Morning Must Reads: November 26

In the news: Afghanistan, Syria, Gitmo and pardoning people instead of turkeys

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

  • “Efforts by the United States and Afghanistan to finalize a long-term security arrangement appeared on the brink of collapse Monday as Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a new set of demands, and the Obama administration said it would be forced to begin planning for a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces at the end of 2014.” [WashPost]
  • “With the first peace talks between the Syrian regime and opposition now set for January, a series of failed government efforts to forge regional truces underscores the deep mistrust between them.” [WSJ]
  • CIA Used Secret Gitmo Facility To Turn Prisoners Into Double Agents [BuzzFeed]
  • “France will send 1,000 troops to Central African Republic under an expected U.N.-backed mission to keep growing chaos at bay…” [AP]
  • Obama Calls for Quick Action on Immigration, And So Does Heckler [NYT]
  • Why Isn’t Obama Using Clemency to Correct Injustices? [Atlantic]
  • “The White House, for at least the fifth time this year, is seeking to pivot to the economy, this time in a bid to change the subject from the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare…” [Hill]
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Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Anyone care to give a guy who was working today a brief, or not so brief, recap?

I'm anti-banning as I prefer that idiocy is exposed rather than silenced. 

MementoMori
MementoMori

@Paul,nnto Short version?

openminded1 was banned. While I agree that banning should be discouraged, he really did deserve it.

paulie continues to be paulie and continues to be shunned for it. His persecution complex is reaching record levels, though.

Everyone else seems to be behaving within specified norms.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Paul,nnto @MementoMori OM stepped over the line when he began insulting fitty and claiming he was lying about his late wife. And it just spiralled from there into racial and ethnic slurs. He earned his banishment.

Paulie, however, is just pitching his usual fits about us fascists infringing on his freedom of speech. Or, you know, Tuesday in the swamp.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Sue_N @Paul,nnto @MementoMori Sue--P U. Not sorry I "missed" it. Going after a widower is simply sick.

How they live, day after day, with such self-loathing nastiness is curious. 

Again, I am anti-banning. At least without stated parameters. 

Believe me I have seen a ton of over the top racism here. 

Along with over the top homophobia. 

Along with over the top religious bigotry. 

Along with over the top misogyny.

All allowed to stand.


Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@MementoMori Thanks Mori, reading this thread lead me to think Paulie had been banned. With so many "disappeared" comments it got a bit confusing.

Openminded1 was/is so pedestrian I don't know why anyone would get upset. Although I typically skip MMR because of the nonsense I can understand the predictable would get tiresome. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N 

At least it's not the early Jurassic. You could have walked from Houston to London if something didn't snap you up and garf you down along the way, first.

sacredh
sacredh

If I was banned, how come I can still see your posts?

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard , I take it that I missed the drama today? Paulejb got banned?

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh @TyPollard 

I don't know. Just poffed maybe.

It seemed like he was stalking Alex on twitter and giving him the "paulie" treatment. 

It was lovely seeing his impotent rage poffing before our very eyes.


TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh @TyPollard 

You are always missed.

Off to dinner. Prowl the swamp to keep it safe in here.

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard, I'm almost ready to call it a night myself. I printed up my work calendar for 2016 today. I think that's it for me. 

sacredh
sacredh

@TyPollard, that's another reason why I hate working daylight shift. I miss all the good stuff. Thankfully, I don't work another one for a month. Well, 3 and 1/2 weeks anyway. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

You couldn't blink and it was gone. But whatever I managed to read was hilarious.

MementoMori
MementoMori

Worst Person in the World

I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!

— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza)


forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@MementoMori 

Holy crap.  His previous tweet:

If women are the intellectual equals of men, why is there a World Chess Championship and a separate Women's World Chess Championship?

MementoMori
MementoMori

When did the conservative movement become the home of pseudo-intellectual bigotry?