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The KBOO am news for November 23rd, 2005 (plus exciting holiday gift!)
1. A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to slap a huge tax on cigarettes. (Smoke screen? Hell yes! Why not slap a hefty tax on gasoline? That would raise more money and do more for health and the environment. Perhaps it's easier to fuck with individual smokers than to take on the auto companies - what's left of them.)
2. The Justice Dept. has sued the state of Missouri for voting violations in '04. (Hey, Justice Dept., the three most fateful words in America: Ohio exit polls.)
3. Tom Delay wanted to get all this conspiracy and money laundering nastiness behind him fast and dirty so. So he strong-armed his way to a new judge. New judge Pat Priest (Where do these names come from anyway?) is not going to throw out the indictment after all. A vote on the next Majority leader is set for January.
4. The head of an investigation into secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe is checking 31 suspect planes that landed in Europe in recent years. (This story actually ran yesterday morning. I don't know how it got in here.)
FSRN: Jose Padilla has finally been indicted after three years in captivity.
5. A Texas man who was executed in 1993 for a robbery-murder was probably wrongfully convicted. Texas is maintaining its staggering lead is the Execution Sweepstakes. Idea for new Texas state motto: Innocence is no excuse.
6. The Scanlon scandal and the Great Unraveling of the Republican Party. (Again, this ran yesterday).
7. FSRN: Louisiana is cutting $600 million dollars from the budget for healthcare and education (what else? ). All this disaster is working out so well the the Admin: throttle government services, let the Willfully Stupid raise a hew and cry, then privatize everything. It's the American Way!
8. Washington is restoring military ties with Indonesia. It's all part of Bush's Wonderful War on Terror.
9. Crawford, Texas: the turkey has come home to roost and the pr5otestors will bring the hot sauce.
10. Iraqi's won't be seeing any profits from all that oil. It's all going to the US and Britain. (This is another story that ran yesterday)
12. FSRN: Iraqi immigrants in Jordan are feeling "unwanted". (On the plus side, 500 pound bombs aren't falling on them and their isn't being 'well lighted' by white phosphorus.
13. Hugo Chavez is sending third world citizens of the Bronx with much needed heating oil. First world Americans are getting their from the usual sources.
14. Syria asked Kofi Annan for help with the Detlev Mehlis investigation into the death of Rafik Hariri. (Mehlis should explain slowly and carefully to Syria that this is a set-up)
15. A chemical plant in china exploded. Everyone had their water turned off. So now instead of drinking poisonous water straight from the tap, they'll be getting it from ditches and wells. (Maybe Venezuela could send them a container ship full of mineral water.)
16. The Kyoto Treaty is on the table in Montreal. Tony Blair is the key player, but the only Climate Change Tony seems to be watching is the Winds of Political Change.)
17. If you thought the news from General Motors was bad, get this: Moody's Investors Service says it may cut its ratings on the ford Motor company deeper into junk bond territory.
18. FOX says that those 30 thousand GM jobs that are going? Good News! It's going to be better for everyone. Neil 'Your World' (but not your job') Cavuto said, People have been guaranteed a certain standard of living and almost think it's their right to have that." Yes. That is what he said. (Idea: take away Cavuto's salary, benefits, house(s) and car(s), poke him with a sharp stick and put him on the street and let's see if he thinks he "has a right" to that.)
19. Hurricane Gamma is thrashing across Central America. (You won't hear too much about this because Climate Change is just a myth churned out by cranky Marxist scientists - the same guys who brought you evolution)

In what can only be called a military attack, Mexican troops brandishing weapons stole contraband worth millions of dollars while holding Border Patrol agents at gunpoint.
The media spins the story as if it were a standoff. A standoff would have been if no one got the dump truck or the drugs. There have now been over 800 killed in the South Texas border zone in the last year. Car bombs in Dallas, machine-gunning deaths on a daily basis, the US Mission has been shut down in Neuvo Laredo because of persistent rocket-propelled grenade attacks.
Months ago, there was an article at infowars.com covering the undeclared border war. At that time, only six hundred had died. The State Department has issued three travel advisories warning not to go into areas of South Texas and Mexico. They are saying that it is more dangerous than the West Bank.
But still, there is a national news blackout on this developing story. On a weekly basis, US citizens are kidnapped. Mexican troops shoot and kill Border Patrol agents, Forestry Service workers and Sheriff's Deputies.
In Arizona, what can only be called the Plan of San Diego has been implemented. Some nights as many as a dozen homes are burned to the ground.

Same story, different angle:

Armed standoff on Rio Grande
WorldNetDaily | November 20, 2005

U.S. Border Patrol agents were backed down this week by armed men this week. The men were dressed in what appeared to be Mexican military uniforms and carrying military weapons. They seized a captured dump truck filled with marijuana from the U.S. agents and dragged it across the border into Mexico with a bulldozer.
Border Patrol agents attempted to pull over a dump truck on Interstate 10 in Hudspeth County, Texas. The driver abandoned the truck after it became stuck and fled into Mexico. Agents began unloading the haul - estimated to have been nearly 3 tons of marijuana. Then everything changed.
The dump truck driver returned with armed men. Some of them appeared to be Mexican soldiers in uniform with military weapons.
As both sides faced off, a bulldozer appeared from the Mexico side of the river. The armed men to pulled the dump truck full of marijuana into Mexico.
There are widespread reports of U.S.-trained Mexican commandos called the Zetas. They make cross-border runs into U.S. territory in military-style vehicles, armed with automatic weapons.
The Zetas were trained as elite commandos by U.S. forces to combat the drug cartels. But they have switched sides and are working for the drug smugglers in the border area. The Zetas are conducting a bloody war in an effort to secure a monopoly on drug-smuggling and people-smuggling routes.

Now stop complaining that I never give you anything for Thanksgiving.