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January 24, 2012 at 7:25am

MORNING SPEW: Flood warning, Kitna teaches Tacoma, Oscars report, Smell like the Hulk and more ...

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Flood Warning: The South Sound is on alert through Thursday. (News Tribune)

Lincoln High Alum Jon Kitna Returned To His Alma Mater To Teach: He's a tough teacher who will stand behind the desk to take a hit and has the respect of his fellow teachers. He has/had a good eraser arm and isn't afraid to take chances. (News Tribune)

The Four Lunchers: The Puyallup City Hall has concerns over their Bromance. (News Tribune)

Thurston County Snow: It messed up budgets. (News Tribune)

If You Care: Mitt Romney made $42.7 million over the past two years and paid $6.2 million in taxes. (CNN)

Oscar Nominees Announced: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Among the best picture nominees are The Artist, War Horse and Hugo. (CNN)

"The Confrontational Amsterdam Hooker" Is Now Cool: Google+ relaxes real name policy to allow pseudonyms. (BBC)

Flying To The North Pole?: Watch Out! Solar storm's effects to lash Earth through Wednesday. (BBC)

Smell Like The Hulk: Avengers cologne is here. (Moviefone)

Could Happen At Starbucks Now: Slurring man insists on ordering a tortilla with beans and lots of mustard. (Reuters)

Southern Man: Vedder to tour solo. (Billboard)

Beard Necessities: Disney employees can now grow facial hair. (CBS News)

Sucks If You Are Seated On The Side

January 20, 2012 at 7:31am

MORNING SPEW: The aftermath, "Hee Haw", tween hardcore rocker ...


The Aftermath: Flooding, canceled flights, power outages, dogs and cats living together. (News Tribune)

Legalizing Gay Marriage: Puyallup senator closes the gap to one vote. (Weekly Volcano)

Mount Rainier: It has its grips on two overdue parties. (News Tribune)

South Carolina Debate: Newt Gingrich's fiery response to the first question - seeking comment on claims made by his second wife - set the tone for the night. (CNN)

Megaupload Site: Hackers launch attacks on a variety of US government and copyright enforcement websites after the file-sharing site was closed. (BBC)

The GQ&A: Burt Reynolds is Sterling Archer's spirit guide. (GQ)

Salute To The Kornfield: Surviving cast members salute Hee Haw. (Billboard)

Undersea Photographer: Russian photographer Alexander Semenov nails it. (io9)

You Are Welcome: The many d'ohs of Homer Simpson. (BuzzFeed)

A Lovely Songs About A Dog And A Fish

January 19, 2012 at 3:41pm

Tomorrow: Rally to Defend the American Dream


MoveOn, a political action group, will host a "Stand for the Dream" rally at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at downtown Tacoma's Fireman's Park. Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary of Citizens United v FEC - the Supreme Court's decision that enables special interests - including foreign governments - to sway elections with money.

What can you expect at the rally?

According to MoveOn Tacoma host Janet S., "The street theater will be powerful - professional stage hands and actors are members of Occupy Tacoma and Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign is sending a beautiful Bill of Rights to lead the parade. Corporate robots will be dancing and speaking and Supreme Court justices will address the Citizens United ruling. Special guests will include We the People and Representatives (around 4 p.m.)."

The closing?

"... an incredible closing event in lights that will dazzle the human spirit," promises Linda Frank of Washington Public Campaigns.

January 19, 2012 at 12:15pm

State Sen. Jim Kastama supports gay-marriage equality


Two weeks after Gov. Chris Gregoire announced her support for gay marriage legislation - and potentially putting the state on track to become the nation's seventh to fully recognize same-sex unions - State Sen. Jim Kastama announced today he will support gay-marriage legislation. Read the AP report here.

Kastama was one of six undecided senators on marriage equality - and a current candidate for Secretary of State.

The Puyallup Democrat is the 24th announced supporter of same-sex marriage in a Senate where 25 votes make a majority. Although Democrats hold majorities in both our state' chambers, a bill is not certain to pass, as some conservative Democrats have sided with Republicans on the issue.

In the last session, 43 representatives co-sponsored a gay-marriage bill in the House, which never made it out of committee.

Gregoire wants individual religious faiths to make their own decisions about whether or not to perform gay marriages, thus allowing freedom of religion and non-discrimination against marrying homosexual couples to co-exist.

Six U.S. states currently allow same-sex marriage: New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Iowa. Gay marriage is also legal in the District of Columbia.

January 19, 2012 at 7:28am

MORNING SPEW: Emergency ice storm, Rick Perry out, Hello Kitty Dental Clinic ...

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Ice Storm Warning: The roads are pure death this morning. (News Tribune)

Vacations Delayed: Want to get out of here? You Can't. Sea-Tac Airport has shut down the runways. (King 5)

Tacoma Police Union Concessions: Tacoma leaders are keeping mum. (News Tribune)

Want To Buy A Tudor Estate?: Tacoma historic Haddaway Hall for sale for $6.4 million. (Realtor.com)

GOP Presidential Race: looks like Texas governor Rick Perry is out. (CNN)

New Study: Opposites don't attract. (Neatorama)

Early Buzz: 10 most anticipated Sundance movies. (Flavorpill)

Checking In With Springsteen: His new album is called Wrecking Ball. (Vulture)

Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Hello Kitty Dental Clinic (Topless Robot)

Watch 64 Horror Films In 5 Minutes With The Lights On

January 2, 2012 at 7:06am

MORNING SPEW: Manhunt at Mt. Rainier continues, worst people, sexy George ...

Videogum: Get out of here, stinkers! You stink!


Manhunt: Search continues for killer of Mount Rainier ranger. (News Tribune)

State Political Map: It's a go. (News Tribune)

Giant Check: Washington state Health Care Authority receiving $17 million as a federal bonus payment for having enrolled children in subsidized health care coverage. (News Tribune)

L.A. Arson: Fifty-five "fires of concern" have broken out in the Los Angeles area since Friday. (CNN)

Iowa Caucuses: Late strategies emerge. (CNN)

New Year On The Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says the two Koreas are at a turning point. (BBC)

Marginal Revolutionaries: The crisis and the blogosphere have opened mainstream economics up to new attack. (The Economist)

Year-end Lists Continue: The 30 harshest musician-on-musician insults in history. (Flavorwire)

Year-end Lists Continue II: The worst people of 2011. (Videogum)

New Year's Eve: World's tallest building shows off. (Gizmodo)

Portrait Of The Year: George (Sexy People)

December 29, 2011 at 7:41am

MORNING SPEW: Redistricting fallout, celebrity neighbors, Japanese Kid's Beer Commercial ...

In 2011 Core77 had suggestions for your wrist now that watches are obsolete. Photo credit: Lunchbreath/Core77


Washington State Redistricting Plan: The fallout. (News Tribune)

Republicans Rally In The 10th District: Stan Flemming and Dick Muri will do battle. (News Tribune)

Syria: Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters in a Damascus suburb today as Arab League monitors arrived. (CNN)

Iowa Slash And Burn:  Six of the major Republican presidential candidates are barnstorming across the state today against a changing political landscape. (CNN)

Mr. Monti Money Man: Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti calls for a "united response" to the eurozone debt crisis as he outlines plans to get Italy out of recession. (BBC)

Dumb But, Well, True List: Seven least wanted celebrity neighbors. (BuzzFeed)

Really?: Jesus Christ Superstar reality casting program. (Playbill)

Video: What happens to your luggage while you sip expensive drinks. (Laughing Squid)

Design: The best of 2011. (Core77)

Japanese Kid's Beer Commercial

December 28, 2011 at 8:14am

MORNING SPEW: New 10th District map, economist come clean, beard slap ...

The power of the enemy is growing. Sauron will use his puppet Saruman to destroy the people of Rohan. The Eye of Sauron now turns to the back of Harold of Akron.


New 10th Congressional District Map: It's unveiled today. (News Tribune)

Tougher DUI Fatal Terms: It's unveiled today. (News Tribune)

Olympia's Mistake By The Lake: Olympia officials are in the process of condemning the old county Department of Health Building at the base of the Fourth Avenue bridge. (The Olympian)

Survey: Top economists are less worried that the economy will slip back into a recession. (CNN)

Swag: Hip-hop's word of the year. (NPR)

End Of The Year List: 25 most powerful songs of the past 25 years. (Mental Floss)

House Of Lies: Watch the premiere. (The Hollywood Reporter)

More Painful Than An Orc Slap: Lord of the Rings back tattoo. (The Daily What)

Time For Your Beard Slap: Bam!

December 21, 2011 at 6:01pm

Tacoma Mayor-a-thon begins Dec. 22


Downtown Tacoma Renaissance, Hilltop Tacoma crime, Commencement Bay Superfund site, Tacoma Dome, Sheraton Hotel, University of Washington-Tacoma and other major, and minor, Tacoma historical events and projects will be discussed on TV Tacoma over the next two weeks. The show Cityline will present a two-part special discussing the past 30 years of Tacoma's political history first-hand with Tacoma mayors. Doug Southerland (1982-1989), Karen Vialle (1990-1993), Harold Moss (1994-1995), Brian Ebersole (1996-2000), Mike Crowley (2001), Bill Baarsma (2002-2009) and Marilyn Strickland (current) shared their personal experiences, frustrations and triumphs.

Part one of the two-part program will air at the following times:

  • Dec. 22: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 23: 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 24: 2 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Dec. 26: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 27: 2 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 28: 4 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Part two will air at the following times:

  • Dec.  29: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Dec.  30: 1 a.m., 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Dec.  31: 2 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Dec.  1: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Dec.  2: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Dec.  3: 2 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Dec.  4: 4 a.m. and 11a.m.
Small print: TV Tacoma is available on both the Click! and Comcast cable systems. On Click!, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 in the Tacoma city limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, where it can be found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 in the Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. For programming information or program streaming, visit www.tvtacoma.com.

December 20, 2011 at 7:46am

MORNING SPEW: Prince review, payroll tax cut, Garfunkel and Oats Christmas ...


Prince At The Tacoma Dome: Flawlessly flamboyant. (Seattle Weekly)

Politics: Republicans on the House rules committee have voted to prevent a direct vote today on a Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months. (CNN)

Iraq's Sunni Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi: He denies any wrongdoing, a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on terrorism-related charges. (BBC)

Piers Morgan: His first name might not be the only dumb thing about him. (BBC)

The Fug Girls: Celebrities who could really use a red-carpet boost in 2012. (New York Magazine)

Another Year-end List: The 15 best single episodes of television in 2011. (Pajiba)

No Comment: MTV brings back Punk'd. (TV Guide)

Oh Course "Tiny Dancer": Cameron Crowe's best musical moments. (Spinner)

Christmas Gifts: What people wanted in 1975. (Buzz Feed)

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