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Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, Jun 29, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Teachers Rally Against the Gates Foundation: Why? "They protested Gates' funding of projects, including the development the Common Core standards, that some teachers say only serve to create more intense focus on standardized testing."

UW and WSU: Are fighting like babies over the future of Washington medical schools.

NASA: Has been infiltrated by aliens? The agency is testing "saucer-shaped" spacecrafts.

Obama: Wants $2 billion for additional border controls and to more speedily deport unaccompanied children streaming across the southern border.

Twenty-Eight Percent Of Those Kids: Are fleeing Honduras, where the corporate media has studiously ignored the fact that in 2009, the Obama administration tacitly supported a right-wing coup against the elected president, Manuel Zelaya. And what do you know: violence and poverty have worsened since the coup; Honduras is now considered the "murder capital" of the world. More on where the children are coming from here.

World Cup Stadiums in Brazil: "What are we going to use this stadium for after the World Cup? The World Cup is made for tourists, not for residents, and the tourists are going to disappear very soon."

Millions Driven From Their Homes, Again: In Iraq.

NYT On Obama Administration Drone Killing Memo: "The memo turns out to be a slapdash pastiche of legal theories—some based on obscure interpretations of British and Israeli law—that was clearly tailored to the desired result. Perhaps the administration held out so long to avoid exposing the thin foundation on which it based such a momentous decision."

Unitarians: They've long been the most hippie-ish denomination of the Christian church, but still, whoo! They're divesting completely from fossil fuels.

"Is Hillary our Mitt Romney?" Yes.

 

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Can't test school children, it's bad for their self-esteem!
Posted by Equity = gold stars for all! on June 29, 2014 at 8:40 AM · Report this
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dnt trust me 3
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if i get your drift, i'm very pro-test too. enough of this newfangled loovey doovey feel good whatever. if you're interpretation suits, fine we'll just do the languid Stranger shuffle toward essentials and accept, and pass you on to graduation day with a pat on the back.

yes, me pro-test muchly
Posted by dnt trust me on June 29, 2014 at 9:14 AM · Report this
Banna 4
Can you imagine going to the Washington State University Medical Center for anything except veterinary care?
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on June 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM · Report this
seatackled 5
In gun news, a gun dealer accidentally shoots a gun buyer at a gun show while showing her how a gun holster works if she wants to conceal her gun.

(It doesn't appear that all the good guys would have been prepared if there had been a bad guy with a gun.

“Everybody paused for a second and their initial reaction was making sure there wasn’t more, and then they rushed to her aid,” he said. )

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/29/fi…
Posted by seatackled on June 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
seatackled 6
And in more gun news, did we see this hilarious ad on gun safety featuring dildos instead of guns?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ev…
Posted by seatackled on June 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM · Report this
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What exactly does "tacitly supported a right-wing coup" mean, exactly? Didn't invade to reinstate the democratically elected administration? Wasn't upset enough about it in front of microphones? Just what is the desired amount of involvement in other countries' affairs?
Posted by Warren Terra on June 29, 2014 at 9:56 AM · Report this
rob! 8
@Ansel: While the Unitarian Universalists have their roots in several Protestant Christian denominations, they are no longer explicitly Christian, being now non-creedal and non-doctrinal. They support "a free and responsible search for truth and meaning."

@4, given some kind of apocalyptic scenario, I would probably rather have a veterinarian than an MD in my roving band—broader medical knowledge, frankly, plus necessarily practical, likely less egotistical, and far less dependent on jillion-dollar medical gadgets and pharmaceuticals of questionable value.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on June 29, 2014 at 9:57 AM · Report this
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My kid excels on standardized tests, because they're on the computer, but sucks at written exams mandated by Washington State's OSPI. What is the point of doing well on standardized tests if they're meaningless? What do kids get out of standardized testing?
Posted by What non-educator billionaires won't tell me on June 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM · Report this
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Obama didn't support the coup. It was roundly criticized by his administration and they cut off some aid and support to the country. It was the GOP that supported the coup.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con…

Posted by giffy on June 29, 2014 at 9:59 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 11
@5,6
To belabor the point, in more gun news. Yesterday at McDonald's I saw a cute little black kid with his father. He had a really large kinky afro, some monster transformer graphic t-shirt, and he had a cute holster around his belt with a toy gun. I had to make small tlak whan I went to get a coffee refill. Thought the conservation may be about the gun, it dawned on me that the father was shiny bald, so I made the comparison between their follicles. Good vibe. Interracial mingling. Guns aren't the focus, intercommunication is, spontenaity, being pleasant in the public sphere. But enough of that, what else is in gun news, guntackled?
Posted by dnt trust me on June 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM · Report this
raindrop 12
The problem with the flood of unaccompanied kids from central America is both crime and our unsettled immigration policies that are creating a horrific humanitarian disaster. They're having a hard time finding bread on the shelves in Texas as border agents are madly buying it up and peanut butter for sandwiches.
Posted by raindrop on June 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM · Report this
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I was disappointed to find no commentary world cup fans dressing up in stereotyped ethnic costumes. This represents a missed opportunity for my favorite promoters of hipster cultural homogenization. I mean the Mexican fans are yelling anti-LGBTQ slurs AND dressing up as Native Americans. And where are my heroes of righteous indignation. Shame on you! Think of the Children!
Posted by Virchow on June 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 14
@13
maybe we need patience. mighty websurfer Sloggers could be bringing interesting news links to Slog any minute. Ansel provided no news in the Morning News Post, so we're trying to be unique and important. Maybe check out Paul Constant's Native American Video from last week if you can't stand the hypocrisy that dictates the Stranger offices and their underlings. Scratch that, the video was tacky. Pow wow the zumba tribe chief medicine woman going down on her tranny lover! Live! Now! In the Stands! World Cup Fever!
Posted by dnt trust me on June 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 15
It's been said that Unitarians begin their prayers with "To whom it may concern, ...."
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on June 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM · Report this
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To follow up on rob! @8--Unitarian Universalist religious education for children teaches about the many ways humans celebrate important holidays, the varied religious expression/beliefs that are found around the world, and that no belief in a god is a perfectly acceptable decision to come to. While there are some that consider themselves both Christian and Unitarian Universalist, it is a very small minority.
*A 2005 survey by Casebolt and Niekro found the following interesting facts: Of UU members-54% are Humanist, 33% Agnostic, 31% Earth centered, 18% Atheist, 17% Buddhist, 13% Pagan, 13% Christian. This totals 179%! Since participants were allowed multiple answers, one can see that diversity exists even within our individuals.
*From an article titled Varieties of UU Religious Belief
Posted by Beth on June 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 17
Hate to boom this thread with word diarrhea, but the Orangemen from Syracuse, Italy, Copenhagen, somewhere in Europe, they have just scored two last minute goals. Crazy! Me too! Anyway, I'm oblivious of Unitarians other than they've hosted several neat secular events I've attended.
Posted by dnt trust me on June 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 18
Mexico and the states of Central America are acting as rogue nations threatening the security of the United States.

There is only one answer -- WAR!

Like it or Not: Mexico is America’s Next Afghanistan

It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. The question then becomes: What to do with Mexico after we invade it and wipe out the drug cartels (as much as can be).


http://www.redstate.com/diary/laborunion…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on June 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM · Report this
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#18: No, Mexico is currently our next Colombia, and that's all it's going be. You've been pushing this "invade Mexico" line for months now. Why does this idea give you such a hard on? This obsession is, to say the least, very strange.
Posted by Jizzlobber on June 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM · Report this
raindrop 20
Ideally philosophizing, shouldn't LGBT pride parades be ultimately unnecessary?
Posted by raindrop on June 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM · Report this
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Terrorism USA


- - - How much ? ? - - -

Turn on Fox News, and they speak of the "militants of ISIS" --- turn on NPR, and they speak of the "militants of ISIS" - - - WTF?

Where do those jackholes receive their scripts from? We do know it to be the same source or point of origin.

President Obama asks congress for $500 million to train rebels to fight against Assad of Syria - - - yet $7 billion was spent training the Iraqi Army - - - of what use was that?

And who received those $7 billions anyway?

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration continues to suppress the $43 million report on CIA torture (for well over a year now) - - - who received that $43 million, one wonders?

One monetary amount we have yet to hear about is the figure spent on training the Free Syrian Army the past several years in Jordan?

And what become of those so-called rebels? Today they are uniformly referred to by America's CorporateMedia as the "militants of ISIS"!

Posted by sgt_doom on June 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 22

#19

This isn't "immigration" -- it's the flight of millions of economic refugees who have been pushed out of their countries of citizenship by an Evil Empire of dictatorships and cartels.

The situation gets worse every day. Stopping it at the border has become impossible. The only solution is our own -- take control of these so-called nation states and set them back on a path toward democracy.

A massive refocusing of our military in the American Region is needed along with a strong reaffirmation of the Monroe Doctrine.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on June 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 23

Oh, and here's something no home should be without...

The White Rapper Encyclopedia

http://www.complex.com/music/2012/06/the…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on June 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM · Report this
Timrrr 24
Yeah, they won't be able to use those tourist-holding stadiums in Rio for anything ...

...except for the fucking Olympics being held there in 2016 of course!

(Uniformed idgits!)
Posted by Timrrr on June 29, 2014 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 25
christ you trolls are tiresome.
Posted by Max Solomon on June 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 26
@25 It's something to do when your cock is tired of being slapped silly.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on June 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM · Report this
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@Ansel, 8: To follow up, there is something extremely odd about the tendency to refer to UUs as Unitarians, when the Universalist creed is far more important to the current church. If Unitarian Universalists is too long, just say "UUs". Given that early Unitarians were Calvinists who believed fervently that most of us are going to Hell, the current church and their message of acceptance is far more similar to the Universal Salvation message of the Universalists.

Of course a lot of us are atheists.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on June 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM · Report this
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I'm sure our stalwart blogger imagines himself an enemy of American Imperialism, but it's hard to read his gloss on Obama administration's response to the Honduras Coup as anything but a call for military intervention against the coup. If not, I'd like to see a specific outline of what the US should have done differently, short of attempting to re-instate Zelaya by force, that wouldn't constitute 'tacit support' in your eyes.
Posted by david jw on June 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 29
@25

May be one of those cases where "if you have to ask" it's hopeless, but just wondering, who are the trolls you refer to? Doesn't take long to answer, a few numbers. Would appreciate it, but it might upset the standard of continual misunderstandings on slog. Whatever. Thanks in advance for the hell of it.
Posted by dnt trust me on June 29, 2014 at 1:06 PM · Report this
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@10 Thanks for linking that. It's the sort of stuff that gets lost through the cracks of history.
Posted by class warfare on June 29, 2014 at 1:08 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 31
Raindrip dear, kindly direct me to a parade that is necessary, philosophically or not.

And by the way, out in flyover country, the dim bulbs are losing their minds over this immigrant child thing. It's all a plot by Obama to make sure there's a permanent welfare state. Or something.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on June 29, 2014 at 3:26 PM · Report this
raindrop 32
@31: Er, I think anyone would "loose their mind" seeing rooms and rooms of scared, crying, hungry, and sick children and so little staff to help. Whether it's all a perfect storm of contributing factors like crime, poverty, and the evil coyotes, or Obama's plan to harvest future democrats. For you to flip it off as some flyover thing ruffling the feathers of dim bulbs (well, I'll just pretend to didn't mean to imply that).
Posted by raindrop on June 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM · Report this
raindrop 33
correction, s/b: ...you didn't mean to imply that.
Posted by raindrop on June 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 34
quick hattip raindrop

don't bother with corrections. often they mean interesting new linguistic forms of speech, which I'm all for. and really, in the not so big scope of things, especially a Slog comment, typos are virtually meaningless correct or not. maybe i should change my name from 'dnt trust me' to 'typo.'
Posted by dnt trust me on June 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM · Report this
venomlash 35
@34: do it faggot dot jaypeg
Posted by venomlash on June 29, 2014 at 4:45 PM · Report this
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Raindrop dear it is the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Re-authorization Act of 2008 that requires us to hold these children humanly until we can place them with a suitable family member in this country.

The Act in question was passed unanimously by the House and Senate and signed into law by G.W. Bush.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/201…

http://www.state.gov/j/tip/laws/

Once again your partisan ideological mind lock has blinded you to the facts.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on June 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM · Report this
Knat 37
@18: Really? Quoting fucking Redstate as a source of news and foreign policy advice? JBITDMFOTP

@31: Well, you tried, but raindrop is just a troll, after all.
Posted by Knat on June 29, 2014 at 4:54 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 38
Oh now.... Raindrip may be many things, but he is not a troll. He's been with us for a long, long time. As a registered user, he may troll (v) be is never A troll.

And I do not mean to take away from the humanitarian aspect of what is happening to those poor children. It makes even my cynical old heart ache to think of those little ones, alone and afraid in a strange land without their parents. I was just saying that, as usual, there are many conservatives - particularly in the ridiculously misnamed "heartland" - who are taking exactly the wrong message from this crisis.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on June 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM · Report this
raindrop 39
@34: I totally agree with typos, but that sentence seemed too clunky.
@36: So noted, but you're missing my point. Stay focused.
@38: Thanks, and yes, many folks take advantage of crises for political gain. I believe a former chief-of-staff of our current chief executive once said "never let a crisis go to waste."
Posted by raindrop on June 29, 2014 at 5:37 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 40
Raindrip, these flyover Conservative dim bulbs are not "taking advantage of it", they are taking the wrong message from it. In doing so, they are themselves taken advantage of by a corporate empire that uses both glurge and fear to keep them scared and distracted.

Our question should be "what can we do for these children?", not "how can we make this Obama's fault?"
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on June 29, 2014 at 5:49 PM · Report this
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@39 if you don't want to be accused of trying to play a blame game, then don't play a blame game. Trying to be subtle about it doesn't mean your not playing the game.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on June 29, 2014 at 5:53 PM · Report this
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@40 "Our question should be "what can we do for these children?", not "how can we make this Obama's fault?" "

That's it. Right there. We all agreed that if children wash up on our shores we should care for them not toss them back into the sea. Perhaps the Republicans really meant it back in 2008 when they agreed or perhaps they didn't we soon shall see.

Bellyaching about not being able to find bread and peanut butter near the epicenter of the problem is just a subtle form blame game playing.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on June 29, 2014 at 6:05 PM · Report this
raindrop 43
@41: You're not reading well. I implicitly wrote in 12 and 32 that my sentiments are inclusive of all factors. Yes, Obama is clearly to blame for part of it, so is Congress, so are past presidents, and so are the coyotes, Latin American politics, drug runners, and more. That's not a blame game. But if that's a blame game to you, well so be it.
Posted by raindrop on June 29, 2014 at 6:10 PM · Report this
raindrop 44
@42: What's gotten in to you today? The sandwich thing underscores the desperation of the situation - it's not belly aching. Good Lord.
Posted by raindrop on June 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM · Report this
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@43 Oh I read quite well. I saw your implicit trap door. You were trying to cast blame without explicitly doing it. I understand you want to give yourself room to say "I'm Republican but I'm not batshit crazy Republican".

Yes we all are complicit in creating this problem. Yes I believe you really do understand that to be true. And yes I stomped on your tail, because you were explicitly feeding the batshit crazy playing your implicit games.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on June 29, 2014 at 6:32 PM · Report this
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"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name,
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on June 29, 2014 at 7:03 PM · Report this
delirian 47
@20: Parades are just that. But if you look at the original history, it wasn't a parade, it was a march. As such, until equal rights are granted and discrimination is prevented, LGBT Pride Marches will be necessary.
Posted by delirian on June 29, 2014 at 7:23 PM · Report this
raindrop 48
@46: Touching, did you get that from a plaque on Ellis Island or from a plaque an ICE facility in south Texas?
Posted by raindrop on June 29, 2014 at 9:37 PM · Report this
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@48: I'm afraid to ask if you actually don't know that poem? or if you're just snarking for the sake of snarking?
Posted by Calpete on June 29, 2014 at 10:35 PM · Report this
Sean Kinney 50
Ed Murray is a Facebook meme. Another parade. Yay Me!!!!
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on June 29, 2014 at 11:33 PM · Report this
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@48 I really was trying to give you the benefit of the doubt. Alas.

http://i.imgur.com/VDrILWy.gif
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on June 30, 2014 at 12:20 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 52
I took Raindrip to New York for a Christmas gift one year, as he kept whining about how he had never been east of Snolquamie Falls or south of Orting. I had wanted to show him the Statue of Liberty and whatnot, but it was all I could do to pry him away from the American Girl store long enough to get him to eat something (and that "something" had to be Applebee's).

After maxing out his credit card at American Girl, he threw a hissy fit about extra luggage charges at LaGuardia. Yanked some poor woman's hair, and slapped a TSA guard. Kept screaming about the constitution. He settled down after a few taserings, but I was so embarrassed. Thank God I had an Admirals club membership. I just slipped in there during all the commotion. I think he ended up taking the bus back to Seattle....
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on June 30, 2014 at 6:20 AM · Report this

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