January 26, 2005 

Will the Christians stop picking on our children's role models? First, Jerry Fallwell spoke out against the Teletubbies, specifically Tinky Winky--his purple color and triangle antennae--was luring youth to the homosexual counter-culture. Now two Christian activist groups are denouncing SpongeBob SquarePants. The nonprofit group, We Are Family Foundation, is sending 61,000 videos starring SpongeBob to U.S. schools in March in an effort to promote tolerance and diversity to kids. The Christians don't like that because in 2002 the national media reported that SpongeBob is popular in the gay culture. Ooooh. Gays like Sponge Bob so it must be bad. The video also contains appearances by Barney, Winnie the Pooh, Bob the Builder and the Rugrats. Looking back to the 50s we now can see that Howdy Doody was a little effeminate with his mannerisms. And that handkerchief around his neck? We're sure it's some kind of hankie code to fellow gays.

Speaking of homosexuals, conservative bigots held true to their word and reintroduced legislation to amend the Idaho State Constitution to define marriage between one man and one woman. Idaho law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman but the amendment would also ban unmarried couples from receiving the same legal status as married ones. This may includes such rights as guardianship of children, survivor benefits from Social Security, visitation rights in hospitals, tax breaks and insurance benefits. The debate also involves whether or not common law marriages (only legal in Idaho if entered into before 1996) may be in jeopardy as well. The legislation now moves to the senate floor where it faces a two-thirds vote to pass.

war in Iraq

U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, January 25, 1,371 U.S. service members (including 10 Idahoans) have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 1,080 in combat and 291 from noncombat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 10,372.

In the last two weeks 16 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq.

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 15,475 and 17,703.

Source: www.iraqbodycount.org

COST OF IRAQ WAR: $151,577,000,000.

COST OF IRAQ WAR TO BOISE: $65,238,200.

Source: costofwar.com.

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