Morning Must Reads: May 21

In the news: the Oklahoma tornado, Apple, IRS scam, a Bain liberal SuperPAC, and the Benghazi official who lost his job speaks out

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

  • Oklahoma City tornado kills 24
  • Apple paid no corporate income tax to any national government on tens of billions of dollars in income over the past four years, a Senate investigation found
  • David Brooks‘ Google study: Over the past century we have increasingly used words associated with individualism and demoralization
  • White House account on IRS scam over time
    • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew heads to the Senate today. Here are 4 non-IRS questions for him
  • A top liberal SuperPAC in the 2012 election had undisclosed financial ties to the private equity firm Bain Capital
  • Raymond Maxwell, the only official at the State Department’s bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to lose his job after the attacks, speaks out
  • Stephen Colbert‘s UVA commencement speech
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ahandout
ahandout

You must not be a very good researcher.  No Nazareth, the Nazarene sect, probably what we now know as the Essenes.  But, you already know all that.

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but the Cavs got the #1 pick in the NBA draft.They'll either take Nerlen nolens or trade down a couple of spots and take Otto from Georgetown.

ahandout
ahandout

Liberals are under the law of Jante.  They just hate individuality and freedom.  Maybe it is because their leader and god Barry instructs them to be envious and hate achievement.

paulejb
paulejb

Obama — now, and then

'“Some matters are not appropriate to convey to him, and this is one of them.” — Jay Carney yesterday, on why no one in the White House told the president what was going on at the IRS

“I don’t remember what room the president was in on that night, and that’s a largely irrelevant fact.” — White House aide Dan Pfeiffer, responding over the weekend to questions about where the president was when our ambassador in Benghazi was under attack.

“What difference, at this point, does it make?” — Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, after delaying for months Congressional on Benghazi.

AP Barack Obama

“We can’t have the hands-off, head-in-the-sand attitude that we’ve had over the last eight years.” — Candidate Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign, accusing President George W. Bush of being absent on the financial crisis'

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Tornado destroys OK town.  Clearly Obama's fault.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Parties moving in opposite directions

"I suspect Republican officials, especially in Washington, had high hopes about the latest batch of polls. After all, the Beltway has embraced "scandal mania" in recent weeks, subjecting President Obama to near-constant criticism, even though the controversies don't relate to him directly."

retiredvet
retiredvet

'Apologize to Apple'?

"If anyone should be on trial here, it should be Congress," Paul declared. "I frankly think the committee should apologize to Apple.... I would say what we really need to do is to apologize to Apple, compliment them for the job creation they are doing, and get about doing our job."

Amazing.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Do you suppose the last thing that went through Andrew Hatebart's mind was "somehow this is Obama's fault"?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

There are those I could sympathize with your arguments.  Jodi Arias is not one of them.

ahandout
ahandout

@paulejb Makes you look FORWARD to tomorrow, when Barry will roll out just a bit more misinformation.  Gotta love the transparency.  He's a transparent liar.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@ahandout It's really funny and ignorant that you think everyone who doesn't agree with you is a Liberal.  And it's really odd that you think people worship Pres. Obama.  And how can all you tea-heads read minds?  By the way, liberal means "free man" so you must be a slave to the republican mob.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout 

It's like making a point using a fallacy, which makes the point you thought you made meaningless. Hatin' what someone vote for is not a solution and not very pragmatic politically; it's just hatin. And not to say idiotic - we hate freedom? Can you be anymore pedestrian and corny? Jesus - 'wingers just don't think very hard.

Coach63DH
Coach63DH

@ahandout Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence.  Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.  --------William E. Gladstone

notsacredh
notsacredh

There's a stormfront moving in. Take cover.

ahandout
ahandout

@paulejb  Barry's back to voting present:  Mr. Know It All goes to Mr. Know Nothing in a blink of an eye. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@retiredvet 

It's our political systems fault that companies lobby for Swiss cheese loophole in our tax codes and then abuse it to the hilt. Government should just move out of the way so corporations could govern us peasants.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@retiredvet 

Make 50K a year, pay 15% on taxes.

Make 70 billion a year, we should be ashamed at thinking they should pay anything but zero.

notsacredh
notsacredh

"Do you suppose the last thing that went through Andrew Hatebart's mind was "somehow this is Obama's fault"?"

I'm thinking "tunnel of light? I smell sulfur".



 

notsacredh
notsacredh

It looks like a college photo of Danny DeVito.

paulejb
paulejb

@ahandout @paulejb 

Who else will plead the Fifth? Who will turn states evidence? Who will be Barry Obama's "Deep Throat?" Will a disgraced Obama retire to Hawaii or the South of France?

ahandout
ahandout

@MrObvious @ahandout Sure Liberals love freedom, as long as it agrees with their agenda.  They love the First Amendment that's why they jailed a smuck that made a youtube video. 

Liberals love freedom so much that they just want to make sure the they control it, right down to the size soft drink you can buy with the money that they so generously allow you to keep.

What freedom do you love MrO?  The liberals have plans to control it, from what and how much you eat to your use of the internet, to the car you drive, if they allow you to drive, to how warm/cool you keep your home.

Liberals, those freedom controlling little wonks. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

Spits on hand and prepares to slap Rand.

notsacredh
notsacredh

A little more OT, but I've been helping him prepare his resume because he's putting in for a promotion. His entire resume is shorter than just my list of awards and commendations.

notsacredh
notsacredh

It's one of the perils of being in charge. Slightly OT, but the guy I'm working with is a TP member. A birther. Thinks Obama is a socialist/Muslim. He's very religious and yet is dreading shift change in two weeks because he can't stand the next guy he's going on turn with next. This guy is always telling me to slow down that I'm doing too much. The guy he's getting next shares HIS views.

It's hard being an atheist, socialist and liberal that everyone wants to work with.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Dude, you're a gubmint worker. You're supposed to nap on the job. What kinda commie slacker are you, napping at home?

notsacredh
notsacredh

I just got up a couple of hours ago. I am going to take a long nap before I go back to work though.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I was thinking of the lounge lizard/country epic from Hell. I'm on midnights. The thought processes are random. At best.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Endless background music of Wayne Newton singing "Danteshane".

Shudders.