“The task at hand on will not be easy. But you have mandated us to change South Africa from a country in which the majority lived with little hope, to one in which they can live and work with dignity, with a sense of self-esteem and confidence in the future.”—Excerpt from Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech, delivered May 9th, 1994 (via Wikiquote)
The Washington Post reports that the National Security Agency is collecting almost five billion records every day pinpointing where mobile phones are being used on practically every continent on the globe.
It turns out that privatization of Washington State’s liquor stores has been bad for everybody except big retailers like Costco. Who could have seen this coming? Actually, a lot of people did. What’s happening is exactly what the NO on I-1183 campaign predicted would happen when state liquor stores were sold off and big chains allowed to sell spirits.
“I seriously think that he knew that he was never going to dig Husky football all the way out of the hole that he found it in. With his California ties and the way USC can recuit itself, he has a better chance of doing well. He must have known that another couple of 7-8 win seasons here would have been the end of it. This offer was his get out of jail free card.”—UW Dawg Pound commenter Bugs Dodger, reacting to the news that head football coach Steve Sarkisian has been hired as USC’s new head coach. Sarkisian coached at USC under Pete Carroll, who now coaches the Seahawks.
The Victoria Clipper IV, the newest catamaran in the Clipper Navigation fleet, was discovered adrift early this morning in Elliott Bay. The Clipper IV was cut loose from its mooring by a man who slipped through a hole in the fence at Port 69, boarded the vessel and managed to start it up… but then had difficulty controlling it. Police arrested the man and later booked him into the King County Jail.
“It’s outrageous, appalling, that we are buying these toys when we don’t have adequate personnel to clean, to supervise. Classrooms are overcrowded, and my room has not been swept or mopped in years except by me and the students…. It would be great if the basics were met. I can’t get past that.”—Computer animation teacher Robert J. Moreau, criticizing the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $1 billion iPad program.
The Nation’s Lee Fang shines a spotlight on union-busting consultants who are producing propaganda that urges Americans to “just shop” on Black Friday and ignore the message of protesters outside of brick and mortar stores.
“You can go online or go to stores the week after and find just as many deals, without all the people… You couldn’t pay me enough to set foot in a store this week.”—Dallas resident Ignacio Herrera, telling the Wall Street Journal he plans to do most of his holiday shopping online and avoid the “Black Friday” madness.
The United States is set to pay a Texas company $50 million after it was discovered that the military had installed thousands of copies of a proprietary program but only paid for licenses for a few hundred of them. The company, Apptricity, asked for $224 million but will get $50 million.
“We respect an employee’s decision not to work on a holiday if they so choose, which is why the vast majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving. The stores that are open to service their local communities are staffed by team members with the willingness to work on this day as determined by their own personal situations. We will monitor and evaluate this situation closely and regret what has occurred.”—Excerpt from a statement released by Pizza Hut after the former general manager of an Elkhart, Indiana Pizza Hut claimed he was fired because he wouldn’t force employees to work on Thanksgiving.
The Democratic candidate for Attorney General in Virginia, Mark Herring, has won his race, the state Board of Elections says. Republican Mark Obenshain has yet to call for a recount but he well might. The difference between the two candidates was one hundred sixty-votes.
“Jay claims he arranged it, but when we landed, we were flying over Mount Rainier — pulled into the airport, came off the plane, and the sunset was lighting the mountain. And it was spectacular, and reminded me of why it is that I love the Pacific Northwest so much.”—President Barack Obama, recounting what it was like to fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last night for the Seattle stop on his fundraising swing. The President spoke at a DCCC event with Governor Jay Inslee and Representatives Derek Kilmer, Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Nancy Pelosi and Steve Israel.
The Oregonian’s John Canzano laments the routing of the Ducks (by Arizona) and the Beavers (by Washington) on the same Saturday prior to the annual Civil War rivalry game, to be played this year in Eugene at Autzen Stadium.
Washington Post editorial page repeatedly bashes filibuster reform with op-eds
The Washington Post’s editorial board is none too happy about filibuster reform.
In the wake of the U.S. Senate’s vote to change the rules so Republicans can no longer routinely bottle up the President’s nominees, the Post has gone all out to decry the change, publishing an editorial and multiple columns (including a guest column) calling it a mistake, or a travesty, or a power grab:
Meanwhile, the Post is running a column from George F. Will, entitled “Obama’s unvraveling presidency.”
The Post’s editorial page really does epitomize everything that is wrong with the Beltway. It is the home of some of the stalest, most predictable conservative boilerplate to be found just about anywhere, and this weekend’s crop of opinion pieces only reinforces that.
“Imagine, if you will, someone who read only the Wall Street Journal editorial page between 2000 and 2011, and someone in the same period who read only the collected columns of Paul Krugman. Which reader would have been better informed about the realities of the current economic crisis? The answer, I think, should give us pause. Can it be that our enemies were right?”—Bush speechwriter David Frum, admitting that Paul Krugman was correct (Via Salon’s Andrew Leonard)
Twitter, Inc. revealed today that it has deployed perfect forward secrecy to prevent the National Security Agency and other organizations interested in capturing tweets and private messages from easily descrambling encrypted user sessions.
Participants in the Pacific Marine Expo were blown away by the big numbers posted by the state maritime industry, writes the Seattle Times’ Coral Garnick, including NPI president Gael Tarleton, who attended.
“The Americans have brought food and water to us. But more importantly, they have brought us transportation to and from the island. We were isolated for many days and without the Americans’ help, my people would not be eating their regular meals three times a day.”—Sheen Gonzales, mayor of Guiuan, a village in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan that is receiving a boost from the United States Navy.
A survey by Pew Research finds that Americans aren’t paying attention to the efforts to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The United States Navy is at least playing a major role in relief efforts, helping deliver aid to Filipinos and repairing damaged infrastructure.
“People call me a socialist sometimes, But, no, you’ve got to meet real socialists. You’ll have a sense of what a socialist is.”—President Barack Obama, speaking to The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council yesterday at the Four Seasons Hotel in the District of Columbia.
Republican Trey Radel says he will seek treatment for his drug addiction problems but did not yield to demands for his resignation. The former conservative talk show host was caught in a drug sting last month in the District of Columbia.
“Frankly, we would rather everything was built in one place, and I think Boeing from the 787 experience have learned a lesson.”—Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, expressing his preference for Boeing to build the 777X at a single facility in the United States (like Everett!) Baker and Emirates president Tim Clark were interviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Clark said his message for Boeing was “Please don’t do to the 777X what you did to the … Don’t do that to us.”
“Without passing legislation, they’re basically trying to change what the structure of the judiciary looks like, and I think that sets a dangerous precedent.”—Political science professor Gregory Wawro of Columbia, saying Republicans have put themselves in a precarious position by filibustering President Obama’s judicial nominees.
Ian Murphy recounts his prank call with Scott Walker in 2011. Murphy called Walker pretending to be David Koch, and was put through to the governor, who thought he was talking to one of his benefactors.
“My only reaction is prayer… I hope that folks who know Creigh, or who don’t know Creigh and are hearing about this, will join us in prayer. This is a horrible thing that has happened in the Deeds house.”—State Senator Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) of Virginia, reacting to the news that his colleague Senator Creigh Deeds was apparently stabbed by his son, who later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Liz — this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree — you’re just wrong — and on the wrong side of history.”—Mary Cheney, addressing her older sister Liz Cheney on Facebook. The older Cheney is running for U.S. Senate in Wyoming against incumbent Republican Mike Enzi, with her father Dick Cheney’s support, and has declared herself opposed to marriage equality.
“Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power but the preservation of peace and freedom. So let us not be petty when our cause is so great. Let us not quarrel amongst ourselves when our Nation’s future is at stake. Let us stand together with renewed confidence in our cause — united in our heritage of the past and our hopes for the future — and determined that this land we love shall lead all mankind into new frontiers of peace and abundance.”—The last lines President Kennedy would have given the night of his assassination (via Kennedy Legacy)