Morning Must Reads: December 19

In the News: The NSA Report is Another Step Toward Ending War on Terror, the Global Market Response to the Fed, and the Uninsured are Skeptical of Obamacare

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

  • The NSA Report: Another Step Toward Ending the War on Terrorism [TIME]
  • “Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that National Security Agency surveillance is necessary to fight terrorism, but added that the government needs to “limit the appetite” of the agency with a clear set of ground rules.” [Fox News]
  • Global Markets Rise After Fed’s Decision to Unwind Stimulus [New York Times]
  • Traders Seek an Edge with High-Tech Snooping [Wall Street Journal]
  • “Federal prosecutors told Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell last week that he and his wife would be charged in connection with a gift scandal, but senior Justice Department officials delayed the decision after the McDonnells’ attorneys made a face-to-face appeal in Washington, according to people familiar with the case.” [Washington Post]
  • POLL: Uninsured Skeptical of New Health Law [NYT]
  • “Nearly five years after George W. Bush left office, half the public still blames the former president for the nation’s economic woes, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week. The survey comes as Republicans have continued to keep the 43rd president at arm’s length.” [Washington Post]
  • Memo to Hillary: “You’re the Problem” [National Journal]
  • RNC Sending Democrats American Flag ‘Lie of the Year’ Trophies That Were Made in China [BuzzFeed]
  • Pajama Boy, An Insufferable Man Child [Politico Magazine]
  • America’s Polygamous Future [WSJ]
  • Republican Unveils Worst School Idea Ever: Make Poor Kids Clean Floors [Salon]
  • The Welfare Queen [Slate]

 

563 comments
MementoMori
MementoMori

States with higher black turnout are more likely to restrict voting

More specifically, restrictive proposals were more likely to be introduced in states with larger African-American and non-citizen populations and with higher minority turnout in the previous presidential election.  These proposals were also more likely to be introduced in states where both minority and low-income turnout had increased in recent elections.  A similar picture emerged for the actual passage of these proposals. States in which minority turnout had increased since the previous presidential election were more likely to pass restrictive legislation.

MrObvious
MrObvious

If you wonder why I spell and such worse then usual it's because my eye doctor dilated my eyeballs. Everything is a blur at the moment and I'm extra lazy to correct my usual chaotic dribble.

notsacredh
notsacredh

The Duck Dynasty is why amateurs shouldn't conduct (or engage in) genetic experiments. They can go horribly wrong.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MementoMori 
The problem is that it's statistics. There's a gap between correlation and causation.

They like to keep that murky to sew confusion.  

MrObvious
MrObvious

@MementoMori 

How odd when basic statistics prove what most of us notice and black especially can vouch for. Not that it'll wake up those who make a point out of being ignorant or base their anecdotal judgement on their own white situation.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@outsider, a horrible thought occurred to me. What if the guys from Duck Dynasty did a photo shoot like this? Holding each other's junk might cost them a viewer or two. There would be much more soace to write slogans though.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@outsiderAmusingly according to the people on the Duck Dynasty thread, they are leftist loons who got what they deserved. Irony and Hypocrisy a winning winger mix.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@collioure 

Sounds like a load of crock. Maybe someone is deranged enough to confess such hatred for traditional family values and dumb enough to use his or her position to fire someone over it, but to me it sounds very fishy and more like a bad onion piece.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@mantisdragon91  

Ok, tangentially related: I did a quick Google for "Todd Starnes Megyn Kelly" and stumbled upon this little sound bite:

Please take a look at Todd Starnes’ new newsletter and sign up. Also, I’ll be on Megyn Kelly’s new "Kelly Files" tonight at 9pm ET. A lot of times these 10 second sound bite style interviews don’t allow us enough time to really explain an issue — like how Obama is teetering on impeachable offenses with his threat of defaulting, unilaterally increasing the debt and thwarting Congress and the balance of power. So, viewers have to be high information voters by doing their own homework and staying informed.

Looks like Sarah Palin's a big fan of both Starnes and Megyn Kelly. Birds of a feather....

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91 

I note that this is a 'Libertarian' show.

It lessens my interest in it because Libertarianism itself is a deceptive sell. He will only be presented with tough questions on those stands where his conflicts with theirs.

Not for a second does it mean that the end of 'the Crazy' is at hand. 

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 

Oh, he's on the radio.

Who cares then?  Culturally conservative idiots are a dime a dozen there.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

I think the worst part is how Media takes his ignorant words and make that some kind of news worthy event. He's not even presenting a compelling argument for anything; it's just some ignorant drivel about what dudes like and shouldn't like and how this is a sin.

And if it's so damn sinful why didn't lord Jesus talk about it?

That's what I don't like about ignorant Christianists; they don't even bother follow the lords words; just parrot what some homophobic pastor blurts.

The good lord don't want his flock stupid; no matter what the church claims.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@MrObvious @MementoMori 

Your argument is invalid because a few years ago Bush's AG decide not to prosecute a couple of Black Panthers in Philly.

Or at least, that's what rightwing will probably say...

yogi
yogi

@sacredh @outsider 


Welp somebody needs create a gif that turns this poster into the Duck Dynasty guys.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@MrObvious @collioure  

There's not much out on this yet, and the NY Post article is, as usual for the NY Post, heavily slanted, but maybe there is another side to this story. We'll see...


She accused him of illegally subletting his Trinity Tower apartment - a prime perk for teachers at the $38,995-a-year school - and having left students unsupervised, the suit says.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/discrimination-suit-prestigious-upper-west-side-school-article-1.1552016#ixzz2ny7hDnif



outsider
outsider

@MrObvious@collioure 

It is the NY Post. Which is the same as the Washington Times. 

Both are right wing rags. 

The less popular opposites of the Washington Post and the NY Times. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider @MrObvious 

I am a devoted country destroying communistic, atheistic socialist. It's my calling.

Plus where else should I be doing? Running over Sacredhs MIL squinting over the stearingwheel?

notsacredh
notsacredh

@bokeh9,

From the article:

Does your job own your civil liberties when you're off the clock? Does it own your thoughts, expressed freely, when you're home? Are we saying that the government can't abridge your constitutional rights, but that The Brand can? If you answer instantly, "yes," think again about what you're saying, and about the kind of country in which you want to live.

I work for the feds. At any time, they can (and have) sent me in for a surprise drug test. Have I ever tested positive? No. Did they have any reason to suspect that I was using illegal drugs? No. How many people do they catch in a year? Maybe 1-3 (out of 600-700). As far as I know, it's always been for pot. What happens if they test positive the 1st time? They get demoted and taken off of shift work. Several thousand dollars a year in lost wages. They are then required to take drugs tests regulary (but not with any pattern).

MrObvious
MrObvious

@fitty_three @sacredh 

Well there's a show I can't be caught dead watching. Jesus Christ what a tool. Sorry, I shouldn't judge others but he got paid to be so hilariously stupid.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@MrObvious, did they expect a backwoods, ignorant bigot to say anything else? I watched about 15 minutes of that show once while channel surfing. imagine watching it ever again unless someone is willing to pay me a large sum of money.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@MementoMori @MrObvious 

No you're right. It's invalid because of X. Kind of like comparing a pea against a baked potato - institutionalized racism against a few idiots without any particular power to enforce their phobias.

Which of course is the real problem with reverse racism.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@outsider @MrObvious @collioure 

Plus saying that you're doing it for 'traditional family values' sound as plausible as people defending their bigotry or racism or whatever by claiming you got good friends who are black, liberal or homosexual. It sounds too contrived.

collioure
collioure

@MementoMori  

I don't know the first thing about Fox Radio, Mori.  I live in France.

However, the airwaves are full of culturally conservative idiots like Starnes.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91@collioure@MrObvious 

No, I wouldn't be interested in anyone's defense of Robertson.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

I'm sure a magnifying glass would reveal the smile on his little face;-)

notsacredh
notsacredh

@MrObvious, no. Mr.Happy just has a mind of it's own though. He wants to play at the slighest touch.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

Incidentally that's what I tell my doctor when he says turn your head and cough.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@MrObvious, I'm not cool either. My body has just been punished enough over the years that I have the aches and pains to warrant a permanent supply of "be careful with these".

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Well?

Where's that extra arm you're supposed to evolve? I thought you were one of those weenie libruls who believed all that commie pap!

notsacredh
notsacredh

@bokeh9, I'm sorry I took so long to answer, but I'm washing clothes, cooking a ham for our Christmas party tomorrow and getting BBQ baked beans ready to go into the oven.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@bokeh9,

From the article:

"The Bill Of Rights is supposed to be durable and universal. Now, though, in our schools and in our workplaces, it has taken a severe beating. Regularly scheduled drug testing without cause eviscerates the protections of the Fourth And Fifth Amendments"

My point is that I feel that in many cases, the Bill of Rights is just a collection of words that can be violated without cause. It's something that we just have to live with. I don't like it and wish that it wasn't true, but I do feel that it's true. I have very little faith in either individuals, corporations or the government to actually live up to what we are supposed to be guaranteed. I'm a cynic through and through and I'm basically just along for the ride.

bokeh9
bokeh9

@sacredh  Not sure where you're going with this or how it bears on the issue.  Are you giving an example of legal but intrusive actions?  If so, do you feel that matches A&E's position?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious

Haysoos what a dysfunctional pack on nitwits for a family. It makes me think of what Charles Manson's hypothetical family might be like

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @mantisdragon91 

I know it sounds bad judging a whole state, but honestly it doesn't appeal to me. I could visit Kansan and Montana and such of the nature, but once you see all that BS (for reals) I bet I would have enough.

Maybe I'm just the most boring individual in the world. Like a big bucket of Mr Meh.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @mantisdragon91 

And probably safer.

Other than New Orleans I can't think of one reason to go to Lousiana. Feel the same about the whole state of Texas as well.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious

Considering that my pet peeve frequently gets attention it could be said that I'm attracting it by not discriminating between those trying to get a rise and those who are seriously putting it forward. 

To tell the truth, it does get tiresome, I can't fight everything and it can get thankless after a while.  

Criticism can be good some times and I take that in that spirit.

I really do not need to bite every bubble.

Thanks.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@fitty_three @sacredh 

I'm going to make a nerdy point so hopefully the message is not overshadowed by 'who is this gaming manchild?'.

In DDO you have what's called 'wilderness' you could call them 'live' larger instances outside public where shiat happens. Like being attacked by a flock of wolves or whatever and acts as transition areas before you get to a quest..

Anyways - the devs discovered a bug where 'combat' music would start when people ran into benign 'atmosphere' creatures like squirrels.Normally they're there to give the wilderness 'life'. That way it's not just a bunch of big monsters ready to make cow patties out of you.

So you can run into deer, squirrels, frogs, birds etc. And you can kill them. But they run from you.

So the bug was that combat music should only be for when something bad attacks you, not when fluff stuff runs away from you.

One dev decided to supersize the bug by making the fluff stuff 'aggressive'. Basically turning on the 'attack' switch. So this guy ran into this large 'flock' of squirrels, music started and the squirrels all attacked him like a rabid swarm of little fluffy tailed rats.

So here's the point I'm making while making you all think I'm a manchild - you're like the guy who runs into the flock of killer squirrels, they're suppose to run from you in all directions but you happen to be the one that attracts all the wrong things.

For our entertainment no less.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Well, you're like the guy who attracts puppies except instead they're sharp knives.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @MrObvious 

No, not sad

delightful. You give us purpose to wait for your posts. Seriously. Your pain is our gain.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@MrObvious, what'sad is that my life is that messed up. My wife says I'm a "weird sh!t magnet". Even my closest friends don't know about the "other side" when I was really nuts (and I don't mention that stuff here either and never will).

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @MrObvious 

I agree with them, true or false I don't care. You're entertaining. And I'll let you in on something; most of what people find funny is others embellished misery. You might as well cash in on it. Trust me; we'd pay to read your stuff and I could brag to my friends that I used to know 'that guy' when he wrote that crazy stuff for free.

Go for it; if it's even half as entertaining as it is here and now it'll be a riot.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@MrObvious, half of the people I know have told me I should write a book. It doesn't sound plausible to me and I live it. Why would anyone else want to read trash like that unless they wanted to feel better about themselves?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @MrObvious 

Someone always tell me that they should make a show out of my life and I'm not narcissistic enough to even contemplate it. So no wonder I can't stand the TV stuff, but others do. Maybe I don't understand the fascination.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@outsider, I used to be a devoted Browns fan. I really shouldn't judge anyone's taste in anything.

outsider
outsider

@sacredh@MrObvious 

To be honest, i hate reality tv. 

But i do kind of enjoy this show. I don't relate at all - but it's entertaining. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

@MrObvious, I'm not a fan of any of the fake reality shows either. My own life is dysfunctional enough that I don't want to get into the whole comparison thing.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh @MrObvious 

I watched one episode while bored and never more. Not because of them but because just how much I hate contrived and fake reality show. I know real family drama and the way the invent stuff in those shows makes me thing people live the life of marvel heroes.

I just can't imagine watching family dysfunctional made fake outside my own family. If I entertain myself it better be some good prn, game or great movie.