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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Morning News

posted by on November 15 at 7:58 AM

Insecure: Undercover federal agents smuggle explosives past airport security.

In Court: OJ Simpson on trial again. This time for burglary and kidnapping. Faces life sentence.

I’m Pro-Cloning, and I Vote: Researchers in Oregon create cloned monkey embryos.

I’m Pro-File Sharing, and I Sue: Comcast subscriber sues the ISP for blocking file sharing.

Strings Attached: House Okays more money for Iraq contingent upon troop redeployment by December ‘08.

End it Now! Anti-war protests continue to rock Olympia.

Benazir Bhutto: Trying to unite opposition parties in unity government.

Sherman Alexie: Wins the National Book Award

The Sonics: Win their first game after going 0-8.

Talk About Blaming the Victim: Shiite Saudi women gets 200 lashes after suffering gang rape.

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Heyeahhaa! 1-8!!! Sonics FTW!!1!

What a bunch of fucking surpluses. Get off this planet.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 15, 2007 8:26 AM

*A court source told the English-language Arab News that the judges had decided to punish the woman further for "her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media."*

- Your gas dollars hard at work flogging a 19 year old rape victim.

Posted by kinaidos | November 15, 2007 8:48 AM

Oh goody! If we're cloning monkeys, can't we also take stem cells from their embryos, thereby side-stepping the pro-fetus right?

Posted by Ivan Cockrum | November 15, 2007 9:31 AM

I'm so glad we're all buddy buddy with Saudi Arabia.

Posted by Dianna | November 15, 2007 10:13 AM

200 lashes? Can a person actually survive that?

Posted by Matthew | November 15, 2007 10:22 AM

Hey, we play the "blame the victim" game here, too. The Saudis are just more brutally honest about it.

Posted by Toby | November 15, 2007 10:23 AM

The Saudis are not and never were our allies, in any meaningful sense of the word.

The sooner we realize that and redirect the US tax dollars wasted in the middle east to building US alternative energy supplies, the better.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 15, 2007 11:09 AM

@7: Why don't you call up the Carlyle Group? I'm sure they'll get right on that.

Posted by Greg | November 15, 2007 11:15 AM

I think the cloned monkeys were meant specifically for Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey™ ice cream--now with more chunks of delicious monkey in every bite!

Posted by Boomer in NYC | November 15, 2007 11:32 AM

i believe what is happening in saudi arabia is a complete miscarriage of justice (not in the legal sense as they define it).

but it should be noted that the rape victim is being punished for "riding in a car with unrelated males" and for "challenging the court in the press". her former lawyer, for instance, is also in trouble.

i do not believe these are just laws either, but the truth is outrageous enough. the idea that being a victim of rape -- in this case -- was punished with 200 lashes is not the complete truth.

Posted by infrequent | November 15, 2007 11:33 AM


That question was brought up on Slog a while ago. Apparently, the lashes will be dealt out several at a time. The woman will be put into prison to heal and then will receive the next batch. The whole process could take months or years.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 15, 2007 11:50 AM

shouldn't that headline read I'm Pro-Cloning and WE Vote?

Posted by jameyb | November 15, 2007 12:46 PM

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