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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on September 18 at 7:00 AM

The Boot: Blackwater USA mercenaries expelled from Iraq.

The Banana Republic: Chiquita fined $25 million for giving money to Colombian “narcoterrorists.”

The Iron Curtain Strikes Back: Wiretapping’s protecting us from more than just terrorists. Really.

The Decent Proposal: Hillary Clinton unveils her health care plan.

The Fuck?
Larry “Wide Stance” Craig finds an unexpected ally in the ACLU.

The Mayor’s Budget: Nickels wants more cops, community centers and park rangers.

The SLUT: Vulcan’s trolley has an unfortunate nickname.

Here it is again, O.J.’s greatest hits:

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The ACLU is supporting Craig huh? Interesting and under the pretense that it could have been entrapment. Well, I hate to say it, if they can prove it was entrapment then I have to get behind the ACLU. But it still does not change the fact Craig is a lying, hypocritical closeted asshole. Still, he does have constitutional rights like the rest of us.

Ugh....I have a bitter taste in my mouth now.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | September 18, 2007 7:51 AM

@1 - I think this is hilarious. The ACLU's defense for Wide Stance is that he might have wanted to take the cop back to his hotel room to blow him, and the police need to prove otherwise. This isn't exactly in sync with the Senator's "I'm not gay" defense.

I hope the ACLU issues a press release for every motion it files on behalf of the Senator. Wheels of Justice, please turn slowly.

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 18, 2007 8:23 AM

I could care less about Craig anymore. The best part is over. We all know he's gay. And that is what's hurting him the most.

Although I'm sure he's extra pissed that he didn't score that day. Sucker.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 18, 2007 8:34 AM

The SLUT looks a bit superfluous at first glance. It only takes about a 1/2 hr to walk from South Lake Union to Westlake. Why spend $50 M to encourage laziness?

Posted by mongo like slog | September 18, 2007 8:35 AM

@4, it is all about Corporate Welfare for Vulcan. And Laziness? Please, have you seen how athletic and in shape our mayor (who shoved this down our throats) is?

SLUT is the perfect name for that trolley. SLUT SLUT SLUT SLUT!!! It is a slutty SLUT!!! A whore for tax money that does not provide real transit solutions. You SLUT!!! You whorey SLUT!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | September 18, 2007 8:42 AM

streetcar is so much more modern sounding than trolley - hahahaha

but in breaking news - Muckleshoot tribe offers land for Sonics arena

Posted by whatever | September 18, 2007 8:50 AM

@1 - it doesn't really matter if it was entrapment, because the damage is already done. No one of sound mind seriously believes Craig is NOT gay at this point.

Posted by tsm | September 18, 2007 8:54 AM

Pretty MSM of Slog to call the ACLU's support "unexpected". It is totally in line with their mission of protecting privacy rights, yet Slog seems to think that ACLU=Bleeding Liberals.

Slog should stop watching so much Fox, ABC, Katie Couric, etc.

Posted by DOUG. | September 18, 2007 8:54 AM

Aaaahahahhaha! I can't wait to ride the SLUT!!! God I hope they don't change that acronym—SLUT blows BART out of the water.

Posted by Carollani | September 18, 2007 9:03 AM


Don't be silly. The only person who watches Katie Couric is Katie Couric. And Annie Wagner. With a bowl of instant rice with a side of tears.

Posted by Mr. Poe | September 18, 2007 9:09 AM

Much as I loathe Craig, and delight in seeing karma bite him on the ass, the ACLU is right. We all know that Larry Craig is a closet case, and we know that given the opportunity he was probably going to have sex in that bathroom. But it isn't right to arrest someone for something they were probably going to do.

It is entirely within the realm of possibility that he could have propositioned a guy in the restroom, and gone to a hotel or someplace to have sex. Which would have been perfectly legal. Craig's assertion that it was all a mistake and he's not gay is irrelevant. The problem is that the cops busted him for and act (sex in a public restroom) that may or may not have happened. They would have been on safer legal ground if they'd have let Craig make a more explicit proposal for sex in the bathroom, making it impossible for him to claim it was just a proposition for sex elsewhere. Or (*cringe inducing visual*) waited until he actually showed his junk to the cop.

The cops made the bust too early, when there was still the possibility that an illegal act might not occur, even if it was pretty obvious that was the direction things were probably going. The ACLU is right to defend him, even if he is a hypocritical worm.

Posted by SDA in SEA | September 18, 2007 9:10 AM

RE: Wiretapping. Since when has interception of international data/voice traffic been governed under FISA? FISA's provisions relate only to foreign nationals within the US; traffic in Russia/China/etc. has always been outside its purview. This is a bogus power grab by the Attorney General and the Administration. By gutting or overturning FISA, they're working only on communications that have a beginning or end on US soil i.e., not those of say, the Russian military conducting operations in Daghestan or Chinese military moving towards Taiwan.

Posted by anon | September 18, 2007 9:12 AM

The SLUT, to me, is the embodiment of the lack of vision of Paul Allen and Seattle's political leadership.

South Lake Union is Paul Allen's attempt to re-create Portland's Pearl District. But when it comes to getting between downtown Portland and the Pearl, the Portland streetcar is scarcely faster or more reliable than walking. Now we're going to have our own streetcar that only comes every 15 minutes and crawls along through lights in the same shared lane as cars. That may sound appealing to a real estate developer, but what about to the actual consumer, the person who wants to get between downtown and South Lake Union and isn't running on a tourist's timetable?

What makes this such a blown opportunity is there's nothing inherently wrong with using a streetcar for a close-in neighborhood like South Lake Union or Pioneer Square. OK, it's never going to be grade-separated, but you could at least give it its own dedicated lane and make the service fairly frequent.

So the stock response to this criticism will be, "But we only had $50 million, not $200 million." Well then, if you're going to do something on the cheap, maybe you're better off not doing it at all. But I guess Paul Allen can't afford any better.

Posted by cressona | September 18, 2007 9:21 AM

The ACLU also came to the rescue for RUSH LIMBAUGH.

"The ACLU contends that state law enforcement officers violated Limbaugh's privacy rights by taking possession of his medical records as part of their criminal investigation into the commentator's alleged "doctor-shopping" to feed his prescription-drug addiction."

Crazy how that fat bastard talked so much shit about the ACLU, which later helped him a lot as I recall.

Posted by Lake | September 18, 2007 9:27 AM

I think this street car, once people see that something like this actually can be done in seattle, could turn out to be a great thing. If its existence creates the demand for the line to be expanded throughout the city's core, wouldn't that be great?

Posted by twee | September 18, 2007 10:13 AM

I first read that as "backwater USA mercenaries"... and spent the next thirty seconds wondering if they were talking about troop withdrawal.

Posted by Katelyn | September 18, 2007 10:30 AM

much like our own nightlife sting, the police in craig's case admit they were trying to bust as many as possible as a way to curb behavior, as opposed to patrolling to stop offenses.

i am very glad to hear the ACLU is on board. as long as the police use these tactics and ensnare any potentially innocent people injustices occur.

Posted by infrequent | September 18, 2007 10:55 AM

Twee - I don't want to but I must agree with cressona (that was not easy) but trollies running at grade mixed with all other traffic will only be a flash in the pan - long term the transit value is questionable - Tacoma gives free parking and a free ride - a trolly will take about 1 1/2 hours to get from one end of the city to the other. For short little feeder lines on special streets, westlake, broadway,5th, maybe but as a citywide or regional I don't think so

Posted by whatever | September 18, 2007 11:03 AM

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