Morning Must Reads: March 28

In the news: gay marriage, Ashley Judd, Obamacare, Cyprus, and Obama's trip south of the border.

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

  • Prettier in Print
    • TIME Magazine’s cover— David Von Drehle’s “How Gay Marriage Won.”
    • IMF chief Christine Lagarde profile on her plan to prevent reckless banks from ruining the world economy.
    • Joe Klein: Limits of Obama’s saber rattling in Iran and Syria.
    • Rob Long: The extremists baying for a Republican purge don’t understand that it would change nothing.
    • Turkey’s Triumphs: After a historic cease-fire by Kurdish rebels and a U.S.-brokered Israeli apology, Turkey reasserts itself as a regional power player. (Update: Turkey deports 600 Syrians)
  • Ashley Judd won’t run for Senate. Why Democrats are giving thanks.
  • Republicans still working to repeal Obamacare.
  • North Korea cuts off its military hot line to South Korea
  • Cyprus banks reopen.
  • Obama to visit Mexico in May.

Update: Meet the man who sold his fate to investors for $1 a share

246 comments
retiredvet
retiredvet

There sure is a lot of tomato sauce all over the cover story thread today.

MementoMori
MementoMori

Another rightwing myth, debunked.

African-Americans, who make up 22 percent of the poor, receive 14 percent of government benefits, close to their 12 percent population share.

White non-Hispanics, who make up 42 percent of the poor, receive 69 percent of government benefits – again, much closer to their 64 percent population share.

Who Benefits From the Safety Net

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/who-benefits-from-the-safety-net/


MementoMori
MementoMori

A study in rightwing "Rabid Weasel Syndrome" (h/t mantis for the term) from the extremists at FreeRepublic. I was curious how they were reacting to the Meghan McCain news. "Hatefully", would be how it's best described.

Here's the link. I'd wait an hour after eating before wading in, though.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3001078/posts?page=20

Most of the comments center around her weight or insinuations of homosexuality, or transsexual desires, along with a smattering of 'scoialist' and 'communists'.

One of the few consistent things about rightwingers is their rampant misogyny.

MementoMori
MementoMori

What is it with the rightwwingers and their misogynist attacks on anyone who wanders to far from their extremist point of view? 

Daily Caller Publishes Sexist Cartoon Attacking Meghan McCain

Due to the offensive nature of the cartoon, Media Matters has not republished it. The sexist content of the image, originally described by Treacher/Medlock as "a few words from Meghan McCain's funbags," speaks for itself.

And that's how they treat daughter of a recent Republican Presidential candidate. 

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/03/28/daily-caller-publishes-sexist-cartoon-attacking/193316

La_Randy
La_Randy

"THE NEW YORK POST IS SHOCKED TO LEARN THAT SOME PANHANDLERS ARE LESS THAN TRUTHFUL ABOUT THEIR LIFE STORIES" 

"Post op-ed columnist Michael Walsh spins this into a Grand Unified Theory of national corruption:

But then, Hillman’s just a piker when it comes to the rising culture of sham dependency that is rapidly turning this country from a nation of self-reliant citizens to shuffling pseudo-mendicants and conniving criminals who have one hand extended to collect government largesse while the other is busily picking your pocket.
The usual right-wing whines follow: increased disability claims, Medicare fraud (which, apparently, didn't exist before January 20, 2009), and of course Obamacare.

But you know who actually isn't "busily picking your pocket"? Jeffrey Hillman. He's a beggar -- you don't have to give to him. That preacher doesn't have to give to him. The cop didn't have to give him shoes. His donors are free citizens making free choices. I thought the right approved of that."

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Does anyone else see the irony of the forums only proven welfare recipient constantly complaining about other getting federal benefits?

MementoMori
MementoMori

Hey, I wonder if Glenn Beck is still a paranoid raving lunatic?

Beck declared that these data systems will be collecting a cornucopia of sensitive personal information on children and their families while placing monitoring sensors in the chairs and on their skin  and filming them with cameras that can detect emotions; they'd even be installing MRI systems in the classroom.

Oooooooh, yeah. He's still nuts.

Beck: 'System X' Is Upon Us and 'it Will Destroy America and the System of Freedom as We Know it'

paulejb
paulejb

A nation suckered

"No doubt you were shocked, shocked to learn that Jeffrey Hillman, the “barefoot beggar” who famously received a free pair of boots from a kindly NYPD cop, turned out to be a scam artist who preys on the kindness of strangers to provide him with an apartment, money and plenty of footwear — as a Post investigation discovered.

That’s right — someone pretending to be in dire straits turns out to be a) not destitute, b) not homeless and c) not shoeless."

What can't continue, won't. We are on our way to Cyprus.

La_Randy
La_Randy

Pity the fools: 

"When a persecution complex goes awry"

"If only liberals could find it in their hearts to be more tolerant of intolerance, the poor social conservatives wouldn't feel so put upon.

Please.

As much as I hate to break up a good pity party, it's worth noting that conservative evangelicals are not actually oppressed, at least not in this country. They're losing public debates -- failing to persuade the American mainstream is not the same thing as persecution -- but no one has proposed stopping social conservatives from getting married, or adopting, or serving in the military. When conservative evangelicals get elected to Congress, it's not a historic breakthrough. When social conservatives look for equality, they don't wait patiently for a Supreme Court ruling to decide whether they'll get it.

They're eager to make others second-class citizens, but as these efforts stumble, conservative evangelicals have convinced themselves that they're the real second-class citizens."


paulejb
paulejb

“So I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or the fundamental bedrock principle that it exists between a man and a woman going back into the mists of history, as one of the founding foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principle role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society in which they are to become adults.”

Guess who said this? Hint: It wasn't Pat Robertson.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

The last paragraph of this opinion post proves that the Beltway CW still pines over loss of Tip O'Neill / Ron Reagan bipartanship. Times have changed, Capehart, if not for the better, learn to deal with it. Start with recognizing what the R's have become....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2013/03/28/good-news-for-mcconnell-good-news-for-us/


I was highly tempted to reply since for some masochistic reason I do read / reply there before their paywall kicks in - okay, it's to follow KT, Alexandra Petri, and Ezra Klein (I love charts) - but he never replies to readers, ditto for most reporters / pundits there.


fitty_three
fitty_three

I noted that Roberts is complaining that he doesn't like Obama's strategy in defending gay marriage:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/28/opinion/toobin-doma-supreme-court/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

I think though, given his obvious hostility toward Obama, maybe his real complaint is that he's backed into a corner by it.  To him, waiting on the SC to make a decision puts the onus on him - and not Obama.

Sucks to have to enforce the Constitution, according to Roberts, but hells bells that's what we pay him for, right?

retiredvet
retiredvet

@MementoMoriThe problem with Fox News is that its commentary is too often outright lies.

FIFY

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@MementoMori Rule of thumb when dealing with Right Wingers is any derogatory terms they send your way usually express their latent desires quite nicely.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@MementoMori I call it the "Rabid Weasel Syndrome" they turn on anyone at any time with no thought to long term ramifications.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@La_Randy 

The biggest moochers and leaches? Our corporations and super rich. They don't want to pay for the society we created that they profit from.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@MementoMori  We can use some of that global warming in the Midwest / East Coast now. Spring is off to a crappy start.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@mantisdragon91  Mantis, it is not that they are against welfare for themselves, just other people they imagine to be undeserving.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 

Concerned about your dole check, Bugs? Worried that people will catch on to your scam?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

System X?  You can fool some of the people all of the time, indeed.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

How many times must the sky fall down

Before we can call Life Alert?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MementoMori 

But how is it all Obama's fault and how will investing in Gold save me?  I don't understand, please elaborate Glenn!

MrObvious
MrObvious

@La_Randy 

I'm very intolerant of the raving lunacy on the right; but unlike them I don't want to legislate to take their lunacy away from them. 'Wingers of course love for us to live under whatever arbitrary spinning moral compass that happen to irate them. Be it 'the redskies' one week 'and the gay' another. Anyone that doesn't fit their small rabid fringe should have their 'freedoms' removed. 'Cause Gosh himself says so.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@53_3 

If he doesn't like to be the final arbiter on our constitution then I suggest he skips town and let someone who does take over.

retiredvet
retiredvet

It was fun to watch Sacredh throw some daggers back though.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@AlistairCookie  I gave it a try a few times. I guess I don't have the stomach for the cretins. There is a serious lack of education in this country.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

All this time...us what people..........have been talking to.....

...a mirror!

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 @La_Randy 

Like Ayn Rand. She didn't want to pay into medicare nor anyone to recieve it but when she got cancer she was quick to jump on it as she reasoned that the treatment is expensive and might wipe out her savings O.o

'Wingers argue of course that such hypocrisy is fine since she paid into it - forgetting that if there was no Medicare she'd be forced to do what she didn't want - wiper her savings in treating the cancer that ended up killing her.

'Wingers have absolutely no problem justifying having the cake and eating it too. It makes sense somehow and somewhere.