Morning Must Reads: May 2

In the news: unruly Republican state legislatures, Syria, 2014, Obama, Mark Sanford, Penny Pritzker, ESPN

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

  • Republican lawmakers in several states are blunting plans by GOP governors to reduce or eliminate income taxes.
  • Andrew Ferguson: the morality behind economists’ work.
  • Karl Rove on 2014
  • George Will: Obama is right on Syria
  • Prettier in Print:
    • This week’s cover, written by Massimo Calabresi and Michael Crowley, is “Homeland Insecurity: After Boston, The Struggle Between Liberty and Security”
    • Joe Klein: Obama needs to get angry
    • Richard Haas: We have been overreaching abroad and underachieving at home.
    • Fareed Zakaria: If some kind of political pact can be reached, there’s hope for Syria. If it cannot, U.S. assistance to the rebels or even direct military intervention won’t change much.
    • Joel Klein: “The Fall and Rise of Mark Sanford”
  • Rep. Paul Ryan supports “concept” of internet sales tax.
  • Four things to know about the next commerce Secretary, billionaire Penny Pritzker
  • Surprise! ESPN is doing well.
285 comments
DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Obama's Commerce pick, Penny Pritzker, could rile labor

Stupid pick, and painfully transparent.  I'm pretty disappointed in this.  Kind of flies in the face of Obama being such a "Leftist" or a "Socialist" when he does things like this, but people who make such claims typically have IQ ratings in the double digits.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Chomsky: The Boston Bombings Gave Americans a Taste of the Terrorism the U.S. Inflicts Abroad Every Day

It's rare for privileged Westerners to see, graphically, what many others experience daily - for example, in a remote village in Yemen, the same week as the marathon bombings.

On April 23, Yemeni activist and journalist Farea Al-Muslimi, who had studied at an American high school, testified before a US Senate committee that right after the marathon bombings, a drone strike in his home village in Yemen killed its target.

The strike terrorized the villagers, turning them into enemies of the United States - something that years of jihadi propaganda had failed to accomplish.

His neighbors had admired the US, Al-Muslimi told the committee, but "Now, however, when they think of America, they think of the fear they feel at the drones over their heads. What radicals had previously failed to achieve in my village, one drone strike accomplished in an instant."

MementoMori
MementoMori

Yeah, but it's Chicago, so they're all probably just murderous thugs.

Hundreds of Chicago students are taking up the mantle in the fight against the role of standardized tests in public school closures as they walked out of a state exam Wednesday. Their message: “We are over-tested, under-resourced and fed up!”

Over 300 students from over 25 different Chicago public schools boycotted the second day of a state-wide standardized test.

http://ianthe.tumblr.com/post/48958772982/hundreds-of-chicago-students-walk-out-of

paulejb
paulejb

Has Barack Hussein Obama called the Gitmo hunger strikers yet?

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

Just as an aside: I think it's interesting how the combination of 1) LiveFyre, 2) Swampland posts/tweets that get shät upon by locusts, and 3) the strong adherence to our "No Feeding" policy, has made MMRs a busy place and a pleasant read. It has truly become a great place for excellent stories, links and commentary!

Barely any posts today have garnered more than 10 comments, and there's been some good stuff (e.g. the indefatiguable Mark Thompson's Base Motives), but, all in all, I'm liking it.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

@SirDonQuixoticPritzker is a silver-spooner 1%er who has a history of union busting and tax avoidance. Other than that, she's a died in the wool Marxist.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@SirDonQuixotic  Not to worry, according to Mark Knoller, Chuck is on the case. Guess he has experience based on his pursuit of Mitt's offshore activities.

 "Sen. @ChuckGrassley serves notice he'll pursue "offshore tax avoidance activities" in confirmation of Commerce nominee Penny Pritzker."

Tero
Tero

@SirDonQuixotic 

Obama is centre-right, at least as long as he's been running for president. Only a moron would think he was "far left" or a "socialist".

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Ivy_B 

For everyone that decries TSA screenings; imagine if they hadn't been there and he'd gotten on the plane.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Standardized tests are excellent tools for providing some statistical datapoints to help assess the effectiveness of teaching methods and get feedback in 1-3 years so you don't lose an entire generation (nothing else allows for appropriate wide-scale analysis with sufficiently quick feedback cycles)

Standardized tests are useless as the only data point

Standardized tests are beyond useless at assessing the abilities of individual students.

*says the guy who works on a product that, amongst other things, provides data analysis tools of standardized tests

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Ivy_B 

How are we not certain the upper echelons of the right in America aren't possessed by southern Civil War soldiers?  They certainly seem to have emerged from the middle of the 19th century.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Ivy_B  

My bother in law is a member of the NRA, he's liberal and he's a Black American.

Wonder what he thinks of this. My guess:

Not so much.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Ivy_B Yes and  World War 2 was the war to move Jews out of Europe and into a new sunny home in Israel.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@Ivy_B Just to pile on...

Porter Calls The Civil War The "War Of Northern Aggression." Explaining the NRA's roots during the same June 2012 speech, Porter said, "NRA was started 1871 right here in New York state. It was started by some Yankee generals who didn't like the way my Southern boys had the ability to shoot in what we call the 'War of Northern Aggression.' Now y'all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the 'War of Northern Aggression' down south." 

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/05/02/five-things-to-know-about-the-nras-new-presiden/193875

paulejb
paulejb

@MotorsForFreedom 

Are you one of the high priests of the Swampland cult, Motors? I don't recall ever seeing you here before.

reallife
reallife

@SirDonQuixotic  I think it's fair to say that Sarah Palin has become the Gwyneth Paltrow of politics, hated for her looks, her talent, and most of all for being always RIGHT, and I mean right, the opposite of wrong..... 

although in this case it could be used as the opposite of left, and it would end up meaning the same thing. Left, wrong, as the golden girl herself said "What difference does it make?"


LOL



paulejb
paulejb

@SirDonQuixotic 

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, Donnie. Thanks for your attention to my every post.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@SirDonQuixotic

Excuse me if I don't care one lick whether he was in the airport or on the plane or outside a movie theater in Aurora.  He's a danger no matter where he is and the airplane really doesn't need to be made any safer - it was already pretty much the safest place you could be on the entire planet before and after 9/11 and since then, we've done nothing but ramp up security.

NP042
NP042

@MementoMori @Ivy_BNow y'all might call it the Civil War, but we call it the 'War of Northern Aggression' down south.

As a born-and-bred southerner I can safely say no, no we don't call it that.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@MementoMori Person who tweets as @WillMcAvoyACN  asked --

If Southerners call Civil War the "War of Northern Aggression" can Northerners call it "The War on The South Owning People Like Property"?

jmac
jmac

@SirDonQuixotic @mantisdragon91  Why the constant drumbeat on Benghazi?  It's all they've got?    But left wing blogs are saying the answer is easy:

Hillary.  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@SirDonQuixotic@mantisdragon91 

The #2 lie: Republicans keep posturing that their questions about Benghazi are intended to bolster US security. In fact, they are harming it. Republican hearings in the House of Representative have disgracefully  revealed the names of Libyans talking to the US consulate, thus endangering their lives and harming US efforts to understand the situation in the country, since who would risk talking to the embassy if they know about Darrell Issa’s big mouth?

NP042
NP042

@MementoMori @NP042 @Ivy_B I guess I should rephrase that.  Redneck, southern hicks say that. (Likely while driving around with a large confederate flag plastered to the back of their raised pickup)

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@La_Randy @Ivy_B @MementoMori I was at a wedding in Beaumont, NC which is about 50 miles west of Raleigh a few years ago and there in the center of the Town Square was a Statue "To the Heroes of the War of Northern Aggression"

La_Randy
La_Randy

@Ivy_B @MementoMori I have lived in Louisiana all my life and have never heard anybody call the Civil War the 'War of Northern Aggression". Maybe Porter got this from some right wing radical group.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@SirDonQuixoticActually in the interests of educating the stupid and attention starved among us here is the #1 Lie:

Republican senators keep saying that it should have been “easy” to find out what happened on September 11, 2012, by simply debriefing US personnel who had been there. John McCain, Ron Johnson and the others who make this charge are the most cynical and manipulative people in the world. The Benghazi US mission was very clearly an operation of the Central Intelligence Agency, and that is the reason that the Obama administration officials have never been able to speak frankly and publicly about it. McCain and the others know this very well, and they know that their public carping cannot be “simply” answered because the answers would endanger sources and methods. The consulate was amazingly well-guarded by some 40 CIA operatives, many of them ex-special forces, in a nearby safe house. These were viewed by consular officials as “the cavalry.” It is still not clear what Ambassador Chris Stevens and the CIA were doing in Benghazi, and unless we know that we can’t know why they were attacked. (They were not overseeing the shipping of weapons to Syria; the Syrian revolutionaries complain bitterly that the US *prevents* them from getting medium and heavy weapons).