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Friday, July 20, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on July 20 at 7:00 AM

The Plame Game: CIA leak lawsuit dismissed.

US sub-prime lending market could see $100 billion in

Bad Gas: FEMA knew about toxic trailers.

Patriot Act’s Greatest Hits: FBI, Justice Department begin fraud probe of anti-terror office.

A New Low: Bush hits 19% in Wisconsin.

VA pays for Agent Orange exposure.

Long Summer:
Success of troop buildup in Iraq won’t be known till November.

Waiting for Your Vote to Count: Overhaul of US voting system put on hold.

Contempt: Bush’s Chief of Staff could face contempt charges if he doesn’t turn over documents in US Attorney firings probe.

Say Goodbye to Flavor: King County cuts trans fats.

“We will not be moving in the middle of the night”:
Sonics back in talks, making a move and name change to the Oklahoma City Bombers less likely.

Now, if you’ve ever wondered what Pon-Farr would look like in, um, Turkish…well, watch this:

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Can you wipe your butt with your ballsack? I can.

Posted by Kathy Griffin | July 20, 2007 8:09 AM

I am glad that the Plume lawsuit was dismissed. It is vital that in this great Reich... er I mean republic, that we protect our Glorious and God Given Leaders at all costs. *opps* I may have said too much. HEIL BUSH!!! PRAISE TO THE GREAT LEADER!!!!

Hey, any guesses what the administration will do to inact the two (used to be one but now TWO) presidential directives? (The one from May 19th and the latest one this week) Not that I am going to jump to any sort of conclusions but.......

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 20, 2007 8:17 AM

Re: Bush’s Chief of Staff could face contempt charges

Ugh. This whole Congress-Preznit-Supremacist Court thing is like a bad reality show that the networks won't cancel. It's even worse than Laguna Beach.

Just pull the plug.

Posted by Original Andrew | July 20, 2007 8:33 AM

19% is still too high.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 20, 2007 8:41 AM

Correction: We won't be lied to about the success of troop buildup in Iraq until September.

Ugh, where's my coffee...

Posted by Justinius | July 20, 2007 8:46 AM

The second link is wrong.

Posted by supergp | July 20, 2007 8:58 AM

@5- Nope, generals are saying we won't know how things are going till November.

@6- Thanks, it's fixed.

Posted by Jonah S | July 20, 2007 9:05 AM

@7, and notice they did not say which year.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 20, 2007 9:31 AM

Well, I’ve just stepped out of my DeLorean, and I’ve brought you news from November, 2007:

General Petraeus: “The War in Iraq is hard, but we’ve Turned a Corner® and we need time to achieve supreme Victory® - six more months, tops!”

Preznit Bush: “Only dirty terrahists question my plans for the Iraqazoids. Go shopping and find Jayzus!”

New York Times: “Anonymous government sources assure us that we’re going to win the Iraq War and the upcoming Iran War – And We Believe Them!”

Democratic Congress: “We’re just innocent bystanders… or we don’t have the votes to do anything… or the Washington media will tell us that we’ll face a massive voter backlash if we try to impeach our Dictators-in-Chief. We’re going to hide under the covers until this whole thing blows over.”

Supremacist Court: “We proclaim that Preznit Bush is your Unitard Executive God, and you must supplicate yourselves immediately. The vote was 5 to 4.”

Posted by Original Andrew | July 20, 2007 9:39 AM

Trans fats, what's next? The tyranny of the far-left nanny state is upon us. That's why I lean Libertarian/Republican when I can.

Posted by raindrop | July 20, 2007 9:42 AM

Hmmm Transfats...interesting discussion. But yeah it is the nanny state gone out of control. Instead of doing something postive for Seattle (rapid public transit, housing the homeless) they use "look over there" tactic and focus on Transfats. Is anyone really falling for it?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 20, 2007 9:48 AM

Oh, shit. Apparently Dick Cheney is going to temporarily be president while Bush has some equipment up his ass.

Posted by tsm | July 20, 2007 10:00 AM

YES, I'm falling for it. They banned certain poisons from restaurant foods. It doesn't cost billions of dollars like rapid transit or homeless housing. I'm proud to be living in a county that is a leader in this area -- New York City is the only major metropolitan area ahead of us in menu labelling and trans fat regulation. See this press release by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the lobbying group responsible for almost all consumer-friendly nutrition laws.

King County also passed a regulation to require nutrition labels on chain restaurant (10+ location) menu boards starting Aug '08. Remember, it was only a few years ago that nutrition and ingredient labels on packaged foods were nonexistent. You had no idea if you were eating packaged foods that had 200 calories or 1000 calories, and you had no idea if the food you were eating contained allergens, carcinogens, or a heaping spoonful of aspartame. That's what's happening at chain restaurants until this law goes into effect.

You might consider labeling laws and food regulations "nanny state laws," but they're for the good of public health. Banning trans fats will save many millions in WA public health spending. The alternative is allowing chain restaurants to save a few cents off the price of a large fries by using poisonous trans fats instead of sliiightly more expensive alternatives, which are indistinguishable to the consumer.

Posted by jamier | July 20, 2007 10:04 AM

Regular fats taste better than trans fats anyways, I don't get what the big uproar is about.

Hmm, would I like my frites done in commercial partially hydrogenated fats? Or would I like them done in vegetable oil or lard? I'd go for option 2, every time.

Posted by wench | July 20, 2007 10:22 AM

It's official, we are not a nation of laws, but Royal Fiat by King George.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 20, 2007 11:05 AM

Please, please, pretty please, go to Oklahoma City, or Provo, or anyplace far away from here!

Posted by Go Sonics Go | July 20, 2007 11:49 AM

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