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Monday, June 4, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on June 4 at 7:23 AM

Throwdown: Who won last night’s democratic debate? America

3,493: Fourteen US troops killed over the weekend

We Suck Young Blood: Army prosecuting 15 year old combatant

“Capability low, intent very high” Was JFK plot all talk?

I Can’t Drive 65: Speeding tickets getting more expensive

Blood Diamonds: War crimes trial begins for former Liberian president

Economy vs. Environment: China says economic growth trumps global warming

Star Wars Fact of the Day:


John Ratzenberger (Cliff, from Cheers) was in Empire Strikes Back. He’s the guy who closes Echo Base’s shield doors, trapping Han and Luke out in the frozen wastes of Hoth. Asshole.

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3,495, actually.

Posted by Fnarf | June 4, 2007 7:55 AM

Does John have a black rubix cube pasted on the side of his head? (and other important morning news)

Posted by Dee in SF | June 4, 2007 8:27 AM

If the 9/11 attacks were intercepted before they occurred, I'm sure the media would have run the same headline. The good guys (cops, detectives, undercover agents) can't win for losing with the head-in-the-sand lefty media.

Posted by raindrop | June 4, 2007 8:28 AM

Gee, raindrop, and if I shat out gold coins I wouldn't have to go to work this morning. The fact is, the anti-terrorist forces in this country have a very poor record of stopping terrorists with an IQ over 75, and a TERRIFIC record at stopping no-hope bumblers who couldn't bomb their underpants without undercover agents to help them push.

Now I suppose these jokers will be tortured for a few years until what little mind they started out with is gone, like Jose Padilla, to the point where they can't be prosecuted, like Jose Padilla. Because that's the New American Way.

Posted by Fnarf | June 4, 2007 8:51 AM

Don't worry Fnark, there will eventually be another devestating attack (maybe Seattle?) so you can take sanctimonious pride in saying "if only they had connected the dots."

Posted by raindrop | June 4, 2007 8:59 AM

Oh my, I don't enjoy being obnoxious, but I may be misinterpreting that "can't drive 65" as a nod to Sammy Hagar, and he's obnoxious! Where is the Double Nickles on the Dime reference?

Anyway, barelyforgiven, but as penance get on over to the - this week is Jonathan Richman week! Couldn't have started any better than with a song about a boy and the pride he has in his piece of shit car.

Speaking of which, I got a ticket for speeding yesterday near SeaTac in a weird stretch from the airport to I-5 that calls for 40mph. In fact it be this ticket, in combination with the driving without insurance, parking and other violations that has boosted my infraction total above the bluebook value of my '90tercel.

Thing is, I really admire the half completed transit starwarsian ramp being built by the airport. (Lost in thought and gaze, I ramped the accelerator up to 50 or so.) I kinda hope it never gets completed - I'm more of a process guy than goal oriented. Yeah, and the detours near my house off of MLK has opened me up to exploring parts of the neighborhood I've never seen. I have no problem with this transit stuff dragging on and on. I mean sorry, I dig construction sites, takes me back to summer work in my 20s, also their bright neon orange was the featured color in my only art show. Was at 2nd Ave Pizza a few years back.

But please, get hip with the music references. The ironic posturing with Sammy Hagar is too lame, even for an intern.

Posted by Garrett | June 4, 2007 9:03 AM

Pardon my typo - Fnar'f'.

Posted by raindrop | June 4, 2007 9:05 AM

Also it was the Trinidad detectives that said it was time to pull their cover. Not Bush's goons.

Posted by raindrop | June 4, 2007 9:19 AM

No, I rather don't think I will.

Posted by Fnarf | June 4, 2007 9:19 AM

So why is picking off the low hanging fruit (inept home grown terrorist wannabes) a bad thing?

Posted by Chip Chipmunk | June 4, 2007 9:25 AM

@10 - Catching inept terrorists wannabes is not a bad thing. But overhyping it to capitalize on public fear and claiming it as proof of public officials' skill and competence - that is a bad thing.

Posted by tsm | June 4, 2007 9:39 AM

@ 6-

I'm not posturing for Sammy Hagar. I really do like how it tastes.

Posted by Jonah | June 4, 2007 10:04 AM

Any wannabe terrorist who thinks that bombing an airport named after a president is akin to killing that president again is clearly too stupid to live.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 4, 2007 10:37 AM

Attention citizens of Oceania! Stay tuned for a Home Sec Newsflash:

Your Preznit has foiled a terrorist plot of terrifying terror by the hordes of Eastasia!

Confessions and executions to follow!

Terror! Terror! Terror!

Posted by Original Andrew | June 4, 2007 10:59 AM

The Iraq headline is stark & effective:


May I suggest, adding a US injured estimate?

3,493 / 26,188:

I realize the injured figure is harder
to substantiate. The above is from a source cited at Wikipedia counting "severly injured".

BTW. While I'm more distressed by
the Iraqi casualties (probably 100 times
US), those who need this reminder will
probably be more concerned about US casualties.

Posted by butterw | June 4, 2007 11:15 AM

Your source for casualty information is

3,495 now, 17 already this month. 3,771 for the coalition. US wounded 25,242 (over 600 in April). 111 suicides. There isn't a total for Iraqi deaths, which are based on news reports and thus not very accurate, but the monthly REPORTED numbers are running between 2,000-3,000 a month.

And the numbers are increasing across the board. We've suffered 100 or more deaths in six months, four of them since last October.

For those who say these numbers pale in comparison to Vietnam: give it time, give it time.

Posted by Fnarf | June 4, 2007 12:04 PM

raindrop, give it up. your terrorism boogeyman only scares rubes in wyoming who will never encounter terrorism, besides the terror of losing farm subsidies.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 4, 2007 12:21 PM

It's about diligence, not fear. It's also about that FBI agents, Trinidad officials, are doing their job and are probably as Bush fatigued as we are. Giving them a few kudos doesn’t make us right wing war mongers.

Posted by raindrop | June 4, 2007 12:44 PM

I wonder how many of those 25,242 wounded troops wouldn't have survived those injuries 40 years ago. I'm going to suggest that the sole credit for our low casualty rate goes to medical science.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 4, 2007 1:17 PM

it also doesnt mean people doing their job they are paid to do are special and deserve kudos.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 4, 2007 1:18 PM

In other obscure John Ratzenberger, he gets gatted by the Germans in A Bridge Too Far while paddling accross a river. I didn't realizt till my friend yellled, "They just shot Cliff!"

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