Morning Must Reads: September 26

In the news: Syria; funding the government; conservative intellectual might; Janet Yellen; and what's prettier in print

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

  • “As diplomats push for a peace conference to end Syria’s conflict, some of the country’s most powerful rebel groups publicly abandoned the opposition’s political leaders.” [NYT]
  • Boehner’s Three Budget Options, and Why They’re All Bad [TIME]
    •  “House leaders are considering two measures that could be attached to the continuing resolution. In the end, the CR could go to the Senate with one or both of them. The first is a provision to kill the 2.3 percent tax on the medical devices industry that went into effect in January…The other measure House Republicans are considering attaching to the continuing resolution is one to reverse an Office of Personnel Management decision to exempt members of Congress, their staff, and some White House employees from the provisions of Obamacare that cover people who purchase health coverage through Obamacare exchanges.” [Washington Examiner]
  • The Fall of the Heritage Foundation and the Death of Republican Ideas [Atlantic]
    • “But in their effort to repeat Reagan’s particular policies, rather than his more impressive feat of developing policies that applied conservative principles to the problems of his day, today’s Republicans risk becoming detached from the country’s real concerns.” [Weekly Standard]
    • Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low [Gallup]
  • J.P. Morgan is Discussing $11 Billion Settlement [WSJ]
  • “The handoff at the Federal Reserve from Ben Bernanke to Janet Yellen, the president’s presumptive pick for the post, will be the trickiest since Paul Volcker took over amid the double-digit inflation of 1979.” [WSJ]
  • Prettier in print
611 comments
sacredh
sacredh

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go.

sacredh
sacredh

Like the vast majority of federal employees, I could be looking at working without pay as soon as Tuesday. However, I don't have lobbyist cash lining my pockets like members of congress do. Therefore, I'm accepting donations from the public and the cash (no checks...tax purposes) can be sent to TIME for the charity "Keep Sacredh Chill". I promise to use the cash for whatever the hell I want to.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Anyway, I'm out, Swampcritters!

I have to do my duties under the Home Health Care provisions of the PPACA and save the government yet another $2000 today for care for my wife.

The rest of you can wish me well, or not.

Come this time next November though, I think that I'll still be doing this but our trolls may be in treatment;)

sacredh
sacredh

I'm not saying that most Tea Party members are anti-American traitors, but most Tea Party members are anti-American traitors.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Sigh.

Another slog through the "Obama Victory Lap" cesspool netted my wife a death wish.

Who woulda guessed?  They're drudgies!

fitty_three
fitty_three

Pretty soon the expression "shrill right wing reaction" will become a euphemism.

And, a historically rooted euphemism at that after, say, this time in November....

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

How Conservatives Cooked A Blue Meth GOPThe Republican Party used to be dull and relatively reasonable. It stood for spending restraint, free markets (for big companies) and gentle regulation of business. But it also stood for, or accepted, federal public works and scientific research, a foreign policy that was neither isolationist nor war-mongering, the use of federal power in the name of racial justice, progressive taxation, and a public piety of the most anodyne, “In God We Trust” kind. The party of Dwight Eisenhower -- of Scotch and soda and sotto voce -- is all but extinct. What’s left of it is barricaded in the U.S. Senate, under fire in a deadly turf war with Blue Meth Republicanism, a movement at times so angry, reductionist, apocalyptic, God-invoking, fear-mongering and obsessed with purity that it seems to have been concocted in the sub-basement of "Breaking Bad."

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Canadian Conservative MP and top aide brought up on charges for:

- Spending too much on campaign

- Covering it up by altering the reported expenses for said campaign

- Exceeding individual contribution limit 20 fold... when he paid the cost of said expenses out of his own pocket

sacredh
sacredh

Donations of $100 or over will entitle the donors to recieve an actual hair from my butt.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

I'm not saying that you might or might not be true, but I assume you are.

ahandout
ahandout

@paulejb  Obama the fanatic is so obsessed with abortions that 73 religious groups are being forced to seek remedy through the courts.  

sacredh
sacredh

If you're a mad scientist with tons of cash and have an advanced genetics labratory in the basement, you could use the hair to clone your own personal sacredh.

Warning!!!: Clone may be a little on the unstable side and prone to come up with really bad ideas. Also becomes semi-violent when subjected to country music.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@La_Randy

I need to apologize for not making it clear that that was only for today. Thanks for the good will.

The "or not" was directed at our resident spirochetes.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_threeit was pretty funny. I was looking at the monitors and couldn't see anything. I thought maybe he was in a blind spot so i went out and checked twice. On his second call I said I'd get the chamber ready and went out and did it. On the third call he said he was right above us looking at the gates and they were closed and there was no green light. I told him I was right there and the gates were open and the green light was on. He had the name of the dam right and the right phone number, he just happened to be 30 miles away.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91 

You got him the knowledgeable way and I got him with the "freedom test".

High and low.  That's how we hit 'em...

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, OTOH, I was a real a-hole at work today. Some clown called in and gave me hell three times because I wouldn't lock him through in his cabin cruiser. I finally figured out that he was using his cell phone to call the wrong dam. I had to cover my mouth I was laughing so hard.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

More seriously though, I respect that and I really should be doing the same;)

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, OT, but I went in this morning and got sent to the clinic for a surprise drug test. I love those. We get a couple of hours and get to stop for lunch.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Be a sage now, Sacred, but I know the inner Sacred is just licking the walls of it's confines to escape your stern self-discipline!

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, there is quite a bit of human garbage out there. Their punishment is being themselves.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@fitty_three @sacredh She was almost as much fun as the guy claiming that Fascists are leftwing. If only I could arrange a trip back in time and he could explain that to Mussolini or Franco.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

I'm encrusted with spew.  I have to wash up.

Go tonguethump a few.  It's fun and nutritious and they're full of protein!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

Yup.  There's a swarm of 'em on the "Obama Victory Lap" blog.

She left after accusing me of being a pervert.

But I explained to her that I don't always talk to women that way, I just talk to women who wish my wife dead that way.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

It was fun. I wish that you would give that lady that wished my wife dead some of your special treatment, but that's ok.  I did my Sacred best.;)

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@ahandout

Listen: I don't like Hollywood having inordinate power over the average American, but I don't have nearly as much problem with them as I do with the fact that corporations have an INSANELY higher amount of power and outspend their Hollywood counterparts by many orders of magnitude.  I would GLADLY see both camps get the amount of money they can fuel into campaigns and their power severely curtailed and get money out of American politics.  But you can't ask Liberals for unilateral disarmament here.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@ahandout

No, we don't censor rich people.  We say equal time for all.  Rich or poor, you get equal time.

If money is speech, why should the rich be allowed to have more?

ahandout
ahandout

Maybe we should adopt this policy for Hollywood's liberal moguls.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb

He has free political expression - within a monetary limit.  Everyone has equal right to speech, not all the speech you can afford.

paulejb
paulejb

@forgottenlord @paulejb 

It is political speech that the US Constitution is meant to protect. Without free political expression you eventually get tyranny.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb

You're confusing free speech with unlimited free speech.  Our free speech laws are not quite as black and white as your first amendment.  Fox News would get sued pretty quickly for Slander up here and our elections have strict spending caps.

We have laws and those who break the laws to get elected deserve to be charged and punished in accordance to their crimes.