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Monday, December 31, 2012

The Monday Morning News

Posted by on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 9:00 AM

That Times Square ball won't be the only thing dropping at midnight. Still no deal in the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations, as Congress appears headed toward missing the crucial deadline. But then, this is what voters asked for in 2010 when the gave Republicans' legislative majorities so that they could gerrymander the GOP into retaining control of the House, thus assuring partisan gridlock forever. Democracy, yay!

No shit, Sherlock. "They say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected," President Obama said about Republicans yesterday on NBC's Meet the Press. "That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme."

It might not be fair, but I know one thing pundits will talk about during the 2016 presidential race. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was re-hospitalized Sunday after doctors discovered a blood clot during a follow-up exam. Clinton was hospitalized earlier this month after dehydration related to a stomach virus caused her to faint and hit her head, causing a concussion. Were Clinton to win the presidency in 2016, she'd be 77 at the end of her second term.

US uterine productivity declines. The US is on pace for the slowest decade of population growth since the 1930s, as both the birth rate and the immigration rate have declined in the wake of the Great Recession.

Should'a stayed in Vegas. Nine people are dead after a charter bus plunged off an icy road in Eastern Oregon. The fatal crash occurred near a stretch of road known as Deadman Pass, as the bus was bringing passengers home from a trip to Las Vegas.

Monday morning quarterbacking. Lots of coaches are getting fired today as the NFL regular season comes to a close.

Yet nobody ever does anything about it! According to the weather experts, it rained a lot in Seattle this year, except during the summer, when it didn't. Surprise!

Bad dogs! A Kent man was attacked by coyotes in his backyard.

Perhaps I'll sponsor an initiative to allow guns on the floor of the state legislature. Washington state Representative Liz Pike (R-Camas) says she will file a bill allowing school teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom. Because she's a fucking idiot.


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Cato the Younger Younger 1
Hate to say it but Hillary is out for 2016. No matter how non-serious this maybe perception is everything during a campaign.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 31, 2012 at 9:10 AM · Report this
Pick1 2
Good lord, they cannot even create a skeleton deal with the most important pieces that will avoid the worst issues.

So, approval rating in Congress/House is never going back into the double digits, is it?
Posted by Pick1 on December 31, 2012 at 9:17 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 3
I never liked HRC for president in 2016 anyway. I will never arbitrarily say someone is too old for the job, since health and energy levels can only ever be assessed on a case by case basis, but she has really aged a lot in the past four years, and always looks tired. So in her case, even without this episode, I think she just won't have what the job requires.

As far as the NFL coaches go, I feel bad for Lovie Smith, who's basically paying the price for a quarterback who simply has neither the leadership skills nor the desire to put in the hard work all the time to be elite. How the hell do you fumble without being touched, like Cutler did yesterday? Even Mike Shanahan couldn't do the job with this putz.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 31, 2012 at 9:22 AM · Report this
Senator McCain is in his seventies. Senator Dole was wounded in action. FDR was in a wheelchair. This is news... How?
Posted by OOF POOF on December 31, 2012 at 9:27 AM · Report this
fletc3her 5
Hillary will be over a hundred years old in 2040 when the Social Security trust fund runs dry!
Posted by fletc3her on December 31, 2012 at 9:30 AM · Report this
TVDinner 6
@4: It was news for McCain, too, especially given his veep pick (egads).
Posted by TVDinner http:// on December 31, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 7
Approval ratings? You're joking, right? But at least the NRA's approval rating is still well ahead of the ratings for the media, congress, and Obama.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on December 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM · Report this
Deadman Pass on Cabbage Hill, I-84 Oregon is named after four white freighters who were hauling over the mountains. They got caught up in the "Bannock Uprising" of the 1870s, and were killed. That stretch of the highway is quite scary now, in other respects, in the fall, winter and spring because of dense fog and ice.
Posted by rabbitbrush on December 31, 2012 at 9:34 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 9
@ 4, two of those three politicians are failed candidates for president. FDR's malady was carefully hidden from the American public, and only became widely known after he died. (Also, he wasn't that old when first elected; and was the only president in American history to serve more than two terms.)

You can argue whether the issue of HRC's health is fair (and I would say that, in and of itself, it isn't), but a candidate's public perception includes age and health.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 10
@8: hell, it's scary in sunny weather. that is one steep grade.

bus-going-over-the-cliff is one of my recurring nightmares.
Posted by Max Solomon on December 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 11
@4, FDR was in his early/mid 50's when he was elected and it wasn't the polio that ended up killing was the fact he drank like a fish and smoked like mad which ended up giving him heart disease that his doctors knew about when he ran the fourth time. Ulitmately, it was a cerebrial hemerage that did him in at The Little White House in Warm Springs GA.

And yes, people "knew" he suffered from Polio but the perception was he had some use of his legs which was a orchastrated lie by the White House.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM · Report this
@3: Don't feel bad for Lovie Smith. He's paying the price for not being able to put together a functioning offense over the past 9 years. Certainly the previous GM bears some responsibility for that, but not nearly all of it.
Posted by digitalwitch on December 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM · Report this
How skint do you have to be to charter a bus between Oregon and Vegas when round-trip flights between Portland and Vegas can be had for around $200?
Posted by madcap on December 31, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Sorry Obama is polling at 57% favorable compared to NRA which is polling between 50 to 54%. Perhaps you should do a little research before making assinine statements.
Posted by Senor Guy on December 31, 2012 at 10:16 AM · Report this
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on December 31, 2012 at 10:23 AM · Report this
chinaski 16
@12 I't's not hard to figure out the winning formula for the Bears: punt on 1st down and let the defense do the work.
Posted by chinaski on December 31, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 17
I checked and the fiscal cliff will mostly not affect my family, even my brother in NYC who is in the February issue of Fortune.


Because they max out their retirements at the cap already, and that went up this year.

But, hey, live in Fear if you must.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 31, 2012 at 10:42 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 18
@1 is correct. Chelsea Clinton will make a fine nominee for 2016.
Posted by Will in Seattle on December 31, 2012 at 10:43 AM · Report this
Fred Casely 21
@17: That's one fine morsel of Fnarf bait right there. I'm sure he'll be along any moment.
Posted by Fred Casely on December 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 22
@ 12, I guess that's true. But that offense and defense ought to win more, regardless of who is at the helm. Still, coaches always pay for the failure of their athletes, whether they can actually be coached out of their bad habits or not.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM · Report this
@18, typical Swill of Seattle comment, going for the stooge formerly with McKinsey & Co. --- Swill of Seattle hasn't a brain on board, but at least he's consistent in that.

My 2013 gift to the far rightwingers, like Swill, et al., who moronically believe themselves to be "liberal" for that after morning screen saver after a night of heavy drinking:…
Posted by sgt_doom on December 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM · Report this
Pick1 24
@15 40% of the nation is so partisan they will disapprove of a president because of party affiliation. (Yes, on both sides.)

Also, the NRA's latest numbers were pulled from December 19th-22nd, which means it hadn't had the 3 day news cycle of them sticking their foot in their mouth and blaming the first amendment (VIOLENT MEDIA!) to protect the 2nd. Also, arm our teachers!

And I have no clue what my comment had to do with gun rights anyway. The same people telling Goldy to think about something else are also the ones comparing every single other post to guns. It's a strange phenomenon.
Posted by Pick1 on December 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 25
and now she's passed those awkward teen years, Chelsea would also make a fine fuck! Oops! Forgot which blog I'm commenting on, her husband would make a fine fuck. Oh please, just ignore me, pretend I'm writing to Savage Love.
Posted by dnt trust me on December 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Report this
The darling of the GOP was a couple of weeks shy of 70 at his inauguration.
Posted by bigyaz on December 31, 2012 at 11:26 AM · Report this
Goldy 27
@26 An he was likely in the earlier stages of Alzheimer's by the start of his second term.
Posted by Goldy on December 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Pedestrians in Kent should remember to carry anvils, 16-ton weights, or other proven anti-coyote devices.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on December 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM · Report this
I know it was a joke, but I actually think introducing a bill to allow weapons on the floor of the legislature is an excellent idea. We'd see how quick NRA types are willing to vote for something like that when it is their lives on the line. You guys must have some friends in government, despite your cheeky style. Let's expose the hypocrisy!
Posted by bareboards on December 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM · Report this
sperifera 30
The obvious joke of a bus of seniors going off a fiscal "Deadman's Pass" cliff, killing 9, was sadly missed. (sigh) @8 and others are correct, that's a very scary section of road.
Posted by sperifera on December 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM · Report this
It is already legal to carry on the floor of the legislature.
Posted by blackdog on December 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
Reagan was 77 at the end of his second term.
Posted by frentic on December 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 33
@29- They did it in New Hampshire with hilarious results:…
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on December 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 34
@18 She vs. one of the Bush clan's Serial-Drunk-Drivers: The Next Generation. That franchise must be extended!
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on December 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
@27: The point is that Republicans can't (although somehow they will) contend that Hillary is too old when she will be younger than the Gipper was.
Posted by bigyaz on December 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
@32 - He was widely suspected to be past his useful date by then:…
Posted by anon1256 on December 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM · Report this
heywhatsit!? 37
@22 Cutler is not good. Lovie was hired to beat the Packers and he admitted as much in his 1st press conference. He didn't do too well in that department. So fuck him.
Posted by heywhatsit!? on December 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 38
@ 37, the Bears were 7-3 vs the Packers 2004-08 (Smith's pre-Cutler years) and 1-8 (including one playoff meeting, which Green Bay won) 2009-2012. Hmmmm....
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 31, 2012 at 1:07 PM · Report this
@13: I think the charter was between Vegas and Vancouver, BC; it just didn't get any further than Oregon, this time. Flights may be cheap within the US, but trans-border flights are ridiculously expensive, leading to a lot of bus charters that cross the border.
Posted by Orv on December 31, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this

The Clintons have almost as much money in the bank as Mitt Romney. They made a lot of it in the early 2000s.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM · Report this

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