Morning Must Reads: August 8

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

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terryclifton1
terryclifton1

A young couple in Texas lost custody of their daughter because someone reported that they smoked weed from time to time. The little girl was put into foster care, and then was murdered by her foster mother. Another example of how government is such a wonderful addition to our lives. They're now killing children, go figure..

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Congress Doesn't Deserve A Recess, 82 Percent Of Voters Say

According to a Fox News poll released Wednesday night, just 14 percent voters think Congress has worked hard enough to deserve a summer recess, while 82 percent do not.

President Barack Obama fares somewhat better among voters, who are evenly split on whether he's worked hard enough to justify a break.

The current session of Congress is on track to break records as the least productive in modern history. As of July 8, it had passed only 15 bills that were then signed into law, a record low since at least the 1940s.

As the Rothenberg Political Report notes, August recesses have long been used as a political talking point, with members of one party lambasting the other for taking time off.

But voters' dissatisfaction with lawmakers isn't limited to their work schedule. Just 32 percent of voters say they approve of congressional Democrats' job performance, while an even more dismal 24 percent approve of congressional Republicans' performance.

The Fox poll interviewed 1,007 registered voters by phone between August 3 and August 5.

roknsteve
roknsteve

And next up to lose his time spot is Rash Slimepaw. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

Sad news for wingers TV reruns.  Sean Hannity just lost his time slot to a woman.  Oh the humanity! 

retiredvet
retiredvet

Egermancy! Everybody To Get From Street!

Mr. Pierce:

"I am beginning to think that Russia under Vladimir Putin is just one long satiric theater piece aimed at the rest of the world generally, but specifically at the United States Of America. First, they allow Edward Snowden, International Man Of Luggage, into the country, prompting the entire U.S. government to play cat's cradle with its own frontal lobes. And now, with impeccable comic timing, they release a a list of what Americans will not be allowed to go punting on the Volga. And what a list it is. And no thinking person can argue with who's on it. Now the Russians get to embarrass us with talk of human rights."

sacredh
sacredh

God help me. It was there and I said it.

ahandout
ahandout

@mantisdragon91 Why would you want lawmakers, who you don't agree with, to stay and make more laws?

sacredh
sacredh

From the article:

"Between you and me I'm sort of holding my nose for two years, because what we're doing here is going to be a big benefit for Rand [Paul] in '16," Benton said in the recording. "That's my long vision."

Yep, sounds like undying love and devotion to me.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout Well sure if the least credible writer for the National Review says it it must be true. Palm to Face.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb As opposed to the GOP Mantra " We do want you to be poor, hungry, and unwanted, and if you don't like that we'll start a war where you can be murdered"

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @mantisdragon91 

They're called 'legislators'. There's a very important hint in there for you. Kind of like a word puzzle for toddlers. Take your time.

retiredvet
retiredvet

I call "hanky panky" here. It very well may be intentional for some devious political maneuver.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@sacredh What does he think Rand Paul will do in 2016? If he is inferring win the presidency he better give me whatever it is he is smoking.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@MrObvious @ahandout @mantisdragon91  

We need more laws..Tons more..Let's pass as many laws as possible..Lets restrict rights and freedoms as much as possible. We can use children, women, and anything that we can to get it done..What do want, more laws!!! What do want not want, more freedom!! Let this be our cheer!!!

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @MrObvious @mantisdragon91

leg·is·la·tor  /ˈlejəˌslātər/Noun A person who makes laws. Synonyms lawgiver - lawmaker

It's good that you can google, but you seem to miss the point. Especially considering how you don't want anyone to make any laws.

ahandout
ahandout

@MrObvious

@ahandout

 @mantisdragon91

The puzzle is, why you do continue to embarrass yourself?  There is a reason that the Democratic Party's symbol is a donkey.  It represents jack@sses like you.

leg·is·la·tor  /ˈlejəˌslātər/Noun A person who makes laws. Synonyms lawgiver - lawmaker

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

@mantisdragon91 @ahandout  

Like spending more money, raising more taxes, creating new and more exciting ways to take more of our rights and freedoms, create more enemies, meddle in more countries business, and finally do absolutely nothing good, right? 

sacredh
sacredh

retiredvet, agreed. He may be thinking that Rand Paul even being in the race can shift some other candidates further to the right. Even if he doesn't think Rand stands a chance, helping to frame the debate may be what he's talking about.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @MrObvious @mantisdragon91 @paulejb

 Democrats never solve anything.  They make bad policies, create a crisis, and then campaign to fix the problem that they created with more bad policies.

So in one minute Dems solve poverty through abortion and in another we want lots of poor so we can get them addicted on welfare to control them.

It's the 'libruls are everything and nothing' argument. And since it cancels itself out it's the epitome of your basic 'winger logic. It's just simply devoid of intelligent thought. It's a bunch of buzz words stitched together and regurgitated by 'winger dittohead parrot zombies.

Don't blame me for your lack of logic tho - you're the one who vomits this kind of nonsense on a daily basis. I didn't make you stupid - you did it to yourself.

ahandout
ahandout

@fitty_three @ahandout No, it wasn't just one mortgage problem, 53.  When I say Mortgage Meltdown, I assume that I am talking to people that know what that means.  That it includes all the issues that went along with it that lead to the financial crisis. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout

A mortgage meltdown didn't cause the great recession. Businesses could not get short term loans. In September 2008, economists and everyone else were pressuring Bush to sign TARP 1 into law.

The price for refusing?

Economic collapse.

Get your facts straight.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb

No one gets out of the womb alive with liberals. 

Mantis, you I and all the other liberals are dead - including trollbot.

Looks like paulejb won't be breaking his record of mental fail anytime soon.