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Monday, June 16, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on June 16 at 8:40 AM

posted by news intern Chris Kissel

Iran and Afghanistan: Britain announces tighter sanctions, increased troop strength.

: Stubbornly votes “No” on EU reform treaty.

The Midwest: This is the last thing we needed.

Ohio and Florida: Obama can do without ‘em.

Oil, sweet nothing: Crude oil hits $140 a barrel.

Blogged down: American citizen charged with insulting Singaporean judge on his blog.

Getting married: Scores of same-sex couples in San Francisco.

Today in roadkill: Sack of kittens tossed into North Carolina traffic.

Nickels, for three: Sonics trial begins today.

FHA real: More Seattleites are taking advantage of housing administration loans.

More options: High gas prices cause push for light-rail measure.

Early start: John Ladenburg sets his sights on Rob McKenna’s job.

The best of the 2007-2008 school year:

From “The Doomed Struggle for Freedom in The Trial,” by Chris Kissel. December 13, 2007.

Kafka uses the Court, which engages his protagonist, Josef K, in what becomes a yearlong trial, to express his frustrations with the irrational barriers that stand in the way of the individual’s potential for freedom. The barriers themselves are actualized through many facets of society, from religion to politics, all of which are imbued with the liberal thought-structure that predominated in Kafka’s time. This social structure, according to Kafka, stands in stark contrast to the attainment of freedom, the goal it supposedly serves, and this contradiction is portrayed through the relationship between the Court and the Law. K. is a man who is guilty of at least partially grasping the nature of this contradiction.

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Yay $5 a gallon gas! Good thing we killed the monorail.

Posted by Lou | June 16, 2008 8:59 AM

Here at Muppet Labs we are bringing you tommorow today!

To fix our transit problems I have developed a nuclear powered monorail! And to demostrate how safe and fast this is I am going to have my trusty assistant Beeker pilot this machine on it's first test run!


Posted by Dr. Bunsen Honeydew | June 16, 2008 8:59 AM

Headline of sack of kittens in traffic= I crawl back into bed and cry. Jesus, people are fucking sacks of shit and I hope whomever did it gets eaten by a pit bull.

Posted by Jessica | June 16, 2008 9:06 AM

It's not like kittens have souls or anything.

Posted by Banna | June 16, 2008 9:09 AM

Lou is right.

Hey, didn't that SLOG Guest Blogger insult Singapore? Glad she's gone.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 16, 2008 9:10 AM

@ 4, yes they do.

Posted by Matt from Denver | June 16, 2008 9:31 AM

Mmmm, kitties. That's the next course after we eat the puppies for breakfast. Yum.

Posted by Semper Fi | June 16, 2008 9:33 AM

I think he meant Space Dragons.

Those are soulless. But taste good when fried.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 16, 2008 9:33 AM

If kittens have souls, how come they don't go to church? And even if they did, they'd have to realize that they were put on this earth to serve man, anyway. It says so in Genesis.

Let us make man in our image, and let him have dominion. As he has the government of the inferior creatures, he is, as it were, God's representative, or viceroy, upon earth; they are not capable of fearing and serving God, therefore God has appointed them to fear and serve man."

Posted by Banna | June 16, 2008 9:43 AM

Hey, that's great to know. Now if I could just train my kitty to open the fridge and bring me a beer.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | June 16, 2008 9:50 AM

@ 9, that doesn't say that they don't have souls.

Posted by Matt from Denver | June 16, 2008 9:57 AM

Well, if they have souls, then hell is full of kittens, because they don't go to church, tithe, or accept Jesus as their lord and savior through baptism.

Posted by Banna | June 16, 2008 9:59 AM

People are strapped for cash so the answer is to raise taxes to bring a single little rail line to open in twelve to twenty years instead of adding bus service now.

Posted by brilliant | June 16, 2008 10:08 AM


People are strapped for cash so the answer is to raise taxes to bring a single little rail line to open in twelve to twenty years instead of adding bus service now.

No, the solution is to begin a comprehensive mass transit plan that encompasses the entire region. Imagine how much more strapped for cash you'll be when gas it $10 a gallon and you have no option other than driving. More transit options isn't a burden in the long run.

Posted by Lou | June 16, 2008 10:17 AM

Must have been a shit ton of gay rights parades, s&m fests, lesbian muslims for interracial adoptions fundraisers, pro-Palestinian immigration rallies and Judas Priest memorabiliathons in the Midwest last week.

And the sun is shining here. C'mon Seattle, sin it up!

Posted by blank12357 | June 16, 2008 10:27 AM

@12 - kittens give ten percent of all their money to the church, and purr.

Methinks that's more than most of the self-avowed Christians do.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 16, 2008 10:46 AM

you can win without any particular permutation of states duh.

But what Obama campaign is saying isn't we will foregore OH and FL, it's we will fight like hell in other states, too.

So the headline is a bit misleading.

And after you win you want senate and congressional votes from OH ane FL too -- a little task called best approach is a 50 state strategy with focus on OH MI FL and yes VA NM CO NV and yes MI SC LA GA NC but in the latter case I'd really like to see the math pencil it out how we'd be in play or not if black turnout and registraiton increased by say, 30%.

Posted by PC | June 16, 2008 10:53 AM

I was once arrested for trying to baptize my kittens. Apparently you're not supposed to baptize them in a burlap sack at the Auburn valley YMCA pool.

Posted by Banna | June 16, 2008 11:10 AM

That's because the pool hadn't been blessed by a Youth Minister, Banna ... they use the hot tub for that, or the sauna ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 16, 2008 12:43 PM

Freedom is dead.

Posted by Vince | June 16, 2008 1:55 PM

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