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Monday, June 9, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on June 9 at 7:32 AM

Pump Pain: $4/gallon is now the national average.

God Might Be With Him: Despite McCain’s pandering, evangelicals aren’t quick to offer support.

Nerdgasm: Apple is expected to announce iPhone 2.0 today.

Bush Bashing: Europeans have one last chance to protest Our Dear Leader. Meanwhile, just two out of 109 historians polled think Bush will be thought of as a success in the future.

Retail Rampage: Seven dead, dozens of others wounded after a man “tired of the world” went on a stabbing spree in a crowded Tokyo shopping district.

A Little Safer: The F.B.I. reports violent crimes fell by 1.4 percent in 2007.

Shall We Play a Game?: New military supercomputer can make 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second:

To put the performance of the machine in perspective, Thomas P. D’Agostino, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, said that if all six billion people on earth used hand calculators and performed calculations 24 hours a day and seven days a week, it would take them 46 years to do what the Roadrunner can in one day.

Home Court Advantage: Celtics shoot three times as many free throws, beat the Lakers by six.

Costly Clusterfuck: Taxpayer tab for the wrongful arrest of Seattle community activist Romelle Bradford is already more than $675,000 and climbing.

Vanishing Seattle: Aurora Avenue North may be headed for a major makeover.

Seattle vs. Sonics: Just one week until the city’s hail mary against the new Sonics ownership arrives in court. The Seattle Times is all over the story.

Pitching Tents: Seattle homeless set up camp outside of City Hall to protest recent sweeps of park encampments.


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In anticipation of PC writing something long an incoherent in response to there being no mention of the junior Senator from New York.

Posted by elenchos | June 9, 2008 8:58 AM

Howell billed 22 hours at $480 an hour — a total of $10,560 — just to figure out how much his fees are going to be.

i'm sorry, i'm all for the rights of victims of police brutality and for the pd paying their legal fees, but that's ridiculous. figure your hourly rate at a lower rate than that you charge when your are using your legal expertise, as opposed to a fucking calculator.

Posted by ellarosa | June 9, 2008 9:01 AM

@2: Especially since a paralegal did all the figuring for him.

Posted by Greg | June 9, 2008 9:11 AM

Finally, someone goes bonkers and uses something other than a gun to kill people. We were LONG over due for some creativity!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | June 9, 2008 9:28 AM

3, yes, of course. or even a legal secretary (which is different). you bill at a diff. rate according to who in your office you are using.

Posted by ellarosa | June 9, 2008 9:30 AM

Six dollars a gallon by next year.

Posted by Vince | June 9, 2008 9:34 AM

Yes. The Great Garloo, almost 2-feet tall, will be YOUR faithful servant!

Posted by Torrey | June 9, 2008 9:40 AM

Man... that was fast... who else is Graloo, i mean Hillary, going to license her likeness to?

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | June 9, 2008 9:57 AM

Aurora Ave. what a pit - time for a pressure wash to flush all of that shit. It is the only place in Seattle where change would actually bring some good.

Posted by Sad Comment | June 9, 2008 10:28 AM

I love Aurora. It serves a plethora of needs. I can't wait to see all the good that a strip of planting can do, especially after it receives its last weeding the day it's installed, and starts to gather trash. We're already seeing the failure of the brand-new strip in Shoreline, and it isn't even finished yet.

But maybe they can get rid of those stupid car-repair shops, lumberyards and tool-rental places and bring in something useful and classy, like Pottery Barn.

Posted by Fnarf | June 9, 2008 10:48 AM

@1 your anticipation is welcome, thanks. I note you dont' present anything I say or why it's wrong, tacitly conceding its merit.

The circle the wagons mentality continues, in milder form, but it is certainly true there's no real news today about Obama (which is my main topic, and how he should win) or Clinton (responding to bitchy comments about her is another topci I like) and your comment is certainly better than reading that HRC made a rousing speech endorsing Obama to thunderous applause, then seeing some Obama supporters here call her a cunt and a dick and a bitch over and over.

As to the civil rights case you betcha the city should pay every dime.....spending 22 hours and about 10K on a legal brief (multiple issues, putting together evidence from 6 other people, etc.) seems reasonable to make a claim for a few hundred thou. You don't expect to win a claim for a few hundred thousand of collars with just 6 hours of attorney time do you? If you had a business with bills for $200,000 you think your attorney should just put in 5-10 hours and hope for the best? Thinking the City won't fight like hell?

[Ohmygod he defended an attorney ohmygod ohmygod circle the wagons attack attack....]

Meanwhile the real news today is ignored once again, Obama just gave a huge policy speech if anyone cares. Policy, economic stimulus stuff, big yawn, sounds a bit like....HRC. Yucky poo.

Unity y'all.

Posted by PC | June 9, 2008 10:53 AM

Unfortunately, unPC, you will never go away. I know that. Given that, I think everyone should be familiar with who you are and what you stand for. You work speaks for itself and there is no need for me to tell anyone whether or not it has, uh, "merit".

I'm pleased you're no longer denying who you are, Susan. Thanks for that.

Posted by elenchos | June 9, 2008 11:36 AM

pc, have you utterly failed to miss my point? it's the $240 per hour charge for figuring the fees that i commented on. no, i did not think he should only spend six hours on the case! who said that? figuring the fees is a job for someone else in the office other than the attorney, someone whose hours are billed at a lower rate than the attorney's. this looks like gauging to me, and i would be surprised if a judge didn't agree upon review.

Posted by ellarosa | June 9, 2008 11:55 AM

Marx may not have made the most successful toys, but it sure made the best ones - and it had the best commercials, too. By Marx!

I don't think anyone should have to live in sub-standard housing, and I guess some of those motels on Aurora were pretty bad (that's why the rent was so cheap), but all of sudden the city is cracking down on them after years of being in that state. Why? Are real estate developers behind this - hoping the motel owners will abandon their properties making room for more condos on cheaply attained land?

Posted by Bauhaus | June 9, 2008 12:05 PM

I imagine that it would be difficult to kill 7 people and wound 10 others with a GUN. You know, the crowd would rush and tackle you to the ground, take your weapon, and beat the crap out of you before the police arrived.

So, I really can't imagine how someone could do this with a knife.

Posted by Mahtli69 | June 9, 2008 12:07 PM

"I note you dont' present anything I say or why it's wrong, tacitly conceding its merit."

Debunking your disingenuous dissertations would be a complete waste of time. I don't think many people even read them.

Posted by w7ngman | June 9, 2008 12:08 PM

...and I still don't get why people think unPC is SusanUnPC.

* SusanUnPC appears to know how to type
* unPC has entered the bargaining phase, while SusanUnPc still seems to be in denial

brandon needs to weigh in on how he knows they are they same person. If I had to guess, elenchos, I'd say you're putting your foot in your mouth big time.

Posted by w7ngman | June 9, 2008 12:14 PM

[Ohmygod he defended an attorney ohmygod ohmygod circle the wagons attack attack....]

17, note the gender giveaway in this sentence. i think we are not dealing with anyone named "susan" here. just a hunch.

Posted by ellarosa | June 9, 2008 12:28 PM

hmmmmm it's elenchos that keeps linking to the wacky sites maybe he's Susan.

Did PC ever link to one of these sites?

He kept linking to Realclearpolitics, no?

Posted by ouch | June 9, 2008 12:49 PM


Considering how crowded Tokyo streets can get, I can see it. He was probably able to stab several people before anyone (other than his victims) noticed. If he had used a gun, the gunshot would have alerted the crowd immediately.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 9, 2008 1:01 PM


Susan spends more time running spell check on her posts than she does here, but the quality of the writing isn't better. The quality of the reasoning is identically insane. The fact that she pretends to want to support Obama here and doesn't pretend as much over there doesn't prove anything, given her history of dishonesty and cheap scams.

Anyway, PC decided to interpret my link to SusanUnPC's blog entries as "tacitly conceding its merit" -- of the things she said. She just admitted she is SusanUnPC. Sometimes known as unPC and Susan Hu. Probably ouch @19 is her too; she has a pattern of posting one long post followed by two or three follow-ups under other names, including ouch, Odrama and hillary2012, among others.

She'd cover her tracks better if she waited a while instead of posting them all within a few minutes, but perhaps there are cars lined up at the drive thru window and her break is over.

Posted by elenchos | June 9, 2008 1:46 PM

@20 - That makes sense, except the guy did start it all off by driving a rental truck into a crowd of people. That's not a very subtle way of sneaking up on someone.

Also, it's one thing to stab someone, and it's quite another to stab someone to death. That's a serious amount of hard work (or stunning precision if everyone got it in the jugular).

Posted by Mahtli69 | June 9, 2008 3:11 PM

"Anyway, PC decided to interpret my link to SusanUnPC's blog entries as "tacitly conceding its merit" -- of the things she said. She just admitted she is SusanUnPC."

What? No. All unPC said is that by not challenging things he/she said on this blog, you're tacitly conceding their merit.

Posted by w7ngman | June 9, 2008 3:23 PM

What sucks most about this is that when it turns out that (once again) I was right all along, and I try to gloat about it, everyone will say "stop gloating." What will be the point in my having been right if I won't be allowed to gloat?

Posted by elenchos | June 9, 2008 4:13 PM

@24 - You've been right?

Posted by Donolectic | June 9, 2008 6:46 PM

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