Morning Must Reads: July 15

In the news: Syria, Snowden, the nuclear option, Zimmerman, China, Bill Gates, and India's last telegram

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

  • A string of cautionary opinions from administration lawyers over the last two years sheds new light on President Barack Obama’s halting steps to provide military support to rebels in Syria’s deadly civil war
  • Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted that they not be made public, says the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald
  • The Senate’s showdown over filibuster reform approaches farce
  • As the numbers pile up showing China’s sizzling growth cooling down, industries world-wide—from German paper-cutter makers to Indonesian palm-oil exporters—are confronting an altered landscape of winners and losers
  • Fed Chairman Ben Bernake is testifying in the House on Wednesday and the Senate on Thursday. This is what he would say if he could be blunt, according to the WSJ’s David Wessel.
  • NY Magazine profile of Speaker of the House John Boehner
  • The billionaire Koch brothers use the web to take on media reports they dispute
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $472 million on higher education, yet many in academe are not writing thank-you notes
  • David Leonhardt: Why abortion is not like other issues
  • Cord Jefferson: The Zimmerman jury told young black men what we already knew
  • India sent its last telegram on Sunday
596 comments
deconstructiva
deconstructiva

I'm not sure why people are still replying to paulie and ahandout.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

Here's the deal! This is to all my liberal friends that keep repeating the same lie. George Zimmerman DID NOT use the Stand Your Ground Defense in his murder case. Please stop repeating the lie that he did. The law had no bearing on this case, so stop repeating the same drivel..

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

I watched Rachel Jentel on Piers Morgan. If I'm being honest, I couldn't understand a word she was saying.

sacredh
sacredh

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go.

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but I finally got my schedule worked out for next month. I work 11 out of 31 days. Blessed be the federal government.



sacredh
sacredh

I'd like to start a race war before I leave for work, but I live in an all-white neighborhood. I guess a jihad will have to do.

jmac
jmac

Stand Your Ground

Written instructions to the jury in the Zimmerman case:

"If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in anyplace where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. "

If Zimmerman had done what the cops told him to do, no one would have died.  Don't visit Florida, don't buy Florida OJ.  Hit them in their pocketbook until they change Stand Your Ground and quit letting average Joes play policemen with a gun.  

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

Aaron Hernandez and his 2 friends execute an unarmed black man at point blank range, and their is no outrage, no marches, no one from the black community speaking out against this murder. Where's Al? Where's Jesse? Where's Barack? Tavis must be busy, no one is speaking against this brutal execution of an innocent black man. The outrage is in the neighborhood of one of the suspects for his working with police. He's been labeled a "rat".

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/07/14/hernandez-accomplice-cant-go-home-again/2516547/

ahandout
ahandout

@terryclifton1 That's because you're a racist.  I thought that I would be the first.  I don't get the thrill of saying it; like our liberal "friends."

ahandout
ahandout

@sacredh The Koch brothers are liberals?  Boy are you going to upset the liberal conspiracy narrative.

ahandout
ahandout

@sacredh Do you have any "white hispanics"?  You could start a war with them; be a trend setter like The New York Times.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@ahandout It's 7:15 PM in California and you're still trying to start a race war?  You are one sick puppy.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@jmac  

WRONG!!! This was not a Stand Your Ground Case..Stop repeating the lie being passed around as fact..

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@terryclifton1 Hernandez and his two friends were arrested, while Zimmerman was initially let go without even a toxicology report run to see whether he was drunk on on drugs, And there is the difference in the cases and coverage.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

That is the same thing that  OJ thought until the civil suit.

ahandout
ahandout

@paulejb  They are lining up to take a turn stirring up racial tension.  Arrest these morons for inciting.

ahandout
ahandout

@paulejb  We've had black vs hispanic gang violence here for decades.  What is the media coverage?  ho hum.  "Oh, look another baby shot in the park from a drive by...now let's hear from the happy weather girl."  When you live in S. California where this stuff happens everyday, you see that the politicians, local, state, federal, don't give a sh!t about it, until they think that they can win some political points.

sacredh
sacredh

It's my job. I'm a mercenary for hire.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

A black man was executed for nothing more than talking to another group, and a black kid was shot and killed after he attacked a man carrying a gun for protection.

ahandout
ahandout

@ARTRaveler So, you think OJ acted in self defense?  Maybe he should hire you.

sacredh
sacredh

"You might want to google "libel."

What's george going to do? Shoot me?

roknsteve
roknsteve

@ahandout @paulejb Zimmerman and the state of Florida have already stirred up racial tensions with their stand your ground and self defense laws that allow any citizens to murder other citizens within the law.  I could shoot you in Florida and say self defense and walk away free. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

@ahandout @paulejb Look, I've been seeing and hearing the hate for black people all my life.  I've seen it from teachers, police, co-workers, neighbors etc.  When I was a teenager in the 50's guys would start talking trash about blacks, mexicans, etc. And they sounded just like you and Paulie.  People like you and Paulie don't have anything going for yourselves but hate for a hobby because deep down you hate yourselves too. 

ahandout
ahandout

@MrObvious @roknsteve @ahandout No, it's a father testifying before congress about how his son was the victim of an illegal alien felon who racially profiled his son, murdered him, after being released from jail and sent back to the streets instead of being deported.

If you had watched the video, you would know that.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@terryclifton1 And in both cases the perpetrators were arrested. Unlike Zimmerman who was given a pat on the back and let go. That is why it garnered national attention.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@ARTRaveler  

You are another one repeating a lie..Wow! It's a if you didn't even watch the trial..You just parrot information from other people who are repeating the lie. 

ahandout
ahandout

@ARTRaveler  Artie, OJ still receives his pension from the NFL which is several hundred thousand a year.  The Brown and Goldman families didn't "lay their hands on" anything UNTIL the mementos that OJ went to jail for were sold, other than that the families have not collected anything. 

You don't know what you are talking about.  The stand your ground law was not used in this case. 

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

No, handy, OJ was going to write a book and in the civil suit, he lost all proceeds and everything else they could physically lay theer hands on and Zimmerman will also in the civil suit for "wrongful death" where he would have to testify.  Starting with violating the rules for Neighborhood Watch by carrying a gun to his history of calling the police on young black men, to why he didn't follow instructions to stay in the car and wait for the police.  Killing the only other person there made it easy to claim self-defense when the other indfividual is dead but Zimmerman was the older person,. the one with the gun, and the one who didn't act mature.  For all we know, Martin "stood his ground" and was attacked and then he he has as much right to go for the gun to defend himself as Zimmerman has.  The next time, it may be reversed.  Stand Your Ground is legallized murder but only if you kill the other person. You don't want any survivors.  And you save those cleaning charges for the sheets and don't have to wear that pointy hat.                 

sacredh
sacredh

roknsteve, this is blatantly false. Someone has to look at you cross-eyed first or wear checks and plaids.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@paulejb @mantisdragon91 Here's your race war and Florida started it with their self defense laws.  I could shoot you in Florida and claim self defense and walk away free.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@ahandout @roknsteve @paulejb Yes, I see the pattern. You're so dense that you don't get that this has been going on for over 100 years and it's people like you who keep it going.  I would call you an idiot but that would insult a lot of people who are smarter than you and who's heads aren't made of wood.

ahandout
ahandout

@roknsteve @ahandout @paulejb I posted about modern day violence in LA and you come back with the 1950s.  Do you see a pattern here, rokn head?  This isn't the 50s.   

What doesn't help people get along is the constant race baiting from so called leaders and the MSM.

Stop making idiotic assumptions, you don't know me.