Morning Must Reads: December 4

In the News: Paul Ryan's budget, what's next for Syria's chemical weapons, U.S. added more private sector jobs than projected, and what the Detroit bankruptcy filing can mean for California

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

  • Paul Ryan’s Tea Party Nightmare: The Perils of Delivering a Mini Budget Deal [Salon]
  • “The U.S. narrowly avoided military action in Syria after Bashar al-Assad pledged to rid his country of chemical weapons. But now it appears that Washington, barring any better options, will have to destroy the most lethal elements of Syria’s stockpiles. That process will be dangerous—and potentially very expensive.As the U.S. awaits a formal international request to help destroy the Syrian material, which includes mustard gas, sarin, and VX, here’s a detailed look at what that operation could involve.” [National Journal]
  • New Obamacare Weapon for GOP: Doctors [Politico]
  • Why $7/gallon milk Looms Again [NPR]
  • “The ruling by Judge Steven W. Rhodes, who is presiding in Detroit’s bankruptcy case, that public pensions are not protected from cuts could alter the course of bankrupt cities like Stockton and San Bernardino, Calif., that had been operating under the assumption that pensions were untouchable.” [NYT]
  • Private Sector Added 215,000 jobs in November [CNBC]
  • Peggy Noonan: “The president’s problem right now is that people think he’s smart. They think he’s in command, aware of pitfalls and complexities. That’s his reputation: He’s risen far on his brains. They think he is sophisticated. That is his problem in the health insurance debacle.” [WSJ]
  • ICYMI: “A longtime labor leader and two other advocates of an immigration overhaul ended their water-only fasts on Tuesday in a tent on the National Mall, the 22nd day of an effort to press the House to take up legislation on the issue. In a ceremony choreographed to evoke the civil rights and farmworker movements of the 1960s, the labor leader, Eliseo Medina, 67, took a bite of bread and a sip of apple juice. Looking tired, Mr. Medina did not speak during the event. Afterward, he rose and walked away, leaning on the arm of another advocate.” [NYT]
  • U.S. Halts Shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan [BBC]

 

536 comments
MrObvious
MrObvious

 It's not about popularity, but he's not too popular either.

So the whole rant from Colli about the unpopular Obama (on the world stage) was not another riff about polling and popularity (but just to add, he's not too popular).


He is. But it took a dip because of the NSA debacle. Period.
The world like his diplomacy and humble tone. They know he carries a big stick. And they don't like the stick. They didn't like it with Bush and they don't like it with Obama. 
Face it; what they like about Obama is what you 'wingers always bleat about - he's leading from behind. They don't like the drones, the potential Syria attack or any other show of American might.
They like a peaceful partner.
So as usual Colli - you're 100 percent wrong. And unlike you I AM Eurotrash. I know my peeps. And I don't ignore real data.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

 ...I'm not a Republican, moron. 

Well you sure as heck ain't a Democrat.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

I'm curious Curly. Since you claim that Obama has not delivered what the world expects from America on the world stage what exactly is that? Last time I checked he has neutralized every loose end left behind by his predecessor.

MementoMori
MementoMori

Speaking of Rand Paul and his fans...

Rand Paul Has 3 Racist Strikes Now

This isn't an isolated incident, Hayes argued, listing the three "white supremacist strikes" Paul has racked up so far.

"Strike one was in 2009 when Rand Paul's Senate campaign spokesperson was forced to resign over a horribly racist comment and historical image of a lynching -- I'm not making that up -- posted by a friend of his on his MySpace wall on Martin Luther King weekend, then allowed to remain for almost two years," Hayes said.

Strike two, Hayes added, was when Paul expressed reservations about the Civil Rights Act in an interview on the Rachel Maddow Show. (Paul later said in a statement that he supports the Civil Rights Act "because I overwhelmingly agree with the intent of the legislation, which was to stop discrimination in the public sphere and halt the abhorrent practice of segregation and Jim Crow laws.")

"And now this. Southern Avenger on the Senator's staff," Hayes said. "Well, I'm sorry, Rand Paul. That's three racist strikes. You're out."

sacredh
sacredh

Well, I've got a long night and day ahead of me. Time for long nap before work. Goodnight folks. At least it's in the 40's here.

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but years ago I bought a set of Star Trek commemorative plates at a yard sale for a great price and then forgot where I put them. My wife found them in a mislabeled box this afternoon. I'll put them up on a display rack this weekend. My room of course. I'm not allowed to "mess up" the decor upstairs.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

And a quick reminder of a down side of our for profit prison system

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/11/pennsylvania-judge-gets-28-years-in-kids-for-cash-case/

Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in federal prison for taking $1 million in bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that became known as "kids for cash."

In the wake of the scandal, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed about 4,000 convictions issued by Ciavarella between 2003 and 2008, saying he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles, including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea.

collioure
collioure

@sacredh  

It was in the 60's here today.

Hiking tomorrow - last time I lead this (it's my last season) - up to an old farm at 2000 feet.  Once made glass and harvested ice.  One of my faves. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@sacredh 

It was a balmy -18 when I went to work this morning.  My wife says it should hit -30 on the way home.  I don't know whether I have a carpool or not but if not, that's going to be a fun walk.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh It's 77 here now, but we've got a winter weather advisory for tomorrow evening. Including ice. Yay.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@sacredh I tried laying down that law years ago. But the geekdom has been leaking into the living room for years now.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@mantisdragon91

"Ciavarella, 61, was tried and convicted of racketeering charges earlier this year. His attorneys had asked for a "reasonable" sentence in court papers, saying, in effect, that he'd already been punished enough.

"The media attention to this matter has exceeded coverage given to many and almost all capital murders, and despite protestation, he will forever be unjustly branded as the 'Kids for Cash' judge," their sentencing memo said."

Last I checked, most capital murders only destroyed the lives or one or two people.  Not 4000.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure @mantisdragon91 

Except when he was "inserting himself" into the Trayvon Martin trial. He's only allowed to show strength and leadership on libertarian approved topics.

That's why he ddin't go after Bin Laden, too. If got Bin Laden, that would be a show of strength.

collie's just another rightwinger with a head full of Rush Limbaugh, a questionable grip on facts, and a deep-seated, irrational anger at the black man in the oval office. Why do we even bother?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure  

Kim Jung Ow might disagree with you. Assad certainly would as Russia bailed him out.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, we have lighted curio cabinets upstairs with all kinds of Beatles, Wizard of Oz and Disney stuff in them. The downstairs is all mine. Every wall has rock 'n' roll, Monty Python and just crazy stuff on them. Everybody but mt wife loves it. In her defense, people do point at things and ask "What is that?".

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

Attempted prevention of geek displays by a geek?  How can you look at yourself?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@forgottenlord @mantisdragon91 His court was notorious for not even hearing what the charges were before proclaiming guilty, a number of the kids sentenced to juvie were for charges as minor as truancy and first time incidents of fighting.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@mantisdragon91

"The judge remained defiant after his arrest, insisting the payments were legal and denying he incarcerated youths for money."

Can someone explain to me how money from the builder totaling nearly $1 million (for the ones he did get convicted on) would in any way be legal or rational?

collioure
collioure

@nflfoghorn @collioure @mantisdragon91 

As he says himself, he's good at killing people.

However, in the foreign arena he projects weakness.

Now if his passive ways succeed with Iran, we"ll take a 2nd look.  He has 6 months.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure

Russia offered the lifeboat before Obama showed his weakness?  Your argument makes no sense.  Russia offered the idea two weeks before the attack and 4 weeks before it became public knowledge.  Those are facts.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure @forgottenlord You really are a fool with your idiotic one word answers. Take it from some one who actually fought for this country, strength is not threatening the world and refusing to negotiate as GWB did. Strength is working with other nations to reach mutually acceptable outcomes. Stop reading the idiocy of Noonan and Krauthammer, one has no clue or experience of history or diplomacy and the other hasn't been right in a generation.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure @MementoMori

"But I'm not a Republican, moron. "

"I'm in the majority today.  You are in the minority."

You can blame it on sleep deprivation, if you'd like.


collioure
collioure

@forgottenlord  

Firstly it was a show of weakness by Obama. 

After that Russia offered a life boat.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure

Syria was a show of Putin's strength and Obama's weakness, Mori

No it wasn't.  It was an International game of good cop/bad cop.  What part of "Putin first suggested it to the US two weeks prior to the chemical attack" do you not understand?

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure

Congressional job approval is at 9%, its lowest approval rating in history. Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport reviews this development and other Congressional job approval highs and lows since 1974.

For all you whining about victory, Obama is still more popular than the House GOP.

It's half past 1am in "France", maybe you should get some sleep.

collioure
collioure

@MementoMori @collioure @mantisdragon91 

In case you haven't noticed a majority of the American people no longer support this President.

I'm in the majority today.  You are in the minority.

sacredh
sacredh

@forgottenlord, even further OT, but a seagull sh!t on me the other morning. It just splattered my pants leg, but still gross. They're big birds.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@sacredh

Yeah....you don't take a leak in -50.  It's a good way to lose your unit.... and possibly frozen to a guard rail.

sacredh
sacredh

@forgottenlord, I drink a lot of coffee on midnights and I'm away from the building a good bit locking boats. There's nothing like having to flop it out to take a leak when the windchill is in the minus column. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@sacredh

We can hit -50 with windchill.  Been a few years (thank you global warming) but I've experienced it.  Not fun.

sacredh
sacredh

@forgottenlord, i work outside a good bit, but even on the river we seldom get a windchill more than 10-15 below.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@sacredh

No, Alberta

This morning, my Wife sent me a "You know you're Albertan when:" list.  #5 is: 

~ You find -20 degrees “a little chilly”;

I'll tell you right now, after you've walked 45 mins for a week in -30, -20 feels like f-ing summer.

sacredh
sacredh

@Sue_N, a few years ago I bought a nativity display and then repainted them all as Goth. My wife made me give it away.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @Sue_N All I wanted was for the Star Trek and Superman to stay in the library (and the bedroom, and the shop outside and …) and out of the living room. Ha!

But when we get it up, I'll post a pic of our Nativity scene. It's quite impressive. ;)

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@forgottenlordAnd there was a second judge involved in the case as well, just in case you think he went rogue.

Federal prosecutors accused Ciavarella and a second judge, Michael Conahan, of taking more than $2 million in bribes from the builder of the PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care detention centers and extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the facilities' co-owner.

Ciavarella, known for his harsh and autocratic courtroom demeanor, filled the beds of the private lockups with children as young as 10, many of them first-time offenders convicted of petty theft and other minor crimes.