Morning Must Reads: October 28

In the news: the first budget conference in 4 years; Iraq woes; Iran sanctions; Spying on allies; Obamacare rollout troubles continue

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

  • Big Deal, Small Deal, No Deal: Why Hopes Are Low at Start of Talks Over Next Congressional Budget Cliff [TIME]
    • How the Competing Budget Plans Stack Up [National Journal]
    • “Marty Sullivan figured out how the world’s biggest companies avoided billions in taxes. Here’s how he wants to stop them.” [WashPost]
  • “Nearly two years after the U.S. troop withdrawal, Iraq is in the midst of a deepening security crisis as an al-Qaeda affiliate wages a relentless campaign of attacks, sending the death toll soaring to its highest level since 2008…The bloody campaign has virtually erased the security gains made in the past five years. More than 5,300 Iraqis have been killed this year.” [WashPost]
  • White House Spars With Congress Over New Iran Sanctions [TIME]
  • Obama Unaware as U.S. Spied on World Leaders [WSJ]
  • Data center glitch is latest problem in ‘Obamacare’ rollout [Reuters]
    • Health Site’s Woes Could Dissuade Vital Enrollee: The Young and Healthy [NYT]
  • Urban Centers are Struggling Even as Recovery Takes Shape [WSJ]
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forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Last night, found myself needing to hold my wife.  Didn't help that I'd finished two pieces of literature within 24hrs that both ended with the death of a major character and the denouement talking about dealing with their absence (and one of them has its entire third act focus on a man losing his mind over the loss of his wife and daughter).  It's 4:30 in the morning and I'm wide awake my mind raking over these realities.  I don't fear death - never have - but the loneliness of losing my wife, I fear that.  We're private people.  Since University our social group has diminished to zero - we talk with our coworkers, I talk on Swamp, we talk with our families, but I wouldn't say we really have friends outside of each other.  We are each other's world.  So I sit here, not really sure what to do with myself and not able to banish that fear.

notsacredh
notsacredh

The swamp is such a special place. Over the years we've come to know people that we'll probably never meet, but it hasn't prevented us from developing a lasting bond and making friends. One of us has suffered a devastating loss. The loss has been a shared loss. All of the arguing and debate just stopped yesterday when we heard the terrible news. I fear very few things. The loss of my wife tops my short list. I take some comfort in knowing that if the unthinkable comes to pass that there is a place I could come to for some solace. You people are probably the best friends that I'll never meet.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

The self-claimed largest parking lot company might be issuing bogus fines.

My favorite is telling a customer that she was first tagged as being parked at 10:27 when she has a receipt from a different city saying she bought gas at 10:38.

Side note: the story does question the legal standing of these parking attendants.  I know that in Calgary, there is only one company aside from the police allowed to issue tickets and it is not the guys who run the parking lots.

paulejb
paulejb

All this seems so frivolous after the news from 53. I think that we should take a break. See you all another time.

fitty_three
fitty_three

My wife passed this morning about an hour ago.  I was lucky enough to have been able to say goodbye to her and help her to heaven.  Thank you all for your support.  The sun is shining with that long autumn sunshine, and my battles are now done.

It will be a different life. 

I'll be back after a while.

Thanks again.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

This should work well. Independents so love extremists

Tea Party Groups Warn GOP 'Traitors'

Tea Party groups are still reeling from the unsuccessful push by Sen. Ted Cruz and his allies to use a government shutdown to force the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, blaming RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) for their failure.

Tea Party Nation emailed members today urging them not to support so-called RINOs, even in the general election:

In every state where there is a RINO running for the Senate and certain establishment Republicans are running for reelection in the House, like John Boehner and Eric Cantor, conservatives need to agree on one challenger to support against the incumbent.

If that challenger wins, then everyone supports the challenger in the November 2014 elections. If the challenger fails, then instead of grudgingly supporting the establishment Republican, we all then need to fall back to supporting an independent or a third party candidate who is worthy of support.

Meanwhile, the Tea Party Leadership Fund is urging “true conservatives” to run campaigns against the 87 House Republican “traitors” who backed a deal to end the government shutdown and prevent a default on the debt:

- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tea-party-groups-warn-gop-traitors#sthash.5gUzjP0t.dpuf

paulejb
paulejb

Free Advice for the GOP 

'Already hundreds of thousands of people have gotten letters from their insurance companies letting them know they’ll lose their coverage. Millions more are bound to get similar letters, particularly when the small-business mandate kicks in. They should also get another letter, however. And that letter should come from the GOP, either from Reince Priebus or, better, from their local GOP representative, senator, governor or whichever local politician makes the most sense. And that letter should, without stridency, hyperbole or annoying appeals for money, explain to them that this is exactly what Obamacare was designed to do and precisely what Republicans predicted would happen. If I was writing it, I would say something like, “The president vowed to you on numerous occasions (see attached document) that you could keep your insurance and that you would save money under the Affordable Care Act. This was untrue. Whether it was a well-intentioned mistake or a more deliberate deception, what the president and his party told you was flatly untrue, and we said so at the time.”' (Emphasis mine)

notsacredh
notsacredh

@forgottenlord, people are so different and yet so alike. My wife gives me the focus that I lacked before our marriage. I thought I was happy even before we finally reconnected 17 years ago, but I now know that I didn't even come close to knowing what happy actually meant. We often don't realize what we have until it's gone. All we can do is appreciate each and every day and never take it for granted. I try to imagine what fitty is going through and can't. I don't think I'll be able to understand until it actually happens. Last night I tried to talk to my wife about it but couldn't even begin to get the words out. Instead of letting it eat at me, I'll try each and every day to make her feel special. The future holds what it holds, but I can do something about the present. That's what I'll live.

I have to leave for work now, but my thoughts are with fitty and the others here in the swamp.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@paulejb 

I'm sure sometime this week we'll go back to hating each other but for the moment, I want to thank you.  While you tend to be infuriating and post to incite and flame, when it really matters - when someone is suffering - you put it aside and show your basic humanity.  On the Internet, behind the mask of anonymity, it's easy to just slink into the shadows or continue bashing away at those in their weakest but you don't and you haven't.  You choose to be kind and I really appreciate that.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@fitty_three I am so sorry.

I hope you can find peace that you were able to be there at the time that matters the absolute most.

Her light still shines; she is now free to be the light, unencumbered.   

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Sitting at the airport waiting on my wife, this is so not what I wanted to hear. My prayers are with you and your family.

ARogDC
ARogDC moderator

@fitty_three I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@fitty_three My condolences to you and your family also.  Having been there, I hope you have family you can call on for strength.  Our prayers are with you and your family.

notsacredh
notsacredh

We'll Meet Again:

We'll meet again,
Don't know where,don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.

Keep smiling through,
Just like you always do,
Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds, far away.

So will you please say hello,
To the folks that I know,
Tell them I won't be long,
They'll be happy to know that as you saw me go
I was singing this song.

We'll meet again,
Don't know where,don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.



 

notsacredh
notsacredh

@fitty_three, there just aren't any words fitty. My deepest sympathies. We're here for you if you need to talk. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

I'm speechless.  We could not see this coming.  Peace be with you.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@fitty_three I'm so sorry for your loss. The two of you had struggled mightily to prevail. I'm glad you were able to be with her at the end.

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

@fitty_three  

                                                       Ascension


                                                      And if I go,
                                           while you're still here...
                                              Know that I live on,
                                   vibrating to a different measure
                       --behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
                                            You will not see me,
                                          so you must have faith.
                   I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
                                      --both aware of each other.
                                Until then, live your life to its fullest.
                                         And when you need me,
                              Just whisper my name in your heart,
                                                ...I will be there. 

                                              Colleen Hitchcock 


My deepest condolences to you and your family. 

TyPollard
TyPollard

@fitty_three

Please know that your swamp family is with you at this time. 

Your loss has moved us all. 

Peace to you and your loved ones.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Oh, fitty, I am so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@fitty_three

Oh man.  Condolences for you loss.  Words often fail in the face of such tragedy but I hope Frank O'Connor can give you a modicum of comfort.

"We are what we are, and within our limitations we have made our own efforts. They seem puny in the light of eternity, but they didn't at the time, and they weren't."  ~Frank O'Connor

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@fitty_three Please treat my "Like" as a "Hug", fitty. Stay strong. You're in our thoughts, prayers and hearts.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three  

Oh, my.

You fought the good fight.

My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Diecash1
Diecash1

Please accept my condolences for your loss.

paulejb
paulejb

@fitty_three 

That is sad, 53. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. God bless.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@mantisdragon91 Yes, it worked so well last time we want to screw ourselves again.  It would be hard to take over the House except that the GOP wants to help the Democrats do it.  Go Pelosi!

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@paulejb Actually the letter said that the insurance companies were selling cheap policies that only covered you if you were run over by a water buffalo at noon on the 5th Tuesday of the month at 4th and Main and if your town doesn't have that intersection, it was your responsibility to get the town to rename streets.  The policies were not comphrensive and were designed to have the customer, e.g., patient, get hung with major bills if something bad happened.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@mantisdragon91 No, they are going to appeal to the 5th circuit since the AG is also running for governor.  It was going to the 5th circuit no matter which side prevailed.  Texas has a lot of money since they took the stimulus funds to balance their budget.

paulejb
paulejb

@mantisdragon91 

Weren't you nitwits accusing the TEA PARTY of religious fanaticism just the other day?

collioure
collioure

@Sparrow55 @fitty_three  

That's really beautiful

I learned this upon becoming a widower in 1990  

The Bustle in a House 

The Morning after Death 

Is solemnest of industries 

Enacted opon Earth –
 

The Sweeping up the Heart 

And putting Love away 

We shall not want to use again 

Until Eternity – 

Emily Dickinson

collioure
collioure

@kbanginmotown @collioure  

Touching?  It's stark reality IMO.  I used to know it by heart.

Thank you for your thoughts.  I remarried about 6 years ago. Finding the right lady would have been easier in Paris, but I live in a remote province.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@collioure That's very touching, Collioure. I hope, for your sake, that you've had a chance in the past 23 years to "use Love again".  

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@mantisdragon91 @paulejb Actually, paulie, the only Taliban in this country are the right-wing GOTP people trying to shove their religious cult beliefs down the throats of the American people.