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Monday, August 18, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on August 18 at 8:45 AM

In Fay’s Way:Tropical Storm Fay wreaks havoc in the Caribbean, is expected to be upgraded to hurricane before hitting Florida.

The Dam Bursts: Evacuations continue as heavy rains collapse a dam near the Grand Canyon.

Commuted Sentence: I-405 remains open next week as the Willburton tunnel demolition proceeds ahead of schedule.

Pakistan: Musharraf resigns rather than face impeachment.

Pineapple Express: Hawaiian sovereignty leader’s plot to seize power fails.

High Times: And that was the Seattle Hempfest that was.

Meet Your New Veep: Obama likely to name Vice-Presidential nominee this week as Dem convention approaches.

Ellen Luvs Portia: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi get hitched, Hollywood swoons.

Going Our Own Way: We may dominate Olympic swimming, but who will challenge China’s hold on badminton?

Also, our country may someday be ruled by enthusiastic fans of The Olive Garden:

The traveling band of U.S senators that is the McCain campaign must have just wanted unlimited breadsticks for their straight talk.

Along with his wife and some top aides, John McCain and his campaign road pals, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, ate dinner at the Olive Garden here last night, a day before McCain was to speak to at the conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mel Martinez, the home state senator who had appeared at an event with the trio earlier in the day, also stopped by.

The pool of reporters that follows the candidate around everywhere was not allowed to join the McCain team, instead heading to the Bahama Breeze across the street where our waitress wondered why McCain would pick the Olive Garden of all the places in Orlando to eat.

According to McCain’s aides, it’s not the Arizona senator, but Graham who is a devoted Olive Garden fan.

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No poll on who we think the VP will be for Obama? My money is on Biden and yeah, I signed up for the text message from the Obama Campaign and have my phone right by my desk.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 18, 2008 8:53 AM

I've never understood how Olive Garden gets away with charging $12 to reheat a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli and put it on a plate.

Posted by Georgia Guy | August 18, 2008 9:06 AM

Olive Garden makes me seriously doubt the sense of taste exists in suburbs and rural areas.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 18, 2008 9:11 AM

I'm still sick to my stomach over that disgusting display of pandering to religious fanatics by McCain and Obama.

Posted by Vince | August 18, 2008 9:11 AM

Graham's only there for the hot waiters.

Posted by Fnarf | August 18, 2008 9:13 AM

conservatives love the olive garden.

Posted by infrequent | August 18, 2008 9:17 AM

@4 - Just because someone is religious doesn't make them a fanatic. And just because the candidates address religious topics doesn't mean they're pandering.

The press is saying Obama came off as the "loser," simply because he didn't tell the crowd what they wanted to hear. He told them what he believed. That doesn't sound like pandering to me.

Posted by Georgia Guy | August 18, 2008 9:21 AM

Olive Garden is some of the grossest shit ever. The handful of times I've eaten there it made me feel like my digestive tract was melting.

Posted by Hernandez | August 18, 2008 9:27 AM

Well, it *is* Orlando...Olive Garden's probably the best choice available.

Posted by laterite | August 18, 2008 9:27 AM

I love the Olive Garden. I don't know what all you haters are on about. I've been to the supposedly best pasta places around town - Pomodoro on Eastlake, Pallino, La Piazza - and the pasta at Olive Garden is always the same or only marginally worse. Considering that the staff at those other places all have nasty attitudes, cost twice as much, and Olive Garden's salad is tasty and endless, the only reason people hate on Olive Garden is because they think they're being Hip and Cool by doing so. When you move out of your parent's basement and have to pay your own bills (assuming you don't have a trust fund) then you'll change your attitudes.

Posted by Olive Garden | August 18, 2008 9:30 AM

I am totally with the pandering to the regious zealots that both of the candidates did this weekend being out of control and BTW, it's also FUCKING UNCONSTITUIONAL!!! (see Section 6 Article 3 of the US Constitution)

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 18, 2008 9:36 AM

I'm surprised the USA Today article was the best piece of writing you could find on the VP issue.

Posted by MMB | August 18, 2008 9:44 AM

I hear one of the resident Playmates at the Playboy Mansion is a great fan of the Olive Garden too.

Personally I find it kind of sad. If you've never been to Italy or lived in a town with lots of Italians or Greeks, you might think it's great too, but to my mind it's a sign of a less adventurous and less well-traveled spirit.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 18, 2008 10:10 AM

So Will @13, what is a Seattle-area Italian restaurant that embodies the well-traveled, adventurous spirit and a sign of someone who has been to Italy?

Posted by restaurant recommendations | August 18, 2008 10:15 AM

@12, was this after their editorial a week ago about how America could learn a lot from China and how efficient they are and how messy and uneffective democracy is? :)

Just teasing you, more a comment about USA Today.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 18, 2008 10:18 AM

If Hurricane Fay is predicted to slam Key West, shouldn't the name be changed to "Fey"? Just sane...

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | August 18, 2008 10:34 AM

Hey OG @10, all I'm saying is that none of the other Italian places you mention have ever caused me to spend an entire afternoon on the toilet shitting out my intestines (and this has happened multiple times, I'm not just judging on a single experience). If it's "Hip and Cool" to want to avoid diarrhea, then call me the hippest guy in town.

Posted by Hernandez | August 18, 2008 10:55 AM

I don't know why everybody feels like they need to dump on Olive Garden. I've been there dozens of times, and they always have tasty food, good wine, and quick service. Maybe it's because I always go to the one in Kirkland, and the people there know what the hell they're doing?

Posted by Greg | August 18, 2008 11:34 AM

And I've never had an experience like Hernandez @17.

Posted by Greg | August 18, 2008 11:35 AM

Greg, by "know what the hell theyre doing", you mean "know how to boil food in a bag"

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 18, 2008 11:46 AM

#4 Hey Dumbass. About 75% of Americans claim to beleive in God so ignoring them or going out of your way as a politician to piss them off is no way to get elected. I'm not a Christian but I beleive in someone's right to be wrong.

Posted by elswinger | August 18, 2008 11:59 AM

@20, boiling food previously prepared in a bag is infinitely more desirable than what Olive Garden in-store "chefs" could come up with on their own.

Posted by Fnarf | August 18, 2008 12:14 PM

@20: You, me, KJ, Mikki. Olive Garden in Kirkland, Saturday night at 7. Dinner's on me.

Posted by Greg | August 18, 2008 1:08 PM

@7 It sure does. Anybody who believes that bullshit is a fanatic in my book. You would have to be a complete fool to believe those fourth century superstitions and myths. And Obama does.

Posted by Vince | August 18, 2008 1:12 PM

@23, We'll consider it. I get some kind of aggressive reaction whenever i think about going the olive garden though. one too many "uncle georgio got his citizenship so we took him to the olive garden" ads.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 18, 2008 2:29 PM

@23: Bellevue Ave has an aversion to most chain restaurants, although he does love the wings (and ONLY the wings) at Azteca. Olive Garden seems to be at the top of the list even though I can think of tons of places that are a lot worse.

Posted by Mikki | August 18, 2008 2:59 PM

the bbq wings at azteca are the best; crunchy breading and bbq. whats not to like other than the health implications!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 18, 2008 3:02 PM

@25: If you decide you wanna do it, Monique has my phone number.

Posted by Greg | August 18, 2008 4:14 PM

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