November 16, 2004
Testing the "Peter Principle" Bush nominates Condoleezza Rice to the empty Secretary of State seat left by Colin Powell. On a lighter note the world is in uproar over a U.S. marine videotaped shooting an Iraqi insurgent playing possum. In Boise, they put up a big tree at the State Capitol.
November 17, 2004
The world is a scary place. A news report surfaces about students in Texas who are being electronically tagged and watched by Big Brother. The pyramids of Egypt are being plagued by a swarm of pink locusts. Russia develops a mysterious new nuclear weapon. Rumors fly about Idaho's elected officials in line for vacated cabinet posts at the White House. An Idaho soldier from Lewiston is blown up by a car bomb in Iraq. Doom and gloom.
November 18, 2004
In the deep heart of the red states former President Bill Clinton dedicates his presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas. In attendance are both Presidents Bush, the band U2, Clinton administration officials and the rain. Inside the building are whitewashed accounts of bad things that happened to him during his Presidency. Noticeably absent was a smoking lounge, a cigar bar and the blue dress.
November 19, 2004
President Bush signs into law a bill authorizing the increase of the government's credit limit to $8.184 trillion. A White House spokesman says it "was important to protect the full faith and credit of the United States." Then he adds, "we needed to buy Christmas toys for orphans in Iraq."
Azad Abdullah is found guilty of murdering his wife and setting fire to the family home with his children still inside.
A memo originating from the office of the Idaho State Police financial investigator is leaked to the press acknowledging an investigation is underway into possible misuse of public funds by Liberty Charter School.
The world's oldest man, Fred Hale Sr. from Dewitt, New York, dies. He is 113. The world's oldest living woman, Hendrikje Van Andel-Schipper from the Netherlands, is 114. But the Guinness record for world's oldest person is still held by Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122 in France. She had met Vincent Van Gogh as a child. Unofficially, a Dominican woman who died in 2003, Elizabeth "Ma Pampo" Israel, was said to be 128 years old but Guinness record officials have been unable to confirm her age by documents. A fellow Dominican, Rose Peter, is a few years behind her at 119, also an unofficial age.
November 20, 2004
Ah, the holiday parade. An annual tradition to march down the street or pull a float to the delight of spectators. Nothing bad happens other than a few missteps behind the horses.
Since hockey games are less violent these days the NBA is attempting to make up for the difference. The NBA announces suspensions for what some are calling the worst fight on a basketball court ever. The fight Friday night between the Pacers and the Pistons spilled over into the stands and involved the fans as well. Some players were suspended with more to come. Now that's Basketbrawl!
In a blazing example of "Fair and Balanced", FOX Television news dude and radio talk show host Sean Hannity comes to Boise for his "Victory Tour." He talks about non-partisan issues such as the liberals not giving President Bush more credit for his "success," compares Bush to Winston Churchill, Presidents Ronald Reagan and Harry Truman and predicted that Senator Hillary Clinton will play follow the leader to him in four years when she runs for president, gushing about how she loves the BSU Broncos just like he does. We received at least one call from an upset BSU alumni who wonders if this would be a new trend for BSU to support right-wing idealism by tying it in with the football team. And for those of you living in a cave, the BSU Broncos tally up their 21st win in a row.
Congress spends $338 billion of your tax dollars, knowing they don't have to face the ballot box for two more years. The menu had a lot of pork. The bipartisan group Taxpayers for Common Sense comes up with a list of the top pork projects.
• $25,000 for the study of mariachi music in the Clark County School Distinct, NV.
• $225,000 to the National Wild Turkey Federation, SC.
• $250,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, TN.
• $1,000,000 for the Missouri Pork Producers Federation to convert animal waste into energy, MO.
• $75,000 for renovations of the Merry Go Round Playhouse, Auburn, NY.
• $100,000 for Punxsutawney Weather Museum, Punxsutawney, PA.
• $306,000 for restroom repair at Porter Beach at Indian Dunes NL, IN.
• $4,989,000 to stabilize bathhouses for adaptive reuse, Hot Springs, AR.
• $1,593 for potato storage, Madison, WI.
• $250,000 for asparagus technology and production, WA.
• $50,000 for feral hogs in Missouri.
• $150,000 for a Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Columbus, GA.
• $150,000 for beaver management and damage in Wisconsin.
• $200,000 for the American Cotton Museum in Greenville, TX.
But not everyone gets more money. The Environmental Protection Agency loses $612 million from its budget and federal aid for water and sewer improvements to rural communities and Indian tribes is cut by $518 million.
Also in the bill is a provision that bars any doctors, hospitals or health care providers from being forced to offer abortion services or referrals by local, state or federal agencies. Democrats don't fight this because the Senate Majority Leader promises to hold another vote later reversing the provision. We're sure we'll hear more about this.
November 21, 2004
A fire destroys 1,800 shops in Dhaka, Bangladesh. That's the most interesting thing we found. Nothing much else was going on.
November 22, 2004
Six hunters in the backwoods of Wisconsin are shot dead in a dispute over a deer stand.
November 23, 2004
A reader inspired to call Senator Larry Craig regarding last week's feature article "The Low-Use Segment" regarding the plight of Idaho's downwinders, is shocked to find out that Craig's office secretary answering the call had no idea what article she was talking about. Furthermore, Craig's employee assailed this fine publication for informing the public about the issue, calling Boise Weekly a "rag." Don't blame the messenger, Senator.
--Compiled by Bingo BarnesWAR IN IRAQ
U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1,228 U.S. service members (including 10 Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 957 in combat and 271 from noncombat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 9,326.
Last week 18 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq.
Since President George W. Bush declared "mission accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, 1,086 soldiers have died and 8,784 have been injured.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense
IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 14,505 and 16,662.
COST OF IRAQ WAR TO U.S.: $146,578,000,000.
COST OF IRAQ WAR TO BOISE: $63,086,000.
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