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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on June 10 at 7:16 AM

Chow: A 17-state salmonella outbreak is causing tomatoes to be pulled nationwide; protesters are filling the streets of Seoul to demonstrate against the country importing American beef; a cow in Montana tested positive for brucellosis; and this year’s global harvests… well, check out this bleak lede from the New York Times:

In a year when global harvests need to be excellent to ease the threat of pervasive food shortages, evidence is mounting that they will be average at best. Some farmers are starting to fear disaster.

Sanctioned: President Bush and European Union leaders are threatening new economic sanctions against Iran.

Economic Spin: Obama is a “typical democrat,” says John McCain; a vote for McCain is a “full-throated endorsement of George Bush’s policies,” says Barack Obama.

Aftershock: Some 5 million people are homeless after last month’s earthquake in China.

The Price of Losing: Now that Hillary Clinton has suspended her campaign, the “largest presidential campaign debt in history” needs to be paid off.

Busted Keggers: 124 arrested in last weekend’s annual underage “party patrol” by local police.

Police State: Despite their tendency to do jack shit, cameras have been approved for three more Seattle parks. Meanwhile, Mayor Nickels is eager to waste tax dollars on a concealed-weapons ban.

Mr. 600: Congratulations to Ken Griffey Jr. for joining a pretty exclusive club.


Blustery: Some 18,000 are without power after yesterday’s storm gusts.

Finally: Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots!

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About time you posted this...some of us actually rise early to go to -- HAHA -- get this..."JOBS!!!"

I know, I know...crazy isn't it? Those jobs always tend to get in the way of one's stovepipe jeans and retro-beard. Ah, least there's still that government cheese to love.

Anyway, I needz me my news in the AM, and by 8 am, you've been lapped by every news service in the interwebs.

Just sayin'. Theeeeeeeeenks!!!!

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 10, 2008 8:34 AM

Can we really call cameras in parks with open air drug markets a "police state"?

Posted by StrangerDanger | June 10, 2008 8:45 AM

you'd think for all that money she could have run a better campaign. don't you pay the big bucks to hire sharpies who can tell you to tone down the strident voice (ok, using that word somehow makes me a "sexist" according to ecb, but i know of no more accurate word to describe what she sounded like most of the time), and tweak your speeches so they flow and inspire? people who can tell you not to turn off democrats by saying that mccain would make a better commander-in-chief that your democratic opponent? her advisors had tin ears. they sucked. she should ask for their paychecks back to help her pay off this debt.

Posted by ellarosa | June 10, 2008 8:55 AM

Seriously, "lede" is not a word, even though you guys keep pretending it is.

Posted by Greg | June 10, 2008 9:06 AM

I'd offer the gun nuts an XXL codpiece to wear if they leave their gun.

Posted by elenchos | June 10, 2008 9:19 AM

While I still get a little teared-up seeing Junior in an M's uni, you really should have run a photo of him in his Reds togs.

Posted by COMTE | June 10, 2008 9:22 AM

@4, "guys" only refers to males but you're using it for addressing a staff of both genders.

Posted by Blunderplank | June 10, 2008 9:25 AM

Uh, Greg, lede is a word. Your ignorance is showing - better tuck it in.

Posted by smp | June 10, 2008 9:28 AM

Oh, and last night, Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush.

Ho, hum. Top story at the Seattle Times: tainted tomatoes. Searching their site turns up nothing new on impeachment.

Top story at the P-I: gas prices and bus ridership are up. No mention of impeachment on the front page of their site, though there's an AP story somewhere to be found if you search for it. No mention in Slog's morning news post.

Great summary by someone at Wonkette:

Yesterday evening while you were all sitting around with your microwave dinners in your laps wondering what you were going to watch now that Dancing with the Stars is over, Dennis Kucinich was on the CSPAN reading articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush. In this exciting video, watch the congressman from Ohio talking about propaganda campaigns while his coworkers mill around behind him and talk quietly about which stripper bars they’ll be going to once old Talky McGee is done with his legislating on behalf of the American people.
Posted by Phil M | June 10, 2008 9:37 AM

Agreed with COMTE @6. Dude hasn't been a Mariner for years...give the Reds some ink. And, y'know, report the news accurately.


Without question.

Posted by Cincinnatian | June 10, 2008 9:37 AM

Yes, cameras in parks are a sign of an emerging police state. Note that it is coming from a leftist government, not from the right. The tyranny of the left is a greater and more immediate danger than the tyranny of the right in so many ways - just wait till freedom busting enviro-Marxist polices take hold.

Posted by raindrop | June 10, 2008 9:38 AM

#11: Like 20 cents for a plastic bag? Next those nanny-Marxists will make us wear seat belts. TYRANNY!

Posted by ron paul | June 10, 2008 9:55 AM

Those cameras aren't that bad. They are not going to be regularly monitored nor is the feed going to be recorded unless there is a compelling suspicion to do so. Think of them as rapid response officers.

Posted by Blunderplank | June 10, 2008 9:57 AM

Wow. Here's some interesting trivia about Griffey's 600th:

"Griffey became the sixth player in history to reach 600 homers with a drive off Mark Hendrickson in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds' 9-4 victory over the Florida Marlins."

Hendrickson is a local, from Mt. Vernon. He played baseball and basketball for WSU and actually played in the NBA for a couple of years in the late '90s, before going back to baseball.

Posted by laterite | June 10, 2008 9:59 AM

"Lede" is a word -- a word which should never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever appear in a newspaper, magazine, or blog article. It is appropriate ONLY for first-year journalism students still harboring The Front Page fantasies. Same goes for "graf".


Posted by Fnarf | June 10, 2008 10:00 AM

"Hey!!! You knocked my block off!"

I sure miss my Rock'em Sock'em robots. See if you can find an ad for the Demolition Derby cars -"Smash'em Up!"

I know, I know, I am old. But they sure were a hell of a lot more fun than a "Wheelo."

Posted by Sad Comment | June 10, 2008 10:16 AM

its pretty amazing that jr. hit 600 despite countless injuries. he would have passed 600 a long time ago.

i agree with some of the smug bastards up there, jr has not been a mariner for a while. he is a blood now, lets not pretend he is a crip. ;)

by the way, has anyone noticed how much the mariners sucked? fuck, i was so hopeful for this season after the trades. this season's let down and now killer tomatoes, man i cant take it.

Posted by SeMe | June 10, 2008 12:00 PM

i meant suck not sucked.

Posted by SeMe | June 10, 2008 12:04 PM

@7 & 8: Your point? That still doesn't make "lede" a real word. It is a deliberate misspelling, nothing more.

Posted by Greg | June 10, 2008 12:45 PM

Seeing Jr. in a Mariners uniform makes me tear up.

I think if he was an infielder like A-Rod, he would be up over 800 homers by now because he wouldn't have been injured so much in the outfield.

Bring back Jr. for his last year!

Posted by elswinger | June 10, 2008 1:54 PM


That's because you never straightened out your Wheel-O, turning an innocuous magnetic yo-yo like toy into a deadly weapon launcher!

And don't even get me started on the injury-inflicting potential of orange Hot Wheels tracks...

Posted by COMTE | June 10, 2008 1:56 PM

I hear ya, SeMe. I'm still waiting for better days this season nonetheless -- better days being, fuck I have no idea really. Better ball. Some attitude towards playing the game. Maybe they're already there -- a rather spirited effort against Boston and the suicide squeeze last night and the guys picking each other up in a very losable game.

Sure, bring Griffey back. But bring him back into Spring Training 2009, when this team has something more firgured out than simply realizing that there's a shit in their pants.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 10, 2008 4:25 PM

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