Morning Must Reads: February 4

In the news: Christie on bridge scandal, Obama vs. O'Reilly part 2, Politicians remember Joan Mondale, GOP offers Obamacare alternative, and the Farm Bill vote

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

  • Obama aides doubt Clinton strategy [BuzzFeed]
  • “Members of Congress and their aides took more free trips around the world in 2013 than in any year since new restrictions were put in place after the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal.” [National Journal]
  • Republicans offer an Obamacare alternative [TIME]
  •  Christie on Bridge Closure: “I had nothing to do with this” [TIME]
  • 2014: The Year of John Kerry [New Yorker]
  • Farm Bill clears hurdle in the Senate, final vote seen Tuesday [Reuters]
  • Obamas, Bidens remember Joan Mondale [Politico]
  • Obama vs. O’Reilly, Round 2: Keystone, Poverty, and Veterans [Fox News]
  • Preschool push moving ahead in many states [NYT]
  • Detroit sues over debt deals [WSJ]
  • Is the GOP Giving up Tea? [Washington Post]
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fitty_three
fitty_three

Just for me, I have to write.

It was so sad when we saw the tears in her eyes when she couldn't get out of the wheelchair. They ran down her cheeks, she hoped so hard. Her heart was broken, but we saw it before and hoped to cheer her up with love.

We just didn't know her heart was broken for the last time. All we knew is that she sounded more decisive but we didn't know why. It was only after she passed that we knew, and it was too late.

Debbie, I love you and please rest in peace - October 28, 2013.

TyPollard
TyPollard

@fitty_three  

I know this must be  a roller coaster of emotions for you. As odd as it sounds you have friends here in the swamp that care for and support you. I am one of them.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

If you're out there I hope the ice isn't as bad as I've heard. I've heard 1/2 to 1 inch. That's pretty serious.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

We just don't have situations where there's no one else. Old man winter sneezes up here and were hip deep in abandoned benzes.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three,m I just made it home. We were fortunate. We didn't get the ice, but we're at a  half-foot of snow already and it's still coming down hard. On the 8 1/2 mile drive home, I passed ZERO other vehicles. None. Either direction. The snow plows aren't even going. The whole drive up the hill was through a half foot of snow. It was fun. I used both lanes and was all over both of them. I stopped at the all-night gas station on the way home and told the woman that if I got killed on the way home, to tell my wife that I played scratch-offs until the very end.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

That's great. I just happened to log on at the right time to see you post

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, when I stopped at the gas station, I thought about going next door to the supermarket parking lot and throwing donuts in the truck, but there was a cop at the gas station and I didn't think he'd understand.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Probably not but the sight of acres of pristine snow to frolic in would tempt me too. 

We did get a dusting here but the air is coming out of Canada and is too dry.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, It didn't even start to snow until after 9. I'm whipped. Off to dreamland for me. Goodnight.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, metallic dark gray Ranger extended cab. I bought it off the showroom floor in May of 98'. I bought a new car two weeks later and paid cash for both of them. Money is about the the only thing I miss about being single.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

A man and his horse, er, I mean truck. It's a beat up red 3/4 ton huh?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Hell, I bet at least one window crank has been replaced with a pair of vice grips, too.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three  

Could be you're crediting the wrong President.

"The process began 10 years ago under the then Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, when Tripoli joined the CWC."

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three  

Yes, Bush deserves the credit for that.  He persuaded Gaddafi to end his nuclear ambitions and destroy his WMD.

I guess when your preferred President has so few accomplishments himself, it's natural to want to take credit for the accomplishments of other Presidents to embellish his record.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@fitty_three @DonQuixotic 

I find it funny that he does argue "you weren't there" and then jumps into some other dated topic like Darwin's works.  How does he know Darwin was even a real man?  He wasn't there.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

And as expected, Bill Nye is bringing humor and logic to this debate, while Ken Ham is just arguing terminology and "belief" as if you can debate rationally against someone who refuses to acknowledge what's in front of their face.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@La_Randy

It takes a few minutes to load, if it doesn't by the five minute mark, then you might have problems.  It's that slow.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@DonQuixotic

I note thatand he is also taking excerpts of Darwin's out of context. Darwin was a strong advocate of Owen's uniformitarian approach to geology.

And the charge of racism is an empty one.  He papers over the fact that Haekel, a creationist, believed in 'the chain of being' which was inherently racist.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@DonQuixotic  

By that, I mean the ID guy.  He turned this "debate" into some sort of right wing rant about "freedom of religion" and stuff like that.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@DonQuixotic

The guy is tripping over geology and cosmology. "You weren't there" is not an argument.

There is also the problem of what is provable and what is not. The issue should be what is falsifiable, which ID is not.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@DonQuixotic

He's arguing points that have already been disproven, particularly his comments on geology, or makes statements that cannot be falsified.  

Also note that he is drawing only on scientists that do not have connections to either cosmology or geology.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@La_Randy

Bill Nye at least isn't tasked with the job of convincing him. He sounds like a birther and a climate change denier too.

I think he's one of Pat Robertson's old stooges.