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Friday, December 27, 2013

The Friday Morning News: Getting Out of Russian Prison Is the Cool Thing to Do Right Now

Posted by on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 8:03 AM

The Newtown Papers: The police report on the Newtown shooting is going to be released at 3 pm eastern time. It's reportedly several thousand pages long.

Beirut Bombing: This one killed a former finance minister. Syria's troubles keep leaking over the border into Lebanon.

Kabul Bombing: A suicide car bomber killed three coalition soldiers in Afghanistan.

Pussy Riot, Inc. In a press conference, the freed members of Pussy Riot announce that they're going to form a human rights organization. They're also calling for a boycott of the Russian Olympics.

Russia Sure Is Detaining a Lot of People These Days: Thirty Greenpeace protesters who were detained after a demonstration in the Russian Arctic are free and returning home.

Nader Steps In: Ralph Nader wrote a letter to Boeing's CEO calling the company's treatment of its workers "unseemly." Meanwhile, members of the machinists union who are away on January 3rd will be able to cast absentee votes on the 777X contract online.

Talk About a Fish Out of Water: An ex-DEA agent talks to the Seattle Times about getting into the marijuana business. I think Paul Rudd should play him in the movie.

Another Spacewalk! This time, the astronauts are installing something on the ISS for Google. Here's the creepy lede from io9: "Imagine a version of Google Earth that uses real-time imagery instead of years-old satellite data." You can watch the spacewalk live.

This Story Will Make You Feel Bad: Prosecutors says that a convicted rapist who was allegedly caught trying to assault a woman at Myrtle Edwards Park told police that "he was a god put on Earth to help women through 'traumatic sexual situations.'"

Base Jumping: The US is opening a controversial military base in Okinawa.

Just John Kerry and Snoop Dogg, Hanging Out: A short video of Secretary of State John Kerry and Snoop Dogg chatting amiably and fist-bumping at the White House popped up on the internet last night. In it, Kerry looks more relaxed than he did during his entire 2004 presidential campaign. You can watch it here.

"Mark Has a Little Wiener" Like those fail compilations I was talking about last night, I also look forward to year-end news fail compilations. Unlike the teenage-boys-falling-down videos, I feel no guilt laughing at these schmucks:


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delirian 1
Base Jumping: The US is opening a controversial military base in Okinawa
This really twists this news report. The US will be opening a less controversial base and closing a more controversial one as well as reducing the overall forces deployed there. Read the NY Times story, it is a lot more clear.
Posted by delirian on December 27, 2013 at 8:49 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 2
Here's an interesting story about gay players being accepted in the NFL, in 1993 no less:…
Posted by Gern Blanston on December 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM · Report this
fletc3her 3
Oh good, Nader is finally coming to solve everything. He's like the Dennis Rodman of union negotiations.
Posted by fletc3her on December 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM · Report this
rob! 4
Regarding beardy former DEA agent Patrick Moen: I wonder if he's related to Alfred Moen. Born in Seattle, Al was an ME student at UW. In 1947 he got Ravenna Metal Products to produce his latest design for a single-handled mixing faucet, which became a common fixture in millions of houses built in the postwar boom.

Moen: buy it for looks, buy it for life
Posted by rob! on December 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM · Report this
I've always thought of Nader as the Shemp Howard of politics.
Posted by Senor Guy on December 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM · Report this
rob! 6
In other news, Dan Savage likes Wiener Punschkrapfen. Eh.

Posted by rob! on December 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM · Report this
From the story about the park rapist:

"Kelly wants to go to prison because there he will be able to garner even more power with which he will eventually destroy his enemies.”

The Tacoma man previously served time for rape and assault in Thurston County, where he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl. Days afterward, he was arrested after shaking a barista’s hand while his own was covered in semen.
Posted by Joe Glibmoron on December 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM · Report this
Quite some "compromise", heh?

No Austerity for Military Budget in 2014…

Posted by anon1256 on December 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM · Report this

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