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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Morning News: SPD Shooting, Chris Christie, and More Dispatches from the Middle of the Racism/Twitter Venn Diagram

Posted by on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 8:54 AM

It's the Day After MLK Day: Racism is over now! Take a nap until February, y'all! You did it! (JUST KIDDING, Sarah Palin.) Here are some pictures of the day's festivities from our own Danielle and Jen.

Protesting Limits on Protesting: By protesting in the streets of Kiev, Ukraine, where the government recently enacted limitations on the right to protest.

The Second Officer-Involved Shooting of the Week: After getting reports of a man "waving a gun around at a bus stop" last night, SPD says its officers arrived on scene and ended up shooting the suspect with a rifle. KOMO explains that a new DOJ-approved process is now in place for investigating incidents like this.

The World Is Fucking This Up: From the New York Times:

The advocacy group Human Rights Watch sharply criticized international powers on Tuesday for the way they are dealing with the civil war in Syria, saying that the desire to bring President Bashar al-Assad’s government to the negotiating table should not become a pretext for failing to protect civilians caught in the conflict, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives.

Poor Chris Christie! Yesterday another slam on Christie, and now today he had to cancel his $500-a-head inauguration reception at Ellis Island? Supposedly because of the weather. Poor baby.

Washington State's Dream Act: If passed, it would help the children of immigrants go to college. If not, it could make for a big election issue come this fall. "The measure, however, is likely going nowhere in the Senate because Majority Leader Rodney Tom." (Sure, I may have ended that sentence a bit early, but I'm just wishing the Seattle Times was using the new "because-noun" construction there. It fits.

The Toilets That Spawned a Million Gay Jokes: Apparently much to the delight of the Twitterverse, Russia unveils some friendly two-toilets-per-stall men's restrooms in time for the Sochi Olympics.

Man, Everyone Is Still Talking About Our Sports Guy Yelling a Lot: How the hell are you supposed to comport yourself after riding an adrenaline rush through multiple hours of body-and-brain-destroying physical combat for the entertainment of the masses? I thought Paul said it best yesterday.

Speaking of Racism (and Twitter): Yesterday, rad comedian Solomon Georgio said this:

And then he did it. All day. You should go read those tweets. Now.


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rob! 1
The Supreme Court takes up a case involving an Illinois state-supported union for home-health-care aides, with possible serious consequences for public-employee unions in general:…
Posted by rob! on January 21, 2014 at 9:08 AM · Report this
guerre 2
Its a little more than "Protesting Limits on Protesting". Overnight the Ukrainian gov't has instituted what politely one might call martial law, or naked fascism if you're incendiary like myself. Here is a graphic outlining some of these rules:
One gets 2 years for protesting, 2-3 for passing out pamphlets, 3 years for photographing/recording protests, 10-12 years if the protest is deemed a 'riot'.
Posted by guerre on January 21, 2014 at 9:12 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
RE: Two toilets in one stall.

Meh. In many of the U.S. Army barracks in Fort Benning, GA, the toilets are right behind the sinks, without stalls at all. So everyone shaving or brushing their teeth gets to see guys taking shits behind them, reflected in the mirror. Sucks, but you don't have much choice but get used to it fast.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 4
@3 - The Olympics does not equal the U.S. Army. And for all their fear and hatred of homosexual propaganda, the Russians sure did just build booths for two men to pull down their pants together.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 5
Oh, I wasn't trying to compare to Russia's homophobia problems... seeing the pic of the twin toilets just reminded me of my Army days is all.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
rob! 6
Prissy Olympics fans may want to do their business in their hotel rooms, unless the morning wakeup calls involve Russian Army sergeants yelling "бросить свои краны и захватить ваши носки!"

(Sorry, that's Google Translate. Don't know if it's idiomatically correct or not.)
Posted by rob! on January 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM · Report this
seatackled 7
Why was Cascadian Bacon waving a gun around at a busstop? Did some five-year-old sneeze threateningly near him?
Posted by seatackled on January 21, 2014 at 9:52 AM · Report this
passionate_jus 8
Be glad that you have all vote-by-mail.

Today here in Northern VA there is a special election that will determine who will control the State Senate (right now it's 20-20 with the tie breaker cast by the Democratic Lt Gov).

Unfortunately turnout will be pathetic, with it currently snowing with totals upwards of 7 inches today.
Posted by passionate_jus on January 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM · Report this
originalcinner 9
I'm almost starting to feel sorry for Christie. Almost.
Posted by originalcinner on January 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Poor Chris Christie? You have to be either very rich, or very connected, or else the fix is in, to afford Gison, Dunn & Crutcher, the legal firm from Hell!

(One more time, by popular demand!)

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 shyster 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.]
Posted by sgt_doom on January 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM · Report this
Doesn't appear much has changed since FDR and his TNEC study, resulting in the DOJ lawsuit alleging a criminal conspiracy among the top 17 banks and investment houses of Wall Street (United States v. Morgan et al.):…

In July 2012, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued a study titled A Structural View of U.S. Bank Holding Companies. That report revealed that U.S. bank holding companies own at least 16 utilities; 479 insurance companies; 2,388 real estate firms; 1,682 healthcare and social assistance companies; and 5 mines. We know from more recent revelations that Wall Street’s largest banks also own at least 104 metal warehouses. Last year, beer and soda manufacturers alleged before Congress that Wall Street banks now control the London Metal Exchange and are rigging the price of aluminum to the detriment of both the manufacturers and consumers.

One item Ms. Martens doesn't mention is that the banks/oil companies also own all the financial exchanges and clearinghouses, affording them incredible control over financial manipulation and speculation!
Posted by sgt_doom on January 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM · Report this
The men's locker room at Hec Ed Pavilion Pool at UW has three toilets side by side, with only a shoulder-height (sitting down) partition separating them and no doors in front. A couple of years ago they added a (now torn) curtain strung on a wire in front. The pool was built in 1938 and I suppose in those days guys weren't as "modest" about their bodies and bodily functions as they are now.
Posted by cheakamus on January 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM · Report this
Arsfrisco 13
For a parent with little-ones the toilets are genius.
Posted by Arsfrisco on January 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM · Report this

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