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Friday, May 25, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on May 25 at 7:18 AM

Immigration: According to a New York Times/CBS poll, most Americans favor a change in immigration laws allowing illegal immigrants to gain legal status. A guest worker program is also favored.

War Funding: President Bush gets his $100 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan. Democrats get to explain to their constituents why they folded on a timetable for withdrawl.

Oops: Israel accidentally dropped a bomb near the home of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas.

Lobbyists: Ethics legislation finally passes in the House.

Moqtada al-Sadr: The popular Shiite cleric/militia leader comes out of hiding, delivers a sermon at a mosque in Iraq’s southern city of Kufa.

North Korea: In the business of test-firing short-range missiles again.

World Bank: Out with Wolfowitz, in with Bill Frist?

Found Money: An employee at a Goodwill store in South Carolina will be allowed to keep $5,000 she found in the pockets of a donated pair of pajamas.

Passings: King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng died last night after a cardiac arrest.

Indictments: You may have heard a little something about Mayor Greg Nickels’s son Jacob, and his alleged involvement in a casino racketeering ring.

Light Rail: 49 miles of expansion coming soon to a ballot near you.

And finally, some sanitation tips from Infantry Drill Regulations, 1911:

674. Immediately on arriving in camp sinks should be dug. This is a matter of fundamental sanitary importance, since the most serious epidemics of camp diseases are spread from human excreta.

One sink is usually provided for each company and one for the officers of each battalion. Those for the men are invariably located on the side of camp opposite the kitchens. All sinks should be so placed that they can not pollute the water supply or camp site as a result of drainage or overflow. To insure this, their location and their distance from camp may be varied.

When camp is made for a single night, shallow trenches, 12 inches deep and 15 to 18 inches wide, which the men may straddle, will suffice.

In more permanent camps, the trenches should be about 2 feet wide, 6 feet deep, and 15 feet long. They should be provided with seats and back rests made of poles, and should be screened by brush or old tent flys.

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Posted by Mr. Poe | May 25, 2007 8:16 AM
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Also, we marked the first consecutive months with 90 or more American soldiers killed in Iraq in the whole course of the war. How about that surge? 3,500 by June 10th?

Posted by Fnarf | May 25, 2007 8:37 AM
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I just looked at the voting record of our two Senators from Washington on the US Seante website. THEY VOTED FOR THE FUNDING BILL!!!! MY GOD!!!! I feel like I am a victim of Political Date Rape!!

You support a party that talks nice and makes all those sweet promises and then they screw you over! (And spare me the idea that this is how Washington politics work) 70% of Americans want out of Iraq NOW!! This is not some issue where we are evenly divided as a nation. What are Patty and Maria worried about? Bush's 30% approval ratings?

I already wrote to both Senators expressing my disappointment and suggested that the state of Washingston may need to look for new Democratic candidates to challenge them in their bids for re-election.

Okay, I am off my soap box now. Feel free to bitch me out Slog readers!

Posted by Just Me | May 25, 2007 8:41 AM
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Here is the link to the US Senate Website with the voting record for the Iraq Funding bill:

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00181#position

Posted by Just Me | May 25, 2007 9:08 AM
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Mitt Romney clarified his position to state that hes not intolerant of gays and lesbians just because he opposes equal rights.

Great! That means hes simply a sadistic, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot - hes the perfect candidate to lead this country.

He also said that he employed several gay men in his administration, though the identities of these Uncle Mos remains a mystery.

Who are the fools who believe this insane double talk, anyway?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20070524/romney-gays

Posted by Original Andrew | May 25, 2007 9:20 AM
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@ Original Andrew:

Thanks for reminding my why I am still a democrat, although reluctantly right now...

Posted by Just Me | May 25, 2007 9:27 AM
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@3 - Thanks for that information; I'd been wondering about that (KUOW mentioned something about the vote "splitting our delegation," but they must have been referring to congress). Those ladies have some 'splainin' to do.

Posted by Levislade | May 25, 2007 9:36 AM
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@ Levislade. Forget the 'splainin' to do. We need to find two people to run against them in the primaries for 2010 (Patty is up for re-election then) and 2012 (Maria is up for re-election then). Any ideas for candidates?

But I did not find either of our Senators planning any events in Seattle this coming weekend. But then if I was them, I would not show my face around town either.....

Posted by Just Me | May 25, 2007 9:42 AM
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Amen. I just wrote to both of them:

I am profoundly distressed and disappointed that Washington's Democratic senators voted to cave in to President Bush's ridiculous demands, and bowed to what amounted to his holding our troops hostage for more money to feed his despicable, deluded, wrong-headed war machine. You were under no obligation to send him a bill that met his demands. If he had really wanted to fund the troops he would have signed whatever you sent him, and he turned that down. The vast majority of this country wants us out of Iraq now - this is the major reason the Democratic party controls the House and the Senate - and you and your fellow Senators caved in to the deluded minority that thinks pouring more dollars, bullets and lives into Iraq will change anything.

This decision will figure strongly in my decision next time you come up for re-election, and I hope that someone else who is willing to represent the people of Washington and the United States decides to step up and seek the nomination for your seat.

Posted by Levislade | May 25, 2007 9:48 AM
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gross! the army poops in sinks? do they wash their hands and faces in toilets?

Posted by brad | May 25, 2007 10:09 AM
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Hands and feces? : )

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | May 25, 2007 10:25 AM
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"Light Rail: 49 miles of expansion coming soon to a ballot near you."

Oh sure, NOW they say 49 miles. Then they'll drop ten, a couple of years AFTER the vote.

That First Hill trolly? First thing to go . . . .

Posted by long-term memory | May 25, 2007 10:51 AM
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Well, if you vote for a Red Bushie for US Senator, you know what that means: 4 more years of War.

You takes what you gets.

But, seriously, send a handwritten postcard to both and complain. Let them realize what 70 percent of America thinks. The Beltway crowd still doesn't grok how much we despise them for keeping this Failure of a War going.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 25, 2007 11:00 AM
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Maria has voted for just about every pro-Iraq-war measure, as well as every legislation that boosts, expands, or extends the PATRIOT act. Gee thanks, if I wanted this kind of shit in my "representative's" head, I'd move to Oklahoma or something.

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