Morning Must Reads: February 24

In the news: Ukraine issues arrest warrant for ousted president; Egypt's government resigns; El Chapo arrested; Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the army to its smallest force since pre-WWII

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

  • “The new government of Ukraine issued an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych on Monday to face charges of ‘mass murder of peaceful civilians,’ a reference to the 88 Ukrainians killed by riot police and in street clashes over the last week.” [WashPost]
  • “Egypt’s government has resigned, the prime minister said on Monday, a step likely to pave the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic U.S. ally gripped by political strife.” [Reuters]
  • What The Arrest Of ‘El Chapo’ Means For Mexico [TIME]
  • “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.” [NYT]
  • “When you go to all this trouble to cover the uninsured, is it really that unreasonable to ask how many uninsured people Obamacare has covered so far? The answer, apparently, is: Yes. It’s unreasonable.” [Politico]
  • “As members of Congress return Monday from their week-long President’s Day recess, their work is done. In the last two months, Congress has cleared the annual budget and debt ceiling hurdles. They’ve finally passed a farm bill and a defense reauthorization bill. There is no reason to expect anything more that is substantive until elections this November.” [TIME]
  • In the DeMint Era at Heritage, a Shift From Policy to Politics [NYT]
  • Supreme Court EPA Regulation Case Test Limits, Balance of Power [Roll Call]
  • “Netflix Inc. has agreed to pay Comcast Corp. to ensure Netflix movies and television shows stream smoothly to Comcast customers, a landmark pact that could set a precedent for Netflix’s dealings with other broadband providers…” [WSJ]
  • “Jim Messina, the former campaign manager to President Barack Obama who spent two decades in politics out of the public eye, is increasingly stepping out from the shadows—and onto other Democrats’ toes.” [Politico]
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sacredh
sacredh

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work I go (for almost 2 more years).

sacredh
sacredh

Nap time before work. Goodnight folks.

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but my plans on retiring at the end of the year took a serious hit this morning. They go by your high three when calculating what you get. My first year as a shift leader I was fill-in. I just worked for the leaders that were off sick or on vacation. I missed six months of shift work which added up to several thousand dollars. I hadn't even thought about that before. It would make a significant decrease in my monthly retirement. I'm still waiting to see what the printout says, but it kind of looks like I'll have to work all of next year too. It is what it is so I'm not going to get upset over it.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Fox & Friends Double Standard? 'Indecent' T-Shirts V Sports Illustrated Swimsuits! 

As I have often said, Fox & Friends is the place where Jesus and T&A peacefully co-exist. And that's because the curvy couch Christians know that Christian men have their man needs which, on Fox & Friends, are met with Victoria's Secret models, Hooters girls, and swimsuit models. Last week, in a stunning example of the - uh - the wide range of content on Fox & Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviewed a Utah mom who bought $567 worth of "indecent" T-shirts rather than allow them to be displayed in a store window where innocent young eyes could see them. During the same week, the morning family values krewe interviewed a couple of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models and, as a visual aid, showed the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover which featured a copious amount of bodacious bootay, if you know what I'm saying. Something for everyone on Fox & Friends!

outsider
outsider

@nflfoghorn  

The only things i know about florida is Scott sucks, it's hot, it's humid, there are alligators - and if you're white you can shoot a black person for no reason whatsoever. Legally. But even firing a warning shot from a black person is indictable for 20 years in prison. 


Is Crist a good politician, or is he just like everyone else, Foggy? I remember he used to be a Repub, then switched sides. That's about all i know of him.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

Crist must be doing something right if the baggers are that spitting mad. Nice to see Bette Midler get a lick in, too.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@mantisdragon91  The lobbyist does know that only members of Congress can introduce bills? Or was he home schooled?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91  But … but … free market? Government intrusion? Job-killing regulation?

What a maroon.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@sacredh  In my last year at teaching, my wife died and I took off three days to take care of matters and the funeral, etc.  I retired and then a month later, I received a letter from the retirement board saying that in my 3rd of the three high years I took off one more day off (for the funeral) than the policy allowed and my pension was going to be reduced to make up for it and since I had received 2 checks already, my current check would have three months reduction in that check.  Fortunately, I only taught for 7 years and I wasn't dependent on the teacher retirement for the bulk of my retirement pay.

outsider
outsider

@sacredh  

That bites bro - but at least you enjoy your job. 

Think of how much worse it could be.. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MementoMori  

Also, a very high level of gang violence contributed to the curves prior to 2008. Cue the racists;~)

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MementoMori

That right hand tail looks like a static trendline "prediction".  I believe as gun laws loosen, more accidental deaths will occur.

Either way, the NRA's influence from 2008 on is reflected in the flatness of the curves.  There are many different contributions.

WolfBard
WolfBard

@DonQuixotic Good read.  I'm a Millennial author-wannabe, but with only a mortgage for debt.

I still get encouragement from my parents to write, but I knew from the get-go that while it's the air I breathe, it's not my bread and butter.  I have a job to make the money, and whatever I might get if I want to sell my stories is in addition to just telling them.  That's why I don't balk at getting ten cents to the dollar if I self-publish to an e-reader.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Or alternatively, parents that have "free spirit" children that are struggling to find their way.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@mantisdragon91  

Stupid ignorant people don't have anything functional to tell their mouth from letting it out.

collioure
collioure

@outsider  

You forgot the mosquitoes.

Crist is an opportunist.

Scott besides being weird IMO seems to be one of those politicians who seems to do whatever he pleases despite public opinion.  In an election that will lean heavily Republican he may get by.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N @mantisdragon91  

The 3 cornerstones of GOP, No gay, no abortion and no taxes. That's it. As far as ideas goes you can probably not find a more intellectually barren party.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ARTRaveler

Thar sucks, Art. I'm not sure how long ago this was, but my late condolences. I've found everything institutional grinds everything to the same fine powder, regardless of how important it is.

sacredh
sacredh

@ARTRaveler, I'm so sorry for the loss of your wife. The reduction was outrageous. They only allow 2 days off when a spouse passes? Incredible. I'm not sure what we're allowed, but I know it's weeks. They're even flexible with that. I know one guy personally that took a month off. 

sacredh
sacredh

@outsider, there is that. I am grateful to have a job I like and enjoy working with the people I do. I called my boss about an hour ago and told him. He was happy that I'm staying another year.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@outsider  

It's really rare to have a job you like. I don't make a ton of money, but I believe in the work we do and it's been an incredibly interesting career. Nothing is ever the same.

I'm one lucky bird.

sacredh
sacredh

@DonQuixotic, Her exact words. "Go buy something useless and stupid. That always makes you happy".

sacredh
sacredh

@DonQuixotic, I was just upstairs talking to my wife about it. She said I should go out and buy something stupid to make myself feel better. She has such a way with words.

sacredh
sacredh

@fitty_three, yeah. There's no point in me getting upset over it, so I won't. I'm pretty happy having a job i like and still being reasonably healthy. Others aren't so fortunate so I'll just count my blessings and think about the end of next year.

collioure
collioure

@nflfoghorn @collioure@outsider 

I didn't ignore anything.

I don't have a dog in this fight. I don't like either of them.  At all!

If I lived in the South, I would probably be a Democrat.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@collioure @outsider   Off-year election or not, I don't think it'll lean that way.  There are way too many people who dislike this man.  He may have $ but he doesn't have the message.  His record is dismal.  He's doomed to failure.

Charlie is indeed an opportunist who may have found religion.  He wasn't that bad as a Republical but he took flap for hugging BO during the GOTP wave.  If he wins the Dem primary then he stands a wonderful chance of winning, as the Q poll you apparently decided to ignore  clearly shows.

outsider
outsider

@sacredh @nflfoghorn 

You get to torment your repub co-workers. There's the plus side. 

Also, you made your boss happy, which might make for cushier working conditions for you - which  you can blame on your support for Obama; see point one :) 

sacredh
sacredh

@mantisdragon91, either that or an inflatable nun. A new inflatable nun. The old one has so many tire patches on her that she looks sad.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh  

I came to the same conclusion Wednesday night when I was stuck in Portland with having to buy two new tires while waiting at the Firestone in downtown Portland until 7:30. 

But my salve was to follow @DonQuixotic's lead:

I blamed Obama.