Morning Must Reads: February 21

In the news: European and Russian mediators strike Ukraine deal; President Obama releases budget blueprint; Fannie Mae reports huge annual profit; After midterms, House Republicans anticipate Speaker Boehner retirement; a French hornist, an economist, a billionaire, a psychologist and the Dalai Lama walk into a conservative think tank

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

  • “A deal designed to end Ukraine’s long-running crisis was reached Friday after all-night negotiations that included European and Russian mediators, the office of President Viktor Yanukovych announced.” [WashPost]
  • “President Barack Obama’s budget blueprint for the next fiscal year will drop a entitlement program fix he once embraced, in the latest acknowledgement that little progress will be made on the nation’s fiscal issues ahead of the midterm elections.” [TIME]
  • “Fannie Mae on Friday reported an annual profit of $84 billion for 2013, a banner year in which strong home-price gains in housing markets across the U.S. powered the mortgage-finance giant to an astounding rebound.” [WSJ]
  • Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker’s Scandal Snoozer [Politico]
  • “House Republicans have begun jockeying for leadership positions in the next Congress, anticipating the possibility that Speaker John Boehner could step down after the November elections.” [Washington Examiner]
  • For Facebook, It’s Users First and Profits Later [NYT]
  • “So a French hornist, an economist, a billionaire, a psychologist and the Dalai Lama walk into a conservative think tank…” [Yahoo!]
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mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

This is what pissed me off from day one. For a party that loves our troops they sure sent tens of thousands of them into harm's way with inadequate equipment and no clear policy of what to do once they got there.


When Republicans hated the troops

Conservative rhetoric about honoring our soldiers conceals their staggering disregard for the loss of life in Iraq

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

And looks Megyn gives yet another platform for the FRC and Tony Perkins


Tuesday night, "straight news" host Megyn Kelly, whose desk was designed with maximum leg view in mind, started the segment in her trademark loud and snarky tone. Eyes flashing and nostrils flaring, she reported that "a hotel in the heartland has decided no more bibles in the night stands." She explained that the decision was a result of a complaint from - drum roll please - the Freedom from Religion Foundation that wanted the bibles to be banned because they were "alienating to non-believers." The chyron supported her agitprop message with just the right codes inflammatory words which let you know, loud and clear, who is responsible for this outrage: "Bible Banning, University Hotel Complies With Atheist Group." She warmly welcomed  her guest, SPLC designated homophobic hate group leader Tony Perkins.
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After she acknowledged that this is a "state run college and hotel," she sneered as she continued "therefore they say they can't be endorsing religion over non-religion." Perkins, a Christian right grievance hustler and not an attorney, quoted from the First Amendment and whined about how it's "hard to conceive how a donated bible, in a draw, is an establishment of religion." As he accused the FFRF of "doing this across the country," the chyron reinforced the message: "Group Demands Iowa State University Hotel Ban Bibles."

Kelly provided validation: "Everybody has gone to a hotel and seen a bible in the nightstand and I don't know if I've ever felt that somebody is pushing religion on me. But they react as though this has been an abhorrent experience for them." Kelly is wrong. The basis of the FFRF complaint isn't emotional but rather that "It is a fundamental principle of Establishment Clause jurisprudence that a government entity cannot in any way promote, advance, or otherwise endorse religion."

Perkins spoke about how having bibles in hotel rooms prevents suicides. Kelly sarcastically said "I'm sure they're on a campaign to get rid of triple X porno in hotel rooms..." which, of course, has nothing to do with church/state issues as this does. As the camera angle zoomed to get maximum Kelly leg shots, Perkins warned that this could be a "slippery slope" which could result in religious programming being banned. He zeroed in on the main message, one that he frequently invokes on other Fox persecuted Christian segments, about how this reflects a "hostility towards religion." After Kelly claimed that the FFRF "finds the bible...objectionable," Perkins, on cue, read a FFRF statement which described some of the more unsavory parts of the bible which, according to Perkins, *"aren't in the bible." Kelly chuckled, "we'll leave it that."

So if a taxpayer funded college had Korans in their hotels, Perkins and Kelly would be OK with that?  And BTW, when Kelly says “I’m a straight-news anchor. I’m not one of the opinion hosts at Fox," she is either seriously deluded or full of shit!

*The FFRF quote stated that the bible has instructions to kill homosexuals. Perkins says that's not in the Bible. Perkins is wrong: Leviticus 20:13: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." Looks like Perkins isn't reading his bible!


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sacredh
sacredh

Really OT, but a guy from another installation called last night at work and said he'd heard I was thinking of going at the end of the year. Everyone else has been asking me to stay at least another year after this one. He asked me to put my papers in NOW and leave in 90 days (how long it takes to process the papers). It really made me smile and put things in perspective. He's transferring to our installion in two weeks and he'd move into my job.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91  

Hand collie a rock and he would close his eyes and claim:

"There's no evidence that this is a rock!"

fitty_three
fitty_three

CANADA 3, SWEDEN 0!

GOLD FOR YOU GUYS!  Congrats!

fitty_three
fitty_three

Sweden isn't trying to bring everything up.

Under two, looks like it's gonna be CAN, but with the last two games I watched...

fitty_three
fitty_three

@mantisdragon91  

Well, they did set the standard that all American flags be made here.

Why the didn't make the same requirements for the weapons, infrastructure, and supplies is anyone's guess.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

He lusts for your position.

What do you think, will the guys hate it or love it?

It's not clear how you and they feel about it.

outsider
outsider

@fitty_three  

They were trying - it just didn't work. Much as you and i discussed against Team USA. 

I just looked - i can't believe you guys were shut out by the Finns! Though they did play a hard game this tournament. 

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, he worked there before and was not a very popular person. Like at all. I enjoyed his honesty though. I'd much rather have a person be upfront about their intentions.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@outsider  

It seems that Finland just kind of gave up by the time I tuned the game in.  The Canadians were swarming the net and their goalie (?Lundquist?) was forced to make save after save, they were taking so many SOGs.

At the end, I was surprised they didn't pull their goalie up, but I'm wondering if maybe that's the way the Swedish play hockey.  Then again, maybe they felt that if they did, that Canada would continually break up their passing and score even more. 

Just seems like SWE, even as dominating as they were in their bracket, just didn't have much confidence against CAN, but I didn't see anything but the last 10 minutes.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@outsider  

I think that the demise of USA was more of a non-hockey issue. They have the talent, but some teams need more time than others to develop the maturity, confidence, and skills as a team than others.  CAN is a team that jelled while they played, and their D's kept them in every game so that the front lines had time to jell.

It seems that in every sport, D is quicker to jell than offense. 

Our offense just didn't have enough time to develop that confidence.  You could see it when they started going for those mid ice slap shots late in the game. They seemed to have stopped playing hockey then and were individual players, except for Kessler.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@outsider  

I think that USA was playing above their level.  If they had beat CAN, I think they could have taken the gold.

But they seemed to have just totally deflated after CAN beat them, and it seems that it was more chemistry that killed us more than the FINs.

collioure
collioure

@mantisdragon91 @collioure 

Who said anything about being aggressive?

I still don't understand the famous Russian reset.  It looks to me like Putin has his way with us every time out.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@collioure @mantisdragon91So how aggressive where we when Bush, McCain and Right Wing Pundits like Krauthammer suggested Georgia get tough on the issue of South Ossetia, only to stand by and do nothing as Russia Tanks rolled through Georgia in response?

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, 38 years for me (39 counting my year of sick leave). It's the only job I've ever had. I'm not eligible for SS. I'm CSRS.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

When I retire, I'll have 19 years with my employer. Not the greatest thing for a pension, but with SS, it will be enough. I've lost a finger, but other than that, none of my appendages have been lovingly chawed by the fates. 

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I started as a stay in school at 17. I've got 40 years of working outside year round under my belt. That really takes a toll. Plus, I've been in some pretty serious car accidents (besides over 2 dozen broken bones and 300+ stitches). 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

It's like that with my BF's job too. He retires at 65, he's 62, I'm 60.

sacredh
sacredh

These are retirement jobs. Nobody leaves unless they retire or get promoted to a different installation. We'd usually have a guy leave every three years or so. With most of us older, 4 of us could walk tomorrow.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, one other big factor is the turnover. The crew was so stable for so long that it was like family. In the last two years, we've had a turnover of 1/3 of the crew. It's just not the same any more. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

The MIL? Oh, wow. Talk about a rock and a hard place. You're better off building your own cabin in the back 40 and living there.

Send smoke signals to the wife when it's time;~)

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, it really did start to make me seriously consider going. The weather and the fact that I'm now basically working for $5 an hour. Each year I stay adds about $90 a month to my retirement. The other big thing keeping me at work is the MIL. I'm not sure I could handle her 24/7.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

It's like being a tiger among wildlife advocates. Wildlife advocates hug tigers and sharks.

Couldn't think of a better analogy. It's Sunday. Sue me.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, OT, but I hit another $100 scratch-off on the way to work last night. It was the same $2 scratch-off I jhit 20k on. I didn't cash it and took it in to work to show the other guys. They're getting sick of me hitting. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

Good point, I think I remember you saying that this winter kind of turned your head down thread somewhere.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, I put in for a printout over a month ago to see exactly what I'd get if I left at the end of the year. I set a target minimum that would greaty influence whether I stay or go. I still haven't got the results back yet. This winter has been brutual and I'm not inclined to risk repeating it. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh

No I got that, the guys heart you. They really heart you.

I don't remember whether you decided to stay the extra year or not.

outsider
outsider

@fitty_three @outsider 

In the last 10 mins, 9:55 of it was played in the Swede's end. 

You can't score from your own end. 

We were just all over them. 

outsider
outsider

@fitty_three @outsider 

One, possibly the main thing, that allowed Team Canada to win was that even though it was a team of superstars, the entire team bought into the idea of Team - and no one tried to stand out. 

Team Canada played a defensive game - backing one another up, and just jumping on opportunities as they came up - as opposed to forcing an offensive game. 


Which sort of supports your theory too.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@outsider  

Let me restate that.

Finland deserves all the credit for the way they played.

Our guys deflated after the win, which just made Finland's job that much easier.