A Must-Read or Two













86 Responses to “A Must-Read or Two”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    July 5, 2013 at 5:51 pm


  2. 3 utaustinliberal
    July 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Damn..those are some eyebrow raising must reads. Gotta say, the Stonekettle piece was fanfreakingtastic!

  3. July 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm

  4. 7 Layla
    July 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Yes Missouri, think about this for a minute….
    מרכז המידע אודות השואה, יד ושם ביה”ס המרכזי להוראת השואה 1
    Gas Chambers
    Method of mass murder used by the Nazis.
    The Nazis first began using poison gas as a means for mass murder in
    December 1939, when an SS Sonderkommando unit used carbon monoxide
    to suffocate Polish mental patients. One month later, the head of the
    Euthanasia Program decided to use carbon monoxide to kill the handicapped,
    chronically ill, aged, and others who had been put in his charge. By August
    1941 approximately 70 000 Germans had been murdered in five euthanasia
    centers, which were equipped either with stationary gas chambers or with
    mobile gas vans.
    In the summer of 1941, the Germans commenced murdering Jews en masse
    in a systematic fashion. After several months, it became clear to them that the
    mass murder method they had previously employed, of shooting, was neither
    quick nor efficient enough to serve their needs. Thus, based on the
    experience gained in the Euthanasia Program, they began using gas
    chambers to annihilate European Jewry.
    In December 1941, the SS inaugurated the large-scale use of gas vans at
    the Chelmno extermination camp. These worked by piping exhaust fumes into
    the enclosed vehicle through a special tube. 40 – 60 victims were jammed into
    the van at a time, and after several minutes, they were suffocated. However,
    this method was insufficient for the millions of Jews that the Nazis intended to
    kill. Therefore in 1942, as part of Aktion Reinhard, ( the program to
    exterminate Jews in the Generalgouvernement) — they built three
    extermination camps equipped with large, stationary gas chambers. Belzec,
    which commenced operation in March, had three gas chambers located in a
    wooden barrack; Sobibor, where the killings began in May, housed its gas
    chambers in a brick building and Treblinka, which was established in July, had
    three gas chambers that could be hermetically sealed. At each of the three
    camps, hundreds of thousands of Jews were murdered by exhaust gas from
    diesel engines. During the summer and fall of 1942 the Nazis enlarged the
    existing gas chambers and added new ones.

  5. 8 utaustinliberal
    July 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    • 9 Layla
      July 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Well that’s a blue shirt right there!

    • 10 MightyPamela
      July 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Ooooh! Ooooh, that POTUS, on a YACHT! whatta lotta noive that guy has….. 😆 bye bye, back later to check on youse all…

    • July 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      LOL! I know why his account posted that pic of PBO in the boat – to mock the MSM for going trying to “swiftBOAT” Kerry once again.

      MEMO to MSM: This is not 2004. Kerry is on PBO’s team now. SwiftBOATing tactics will NOT WORK!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 13 globalcitizenlinda
      July 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Team Obama does not play! you bring crap, you get a swatting

  6. July 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Chips & TOD, here is another “must-read” gem from TPV – talking about the rank hypocrisy of Snowden and the wikileaks gang with all their talk of transparency, yet vowing to apply to countries for asylum in secret….kind of speaks to the article written by tom Nichols on how these entitled privileged brats think they’re above rules – the same rules they stringently apply to everyone else.

  7. July 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

  8. 18 Jovie
    July 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Scott Walker signed an abortion law, effectively banning it.
    Why doesn’t Liberals complain to DOJ about this?
    They need a complaint from you guys to do something!

    • 19 99ts
      July 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Jovie – the aim of this legislation in so many states is to force the abortion issue to the Supreme Court – so the right wing conservative court will overturn Roe vs. Wade – this is why people are very wary of taking the issue to the Court.

      • 20 Jovie
        July 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        Seriously? It hadn’t occurred to me, but if that’s the plan they must have the votes in their pockets.

    • 21 Layla
      July 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Jovie, I am certain the AG Holder is weighing his options. Remember that if the DOJ files lawsuits this will go the Supreme Court sooner rather than later and with the current composition of this court the current law on abortion would be struck down. My opinion only.

    • July 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      If they can get 37 states (3/4 of the nation) to pass such onerous laws, they can overturn Roe vs. Wade.

      • 23 Jovie
        July 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        I think it’s just a matter of time, unless Women enmasse kick them out of office!

        • July 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm

          Democrats are not challenging in court to keep it from getting to the Supreme Court because… well, what do you think this Supreme Court would do?

      • 25 nathkatun7
        July 5, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        I don’t understand this! Please explain to me how 37 states can override a Supreme Court decision ?

        • July 5, 2013 at 11:20 pm

          Hi Nath:

          I should look this up but I’m going to wing it. States can convene what is called a ratification convention, pursuant to Article 5 (?) of the Constitution. The state ratification process has only been used once to my knowledge and that was for the 21st Amendment which repealed the 18th (prohibition).

          Since so many Republican tricks have a historical context, I wager that’s what they’re up to.

          • July 5, 2013 at 11:26 pm

            Don’t ask me the process because I haven’t the foggiest idea what it is. But the heavy, defiant push in states convinces me that’s their aim.

          • 28 nathkatun7
            July 6, 2013 at 2:32 am

            Thanks, Fay Pax. I now understand what you meant. You are referring to the Article V of the Constitution that provides how the U.S. Constitution can be amended. There are only two way the U.S. Constitution can be amended:

            1. The Constitution can be amended if 2/3rds of both Houses of Congress (Senate and House of Rep.) have to vote for an Amendment to the Constitution. But, in order for the Amendment passed by 2/3rds of both Houses of Congress to become part of the U. S. Constitution it must be ratified (approved) by 3/4th of the State legislatures. In other words a Constitutional Amendment, passed Congress can only become part of the Constitution if 38 of the 50 State legislature vote in favor (Ratify).

            2, The Constitution of the United States can also be Amended if 2/3rds of the states vote for calling a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of Amending the U.S. Constitution. Again, any proposed Amendment to the U.S. Constitution agreed on by the States convened Constitutional Convention, must be agreed on (Ratified) by 3/4th of the State legislatures — i.e. 38 states out 50 have to support the amendment..

            Personally, I don’t see any chance of either options of amending the Constitution to outlaw abortion succeeding. It seems to me that what the states that are controlled by Republican right wing Governors and majority right wing Republican legislatures are interested in is a show down in the Supreme Court. They seem to be absolutely convinced that the right wing majority on the Supreme Court will do to Roe v. Wade exactly what they did to Voting Rights Act. Given the nature of the current composition of the Supreme Court, I think that their strategy will pay off. So, our worry/concern should not be about a very complex process of Amending the Constitution.

  9. 29 99ts
    July 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    The duplication of abortion ultrasounds across the US states is a form of insanity/stupid/hatred that has not been seen in the US against women since they gained the right to vote. If it continues, it becomes easy to imagine a general uprising against those who would treat women in such a barbaric way. They seem to forget that this is not the 18th century & women do not need a “man” to ensure their physical survival.

    Why the medical profession is not screaming against the stupidity and waste of pointless ultrasounds is beyond understanding – but it seems to be yet another way to ensure the “rich get rich and the poor have children”

    As a cancer survivor I have to have an ultrasound checking lymph nodes every 3-6 months. Costs about $200, of which my government pays half (If I was low income I would pay zero). The clinic is always busy – It is not something one does for NO reason.

    The only purpose of this atrocious legislation is to state in the plainest way possible there are only 2 types of women – the virgins and the sluts. Boys will be boys, and men sow wild oats – but women are to be attacked and demeaned at every possible opportunity. The women who should be attacked and demeaned in relation to this issue are the ones who SUPPORT this legislation. How they must be full of self hate.

    I can’t imagine having to live with these laws crawling across the many states. Worrying about someone hearing your phone calls, or the IRS wanting you to pay taxes or Benghazi! is nothing compared to this intrusion into your rights and your body.

  10. July 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    TPV is not letting Wikileaks and their gang off the hook with this latest development – LOL!

  11. 31 Jovie
    July 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    What’s he wearing now, Kerry’s on his Yacht, war on coal blah blah blah…
    Face it the Republicans suck bad….

  12. 32 Jovie
    July 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Oh I get it! Kerry’s on his Boat, Swiftboat, I get it.
    See how juvenile they are?

    • July 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      // The term swiftboating (also spelled swift-boating or swift boating) is an American neologism used pejoratively to describe an unfair or untrue political attack. The term is derived from the name of the organization “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” (SBVT, later the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth) because of their widely publicized[1] then discredited campaign against 2004 US Presidential candidate John Kerry.[2][3][4]
      Since the political smear campaign[2][5][6][7][8] conducted by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth against John Kerry, the term “swiftboating” has come into common use to refer to a harsh attack by a political opponent that is dishonest, personal and unfair.[9][10] The Swift Boat Veterans and media pundits objected to this use of the term to define a smear campaign.[11][12] //


  13. 34 Don
    July 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Edward Snowden is the living definition of white privilege. Let a nigga do what Snowden did and watch how many white people come to his defense. Everybody wants to tiptoe around the eight hundred pound gorilla in the room, if Snowden were a nigga his ass would either be in jail or dead.

    • 38 pkayden
      July 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Understand your point, but wish you wouldn’t use the “n” word, even in a different form. But I agree with you that a Black person wouldn’t get the “hero” worship that Snowden appears to be getting from some quarters.

      • 39 Don
        July 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        I’m going to use whatever word I want to.

      • 40 Don
        July 5, 2013 at 7:12 pm

        “But I agree with you that a Black person wouldn’t get the “hero” worship that Snowden appears to be getting from some quarters.” gee, you think? This isn’t about hero worship, this is about a white man without a formal education being given a job making over one hundred thousand dollars a year, and having access to shit that even General Colin Powell probably didn’t have. And your concern is about me using the “n” word?

        • 41 99ts
          July 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm

          Your attacks would be more valid if you didn’t use such words. It’s like attacking women who support anti abortion ultrasound legislation by calling them a word I prefer not to use. Demeaning and degrading descriptions of people you are trying to support seems a negative method of support. Your description of Snowden here is valid – use of the derogatory terms does not add anything at all to the discussion.

      • 42 Don
        July 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm

        Whenever “they” stop calling President Obama a nigga, I’ll stop using the “n” word.

        • July 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

          Don, you know probably just about everyone here agrees with your point about Snowden, but please accept, on a completely separate point, that lots find the use of the N word offensive and upsetting too – including, for what it’s worth, me. I’d just ask you to, please, not use it here. Thanks.

    • 44 majiir
      July 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      I agree, Don. Furthermore, if one of my brothers had shown up at the Freedom Plaza in D.C. yesterday, I’d be trying to bail him out of jail. There are too many Americans who refuse to acknowledge that America still doesn’t have a level playing field on which the rules are the same and everyone is treated equally. One only has to look at the anti-women abortion laws GOPers are passing all over the country to know this. There’s no way these GOPers consider us their equals.

  14. July 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm


  15. July 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    The article linked to the first tweet is great. Shows the positive direction the economy is moving in under President Obama.

  16. July 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

  17. 52 Vicki
    July 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I’ve just watched a Stephen Colbert repeat from last week and it has my head spinning.
    Brazil’s citizens have been in the streets for days now. The initial protest was over a 10cent bus fare raise but it has mushroomed into a gigantic statement about the f’ed up priorities Brasil has.
    Millions for a soccer stadium for the World Cup and many many more facilities, stadiums, etc instead of building an economy that serves its people. Pres. Rouseff has been negotiating and appears ready to compromise to avoid all-out war.

    What gets me is that the same thing has been happening in NYC. For example—in the midst of bailing out Citibank with zillions of taxpayer $$$$ Citibank went right ahead and built a new stadium for the Mets.
    To add insult to injury, they keep, to this day the name Citifield. Every NY taxpayer should have had our names inscribed instead.

    NYC which is in the process of withdrawing housing vouchers for thousands of its citizens, NYC whose Homeless population has exploded under Bloomberg, that NYC went along with every real estate scheme that was proposed.
    But we did turn down a new stadium in Manhattan so I guess that’s something.

    The Stonekettle article was more than worth reading.

  18. 53 desertflower
    July 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I think that you should add this to the mix of “must reads” http://margaretandhelen.com/2013/07/02/if-my-vagina-shot-bullets-could-i-conceal-it-from-rick-perry-and-john-kasich/

    They DO have a way of cutting to the point.

    • July 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      I’m **ashamed** I forgot that, DF – added! Thank you!

      • 55 Layla
        July 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        hey Chips, clean up on aisle 5….not sure….

      • 56 desertflower
        July 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        Ashamed is harsh! No need to be that hard on yourself…that’s why we’re here! Can’t remember EVERYTHING yourself:) Just sad the ladies don’t post much anymore…they have a lot to say, and I always listen.

  19. 57 arapaho415
    July 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    This professional sign was hung by Republicans in the city that the Reagan Library resides:

    Dems worked yesterday to register voters in my county.

    Republicans didn’t have as much luck, apparently.

  20. 59 Dudette
    July 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm

  21. July 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Miss a day here and you miss a lot! Now there’s homework. Don’t know how you keep up Chips but thanks as always for wall to wall coverage of everything. You are amazing.

  22. 64 Dudette
    July 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

  23. July 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    In other words: We are just covering our arses – we know that there is no way in hell that “circumstances will permit.”

  24. July 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    • July 5, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      In addition, the Hill is misreporting by leaving out the “if circumstances permit” part. All of these countries so far have been hedging knowing fully well that they are not interested in granting this idiot any asylum. Then after a few days of the various countries’ hedging and wasting time, and then finally saying flat-out NO, Wikidicks and their emoLibertarians jump and accuse the Obama administration of meddling.

      • July 5, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        Exactly Hopefruit, it’s just anti-American showboating from politicians in places like Bolivia and Nicaragua, aimed at impressing a home audience, but you can be flippin’ certain they’ll all find a reason in the end for why giving Eddie a new home won’t actually be possible.

  25. 69 amk for obama
    July 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  26. 70 globalcitizenlinda
    July 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  27. 71 amk for obama
    July 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    A good read on Egypt ‘coup’.


    Otherwise, bbc’s white reporters have been bansheeing that this ‘coup’ was existential threat to egypt and bygad to entire ME.

  28. 72 amk for obama
    July 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  29. 74 arapaho415
    July 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    So the Irish Times is reporting that the US has issued an arrest warrant for #Snowden in #Iceland (love the snow and ice imagery).

    I kind of doubt the US is doing much of anything (except for talking to other countries). The noose seems to be tightened around #Snowden’s neck each day.

    I guess he thought those 1960s spy novel scenarios couldn’t apply to him. Poor delusional traitor.

    (link via @joshtpm who linked to tpmLiveWire)

  30. 77 amk for obama
    July 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Is it me or the tweets here appear in double ?

  31. 85 arapaho415
    July 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Oh, yay.

    Back to the “scrambled jets” scenario for #Snowden.

  32. 86 nathkatun7
    July 6, 2013 at 2:44 am

    “Oh, yay.

    Back to the “scrambled jets” scenario for #Snowden.”

    I don’t understand what you mean by this comment. Are you suggesting that the U.S will, or is likely to, scramble jets to prevent Edward Snowden from landing in Venezuela? Please share the evidence that led you this conclusion, which seems to contradict what the President said.

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