The Friday mop-up

The biggest item in the news today is international: the chaos in Pakistan and the complete lack of good options in Washington following the assassination of the Bush administration’s favored pro-Western alternative to the endangered, U.S.-backed dictator Pervez Musharraf.

Locally, as our top story, you’ll be relieved to know that six members of a Carnation area family, shot and killed on Christmas eve, are still dead. Otherwise, the P-I’s three other lead stories were also all either chasing local angles on non-local stories (local Pakistanis react, tigers can’t get out at local zoos) or more follow-ups to old stories (Carnation, the tigers, and the shocking news that the guy who was shot after running onto I-5 Tuesday was “depressed.”)

Over at the Bothell Seattle Times, we learn that “Bremerton woman says generator fumes killed her cat.” Seriously. That’s a story you won’t find in the P-I. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same: Carnation, Pakistan, I-5 guy. Tune in next Wednesday when the news starts again.

And local television — aww, don’t make me weep. (KIRO-TV, to its, um, credit, did pick up the Bremerton cat story.) At least, in TV and print both, the fatuous year-end stories are coming on thicker and thicker. By Sunday, they may make up the whole paper.

Comments

  1. 1

    FricknFrack spews:

    No offense Geov. But you might want to rephrase the first sentence of the 2nd paragraph. Sounds a bit insensitive IMO. I haven’t had the heart to read much of the story, but Christmas Eve the kids got bullets instead of presents? I don’t think anybody is going to find even a tiny twinge of sarcasm anywhere near humorous. Hopefully, not even Anne Coulter.

  2. 2

    Puddybud spews:

    So who will it be for President ?

    Mike Huckabee apologizing with crocodile tears when another Al-Qaeda fruitcake assassinates an important world leader?

    Or

    Hilary Cliton grandstanding on how much she “feels your pain” to all the world with a fake quivering lip when tragedy strikes?

    Puddy says neither.

  3. 4

    Puddybud spews:

    “She was no more inviting when a television reporter approached her after a rally on Thursday and asked if she was “moved” by Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. Clinton turned away without answering.

    Her daughter, Chelsea, had the same reaction when a reporter approached her with a question.

    Hillary Clinton’s no-question policy didn’t sit well with some of the Iowans who came to see her speak.”

    Fair use claws and copyleft to the URL owner below:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.co.....ont-a.html

    Oh no… oh it’s okay… this not a Murdoch/Scaife newspaper so Clueless Gooberfool (TM) AKA YLB has no argument!

  4. 9

    ArtFart spews:

    It’s…….THE PUDDY SHOW!!!!!!!!

    Send in $1.98 and six Coors Light bottle caps for your very own PuddySpeak decoder ring!

  5. 11

    YLB spews:

    Stupes, you gotta get on the horn to CNN. From your thinking, Rosie and Code Pink must have had a hand in it too!

  6. 13

    Puddy the Pooper spews:

    Puddles the Pooper:

    Puddy you may only respond to this post after identifying yourself by your real name (I’m guessing Greg Nickels), giving your real IP and having it verified by Goldy, and also telling us your mother’s maiden name.

    More Republican values:

    Purdue Frederick, maker of the drug Oxy Contin, knew that they were peddling an addictive product that could be easily abused, but intentionally hid the warnings from the general public for a decade. They got off with a slap on the wrist a few months back, after the Justice Department attempted to slow down the investigation and the prosecution produced such a poor case that even the judge yelled at them for failing to jail the executives for their crimes. Today in the New York Times, Barry Meier, who wrote a great book on this subject called Painkiller, has a long piece detailing Rudy Giuliani’s business involvement with Purdue Frederick.

    In 2002, the drug maker, Purdue Pharma of Stamford, Conn., hired Mr. Giuliani and his consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, to help stem the controversy about OxyContin. Among Mr. Giuliani’s missions was the job of convincing public officials that they could trust Purdue because they could trust him [...]

    A former top federal prosecutor, Mr. Giuliani participated in two meetings between Purdue officials and the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the agency investigating the company. Giuliani Partners took on the job of monitoring security improvements at company facilities making OxyContin, an issue of concern to the D.E.A.

    As a celebrity, Mr. Giuliani helped the company win several public relations battles, playing a role in an effort by Purdue to persuade an influential Pennsylvania congressman, Curt Weldon, not to blame it for OxyContin abuse.

  7. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I see in this morning’s news that Bush is going to veto the troops’ pay raise. Waytago wingfucks! Your pet chimp is “supporting the troops” — again.

  8. 15

    spews:

    @1: What’s in poorer taste: using a tragedy to sell papers day after day, when there’s nothing new to be said (and the P-I’s world-has-ended 48 point headline yesterday was pretty sickening, too), or pointing that cheap exploitation out?

  9. 16

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “Over at the Bothell Seattle Times, we learn that ‘Bremerton woman says generator fumes killed her cat.’”

    She’s damned lucky the fumes didn’t kill HER. The rest of us are not so lucky that her genes are still in the reproductive pool … instead of interfering with evolution, the Bremerton police should let it do the work Ma Nature designed it for.

  10. 18

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Hey, just kidding! Just experimenting with wingnut “intelligent design” humor, ya know.

  11. 19

    ArtFart spews:

    14 There’s also a brewing issue with an increasing number of soldiers coming back from their second, third or fourth redeployment with PTSD. The military then hands them a dishonorable discharge for “acting weird” so they can’t get help from the VA getting their heads screwed back on.

  12. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @19 Yeah, well, war does that to people y’know? We had that problem after Vietnam, too. The best bumper sticker I ever had said, “I’m a Vietnam Vet, but I’m OK now” and under that was the phone number for the vet counseling center. I never had any problem with tailgating back in those days. The ‘gaters would read my bumper sticker and then drop back about 10 car lengths. And they never, ever, tried to pass me.

  13. 22

    ArtFart spews:

    21 Yup…sorta makes me think about the Navy Seal who got 86′d from the old G-Note in Greenwood back in the early 80′s, who then drove his car through the front of the building. Took a passel of cops to subdue him in the subsequent melee, and one of the officers got his ear bitten off for his trouble.

    Our government had a perceived need for a finely-tuned killing machine, and turned this man into just that. Trouble was, after his services were no longer needed they didn’t bother to switch him off.

  14. 23

    FricknFrack spews:

    @ 15 Geov

    I agree with the P.I. exploitation issue and about the 48 point headline being overkill, wasn’t that about the SAME type font they used on 911 and World Trade Centers?

    “…you’ll be relieved to know that six members of a Carnation area family, shot and killed on Christmas eve, are still dead.”

    I guess what I saw insensitive was that I don’t think anybody is “relieved” in any sense of the word. Just my take, but your mileage may vary.