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I don't possess the grammatical acumen to articulate what (if anything) is wrong with the first sentence of that "Seattle Cop Embraces His Inner Villain" quote. But it seems just awful.
Posted by DVNODVNO on January 11, 2013 at 7:58 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 2
I wish it was Ricky Gervais hosting the Oscars AND he would actually do what he thought of doing for the Golden Globes a few years ago and dress up as Hitler. Would be HILARIOUS!! And prove that these endless award shows are nothing more than pathetic jokes
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on January 11, 2013 at 8:11 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 3
You can't make anyone sign a contract saying they won't report criminal activity to police. She really is crazy!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 11, 2013 at 8:21 AM · Report this
The Seattle Times article about Seattle Police Department officer Clayton S. Powell #5776 also reveals that SPD initially misinformed the public about the August, 2012, incident in which Powell apparently used excessive force. At that time, Seattle Times reported:

A veteran Seattle police officer is under investigation after fellow officers reported he used excessive force and engaged in unprofessional conduct while responding to a disturbance Thursday night in South Seattle.

That report was backed with a quote from SPD spokesman Sean Whitcomb:

Whitcomb said Powell's actions were immediately reported by officers at the scene.

"We want people to understand that the officers on scene saw things that were unprofessional and saw what they thought was excessive use of force and they notified their boss, who notified the chain of command and immediate action was taken," Whitcomb said.

Dominic Holden followed that with two Slog posts, the first of which praised "stand-up officers who won't let this shit stand anymore."

Today, though, the Times reports:

Police initially said that other officers who responded to the shooting call reported that Powell had used excessive force and engaged in unprofessional conduct at the scene.

But police later revised their account, saying no other officer reported the conduct. Rather, a sergeant who routinely screened the arrest learned of it when he asked Powell's partner what had happened.

The partner told the sergeant to ask Powell, and when he did, Powell explained what had happened, police said.

So much for Seattle cops finally taking a stand for what's right when their colleagues abuse their positions of power.
Posted by Phil M on January 11, 2013 at 8:23 AM · Report this
venomlash 5
You missed the best part about the salt/meth story:
When police responded to Akers’ call, they found her smoking marijuana with three teenage boys, officers said.

“It’s hard to put into words the level of intelligence that goes along with this,” said Butcher. “No brains at all.”
Posted by venomlash on January 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM · Report this
If you're going to cheat the craziest drug addicts around, be sure to do it out of your house, so they know how to find you later.
Posted by jzimbert on January 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 7

Good news for SLOGgers:

The Payscale Index reported that those in the media industry — which includes public relations jobs, entertainers and performers and media and communication workers — saw a wage increase of 4.6 percent between 2011 and 2012. This is higher than the 4.4 percent that those with IT jobs experienced.

Artsy-fartsies making more money than nerds!

Who would have imagined...?…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 8
@7 and yet pay increases for the ultra-rich were many multiples of that, both in absolute and relative measures.

Europe is starting to worry about mobs burning CEOs and capitalists if their cars break down.

It will come here too, if we don't change. Quickly.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 9
As Catalina would say, Republicans are dreadful people.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on January 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM · Report this
passionate_jus 10
And then there's this guy:

Rep. Phil Gingrey, an ob-gyn and chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, explained to the audience at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday in Smyrna, Ga., that Akin wasn’t far off on the science when he said rape victims rarely get pregnant because their bodies have “ways of shutting that whole thing down.”

Good god help us!…
Posted by passionate_jus on January 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM · Report this
Naked Came the Treasury Secretary

Another Epic Fail of Obama’s neocon administration

Years ago, a group of anonymous newsies wrote a book on sex (the equivalent of the present day’s 50 Shades of Grey type stuff), called Naked Came The Stranger --- several entertainingly erotic stories, the rest your usual “sex as a weapon” or “have sex and suffer the consequences” type drivel.

We see much the same writing with the latest newsy bullcrap on the recent presidential appointment.

Obama’s latest necon/Wall Street stooge appointment, Jacob “Jack” Lew, is being spun by corporate newsies as a “change” or “alteration” from Timmy Geithner, fave of Wall Street and the Rockefeller/Kissinger/Peterson gang.

Bullcrap to the max! ! !

Lew has consistently been a major promoter of shadow banking --- credit derivatives and securitizations: fantasy finance instruments based upon never-ending layers of debt.
Lew is an inveterate liar, poser and shill; nothing which would or should recommend him for any government position.

A leader in "regulatory capture” --- the modern term for absolute corruption!

From the stock pools of yesteryear, leading up to the Great Crash of 1929, to the dark pools of today, leading to the economic meltdown and the Great Deleveraging (which should last for another 20 years or so, at least), this very day we have both stock pools (proprietary trading and HFT) and dark pools (opaque hedge funds and private equity funds, etc.).

With the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s latest report, the compiled list of derivatives of the banksters as of the end of 2011, we see that 97% of the credit derivatives held by the banks is composed of credit default swaps (“unregulated insurance”), with 40% of that figure in the speculative category (“naked swaps”) --- actually something of a misnomer, since they themselves define which are used for speculation and which aren’t, and since they can all conceivably be used for such, it may very well be that all 97% are, or will eventually be, naked swaps!

Of course, if said credit derivatives were actually valued at mark-to-market --- or street value --- they would be worthless, which was why the accounting rules were allowed to be changed enabling the banksters to declare the value of their “assets” themselves, much the same manner as they now declare the American worker as having no value, hence their justification for offshoring as many jobs as possible, and paying as little in wages as possible, for the foreseeable future.

Were those credit derivatives held by JPMorgan Chase valued honestly, tomorrow there would be NO JPMorgan Chase, and Jamie Dimon could move on to his very own reality-comedy show, titled: “Jamie, Jamie, Jamie!!!”

Sidebar: In between the Clinton and Obama administrations, during Lew’s stint at NYU “..Lew aided the university in ending graduate students' collective bargaining rights. The Obama administration has maintained that Lew supports workers' union rights.”

In June 2006, Lew was named chief operating officer of Citigroup's Alternative Investments unit, a proprietary trading group. The unit he oversaw invested in a hedge fund "that bet on the housing market to collapse."

Lew co-chaired the Advisory Board for City Year New York.[22] He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution Hamilton Project Advisory Board, and the National Academy of Social Insurance.”

(FYI: Hamilton Project is Robert Rubin’s creation to promote the privatization of EVERYTHING!)

Posted by sgt_doom on January 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM · Report this
@8 I've been thinking a lot lately of the quote about socialism being the thing that prevents capitalism from breeding anarchy. Capitalism leads to inequality; it's one of its defining properties. You need some other force to keep inequality and its cousin, populist uprising, in check. I think the GOP forgets that.
Posted by wxPDX on January 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Knat 13
“It is sobering to think that a Christian member of Congress [Bachmann] would betray her testimony to the Lord and the public by withholding earned wages from deserving staff,” Waldron added.

She's a Republican first, man. Being "Christian", is merely GOP-mandated window dressing.
Posted by Knat on January 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Ipso Facto 15
The Garfield High School teachers were covered in today's Democracy Now!

Seattle High School Teachers Vote to Refuse Standardized MAP Tests

The entire faculty of a Seattle-area high school has voted to refuse giving students a standardized test used in teacher evaluations. In a unanimous decision that is likely the first of its kind nationwide, teachers at Garfield High School said the MAP tests are a waste of time, money and resources that are then unfairly used to grade their performance.

Jesse Hagopian: "Today isn’t just about testing in general; it’s about a particularly flawed test."

Kit McCormick: "And I just see no use for it at all. And so, I’m not going to do it."

Writing on her website, former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch said the vote could have national ramifications for showing teachers "There is strength in unity and that they do not have to endure unethical demands with passivity and resignation."
Posted by Ipso Facto on January 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM · Report this

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