Wednesday Reads: Just Don’t Get It

Good Morning

Maybe I am just a bit tired, maybe I am just suffering from PAD, but there are a lot of links picked up by Memeorandum lately, which I have no clue what is going on.

Aaron Walker and Brett Kimberlin…what a bunch of noise. So today’s links are not coming from Memeorandum.

As you may have already heard, Romney “clinched” the GOP nomination last night…

Updated: 11:45 p.m. ET

(CBS News) Nearly a year after announcing his presidential bid, CBS News estimates that Mitt Romney has earned the necessary delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.

With 85 percent of the votes counted, CBS News projects that the former Massachusetts governor will win Tuesday’s Texas’ GOP primary, earning 70 percent of the vote and surpassing the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who announced earlier this month that he would no longer be actively campaigning in the race, earned 11 percent.

CBS News has been tracking delegates throughout the primaries and caucuses, including interviews with Republican delegates across the country. The former Massachusetts governor has amassed more than a thousand delegates from these contests and CBS News has also confirmed that he has the support of 83 of the 123 delegates who are Republican National Committee members and are free to support who they choose.

According to CBS News estimates, Romney will have 1,198 delegates following his victory in Texas.

In Texas there is a heated Runoff Set in G.O.P. Race for Senate

Texas, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst failed to win enough votes in the Republican primary on Tuesday to avert a runoff with Ted Cruz, a Houston lawyer who cast the election as a battle between the moderate Republican establishment and Tea Party conservatives.

Cruz is seen as a darling for the Tea Party, and you know he got the grizzly bear endorsement…

As Texas solicitor general, Mr. Cruz won cases before the United States Supreme Court that, among other things, defended the right to have a monument to the Ten Commandments at the state Capitol. He received support from Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, and the former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, endorsements that Mr. Dewhurst cast as outside meddling in state politics.

I know that there has been talk that the tea party is fading, I don’t think so.

Speaking of right-wing conservatives, I was wondering how long it would take for the PLUBs to latch on to Chen Guangchen. Abortion foes see ally in Chinese activist

Conservatives are seizing on the high-profile story of Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist who recently arrived in the United States, hoping that the spotlight on his human-rights work will bolster their efforts to curb abortions domestically and in China.

Anti-abortion groups, including National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List, are highlighting Chen’s work exposing forced abortions and sterilizations in China in hopes it will help them in passing U.S. legislation banning abortions performed because of a child’s gender. Chen’s plight also has led congressional Republicans to plan hearings this summer on the one-child policy.

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is citing Chen’s work in its critique of President Obama’s record on human rights. Particularly, Romney’s campaign officials argue Obama has been weak on the one-child rule, China’s much-publicized population-control measure, which has been criticized as an under-recognized human-rights abuse.

Romney was also critical about Obama’s policy with Syria, in light of the latest massacre. Here is the latest on the U.S., allies expel Syrian diplomats over massacre

The United States and 10 other countries expelled Syrian diplomats Tuesday after blaming government forces for last week’s massacre of more than 100 villagers in central Syria, but they again stopped short of calling for more aggressive action to end the violence.

Despite expressions of outrage and agreement that the situation in Syria has reached what U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan called a “tipping point,” the Obama administration and its major allies said they would continue to rely on diplomatic, political and economic pressure against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Seeing all those little bodies wrapped in sheeting laid out on the floor was so disturbing and upsetting.

Others used sharper language to assign blame for one of the worst atrocities since the anti-
Assad Syrian uprising began 14 months ago.

“These were regime-sponsored thugs who went into villages, went into homes and killed children at point-blank range and their parents,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. She said the Syrian “thug force mirrors the same force that the Iranians used” to put down a nascent political uprising in 2009 and suggested that Assad was acting on Iran’s advice and assistance.

I know today’s links are few, but I’ve got a sick kid on my hands…and he’s got a fever. So please help me out, and post links to things you are reading and blogging about today.

34 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Just Don’t Get It”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    I don’t suppose Romney offered a solution to the Syria situation. His m.o. seems to be mostly negative attacks with no specific ideas of what to do differently. If he’s so worried about Russia, he might want to think about what their reaction would be if we started bombing Syria or took U.S. troops in there.

    • dakinikat says:

      He probably doesn’t know where Syria is on the map. He’s still hung up on the “soviet union’ and other places that don’t exist any more. Every day is still Mad Men time for Mittens!

    • RalphB says:

      Here’s a handy tip for the Mittastrophe, there are some Russian troops in Syria.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t tip wait-people.

    The owners of the kosher restaurant in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto – a historic quarter in the centre of the city – were surprised when Mr Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan walked away without leaving a gratuity….

    It was not the first time that the multi-billionaire chose not to tip – he reportedly did the same thing the night before at Pierluigi, a historic trattoria near Campo de’ Fiori, a pizza in the heart of Rome.

    What a cheap SOB!

    • Pat Johnson says:

      Which is why the rich have all the money.

      They hold on to it much better than the likes of you and I who sit there trying to figure out exactly how to compute 15% of the bill without feeling like we may have “gypped” the server.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I always leave 20%. I think poorer people are always better tippers because we empathize with people who work for a living while rich people just look down at them as “lesser beings.”

      • janicen says:

        I waited tables when I was in college. It’s hard work with almost no gratification whatsoever other than the tips you make. I leave 20% unless the service is egregiously bad, which rarely ever happens. Now I really hate Zuckerberg.

      • dakinikat says:

        I worked as a waitress and I’ve played so much in restaurants in the Quarter that I know how hard they all work these days. I tip like Hemmingway.

      • NW Luna says:

        I hope Zuckerberg & Chan suffer from waitstaff who unaccountably trip and spill food and drink over them every time they go out to eat.

    • Beata says:

      Zuckerberg honored the restaurant with his presence. Isn’t that enough? /s

    • quixote says:

      Like Steve Jobs parking in handicapped spots. Utter snots.

  3. northwestrain says:

    Memeorandum is really confusing. — what I see is that a whole lot of groups are throwing a whole lot of money at the election wall. This is already one of the dirtiest campaigns on all levels (probably dog catcher and port commissioner as well) — what is it going to be like in November?

    Thanks supreme court. the slimy bastards on the court refused to take the taser cases –so the cops can continue to use excessive force and kill people.

    The phony slams against Elizabeth Warren keep coming — well damn how dare she — what? Depends on the hate group doing the blah blah blah.

    There are millions of people who have Native American in their family tree — that this should be a non story. But apparently the only way the the nude exhibitionist Brown can smear Warren is to smear her ancestors.

    That’s the summary of Memeorandum — has there been a right wing taker over at Memeorandum — I really don’t know anything about who owns and runs that website.

  4. dakinikat says:

    “Atheists and others who don’t adhere to a religion often say they can be good without God. Now, three new studies appear to back them up.

    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley conducted three experiments that show less religious people perform acts of generosity more from feelings of compassion than do more religious people. The findings were published in the current issue of the online journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.”

  5. northwestrain says:

    We the people paid for the BP clean up of the oil mess. The creeps at BP took a tax write off.

    It has become apparent that BP deducted essentially all of the costs of cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon spill from their taxes in 2010. According to an article in The Guardian, BP had paid $14 billion total in cleanup costs associated with the spill as of January 2012 (, yet, according to a recent Fox Article in 2010 ALONE they deducted $13 billion from their federal income tax as ‘business costs’ (

    This is complete and total bullshit. Their spill, caused by human negligence, did an unfathomable amount of damage to the ecosystems in huge swaths of the gulf coast and in the gulf itself, and did an incredible amount of damage to the economies of states with coastline on the gulf, and yet now taxpayer money, or, more likely, debt, has effectively subsidized a hypothetical 92.8% of the costs of the cleanup. This is our money, folks.

    This is welfare for BP. They made the mess and We the People are paying the bills.

  6. RalphB says:

    Fighting the birthers with the best weapon available.

    A new conspiracy theory: Is Romney a unicorn?

    The time has come for Mitt Romney to prove it once and for all: Is he or is he not a unicorn?

    Let me stipulate that I have no proof that Romney is a unicorn, and indeed I want to believe that he is not. But I have not seen proof of this because he has not released the original copy of his long-form birth certificate.

  7. NW Luna says:

    Supreme Court won’t review SPD use of Taser on pregnant woman

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a lower-court ruling that could expose police to liability for the inappropriate use of Tasers that included a 2004 incident in which three Seattle officers used the stun gun on a pregnant woman during a traffic stop. -snip-

    …factors that weighed in Brooks’ favor: She had told the officers she was within 60 days of delivering her baby, and that after learning of this, the officers took time to discuss how they should proceed and even where they should apply the Taser. -snip-

    The second significant fact, the judge said, was that Jones applied the 50,000-volt device to Brooks “three times over the course of less than one minute,” the opinion said.

    • RalphB says:

      That sounds like the SC may have done something right for a change.

    • northwestrain says:

      The Seattle police are in deep trouble — repeated bad behavior — The Department of Justice has ordered a restructuring of the SPD. Seattle Times and the Seattle PI have been covering the story. This is just one of the many crimes against citizens by the SPD. In this case it was a group effort to torture a very pregnant women and she still bears the scars.

      I avoid the city because you never know when a cop will go berserk.