Morning Must Reads: February 3

In the news: Bill O'Reilly interviews Obama, Janet Yellen takes over the Fed, U.S. and E.U. to offer financial aid to Ukraine, and will NJ Gov. Christie's scandal hurt donations to the Republican Governors Association?

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

  • Bill O’Reilly’s Super Bowl interview with President Obama [Fox News]
  • “President Obama, in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, tried to put behind him the scandals that have hung over his second term, suggesting his administration did not mislead the public on the Benghazi attack and going so far as to say the IRS targeting scandal had “not even a smidgen of corruption.” [Fox News]
  • Janet Yellen takes over the Fed—and takes on politics [Politico]
  • “The super wealthy boost the Republican Governors Association ahead of the Democrats going into 2014. But can Gov. Chris Christie keep the money flowing [Slate]
  • The U.S., E.U. wade deeper into Ukraine standoff with aid Plan [WSJ]
  • Hillary Clinton, Richard Branson, and the 25-year-old wunderkind Dems fell for [National Journal]
  • The Middle Class is steadily eroding. Just ask the business world. [NYT]
  • The most expensive Senate race of the cycle—so far [Roll Call]
  • Why the U.S. can’t kill the Benghazi attackers with a drone strike [TIME]
  • Marijuana-laced treats leave Colorado jonesing for safety rules [NPR]
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mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

A little background on the college education of the woman trotted out by the GOP to rebut Obama.


http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/sarahposner/7547/cathy_mcmorris_rodgers___biblical__education/

In writing last week about Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' (R-WA) State of the Union response, I noted her mention that she was the first person in her family to go to college. At Religion News Service, religious studies professor Matthew Rindge takes a look at that college, and provides some vital insights into how "Christian" education has helped shape some of the stars of the Republican Party's religious leaders.

Rindge writes from Gonzaga University, a Jesuit institution in Spokane, Washington, part of the Congressional district Rodgers represents. He says that Pensacola Christian College, from which Rodgers graduated in 1990, provides an "extreme" treatment of the Bible, and a "peculiar" attachment to the King James Version. "Their obsession with the KJV," Rindge notes, "is at odds with scholars who consider dozens of alternative English versions (the New Revised Standard Version, for example) to be more faithful translations since they, unlike the KJV, are based on more ancient (and reliable) biblical manuscripts."

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but starting tomorrow evening, we're supposed to get a quarter inch of ice followed by 6" of snow.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Paul Ryan tries to claim the Pope endorses GOP principles. Hilarity ensues.

According to Paul Ryan, Pope Francis’s views are right in line with the GOP’s; he’s in favor of the free market and he’s steadfastly opposed to the “welfare state.”

During an interview on ABC this Sunday, Ryan, who is infamously Catholic, was asked by host George Stephanopolous if he’d been “a little too flip” in his past criticisms of the Pope.

“No, not at all,” Ryan insisted. “They have crony capitalism in Argentina, where you have exploitation. That is not the free market, that’s crony capitalism. We’re starting to see some crony capitalism here in America.”

And if you look at his comments very closely, he always talks about the welfare mentality,” Ryan added. “He always talks about the welfare mentality and how we have to avoid creating a welfare state. Bring the poor in and create upward mobility and free enterprise that gives opportunity to everybody, no matter who they are and where they are in life in America. That’s what we’re for.”

“You don’t think he’d endorse your budget, do you?” Stephanopoulos asked sardonically.

“Of course not, he’s a pope!” Ryan replied. “Popes don’t endorse budgets. Popes say let’s have a conversation about how to fix the broken status quo, how to bring the poor in, how to not have a welfare state, and how to produce upward mobility. Popes don’t endorse actual legislative changes or budgets like that.”

About a year ago, Ryan made headlines when he criticized the Pope’s attacks against unbridled capitalism, saying that the Pontiff doesn’t really understand how capitalism works since “they haven’t had real capitalism in Argentina.

Watch the ABC segment in the video below, via The Raw Story:

Diecash1
Diecash1

Just heard that myself. My condolences to the Mondale family.

collioure
collioure

@Sue_N  

I don't think you understand, Sue.

Sherman plays on a team that actually wins playoff games.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91  Of course the KJV is more authoritative! Jesus spoke Elizabethan English. Everybody knows that.

Also of note, PCC was unaccredited until last year. Rodgers graduated in 1990. These people can't even go to real schools.

yogi
yogi

@mantisdragon91 Colts fans will probably tell you he doesn't believe in the draft either.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@mantisdragon91 Dude's been not-poor all of his life.  He can pay off his ex- and still live comfortably.  Why not be a Republical?

sacredh
sacredh

@mantisdragon91,

From the article:

 "The bill’s chief sponsor, Republican Sen. Phillip Gandy, said the measure is intended to address the perception by some Christians that their right to practice religion is being inhibited by the government, although he admitted he hadn’t heard of any examples of the state doing so."

So. You pass a law to protect you from a situation that doesn't exist. And they wonder why we laugh at them.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@mantisdragon91  Could the GOP allow us to even see what "real capitalism" looks like.  We spend $36 million on SNAP and $860 million on corporate welfare every year and we can't afford SNAP?  If we can't afford $36M, we sure as hell can't afford $860 M.  Is Ryan willing to bite the hands that feeds the GOP???

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91  I would really, really like Ryan to produce the pope's statements against a welfare state and in favor of free enterprise. I'm not sure which "pope" he thinks said that stuff, but it wasn't Francis. Or Benedict. Or JPII. Or …

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure  

You just don't get it. 

Sue has a sense of humor.

Humor is something you don't earn. Ya either got it or ya don't got it.

And, ya don't got it.

 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Sue_N @mantisdragon91And here is the money line


Religion is the only subject in which some people are proud of believing the same thing at age 40 that they believed when they were 6. It is the only field in which development in critical thinking is seen by some as regression. With religion, people think their opinion is as legitimate as a trained professional. And the consequences are not merely academic: People unwilling to engage in a critical study of religion or the Bible are destined to worship a God and Jesus of their own making.

This peculiar brand of nonthinking religion might help explain how a person of "faith" might vote against giving women equal pay to men (Lilly Ledbetter Act), or vote against including gays, lesbians, Native Americans, and immigrants as people that should be protected against domestic violence (Violence Against Women Act), or vote to cut food to hungry children and the elderly.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure @mantisdragon91Here are his words exactly. What did I misrepresent?


“I should just say at the outset that I think as a rule, I do think sometimes we do over-punish people for crimes they’ve committed in the past,” Cooke opined. “We take away their vote, we take away their guns, and we can sometimes ruin their lives for too long.”

“But this is an issue where privacy is of paramount importance,” he continued. “There’s a lot of personal information and financial information that is being pushed through the system. And some of the people who are working in the system really have some developed skills of fraud and corruption.”

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I'll take my truck to work. Hopefully, by the time I get off at midnight, the snowplows and salt trucks will have started.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, he's never had to walk a mile in another man's hand-crafted patent leather Italian shoes.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@sacredh @mantisdragon91  "So. You pass a law to protect you from a situation that doesn't exist. And they wonder why we laugh at them."


That was the same situation with all those "voter ID" laws.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

Awww. Don't take it so hard. Your FOX fantasy is still intact as long as you keep your ears shut and cover your eyes.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure 

Ahyuh.  Yup.  780+ citations over 30 links for me vs none over dozens for you.

That kind of "wrong" I can live with..

jmac
jmac

@mantisdragon91 @Sue_N  And this is the best person Republicans could come up with in their rebuttal?     Her story doesn't pan out and then we find out about her education.     


Don't they vet these people?   Do they just grab someone off the street willing to tell an Obama story and not care at all that it doesn't pan out?   I know they think their base is stupid and that they can sell them anything,  but at some point it becomes embarrassing to show just how stupid they think the base is.   Can't they figure out that maybe an independent who actually reads and thinks can figure it out?    




sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, even 4WD is no good on ice. If worse comes to worse, I'kll stay at work until morning. Of course if it's really bad and my relief can't make it in, I'll be staying there anyway.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

I'm sorry, I've made it sound like it's more than it is.  I should remember that ice storms occur elsewhere, too.

They are capable of a lot of damage and your neophyte drivers are in for some serious nasties.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, if I get killed driving home tomorrow night, I will you my likes. Use them unwisely.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

This is going to be way worse.  Much, much worse if our ice storms are any guide.

That's what sucks about ice storms:

It doesn't matter where you are, there's no gerrymandering that situation.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, it's a 2 and a quarter mile drive down to the valley. The hill is the only part that gives me trouble. The trouble is people out driving that don't know how.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

You got it. That kind of weather can be truly dangerous. Keep out from under trees. The last ice storm we had did tremendous damage. That ice can split heavy branches right off trees.

I remember standing outside after our last one and you could hear cracking, splitting, and crashing everywhere.

sacredh
sacredh

@mantisdragon91, the law seems to be working now. They're not being prevented from practicing their religion. Maybe I was wrong.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@Paul,nnto @Sue_N @mantisdragon91  "If you look at his comments (which I have so helpfully translated from the original not-English … could be Latin … or Spanish … who knows with these guys?) very closely … after you've run them through this sooper-secret Republican decoder ring … and if you stand on your head and hold your mouth just right and play this Beatles song backward … then you will see that I am just completely making this sh|t up because no way in hell has this pope (or any pope, really, except maybe the Borgia guy) said anything that remotely supports any of my Randian nonsense."

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

I was just reminiscing about the hypocritical tension between what you claim and what you do:~) 

If you hadn't said those things, I wouldn't even comment on it.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TyPollard 

@collioure .is an amazingly consistent piece of work.

You can be certain he's going to vote for a GOP nutball. 

He's said lots of stuff, like when people point out FUX racism, he claims he's just not interested, except when it's racism on certain threads here, then, it's Obamabots pretending to be GOP racists just to discredit them.


Or, that he's colorblind, for which I proudly award him this.

This is thee Southern Strategy Signature Double Dog Whistle.  It works for two demographics at once!  Just Blow Harder!

TyPollard
TyPollard

@nflfoghorn @MementoMori @collioure  

Don't know if you all missed it or not but collie said he currently supports Hillary for President in 2016.

Seriously, he said it. 

Of course that won't stop him from pointing out every perceived blemish on her record while ignoring the insanity coming from the Republican party. He doesn't play  those games.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MementoMori

Or, if the evidence is overwhelmingly against his beliefs.
In which case it's no longer interesting and therefore it doesn't matter.