Morning Must Reads: September 13

In the news: Syria; tying ObamaCare to the government funding bill; a Jersey Shore fire, and Larry Summers

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

  • “A secretive Syrian military unit at the center of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons program has been moving stocks of poison gases and munitions to as many as 50 sites to make them harder for the U.S. to track.” [WSJ]
    • “Syrian president says he is willing to cede control of his chemical arsenal to international control — but only if the U.S. stops threatening military action.” [WashPost]
    • Why Vladimir Putin Thinks We’re Out to Get Him [TIME]
    • Washington Whiplash: DC pivots away from Syria [TIME]
  • House GOP aims to to damage Senate Dems in ObamaCare vote [Hill]
  • Hedge funds are among the winners of Lehman spoils [WSJ]
  • Boardwalk fire erases months of post-Hurricane Sandy rebuilding at Jersey Shore. [NYT]
  • “Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers will be named the next chairman of the Federal Reserve by President Obama, according to a report in a Japanese newspaper.” [USA Today]
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MicheMM
MicheMM

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fitty_three
fitty_three

Just FYI everyone, I won't be engaging Teh Three Stooges during the week at all. I might make an indirect reference to their one note chorus and how boring and predictable it is, but nothing else.

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but I am officially ashamed. I drank ONE beer and caught a buzz. What's next? A 1st grader drinking me under the table?

outsider
outsider

Another WTF, Texas?



Texas Drones Law Gets Tough On Public, Private Use 

AUSTIN, Texas -- A hobbyist using a remote-control airplane mounted with a digital camera just happened to capture images last year of a Dallas creek running red with pig's blood. It led to a nearby meatpacking plant being fined for illegal dumping and two of its leaders being indicted on water pollution charges.

Yet, a Texas law that took effect Sept. 1 tightened rules not on polluters but on taking such photographs, an effort to better protect private property from drone surveillance.

More than 40 state legislatures have debated the increasing presence of unmanned aircraft in civilian airspace, with most of the proposals focused on protecting people from overly intrusive surveillance by law enforcement.

But Texas' law tips the scales in police favor – giving them broad freedoms to use drones during investigations and allowing them to bypass a required search warrant if they have suspicions of illegal activity – while also limiting use of small drones by ordinary residents.

"Texas is really the outlier," said Allie Bohm, an advocacy and policy strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union.

The law makes using drones to capture images of people or property without permission punishable by a fine up to $500, while also allowing those improperly photographed or filmed to collect up to $10,000 in civil penalties if they can show that images were collected or distributed with malice.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/14/texas-drones-law_n_3926849.html

collioure
collioure

@ahandout  

When I tell the environmentalists that they need better spokespersons and they need to police them, they ignore me.

Alarmists like that one work against the rational discussion of global warming and how to respond to it.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Rich men + beautiful women = pre-nuptual 

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three  

That's a good decision, 53, after you embarrassed yourself here yesterday.

An ex-pat in France understood  the mood of the American people on Syria much better than did you.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@retiredvet, having a slight exhibitionist leaning, I kind of like the idea of somebody watching me. 

retiredvet
retiredvet

@sacredh  "Retiring from the Senate" is not going to keep him off the Sunday verbal masturbation lineup. He'll still be considered an "expert" on foreign affairs.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

Imagine, if you will, that Obama took five days to respond.

Then imagine what the death toll would have been.

Then, remember Katrina.

retiredvet
retiredvet

FEMA will most likely need to get involved. I'm not up on how well Colorado can handle the fallout from this alone.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

Maybe by spying one me I can expand someones interest in my stash of 'important' links. Some thinks are way niche but who knows - dogs licking b@lz is no less interested then bird watching.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@sacredh  Weird pagan beliefs. You mean like your ritual of baying at the moon?

notsacredh
notsacredh

@fitty_three, it could be just an unfortunate set of circumstances. Look up the story of the Lynnrd Skynnrd plane crash. That's a horror story too. A band member survived the crash and made it to a house. They shot him because he was a hippie covered in  blood. He survived though.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@fitty_three, my MIL and some people at her church are blaming Obama for Colorado. Why? Because God is angry at us.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@retiredvet, it wouldn't surprise me if the house republicans try to block funds if it turns out to be in the multiple billions.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@retiredvet, I'm really hoping that in the chaos, they're safe, but just haven't checked in with anybody.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@kbanginmotown, it was all a misunderstanding. I was thinking of switching to an avatar of a dead dinosaur that looked like a tree and fitty was going to sue me. It's all straightened out now. I'm keeping my dog avatar.

fitty_three
fitty_three

On second thought, I pulled my comments and the article.  No sense in stirring controversy on it.  I think that courts will probably get a hold of this one.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@fitty_three, I don't go to church of course, but I did go to some of their suppers. I saw blacks there and assumed it had an open congregation. I briefly spoke to their minister and told him I was glad to see a mixed race congregation because my MIL's old church was racist. He said they just came there for the food and that they had their "own" church. I never went back to one of their suppers.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Yeah, but aren't they supposed to love thy brother?

We have "churches" like that here.  The neighbor I used to have went to one.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@fitty_three, this is a conservative (racist) area. Having an all-white congregation is a drawing card.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@fitty_three, it's an upgrade from her previous church and most of the people don't believe the stuff she does, but there's a solid minority that does.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@retiredvet, as a life-long atheist, I'm getting tired of telling conservative christians why they need to act like christians.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@retiredvet, it will help them as long as they're not from Colorado. The GOP base only wants federal aid if it's in their state.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@sacredh  And that's going to help their prospects at the voting booths how?

notsacredh
notsacredh

@retiredvet, I can understand people risking their lives to save their homes. I might do it myself.

retiredvet
retiredvet

@sacredh  One news report I saw showed a man that said he and his wife were staying in their home to manage the flood damage. I hope that's the case for most of the "missing" and they somehow stayed safe. It's a risk I think I'd take. More rain can only make it more of a risk.