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Friday, December 28, 2012

Morning News: Cliffs, Victims, and Hate Groups

Posted by on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Catholic Priest Pinpoints Triggers for Domestic Violence: Women get beat because scantily clad wives keep "leaving children to themselves, having filthy houses, serving cold meals, buying fast food and providing dirty clothes," as Jesus surely whispered in his ear.

Christmas Spirit, Up in Flames: A 67-year-old homeless woman was sleeping on the same bus stop bench she'd slept on for over a decade Thursday morning when "a man came out of a nearby drug store, doused her with a flammable liquid and set her ablaze."

All This Cliff Talk is Making Me Dizzy: But if you want to read about the latest last-ditch attempt in Congress to reach an agreement on the tax breaks, etc, that are set to expire on Dec. 31 at the stroke of midnight, here you go.

151 Victims: Mother Jones walks you through "the worst year of gun rampages in modern US history."

Putin Signs Russian Ban on US Adoptions: The ban was pushed through by "conjuring up an image of American adoptive parents as sinister hunters of transplant organs, child sex slaves and sacrificial soldiers for foreign aggressions, perhaps even against Russia." It takes effect January 1.

Gasp: "Police investigating mysterious death of Pacific Northwest yo-yo champion in Arizona..."

Remember How Seattle Started 2012 with 20 Gun-Related Homicides in the Space of a Sneeze? Fingers crossed, we're rounding out the year with 26 homicides total, which is tragic but average for our city.

Here's a Depressing List in a Sea of Year-End Lists: A Swedish computer science student has assembled a list of the most viewed Wikipedia pages of 2012, creating a rough guide "to the things people want to know about that they don’t want others to know they want to know about." In-deed.

Bridge Tolls Coming to I-90? A year after WSDOT began tolling drivers across the 520 bridge, the department announced that in 2013, it will look at expanding tolling to the I-90 bridge.

Petition to Designate Westboro Church as a Hate Group Takes White House by Storm: "The individual push has since received the support of nearly 250,000 signees, making it the most popular single petition ever created through the White House initiative."

And finally, here are the 10 most viral videos of 2012, just in case you're brand new to the internet.


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I think Russia is projecting.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on December 31, 2012 at 10:53 PM · Report this
@27 it is. But they're also trying to save face. It makes Russia look bad if they can't take care of their own children.
Posted by CbytheSea on December 28, 2012 at 4:33 PM · Report this
treacle 27
I thought the Russian adoption ban bill was retaliatory:

"The law is a reaction to the US Magnitsky Act, which blacklists Russian officials accused of rights abuses. " (BBC link)

The LA Times completely misses that angle, interestingly enough.
Posted by treacle on December 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM · Report this
@22 or de-bar them so they have to hire outside the family for legal help. That'd milk them dry real quick.
Posted by CbytheSea on December 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM · Report this
They need to build a fence around Seattle and then charge $60 for an All Day Pass with access to eTicket rides.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 28, 2012 at 11:55 AM · Report this
thatsnotright 24
The Russian adoption ban has made a lot of political press for Putin, but really who cares? Apparently the rest of the world is caring for approximately half of Russia's orphaned or unwanted kids. Let Russia bear that cost. Perhaps childless couples in the U.S. should be less focused on wanting a kid with blue eyes and blond hair.

From an article on the subject:

Some 3,400 Russian children were adopted by foreign families in 2011, almost one-third of the children going to American homes.

Over the same period, the number of children adopted by Russian citizens was 7,416.

In the past two decades Americans have adopted more than 60,000 Russian children.

Posted by thatsnotright on December 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 23
@ 20, Baptists are divided into dozens of sub-denominations that don't answer to each other. Westboro, I believe, is entirely on its own. So I don't think there's much the other Baptists can do about them.

I'm not sure there's much they want to do, anyway - aside from WBC's noxious tactics, I don't think the majority of Baptists have any serious disagreements with WBC over homosexuality. And it's not like mainstream America (never mind mainstream Baptists) gave much of a fuck when they were only protesting funerals of murdered gays.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
merry 22
The tax-exempt status for those Westboro "people" needs to be revoked ASAFP.

A 47-member inbred lawyer family that exclusively spends its time touring the nation with dayglo hate signs, making asses of themselves at funerals for soldiers and others, does not a CHURCH make. Obvs.

Tax them muthafuckahs. BIG TIME
Posted by merry on December 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this
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The Designate-Westboro/Phelps-As-A-Hate-Group petition is cruising right along. Signatures now exceed 290,000 and should hit 300K in an hour or two.

You know who should be really pissed at Westboro? Baptists. Talk about besmirching an entire denomination! (Pssst! Hey, Baptists: Satan is wearing a Phelps suit to undermine your religion and turn the nation away from God. Spreading hate instead of God's love, inciting hatred for the actual devout in return, spreading dissension and chaos. Do something about it.)
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on December 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 19
@ 13, the only people who think vanilla is a boring flavor are those who don't know what vanilla really tastes like. Most mass-produced foods bearing that description don't have real vanilla in them. And most things that do, don't have enough.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM · Report this
Michael of the Green 18
"Christmas Spirit, Up in Flames"? Really, Cienna?
Posted by Michael of the Green on December 28, 2012 at 9:40 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 17
151? just a tear in a salty ocean. i learned this on slog.
Posted by Max Solomon on December 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 16
Derp... I meant @13...
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 28, 2012 at 9:19 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 15
Good points, although even though the lowest common denominator isn't necessarily a majority, it's still the largest minority. The modal response for "what's your favorite ice cream" is "vanilla." Not surprising I guess, but not really inspiring either. The largest minority of humans are unadventurous mouth breathers.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 28, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 14
Oh, and my answer is double chocolate malted crunch. From a $0.05 cone at Thrifty's.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on December 28, 2012 at 9:07 AM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 13
@11 "the wikipedia article just showcases how dull humans are" Nah. It just showcases how dull the average human is. That average American't favorite food is probably cheese pizza. The average favorite ice cream flavor is probably vanilla. This doesn't even mean that most people are boring - 9 out of 10 might not have vanilla on their top 5 flavors, but the wide variety of answers balance each other out and you're left with the lowest common denominator.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on December 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 12
@10, anything above 50% is good news. I'll worry about the trending later.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on December 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 11
Wikipedia... Like @7 said, the wikipedia article just showcases how dull humans are.

Westboro baptist... I can't believe they haven't already been designated a hate group decades ago.

Women and domestic violence... Susan O'Leary, a clinical research psychologist at Stony Brook University in NY, has found some interesting evidence that women are often the initial aggressors in domestic violence but end up as the "victim" because they're more likely to suffer physical damage and report it. In other words, sometimes the women start the fights that get out of control.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 28, 2012 at 8:49 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 10
@9: Well, if you look at the trend line and not just the current raw number, you should see that as bad news. Because support is dropping, and this graph was largely compiled before LaPierre's statements regarding Newtown.

Furthermore, if you look at the last time NRA favorability dropped below unfavorability, it was 1995, when the NRA was railing hard against the common sense and extremely weak AWB.

If you think about that graph, you should not see that news as good.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on December 28, 2012 at 8:43 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 9
Well, here's some good news.…
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on December 28, 2012 at 8:32 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 8
@7 Or it could have had something to do with the IPO. That was kind of a big story for a while.
Posted by Sir Vic on December 28, 2012 at 8:31 AM · Report this
Pick1 7
@5 Like they said in the article, that can likely be attributed mostly to dumb people not knowing where their address bars are.

The sad thing is that Wikipedia is a grouping of the collective knowledge of the world...and apparently most people just want to read it to find out the happenings on the latest pop culture movie/book. It's a tad bit depressing.
Posted by Pick1 on December 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM · Report this
Pick1 6
Another priest opens his mouth and another group of "none"s get their wings. Just keep proving how archaic your teachings are guys, it's helping!
Posted by Pick1 on December 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM · Report this
TVDinner 5
"Facebook" was the number one thing people looked up on Wikipedia?!

Posted by TVDinner http:// on December 28, 2012 at 7:48 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 4
@ 3, you didn't watch any of Kony 2012? That was a big topic of discussion here and elsewhere.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 28, 2012 at 7:40 AM · Report this
venomlash 3
Out of the ten videos, I've only seen Gangnam Style and the deer lady one, and I hang out on the Interbutts quite a bit.
Posted by venomlash on December 28, 2012 at 7:29 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 2
Funny, I kind of figured that the number one trigger for domestic abuse was patriarchal and archaic power structures that constantly demean and demonize women.

Followed by booze, probably.

The Wikipedia story is a huge letdown, and what exactly does it take to become a "hate group" if the Westboros or not already? Do you actually have to lynch someone?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on December 28, 2012 at 7:22 AM · Report this
monkey 1
I90 tolling would put an end to my Mercer Island job. That would really suck.
Posted by monkey on December 28, 2012 at 7:17 AM · Report this

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