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December 22, 2011 at 7:35am

MORNING SPEW: Straight dope on Tacoma's impending crime wave, alarm clock app ...

Lava spews into the air, higher than the treetops, near the Kamoamoa fissures between Napau Crater and the Pu`u `O `o crater on Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, on March 7, 2011. Photo credit: USGS

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Ring The Alarm: Straight dope on Tacoma's impending crime wave. (Weekly Volcano)

Wheelz Comes To Screeching Halt: The Fircrest roller rink closed. (News Tribune)

Lakewood Rules: At least according to its city manager. (News Tribune)

Gingrich To Gay Man: Vote for Obama. (CNN)

Wow: The year in volcanic activity. (The Atlantic)

Nikki Sixx: Vegas residency is start of biggest years of Crue's career. (Rolling Stone)

David Letterman: Apologizes to Jay Leno. (Split Sider)

Nog Me Up, Scotty: Enterprise Xmas lights display. (Geekologie)

Alarm Clock App: Features fake wake-up calls from Jimmy Fallon. (Laughing Squid)

Time To Trim The Tree

December 12, 2011 at 6:54pm

Sen. Regala wants your online purchases taxed

GO LOCAL  >>>

After reading the Weekly Volcano's Holiday Guide Three: Geek Greetings Edition, you were inspired to shop the Internets hard. Uncle Jim will receive chocolate vitamins from a dude in Chicago. Cousin Willy will score a talking reindeer sold from a neighborhood in Orlando. Sister Sue will sure to be thrilled with a Hanson Singing Toothbrush sold from an attic in Wichita.

Not what we really had in mind.

Sure, sister Sue might be a bit bummed. You don't care. You completed your holiday shopping in one afternoon on your fat ass in front of the computer. And you saved money by avoiding retail sales taxes.

That's right. In a 1992 decision, Quill v. North Dakota, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retailers are exempt from collecting sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence, such as a store, office, or warehouse. Businesses with a physical presence in a state are therefore put at a disadvantage by having to collect an additional 5 to 9 percent in taxes on purchases, depending on the state.

Sen. Debbie Regala (D-Tacoma) will have none of it. She's calling on Washington to create a level playing field by enforcing the collection of sales and use tax on remote or online sales.  

"By not collecting this tax, Washington retailers are put at a competitive disadvantage," says the state senator in a released statement. "This hurts our local businesses and it erodes the revenues that fund our public services."

Sen. Regala is sponsoring Senate Joint Memorial 8009, a resolution asking Congress to authorize enforcement of the collection of the retail sales tax by out-of-state sellers that have no physical presence in Washington.  In the released statement, Sen. Regala states, "As of now, the collection of that tax is only voluntary; without action by Congress, in state businesses are losing sales to online purchases through out-of-state merchants who do not collect state sales taxes."

Read the rest of Sen. Regala's press release after the jump:

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Filed under: Web/Tech, Holidays, Politics, Economy,

November 4, 2011 at 8:06am

MORNING SPEW: Social Media Vs. emergency preparedness, Tacoma history vs. food, film vs. LEGO ...

Danny! Photo credit: Geekologie

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

More Than Glass Balls: The 2,000-mile-long debris field from the March tsunami in Japan is headed our way. (News Tribune)

Social Media Vs. Emergency Preparedness: Join Social Media Club Tacoma and chat  with WSDOT, Pierce County Emergency Management, American Red Cross and other groups. (SMC Tacoma)

It's On: True Tacoman game matches local history with good food. (Weekly Volcano)

Unemployment Rate: The U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate eased from 9.1 percent to 9 percent. About 13.9 million Americans were still out of work last month. (CNN)

R.I.P. Flattus Maximus: GWAR guitarist found dead. (Billboard)

R.I.P. Sam Beauregarde: Willy Wonka star died of cancer. (E Online)

R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection. (boing boing)

Lights, Camera, Plastic: Fifteen movie scenes recreated with LEGO. (Geekologie)

October 15, 2011 at 8:53am

MORNING SPEW: Pac 40 reopens, Ayatollah pissed, Treat Yo Self Day ...

Buy yourself some fine leather goods today.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

City of Tacoma's Website: Now with more back-end bacon. (News Tribune)

Not As Gritty: The Pac 40 reopens on Pacific Avenue. (News Tribune)

Ayatollah Not Happy: Iran's supreme leaders criticizes U.S. over assassination allegations. (CNN)

Today In SimCity 4: Does presidential hopeful Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan sound familiar?(Huffington Post)

It Happens: Lawnmower DUI (TruTV)

What About Her Teeth?: Lindsay Lohan gets fired from community service program. (Gawker)

Oh My: Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore break up. (Flavorwire)

Treat Yo Self Day

October 13, 2011 at 8:25am

MORNING SPEW: Ritz Remann Hall, 5.3 quake off Oregon, most annoying TV characters ...

This could be yours!

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Kids These Days: Cost per kid at Remann Hall juvenile detention center has dramatically risen in the past decade while the number of residents has declined. (News Tribune)

Cars Vs Guns: Tacoma police shot and injured a man last night after he refused to pull over. (News Tribune)

Highway 101 Shake: A magnitude 5.3 earthquake jolted an area about 140 miles off the southern Oregon coast last night. (News Tribune)

Blackout Berry: BlackBerry says service is fully restored. (CNN)

Best News Ever: HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire. (Comingsoon.net)

Don't Panic!: Widespread Panic is not breaking up. (Billboard)

Effed Up: Bookstore chains (like Barnes & Noble) are pulling DC graphic novels because of DC's exclusive deal with the Kindle Fire. (Robot 6)

Of Course Gossip Girl Is On The List: The 10 most annoying characters on TV right now. (Flavorwire)

Halloween: 15 freaky crafts. (Blastr)

October 6, 2011 at 9:23am

MORNING SPEW: Lousy Lakewood Lawnmover, killer moths, Lady Gaga the new Freddie Mercury? and more ...

RIP Steve Jobs

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND >>>

Lousy Lakewood Lawnmover: Dude is robbing old ladies. (News Tribune)

Attack Of The Killer Moths: Canuck Lepidoptera is effing with our cherry trees. (News Tribune)

RIP Steve Jobs: Read his obituary in the New York Times.

The Stories Behind The Stories: The Tacoma Film Festival 2011 opens today. (Weekly Volcano)

We Feel Old: Cassette tape is being removed from the dictionary. (Paste Magazine)

For Whom The Bell Tolls: Metallica turns 30. (stereogum)

Fresh Prince II?: Snoop Dogg to get a NBC family sitcom. (Deadline)

Freddie Mercury II?: Lady Gaga is in talks to front Queen. (NME)

Good Grief: Cafeterias in France ban ketchup. (LA Times)

October 4, 2011 at 10:24am

The Curator: "Always...Patsy Cline" review, Art at work swag, "The Zoo Story" ...

The Weekly Volcano posted a review of Capital Playhouse's "Always...Patsy Cline." Courtesy photo

CRITICAL MASS >>>

Every Tuesday, Spew sifts through the local Internets for arts stories so you don't have to.

The first local arts story we discovered sifting through our Google Reader is the Weekly Volcano's review of Always...Patsy Cline at the Capital Playhouse. Volcano theater critic Christian Carvajal gives props to lead Kittra Coomer for coming damn close to carry Cline's voice.

Tacoma Arts Commission's blog, Tacoma Arts, bumps up the Art at Work Month hype teasing us with "some mouthwatering freebies" coming our way. They also posted a retrospective of past awesome Art at Work Month swag.

Speaking of the Tacoma Art's blog, they wrote a little ditty on the Weekly Volcano and co-publisher Pappi Swarner, complete with Yosemite Sam quotes.

Our new favorite website Post Defiance has an in-depth look at GreekGirlCon. Although it's in Seattle, it sounds awesome.

The Trib's Go Arts blog reviewed the photography show at Tacoma's Bick House gallery. We've seen the show twice and agree it's a must-see.

The Spaceworks Tacoma blog previews Edward Albee's one-act play The Zoo Story, which opens Oct. 13 at the Toy Boat Theatre, and organization taking advantage of the City of Tacoma's Spaceworks project.

LINK: Free things to do this week in the South Sound

Filed under: Arts, Web/Tech, Olympia, Tacoma,

September 30, 2011 at 8:05am

MORNING SPEW: Don't Mess With Zeeck, Exit133 has life, Susan Boyle does Depeche Mode ...

All I ever wanted / All I ever needed / Is here in my arms / Words are very unnecessary / They can only do harm.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Don't Mess With Zeeck In The Wee Hours: Pierce County sheriff's detective suspended for dissing Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. (News Tribune)

It's Back: Someone turned the lights on at Exit113. (Exit133)

Seriously: Fleeing driver climbs a tree in Tacoma. (Seattle PI)

The Avengers Dis-assembled: Exclusive cast portraits revealed. (Entertainment Weekly)

She's Back: Rosie O'Donnell has a new talk show. (Hollywood Reporter)

Of Course: Susan Boyle does Depeche Mode. (Prez Hilton)

Oh Good: Courtney Love to "set the record straight" in her memoir. (Rolling Stone)

Are You People On Drugs?: Movie "Ghost" to be a musical. (Entertainment Weekly)

September 28, 2011 at 8:30am

MORNING SPEW: Save-A-Lot Used Cart Dealership, Kindle Fire tablet, William Shatner is Iron Man ...

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Look At This Beauty: Hi, I'm Joe Michael with Save-A-Lot right here in beautiful Hilltop Tacoma. Boy do I have a deal for you. For instance, check out this stunning shopping cart, new wheels, look at the shine - it's yours for only $19.99. Come on down and see me. (News Tribune)

Joyce McDonald Had A Motion: E-I-E-I-Overturns veto. (News Tribune)

I Am The God Of Kindle And I Bring You... Fire: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveils $199 Kindle Fire tablet. (CNN)

TV Will Now Have Less Inapproraite Hair: Any Rooney's final appearanc eon ^0 Minutes will be Sunday. (USA Today)

Truth?: Demi Moore is officially ending her six-year marriage to Ashton Kutcher after he allegedly had sex with a 23-year-old woman in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego last week. (New York Post)

Good Luck To The Cure: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced. (Prefix)

Last Night: Roger Waters and the Foo Fighters rock out on Late Night With Jikmmy Fallon. (stereogum)

William Shatner is Iron Man.

September 22, 2011 at 7:39am

MORNING SPEW: Teachers vote today, Top 10 heroes, honoring Tom Selleck's mustache and more ...

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

While You're Eating Your Lunchables: Tacoma School District teachers will vote on a tentative agreement. (News Tribune)

Get Back Here!: Gov. Gregoire is calling lawmakers back to Oly to fix the $1.3 billion budget shortfall. (News Tribune)

Changing The World: Top 10 heroes of 2011. (CNN)

Facebook Changes: Booo!!! (CNN)

Roger Ebert: A critic reflects on "life itself." (NPR)

Top Chef: Cast and guest stars revealed (Hint: I know you are but what am I). (Huffington Post)

Dream Come True: William Shatner talks Star Trek vs. Star Wars. (Furious Fanboys)

Remember TheTick?: Quickest canceled TV shows. (UGO)

Honoring Tom Selleck's mustache

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