In the top story of the day, a big storm hit the Pacific Northwest.
In other news, there was a lot of rain in the Seattle area. According to the Seattle Times, it was also windy. The P-I reports this morning that some local areas were flooded. But over at KIRO-TV, instead, their top story was the governor has declared a storm emergency. And, KOMO-TV is reporting that everything is one big mess. And that — I wish I were making this up — everyone should stay calm.
In less interesting, secondary stories, one James Michael McHaney — described as a “former” aide to Sen. Maria Cantwell even though he was only fired on Friday, after he was arrested — has been arrested by the FBI on charges of trying to meet a 13-year-old boy for sex. McHaney worked as a scheduler in Cantwell’s DC office, which raises the question: was he trying to prove that Democrats as well as Republicans can do this sort of thing, or is it just something in DC’s water supply?
In another story of people in DC trying to screw folks they don’t know, it turns out the Bush administration has known all along that Iran abandoned its nuclear weapons program in 2003. In other words, they were lying in order to stampede the American public into backing an unprovoked war they really wanted. Sound familiar? Now, hopefully, the MSM will get around to reporting what is fairly obvious to anyone who’s been following the Middle East: that they’ve also been lying about the Iranian government supplying weaponry to the Iraqi insurgency, the other main public Bush rationale for a disastrous region-wide conflagration.
A feared strongman is claiming victory in elections observers claim were rigged. No, it’s not Hugo Chavez — he lost his election on Sunday, and conceded as much, though the New York Times still can’t let go of its Chavez-bashing. It’s Vladimir Putin, the alleged democrat whose soul George Bush approvingly peered into. And we wonder why the world thinks the US is hypocritical?
The Washington Post, meanwhile, in one of those stories headline-writers just love, is reporting today that divorce harms the environment. Honestly, professors get tenure for studying this stuff.
And proving that TV news, despite the rain and floods, is still TV news — like McHaney, they just can’t stop themselves — every Seattle TV news outfit reported last night that McDonald’s is now char-broiling its burgers. The Renton McDonald’s had a fire.
Stay calm, everyone.