Morning Must Reads: April 9

In the news: gun control, tax code, Margaret Thatcher's economic legacy, vulnerable Senators, Chelsea Clinton's political future, Hill staffers and Twitter, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

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

  • Obama goest to Connecticut and invokes Newtown in push for gun control. Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatens to filibuster any gun legislation. Republican Sens. Pat Toomey (Penn.) and Tom Coburn (Okla). push for expanding background checks
    • Where Congress stands on guns—graphic.
  • Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) looks to reshape the 5,600 page tax code.
  • Margaret Thatcher’s economic legacy
  • Most Vulnerable 2014 Senators: Arkansas’ Mark Pryor and Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu. These two Senate Democrats are two of the three who haven’t endorsed gay marriage. (The other being West Virginia’s Joe Manchin)
  • What America should do, according to former CIA Director David Petraeus.
  • Chelsea Clinton says she is open to run for political office.
  • Hundreds of Hill staffers lock their Twitter accounts after LegiStorm moved to aggregate their tweets last week.
  • How did Beyoncé and Jay-Z get into Cuba?
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notsacredh
notsacredh

Not a single regular made a comment on the penis size thread. We're getting too classy for our own good.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Markos says Obama has a pathological need to appear compromising and reasonable.  The whole thing worth a read.

"So I actually take him at his word, that he is simply trying to give Republicans what they want in order to appear compromising and reasonable. Why does he need to appear compromising and reasonable? Who the hell knows, but he sure has a pathological need to appear that way. It didn't help him last time he bent over backwards to make a deal—the infamous debt ceiling negotiations of 2011."

paulejb
paulejb

'Sick: Gravedancer Obama Accuses Second Amendment Supporters of “Political Stunts” '

"On the day he held a campaign lovefest using the parents of dead Newtown children as human props, the president amazingly has the balls to accuse those who support the Second Amendment of using so-called political stunts in order to stave off the anti-gun onslaught. One thing this tool doesn’t lack is shame."

http://www.jammiewf.com/2013/sick-gravedancer-obama-accuses-second-amendment-supporters-of-political-stunts/

Is it possible that Barack Hussein Obama does not recognize his own hypocrisy.

paulejb
paulejb

"Mother Jones said the recording was provided to them last week "by a source who requested anonymity." In a statement they said they "were not involved in the making of the tape, but we published a story on the tape due to its obvious newsworthiness."

"It is our understanding that the tape was not the product of a Watergate-style bugging operation," the statement reads."

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/04/09/So-Who-Bugged-Senator-McConnell-s-Office

Well, there you go. Mother Jones understands that the eavesdropping was legal. 

bobell
bobell

There's been some troll-feeding today.  Let's not backslide, folks.

paulejb
paulejb

“Isn’t it odd how everybody stopped keeping a death toll of Americans killed overseas on January 20, 2009? But then, as the great lady once said: What difference does it make?” Glenn Reynolds @ Instapundit

Curious, isn't it?

notsacredh
notsacredh

The RNC has just announced it's own version of SETI. They're looking for signs of intelligent life within their own party. It's going to take a long time.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@sacredh OK, sacred, where did we miss this? We wailed on Joe for his SSD post, Rubio for his Immigration nonsense, and McConnell...well, for just being a dooshbag. 

Where is the Penis Thread?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B I honestly don't know what the man is thinking. Does he actually believe that, if he bends just the right way, he can bring the GOP to sanity and reason and somehow break the gridlock? Or is he really just another centrist who honestly believes we have to cut SS to "save" it?

I seriously do not get it.

notsacredh
notsacredh

The next time I was lost in the factory that makes Viagra and then the next thing I knew...Courtney Love was running after me throwing scabs in my direction. I was torn.  Not entirely pleasant.



notsacredh
notsacredh

"Over the years, many patients have awakened from comas to tell Laureys about trips to the hereafter."

I was stuck in traffic and the radio quit working.

paulejb
paulejb

@bobell 

April 9, 2013

Dear diary,

The religious cult at Swampland is having difficulty maintaining their shunning of my comments. These poor benighted Kool-Aid consumers are champing at the bit to respond to my wise and witty posts but they are being urged to hold the line by their high priests.

This would actually be sad if it wasn't so damn funny.

Tero
Tero

@bobell 

He needs to go back on his diet, immediately.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Tero 

How is sodomy illegal in Virginia but legal in West Virginia?  I can't wrap my head around that one.

paulejb
paulejb

@Tero 

Leave it to you to root for sodomy. That says more about you than it does about anyone else.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Tero

When Pinochet escaped extradition to Spain for human rights abuses, Thatcher sent him a congratulatory commemorative plate. Pinochet’s military dictatorship killed between 3,000 and 15,000 people and tortured tens of thousands more. “Your return to Chile has ensured that Spain’s attempts to impose judicial colonialism have been firmly rebuffed,” Thatcher wrote in a personal note enclosed with the plate.

Did not know that.  Jesus.  What was it with her and Reagan and supporting terrorists/dictators.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Tero

Despite their quaint maintenance of a monarchy, British politics are less respectful than ours, and the prime minister is afforded much less regal deference than our president.

Well the Tea Party and the GOP are certainly trying to bridge that gap.

paulejb
paulejb

@Tero 

The philosophical spawn of Joe Stalin hated the Magnificent Maggie. She helped destroy their spiritual home land.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@bobell I would have been happier if I kept reading my book.

"Recently, Washington Monthly published the most important piece of public policy journalism that has appeared anywhere since Charlie Savage's first dispatches in the Boston Globe describing the spelunking he'd done through the dark places in the Bush Administration's national security apparatus. It was by Haley Sweetland Evans and it describes the diligent work done on behalf of the people who stole most of the world economy in 2008 and wrecked what was left to undermine even the moderate attempts of the Dodd-Frank legislation that sought to rein in merely some of the worst excesses. Read the thing. Gaze in awe. There was very close to a national consensus during the 2008 election that we'd all been the victims of obvious crimes. There was very close to a national consensus that something serious had to be done to keep the crooks from coming back for seconds. And the one expression of that consensus is steadily being picked apart by the very same crooks and their sublet hirelings in the Congress. This piece will make absolutely no difference to anyone. And there will be absolutely no price to be paid for any of it. And we'll all treat the next collapse of the next economy as though it were a blizzard nobody saw coming, and nobody — least of all "the government" — was able to stop.

This is not cynicism. Honest to god, it's not. Well, some of it is, but it's more what I believe to be a realistic appraisal of what happens when, for private purposes, the citizens of a self-governing political commonwealth are estranged from the process of creating it. This process predates Barack Obama by several decades and it is now a permanent feature of our politics that will long outlast him. Nothing is permanent. The scoreboard is resetting to zero again, and the poor man should have run for president of a better country than this."



Read more: President Obama's Illusions On Gun Control - The End Of Obama's Illusions - Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/president-obamas-illusions-040913#ixzz2Q0M45iqj

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

So, my mom got laid off the other month - had nothing to do with the economy so much as a new boss with new priorities but it still works as an interesting case study.  After thinking about it for a bit, she decided she had more than enough money to retire.  Now, when she was first laid off, she would've been included in the unemployment numbers but it was afterwards that she decided to depart the labor market.

Why do I bring this up?  Well, I'm curious what the argument is about people that fall into the category.  I mean, we saw the stat yesterday that said that only three percent of the labor force are unemployed, want to work but don't count in unemployment numbers because they just aren't interested.  However, there is undoubtedly that group , like my mom, that would've continued working had they never been laid off in the first place but because they got laid off, decided it was a good chance to retire.  Is the government responsible for those people choosing to retire?  What is the "logic" to blaming Obama for that?

(BTW: part of the reason for the spike is because the people that would fall in that category are the elder baby boomers who are in their late 50s and 60s now.  The labor participation rate should decrease progressively over the next 20 years as more and more of them retire before beginning to return to normal as more and more of them die.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@sacredh 

They'll need a time machine for that.  Intelligence has been MIA in their party for years and years.

paulejb
paulejb

@sacredh 

That's pretty lame, sacredh. Are you just phoning it in today?

notsacredh
notsacredh

My first thought was that it was safely tucked away.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

No telling where those scabs have been.

Tero
Tero

@DonQuixotic @Tero

Canada still has some vestiges of sodomy laws but they are never enforced because they have been ruled against our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For instance; you can't be involved in "sodomy" until you are over eighteen and no more than two people may be present... how boring.

"there's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation" Pierre Trudeau (former Canadian PM)

Tero
Tero

@DonQuixotic @Tero 

They subscribed to the "an enemy of my enemy is my friend" philosophy. They didn't care how horrible, right-wing, nationalist or fascist the person was, as long as they were against communism. Both Reagan and Thatcher were evil hypocrites and the world is better off that they are no longer in it.

Tero
Tero

@DonQuixotic @Tero 

You have a point about the baggers trying to destroy any last vestiges of decorum and respect for the office of president. However; people living in parliamentary democracies tend to view our politicians with even more derision. The only difference is we don't care about politician's personal lives.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@forgottenlord

What is the "logic" to blaming Obama for that?

There is none.  When it rains on a beautiful day it's Obama's fault these days.  Every bad thing that happens is his fault and every good thing that happens does so despite his efforts to ruin it.  It's a big joke, and it's why the GOP lost 2012.  We thank the clown car's efforts on behalf of our party.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Time travel makes me queasy. It's why I don't do it anymore.

notsacredh
notsacredh

With Courtney, it's hard to tell a genital wart from a scab.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@DonQuixotic

I've said it before: I don't really care that he's here.  Today I felt like picking a fight.

paulejb
paulejb

@sacredh 

It's not just alcohol that causes a hangover, sacredh.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Have to go. I have to go sign my tax return forms.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I'm not a drinker. When I want lame, I do check out what the RNC is saying.

paulejb
paulejb

@sacredh 

I thought you were fighting a hangover and recycling lame DNC talking points.