Morning Must Reads: January 3

In the news: NSA's quantum computer, Obama's Syria policy, a winter blizzard, and Clay Aiken

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  • NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption [WashPost]
    • “A few members of Congress are now saying they believe the government should attempt to work out a deal to return Edward Snowden to the United States.” [BuzzFeed]
  • How Obama’s Syria policy fell apart [Politico]
    • “Months after diplomats declared that they had come up with a plan and a timetable to dispose of Syria’s lethal chemical weapons—and with the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the weapons inspectors—the centerpiece of the mission, a workhorse American military ship that will ferry the weapons to sea for destruction, remains here in port, waiting like a sad bride for her groom.” [NYT]
    • “U.S. officials believe members of Hezbollah, the militant group backed by Iran, are smuggling advanced guided-missile systems into Lebanon from Syria piece by piece to evade a secretive Israeli air campaign designed to stop them.” [WSJ]
  • Winter blizzard blankets Northeast [TIME]
  • Is the U.S. economy really about to go boom? [Politico]
  • Ezra Klein is said to plan to leave the Washington Post [NYT]
  • “Gay singer and ‘American Idol’ runner-up Clay Aiken is actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House…” [WashBlade]
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fitty_three
fitty_three

Ok, we play the Saints. Let's hope the O-Line can get up like it did the 2nd half of the St. Louis game.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Ok. Sorry.  Just had to get my shots in. 

I'm done.

fitty_three
fitty_three

It looks like you guys have @collioure's blatantly racist attitude diagnosed.  

He needs to just be honest, flour that dog up, and flop it on the table so we can all see just how long it is and how low the brass balls hang.

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but I'm off to get our Christmas tree for next year. Our 9' tree is over 10 years old and I wanted a different one. The one we picked out to replace it was $350. It's 75% off now ($75) and I paid for it yesterday. They'd knocked $50 off of it before the 75% off. I do like a good bargain.

collioure
collioure

@sacredh 

Well, she's just going to have to stand in line and maybe at the back because she made a few missteps, the most egregious of them the homophobia against her sister.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord 

I hope they're ok over there.

How bad is this second storm. Things didn't look too bad during the SF GB game, which is what, 1000 km S of there?

TyPollard
TyPollard

@fitty_three 

Hard to blow out a team twice in a season so it should be tough. Not used to being favored. 

outsider
outsider

@forgottenlord 

It sucks - but you know, we aren't the only country that loves hockey. 

Still, it bites. But the Russians aren't exactly slackers. 

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 

Look - show me where the Tea Party engages in racist actions or exhibits racist tenets.

It's easy to show racists in all parties, but that's not the question.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@fitty_three, OT, but I think I'm going to have a black eye in the morning. I was sleepwalking a few minutes ago and went headfirst into a dresser. I'm already getting swelling.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TyPollard

At least they're a known known, if things had gone differently, we would have been playing a known unknown inGB.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

Yup.  Just like you said, out your VDARE ass:

We must all hate white people.

Because you certainly can't make the case that I'm a racist against black Americans.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

Egypt is that-a-way------------->

And your credibility is going this-a-way:

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collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91@collioure 

I could say that too.  I want a return to the practices and values that made this country great and we are no longer on that path.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91@collioure 

Sorry, you're just demonstrating what a small thinker you are.

Your reference is petty and may reflect upon a few Tea Party members.  However, ti says nothing about the party itself.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure@mantisdragon91 

It was a CPAC even sponsored by a Tea Party Group. One at which members stated that black people should have been grateful for the food and shelters given to them by their masters.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

Say what you want after this, I don't give an eff, but hey!

Why don't you say it to my 17 in-laws, 150+ nephews, nieces, cousins and uncles. Toss in my 40 years of experience in the black community, with friends, etc and, well...

I'm pitching an easy game here.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three@collioure 

No, they aren't.  They just don't square with your racist beliefs which gives them a pretty good chance not to be racist.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

Thanks for admitting that you're a racist.  

But I've copy/pasted your "tells" which are, frankly, damning.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

Give it up. You're denials and platitudes, not to mention your clinically insane theories tells me you've been outed and are looking for any way out.

Won't wash.

You literally stink of bigotry.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91@collioure 

You keep citing individuals.  That doesn't prove a thing, and you're wasting my time.

I suggest you continue to detest the Tea Party because they oppose just about everything you believe in, but don't try to convince me that their party is racist.  That was a false call a few years ago because the Left had no other defense.


OK?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure@mantisdragon91  

In recent months, those who call themselves Tea Party activists have been trying to suggest that they only march and rally because of economic and fiscal concerns, never social and cultural issues. Someone forgot to tell teabagger Jeff McGeary that, given his remarks during the April 6, 2011 meeting of his Thomas Jefferson Club in Bucks County, PA:

"Stand up for your rights, your beliefs, your culture, your heritage, and your identity. What binds us together in this room and this republic guys, is worth fighting for, more than any taxes, more than any other issue, is this issue of our culture and our values and our Western way of life. And the last thing that I heard from both speakers was the word 'love'. To love your people, to love your heritage, love our national family, our culture, our value, our republic. And guys, stand up for it. It's worth fighting for. Your work, your employment, about your daily task, stand up, stand up proudly and don't apologize guys."

And if those same teabaggers are miffed that people keep pointing out the racist elements in the Tea Party scene, well Jeff McGeary isn't helping. See, the two speakers that he was referring to were noted white nationalists Peter Brimelow of the hate site VDARE, and former Jesse Helms aide Louis March, a past speaker at American Renaissance and Council of Conservative Citizens conferences who touted as successes overseas what hate groups like the British National Party and France's National Front were doing in their countries. McGeary is one of those teabaggers that have been playing it coy for a few years now, but when this meeting took place it pretty much put a spotlight on what he and his Thomas Jefferson Club is really about.

 http://onepeoplesproject.com/index.php/en/rogues-gallery/13-m/747-jeff-mcgeary

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Paul,nnto@mantisdragon91@collioureHe reminds me of an acquittance of mine who used to head a Tea Party group in Bucks County. The guy is staunchly anti immigrant and ended up marrying a Ukrainian Mail Order bride. And then got upset at me when I pointed out his hypocrisy.