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Friday, May 2, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on May 2 at 8:03 AM

“Scandalous Daylight Robbery”: It’s runoff time in Zimbabwe after opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai “failed” to receive a majority of votes.

Silver Lining: The economy lost some 20,000 jobs in April. The good news? Analysts expected the number to be closer to 85,000.

The Long, Dry Summer: California may face strict water rationing this summer.

“These People are Shit”: The Clinton campaign can’t be happy about this old video that somehow—mysteriously—just hit YouTube (and Drudge):

Meanwhile: Polls seem to be turning in Clinton’s favor, but Obama keeps adding superdelegates.

The Long, Wealthy Summer: University of Washington President Mark Emmert makes an extra $340,000 a year moonlighting for various Fortune 500 companies.

Time to Get Serious: Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo! may soon turn hostile.

Jailhouse Talk: Seattle is exploring possible locations for a new jail.

The Annual March: Crowds for the May Day rally smaller than previous years.

A Fungus Among Us: Washington’s frogs and salamanders are threatened by a chytrids fungus.

Creepy Kids’ Show of the Day:

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Is it elitist to think people can't live without cheap gas? Because
the news from Detroit
is that our downtrodden working class that we all relate to so well has figured out how to buy smaller cars when the gas price goes up. Maybe we really can speak to the like grown ups.

Posted by elenchos | May 2, 2008 8:45 AM

Another Clinton aide under the bus.

Posted by LMSW | May 2, 2008 8:46 AM

well, "worthless white nigg3rs" is one way to characterize the urban archipelago. (look out, ecce, they've blacklisted the n word"

Posted by some dude | May 2, 2008 8:49 AM

What I want to know is, what makes legal immigration so hard that millions of people try to get around it?

Posted by Greg | May 2, 2008 8:51 AM

Legal immigration is effectively impossible, unless you've got killer job skills or family here. Even then, it's still a bitch.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | May 2, 2008 9:01 AM

And then there’s the Barbara Walters affair that’s all over the nooze this morning.

The scariest aspect of her "confession" is just knowing that she began every one of those outrageous, earth-shattering, senatorial fuckfests with “hehwoe, ah’m Bahbwah Wahltahs…”

Posted by Original Andrew | May 2, 2008 9:06 AM

The big question is this: Is the use of the phrase white ni**er really that bad? I mean it is not being used to describe black people right? And I mean if there has ever been a white ni**ger James Carvelle would certianly fit the definition of it right?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | May 2, 2008 9:34 AM

New news:

Time to Get Serious: Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo! may soon turn hostile.

Old news:
Hillary's bid for the Democratic nomination has already turned hostile.

Posted by cressona | May 2, 2008 9:38 AM

What if Clinton makes some comeback and somehow managed to win some tally of the popular vote (one that doesn't cheat by including MI), and then suddenly starts arguing that the superdelegates are morally obliged to follow the "will of the people" and switch to her?

Wouldn't that be hilarious? Hilarious in its awfulness, that is?

Posted by tsm | May 2, 2008 9:39 AM

i always thought the term was "wigger" myself, but what do i know?

Posted by some dude | May 2, 2008 9:44 AM

"A big Clinton victory in Indiana on Tuesday and in West Virginia the next week could, combined with her victories in Pennsylvania and Ohio, give her ammunition to say that Mr. Obama would fail to draw blue-collar support against Mr. McCain in the fall."

This is about as stupid as saying black Democrats wouldn't vote for Hillary. This "blue collar support" thing is getting old and tired.

Also, does anyone want to fill me in on how a poll is at all relevant to this nomination process? I always thought it was about primaries, but what do I know.

Posted by w7ngman | May 2, 2008 10:11 AM

Oh FSM help us, are we really gonna have to hear every pig and horse fuckah in Indiana and North Carolina tell CNN they can't vote for Obama 'cause he's a Mooslem? After the so-called "scandal" with his Christian pastor??

Why yes; yes we are.

Posted by Original Andrew | May 2, 2008 10:20 AM

Evil, evil money grubbing fucking scumbag.

Emmert in recent months has quietly accepted two board positions at local Fortune 500 companies. The first, for freight company Expeditors International, pays $200,000 a year in company stock. The second, for Weyerhaeuser, pays $140,000 annually — $70,000 a year in cash and $70,000 in stock that Emmert can cash in after leaving the board.

Emmert is required to attend four to six meetings annually for each company. Each meeting usually lasts a day or two.

The money comes on top of Emmert's annual UW compensation package of $905,000 and free use of the 12,000-square-foot presidential mansion.

Posted by Non | May 2, 2008 10:26 AM

@14 - don't diss my Facebook friend, he's only got slightly less than a million in direct income per year, plus the free houses (yes, plural).


Seriously, though, you want overpaid, go see what the sports guys get paid ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 2, 2008 10:32 AM

Olympia threw rocks through the US Bank and Bank of America yesterday, then started a May Day riot!! Link?

Posted by j bomb | May 2, 2008 10:40 AM


I'm just so sad because I go to his school and know that I will never make a fraction of what his (even standard) salary is.


Posted by Non | May 2, 2008 11:07 AM

Isn't that cute...Estelle Parsons and Fred Savage blowing bubbles in puppet form! The world doesn't suck at all!

Posted by scott in chi-town | May 2, 2008 1:37 PM

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