Morning Must Reads: April 26

In the news: the red line and Syria, huge garment factory in Bagladesh collapses, George W. Bush's supporters rise, and Mike Allen

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

  • Do intel reports suggesting Syria has used chemical weapons against its own people force the US to cross the “red line” into war? TIME’s Mark Thompson says, “Obama finds himself in a pickle: if he does nothing, some will say Assad is pushing him around. If he orders an attack, he’s likely only to degrade, not destroy, Syria’s chemical weapons. Assuming, of course, that U.S. intelligence knows where they are.” Thompson points out we’ve gone into Vietnam, Sudan and Iraq with poor intel.
  • Multistory garment factory collapses in Bangladesh’s capital, killing around 300, according to the latest figures, and injuring more than 1,200.
  • Why isn’t the rest of Asia scared of China?
  • George W. Bush’s positive legacy
  • Paul Krugman: Austerity is the 1 percent’s economic philosophy
  • Bill Clinton‘s unused 1995 White House Correspondents Dinner Speech
  • Mike Allen talks alot about Mike Allen in Politico’s latest “Behind the Curtain.”
313 comments
sacredh
sacredh

OT, but I was really looking forward to a Heat/Thunder rematch in the finals. With Westbrook out for the playoffs, that looks a little unlikely.

La_Randy
La_Randy

Not sure if anybody mentioned it but the possum died yesterday.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@Urbanitus  Saw your comments from below - that certain cretin to whom you responded honestly thinks he has the better of us.  'Been at it well before the election; you'd have thought he would've taken his whipping, but no.  His buddies have virtually left him on this forum (fellow troll K Groenhagen is nothing but a racist bully).  He is in no mood to actually debate about issues so all this guy does is throw crap on the wall to see what sticks in hopes that you will a) respond to his insanity and b) give him the opportunity to become a legend in his own mind.  This troll will never, ever admit defeat or when he's wrong so collectively we've decided to just ignore him, no matter how outrageous his posts and/or accusations get.  

Now you're up to speed.  So when you hear us say "the first rule of Troll Club..." you'll understand.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Speaking of Dinosaurs I think its high time that the GOP ditch the elephant as their mascot and adopt the dinosaur. It is so much more of an apt symbol for the state of the party and their relevance to the average American.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh

San Antonio will likely go.  

Paint drying.  Waiting @ the DMV.  Snail racing.  C-Span.  Just four things more exciting than the Spurs.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@La_Randy Thinking there will be a movie based on him and Tammy Wynette's tragicomic marriage.  Then again, I keep thinking about writing a screenplay on the tragicomic mashup of Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Miss Elizabeth.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm sorry to hear that. I grew up (having to) listen to country music. I'm familiar with his early stuff. How much did I like country music? I wouldn't listen to the Eagles until Hotel California because they reminded me too much of country music.

sacredh
sacredh

Ivy_B, you might get a chuckle out of this. My wife got a call out of the blue last fall from an old boyfriend. He lives a couple of hundred miles away from here but travels to Pittsburgh every couple of months for business. They talk on the phone a couple of times a month for an hour or so. He's happily married and I have no problem with them talking and even suggested that she invite him to stop in when he's around. His wife doesn't have a problem with it either.They've e-mailed each other photos of their families. My wife has told him all about me and he's told my wife all about his.

He told my wife the other night that his wife would like to come too. To meet me. She hurt his feelings. She said I looked ten years younger than him (I'm 2 years older) and "Jesus, he's HUGE". Now both my wife and him are cool to the idea of us getting together.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Katrina "Heckuva Job" Accolades.

80% off.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Pair of loafers...slightly tossed.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@retiredvet Do it at home waterboarding kit. How else can you really find out what your friends and neighbors really think about you?

sacredh
sacredh

Flight suit and sock.

Judge Not Lest Judge Judy bumper sticker.

It Was D!ck bumper sticker.

Reading is Fundamentalist decal.

sacredh
sacredh

An abacus with a keyboard.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 

The average American still works for a living, Bugs. It's only about 20% who are freeloaders and the base of the Democrat party.

sacredh
sacredh

San Antonio is somewhat less than exciting. The winner of the Clippers/Grizzlies series might have a shot. Looks around. Who said Clippers?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh  Can't stand country music either.  But growing up Hee-Haw was must-see TV in our household.  To this day I don't know why.  Maybe it was the "Where, Where Are You Tonight?" skits.

sacredh
sacredh

I used go hide in the basement whenever my dad brought home a new country album. He'd make us all listen to it (if he could find me).I could hear him opening doors and yelling, "I know you're around here somewhere".

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh   "He told my wife the other night that his wife would like to come too. To meet me."

 Another episode of Spot the Innuendo commences!



Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@sacredh Indeed, I did chuckle! You do live such an interesting life.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@sacredh Commemorative Codpiece, also available in Cheney size!

sacredh
sacredh

Goodmorning retiredvet.

sacredh
sacredh

nfl, sometimes I'd sit there and just stare at my parents instead of the tv. Half of the time they'd get uncomfortable and tell me i could go read in my room. I thought I might have been adopted until I was 15 or so.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh Had no use for Welk, other than all the bubbles and those Lemon sisters (or Lennon or whomever the heck they were).  I think Sullivan's motto was "if I have on something you don't like, wait a while."  LOL Moment: Diana Ross urging him to sing.  And him doing it.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh  A tad too young to remember that...but the plate spinners and the mouse - oh yeah.  Edddeeeeeee.

sacredh
sacredh

My parents considered it quality family time. I used to wish they'd just beat me and send me to bed.

sacredh
sacredh

nfl, maybe your parents insisted on watching Hee-Haw just to laugh at the inbred white trash hillbillies. I think we're both around the same age and things were bad back then. I'd sit on the couch, unfocus my eyes and pretend I was somewhere else.

sacredh
sacredh

And then Ed had The Beatles on.

sacredh
sacredh

Nfl, I share your pain. I had to watch Hee-Haw, Lawrence Welk and Ed Sullivan. I hated that f'n little mouse Topio Gigio. I'd sit there in horror. And the plate spinners? Really?

sacredh
sacredh

outsider2011, country music is huge around here. Everyday at work I have to change the radio stations at work. It's either country music or red neck talk shows. If I want to be left alone at work, I either put on metal or classical. It's like mustard gas to them.

outsider
outsider

@sacredh  

My dad used to sing and play in a country band. And he liked listening to it. Every sunday moring, at 8 am it started blasting. 

Let's say when i was 16-18, and hung over on a sunday morning, i did not appreciate it.. 

sacredh
sacredh

It was unintended nfl, but thanks for giving me more credit than I deserve.

sacredh
sacredh

I'm afraid that it sounds more interesting than it really is.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

I'm thinking that they should use scratch and sniff technology:

Winners smell like various good things, losing tickets stink something awful.  It would make for interesting conversations.

sacredh
sacredh

I've never had any luck with the numbers. I think scratch-offs, poker and political bets are the extent of my luck.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh One of these days I'm gonna get on here and say I hit the Powerball.  Maybe today...?

sacredh
sacredh

"I could beat that. But I'm not going there!
"

Boy Scout or altar boy? Lol. Just kidding.

sacredh
sacredh

I have to leave too to pick up an area rug we bought last night. It wouldn't fit in thecar so i have to use the truck.

retiredvet
retiredvet

I could beat that. But I'm not going there! Back to work. It's shoulder to shovel digging a new raspberry bed.

sacredh
sacredh

My fortune teller grandmother was going to set me up with a hooker to "make me a man" when I turned 16. I told her she missed the boat by 4 years. She thought it was great.

retiredvet
retiredvet

One of my grandmothers used to tell us kids (innocent) dirty jokes! The other was a grumpy old prude.

sacredh
sacredh

One of my grandmothers was a fortune teller. Crystal ball and all. Lol. She was nuts but a lot of fun.

sacredh
sacredh

retiredvet, this sounds really stupid, but sometimes they just "stand out". Some look a little brighter than others.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Easy come, easy go. Got 5 lottery tickets  fro $10 a few days ago and won $4. What's your secret??

sacredh
sacredh

retiredvet, I took my wife out shopping last to spend some of the money I won this month. Some of the money. It's ALL gone now.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Morning Sacred. I snuck away from the salt mine for a break. It's back to work in a bit here.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn @53_3

Of course they did!  Didn't you ever watch Dinosaurs?  You know: the baby whacks dad and says "Not the mama!".