Morning Must Reads: February 12

In the news: the end of debt-limit brinkmanship; election mode hits Capitol Hill; Wendy Davis; the first known instance of a foreign national exploiting Citizens United; mammography screenings; the words you can't say on the House floor

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

  • Can Wendy Davis have it all? [NYT]
  • “The Federal Reserve will keep winding down one of its highest-profile easy-money programs unless the economy takes a serious turn for the worse, Janet Yellen said in her inaugural public appearance since becoming the central bank’s first chairwoman.” [WSJ]
  • “The House voted 221-201 to pass a clean debt ceiling hike for more than a year—and there are a few interesting trends hidden in the breakdown…” [Roll Call]
    • How John Boehner decided to give up on the debt limit fight [WashPost]
    • Debt-Limit Brinkmanship Is Dead [Slate]
  • Election modes hits Capitol [Hill]
    • “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is trying to make the midterm elections all about women.” [Politico]
  • “President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour starting next year…” [Reuters]
  • Obama’s arbitrary health care flexibility [National Journal]
  • “In a first of its kind case, federal prosecutors say a Mexican businessman funneled more than $500,000 into U.S. political races through Super PACs and various shell companies. The alleged financial scheme is the first known instance of a foreign national exploiting the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in order to influence U.S. elections.” [Foreign Policy]
  • “Yearly mammography screenings for women ages 40 to 59 do not reduce breast cancer deaths, even though they make a diagnosis of illness more likely, according to a long-term study of nearly 90,000 Canadian women.” [L.A. Times]
  • Are there words you can’t say on the House floor? [National Journal]
639 comments
sacredh
sacredh

off to work. Heigh ho heigh ho. Have fun folks.

sacredh
sacredh

I woke up and it was 20! It doesn't take much to make me happy with the lousy weather we've been having. Sad.

roknsteve
roknsteve

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roknsteve
roknsteve

Just For Everybody--- I Skip Terry Clifton's Tea Party Libertarian Yard Sale everyday.    

fitty_three
fitty_three

I hope you guys in the south are doing ok. From what I'm hearing, you got hit harder than we did in our last ice storm.

Be safe and warm!

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Huh, interesting fact I didn't know

Remember when Russia decided it wanted to go sit on Georgia's face for two months back in '08?  Well, apparently there was an Independent International fact finding mission that investigated it and came to the conclusion that Georgia was "likely" the aggressor.  They couldn't get independent verification, but based upon evidence they felt it was probably that Georgia had actually fired artillery shells at some Russian Peace Keepers in South Ossetia - with casualties - justifying a "proportionate" retaliatory response.  They did note that invading Georgia with 20K troops kinda goes beyond all possible definitions of proportionate, but I thought it was an interesting detail.

BTW: the shells were fired because of terrorist activities in South Ossetia against Georgia though why they were fired at Russians I'm not sure.

sacredh
sacredh

I Loved "Ender's Game". I'm not a fan of Card's personal views, but the book and movie were good.

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but we just watched "Identity Thief". It wasn't as good as "The Heat", but it was still funny.

outsider
outsider

@sacredh  

it is currently  -0.4 Fahrenheit here


And i'm just glad it's too cold for snow.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@sacredh  

I woke up and it was 1:30.

By 3:30, I'd designed two systems in my head and decided I better get out of bed and write my designs before I forget them.

Stupid brain.

The adrenaline rush is wearing off

Stupid body

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@forgottenlordMcCain and Bush encouraged Georgia to take a more aggressive stance on South Ossetia with assurances of support. Meanwhile Russia set a bear trap for them just waiting for a provocation to bloody their nose. Of course when the nose punch occurred we did nothing except make loud noises. To quote Curly we looked rather small on the world stage.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@fitty_three  

I just love the language here

I mean....isn't it normally the members that revolt against the leaders, not the other way?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@fitty_three  "The Republicans are revolting!" Why, yes, yes they are.

Oh, wait …

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord  

I know that feeling. When I get tasked with a bear of a project, my brain automatically starts seeking solutions, and usually, it chooses to do it's own mental sleepwalking.

I don't know how many daffy and difficult problems I've had to solve that way;~)

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@fitty_three  

Please allow me to correct my snark..I posted this without the lol at the end..Of course we have to pay our debts..I was in the middle of dinner, and forgot to edit before time ran out..

Lighten up people...I'm very well versed in the 3 branches of government..I know who writes the checks...

My intent was to poke fun at Cruz for his continuing to be the finger in the eye of his party, not mine..

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TerryClifton02

I wish they would have taken your advice.

It would only speed the day that the crazies and the militant rich meet their political demise.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@TerryClifton02

And this is proof that you have no clue what the debt ceiling is.  It isn't authorization for Obama to spend money, it's authorization for Obama to pay the bills Congress told him to pay.  Those bills were chosen by Congress through this little bill you might know as "The Budget".

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@Sue_N @mantisdragon91 

A liberal newspaper then couldn't list the names and addresses of those who have permits, putting their lives along with their families in danger of criminals. 

As far as training goes, hold your firearm steady, exhale, squeeze the trigger, and hit your target..End of training..

outsider
outsider

Ah. Natural selection finally trumps civilization again...

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TerryClifton02

Far be it for me to tell you what to do or say but you appear to be interested in not being misunderstood. I speak only for myself when I say these things but I think I'm not far off the mark when I say that everyone is totally sick to death of the Obama bashing.

He's just this guy, you know, who is a Democratic POTUS doing Democratic things. Hell, a lot of us have been very disappointed in what he's done from time to time.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@TerryClifton02 @fitty_threeYou haven't found BigFoot? Who do you think plays the Offensive and Defensive line positions in the NFL? You didn't really think humans get that big did you?

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@fitty_three @TerryClifton02 

I will attempt to do a better job when I post something snarky..

I'm the type of person that questions everything. Those in power, will always come under my scope of doubt. I like to compare a good politician to spotting Bigfoot, a lot of people claim they exist, I just haven't found one yet, with very few exceptions.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@forgottenlord @TerryClifton02 

I'm completely anti-government, for the most part..I was a much bigger hater of Bush/Cheney. I wore out a great pair of New Balance's protesting Iraq and Afghanistan. You see my hero is Henry David Thoreau, so I'm a bit of a rebel.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TerryClifton02

It's ok, Terry. But you get pretty far right on some occasions. Even I finish anything but the most obvious snark with something.  This one especially as Obama hate is a stock in trade and I for one, don't want to hear it.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@TerryClifton02

Fair enough.  My default setting with you when assessing snark is assuming you're anti-Obama/D's though I do know your opinions are more complex than our resident trolls.

jason024
jason024

@ahandout @fitty_three@TerryClifton02 Well he certainly wanted to help the middle class but...when was the last time anybody from the GOP was willing to help him? 

Fixing immigration (GOP for it then against it)

Extending Unemployment Benefits (GOP refusing a plan that would pay for it)

Job Bill (waiting for Congressional Action)

Confirmation of Consumer Protection Agency Head (Waiting confirmation)

ahandout
ahandout

@fitty_three @TerryClifton02 Crazies meet the mirror, and militant rich; that is too funny.  Where do you pull this BS from?  Obama has made the rich richer and the poor poorer and screwed the middle class.  Meanwhile, he lives just like the militant rich and panders to the elite. 

jason024
jason024

@TerryClifton02My point was that the vast majority of gun owners will never be in a situation that requires them to shoot someone.


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Thankfully is a good thing. However.  "training as common sense" would almost certainly be opposed by the NRA if we codified it into law for concealed weapons permits. Common sense isn't part of everyone's DNA.....as much as you love independence and freedom, we can't let the morons run the asylum because we need to give them independence and freedom.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@mantisdragon91 @TerryClifton02@Sue_N 

Not having seen combat first hand myself, I can't begin to understand the stress that combat troops face in a war zone. I don't pretend to know the dangers you and your friends faced every day in that forsaken war. I worked on CH-53's, so I never got my hands dirty. However, owning a weapon, and using it as the last line of defense for survival is up to the individual, and I'm sure it's not a picnic either..However, I'm not going to let someone do me  or my family harm under any circumstances. I will just have to deal with it as it comes.


I would also like to offer my sincere gratitude for your honorable service.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@fitty_three @TerryClifton02 

I saw them a bunch of times when I was in the Marines..

My point was that the vast majority of gun owners will never be in a situation that requires them to shoot someone. Training is common sense for those people who have concealed carry permits, but if you're just keeping a shotgun in your closet for intruders, it's a pretty simple task, of pointing and squeezing..If you're like me, and you own a pump, it makes a very distinct sound when loaded, that alone would make me flee the residence with much haste before I saw my chest cavity exposed to the world. 


Again, there are stupid people offing themselves every day, and the majority of them are not using weapons..

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TerryClifton02

Yuo they have Seafair but the blue angels pulled out.  I'm disappointed.

As for the 99.9% argument goes, you've run aground on your own power. The shoals of statistics as, like with cars, a hundred thousand is 99.9% of what now?

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@fitty_three @TerryClifton02 

99.9% of people who own firearms will never face a life and death situation. 

No, I'm snowed in today, and feeling froggy..

I hope you're well out in the Great Northwest. By the way, do they still do the Sea Fair every year? I was there one year, and the Sea Fair was pretty cool.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@TerryClifton02 @Sue_N @mantisdragon91  So all that time the Army spent training me to shoot was wasted? Are people born knowing how to disassemble, clean and load firearms? Are they born knowing the gun laws?

There's more to owning a gun than just shooting the thing.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TerryClifton02

I had a friend who insulted my by loudly proclaimed that all Democrats were Socialists and victimizers and I got mad at him.

He told me he was just trying to get a rise out of me.

You know what I told him?

I said "Now whose fault is that?"

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TerryClifton02

That's not an insult directed at gun owners, it's a caricature of the stupidity of the NRAs stand on screening issues.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@TerryClifton02 @Sue_N @outsider  Where did I imply that only gun owners are stupid?

Are you this much of a nitwit in real life, or do you only play one on the internet?

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@Sue_N @outsider 

You're implying that only gun owners are stupid..Plenty of stupid people kill themselves every day without the assistance of a weapon. 

Sue_N
Sue_N

@outsider  "Is it loaded?"

"How am I supposed to know?"

"Lemme look down the barrel and see."

Boom.

"Yeah, I guess it was loaded."