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]

 

579 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

@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.

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.

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...

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.  

yogi
yogi

@sacredh @outsider 


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

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.

sacredh
sacredh

@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.

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.

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 @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.

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



sacredh
sacredh

@mantisdragon91, sometimes I wonder if the next conservative to make it to heaven will be the first. 

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 

Oh, he's on the radio.

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

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.

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. 

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....

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.

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?

sacredh
sacredh

@MrObvious, when my spelling takes a holiday, it's usually because I'm baked. 

sacredh
sacredh

@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".

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

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

sacredh
sacredh

@MrObvious, I tell mine that it's loaded and might go off at any second.

sacredh
sacredh

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

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

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

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91@collioure@MrObvious 

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