Wikileaks on TPP, the south hates gays, and conservative Catholics ain’t feelin’ the love

Let’s start the morning out with a nice assemblage of articles, both fun and serious, that I’ve been meaning to share.  Sometimes the day goes by so quickly, and I find myself with 20 open tabs on my Web browser.  Well here are a few of them:

Conservative US Catholics feel left out by Pope’s embrace because he’s kinda sorta being nice to gays and other people the church has shat on for decades.  Just like conservatives to see compassion as a zero-sum game.

“It seems he’s focusing on bringing back the left that’s fallen away, but what about the conservatives?” said Ms. Kurt, a hospice community educator.

Yes, when will the Catholic Church ever do anything to conservative?

Pope Francis, then Cardinal Bergoglio, via the Argentine Presidency website.

Pope Francis, then Cardinal Bergoglio, via the Argentine Presidency website.

Hateful southern states are now breaking federal law in their zeal to hate the gay, and especially gays in uniform.  The NYT editorial board is not amused:

The states defend their position by arguing that state laws do not recognize same-sex marriages. But state bans cannot override a valid order from the defense secretary responding to a Supreme Court ruling. The Constitution’s supremacy clause gives precedence to federal law. In fact, state law does not really come into play as the applications, which are federal government forms, are processed by federal employees on federal computer systems.

If the states persist in their defiance, Mr. Hagel will need to consider transferring federal dollars, equipment and National Guard work assignments to bases in other states. Such resistance to civil rights should not stand.

The last surviving cast member of “I Love Lucy” has died.

Wikileaks has found out all sorts of nasty details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement that Gaius (and Bill Moyers) warned about the other day.


The 30 most powerful photos ever taken.  Okay, perhaps not “the 30” most, but some of them are awfully good.

Why TIME’s “Gods of Food” are all men:

Well I think it reflects one very harsh reality of the current chefs’ world, which unfortunately has been true for years: it’s still a boys club. There are of course very good and terrific female chefs: Carme Ruscalleda, Elena Arzak, April [Bloomfield] of course, Anita Lo of course, and of course Alice [Waters]. But it’s very strange, the network of women, as Anita herself has been saying for so many years now, isn’t as strong as the network of men. And when you look at this chart it’s very clear. It’s all men because men still take care of themselves. The women really need someone — if not men, themselves actually — to sort of take care of each other. The thing about the women I named, they are all spectacularly good chefs. But they also had to force their way to where they are now, they are almost their own creations. It’s unfortunate, the women who are there are very good, but very few of them actually benefitted from the boys club, as you can see from the chart.

 Ted Cruz’s father is apparently a racist too.


A wonderful collection of postcards from the Paris World Fair of 1900.

McClatchy has more on the ongoing brouhaha over “60 Minutes” fake Benghazi whistleblower that we’ve written about a few times:

In an email Wednesday, CBS declined to respond to questions about the accuracy and origin of some of the other aspects of the report. But it acknowledged that it was undertaking “a journalistic review that is ongoing” – the network’s first acknowledgement that concerns about the report may go deeper than just the discredited interview with security supervisor Dylan Davies.

“60 Minutes” spokesman Kevin Tedesco said CBS had begun the review “the moment we confirmed there was an issue in our story.” But he declined to elaborate on the investigation and did not respond to specific issues McClatchy raised about the segment, including unsourced assertions that al Qaida was behind the Benghazi attacks and claims about the investigation that the FBI and other experts question or deny outright.

How to interpret the low Obamacare enrollment numbers, from TNR:

The October numbers are low, which was to be expected given the website problems and tendency of people not to buy insurance right away. But what matters isn’t the figures for October or even November. It’s December and the months that follow—particulalry into next year, as the prospect of paying fines for uninsurance start to hit people in the face. “It’s too early to say anything useful,” says Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at MIT. “And, really, I don’t think we can draw any significant conclusions about effectiveness of the law until March, because any firm conclusion requires effects of individual mandate to be felt.”

My very good friend Mark (aka Bicyclemark) has a cool Kickstarter project about the the migrant workers of Dubai. I just chipped in 50 bucks, if you can help him out too, that’d be very cool.  Do go check it out. Here’s Mark’s pitch:

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