Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Morning Buzz
Morning folks...Happy Wednesday!! Grab your coffee it is time for the Morning Buzz...

TOP News Stories of the day

CIA destroyed tapes despite court orders
The Bush administration was under court order not to discard evidence of detainee torture and abuse months before the CIA destroyed videotapes that revealed some of its harshest interrogation tactics.

Evidence From Waterboarding Could Be Used in Military Trials
The top legal adviser for the military trials of Guantanamo Bay detainees told Congress yesterday that he cannot rule out the use of evidence derived from the CIA's aggressive interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, a tactic that simulates drowning.

Gunman may have warned of 2nd attack
In between his two deadly shooting sprees, church gunman Matthew Murray apparently posted furious threats on the Internet to kill Christians. But whether the warnings reached police before he struck again was unclear Tuesday.


Massive 'ice-maker' stops Heartland cold
About a million homes and businesses were without power Tuesday as a major storm blasted the nation's midsection, closing schools and canceling flights.

Lebanon Blast Kills General
A top-ranking Lebanese army general was killed in an explosion in Beirut's Christian suburb of Baabda Wednesday, military intelligence sources told CNN. At least three others died in the attack.


Raw Politics

Huckabee's 1992 words get new attention
The U.S. shouldn't try to kill Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Mike Huckabee declared when he first ran for office. No women in combat anywhere. No gays in the military. No contributions in politics to candidates more than a year before an election.

Feeling Heat, Clinton Tries Iowa Up Close
Ten months ago, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton went to East High School here on her first trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate and laid out a case for her candidacy to a cheering crowd in a packed gymnasium. Mrs. Clinton returned to East High School late last week. But the crowd was much smaller and more sedate.


Huckabee Questions Mormons' Belief
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, asks in an upcoming article, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"


Keepin' Them Honest

'Earmark' cash aids Democrat freshmen
A year ago, Democrats won control of Congress in part by criticizing billions of dollars spent on pet projects. Now, freshmen Democrats are benefiting from the same kind of spending, a USA TODAY analysis shows. All 49 of the new Democratic lawmakers sponsored or co-sponsored at least one project — known as an "earmark" — inserted into the House and Senate spending bills...


Crime & Punishment

Wife's sister tells of gunshot in home
A gunshot allegedly fired by Drew Peterson narrowly missed his wife, Stacy, this summer as she retrieved a can of soda in the garage for him, she told her sister before she disappeared in late October.

Ariz. inmates convicted of DUI wear pink
A sheriff known for housing inmates in old military tents has a new idea — a chain gang of drunken driving convicts wearing pink shirts and performing burials of people who died of alcohol abuse.

29 Convicts, None Named Libby, Receive Bush Pardons
President Bush granted pardons on Tuesday to carjackers, drug dealers, a moonshiner and an election-laws violator but not to Scooter Libby, who was once the top aide to his vice president. In all, Mr. Bush pardoned 29 convicts and reduced the prison sentence of one more in an end-of-the-year presidential tradition.


What folks will be talking about today

Lock of Lennon's hair could net $6,200 at auction, a lock of John Lennon's hair is being put up for sale.
Lennon gave Betty Glasow, the Beatles' hairdresser, the lock of hair in a copy of his book "A Spaniard in the Works." In the dedication he wrote, "To Betty, Lots of Love and Hair, John Lennon."


After a Window Washer's 47-Floor Plunge, the Big Question Is: How Did He Survive?
A 29-year-old man plunges 17 stories in the atrium of a hotel in Minneapolis, landing on an overhang. A 22-year-old amateur sky diver goes into free fall more than a mile above the earth when his main parachute and reserve chute fail to open. He lands in a three-foot-deep duck pond. Both men survived.
Posted By jamie kraft: 5:51 AM ET
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Mr. Huckabee is playing a dangerous game of making derrogatory comments about another person's religion. We have a separation of church and state in this country. A person's religion, sexual orientation, skin color, etc. should not be front and center in an election. Their actions should be.
Posted By pamina : 8:02 AM ET
Jamie,
Don't worry...I always have a huge cup of coffee! Can't start a day without one!! LOL

I had NO idea that the CIA was told not to destroy those interrogation tapes!! I guess that shows you how much Bush and them think they can get away with by doing it anyway huh!?

I don't know what really could have been done if anything to stop Matthew Murray from doing the second attack...even if the stuff he put on the net were found! It seems these nuts all use the net now to ramble on about their delusions! I guess it does give us insight into their crazy world!

OK...it seems that Huckabee has said some pretty weird and crazy stuff throughout the years!! I guess his past is a treasure trove for the other candidates to bash him with! Maybe you all can do some diggin too and tell us more!!

Well you know the Democrats seem to be as bad or even worse about using earmarks as the Republicans!! Nothing suprised me about that! I think all of the earmarks need to be cut out but you know that'll never happen!!

When you hear about all of the things that Drew Peterson allegedly did to his wife makes you wonder what things happened that she didn't tell!! From the way it looks it seems he is getting away with another murder!

I can't believe someone is selling a lock of John Lennon's hair! NO...what I can't believe is that someone would spend $6200.00 to buy it!! Now that to me is crazy!! I like the Beatles and John but no way would I waste my money on some hair! What are you going to do with it!? Pull it out every time someone comes over and say "Hey...Look I have John Lennon's hair!" Makes NO sense to me!

Well there's my two cents! LOL Hope to see some of these stories on tonight!

C-Ya Later...
Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Cindy : 8:05 AM ET
Morning Jamie:

I love getting the morning buzz from you daily....it really is a treat.

All these topics are really important and I can't wait to see what makes the show tonight.

Have a great one Jamie!
Posted By Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 8:53 AM ET
Good Morning, life is good!

May I put my 2 cents in for a new amazing animal video?

Alvin and the Chipmunks have a new movie coming out. It would be fun to see Alvin as the new animal for the holidays.
Posted By Renee Bradenton, FL : 9:09 AM ET
WE elected 49 "new" Senators who are already wasting taxpayer money? ! Some things never change...
Posted By Laura - Tulsa, OK : 10:01 AM ET
Jamie,

I am having Pomegranate White Tea as I read the Buzz, so hope that is OK.

Re destruction of tapes: There is a funny e-mail going around that includes this joke. "If Iraq needs a Constitution, why don't we give them ours? We aren't using it." I do not understand how this administration gets away with the stuff that it does.

Re Huckabee's comments re Mormons believing Jesus and Satan are brothers: I wish journalists would read some books on Christian and Mormon theology and be informed instead of sensationalizing this stuff. I am not Mormon, but I have read books on Mormon doctrine and yes, even though the books didn't phrase it that way,Mormon doctrine says Jesus and the angel Lucifer who became Satan are brothers. One good, one evil, like Cain and Abel I guess.
Posted By Charlotte : 11:15 AM ET
Hello Jamie,
Interesting story about John Lennon's hair.
So, in Lennon's own words I say to you," A very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Let's hope it's a good one, without any fear. War is over if you want it. . "
Posted By Betty Ann : 11:24 AM ET
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