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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Friday Morning News

Posted by on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 8:36 AM

• Here is Live Coverage of Obama’s NSA Speech.

• Meanwhile, NSA Collects Millions of Text Messages Daily in 'Untargeted' Global Sweep: OMG, u r reading thiis NSA? haha

First Lady at 50, Finding Her Own Path: It's Michelle's birthday, and the New York Times says stars are, um, just like us... if we're like a well-off 50-year-old lady and also a little bit like Eleanor Roosevelt.

Pennsylvania Judge Strikes Down State’s Voter ID Law: Because this kind of horseshit is unconstitutional.

Vigilantes Take on Drug Cartels Terrorising South-west Mexico: "The army and government have discredited themselves because instead of first going after the criminals they have pursued those who are trying to defend themselves," they say.

The Birth of the Minimum Wage in America: It started with bakeries.

California Wildfire Forces Thousands to Flee Hills Above Los Angeles: Possibly because of one little campfire.

Oscar 2014 Nominations Reflect a Sea Change in Academy's Attitude: It's a "not-quite changing of the guard," says the LA Times (mmmkay).

• Sunday Sportsball: Five Things to Remember About Brady vs. Manning: #1, they are both quarterbacks...

• And Sunday Sportsball: 49ers Must Avoid Turnovers to Win in Seattle... so we should carpet the field with delicious, hot turnovers.


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Dr_Awesome 1
Go, local sports ball team, go!

Meanwhile, every F1 blog is eagerly trying to scoop the others with secret details about this year's cars, drivers, and teams. I have some catching up to do. Sunday I'll prolly be out training for next month's Chilly Hilly rather than staying inside watching fat pre-diabetic head cases smack each other around.

But go, sportsball guys! Play that sports!
Posted by Dr_Awesome on January 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 2
Apparently only the Guest House of the famous Singer estate was damaged thank goodness.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM · Report this
JonnoN 3
Sounders acquired a couple new defenders yesterday :)

Between that and the available cap space... big midfielder signing soon? :D
Posted by JonnoN on January 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM · Report this
raawr 4
@3 I sure hope so! Darn transfer window...
Posted by raawr on January 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM · Report this
Sportsball! So funny because its The Stranger! Get it- they don't have TVs, or watch sports, and will let you know this constantly! I'm sure they spend Sundays writing poetry and sniffing their own farts.
Posted by hurrDurr on January 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 6
If the Niners want to win, they have to pound the hell out of Seattle's front seven in the run game. Seattle's offense is mediocre (which is why they depend on turnovers), and tends to do poorly against solid, physical defenses like that of San Francisco's.

If they can lean on their run game, they can win, if their run game falters, they will lose.

Saying they need to avoid turnovers is just about as illuminating as saying they need to stop the other team from scoring more points. It's all about the run, baby.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM · Report this
I agree that the 49s must avoid turnovers if they want to win against Seattle. Also, they'll need to score more points than Seattle while preventing Seattle from scoring more points than them. It's really the best strategy for winning.
Posted by GermanSausage on January 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 8
I wish our lovely Mrs. Obama every good wish on her birthday. We really are lucky to have her as first lady.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 9
@7 - Do they have what it takes to bribe the refs?
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 10
Dear Michelle: Happy Birthday!

Could you tell your husband to stop peeping into our windows and quartering troops in our homes?
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Hmm, not turning the ball over is important to winning in football? Who knew? That's some trenchant analysis there.
Posted by bigyaz on January 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM · Report this
@6/7/11: The 49ers' quarterback also says that they "have to protect the football." A sound plan.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on January 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 13
@12 - If you haven't seen it yet, the A.V. Club has a new football column called Block & Tackle. They take a more pop-culture approach to the analysis, which is just what I need to give a damn about football.

The men who speak of football enjoy the king-of-the-mountain image. It dispenses with complexity to make it seem that the only winning ingredient is testosterone, and the only winning game plan is to have more of it than the other guys.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 14
Percy Harvin has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

What? Harvin missing time due to injury? Shocking.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM · Report this
biffp 15
@13, football analysis is light on both. It seems mostly about garish outfits and manlove.

@14, they've got to stop signing Minnesota receivers. At least they're #2 guy has great hands - that onside kick hit Tate right in the numbers last week.
Posted by biffp on January 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM · Report this
In the country of Fantasy Finance (that would be Amerika), I believe the two articles below are related.

First, a Nevada credit union is advertising loan rates for teachers who supply their schools with school supplies!…

Next, Reuters reports on annoyance and possible assaults on Google buses in San Franciso, not having to do with the upcoming 49ers loss in Seattle, but because the Google employees (and other tech boomsters) have driven up the housing prices enormously.…
Posted by sgt_doom on January 17, 2014 at 4:33 PM · Report this
I live in SF and I like to have some level of loyalty to my home teams. Fortunately, the 49ers DON'T live in SF anymore, so GO SEATTLE.
Posted by lucyboots on January 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM · Report this
@13: "You should root for the Seahawks because it’s the egalitarian choice." It's official!
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on January 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM · Report this

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