Morning Must Reads: October 18

In the news: President Obama's pick for Homeland Security Chief; Why the GOP won't back down on Obamacare; and 'Turkish Betrayal;' the talk of Israel

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

  • Edward Snowden says He Took no Secret Files to Russia: “What would be the unique value of personally carrying another copy of the materials onward?” he asked, the New York Times reports. He added, “There’s a zero percent chance the Russians or Chinese have received any documents.” [NYT]
  • Jim DeMint: We Won’t Back Down on Obamacare [WSJ]
  • Caribbean Cruz: ” Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz potentially violated ethics rules by failing to publicly disclose his financial relationship with a Caribbean-based holding company during the 2012 campaign, a review of financial disclosure and company documents by TIME shows.” [TIME]
  • From the Right, Dispair, Anger, and Disillusion: “On talk radio and in the conservative blogosphere, the bipartisan vote on Wednesday to reopen the government without defunding President Obama’shealth care law was being excoriated as an abject surrender and betrayal by spineless establishment Republicans. But for glum and frustrated conservative voters on Thursday around breakfast tables in eastern Tennessee, in the shadow of a military base in Colorado Springs and on the streets of suburban Philadelphia, it was as much a surrender to reality as to Democratic demands.” [NYT]
  • Why the GOP will get the last laugh: “But what did Democrats actually win? Did the president get a blank check? Is Obama-care beyond the reach of this Congress or the next? Those two fights are ideal political territory for the GOP.” [Boston Globe]
  • How the Tea Party Will Die [Bloomberg]

ICYMI: More from TIME.com

Why Texas is Our Future [Magazine]

Jeh Johnson is Obama’s Next Pick for Homeland Security Chief [Swampland]

‘Turkish Betrayal’ is the Talk of Israel [World]

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fitty_three
fitty_three

Rest in Peace Don James: Heaven Has Gone To The Dawgs

sacredh
sacredh

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go. It's supposed to get down in the 30's tonight. Horray! Summer is officially over.

sacredh
sacredh

Did the Rapture happen and everybody went to Heaven? The swamp is deserted. Snicker.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Seen a pretty nice coming together. Wish we could get rid of Teh Crazy.

hivemaster
hivemaster

lol.  I'm wondering if pmc still reads here.  posted a twitpic of a snake eating itself today (ourobouros).  The tagline was:

Good morning GOP! carry on.

sacredh
sacredh

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

collioure
collioure

@sacredh  

It gets that cold here about two nights a year.

Life is good except that I am still feeling lousy.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

I don't think ideological arguments for or against higher taxes has any validity. I prefer empirical data, and US economic history provides more than ample proof that trickle down isn't valid because we have an experiment that actually happened: The US rise to economic supremacy from 1940 to 1970.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh 

maybe the World would be better place if people that didn't have anything to say wouldn't say it.

Nah.


sacredh
sacredh

From the article:

"However unpopular Cruz might be in Washington, he maintains significant support from Texas conservatives and was well received at the San Antonio event. He entered to a standing ovation and his remarks were met with cheers of "We love Ted Cruz."

I predict a long and messy 2016 Presidential primary. As if it was ever going to be something else.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@hivemaster 

Is that the one with the snake in the metal tub? I saw that a couple weeks ago. Snakes have two or three sets of hooklike teeth so when they get a hold of the end of their tail for any reason, they can't let go because they have to walk their jaws forward to free their teeth, but it's exactly what you don't want to do if you're a snake with a mouthful of hooklike teeth!

Catch 22: nature's cruel joke.

And yeah, it's a cruel joke on organizations that have switched off the body politic's ability to sense pain, like Teh GOP!

Openminded1
Openminded1

@sacredh That is why they will only fine him , and he was released, the cops know it was most likely an oversight.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh  I shook his hand when I was 14yo. It was like shaking hands with a rake.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three @collioure 

I didn't make any argument, 53.  I just noted the perils of such an economy.  Your best and brightest think about leaving. 

I happen to know lots of French who have a son or daughter living and working in the US.

sacredh
sacredh

@hivemaster, I think this is nothing more than McCain covering his bases. Cruz is a possible candidate/nominee and McCain also has almost no respect for him.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I'm also lucky in that I've had the pleasure of working for great bosses in a job i love. My current bosses and I are good friends. The first boss I had working for the government helped to straighten my act up a little bit.Wee butted heads frequently, but when he passed away a few years ago, his family asked me to deliver one of his euologies. I was proud to do it.

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard, I've got long fingers too. I could palm a basketball on the bounce.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I'm a basketball fanatic and I've never read a single negative thing about the man. I think of deserving sports heroes and Bill pops into my mind first. I hate the Celtics btw.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three @collioure  

It's not in my hands although I pushed the noodle on Friday.

My doctor here for 11 years just retired and the second one I had lined up is a bit deaf if you know what I mean.  I see her colleague tomorrow with lots of test results in hand.  I think most of my respiratory difficulties are gone and that I have a urinary infection.  She dissed that idea, having missed the very same thing a few years ago.

fitty_three
fitty_three

collioure

I didn't mean arguments in the antagonistic sense. I define an argument as the promotion of a contrary point of view. Maybe I should say rebuttal.

On that issue, there may be some, but also, we led the world and attracted the greatest scientists around the world from 1940 to 1970.

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard,

last night on the way home from work I stopped at the bank ATM to get spending money out for my wife and I and then stopped at the all-night store/gas station to fill up my tank. I went inside, paid for the gas and bought a couple of scratch-offs. I was going out the door and pulled my keys out of my jacket pocket. Some young guy yelled "hey" and came towards me. He handed me my money envelope and said it fell out of my pocket when I pulled my keys out. There was $500 in it. I tried to give him $20 but he wouldn't take it. He went inside and was paying for his beer and I put a twenty on the counter and told the cashier to give him $20 worth of scratch-offs. Good kid.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh @TyPollard 

I figured you could take it ...and like it.

I kid, I wouldn't ever put you in that category. Our resident trolls on the other hand...

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@sacredh

Earlier in the week, McCain called Cruz an idiot so this might be the makeup session

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard, I sometimes find it hard to believe that the Koch brothers are funding the Tea Party and not George Soros. The TP has been the gift from heaven for the democrats.

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard, I could dunk. I was playing once and running down the court following a guy on my team. He shot a layup and it bounced off the back of the rim. I'd jumped and the ball was perfect for dunking the rebound. I tried to show-off and slammed it as hard as I could. I broke two bones in my hand, It got some nice "yeahs!!" from the other guys, but I had to go to the hospital.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh @TyPollard 

My normal size hands were the only thing stopping me from dunking.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

Oh, sorry, you mistook me.  I was talking about Moon after he was drafted in 1978. My memory slipped, as we had Doornink and others at that time as RBs. Sherman Williams wasn't until later, by a few years in the early '80s. I also haven't made clear that that was three owners ago, in the '80s.

He was too old by the time he came home.  Right you are.

My "memblurry" sucks large geologic features.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure  

On the subject of a top quality NFL team, we were the Headless Horsemen.  We had a killer D and we had Sherman (Tank) Williams and ? (forgot the blocking back's name) who were BOTH on target for 1500 yard seasons.The blocking back retired due to a defect found in his cervical vertebrae [this is from memory!] that put him out of the NFL.

With Moon, we woulda ruled the planet. Or, at least the parts of it that counted;-)

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

That's why I said 'potential' when I referred to a possible Hawk dynasty. Nine pro bowls as a relative oldster says a lot. The dawgs seem to produce some really great 'sleepers' on occasion.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three  

I found an article that showed Moon to be slightly better than Elway.

Warren was elected to the Pro Bowl nine times.  That perhaps is the most important fact about his NFL career.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three  

Yeah, he never QB-ed a really top NFL team.  As a result his teams lost quite a few playoff games.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three @collioure  

I didn't realize he had played so many years for the Oilers.  After leaving Edmonton I think he never had a top supporting cast around him and surely deserved better.

He was the Houston QB in that epic wild card playoff game that Buffalo won by coming back from 32 points down to win in OT.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @fitty_three  

The short QB you were remembering was Flutie. 

He was very short for a QB. And he played in both the NFL and CFL. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

Research will get you everywhere; - ) 

I don't think anyone should minimize his accomplishments; effing Patera cost us a potential dynasty because he didn't like the idea of a black QB.

Also, it's kind of funny that Edmonton's hockey team is the Oilers and Houston's football team was the Oilers.

There is that, too;-)

collioure
collioure

Well, I'm reading up on Moon and I was wrong.  After 6 seasons in Edmonton he came to the Houston Oilers for 10 seasons where he played well but I think they were always bested by the Steelers..  

He was 6'3" - so not too short.  He holds/held a lot of records.

He was 41 when he came to Seattle after three seasons in Minnesota.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

He played in the NFL only late in his career. He was forced to "retire" as this was before the days of free agency. He spent the bulk of his career with Edmonton in the CFL, passing for 50,000 yards.

It's unfortunate but he eventually made a niche for himself in football.

Wilson is going through his trials as defenses are figuring him out while he figures them out. His biggest talent is seeing what's going on around him while being able to see downfield. He's rarely caught by surprise even though he's had some sacks and can probably throw a bullet hanging by his toes in a dark closet.

Half the yards Lynch makes are after he's been tackled and he's got good hands too. Wow, I could go on, with Tate, Kearse, Browner, Turbin and even Tavaras Jackson has been sharp, crisp, and clinical with his passing. There's not a lot of dropoff when he steps in. Then there's the injuries on the line on both sides of the ball.

They've done great on the road, when you consider that they are winning the games they should win. They're not synched up yet, but they are getting there: Carroll has put together a team that is just awesome to watch when they are on.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three  

I don't remember Moon as a top NFL qb.  Seems to me he was a bit short and played in Canada at first.

I think the team you have now will win a Super Bowl.  Wilson, Lynch, a marvelous coach and a lot of good players.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

You're right. I don't follow college much.  Hawks, that's a different story. I've watched every game this year. Ever since the owners turned their noses up at Warren Moon's request for a million, I've been a bit unhappy with them. Patera effed us up over stupid sh!t when we could have had a dynasty.

Instead, we were cast out into the desert to wander for decades.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three @collioure  

Stanford lost at Utah last week.

You lost to the Ducks who are perennially awesome these days.

You know, I see the college games I want if I'm willing to sit at my computer.

Losing ESPN America was a bummer. I could tape games played at night over there and watch them quickly in the AM.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

We can get all the games with our HDTV over-the-air antenna. Our entertainment bill is zero.

France is not the best location to do that with American football. 

Good rivalry there, though, I think Stanford is 2 right now. They whupped our Dawgs last week, 42-24.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three @nflfoghorn  

ESPN America closed up shop here this summer.

I now watch NFL games on FirstRow Sports on my TV.  Watching UCLA-Stanford right now.  All free.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

Seahawks!  I forgot Atlanta existed.  Atlanta, Atlantis, who cares?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn 

When we have blackouts, we can watch NFL Television on Joe TV.

And that's the over-the-air stuff.  We don't have cable or dish.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn,

"...worship the Hawks"

Not Atlanta, I take it ; )

I thought he meant the Atlanta Hawks. I wave of undescribable pity washed over me. I kept my silence out of concern.



 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

Yes.  I'm very glad that "certain short man" won't be there any more.  Hansen got his hands stuck in the cookie jar and @sacredh wasn't even here.

No seriously, Hansen really screwed up messing with Sacremento's local politics.  I think that that isn't going to go over to well with the new commisioner and unfortunately, I can't blame him.

There is hope, though.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@fitty_three @nflfoghorn  One day my Jags will have a similar home field advantage.  'Least we avoid blackouts - Miami can't say that and Tampa certainly can't.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn

Not.  They're winning, but they're winning ugly.  It's as it should be on the road.  We have both tackles out and running backs out as well.  Lotsa injuries, but I hope they can keep from getting hurt any more.

They just need to adjust to the road, we're so cozy at home, we sometimes forget.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@fitty_three @sacredh The NBA's waitin' on that new TV contract...then they'll hit Hanson with a $700M franchise fee.  Should happen around February when a certain short man will no longer be commissioner. 

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three , it was semi-successful version of last year's disaster in LA. Too many stars and not enough role players.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

One thing that killed 'em was their sticky fingers; the ball stuck to their hands, unless they went to the bucket.  Offensive rebounds suffered.  It was "gimme, one shot, and back the other way" basketball.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three , I bought Jackson's book on the last season and it was a good read. Kobe was fighting the Colorado rape charge, Shaq was demanding a huge extension, Jackson told Kupchak to trade Kobe, Kobe ratted on Shaq to the media about Shaq paying off womenKobe reportedly hit on Malone's wife (or the other way around). It was a mess and sheer talent got them to the finals.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

They were all bickering through the season. I think that that was a coaches' lesson on "How Not To Build A Team, Even If You Have Scads Of Money".

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, bingo, but they were tearing up until karl malone suffered an injury early in the season and never recovered from it. Shaq also got injured. They made it to the finals but lost in 5.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

I liked the Lakers till Shaq left.  Before he left, their coach assembled all the biggest names he could get - never mind the chemistry - and they played horribly.  I don't remember for sure, but they never won with that team.  That team was a madhouse.  A lot of heads exploded.

Miami I like and follow a bit because I like Shaq. Since the Sonics are gone, I follow the players and right now, the Heat is my fave.  Chicago had some super stuff (naturally) and the Bulls had some great teams.

Now, I just worship the Hawks.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I liked the Lakers, Cavs and Heat. I got fed up with the Lakers bacause of what a jerk Kobe is and root against them now. I'd liked them since the 60's too.  The Cavs were my second favorite team and Miami third. I get accused of being a Miami bandwaggoner. Please, I've got a jersey with Ronnie Siekaly's name on it. Most people don't even remember when he played. When James left the Cavs, it broke my heart for maybe 2 minutes and then I got fired up.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

i used to hate the Celtics too.  I liked LA if the Sonics weren't in the playoffs, but after 1979, they just seem to have managed their way to oblivion after they got rid of Lenny Wilkins. 

Then Bennett swiped 'em with Stern's blessing.  Lots to hate.