Morning Must Reads: January 29

In the news: the 2014 State of the Union, and the crises in Syria and Ukraine

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  • “Islamist rebels and extremist groups have seized control of most of Syria’s oil and gas resources, a rare generator of cash in the country’s war-battered economy, and are now using the proceeds to underwrite their fights against one another as well as President Bashar al-Assad…” [NYT]
  • “Ukraine’s crisis is lurching into chaos.” [Economist]
  • Obama Takes State of the Union Message on the Road [TIME]
    • Obama Vows Iran Sanctions Veto, Skips ‘March to War’ Talk [TIME]
    • Republicans Dismiss Obama’s State of the Union as More of the Same [TIME]
    • Obama Announces New myRA Retirement Accounts [WSJ]
    • “If the unthinkable happens during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will assume the role of President of the United States.” [TIME]
    • Lawmakers as seat savers [TIME]
    • Full text of the speech, and the fact check
    • SOTU: Make it Stop [Politico]
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notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but I went upstairs to ask my wife if she'd watch an old sci-fi movie with me before I went to bed. She asked which one. I told her "The Cyclops". Even sitting there with one eye bandaged, she laughed. Then she suggested something that I couldn't do. Good night folks.

fitty_three
fitty_three

[in an inappropriately grandiose @collioure-style announcement]

I hereby announce the top three winners of the most dangly, serpentine gerrymandered congressional districts!

The Totally DSGCD Award, which looks like a hugely blown up Star Spangled Spriochete embedded in Lucite(R).


[flabby drumroll, punctuated by derisive raspberry]

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but tonight at 9 on CNN is a Beatles special on the 64 Ed Sullivan appearance and tour.

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but I was going to watch The Ten Commandments the other night. I went upstairs to get it and my wife noticed it. She asked me if I was going to make everyone watch it on Easter again and I said yes. She took it away from me and said Easter was enough. She was complaining that I go around talking like Moses for days after we watch it and she couldn't stand it twice. Foiled again.

notsacredh
notsacredh

On second thought, a laid open scalp is kind of gross

collioure
collioure

Amanda Knox found guilty in third trial.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Honorable Mention:

While @NP042's submission shows the savagery of Nature, Read in Tooth and Claw, with the Pennsylvania's 6th nearly succeeding in chawing the 7th in half, it just barely fell short of the feeding frenzy depicted in Houson, Texas.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Number One and the winner of this years Totally DSGCD award is......

Envolope please....

[derisive fart]

@Robbert5.and his totally dangly, serpentine sinuous 12th Congressional District from Kayntuckey, y'all!

This one, while not as long as the @nflfoghorn's submission, takes the prize narrowly, and I do mean narrowly, because the 5th in Floda has fat parts, whereas the slinkyness of the 12th is unabashedly uninterrupted from end to end.

Please accept the Star Spangled Spirochete in A Chunk of Glass on behalf of the Queendom of Ivy!

fitty_three
fitty_three

Number Two:


@nflfoghorn.and the long and winding 5th Congressional district.  

While not showing the savagery and sheer bloodiness of the Texas districts submitted by Sue, it is certainly the longest of the dangly, serpentine abominations sprouting from the forehead of the GOP mindset : The epitome of how to keep minorities from exercising political power.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Number Three:

@Sue_Nhas provided dramatic example featuring raw visual savegery:

Houston: The tooth and claw fight between the 29th, which apparently has seized the 18th by the neck in Houston while the 7th and 9th are involved in a bloody dismemberment of the 2nd.


Nature is red in tooth and claw, after all!

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh  I'm sure they'll use their own archived footage....

Bernie Shaw hiding behind the curtain.

Bob Novak grumbling about the haircuts.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn So now they're drawing Florida districts to look like Burmese pythons?

Sue_N
Sue_N

"So let it be written, so let it be done."

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@collioure 

In Italy I assume?  Maybe they can acquit her and hold another trail.  Heck, they could make it an annual thing.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@nflfoghorn, we bought dvds of all the Ed Sullivan shows that featured the Beatles. They've held up amazingly well.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@Sue_N @nflfoghorn Been that way for years, unfortunately.  That's how Ander Crenshaw and Corrine Brown stay in office - Corrine gets all the blah people.  It was an upset in '12 when Cliff Stearns was kicked out of his district by GOTP veterinarian Ted Yoho. 

Seriously.  Yoho.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@DonQuixotic, wrong picture. That was a leg injury. I meant to click thebloody head injury. Just a minute.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@MrObvious@collioure 

She was just another "ugly" American, and by that I mean, she's beautiful. This is what happens kids when you don't tip your waiters, you end up in prison. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

I'll butt out here, but I hope she's ok.  

I'm off to see the Wizard.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@nflfoghorn, she's not feeling well at all. Her eye lid is swelling and pressing against the patch. plus, she's trashed.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@nflfoghorn, we're dvr'ing the Beatles special. We'll watch it tomorrow night when her patch is off.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@nflfoghorn, I was just joking, but I think I am going to watch it. It haven't seen it in years.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure  

Don't forget that the Colorado River saws throught the Triassic, Permian, Carboniferous, Devonian, Silurian, Cambrian and pre-Cambrian strata before finishing out in the Vishnu Shale dated at 1.7 billion years.

The evolution of life can be traced from Chuaria to the paleocology in the nearby Petrified Forest at the dawn of the dinosaurs.

http://www.saguaro-juniper.com/events/2009-07_GrandCanyonZionBryce/Grand_Canyon/2009_GrandCanyon.htm


Your bagger friends won't be happy at all about that.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three@collioure 

Calling it a night

Hiked today.  Wanted to order a pizza;  Both pizzerias were closed again.

This evening booked flights to USA - SF, Ariz, Chicago

Going to take my wife to see the Grand Canyon in July

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh @MrObvious By age 60 that eagle on a woman's breast becomes a waterfall.  Uh-uh.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@MrObvious, I've always been against tattoos. I have yet to see one on an older man that didn't look bad. I thought I'd  spare myself.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@forgottenlord @MrObvious Did they ever find the two Americans stuck in that cruise ship BTW?

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@MrObvious

Can't hold a trial in the US - the US Government would need standing.

Whether or not there will be extradition is going to have less to do with whether Knox is or isn't guilty but whether or not there are concerns about Italy not respecting a future extradition request from the US.  If Italy has tended to not respect them anyways, this will be a non-issue.  After all, if an Italian decides to murder someone in the US then flee to Italy....would the US want him extradited?

The really ugly part.....this has stopped being a justice thing and started being a nationalism thing - on BOTH sides of the ocean.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@DonQuixotic @collioure @MrObvious 

Without proof other than the bad smell.

Prosecutor should mean something, so should a trial. Arbitrary legal mambo jumbo is more like a kangaroo court.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@MrObvious @DonQuixotic @collioure  

Their trials have been a set of farces.

That's the Italian court system in a nutshell.  If you can't find someone guilty of a crime for whatever reason, just keep trying them for the same crime until you find a judge that will.