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Friday, September 5, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on September 5 at 8:06 AM

He’s a Fighter Not a Lover: McCain casts boilerplate policies as “change.”

It’s the Economy: Unemployment hits 5-year high after 84,000 jobs are cut. Stocks dive.

It’s the Housing Market: Foreclosures and late payments hit record.

It’s the Weather: Eastern Seaboard braces for storms Ike and Hanna.

Twitter: King County executive Ron Sims uses Twitter to announce budget shortfall rising to $90 million.

Widower: Bhutto’s former husband poised to become Pakistan’s president.

Tribal Warfare: Dwindling Duwamish tribe sues to regain federal recognition, rights to fish in Duwamish River and Elliott Bay (you sure you want to fish there?). Muckleshoot tribe files in federal court to deny recognition.

Drug Warfare: Student sues Seattle Central for allegedly coercing her into signing confession about possessing marijuana a block and a half from the school.

Bags of Hot Air: Man who loved ACT II microwave popcorn claims artificial butter flavor gave him lung disease. “I just loved popcorn, and I would eat four to six bags a day,” he tells the Seattle P-I, “especially the ones with lots of butter that taste like you’re going to the theater.”

Bursting Bubbles: Comparing the words used most at conventions.

Fight, Fight, Fight: Your way though John McCain’s speech.

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Hanna's going to hit Baltimore tomorrow at some point! They're predicting pretty strong winds and lots of rain. Should be exciting! Off to buy batteries and spam. . .

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | September 5, 2008 8:38 AM

I hope the Duwamish do win federal fishing rights in the river - tribal fishing habits play an enormous role in getting the fucking EPA to set human safety standards for edible fish and shellfish. Otherwise the businesses along the river will keep saying we shouldn't clean up to a standard that makes the food safe, because nobody eats them except the ordinary poor.

Posted by tomasyalba | September 5, 2008 8:43 AM

I was stunned to discover just how strong the returning fish runs in the Duwamish are these days. Still a long way to go, but the river isn't dead, not by a long shot. Check out the many parks run by the Port here: (Terminal 107 is especially nice) or take MOHAI's upcoming boat trip

Posted by Fnarf | September 5, 2008 8:52 AM

You people disgust me.

Posted by Chalupa Alcatraz-Bailo | September 5, 2008 8:54 AM

We need to get rid of Ron Sims!!!

Posted by Fitz | September 5, 2008 8:54 AM

@1: Spam!? What kind of storm food is that? You can do better.

Posted by Aislinn | September 5, 2008 8:55 AM

I just can't feel outraged for a guy who eats four to six bags of popcorn a day. It's too ridiculous and disgusting to contemplate.

Posted by Gloria | September 5, 2008 8:57 AM

I remember a hurricane hitting Cape Cod when we were there, back when I was in single digits. It was, to a seven-year-old, awesome. We got to take our baths in a pond!

It was probably less cool than I remember it being, though.

Posted by Abby | September 5, 2008 9:06 AM

Soundbyte for Obama: the Republican nominee says we need to stand up and fight. A lot of you have been fighting for eight years to keep you families above water, while big oil and mortgage companies keep hitting below the belt.

Re: tribal fishing of our nasty river fish - perhaps chemically altered fish pair well with malt liquor?

Re: popcorn lung - it must suck to acquire a disease with *obliterans* in the name.

Posted by kinaidos | September 5, 2008 9:19 AM

@6: Spam, like pemmican, is a very good emergency food (if not always appetizing).

Posted by Greg | September 5, 2008 9:21 AM

Okay. I didn't get span. I got canned kippers and sardines instead. Bring it on, Hanna. Bring it on.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | September 5, 2008 9:38 AM

There was the poetry in nature with the hurricane going into NOLA during the Rs convention. I see similar poetry in Hr. Ike having the same name as republican president Eisenhower, aks Pres. Ike(r).

Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope that the poetry is all, literally, hot air over the bermuda triangle. There will be nothing poetic if two hurricanes hit the east coast, back to back. The failing US infrastructure, which you do know the Eisenhower Highway System is a part of and which has lacked proper federal funding for the last 26 years, due in no small part to John McSame not voting in favor of the many, many bills he could have voted for to increase highway repair funds, can not take it.

Posted by Phenics | September 5, 2008 9:41 AM

Look at that budget shortfall. I wonder what the big cash cows in the budget are.

Posted by Gomez | September 5, 2008 9:44 AM

fnarf, boat trip is all sold out. boo hoo.

Posted by scary tyler moore | September 5, 2008 10:08 AM

@2 for the win.

And if SLOG hadn't eaten my prior reply, @13, you'd know the big cash cow is the prison/jail/police/justice system wasting our tax dollars on jailing drug users instead of drug dealers. Well, that plus the giant hole Ex-sherrif Reichert (GOP WA-8) blew in it when he insisted on a death penalty trial and then gave away life in prison as a favor ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 5, 2008 1:40 PM

Why does reading Slog comments lately make me crave chalupas?

Posted by Geni | September 5, 2008 2:27 PM

@ronsims I'm amazed you have a job, let alone that obtaining it involved a vote.

and intentionally-chosen 11 PM timestamp? Talk about pandering.

Posted by Troy | September 5, 2008 4:49 PM

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