Morning Must Reads: April 19

In the news: Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Texas explosion, Simpson -Bowles, immigration, Syria's chemical weapons, Gitmo's library, TIME 100

  • Share
  • Read Later
Jonathan Ernst / REUTERS

People drink coffee under cherry blossoms as the sun rises along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 7, 2013.

  • One Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed, another at large.
  • A blast Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas has left more than a dozen dead, and 150 injured. It destroyed a school and 75 or so homes. Pictures
  • Bowles, Simpson release new debt plan
  • National Review board thinks the proposed path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the US is unacceptable.
  • Opinion:
    • Rich Lowry: Sen. Marco Rubio is helping Sen. Chuck Schumer’s chances of becoming Majority Leader.
    • George Will: executive branch agencies shouldn’t be funded by the firms it regulates, but from congressional appropriation. He also warns of the federal gov’t. making subprime loans federal policy again
    • Paul Krugman: Even if debt exceeds 90% of GDP America will be fine.
    • David Brooks: Republicans won’t be harmed by voting down stricter gun control, but they will suffer if they shut down movement on immigration
  • Britain and France inform U.N. Syria has used chemical weapons.
  • Guantanamo Bay libraryGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, Islamic literature, Lord of the Rings, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Political Guide to the TIME 100
571 comments
fitty_three
fitty_three

I see a whole lot of smoke from the U-turn Our Favorite Spirochete made about 50 comments back.

retiredvet
retiredvet

If anyone else saw the President's speech tonight: He seemed to push back at the crazies calling for a lynching nicely.

La_Randy
La_Randy

The Anti-American speaks for conservative justice:

Lindsey Graham

"The last thing we may want to do is read Boston suspect Miranda Rights telling him to "remain silent."

"If captured, I hope Administration will at least consider holding the Boston suspect as enemy combatant for intelligence gathering purposes."

From the Link:

"So Tzarnaev is an American citizen, and while he may be a terrorist, terrorism is a crime. In America, when we arrest people for crimes we are required to inform the criminals that they have certain rights under the Constitution — the Constitution is this old list of rules that people like Sen. Lindsey Graham claim to revere — and we do this not just to make the criminal justice process fairer but also so that prosecutions don’t fall apart because of police misconduct."

paulejb
paulejb

Done and done. Congratulations to all involved. The entire nation should be grateful that the perpetrators of the Boston Massacre have been brought to book.

Sue_N
Sue_N

From Twitter:

"Today's resolution in #Watertown#Boston brought to you by taxpayer-paid, professionally trained, unionized public employees."

retiredvet
retiredvet

And for the "done and done" remark, not so fast. We have this little thing we do called "due process."

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet Of course, if he hadn't gone, they would have attacked him for that.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Well, we ARE talking about FOX here. Nicely done Ollie!

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@retiredvet

"How many law officers were pulled off the marathon massacre investigation to provide protection for Obama in Boston?"

Zero.  Secret service are the ones who provide protection and they aren't doing the investigation.  The city might provide a few escort vehicles, but they can just be a few traffic cops or some people who'd normally just patrol.  The investigators don't go on patrol.

Idiot.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@La_RandyFC: "This will remain the dumbest response to this week’s chaos until John McCain urges war with Russia and/or Liz Cheney urges war on Chechnya."

Sue_N
Sue_N

@La_Randy Either we believe in our system of law and justice or we don't.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet Thank God! And thank you, Boston PD, Watertown PD and all law enforcement agencies.

Retiredvet, I know this has to be a HUGE relief to all of y'all up there.

sacredh
sacredh

Good morning. I had a horrible nightmare. I dreamed I was an evangelical bagger. I had a beautiful wife but I couldn't touch her because it would have meant seeing her naughty bits. I'm still shaking. Something.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Sue_N  What's truly amazing to me is that he's actually doing his job in spite of them.

doddeb
doddeb

We do, or at least some of us do. The US attorney at the press conference said that they don't have to mirandize hm since there are national security implicatons. I assume that's a Patriot Act stipulation. Surely in between peeing his pants and posturing for his rabid base, Yertle would remember that. This kid isn't going anywhere. Thanks to the exemplary work of law enforcement, we have him in custody. Let the justice system take its course without right wing hysteria. That would be the outcome that would showcase American values.

La_Randy
La_Randy

 Ditto... How far have we fallen when one of our elected representatives tries to circumvent it (Justice). Sad times indeed. 

retiredvet
retiredvet

Oh, and it only took about (I don't know) 100,000 cops!

retiredvet
retiredvet

What's more important is that he's alive. So we can now get some answers.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Sue_N  It is a relief. However, we live about 10 miles West of the lock down so we felt relatively safe. There were a few times when I thought he was outside the lock down but the news kept nailing inside.

sacredh
sacredh

"Enjoy slacking off at the people's expense, you lazy, shiftless gubmint non-working commie."

How many times do I have to say it? I'm a socialist, not a commie. Geesh. I won't argue the other points. It's all in the eye of the beholder.

sacredh
sacredh

A surrender monkey? ME? A SURRENDER MONKEY!? I'm offended. I've never quit anything in my life. I give up.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Good night sweet Prince, but keep your hands where we can see them.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N

Shh.  He's a French loving anti American surrender monkey too.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh Enjoy slacking off at the people's expense, you lazy, shiftless gubmint non-working commie.

sacredh
sacredh

Gotta run. Have fun folks.

sacredh
sacredh

This is my last week with him. They're detailing him to another installation after we finish up midnights. The guy that I'm getting next left a bag of Oreo cookies in my locker. I went in last night and they were in there with a note. It's a good thing. I was starved.

retiredvet
retiredvet

I bet you (not so secretly) enjoy it.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm sure I can talk the other guy into it. I kind of intimidate him.

sacredh
sacredh

I should take a shower, but I'll wait until I get to work for that too. God, I love being the boss.

You do the paperwork, I'm taking a shower and having a cup of coffee. Lol.

sacredh
sacredh

I'll have to wait until I get to work. I have to leave in 10 minutes.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@sacredh Going to bed now, maybe I will be able to make some headway!

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Sue_N  There must be a padded room that he goes into regularly.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet @Sue_N If I were him, I'd have to refurnish the White House every week to replace everything I broke in massive fits of rage.

outsider
outsider

@Ivy_B @doddeb  

I think it's pretty simple; if you're going to howl about not reading this kid his rights - why not just declare martial law already, and get it over with. 

Then make sure he (Graham) is picked up first for sedition. 

Again, either you believe in the legal system, or not. 

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@doddeb I had a slightly different view of US attorney Ortiz when one of our local paper columnists pointed out that she was the one who hounded Aaron Swartz to death.

doddeb
doddeb

Retiredvet: Indeed.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@doddeb What fitting place for this to play out according to the rule of law.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@La_Randy And how particularly appalling that, according to Pittypat and his ilk, the 2nd Amendment is absolute, but no other right is.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet What? It didn't just take "one good man with a gun"? Wayne LaPierre doesn't believe it.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@Sue_N  He's injured and in "serious condition." He'll get excellent medical attention in Boston.