhh...that's blasphemy within The Cult of Reagan.  He went out in a blaze of glory, cutting taxes and shooing Commies, passing out AK's to every man, woman, and child.  Don't you say otherwise!

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MrObvious @outsider2011 @MementoMori Not only do they not have any new fresh ideas, they don't want any. That's been made abundantly clear by the reaction to the party "autopsy" that's made all the media.

Every time someone says, "Maybe we should stop alienating (insert group of people, any group of people)," the party "faithful" go nuts. Rethink their position on gay marriage? Hardly! Stop riding herd on American vaginas? Never! Stop insulting minorities (and trying to take away their voting rights)? Are you mad?

The Dolphin Queen can lament her party's decline all she wants, but the simple (and ugly) truth is that it's not going to stop digging until it buries itself.

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

@Sue_N Neither could Barry Goldwater.  As for Abraham Lincoln (free the slaves) or Teddy Roosevelt (environmental stewardship), they would have been labeled communists. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@DonQuixotic @Sparrow55 @mantisdragon91 Ronald Reagan could not get the Republican nomination today. The Tea Party would hate him.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Sparrow55 @DonQuixotic @mantisdragon91 

Reagan the President and Reagan the myth are two very, very different people.  It's always amusing to see the GOP either lie about stances he had while in office or flat out make things up.