morning roundup

Happy hangover Friday, everyone. Let's get started.

Troy Victorino sentenced to death. Who'da thunk it? At the risk of sounding boastful, we totally ran the best story on this guy and this crime to date, written by Elizabeth Randall. Here it is.

If the Sentinel's take of the trial is true (I didn't make it yesterday), Ernie Page is in trouble. Deliberations start today. Now here's the weird thing. If he's convicted, the city will have yet another special election to permanently fill the seat that Sam Ings temporarily earned in a special election a few months back. Wonder if anyone else will run? Either way, there will be another vote for this commission seat in March 2008, or about 18 months. So the residents of District 6 will have like four chances to vote for their commish in four years. Except that none of them vote. Turnout was abysmal for this year's primary and runoff.

The Sentinel's edit board discovers, then endorses Facebook. Those people are hip with the kids, I tell you what.

Bush surrenders to the voices of sanity on the Senate, or perhaps it was the other wat around. From the New York Times edit board, via Daily Kos: ". . .The three rebel senators achieved only modest improvements on the White House's original positions. They wanted to bar evidence obtained through coercion. Now, they have agreed to allow it if a judge finds it reliable (which coerced evidence hardly can be) and relevant to guilt or innocence. The way coercion is measured in the bill, even those protections would not apply to the prisoners at Guant├ínamo Bay. The deal does next to nothing to stop the president from reinterpreting the Geneva Conventions. While the White House agreed to a list of "grave breaches"� of the conventions that could be prosecuted as war crimes, it stipulated that the president could decide on his own what actions might be a lesser breach of the Geneva Conventions and what interrogation techniques he considered permissible. It's not clear how much the public will ultimately learn about those decisions. They will be contained in an executive order that is supposed to be made public, but Mr. Hadley reiterated that specific interrogation techniques will remain secret." It's really fucking amazing that it took this much huffing and puffing to get us to follow the Geneva Conventions. Just saying.

So the prez was in town yesterday, blabbering on about how Democrats are evil and they'll raise your taxes and rape your grandchildren and ... ok, I made the last one up. But he did blame Dems for the 1993 tax increase that, um, led to a period of unprecedented peace time expansion. This is, I guess, bad. The Dems response was dead on: "This president has added $2.7 trillion to the nation's debt, and every year he has been president, he has run a deficit." Hello, Pot? Kettle here. You're black.

The Macaca the Jew story continues. One thing that's worth noting. When Sen. Allen asked his mom about her half-Jewishness, she told him she's thought he would love her less. Even if he didn't love her less, what does the fact that she thought he would say about him? Hmmmm.

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