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Monday, December 24, 2012

The Monday Morning News

Posted by on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Ho-hum, another victory. The Seattle Seahawks clinched a playoff spot by crushing the San Francisco 49ers 42-13 on Sunday Night Football.

Maybe we're running out? The number of immigrants deported from the Pacific Northwest dropped 11 percent in 2012 over the year before. Nationally, deportations were up 3 percent.

Well, that's something Mitt Romney and voters had in common. Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, says that's okay, his father didn't really want to be president anyway: "He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life."

Somebody needs to reread Doctrine and Covenants 89:5. US Senator Michael Crapo (R-Idaho) was arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Sunday morning, after running a red light in Alexandria, Virginia. Senator Crapo reportedly registered a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent—more than a third above the .08 percent Virginia state limit, and 100 percent above the limit set by the Mormon Church in which Senator Crapo is a bishop.

No Christmas for Microsoft? If you're looking for a last minute Christmas gift, but don't want to brave long lines at the mall, just stop by your local Microsoft Store, where Windows 8 sales apparently aren't packing them in.

A huge step forwarded for women's rights in Afghanistan: A US military advisor is dead after being shot by an Afghan policewoman in Kabul. It is believed to be the first such "insider attack" committed by a female member of Afghanistan's security services.

If only we were all armed with guns, this tragedy could have been averted. A 24-year-old Auburn man was taken into custody after allegedly stabbing a childhood friend to death during an argument.

If only we were all armed with guns, this tragedy could have been averted. Tacoma police shot and killed a 22-year-old woman who allegedly pointed a gun at them. Police had been called to the house by the woman's mother because she thought her daughter had killed herself.

If only we were all armed with guns, this tragedy could have been averted. At least two firefighters have been killed and two others wounded, after being shot at the scene of a fire in upstate New York.


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Sandiai 31
Here you go @28 (literally every source says it).…
Posted by Sandiai on December 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM · Report this
@24 Yeah, an ex-con obtained a gun. How'd that happen? Might it have something to do with the GIANT GAPING LOOPHOLE that allows about 40% of all US gun sales to go without a background check? The loophole that the NRA is dead set against closing even though over 90% of the public supports closing it? Try using your noggin for a moment before you post!
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on December 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM · Report this
yucca flower 29
RE: Deportations.

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and speculate that most illegal immigrants in Washington state are from Canada and therefore are white. The U.S. isn't concerned with deporting white people. It's only the brown ones that rile up American anti-immigrant feelings.
Posted by yucca flower on December 24, 2012 at 4:49 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 27

There's also the implication that Tagg Romney is surrounded by people who want to be president. So either he's lying (duh), or all the Romneys and their friends and acquaintances are megalomaniacs, which actually wouldn't surprise me.
Posted by keshmeshi on December 24, 2012 at 3:20 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 26
@ 24, who is proposing "taking guns away" from "law abiding folk" ?
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 24, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Go home, Senator, you're drunk.

Hey, I'm just saving everyone the trouble of wondering when the stupid overused meme would get trotted out...
Posted by Jenkitty on December 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM · Report this
So Goldy, how does any of this show that law-abiding folks should have their guns taken away from them?

1. The man who murdered and wounded firefighters in New York spent 17 years in prison for killing his grandmother. As a convicted felon, it was illegal for him to own any firearm, or for anyone to transfer a firearm to him.

2. The young woman killed by Tacoma Police after pointing a handgun at them had been arrested and charged in Pierce County Superior Court with several felonies. The county prosecutor conditionally dismissed the charges in September 2012 in exchange for the woman participating in a diversion probation program -- which should have included a prohibition on the woman possessing any firearms.

3. Unclear what happened in Auburn, but knives are very effective murder weapons as well. Knives in Mexico kill more people per capita than guns in the USA. In fact, despite very stringent gun control in Mexico (including absolute ban on assault weapons in private hands), firearms in Mexico also kill more people per capita than firearms in the USA.

The first two scenarios in today's tragic news simply show that we do a piss-poor job of enforcing existing firearms laws -- which very stringently prohibit criminals from possessing firearms.

As for the bar murder in Bellevue, Washington state law makes bars "gun free" zones. It is illegal to carry a firearm in a bar, even with a CWP. This law makes a lot of sense, and I definitely think it should stay on the books. But it won't stop a determined killer.
Posted by Richard Pope on December 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 23
Good point. I forget the AFC still has a bit of competition even this late.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 21
First Larry Craig and now Mike Crapo. Idaho Senators don't seem to be able to behave themselves.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on December 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 20
@ 9, given that they could end up with the third seed (no first round bye) if they lose and New England wins, Manning will start. John Fox doesn't like to tempt fate. (They'll pull him once they're up 35-0, about halfway through the second quarter.)
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this

Did Obama give Matt Romney a cell phone?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 18
Mitt's sons remarks at first are surprising, but make a lot of sense as one looks back at the campaign.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on December 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM · Report this
Windows sales.

Article comes out showing decline in sales for Microsoft.

Pundits leap into action decrying the death of the PC and monolithic "software empires".

Quarterly report then comes out and shows record revenues.

Everyone crawls off to look for another ambulance to chase.

Win win.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Gee suddenly that 6th highest growth rate makes sense...all those Medina contributions must have paid off.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
Romney comes out sounding like the little kid who says Oh well I didn't want it anyway after fighting for possession of a breakable toy all afternoon and losing to the baby sister of his friend. The Republicans couldn't have been less enthusiastic about that man if they'd literally turned their backs on him at the Convention. He certainly didn't have to run.
Posted by Calpete on December 24, 2012 at 10:20 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 14
What a bunch of crap from Tagg. This is just another step in the Romney's process of climbing down from Crazy Mountain. Sour grapes. "Oh, he didn't want it anyway." Yeah, right. The job he's been working on for the past eight years, he didn't want it, really.

What's next? Bargaining? Anger? I forget.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on December 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
100% of the limit set by the Mormon Church...presumably zero, is, um zero.
Posted by hmmmmm on December 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 12
Rmoney was only running for president to help the needy. Himself.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM · Report this
@2 I can't get past the name "Munchbar". Fucking seriously? Maybe if everyone at MUNCHBAR had guns tragedy could have been avoided.
As patsy Cline said, "Stop the world and let me off!"
Posted by Totalpukoid on December 24, 2012 at 9:54 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 10
an OS upgrade has to be the worst xmas present ever.
Posted by Max Solomon on December 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 9
And the Denver Broncos won too!

Their last game is at home, against the hapless Kansas City Chiefs... worst team in the league. I wonder if the Broncos will keep Manning in?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 24, 2012 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 8
Romney's burning desire to be President was the only thing about him I thought was real.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on December 24, 2012 at 9:39 AM · Report this
@2 I went to that place once for happy hour when I briefly worked in Bellevue. It was astonishingly awful; all the servers were coked up or just hopeless, the glassy were dirty and the food looked like it was fried in month-old oil. Everything about it was sketchy, dirty and depressing.
Posted by mitten on December 24, 2012 at 9:28 AM · Report this
long-time reader 5
@4, the moral arc of the universe demands that all hypocrites be called out. And morons. Moron.
Posted by long-time reader on December 24, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this
seatackled 3
The best comment I read about the DUI was:

Crapo shitfaced? What a turd!
Posted by seatackled on December 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM · Report this
biju 2
Shooting at Bellevue's munchbar. Seahawks players apparently in the vicinity?…
Posted by biju on December 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM · Report this
seatackled 1
I kind of wish President Obama had interrupted that NFL broadcast again.
Posted by seatackled on December 24, 2012 at 8:51 AM · Report this

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