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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Tuesday Morning News

Posted by on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Oops. Evan Spencer Ebel, the suspected killer of Colorado Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements, was freed from prison four years early due to a clerical error.

Yikes. The US Navy is moving a guided-missle destroyer, the USS McCain, to waters off the coast of the Korean peninsula, as the North Koreans threaten to restart their nuclear program. Not that we stand a chance against their superior Photoshop skills.

Whatever. Gubernatorial loser Rob McKenna has an op-ed in the Seattle Times about saving the GOP or something. Can't be bothered to go around the paywall in order to read it, but maybe somebody with a digital subscription can tell me what he says?

Paritisanship. Despite having enough votes to pass a floor vote, state Senator Randi Becker (R-Eatonville) has officially announced that she will kill the Reproductive Parity Act in her Health Care Committee. Blame Rodney Tom

Bipartisanship. Several New York City politicians, including a state senator and a councilman, were arrested on bribery charges in an alleged plot to buy a Democrat's way onto the mayoral ballot as a Republican. Oh God Seattle politics is soooo boring.

Lazy foreigners. Euro zone unemployment reached a record high 12 percent in February. Hey, Europe: How's that austerity working out for you?

Lazy immigrants. Applications for H-1B visas will exceed the quota of 65,000 within days of the application period opening, the earliest time the quota has been reached since 2008. Cheaper than educating our own workers, I guess.

Don't hold your breath. State Senate Republicans were expected to unveil their budget proposal today. No link. I just hear that Rodney Tom is finding it difficult to "lead" his "majority," so don't expect to see a budget today.

They got a Basketball Jones, oh baby. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine are in New York City today to help Chris Hansen make his pitch to NBA owners to approve his bid to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle.

To be fair to the cops, the baby's diaper was loaded. The NYPD is being sued by a woman who claims police pepper sprayed her 5-month-old baby.

I have no idea who this dead person is, but it was at the top of Google News so I figured it was important. "Buckwild" star Shain Gandee, 21, was found dead along with two other men, in a Ford Bronco at the end of a long dirt Kentucky road.

 

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With regard to the paywall, have you tried the iphone app?
Posted by xizar on April 2, 2013 at 8:36 AM · Report this
Fnarf 2
I think the real story about "Buckwild" is going to come out, and it's going to be ugly, ugly, ugly. MTV set these dumbass kids up, gave them money and booze, and encouraged them to act as idiotic as a bunch of teenagers can, while they filmed it all. As a result, three people are dead and a bunch of the other cast members are up on major drug charges (heroin and Oxycontin).

Executive producer Colin Nash (also the genius behind "The Hills" and a bunch of other bottom-drawer reality trash) should be drawn and quartered by a gang of angry hillbillies. Now that would be some good TV.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on April 2, 2013 at 8:43 AM · Report this
Rujax! 3
Shorter McKenna:

"Blah, blah, blah...less regulation...less taxes...more inclusion (not really but it sounds nice, so I'll say it)...oh, and BETTER MESSAGING!!! Yeah..that's it."
Posted by Rujax! http://rujax.blogspot.com/ on April 2, 2013 at 8:44 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
McKenna talks like he thinks talk is all they need. Except don't talk about healthcare. And don't talk about women's healthcare. And don't talk about civil rights. And don't don't talk about making the rich pay their fair share. Just don't ever talk about how racist, sexist, homophobic your party has become because that would disturb your Teabagger primary voters.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 5
Whenever I see the name Rob McKenna I think of that glorious day a few months ago. He wrote all the Slog posts, and you could just feel the rage, sprinkled with apathy, of Slog commenters build throughout the day. I believe that no happen no time soon again. Shit. Business as fucking usual for the largely conformist Stranger.
Posted by dnt trust me on April 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM · Report this
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What they are saying is (re: buckwild), they got stuck in some mud, which may have partailly plugged the tail pipe unbeknownst to them, and they all died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Not implausible, it can happen quickly, like that poor kid who died in the snow storm as his dad was shoveling the driveway.
Posted by Zbot on April 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM · Report this
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Rodney Tom is setting up the abortion issue so that he'll look like it's savior when he uses special rules to force a floor vote and it wins. He needs to keep his conservative breathern happy half the time, but he knows if he pulls this one out for the dems, it will mollify some of the left's passion against him.
Posted by moretent on April 2, 2013 at 9:22 AM · Report this
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With regard to the paywall, what's with the contempt for the Seattle Times trying to make it financially? You really want a zero-newspaper town just because you don't agree with their endorsements? I don't either, but there's a hell of a lot more to having a paper than endorsements during the election cycle. Should we boycott The Stranger's advertisers because they're contributing to you guys putting food on your tables? JOURNALISM SHOULD BE FREE! I DESERVE FREE JOURNALISM!
Posted by g on April 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 9
@8 The Times screwed the P.I. and it's workers. Now we should have sympathy because the Blethens can't bleed enough out of their rag? Bullshit. And even if that Bush loving rag goes under, nobody would notice. They have no one but themselves to blame.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 10
@8

don't boycott the Strangers advertisers, love them! Seeing all the the ads in the paper and on this website, gives me that great feeling of being in a goddamn suburban ghetto plaza. every issue of the Stranger should come with a Barf Bag sporting the Petco or Wal-Mart logo.
Posted by dnt trust me on April 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM · Report this
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Nobody would notice if Seattle had no daily newspaper? Bullshit. Again, there's way more to the newspaper than who the owners/editorial board decide to endorse. Sorry so many people can't see that. And papers all over the country are failing. Even the New York Times is vulnerable. Should we blame the Blethens for that too? It's all their own fault, after all!
Posted by g on April 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM · Report this
In2ishn 12
Am I the only one who had never heard of "Buckwild" but now wonder if we are a mere shuffle from "The Running Man"?
Posted by In2ishn on April 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Goldy 13
@8 The point with the Seattle Times is that their paywall puts me in a position where I'm not sure I can still link to them, because a good portion of my readers don't subscribe. That's one of the downsides of a paywall: A smaller audience.
Posted by Goldy on April 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM · Report this
Fnarf 14
@6, you left out the part where they set off from a bar at 3 AM for this little off-roading adventure. I'll bet the producers are pissed they didn't get it on film (unless they did and are now pretending they didn't).
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on April 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM · Report this
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@13 - I can see that point. I was lumping you in with that "Free Seattle Times" thing that's been up on Slog, which I found pretty obnoxious. Sorry!
Posted by g on April 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM · Report this
biffp 17
In the Wake of Sandy Hook, Connecticut Passes Some of the Strictest Gun Laws in the Country

http://jezebel.com/5993308/in-the-wake-o…
Posted by biffp on April 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM · Report this
treacle 18
"No economy ever recovered from a downturn through austerity." (der Spiegel)
Posted by treacle on April 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM · Report this
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@19: all well and good. But your temp username makes me wonder what YOU do for a living, and if you will encourage me to steal whatever you make or otherwise help eliminate your job.
Posted by g on April 2, 2013 at 10:22 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 21
If the Times goes under, The Stranger will have to ::shudder:: start writing about the Seahawks & the Mariners on a regular basis. Snarky asides about how it's all beneath you won't cut it.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on April 2, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
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Thanks for that NYC corruption link. I never realized we had our own version of Rodney Tom here. Seems this is the turncoat scum that stole our State Senate for the Republicans. Then, he turns around and tries to buy his way onto the Republican mayoral primary, and someone snitched on him and the Republicans who were negotiating price.

Shorter: HaHaHaHaHaHaHa....
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on April 2, 2013 at 10:39 AM · Report this
raindrop 23
I suggest that Europe, borrow money, print money, and raise taxes instead of sinking further into masochistic austerity.
Posted by raindrop on April 2, 2013 at 10:53 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 24
@9 We might notice. If even a small fraction of their right-wing-idiot commentors came here for lack of anywhere else to type, it would suck ass. Imagine a dozen or two extra kooks like Geen Snorer posting regularly.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on April 2, 2013 at 11:19 AM · Report this
raindrop 26
@24: That's funny. Commenters worried about more comments.
Posted by raindrop on April 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 27
@23

I just got off the phone with Europe, they are considering your suggestion. Once again, Slog makes good.
Posted by dnt trust me on April 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 28
@24 Good point.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM · Report this
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McKenna says basically just "we need more votes, so we need to hang out with people."

That and some bullshit about how it's Dems' fault higher education funding keeps getting slashed.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on April 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 30
@24: What I can never understand is why football is considered a way uncool topic only fit for meatheads, while the game of hockey gets nothing but blowjobs and roses around here.

What is the difference, other than the fact that hockey is not as popular and so would be ironically "cool" in a hipster douchebag kind of...

Oh wait, nevermind, answered my own question.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on April 2, 2013 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 31
Oops, meant @21.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on April 2, 2013 at 12:17 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 32
@9 for the Blethen-crushing win.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on April 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM · Report this
biffp 34
@30, blowjobs seems like a stretch. Maybe some ball tickling and brushing over it with the back of the hand. Is there such a thing as an ironic blowjob?
Posted by biffp on April 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM · Report this
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MR. MONSANTO


http://www.democracynow.org/2013/4/2/the…

President Obama outraged food activists last week when he signed into law a spending bill with a controversial rider that critics have dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act." The rider says the government must allow the planting of genetically modified crops even if courts rule they pose health risks.

Two very good reasons not to celebrate the Fourth of July: the above and the dismissal of the LIBOR case against the sixteen banks last Friday!

Posted by sgt_doom on April 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM · Report this
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Last chance to get a positive view of "Big Bertha" before those sinkholes begin to appear:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk-8Q42NC…

[Disclaimer: Personally, I think the machine is super-cool, and would be ideal for building a super-sized sewer to wash away those super-sized plutocrats plaguing this country.]
Posted by sgt_doom on April 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM · Report this
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Don't worry, the machines really aren't coming for you yet, but here's what they may look like when they do . . .

http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/up…
Posted by sgt_doom on April 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM · Report this

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