Tuesday, November 30
The BSU Broncos are officially going to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee where they will face the Louisville Cardinals. Actually the official name is the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. It seems most of the bowl games have found an angel sponsor in these oh so difficult financial times for college football. There's the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl, the Toyota Gator Bowl, the FedEx Orange Bowl, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (sounds like a good snack), the MasterCard Alamo Bowl, the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, the Vitalis Sun Bowl and the Rose Bowl ... presented by Citi. Some have outright changed their names to satisfy their sponsors. We have the Insight.com Bowl, the MPC Computers Bowl, the GMAC Bowl, the Continental Tire Bowl, the Champs Sports Bowl and the Capitol One Bowl. How ironic, then, that the Independence Bowl has not found a title sponsor yet?
Wednesday, December 1
We wake up in Boise to find the first snowfall of the winter has stuck to the ground. It isn't much, but it's something. Tom Brokaw, whose mug has adorned the NBC Nightly News for over 20 years on the nightly news, bids his news audience adieu. First Dan, then Tom. Wow. Could Peter be next?
Thursday, December 2
The state Republican monopoly shifts a few committee chair seats around. The management at Les Bois Park invites the media to see the clean and repaired park after Ada County Commissioners asked a judge if they could evict the current leaseholders. Local Basque musician Jim Jausoro dies. The Boise mayor wants a new ethics commission to help enforce higher standards of conduct for city government officials. And BSU doesn't want to lose Coach Dan Hawkins so they offer him a cool half-million bucks for his new contract.
Friday, December 3
The Ukrainian Supreme Court nullifies the results of the recent election. It seems like people will get a chance to vote again, and again, and again.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces their recommendation that the sage grouse be delisted from the threatened or endangered species list. According to their scientists, the current sagebrush habitat is approximately 54 percent of its historic acreage and the sage grouse population is estimated between 142,000 and a half-million birds.
Mark Salvo, director of the Sagebrush Sea Campaign, responds, "The only science upon which the Bush Administration based this decision was political science. They are paying back their political base in the grazing and oil and gas industries."
Governor Dirk Kempthorne weighs in on the sage grouse rift saying, "Idaho has been working diligently on plans that will form a framework for the protection of the species in Idaho. In conjunction with local working groups around the state, Idaho will help foster the success of this species well into the future as it balances the needs of the people who share the same habitat."
The only thing they can all agree on is that they taste like chicken.
Saturday, December 4
A teenage couple reports to police in Florida that their house was burglarized and their marijuana stolen. They really want their quarter-pound of bud back because they intend to sell the weed. Now they'll have to sell a lot more to pay for their legal costs. They forget the first rule of Weed Club, you don't talk about Weed Club.
Sunday, December 5
Not much happens today so we'll take this opportunity to look back. In 1933 prohibition ended. Ironically, it was Utah's vote which provided the 36th state needed to ratify and pass the 21st amendment, which repealed the 18th amendment. Isn't it interesting that you used to be able to drink at age 18, but now you have to be 21?
Monday, December 6
Jurors are selected for the Boise trial of citizens arrested for refusing to vacate the area around the Ten Commandments monument in Julia Davis Park when it was moved this last spring. The trial is expected to take several days and if you haven't ever seen a trial, this will be a good one with plenty of colorful characters and people praying. Anyone can attend. Go down to the Ada County Courthouse (200 Front Street) and see our judicial system at work. The people on trial were arrested when they refused police orders to move from around the monument to let city workers move it to its new home. Now, these bible thumpers are costing the taxpayers even more money because they refuse to admit they broke the law. We would also like to point out that we didn't know three of the 10 commandments before this whole series of events went down. Now, we can name at least four.
Police said "pretty please" when asking the Ten Commandments protesters to move last March.
Tuesday, December 7
Do you notice the flags at half-mast? Idaho's governor orders them to honor 1st Lt. Luke C. Wullenwaber of Lewiston who was killed in action in Khaladiyah, Iraq on November 16.U.S. DEBT
The outstanding public debt as of this week is $7,529,652,570,810 and increasing on average of $1.72 billion per day since September 30, 2003.
Each citizen's share of this debt is $25,525.49.
Source: www.brillig.com/debt_clockWAR IN IRAQ
U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1,274 U.S. service members (including 10 Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 996 in combat and 278 from noncombat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 9,765.
Last week 20 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq.
Since President George W. Bush declared "mission accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, 1,132 soldiers have died and 9,223 have been injured.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense
IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 14,619 and 16,804.
COST OF IRAQ WAR TO U.S.: $148,894,000,000.
COST OF IRAQ WAR TO BOISE: $64,083,000.
Source: costofwar.comcitizen calendar
Tuesday, December 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Senator Elliot Werk (Boise District 17) will hold a Pre-Legislative Session public forum in the library at Borah High School (6001 Cassia just west of Curtis Road). District 17 residents are encouraged to attend with questions, concerns, and comments.
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