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Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on August 2 at 7:00 AM

Minneapolis bridge collapse: At least 7 dead.

The return of Jennifer Dunn: As part of Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal deal.

The return of Rumsfeld: Back on Capitol Hill for Tillman testimony.

Can we pay Columbian death squads? And other questions to Michael Chertoff from the Chiquita banana company.

A war against empty shelves: Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.

Obama vs. Musharraf: The presidential candidate makes a pointed speech outlining his views on combating Islamic terrorism.

Could you drink $100 worth of free booze? How about if it was on Amtrak?

And in honor of Rumsfeld’s return to the morning news:

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Free drinks on trains. Sounds like Amtrak's going for the "British train experience." Add some chanting footballers and free greasy fish and chips and it'll be just as pleasant.

Posted by Gabriel | August 2, 2007 7:40 AM

Why would MADD be against free drinks? The people are on a train, it's not like it's free for the train driver (engineer?).

Have they turned purely prohibitionist?

Posted by Tizzle | August 2, 2007 7:57 AM


I think MADD might be concerned about what these people do after they leave the train, if they're still drunk when they get off.

Posted by Toby | August 2, 2007 8:24 AM

If The Stranger would stop with the sentimentality of the NYT's coverage of poverty in Africa, maybe some advancements would be made. Besides, it's the ridiculous Christians (see Bradley's post) who provide the most hands-on aid.

Dissident Voice spells out the economics:

Despite its rhetorical commitment to ‘fighting poverty,’ ’supporting good governance’ and ‘promoting development’, the World Bank is still fundamentally a Trojan horse used by rich countries to gain access to and to then exploit the economies of the global South.
Posted by daniel | August 2, 2007 8:36 AM

Donald Rumsfeld and his origami crane for peace!

Good work.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | August 2, 2007 8:39 AM

Actually, it's not Amtrak, but a sub-contractor that is doing the promotion. "Taxpayer money" is not going towards innebriation ;-)

Grand Luxe Rails (or something to that effect) is attaching a string of private cars to the back of regular Amtrak trains. They promise a higher level of service, and are HELLISHLY expensive (even though they don't have the decently-paid union workers that Amtrak has)

As a train geek (c'mon, you knew that coming into this post) I am suspicious of this move, as I think it might be a way to squeeze out the regular Amtrak sleeping car service (which is also expensive, but nowhere near as expensive as the Grand Luxe people)

But the long and the short of it is that Amtrak is not giving out free booze on the long-distance trains. The only do that on Acela, and only in first class.

Of course, that "spokeswoman" did a wonderful job of muddying the waters with her ridiculous statements.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | August 2, 2007 8:41 AM

Jennifer Dunn is qualified to oversee a high school newspaper. Rupe obviously got her in there to be his lackey. It would be funny and pathetic if it weren't the same plan that this administration uses when making appointments.

Posted by left coast | August 2, 2007 9:08 AM

Ah, Rummy lying to Congress; it's just like old times. What he would have said after a sodium pentathol injection:

RUMSFELD: "Tillman was going to expose us neo-cons as the lying cowards that we are and turn public opinion against our wars, so we sent Vito and Big Pussy to shut him up."

Is it too late to waterboard him?

Posted by Original Andrew | August 2, 2007 9:29 AM

I think MADD saw the interview as a way to get into the press... someone had to be the counter-point for the story.

Posted by Phenics | August 2, 2007 9:31 AM

While going up 23rd to the UW this morning, I saw a ton of
police cars surrounding Fuel and cops walking around the neighborhood with weapons out. Any
clue what was going on?

Posted by tsm | August 2, 2007 9:35 AM

tsm @ 10,

They ran out of coffee.

Posted by Original Andrew | August 2, 2007 10:38 AM

Jennifer Dunn and the WSJ?


I am DEFINITELY cancelling my print subscription to the WSJ.

That was the last straw. Doesn't matter that I've had it for years, this is way too much.

Oh, and there were lots of cops and fire trucks under the Aurora Bridge last night around 10pm.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 2, 2007 10:56 AM

Jennifer Dunn, Republican, who is notorious for her fierce independent spirit (not), is put in charge of overseeing editorial integrity at the WSJ? Hmmm.

I want to put Ben & Jerry in charge of making sure I don't eat too much ice cream.

Posted by Bauhaus | August 2, 2007 11:18 AM

#2 and #3, I think MADD has actually crossed into an "against all alcohol, all the time" policy since its inception. Drunk driving sucks, but MADD sucks too.

Also, drunk on the train is great and all, but i'd rather sneak my own on, and let others with the same proclivity towards said sneakiness get ripped right along with me. Folks that drink too much just because they think they should (i.e. the types drinking holidays and open bar weddings are generally replete with) are the last sort I'd want to be trapped on a train with.

It's amazing how many adults cannot handle their liquor. I think it's a basic social skill, and so many do not posses it.

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