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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Morning News: New Debt-Limit Negotiations, a Mayoral Debate, a Bit of Masturbation, and the Nobel Prize for Literature

Posted by on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 9:17 AM

A Crack in the Ice? House Republicans considering a short-term, six-week debt-limit hike, which Obama has previously signaled he might accept.

But Some People Just Can't Wait for That: A tourism-dependent county in Utah is threatening a takeover of some of their national parks and plans to let people in as an act of civil disobedience. "What's happening to us is wrong," says a county commissioner.

Our First Televised Mayoral Debate Was Last Night! A live Slog-along is recorded right here. Cienna doesn't know Dennis Bounds's name. Dom tells Dennis Bounds to go live in a Bob Ross painting. Also discussed: Making eggs to break omelets, the candidates' makeup, and "Mayor McGrin."

Just Another Thursday Morning: Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was apparently kidnapped from his hotel residence in Tripoli early this morning by 150 gunmen, then freed a few hours later. Then it's just right back to work, huh? It appears so: "Government spokesman Mohammed Kaabar told local news agency, LANA, that Zeidan was on his way back to the office after being 'set free.'"

Western State Hospital Gets More Violent: An independent review of the psychiatric hospital found that violent incidents have risen this year after a five-year decline; they're on track to have 412 patient-on-staff assaults this year in an 827-bed hospital.

A Hard-On for Public Transit: Prosecutors allege that one man repeatedly drove his car up next to a Seattle to Kirkland bus route, made eye contact with a random bus passenger, and fondled himself. One passenger finally took a picture of his license plate.

Alice Munro Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature: The short-story master says it's "splendid" but the prize doesn't change her plans to retire from writing. Paul Constant says he's very happy she won.

Custodian at Local High School Mistaken for Gunman: After having to face down a parking lot full of armed police officers, the Issaquah man says he's so traumatized he hasn't been back to work.

A Hanford Whistleblower Loses His Job: What the fuck. An Oregon senator is pissed.

If You Need Me, I'll Just Be Curled Up Crying in a Corner Trying to Forget This: An Eastern Washington landlord was surprised this week to come across an 11-foot reticulated python abandoned in one of his properties. It weighs 22 pounds and was turned over to WSU vets.


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Lew Siffer 1
I am sure the janitor will not be too traumatized to accept a bundle of cash to assuage his anxiety. Possibly a retirement package as well.
Posted by Lew Siffer on October 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 2
I've read some really good recent articles regarding the hyper confused political situation in Greece. Aside from Brendan Kiley, I wouldn't expect any Slog author to weigh in. And really, there's no need. 1000s of bloggers and commentators mostly in Europe are chatting the subject quite well. We U.S. narcissists might not want to emulate our Government of the past fifty years and bully our way into the proceedings.
Posted by dnt trust me on October 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
You know what, San Juan Co., UT? Fuck you. You put these clowns into office.

You're hoist by your own petard. Own it.
Posted by Max Solomon on October 10, 2013 at 10:01 AM · Report this
California Kid 4
The six week debt limit hike is like giving water to the hostages. Still got a gun to their head, still have them tied up, but hey, they are a little hydrated now
Posted by California Kid on October 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM · Report this
And other important news items:

Police infiltration of Occupy Wall Street and the recent police involvement with the motorcycle gang attack on the SUV family:

(Now wherever did that bit of freedom to assemble appear?????)

A most interesting take on the ACA (ObamaCare) by a long-time supporter of national health care:…

Those crazy banks, huh?…

The report on OUR data,……

Posted by sgt_doom on October 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM · Report this
Real Entitlement Spending

Heard some talking twits recently on America's CorporateMedia prattling on about "entitlement spending" without, of course, explaining what the most expensive of all entitlement spending actually is: the oil depletion allowance (in effect since 1913), endless corporate tax breaks in general, and one in particular which has always rankled, the tax break for offshoring American jobs, untaxed corporate and super-rich monies sheltered offshore, etc., etc., etc., but the ultimate entitlement enjoyed by the super-rich is the "divine right" of the banksters to create money!

A most pithy and cogent explanation of the bankster industry below (very short clip from the excellent movie, The International with Naomi Watts and Clive Owens, which was the outstanding fictionalization of the BCCI scandals:…

Posted by sgt_doom on October 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM · Report this
Posted by sgt_doom on October 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 9
@3 You might want to cross-post that comment here:…
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on October 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM · Report this

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