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Friday, November 9, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on November 9 at 7:01 AM

Torture Schmorture: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Michael Mukasey as attorney general.

Pakistan: Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been detained in her home by police. Meanwhile, a suicide bomber launched an attack on the home of Amir Muqam, a federal cabinet minister and ally of president Musharraf.

It Only Took 7 Years: President Bush has been handed his first veto override by the Senate.

Drug Wars: Pharmaceutical giant Merck has agreed to pay $4.85 billion in settlements over its yanked pain medicatin Vioxx.

Sludge by the Bay: 58,000 gallons of oil are fouling San Francisco Bay after a South Korea-bound tanker ran into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Wednesday.

Time Served: Arthur H. Bremer, failed assassin of presidential candidate George Wallace, has been released from prison.

Meager Comfort: Condoleezza Rice admits to a few mistakes in Iraq.

“I’m sure there are lots of things we might have done better,” she said. “I’ll give you one with Iraq. If I had to do it all over again, we would have had the balance between center, local and provincial better. But that’s the kind of thing you learn over time.”

Falling: The Dow dropped 130 points at opening this morning due to concerns over credit, tech woes.

Recalled George: 175,000 China-made Curious George dolls the latest toys to be pulled from store shelves.

College Killing: UW student Amanda Knox can remain in jail for up to a year while she awaits formal charges.

Deceptive Eyman: The state Supreme Court has tossed Initiative 747, proving once again few are as good at wasting tax dollars like anti-tax “hero” Tim Eyman.

Beliefs Trump Health: U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton suspends state rules, clears the way for pharmacists to refuse the morning after pill due to religious beliefs.

Death of Comedy: Seattle not funny anymore, host of unfunny local comedy show declares.

Moving On: Mayor Nickels wants another light rail plan on the ballot in 2008. Meanwhile, King County Executive Ron Sims has a plan for five new ferry routes.

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Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha.

My light rail, sans sandbag, is going to pass in 2008. Ha and ha! Those of you who said it wouldn't happen are not allowed to ride on my train. You could have been nice about this but you decided to force my hand. If you set foot on my train, I shall gloat mercilessly. You will be witheringly gloated and then I shall gloat some more.

You have been warned. Perhaps you'd be happier on a train in Portland. Ha!

Posted by elenchos | November 9, 2007 7:54 AM

I loved Almost Live. A lot of the jokes were lame, but it was the only local TV show that wasn't a cookie cutter local news show or news magazine.

We could really use something like that now. Stranger TV on YouTube?

Posted by jamier | November 9, 2007 8:12 AM

Bob Cesca has a scathing piece regarding the Mukasey vote on HuffingtonPost.

Also, Clinton, Obama, Biden & Dodd skipped the vote. Not that it would have mattered since 6 dems showed up and voted FOR Mukasey.

When oh when will the dems grow some balls?

Posted by Mike in MO | November 9, 2007 8:13 AM

I hope they don't give her a fair trial. That would be boring.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 9, 2007 8:22 AM

When you gloat at me, @1, I will silently seethe and then write scathing comments about your rudeness in blogs upon arriving home. Take that!

Posted by tsm | November 9, 2007 8:23 AM

And in the NYT Ben Brantley lays into Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein without quarter.


Good news a bout the veto override. It's a step in the right direction anyway.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | November 9, 2007 8:25 AM

I did like Almost Live. Yeah the jokes were kinda lame but still some of it was funny. And he is right Seattle is not funny any more. It is just high priced condos built exactly like every other neighborhood. That and Fremont died several years ago.

Posted by Just Me | November 9, 2007 8:41 AM

Thanks, Condi.

Next time, I would also look into past examples of countries successfully invading other countries and being welcomed as liberators. You know, to see how they pulled it off? Oh, there aren't any examples? Well, shit.

Posted by Mahtli69 | November 9, 2007 8:47 AM

Almost Live was a great show, and John's right -- Seattle's not funny anymore. It's barely even a place.

Posted by Judah | November 9, 2007 8:59 AM

I'd give my left nut for an Almost Live reunion show. I still watch the re-runs at 2 in the morning on the weekend.

Posted by Hernandez | November 9, 2007 9:06 AM

"Almost Live" certainly didn't hit it out of the park every time, but it did call bullshit on a few things like the Hi-Fivin' White Guys, the Ineffectual Middle Management Suck-Ups, and life at the Lazy B. That was refreshing.

As for pharmacists being allowed to not dispense the morning-after pill, OK. If a pharmacist wants to make that "moral" choice - fine. But I want to know clearly and fully which pharmacists are making that decision so I can make my moral choice not to patronize that drug store. I want a banner in the front window. Don't make women have to ask and be told, "No, we don't dispense that (slut!)."

Let's see how many high-and-mighty, right-to-life pharmacists are willing to forego stocking the morning-after pill when their political alliances are posted on their storefronts.

The sword cuts both ways.

Posted by Bauhaus | November 9, 2007 10:06 AM

Unfunny comedy show? Come on on Bradley don't make me cry into my coffee this early in the morning. At times that show was lame but still was funny. Today it's even more dated but an interesting watch only because of the changes that have happened in the last 15 years. John K is right. I don't know Seattle either.

Posted by biggie j guitar player for amplified rock outfit SSS | November 9, 2007 10:11 AM

Seattle has NEVER been funny. We're far too earnest to make decent jokes. That's why you think Almost Live was funny; by Seattle standards it was Laurel and Hardy times a million, but in reality it was kind of lame.

Posted by Fnarf | November 9, 2007 10:21 AM

PS -- Bremer, not Brember.

Posted by Fnarf | November 9, 2007 10:22 AM

Changed it. Thanks Fnarf.

Posted by Bradley Steinbacher | November 9, 2007 10:33 AM

No one likes the Lame List? That was classic. :D

Posted by brappy | November 9, 2007 10:45 AM

Hey now. Any real Seattleite (re- someone who's lived here more than a fortnight ... all twelve of us who are left ...) adores and appreciates Almost Live! and wishes there was something to fill that snarky little hole in our hearts.

It's only not funny if you have no understanding of Northwest/Western Washington culture and history over the past 2-3 decades.

Posted by louley | November 9, 2007 10:47 AM

Ah yes . . . the "real Seattleites." Those of us who've lived here several years and do our best to contribute and be a part of the city every way we know how don't count, because we've never seen a TV show?

Posted by Levislade | November 9, 2007 11:17 AM

Nah, Levislade, don't worry about it. Anyone who says something like "real Seattlites" probably spends a good part of the day pining for Emmett Watson and shopping at Chubby & Tubby.

I will say that I grew up watching Almost Live!, and it was influential to me in many ways, but looking back on it now, a lot of the sketches were pretty lame, "so lame", and a good part of its cachet comes from the fact that it peaked at the same time the Seattle media hype machine reached its apex. The CC run and the Bill Nye show owe their debts to that magical mid-90s convergence of "grunge", Sleepless in Seattle, and Almost Live!.

Posted by laterite | November 9, 2007 11:38 AM

Re: Almost Live!

You gotta admit that Joel McHale is a total hottie. Check out those arms--rowrr!!

Posted by Original Andrew | November 9, 2007 11:54 AM

No, louley, Almost Funny was mostly lame no matter how long you've lived here. I'm more "real" than you are and I couldn't stand it. Seattleites aren't funny. Even I didn't turn into the laff riot you see before you now until I moved away.

Posted by Fnarf | November 9, 2007 12:15 PM

Just about any sketch with Tracy Conway is comedy death.

Posted by laterite | November 9, 2007 12:17 PM

I'm a fan of anything locally-produced, no matter how hokey. Almost Live's humor was spotty, but occasionally they had some gems - Rosco's Rug Emporium (the perennial going out of business joint), and all the Kent jokes. Tracy Conway was good in "The Worst Girlfriend in the World", too.

Posted by Madashell | November 9, 2007 1:15 PM

Fnarf's right. Seattleites are far too earnest to tell good jokes. They're also so earnest that they'll laugh at crappy jokes.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 9, 2007 1:22 PM

I'm disgusted with Clinton, Obama, Dodd and Biden skipping out on the Mukasey vote, what utter bullshit, they're too busy running for president to discharge the duties of the office they're currently elected to or they're cowards or both. This sort of thing is why I think we should ban politicians for running for any office other than the one they are currently holding.

But it's also disappointing that the Democrats didn't filibuster the Mukasey confirmation. Gleen Greenwald over at Salon has a good piece on what happened to the filibuster. His take is that the Democrats are weak-willed wimps who are unwilling to stand up to Bush.

Posted by wile_e_quixote | November 9, 2007 1:25 PM

@25 - they likely skipped it because they already knew for a fact that 50+ "yes" votes were lined up and their votes were for naught. Blame Schumer, Feinstein, and the other Democrats who tipped it to him.

Posted by tsm | November 9, 2007 2:07 PM

I liked Almost Live, which I used to refer to as Almost Funny, rather better than I've liked most of the various incarnations of Saturday Night Live. Most of the jokes went wide of the mark and were stultifyingly unfunny, but some of the bits were both topical and hysterical. And I loved the Lame List. So sue me.

It's not just Seattle that's gotten homogenized and sanitized. That's happening all over the world; local color and culture replaced by the same chain stores and chain restaurants and syndicated programming. Even your "local" radio station often isn't - the hosts are frequently recording several shows for several cities from a single location.

Posted by Geni | November 9, 2007 3:17 PM

Hey, I thought 'Almost Live' was funny. Especially the Lame List, the John Report, and the Ballard Driving Academy.

Posted by Greg | November 9, 2007 3:53 PM
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