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Monday, December 4, 2006

Morning News

posted by on December 4 at 8:27 AM

Largely incapable of carrying out routine police work: Pentagon reports that US-trained police in Afghanistan are failing.

Horrible mustache, even worse politics: UN Ambassador appointee John Bolton resigns after Senate Democrats block his confirmation.

Equal education: Supreme Court hears fresh arguments in Seattle schools and race case.

Masked, clanking prisoner: Videotape gives eerie glimpse of life as an imprisoned American enemy combatant.

Socialist Revolution! Leftist lightning rod! Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez unsurprisingly wins reelection.

“Be a pervert and Uncle Sam will approve”: In Egypt, politicians are making homosexuality an issue as a symbol of Western incursion and corruption.

Sales, not subsidies: Green power can actually be cheaper to produce than nonrenewable energy.

Red Light: Seattle’s four intersection cameras result in 5,500 tickets.

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Re: Bolton resignation


Guess we’ll have to find another ambassador that looks and acts like a cross between a rabid sheepdog and Yosemite Sam.

Posted by Andrew | December 4, 2006 9:04 AM

Man, that is one bad rug.

Posted by laterite | December 4, 2006 10:12 AM

boy, these "gay in the middle east" stories are fucking depressing.

One thing that I found amusing was the name of the gay bar (Queen Boat). I get a kick out of the names of these places...

Posted by Mike in MO | December 4, 2006 10:40 AM

The strange thing about homosexuality in the Middle East is, as I understand it, there's always been a long tradition of acceptable homosexuality there. See the wikipedia article on "Homosexuality and Islam" for references going back to ancient times. While Western-style "gender identity" has never been acceptable there, there seems to always have been a tacit acknowledgement that there are men "afflicted" with these desires, and there have long been eunuchs, slave boys, and lately also transvestites around to gratify them.

Posted by david | December 4, 2006 11:15 AM

I don't know if these work, but it sounds like nicole bordeur should try it out.

Posted by charles | December 4, 2006 11:16 AM

Nicole's busy paying tickets for going thru red lights, Charles.

Me, I'm signed up for BOTH of the Green Energy programs thru City Light.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 4, 2006 11:50 AM

What happened to the morning sports news? Bradley?

Posted by N | December 4, 2006 11:59 AM

of course there is the old joke of the guy who received his ticket in the mail w/ the picture of his license plates... so he sends a picture of a check... and the cops send a picture of handcuffs... ad infinitum ;)

Posted by charles | December 4, 2006 12:10 PM

apparently someone sent Nicole a link to a video recording of the ticket - more to follow, I'm sure. Me, I just figure they'll ticket me even if I make a legal right on red, regardless, so I refuse to turn at those recorded lights.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 4, 2006 2:53 PM

yeah the news article in the times said that you are sent a letter with the ticket, a picture of your shit, and a link to the video. it made it sound like there was a GUID in the URL or something so that only you can view it. it wasn't clear to me if these would be accessible to the general public, though.

but if "someone" "sent" her the link that makes me think all of these could be public information accessible to anyone via the web, in which case i'd love to know the URL.

Posted by charles | December 4, 2006 3:56 PM

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