Morning Must Reads: August 14

In the news: trouble in Egypt and Iraq; Israel-Palestine negotiations; Booker wins; understanding the latest Obamacare delay; North Carolina's new voting law; Bradley Manning speaks; and the Euro zone returns to growth

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

  • “Egyptian security forces stormed two sprawling sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi shortly after dawn Wednesday, firing weapons, bulldozing tents and beating and arresting protesters in raids that Morsi’s political party said caused heavy casualties. A senior Health Ministry official, Ahmed el-Ansari, said a total of nine people were killed and 50 injured at the two sites. But the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which backs the ousted president, claimed that more than 2,000 people died. The party initially said 500 protesters were killed and about 9,000 wounded in the raids.” [WashPost]
    • “By purging the Brotherhood, the interim government might be able to begin organizing a new transitional roadmap—including scheduling fresh parliamentary and presidential elections.” [TIME]
  • Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai has suggested that the man who brought Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan, Abdul Rasoul Sayyaf, could become the country’s next leader.
  • U.S. is sidelined as Iraq becomes bloodier.
  • Israeli and Palestinian negotiators get ready for an unlikely deal.
  • Its Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker vs. former Republican Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan for New Jersey’s Oct. 16 special Senate election.
  • Ezra Klein: Four ways to understand the latest Obamacare delay
  • Opponents of North Carolina’s new voting laws prepare lawsuits.
  • Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will take the stand during the sentencing phase of his court-martial Wednesday at Fort Meade near Baltimore.
  • It’s crunch time for a Keystone XL decision.
  • The Euro zone’s return to growth after six straight quarters of contraction was driven by Germany.
  • Peter Orzag: “With So Many Openings, Why So Little Hiring?”
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sacredh
sacredh

Good night again all. I think I'll put on some romantic music. Maybe some Very White.

sacredh
sacredh

OK, I read down through the thread. Salt of the earth is still a bit of a stretch.

ahandout
ahandout

Robin Thicke on black women?  A white guy opines on how black women should act while calling them b!tches in his latest hit song.  And popular culture eats up his latest single.  More phony outrage to follow...

"Maybe the women have to take better care of their men. Maybe you’re being too stubborn. Maybe you’re not saying you’re sorry. You have to take good care of him, too."

http://newblackwoman.com/2011/12/26/robin-thicke-essence-need-to-apologize-to-black-women/#sthash.JmY2Snmi.dpuf

New Black Woman Indifference will not be tolerated. 

That is a fantastic heading for a liberal viewpoint. 

sacredh
sacredh

What happened when I was out? I come back and there's 800 comments .

ahandout
ahandout

@sacredh  I will have to thank BL for the complement next time she (or someone that looks like her) comes back.

BenevolentLawyer
BenevolentLawyer

@retiredvet No matter what anyone's religious beliefs are, we still know what is fair. This was just and fair. People should not be singled out for bad discriminatory treatment because of their sexual preference. Same sex couples should get the same treatment as heterosexual couples. Even my pastor agrees. *gasp* :)

fitty_three
fitty_three

@retiredvet 

Sounds like paulejb thinks you can't fight.

An odd attitude for someone who professes to appreciate our service men and women.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@retiredvet This, to me, is the biggest deal: "Even more surprisingly, the military will offer a 10-day leave to gay couples stationed in a non-marriage state to travel to the 13 states plus Washington, D.C., to be legally wed."

Nice!

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@sacredh Troll explosion featuring a lot of derailed train pics and a comparison between Planned Parenthood and Al Queda. In other words the usual D baggery.

sacredh
sacredh

If you say that you're really Amy Sullivan I may have a coronary.

sacredh
sacredh

@ahandout , it sure makes me wonder about the history between you two. How does she get that you run the board?

BenevolentLawyer
BenevolentLawyer

@Sue_N 

Thank God, there is finally fairness in the military. It was quite sad when same sex couples were treated like strangers when their partners died.    

sacredh
sacredh

@retiredvet, we just had to run down to pick up our anniversary cake and pain killers.

BenevolentLawyer
BenevolentLawyer

@ahandout

I was referring to Sacredh as the so called "salt of the earth, good guy", in the Swamp as the one who often accused me of being someone or the other because we sound similarly,  fiery wrote r whatever else he came up with.      

I have made my last point on this matter, and only revisited this to clarify that Sacredh is the basis of the comments I made, and why I sometimes leave when he enters because I really have too much going on to deal with that sort of rhetoric from the "Chief of Swampland."   

I will not be revisiting this issue to provide further clarity or otherwise. Its all online, jibber jabber virtual nonsense. It is a waste of my break times or days off.

With that being said, am ouuta here. I have a tyke waiting to be chauffeured by moi for a special day school day "Artists workshop." Her paintings might win a prize if the judges like art that consists of crooked stick figures, black shading outside the lines--and of course if they love blotches of yellow and green paint spread liberally on faces of animals in the picture. Then we have a Picasso in the making  . :)  

ahandout
ahandout

@BenevolentLawyer @ahandout  I make comments to engender conversation, that bothers you?

Paulie has an impostor?

I never accused you of being someone else.  You're one of a kind.

BenevolentLawyer
BenevolentLawyer

@ahandout 

Oh please, don't flatter yourself. You are obvious. You make comments to engender conversation or cause trouble.  

There are some really really nice GUYS and GALS on here like 53, Don, Bobcn and so on and so on.

The impostors who come as Paulie, and imitate so many other folks, I do NOT give a rats behind about. Its the web. I report them to the administrators, and then after a while it is over. 

But have a problem with this person I already identified---  who repeatedly accuses me of being someone or other when I have repeatedly said I am not. Same look, writing or whatever else, I do not care! His writing reminds me of some other FOLKS but I have never accused him to being some other person or other.    

Well, that's all I have to say about that individual! I do not have anything else to say to him, nor will I mention him again here or discuss this nonsense further.

BenevolentLawyer
BenevolentLawyer

@sacredh 

I was referring to you Sacredh, not ahandout. He is a familiar and open troublemaker.  

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, it was Seven Psychopaths. I loved it!Christopher Walken, Colin Farrel and Tom Waits. it wasn't a rehash of anything. It was an original.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

If you do puke, make sure you pick the pain killers out of the chunks.

sacredh
sacredh

@ahandout, I think she may have been offended by the order of certain acts I suggested. Oh well, you can't please everybody. It's movie time. I told my wife it was her choice. If it's some 3D splatter movie, I know I'll puke. Good night.

sacredh
sacredh

@ahandout, Lol. A couple of years before I got remarried I was getting obscene phone calls from some woman I don't think I even knew. One evening she called and started her spiel so I started in with a TRULY obscene rant and some suggestions of my own. She threatened to call the police on ME, called me a filthy pig and said if I ever called her, she'd take legal action. Go figure.

ahandout
ahandout

@sacredh @ahandout  Don't know the woman.  Maybe, it was from the time when she had the impersonator on here.  I think I said something like, "she is not as pretty as you" when they both had the same woman's face as an icon.  It kinda pissed her off.

Other than that...WTF?

sacredh
sacredh

@ahandout, I don't like to pry into anybody's private life, but do you mean past on here or in the outside world. If you don't feel comfortable answering, please don't and I apologize for prying.

fitty_three
fitty_three

paulejb

The Romans were just noodles, too.

They backed into every province in their empire.

sacredh
sacredh

@mantisdragon91, handy is the accuser? Damn, I missed some good stuff but how is he "salt of the earth"?

Robbert5
Robbert5

@sacredh @Robbert5 

The first time I listened to the wall the album, I had a cheap stereo (in college I couldn't afford a 5.1 I have now nor was it available) but I was actually looking out the window waiting for the chopper to fly over so I could enjoy the album again.  Little did I know.  Ah I feel old....  I wonder how many of the youngsters got your reference to pudding and meat....

sacredh
sacredh

@Robbert5, I saw every tour from Ummagumma through Animals with the original lineup and then all the Pink Floyd tours wiithout Waters. I've seen Waters three times including The Wall tour. I took time off of work in 76 and follwed their tour around. God, those were the days.

Robbert5
Robbert5

@sacredh @paulejb always love me some Pink Floyd but I am a bit suspicious what psychdelic music can do to our resident trolls

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N"What the heck are y'all planning?!"

Sweet debauchery.

sacredh
sacredh

@paulejb, how can you have any pudding if you won't eat your meat?

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, we stopped at the drug store to get cards for each other and asked if we had any prescription due. They checked and said mine was overdue to be filled so I waited while they filledit. Then we went to the store to pick up our cake.