Morning Must Reads: July 19

In the news: Detroit, Aleksey Navalny, Obama's environmental agenda, liars, TV trials, and 50 Politicos to Watch

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

  • The bankruptcy of Detroit, confirmed in 16 pages filed at 4:06 p.m. Thursday, marks an epic fall for an iconic American city even as it opens a new chapter whose ending is decidedly uncertain.
    • Graphic: Detroit’s debt dwarfs those of the five largest municipalities that filed for bankruptcy in the last 60 years
  • The nation’s six largest banks reported $23 billion in profits in the second quarter, but they could end up victims of their own success
  • How Aleksey Navalny changed Russian politics
  • The success or failure of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda now rests squarely on Gina McCarthy’s shoulders
  • A group of hunger-striking detainees at Guantánamo Bay is contesting the U.S. government’s refusal to let them pray communally during Ramadan
  • Coal demand across Southeast Asia may almost double between 2010 and 2020 to 230 million tons
  •  Does televising important trials let people better understand the case, and the criminal justice system, or does that attention turn the justice system into a circus?
  • How to spot a liar with help from the CIA
  • The birth of “stand your ground” law
    • Reason: “Stand your ground” had nothing to do with the Zimmerman trial
  • National Journal‘s 250 Decision Makers and POLITICO’s 50 Politicos to Watch
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retiredvet
retiredvet

And Tom Toles continues to characterize the debate over health care better in a one-frame cartoon than most columnists do in several hundred words.

MrObvious
MrObvious

This week had a couple of ugly threads and unfortunately some really nasty comments.

It's so ironic that you got these resident trolls whining about reverse racism while ignoring what's on display. But they're trolls. So...


notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but we just got back from seeing the last matinee showing of "The Heat". It's LOL funny. Crude too.

ahandout
ahandout

And yet another admission of guilt from democrat and former speaker of the California legislature Willie Brown, of how he rewarded public employee unions.

Earlier this year he wrote a widely-circulated column in the San Francisco Chronicle lamenting the "out of control" civil service: "The deal used to be that civil servants were paid less than private sector workers in exchange for an understanding that they had job security for life. But we politicians -- pushed by our friends in labor -- gradually expanded pay and benefits . . . while keeping the job protections and layering on incredibly generous retirement packages."

http://reason.com/blog/2010/07/13/willie-brown-on-out-of-control

retiredvet
retiredvet

Christianism Watch

Andrew Sullivan: "The religious right is one of the major forces against Christianity right now in this country."

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

You know Handy seeing that Health Care costs are up 131% in the last 10 years, California is actually doing a nice job to keep the payroll cost jump down to 42%

Health Insurance Premiums Up 131% in Last Ten Years | TIME.combusiness.time.com/.../health-insurance-premiums-up-131-in-last-ten-year...‎Sep 16, 2009 - Today, the average cost of a family health insurance offered by an employer is $13,375. That's up 131% over the last decade—a period in ...

ahandout
ahandout

@MrObvious We had our president interject race in a case where race was not a factor, at least race was not a factor to George Zimmerman the Hispanic man who the media calls white.  

Obama was so pathetic in that speech that he couldn't even look into the camera. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

@MrObvious, A little OT, but my wife checks out the swamp once in a while just to see what I'm up to. When were driving to the theater earlier today she said "You're not happy unless you're p!ssing somebody off. If they kick you out of there, I'll make your life a living hell".

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 Well that proves you cannot comprehend a fiscal budget.  The salary of state government employees has risen by 42.4%.

But you did manage to further shoot yourself in the foot.  Public employees in California DEMAND the cadillac healthcare programs.  No copays for those union members.  So, thank for providing the information that in addition to the increase in salary the cadillac insurance for public employees had more than doubled. 

In addition the public employees are guaranteed a 7% growth for their pension plans.  So, when the market tanks, and interest rates are at 4% the taxpayer has to fork out the extra for the pensions. Then the pampered state employees can take full retirement at 55.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@ahandout You must be a communist if you don't believe in a living wage.  Why do you want your fellow Americans to be poor?  Do billionaires really need that extra million every month.  And no it's not their money if they cheat honest people out on honest wages.  What do you think ahandout commie? 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout Health care costs are up which is contributing to the jump in payroll costs. You of all people should be thankful for ObamaCare.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout You are complaining when the budget is getting better. Like a poster child for GOP idiocy.

notsacredh
notsacredh

I also think the GOP legislators  that insist on invasive ultrasounds for women before having an abortion are barbarians. When will you figure that out?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @MrObvious 

blah blah blah reverse racism blah blah blah

it's alright; just don't believe your lying eyes when you see your ugly brethren throw their disgusting venom around. Blame Obama for their behavior. Party of responsibility and all that. Speaking of pathetic. Your hate is so dumb and childish.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @MrObvious 

We're liberals, sarcasm and crudeness is all part of fun. That's different from inhumanity and downrigh egotism. 

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@roknsteve @ahandout  

If anyone is working for minimum wage, they're already poor. If you're trying to raise a family on minimum wage, then you're just stupid.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout  The article is talking about PAYROLL costs, not benefits and pensions which are in addition to the increase in payroll.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout  Please.  I have to live in this state that the liberals have run into the ground with overspending and buy offs for their buddies in the unions.  Even Willie Brown admits it. 

ahandout
ahandout

@outsider2011 @sacredh An ultrasound is as invasive as a stethoscope.  It's not invasive.  An abortion is invasive to the life of a child.  It ends it.

outsider
outsider

@sacredh  

For each invasive unltrasound, a GOP congressman (or state legislator) should be mandated to submit to a colonoscapy - how quickly do you think they would change the law then?

notsacredh
notsacredh

Please see something else (and not the hallucinatory visions that plague me to this day).

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout  In this case, the article is discussing public employees pay.  They do not have any deductions for heath care premiums; they're priveleged public employees.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout @mantisdragon91 You do realize that benefits are a part of payroll costs. Why do you think things like health insurance are deducted directly from your check, and you know who creates that check. A payroll company.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout  Why should I move?  I want the liberals to move or get a clue.  What's the matter?  You can't face what the Democrats have done to the once Golden State?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout @mantisdragon91 So move and stop complainig, or better yet look around at some of the other states in the Union and see how you compare to most GOP leaning states.