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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on October 29 at 8:32 AM

Poll Brother Number One: Surveys show Obama’s lead growing in Ohio and Florida. Another finds him leading with 12 points in Nevada.

Windows Cleaner: Microsoft plans to roll out Windows 7—an operating system less annoying, faster, and more like Mac OS.

Bench Press: Bush has stacked the federal appeals courts with Republican judges tenured for life, who have already made conservative rulings, including an anti-free-speech, anti-choice ruling in South Dakota. Those appeals courts make the final decisions on tens of thousands of cases each year that aren’t taken to the Supreme Court.

Last Gasp: Ted Stevens asks for investigation of the prosecutors in case that found him guilty.

More Like the Pied Piper: Republican Party sees Sarah Palin as its future leader.

Elephant in the Room: Republican Party urges voters to support Ted Stevens, while McCain and Palin urge him to withdraw. Stevens may be barred from voting for himself—because, after all, he’s now a convicted felon.

Bullhorn: Obama’s 30-minute infomercial airs tonight at 8 p.m. EDT on three networks and four cable channels. It may preempt the World Series for 15 minutes. He will also appear on The Daily Show.

Rubble: Six-point-five magnitude earthquake in Pakistan kills over 150 people.

Like Two Fish and Five Loaves of Bread: The story of Amanda Knox continues, as she and her ex boyfriend are ordered to stand trial for a killing in Italy. An alleged accomplice was sentenced to 30 years for the same murder.

Tower of Glower: Breakaway South Lake Union group unveils plans for shorter development in the neighborhood.

Not Really an “Either” “Or” Question: Seattle Times pits buses versus light rail. Next week, food versus water.

Dow or Never: Stock exchanges jump 10 percent in anticipation of federal interest-rate cut.

Butts and Bats: Mooning leads to beating in Bellingham.

After leaving the store, all three allegedly broke the store’s front window by pressing their bare buttocks against it, mooning the owner and two customers inside.

Two customers inside Access Comics at the time, a 42-year-old Bellingham man and a 19-year-old Blaine man, ran after them. One had grabbed a baseball bat from the trunk of his car, Felmley said.

They allegedly took turns beating two of the men with the baseball bat, Felmley said. The third man escaped unharmed.

Suicide: Man found in the Marion Apartments fire shot himself.

Florida Keys: Black voters in Florida fear their votes won’t be counted—again. “I don’t believe the machines work properly in general, and they really don’t work properly when they think you’re voting for Obama.”

Washington Absentees: One-quarter of Washington’s voters have already returned their ballots.

He’s Finally Lost It: Frank Chopp, the speaker of the state House, is still pushing a plan to replace the viaduct with a freeway that runs through the middle of a four-story shopping mall.

Tube of Terror: Slog makes it over the hump with the terrifying intro theme to Small Wonder. “She’s fantastic… made of plastic.”

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I feel superior to others for knowing Vicki's emergency shutdown procedure.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 29, 2008 8:55 AM

"Suicide: Man found in the Marion Apartments fire shot himself."

sez the police (who are in on it).

Posted by cochise. | October 29, 2008 9:05 AM

so I guess the GOP has resigned itself to (pardon the millionth use of the phrase) throwing the half sane portion of its constituency under the bus? Why does this make any sense?

Posted by rococo | October 29, 2008 9:08 AM

I was jealous when I was little because I wanted to be a robot, like her. I loved that show too much.

Posted by Mikki | October 29, 2008 9:16 AM

3 people i know received letters from the state yesterday saying that their absentee ballot signatures didn't match records-- needed a form and more documentation to be sent in. Are republicans challenging these or is it coincidence?

Posted by happy renter | October 29, 2008 9:17 AM

Sullivan finds a parallel in the British Tories, who reacted to devastating defeat in '97 by pulling further into their shells. Their response to a national call to drift to the center by going hard right instead. I hope the Republicans get eleven times eleven years out of power in this country.

I like the description he found, by Thomas Yunick: "This unholy union is now reduced to a mash-up of Dixiecrat legatees and fellow travelers: prairie gunslingers, anti-tax fetishists, end times Rapturists, militiamen and Millenarians, jingoists and misanthropes, survivalists and skinheads, and the odd secessionist witch doctor. The infestation has taken over the organism." They deserve each other.

Posted by Fnarf | October 29, 2008 9:18 AM

"this is incoherent: who have gone on to make rulings such as an anti-abortion law in South Dakota."
Please rewrite. You sound like Sarah Palin with her poor diction. Judges don't make rulings "such as a law". They might make an "anti-abortion ruling" they might develop the common law of privacy they might rule on a statutory law but they don't make rulings such as a law any more than you have a top of the line of an agenda.

Posted by PC | October 29, 2008 9:18 AM

I heard she's a sexbot in Japan now.

Posted by Sirkowski | October 29, 2008 9:20 AM

@ 7) I cleaned it up. Thanks.

Posted by Dominic Holden | October 29, 2008 9:25 AM

I like how the Times concedes that BRT would not work here, but gosh darnit, it's a good ideas, and ideas move people!

They're so mavericky.

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Posted by elenchos | October 29, 2008 9:27 AM

Holy crap! I was just watching the Small Wonder show intro last night b/c my partner had never heard of it. What an AWFUL show. How strange. . .

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | October 29, 2008 9:28 AM
Last Gasp: Ted Stevens asks for investigation of the prosecutors in case that found him guilty.

What a fucking baby. I thought Alaskans were supposed to be rugged individualists marinating in personal responsibility.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 29, 2008 10:05 AM

I also loved Small Wonder... hard to believe now, but man, for some reason I couldn't get enough of it. I was pretty keen on really bad sitcoms when I was 9 or 10, though (e.g., Perfect Strangers, Just the Ten of Us, My Two Dads, Charles in Charge).

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 29, 2008 10:39 AM

Mr. Belvedere!!!!!

Posted by David | October 29, 2008 10:54 AM

Windows VII, like Saw VII, is not better or faster.

They've already failed tests at Computerworld, fwiw.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 29, 2008 11:01 AM

Holy crap! This show has been popping up in internet conversation A LOT these past couple of months. I remember the Halloween episode where Vicki is possessed by a ghost giving me nightmares for a week when I was 5 years old.

Posted by scaredy pants | October 29, 2008 1:21 PM

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