Morning Must Reads: February 11

In the news: another ObamaCare delay; White House shifts Afghanistan plans; China and Taiwan hold 1st official talks since 1949; House Republican leadership unveils debt-ceiling strategy; movie star Shirley Temple Black dies at the age of 85.

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

  • “The Obama administration announced Monday that certain employers will have extra time to comply with the new health care reform law’s requirement that they provide health insurance to workers, the latest of many deadlines extended and rules tweaked during the law’s rollout.”  [TIME]
  • “The U.S. military has revised plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan to allow the White House to wait until President Hamid Karzai leaves office before completing a security pact and settling on a post-2014 U.S. troop presence…” [WSJ]
  • “The Obama administration is debating whether to authorize a lethal strike against an American citizen living in Pakistan who some believe is actively plotting terrorist attacks…” [NYT]
  • “China and Taiwan held their first official government-to-government talks on Tuesday since splitting during a civil war in 1949, in an attempt to forge closer economic links and reduce tensions over the thorny issue of eventual re-unification.” [WashPost]
  • “Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen can expect global financial markets to scrutinize her first public remarks since taking over the Fed’s leadership this month…Yellen will deliver the Fed’s twice-annual report to Congress, starting Tuesday before the House Financial Services Committee and then Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee.” [AP]
    • What to watch for in Yellen’s testimony [WSJ]
  • “The House could vote as early as Wednesday on legislation to raise the country’s borrowing limit, after Republicans met on Monday night in their latest effort to find elusive consensus on one of the final must-pass objectives before Washington goes into election mode.” [TIME]
    • “GOP lawmakers generally received the plan poorly, and the mood coming out of the meeting was grim…” [Breitbart]
    • “One clear loser stands out: Rep. Paul Ryan…” [National Journal]
  • “After holding their fire for years at the urging of the Obama administration, several immigration reform groups now plan to unleash their anger at the right.” [Politico]
  • “Congress may soon save you from ever having to deal with an annoying, horrible person who insists on yakking away on a cell phone during a commercial airline flight.” [Yahoo!]
  • “Shirley Temple Black, who as the most popular child movie star of all time lifted a filmgoing nation’s spirits during the Depression and then grew up to be a diplomat, has died. She was 85.” [L.A. Times]
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sacredh
sacredh

It's movietime folks. Goodnight.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

CNN NewsCrack:

A divided U.S. House voted Tuesday to let the government borrow enough money to pay its bills for the next year.

Fewer than three dozen of the majority Republicans joined almost all of the Democrats to pass the proposal, which lacked any deficit-reduction provisions sought by the GOP conservative wing.

The debt-ceiling measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to vote on Wednesday.

It's indeed an election year.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

What has Collie done today?

1. Defended Pegyy Noonan

2. Spouted hate on Obama

3. Brought back the election of 2000

4. See 2

5. Thinks Putin is a great guy

6. See 2

I suspect a pattern is developing.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@sacredh  I live about a half-mile from the main road where the whole incident occurred...about three miles east on the main road. 

I'm afraid he may actually walk simply b/c he felt threatened.  So if you ever come down here just feel threatened, be white, shoot a black kid and you'll be OK.  Jesus.  If Angela Corey blows this one I may just scream.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

[holds fingers to mouth]

Ummmmm. Ooops?

[sigh]

Oh well, just another blah guy. Who'll notice.

Let's get pizza!

sacredh
sacredh

From the article:

"He and girlfriend Rhonda Rouer were having an "out-of-body experience trying to process what was happening" following the shooting. After learning almost six hours later that he had killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis, he became "crazy with grief," vomiting and experiencing stomach problems for about four hours before taking a nap, he said."

How Zen.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@nflfoghorn So the entire GOP House only has 36 adults who want to pay the bills and maintain our credit ratings. Cue the shocked face.

sacredh
sacredh

@nflfoghorn, sometimes I think our whole country has lost it's mind. Wall Street rapes us, the corporations are really running the country and justice is for sale to the highest bidder. We have red neck states (no personal offense intended)  where the law of the land appears to be "there are no laws". 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

Yet he still didn't have enough grief and guilt to make himself turn himself in, huh?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91  

They just wrote themselves out of the equation.  Another win for Obama, the incompetent community organizer.

sacredh
sacredh

@outsider, there's some nut case named Ed that spams threads claiming there's "white genocide" taking place. I get this picture of a guy sitting dressed in cammo and peeking out of the corner of the window looking for black helicopters.

outsider
outsider

It has, my friend. And everyone on the outside is watching and just shaking their collective heads

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

It really seems that she was describing the effects lousy pizza had on him.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, the boss told me yesterday that he was glad I was coming back on daylights to lighten things up a little. I only have to deal with a couple of guys on shift, he gets the whole crew. I wouldn't want his job at twice the pay. I can talk to the guys any way I want to. he has to set an example. I can tell somebody to shut the f up and quit whining. He can't.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

It seems like you're not going to get a break. Hopefully you can engineer a management solution to the morale problem.

Knowing you as little as I do, I think you will be able to at least mitigate it.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, the weather has been so bad for so long that everyone is worn out and starting to snipe at each other. A couple of warm days is what we really need.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

Ours came and went.  No fuster clucks here.   I did make about $200 selling abandoned benzes though;~)

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, it's just been a cluster truck at work. Everything is ice and snow covered.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

I did that during the last ice storm we had.  I had to pick the ice first, then shovel.  I didn't use a snow shovel, I used a T handle flat iron shovel.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, when the snow gets compacted by ice and partial melting then refreezing, it's like concrete. I broke a snow shovel at work a couple of days ago putting a little too muscle on it.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Had no idea. I thought that it would be relatively easy with a grader blade, but I don't have a lawn tractor or a driveway that long.

I just gave myself a sad.  I've been exercising and I still can't see my driveway!  I'll just have to keep at it;~)

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I've got a heavy-duty snow thrower but all the ice and frozen snow just snaps off the shearpins.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

It's 55 and rainy here.  Sorry about your pinkies. You should get a blade for your lawn tractor.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three , I was shoveling outside. It's 18 and going to drop about 20 degrees overnight.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Well, there is one location in which one at a time could be warmed, but I'm afraid, in your case, it might actually be a Chinese Finger Trap.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91

I was trying to be moderate, but ok, the full monty then.

I'm for that.  I am 103% behind that. (winger fuzzy math).

Looks like the paulie treatment for the French FUX Parrot.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@outsider 

I've longed for this day....


I think maybe just a step below that.  He's working his way up there.