Morning Must Reads: April 30

In the news: Jason Collins, black voter turnout, isolationist Americans, Queen Beatrix, Obamacare, Schwarzenegger

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

  • Washington Wizards center Jason Collins is the first American male professional athlete to announce he is gay while playing a major sport
  • Black turnout exceeded white turnout in the 2012 presidential election
  • NYT/CBS poll: Majorities across party lines are decidedly opposed to American intervention in North Korea or Syria
  • Does Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech prove his outreach to Republicans is over?
  • FBI agents are conducting interviews about the relationship between Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and a major campaign donor who paid for the food at the wedding of the governor’s daughter
  • Queen Beatrix abdicates the Netherlands throne
  • Daniel Kessler: The coming Obamacare shock
  • Joe Klein Exclusive: White House to streamline Obamacare applications
  • Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger endorses the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration reform proposal
277 comments
La_Randy
La_Randy

"How conspiracist think

Bolding mine

"These findings are alarming because they show that conspiracy theories sow public mistrust and undermine democratic debate by diverting attention away from important scientific, political and societal issues.There is no question as to whether the public should actively demand truthful and transparent information from their governments and proposed explanations should be met with a healthy amount of scepticism, yet, this is not what conspiracy theories offer. A conspiracy theory is usually defined as an attempt to explain the ultimate cause of an important societal event as part of some sinister plot conjured up by a secret alliance of powerful individuals and organizations. The great philosopher Karl Popper argued that the fallacy of conspiracy theories lies in their tendency to describe every event as ‘intentional’ and ‘planned’ thereby seriously underestimating the random nature and unintended consequences of many political and social actions. In fact, Popper was describing a cognitive bias that psychologists now commonly refer to as the “fundamental attribution error”: the tendency to overestimate the actions of others as being intentional rather than the product of (random) situational circumstances."

MrObvious
MrObvious

I need to get a new mouse now, but it's worth it. The blur in the periphery and the hysterical skid mark is easy enough to dismiss.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Out of curiosity can some one remind me how Sarah Palin ended up working out for McCain and the GOP hopes to win the White House in 2008?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

So now our Troll is all about Russian science findings. Would that make him a SOCIALIST?

MementoMori
MementoMori

I guess Gohmert was worried that Ted Cruz might take his crazy crown.

While addressing the FBI’s work in Boston, Gohmert said that it was “amazing” that the FBI was able to do any investigative work at all because, according to Gohmert, they are being advised by “Muslim Brotherhood members.”

He said that the Obama administration is promoting “radical Islam” and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and in the US, maintaining that “Muslim Brotherhood advisers” have made it “virtually impossible to properly and adequately investigate and defend this country.”

Gohmert Warns of FBI's 'Muslim Brotherhood Advisers' and Immigrants 'Rushing In'

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gohmert-warns-fbis-muslim-brotherhood-advisers-and-immigrants-rushing

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Broseph_Stylin I know you're talking about the S&P, but for another little reminder, The Dow was 8,078 on 1/23/09 and closed today at 14,840. Socialist.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MrObvious 

None the less, people need to stop engaging the troll, bot directly and indirectly.  Your High Priest commands it.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

'Kinda torn on this myself.  The name is so historically synonomous with football I just don't see the offense towards Natives (not saying it's not offensive, I just don't cringe when I hear it). 

OTOH I love my Seminoles and I think the school does an outstanding job preserving and highlighting the role the Seminole nation plays in FL's history - IOW, State doesn't portray the Seminoles as cartoon characters.  "Braves," "Indians," "Warriors," "Fighting Sioux" and the like aren't all that dedicated to the people they're trying to endear.

Tero
Tero

@Broseph_Stylin 

My high school teams were known as the "Warriors" and our mascot was a Native Warrior and the logo was a Native Warrior's head. It was all deliciously un-pc. Recently they finally changed to the Wildcats or Bobcats or something...

Tero
Tero

@mantisdragon91 

B|tch was so dumb she couldn't even name a newspaper or magazine she reads, like duhhhhhhhhhhh. Whatever chance grampa had she firmly squashed it with her ignorance and hate.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 

Just look at the clown cart in 2012. A very polarizing president in a sputtering economy against the best GOP could throw at him.

It says more about the diminishing screaming base and their chances then anything. It'll be a cold day in heck before they see the presidency again if they keep pushing the current crop of critters. But knowing the base they'll keep pushing for people just as ignorant as they are.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 

Without Sarah Palin on the ticket, McCain would have been lucky to get 40% of the vote.

NP042
NP042

@mantisdragon91 It's linked from Anthony Watts' website; the paper is essentially guaranteed to say the opposite, or at the very least nothing close to, what he claims it says.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 

There are no socialists left in Russia. They can be found in the White House and on college campuses in this country.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@mantisdragon91

Still unable to read though:

“Journalists say the entire process is very simple: once solar activity declines, the temperature drops. But besides solar activity, the climate is influenced by other factors, including the lithosphere, the atmosphere, the ocean, the glaciers. The share of solar activity in climate change is only 20%. This means that sun’s activity could trigger certain changes whereas the actual climate changing process takes place on the Earth”.

Russian reportings are not about man-made climate change, they're about Solar Cycles and are highly theoretical.

Tero
Tero

@MementoMori 

Cruz can never hope to equal the death-defying feats of stupidity of goofy Gohmert.

Tero
Tero

@La_Randy 

Read a graph? I think you are giving the climate-change deniers more credit than they are due.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@La_Randy 

He looks like he stepped right out of the 30's.  Maybe he really did.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Would've been better if he had done this while he was still playing.  JC is a free agent that's way past his playing prime; no team will risk the ramifications of picking him up - if would only point out his persona, not his playing ability.  It's a no-win.

paulejb
paulejb

@MementoMori

"These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit," Obama said. "I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be."

Now that took courage. You go, Barry!

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MementoMori 

It's nice having a President that openly supports equality, irregardless of what bigots might want.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@MementoMori Maybe now Marcus Bachmann and Lindsey Graham will have the courage to follow suit. But I won't hold my breath waiting for it.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Broseph_Stylin @MrObvious 

It won't change him not posting here. I don't give one bit about him. Don't read, don't open his links and have commented once after he more or less agreed with me but thought he didn't. I even gave him a like because he was so stupid.

We've ignored him now for months and he keeps coming back. You really think it's the 'indirect' posting that keeps him coming back?

No - he's whack. Not entirely right in his head.

At this point he's sticking around because he doesn't want to prove us right by leaving. That's just how lost in the head he is.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@NP042 @mantisdragon91 

Claiming a solar cycle disproves man-made climate change is like saying a tree falling on your house disproves your foundation's structural integrity.  They have nothing to do with one another; it's an outside force.

paulejb
paulejb

@nflfoghorn 

Actually, it will probably extend his career. The dupes running the NBA won't want to see an openly gay player cut from the roster. It wouldn't be politic to offend the homosexual lobby.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MrObvious @Broseph_Stylin

At this point he's sticking around because he doesn't want to prove us right by leaving.

I'm content with that.  If he wants to waste his own time and throw poo at a wall he can go right ahead, but I won't encourage that behavior or stoop to his level.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Tero @outsider2011 @MementoMori Oh, no, I'm in Louie's district, the good ol' 1st. East Texas (aka, Upper Redneckistan).

How bad are we? We are the part of the state the rest of Texas mocks.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Invoking teh First Rule of TC here....