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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on July 17 at 7:00 AM

Ho No He Didn’t: Senator Vitter denies banging hookers.

Filibuster Busting: Dems say they’ll fight Republican attempts to kill Iraq withdrawal bill.

Subpoena Power: House Oversight Committee wants Rumsfeld to testify about friendly-fire cover-up.

Good Riddance: Eastern Michigan University fires administrators who covered up rape and murder on campus.

“I Am The Emperor”: The last words of a man shot and killed in the Colorado governor’s office.

Cyber Snooping:
Justice Department details how they’re stealing our precious bodily fluids data.

Crisis: Mexican migrant workers returning home with H.I.V.

It Was Bound to Happen Sometime: Seattle Police arrest naked cyclists.

Gun Fight: Supreme Court to examine D.C. handgun ban.

Adventures in Turkish Cinema continues with TURKISH SUUUUUPERMAAAAAAN!!!

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If it wwasn't about something so sad, Robert Jamieson's column in the P-I would be hilarious.

Shukar, wearing golf shorts and a checkered hat, reached for a 12-ounce can of beer and popped the top. A spray landed on the brick wall of a nearby building -- a recovery center for drug abusers and alcoholics.

"I'm gonna crack one for my homey," Shukar said, taking a swig. "Respect."

Out of the darkness a young woman with tattoos and mourning eyes materialized. "I'm Angel," she said. "I'm family."

Posted by elswinger | July 17, 2007 7:57 AM

Thanks much for the NYT HIV article.
Central Ohio has lots of recent immigrants from Oaxaca (many, predictably, undocumented). I used to give HIV+ results to people who had to choose whether to stay here in the U.S. (where they could receive some limited treatment), or go home to family and risk not being able to make it back.
Sad situation. ¡Pinche Gringos! In addition to spreading war, we spread disease.

Posted by Yano Mecantes | July 17, 2007 8:09 AM

Russian Winnie the Pooh is cooler.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 17, 2007 8:18 AM

That guy in Colorado should have read up on Joshua Norton before declaring himself emperor.

Posted by Gitai | July 17, 2007 8:35 AM

Russian Winnie the Pooh is one of the coolest things of all time.

Posted by kid icarus | July 17, 2007 9:12 AM

Mrs. Vitters is a hypocrite, and Mr. Vitters is a liar. Those character traits are much more representative of Southern Republicans than hooker-banging is.

This bodes ill for the recovery of New Orleans, as it reconfirms that there are zero political figures in the State of Louisiana with even the tiniest nugget of intelligence or responsibility. Get your checkbooks out; there's going to be another flood, and trillions of dollars of stupidly rebuilt homes are going to have to be paid for. Again.

Vitters will come out of this fine. Asshole.

Posted by Fnarf | July 17, 2007 9:14 AM

@2 spreading war maybe, but spreading disease? how are we, in this case, spreading disease? you also imply there was a choice between treatment here or no treatment home... but there is treatment available (free, but sometimes difficult to obtain because of travel and social mores). finally, the treatment we do provide here -- which you mention -- is part of an effort to try to stop the spread of the disease.

Posted by infrequent | July 17, 2007 9:29 AM

Moreso than usual, this would be a really ace time to e-mail one's senators. You can bet there'll be a lot of e-mail browsing--and actual reading--happening at the filibuster while they're waiting for it to be over.

Posted by Christin | July 17, 2007 9:49 AM

"He said the naked riders also draw attention to bicycling and the beauty of the human body."

He must not have seen the riders.

Posted by paralogist | July 17, 2007 9:56 AM

In celebrity news, Jon Lovitz beats up Andy Dick.

Posted by Ben | July 17, 2007 10:29 AM

Ok, I had to read this story about 5 times before I realized it wasn't a metaphor, but apparently Jon Lovitz beat the snot out of Andy Dick:

"Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada, who witnessed the assault, said, "Jon picked Andy up by the head and smashed him into the bar four or five times, and blood started pouring out of his nose." Lovitz told Page Six, "All the comedians are glad I did it because this guy is a [bleep]hole."

Lovitz and Dick have been at loggerheads since a 1997 Christmas party at Hartman's house, five months before his troubled wife Brynn flipped out, fatally shooting Hartman, then killing herself. "Andy was doing cocaine, and he gave Brynn some after she had been sober for 10 years. Phil was furious about it - and then five months later he's dead," said Lovitz, adding that when he filled in on Hartman's "Newsradio" sitcom, "I told Andy, 'I wouldn't be here now if you hadn't given Brynn that cocaine.' "

Holy shit.

Posted by Original Andrew | July 17, 2007 10:30 AM

Ben @ 10,

Jinx. We owe each other a soda : )

Posted by Original Andrew | July 17, 2007 10:32 AM

Does anyone know where they will be live-blogging about the all-night senate debate about the Iraq war?

Posted by Curious | July 17, 2007 10:35 AM

"In the state of Washington, it's not illegal to be nude, per se," Potter said. "What's illegal is to provoke someone or upset them in some way."

OMG, Americans are capable of logical thinking. If it's not a problem, it's not illegal. When are George and the brown shirts going to put an end to that free thinking?

Posted by vegetable lasagna | July 17, 2007 10:42 AM

@14 - when they pry our cane sugar Jones Sodas from our cold dead hands.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 17, 2007 11:13 AM

vegetable lasagna @ 14,

"Americans are capable of logical thinking."

I'm afraid that assumption is a serious mistake.

Posted by Original Andrew | July 17, 2007 11:28 AM

Well, it's a conclusion based on the fact that something completely natural and totally harmless isn't illegal in Washington State, unless you're doing it to actually harm someone else.

Unfortunately this is America where we only talk about freedom so

1) when someone finds out that individuals are exercising their liberties, they'll freak out and want to stop them, and

2) this could never be extended to its logical end in order to de-criminalize other things that are harming no one.

Posted by vegetable lasagna | July 17, 2007 2:17 PM

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