Friday, November 30, 2007

A Little Bit of Stuff

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 10:19 PM




This week, I've been listening to Finn Riggins' new release A Soldier, A Saint, An Ocean Explorer; Ky-Mani Marley's Radio; Friend and Foe by Menomena; and Seattle band, The Blakes.
I caught Billy Joel on Monday and Dane Cook tonight at the Taco Bell Arena, and saw the Adversives open for Skeleton Key at Neurolux last Saturday. Billy Joel was a treat; Dane Cook was a hoot; and Skeleton Key was one of the best shows I've seen this year. My Top 10 of favorite live shows is going to have to become a Top 20. Or, since I have such a terrible memory, I guess it can stay a Top 10 because I may forget what was on there. I should start keeping a list.

If you're in the Boise area, check out Molly Hill's gorgeous new exhibit, "China Daydream," at J. Crist gallery.

Atkins in (for the night).

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Weekend To Do: Write 101 Words

Posted on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 4:00 AM

We're just days away from the deadline for the Boise Weekly Fiction 101 contest deadline. We've got some entries and hope for more. Our all-star panel of readers is ready to peruse your offerings.

The rules: 101 words, excluding title. Simple enough.

Costs $10, but the prize money, and the glory, more than make up for it. And, we'll publish your winning entry.

Get 'em to our offices at 6th and Broad by 5 p.m. Next Wednesday, December 5.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Larry Craig Action Figure

Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

You knew it would come to this, with the holidays and all.

Still, although we're certain this will get gobs of attention today, it's not entirely worthy. Because, let's face it: the Larry Craig Action Figure advertised at (aptly named) stupid.com is not much of an original product.

Is that Ken under those glasses?

But wait: As the guys at Stupid.com advertise, it talks.

Here's their ad copy:

The Talking Senator Larry Craig Action Figure stands about 12" tall and wears a t-shirt emblazoned with his declaration: "I Am Not Gay." His limbs are bendable, so you can put him in all sorts of poses... even the famous "wide stance" the Senator refers to.

Best of all, THE ACTION FIGURE TALKS! Press the button, and he delivers a portion of his Press Conference... "Thank you all very much for coming out today. I will read a statement: 'I am not gay. I never have been gay."

We're shocked, shocked to see other media outlets picking up on the Stupid.com list of "10 Stupidest Holiday Gifts."

The Larry Craig Action Figure - FROM STUPID.COM
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Gay or not, the dude is buff. Check out those biceps. Wait a darn minute. Is Barbie missing her man?

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Statesman's Prater: Let's Bomb U of I

Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Everything okay there, Mikey?

The Idaho Statesman's Mike Prater, who isn't one to mince words, had a few direct words for the University of Idaho:

"... horrible team, horrible program, the fans are horrible, the athletic director is horrible, the president is horrible, everybody and everything associated with that team/program is horrible, they should take a bomb, blow it all up and start over again, embarrassing, horrible, pathetic, unbelievable, even David Vobora is horrible!"

Sort of hard to top. Thanks to Dave Oliviera and the Huckleberries folks for picking this up.

Now what? Has anyone tracked Prater to see if he's headed northward with a truck full of fertilizer yet?

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They Lost

Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The dissident GOP group hoping to force Idaho to close its primaries lost in court today.

Federal Judge Mikel William ruled the group didn't have standing to sue on behalf of the Idaho Republican Party.

You can read our setup stories here and here.

Betsy Russell over at the Spokesman-Review has her take on it here.

Rod Beck's group backing the lawsuit has their Web site located here.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thayn's Son Charged

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 at 4:00 AM

After we asked the Idaho Statesman for comment on a story about Rep. Steven Thayn's response to an article they ran last week -- they discovered the other key piece of the story we've got for tomorrow's print edition.

Turns out Thayn's eldest son was arrested in April on domestic violence charges. Check out our version of the story in print and online tomorrow.

Thayn has drawn heavy criticism over recommendations from his legislative task force on families, which include re-examining Idaho's no-fault divorce law, questioning early childhood education and encouraging women to stay at home with their children.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Dems Defend Craig

Posted on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Sort of.

Idaho Democratic Party executive director said if Mitt Romney can't be expected to stand up for a fellow Republican, how can they expect him to stand up for the country?

Here's the statement Foster shipped to reporters after Romney's appearance in Boise this morning:

"We’re appalled that Mitt Romney has the temerity to show his face in Idaho. His politically-motivated decision to throw Larry Craig under the presidential campaign bus came at a time when Idaho needed a friend, but Romney showed very clearly that he’s no friend to Idaho. He has a reputation as a flip-flopper, but to flip-flop on Larry Craig shows he’s just another politician who will say anything to raise money. It’s the worst kind of Washington politics, and Idahoans don’t like that. If we can’t trust Mitt Romney on Larry Craig, how can we trust him to protect the people and the land that make Idaho great?"

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Risch Replaces Craig

Posted on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 4:00 AM

...No, not in the Senate. Hey, don't go jumping the gun yet, buddy.

No, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch has apparently replaced U.S. Sen. Larry Craig as the front man in Idaho for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. The two had been co-chairs until Craig resigned his post.

When the Romney campaign sent out its notice that the former Massachusetts governor had filed to join Idaho's May 2008 Republican primary, it was Risch, not Craig who provided the local booster quote. He identified himself as the "chairman of the Romney campaign in Idaho."

Craig, readers may recall, used to share that august title. That was before he was, to paraphrase the senator's phrase, thrown under the Romney campaign bus.

Risch was the bearer of the official letter from Romney asking to appear on the presidential primary ballot for May 27, 2008.

Of course, Risch is also the presumptive Republican nominee for Craig's seat, which is set to open up this next year. Elk rancher Rex Rammell has also declared his intent to run in that primary.

Here's Risch's statement:

"Governor Romney is the candidate with the experience, vision, and values to lead our nation at this crucial point in our nation's history. His message of bringing conservative change to Washington has resonated with Idaho residents who agree we must keep taxes low, cut government spending, reform healthcare, and strengthen our families. I am proud to Chair Governor Romney's Idaho campaign and I look forward to our continued work to build on the strong grassroots support for his campaign in the state."

Oh, we almost forgot: Mitt was here this morning! Exciting!!!

Someone got up this morning to say hi. Here's what she had to say. We were still having our own private breakfast which cost us much less per plate.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sometimes it's good to be Bad

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The BW Bad Cartoon Contest is open to aspiring or professional cartoonists of any age, gender, height, weight or cholesterol count. You submit one cartoon--or like this year's winner, hundreds. We look at it. If it makes us laugh, cry or gag more than any of the other tens of entries, we'll throw a couple of bucks your way and then call you and ask you to come up with an equally gagacious cartoon that we will publish (and just barely pay you for) every week for a year. Deadline is high noon, Wednesday, November 28. No entry fee required. Send your single panel or strip cartoons to Boise Weekly, 523 Broad St., Boise, ID 83702.
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Make It Up

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night when something wicked this way came. 'Twas the raven, tap, tap tapping on my door. With a wink of my eye and a slap on my knee, up the chimney did I flee. Up on the rooftop round reindeer paws, deep in the winter of my discontent, I shouted, "Call me Ishmael."

Though coyly crafted—albeit, technically plagiarized—were this your submission piece for BW's annual Fiction 101 Contest, you'd be disqualified.

Violation numero uno: Exactly 101 words as counted by Microsoft Word must be present and accounted for in the story. Not 100 words, not 103 words made into 101 with a few disguised hyphens. (Insert sneaky hint here: The title does not count as part of your 101 words.)

The remaining list of rules, should you choose to accept this mission include:

• Thou shalt not submit poetry. If you don't know the difference between fiction and poetry, look it up.

• Thou shalt not submit handwritten entries (hell, we can barely read our own handwriting, how do you expect us to transcribe your chicken scratch?).

• Thou shall provide BW with a monetary incentive of $10 per entry simply to read your piece. (However, do not be so silly as to send cash via snail mail.)

• Thou shall write your name, address and phone number on the back of each entry so that in the event we choose to stalk you following your mind-blowing entry, we can easily find you.

• Those who may be considered one of BW's working schleps, that is, anyone whose name appears on the BW payroll be it over or under the table, will be caned three times on the back of neck for attempting to enter.

• Thou shall remit all entries and related fees to the BW lair at the corner of Fifth and Broad streets no later than 5 p.m. Wed., Dec. 5.

He or she who authors the official winning entry wins money. So do the few lessor-placed individuals whose entries garner second and third places. Those several hundred words that find themselves at the top of the heap will make their way into the hallowed pages of this here newspaper for publication on January 2.

Now go forth into the world and write ... write like the wind. Questions? E-mail us.

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