Morning Must Reads: June 19

In the news: Obama's Germany trip, nuclear arms reduction, the NSA, immigration reform, Afghanistan, Obamacare, and reporter Michael Hastings.

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

  • Obama will speak Wednesday at the Brandenburg Gate just days before the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s speech of Cold War solidarity with all of West Germany. Obama will make symbolic history of his own as the first president to speak from the eastern side of the gate.

  • Obama: NSA programs have saved lives.
    • Washington Post-ABC poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans want open, public congressional hearings on the previously secret NSA programs.
  • CBO: Senate immigration plan reduces the deficit by $197 billion from 2013 to 2023.
  • Afghanistan suspends security talks with the U.S.
  • After Bernake
  • From 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 “subjects” and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified.
  • Health-insurance exchanges are falling behind schedule.
    • The Obama administration is ramping up a plan to use the federal government’s social media accounts and websites to help convince millions of Americans, including those who “mistrust government,” to sign up for health insurance through Obamacare.
  • Raising the next Bill Gates
  • Missing Michael Hastings
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sacredh
sacredh

"@Sacredh before you doze off: How 'bout those Heat!"

nfl. I just woke up. I went to get my driver's license renewed after work this more and get my plate stickers. I had to wait almost an hour and then bought groceries before I stopped to get chinese take-out. I didn't get to bed until 1 pm. I had to leave for work last night  just before the start of the fourth quarter. Before I left I thought the Heat were going to lose and emailed my friend in San Antonio congratulations on the Spurs winning the title. I dvr'd the game and I going to watch the 4th quarter and OT before I take a long nap before I head out to work again tonite. I was shocked that they won. I am going to pick Miami to win the title tomorrow night. I finish up in the morning so I'll get to watch the whole game.



 

Tero
Tero

Don't forget what tomorrow is! No-feeding Thursday! Only intelligent debate allowed...

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 What a surprise the GOP congressman talking about masturbating fetuses had no clue about science.

But Burgess's argument isn't based in science, doctors say.

"We certainly can see a movement of a fetus during that time, but in terms of any knowledge about pleasure or pain - there are no data to assess," says Jeanne Conry, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a professional association for OB/GYNs. "We don't know enough about the biology and the science."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/michael-burgess-fetal-masturbation_n_3466651.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

sacredh
sacredh

This truly saddens me. He'll always be Tony Soprano to me. I loved that show.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 Please post this again; it's worthy of mocking.  Just in the first 10 slides:  Poison Ivy threat, alligators take over the US, and snobby wine elitists are f cked.  It's great stuff.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 Funny, you should mention the World Bank.

When the World Bank scored the U.S. on "Control of Corruption" in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 (or Obama-era) versions of their "Worldwide Governance Indicators," the U.S. performance wasn't even as good as it had been in the previous, 1996-2008, rankings. Whereas the U.S. had scored consistently at the bottom of the top 10% (and near the bottom of the developed countries) prior to Obama, the U.S. has scored at the bottom of the top 15% (and the very bottom of the developed countries) since Obama came into office in 2009.

A more detailed picture of the corruption-performance of the United States, internationally, is provided by the most recent rankings from the World Economic Forum, "The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013." That report rates 144 countries, on a wide range of factors concerning global economic competitiveness; and the U.S. scores below all other industrialized countries (of which there are about thirty) on most of the corruption-related factors. (Furthermore, that rating has likewise declined while Obama has been in office.)

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout It is not even the most corrupt in the last 30 years. GWB and the Senile Cowboy have Obama beat hands down.

ahandout
ahandout

@paulejb It's the "technically speaking" correctness, of the Obama gang.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 

That'd explain why boys don't start masturbating until they get close or into puberty; cause they get their jollies off in moms womb.

It's disturbing how the frigid 'wingers are always thinking about fetuses and boys habits, womens nether regions and such. Sex is sex, but GOPers take the idea of sex into the most disturbing territories. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Yep a flock of fake scandals created by a party that promised to create jobs and has done nothing to help.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 When the IPCC actually does some real science, let me know.

The IAC reported that IPCC lead authors fail to give "due consideration ... to properly documented alternative views" (p. 20), fail to "provide detailed written responses to the most significant review issues identified by the Review Editors" (p. 21), and are not "consider[ing] review comments carefully and document[ing] their responses" (p. 22).  In plain English: the IPCC reports are not peer-reviewed.

The IAC found that "the IPCC has no formal process or criteria for selecting authors" and "the selection criteria seemed arbitrary to many respondents" (p. 18).  Government officials appoint scientists from their countries and "do not always nominate the best scientists from among those who volunteer, either because they do not know who these scientists are or because political considerations are given more weight than scientific qualifications" (p. 18).  In other words: authors are selected from a "club" of scientists and nonscientists who agree with the alarmist perspective favored by politicians.



Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/ipcc_admits_its_past_reports_were_junk.html#ixzz2Wh1BIOrh

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb So why is Grand Theft scared to release the full transcripts? He seemed to have no issue dumping unredacted State documents online.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb 

 Barack Obama has more scandals than a San Francisco bath house. He makes Richard Nixon seem like a saint by comparison.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb 

Cummings released to full transcript that he was stupid enough to believe helped his position. All it did was increase suspicion about the veracity of IRS managers.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @mantisdragon91 @paulejb 

Not that I expect anything resembling thoughts out of your skull, but I'm sure you can tell us how many of these groups got denied their tax exempt status or even if you NEED tax exempt status to win an election. I mean if that was the case how did mr 47% fail considering how much larger his war chest was?

You don't think very much do you?