Morning Must Reads: May 28

In the news: Jersey Shore, Eric Holder, education, Syria, John Boehner, Chinese hackers, and Bob Dole

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

  • President Obama inspects the Hurricane Sandy rebuilding effort at the Jersey Shore today with Gov. Chris Christie
  • Sen. John McCain Monday became the highest-ranking U.S. official to enter Syria since the bloody civil war there began more than two years ago
    • The war in Syria has spread to Lebanon
  • Attorney General Eric Holder‘s regret and repairs following the AP and Fox News leaks
  • An estimated 4.4 million people entered the U.S. on legal visas and have never left
  • All but two states—Wyoming and North Dakota, which both are benefiting from natural-resources booms—are spending less per higher education student this year than they did in 2008
  • Federal officials call for conservation as the Colorado River is hit by drought
  • Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers
  • House Speaker John Boehner’s shrinking power
  • How the Republican Study Committee has taken over the House
  • Former Republican Senate Majority Leader and 1996 GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole doubts he, Richard Nixon, or Ronald Reagan could make it in the current Republican Party
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fitty_three
fitty_three

I think that @ahandout's weewee is in a knot.

ahandout
ahandout

I sure hope the president is watching the news, maybe he will learn something new about his administration.

ahandout
ahandout

For those who’d like to pretend that eugenics is something of the past, The American Eugenics Society still exists today. It merely changed its name to The Society for the Study of Social Biology. Effective euphemisms are evil’s strength.  Frederick Osborn, President of the American Eugenics Society and close colleague of Alan Guttmacher, described their intensified focus on population control: “Birth control and abortion are turning out to be great eugenic advances of our time.”

http://www.lifenews.com/2011/11/08/state-of-same-eugenics-still-drives-the-abortion-industry/

MementoMori
MementoMori

Gotta love those Money, Oil loving corporations.

Fracking Insiders Admit To Employing Military 'Psychological Operations' On American Citizens

“We have several former psy ops folks that work for us at Range because they’re very comfortable in dealing with localized issues and local governments,” Pitzarella said. “Really all they do is spend most of their time helping folks develop local ordinances and things like that. But very much having that understanding of psy ops in the Army and in the Middle East has applied very helpfully here for us in Pennsylvania.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-fracking-industry-admits-to-employing-military-psychologial-operations-on-american-citizens-2011-11#ixzz2UdFDtSJs


fitty_three
fitty_three

I see that @ahandout is disparate, er, desperate.

Either way...

ahandout
ahandout

Gotta love those Technology, Freedom loving environmentalists. 

  • “I got the impression that instead of going out to shoot birds, I should go out and shoot the kids who shoot birds.” Paul Watson, founder of Greenpeace (quoted in Access to Energy, vol. 10, no. 4, Dec. 1982)
  • “The right to have children should be a marketable commodity, bought and traded by individuals but absolutely limited by the state.” Kenneth Boulding, originator of the “Spaceship Earth” concept (quoted by William Tucker in Progress and Privilege, 1982)
  • “The only real good technology is no technology at all. Technology is taxation without representation, imposed by our elitist species [man] upon the rest of the natural world.” John Shuttleworth, Friends of the Earth manual writer
  • ahandout
    ahandout

    The same type of people today, carrying out the work of the founding fathers and mothers.  Oh the irony.

    But these same eugenicists were often political and social liberals — advocates of social reform, partisans of science, critics of stasis and reaction. “They weren’t sinister characters out of some darkly lighted noir film about Nazi sympathizers,” Conniff writes of Fisher and his peers, “but environmentalists, peace activists, fitness buffs, healthy-living enthusiasts, inventors and family men.” From Teddy Roosevelt to the Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, fears about “race suicide” and “human weeds” were common among self-conscious progressives, who saw the quest for a better gene pool as of a piece with their broader dream of human advancement.    

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/10/opinion/sunday/douthat-eugenics-past-and-future.html?_r=0

    MementoMori
    MementoMori

    The FoxNews Dog Whistle.

    On air last week, Mike O’Mara touted the new images he said portray a more “three-dimensional picture of Trayvon.” According to Mediaite, Fox broadcast images from Martin’s phone that showed a hand holding a gun and a photograph of marijuana, which O’Mara argues is central to his client’s argument that he acted in self-defense because it shows Martin was“street-wise.

    Zimmerman Lawyer Goes On National TV To Smear Trayvon Martin With Inadmissible Evidence


    ahandout
    ahandout

    More quotes from loving, caring environmentalists.  Margaret Sanger would be proud.

    We, in the green movement, aspire to a cultural model in which killing a forest will be considered more contemptible and more criminal than the sale of 6-year-old children to Asian brothels. -- Carl Amery

    Every time you turn on an electric light, you are making another brainless baby -- Helen Caldicott, Union of Concerned Scientists

    To feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem -- Lamont Cole

    nflfoghorn
    nflfoghorn

    If my president is a liar, that makes W and D!ck...?

    ARTRaveler
    ARTRaveler

    "Effective euphemisms are evil's strength/"

    Yes, we have noticed from the names that the Republicans put on their bills during the Bush2 administration and theh current US House uses.  The name often describes the opposite of what theh bill did, e.g.,  "Clear skies" allowed increased air pollution.

    fitty_three
    fitty_three

    @ahandout  

    You're doing a lot of reminiscing about yesteryear, @ahandout.

    Times have changed.  This is 2013.

    roknsteve
    roknsteve

    @ahandout Since the founding fathers had long hair and long beards you must have hair down to your butt.  Do you wear powdered wigs too?  

    MementoMori
    MementoMori

    I actually read the link (what can I say? Ross Douthat makes me chuckle. Kinda like when a very young child attempts an elaborate lie).

    Ross is writing a little screed against eugenics, using as an example the aborting of a child with Down Syndrome. Which isn't genetic. Which undermines his whole poorly researched "abortion is eugenics!" rant.

    Never mind that Ross will be first in line for cutting government support of disabled children. Because 'fiscal responsibility" will always trump compassion when it comes to rightwingers. And all their moralizing about the 'sanctity of life' is nothing but a smoke screen for their sanctimonious desire to punish women for behaving in ways other than the ones they desire..

    TyPollard
    TyPollard

    @MementoMori 

    People of color with a gun = streetwise.

    White people with a gun = patriotic defenders of the 2nd Amendment.

    ahandout
    ahandout

    @fitty_three

    The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, favored Malthus eugenics.  Margaret Sanger is Hillary Clinton's idol.

    http://www.blackgenocide.org/negro.html

    Malthus’ magnum opus, An Essay on the Principle of Population, published in six editions from 1798 to 1826:

    All children born, beyond what would be required to keep up the population to a desired level, must necessarily perish, unless room is made for them by the deaths of grown persons. We should facilitate, instead of foolishly and vainly endeavoring to impede, the operations of nature in producing this mortality.

    Malthus disciples believed if Western civilization were to survive, the physically unfit, the materially poor, the spiritually diseased, the racially inferior, and the mentally incompetent had to be suppressed and isolated–or even, perhaps, eliminated. His disciples felt the subtler and more "scientific" approaches of education, contraception, sterilization and abortion were more "practical and acceptable ways" to ease the pressures of the alleged overpopulation.

    Sanger’s early writings clearly reflected Malthus’ influence. She writes:

    Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease. Those vast, complex, interrelated organizations aiming to control and to diminish the spread of misery and destitution and all the menacing evils that spring out of this sinisterly fertile soil, are the surest sign that our civilization has bred, is breeding and perpetuating constantly increasing numbers of defectives, delinquents and dependents.

    ahandout
    ahandout

    @fitty_three @ahandout  The more things change the more they stay the same.  Liberals haven't changed since they were smoking pot with their high school buddies.

    ahandout
    ahandout

    @MementoMori The left's desire is too reward minorities with abortion and let them continue to exterminate themselves.  That is the reality of abortion.  The percent of the black population in the US is shrinking.

    ahandout
    ahandout

    @MementoMori @ahandout @fitty_three  The fact is that 10 million black babies have been aborted.  I guess its just a coincidence that Sanger spouted eugenics and that the book written by her mentor was used as the NAZIs defense at Nuremburg.

    fitty_three
    fitty_three

    @ahandout

    I'm not the one suffering from bigotry and psychoses.

    I really should have more compassion for the mentally ill.

    fitty_three
    fitty_three

    @ahandout

    1. You can't spel.  Your home schoolerizing is showing.

    2. You're a bigot, and uninformed about anything concerning the black community.

    3. You're as dumb as that rock over there.