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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Morning News

posted by on October 24 at 8:40 AM

Justice: Jeffrey K. Skilling, ex-Chief Executive of Enron, was sentenced to 24 years yesterday. Frosting on the cake: He’s being forced to cough up $45 million, which should make him a broke-ass ex-con once he’s released.

War: The U.S. may increase its troop levels in Iraq.

More War: Thankfully, we’re not “staying the course” anymore. At least, that’s what former Fox News blowhard White House Press Secretary Tony Snow says.

Money: The Dow had a triple-point gain yesterday, setting a new high of 12,116.91.

Politics: Democrats are feeling bullish about gubernatorial races.

Schools: Seattle Schools Superintendant Raj Manhas is taking his ball and going home.

Thankful blunders: From the Seattle P.I.:

A Whidbey Island man has pleaded guilty to charges of using the Internet to entice a 14- year-old girl to travel for sex — a plan that went awry when she flew to Washington, D.C., instead of Washington state.

Shehawks: Matt Hasselbeck to miss at least three weeks.

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I love the fact that in the same press conference, Snow said that "stay the course" was not the plan while also insisting that there would be no major policy shifts on Iraq.

Posted by Gabriel | October 24, 2006 8:49 AM

Yeah, 24 years in that glorified country club with bars they call a minimum security prison. Hope he doesn't strain himself putting on the prison greens. :P

Posted by Gomez | October 24, 2006 8:53 AM

Gubernatorial - good one Brad - that's a cool word heheh beavis, yeah like goober-naturial.

So the final tally was that Gregoire won by 129 votes, right? I forget. Scandals mindlessly come and go.

Posted by behind the times | October 24, 2006 9:11 AM

What will happen to the $45Mil? It should go to the poor bastards that he ripped off, but does anyone seriously think that is going to happen?

Also, good news about Hasslehoff. Now if only that m-fer that kicked the 54 yard field goal that beat the Rams would only go down...

Posted by Mike in MO | October 24, 2006 9:16 AM

145 votes or 1 vote. The point is she still won. Ain't nothing you can do about it.

Posted by nanny nanny boo boo | October 24, 2006 9:21 AM

Well, what's Rossi up to?
He seemed like an ok guy. I hope his dog is ok, because I can get real sentimental when I see politicians cry on tv.

Posted by behind the times | October 24, 2006 9:37 AM

The whole "increasing troops levels" statement is BS. I read in the Stars and Stripes (military paper)back in the begining of September that part of the 1st Armored Divsion is being extended past their year long tour. The effected 1st Armored Division city is Friedburg in Germany.

Also, many of my friends in the army are deploying "early" to the sandbox, as they call it, and they have known about it for at least a month. Very disingenuous for them to say they are "thinking about it now".

But honestly, they lie so much I should not be surprised.

Posted by Monique | October 24, 2006 10:08 AM

Hi Stranger people.

Nearly a month after the vote, I still find myself thinking about the impact of the Military Commissions Act and the loss of habeas corpus. The Slog never covered it in much detail, so I was wondering if the news writers had some info on it.

I am wondering which Democrats in the Senate voted Yes. I hear there were 12. And who is the one Republican who voted No? I'd be interested in finding out. Is this kosher? To request a posting? I'll find out.

Posted by Jamey | October 24, 2006 10:13 AM

You could look it up. Took me eight seconds:

Democrats in favor (12) - Carper (DE), Johnson (SD), Landrieu (LA), Lautenberg (NJ), Lieberman (CT), Menendez (NJ), Nelson (FK), Nelson (NE), Pryor (AR), Rockefeller (WV), Salazar (CO), Stabenow (MI). Republicans against (1) - Chafee (RI).

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2006 10:28 AM

I hope Seneca Wallace doesn't come out onto the field next week and get held down like a chickadee in the talon-grasp of a KC goshawk. The Seaawks' O line can't let this guy get killed out there. I'd love to see the Hawks run something of an Atlanta-stlye QB/RB running game. I'm not delusional about Morris/Wallace being Dunn/Vick, no, but finding the potential strength as a starting point is better than the coaching staff thinking that Wallace is going to be all Hasselbeck-pinpointing his 25-yard passes before his receivers come out of their cuts. It's gonna be all about ball control, and an effective short-yardage game.

Someone tell Josh Brown and the Seahawks defense that they're gonna have to go out and beat Larry Johnson and the Cheifs.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | October 24, 2006 10:46 AM

The Seahawks coaching staff can preach to Seneca Wallace to stay in the pocket all they want, but when that rush breaks the Seahawks line, his instincts will kick in and he's gonna run like mad.

My worry is not him getting hit, but the accuracy and judgment in his throws. 3 INTs would sink the ship.

Posted by Gomez | October 24, 2006 11:09 AM

It’s official: No one ever said “stay the course.”

It never happened in any of those 8 zillion moronic speeches.

It’s gone down the National Memory Hole!

By this time tomorrow, no one will even recall the phrase.

Oh and by the way, the alternative to “cut and run” is “stay and die.”

Posted by Andrew | October 24, 2006 11:20 AM

Skilling: Don't worry, at most he'll serve two years before being pardoned by King George. At least then he won't have to fake his own death (with a fake doctor call and closed casket "ceremony") to be spirited out of country to enjoy his looted billions in the Caribbean like Ken Lay did.

Want to know how? If you watched CSI: Miami last night, you'd know how. Hint: Right before having his "heart attack" in Aspen, he had been in Miami.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 24, 2006 11:25 AM

The article about that 14-year-old girl flying to DC instead of Washington said "she used her own money to fly sooner than agreed upon." What 14-year-old has the money - or the know-how - to book an airline ticket? What'd she use - babysitting money? I'm baffled by that. I wouldn't have had the vaguest idea how to book a ticket at that age. Plus, what did she use for ID? Don't you have to have a state ID card or a driver license to board a plane these days? Do 14-year-olds have ID cards?

Posted by Geni | October 24, 2006 12:19 PM

Names aren't enough, #9. I want to know the whys and hows of this important vote. The statements that led up to it. Accountability. That's why I asked the news writers who might know more about Washington politics than I do. But if you can write a decent, informative piece on these Democrats who don't give a shit about habeas corpus, or about this one Repub who went against his party, I'm willing to read it. Post a link.

Posted by Jamey | October 24, 2006 1:51 PM

11. Gomez -- Some screens, quick slants, even an end around to mix it up, then take your shots downfield. Morris/Wallace as bullets are the wrong caliber for the Alexander/Hasselbeck gun, for shore.

4. MiMo -- Don't hate on our wee kicker, we'll need him to win it this weekend in KC (shouldn't you hate THOSE guys?). Wanting JB to go down makes me suspect that his 54-yarder killed your fantasy squad that week too. Bonus tonight, though: Football Weather! for Game 3 of the WS.

14. Geni -- Passport?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | October 24, 2006 3:30 PM

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