Morning Must Reads: September 4

In the news: Syria, Al Gore, the Bushes' immigration legacy, and Al Qaeda's defense against drones

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

  • “President Barack Obama’s drive to build support for an attack against Syria gained significant momentum Tuesday as a range of congressional leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, urged wary rank-and-file lawmakers to back a resolution authorizing the use of military force.” [WSJ]
    • “Members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee hammered out a deal on Tuesday evening that would set a 60-day deadline for military action in Syria, with one 30-day extension possible, according to a draft of the resolution.” [USA Today]
    • “Several lawmakers and aides who have been canvassing support say that nearly 80 percent of the House Republican Conference is, to some degree, opposed to launching strikes in Syria. Informal counts by Obama allies show that support in Congress for Obama’s plans is in the low dozens.” [Politico]
    • “Hillary Clinton broke her days-long silence and endorsed President Obama’s call for a punitive military strike against Syria on Tuesday.” [Hill]
    • Kerry Creates Uncertainty Over ‘Boots on the Ground’ in Syria [TIME]
    • Assad Wages War Shielded With a Smile [NYT]
  • “The Bush family is quietly but forcefully gearing up for another, still-developing debate: The fight on Capitol Hill over a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws — a discussion critical to protecting the Bushes’ legacy on what has, for decades, been a defining issue for them.” [NYT]
  • “Al-Qaeda’s leadership has assigned cells of engineers to find ways to shoot down, jam or remotely hijack U.S. drones, hoping to exploit the technological vulnerabilities of a weapons system that has inflicted huge losses upon the terrorist network.” [WashPost]
  • Al Gore’s Incredible Shrinking Climate Change Footprint [BuzzFeed]
  • And an interactive map of each president’s international itinerary going back to Theodore Roosevelt [TIME]
330 comments
deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Hopefully today (no-feed-Thurs.) will go easier with blog software. I had two replies vanish at different posts (Zakaria, Steinmetz), no bad words, I presume. Or another long day ahead?

collioure
collioure

Wednesday night on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly used a question from a Swedish reporter at this morning’s G-20 press conference to ask if President Obama should “give back” his Nobel Peace Prize now that he’s advocating military action in Syria. Fox contributor Kirsten Powers (Daily Beast) went even further, saying Obama “should have given it back a long time ago.”

Powers said she thought the president should return the prize “for the drone war, for escalating the war in Afghanistan, having all these people die unnecessarily. Plenty of civilians have been killed by his drone war, including children.”

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/kirsten-powers-tells-oreilly-obama-should-given-back-nobel-peace-prize-during-heated-syria-debate/

I rest my case.

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but MMRs was on a really good roll and then fitty leaves. The comment totals dropped by a few hundred a day. Fitty wasn't an exceptionally heavy poster, but he could start a good debate. Come back fitty.

roknsteve
roknsteve

George Zimmerman got pulled over for speeding.  I wonder how many weapons he had in the trunk?  

curt3rd
curt3rd

I have had this 97% of scientist believe that man made climate warming is occuring thrown in my face several times on this site. (mostly by mantis).  I just came across this.

Dr William Briggs, “Statistician to the Stars”, said: “In any survey such as Cook’s, it is essential to define the survey question very clearly. Yet Cook used three distinct definitions of climate consensus interchangeably. Also, he arbitrarily excluded about 8000 of the 12,000 papers in his sample on the unacceptable ground that they had expressed no opinion on the climate consensus. These artifices let him reach the unjustifiable conclusion that there was a 97.1% consensus when there was not.

Tero
Tero

Good evening everyone! Don't forget that tomorrow is No-Feeding Thursday.

MrObvious
MrObvious

You know that if it was a bright pink line none of those macho men would dare cross it. Add some rainbow colors and it's game over. Just sayin'.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Please stop replying to collioure.  I'm now convinced he's some old troll sneaking back in.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@sacredh 

Fitty leaves, SkyNet messes with our posts (deletes them too). It is dark times for the Rebel Alliance. Let's just not see Han Solo stuck in the freezer too.

collioure
collioure

@curt3rd  

I actually agree that this argument about all the scientists is a weak one (because most haven't studied this problem)..

However, excellent scientific analysis demonstrates unmistakably that the Earth is warming because of human activity.

(BTW I used to be a skeptic.)

hivemaster
hivemaster

@Tero Good point.  I'll try to be in MMR early with another reminder.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@hivemaster, fitty, the fall solstice is coming up soon and there are ceremonies I need to prepare for. Please don't make me neglect my pagan duties. Come back. 

NP042
NP042

@MrObvious Jon Oliver was marvelous in the interim, but he can't touch the original.


Operation "Just the Tip" sounds like it would work out wonderfully and not totally backfire sometime around 9 months from now.

collioure
collioure

But I do appreciate that hazing initiation.

Now only if you knew something . . .

collioure
collioure

@DonQuixotic  

People always think such in chat rooms.

Bur as usual, you're badly mistaken.

NP042
NP042

@DonQuixotic I think we should just take to calling him Kevin.  Seems appropriate. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

@collioure @curt3rd It's a spiting match between Curtsy and Third Grade and it looks like Third Grade has the same answer as always.  Him no stuff-u dum.  

collioure
collioure

@curt3rd  

BTW the above is certifiably another Tea Party post.

There are so many !!!!!

NP042
NP042

@collioure @DonQuixotic

People always think such in chat rooms

If only there was some sort of pattern here...nah, must be everybody else.

collioure
collioure

@curt3rd @collioure 

It's pure sarcasm.

The liberal bigots here don't even understand the Tea Party, but they still use it to name-call.

curt3rd
curt3rd

@collioure "BTW the above is certifiably another Tea Party post"

What does that mean?  That Im a Tea Party member or anything posted by the Tea Party should automaticlly be dismissed?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@NP042 @collioure @DonQuixotic 

"IT AIN'T ME THIRD GRADE - IT'S UYS PEOPLE AND BARRY ZERO LOVERS'

Maybe he'll add the whole 3x 'YOU CAN"T HANDLE JUST HOW WISE AND SUPERCILIOUSLY INDEPENDENT I AM"

retiredvet
retiredvet

My memory is bad except for recent troll droppings. I tend to treat it like just noise. But this one is monotonously arrogant.

NP042
NP042

@MrObvious @NP042 @DonQuixotic Also, I'd argue to give it time.  If he is one of the banished ones, he'll slip up eventually.


After all, as crazy as it seems, Paulie seemed somewhat reasonable, if a blatant idealogue, when he first started posting.  3X also had a reasonable streak in him at times that eventually got devoured during the election.

NP042
NP042

@MrObvious @DonQuixotic @NP042 Maybe I'm mixing KG with 3X, but one of them would always pull the "my argument is supported by this book I read but I refuse to articulate any of the arguments laid forth inside of it, therefor I win" gambit.  Combined with the obsessive use of a couple of insults, the whole "faux-independent who totally thinks any reasonable person who's dissatisfied would refer to the President as Barry O" leads me to want to call him Kevin.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@DonQuixotic @NP042 

It's the lack of ability to supply a reasonable argument. He finds it easier to win by superiority of a standard which denies the need to reply to the ones who lack it.

It's brilliant. Paulejb pulls that one too - 'you guys are not smart enough for me to communicate with like another human being'

I mean we're liberal right? And as 'liberals' we don't just vote differently, there's something 'different' and 'unamerican' about us.

notsacredh
notsacredh

"That guy was wrong."

One of the very few people I've really gotten it into with.