Morning Must Reads: October 30

In the news: ObamaCare; spying on allies; a budget compromise; Ken Cuccinelli and the national G.O.P.; pension problems; and Independence 08

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

  • Another Glitch: How Some Americans Could Miss Out On Obamacare Subsidies In 2014 [TIME]
    • The President Wants You to Get Rich on Obamacare [NYT Mag]
    • Obama’s pledge that ‘no one will take away’ your health plan earns 4 Pinocchios [WashPost]
    • CGI warned of HealthCare.gov problems a month before launch [WashPost]
  • NSA chief says NATO allies shared phone records with the U.S. spy agency [WashPost]
    • “The White House indicated on Tuesday that it would support at least some of the congressional efforts to rein in the controversial surveillance practices of the National Security Agency, as political opinion in Washington hardened against the country’s embattled intelligence community.” [Guardian]
  • “The White House has cracked open the door to a budget compromise with congressional Republicans by signaling it might not insist on raising taxes as part of a deal to replace some scheduled spending cuts…” [WSJ]
  • Pension Pinch Busts City Budgets [WSJ]
  • Ken Cuccinelli’s Problems are a symptom of the GOP’s woes [National Journal]
    • “The Virginia conservative is a weak, damaged candidate whose expected loss in next week’s governor’s race offers few lessons for a 2014-focused GOP.” [National Journal]
  • Why Bubba Won’t Blow 2016 for Hillary [National Journal]
  • The Crash of Independence 08 [TIME]
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sacredh
sacredh

OT, but the MIL took her pain pill about 20 minutes ago. I just went up to get a cup of coffee and she was asking my wife if she remebered her taking her pain pill. I told her that she'd said she was going to take it in a few minutes when I was up about 20 minutes ago. She took another one. As soon as they kick in, my wife and I are going to watch a movie. She'll sleep for 6-8 hours.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Um, okay. NSA spied on Vatican in run-up to conclave, says Italian magazine.

The National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church -- including then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis -- before the conclave in March in which Francis was elected, Italian magazine Panoramaclaimed Wednesday.

"The National Security Agency wire-tapped the pope," the magazine said, accusing the United States of listening in to telephone calls to and from the Vatican.

Dear NSA: You're going to hell.

sacredh
sacredh

Take THIS liberal scum:

Sarah Palin has just won the Noble Piece Prize. Obama doesn't look quite so good now, does he?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Good Lord

I'm in a meeting regarding California's Common Core implementation.  Apparently, they have a program for giving standardized tests to assess how a student will do on the end-of-year standardized tests.  Ugh.

God, they just can't get away from these standardized tests.

I think Common Core is a good thing, but how people are using it is ridiculous.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Funeral for Daughter's SIL tomorrow morning - 54, three years fighting brain tumor (Ted Kennedy glioma) Have been tearing up just thinking about her since Saturday, so I've been trying not to. Scotch o'clock may come early tomorrow.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Greg Abbott wants to make austerity permanent in Texas.

Texas Monthly‘s Paul Burka, in blasting the proposal, probably spoke for a lot of people who were hoping Abbott would back away from some of Perry’s excesses: “The only solace one can take in Abbott’s vision for the future of the state is that it resolves the question of whether he would be better or worse than Rick Perry. Astonishing as it may seem, I think he is worse than Perry.”

Let that sink in: Worse than Perry.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, the orders for pizza in Italian had them running.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

So they have an exam bank - the one I referred to.  It's supposed to test students' skills on various things and adapt the questions to a student's competency.  Apparently, some of the tests include things like manipulating objects on the screen - I'm guessing to test spatial awareness and stuff like that.  Some students have played video games for years and know exactly what to do.  Others have no clue.

I'm just bashing my head in at this point.

The solution is in the classroom.  Students have objectives they need to hit to be successful - that I get, that's the fundamental point to any curriculum document you put out and that was the best part of Common Core: building a standardized K-12 curriculum document so all states who signed on would be able to teach the important skills to students.  But the process of getting from A to B can't be standardized.  Student's don't have one way of learning.  They don't have one way of interacting with the world.  They don't have one way of being successful.

And therein lies the failure of this implementation.

Gah.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Ivy_B 

Sorry to hear that, think of all the great moments.

sacredh
sacredh

@Ivy_B, it's not a good week for denizens of the swamp. My sympathies Ivy_B. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Ivy_B I'll have to read it at home. Something in the story is crashing my ancient office computer.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Sue_N 

 I wonder if there's a chance of a RW third-partier to come in and f-up the Republican ticket in TX, like there is in Virginia. Perhaps someone even more far right as to make Abbott and Cruz look like DFH's, or a libertarian (the real kind, not the fakey-fake glib's like Rand Paul), or whatever, as Kathleen Sebelius would say. Perot's '92 campaign proved how split ticket can turn against conservatives.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Sue_N They will shock the State into the Democrat camp yet. At this rate they will have to find a way to disenfranchise a quarter or more of their voters just to stay competitive.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91  

I am already aware of one Italian winemaker who moved his vineyards up higher on the slopes because of global warming.  I am waiting to hear of one who changed grape varieties for the same reason.

sacredh
sacredh

@mantisdragon91, why does the GOP insist on only fighting battles that they know they're going to lose? They don't seem to care about winning national elections and they've made it clear that they'll only accept candidates that only appeal to the base. Maybe their goal is their own party and the establishment GOP isn't invited to be a part of it. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91 I'm glad to see the Dems have finally had enough. Should have happened long ago, but I'm glad to see it now.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh @Sue_N So is there anyone we haven't spied on yet? Other than Canada, of course.

outsider
outsider

@MrObvious  

I think it's a  communist plot to brainwash the citizenry, myself. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91 @Sue_N The next several years in Texas politics are going to be interesting. probably painful for much of that time, but interesting.

At some point, people here are going to have to wake up and start voting. Otherwise, there won't be much left to save.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, my late BIL and his wife always got me books of quotes and off-the-wall things for Christmas and my birthday. I have so much crazy stuff sitting around the house and I always enjoy it when someone asks "Where did you get THAT?".  I tell them, "A minister got it for me".

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh @Sue_N I've always loved that quote. And I've got a Bartleby's book of quotes somewhere.

For Christmas a couple of years ago, we gave our younger daughter a book of quotes from the Godfather movies. She's a big fan.

"Leave the gun, take the cannoli" can get worked into almost any conversation in our house, lol.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N,

"A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead" - Leo Rosten

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N , I love that quote. I have several books of quotations and it amazes me how many thousands of great quotes there are from the past.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh @Sue_N "If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me." – Alice Roosevelt Longworth

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N,

The only thing worse than being talked about is NOT being talked about.- Oscar Wilde

MrObvious
MrObvious

He likes to vote in usa not live. Our taxes are not high enough. And ACA pales compared to his French health care