Morning Must Reads: December 12

In the news: Obama suspends nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition; House Republican leaders endorse budget deal; Senate grinds to a halt; Wall Street is fed up; Redskins bench RGIII

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

  • “Just a month before a peace conference that will seek an end to the grinding civil war in Syria, the Obama administration’s decision to suspend the delivery of nonlethal aid to the moderate opposition demonstrated again the frustrations of trying to cultivate a viable alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.” [NYT]
  • “House Republican leaders threw their weight behind a two-year budget deal, planning to bring it to a vote Thursday as opposition in both parties failed to gain enough traction to threaten passage.” [WSJ]
    • “Several leading Democrats warned Wednesday that the budget deal worked out by House and Senate negotiators is on the verge of unraveling over the exclusion of federal unemployment benefits.” [Hill]
    • “Senate Republicans scrubbing the Ryan-Murray budget deal have come across a little-noticed provision that will limit the GOP’s ability to block tax increases in future years.” [National Review]
    • How some agencies avoided sequester cuts [WashPost]
  • Senate Pulls All Nighter on Post-Nuclear Nominations [TIME]
  • Why Wall Street is fed up with the White House—and Republicans too [Politico]
  • Redskins bench RGIII [ESPN]
542 comments
collioure
collioure

Hey, Barry 0 snagged the Lie of the Year award at PolitiFact.


What a guy!

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure Not sure about degree of lie but on scale (number impacted) and memorability, probably deserving.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Hey, question for everyone.


CNN's got a line in their article on the budget deal:

"It was the first full budget agreement by a divided Congress -- in which different parties control the House and Senate -- since 1986, Ryan boasted in announcing the deal."

Aside from 2011 to present, how many years since 1986 has Congress been in that sort of situation where House and Senate are held by different parties?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Ugh.

Kim Jong Un has executed his Uncle for being a traitor

He was seen as someone in favor of economic development and economic ties with China which has generally been interpreted to mean opposed to the temper tantrums.  It's possible that it's more about the weakening relationship with China but.....I have very limited faith on that front.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MementoMori

He's dipping to new lows.  

Wonder why he just didn't mention his own daughters. But nevermind, that's rhetorical.  I already know:

Probably because doing it this way provides deniability.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure @MementoMori @forgottenlord

Uhmm, the uncle (who was executed by his nephew) was in favor of economic development.

You failed in two directions at once. Well done.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

Congrats.  You're meeting every expectation I've had of you since you began your new occupation as apologist for racist behavior this last Sunday.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

I'd poff you, but I'm going to refrain so others can see how low you're stooping.

Either you have a fierce, abiding hatred of Obama, or you're taking a sh!t.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure

Huh?  Aside from possibly suggesting that Obama was the executed uncle - and that makes no sense - I have no clue what you're getting at

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

That was one of the dumbest and most offensive things you have posted yet. So sad when stupid people try to be funny.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@mantisdragon91

Yes they are.  By continuing to push for a "do as I say and I say don't have sex unless you're married" policy of sex education, the Government is implicit in the continued failure of young men and women everywhere conducting unsafe sex practices unaware of the risks to their own health that they are taking.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

And yet somehow its not the lack of sex ed and availability of condoms that is at fault, but the fact that we don't execute gays on site.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

So former Actress turned politician (Nova Scotia Provincial) Lenore Zann got into a twitter shouting match with someone who tweeted a topless photo of her (from her acting days) with the line "Hey Lenore Zann, where's the old Lenore now"

She has reported it to the Cyberbullying Unit

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord @Sue_N And she has to know that people aren't going to pretend that her previous career never happened. If an American pol had appeared nude in any TV show before running for office, the pics would be everywhere.

Still, this kid needs a stern talking to from someone. There's a way to treat people, and that ain't it.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord Hm, I'm not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, the kid was being a moron. And he should have taken down the photo when she asked him. An apology would have been nice, too.

But as to whether it rises to the level of cyberbullying, I don't know. It seems like a bit of a stretch.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

I know what you mean.  What really bugs me is the line he used 'cause good God that's disgusting.  But on the complete reverse side.....she's a public figure and we normally tolerate abnormally vitriolic statements about public figures.  And the kid's argument that it's already on the Internet isn't wrong.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

This is what a well regulated country looks like:

The CRTC will not permit uncompetitive increase in wireless roaming charges

This comes after rumors that the existing big 3 cell phone companies were considering raising their roaming charges charged against startup competitors who use the big 3's networks whenever customers are outside their small networks than they would against International non-competitors who's customers might happen to be visiting.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord Wow, you all actually make your corporations behave? Doesn't that, like, make Jesus cry or something?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N @forgottenlord

Happy tears

Jesus would give these corporations the finger if he wasn't forced to make himself go to hell in the process.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

I keep telling you people, Reagan and Jesus are not the same person!

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

Our corporations are weird.

There's 4 big media and communication companies: Rogers, Shaw, Telus and Bell.  Telus and Bell both started as phone companies, Rogers and Shaw both started as Cable companies.  Today, all are in the phone industry (landline), all but Shaw are in Cell Phones (Shaw's said they won't be getting in), all are in Internet, all are in TV provider.  They account for something like 99.9% of all infrastructure in the entire country for those four fields with only Cell Phones really having any competition.  Only two of them are in any city but because of their separate starting points, two of them are in just about every city (Rogers and Bell in the East, Telus and Shaw in the West - though there's a lot of mixing - I think Vancouver has Rogers rather than Shaw).

Every phone company, nearly every Internet provider (some have their own networks), every Cable provider - they send all of their data across the networks built by those 4 companies because of the laws of the land.  Shaw might be dominant for Cable in Edmonton, but they have to sell their surplus to a myriad of cable companies across Edmonton who try to compete with Shaw for using Shaw's own network - and this is tightly regulated.  So we end up having some degree of competition....in a very warped way.

They also, combined, own some absurd percentage of all TV and Radio channels and are dominant for Canadian owned broadcasters.

EDIT: Forgot completely why I used the word weird.  Ok, so they each have their own reputations despite this regulation.  And the weird thing is....Telus and Bell, the phone companies, are seen as money grubbing, customer gouging a-holes who don't care at all about their customers while Shaw and Rogers are seen as good....for Corporations.  I mean...you still have the problem of the Cable bill going up 5X inflation because they aren't pushing back on TV Providers enough but.....yeah.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

You mean Jesus did not fund ethnic cleansing and provide targeting coordinates for chemical use on civilians?