Several portland area anti-war groups banded together on saturday morning to protest the glorification of war during the rose festival parade.
This year’s Rose Festival parade contained a world war II tank, the first time a tank was paraded in Portland since 1941.
Their intent was to recognize the human cost of our participation in war.
KBOO spoke with Martha Odom, a member of the Surge Protection Brigades.
1. Tanks For The Roses: In a preemptive strike for peace, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace and the Surge Protection Brigade marched along the route of Saturday’s Grand Floral Parade. Two of the ‘Seriously Pissed Off Grannies’ out of the SPG were arrested trying to stop the Rose Tank – what a tank is doing in the middle of a flower-related event is anyone’s guess, but there it was. Better we fight them here than in the streets of Baghdad, I always say…
2. The Undead: As it goes in a bad zombie movie, the Liquefied Natural gas companies just won’t stay dead. First there was Calpine and its evil plans for an LNG terminal in the Warrenton area near the mouth of the Columbia River. Calpine perished and now in its place reconstituted out of the ashes, so to speak, we have Oregon LNG. It wants to run a 117-mile pipeline from the mouth of the river all the way to Mollala. Public hearings will be in Woodburn and Forest Grove, but not Mollala…shhhh…they want it to be a surprise…
3. The Smell of Money Burning: the US Forest Service in a paroxysm of Orwellian rhetoric has announced that it is going to test new fire control method. The agency has decided to log trees in areas “specifically selected to influence fire behavior”.. . The Nature Conservancy is all on board this give-away to logging companies and the Bush administration. They are the environmentalists who believe that if you give up a little something to industry, industry will give back…Boy Howdy. Money really does grow on trees.
4. Fancy This: The pigeon fanciers who have been killing raptors are facing felony misdemeanor charges.
5. The senate passed the cougar hunting bill.
6. Friend of Marion County has joined groups in central Oregon, the Coast and Hood River in fighting Measure 37. It’s a question of livability, specifically, do you want to live in Oregon or Orange County? If the latter, then please do so but don’t strip mall Oregon or we’ll blow you to smithereens with our LNG terminals or leave you to freeze to death on Mount Hood.
7. Little Hyatt Dam is a little illegal. It was built ex tempore years ago and now it is considered a safety risk, a hazard and against the law. But what the hell, people like it so they are going to bring their lake up to code. Meanwhile many of the nation’s largest dams are in desperate need of attention…but the Army Corps of Engineers and your money are busy fighting one losing battle after another in Iraq….So don’t forget your towel…
8. An Oregon Coast Technology Middle school student didn’t like the taste of the water in the school drinking fountains, so he took swab samples from the fountains, the toilets and assorted other water sources, tested them in his school’s chemistry lab and found that the toilet water was cleaner…He turned his work in as an English assignment.
9. The senate will test drive a no-confidence vote on Alberto Gonzales this afternoon.
10. Blow Hard: Joseph Lieberman wants to attack Iran. (And I believe he should go for it! Follow your heart, Joseph! Let’s send AIPAC Man over there, toss him out the back end of a C-130 transport with a satchel full of Zionist literature, the latest edition of ‘Hustler’ and Scooter Libby’s book, The Apprentice.’ We could do this on a Friday and aim Joe at a fundamentalist madrassa, then sit back on watch the fun…)
11. Colin Powell wants to close Guantanamo Bay. But before you get too excited about this and start breaking out the Good stuff, the revolution is not quite here: First off, it’s Colin Powell who is saying this because he wants to have some part of his legacy that is not an utter disgrace and he can be fairly certain Gitmo will never close. Secondly, think about it: If Guantanamo Bay is shutdown, are they really going to let all the detainees go free? Then where are they going to warehouse them? The short answer is, In all the hundreds of dungeons and torture chambers in all the client nations around the world that have already played host to America’s invisible prisoners.
12. Prisons in New York are going to ban books – even the Christian ones. That leaves a captive audience planted in front of a TV. Motto, Prison: Where Addictions Go To Grow Up.
13. DePaul University professor, Norman Finkelstein has been denied tenure. It has been a long struggle for a man, who like Jimmy Carter more recently, had the courage and common decency to speak truth to power. ( Finkelstein is the author of ‘Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the abuse of History’, a book that takes to task Zionist superstar, Alan Dershowitz and his puffy little propaganda piece, ‘The Case for Israel’)
14. The Enemy Hmong Us: More bail hearings are scheduled in Sacramento for some of the men charged with trying to violently overthrow the government of Laos.
15. Good Old Golden Rule Days: A foreign policy program based in Fairfax, Virginia – Intelligence Central – is making a name for itself producing “acolytes” of Bush administration Neocon foreign policy. The Defense and Strategic studies program is “outside the academic mainstream, but within the policy mainstream.” Who said that? I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you. Sorry about that. It’s just the policy…
16. Voter ID comes to Mississippi. Voters there must now carry a party registration and photo ID to the polls in primary elections. (So don’t worry, poor and minority citizens: America is moving beyond the days of intimidation, misinformation, blocked roads, threats, lies and coercion, not to mention polling places that aren’t there, aren’t open or aren’t working properly….all a thing of the past!
17. In Iraq, a bridge collapsed killing three Americans. As is the usual Way of the Wire, not much else happened…just countless Iraqis killed, injured, maimed, their homes, businesses, families destroyed, all possible hope for the future denied them for the foreseeable future. Oh, and the mad hatter who was the speaker of the Iraqi Parliament has been quietly lead from the chamber by the Nice Men with soft voices and sharp needles…
18. While not looting the Iraqi economy, raping villagers, swimming in Saddam’s old pool and generally livin’ large in the Green zone, US soldiers have been amusing themselves by arming Sunni insurgents.
19. Then there is Afghanistan another beneficiary of American democracy. An Afghan radio station owner, teacher and mother of six has been killed in Kabul. (Back in the pre-democratic days before the Glorious Dawn of the American Empire, people in Kabul wore Western clothes, men and women went out in public together, cafes were full of Afghanis and Westerners, Lou Reed was popular and the cops smoked chillums as they stood on street corners, holding hands and patrolling…America got there just in time to stop these people from killing us all in out sleep…
20. In Rome Bush scored a ‘twofer’: he was met by enormous throngs of angry protestors that turned violent. And he called the Pope, ‘sir’, instead of ‘Your Holiness.’
21. But the Albanians love him. A cursory romp through Albanian history ought to convince the reader that Bush and Albania are made for one another.
The Oregon Senate passed a bill today that will allow trophy hunters to kill cougars in the state in large numbers. KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg spoke with Brian Vincent of Big Wildlife about what today’s vote means for Oregon’s cougars.
As we reported earlier this week, the Oregon State Senate passed a bill which would regulate the payday loan industry. The legislature is still considering other pieces of legislation which would reign in similar predatory lending practices like sub-prime mortgages. KBOO’s Courtney Dillard has more.
1. Drink Beer; Pay The Police: It’s The Law! Could be the law. Oregon’s got about the lowest tax on beer of any state in the nation. And we seem to have come up short in the State Trooper department. So it’s a marriage made in heaven. Meanwhile, back in hell, the Rehab people are chuffed because they want the extra money to teach people how to live ‘One day at a time’ without resorting to beer or getting arrested….
2. Try to Stay Calm: Look, I know this is exciting news, just try not to get too euphoric. It is possible once again to fly back and forth between Salem and Salt Lake City. Take a few deep breaths…
3. Business is on board the Wilderness Wagon. It is begining to dawn on the The Corner Office that protecting the natural environment makes good financial sense. (They pay people to figure these things out….)
4. Five people were hospitalized yesterday after a Milwaukie cold-storage facility exploded, blasting ammonia onto SE. McLoughlin and bringing traffic to a reeking halt. (It always amazes me how generous the law is when it comes to commercial incompetence and how harsh and vindictive when it comes to the harmless-yet-expensive damage done by people who put their freedom on the line in the name of the living earth….)
5. Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith once again hiding behind the trees while war rages in the distance. Yes, it’s back to timber payments for rural communities again…Anything but speak out loudly and clearly against the wars we are currently waging. Ron! Gordy! Come on out…If all this money were not being poured into the sand, the rural communities would get their payments. If we had the sack to rebuild a decent education system, the next generation might find the inspiration to create sustainable industries. And if we passed commercial hemp laws, we could grow our way out economic malaise….
6. Oregon’s grass seed farmers are breathing a smoky sight of relief. The law preventing field burning went down in, well, flames. So the official ‘non-terror-related arson’ is a Go again this year.
7. Seattle is on the verge of banning plastic bags and containers. But worry not, Garbage Mining tycoons of the future; there is more than enough to keep your post-petropolis wealth rolling in for decades to come….
8. The salmon fishing season has only just begun but the sting of disaster is already in the air. Fishermen, tribes and business are filling out their disaster relief applications before the stench of another dying industry drives them back to the land….
9. For the most part Northwest senators milled about helplessly in the mounting drifts of immigration legislation. Our own Ron Wyden voted for the ‘English Only’ amendment along with his evil twin, Gordon Smith. (Don’t you love the spectacle of elected representatives Going Both Ways on voters, most of whom are irredeemably polarized on the whole immigration debate and will be watching their elected representatives’ every involuntary twitch….
10. Deaf-Nation: San Francisco’s peace platoons are marching against the annual Fleet Week roar-off by the Blue Angels. (What? Come again? Could you speak up please…I can’t…wait this will be over in a minute…)
11. Seoul Food: Just as more of the virulent strain of E-coli has forced the recall of yet another meat mountain, here comes South Korea. Seoul has lifted a ban on American beef imports after the US confirmed that only two shipments meant for domestic consumption were mistakenly exported. Let me restate that: Meat that has only been cursorily inspected for BSE is okay for Americans to eat. No so for South Korea: There, people prefer their beef prion-free. Apparently, we accidentally shipped the Koreans some uninspected meat which was destined for American tables. Anyway…Just wait till they sink their teeth into that ‘Coli-burger’…
12. Which is available at Albertsons and other local stores, (as well South Korea, of course). Look for the smudged, illegible label that says, ‘EST 1241’ inside the USDA inspection mark.
13. Bush had to lie down briefly yesterday because he had an “upset stomach”, known to the rest of us as a “hang-over.”
14. China wants its money back on all those tainted vitamins and raisins it bought from us recently when it was briefly on a health jag. But now its back to chain smoking and eating Buffalo Wings…
15. Human rights groups say that the US has “disappeared” 39 people.
16. Banana Republicans: In Colombia, Chiquita Brands is getting sued by the families and friends of people killed by the rightwing paramilitary death squads sponsored by Chiquita. The suit says that ten employees of Chiquita and its Colombian subsidiary “knowingly aided and abetted the paramilitary forces” responsible for the 144 murders.
17. Stem Sold-Out: The House gave final Congressional approval to legislation aimed at easing restrictions on federal financing of embryonic stem cell research. The vote? 247 to 176…Not bad, but not enough to derail a presidential veto. (George, you might as well let it pass. It may provide a cure for Psychopathia Empirialis…)
18. Bush momentarily stunned his cohorts in Heiligendamm yesterday by announcing that he would consider the 50 percent cuts in emissions proposal – But it was just gas…
19. Honey I’m Home: In Iraq, while he was at work, carloads of attackers raided a police chief’s house, killed the chief’s wife, two brothers, eleven guards and then kidnapped three of the man’s adult children.
20. It’s official! There really are secret detention centers in Europe. And here’s the beauty of it: They are, for the most part, in Poland and Romania, conveniently located near Bush’s proposed missile shield site. So protestors can plan ahead, have their mail forwarded and alert their lawyers…
21. US soldiers are still going about their business looting Iraqi antiquities….Fooled ya! US soldiers do not have the education to realize the value of the archaeological treasure they are surrounded by. What they are actually doing is bulldozing ancient cities and using the broken pieces to fill sand bags for gunner emplacements. At least with looters you can hope the material will eventually show up at Sotheby’s.
22. Hurry Up and Kuwait: Contractors! What are ya gonna do…The Department of Justice is investigating whether or not a Kuwaiti construction firm contracted to build the US Embassy in Iraq carried out human trafficking with its laborers. (The Americans hired Kuwaitis because they thought that Iraqis might be a security risk.
23. Striking Oil…Workers: The Iraqi government has threatened to use force against a strike by the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions after striking workers shut down the pipelines earlier this week…Not like it was in the Bad Old Saddam Days, is it?
24. Turns out the idea to make people visiting Canada get passports was another bad egg laid by Homeland Security. The backlog of applications has brought the agency to its knees and forced irate travelers to not travel. …and it seemed like such a good idea at the time…
25. Syria and Israel are creeping ever-so slowly toward cataclysm.
Michael Pollan says: "Few pieces of legislation have as profound an impact on … the health of the American soil, the purity of its water, its biodiversity and the very look of its landscape as the Farm Bill." Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer agrees and says it's time to take back the Farm Bill from the special interests.
Activists fighting for the protection of Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park are celebrating what they see as a partial victory.
Thanks to an intensive barrage of phone calls, faxes, and emails to Montana’s governor, the activitists have obtained a postponement to the slaughter of Yellowstone buffalo who roam north into montana ranchlands.
Ranchers claim the stray buffalo spread a deadly virus called brucellosis among their livestock. The supporters of the buffalo say these claims have little foundation.
Despite the halt of the slaughter, activists are not happy with the alternative - hazing the buffalo with helicopters and horsemen to keep them away from the livestock.
Dan Brister, Project Director of the Buffalo Field Campaign, spoke to KBOO today about hazing and the perceived threat of Brucellosis:
Wilderness means economic security- that’s the message from a coalition from over forty local and regional businesses urging Oregon lawmakers to protect the Wild Rogue, an area of wild lands and tributaries to the lower Rogue River in Southwest Oregon.
Reported by William Cromartie in collaboration with the Oregon News Service.