Morning Must Reads: January 31

In the News: The American 1%; Obama talks weed, Sochi with CNN; Why the War on Terror is Far From Over; and Confessions of an ex-TSA agent

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

  • The 1% as victims? That’s Rich. [Washington Post]
  • “House Republican leaders released a long-awaited set of principles Thursday to guide the chamber’s debate on immigration, a balancing effort aimed at drawing a majority of Republicans without alienating Democrats who also would be needed to pass a bill.” [WSJ]
  • John Kerry Now Has the President’s Legacy in his Handes [National Journal]
  • Dear America, I Saw You Naked: Confessions of an ex-TSA Agent [Politico Magazine]
  • “The State Department is set to release a final environmental analysis of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline as soon as Friday, according to several sources, setting the stage for a months-long endgame in one of the Obama administration’s most intractable environmental controversies.” [Politico]
  • CNN Interview with Obama: President talks Sochi, Marijuana, the Unemployed, and Bypassing Congress [CNN]
  • The U.S. has no idea how much aid to the Afghan government is being stolen and more on why the country is a long way from ending the War on Terror [TIME]
  • Republicans’ Immigration Blueprint Leaves Party at Odds and Democrats Hopeful [NYT]
  • “Campaigns for secretary of state, often relegated to the back burner of American politics, are drawing increasing attention from Democratic and Republican groups that hope to influence how elections are overseen in a number of presidential battleground states.” [AP via Washington Post]
  • Sandra Fluke ‘Strongly Considering’ Run for Henry Waxman’s Seat [National Journal]

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1326 comments
forgottenlord
forgottenlord

So in the list of top 5 Superbowl blowouts....Denver's name appears thrice.....on the losing side.

fitty_three
fitty_three

That's gotta be it. Footballs just love to frolic with Hawks players. They just seem to nuzzle them and want to be petted and taken places and stuff. Gives me the warm fuzzies to see so many footballs so happy.

It was kind of hard to miss how the sometimes would literally struggle to get away from those mean ol' Bronco players, hecks, sometimes they'd just leap out of their hands when an opportunity to cuddle up with a Hawks player presented itself.

Must be that we're purty good football whisperers.

Yup. That's gotta be it!

fitty_three
fitty_three

That......was.......DESTRUCTIVE!

Hawks 43, Ponies um, weeeeel, ok......8.

sacredh
sacredh

Congratulations Seahawk fans for winning the Stanley Cup!!

collioure
collioure

Wow!  Seattle is awesome.  22-0.

Ball game over.  Drive home safely.

outsider
outsider

Trust in Nate!! He's right so far. 


Enjoy it Fifty and Ty. 



sacredh
sacredh

It's the Super Bowl Desert.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

David Simon, journalist, author and creator of two very successful HBO series, “The Wire” and “Treme,” spoke with Bill Moyers this past week on Moyers and Company on PBS about the condition of our economy and the need to raise the minimum wage.  He told him that, “We are Reagan’s children, we are Thatcher’s children, we bought this stuff hook, line, and sinker. We’re getting the America we paid for!”

Moyers asked him about the call by the President in his State of the Union Address for Congress to increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour pointing out that had it been adjusted for inflation and increased productivity it would be over $20 an hour now.

Simon told him that it is all based on the false belief that supply side economics would benefit all of us, rich and poor alike.

“I think supply-side economics has been shown to be bankrupt as an intellectual concept,” he said.  “It’s not only unproved, the opposite has occurred if you’re looking at the divergence in the economic health of middle class families or the working class, what’s left of the working class –certainly the underclass — and you’re looking at where the wealth of the country is going and how fast. We are becoming two Americas in every fundamental sense.”

As Simon pointed out, we have marginalized so many by showing them that as far as corporate America is concerned they have no value that we have already created two Americas, the America of the haves and the other of the have nots.  This cannot continue if the nation is to remain strong and united.

He decries the notion that if we just let the marketplace have free reign to do as it pleases, in the words of an old Merle Haggard song, “We’ll all be drinkin’ free bubble-up, Eatin’ that rainbow stew.”

“I can’t get past just how juvenile the thought is that if you just let the markets be the markets,” he said, “they’ll solve everything.”

Perhaps his most cogent argument in the interview was when he said:

“Why can’t Congress look at this and say “You know what, we say we want these people working, we say we don’t want welfare cheats, we say we don’t want the welfare rolls to grow. Here are people who are willing to work full-time to be part of our service economy. Let’s give them some discretionary income, they’re probably going to spend it buying American products…”

- See more at: http://aattp.org/david-simon-tells-bill-moyers-we-are-reagans-children-getting-the-america-we-paid-for-video/#sthash.fYVyNT2W.dpuf

fitty_three
fitty_three

Sorry, Broncos, but this time there was no gerrymandering or referee purchases.  We didn't even shut down a bridge. 


We just whapped uss!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Wilt Chamberlain was great at center. Only got called for high sticking once and had two singles to go with his perfect 300 in the first quarter. Then he literally tore up the back nine to finish six under!

Sue_N
Sue_N

Those home runs were amazing!

collioure
collioure

@Sue_N  

Very pretty ad IMO.

(But I prefer Scarlett Johannson)

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N  

But take heart, you the DB will leave you with the bill.

Oh, and the box to recycle!

outsider
outsider

@Sue_N  

Nate called it!! 

But i'll confess, i was seriously torn. As i told Terry, i just wasn't sure. 

Also, we should wait. 4th quarter PM seems to rally, Wait until the end of the game. 

But if Seattle wins, remember Nate. He's been right for us more often than not.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@collioure  

not over.

again lazy thinking. 

Seahawks may still hold on but Payton is the best QB in history...BUT this IS the best defense of the passing era. 


and I am drunk.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@outsider

Wha? I was just getting ready to throw the yaller hankie.  

Nate rocks.   

outsider
outsider

NO FLAG!! like i said, trust in Nate!!!

Sue_N
Sue_N

And I used to like John Elway.

sacredh
sacredh

@mantisdragon91, after reading the article,I think he may be a victim. His punishment for not caring about other people might be his own future.

sacredh
sacredh

@mantisdragon91, maybe we shouldn't believe in any medical treatments for quarterbacks that suffer head injuries. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Robbert5 I saw it. O'Reilly sounded exactly like a know it all poster we have here. Loud, opinionated, uniformed and with no interest in actually hearing the response to his questions and points.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TyPollard

I had no idea that would happen. They got to Manning way better than I hoped. The offense worked pretty well to but wow the D and special teams.

This one they earned.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@roknsteve

I think the football liked the hawks more and really wanted to be with them. It always seemed to leap into some Seahawk players' arms for some reason.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Hello, Martin Bashir?

Sue_N
Sue_N

Nate knows all, lol.

I'll be shocked if PM doesn't rally. But, man, I'd love for Seattle to win!

collioure
collioure

@TyPollard

Payton is a coach in New Orleans.

Peyton was a common QB in the face of the Seattle D, and his team came out flat for both halves.

collioure
collioure

@TyPollard @collioure 

Denver's team need to play well, and Payton needed to play well.

Neither of those things is happening.

And it is starting to rain.

I am going to bed.

I'll zip thru the tape of the 2nd half in the AM.


Congrats to the Seahawks - one complete and awesome team.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@Sue_N  

He has always been an a55hole. I had a friend that went to high school with him. Never understood how blessed he was with talents that are well (over) compensated.

Did I mention that I'm drunk?


TyPollard
TyPollard

@fitty_three @TyPollard  

It's how I felt it could go but I tried to check own bias because of Payton's excellence. I just didn't see how receivers would find space with our DBs.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@Sue_N  

Truth be told I did to.

This in no way diminishes Payton. I expect him to have a better second half but seahawks are trained to rain the clock. The clock is their new opponent.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@collioure  

I love defense and the Seahawks are going against the trend of high powered offenses (even though the O is underrated by casual fans).

Even I am surprised that good D is trumping the smartest QB ever to play.