8 Days Last Week 

December 22, 2004

Tuesday, December 14

The Idaho Humane Society filed up five complaints against Pet City in Boise Town Square Mall for animal cruelty. Humane Society officials give the shop 24 hours to improve the living conditions for the animals or they will begin impounding them.

Manpower, a worldwide employment services company, reports that Boise should anticipate a flat job market for first quarter 2005. On the other hand, the U.S. as a whole should anticipate a very slight increase in job levels. For those of you still looking to leave the U.S. because of the results of the last election, we'd recommend looking at Norway, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong and Japan. According to Manpower, all of these countries expect to have increases in employment.

Wednesday, December 15

The NY Times reports that former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who withdrew his nomination by President Bush for the head position of the Homeland Security Department is in even more trouble. He withdrew his nomination because he apparently hired an illegal immigrant as a nanny. But now the Times reports he also had several extramarital affairs, including one with Judith Regan, who published his autobiography. Not only that, he used an apartment that was donated for rescue workers and Red Cross staff breaks during the cleanup efforts post 9/11 as his private love nest.

We have a slight flashback to Logan's Run when we say, "We have a runner boys!" Republican Idaho Congressman Butch Otter officially throws his name in the hat for Governor of Idaho in 2006's race. Already the love fest has begun and he has garnered the endorsement of House Speaker Bruce Newcomb, Congressman Mike Simpson and Spuddy Buddy. Let the shoot-out begin.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announces that a billboard of theirs was banned from being seen in Boise and that none of the outdoor advertisers would touch it. The banned advertisement depicts a skinned fox with text saying, "Here's the rest of your fur coat." Last July, PETA brought Boiseans a peep show with barely dressed hotties having a make out session on Main Street to promote their claim that vegetarians make better lovers. It seems that controversial advertisements and publicity events help extend PETAs marketing dollar by garnering editorial coverage for their causes. We question any media outlet who succumbs to such tactics.

Thursday, December 16

All too often we see little crosses on the side of the road marking where people have lost their lives in car accidents. We wonder if there is an equivalent marker for when someone is born on the side of the road. At 2:36 a.m., in a 1990 Geo Storm at mile-marker 40 on the Ada/Canyon county line, little Madysen is delivered with the assistance of her own grandmother. An Ada County dispatch also assists via telephone.

Friday, December 17

Straight out of a horror movie, a woman is found murdered this morning apparently because somebody wanted the 8-month-old fetus she was carrying. Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, is found strangled and cut open in her own home in Northwest Missouri. The search is on for the baby and baby thief.

The Idaho National Guard's 1,600 soldiers arrive at their destination in Northern Iraq after a 400-mile, three-day journey through the desert by convoy. Some soldiers got to fly the distance. Aside from a few vehicle mishaps it was reported that the troops arrived without incident.

It's that time of year folks. Approximately 23 incoming flights are cancelled or diverted at Boise Airport when thick, choking fog rolls in.

Idaho and Kentucky Senators are in a betting mood over the BSU Broncos and Louisville Cardinals' Liberty Bowl game. On the line if the Cardinals win is an Idaho trout and baked potato dinner. If BSU wins then Senators Larry Craig and Mike Crapo walk away with a bucket of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken or perhaps the politically correct "Kitchen Fresh Chicken"). Boise Weekly thinks this trade is a little unfair until we discover a specific clause in the wager. Apparently the Idaho Senators requested that in the case of a Bronco win, the bucket of chicken only contain right wings. Now that's an even bet.

Saturday, December 18

The baby cut out of her mother's womb yesterday in Missouri is found alive and in good condition. Lisa M. Montgomery, 36, of Melvern, Kansas is charged with kidnapping resulting in death. She contacted the victim Bobbie Jo Stinnett via the internet regarding the purchase of a terrier puppy, which the Stinnetts raise. The baby is named Victoria Jo and returned to its father.

A Boise teenager is shot and killed by police. The boy's father reported to police that his son was out of control and after police showed up minutes later, Matthew Jones, 16, leapt from the bushes to attack the officer brandishing a rifle with a 15-inch bayonet. The officer was stabbed but the weapon did not penetrate the body armor he was wearing. Witnesses report hearing four shots.

Sunday, December 19

Time Magazine's annual selection for Person of the Year is a literal no-brainer--President George W. Bush. This is the second time he has won the honor.

Monday, December 20

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is assigned to the powerful Senate Finance Committee for the 109th Congress signifying his gaining seniority. Idaho's senior Senator Larry Craig says, "With Mike's selection to the Finance Committee and my position on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Idaho now has representatives on the two most powerful Committees in the Senate." Then he wrings his hands and laughs, "Bwoooohhahahahhahahhhahaa."

Tuesday, December 21

Not content with carbombing civilians or executing election workers in the street, insurgents in Iraq move on to U.S. Bases with mortar attacks killing 24 and injured 60.

WAR IN IRAQ

U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1,300 U.S. service members (including 10 Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 1,021 in combat and 279 from noncombat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 9,981. (These numbers do not include deaths occuring on Dec. 21.)

Last week 4 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq.

Since President George W. Bush declared "mission accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, 1,161 soldiers have died and 9,981 have been injured.Source: U.S. Department of Defense

IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 14,880 and 17,076.Source: www.iraqbodycount.org

COST OF IRAQ WAR TO U.S.: $151,202,600,000.

COST OF IRAQ WAR TO BOISE: $65,077,000. Source: costofwar.com

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DETOX FUNDRAISER

A fundraiser for the Community Detox Coalition takes place December 30, 7 p.m., at Neurolux. All funds from the $5 cover, raffle ticket sales and other donations go toward a grass-roots effort to bring a 12-bed, clinically managed residential detox facility to Boise. There will be a slideshow and live bands will perform.

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