Morning Must Reads: April 4

In the news: Guam vs. North Korea, Rand Paul, LA traffic lights, Maryland's gun control law, "illegal immigrant."

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

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DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

There is a marked absence in MMR, a presence that has been diminishing as of late.  Too early for champagne?

La_Randy
La_Randy

"Newt Gingrich Loves "Downton Abbey," Frets About "A Drive to Outlaw Christianity""

"And then he got around to the threat. "My only point is, you look at 2,000 years of proselytizing, evangelizing, you look at Aquinas, you look at Augustine, and you say: OK, this is one more fight in the long struggle between paganism and Christianity. There's nothing new. Paul wrote about it all the time. Go back and read Paul's letters. What is he writing about? He's writing about, there's Christians in a community in which there's not Christians. And I think the real danger is you'll see a drive to outlaw and limit Christianity. To say: It's OK to be Christian as long as you're not really Christian.""

 A majority of people who do not want religion written into the government's laws and policies does not mean christianity is being outlawed, newt.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Probably better on another post. I think Alex wrote one on Rand, but worth sharing here as well.

"I don't know about you, but watching anti-American globalists plot against our Constitution makes me sick. [...]

If we're to succeed, we must fight back now. That's why I'm helping lead the fight to defeat the UN "Small Arms Treaty" in the United States Senate. And it's why I need your help today.

Will you join me by taking a public stand against the UN "Small Arms Treaty" and sign the Official Firearms Sovereignty Survey right away? Ultimately, UN bureaucrats will stop at nothing to register, ban and CONFISCATE firearms owned by private citizens like YOU.

Paul's letter added that the United Nations intends to "force" the United States to "CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL 'unauthorized' civilian firearms," while create "an INTERNATIONAL gun registry, setting the stage for full-scale gun CONFISCATION," which isn't part of the Arms Trade Treaty and also isn't sane."

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/04/04/17600214-tinfoil-hats-black-helicopters-and-the-politics-of-paranoia?lite

Yet the courtier mediaare in a swoon over him.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

 At a cost of $400 million, Los Angeles has synchronized every one of its 4,500 traffic signals across 469 square miles — the first major metropolis in the world to do so.

This is actually a really impressive feat, and while it comes with a large price tag we can only guess how much money this saves the LA economy as a whole by cutting down on gridlock.

La_Randy
La_Randy

"Fear of the youth vote, now in North Carolina"

"Using means now familiar in other states, North Carolina Republicans are proposing several ways of making it harder to vote. But one of the tactics is new to me. Republican State Senator Bill Cook wants to make voting harder for college students in particular, and to do that, he's pushing a bill that ties students' voter registration to their parents' taxes. If the student registers to vote at their college address, the parents would get a tax hike. They could no longer claim the student as a dependent, so the family would pay more in taxes."

Just a poll tax, nothing to worry about.

"In U.S. practice, a poll tax was used as a de facto or implicit pre-condition of the exercise of the ability to vote. This tax emerged in somestates of the United States in the late 19th century as part of the Jim Crow laws. After the ability to vote was extended to all races by the enactment of the Fifteenth Amendment, many Southern states enacted poll tax laws as a means of restricting eligible voters; such laws often included a grandfather clause, which allowed any adult male whose father or grandfather had voted in a specific year prior to the abolition of slavery to vote without paying the tax. These laws, along with unfairly implemented literacy tests and extra-legal intimidation,[1] achieved the desired effect of disfranchisingAfrican-American and Native American voters, as well as poor whites."

La_Randy
La_Randy

@DonQuixotic No. Competing theories of responding to and ignoring trolls has undoubtedly been won by the latter camp.

outsider
outsider

Shh, if he sees that, he'll think you miss him.

@DonQuixotic

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Sue_N My governor is taking up the banner in their stead. He is still refusing to accept it. Of course as I have said before, he also closed down the state insurance program for adults with too much money for Medicaid, but too poor to purchase their own insurance. He also has the lowest approval ratings of any governor since they began keeping track.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Sue_N 

Shame.  Personally I enjoyed his "worst movie ever" posts as opposed to any good reviews he wrote, they were always more entertaining.

bobell
bobell

Damn! He was a lot more than just a movie critic, although he was plenty good at that.  I recommend checking out his blog before it's too late.  The final post is almost too ironic for words.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/

Sue_N
Sue_N

@La_Randy And yet if you look at the two parties, one supposedly "godless," the other allegedly "God-fearing," which constantly flouts Christ's commands to take care of the poor, the homeless, the sick, the imprisoned and the alienated, and which is actually trying to help "the least of these"?

Shut up, Newt.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@La_Randy 

I don't think the GOP and men like Newt realize that if strict Christianity was the law of the land, many of their own policies and lifestyle choices would be outlawed.  Divorced anyone lately Newt?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@mantisdragon91 

That's seriously still going?  I guess it was linked on some not-job Libertarian blog.  I can't believe you can stomach that sea of bile.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Ivy_B 

Frankly it reflects quite poorly on TIME that they bother to write flattering pieces about him like the one linked above, but then again after watching them switch to LifeFyre and open up their comments to twitter spamming I think it's safe to say the quality of the site as a whole has been diminishing.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Ivy_B His new slogan. " Stand with Iran and North Korea. The NRA needs the gun revenue"

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Ivy_B 

Question; who'r the stupider - Randie here for writing that or the dumbarses for believing it? Shouldn't it be some kind of limit on the BS sworn officials can throw out before they're automatically rejected?

La_Randy
La_Randy

Wow! Look at all the pictures I did not link to.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@La_Randy Meanwhile, SCOTUS deliberates over whether we still need something so archaic as the Voting Rights Act. Because no state actually wants to suppress anyone's vote, right?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@La_Randy 

Wow.  I will be so glad when the current generation gets their hands off the wheel.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@La_Randy They are trying anything to fix elections, aren't they?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B @Sue_N It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, and whether Goodhair will allow it.

The state's hospitals and businesses have been begging for the expansion. And while Goodhair cares squat about sick people, he does love business. It owns whatever passes for his soul.

jmac
jmac

@DonQuixotic @La_Randy   Newt:  "It's okay to be Christian as long as you're not really Christian."  Are real Christians similar to real Americans?  Newt needs to define "really".   While he's at it,  he can define "paganism".  Am I a real pagan or do I just play it on Swamp?  

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@DonQuixotic FYI, you flagged a comment on the Presidents post that used a terrible word. I flagged it as well and before I went out for the evening, I sent a tweet to Zeke Miller asking him to check on the flags. I looked quickly when I got home and looked again just now and it is completely gone. Looks like an effective action for things that are really beyond the pale.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet @Ivy_B Because somehow the UN is going to come here and take over. No, seriously, that's the fear. We will surrender our national sovereignty to the Blue Helmets, and that will be the end of us.

Google Agenda 21. The crazy is off the chain.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@DonQuixotic I look at it like the endless pieces they wrote on the flavor of the week during the Repub primaries. Not to mention the daily paeans to Snowflake Snooki.

bobell
bobell

@DonQuixotic You probably missed the great Traffic-Signal Worsening of 1977, when the City of Alexandria decided to reset the signals in Old Town to give preference to east-west traffic, since most of that came from within the city limits, whereas north-south was mainly people from Fairfax County. It became torture to drive thorugh on Washington St, and Patrick and Henry weren't much better. Then they put four-way stops at almost every interesection in town that didn't have a traffic signal.  The air pollution doubled, and people were constantly stopped in the middle of the intersections, and drivers were taking side streets and crashing stop signs. The only nod to sanity was that they kept a sensible rush-hour sequence, probably out of fear of the total anarchy that would otherwise result.

It was a good decade before they undid the chaos. I sold my house in Fairfax County south of Alexandria and moved into Arlington well before then.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@DonQuixotic @La_Randy They are trying to be as irritating as they can be since being relegated to backseat driving after the last two presidential elections.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@Ivy_B @La_Randy It is amazing what old tropes they will dig up to maintain their failing ideology. It is really quite sad and shows how fearful they are.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@bobell 

Ever since the express lane was finished on 495, my commute into Old Town everyday has been a breeze.  The only time I run into any traffic is going down King Street to my office, but even then it's relatively minor.  The only time I ever really see bad traffic in Old Town is on holidays or weekends when it's awash with people.  I currently live in Alexandria and frankly, it's not so bad.