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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Morning News: McGinn's New High-Rise Offices, the President's Burning Effigy, and Your Growing Power Bills

Posted by on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 5:54 AM

From Phone Banks to Skyscrapers: McGinn knights seven campaign volunteers with jobs on the mayoral transition team. "We're not big on titles," McGinn says.

Afghanistan War: Obama rejects every plan from his national security team on fighting the Taliban. He tells officials to rewrite proposals on adding more troops and working with the corrupt Afghanistan government.

Unpaving Paradise: Belltown tries to decide if converting a street into a park will improve the neighborhood or attract crime.

Your Daily Douchebag: Jasen Bruce, a resident of Tampa, FL, beats a Greek Orthodox priest over the head with a tire iron because, he told police, the priest was a terrorist, a thief, and a gay sexual predator who spoke perfect English (even though the priest speaks little English). More about Mr. Bruce:

His blog entries tout the benefits of increasing testosterone and human growth hormones. He was charged with misdemeanor battery in 2007 for hopping over the bed of a tow truck and shoving its driver. He pleaded no contest.

Online photo galleries depict him flexing big muscles wearing little clothing.

Suckers? Gay-rights group in Utah fellates Mormon Church for supporting gay-rights legislation, even though the church remains "unequivocally committed to defending the bedrock foundation of marriage between a man and a woman.”

WalMart: Will stay open for 24 hours the day after Thanksgiving to avoid mad store rushes, like one last year that led to a fatal trampling.

Is This Offensive? A black statue of "Burning Man Obama," on fire; they call it art.

Tell All: Oprah previewing her interview With Sarah Palin says, "There's nothing that we didn't talk about."

Shot Down: Man who shot Lt. Governor's son dies.

Punched Out: Mike Tyson allegedly punches paparazzi photographer to the ground at LAX. Celebritiy parasite falls to ground, suffers cut on to forehead.

Final Push: Pro-choice groups stage organizing strategy to allow abortion funding in health-care-reform bill.

Jon Stewart: Busts Fox News's Sean Hannity using wrong footage to make GOP rally seem larger.

Michael Mastro: Bankrupt Seattle developer denies that he tried to block creditors from taking his mansion, Rolls Royce, and jewelry.

The Stranger's 2007 Genius Awards: This is why the winners are so rad. The annual bash at the Moore Theater on Friday at 9:00 p.m. Lineup and more here.

Things Hipsters Wear: A Seattle style blog.

Electricity Rates: They're rising to help fill a $140 million budget gap at Seattle City Light.

So Long and Good Riddance: Lou Dobbs leaves CNN.

On That Off-Colored Note: One last cotton-... minute with Lou Dobbs:


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my my dom you're up bright and early this morning
Posted by Jimmy Dean on November 12, 2009 at 6:01 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 2
And Taylor Swift hit a grand slam at the CMAs. And then, according to her tweet, went home and had a bowl of cereal with her parents to celebrate. Ah, to be 19 again.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on November 12, 2009 at 6:14 AM · Report this
Silly Silly Salt Lake Queers...
what do THEY know about their rights and community??
don't they realize all queers have to get Dan and Dom's preapproval before they issue any statements???

bad bad queers-
you'll have do your Rosaries to get back in the good graces of Queerdom-
"Hail Dan, full of hate,..."
Posted by HomoHateUnlimited,Inc...advancing teh gay thru hate on November 12, 2009 at 6:18 AM · Report this
The Democrats who control DC have declined to give us ENDA, but the Salt Lake City Council has just given the LGBT community an employment non-discrimination ordinance. And because we're pleased about this, we're "fellating" the Mormon Church?

Please. There's nothing wrong with acknowledging the baby steps made by our enemies, as they slowly, slowly move in the right direction on our issues.
Posted by Daddy Todd on November 12, 2009 at 6:23 AM · Report this
Link to second story on Obamas and the Afghanistan war is bad
Posted by wl on November 12, 2009 at 6:43 AM · Report this
Renton Mike 6
Re: WalMart: So they're moving up the trampling to midnight instead of 5 am?
Posted by Renton Mike on November 12, 2009 at 7:02 AM · Report this
5 "Burning Man Obama," link doesn't work, either
Posted by maybe you're up a little TOO bright and early, Dom on November 12, 2009 at 7:06 AM · Report this
lark 8
Good Morning Dominic,
I had to chuckle watching that Lou Dobbs snippet. It proves how difficult it is to avoid using colloquialisms. When I was a boy, I heard my mother use the phrase "get your cotton-picking hands off..." At the time, I had no idea what it referenced. By the time I entered college, I figured out what it exactly meant and would never use it (at least I don't recall ever using that phrase). However, I have heard a few people (like my boss who is not a racist) use it and they usually are over the age of fifty. I don't fault them or Dobbs. We're creatures of habit. But it was kinda funny when he checked himself using the phrase and especially given the subject matter.

Good luck to Lou Dobbs. Evidently he's leaving his post.
Posted by lark on November 12, 2009 at 8:07 AM · Report this
raindrop 9
The Burning Man Obama link has an extra slash after photo: /photo//.
Posted by raindrop on November 12, 2009 at 8:08 AM · Report this
What could possibly be offensive about that Obama pic? They used to do a lot of art like this in the South. They'd even wear all white outfits that were just like an artists canvas. Why would anyone have a problem with burning someone in effigy . . . I mean art.
Posted by Root on November 12, 2009 at 8:15 AM · Report this
JF 11
@10 I agree. And what's even more interesting is that kind of art was being produced long before the people of the South thought to do it. 75 years before them, we had people burning effigies of the King of England during the revolutionary war. Before that, effigies were burned in France. Before that, England. So we can all agree that the act of burning an effigy is not an offensive, racist act, at least historically speaking.

Posted by JF on November 12, 2009 at 8:43 AM · Report this
Carollani 12
Oh wow, what a slip. Good riddance Lou Dobbs!
Posted by Carollani on November 12, 2009 at 10:11 AM · Report this
hartiepie 13
@11, 10 --- I am not sure burning an effigy of the Pres is racist since burning effigies is a fairly standard practice of protest world wide throughout history, but it sure is offensive.

The link isn't working, so who can tell me who this "artist" is?
Posted by hartiepie on November 12, 2009 at 10:22 AM · Report this
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe is swinging by the Earth again tomorrow, to get a gravity assist for its asteroid rendezvous next year. Scientists are watching this flyby closely, because they are trying to explain why craft flying by Earth are seeming to get an extra unexpected speed boost not explained by relativistic equations. Something’s going on that Einstein didn’t account for.

In the meantime, Rosetta sent back this picture of a crescent Earth from 393, 328 miles back, the first of a series being taken to assemble an animation of the rotating Earth over a 24-hour period:…
Posted by Peter F on November 12, 2009 at 10:43 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 15
Will stay open for 24 hours the day after Thanksgiving to avoid mad store rushes, like one last year that led to a fatal trampling.

Like Renton Mike points out, unless they get rid of those special deals (first 100 DVD players sell for $10 each), this is completely meaningless. Fucking WalMart.

In a contest between Mike Tyson and any paparazzo, the paparazzo is always the least scummy motherfucker. ALWAYS.
Posted by keshmeshi on November 12, 2009 at 11:40 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
I used to love Lou Dobbs on CNN when it started, as he did bring up economic issues and promote discussion, but over the last few years he's gotten very very strange and delved into this anti-immigration anti-immigrant (legal and illegal) and Birther nonsense.


Time for him to go - definitely.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 12, 2009 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Irena 17
A gay-rights group "fellates" the Mormon Church? Here's what they said:

“It’s the most progressive and inclusive statement that the church has made on these issues . . . What they’ve said here is huge, in protecting residents in other municipalities, and statewide.”

Mr. Carlson at Equality Utah said the wording of the church’s statement was crucial.

This sounds like a rational interpretation of the meaning of the support. What exactly is your problem with it?
Posted by Irena on November 12, 2009 at 12:20 PM · Report this

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