Morning Must Reads: August 22

In the news: Syria, Bradley Manning, Obama's college reform plan, Al Jazeera America, Al Gore, and following the "I Have a Dream" speech

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

  • After reports that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons killing hundreds, the White House calls for a U.N. investigation. A year ago Barack Obama declared that the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” that would shift his thinking about that country’s bloody civil war.
  • Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years; the punishment may be a harbinger for Edward Snowden.
    • Manning to NBC Today: “I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”
  • President Obama to put forth Thursday a plan that will “rate colleges before the 2015 school year based on measures like tuition, graduation rates, debt and earnings of graduates, and the percentage of lower-income students who attend. The ratings would compare colleges against their peer institutions. If the plan can win Congressional approval, the idea is to base federal financial aid to students attending the colleges partly on those rankings.” [NYT]
  • Al Jazeera America: the news channel Americans deserve [Guardian]
    • Al Jazeera’s American debut was “simply dreadful.” [National Review]
  • Ezra Klein interviews former Vice President Al Gore about climate change. [WashPost]
  • One Obama challenge next week: follow-up the “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years later on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. [NYT]
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fitty_three
fitty_three

I totally ignored our Dyslexic Duo.

The ones I had discussions with were not filled with rhetoric and bs. They were actually amazingly constructive.

They did not agree with me nor I with them. In the midst of all the poo flinging, the two conversations I had were remarkably different!

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

...this is why I asked that we ignore the trolls today.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Good Lord, can't I leave you folks alone for 8 hours without all hell breaking loose?

Sue_N
Sue_N

"Ghost Shark" on SyFy tonight, people. Just sayin'.

ahandout
ahandout

" I totally ignored our Dyslexic Duo."

Liar.  You even lie to your "friend."  Pathetic.

fitty_three said

ahandout 
Maybe it's a slam dunk legal issue and not a political issue, like how you're milking it?

fitty_three said

ahandout
A 'like' tells all...

fitty_three said

ahandout 
You will find the all the documentation you need for the Kill-O-Zap blaster pistol in Douglas Adams "Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy".
I don't think the NRA will have to worry about Obama confiscating those.

fitty_three said

ahandout  
Even from a black man, it is still a racist theory.



 

fitty_three
fitty_three

This was intended to be a response to Ohiolib.

I feel that what happened was completely in keeping with No Feeding Thursday. It was actually very strange that it happened, but you will find everything below to judge for yourself.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@sacredh Squirrels running everywhere, people stomping their feet, chaos reigns. Pretty much covers it.

Diecash1
Diecash1

WTH happened today? I just checked in and there are >1000 comments. Attack of the trolls?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Yes that bad old Obama crashing the economy in 2008 and doing everything possible to stall the recovery.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @mantisdragon91 

I explained it. And true in form you ignored and re-threaded.

Oh well - handy, second rate trolls will never be first - like paulejb.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@La_Randy, I went to Wally World to pick up a few things today. I pulled in next to a car that was exactly like mine. I went in, got my stuff, put it in the trunk and was sitting in the car making out a couple of bills to throw in the mail box. A woman came out a couple of minutes later, opened my back door and statred sitting groceries on the backseat. She was just talking away and then looked up at me. Before she could start yelling I told her that it wasn't her car. She was just closing my door when her husband walked up.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Diecash1 Much trollery, most of it focused on why Obama is a racist for something something Oklahoma black teens argle bargle. Then "KiLL aLL tHe MUSLIMS!!!111!," train wreck jpegs … the usual.

And the rest of us posting links, discussing, and mocking baggers.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Diecash1 

There's a reason for the 'like'.

But I'll let Sue_N explain since you asked her.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@ahandout @paulejb Yes Handy. That is the reason why the lowest percentages of white votes for Obama were in the former states of the Confederacy.

collioure
collioure

Oh, you finally recognized how his obstruction of Fanny/Freddie reform helped to magnify the real estate bubble.

Good work!

And he didn't stall the recovery. 

According to Biden there were at least 4 Recovery Summers!

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb

"Black unemployment, which at the end of the Bush administration broke a decades-long pattern of being twice white unemployment, has resumed its disturbing and prolonged trend under President Obama, with the rate among African Americans now at 13.4 percent, according to a new Pew Research report."

Try reading before you write idiocies, Bugs.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

I had a similar 'rock and a hard place' experience that I'll relate to you tomorrow. It's one of me and my wife's most hilarious memories.

collioure
collioure

I'll take them one at a time.

We had a constructive conversation about global warming last night. I don't think many of those here realized that I believe firmly in global warming on the basis of the excellent scientific work of former Berkeley physics prof Rich Muller. On this subject I listen only to real scientists and never politicians. After a couple of months of searching I finally found one who made sense; and he like me is a former sceptic.

This is a big problem for the planet, and we need leadership from Washington, Beijing and New Delhi for openers. And that doesn't mean shenanigans like Solyndra. It means vehicles that consume less energy, better consumption habits, better choices of fuels . . .

collioure
collioure

@Sue_N@Diecash1 

There was no trollery and nothing trivial in the fact that race relations have deteriorated markedly on Obama's watch.  Playing the race card inappropriately as often as they have, he and his admin have been notably part of the problem and not part of the solution.

ahandout
ahandout

@Sue_N @Diecash1 Thanks for illustrating your inability to read, your lying skills, and your intolerance all in one post.  It's a liberal trifecta.  

You no doubt will need it all explained to you. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Diecash1 Right? And it's all the same talking points, day after day. Arguing does nothing but empower them. After a while, it's not even worth scrolling past them to get to the good stuff.

Le sigh.

Diecash1
Diecash1

So the usual on steroids, eh? When will people learn that responding to trolls is pointless? Hell, we don't even had good (amusing) trolls anymore. They simply spew ignorant talking points. Ugh.

fitty_three
fitty_three

ahandout

Unless you are saying that there are no racist black Americans it might be a good idea to walk that back.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb  

The real estate bubble developed by mostly Democrats, James A Johnson notably, burst, sending the economy into a tailspin.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb 

A short but devastating recession was turned into the most anemic recovery in history because of Barry 0's policies.

ahandout
ahandout

Having trouble seeing Mr 0?  Perhaps that whole feces thing is due to you having your head up your @ss. 



MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @MrObvious @ahandout @mantisdragon91

Homosexuals are not faring well in what was the former spiritual home of liberals

Oh gawd, don't act like a 5 year old. It's so childish  Troll all you want but the whole feces smear act is so embarrassing.

, Ob. It appears that your former commie pals have no use for homosexuals.

Seriously - this is so stupid that I can't believe that a semi functional adult like you pretend to be trots out that kind of drivel. 

I think you made me dry heave from overwhelming my common sense with so much nonsense.

Jesus Christ that was stupid. At least paulejb trolls because he needs it, you're just playing out your fantasy of being a badarse macho intellectual with the wittiness of a toddler playing with a full diaper.

You should erase your comment at come back after standing in a corner for 15 minutes. That was just cringy.


paulejb
paulejb

@MrObvious @ahandout @mantisdragon91 

Homosexuals are not faring well in what was the former spiritual home of liberals, Ob. It appears that your former commie pals have no use for homosexuals.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@ahandout @MrObvious @mantisdragon91

You'll find that we condemn all form of bigotry and homophobia regardless ofwhere it comes from on a regular basis. It's not our fault that you frequently ignore it since you're not interested in understanding where others come from - you're only interested in ranting about what you believe things are

You explained your hypocrisy very well in your original post. 

So ignore what I write and just pretend some type of alternate reality?

Look - 15 minutes later and what I write is re-threaded by you. It's ironic and I take no credit for knowing how simplistic trolls like you think. It takes no effort - you are what you are.