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Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on March 8 at 9:00 AM

posted by news intern Chris Kissel

Courting Wyoming: Dems caucus in the “Equality State.”

The “good times” are over
: Not that they were ever that good.

Keep on ‘boardin’: Bush vetoes legislation that would’ve outlawed waterboarding, along with other of the CIA’s cool, “alternative” interrogation techniques.

No thanks, guys
: Burma says no thanks to UN monitors who want to keep an eye on their “roadmap to democracy.”

Serbian PM calls for new elections: Kostunica miffed at pro-Western allies for EU support.

G’bye, Bennett: Sonics owner tells Gregoire he’s shovin’ off—and he’s taking his team with him.

It’s all his fault: Boeing supporters say McCain killed their chances by backing Airbus subsidies.

Too little, too latte
: Cops nab latte stand burglary suspect.

Hug-a-thon!: Arizona pre-teens protest two-second rule

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God, humans are dumb.

The Arizona ban on high school hugging is playing out exactly like an episode of "The Partridge Family" or "Eight is Enough", or any of a handful of after school specials, or the movie "Footloose", for that matter.

Impose a blanket ban of teens doing just about anything, and the response will be they all want to do it.

Obviously, the school administrators didn't watch enough TV growing up.

Posted by catalina Vel-DuRay | March 8, 2008 9:40 AM

Did you know that hugs are a gateway drug? At first you're just hugging your friends in the school hallway, but next thing you know you're blowing your dealer for meth in a back alley.

Posted by mscanard | March 8, 2008 9:44 AM

...which leads, inevitably, to heavy petting.

Posted by catalina Vel-DuRay | March 8, 2008 9:53 AM

Hugs ARE a gateway drug. Once I got hugged, and now I'm an addict living in a cardboard box on the Ave.

Posted by Katelyn | March 8, 2008 10:11 AM

It seems rather disingenuous to pile on McCain, especially when McCain is living up to his sterling reputation of fighting corruption in the military industrial complex. This paragraph, from this PI article, should not be overlooked:

McCain's efforts scuttled that project in 2004 and helped uncover criminal wrongdoing on the part of a senior Air Force official and a senior Boeing executive. Both went to federal prison for conspiracy to violate conflict-of-interest rules after the Air Force official admitted steering huge contracts to Boeing, including a $20 billion project for tankers.

Posted by raindrop | March 8, 2008 10:20 AM

Tabella bouncer found not guilty.

"Setback" for politically suspect sting operations. Setforward for nightlife?

Posted by elenchos | March 8, 2008 10:22 AM

Oooh good news item elenchos!

Posted by Katelyn | March 8, 2008 10:28 AM

Yup, this silly sh*t makes me so proud of my state. But what can you expect from Mesa, Az? Check out the handbook and see the full range of uptight prudism...

But on a positive note, Gov. Napolitano has rejected federal abstinence-only education funds and will be teaching the kids about safe sex. Much to the fundies horror.

Posted by yucca flower | March 8, 2008 10:31 AM

So I came here to read some comments and got an "add" for an iphone. I don't care about bullshit "you won" banners but this one was talking to me.

Now I remember why I block flash adds. BOOOOOOOOO to autoplaying sound on webpages.

Posted by drew | March 8, 2008 10:58 AM

Extra who was sleeping girl in Hillary ad is barely-voting age Obamatron. Wants to make counter ad.

Posted by elenchos | March 8, 2008 11:37 AM

@6 here's a quote from that article:

"We have a very high burden" of proof, [City Attorney Tom Carr] said. "We occasionally lose them. It doesn't mean we were wrong."

i'm not sure where to begin with that "it doesn't mean we were wrong" bit. yes, yes it does. you were wrong. you took this guy to trial, and it took a jury 20 minutes to say you were wrong. and it wasn't because of a technicality.

Posted by infrequent | March 8, 2008 11:47 AM

Oh, I'm sure Tom Carr says the same thing when he convicts somebody. "It doesn't mean they did it. We occasionally win them."

Those crazy, wacky juries and their adorable little way of picking a verdict. You never know what they'll do next, but you gotta love 'em.

Posted by elenchos | March 8, 2008 12:13 PM

@8 Yeah, it's really not surprising considering it's the biggest "Mormon town" in the state.

Posted by Mike of Renton (formerly of Phoenix) | March 8, 2008 12:28 PM

ha! oh, juries are so cute.

Posted by infrequent | March 8, 2008 1:25 PM

Clay Bennett has a black soul, almost as black as the corroded shell that resides within Howard Schultz.

Posted by Matthew | March 8, 2008 2:06 PM

I thought Howard Schultz had a soul shaped like a breakfast sandwich.

Posted by Katelyn | March 8, 2008 2:51 PM

the right kind of shell can kind of look like a breakfast sandwich.

Posted by infrequent | March 8, 2008 6:33 PM

Blay Clennet's also out dominating the Seattle night life, right?

Posted by Kent Cudgel | March 8, 2008 7:13 PM

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