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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The New Year's Morning News

Posted by on Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Happy New Year! Our nation's first recreational marijuana stores opened for business this morning in Colorado. Washington State's second in the nation recreational marijuana stores won't open until this summer, because we're a bunch of stoners or something.

No wonder millions of Americans revile Obamacare! Millions of Americans will be added to our nation's health insurance rolls today as the bulk of Obamacare goes into effect.

Because there's nobody more affected by the birth control mandate than a group of nuns. US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has temporarily blocked the Obama administration from forcing some religious groups to provide birth control in their health insurance coverage under provisions of the Affordable Care Act that go into effect today. The order applies to a group of nuns, Little Sisters of the Poor, and other Roman Catholic nonprofit groups that use the same health plan.

They're coming for our guns! A Federal District Court judge has upheld most of New York State's new gun control law, one of the most restrictive in the nation. The law, the first to pass in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, expands state restrictions on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

But how will all those Internet millionaires afford their Big Macs? San Francisco's highest in the nation minimum wage rises to $10.74 an hour today, destroying the local economy as businesses flee the city. (Not really.) Washington State's minimum wage rises to $9.32 today.

Great news for blue fin tuna! Japan's population declined by 244,000 in 2013, as deaths continued to outpace births. Japan's population has declined every year since 2007.

Our long municipal nightmare is over. Ed Murray was officially sworn in is as mayor yesterday's ending four years of civil war that left Seattle a hellish wasteland. A ceremonial inauguration ceremony will be held January 6.

Parting dig. Seattle City Council members are grumbling that former Mayor Mike McGinn did not inform them that the cost for replacing the seawall had risen $30 million above the original $300 million estimate, prompting a parting dig from McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus: “We understand why council members Burgess and Rasmussen would like to change the topic from the current status of the deep-bore tunnel,” Pickus told the Seattle Times.


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seatackled 1
I don't think Japan's decline in population is particularly good news for blue fin tuna, as sushi has become a globally consumed dish and will continue to be hunted.

It might be good news for whales, though, since Japan is one of the few nations that hunt whales commercially (even though they claim it's for science).
Posted by seatackled on January 1, 2014 at 9:07 AM · Report this
theophrastus 2
Is there any hope that Aaron Pickus will now return to New Jersey where his talents will be far more appreciated?
Posted by theophrastus on January 1, 2014 at 9:14 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
we're 6 months behind CO because of the WSLCB, not because we're stoners. it will be >/= 20 months enacting the freaking initiative.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 1, 2014 at 9:37 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 4
No mention of Fukushima reactor #3? I figured you, of all people, would be all over that story. Apparently, it's melting down.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on January 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
I for one am glad to welcome Godzilla and Cthulhu, newly freed by Big Bertha, to the new year ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 1, 2014 at 10:11 AM · Report this
NotSean 6
Birth control pills aren't prescribed exclusivley for reasons concerning pregnancy. Like most drugs, they have other uses. You'd think a nunnery would understand this.

Posted by NotSean on January 1, 2014 at 10:12 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
@4 yes, tweeted yesterday - did you see the map of radiation impacts on US cattle?
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 1, 2014 at 10:12 AM · Report this
biju 8
In local news, suspected arson at Neighbours?…
Posted by biju on January 1, 2014 at 11:09 AM · Report this
MrBaker 9
A catholic non-profit hires a non-catholic and can deny that person elements of the ACA.
They not all nuns, or catholic.
Posted by MrBaker on January 1, 2014 at 11:28 AM · Report this
MrBaker 10
McGinn proposed a $241 million dollar ballot measure to pay for the seawall replacement when he first got into office.

Bad at math, poor communication skills.

I wonder if Murray will try to stand outside of the council chamber doors to give his annual address to the city, like McGinn tried to do.
Posted by MrBaker on January 1, 2014 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Yes, MrBaker, but many of us have heard you and some friends rant about how you feel about the tax money collected by the Port of Seattle to support their infrastructure/lawyers challenging the arena. Same logic.
Posted by ChefJoe on January 1, 2014 at 11:56 AM · Report this
2014 should be an exciting year.

2013 was a tipping point in several critical areas for our declining civilization and it is highly unlikely, and probably impossible, that it will manage to correct course until after a massive collapse.

2013 saw the acceptance and promotion of depraved perverted selfish behaviors as Normal locks in place social pathologies that will, at an increasing pace, gut the ability of this society to function.
Traditional Heterosexual Marriage was the best social structure for producing functional capable contributing adults. The various Gommorahan counterfeit "family" structures have shown themselves unable to pick up the slack. That will continue to produce social pathologies at an increasingly rapid pace.
2014 will see a continuation of the annoying spectacle of Danny on one hand whining about social pathology while on the other squealing with porcine delight at the social corruption ("Winning!", he calls it...) that creates the pathology and suffering.

In 2013 Snowden blew the lid off of the massive abuses the Obama government is engaging in. Those abuses, mind boggling in scope though they are, are not in fact the problem.
The problem is the passive acceptance of the depravation of Civil Liberty and the gutting of The Bill of Rights by the population of sheeple.
2014 will no doubt see further surrender of Liberty; no doubt to Thunderous HomoLiberal Applause....

In 2013 Public Health professionals recognized that we are in the Post-Antibiotic Age; and at a time when ever depraved dangerous selfish social behaviors breed ever more deadly diseases.
Will 2014 see the Next Gay Plague™; Bigger, Faster, Badder than anything before?

"Obamacare" presents two aspects.
One is a huge proportion of the population claiming they are unable to provide a basic need on their own. A nation of passive helpless whiners.
Second is the inept meddling of the democraps in a huge segment of the economy. As it is implemented Obamacare will gut the medical services industry, creating chaos and dislocation for consumers and providers and delivering far lower levels of care.

Homoliberals show no desire to address their debt and, more ominously, the spending that fuels it; it has created an economic weight that will smother the economy for generations to come

Detroit's bankruptcy is the first of many to follow as governments literally break under the oppressive burden of extortive public service union pension scams.

So, yes;
2014 should be an exciting year....
Posted by you read it here first. on January 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM · Report this
Christampa 13
@12 - Wait, was Bailo finally banned?
Posted by Christampa on January 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM · Report this
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 1, 2014 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Steven Bradford 15
Well, the ACA meant that my really cheap (for a single 53 yr old male) insurance was going to go up 80%. The old one didn't have any drug coverage, so not the greatest plan. Figuring in the subsidy, it's only going up 60% . Still, I do get presecription drug coverage now, though I can't figure out from the health insurance Jargon in the policy what that means. It seems to mean I can only get prescription drugs covered for a month. So it doesn't seem like much of a deal. Paying an extra $1500 a year for the possibility of getting a single month's worth of drugs partially paid for, if I should need that.
Posted by Steven Bradford on January 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 16
@15: Are you going to be able to see the same Dr. and use the same hospital?
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM · Report this
Do we have a definitive date on pot stores opening here yet?
Posted by supergp on January 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM · Report this
Clara T 18
About fucking time bluefin tuna got some ink around here.
Posted by Clara T on January 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM · Report this
@15, it's entirely possible you misread that, because it probably says that you will get a month's worth at a time. Just as most of us do. Geezuz, read things before you complain.
Posted by sarah70 on January 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM · Report this
rob! 20
@15, many insurance plans let you get up to three months at a time from on-line pharmacies like Costco. The savings are usually significant for meds that you're on long-term.
Posted by rob! on January 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM · Report this

Goldy is dumbass squared.

a declining population is a dying population.

a harbinger for post-reproduction homoliberal societies everywhere.......
Posted by Species Survival for Dummies on January 1, 2014 at 1:36 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 22
Hopefully the transition to fully government provided health insurance will happen sooner rather than later, and the idiotic notion of "private free-market health insurance companies" will disappear forever.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 1, 2014 at 1:36 PM · Report this

If Japan's population decline is Great News! for blue fin tuna is AIDS Great News for pink polyester leisure suits?
Posted by Live Free. or Die.... on January 1, 2014 at 1:41 PM · Report this
MrBaker 24
@11, not even close.
Posted by MrBaker on January 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM · Report this
MrBaker 25
Maybe Japan has different immigration and citizenship laws, and how the count population.

(How many people in Japan vs how many Japanese citizens)

More advanced societies often have lower birth rates.
Posted by MrBaker on January 1, 2014 at 1:52 PM · Report this
And a few million of us who paid for our health insurance for years now can't afford the new policies after ours were cancelled and no longer have health insurance. Hope I don't get sick.
Posted by SDog on January 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM · Report this
Steven Bradford 27
#16, It's group health, so I guess it's all the same hospital. I've never used it so I don't have a doctor. I know I'm supposed to be deeply concerned about keeping "My" doctor etc etc, but that's just not something I've ever had to care about, which is really just a way of saying I've been lucky with my health.

I don't know what the deal is about the one month of drugs. Like I said, the jargon is confusing. The Group Health Website is confusing, it mainly just refers one to call during the day, 8-5.
I'm not really expecting great service out of them if I ever have to use it. It will probably not go well. But Consumer Reports gives them much better rating than the for profit plans.
Posted by Steven Bradford on January 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM · Report this
Why does one Supreme Court Justice get to change/postpone a provision of the ACA? I had no idea that was possible; thought the whole Court had to accept review and weigh in.
Posted by sarah70 on January 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM · Report this
@27, call the number instead of wondering on an internet blog.
Posted by sarah70 on January 1, 2014 at 11:58 PM · Report this
THIS JUST IN from the Department of Redundancy Department:

> A ceremonial inauguration ceremony
Posted by HOT PUSSY on January 2, 2014 at 6:27 AM · Report this

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