Morning Must Reads: September 5

In the news: Syria, what's prettier in print, and the trip from Myanmar to Australia

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

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Sue_N
Sue_N

Nice times: San Antonio passes LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.

Just about every Republican running for statewide office weighed in against this thing, claiming it'll be the downfall of Texas. Somehow they all managed to ignore the fact that this already exists on the books in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and El Paso, and those cities haven't fallen into hellfire yet.

TyPollard
TyPollard

Vacation calls so I'll be leaving for a time as well. 

Cheers to you all...well, almost all.


sacredh
sacredh

OK, I'm out of here for a week or two. Have fun and tell fitty I said hi if he comes back.

hivemaster
hivemaster

Well, not the most successful NFT ever.  We'll have to do better next week.  ; )

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

 Now this would be funny, if it wasn't for the fact that he was defending a war criminal who should have been impeached

Top House Republican Rewrites History, Claims Reagan Stood Up To Chemical Weapons Use

A top Republican lawmaker on Thursday invoked Ronald Reagan to say that Obama was weak for not acting more directly in response to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons, ignoring the fact that Reagan’s White House looked the other way when chemical weapons were used in the 1980s.

Former House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) appeared on Fox News arguing for a military response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians. While pushing the same limited strikes plan that the Obama administration wants, Ros-Leithein attacked the president for not moving more forcefully against Damascus. In doing so, she told Fox that Reagan never would have stood for the sort of attack that killed an estimated 1,400 civilians:

ROS-LEHTINEN: It is against the norms of international standards and to let something like this go unanswered, I think will weaken our resolve. I — I know that President Reagan would have never let this happen. He would stand up to this. And President Obama — the only reason he is consulting with Congress, he wants to blame somebody for his lack of resolve. We have to think like President Reagan would do and he would say chemical use is unacceptable.

What Ros-Lehtinen seems oddly unaware of, however, is that Ronald Reagan did exactly the opposite. For the majority of the 1980s, Iraq under Sadaam Hussein was locked in combat with the Islamic Republic of Iran in a war that killed more than 1,000,000 people on both sides. The United States explicitly backed the secular Hussein over the Ayatollah Khomeini’s government in Tehran, still smarting from the embassy hostage crisis that had only ended when Reagan took office. That backing not only included the shipment of tons of weapons to support Baghdad, but also looking the other way when Iraq unleashed its chemical weapons stockpiles — including sarin and mustard gas — against Iranian civilians and soldiers alike.

Recently declassified documents from that time indicate that not only did the U.S. government know that Hussein possessed these weapons, but “conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein’s military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin.” President Reagan also remained silent during the Al-Anfal campaign, in which Hussein used poison gas against the Kurdish population in Northern Iraq to put down a revolt against his rule. In what has later been called a genocide, more than 100,000 men, women, and children were killed, nearly 100 times more than the attack that took place outside of Damascus last month.

ahandout
ahandout

More Liberal fantasy meets reality.  Barry's illusion has the left wondering what happened.  

It was all a Choom Gang prank.


It is not entirely Mr Obama’s fault that he became the vessel into which liberals all over the world poured their fantasies. Of course, like any politician, he pumped up expectations when running for office. But when Obama-mania really took off in 2008, it swiftly moved into a realm beyond reason. 

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1627b9a4-e234-11e2-87ec-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2e3RxpG2G

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

I sent a tweet to LiveFyre and Alex about the problems we're having.

collioure
collioure

@Sue_N 

Yeah, it'll ruin everyone else's lives.

Isn't that what they always claim?


La_Randy
La_Randy

@TyPollard Enjoy TyPollard! I am looking forward to some time off myself.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@TyPollard Man, everybody's bugging out. Did we not shower or something?

But have fun and be well.

sacredh
sacredh

@hivemaster, fifty needs to come back. I need to take a break. If you'll ask fitty to come back every day until I get back, I'll go now. Sound OK?

ahandout
ahandout

@hivemaster  Historically, leftists are unable to control their own minions, are you going to slaughter the hive in order to save them?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@hivemaster BENGHAZ– Oh, wait, wrong Issa.

*ahem*

Yeah, this highlights a major problem for us – what do we do when there aren't any good guys? This is why Syria is such a tortured issue. Everything that is human in us wants to get justice for those suffering people. But to do that, we have to jump into a snake-pit.

How do we do it without getting bitten?


MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91 

He stood up by supplying others with it so they wouldn't use it in the first place. Okay - I just lost IQ.

hivemaster
hivemaster

@mantisdragon91 Your links haven't worked all day. I'm not sure you can even DO more than one and have it work. The new and improved instructions are scattered throughout the MMR today.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91 And then there was his swift and decisive response to the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut.

Oh, wait …

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B See? You're so rational. The rest of us are about to start sacrificing chickens.

hivemaster
hivemaster

@sacredh I'll keep up the daily requests, sacred.  If that doesn't work, I'll emit Hive pheremones.  Would that be considered chemical warfare?

Diecash1
Diecash1

I'm sacrificing some chickens on the grill right about now.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Sue_N Off to watch the recordings of MasterChef UK Professional that I recorded earlier! They sacrifice a lot of things I wouldn't even consider eating, but it's great food porn! 

We'll see what tomorrow brings.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@hivemaster

If pheromones are a form of chemical warfare, than anyone who has ever courted anyone ever has committed an atrocity.

sacredh
sacredh

@hivemaster, thank you. This is longest I've ever gone without a break from the internet. I'm getting a little burned out on it. I did go three months ($100 bet) without making a call on the phone (except when at work and for work related business) a few years ago).

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @Sue_N

no. Not leaving. Just a vacation from the internet. ANY internet.

Even p@rn? Wow - that's hard core.

sacredh
sacredh

@DonQuixotic, I don't know what it is, but it seems like I have give everything up once in a while (except sex. I get really hard to live with after a couple of days). I give up tv, music, reading, going someplace i don't have to and non-essentials every so often. After the breaks, I feel refreshed. I gave up meat for 6 months once. I'll NEVER do that again. A week or two....yes.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, I never try to make my better half crazy, it's just the nature of the beast. Plus, we're going to do our canning for the year in the next 1-2 weeks and between work and canning, I'm not going to have much free time at all. What little free time I am going to have, I want to spend it with the boss watching movies with her.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N,  I recieve blessings with the intent of their delivery. I've been thinking of taking a break for months and then fitty left. I hope fitty is here when i come back. Starting in about an hour, I'm not even going to turn my computer on for at least a week.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh @Sue_N Oh, man, I start to twitch if I have to go a day without internet.

But if it's best for you, then … um … Can I wish you God-speed without callilng down the lightning? ;)

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, no. Not leaving. Just a vacation from the internet. ANY internet.

sacredh
sacredh

@hivemaster, I have no intention of leaving for good. Just a week (two at the outside). I just want a week or two of internet free existence. I just want somebody to keep up the "fitty come back" everyday.

Diecash1
Diecash1

I suppose that depends upon which half of Texas would go up in smoke, eh?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Diecash1 *sigh* If we lit up a grill right now, we'd burn down half the state.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N , I like that show where they made specialty cakes. I don't know if it's still on. It seems like quite a while since we've watched one.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B @Sue_N Ooh, food porn! Cooking shows are my crack. If I ever win the lottery (ha!), I'm building myself a state-of-the-art kitchen. With a ginormous flat-screen TV so I can watch the Food Network while I cook.