Morning Must Reads: July 17

In the news: Syria's DIY weapons, Bank of America, New York health care premiums, Liz Cheney, and the rebirth of Eliot Spitzer and John McCain

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

  • Wired profile of the arms manufacturers of Aleppo, Syria
  • Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York as changes under the federal health care law take effect. State insurance regulators say they have approved rates for 2014 that are at least 50 percent lower on average than those currently available in New York.
  • Bank of America‘s profits jump 63% over last year.
  • The IMF makes clear that the Euro Zone needs reform.
  • Immigration reform may not be a dangerous vote for Republicans
  • Liz Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president, announced on Tuesday that she will primary Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi in 2014.
  • Why did conservative bloggers flock to praise the president of Ukraine? Because lobbyists paid them.
  • At the NAACP convention in Orlando, Fla., Eric Holder, the first black attorney general strongly condemned “Stand Your Ground” laws
  • ESPN is expected to announce on Wednesday that the former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year.
  • Mollie Hemingway: How the Daily Show is propaganda film
  • Rebirths: The “new” Eliot Spitzer and the return of “Maverick” Sen. John McCain
283 comments
notsacredh
notsacredh

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

notsacredh
notsacredh

It's nap time. I finish up in the morning and get 5 days off. Shudders with delight.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Completely OT, but this morning at work we were sitting outside at the picnic table drinking coffee and one of the daylight guys came out with an enormous banana. When he took his first bite, I moaned. Then another guy said, "Oh God yes!!". Then another guy said "Work it honey". The guy with the banana went back inside.

notsacredh
notsacredh

The Mary Angelou thread just passed 2000 comments.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

I score similar to Gandhi, so why can't I have his peaceful tendencies?

Your political compass Economic Left/Right: -6.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.62

roknsteve
roknsteve

The comments over on the Trayvon Marton thread are moving like kids throwing toilet paper on a tree.  Their main point is that Trayvon was a crime thug looking to break into a house with Skittles and Ice Tea.  

retiredvet
retiredvet

@sacredh I shudder at the thought of what kind of trouble you can make with 5 days off!

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

I waded through some fo the racist bilge yesterday. once was plenty. On the other hand, we have plenty of counter-examples, when paulie talks about the ebil librul racists.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I don't want to appear to be pushy, but would you mind producing your birth certificate?

TyPollard
TyPollard

@PaulDirks

Economic Left/Right: -5.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.77

These can't be right.

Pauljb sez we are a hive and all think alike.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@PaulDirks 

Economic Left/Right: -6.75

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.72

I am, I think, to the left of Gandhi, but to the right of sacred. ;)

bokeh9
bokeh9

@PaulDirks

Economic Left/Right: -7.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.74

I obviously need help.  And a warning label.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Economic Left/Right:   -7.50

Social Libertarian:        -4.05

I'm to the left of the Dalami lama. Lol.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Wait until August. I only work 11 days.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Ohiolib I actually copy and posted one of them for Paule yesterday when he chimed in. He didn't even respond just slunk away.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Sue_N @PaulDirks @sacredh 

Economic Left/Right -7.00

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian -5.74

To the left of the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela, but on the same line. I'll take that company.

Also noted there wasn't a lot I strongly agreed or disagreed about. Must be my age! ;)

notsacredh
notsacredh

I think it's a wash. You're slightly to the right of me on Econmoic and a little to the left on Social/Libertarian.

rabbitwocky
rabbitwocky

@bokeh9 

Economic Left/Right: -7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.41

but no fear of ice axes, oddly.


notsacredh
notsacredh

Recruiters for the Tea Party would come up empty with this crowd.

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

Your political compass Economic Left/Right: -5.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.05 

Join the club. 

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

@mantisdragon91 @Ohiolib He's cited VDare as a source before. Nothing short of putting on a white hood and burning a cross on his lawn would shock him. And maybe not even that. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

I was born in southeast Ohio, but my MIL would swear it was Sulphur Springs.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Clicks heels of sequined red pumps. What ordinary shoes?

bokeh9
bokeh9

@Ivy_B  I dunno, Ivy.  I thought we old f**ts felt "strongly" about most stuff, possibly to compensate for our ordinary shoes (apologies to Mr. Simon).  I suspect that's what put me in Trotsky territory.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh Exactly. My mantra is: SCOTUS. SCOTUS. SCOTUS. At this point, the Dem would have to be pretty much a serial killer for me not to vote for him/her.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I took a quiz on the candidates before the election and was closer to Jill Stein's views than anybody else's. Like we've discussed before though, protest votes are basically throwing your vote away if a candidate isn't viable.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh I looked at where I stood in relation to the 2012 presidential candidates, and I was to the left of everyone. Even Jill Stein.

bokeh9
bokeh9

@Ohiolib  Oh, I know.  It didn't detect my strong beliefs in BOTH private ownership AND public social services.  And other stuff like that. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

Speaking of preternatural fears, I was sitting at the desk this morning about 3 am working on a report. We were fogged in so no boats were running. A bat flew into the office and flew inches away from my face. It did make me jump. 

bokeh9
bokeh9

It probably explains my preternatural fear of ice axes.

notsacredh
notsacredh

When we look in the mirror, the mirror just reflects reality. I'm very comfortable with my beliefs. Ohiolib is right though, it's only a snapshot and not definitive.

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

@bokeh9 @sacredh Also consider: this is one test, only measuring on two axes. That's hardly definitive. 

bokeh9
bokeh9

@sacredhI really didn't expect those results.  I knew I was gone; I just didn't realize how far.  

notsacredh
notsacredh

We had exactly the same score on it. Cue Twilight Zone music.

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

I figured my social libertarianism would be higher. Oh well.

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

@sacredh You're too late. Paulie already told me that jesus was the real anti-christ. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

I'm going to get out the MIL's Bible and look for signs to see if one of us is the anti-Christ. I hate doing that though because the Bible leaves blisters on my fingers and my hair starts smoking.