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Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Saturday Morning News

Posted by on Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Burke Now Offering Crash Courses! A University of Washington student broke both his arms after a bump on the Burke Gilman Trail threw him off his bike. Twenty-one-year-old Tait Russell now needs surgery he can't afford and faces the challenge of keeping up with school.

Note to Self: Burn Notes to Self. A man is being charged with assault and malicious mischief for throwing acid in a judge's face last September. Charging documents included a planning list 33-year-old Michael Martin apparently wrote.

Find out where Judge Brett Buckley lives
Get Water bottles ready for battery acid
Recon judge home again (nobody home :(
Call Lowe's for battery acid (no go)
Go 2 NAPA 4 battery acid"

Do I Get to Keep the Pot? Start saving your pennies and dime bags. Seattle City Council is considering a law that would make smoking pot in public a ticketable offense. If the law is passed, officers would still give a verbal warning before writing the $103 ticket.

Douchey Dog News: Washington resident Brandon Harker gets deployed to Afghanistan. Brandon leaves his beloved dog Oakley with his douchey friend until he returns. Douchey friend gets tired of Oakley and gets rid of the dog on Craigslist. Brandon returns from Afghanistan, learns of the bad news, and goes to Craigslist to try to get Oakley back.

Through the Gift Shop: A wall hosting the "No Ball Games" mural by famed street artist Bansky was dismantled in London. Over the next six months, it will be restored to its original condition—defeating the point of street art—and sold for charity.

Well, That's Cryptic: Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has pledged that protests in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi will be dispersed "soon." Ibrahim said that security forces would strive for "the minimum losses possible." Today's protests killed at least 38 Morsi supporters.

Italy Bananas Over Their First Black Minister: A banana was thrown at Italy's first black Minister of Integration, Cécile Kyenge, during a speech she was making at a party rally. On top of harsh criticism for her beliefs in making Italian immigration easier, Kyenge has been the target of racial slurs since she was appointed in April. Kyenge called the gesture "sad" and a waste of food.

Florida Hostage Situation Falls Apart: Hialeah officers stormed an apartment building after negotiations with a gunman went sour last night, killing the gunman and saving two hostages. Before the officers ended the situation, the gunman had already killed six civilians.

This cat understands good hygiene.


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Your dogs dead bitch. If it was on Craigslist it already been stir fried in a wok and sold as Chinese food to Seattle yuppies.
Posted by God from tukwila on July 27, 2013 at 9:14 AM · Report this
skjaere 2
The story about the soldier's dog is unconscionable. I've been trying to spread the word everywhere I can.
Posted by skjaere on July 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM · Report this
I agree the dogs probably dead. Check at the Asian restaraunts if they know anything. Those japs will eat anything that moves.
Posted by S T on July 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 4

Don't UW students get health insurance (like at most 4 year colleges) ?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on July 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM · Report this
I hope the soldier at least broke his douchey ex-friend's arms before all else.
Posted by treehugger on July 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 6

Are music stars really boycotting Florida? List causes celebrity uproar

– A list stating some of music’s top recording artists are reportedly boycotting Florida over the George Zimmerman verdict surfaced Monday following confirmed statements from Stevie Wonder and Mary Mary that they would no longer play in the state due to its Stand Your Ground law.…

Celebrities Take Action Against Stand Your Ground Law in Florida

Sources close to the Stevie Wonder camp confirm a list of artist joining him in support of a change of in the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida. Some of the artists have even cancelled concerts in Florida after recent events. Stevie Wonder last week, at a concert in Canada said he would not play in Florida until they changed The Stand your Ground Law. A list of celebrities has joined his call:
Mary Mary
Eddie Levert
Rod Stewart
Pattie Labelle
Kanye West
Mary J
Trey Songz
Jay Z
Rolling Stones
Justin Timberlake
R. Kelly
Alicia Keys
Will I AM
Keyshia Cole
Young Jeezy
Erykah Badu
Frankie Beverly

Florida needs to fall.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on July 27, 2013 at 9:34 AM · Report this
raindrop 7
The Burke Gilman trail is not the autobahn. It's supposed to be natural experience and bulging tree roots are part of the ambiance. He would have only scraped knees and elbows had he been going a reasonable speed.
The city has far more pressing issues. Sorry kid!
Posted by raindrop on July 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM · Report this
@4- the UW has student health insurance, yes but it's an additional few hundred dollars every quarter. It's not something you get just for being a student.

@7- the Burke is advertised as a commuter link to neighborhoods and cities nearby. It is not a nature trail.
Posted by Queerly Yours on July 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 9

Point one: Wow. Cheapskates. I always assumed it was built in to most school's tuition (it was in mine). And under current law couldn't his parents have covered him up to age 26?

Point two: Sounds like he should sue.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on July 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM · Report this
raindrop 10
@8: No, it is both. It is a commuter link but also a nature trail. It's for old folks in walkers, walkers, dog walkers, baby carriages, runners, skateboarders and bicyclists. It's a trail, not a road.
Posted by raindrop on July 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM · Report this
raindrop 11
@8: Okay, it's not a 'nature' trail per se.
Posted by raindrop on July 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM · Report this
JonnoN 12
JFC it's too early in the morning for this shit. Please ban @1, @3. I will just shake my head in pity at @4, @6, @7, @9, @10.
Posted by JonnoN on July 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 13

Here's what it is.

It's the same Seattle bullshit that when they want to get your money tell you it's a "safe convenient way for cyclists to glide to work in Cascadian splendor", but when the trolley, trail or luxury condo kills, maims, falls on to the top of you, they claim that you were being "stupid".
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on July 27, 2013 at 10:12 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 14
I took a tumble on the trail last summer. The speeding bicyclist didn't hit me, but by being startled and getting out of the way I lost my footing and down I went. No injuries, but still. Slow down people!
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on July 27, 2013 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 15


Spurious recently created troll account taking high ground by grouping and labelling:…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on July 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM · Report this
raindrop 16
@12: Then I suggest you go back to bed, sounds like you need more sleep or have a splitting hangover. Then you won't be so annoying to everyone for the rest of the day.
Posted by raindrop on July 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 17
What a beautiful Saturday morning!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 27, 2013 at 10:25 AM · Report this
but liberals are always telling us how enlightened europeans are and how much better that nasty racist americant's.

and the lady was right. waste of food.....
Posted by you are, as always, so full of shit on July 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
There are some sections of the Burke that are pretty bumpy from tree roots that could trip up anyone--cyclists, joggers, walkers, skateboarders--anyone who's not expecting it. If it was a sidewalk, the property owner would be required to repair those bumps for public safety.
Posted by tiktok on July 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM · Report this
@ 18 The Stranger has mentioned before that when it comes to racial issues the US is better off than Europe and Australia.
Posted by Seattle14 on July 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM · Report this
delirian 21
@9: If I recall it is about $500 per quarter. But financial aid does some weird stuff during the summer quarter that sometimes makes it hard to pay for, if I recall correctly.

My guess is that he is one of those bat-out-of-hell cyclists who nearly knocked me over 100 times while walking the trail home from classes. You don't break both arms just falling from a bike--you need to be thrown at a pretty high speed to do that. And it is not as if this is the only bump in the trail. It is a trail, not a road, and even pedestrians need to watch their footing at places (despite it being paved). And suing the parks dept. for this would just limit their budget when it probably wasn't even their fault at all. What next? Will they need lighting along the entire trail for nighttime cyclists? Traffic lines, etc.? He needs to do a fundraiser or something. It sucks to be him, but I'm guessing it was still 99% his fault.
Posted by delirian on July 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM · Report this
I usually disagree with everything that Raindrop says or stands for, but ...when you're right, you're right!

(Note: that is not a political reference but one of agreement.)
Posted by Senor Guy on July 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM · Report this
delirian 23
@20: We are. Talk to some Europeans on this sometime and your eyes will be opened. Europeans generally understand explicit racism. They don't get it when it isn't out in the open (talk to them about employment, stereotyping, historical disadvantages, etc.). And since Europe, in general, is far less racially diverse than the US (95% of Europe is white), most Europeans have never had to feel the consequences. They also have some laws that censor people from saying racist shit. This allows Americans to know who many of the racists are while in Europe they tend to be under the surface. So yeah, Europeans are not in a place to criticize the US on race relations. Canada can, but not Europe.
Posted by delirian on July 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM · Report this
Real stories, about real stuff:

Now that's body art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…

And for the futurists, technoid crowd (the vid is too kewl for words):…

And concerning President Obama and his speechifying on the economy:…

And neat stuff from your NASA tax dollars:…
Posted by sgt_doom on July 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 25
In Soviet Union, cats refuse to leave bath!
Posted by Gern Blanston on July 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
seatackled 26
Archbishop Tutu is awesome:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: I’d choose Hell over a homophobic Heaven…
Posted by seatackled on July 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM · Report this
MrBaker 27
"Do I Get to Keep the Pot? Start saving your pennies and dime bags. Seattle City Council is considering a law that would make smoking pot in public a ticketable offense. If the law is passed, officers would still give a verbal warning before writing the $103 ticket."
Two things:
1: smoking in many public places is already against the law, and those laws should include canibus.
2: medical canibus patients should be exempt from getting a ticket, as long as they have documentation and are not smoking in the same space as is illegal for tobacco.
Posted by MrBaker on July 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM · Report this
emor 28

You might be surprised at the kinds of injuries that can occur in low-speed bike accidents. You can crack your skull falling over while stopped at a stoplight.

I am probably one of those bat-out-of-hell cyclists you mention, and my opinion is that the guy who broke his arms was just another putz on a shitty mountain bike, listening to his iPhone and not really paying attention to much. . He hit a bump he wasn't expecting and his meager bike handling skills caused him to lose control and eat shit. Since he probably doesn't know how to dump a bike correctly, he likely fell in an awkward, incorrect way increasing his injuries. Truly skilled cyclists are probably aware of the apocalyptic nature of the trail in the UW and ride accordingly.
Posted by emor on July 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM · Report this
The death toll in the latest mass slaughter of pro-democracy protesters in Egypt is now over 120.

When anti-islamic protesters filled Tahrir Square in the lead-up to the coup, SLOG was breathlessly reporting every tear gas cannister.

But now that pro-democracy protesters are being fired upon with live ammunition, and slaughtered by the dozen, all it merits is a mention in the morning news round-up.

It seems The Stranger holds the same view as the American right-wing press: if a violent crackdown is only disenfranchising mere Muslims, then it's unfortunate, but not really worth the trouble of spilling any extra ink.

Or at least not when there's a new supermarket planned in West Seattle, or a bar somewhere in America still serving Stoli— now that's the sort of thing that merits daily SLOG posts and extra effort and lots of political analysis.
Posted by robotslave on July 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM · Report this
#23 - Europe may have been "95% white" a few decades ago, but they, like us, are slowly but surely turning brown. Unfettered immigration from Africa and the Middle East, combined with low white birth rates and a crippling sense of white guilt, are conspiring to make the whole world shit-colored. No offense.
Posted by catsnbanjos on July 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM · Report this
delirian 31
@30: No, they are 95% white right now. Look at the data. They make a big deal about immigration in Europe, but their rate of immigration is still even lower than ours (and when you look at their numbers, much of the numbers are padded by intra-Europe migration). Europe is still really, really white. Let's put it this way, Montana is more racially diverse than most of Europe.
Posted by delirian on July 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM · Report this
rob! 32
@30 ("...conspiring to make the whole world shit-colored. No offense.")

You suck. Maximum offense intended.
Posted by rob! on July 27, 2013 at 5:38 PM · Report this
Uw student health insurance is $1500 a quarter. Too much for me to afford on top of tuition. The bumps on the Burke are big no matter how fast you're going.
Posted by leighzbohns on July 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM · Report this
delirian 34
@33: Here's the link:

It has gone up a little since I went there, but unless you have a child or a spouse, it costs about $700 per quarter.
Posted by delirian on July 27, 2013 at 5:44 PM · Report this
Fnarf 35
"Shit-colored" is a bit ironic considering that multi-racial people are generally speaking exceptionally good-looking. Certainly more attractive than racist dogfucker kiddiefiddlers like catsnbanjos.
Posted by Fnarf on July 27, 2013 at 5:48 PM · Report this
The BKT has some pretty bad bumps for a paved urban trail, but the worst of them seem to be fairly well marked/outlined with paint.

I suspect that inattention rather than speed was the cause of this accident. A skilled rider can safely ride a bike quite fast - far faster than the un-posted limit of 15mph on trails in King County - provided they're paying attention (and another inattentive person doesn't get in the way, which is all too common on the BKT).
Posted by SuperSteve on July 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM · Report this
Yep, It's actually about $750 a quarter. I was pricing things to include my spouse. Whoops. It's still much more than it should be.
Posted by leighzbohns on July 27, 2013 at 8:49 PM · Report this
raindrop 38
@36: Skilled rider, did you say? Whose to say that this young lad isn't a more skilled rider than you are? What was the lighting? Where were the shadows? At 20 feet and closing? Were there curves? The incline? Isn't it an axiom for cyclists that it's not a matter of if, but when?
No cyclist is immune from the awful combination of speed and murphy's law, no matter the skill he or she has.
But yes, indeed those inattentive people do get in the way, like little old ladies (sorry Phoebe), families with toddlers -- so annoying.
Posted by raindrop on July 27, 2013 at 10:41 PM · Report this
delirian 39
@38: Don't quote Murphy's Law. Please God don't. It only applies to engineers. And it doesn't mean "what can go wrong, will go wrong". It means "if there are two ways to do something and one way will end in catastrophe, then inevitably that way will be selected". Murphy's Law is in reference to over a dozen accelerometers being installed backwards during rocket sled tests.
Posted by delirian on July 27, 2013 at 11:24 PM · Report this
@38 - What's to say that young lad isn't a more skilled rider than I am?

Simple - his two broken arms!

If shadows, curves, sight-lines, and inclines were so hazardous on the BKT, then the hundreds - if not thousands - of other people who use the BKT on a daily basis wouldn't do so without incident.
Posted by SuperSteve on July 28, 2013 at 8:12 AM · Report this
I tested a bike from Recycled Cyles by taking it on the Burke Gilman trail. I decided against buying it. The bike was great, but the bicyclists scared the living shit out of me.
Posted by Noicons on July 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM · Report this
raindrop 42
What's to say that young lad isn't a more skilled rider than I am?

Simple - his two broken arms!

Given your cocky attitude, it's just a matter of time.
Posted by raindrop on July 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM · Report this
@42 - it's just a matter of time for anyone who rides, regardless of attitude.

I've been racing bikes most of my adult life and don't know anyone who hasn't been injured on a bike - some from high-speed crashes while racing, some from falling over at a stop-light when they had a 'brain fart' and couldn't/didn't unclip from their pedals.

Mine came when a car ran a stop sign - if anyone's attitude was to blame it was the driver who either ignored my approach (from a direction without a stop) or 'didn't see me' in spite of my flashing headlamp and brightly colored jersey.

Am I cocky to think my next injury won't be two broken arms as a result of hitting a bump on the BKT that thousands of other riders avoid every day? Maybe - but it wouldn't be the first time I've been called a cocky SOB, so what the hell.
Posted by SuperSteve on July 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 44
The Burke Gilman trail has a few bumps, but honestly it's about as safe as a bicycling experience can get.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on July 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM · Report this
What's the ticket for public drinking?
Posted by ishf on August 1, 2013 at 1:32 AM · Report this

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