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Friday, December 14, 2012

The Morning News

Posted by on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Huge crowd against coal trains: About 3,500 people showed up at the Seattle convention center yesterday to try and stop China-bound coal from rumbling through this city.

Parliament brawl: In the Ukraine.

The bluntness of Susan Rice: "Part of her appeal," for President Obama. And also part of what made her a target.

The case for John Kerry: "He's safe."

"Approaching collapse:" The Russian assessment of the Syrian regime.

No smiles or alcohol: Until Cathay Pacific Airways flight attendants get better pay.

The inventor of the bar code is dead: N. Joseph Woodland was 91.

Tick, tick, tick: The latest on the Fiscal Cliff negotiations.

Chinese survival pods: Take that, apocalypse.

Is that Kanye West in a fancied-up Utilikilt? Yes, it is.

And how do you know if you're giving a good cat massage? Answers!


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tedb310 1
Aren't you the early bird!
Posted by tedb310 on December 14, 2012 at 6:30 AM · Report this
Posted by Ipso Facto on December 14, 2012 at 6:33 AM · Report this
Ipso Facto 3
More from The Real News: "Why the 'Fiscal Cliff' is a Scam"
Posted by Ipso Facto on December 14, 2012 at 6:47 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 4
Apollo's Fire by Jay Inslee…

Then again..

FuelCell Energy Announces Sale of a 14.9 Megawatt Fuel Cell Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Dominion

Multi-megawatt fuel cell parks solve power generation challenges for utilities as the combination of dramatically lower pollutants, modest land-use needs, and quiet operating nature of fuel cell power plants facilitates their siting in urban locations.…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on December 14, 2012 at 7:20 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 5
So those pricks McCain and Graham win. Sometimes the bad guys win. I just wish there was a way to make them regret their assholery.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 14, 2012 at 7:43 AM · Report this
NotSean 6
@5 It's politics.

It's just as likely that she was meant to take this fall.
Posted by NotSean on December 14, 2012 at 7:48 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 7
@ 5, gloomy gus posted a link to an editorial that puts it in good perspective, over on Goldy's thread about Rice that was posted yesterday. Go look it up...
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 14, 2012 at 7:51 AM · Report this
venomlash 8
@4: Cleaner natural gas is a good first step, but it's still a fossil fuel.
Posted by venomlash on December 14, 2012 at 7:59 AM · Report this
@7, you read it! i love you! Here it is again, by the Guardian's US Correspondent, the Century Foundation fellow Michael Cohen.…
Posted by gloomy gus on December 14, 2012 at 8:08 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 10
@ 9, thanks for finding it. I had a feeling that it wasn't quite that big a deal (every president wins some and loses some), and that article proves it.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 14, 2012 at 8:17 AM · Report this
@5 normally when a prez says bring it on like obama did, he then would appoint rice, battle it out, and WIN. too bad obama got scared again. hope he protects medicaid and the poor more than he stood up for Rice.
Posted by obama caved rather quickly on December 14, 2012 at 8:20 AM · Report this
another shooting, this time, elementary school.
can't wait to hear again that
--too soon to talk about gun control.
--you have not named precisely the policies you want.
--you made a trifling error in your description of the gun/it's not a "mass shooting" if only 2 are killed and 10,000 threatened/create tangential comment thread about technical aspects of assault weapons only gun lovers get into
--any particular piece of legislation doesn't solve the whole problem.
--gun control doesn't work in dc.
--we're not europe.
--okay you win all the arguments but we win because we gun lovers who own guns and support nra and fight gun control already won, ha ha ha on you, see, we got 250 million guns all over so you can't win now!
--nothing every changes (ignoring equal rights, democracy, creation of sewer systems, basically, everything does change/it takes time).
--effective gun controls don't stop every single incident, see Bretbark whoever that guy was.
--in the discussion ignore the fact the harm isn't just lone shooters at a mall or school, it's also day to day violence and fear of violence in our worst neighborhoods; as usual if black people are the victims, white people ignore the issue.
--once again claim this perp coulda used a knife, as if in germany france sweden etc. with lower rates of death by gun, they have higher rates of death by knife, and other assholery denialism intended to let these morons keep their guns despite the obvious facts that kills effectively kill and help people kill that's why armies got them, so if you let a few hundred million guns around you're going to have lots of gun killing, just like building roads means the roads fill up, or whatever.
--the second amendment, ignoring the fact that everyone who's not certificable agrees we can ban carrying of nukes, which are arms, therefore teh whole argument dissolves, but make it anyway.

There, I just saved slog about 100 comments. End result: no gun controls, lots of guns and shootings, and the bottom 20% of our society continues to suffer daily violence, crappy schools, crappy lives, and we wonder why schools do better in finland.

(4..3..2..1...but the finns have lots of guns ignoring it's rifles and they have lots of regulations).
Posted by today's gun shooting story on December 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 13
Too bad they didn't show the follow up video on the cat massage..the one where the cat guts the lady in the horrible outfit for giving him a "message".
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 14, 2012 at 9:27 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 14
BTW..the case for John Kerry is the GOP thinks they can still get Scott Brown back into the Senate.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM · Report this
OH my gosh. One of these days I'll get around to setting myself up as a registered commenter, but I am irresistibly compelled to provide the denizens of Slog with more details about the cat massage video.

That woman's name is Maryjean Ballner (!) and she has written two horrifying books, one on cat massage and one on dog massage. An old workplace of mine kept a stock level of one specifically for mockery purposes: the massage techniques range from simply weird to borderline sexual (!!), and all the photographs have her in extremely intimate poses with creeped-out-looking pets and her signature very, very wide-eyed smile.

Glutton for punishment? Me too. Here:
Posted by liz marie on December 14, 2012 at 9:40 AM · Report this
JonnoN 16
Why link to foxnews? If its worth reading, someone else has printed it.
Posted by JonnoN on December 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM · Report this
Is it just me or does the cat masseuse brings up memories of that episode in South Park when the boys start wanking off dogs?
Posted by pussnboots on December 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 18
Just 16 more shopping days until rich people have to pay taxes again, like the rest of us.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 19
@14- Exactly. Why the hell would Obama pull a Democrat out of the legislature? Nominating Kerry just seems stupid.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on December 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM · Report this
How do I know when I'm giving a good cat massage? She's purring!
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on December 14, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this

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