Morning Must Reads: April 24

In the news: temporary guest workers, politicizing Boston, the New York Times, Italy, Max Baucus, ricin, and a new "Crossfire"

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

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DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

I think the Grunwald article is the worst collection of lunatics I've seen posting on Swampland in a very long time. 

Tero
Tero

Gitmo hunger strike growing by the day

A legitimate reason to criticize Obama. I didn't like this illegal policy under Bush, I don't like it under Obama. Plus, didn't Obama promise to close it? Maybe if he were a true progressive it would be closed...

MementoMori
MementoMori

Hey, I wonder what Michelle Bachmann is up to (besides breaking campaign law)?

This past weekend’s “Awakening” conference, sponsored by the far-right legal and advocacy group Liberty Counsel, attracted several hundred people to First Baptist Church in Oviedo, a suburb of Orlando, Florida. While the turnout was not big enough to fill half of the sanctuary, the event gave an insight into the state of mind of America’s Religious Right leaders.

The overall message of the weekend was that America is in spiritual decline and on the verge of total destruction at the hands of dictator-emulating, jihad-enabling socialist President Barack Obama and his religious-freedom-hating allies in the radical homosexual lobby. Many of the speakers reveled in recounting their tales of being persecuted for having the courage to take on left-wing radicals. Other major themes:
  • America, or conservative America, is at war – at war with militant Islam, secular humanism, abortionists, a “radical homosexual activist movement,” and with Satan, who inspires those movements.
  • President Obama is leading America down the road to socialist tyranny.
  • Public schools are left-wing indoctrination centers and there’s no excuse for Christian parents to send their students to a public school. Christian educators should treat public schools as a mission field.
  • Conservative political losses among Hispanics and youth are due to lousy public education, media bias, and bad messaging by conservatives. Conservatives can win them over with better messaging and outreach.
  • Political action alone will not be enough to save America – only a religious revival and Great Awakening will turn America around, and that requires conservative preachers to be much more aggressive in their preaching, since so much of the church is lukewarm and preaching a useless “happy-clappy” Jesus.
In addition to the Religious Right leaders profiled in our preview of the conference, participants heard from Sen. Marco Rubio (via video) and from Rep. Michelle Bachmann (in person).

The right just keeps getting crazier and crazier. Oh, and so much for Marco Rubio being some sort of moderate new face of the GOP. He's just another crazy rightwinger.

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/awakening-more-right-wing-preaching-needed-save-america

notsacredh
notsacredh

This sequester nonsense is just plain crazy. I'm already scheduled for some 12 hour days, a few doubles and working on a few of my days off. After Saturday, we have ZERO people to work fill-in. It's all going to be overtime at over $40 an hour. It's not going to save any money. It's going to cost them more than if they lifted the hiring freeze. A new hire is $15 an hour.

Sue_N
Sue_N

I peeked in on that thread not long after it was posted, and it was toxic then. No way am I going back. Not without a hazmat suit.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

I've been trying, sacred, but I just can't quite get them to go over the edge.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@DonQuixotic 

I just started a rumor about Obama and drones.

Wonder how long it takes for the insane asylum to riot....

notsacredh
notsacredh

I kept picturing sloped foreheads, crossed eyes, bad teeth, mullets and rebel flag t-shirts.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

The latest post there (and it is still going strong):

"Mr. Gunwald can go fk himself, ,that is if the government doesn't take away his right to do so"

I don't know where to begin.

fitty_three
fitty_three

I wish there was a digital version of a "roach hotel".

Of course, let's not let it be known that as far as screening for mental illness is concerned, they're a gold mine.

Tero
Tero

@DonQuixotic 

I took a quick peek but felt dirty just reading those comments. What a collection a terrible people...

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Tero Maybe if he had not had both Republicans and Democrats wetting their diapers at the possibility that the Gitmo prisoners might come to this country - even to a new super max prison that was looking for inmates - and screaming to the high heavens, NIMBY, it would have been closed. Silly geese, all of them.

Sue_N
Sue_N

It's what she gets for apprenticing herself to the Statler and Waldorf of the Senate.

WolfBard
WolfBard

@Tero

They were outside her campaign headquarters here with signs and chants on Saturday.  It's like the Election all over again, believing that any polls but theirs are lying.

roknsteve
roknsteve

All they need is a poster of a white, blond, Jesus with an automatic weapon. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

If Obama is such a dangerous dictator, then why can't he get any of his agenda passed? And when will these idiots understand that words have actual meanings?

Gah!

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@MementoMori As long as she is at war with Satan, perhaps she should glance at his in the closet minion, AKA her husband.

roknsteve
roknsteve

"It's a bird!  It's a plane!  Ouch!  It dropped something in my eye!"

notsacredh
notsacredh

I just peeked in over there. What a mess. It's why I think inbreeding is a bad idea.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Tero @DonQuixotic 

Posting "Tread on Me" in the headline is like a beacon for them to descend and start throwing poo everywhere.

Tero
Tero

@53_3 @Tero 

I think most people agree, except those Ivy listed above. 

I wonder who wants it kept open the most? Al-qaeda or the GOP?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Ivy_B

The original idea debated by the Bush Administration was that the convenience of Gitmo lay in the fact that it was not on US territory.

Thus allowing a little legal "sleight of hand" relating to treatment of prisoners.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Sue_N 

If Obama's such a leftist liberal, why am I disappointed that he's not making serious progress on all of the agendas I support as a liberal?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Sue_N Worst Dictator ever! You would think he'd at least hang or torture a few of them to get his point across.

roknsteve
roknsteve

And the Cry of the Banshee was heard deep into the night. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

Please don't butter sacred. We all know where that ends.

WolfBard
WolfBard

@53_3@sacredh

BTW I looked up chancre on Wikipedia, thank you for teaching me a new word.  And also... ewww.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

We never do, if you happen to have noticed.

We know which side of your bread our butter is on..

notsacredh
notsacredh

I happen to be God's gift to earth. Remember that if you're ever tempted to disagree with me on any subject.

Tero
Tero

@DonQuixotic @Tero 

Who? WE the people? Ooops I mean YOU the people. We Canadians aren't people, we are the queen's subjects...

WolfBard
WolfBard

@DonQuixotic @53_3

Don, I took a peek.  Now, I may be a fat pudding, stuffed with proverbs, but I must warn you... "Whether the stone hits the pitcher, or the pitcher hits the stone, it's going to be bad for the pitcher."

 ...check back with me because I haven't worked out who's who yet in that analogy.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Poke them with a 10 foot pole or you'll get icky stuff all over.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Tero

Well, if you go look at the Grunwald article about "Tread on Me" you'll find that the GOP and Al-Queda are in agreement on many, many things.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Or at least throw a couple of them into those FEMA camps we heard so much about.