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Monday, January 14, 2013

Morning News

Posted by on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Colin Powell Has Hagel's Back: He made a strong defense of the nominee today.

Russians Discover 'Red October' Has Been Spying: Apparently it is a massive cyber attack campaign that has been going on since 2007.

Housecat Beats Wall Street: In a yearlong investment challenge. I hope the next study will involve the octopus that nearly predicted the World Cup final.

Seahawks: I've decided the Falcons aren't going on my shit list with the Packers and the Steelers. Now let us never speak of yesterday again. (If you're a masochist, though, here's the game in photos.)

NY to Put Restrictions on Guns: And at the insistence of Republicans, allow for civil confinement of mentally ill people.

Flu Is Now Epidemic: But just barely an epidemic.

Does Boeing Have a Refund Policy? A fuel leak was reported on another 787 Dreamliner by Japan Air in Tokyo's Narita Airport yesterday.

Beer and a Movie? The Washington State Legislature may be working on legislation to let booze be sold in theaters this next session.

Starbucks Loss Confirmed: Tully's will remain separate from the green monster.

Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill Lose Battle Against Airplane Route: The article mentions that affected areas will probably see a 30 percent increase in airplane noise.


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Still buttmad about the Steelers whupping your butts a few years ago, are we?
Posted by treehugger on January 14, 2013 at 9:31 AM · Report this
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biffp 3
@1, it was the league assistance that we resent. Yesterday, Sneaky Pete returned unfortunately. Should have just trusted his team, and gotten out of the way. An NFL coach would have been down 20-6 at halftime. The missed field goal is one for the ages - what an idiot?
Posted by biffp on January 14, 2013 at 9:48 AM · Report this
Paul the Octopus DID correctly predict the World Cup final in 2010, but he died that October.…

The Stranger's journalistic integrity demands a correction to this grevious error.
Posted by merula on January 14, 2013 at 9:56 AM · Report this
Shit. Changes to civil commitment laws is so dangerous. We do not have the infrastructure to support that and it is ripe for abuse against the mentally ill. This is going to get bad.
Posted by sisyphusgal on January 14, 2013 at 10:10 AM · Report this
Timrrr 6
Should be noted:
Technically it wasn't another Japan Air 787 Dreamliner that leaked fuel on a runway -- it was the same one that did it a week ago, doing it again, but on a different runway!

And something one of you whippersnapper cub reporters in the SLOG newsroom, seeking to make a name for him/herself, might want to check into:

Most of the 787s delivered so far were built in Everett, but back in April 2012 the first new Dreamliners started rolling off the South Carolina plant's scab/low-salary/non-union member assembly line.

It would be very interesting to find out whether all the ones having suddenly having problems now were built there --on the cheap-- instead of by good ol' reliable Northwest union labor, right here!
Posted by Timrrr on January 14, 2013 at 10:25 AM · Report this
@3, are you still complaining about officiating, SEVEN YEARS LATER? If the Seahawks really wanted to win that game, they could have. There's no conspiracy, just sore losers looking for a scapegoat.

Green Bay had that bad call cost them the game here in Seattle, which, in effect, caused GB to not get the #2 seed, a bye, and home field advantage yesterday (which could have changed the outcome), but are we still complaining about it AT LENGTH less than 6 months later? No. Get over it.
Posted by ultrasuedecushion on January 14, 2013 at 10:28 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 8
Seahawks aren't the homecoming kings, but at least they did make it to the prom, and their classmates all wish them well.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on January 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM · Report this
This is the kind of unprincipled crap that makes my head hurt.

The Republican party, the party of individual freedom and liberty, in a desperate effort to protect their unregulated and irresponsible gun ownership are willing to support involuntary commitment of the mentally ill. Nice commitment to freedom and liberty there.

From there it will follow the course they have run so many times before, with education and social services. To reduce the amount of money that the government seizes from job creators, these mentally ill people will be warehoused as cheaply as possible. Then, when the inevitable tragedy occurs, it will be evidence that government can't do anything right despite the millions of taxpayer dollars that we spend on the broken system (nevermind that the system is tragically underfunded they will claim that throwing money at the problem won't solve it). They will complain about the high cost of administration and then demand more accountability - which, of course, is provided by more administrators.

They have this strategy all figured out and they run it again and again because it works for them.

Meanwhile the whole effort is simply a distraction to prevent us from actually dealing with the real issue: unregulated and irresponsible gun owners.
Posted by Charlie Mas on January 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM · Report this
biffp 10
@7, a clipping call on a QB in the Super Bowl is pretty hard to forget. No one is looking for a scapegoat, just not forgetting it happened. The Green Bay call was made by the replacement refs and the strike was settled soon after. Really apples and oranges - get over it yourself.
Posted by biffp on January 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Say, I didn't catch old Colin "Americal" Powell. Did he hold up that piece of pipe from the hardware store and chant "Iraqi nuclear technology; weapons of mass destruction."

Like he did the last time he was promoting something?

Did he have his devil spawn, Michael Powell by his side?

Getting an endorsement from Powell is almost as good as getting an endorsement from Dickie Cheney --- but I guess you wouldn't ever understand that, now would you?
Posted by sgt_doom on January 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 12
While I agree that republicans will do everything they can to fuck up and underfund any changes to the mental health system that might be enacted (and then blame government for not working), I don't agree that it's a distraction.

Responsibility and accountability for gun ownership are important, yes, but at the root there's still a lot of untreated mental illness. Making sure the mentally ill can't get guns is a great idea, but it still doesn't solve the problem of them being mentally ill and dangerous. Perhaps we DO need to address the possibility of more easily confining them.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 13
Kind of rich to see Seahawks fans complain about officiating (almost a decade later at that), when the refs have been letting the Seahawks defense get away with egregious holding and illegal contact all season, not even to mention the free win the refs gave you over Green Bay.

Also, with a head coach who has made his reputation on cheating, rule-bending and cheap play.

In the game of ref-blaming, you guys have no legs to stand on.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM · Report this
biffp 14
No argument about Sneaky Pete, and hated every shot on Sunday of the master of cheating, Bill Belichek, in his short-sleeve hoodie.
Posted by biffp on January 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
@13 free win? The refs called it based on how they saw it.

Sour grapes much?
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 16
@15: No, I am not a Green Bay fan, so I do not really care about that game. You actually have to care for it to be sour grapes.

It is just really, really funny to see Seattle fans complain about refs when they gave you six points for throwing an interception. What more could you ask of them? Eight points? Did you want that last throw yesterday to be a touchdown too?

Sorry, but "I called it like I saw it" is not an excuse when you have replay and can watch it in super slo-mo from several angles, with a chance to reverse your obvsiously bad initial call.

People watching on TV could see it was obviously an interception. Placing one hand on the ball when the other player has two arms wrapped around it and pulled to his chest is not a "mutual catch," even if you sneakily put the other hand on the ball once on the ground. They confirmed the call to save face, and the NFL backed it for the same reason. Even Lynch agreed after the game that the call was the wrong one, even if he could not say it explicitly.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM · Report this
NotSean 17
@12 It astounds me (but does not surprise me) how the gun-righters can be so gravely concerned about more red-tape for obtaining guns, or the loss of rights to certain guns... and yet, have seemingly little concern for how an innocent citizen can more easily be (in effect) incarcerated for their 'dangerous mind'.

Granted, both are encroachments of one's constitutional rights but the latter is a thousand times more unsettling to me.
Posted by NotSean on January 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM · Report this
McGee 18
@13 You don't know what the fuck you're talking about. Name one way Pete Carroll cheated on anything.

Also Golden Tate had joint possession with his feet on the ground first and mutual possession goes to the offense. The Packer defender didn't have his feet on the ground and he did not maintain control while going to the ground per NFL rule. If he wanted to be credited with an interception he should have completed the process of the catch. If Calvin Johnson's TD against the Bears wasn't a catch the neither was the Packers.
Posted by McGee on January 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM · Report this
biffp 19
@15, of course it's sour grapes. Otherwise, it's some false equivalence about a call in week 3 equalling a few questionable calls in Super Bowl XL.
Posted by biffp on January 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM · Report this
McGee 20
Super Bowl referee Bill Leavy publicly admitted that he made at least two botched calls in Super Bowl XL that effected the results of the game.
Posted by McGee on January 14, 2013 at 2:53 PM · Report this
McGee 21
Also let's not forget that an egregious bullshit PI against Kam Chancellor led to the Pack's only touchdown in that game. If not for that call Green Bay punts instead.
Posted by McGee on January 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM · Report this

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