Morning Must Reads: January 17

In the news: Syrian rebels speak out on cease-fire; President Obama to reform the NSA; Senate passes appropriations bill; Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to retire; W.Va. spill site was inspected in 2010

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

  • Syrian Rebels Say Cease-Fire Deals Prove Deceptive [NYT]
  • “President Obama will call Friday for significant changes to the way the National Security Agency collects and accesses telephone metadata of U.S. citizens, moving to transition away from government control of the information and requiring the government to obtain a court order to access it..” [WashPost]
    • America’s Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead [BuzzFeed]
  • “Despite the passage Thursday of a massive budget bill to fund the government, Congress is unlikely to pass any other major piece of legislation this year—with the possible exception of a long overdue farm bill.” [TIME
    • “Obama’s signature health care and Wall Street reforms will endure but with far less money than he had wanted. About $20 billion is restored for domestic programs cut under sequestration last spring. But measured in real dollars adjusted for inflation, Obama is still left with less than Congress approved six years ago for his Republican predecessor— President George W. Bush.” [Politico]
    • “President Obama has told Senate Democrats he expects Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass immigration reform this year, defying predictions the issue is dead for 2014.” [Hill]
    • A Bill Stokes Debate, and and Doubt, on Iran Deal [NYT]
  • How Washington Beat Wall Street [Politico]
  • “There has been a rash of military chopper crashes recently—including a so-called “hard landing” that killed a U.S. soldier late Wednesday in Georgia—but Pentagon officials and helicopter experts say they’re random, coincidental occurrences.” [TIME]
  • “U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)—the self-styled ‘country doctor from Muskogee’—will leave the Senate due to health and other concerns after serving out the remainder of the current session…” [TIME]
  • “West Virginia inspectors visited the site of last week’s chemical spill in 2010, when a nearby resident complained about a strong odor of licorice, the same smell that led officials to the spill Jan. 9…” [AP]
  • What Happens When the President Sits Down Next to You at a Cafe [Atlantic]
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forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Tortorella suspended without pay for 15 days/6 games effective Tuesday.  Hartley fined 25K.  Re: the latter, Campbell pointed specifically at Westgarth taking the opening faceoff and effectively dropping the gloves before the puck had fully hit the ice as basic proof that, yeah, there was intent.

Side note, Bieksa was speaking to the media earlier and he said that as soon as he realized that Westgarth was taking the faceoff, he knew Westgarth was going after whoever was across from him so he offered to take Lain's spot (Lain was in his first ever NHL game), hence why he took the faceoff in the end.

collioure
collioure

Does no one want to discuss MLK today?

I am curious as to all the hush-hush about James Earl Ray, the supposed conspiracy to assassinate . . .

I do expect to be alive in 2027 when all s/b declassified.

collioure
collioure

Fox News reported this morning that the polluter in West Virginia might get off Scot free.

I do not know the details.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Henrik Sedin's iron man streak will end tomorrow at 679.  He is second amongst active players and 6th all time.

Fun fact: so the person who holds the active title is Jay Boumeester.  Before him, I can't remember who it was, but he lost it because the coach decided he was a healthy scratch that night - wasn't too impressed with his performance.

New person to take second is Andrew Cogliano who has never missed a game in his career pushing 400 games.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Another week, another plant explosion.  This time in Nebraska.  Too late for inspections.  Again. 

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Record year for Canadian Insurance costs due to weather.

And this is what it looks like to have a sane business community:

"As severe weather events become more extreme and frequent, we will continue to pursue our efforts to ensure that the protection we offer reflects our country's new climate reality, and that governments, consumers, businesses and all stakeholders pursue their efforts to better adapt to climate change,"

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord

Being the playoffs, that 25k is just a slap on the wrist compared to what Torts got, it seems.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure  

Sure, here's one of my favorite quotes:

When a Hollywood performer, lacking distinction even as an actor can become a leading war hawk candidate for the Presidency, only the irrationalities induced by a war psychosis can explain such a melancholy turn of events.
—Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967 on Ronald Reagan

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

I chalk it all up to "personal motivation", the "virtue" of the marketplace.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@collioure  

"I do not know the details."

The most honest thing collie has ever posted here.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure 

Didn't violate any regulations on the books, the company has filed Chapter 11 and will probably file for bankruptcy period in a few months so there's nothing there, Koch Industries will have put up a massive liability shield around the company to ensure that they can't be sued for the failings of the subsidiary and they'll form a new subsidiary to buy any holdings remaining by Freedom Industries effectively dumping all liabilities while retaining their assets and screwing everyone who was poisoned.

Yes, that is 100% legal.

collioure
collioure

@forgottenlord 

Hey, we have an Obamacare system all cranked up and ready to go.

Not working here yet
 

Whaddaya think?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91

I'm actually not sure anyone purposely did, or not. All that can be seen on the tape is popcorn - maybe 10 kernals - landing on him.  

I'd say it's not evidence of a full - on popcorn pummelling.Could have been someone with popcorn spilling it to get a look.

Either way, watching what happened to his leg hurt like hell. Seriously, it hurt just to watch it.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@fitty_three

Well, it isn't playoffs and actually, Torts was supposed to get much higher, and the 25K is actually quite "stiff"....for the NHL.

The NHL broke it down and basically said that Hartley intentionally picked his players to start a linebrawl off the opening faceoff.  That's normally worth 10K - especially if they're annoyed by it.  25K's pretty good

Torts tried to barge into the Calgary dressing room.  The obvious comparable is a player who chased an opposing player off the ice and down the hall who got 5 games back in '99.  I'm guessing coaches aren't measured in games but days so throw a rough translation, 2 weeks makes a lot of sense.

So basically, Torts got the normal punishment for his crime and Hartley got a stiffer penalty than the going rate.  I'm actually pretty happy with that ruling.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@mantisdragon91 @collioure  

Like this?

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin seized Martin Luther King Day as an opportunity to lob vague criticism at President Barack Obama.

"Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card," Palin wrote Monday on her Facebook page, after quoting from the civil rights icon's famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

I must have missed that "no playin the race card" part of MLK's speech.

collioure
collioure

@MementoMori@collioure 

Another reason I am sorry MLK did not live to see his dream fulfilled.  Reagan turned out to be a rather successful Prez.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@forgottenlord @collioure  

More details...

Not that Forrest has stepped forward to deal with the mess. Connecting the dots took some detective work. Freedom’s Chapter 11 documents identify its sole owner as Chemstream Holdings. The Pennsylvania company is headquartered in Kittanning, near Pittsburgh, at the same street address as Clifford’s Rosebud Mining. Rosebud claims to be the third-largest coal producer in Pennsylvania and the 21st-largest in the U.S. Freedom’s filings also show that entities called VF Funding and Mountaineer Funding are seeking to lend as much as $5 million to keep Freedom Industries operating during its reorganization. Mountaineer Funding was incorporated just this past Friday in West Virginia; its sole “member” is Forrest. In other words, he’s seeking bankruptcy-court permission to lend millions to his besieged new acquisition.

Separate West Virginia corporate filings identify Forrest as the manager of two other companies that were merged into Freedom Industries as of Dec. 31, 2013. The corporate rearrangement might have seemed smart on New Year’s Eve; today, not so much. Lawyers for Forrest and for Freedom Industries didn’t respond to my phone calls and e-mail seeking comment.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure 

Yes, because ObamaCare being implemented in 4 months is going to affect the results of an 8 year study.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@fitty_three

Also, let's say it was intentional.  That just means it's one a-hole fan.  Does that really represent "Seattle fans" or just the one idiot?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord

We're an SYG state too.  Only thing is that in our state the legislature got too stoned and got the state flower (now a Cheeto) mixed up with legalizing warning shots. The only possible explanation for the fact that throwing popcorn is a legal warning shot is that some was present during the vote.

The aisles were filled with the stuff.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

A zircon is an incredibly resistant zirconium oxide crystal used to do concordant U-Pb radiometric dating. Common as hell. Forged in hell. Tells us a lot about the environment it was part of. Soooooo....

zircon - common, but shiny

environment - Libertarianism

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TyPollard

She's just a common roach in the garden of bigotry that is the GOP. 

Who would have dared to venture that Sarah (Kill Him!) Palin would be silent on this day?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

Racist in three different ways.

Behave yourself on the new upcoming MMR.

Do NOT race bait or you WILL be poffed.

Got it?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@outsider

Honestly, the #1 reason I give him the benefit of doubt on it is because I can't determine a logical argument for what purpose he would have to lie about it.  Normally, you do it so you can position yourself in a place of greater credibility on a particular issue but then and now, he has no benefit in that sense and he's actually reduced his credibility on a whole host of other issues since he doesn't have an on-the-ground perspective.

Also, I absolutely disagree with everyone that his hours make less sense for someone in France than in America.  It's not impossible that he consistently gets up at 4-5am, but I'd have an easier time with the idea that he gets on at 9-10am and just goes to bed in the wee hours of the morning.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@outsider 

Nope.  I occasionally have to stop myself from that one and I never lived in the US.

outsider
outsider

Never mind the "we" from mr I'm in France.

Freudian slip, ya think?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@fitty_three 

Basically, my point is that we should not dignify a single fan's possibly being mean to a player when he's down with TV time.  If the stadium booed or taunted or something like that, let's talk about that, but one individual is just that and unworthy of 15 minutes of fame.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord

Actually, let's not.

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