Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday Morning News

Posted by on Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 9:11 AM

McKenna Admits Defeat: Inslee is our new guvnah.

And We Thought Washington Was Bad? The New York Times reports a whopping 631,274 votes remain uncounted in Arizona, the armpit beacon of our democracy. One republican even rescinded his concession.

What A Douche! Romney canceled all credit cards associated with his campaign the night he conceded. Which sucks because it seems like staffers might need a cab back to their hotels, or need to check out of their hotels, or need to fly home to their families, or need many many strong drinks for dedicating the past year of their lives to his bipolar campaign.

What's An Important Meeting Without a Little Censorship? China is hosting their 18th National Party Congress this week and Google (and all its subdomains) has been blocked for the occasion. Xi Jinping is widely anticipated to become the most powerful member of the communist party during this congress.

Now Eliminate Taxes And Give Us More Money! An Idaho panel has decided the evidence is overwhelming that Obamacare's medicaid expansion will benefit their state. I love it when people in red states say things like this, "If we could have 90 percent to 100 percent of that paid by the federal government, why wouldn’t we do it?"

Conceding Is The New Black: The auditor's race is decided and Stranger endorsed Troy Kelley won.

You Will Be Shocked: To learn that southern states twatted the largest quantity of racist tweets after the election. Squirt some racist sriracha sauce on your pipe and smoke it.

Criminal Masterminds Seek Sax Player: According to the Seattle Police Department, three juveniles broke into Eckstein Middle School last night to steal music equipment. Their parents picked them up at the police station.

Los Angeles To Stop Being Stupid: Well it's a tiny step but L.A. is implementing its first toll on the 110 in a desperate attempt to combat congestion.

Malaria Vaccine Not Very Effective: The Gates funded research which attempts to vaccinate against malaria was around 30% effective in newborns, the demographic most susceptible to life threatening complications from the disease.

Finally: Why is everyone using the photo below in their "Inslee Elected" articles?

Governor-Elect Inslee laughs and points at crying woman
  • Alan Berner / The Seattle Times
  • Governor-Elect Inslee laughs and points at crying woman


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Even though the vaccine isn't that effective for younger infants, it is still exciting to have a vaccine for it at all.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on November 10, 2012 at 9:17 AM · Report this
seatackled 2
Damn, no reiteration about the David Petraeus adultery to give me the opportunity to observe that Petraeus maybe did betray us after all!

Well, how about some Sotomayor on Sesame Street? I don't see Scalia pulling this off!…
Posted by seatackled on November 10, 2012 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 3
That crying woman is Rob McKenna's sister.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on November 10, 2012 at 9:25 AM · Report this
seatackled 4
And yeah, what a total fucking douche Romney is, though I suppose I'm mean enough to Nelson Munz (ha-HAAA) the aides rather than feel sorry for them. But as has been observed by many, if we hadn't already figured out how this penny counter treats people, this tells us how he would have presided.

Also, the report of Romney being shellshocked? That's his My Pet Goat moment.
Posted by seatackled on November 10, 2012 at 9:26 AM · Report this
seatackled 5

McKenna has an Asian sister? Did someone tell her to shut up and speak English?

(Actually, I think the woman was one of his campaign directors.)
Posted by seatackled on November 10, 2012 at 9:28 AM · Report this
@ 2 That article was hilarious, wish I had seen it earlier. And yeah the woman was his outreach coordinator, but it's still such a weird photo.
Posted by Guest Author on November 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Report this
seatackled 7

Internet meme time? (Just don't stick that stupid gymnast in there.)
Posted by seatackled on November 10, 2012 at 9:34 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 8
Wait! Didn't Rmoney's staff hear him say he loves to fire people? I bet they laughed when they heard him say that. Guess who's laughing now?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 10, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Unregistered User 9
That's funny, last time I made the mistake of driving to, through and across Seattle during their rush hour the traffic was more congested than LA and the drivers were worse AND bigger dickbags.
Posted by Unregistered User on November 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM · Report this
If I was Obama, I would have covered those ex-Romney staffers' taxi and hotel bills just to further demonstrate how much of a total douchebag my ex-opponent was and how lucky we are to not have that sociopathic fuck as our next president.
Posted by madcap on November 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM · Report this
@6, I believe "that woman" is Inslee for Governor campaign manager Joby Shimomura. Her outreach coordinator Samantha Casne is on the right, laughing with Jay over their boss letting loose in a moment of what must have been immense relief, having directed the Governor-elect's campaign to victory. Joby had managed Jay's 1998 congressional campaign to victory, too, then was his congressional chief of staff before leaving to follow in the artistic footsteps of her father, painter Roger Shimomura. She's had a hell of a political life so far, and it will be interesting to see if she returns to her art again now.

But yeah, by refusing to identify what's going on news folks seem happy to use the photo as giggle bait.
Posted by gloomy gus on November 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM · Report this
Shit, the Times says it's Unjin Lee. I'm going to say they're wrong, because that way maybe my comment is not just another marker of my downhill slide.
Posted by gloomy gus on November 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 13
One thing I noticed during my career at The Four Seasons is that people with inherited wealth tend to be cheapskate dullards, while the people who made the money themselves tend to be generous.

There are exceptions, of course - the Bullitt family is the epitome of generous and gracious, and they've been wealthy for generations.

But Mitt's actions are exactly what you would expect from some privileged little bore.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on November 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
30% effectiveness in the malaria vaccine still means 30% effectiveness. If it's 30% effectiveness v 70% no effect, then vaccinate all infants ASAP. Given the mortality/morbidity associated with infant malaria, saving 30% is totally worth it.
Posted by LuisitaPhD on November 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 15
Interesting how green (that is, racist) Minnesota is on that twitter map. As green as Georgia, Tennessee and Louisiana.
Posted by Matt from Denver on November 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
@11 & 12 you are wrong-- the photo is Unjin Lee! And like many people in that room she is exhausted and very happy, that Jay Inslee is finally Governor after a long drawn out battle! Nice try though, at trying to act like you know what you are talking about
Posted by All asians look alike? on November 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 17
@ 16, LOL
Posted by Matt from Denver on November 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM · Report this
The malaria vaccine is like the flu vaccine, only good for a season. It is difficult to reach and vaccinate everyone every year. There are some promising efforts of using seasonal climate forecasts to help target vaccinations (exploiting the relationship between the dry season and moquitos). Nets are effective too and useful year after year.
Posted by wxPDX on November 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM · Report this
100% that's Unjin. She's a great friend of mine who worked her ass off and if it wasn't for her, Jay very well may not be our Governor. She kicked ass and is exhausted and elated.
Posted by Steven Severin on November 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM · Report this
Josh Trujillo at the PI took that picture. Y'all are kinda failing at crediting these days.… That's Inslee pointing out Lee as someone who kicked ass in getting him elected. She's happy and overwhelmed. I think it's a beautiful picture, and kicks the ass of some boring picture of Inslee standing at a podium.
Posted by lblah on November 10, 2012 at 9:01 PM · Report this
Bob in Guanajuato 21
Rmoney's cancellation of the credit cards shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone, including the employees whose cards got cancelled. Rmoney said that you have to make $200,000 a year to be considered "middle class", which probably included most of his campaign staff.

It also includes all school teachers, police, fire fighters, newspaper writers, you name it. I continue to be amazed that some of these people voted for Rmoney.
Posted by Bob in Guanajuato on November 14, 2012 at 7:17 AM · Report this
Bob in Guanajuato 22
Rmoney's cancellation of the credit cards shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone. After all, this is a guy who said that you have to make $200,000 a year to qualify as middle class, so this includes most of his employees.

It also includes all teachers, police, andd newspaper writers. I continue to be amazed that some of these people voted for Rmoney.

to "madcap": good idea!
Posted by Bob in Guanajuato on November 14, 2012 at 7:28 AM · Report this

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