Morning Must Reads: April 29

In the news: Syria, Medicare, natural gas, Bob Goodlatte, Anthony Foxx, Kosovo, Google, and the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

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

  • Syria’s Prime Minister escaped an assassination attempt.
  • Health Quality Partners enrolls Medicare patients, including at least one with a chronic illness, and sends a trained nurse to see them every week, or every month, whether they’re healthy or sick. It improved patient outcomes while cutting costs, but Medicare is shutting down the program in June.
  • Why Obamacare won’t be a “train wreck.”
  • Charles Mann: Natural gas “could be a useful crutch. But only if we have the wit to know that we will soon have to lay it down.”
  • Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte may slow down the immigration reform debate.
  • President Obama will nominate today Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to be his next Secretary of Transportation.
  • Kosovo’s leaders like Hashim Thaci have been accused of grotesque war crimes. But can anyone prove it?
  • Legislation is being prepared that would pressure companies such as Face­book and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur.
  • Watch some of the highlights from this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
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outsider
outsider

The conspiracy theories percolating up to local party leaders and even the halls of Congress should be a warning sign for the GOP

 A few days after the Boston bombings, Stella Tremblay went to Glenn Beck’s Facebook page to express her conviction that the terror attack was, in fact, orchestrated by the U.S. government.

 “The Boston Marathon was a Black Ops ‘terrorist’ attack,” she wrote. “One suspect killed, the other one will be too before they even have a chance to speak. Drones and now ‘terrorist’ attacks by our own Government. Sad day, but a ‘wake up’ to all of us.”

She then linked to a video at Infowars.com called Proof! Boston Marathon Bombing Is Staged Terror Attack.

Tremblay’s post, though, stood out from the wave of post-attack crazy because of her day job: she is a New Hampshire state legislator.

Like too many enthusiastic dupes, the Republican representative was echoing conspiracy entrepreneurs like Beck and InfoWars’ Alex Jones, who blend dark alternate history with a dystopian future, offering the listeners the “secret truth.”

Tremblay is part of a disturbing trend of—conservative state legislators and even congressmen entertaining conspiracy theories that are creepy and unseemly coming from the average citizen, but a sign of civic rot when they start getting parroted by elected officials.

Of course, craziness is a bipartisan issue, with Republicans frequently pointing to former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney as a Democratic example—but the right has been particularly prone to paranoia since Bush Derangement Syndrome on the left gave way to an epic case of Obama Derangement Syndrome from the other side.

This week in Missouri, state legislators voted to cut funding for the state’s drivers license bureau because it had been tasked in 2003 with also overseeing concealed-carry permits. The wife of state Rep. Kenneth Wilson explained—in the words of the Columbia Tribune—that the bureau “was part of a plot to impose United Nations policies in this country. ‘I have been doing some study on U.N. Agenda 21,’ Melissa Wilson … told the committee. ‘With this information going to the federal government, I feel that I will be a target. With Agenda 21, I will be someone who will be put on a watch list.’” She added that Agenda 21 is being pushed through in part because of a mass brainwashing known as the Delphi Technique.

 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/27/false-flags-sharia-law-and-gun-grabs-gop-lawmakers-embrace-the-crazy.html

notsacredh
notsacredh

I'm gone for an hour and change and you Socialumsists let the place go to hell. OK, that's it! I want to meet your friends and talk with their parents before you're allowed to bring anyone else home.

MementoMori
MementoMori

Just a reminder...

June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.

February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Truck bomb kills 17.

February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.

July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan

Suicide bomber kills two.

December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.

March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.

September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria

Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded.

January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece

A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.

July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey

Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.

March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen

Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls' school instead.

September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen

Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.

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Did the rightwingers make as big a deal about those as they did Benghazi? Of course not.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/12/1130950/-If-diplomatic-attacks-are-a-sign-of-weakness-Bush-was-the-weakest-of-all#


DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

When religious beliefs become evil: 4 signs

1. I know the truth, and you don’t.

2. Beware the charismatic leader.

3. The end is near.

4. The end justifies the means.

Why does this read off like a to-do list for the GOP/Tea Party over the past four years?

roknsteve
roknsteve

Somebody signed in on the Mysteries of Boston Bombing as "Paulejb-Sucks".  You wouldn't happen to know anything about it?  Paulie did't bite but I laughed just the same.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

That freaking blows, Sacred.  The Kings have been and will be non-competitive for years.  What possible reason can Stern give to keep them from moving to Seattle?  And what possible way can he avoid getting the NBA sued unless he gives Seattle either the Kings or an expansion team?



DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@outsider2011

Note that back in August 2012, Fox News didn’t care very much about Wade Page and the wild gun shootout he unleashed in an act of domestic terror in the Milwaukee suburb, nor did Fox suggest the event was connected to a larger, more sinister terror trend. In fact, in the days that followed the gun massacre, there were just two passing references to Page during Fox’s prime time, one from Bill O’Reilly and one from Greta Van Susteren. No guests were asked to discuss the temple shooting, and after one day the story was completely forgotten.

In one rare occasion when the conversation did turn to Page’s motivations, Fox’s opinion hosts were quick to criticize the notion that he was a far-right extremist. (He clearly was.) On The Five, after co-host Bob Beckel referred to Page as “right-wing skinhead,” he was quickly shouted down by his colleagues. Co-host Andrea Tantaros stressed that the killing was an isolated event that didn’t have any larger implications. “How do you stop a lunatic?” she asked. “This is not a political issue.”

Why would they openly condemn and analyze something their base pumps their fists to?

WolfBard
WolfBard

@outsider2011

Tremblay would embarrass me if this wasn't the first time I heard of her.

She's another voice in a long line of crazy that's turned New Hampshire blue.  I see enough "Conservative In Exile" stickers on cars up here to feel a huge section of the population is waiting for the patchwork plane the Tea Party has built to do a nosedive so they can salvage the wreckage.  I'd love to get back to a stable, cooperative two-party system where each is the watchdog of the other's excesses.

A good step in that direction is a little re-inventing of cable news' Big Three.  People like documentaries.  Try more documentaries.

paulejb
paulejb

@outsider2011

Got nuts?

"Glenn Greenwald Spars With Former CIA Officer On MSNBC Over Whether American Violence Abroad Fuels Jihad"

'Greenwald had recently written a column in which he noted that the committers of terrorism in the name Islam “emphatically all say the same thing: that they were motivated by the continuous horrific violence brought by the United States and its allies to the Muslim world — violence which routinely kills and oppresses innocent men, women and children.” '

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/glenn-greenwald-spars-with-former-cia-officer-on-msnbc-over-whether-american-violence-abroad-fuels-jihad/

Lib scribbler buys Islamic Jihadists BS line. Islamic Jihadists kill because they enjoy it.

roknsteve
roknsteve

My troll can beat up your troll.

notsacredh
notsacredh

And what the HELL is that SMELL? Are you letting baggers in here? Geesh.

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori 

Just a reminder...

No one has been brought to book for Benghazi. It is as though it never happened.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MementoMori 

Those don't count.  We had a Republican administration so bad things don't count then.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MementoMori 

The Sun is a liberal plot.  Everyone knows it's a giant ball of God's Love that Reagan gave us in the 80's to protect us from the USSR.

paulejb
paulejb

@Ivy_B 

Nothing gives liberals the willies more than an Hispanic conservative unless it's a pro-life female.

reallife
reallife

@MementoMori   cough cough!   Kentucky   cough  cough...

LOL 

any more starlets in the horizon?

 


nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I'm confused.  How does this admission impact the rotation of the earth?  Does it make us less safe?  Does it impact our world in the slightest?  Is Jason coming to his house??  If not, why does Matt choose to look like a buffoon??

notsacredh
notsacredh

Sorry folks. I didn't want to post it but I didn't see anyone else talking about it. My sympathies.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn

I'm still convinced that Howard Stern has a thing about Seattle.  They let a guy who was clearly deceptive take the Sonics to a meda base less than a third the size of Seattle's.

Go figure.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Most people here are sick of the Kings and want them to just go.  Then there's my wife...

notsacredh
notsacredh

My trolls have powerful mojo. Really, they're just not fond of bathing. Same difference.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@sacredh Rusty didn't think you would recognize his current name as he tries to pretend he should be here at all.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

I think it was all the losing lottery tickets in your back pocket.

 They've adapted scratch and sniff technology, it seems.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

And I found myself on my back, propped up by my elbows, amid the shards of my picture window on the front lawn.

notsacredh
notsacredh

It made the flat earth quit spinning.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Stern's goons--er, commitee can say one thing, but I'm betting the owners will reject the recommendation.  As you stated, Fitty, this was an even bigger ripoff than the Charlotte Hornets fiasco. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

I see they all change when you switch threads. Nevermind.

notsacredh
notsacredh

And when I returned, Mary Jo and her girlfriend were gone.