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- Look out, Oregon! Here comes FEMA! On the other hand, if you have horses whose asses need to be inspected, you could be in luck. Or if you are bent upon suicide and want to go out slowly, they’ve got a trailer with your name on it. Ask yourself this: Would I want FEMA to rebuild the remote mountain road that runs past my house? Would I want FEMA to build a school for my kids to get crushed under? Still, we could get lucky: They might just give us the money and then leave…
- The Oregon Food Bank was in less than robust health before the storm. But Now…There are more hungry people and less food. Ask yourself this: Are you an AmeriCan or an AmeriCan’t? and ante-up. For the price of a movie ticket and a couple of drinks, a whole family in Vernonia could eat for a week.
- Lane County is asking itself whether cancer, neurological diseases, strange allergies and newly hatched cases of asthma are a price it is willing to pay to poison its roadside weeds.
- Farmers, fishermen, native Americans and environmentalists (That’s pretty much everyone in Oregon except for the people who just arrived from New York and California looking for a nice spot of wilderness to develop…) are a step or two closer to saving the Klamath River, restoring the flood plain and giving salmon a reason to care about spawning again.
- Martha Odom brought International Human Rights Day to listeners this morning. Today is also kickoff of the Surge Protections Brigade’s landmark trial. Also on the agenda, representatives of 190 nations are living it up in Bali while at the same time attempting to dissuade the world from eating itself to death. (Paradoxically, the worst polluters after the US might be the key to the whole thing. China and India have asked the reasonable question: How can you tell us not to do exactly what you did and continue too do in order to get to where you are at the top of the world’s food chain? Where’s the ‘fair’ in that? In other words, developing nations are looking to America for some sort of green development standards. Medea Benjamin of Code Pink was detained in Pakistan. And something very serious came to pass: The House passed the dreaded thought crime law, HR 1955.. What is HR 1955? The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 1955 titled the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. This bill is one of the most blatant attacks against the Constitution yet and actually defines thought crimes as homegrown terrorism. If passed into law, it will also establish a commission and a Center of Excellence to study and defeat so called thought criminals. Unlike previous anti-terror legislation, this bill specifically targets the civilian population of the United States and uses vague language to define homegrown terrorism. Amazingly, 404 of our elected representatives from both the Democrat and Republican parties voted in favor of this bill. There is little doubt that this bill is specifically targeting the growing patriot community that is demanding the restoration of the Constitution. (That last bit is from www.blacklistednews.com.)
- Kulongoski approved raises for top-flight state managers, leaving the rank and file frankly riled.
- Marion county commissioners got started on the miserable task of breaking it down for homeowners, developers and other interested parties. Land-use claims are coming to a court near you. And sooner rather than later…
- The Second Coming: A gunman killed two people at a missionary training center near Denver Colorado yesterday. (He was turned away when he asked for a place to sleep that night. Colorado is chilly this time of year…) Twelve hours later another gunman – or perhaps the same one – shot a person at the New Life Church (This is the megachurch formerly lead by the not-so-reverend Ted Haggard who made headlines by carrying on three years worth of cash-for-sex ‘lovin’ with a male prostitute. If this gunman was the same as the first gunman then does this mean that…He came back…? Just asking…)
- Howard’s End: The State Department’s Inspector General, Howard Krongard resigned. In past administrations, this office usually carried out criminal investigations; it did not customarily conduct criminal activity – until now. Bush appointee Krongard was up to everything from fraud and corruption involving contractors and the US embassy in Baghdad. (The world’s largest and still unoccupied) to arms smuggling and Blackwater Worldwide. What a guy! Krongard puts the ‘K’ in ‘K’ street.
- And They’re Off! The inquiry into the destruction of CIA torture tapes is off and running. (All this serves to prompt questions like, What the hell does this president have to do to get impeached?)
- The Supreme Court is extending its review of federal courts’ jurisdiction over two US citizens captured and labeled “terrorists” in Iraq.
- Value Village: At least one of the so-called “high value” detainees at Guantanamo says he was tortured. (I’m guessing the others are too far gone – Jose Padilla – to know what planet hey are on…))
- An Iraqi Investigating Magistrate convened the first criminal hearing of Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein. Hussein has been held without charges for nearly 20 months now. (So we can assume that Iraqi police are learning quite a bit from their own captors and the military forces currently occupying their country)
- In the new, safer Baghdad, mortars slammed into an Interior Ministry prison killing at least seven inmates. (They still have a long way to go before they arrive at the numbers of inmates who died in post-Katrina prisons in New Orleans…)
- Gulf Arab states told Defense Secretary Robert Gates that American policy in the Middle East was hypocritical: Case in Point: Israel has nukes but doesn’t want anyone else to have nukes and the US is thoughtlessly, unquestioningly pro-Israeli regardless of human rights violations, violations of a number of international human rights laws and the outright theft of land. But other than that, they’re good guys because the Holocaust made them that way…Make sense?
- Like every other region of the world where significant oil reserves have ever been found, Kirkuk is fucked forever.
- Protests all over the world erupted calling the world’s attention (Such as it is) to the spineless efforts of the Climate Change negotiators in Bali.
- The party of Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif says it will contest general elections in January.
- Pact With The Devil: African nations meeting with their European counterparts in Lisbon turned down the West’s generous offer to re-colonize Africa via “free trade pacts”, thereby exploiting the Dark Continents natural resources and really exploiting its workforce while keeping citizens of African nations impoverished and at one another’s throats. Seems fair to me…
- China is cracking down on Tibetan Buddhists.
- And Hugo Chavez made time run backwards – by 30 minutes.