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Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Saturday Morning News

Posted by on Sat, May 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Good Thing He Didn't Use A Gun: In Port Angeles, authorities say an irate neighbor decided to express his anger using a bulldozer—not a "killdozer," thankfully. Four homes, a pickup truck, and power lines were reportedly damaged, but nobody was hurt. Dude was arrested.

Ariel Castro Could Face the Death Penalty: Prosecutors may seek the death penalty against the man who allegedly locked up three girls in the basement and abused them for years on end, even though the mother of one of the victims says she's forgiven him.

Hegemony Over Afghanistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who's been receiving fat bundles of cash from the CIA, says the US can keep its nine military bases in the country even after troops withdraw in 2014.

Seattle's Thin Blue Line: When Seattle police fatally shot a 21-year-old Native American in February, none of the eight officers there had turned on their dashboard cameras, so SPD says there is no video of the incident. Meanwhile, officer Chris Hairston is seeking to block the release of video allegedly showing him assaulting a handcuffed suspect.

Fox News is Left-Wing Propaganda: That's what Tea Partiers think, anyway. So, they say, boycott FOX News. Thanks, Tea Party.

Boo on Boeing: The company is eliminating 1,500 IT jobs in Seattle over the next three years, moving some of them to Missouri and South Carolina. Now that's what I call loyalty to local workers and the regional economy!

And In Case You Missed It: Guatemala convicted its own former president—trained and backed by the United States—on genocide charges yesterday, setting a worldwide precedent. The court will reconvene on Monday to "establish reparations for victims of genocide and crimes against humanity."

The righteousness train rumbles on:

 

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seatackled 1
If the neighbors had had a bulldozer, they could have stopped him.
Posted by seatackled on May 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM · Report this
Lew Siffer 2
I wonder if SLOG will ever be able to go one day without worshiping their gun fetish.
Posted by Lew Siffer on May 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM · Report this
NotSean 3
I have loved many of my teachers, and even among those I did not like, I have respected their position and efforts. Hard work, bad pay, occasional reward.

That said, I have had 2-3 teachers that seemed to truly not care to be there, and it spilled out all over the students. They were there as part of the school's football stuff - and maybe, in a fieldhouse, they were marvelous instructors. In the classroom, they were placeholders and seatfillers - teaching by group reading of handouts, and overheads, and providing nothing else - and oh how I wanted to go off on them Bliss-style.

Posted by NotSean on May 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM · Report this
disintegrator 4
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a bulldozer is a good guy with a bulldozer.
Posted by disintegrator on May 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 5
Oh seventeen year olds with ideas about how the world works are precious.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on May 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
Rand Paul blames Hillary Clinton for Benghazi. Then we should assume he blames George Bush for 9/11? I wonder if he's just covering up for Al-Qaeda? That's it! Rand Paul is in a secret pact with Al-Qaeda!!!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on May 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM · Report this
Posted by Gern Blanston on May 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM · Report this
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Re the possible death penalty for the Cleveland girl-snatcher, a couple of the victims claim he may have had a fourth woman in his clutches, who mysteriously disappeared from the house one day. Ashley Summers, who was 14 when she disappeared in 2007, lived in the same area. There are two others also missing from Cleveland's west side.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on May 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM · Report this
Bauhaus I 9
Boeing has joined the race to the bottom by moving jobs to states with lower wage scales. Any respect I had for Boeing dissolved long ago when I saw that they canned people at the drop of a hat with zero remorse. Yes, they pay well (or used to). Yes, they get Christmas holidays off with a nice holiday bonus. But what they don't tell you is that you need to save that extra cash for when they can you. No wonder they've had so many problems with the Dreamliner. Who wants to go all out for a company that's probably going to ditch you?

Shame on you, Boeing. You were once the pride of Seattle and you blew it.
Posted by Bauhaus I on May 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM · Report this
Bauhaus I 10
...and about that Cleveland shit who passes as a human being - I don't want him dead. I want him locked up having to endure the same circumstances he imposed on those poor victims. Zapping him with a million volts is too good for him.
Posted by Bauhaus I on May 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this
john t 11
"Loyalty to workers and the regional economy" — what's that? Is that a thing that used to exist in the business world?
Posted by john t on May 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM · Report this
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Boo on Boeing????

But Boeing's subsidiary, Narus, employs all those people in subversive spying on the Internet!

Oopsy, sorry, those people are at the offices in China, Iran and Syria, etc., please forgive my mistake!

There's Evil Spying, but there's also Good Spying:

http://www.businessinsider.com/bloomberg…

http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/10/news/com…

Posted by sgt_doom on May 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM · Report this
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IT jobs fleeing to Missouri and South Carolina.

More of the Brain Drain from the Pathetic Northwest to The South.

What is the world coming to when whiny lazy complacent union hacks can't extort exorbitant wages anymore?

your jobs are ours.
Posted by we don't feel sorry for you. on May 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM · Report this
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And thinking "loyalty to local workers and the regional economy!" is the ticket to economic survival is really the ticket to economic death.

You are overpaid, intern.....
Posted by you should be ashamed on May 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
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@6

See, in the real world facts matter.

President Bush read an intelligence assesment seconded by the intelligence communities of every major western nation, that Iraq had WMD's. But that really wasn't the point. The point was that Iraq was in violation of a UN mandate to allow inspections. Refusal meant that the UN could (and did) use military force to enforce that mandate. Whether this was a good idea is a valid question. Saying Bush lied, was a war criminal, or all the other leftist propaganda is merely hot air.

President Obama is one of two things. He is a liar or he is incompetent. Well, I mean, he's both as evidenced by his term in office and his laughable claim that existing insured under Obamacare haven't had any negative impacts. Seen your insurance premium lately since that passed anyone? Anyone? Hello? But the press is his propaganda machine so they gave him a pass on that one. and every other bold faced whopper the son of a bitch tells.

But when a United States Consulate is under attack, or even when such an attack might be rumored, the president knows about it. It isn't something buried in the bottom of a pile of reports on his desk in the morning. It's a phone call to his office telling him exactly the threat. If in fact he went to bed, as he claims, and missed all the excitement he did so ignoring the need for his attention to the crisis, not in ignorance of that need.

Nor were the facts muddled. The CIA warned about danger several times in the weeks leading up to the attack. Consulate staff several times asked for additional security which Hilary Clinton denied while admitting it was needed. All this prior to the actual attack on the consulate. During the crisis, 4 highly trained men were about to board a plane already going to Benghazi to help and were ordered back. Special forces a block away died after refusing an order to ignore the danger their countrymen were facing and bravely trying to help.

After the attack intelligence reports never mentioned a video about Islam or demonstrations of any kind, except to say that possibly the attack was motivated by Egyptian demonstrations regarding that video. The leading official in Libya after the death of Stevens was never asked what had happened by the administration or Clinton. And the president and Hilary Clinton knew this while publicly stating the opposite. They knew they were lying and asking Rice to lie. They knew this while Clinton demanded the CIA rewrite their report 12 TIMES to make her look halfway competent.

The difference is one of an ill advised but lawful war in Iraq based on a UN resolution on the part of President Bush, and a self serving pathetic lie to cover up Obama and Clinton's part in the death of Stevens and the brave men in Benghazi.
More...
Posted by Seattleblues on May 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM · Report this
TVDinner 16
@15: We can always count on you to join the conversation in a fair and balanced way.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on May 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM · Report this
seatackled 17
Woo-hooo!!!! Seattleblues not ranting about homos for once! Yaaaay!

Nifty shift from @6's comment about 9/11 to some weird claims about Bush and Iraq, of course, but hey, at least Seattleblues seems to be suppressing his thoughts about anal sex for once!
Posted by seatackled on May 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 18
Required reading: @15.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on May 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 19
@15:
President Bush read an intelligence assesment

Hm. Would that be the assessment that included clear warnings that Al Qaeda was preparing to attack the US in the months prior to 9/11? The ones President Bush ignored?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/opinio…
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on May 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 20
@19: And if Bush had taken military action prior to 9/11 he would have been castigated as a war monger - and you know it.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on May 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM · Report this
venomlash 21
@20: Um...or he could have stepped up security at airports et cetera. Not to Monday-morning-quarterback, but the intel had suggested that planes might be hijacked.
Posted by venomlash on May 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 22
@20: You do know that there are effective responses to threats to national security that lie somewhere between "Continue reading My Pet Goat" and "Invade the wrong country," don't you?
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on May 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM · Report this
Big Sven 23
@15: "President Bush read an intelligence assesment seconded by the intelligence communities of every major western nation, that Iraq had WMD's..."

This is such a massive revision of history that it makes me dizzy. Nobody believed Hussein had WMD's except a bunch of Iraqi expat grifters and their neocon advocates in the Bush administration.
Posted by Big Sven http://onedatapoint.blogspot.com/ on May 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 24
@22: I do indeed. And if even if Bush had done anything from increase airport security to covert actions with special forces he would have been castigated as anything from a big-brother constitution violator to a war monger.

Not saying he shouldn't have take more action, but from the 2000 election on -- his opponents were seething for an opening to hop on the war monger narrative.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on May 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 25
@23: And the British, and the Russians I believe.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on May 11, 2013 at 3:25 PM · Report this
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Jeff Bliss is my hero today. He's not yelling at her; he's telling her the painful but obvious truth. I sure as hell wouldn't want to sit in that airless classroom day after day blowing another seven hours of my life on bullshit like that. Yes, there are fantastic teachers doing really tough jobs in shitty conditions every day. But for every sincere and hard working teacher out there, there is also someone pushing packets, not giving a fuck, just getting through to the end of the day when they can head home. It's a disaster, and it's a profound disservice to every person at the mercy of this system and these idiots.
Posted by katallred on May 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM · Report this
long-time reader 27
Forgiveness by the victim or victim's family means fuck-all in a criminal case. This is why criminal cases are titled "[government] v. [accused]"--when you commit a crime, all of society is the victim.
Posted by long-time reader on May 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM · Report this
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#9

Oh please...Seattle is unaffordable for any family making the average wage and even if you have slightly "higher paying" IT job it still doesn't go far. It is not about getting rid of legacy emplyees because Boeing salaries are teeny tiny for all. It is that they cannot hire anyone new here for those prices and expect they will be able to buy a house in a decent neighborhood.

I know no one here drinks from the fountain called Reality, but the Job Sprawl...or rather, Mad Dash...into more middle class Districts is just beginning.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 29
@24: Stop. You are embarrassing yourself.

There are myriad ways to increase security - appropriately, temporarily, in a measured fashion, in response to credible threats - that don't require violating the constitution.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And because GWB failed to provide even the tiniest milligram of prevention, in response to real and credible threats, the USA - and much of the rest of the world - has had ten metric shit-tons of cure shoved up its ass for ten years. Two invasions. Two failed states. Abu Ghraib. Gitmo. And we're all still taking our shoes off at the airport.

All your apologist bleating and saying "No! No! Look at Benghazi!" won't change that.
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on May 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM · Report this
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1,7

You need to back to the source.

To 1974.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UECR8LhpR…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM · Report this
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#30 cont. d

Scratch that.

1944 !!

http://www.theodoresturgeontrust.com/sto…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM · Report this
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@7 I know! I automatically thought about "The Pig Was Cool".
Posted by floater on May 11, 2013 at 7:52 PM · Report this
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"or he could have stepped up security at airports et cetera."

Wait, that security liberals bitch and moan about today?
Posted by Sugartit on May 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM · Report this
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@5 you're a condescending prick with, if this comment is any indication, some pretty trite and tired ideas about how the world works.
Posted by fishinyourpercolator on May 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM · Report this
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@28 Wait WTF? Ok let me try and unpack what your saying.

Paying a middle class wage is too ornerous for corporations because they used to pay middle class wages. So we shouldn't expect them to do it again because employees expecting to live comfortably is unreasonable. That's your reasoning?
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on May 11, 2013 at 11:54 PM · Report this
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#35

In the Midwest, the price fell to $129,000 in February from $130,500 but rose 7.7 percent from the year before.


http://www.realestateabc.com/outlook/ove…

Get it? The same salary in Kansas is the equivalent of a pay raise compared to the expensive northwest.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM · Report this

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