Morning Must Reads: June 13

In the news: Snowden vs. Alexander, Weiner's record in the House, Bill Clinton on Obama and Syria, the Nikkei bear, and what is prettier in print this week.

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

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mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

McCain and his boy toy are determined to get us into another war.

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today released the following statement on Syria:

“We appreciate the President’s finding that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on several occasions. We also agree with the President that this fact must affect U.S. policy toward Syria. The President’s red line has been crossed. U.S. credibility is on the line. Now is not the time to merely take the next incremental step. Now is the time for more decisive actions.

“The conflict in Syria has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. The United Nations reported today that the death toll in Syria is approaching 93,000. Hezbollah is all in. Iran is all in. Iraqi militant groups are flowing into Syria to fight for Assad. Russia continues to provide military and diplomatic support. Assad is dramatically increasing his use of airpower against civilians and opposition forces in Syria. A report today stated that Assad’s forces conducted at least 5,000 air-to-ground attacks last month alone.

“A decision to provide lethal assistance, especially ammunition and heavy weapons, to opposition forces in Syria is long overdue, and we hope the President will take this urgently needed step. But providing arms alone is not sufficient. That alone is not enough to change the military balance of power on the ground against Assad. The President must rally an international coalition to take military actions to degrade Assad’s ability to use airpower and ballistic missiles and to move and resupply his forces around the battlefield by air. This can be done, as we have said many times, using stand-off weapons such as cruise missiles.

“We cannot afford to delay any longer. Assad is on the offensive with every weapon in his arsenal and with the complete support of his foreign allies. We must take more decisive actions now to turn the tide of the conflict in Syria.”

http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=3f677341-d03c-eefb-9e51-3f5f84c34d59

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Based on all the evidence below I'm curious how many GOP politicians are founding fathers would have wanted hung if they had met them and learned of their actions and their effects on the long term safety and stability of the nation? Issa for one would have been given a musket ball to head with minimal deliberation for Benghazi alone.

ahandout
ahandout

Knowing that this will go over you heads...

What justification does the Appendix give for choosing the trending autoregressive model? None. In other words, the model used by the IPCC is just adopted by proclamation. Science is supposed to be based on evidence and logic. The failure of the IPCC to present any evidence or logic to support its choice of model is a serious violation of basic scientific principles — indeed, it means that what the IPCC has done is not science.

http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/5/27/met-office-admits-claims-of-significant-temperature-rise-unt.html

fitty_three
fitty_three

People that Suffer for GOP Polciy:

* The victims of the Texas factory explosion

* The victims of the Louisiana chemical plant explosion

* Victims of the OKC tornadoes

* The 5033 dead since Newtown

* Those who won't be covered or lose coverage if the GOP gets it's way on Obamacare

* Those that are in need of jobs

retiredvet
retiredvet

Judge Jones' troubles intensify

"The conservative jurist, appointed by Reagan and considered for the Supreme Court by George W. Bush, is also alleged to have said that the defenses often offered in capital cases, including mental retardation and systemic racism, were "red herrings," and Mexicans would prefer to be on death row in the United States rather than in prison in Mexico."

Another installment of "Impartial Judges" NOT.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

If McCain wants intervention, then write a bill,  Show the tax INCREASE to pay for it.  Show the re-institution of the draft as sending the same people overseas for 3,4,5,6 or more tours is criminal./  And McCain, you and your little buddy enlist to work on the home front at a militarty hospital.  Everyione who signs to back the war bill has to agree to work 2 days a week in a military hospital (this should be a problem as you guys only work 35 days a year).  You want a war, then put your butt on the line along with the young people that the old guys always send!

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 

Nothing exports American exceptionalism as fatigues, guns and M1A1s.

It's not like McCain is going to get his head blown off in the next money wasting conflict.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout You do realize that the real significant rise in temperature had occurred in the last 50 years. But even back in 1880 we were burning coal in tremendous amounts to fuel the industrial revolution. Think all that coal smoke in the air may have had anything to do with the rising temps?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout  

You didn't notice that we are in a period of time that heat energy isn't going to warming the atmosphere, but is instead melting ice?

I venture to guess that you know NOTHING about science, @ahandout!

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@fitty_three  

*The 4500 dead in Iraq and the tens of thousands physically and emotionally damaged

* The 3000 dead in 9/11 whos death may have been avoided if warnings were addressed

* The Millions of kids denied quality education and healthcare

and the list goes on and on

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Sue_N Nasty story, Sue.

Did you catch this part? ---Victoria Jackson “The Constitution and Sharia cannot coexist,” Jackson said, adding, “Islam is evil.”

If you ever have a chance to hear or read that old SNL player talk about her childhood her craziness makes much more sense. 


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Sue_N Times like this I am ashamed that I fought for this country. Bigots like this should have no place in a modern society.

sacredh
sacredh

Those hecklers are POS. Ignorant to a fault and un-American at the very least.

outsider
outsider

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout  

Bah, this maroon can't even be bothered to explain why limits on emissions is a bad thing. He doesn't have an argument. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91 

Did you see the ice melt curves, mantis?

They've climbed steeply at the same time the temperature curves flattened.

bobcn
bobcn

@mantisdragon91 @fitty_three

"The 4500 dead in Iraq..."

That only includes US military deaths.  The Iraqis had over 100,000 civilians killed.

I never talk about the death toll in Iraq and ignore the terrible carnage we inflicted on the Iraqis.  It helps to explain why those ungrateful Iraqis didn't greet us as liberators.

sacredh
sacredh

Many people fear what they don't understand. I've always thought that I got an education in spite of the school I went to. They had a library and I used it.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Honestly, I try never to listen to her talk about anything. Still, no one should have a childhood that damages them for life.

fitty_three
fitty_three

mantisdragon91

 @ahandout just doesn't realize that 'nya, nya nya nya nya, I can't hear you' doesn't go over well in scientific debate.

Hell, I used one of his own skeptics against him!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91

And, knowing that faster ice melt takes greater heat energy (see the first graph), neatly explains the last graph.

The obvious conclusion: Heat is being absorbed by melting ice. Duh!

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider2011 @mantisdragon91 @ahandout 

BTW, this reminds me about the many times Freeper argued science via his so called engineering degree. As if by being say a chemical engineer also made him a scientific master on biology.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider2011 @mantisdragon91 @ahandout 

The global warming deniers aren't all that clever tho - for them it's about 'everything gets warmer' so if it's cold one day it's proof that global warming 'ain't happenin'

But can you blame people who think creationism is science?

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout @fitty_three  Dang you are fast! I was just looking for that link.

That tired Rush Limbaugh (which University did he get his doctorate at, I mean diploma, I mean high school diploma from again?) argument is more laughable than anything else. 

It snowed today so there is no climate change! It is warm today so those tree huggers are idiots! 

Politics > science for too many rightists who want, I assume, to be treated seriously. 

ahandout
ahandout

@fitty_three @mantisdragon91 Common sense would tell you if the ice was melting, the oceans would be rising faster; there are not.  Antartic ice is getting thicker.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout

I'm guessing that the wolves that raised you didn't cover reading comprehension

sacredh
sacredh

Ivy_B, the librarian and two or three teachers kind of kept me on a semi-reasonable path. I remember one time when the librarian was sitting with me in a private room that they kept off of the library for habitual offenders and she was lecturing me about being jaded (of all things) and telling me that I should spend more time with people my own age. Then she gave me a book she'd brought from home and made me promise not to let anyone know I had it. It was "The Story of O". I'd just turned 14.



Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@sacredh @La_Randy @Sue_N After spending the entire afternoon until nearly 7:00 reading word by word to edit with someone an 80 page proposal, all your library comments cheered me! It's now scotch-o-clock.  Cheers.

sacredh
sacredh

Sue_N, just a couple of years ago she was part of a senior citizens tour group that visited our facility. I was conducting the tour and recognized her after a couple of minutes. I checked the visitors sign in sheet and went over and gave her a big hug. It surprised the hell out of her but when I told her my name, she introduced me to the rest of her group as "My pothead from high school".

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh I once had an open period in high school for a semester. I worked as a library aide. I was in heaven.

sacredh
sacredh

La_Randy, mine was the same way. I spent almost as much time in the library as in class. The librarian and I got to be good friends. She used to howl when I'd tell her the things I did to get sent to the library.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@sacredh My school would send you to detention in the library for minor infractions (like talking in class). I enjoyed it immensely.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh Over the years I have said many, many times that for all the issues my parents and I have had, I was incredibly lucky.

And now my older daughter is a certified volunteer (she actually has a title that I've forgotten) at the local crisis center. Hopefully she can help lessen the damage in some of these cases.

sacredh
sacredh

And I used to be upset because my dad would make me listen to country music. It puts things in perspective.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Sue_N Her father (blanked) her up. It doesn't always follow that an adult with a child's voice has those kind of issues but it does in this case.

She's to be pitied.