Morning Must Reads: April 8

In the news: Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron, immigration, Social Security, and freedom.

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

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies at the age of 87. George Will on her “vigorous virtues.”
  • In case you forgot, the federal government cut $85 billion across the board.
  • Republican governors use “freedom” as their defense when rejecting the Medicaid expansion of Obamacare.
  • UK Prime Minister David Cameron: “Crazy situation where you earn more on benefits than you do at work ends NOW.”
  • Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is in no rush to push on gun control.
  • Senate’s Gang of Eight hoped to put forth its immigration proposal this week, but that could also be delayed.
  • TIME’s Michael Scherer on Obama’s move to the right on Social Security and Keystone XL.
    • Obama’s old OMB chief Peter Orzag on why liberals shouldn’t be so mad about the President’s proposed Social Security changes.
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nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Alex allowed some conservative opinion to pass as fact the other day.  For the record I will point out that he also snuck in an opinion from Krugman.  Fair's fair.

Sue_N
Sue_N

The 13 GOP senators threatening to filibuster gun legislation are cowards. They're afraid of debate. They're afraid of having to take a stand against measures that 90 percent of the American people support. They're afraid of having to reveal that they actually represent the NRA and gun manufacturers rather than voters. They're afraid of being shown to have more sympathy for Wayne LaPierre than this country's dead children. They have declared the very idea of gun control too dangerous even to talk about.

They are cowards. And if we had an actual media, they'd be called on it.

MementoMori
MementoMori

That reminds me, let's see what the rightwingers at VDARE are up to?

I’m putting “White Supremacist” in quotes because, as Anonymous Attorney has pointed out, these gangs are not formed not out of “supremacism” but simply out of the need to survive in America’s hellish integrated prisons. 

Oh. They're defending white supremacists. Ew.

So yeah, they're still a bunch of racists. Or should I call them 'racial arsonists'? Or maybe "unreported race warriors'?

I'll be glad when I can call them "a memory".

(Link obscured so the racists don'get any SEO)

www.v*d*a*r*e.com/articles/murderous-white-supremacists-running-amok-or-msm-journolists-running-amok

MementoMori
MementoMori

How crazy is the religious rightwing?

How about North Korea is going to bomb us because of gay marriage?

Oh, and Obama is a demon.

Fred Luter, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, appeared Wednesday onTruNews with Rick Wiles, the Religious Right talk show host who is convinced President Obama is literally a demon.

After Wiles shared with Luter his theory that gay rights activists are to blame for North Korea’s threats to launch a nuclear strike against the US, Luter explained that while he is “not that strong in prophecy” he would not be surprised that there might be a connection.

“I would not be surprised that at the time when we are debating same-sex marriage, at a time when we are debating whether or not we should have gays leading the Boy Scout movement, I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that we have a mad man in Asia who is saying some of the things that he’s saying,” Luter said.

It's crazy out there folks - please keep your head down and ignore the trolls.

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/southern-baptist-leader-fred-luter-links-north-korean-threats-gay-marriage-boy-scouts

MementoMori
MementoMori

Journalistic malpractice at NPR. 

How did NPR end up repackaging extreme right-wing talking points into a week-long series claiming to tell the “hidden” truth about disability’s explosive growth in our recession economy? Journalist Chana Joffe-Walt says she spent six months “reporting on the growth of federal disability programs” and trying to “understand what that meant.”  She gets it almost all completely wrong, down to the beautifully-colored graphs.  Here are some clues as to why.

It's a case study on how to play the media. Definitely a must read.

unfit to air

roknsteve
roknsteve

I'm outta here. The creature has arrived and someone had to reply to him. 

outsider
outsider

Conservative Economist Condescends To A 19-Year-Old College Kid And Gets Schooled In Economics

Facts have a really inconvenient knack for debunking inane talking points. Stephen Moore, conservative economist and Wall Street Journal columnist learned that the hard way. At 1:16, 19-year-old Zack Kopplin, science advocate and history student, offers up the only response one should give whenever a pundit starts talking about science cuts. EPIC. And at 2:25, a senator and Bill Maher both fact-check Mr. Moore's spin again.


http://www.upworthy.com/conservative-economist-condescends-to-a-19-year-old-college-kid-and-gets-schoole

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Isn't it amazing how the individuals and states collecting the most in federal benefits tend to also be the ones complaining the most about it being given to others.

outsider
outsider

WASHINGTON -- At a time when Republicans on Capitol Hill are expressing outrage over canceled White House tours, something more deserving of outrage is taking place: tens of millions of the nation's most vulnerable are taking hits on all sides. The nation's poverty rate is frozen at a high of 15 percent. And lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, for the most part, aren't even talking about it.

"Missing in action," Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said of Congress' record on poverty.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/congress-poverty_n_3000459.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

bobell
bobell

The difference is that Krugman is describing what's actually happening -- Republican governors are invoking "freedom" in explaining why they're not accepting Medicaid expansion.  The usual unattributed item that comes from the right is false to fact or at least very tendentious.  Krugman's point is objective reality in comparison.  He doesn't like it, but he doesn't mischaracterize it.

My suggestion to Alex is that he attribute everything.  It would only require a couple more words.  Like starting each item with the name of the author and a colon, e.g. "Paul Krugman:"

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Let them filibuster [for real].  --KT

retiredvet
retiredvet

One of the issues I can see is that the gun manufacturers and marketers are NOT willing to identify themselves. For good reason.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Sue_N How about we get some info on the names of the arms manufacturers, their "dues" to the NRA plus a list of NRA contributions to Congress critters.

bobell
bobell

@Sue_N Are we to infer from this that the average Texas legislator isn't so much evil as stupid?

retiredvet
retiredvet

@MementoMori Ugh. The GOP planted this little wart (homophobia) a long time back. Be prepared to see it live way past its expiration date.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@MementoMori I read all the MMA articles on this and heard the NPR piece. When This American Life aired a story on a factory in China that later proved incorrect, they went to great pains to correct it, even the smallest detail. I was shocked that after the first MMA aritcle they let this air with no mention that there may be a different slant to the story.

A definite must read, because as the article notes the incorrect impression is all over the right wing-o-sphere, I've even heard bits of it on All Things Considered.


bobell
bobell

Appalling -- What happened, that is. The article is brillant.  A must read indeed.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@MementoMori I was talking to my sister a while back and she said my brother -in-law is reading "Obamacare SurvivalGuide."  Anyone know if this is NOT a right-wing publication?

bobell
bobell

@MementoMori Don't remind Rush. He'll buy the place. Then what?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@MementoMori Nah Costa Rica has no underage sex trade. The bloated one will move to the Dominican Republic instead.

paulejb
paulejb

@roknsteve 

Roknsteve ais a true profile in courage. Liberals talk a good fight but always come up wanting.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@roknsteve Sorry just ones. Not like the creature would not have lingered regardless. Unemployed trolls with no life tend to be hard to shake.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@outsider2011 I saw that. This was also the same idiot who wrote the book in 2004 " Bullish on Bush" Guess he's not much of economist after all.

roknsteve
roknsteve

99% of Congress is there for themselves and their district.

paulejb
paulejb

@outsider2011 

Poverty in the age of Obama was a forgone conclusion. It is a direct result of Obama's neo-Marxist policies.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I agree with what PK's saying ; )   but I do think it's important to list opinion as such--packed with facts as it is.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Glock, S&W, Ruger...we don't know these guys already?!

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Oh, the alliterative phrases you can play!

outsider
outsider

@mantisdragon91 @outsider2011 


It's just great to read that a 19  year basically destroyed the arguments a WSJ economist is pushing. 


Yet we still see parrots following all the talking points. 

paulejb
paulejb

@roknsteve 

Liberals always claim to be going to Washington to do good and always end up doing well.

bobell
bobell

@foggy I think you and I are in violent agreement. I have urged Alex more than once to attribute everything, or at least those pieces identified as opinion, which would include Krugman's columns.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet The gun manufacturers in this country are pretty well known, and legion. (Google "gun valley" for those just in New England.) But they choose to stay quiet in the debate and just let the NRA do their talking for them.

This story says the NRA has collected $38.9 million from gun manufacturers since 2005. This Factcheck post details how much some individual manufacturers have given.

They are heavily invested in LaPierre and the NRA.

retiredvet
retiredvet

The problem I see is that they don't get called out in the media. Am I missing something?