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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Morning News

posted by on March 26 at 8:32 AM

The War: Second straight day of deadly fighting in Basra and Baghdad.

The War, Pt. 2: Iraqi PM Maliki issues threatening deadline to Shiite militia in Basra to lay down arms.

The Economy: Fourth straight month of declining sales in housing market equals a 13-year low.

The Economy, Pt. 2: Second straight month of declining manufacturing orders.

The Economy, Pt. 3: Wall Street finance companies hit with $460 billion in losses.

The Environment: 1,500-year-old, 160-square-mile ice chunk collapses in Antarctica; global warming blamed.

Faulty Study: Cigarette company funds major cancer study.

Faulty Wiring: American Airlines cancels 200 flights.

Affirmative Action Reaction: Citing Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, ballot measures in five states challenge affirmative action rules.

Sonics: Key Arena not an option, NBA commissioner says.

Another Tax Levy: Nickels proposes $75 million Pike Place Market renovation.

Local Lawsuit: South Seattle residents sue Seattle Housing Authority.

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Hey, Sonics:
Don't let the door whack you in the ass on the way out of town.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | March 26, 2008 8:42 AM

As much as I am tired of piling on to our property taxes - the Pike Place Market definitly needs fixing. The bathrooms are disgustingly pitiful with those little mini-doors to the stalls. Ugh! Poor tourists.

Posted by raindrop | March 26, 2008 8:57 AM

Funny that the American Airlines article pointedly never mentions who manufactures those MD-80 aircraft.

Posted by Peter F | March 26, 2008 9:03 AM

I'd rather see an extra port tax for the airport and cruise ships or something to pay for the upgrades to pike place market, rather than another property tax.

Posted by but... | March 26, 2008 9:07 AM

@3- Are you kidding? MD-80. McDonnell Douglas, which merged with Boeing in 1997. You can bet most (if not all) American's MD-80s were built before the merge (and before the line was retired in 1999), so McDonnell Douglas - MD - was the manufacturer. MD.

Posted by Tdub | March 26, 2008 9:18 AM

Isn't the charm of the Pike Place Market its decrepitude?

All the new and shiny hurts my eyes!

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | March 26, 2008 9:19 AM


Is anyone else watching Skins? It airs in England on something called E4, and I honestly don’t know what to make of it. A little birdie brings me the vids via the intertubes.

Skins is the tumultuous, fictional story of a hot young group of high-schoolers (A-levelers?) growing up in modern day Bristol, and it’s an unholy mash-up of Metrosexuality, The O.C. and Pretty in Pink. The parents are definitely in the John Hughes style: Mostly absent and completely oblivious to their kids’ notorious drinking, dope-smoking and screwing. Each episode is named after and told from a different character’s perspective, and the results are often touching, poignant and hilarious. Also, I’ve noticed that the Brits seem to have no problem with male and female nudity or foul slanguage, since every other word outta the kids’ mouths is “fock!”

The show is also somewhat existential. I mean, what’s the point of it? Or is the point that there is no point, and we’d better enjoy our lives ‘cause it’s all we’ve got (ala Torchwood)?

If anyone else is watching, let me know and we’ll like totally debrief.

P.S. I L-U-V Cassie! (Even though she’s got more issues than a magazine stand).

Posted by Original Andrew | March 26, 2008 9:21 AM

@3, well, they're obviously another piece of shit from Boeing, right?
Seriously, though, I think most anyone with an eighth-grade education can look at "MD" and figure out who made them pretty quickly.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 26, 2008 9:23 AM

Raindrop @2: you should have seen them in the old days. I remember when there were NO doors on the stalls, which still didn't stop the junkies and cocksuckers. Try taking a dump with no stall door when the guy in the next stall over is slumped unconscious onto the floor, or rhythmically thumping the side panel and moaning. That's why the doors are like that; so they can quickly see how many legs are in there. Those bathrooms are, believe or not, far more pleasant now than I have ever seen them.

Posted by Fnarf | March 26, 2008 9:24 AM

Fnarf @ 9,

If there's one timeless, irrefutable truth that we can cling to in this world or madness and lies, it's that nothing will ever stop the cocksuckers.



Posted by Original Andrew | March 26, 2008 9:31 AM

"Faulty wiring" is a bit of a misnomer. Better title would be "Closely Watched Planes."

Posted by Toe Tag | March 26, 2008 9:46 AM

I prefer we redirect tax dollars (from the crooks at the Port) to pay for Pike Place improvements. Increased taxes in this economy is not a good idea.

Posted by Fitz | March 26, 2008 9:47 AM

From the anti-affirmative action article: "He said diversity can be achieved through programs that target economically and socially disadvantaged people of all races."

So how come these people aren't proposing ballot initiatives to help fund schools, after-school educational/enrichment programs and mentorship programs in poor areas?

Posted by Beguine | March 26, 2008 9:52 AM

MD-80s suck ass. As if it's not enough to be stuck in the back row, you also have to deal with the engines being 6" from the windows. Who's idea was that?

Posted by Mike of Renton | March 26, 2008 10:00 AM

I should have said that the article "pointedly doesn't mention who's going to be held responsible by AA for these mechanical problems", since MD *is* Boeing, now.

Posted by Peter F | March 26, 2008 11:31 AM

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