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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday Morning News

Posted by on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Remember That Horrible Shooting on the Vegas Strip?: Turns out one of the dead was Sandra Sutton-Wasmund from Maple Valley, WA.

Once Unable to Walk, Pistorius Walks Free on Bail: Although a deceptively fast sprinter, Pistorius was deemed not to be a flight risk because his prostheses are too recognizable.

The Northwest Welcomes Its Deep-Sea Gelatinous Friends: They're called salps! They're small, thoughtless, jellyfish like creatures known for charming mischief like clogging cool-water intake screens at California's Diablo Nuclear Reactor.

Into the Darkness (with Drones): America is building its newest drone base in Niger. Soon drones will be able to effortlessly kill people in battles like the one happening now in the Ifoghas mountains of Mali.

Seven Foot Tall Man is Sleepy After Taking Pills: So sleepy, in fact, that he allegedly won't leave his house after it was foreclosed and purchased by someone else in Sammamish, Washington. The Seattle Times says the sleepy giant is former Sonics player Robert Swift.

North Korea is Threatening to Destroy US and South Korea, Again: This time North Korea's threat of "miserable destruction" comes ahead of a joint military exercise between the US and South Korea. It is unclear if North Korea is upset because it was not invited.

Climate Change Doesn't Exist: A thin snowpack and unusually shallow mountain lakes promise to provide the southwestern United States with an awful soil-parching drought this summer. Climatologists fear it may even be more terrible than the drought they had last summer.

Minnesota Based "Un-Fair" Campaign Targets White Privilege: Controversy ensues.

97 Stranded Burmese Refugees Die: How you ask? The Thai Navy allegedly removed their wooden boat's engine and left them to starve. Fortunately, Sri Lanka's navy found the vessel and were able to rescue 32 of the Rohingya Muslims who live with violent discrimination at home.

Sequesters Threaten Job Growth, Public Sector Workers, Schools, the US Military, Flight Schedules, and More: Thanks Congress!


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Karlheinz Arschbomber 14
What @13 said. POS roid-raging narcissist freaks out & kills his trophy bed-toy. Gets the velvet-glove treatment in a place with a very rough criminal justice system. The Johnnie Cochrane force is strong with this one.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber on February 24, 2013 at 4:24 AM · Report this
Bauhaus I 13
Another athlete/pseudo-hero gets to play golf and/or hit the beach after killing his wife/girlfriend. The rules don't apply to them and they know it and act accordingly.
Posted by Bauhaus I on February 23, 2013 at 6:39 PM · Report this
I like the un-fair campaign. I'm white and from a upper-middle class family, and it is pretty clear how all those things have benefited me. I don't feel guilty, I just recognize that the unfairness exists and try not to discriminate.

MN is an interesting place to go about this campaign. Of all the places I've lived racial discrimination was least obvious there. I don't deny that it was present, it was just more subtle, and depended more on class and wealth than color.
Posted by wingedkat on February 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM · Report this
All they really need is a 10000m specialist to follow Pistorius. If he goes to flight, he'll build up an early lead but he can be caught before the finish.
Posted by BornAgainInBellevue on February 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 7
@5: Oops, I meant 'civilian use of' -- within this country, not in war. But I concur with what you said.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on February 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM · Report this
Safety Not Guaranteed, reviewed by The Stranger…

on Netflix…

Washington State is the new Seattle.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 5

Phoebe, please don't read a condescending tone into what I'm about to say. Are you suggesting that we get a court order for every military action performed in a theater of war? That would be like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500.

I think a better argument would be that the POTUS should obtain Congressional authorization to engage in war. I think also the COTUS should monitor the conflict and pull authorization if at any point the POTUS exceeds his mandate. That would be in complete alignment with our legal system.

What the judicial branch as to do with combat operations, I don't know.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on February 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 4
Oh, precious Phoebe of Wallingford, have you not had your morning coffee yet?
Posted by Dr_Awesome on February 23, 2013 at 8:59 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
if there was ever a poster boy for what's wrong with the NBA, its bob swift. get better, kid.
Posted by Max Solomon on February 23, 2013 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 2
Any civilian of drones should require a court order, such as for searching for someone lost in the wilderness.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on February 23, 2013 at 8:42 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 1
I'm okay with sending in UAVs to stop the war in Mali. Better drones than soldiers. If a drone gets shot down, its only money we've lost. And I am definitely in favor of stopping the countless acts of horror that take place in Africa daily. We take safety and security for granted here in America. Why should we be the only ones to know freedom from warlords?
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on February 23, 2013 at 8:23 AM · Report this

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