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Monday, December 3, 2012

The Morning News: Tax Cuts, Collapsing Tunnels, and Mold-Free Bread

Posted by on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Oh Man, Rich People are Gonna Be Pissed: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says they have to lose their tax cuts or we'll all fall off a cliff or something.

A Tunnel Collapsed in Japan: Nine people died. The tunnel's operator says anchor bolts were missing, which may have caused the collapse.

Syria Promises No Chemical Weapons: Hillary Clinton warned them that Washington would take action if they do use the weapons, which have allegedly been moved.

Kansas City Chiefs Player Kills His Girlfriend, Then Himself: "Belcher first ended his girlfriend's life, police said, before taking his own just outside the front door of the Chiefs' practice facility. He and the woman he killed left behind a 3-month-old daughter." SAD.

The Pope Is on Twitter: Pope Beneditct XVI has started a personal Twitter account. So far he hasn't Tweeted yet, but he has over 100,000 followers.

Christmas Miracle: "Say goodbye to that annoying buzz created by overhead fluorescent light bulbs in your office. Scientists at Wake Forest University have developed a flicker-free, shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting."

In Other Innovative News: A long-lasting bread could cut food waste (and save the environment! Yay!).

Ka-Boom: A small Louisiana town was evacuated after cops found six million pounds of illegally stored explosives.

Comedian Katt Williams Was Arrested in Seattle: He allegedly got into a dispute at an SLU bar, where witnesses claim he "brandished a pool cue at the bar's manager and refused to leave." The Seattle Times says "Williams was booked into the King County jail for investigation of assault, harassment and obstruction."

The Seahawks Won: I'm only putting this here because there's still no goddamn motherfucking hockey season.

Speaking of hockey, players and owners are supposedly meeting tomorrow. And this is why we need the NHL back! The alternative is dudes who score goals against their own team:

 

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biffp 17
@11 and 13, I love hockey, but that was a pretty phenomenal game for the regular season. I wouldn't dare write I was posting about the Hawks/Bears game only b/c there's no hockey.

What Russell Wilson did is the stuff of legends, and I love watching him play almost as mush as watching Burrows bite Bruins baby fingers. If RW played for the Bears, Jets, Giants or Cowboys, ESPN would have specials dedicated to him. Since he's in Seattle, it'll take some Fox or ESPN 'expert' surprise picking the Hawks before RW gets some respect. ESPN and Fox show have so little respect for the game it makes it hard to watch.

With all that said, I could give two shits about NBA and MLB, and it's going to be a tough 4-5 months after March madness.
Posted by biffp on December 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM · Report this
Cornichon 16
If Benedict XVI gets to tweet as @pontifex, do some-time, relativist Catholics get to tweet as @pontiflex? (And do they still have to limit themselves to 128 characters, or, you know, like "whatever"?)
Posted by Cornichon http://cornichon.org on December 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM · Report this
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@12, how about HSCA attorney Gaeton Fonzi's Last Investigation? That bought up the issue of Phillips (Maurice Bishop) as the possible handler of Oswald.
Posted by neo-realist on December 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM · Report this
Knat 14
@CatholicFella
BMF, I have sinned. Got drunk Friday, had wild new experience with someone. Not sure what to do now. #drunkenhookup #questioningsexuality

@Pontifex
Pics or it didn't happen.
Posted by Knat on December 3, 2012 at 10:22 AM · Report this
mikethehammer 13
@11,

I don't think even the Cup playoffs would generate the same amount of hype as a regular season football game, NFL or even D-1 college, and I say that as a hockey fan.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported yesterday that Sidney Crosby is in serious talks with a Swiss league to play over there. Apparently Russia (KHL) would've been too dangerous for him, as he's seen as a "target" by too many of those guys.
Posted by mikethehammer on December 3, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
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The 50-Year Mark, Part 2

---- The Deadliest Game ----

During the House Select Committee on Assassinations (the Kennedy assassination), testimony given verified that Lee Oswald --- referred to as Lee Harvey Oswald, the “presidential assassin” --- was on the CIA’s payroll and was an FBI informant.

A slew of other seemingly contradictory facts emerged, but were never fully explored, as the plug was quickly pulled on the Select Committee’s investigation once it began focusing on the CIA and David Atlee Philips, Oswald’s handler.

Lee Oswald, former Russian linguist from the USMC (NSG) who had been recruited for the CIA’s “false defector” program, ended up playing the deadliest of deadly games: a deep cover agent within a deep cover.

As a deep cover agent for the CIA, Oswald was supposed to be ferreting out communist subversives --- but in reality he was spying on the CIA for their bosses --- the Kennedy administration, to uncover the exact location of the training facilities and personnel constituting the CIA’s unauthorized assassination team for Latin America representing the interests of the multinational corporations, Operation 40.

Oswald was in New Orleans to ferret that information out of organized crime operator, Jack Ruby, who had once worked as an investigator for the US Congress in Chicago, back before he had legally changed his name from Jakob Rubenstein to Jack Ruby, and when he reported to a congressional representative named Richard M. Nixon.

Ruby had ties to the Chicago mob dating to his youth in Chicago, a mob which wasn’t strictly ethnic in composition, but made up of Irish, Jewish, Polish and Sicilian individuals. Ruby was close friends with the owner of the land which had been leased to the Operation 40 crew, and evidently Oswald was successful as he tipped off the Secret Service and the White House to a possible assassination plot to take place during the presidential trip to Chicago, which was then called off at the last moment. (Oswald reported to a contact within the White House who reported to the president.)

Somehow there was a leak within either the US Secret Service or at the White House level, or both. (We now know that while President Kennedy had appointed many establishment types with links to the Rockefeller family, even JFK wasn’t aware of just how many were directly --- and financially --- connected to the Rockefeller family; at least over 45 of the top level appointees were Rockefeller people --- McCone, the CIA director who had replaced the fired Allen Dulles, not only had $1 million in Standard Oil stock, which he admitted to during his congressional interview, but had been a president of a shipping company which was indirectly owned by the Rockefellers through a series of holding companies --- even JFK hadn’t realized that. At Kennedy’s behest, McCone went about restructuring the CIA --- but what JFK didn’t realize was that McCone had hired Nelson Rockefeller’s assistant do the restructuring!)

George Joannides, who reported to David Atlee Philips, head of the CIA’s Western Hemisphere Operations (disinformation division), journeyed to New Orleans to solidify Oswald’s cover story as an “avowed Marxist,” thus setting him up as the patsy later in Dallas. Joannides arranged for Oswald to appear on a rightwing radio talk show for his public appearance to be later introduced into “evidence” of Oswald’s communist leanings. (Please see audio link below, but be advised that an author who comments the piece, Anthony Summers, is citing Oswald’s officially falsified CIA military record, not his actual military record, which was immediately transferred to the CIA upon his separation from the Marine Corps --- another of those nonsensical and non sequitur items which were never questioned in the Warren Commission’s “investigation” --- military records are routinely incorporated into one’s civil service file upon employment, for promotional and retirement purposes. Oswald’s voice appears after the 7-minute point.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p010jyv1

Oswald again found out about the secondary Dallas plot, after the Chicago hit had failed due to the trip cancellation, but this time Oswald found out too late and only tipped off the Dallas FBI office, a thoroughly compromised operation which had deleted his note outlining the situation. This came out during the House Select Committee investigation back in the late 1970s; evidently there was at least one honest individual in that Dallas FBI office who recalled this instance.

In fiction there is often the hero who is portrayed as reporting directly to the president, the president’s agent --- in reality, such an actual hero would forever be portrayed as the lone gunman.
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Posted by sgt_doom on December 3, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
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#8, the Stanley Cup Playoffs (if we ever have them again) between two competitively matched teams would equal or surpass a game winning football drive.

#1, I think Katt needs lithium dosage upped or to start taking it.
Posted by neo-realist on December 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM · Report this
seatackled 10
Anyone notice that the Seattle Times is doing a series or something on zoo conditions for elephants? Didn't Cienna already cover this a year ago?
Posted by seatackled on December 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM · Report this
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The Pope will not be reading anyone else's tweets. The account is only for sending messages. Good to hear the Catholic Church is as open to other ideas as always.
Posted by originalcinner on December 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM · Report this
biffp 8
Two season saving drives by a rookie QB. It would be pretty difficult to match that excitement during the NHL regular season. And there was some good college hockey on NBC Sports this weekend with BU and BC splitting a home-and-home.
Posted by biffp on December 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 7
I believe it was the famed Shakespearean actor Edmund Kean who said,

Hitting someone upside the head with a pool cue is easy. Comedy is difficult.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on December 3, 2012 at 9:16 AM · Report this
Keekee 6
Megan knows how I feel.
Posted by Keekee on December 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM · Report this
Geraldo Riviera 5
NHL is the worst part of slog. The worst.

Megan, if there was a NFL/NHL slog poll, you would be sad about the size of your NHL audience. MARK MY WORDS.
Posted by Geraldo Riviera on December 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 4
@2: America's morbid fascination with the British royal family will never cease to amaze/confuse me.

Posted by Theodore Gorath on December 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM · Report this
ScienceNerd 3
I could be wrong (but that rarely happens) but I seem to recall Jon Stewart talking about the Pope's twitter account months ago.
Posted by ScienceNerd http://stanichium.tumblr.com/ on December 3, 2012 at 8:55 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
Will and Kate are expecting.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 3, 2012 at 8:46 AM · Report this
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wtf is up with Kat Williams? That's the second fight he's been arrested for in the past couple of weeks.
Posted by apres_moi on December 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM · Report this

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