Morning Must Reads: July 23

In the news: Syria, the Republican budget strategy, Detroit, Bob Perry, new polls, and a prince

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

  • The Pentagon has provided Congress with its first detailed list of military options to stem the bloody civil war in Syria, suggesting that a campaign would be a vast undertaking, costing billions of dollars, and could backfire on the United States.
  • Foreign Policy: Five things to watch for in the Israel-Palestine peace process
  • New Republic: “The Last Days of Big Law”
  • Detroit native Ron Fournier calls Motown’s economic and social ills a warning for the nation.
    • Mayor Dave Bing has little power to wield as his city files for bankruptcy.
  • New Washington Post/ABC poll shows Obama’s second-term agenda is slipping: 49% disapprove of Obamacare, 46% support the Senate’s immigration reform bill, and 53% want the House to break up the Senate bill into pieces.
    • National Journal poll: Only 36% want an outright repeal of Obamacare.
    • The White House is enlisting the help of celebrities to promote the health-care overhaul.
  • Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin, who has been involved in some of the “thorniest economic issues” facing the Obama administration, will step down next month.
  • Private investment funds, facing diminished returns in some other areas, have piled into the banks’ business of lending to struggling companies.
  • The Republican budget strategy in Congress shows almost daily signs of coming apart.
  • George Packer dives into the monetization of government prestige.
  • The death of Texas construction magnate Bob Perry leads a void in the political donor pool.
  • Prince born. He is third in line to the UK throne.
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fitty_three
fitty_three

Who woulda guessed that paulejb's left nut, @ahandout , is simultooneaously race baiting and ignoring all our fun with Weiners.

ahandout
ahandout

Liberals you must elect Tony the Weiner as mayor.  Help him get access to a T1 internet connect to expand his tweety.

http://thedirty.com/2013/07/exclusive-anthony-weiner-hasnt-changed-poor-huma-abedin-new-image-of-his-penis/

Anonymous: The part that’s most annoying is that I was 22 and in a bad place, but if anyone asked him he would say the same thing about himself, yet he’s an adult. This was a bad situation for me because I really admired him. Even post scandal, I thought he was misunderstood. Until I got to know him. I thought I loved him. Pretty pathetic.

Last August he even offered to help me get a condo in Chicago, without me asking. I’ll send screenshots of everything. I’m trusting you to keep my name out of it, because like I said, it was obviously a mistake. I was young and dumb. I just want people to really know he’s lying when he acts like he has changed.


Read more at http://thedirty.com/2013/07/exclusive-anthony-weiner-hasnt-changed-poor-huma-abedin-new-image-of-his-penis/#330JxeXSDrqQOwJd.99

MrObvious
MrObvious

Kate says William changed the first diaper. Isn't that part of the whole thing around these kind of things? Don't they put the first diaper in the golden poopery and lock it up in the tower of London together with his dads crown jewels inside the queens purse?

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

Hello, my name is Carlos Danger. If you want to see pictures of me, email me at carlosdanger@uscongress.gov. Come on ladies, let's hook up. For the right lady, I will do a tuck behind, and snap you a pic.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

'Scuse me, my Weinerizer just went off...again.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Notice how ahandout conflates "Hispanic origin" and "Non-English speaking". That's the first clue that everything else he says is based on bullshi^ assumptions as well.


jmac
jmac

Eskew:   "Republicans are losing the economic argument."

Boehner isn't going to get the message with the Paul Ryan/Ted Cruz gang firmly entrenched in Ayn Rand.  The House isn't going to be responsible on the economy except to try to tank it more so they can blame the other side and try to win the midterms.

 Now that McConnell will have a  Tea Party challenger tomorrow  (unless they can give him an offer he can't refuse - and they seem to have tried just about everything but the headless horse)  the Senate is going to go further downhill as well.  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 So the Hispanic outreach is a no go?

Steve King: Most Dreamers Are 'Hauling 75 Pounds Of Marijuana Across The Desert'

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has made no secret in the past of his opposition to undocumented immigrants. But statements the lawmaker made recently are over the top even by his standards.

King claimed during an interview with Newsmax last week that the majority of young, undocumented immigrants in America -- commonly referred to as Dreamers -- are actively engaged in the drug trade.

"For everyone who's a valedictorian," King claimed, "there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert. Those people would be legalized with the same act."

The House passed an amendment proposed by King last month to reverse an Obama administration policy of delaying deportation for Dreamers. A group of Dreamers subsequently visited King's office to demand answers.

The House subcommittee on immigration, of which King is a member, is holding a hearing on Tuesday to discuss the topics of Dreamers. Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) are currently drafting a bill that would offer limited relief for the class of undocumented immigrants, which King does not support.

(H/T Talking Points Memo)

UPDATE: Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) slammed King's comments during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday afternoon (via TPM):

In my district, I have multiple schools, who on a regular basis produce valedictorians and they are undocumented. However, when members of this house use language such as "for every one that is a valedictorian, there are another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and have calves the size of cantaloupes because they've been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert," it is offensive.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

So he needs to be drunk to do his job. Good to know.

Kyle Tasker, New Hampshire Legislator, Says He Needs Alcohol To Meet With Democrats The New Hampshire State Capitol dome in Concord.

A Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire who once dropped one of his guns during a committee meeting says that he needs alcohol to attend meetings with Democrats.

State Rep. Kyle Tasker (R-Nottingham) made the comments in a July 17 post on the Facebook page of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. Tasker had started the thread by posting "What's it like sitting on criminal justice and public safety [committee] full of Democrats?" As part of his original post, he included a clip from the movie "Billy Madison," featuring the line:

What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

In the comments on the post, Tasker was asked "how you people do it week after week." He responded "alcohol." When he was then asked if the alcohol was for himself or the Democrats, Tasker said: "Me, screw them."

"I'm gonna start dropping stuff in committee just to see their reaction," Tasker added, referencing a March 2012 incident when he accidentally dropped one of the two guns he carries during a meeting of the Public Safety Committee. At the time, Tasker said he was "feeling loopy" after giving blood earlier that day.

Under state legislative rules, Tasker and his colleagues can carry guns into the New Hampshire State House and in committee hearings, but are banned from carrying guns into the State House chamber.

Tasker was not available for immediate comment. His office at Tasker Drilling said that he and others were spending the day drilling. He also did not return an email for comment.

Tasker has a history of making bizarre Facebook posts. During a 2011 Facebook discussion of the state's deadly force law, he posted about being able to shoot police officers who point a gun at him. He later said he did not advocate shooting police officers and was rather engaging in an "intellectual discussion." Last month, he posted a video of radio show host Tommy Sotomayor saying that "black women are the worst stewards of children on the planet." Tasker told HuffPost at the time that he did not agree with Sotomayor. He said he posted the video because he wanted to highlight a section where a black woman threw her baby while on a bus in order to tackle someone. He said the one woman was an unfit parent and called her actions "horrific."

New Hampshire Democrats were quick to condemn Tasker's latest Facebook post.

"Tasker continues to be an embarrassment to his constituents and to the whole state of New Hampshire," state Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein said. "From openly speculating about shooting police officers to threatening to drop one of the two firearm he carries just for fun, Tasker is a reminder of the Bill O'Brien Jeb Bradley led super-majorities voters rejected last fall."

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 And the Hostage takers are back.

John Boehner: No Debt Ceiling Hike Without Spending Cuts 

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that the House would not vote to raise the debt ceiling without spending cuts, setting up a potential fight with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.

"We're not going to raise the debt ceiling without real cuts in spending. It's as simple as that," he said at a press conference.

"I believe the so-called Boehner Rule is the right formula for getting that done," he said, referring to the notion that any increase in the statutory debt limit should be accompanied by an equivalent amount of spending cuts.

The White House has insisted that President Barack Obama will not negotiate over the debt limit, which until 2011 both parties in Congress had raised without linking it to spending cuts. In 2011, House Republicans used the threat of the looming debt limit to negotiate the package of spending cuts known as sequestration. In January, the House voted to suspend the debt limit until May without concessions.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said that the United States government has enough room to borrow through Labor Day.

ahandout
ahandout

@deconstructiva Weiner's texts are so graphic, with descriptions going on and on about what he would do to this girl that it couldn't be read on the radio show I was listening to today.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout

Did you even bother to look how much fun "we" have been making of Weiner?

No?  How stupid are you?

And another thing:

T1 is so outmoded, it's only five times as fast as dialup.

"How Stupid Are You" Revisited...

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout 

We don't have to do anything; unlike righties we actually told Wiener to leave congress. It seems that liberals and dems are a lot better at holding our critters responsible for their 'issues' than righties do with theirs.

And until you guys run your critters with issues out of politics you have absolutely nothing to say about it. In other words hypocrites should crawl back under the rock.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@nflfoghorn 

Question is, can he stand tall this time? If this lasts for longer then 4 months he might have to go and get a consultation.

I shows a lot of balz tho to go through what he did and then want to run again. But then if GOP can do it and ask for forgiveness then Dems can too.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@nflfoghorn 

Governing is for suckers - he never took the job to actually govern - it is another scam to sucker people out of their money.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@jmac 

So what you're saying is that they had a economic argument outside low tax, no regulation?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91 It's GOP Tourette's. If they're not mouthing off about rape, they're insulting Hispanics.

Maybe they need a rebrand of the rebrand?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@mantisdragon91  "real" cuts = the ones Republicals want to see

"real" spending = defense, farm aid, Monsanto....

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

@ahandout You'll be SHOCKED to learn that students in Huntington Beach did much better. But what's more telling that handy referred to "proficient in English" as if it referred to their command of the spoken language as opposed to the results of their academic performance in literature and writing.

Here's a clue. Students in affluent neighborhoods do better than those in poor neighborhoods. Under no circumstances is that a justification for ahandout's racism.



roknsteve
roknsteve

@ahandout Playing the  Race Card again?  You win the booby prize again.

ahandout
ahandout

@fitty_three @ahandout Oh, you actually believe that your cheap ass dial up is almost as fast as a T1 line.  LMFAO!

Sure IQ 53 you are speed demon for your $14.95 a month, cheap ass.

Funny that you should get pissy about comparing the Clintons to the Weiners; they have so much in common.  Have fun...

ahandout
ahandout

@MrObvious @ahandout  Weiner's critter is on the prowl, looking for young girls.

And, I believe that he will stay in the race, maybe even win. 

ahandout
ahandout

@MrObvious @nflfoghorn  Make up you mind Mr0, if you have one.  Here you defend Weiner and on other threads you  claim that you and your throw out these "critters."  WTF is it? 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N @mantisdragon91 

The problem with GOP is that they can't keep their stupid on the inside of their head. Which is a good thing for us but bad for them.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

"The poorer communities are mostly illegal immigrants. Get a clue. "

No, handy, they are people who work for some of the richest, poorest paying corporations in the US that they themselves pay zero taxes and underpay their people so that they have to use food stamps and Medicaid to survive.  Estimnate is that each Walmart costs the country over $900,000 a year in food stamps because of the small pay and reduced hours they work their employees.

ahandout
ahandout

@DonQuixotic @ahandout  There are many, many school districts and schools that have the same demographics.  I am not going to post them all for you.  This is a city about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

My statement is that the rate of illegal immigration is under reported.

ahandout
ahandout

@MrObvious @ahandout Integrity is vital to the party of Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary.  Heee heee, heeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.  That's priceless.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @MrObvious 

If it's criminal book him, if not let the voters decide his faith. Anyone here will give a fly about what you think when you show the same about critters on your side of the isle.

Integrity is vital, hypocrisy comes easy to 'wingers. crawl back under now.

ahandout
ahandout

@ARTRaveler On the whole Artie, Wal Mart does NOT hire illegals.  Illegals in S. California work under the table.  If you don't know what that means, you don't understand illegal immigration.

Under the table means working for contractors and businesses, and individuals, NOT corporations in S. California Artie, for cash.  No benefits, no workman's comp. no insurance, no health insurance, no taxes, no records, nada.  Comprehende?   I would do the other backwards question mark, but my racist keyboard doesn't have one.

He trabajado junto a los inmigrantes ilegales muchas veces.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@nflfoghorn @ahandout @PaulDirks 

The problem with handy is that he formulate arguments based on what he sees and what he thinks, then strengthen them by finding similar people blogging about it, then phony up some percentages and make it national. Locally he might be correct (Who'd think that there are mostly native Indians living on the reservation or Italians in little Italy????) but unless what he bemoans come close to real data it's just the regular slobber bigots need to conjure up to excuse their bigotry.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @MrObvious @mantisdragon91 @DonQuixotic 

I guess you're missing my point, Reagan stopped enforcing laws against illegal employers. And no president have since.

Start enforcing that again and the illegal immigrant problem will go away pretty quickly. Without turning our border into the iron curtain in East Berlin.

ahandout
ahandout

@MrObvious @ahandout @mantisdragon91 @DonQuixotic Very funny.  Tried to get the state to do that, blocked by the federal government.  It's the fed's job, which it won't do.  Fed's job to guard the border.  But, when it comes to education, housing, food stamps etc., the fed's turn the expense of dealing with illegals back to the states, and cities.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91@ahandout@DonQuixotic   At the peak of harvest in California there are 453,000 illegal immigrants working in agriculture.  Those are very temp jobs for a month or two.

By the estimates there are 1,888,000 illegals working in the state.  

So even at peak harvest 24% of illegals work in Ag.  After harvest that ag number probably drops by more than half.  So, let's say 225,000.  That's less than 12% the other 88% work in jobs other than ag. 

12% IS NOT a large percentage, and as I said, you are wrong.  

 http://www.fairus.org/issue/illegal-aliens-taking-u-s-jobs

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @MrObvious @DonQuixotic

That is a racist statement Mr0.  Hispanics are not all brown, as in the case of the white Hispanic George Zimmerman. 

But you're not yammering about the 'white' ones. Don't try your idiotic reverse racism on me. 

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout @DonQuixotic  A democrat's ignorance and racism manifests itself.  You think all illegals work on the farm picking lettuce or oranges.

That city is not anywhere close to farmland, the nearest being the Coachella Valley 80 miles away.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@ahandout @DonQuixotic

I am not going to post them all for you. 

Because you can't?  I just posted the demographics for every county in California.

My statement is that the rate of illegal immigration is under reported. 

How convenient that you can't back up your claims.