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Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on June 19 at 8:45 AM

posted by news intern Chris Kissel

They’re back: American oil companies negotiate no-bid contracts to service Iraqi fields.

Going for the privates: Obama declines public funding, calls finance system “broken.”

Can’t Bear it: Bear Stearns managers arrested for “misleading investors.”

Dangerous decision
: Violence surrounding presidential run-off vote in Zimbabwe escalates.

Real original: Republicans pick up where Hillary Clinton left off.

Hell or high water: Small towns along the Mississippi continue to battle flooding.

Full recovery
: Man injected with immune cells is cancer-free.

Foot parade, Part 6
: Sixth foot washes up in B.C.

Got 520 problems, but a bridge ain’t one: Mediation team has plans for Evergreen Point Bridge.

Two years of sadness: Bennett predicts a grim future for the Sonics if forced to stay in Seattle.

Risky move: Attorney General’s Office, Utilities and Transportation Commission argue against proposed sale of Puget Sound Energy.

Represent: Government Accountability Office sticks up for Boeing.

The best of the 2007-2008 school year, continued:

From “Love and Happiness: A Study of Etymology in Shakespeare’s Sonnet 138,” by Chris Kissel. December 8, 2007.

An investigation of the poem yields several conclusions: Although the first-person narrator insists that love exists between himself and his lover, the ultimate conclusion is that the objects of the poem are more interested in separating themselves from their lies and satisfying each otherís egos than in maintaining a relationship based on love, and that the narrator himself is deceived by the false nature of his relationship with his lover (and it is important to separate the feeling the speakerís view of his relationship from Shakespeareís overarching message). Thus, the message Shakespeare seeks to convey in this piece is that relationships between those who cannot trust one another are doomed to be deceptive and self-serving.

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people blame the oil companies for sooo many problems but wont pass judgment on the governments that enable the crap to happen?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 19, 2008 8:59 AM

Obama change theme popularity = passing judgment on govt.

Posted by PC | June 19, 2008 9:07 AM

maybe I missed it, but why hasn't there been a Slog review of the Kress/IGA downtown supermarket?!

Posted by stinkbug | June 19, 2008 9:15 AM

permanent military base agreements & no bid contracts for american oil? all conveiniently at the end of the bush regime?

Obama's being boxed into a corner.

Posted by max solomon | June 19, 2008 9:19 AM

It would be hilarious if the team stank it up for two years, forfeiting every game, playing half-assed and careless.


Posted by Non | June 19, 2008 9:39 AM

The Republican game plan seems to be this: deny the problems as long as possible, erect barriers to effective solutions, lie and spin about the situation and claim that the GOP is the only group that can do anything about it, then punt the whole mess to Obama (or, even better, that apostate McCain) and let them spend four years struggling to clean up all the shit and landmines left behind.

Then, in 2012, when things are terrible and people are grumbling about all the hard choices that had to be made (and they'll be even harder because they were put off for so long), the Republicans will come charging back pretending to be clear-eyed saviors with solutions to everything.

"Look," they'll say, pointing to the 2008 president. "He spent four years in office, and how much did he get done? Only we can give you progress like we promised."

And then the ever-stupid public falls for it and we get eight more years of being forced to eat shit while corporations wipe their asses with our retirement funds and exploit public lands thanks to sweetheart no-bid deals from the White House. And if you question any of this too loudly, the secret police open an investigation to harrass you and make your life hell.

Posted by Greg | June 19, 2008 9:42 AM

Greg is heartbreaking and completely right (@7)

Posted by Non | June 19, 2008 9:57 AM


So we need to have Obama be even more radical for change like indicting the lot of them. Telling the truth even more: they did it for greed. They sold our our security and let OBL get away and they are traitors and they did it for greed. Yes they are warmongers, stop holding off saying it. Oh and shouldn't we admit we started a war of aggression that's illegal under international law?

OR are we going to take the Pelosi approach and jsut let them all get away with it?

Indict them all. Put them in jail. Or else they will do what @7 said.

Posted by PC | June 19, 2008 9:59 AM

Well-stated, Greg @7. The modern-day GOP has this remarkable talent for (A) doing everything they can to compromise this nation's economic, environmental, and military security and then (B) blaming the Democrats for the mess they themselves created.

Create a morass in Iraq, then try to blame the Democrats for cutting and running. Lay the groundwork for $4 gas, then blame the Democrats for not drilling for even more gas. (Of course, none of this would have been possible without the complicity of an unwitting population.)

The greater the mess the movement Republicans create now, the more daunting the cleanup the Democrats and the few responsible Republicans will have to undertake. It's much like their whole perverse incentive system when it comes to government itself. They're all for shrinking government--or to be more precise, the segments of our government that don't benefit their fat-cat clientele--so the more miserable job they do at government, the greater their argument against government.

Forgive me for sounding like Charles Mudede here, but George W. Bush is not incompetent at all. He's perfectly competent--at being incompetent.

End rant here.

Posted by cressona | June 19, 2008 10:00 AM

What, no comment on Assistant Attorney General Rusty Fallis winning the Loveland Award?

Posted by elrider | June 19, 2008 10:04 AM

Sigh, it's too bad the Clintons never cared about the Party and only themselves.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 19, 2008 10:32 AM


It might be because, despite news reports stating otherwise, it was not open yesterday like it was supposed to be.

Walked all the way down there for nothing myself.

Posted by packratt | June 19, 2008 10:37 AM

Failing at government is the only way for conservatives to validate their ideology.

Posted by w7ngman | June 19, 2008 10:43 AM

"Got 520 problems, but a bridge ainít one"

Genius. This just made my day.

Posted by LushyJ | June 19, 2008 10:44 AM

#13, they had a sign that said "Our new opening is 6/19 at 7am". I'm about to go down there and check it out.

Posted by w7ngman | June 19, 2008 10:51 AM


Yeah, my wife is going today to check it out, she's hoping it'll be like the IGAs from our old hometown.


Posted by Packratt | June 19, 2008 11:07 AM

IGA is definitely a welcome addition to the downtown area

Upon boarding the escalator you are bombarded with color. Two widescreen flatties above give you today's specials, complete with a news ticker. The produce is laid out at the bottom, with lots of islands and a back wall filled with peppers and other colorful offerings.

The deli items are immediately to your left, along with a salad bar. The deli counter, meat counter, and some "kitchen" thing which I presume will sell complete meals take up the entire front-left and left side walls.

Non-perishables and non-food are in isles to your right, as are the cashiers. Beer, dairy and other refrigerated items take up the back-right and right side walls.

Thinking about it more, this layout works really well. After entering the store, you end up near the back of the non-perishables. After snaking your way back to the front through those, you come to the frozen food items. After that, you would follow the outer edge to get your refrigerated items and dairy. This leads you right to the produce section in the middle of the store, then on to meat and deli items, with a quick trip back through produce to the cashier.

The coolest thing I noticed is that they are selling Cafe Vita coffee in bulk instead some larger operation, complete with 'home town pride' sticker.

Posted by w7ngman | June 19, 2008 11:37 AM


Damn, you should write reviews for The Stranger. Nice, Thanks!

Posted by Packratt | June 19, 2008 11:46 AM


Damn, nice review, well detailed with all the good info! You should write reviews for The Stranger or something!

Thanks for that!

Posted by Packratt | June 19, 2008 11:48 AM

@7 Exactly! That the public falls for it is to their disadvantage. All of us pay. And yes, the Clintons didn't go far enough to stop what is happening. But two people fighting a tidal wave of short sightedness...please.

Posted by Vince | June 19, 2008 12:49 PM

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