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0104 am 'Get This' news

Summary of the KBOO am news for Thursday, December 4th, 2007.
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1. Suzanne Swift is out of Ft. Lewis jail but she's still in the Army - for five more years. He Mum isn't too happy about the way daughter Suzanne was treated, raped, jailed, demoted and all... Meanwhile, Ft. Lewis has bigger fish to fry: Today is the first of a two day hearing for Ehren Watada.
2. The police who shot the kid armed with an SKS say that the boy was "suicidal."
3. Local politics turned Democrat last election cycle, dragging GOP stalwarts kicking and screaming into a Bright New Tomorrow.
4. Economic growth in Oregon looks to slow in 2007. And there are, Oh, so many reasons why, none of them good. No one in Salem is factoring in the real cost of global warming, destruction of the marine habitat, rivers, farmland, wilderness, ski areas. If you cut down all the trees and kill of all the fish what you need are new ideas... Got any?
5. Prosecutors are talking about the death penalty for two Oregon State Penitentiary inmates who are charged with murdering a fellow inmate. Oregon reinstated the death penalty in the Tough-on-Crime 80's and since then has only seen fit to execute two people. (The irony, of course, is that had they two men not killed the other inmate in all likelihood they themselves would have been killed, thus saving the State a lot of time and bother.
6. The State has decided not to renew a man's license to harvest seaweed on the Oregon coast. (Was this an accident or did the State for once take the long view and do the right thing? One man gathering kelp, leads to big commercial enterprises, leads to destruction of the environment, leads to collapse of local economies, leads to more people crowding into cities looking for work, leads to Kulongoski standing up in front of adoring minions calling for "economic growth."
7. Charades! Who Am I? Involvement in the covert funding of the Contras, involved in a cover-up of human rights abuses carried out by CIA-trained operatives in Honduras, where he was the U.S. chief of mission in the 1980s. It was in Honduras that he first worked with the former executive director of the CIA, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, Ambassador to Iraq under Bush II, Director of National Intelligence until, well, take a look at your watch, and now, Deputy Secretary of State under Condoleeza Rice (Sorry about that last mental image... ). That's right! John Negroponte.
8. Now It Can Be Told: The FBI found evidence of abuse at Guantanamo Bay. (But it was the 'Good' American abuse, not the kind they have in other countries where it is known as torture... .)
9. The Golden Rude: Bush is begging the new Democratic Congress not to treat the Republican minority the way the Republicans treated the Democrats when they were the minority. (Bush didn't exactly put it like that - way too complicated and hard to follow... )
10. Options in Iraq: There are none. It is an unmitigated disaster that is spreading its poison across the Middle East.
11. How Many Aircraft Carriers Does It Take To Screw-up A Country? Two, so far. The Pentagon is sending a second aircraft carrier as a warning to Iran and Syria. ("To give commanders more flexibility in the region." Sounds like a yoga move: And now, class we shall assume 'The Aircraft Carrier... ..'
12. Democratic Senator Tim Johnson is improving. (Better luck next time, Karl.)
13. Congressional Democrats are passing ethics laws. (Here's an ethical idea, Democrats: Stop the unethical wars and shut the unethical offshore prisons. End the unethical torture and cease to unethically pollute the environment. And that's just for starters... .)
14. Minnesota Democratic Representative and Muslim Keith Ellison gets sworn in on Jefferson's Quran today.
15. The US is there to help out where ever it can (Actually, wherever it bloody-well pleases... ) American troops are preventing Islamists from fleeing Somalia.- thus enabling the new batch of warlords to shoot them all.
16. In Allahabad, Northern India, the Ardh Kumbha Mela has officially begun. By the time it is over some 70 million people will make the pilgrimage to the confluence of three rivers, two of them real and one of them imaginary, where everybody will take a nice relaxing bath and have a cuppa. (Take a look at the Kumbh Mela pictures on www.zenzibar.com.)
17. In Palestine, the sheer dogged refusal of the US to rein in its Israeli pit bull, has created a blood bath. And this is during a 'truce', no less... .
18. In Iraq, they arrested a couple of patsies for the Saddam snuff videos.
19. Saddam Hussein's banned Baath Party has a new leader... .the envelope, please... He is Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri (Who looks like one of the Pogues only healthier - sandy hair, pale skin, light eyes..You can take the boy out of Langley, but you can't take Langley out of the boy... )
20. The political wing of the Basque separatist group, ETA wants peace talks with Spain, even as the dust is settling on the latest bombing.
21. France's PM Dominique de Villepin says he's going to get right on the homeless problem
22. In Tijuana, police are cracking (Ha ha, little pun there... ) down on drug lords.
23. 2007 is shaping up to be the warmest year on record.