1. Governor Kulongoski just flew in from Kabul ('And, Boy, are his arms tired'... ). The Guv says Afghanistan might make it but he thinks that Iraq is in full-on civil war.
2. And the Guv also says that school funding advocates are playing offense rather than defense this season in the Legislature.
3. The United Farm Workers Union has been organizing workers at Oregon's largest dairy. That's the good news. The bad news is of course that this dairy is Threemile Canyon Farms near Boardman, one of the State's worst polluters.
4. Oregon contractors are using biodiesel at a few worksites - with any luck it will offset the fumes from the dairy...
5. In Salem, the Queen of Peace Catholic Church is encouraging people who have a problem with immigration to go to countries that immigrants are coming from and have a look at the circumstances that drive people to leave their homes, their land and their families to make a dangerous journey to a dangerous place.
6. Portland's aerial tram got off to a rocky start: At the unveiling ceremony, the veil refused to 'un'. Sam Adams and OHSU President Joe Robertson couldn't get the tarp off. A construction worker had to be called in to cut the thing loose, with wire cutters.
7. A video got loose from the Defense Department however, which shows exactly how the government treated one of its most notorious guests, Jose Padilla. The tape is clear evidence of torture occurring on American soil.
8. I Meant To Do That: With Iraq falling further into chaos and the White House increasingly on the defensive, President Bush's National Security Advisor said the president's war policy has not failed. It just looks that way.
9. Over the weekend, it emerged that just before being unceremoniously sacked Rumsfeld said that the US strategy in Iraq was not working and required a "major adjustment".
10. The Supreme Court is going to take another look (Through its new rose-colored glasses) at Affirmative Action.
11. Keith Ellison, the nation's first Muslim member of Congress wants to take the oath of office on a Quran instead of a Bible, thus drawing a storm of condemnation from other members of the government sworn to uphold American's right to freedom of worship.
12. FBI agents arrested the fifth member of a group of Army Rangers who had fantasies of challenging the Hells Angels for dominance as the pre-eminent crime family in British Columbia.
13. A secretive Air Force facility in Colorado Springs tested a radio frequency this past week that it says it would use to communicate with first responders in the event of a Homeland Security Threat (They mean another terrorist attack or perhaps an environmental activist meeting). Trouble is, the thing jams garage doors shut. The signals apparently are emanating from the Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, home to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. (So a homeowner never knows whether we are under a terrorist attack from outer space or the garage door is just on the fritz... ).
14. Hurray!!!! Hugo Chavez won! We knew he would, but one can't help but gloat...
15. In Caracas, Venezuela, officials identifying themselves as members of a state regulatory agency forced the US-based Spanish language TV network Telemundo (Which is a division of NBC, which is owned by General Electric, which is supervised by the Pentagon... .) to halt transmission yesterday of its presidential election coverage.
16. Iraq's President Jalal Talabani rejected suggestions that an international conference be held to address the violence wracking his country.
17. Protestors in Beirut are still protesting.
18. Fiji is about to experience its own coup.
19. Canadian Liberals have turned down Michael Ignatieff's generous offer to ruin their country by descending from the clouds trailing plumes of red, white and blue.
20. Oil Under The Ground Syndrome: In Chad, rebels have captured yet another town.
21. In the wake of Typhoon Durian, mudslides are consuming whole villages in the Philippines.