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.

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.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Huh, fun fact.

So a well known adage in Software Engineering is that we call problems bugs because of a moth that was found inside a malfunctioning computer in the 40s (actually, September 9, 1947, BTW).

However, according to wiki, this is not actually the derivation of "bug".  Bugs actually come from Hardware Engineering and it was popularized by Software Engineers after this incident who actually knew that their hardware engineering equivalents already used the term.  Where it actually comes from is unclear, but we do know that Thomas Edison used the term in 1878

fitty_three
fitty_three

Just FYI if any of you are debating collie under his now poffed lead comment, you're debating in a virtual, free-floating Swampland bubble in cyberspace.


Letting you know so you don't waste your time in there.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

yogi
yogi

@forgottenlord

I always like to call bugs "features", marketing and management are never amused.

collioure
collioure

@fitty_three  

Sure.  

No need to discuss the downside of Obamacare, like 2.5 million fewer full-time jobs.

Yeah, those people will have more time to paint by the numbers, for example.

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.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

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

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.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@yogi  

The Products Manager went "we don't call them 'bugs', we call them 'defects'.  Doesn't 'defects' sound like a much nicer word?"

I gave her a flat no.

I've been banned from giving an opinion on what is nicer or not.  (Edit: Though that might have been because I said I didn't see any value to her red shoes when she was trying to make a point about the importance of a pretty product)

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

The good news is that your peers are buying your nonsense and plan to make the repeal of the ACA the price of the hostage release later this month.

The bad news?

I won't be serving your crow with Hollandaise sauce

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure They aren't fewer jobs they are fewer people in the job market. Which means less competition for existing jobs which should improve wages.

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

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

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

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

sacredh
sacredh

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

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, 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

@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.

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

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.

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.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Y'know, it's weird.

My Mom never cared about her shoes or her dress (well....I don't think I ever saw her wear one) or....whatever and my wife is even less concerned about fashion.  So I've gotten into more trouble with my Product Manager over fashion than anyone else because she's the only person who's ever asked me for my opinion about fashion.

collioure
collioure

@Diecash1  

And sycophants like you ignore the obvious in order to rmouth the stupid spin someone fed you.

Diecash1
Diecash1

I had this very same argument with someone on FB today as he jumped at the chance to post something negative about the PPACA. Some people just can't get past their own confirmation bias to delve into the actual facts. Unbelievable.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord

"No sense in working shirty hours for that arse whole just to get shirty medical coverage. Eff him, I'll get Obamacare and then find a real job."

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure  

Just to be explicitly clear:

“The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor, so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation and in hours worked relative to what would have occurred otherwise rather than as an increase in unemployment (that is, more workers seeking but not finding jobs) or underemployment (such as part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours per week).”

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord

Remember that Pope Urban IV refused to look through Galileo's telescope.

@collioure .is a dumber, totally less important knockoff of this guy, which is why I told him that FUX was his God.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@collioure

Dear God,

THE CBO REPORT - THE VERY ONE THAT THE RIGHT WING IS QUOTING - EXPLICITLY SAID THAT IT WAS NOT THE JOBS BEING CUT OR CONVERTED TO PART TIME BUT PEOPLE VOLUNTARILY LEAVING THE WORKFORCE

But hey, keep peddling a misinterpretation of English done by Fox et all.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

No, thatis what your thinksters at FUX told you was the 'correct interpretation'.

You couldn't think your way out of a paper bag if FUX told you it was stapled shut.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91

@collioure .isn't going to hear these things on FUX. Save yourself the trouble. He only listens to his thinksters at FUX and if they don't say it, he won't listen.

FUX is his God.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91  

Of course, people working less is a good thing.

Why didn't I think of that?

Keep spinning, man-child.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure @mantisdragon91

Keeping ignoring reality and watching Fox. Your childish insults in particular make your points so convincing.