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Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

New Law Time! Several new Washington state laws go into effect today. Among the new laws, police can now accept electronic proof of driver's insurance when pulling a driver over, eligible farmers markets can feature wine and beer tasting, and employers can no longer ask for social media passwords from their employees.

Mali Tries to Vote: After a recent military coup and war, Malians are exercising their right to vote for a new president today. They face threats from Al-Qaeda aligned groups, as well as widespread illiteracy and confusion hindering the voting process.

Hitchcock Probably Did It. A robber made off with a $53 million in jewelry after holding up a jewelry exhibition in the Carlton Hotel. You may remember the Carlton Hotel as the set of To Catch a Thief, Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 film about a jewel thief.

To Catch a Thousand Inmates: More than 1,000 detainees have escaped from a prison near Benghazi in a massive jailbreak. According to security officials, most were held on serious charges. The jailbreak happened as protesters in Libya's main cities stormed the offices of Islamist-allied parties, due to the murder of an activist who was critical of the Muslim Brotherhood. It's currently unknown if the protests and jailbreak are connected.

Portland Cabbie Kicks Gay Couple to Curb: After seeing Portland resident Kate Neal and her girlfriend acting affectionately towards one another, a Portland taxi driver kicked them out of his cab, according to the couple. "He started shouting really hurtful, mean and really homophobic remarks at us. We really didn't feel safe in the cab," said Neal.

Central Washington Wildfires Spread: Over 200 homes are under evacuation orders as at least three wildfires in central Washington grow. The largest fire—situated near Goldendale—has grown to 14 square miles. The inclusion of high temperatures and 30 mph wind is making the fires harder to fight, according to Chelan Country Fire Chief Bill Neckels.

Hitler Bell (Surprise!) Causes Controversy: The Austrian village of Wolfpassing is getting a lot more press than it's used to after a town bell was discovered to be an 80-year-old homage to Adolf Hitler. The bell, apparently overlooked until now, was recently sold along with the castle that it inhabited by the Austrian government. On a fun side note, it's against Austrian law to propagate Nazi values or praise the era.

Bible Camp Gets Liquid Ass: In a prank gone wrong, two bunks at a Maryland bible camp were doused in Liquid Ass deer repellent, leading to a over a dozen campers needing to be decontaminated by a hazmat team. Six of the campers ended up hospitalized for eye and respiratory irritation. The bunks had to be ventilated.

Heading to Montana today. Passing the time at Sea-Tac with some classic '90s cats.


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Here's something near and dear to Seattlites' hearts: a story about espresso carts, railways and clean energy:

Fuel Cell Coffees Now Available on Swiss Federal Railways

Traditional trolleys on the route use batteries to power their coffee machines, but these tend to be exhausted before the end of longer journeys. By replacing the batteries with CEKAtec’s IHPoS fuel cell and low-pressure hydrogen storage, the trolley’s runtime is doubled – providing enough power for around 120 espressos. Furthermore the fuel cell solution is smaller than, and half the weight of, the conventional system.…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM · Report this
First off, pay attention to sgt_doom: any prospective employer, or actual employer, who dared demanded your password for your private activities should be dragged outdoors and be royally stomped!


Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence in the destruction of the Gulf:…

Interesting award ceremony:…

Special video of the Michael Hastings crash (coincidentally, of course, the premier hardware hacker capable of hacking auto computers, Barnaby Jack died quite recently):…

With accompanying site:……

Posted by sgt_doom on July 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 4
Someone was attempting to cover the Capitol Hill Block Party from a slightly different angle.…
Posted by Gern Blanston on July 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM · Report this
seatackled 5
From the state of David Vitter:

At least a dozen men since 2011 in Baton Rouge have been arrested under an unenforceable law "to ensnare men who merely discussed or agreed to have consensual sex with an undercover agent," an investigation by The Advocate magazine found.…
Posted by seatackled on July 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM · Report this
delirian 6
@5: The Sheriff knows the law is invalid. I was about to say that he was begging for the federal government to charge him with 18 USC § 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law, except that this law doesn't cover sexual orientation. Shit. This law needs to be fixed, pronto!
Posted by delirian on July 28, 2013 at 11:34 AM · Report this
delirian 7
@5: Whoops, I read it wrong. Legalese... Anyways, it applies in this case. The aliens/race part only applies to different punishments (which should still be amended to add sexual orientation or gender identification). But the law in general applies to general violations of civil rights, which the Sheriff certainly did. So hopefully the Feds get involved and throw the Sheriff's ass in jail.
Posted by delirian on July 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 8
Why can't these men sue his stupid redneck ass?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM · Report this

Why bother when the PI (and SLOG) feature enough prurient money shots to titillate:…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM · Report this
So now the special citizens status for gays lobby wants to turn public parks into gay meat markets?

Nah, can't see anything that could go wrong with that....
Posted by Seattleblues on July 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM · Report this

Will you please stop confusing real civil rights issues with false?

A woman, an ethnic group, political or faith based groups are all protected. Know why? Well, the first two are non chosen physical characteristics and common justice demands equitable treatment under the law. The last are choice based but explicitly protected by our Constitution.

Sexual orientation and gender identification shouldn't be, since adults making choices should act like adults and live with the consequences of those choices.

This concludes today's lesson in a surely obvious common sense. You're welcome.
Posted by Seattleblues on July 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM · Report this
fletc3her 12
You missed the law which allows movie theaters to obtain liquor licenses.
Posted by fletc3her on July 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM · Report this
fletc3her 13
@11 Thank god bigots like you are a dying breed.
Posted by fletc3her on July 28, 2013 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Ah yes, the classic progressive definition of bigot- You're really MEAN because I can't argue with you!'
Posted by Seattleblues on July 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM · Report this
delirian 15
@11: Gender ID and sexual orientation are choices? Fuck off and die, please.
Posted by delirian on July 28, 2013 at 12:43 PM · Report this

You're right, actually.

Sexual behavior is chosen, sexual orientations doesn't exist.

And gender ID is easy. If you have male genitalia you're a dude- if you don't you're a woman. If you think otherwise you're merely insane.

Thanks for the correction.
Posted by Seattleblues on July 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM · Report this
Update #2 On The Strange Death of Michael Hastings

I realize I'm not the only one who suspects the recent death of Barnaby Jack, hardware hacker extraordinaire, may be just too "coincidental" (in connection with the auto accident death of Mr. Hastings) but for anyone unfamiliar with his background:

From 08/21/12 (about one year ago),…

McAfee puts Barnaby Jack on car-jacking hackers' case…

A McAfee spokeswoman said that among those hackers working on pulling apart cars was Barnaby Jack, a well-known researcher . . . .……

And a most interesting followup vid/interview at this site:…
Posted by sgt_doom on July 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 18
sb, you're entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts. so w/o further ado...
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on July 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 19
There is so much to learn about the real world, it amazes me how much time is spent in imaginary worlds.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 20
@11: Indeed, let's test your "choice" theory. I challenge you to have a passionate romantic assignation with a member of your sex (I assume male) as a free and deliberate choice. Please report back to us with your experiences.

Now get going!
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on July 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM · Report this
As usual SB couldn't be more wrong, in the State of Washington, and several other states and in the U.S. Military sexual orientation is indeed protected by civil right laws.

When SB grows up a little bit he'll understand this
Posted by Merchant Seaman on July 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 23
@ 14, that's funny. If nobody can argue with you, it's because you won't stick to any definable or fair rules of debate. Sometimes facts are okay, but sometimes (as with your pleas like @ 11) facts are inadmissible with you.

When someone like you simply doesn't respect reality, yeah, it's impossible to reason with you, because reason is the last thing you like.
Posted by Matt from Denver on July 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM · Report this
venomlash 24
@16: "sexual orientations [sic] doesn't exist."
Modern science begs to differ, Seattleblues. As I've explained many a time:
-Certain parts of the brain, which develop very early in life and are known to be involved in sexual arousal and emotional attraction, differ measurably between (straight, cisgender) men and women.
-In homosexuals, those parts of the brain more resemble the brains of straight people of the opposite gender.
-Hormonally altering some corresponding parts of the brains of fetal rats in similar ways resulted in adult rats being bisexual (displaying mating behaviors with other rats of both genders). This is convincing proof of causation.
I can give you the citations for any of those claims if you dispute them, but you've seen them several times before and have been unable to present arguments against them. In fact, you've ADMITTED, in the face of these arguments, that sexual orientation is in fact real and innate (while hedging that sexual behavior is chosen).
Why do you continue to make claims that have been proven false multiple times and which you yourself have admitted to be inaccurate? Would your pastor approve of you telling such lies? "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." (Exodus 20:12)

And as far as transgendered people go, gender identity disorder IS a mental illness. (Nobody is contesting this.) So how do we treat an illness? Well, for a while they tried changing the mind to fit the body, but that has been proven ineffective (minuscule success rate, high rate of depression and suicide among patients). So right now the best treatment we have is to change the body to fit the mind.
Your average trans person will be the first to tell you that being trans sucks, and that they wish they could live happily as the gender they were born with, but it's just not possible with today's medicine. So why do you have to be all judgmental about their illness? Do you have similar problems with people with bipolar disorder, or hydrocephalus, or lupus? Don't all of those people have enough problems without you telling them they're bad for having a disease?
Man, what a dick.
Posted by venomlash on July 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 25
Regarding the Hitler bell: one of the things Mr. Vel-DuRay bought to our household was a German grandfather clock. It is quite severe in its styling, which makes me think it is from the 1930's. When he bought it, the glass that fits in the door that covers the weights and pendulum was missing. I always tease him that that was where the etched glass swastika was.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on July 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM · Report this
fletc3her 26
No, you're a bigot because you argue that a minority should have less rights than you.
Posted by fletc3her on July 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 27
@ 26, to SB, "modern science" is an invention of Sodom, which lamentably survived the fire and brimstone, and is to be completely distrusted, except when it can be exploited for profit or actually confirm one's bias.
Posted by Matt from Denver on July 28, 2013 at 5:02 PM · Report this
Oh come on people lay off Seattleblues. He is clearly a humiliation fetish fag.

He needs to believe it is hell fire and damnation wrong, it is why he cums so hard as he sucks cocks in all those public park cock sucking spots he claims to know.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on July 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 29

We ought to all chip in and buy him a room.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on July 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM · Report this
Catherwood 30

What's the point of buying an exhibitionist a room? Unless it's a room with a view, so to speak.
Posted by Catherwood on July 28, 2013 at 6:47 PM · Report this

First, your screen name is great. Why an astute observer of politics became so demonized puzzles me. Has since I first read Machiavelli 25 years ago.

But unfortunately nothing you actually write has even a shred of the originality and wisdom of Machiavelli.

I mean, you don't seem even to understand the rich irony of defending the perversion of homosexuality by using homosexual acts as an insult.

But on the other hand we're learning more (far, far more) than I at least wanted to know about your kinks. Sick fantasies about churches and church camps, and public oral sex in parks? Get help before you get arrested for public indecency.
Posted by Seattleblues on July 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM · Report this

Nope. Reading comprehension isn't your strong suit. You believe homosexual behavior should by force be protected from consequences, that this choice should be tearfully applauded by everyone else or they're bigots and haters.

I believe adults should accept the consequences of their behavior.
Posted by Seattleblues on July 28, 2013 at 9:04 PM · Report this
LOL Irony? LOL

Well given your response to @26 perhaps you do have a sense of irony, subconscious though it likely is.

As for telling, I give you your comment, ..... "homosexual behavior should by force"..... like I said your a humiliation fetish faggot.

Except it and find a healthy outlet for your desire. mmmm Like going on comment threads and being mocked for being a closet case. Damn maybe there is something to your comment that I lack an understanding of irony.

Posted by Machiavelli was framed on July 28, 2013 at 9:42 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 34
How does your minister feel about your continued presence on Slog, SB? Is he okay with it, so long as you never go off on a "fags and dykes" jag? Is hate less hateful when it isn't rude? Is that what he preaches, SB?
Posted by Matt from Denver on July 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM · Report this
KaraC 35
@24 "gender identity disorder IS a mental illness. (Nobody is contesting this.)"
Yes we are actually, because it isn't. DSM-V categorizes it as Gender Dysphoria and it is no more a mental illness that is being lesbian or gay. You are right about the brain research though. In addition it is worth noting that for trans women, for example, areas such as the BSTc physically resembles that of a typical XX woman, and this region is strongly implicated in gender identity.
I suggest we ignore SeattleBlues, just as we should ignore Bryan Fischer or the Westboro Baptist Church. He is immune to evidence, probably because he is so deeply closeted that his self-hatred over being gay is projected out in the unsupported, hateful assertions he spews out.
Posted by KaraC on July 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM · Report this
venomlash 36
@35: Gender dysphoria/GID is maladaptive in a way that being gay/lesbian isn't. Trans people tend to feel intensely uncomfortable with the body they were born with. It's a psychological problem the same way depression or anxiety is.
Posted by venomlash on July 29, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this

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