0418 Get This
Summary of the KBOO am news for Wednesday, April 18th, 2007.
04/18/07 Get This
1. The Oregon House passed a bill that gives Gays and Lesbians all the benefits of marriage (Except actual marriage, you see... Because that would cause hetero marriages to come unraveled.) and protections against discrimination under two landmark bills. Now it's on to the Senate and the Governor's desk. After that, the road divides: Soccer camp or divorce court. (Historical note: America's first township, 400 years ago, Jamestown was almost exclusively male. And Christian. Inevitably, 'partnerships' formed. So what they did about this, was the church "consecrated" quite a few of these same sex marriages. So next time some bigot says gay marriage is anti-America and unchristian, well... )
2. The Road To Salem Is Paved With Good - And Not-so-Good Intentions: Hundreds of people went to the State capital to tell the Legislature what they can do with Measure 37 (As with things like fisting and shrimping, some like it some don't... ). My suggestion: If you like the idea of boundless development, by all means, move to Houston...
3. Oregon's own discount emporium, Bi-Mart is suing Anaconda-Deer Lodge County (What are the chances that this Montana county was originally called 'Deer Lodge,' until a mining company underwrote some piss ante football field... ?) and Atlantic Richfield. One of Bi-Mart's contractor's trucks fell through a hole on the building site that contained drums of toxic metals left over from copper mining (That word 'Anaconda' should have been the first sign something was wrong with the deal... )
4. The Washington House approved a bill to create a 'Wild Sky Wilderness' north of Seattle. It's been a few years in the making, but once you sweep out the Republicans and other detritus, you can actually do some good things with government, instead of god on your side...
5. Case in point: Governor Christine Gregoire is signing a few bills today: A law phasing out some fireproofing chemicals commonly - until today - found in electronics and upholstery. Another law that would protect journalists from going to jail for protecting their sources. And the icing on the cake? A 'Rainy Day' fund. Remember the 'Good Old Days' when Oregon was the nation's pre-eminent progressive state?... No?... .Well, it has been a while.
6. Cho Seung-hui, the Virginia Tech shooter - we hardly knew ya... But one thing we know, is that you and your family were devout Christians. Before the media got more of the sordid details, this little info-tidbit was readily available...
7. A Stanford University environmental engineering professor has publish new findings that show that ethanol is worse for the body and the air than good old gas. (Bad news for the genetic engineers at ADM who have been hard at work cranking out new strains of ethanol-ready corn... )
8. Researchers at Harvard have learned - don't ask me how - that marijuana is good for your lungs... A hell of a lot better than ethanol, at the very least...
9. Wall Street is right up there at the top of the campaign donors list: Guess which campaigns...
10. The government has closed college databases to student loan companies due to massive pillaging, plundering and sacking of these sprawling cities of lucrative information.
11. Gazillionaire George Soros is accusing the Bush administration of pandering to Israel and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Soros - who, by the way, is Jewish - says AIPAC is intervening in debates over Iran, the nearly successful appointment of John Bolton as US ambassador to the UN and the administration's enthusiastic swan dive into Middle Eastern politics.
12. Defense Secretary, Robert Gates says that debate over US withdrawal from Iraq is "helpful"; withdrawal itself is not on the table - at least not to his particular department where war is business and business is good. (Until the whole US economy tanks, at which point busyness is neither good nor bad - just gone... )
13. So far today, the death toll for bombs in Baghdad is 178 and counting... .
14. Aside from the daily death toll, Iraq has other problems aplenty which administration sophistry continues to ignore, discount or otherwise remain unaware of entirely. Example: 80 percent of Iraqis lack sanitation; 70 percent lack potable water and 60 percent have no access to the public food distribution system. Don't even ask about the electricity...
15. The Us continues to ignore the horrendous Iraqi refugee crisis it has created. Originally, America agreed to open its fleshy arms to 7 thousand refugees - that's out of numbers that top 1.9 million. So far, we have embraced just 400. (And those few will probably end up on 'No-Fly-List' or shuffled off to detention facilities for the crime of having Iraqi names... )
16. The commander of an Electronic Attack Squadron stationed with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf has been "relieved of duty" for unspecified reasons. (Refusing to launch air strikes on Iran, would be my first guess... .)
17. In Pakistan, protestors are gathered around the Supreme Court today to oppose President General Pervez Musharraf's suspension of that nation's Chief Justice. This situation has been heating up fast and it is yet another geopolitical headache for the Bush administration, which had been planning on using Pakistan as it's base for the continual attacks on Afghanistan and the upcoming assault on Iran. (Oh, to be in Peshawar when the poppies are in bloom... )
18. The dollar continues to fall against the pound on world markets. The pound sterling broke through the $2 dollar level yesterday.
19. Mexican gunmen snatched a crime reporter who strayed a bit to close to the border area where you can be one of three things: 1. A Narco-Trafficker; 2. A maquilladora slave-laborer; 3. Dead.
20. Even the European Union thinks America's Good-Neighbor Fence is a ridiculous - not to mention cruel - idea.
21. In Nigeria, opposition candidates want the upcoming election postponed. The voting hasn't even started in earnest yet, and already cracks are appearing in the foundation of Truth, Decency and The Nigerian Way... .
22. In France, Segolene Royal and Nicolas Sarkozy are on the Woo Trail.
23. The Mayor of Nagasaki was killed by Yakuza.
24. And America and Australia are going to trade refugees (Like trading CO2 emissions, or baseball cards... Take your pick... )
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