Morning Must Reads: September 6

In the news: the NSA, Syria, and Friday's job report

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

  • “US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.” [Guardian]
    • Graphic [NYT]
    • 5 Revelations from the latest Snowden leak [TIME]
  • “The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, officials said, amid an expanding array of reprisal threats across the region.” [WSJ]
  • “President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria in response to intelligence suggesting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has been moving troops and equipment used to employ chemical weapons while Congress debates whether to authorize military action.” [NYT]
  • Obama could lose big on Syria in House [Politico]
    • “The White House lobbying effort has included direct conversations between Obama or top administration officials and at least 60 senators and at least 125 House members as of Thursday.” [WashPost]
    • Strike may hinge on Pelosi. [L.A. Times]
  • What to watch for in Friday’s job report [WSJ]
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ahandout
ahandout

Fitty come back! Bloomberg is as crazy as you.  All he has is racism.  Geesus the left is f ing nuts when it comes to calling each other racists.  Marry a black and publicize it and Liberals call you a racist.  I would laugh, but really you should just all  go away.

Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is saying the leading Democratic candidate to replace him is running a “racist” campaign.

His comments were directed at public advocate Bill de Blasio, a come-from-behind candidate now leading in most polls ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

De Blasio is white, but he has been polling well among blacks since he began airing television ads featuring his interracial family. His wife is black and the couple has a son and a daughter:

  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/08/bloomberg-top-democratic-candidate-for-nyc-mayor-running-racist-campaign/#ixzz2eO2rUFnB

collioure
collioure

Omigod!

Van Jones appearing on the panel of State of the Nation today with Candy Crowley.  This TRUTHER will be one of the hosts of the new Crossfire.

Guess Spitzer and Weiner were not available, huh?

ahandout
ahandout

Egyptian Army warns Obama: “Supporting terrorism in Egypt is OUR red line”

Regarding U.S. president Barrack Obama’s cancellation of joint military exercises with Egypt, criticism of the military’s crackdown on the Brotherhood, and threats of cutting U.S. aid to Egypt, Watan reported military sources as saying, “The American decision will not influence the course drawn by popular will” — a reference to the fact that the overwhelming majority of Egyptians reject Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood — and that “the military does not accept any external dictates and will not permit any nation to support terrorism in Egypt,” a reference to the fact that U.S. support for the Brotherhood is support for terrorism.

 http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/08/egyptian-army-warns-obama-supporting-terrorism-in-egypt-is-our-red-line-2740648.html

retiredvet
retiredvet

"Don't give up! Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it "over" when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor??!"

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Tea Party people are and always will be the ultimate useful idiots.

The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers When the super-rich feel threatened, they foment grass-roots uprising on their behalf. Here's why it always works

On Election Day, November 2, 2010, more than eight million Americans voted for congressional candidates who claimed to represent the Tea Party and its grassroots insurgency against the federal government. Most of the Tea Party candidates won. Their victory marked a sea change in American government. Even before the winners were sworn in, reporters began to refer to the 112th Congress as “the Tea Party Congress.” On the day of the swearing-in, the prominent Tea Party backer David Koch likened the electoral success of the Tea Party to the American Revolution. “It’s probably the best grassroots uprising since 1776 in my opinion,” he said.

The proposals of the new Congress had little in common with the revolutionary slogans of 1776, but many of them would be familiar to activists who had participated in the grassroots uprisings on behalf of the rich in the twentieth century.

On January 5, for example, House Republicans introduced a “balanced budget amendment” that was really a tax limitation amendment—modeled on the precedents that the National Taxpayers Union and the National Tax Limitation Committee had furnished in the 1970s. A flurry of other balanced budget amendment bills followed. On January 23, Senate Republicans, led by Orrin Hatch, introduced a tax limitation/balanced budget amendment bill of their own that was even more restrictive.

The next day, Representatives Steve King (R-IA) and Rob Woodall (R-GA) introduced a one-sentence proposal to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment. On March 15, 2011, Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced the Liberty Amendment, precisely as Willis Stone drafted it in 1956.

And throughout the session, Republicans introduced bill after bill to cut top income tax rates and make estate tax repeal permanent. Many of these tax proposals were regressive enough that they might have made even an Andrew Mellon blush. But they would have warmed the heart of J. A. Arnold if he could have lived to see them. They could almost have been copied from the 1927 program of the American Taxpayers’ League.

 http://www.salon.com/2013/09/07/the_1_percent_played_tea_party_for_suckers/

outsider
outsider

I just popped in for a quick peek - and there is under 200 comments? And no Paulie? Did i miss something? And who are the two newbies? 



retiredvet
retiredvet

The Bush Burden

Time should not soften what President George W. Bush, and his apologists, did in an eight-year war costing the United States more than a trillion dollars, 4,400 American soldiers dead and the displacement of two million Iraqis. The years should not gauze over how the world was conned into an awful conflict. History should hold him accountable for the current muddy debate over what to do in the face of a state-sanctioned mass killer.

ahandout
ahandout

@collioure "State of the Nation" says it all.  The idiots run the insane asylum.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@retiredvet Authoritarian, anti-gay, dislikes the President, he is the poster boy for the current Republican party. ODS writ large.

Sue_N
Sue_N

FITTY!!! Dude, we miss you!

La_Randy
La_Randy

@fitty_three Good to see you comment fifty, Take a break if you must but do not abandon your friends in the swamp.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@fitty_three Hope you have seen the come back fitty every day!! sacred is on a break for a couple of weeks, but he asked hivemaster to continue it and some of the rest of us have as well.

Thanks for that bit. Cheers.

collioure
collioure

@outsider2011 

If you're looking for the ignoramuses of the hive, they may be taking the weekend off.

Might be studying up on the empty campaign slogans they quote endlessly or searching for fresh excuses for the incompetent community organizer’s many failures. It seems that “blame Bush” isn’t working any more, and you know, with liberals it’s always someone else’s fault.

They endured a tough lesson last week, learning that Obama himself reopened and escalated the war in Afghanistan, tripling our forces there and quadrupling the casualty rate.

Now they need face-saving material for the egg on Obama’s face from his Syrian miscalculations, which followed his Libyan miscalculations, which followed his Iranian miscalculations, which followed his Egyptian miscalculations, all of which followed his lack of any calculations for Afghanistan.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@outsider2011 Several people are on vacation, sacred is taking a break, fitty quit (come back fitty) and a lot of people are really tired of the LiveFyre glitch with links. If you tried to click on they (unless carefully done) they come back here instead of the intended site and only one link works per post - any that are embedded in article lead back here as well. Assume answer to your second question is also vacation. Third, not really. Fourth, tiresome troll and person who had commented here and now took the hivemaster fun personna.

collioure
collioure

@retiredvet 

There was no 8-year war.Iraq ran six years.  

 Afghanistan was a brief encounter 2001-2002 followed by several years of inactivity and then a small insurgency. 

The incompetent community organizer reopened and escalated the Afghan conflict in early 2009.  It continues as we withdraw.

 

collioure
collioure

@retiredvet  

Guffaw.

Those who criticized him for a coalition of some 40 countries back an incompetent community organizer.

Seems the real cowboy diplomat with a coalition of 2 countries is he who leads from behind.

BTW you have provided one more example of "With liberals it's always someone else's fault" and overlooked the con job performed by Barack Obama on numerous allies in Afghanistan.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @retiredvet  

Ok, so one, they were allied. And two, you understood the point he was making. 

Why do you feel the need to be so childish as to ignore his point, and nitpic? 

C'est quoi ton problem, toi?

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider2011  

I've been away, which story are you referring to when you talk about Afghanistan being reopened? 

 As for all Obama's miscalculations, would you mind elaborating on his miscalculations? Seems on Syria he hasn't done anything except talk to congress - which true to form, just opposes anything that comes out of his mouth. The house at least. 

As for the rest, i'm interested in what you mean by miscalculations - and the opening of Afghanistan. 

 

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@outsider2011 Plus comments seem to disappear and sometimes re-appear. When I posted mine 18 minutes ago, the one by @forgottenlord from 42 minutes ago was not there. Both Stuart and deconstructiva complained about their comments disappearing.

outsider
outsider

@forgottenlord @outsider2011  

Collioure would be one, and the other was the hive master. 

I was curious. Haven't seen either of those here, so i was wondering. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure @retiredvet What Coalition is that idiot? You do remember that our invasion of Iraq is still considered illegal in the international community.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider2011 @retiredvet 

Why assume the worst? Why not just ask if he made a mistake in that case? 

Because it looks like you'd rather just try and burn him and score a point, than actually have a discussion. 

collioure
collioure

BTW there was a time when I watched these Sunday shows rooting for one party or the other (as I have been members of both), but I do not do that any more.  Today on Meet the Press I might have been more inclined to agree with Gingrich, but it didn't happen that way.  Jane Harman, the brilliant former Democratic Congresswoman from Calif, was so informative and on point I regretted she had retired.  Wow!  What a resource!

I just listen now.  i don't play favorites.

collioure
collioure

@outsider2011 @collioure @mantisdragon91  

I see Powers a lot.  She is one sharp cookie.  Very connected, very knowledgeable.  When she speaks, I listen.

Right now I'm watching the very first Media Buzz on Fox hosted by Howard Kurtz.  He has great panelists, great topics.  This is going to be entertaining, informative TV every Sunday.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @mantisdragon91 @outsider2011  

Well, i appreciate you answering that time at least. I wonder, if Powers the sharp cookie said something that you didn't agree with, would she still be a sharp cookie? 

Don't get me wrong, while i lean strongly left, i don't agree with everything Obama does, or the dems. 

But i'm wondering, just because Powers voiced an opinion, does that make it fact? 

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 @collioure @outsider2011  

There was a Taliban insurgency starting in 2006.

Barry 0 reopened and escalated the war in 2009.

Powers, a Democrat,  who also appears on Fox is one sharp cookie.

She says Obama should return his Peace Prize because of drone strikes and because he escalated the war in Afghanistan.

Take it up with her.

outsider
outsider

@DonQuixotic  

Seriously; asking about reopening Afghanistan, and i get something about a fox host asking whether Obama should give back his Nobel Prize. 


DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Bingo. You now know everything there is to know about our latest troll: post nonsense, back none of it up, and then declare victory. Feel free to ignore him.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure @outsider2011 But your idiotic claim was that there was no war in Afghanistan from 2003 to the time Obama arrived in the White House. A claim easily rebutted by all available evidence.

collioure
collioure

@outsider2011@collioure 

Here's Kirsten Powers (Daily Beast) again on Afghanistan 

Kirsten Powers of The Daily Beast responding to Bill O'Reilly's question asking if President Obama should give back his Nobel Peace Prize: "He should've given it back a long time ago, actually. But, you know, 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.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/09/05/Kirsten-Powers-Obama-Should-Give-Back-Nobel-Peace-Prize

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider2011  

So basically you're an ass who throws out unsubstantiated statements, and declines to back them up. 

Well thank you for at least showing your true colors nice and quickly. Obviously you have nothing to say / type worth listening to, or reading. 


I was actually curious about your opinion, and how you arrived at it. Since you're just a tool looking to troll, i won't bother giving you the time of day again.

collioure
collioure

@outsider2011 @collioure  

We covered Afghanistan last week.  If you don't know the recent history there, try Wikipedia.

On Syria he has made a fool of himself and the USA with his dithering.  The public is against this idea and therefore so are their Congresspersons.

Our assistance in the Libyan civil war has turned out badly.

FYI my job here is not to inform posters who haven't stayed abreast of current events.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure@mantisdragon91@retiredvetFrom the link your provided, Try reading next time.

raq War critics such as John Pilger have pointed out that the vast majority of troops provided came from the U.S. and Britain and is therefore accurately described as a predominantly Anglo-American force rather than as a coalition[citation needed].

Salon.com columnist Laura McClure, noting the large amounts of foreign aid being offered in exchange for supporting the Iraq War, referred to Bush's coalition as the "Coalition of the billing"