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Monday, February 17, 2014

Morning News: Seattle's Biblical Rainfall, "Tawdry Whores" on Ice, and NBC Made Bode Miller Cry!

Posted by on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 9:18 AM

The Olympics Aren't the Only Place We're Breaking Records: KING 5 reports that "record rainfall of 0.74 inches was set in Seattle on Saturday, breaking the old record of 0.50 set in 1994," and the Seattle Weather Blog says, "With 4.33" of rain, this is now Seattle's wettest February in 14 years."

Airplane Hijacked: By an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot seeking asylum.

Credit Where It's Due: The Seattle Times Editorial Board extracted its head from its ass long enough to reverse its ass-headed support of the death penalty.

These Poor Kids: They exploded themselves messing around with a science-project rocket in the living room:

Both boys were taken to Harborview Medical Center with "fragmentation wounds." Police say the explosion broke out windows in the living room and kitchen, blew open the back door, and propelled some debris out into the back yard.

Americans Less Obsessed With Keeping Out Immigrants, More Interested in Dealing With Reality: A new Gallup poll finds 43 percent of Americans consider border security very important and 44 percent give that priority to dealing with undocumented workers. Previous polls had found Americans made their their top priority building a 50-story concrete wall around the entire country and repeatedly blasting "We Will Rock You" in all directions.

How Dare the Supreme Court Condemn Bad Policy: Republican state senator Mike Baumgartner has introduced three bills to curb the Washington State Supreme Court after getting angry that the justices ruled education funding is inadequate and mandating more funding for schools.

Loonies: A Canadian columnist thinks the world is out to get the country's ice dancing—not that it matters, because it's "a tawdry whore of a sport" anyway.

Tear Jerk?: This should not be news. I should not be posting it. But, lacking for actual news, apparently, every major news outlet is condemning NBC reporter Christin Cooper for going too far and ruining the whole universe by pushing Olympic bronze medalist Bode Miller to tears with a volley of questions about his dead brother. "Intrusive," "Insulting," "Uncomfortable," "Heartless." Oh my:

UPDATE: Charles already posted the morning news, but the schedule says I'm supposed to do the news this week. So should I delete this post or leave it up? A legally binding poll.


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Gordon Werner 1
Wait ... Didn't Charles already do the Morning News today?
Posted by Gordon Werner on February 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
Dominic Holden 2
@1) Holy crap, he did. But the schedule says it's my week. I'll put up a poll to ask if I should take this down.
Posted by Dominic Holden on February 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM · Report this
Leave it up! Double dose of morning news!
Posted by Bored@School on February 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM · Report this
unknown_entity 4
Regarding the kids the that blew open their windows and suffered fragmentation wounds, we have two responsibilities:
1) Get them proper safety equipment
2) Get them in touch with Homer Hickam, the author of Rocketboys, who will be able to give them pointers on safe ways to build rockets at home as well as how to turn that knowledge into careers at NASA.
Posted by unknown_entity on February 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM · Report this
originalcinner 5
I like your version of the news better.
Posted by originalcinner on February 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM · Report this
@4, I second getting them in touch with Homer Hickam. Rocketboys was an excellent read and Hickam seems like he'd be a great guy to talk to.
Posted by moosefan on February 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM · Report this
Just rename it Morening News and I think you are good.
Posted by carrma on February 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM · Report this
rob! 8
Youth Radio reporter Jenny Lei Bolario knocks it out of the park.
Candy Flavors Put E-Cigarettes On Kids' Menu

..."My favorite flavor is gummy bears because it tastes really good," Viviana says.

Vapor liquids come in various flavors, but teens often prefer dessert-inspired ones, which are more appealing than the smell and taste of burning tobacco. Marleny Samayoa, also in the 8th grade, thinks traditional cigarettes taste too bitter. "It has kind of a weird taste to it, like coffee without sugar," she says...
Seven years on in the U.S. market, the FDA has yet to issue a single regulation.
...[In 2012] Lorillard Inc, maker of Newport cigarettes, acquired the best-selling blu eCigs brand, while Altria Group Inc, best known for the Marlboro brand, followed suit in August with the launch of MarkTen e-cigarettes... (Here.)
Posted by rob! on February 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 9
"Come on, cry for us, Bode. Did you expect to win another medal at your age? How does it make you feel? Well then, what about your dead brother? How does thinking about him make you feel? Does it make you want to cry? Go ahead and cry. Cry for the cameras, Bode. Well, there you have it, folks. Bode Miller is crying. Back to you, Jim."

I did notice that at one point, someone came over to put a hand on his shoulder, and someone on the other side of the fence directed them to stand where they would be blocking the TV camera. You can see at about 1:55 people start trying to shield him.

Fucking paparazzi.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on February 17, 2014 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Props to Miller for trying to keep the wolves off of Cooper's back, even if it was her idea vs a producer in her ear.
Posted by The CHZA on February 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 11
I really, really hate the way that woman was hounding Mr. Miller. Seriously, it's sick that they do shit like that and it's sicker that some people seem perfectly happy to watch. If someone chooses to go on Oprah and have a good cry for the cameras, fine. But hounding a guy who hasn't even had time to change out of his ski boots is fucking wrong.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on February 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM · Report this
@12 When we tell you that black kids disproportionately die for lack of health care, jobs, etc then you claim they made their bed. Racist douchebag.
Posted by anon1256 on February 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM · Report this
seatackled 14

You can leave it up, but I'm not going to post a single word in the comments. Not a one.
Posted by seatackled on February 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Speaking of morning news, about about the serial killing 19 year old voluptuous woman who confesses to killing more than 20 people as part of a satanic cult????…

Movie material here. Actress nominees?
Posted by neo-realist on February 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM · Report this
seatackled 16
Miller won the bronze? Well, my wish, then, was that he had come out screaming that he's the third best skier in the world and when other countries send sorry, mediocre skiers against him, no more than two of them will ski faster than he can.
Posted by seatackled on February 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM · Report this
We should just stop doing post-whatever interviews. If someone responds with genuine emotion, we can't handle it, and either they are a thug, or the person asking questions is out of line...

Watching it, she asked questions about his race and his emotions. If that was "too far", we just need to shut the whole thing down.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on February 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Right... baking soda and vinegar/alka seltzers science fair projects are the norm for a reason. Having put together Estes model rockets in my youth, no way in heck would I believe a school science project was authorized to improvise their own rocket engines from various fireworks. More like "boys will be boys" and the parents had too many leftover "Super Bowl Win" fireworks around.
Posted by ChefJoe on February 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM · Report this
Allyn 19
Is the crying Bode Miller the same guy who decided he didn't want his kid until his ex moved out of state and his new gf wanted a baby without the hassle of birthing one herself so he sued the mom for taking the [kid] (fetus) out of state in order to go to college? That guy? Meh, who cares about some tears.
Posted by Allyn on February 17, 2014 at 12:35 PM · Report this
The Bode Miller interview would never have reached that point if NBC didn't insist on treating the Olympics as a goddamn soap opera instead of a sporting event.
Posted by Pope Buck I on February 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 21
@20 for the win.

Now that you've won, tell us about your emotions.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on February 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM · Report this
Fnarf 22
Figure skating is not ice dancing. Ice dancing is not figure skating. Figure skating is an incredibly difficult, athletic sport; ice dancing is indeed a tawdry whore. Your link is to an article about ice dancing, not figure skating. Ice dancing should be taken out of the Olympics; it's corrupt and stupid.
Posted by Fnarf on February 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 23
to quote a drunken pole on the bus back from whistler in 2010: "no, it's not dancing, it's… a LOVE STORY!"

Posted by Max Solomon on February 17, 2014 at 1:51 PM · Report this
I'd say post yours, since Mudede's is so filled with grammar errors and tortured syntax to be unreadable.
Posted by bigyaz on February 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM · Report this
gttim 25
Bode is a douche-bag. I wish the reporter had kicked him in the nuts while he was bent over crying.
Posted by gttim on February 17, 2014 at 3:34 PM · Report this

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