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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Morning News

posted by on July 12 at 7:46 AM

Over There: White House claims some success in Iraq.

Over Here: Poised to get dirty bomb materials, undercover agents make mockery of anti-terrorism protections.

In Heaven: Former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, 94, ascends.

On the Pakistani/Afghani border: Regrouped and operational, Al-Qaeda is back.

“In His Gut”: Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff believes a likelihood of terrorist threat is spiking.

Northern Lebanon: Lebanese army resumes bombing militant Palestinian camps.

On Death Row: For the first time in 60 years, South Dakota executes prisoner.

On Her List: After nailing Vitter, Larry Flynt is investigating 20 more leads in the “D.C. Madam” sex scandal.

At Home: Backlash? Full-Time work for moms not as popular as it was ten years ago.

In Heat: Seattle scorched with record 98 degree heat.

In Heat 2: Beckham and Posh pose for racy W spread.

On Video: Firefighters Union rolls out “Swiftboat” campaign against Giuliani.

The Washington Poets Association site seems to be down (?) So, here’s a link to the web site of the person that might become Washington State’s first Poet Laureate. (The legislature created the position earlier this year.)

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Seeing Larry Flynt's name up made me smile, becuase it wasn't American for Values, which would have made me go "figures", but Larry... he's cool. Go gettum some more tiger.

Posted by Phenics | July 12, 2007 8:15 AM

Anyone remember this...
If only they had a crystal ball

Posted by Way Back Machine | July 12, 2007 8:19 AM

In other Iraq news:

"$282 Million (yes, MILLION) Stolen in Heist at Private Bank in Baghdad."

Our tax dollars at work.

"In Mosul, an American helicopter returned fire after being shot at, but hit civilians, according to Brig. Gen. Abd al-Kareem Khalaf Juboori of the Mosul police. Two people were killed and 14 wounded, including two children."

Posted by Original Andrew | July 12, 2007 8:23 AM

Original Andrew, the war is stealing $12 billion a month from us now -- $282 mil is a drop in the bucket. But it is a little better than the average thousand bucks or so a US bank robbery gets you.

The only drawback I see to cases like this Vitter asshole is that it increases the chances that in future the ONLY criteria for political office will be extensively vetted sexual purity, which is not a very good way to get quality candidates. Who's going to be the first Senator to announce that he's been castrated and thus unable to boink (which isn't true, but we're talking politics not science)? Do you want that man to represent you?

Posted by Fnarf | July 12, 2007 9:42 AM

In yet more news, another fun story about food safety in China!

Mmm, caustic soda.

Posted by tsm | July 12, 2007 10:16 AM

Fnarf @ 4,

The idea is that the Republicans need to get out of the 'legislating morality and condemning everyone who isn't like them' business and focus on actually doing their jobs (even though at this point they seem totally incompetent).

Posted by Original Andrew | July 12, 2007 10:26 AM

**yawn** Am I the only person who is totally over Beckham at this piont? I mean who gives a rat shit about him. Until he commits a crime or a gay porno surfaces with him getting gang banged by a dozen or so guys no more news coverage. We want our celebrities tarnished beyond repair!!!

Posted by Cato the Younge Younger | July 12, 2007 11:55 AM

The Republicans don't dare campaign on actual issues. The majority of Americans are fairly moderate-to-liberal on most issues, and considerably to the left of the modern neocon-infested Republican party. All they have to campaign on is Terra Terra Terra, and various thinly-disguised forms of Fear Of The Other - whether it's "welfare reform" (q.v. "Welfare Queens in Cadillacs"), "pro-life" (aka Uppity Wimmins Will Take Our Jobs If They Control Their Own Fertility), "immigration reform" (aka we're being overrun by brown people who speak another language!!!), or "defense of traditional marriage" (otherwise known as Dammit, We're Running Out of People We Can Openly Despise and Discriminate Against!)

They can't run on the issues. Most of America disagrees with them, and they know it. If they tried to run on economic issues with any degree of honesty, they'd be creamed; their policies do not benefit the average American citizen; in fact, they are actively harmful. So they blather on about "high taxes" as if there was such a thing as a free lunch, and ignore the issues that their corporate masters want buried, like genuine health-care reform.

So they have to run on the bullshit hot-button issues. Democrats want to take all your guns away! Democrats will make the Bible illegal! Democrats will force your Baptist preacher to marry people to goats! Democrats will force you to abort all your children, and will teach your kids how to perform forms of sex that you only look at (and spank the monkey to) on the Intarwebs (sic) late at night when you're sure your wife is asleep!

Posted by Geni | July 12, 2007 2:42 PM

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