Thursday, February 28, 2008

It's Moot, Woot Woot

Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 4:00 AM

In the state where U.S. Sen. Larry Craig had his bathroom troubles, a judge has now said nay, I say, nay, to a very peculiar request from Idaho's senator.

Days ago, Craig thought he had so much to say about his case that he asked that his brief be enlarged.

I swear, we are not making this up.

Today, black-robed people sayeth, nay.

In a ruling from the Court of Appeals in Minnesota, a judge declared Craig's enlarged brief to be moot. Denied.

Man, it doesn't get any worse, someone denying your enlarged briefs. That's why we're boxer people.

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Wolves and Onions

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Wolves aren't just controversial in the West.

Check out The Onion's take on Idaho, Wyoming and Montana's plans to allow limited hunting of gray wolves.

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Why Planned Parenthood Has a Problem Today

Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 4:00 AM

This is why Rebecca Poedy and Planned Parenthood of Idaho are having a bad day today:

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Cope on a Rope

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 4:00 AM

In his column titled, Take Thatkins, Bill Cope threw down a gauntlet not only to yours truly, but to anyone who has dared slap on a pair of giant JVC headphones or slip a bluetooth headset over one ear from the mid-1970s on.

Readers' comments on his, uh, piece, include "Sounds great, Bill," and one young reader wrote "I'm 27 yrs old, but still, I'm very familiar with at least 90% of Cope's list."

However there's also a "What? No Grateful Dead? You should be ashamed of yourself, Bill," and the above mentioned 27-year-old at least suggested Radiohead belonged on a list of great musicians (to which I wholeheartedly agree). But then someone wrote, "Tony Orlando and Dawn are the best," in all caps and with way too many exclamation points nearly rendering the whole thing null and void.

Yes, I'm working on my own list. I just have to be careful; if I pick the wrong couple of years and have to include Michael Bolton, no one will ever believe anything I write again.

And Cope, if you're so smart, maybe you can save the music industry...

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Planned Parenthood; Call Misrepresented

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 4:00 AM

According to Planned Parenthood of Idaho, a recorded conversation released by a California-based anti-abortion group is not only misleading, but a race-based deceptive tactic.

"It's an extremist, anti-choice group that has manipulated a 25-minute conversation," said Rebecca Poedy, executive director Planned Parenthood of Idaho. "It's not an accurate representation of the transcript."

The conversation in question was recorded in July 2007 by The Advocate, an ultra conservative magazine published by student at the University of California-Los Angles. The group hired actors to call Planned Parenthood offices in various states and offer donations to help fund abortions for racial minorities. The calls quickly go from offer to help those in need, to racist diatribes.

The Advocate released the tapes of calls to both Idaho and Ohio, as well as a video made with the two calls, and promises to release more in the future. The group calls the tapes examples of Planned Parenthood targeting minority groups.

Poedy said the Idaho office never accepted money from the staged call, and reported the incident to the national office immediately.

"It's an all-new situation," she said. "It's not at all what we expected."

Poedy said the released portions of the call do not fairly represent what happened, and the group has a history of baiting pro-choice organizations with these type of calls.

"They're all designed with an intent to bait someone into a conversation they can then manipulate," she said. Poedy admits her staff mishandled the call, but said no one was ready for a group with this kind of tactic.

"We need to train our staff to handle calls from people that are coming with offensive agendas," she said. Check out the March 5 edition of BW for more information.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

You Must Obey

Kings of the road roll through Boise

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 4:00 AM

This is what you need to know about Fu Manchu: if you listen to hard rock, you will like them; if you've ever contracted Blue Tile Fever, you will love them; if you've ever flown a Mongoose, you already know them.

The living gods of So Cal stoner rock are set to hit town (finally), on March 4. They've skirted through the region before, and fans have had to hit the road to see them, but now they'll be right downtown at the Bouquet.

Fu Manchu has been playing since 1990, and has put out some stellar records, including 1997s The Action is Go and 2002's California Crossing. The latest, 2007's We Must Obey, falls right in line with their consistent style of fuzzy guitar rock. Along the way they have offered versions of favorite songs such as Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla" and Devo's "Freedom of Choice," which gives a pretty good idea of their influences.

The band is led by songwriter Scott Hill on vocals and guitar, Bob Balch on lead guitar, and Brad Davis on bass. Former Kyuss drummer Brant Bjork played with the band from 1997 to 2002, and Scott Reeder has been with them since. The drummers changed, but the sound remains the same; a tight groove, heavy on the cowbell, with Hill's patented riffs providing a framework and letting Balch sear right through the middle.

The band hearkens back to the California lifestyle of the 1970s, with skateboarding, bicycle motocross, Op shirts, El Caminos and custom-van action leaving the greatest marks. It's a way of living that still pervades their sound.

Check them out: slip-on Vans optional.

Fu Manchu with ASG and Saviours, 8 p.m., $12. The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main St.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Now That's Advertising

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 4:00 AM

The Ada County Sheriff's Web site is a kind of local TMZ.com.

Boiseans check it often, searching for mug shots of anyone they know—or know about.

Late last week, one local who made the site made sure his photo included a caption, of sorts.

Music promoter Justin Cantrell was booked (and released) for failure to appear. In his mug shot, Cantrell sports a "tattoo," the logo for local band Manville across his forehead.

A member of Manville said it's not permanent, a claim backed up by TheSmokingGun.com.

Wonder what officials at the Motor Vehicle Department would say if Cantrell showed up like that to renew his driver's license?

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Can You Say Bucket?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 4:00 AM

As of April 1, The Bouquet, a bar and music venue at 1010 W. Main St., will be known as The Bucket.

Owner Erich Walton said the name change is in response to a few things. He said patrons who frequent the place refer to it as The Bucket and he's tired of fielding inquiries from people outside of the area who wonder if he's running a flower shop.

The moniker move also coincides with changes Walton is planning for the bar's live-music format and some upcoming renovations. Check BW in a couple of weeks for a more in-depth interview with Walton.

Maybe the Big Easy can follow suit. If the management at the troubled club could decide on a new name, too, that would be at least one less thing they'd have to worry about.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Idaho Travel Package?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Oh those silly congressmen.

Guess being Larry Craig's colleague isn't always easy, especially when air travel is involved.

Check out what Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg did to Rep. Mike Simpson during a recent trip to the Middle East.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

You Is Ours Now, Wolfy

Posted on Thu, Feb 21, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Dear Wolfy: We, the federal government, are so over you.

We think it's time you started fending for yourself.

So we're writing a really long letter to some friends, to tell them about it.

Don't take this the wrong way. You're the greatest. But we think it's time we all started seeing other people.

Love, Dirk.

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