Morning Must Reads: July 29

In the news: Egypt's military crackdown, an Israel-Palestine meeting, Detroit, Pope Francis, Omnicom and Publicis, and Reza Aslan's Fox interview.

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

  • The Obama administration increasingly fears that Egypt’s military is deepening a crackdown that could spark a sustained period of instability and lead members of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood to take up arms.
  • John Kerry‘s persistence has paid off: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet in Washington this evening to resume the long-dormant Middle East peace process.
  • Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, according to a new AP report.
  • Detroit looks to Obamacare to ease costs.
    • Paul Krugman: Upward social mobility is even lower in Atlanta than it is in Detroit, possibly because the city is just be too spread out.
  • Pope Francis reached out to gays Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation.
  • Two industry giants, Omnicom and Publicis, merge to create the largest ad company in the world, signaling that advertising is now firmly in the business of Big Data: collecting and selling the personal information of millions of consumers.
  • Rick Warren preaches for the first time since his son’s suicide.
  • David Hawkings reports on Congress’ shrinking timetable to avert a government shutdown.
  • The American Medical Association contributes massively to the illogical and inflated way that health care prices are set.
  • Former President Jimmy Carter plans to visit North Korea “very soon” to win the release of a Korean-American man detained there.
  • New York Timesinterviews President Obama for the first time in three years.
  • A Fox News interview with religious scholar Reza Aslan goes viral.
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Coach63DH
Coach63DH

Not so rare when, as in Illinois, there was a policeman named Burge who tortured to obtain confessions.  At this moment they are debating whether or not to take his retirement to pay for some of the litigation.  We also had a father convicted and later found innocent of murdering his own daughter.  Can you imagine losing ones daughter and then accused of causing her death?  The problem with the death penalty is that it is final--there is no reprieve.  No oops, sorry.

La_Randy
La_Randy

Speaking of sex scandals, this is my favorite:

On June 11, 2007, Craig was arrested at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport on suspicion of lewd conduct.[5] The nature of the alleged activity has been categorized by some as cottaging.[6] According to the police report, the police officer sat in a bathroom stall as part of an undercover operation investigating complaints of sexual activity in the restroom. After about 13 minutes of sitting in the stall, the police officer observed Craig lingering outside and frequently peeking through the crack of the door on the stall. Craig then entered the stall to the left of the officer's stall. The police officer made the following observations, which he recorded in his report of the incident, as to what happened next:

At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. ... The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area. Craig then proceeded to swipe his left hand under the stall divider several times, with the palm of his hand facing upward.[5] 

ahandout
ahandout

“The Clintons are pissed off that Weiner’s campaign is saying that Huma is just like Hillary,’’ said the source. “How dare they compare Huma with Hillary? Hillary was the first lady. Hillary was a senator. She was secretary of state.”…

and she had a husband that was actually f ing around.  The Weiners are amateurs when it comes to this stuff; the Clintons are professional.  How dare they even compare their pathetic sexual perversions and lies to Bill and Hillary.

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/07/29/bad-news-clintons-not-happy-with-being-compared-to-anthony-weiner-and-huma/

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Oh Florida

Florida Cops Shoot Unarmed Black Man In His Mother’s Driveway

This weekend, deputies from Escambia County, Florida shot an unarmed man who went to grab cigarettes from the car parked in the driveway of his mother’s home. A neighbor called police at 2 a.m. because he suspected 60-year-old Roy Middleton was stealing the car. Things quickly escalated when two deputies arrived and ordered Middleton to “get your hands where I can see them,” the Pensacola News Journal reports:

[Middleton] said he initially thought it was a neighbor joking with him, but when he turned his head he saw deputies standing halfway down his driveway.

He said he backed out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but when he turned to face the deputies, they immediately opened fire.

“It was like a firing squad,” he said. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”

The deputies reportedly fired about seven shots at the unarmed man; Middleton was shot in the leg, and another five bullet holes hit the car and the side of house.

With the Trayvon Martin case still a fresh memory for another Florida county, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s office are now investigating the incident. For now, the involved officers are on paid administrative leave.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 And speaking of Detroit

 

AG Bill Schuette issued a sharply worded statement asserting retiree rights under the state constitution, putting him at odds with Gov. Rick Snyder (R).


Michigan’s Republican Attorney General said over the weekend that he will defend retiree interests in bankruptcy court, calling the state constitution “crystal clear” on pension protections. The announcement came days after his office successfully argued the opposing side of a legal dispute around the same state constitutional provisions.

In a statement calling Detroit’s debts “staggering,” Bill Schuette explained his thinking: “Equally staggering is the financial uncertainty of pension benefits relied upon by Michigan seniors living on fixed incomes and anticipating a safe and secure retirement after a lifetime of work.” Schuette added that “Retirees may face a potential financial crisis not of their own making,” and pledged to “defend the rights of Michigan citizens and defend the Constitution of the State of Michigan.”

It is unclear whether or not Schuette’s defense of those constitutional provisions will have a material effect on how $3.5 billion in unfunded pension promises will be treated by federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes. Rhodes’ jurisdiction over the case was settled at a hearing last week after Schuette appealed a state judge’s ruling on behalf of Detroit’s pensioners. Such confusing work on both sides of a given legal question “isn’t uncommon for the state Attorney General’s Office,” the Detroit Free Press reported, and a spokeswoman for Schuette said the AG’s office would continue representing the state’s interests as well as asserting constitutional protections for pensions.

Schuette previously served in the U.S. Congress from 1985-1990 and later served eight years in the state senate. He is in the first of a possible two terms as Attorney General.

The state’s bankruptcy proceedings pit bondholders on Wall Street against city employees, retirees, and their families. Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has reported that the city’s unpayable liabilities total roughly $18 billion. Half of that is owed to current and former city workers through health insurance and pension contracts. The other half is owed to banks and other investors. Municipal bond analysts and local labor activists alike suspect Orr and Gov. Snyder have pushed for a bankruptcy filing as a way to back away from pension promises.

Experts told ThinkProgress that federal assistance will be key to reviving Detroit. But both state and federal officials have rejected the idea of a bailout, making a zero-sum courtroom battle between investors and retirees the more likely outcome.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

I see people comparing Detroit to Rome, but I thought Rome was destroyed by the League of Shadows?

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

 Raped 11 year old in Chile shows "maturity" in her "decision" to have the baby.  I guess Santorum would tell her she's turning lemons into lemonade. 


By the way, abortion is illegal in Chile, without exception.  Anyone lauding recent anti-abortion legislative efforts here needs to take a long look at what goes on in countries where abortion is illegal.  That poor little girl...enduring rape, and now having to endure this. 

And, to get this out of the way, I reject the stance that exceptions for rape/incest/life of the mother make it OK, so this would never happen here if we banned abortion.  That is a disingenuous argument.  If abortion is killing a baby, then it's still a baby--irrespective of the circumstances of conception.  And if the mother's life is in danger, her life is on equal footing with her baby, so an abortion would be no different than killing your toddler to save your own life.  If someone is truly pro-life, then they need to own it, consequences and all.  No exceptions.  If life is life, there are no exceptions.  Like Santorum, actually.  (Not that I agree, but I give him credit for being morally consistent.)  

Otherwise, you're not pro-life, you're pro-sl$t shaming and anti-woman.   

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Update on my home state Police Chief Crazy. Sure sounds like a guy I want holding a gun and a badge.

Militia-leading cop freaks out

"America's scariest police chief" lashes out as allies abandon him, calls critics "fat f*cks" and "f*ggots"

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Been out of pocket today and haven't read through everything...but did the ground shake this morning with the pope's comments?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Cuccinelli anti-science!?! I'm shocked.

Ken Cuccinelli Attacked By Climate Scientist As 'Anti-Science Zealot' 

Renowned climate scientist Michael Mann has taken the unorthodox step of jumping into politics and campaigning with Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate, worried that an "anti-science zealot" could win the election in November.

In an interview with radio host Ari Rabin-Havt on Sirius XM Progress on Monday, Mann sharply contrasted Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) with his gubernatorial opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe. The election is on Nov. 5.

Mann said Virginians "can either vote for an anti-science zealot like Ken Cuccinelli, who would use his authority to try to persecute scientists whose views he doesn't agree with ... versus Terry McAuliffe, a pro-science, pro-technology politician."

"In this case, I felt that the choice was so stark that it was my responsibility to do what I could to try to help the McAuliffe campaign, help them in drawing that contrast between the way they view science and technology and the way Mr. Cuccinelli does," Mann later added.

Mann has repeatedly been at odds with Cuccinelli. In April 2010, Cuccinelli launched a two-year investigation targeting the scientist, looking into whether he committed fraud by obtaining grants to research global temperature changes. Speaking to Rabin-Havt, Mann called it "clearly an attempt to go on an open-ended fishing expedition." The investigation was widely criticized, with the Washington Post calling it a "witch hunt" and writing that "Mr. Cuccinelli demonstrates a dangerous disregard for scientific method and academic freedom." The case was tossed out by Virginia's Supreme Court in 2012.

"[Cuccinelli] wasted at least hundreds of thousands of dollars, and he may not be coming clean with how much money he really spent on this witch hunt," Mann said Monday, arguing that the money could have been spent to help Virginians grapple with rising sea levels and its impact on the state's coast. He also said climate change is threatening the naval infrastructure in Norfolk, "a huge naval base that is right at sea level and stands to be displaced if we continue to warm the planet and the seas continue to rise."

Cuccinelli has developed a reputation as one of the most high-profile climate change deniers in the country. He previously sued to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from moderating fossil-fuel pollution and from regulating stormwater runoff as a pollutant. He also alleges that the agency will hinder the U.S. economy and has called it the "Employment Prevention Agency."

notsacredh
notsacredh

I'm getting ready to go to work and I've been thinking about shaving my head because I've never done it before. I'm going to offer one of the guys that I'm sure would NEVER shave his head $50 if he'll shave his. Hopefully, I can get some sucker to bet me $50 I wouldn't shave mine.

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

notsacredh
notsacredh

Completely OT and irrelevant, but I just hit 15000 likes. I'm tempted to go all Sally Fields on you folks.

ahandout
ahandout

@La_Randy Craig has gone to the trash bin.  He's no longer relevant.

We are still living with the Clintons and the Weiners.  Have a cigar and ponder it.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@ahandout  Your implication is moot.  Weiner =/= Clinton and never will be.  BC has more star power in his, well, you know, than Weinerville has in his whole body. 

ahandout
ahandout

ThinkProgress?  Two words, one oxymoron.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@mantisdragon91 Plus the guy who shot 6 people in his apartment complex.  All is quiet in the Everglade State.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@DonQuixotic  

Nah, it was just me..I wast just opining on the failure of big government, and used a metaphor in comparing the two, and ruffled some feathers..It's what I do..  

ahandout
ahandout

@DonQuixotic  You "see people comparing Detroit to Rome?"  Are you nibbling on mushrooms?

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@mantisdragon91  

Obama could have stayed home from his luxurious trip to Africa and saved that money if it was so desired to help the fire fighters. Lead by example..

roknsteve
roknsteve

@mantisdragon91 Are they all becoming libertarians?  I hope they don't have any faulty wiring in their homes. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

@AlistairCookie And she was raped by her mother's boyfriend.  What a great example of what happens when christian radicals take control of a nation.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@mantisdragon91 

Relax, It's not as if his attitudes affect how he treats the people he serves...Oh wait.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@nflfoghorn What he said won't apply in America of course.  Oh, and republicans who get caught with their pants down can be forgiven and keep their jobs in govt.  Democrats are labeled scum for life.  IOKIYAR 

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh There's a real good mud fight over on the Rick Warren thread.  Those varmints would by crosses made of toxic waste. 

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

@sacredh I prefer to measure the like/comment ratio. Less motivation to enter the daily flame war.


DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Tero @DonQuixotic 

It was sacked by the League of Shadows for growing too corrupt.  They tried to do the same to Detroit but they were stopped by Ratman.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Guess I shouldn't get pulled over there with an Obama/Biden sticker on my bumper.



ahandout
ahandout

@roknsteve @sacredh  Careful, you'll hurt sacredh's feelings.  You better push his "like" button.  He likes that alot.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@roknsteve @sacredh I have been busy and out all day until now - I saw the numbers on the Warren thread and couldn't imagine why it generated such a flap. Thought I'd look in here first.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Furthermore, I don't think Don Quixotic is YOUR real name. I swear I've heard it before.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Says the runaway leader with over 17,550 likes. ;  )

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @DonQuixotic @sacredh

  Your hero, Joe Biden.  The Democrats idea of a "smart" Vice President. 

Prime example why the only time 'wingers are funny is when you laugh at them.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@DonQuixotic @ahandout @sacredh Sarah Palin said this weekend that the McCain team wouldn't let her talk about everything she wanted to say.  It must have been about the Muslin alien invasion from outer space.  

notsacredh
notsacredh

"My real name is Joe Biden."

Mine is Harry Bottomdanglenuts. Is it any wonder I use sacredh?

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@sacredh 

It turns out my real name isn't Don or Donald.  It doesn't even start with a D.

My real name is Joe Biden.