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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Thursday Morning News

Posted by on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM

2014 Oscar Nominations: Gravity, Hustle Lead with 10 Nominations, Including Best Picture: Did you know that Bob Nelson, who wrote the freshly Oscar nominated screenplay for Nebraska, is from Seattle? And it's his first screenplay. Go Hawks! Here's the complete list of nominees, and a thing on which films got snubbed.

Elkhart, Indiana, Grocery Store Shooting Leaves Two Women and Gunman Dead: What will it take to stop this madness?

Widespread Boycotts as Egyptian Voters Back New Constitution: The new constitution gives more power to the military, the police, and the judiciary, and more rights to women and disabled people.

NYPD Agrees to 'Largest Protest Settlement in History': That's $18 million going to protesters who were wrongly arrested at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Three Suspects Arrested After Stabbing at Seattle University: It was a robbery. The victim is apparently doing all right at Harborview.

Public Hospitals Hope to Attract More Upscale Patients Under Affordable Care Act: There's great care out there at public hospitals, and when insured people use it, it's good for everyone.

Recent Shakeups at SPD Could Prove to Be Genius—or Disaster: You should read Anna Minard's nuanced post about our troubled police department.

LGBT Rights May Eclipse Winter Games: As they should.

NSA: Six Out of 10 Americans Want Reform of Data Collection, Says Poll: Um, what poll? It can't be a legally binding Slog poll because we haven't done one yet. But...

 

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From the article "LGBT rights may eclipse Winter Games":

Boycotts, often well intentioned, can also be misguided.

In the summer of 2013, gay activist Dan Savage called for a boycott of Stolichnaya vodka as a way to express outrage over the new Russian law. Gay bars temporarily stopped carrying the brand, and supporters of the boycott dumped the liquor into the streets.

The problem? Stoli isn’t made in Russia. It’s made in Latvia.
Posted by How Does The Discrepency Persist? on January 16, 2014 at 8:51 AM · Report this
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Q: How bad has gun violence become in America?

A man fatally shot two women in a northern Indiana grocery store Wednesday night and was lining up to shoot a third person when police officers tracked him down and killed him, authorities said.

A: Gunmen now have to line up to shoot someone.
Posted by I'll Be Here All Weak on January 16, 2014 at 8:57 AM · Report this
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@1, lol, get a load of this guy.
Posted by GermanSausage on January 16, 2014 at 8:57 AM · Report this
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About the stabbing at Seattle U, it's kind of funny that people would be willing to risk years in prison by mugging a college student. I doubt the victim had much money on him.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on January 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM · Report this
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Bob "Uncle Fran" Nelson, from Almost Live.
Posted by pox on January 16, 2014 at 9:29 AM · Report this
venomlash 6
@3: http://archive-dump.installgentoo.com/g/…
@1: Stoli for non-Russian consumption is bottled in Latvia, but the alcohol is produced in Russia by a company owned by a Russian.
Posted by venomlash on January 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM · Report this
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@3,6 Don't tell me. Tell Daniel Vaudrin, president of the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) and Dexter Mullins of Al Jazeera America, whose article I quoted.
Posted by How Does The Discrepency Persist? on January 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM · Report this
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@4
Probably going for an iPhone.
Posted by Senor Guy on January 16, 2014 at 9:48 AM · Report this
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@7, neither of those people showed up on slog to make asses of themselves.
Posted by GermanSausage on January 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 10
It's a good thing The Stranger's filters automatically censor out any social security numbers people type in.

I'll just try it out again to make sure

XXX-XX-XXXX
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 11
Yep, looks like it still works!
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 16, 2014 at 10:14 AM · Report this
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@9 Oh? I thought I came across the very misinformation I pointed out right here on slog.

Oddly, I was not out to make an ass of anyone with some disregard for the two gentlemen I noted above, but, and I imagine it makes you feel better, I am relatively confident you've succeeded at doing it for at least one person here.

So, good job!
Posted by How Does The Discrepency Persist? on January 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM · Report this
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rob! 14
Meanwhile in Nigeria, roundups and trials of gays and lesbians ramp up:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/art…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-2…
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on January 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM · Report this
Fnarf 15
@11, you are such a bastard. Yo, moderators, you might want to redact @13 (and @10, to avoid further embarrassments).
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on January 16, 2014 at 10:56 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 16
He may be nominated for an Oscar, but he will always, be your friend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHqHMgK0t…
Posted by Gern Blanston on January 16, 2014 at 11:23 AM · Report this
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Chris Christie's Shysters


The newsies recently announced that the law firm Chris Christie has retained is none other than Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (GD&C), the White Shoe shyster firm with a most illustrious past.

Smart move on Christie's part as the US attorney has sought the FBI to aid in their investigation of Christie, and FBI director, James Comey, once worked for GD&C (small world, huh?).

When a major corporation has hired assassins to murder union organizers and protestors in Columbia, who you gonna call?

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, of course, who have successfully represented such demon corporations in the past.

Iran-Contra? Who do you think, GD&C, naturally!

GD&C represented George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore, successfully helping in the stealing of the 2000 presidential election!

They successfully represented Citizens United, as one would expect, furthering the dismantling of the American economy by helping further the super-rights of vile corporations.

And some of those shystes doods at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (GD&C): Antonin Scalia's son (Antonin is on the US Supreme Court, in case you weren't aware of that), and Ted Olson, George W. Bush's solictor general, whose wife sadly died aboard one of those four airliners involved on that horrible day of 9/11/01; after the insurance settlement came through on her, Ted quickly moved on to wife number four. Olson was also on Ronald Reagan's Iran-Contra legal team, then would later work for Richard Mellon Scaife on his "Arkansas Project" --- digging up dirt on the Clintons (also on that project was Kenneth Starr, grandnephew of the founder of AIG, Cornelius Vander Starr, and a future special prosecutor of President Clinton).

Ted Olson also represented Geo. W. Bush in Bush v. Gore at GD&C, and would later be lead attorney representing Citizens' United before the Supreme Court --- small world, huh?

[Historical Note: Shyster was originally coined by New York City reporter, Rip Van Dam, in reference to corrupt politicians at Tammany Hall, NYC's City Hall back in the day. Shyster was a nickname used for the workers who followed the horse and carriages (this was before automobiles) to shovel up the horse droppings. As many politicians also "read the law" (were lawyers), the derogatory term came to be used interchangeably with politicians and lawyers. Originally from the Old Dutch, similar to German Scheisse.]
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Posted by sgt_doom on January 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM · Report this
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@13: It only works if you type in YOUR social security number, not Fnarf's.

XXX-XX-XXXX

ETA: See?
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 19
Urgutha, you are a monster. Don't ever change.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on January 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this
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In the summer of 2013, gay activist Dan Savage called for a boycott of Stolichnaya vodka as a way to express outrage over the new Russian law. Gay bars temporarily stopped carrying the brand, and supporters of the boycott dumped the liquor into the streets.

The problem? Stoli isn’t made in Russia. It’s made in Latvia."

No on actually reads the reasons why people do things, do they?
Posted by Spike1382 on January 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 21
Ok I'll admit that was evil.
I thought everyone had seen that joke by now though... I used to see it done even back on old dial up BBS's.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 16, 2014 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Fnarf 22
@13, if you live in Atlanta, "Frank", then I think I know your home address and real name with just a few keystrokes. I really think the editors should take your comment down.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on January 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM · Report this
venomlash 23
That prank was old by the time it got to 4chan.
Posted by venomlash on January 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM · Report this
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no worries, that was a totally made up number.
Posted by Frank Rizzo on January 16, 2014 at 5:14 PM · Report this

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