"Case in point: our fellow alt-weekly, Willamette Week, in Portland, Ore., whose reporting on influence peddling in the office of Gov. John Kitzhaber led to his resignation earlier this month."
An investigative report on deals cut (IEN, CIA, others?) by Idaho's governor might provide a similar public service. Clem would just as soon hand over the reins to Brad so he can run as an incumbent; might as well speed up the process.
That headline invites some pretty raunchy comments, but I won't go there. BW readers have good imaginations.
What are badgers? Are they mustelids? I know I could Google "badger" and get a quick answer, but I would prefer a human response from a human questioner. Badgers can be mean, but I haven't yet heard of a "Badger Derby" where professional pelt buyers offer prizes for the most badgers killed in a day.
Badgers seem very scarce to me these days. Are they actually dwindling in numbers, or do I just not get out enough? I almost died once when the horse I was riding stepped into a badger hole while galloping out of my control because he knew he was on his way to the barn and out of the sun.
Idaho's marijuana laws are among the worst in the nation. There's an Idaho marijuana reform lobbying effort going on in the next week. Support those efforts by contacting your legislators.
http://www.legalize208.org (check under "Events")
The Idaho Governator claims that there is no medical basis in medical marijuana. Perhaps he should, if he can, read the current issue of Scientific American.....
Lots of self-professed "limited-government conservatives" are all that, until fellow citizens are engaging in activities that those "conservatives" don't approve of. A true conservative opines that it's none of the government's damn business what I do or don't ingest... as long as I'm not putting somebody else at risk. (Prohibition - as much as it seemed like a good idea "on paper" - failed. But it's still illegal to drive while under the influence - as it should be.) Somebody explain to me why it isn't gross hypocrisy for the state to operate the liquor business, while simultaneously prosecuting people who smoke the occasional reefer in the privacy of their homes.
I don't know if Mr. Hagadone reads these comments... but if he does...
1) Congratulations on your new child! Having a child (and I'm on GRANDchildren now) is one of the high points of the human experience. Speaking for myself... if there's ANYTHING that convinces me there's an Intelligent Designer, it's looking at a marvelous, complex, fully-functional, perfectly formed newborn child.
2) Fundamentalism can be dangerous IN ALL FORMS! If there's any place in the "civilized world" where free exchange of ideas tends to be suppressed, it's in the hallowed halls of higher learning! If you dare to deviate from the currently-held orthodox views of the "intellectual class," you're likely to be shouted down. It's a blessing to have multiple sources of information, and the wisdom to be a good listener and a critical thinker.
3) Thanks for choosing a common-sense "traditional" name - Eleanor - for your child! It seems pretty common these days for parents to gift their children with names that they'll go through life trying to explain, and/or telling people how to spell.
I hope Eleanor enjoys a long and healthy and adventure-filled life, and I wish the best for her parents and older brother.
It's George Bush's fault!
Punish the poor till they all die and reward the rich for their successful avarice. Vote Repulsican first, last and always! Capitalist Pigs shall inherit the earth!
"Call it subversion. . ."
Call it perfidy.
And if lying doesn't work, Idaho Dems might try running candidates who aren't prone to shooting up office supply stores or filing for unemployment payments when they lose an election. They could even try to find out why their brand is so toxic and change their platform accordingly, because, damn, only idiots do more of the same thing and expect different results.
Are they really fracking? I was told because of the type of soil they are not!
If Earth really is our mother, and I believe she is, then the frackers of Payette County are motherfrackers.
Thank you Zach for your kind words! I am very proud to say that I am but one small cog in the wheels of hundreds (possibly thousands) of Grandma (and Grandpa!) Gadflys who care enough about our children, grandchildren and community to hold our elected and appointed officials accountable.
In my humble opinion, we owe it to them.
If the Republican Party is "the only game in town" … and if most people in this state will automatically vote against anyone with a "Dem" opposite their name (no matter how qualified they may be) … and if the closed Republican Party primary each May pretty much determines who gets elected in November … has anyone thought of the obvious? Register Republican and run from within the party. Call it subversion, but when the game is stacked against you, you have to play the hand you're dealt. Perhaps some otherwise liberal candidates with "Rep" beside their name might infiltrate, force change, and generally cause turmoil from within the ranks … rather than running as Democrats and automatically going down to defeat every two or four years, in the cyclical "Groundhog Day" scenario we've witnessed for too long. Might be interesting to have a insider putting these guys on the spot for a change.
Can you tell us who the judges for 101 are this year?
Great artwork. Thanks for your contributions to Boise's arts and literary scene!
Michael - http://bit.ly/1xSdaS6
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These proposed monuments, parks and Wilderness™ areas are more of God's Natural Cathedrals™, places for those who worship nature as a religion, and such designations do nothing to address the ecological ills of the planet. For example, it's OK to drive your gas-guzzling-carbon-spewing SUV to the trailhead to take a walk, but riding a bicycle on the trail is sacrilege. The hiker is temporarily blinded to the resource extractions and wars required to manufacture and fuel the motor vehicle, whereas building a bicycle uses a fraction of the resources and it lasts longer. Also, a person riding a bicycle on a trail is less likely to leave the trail, less likely to camp out (fires, cooking residues, etc.), because carrying all that gear makes the bicycle unwieldy. But to the Wilderness™ worshipper, taking a wheel into the woods is akin to wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Goat of Mendes into a Christian church.
And Idaho, Utah, etc., are going to lose tourists to Colorado and Washington, for a reason that should be obvious to anyone paying attention. No amount of monument or whatever designation will address that issue.
Your friend sounds like he gets butthurt easily. Unless if he has reason to be offended, its like he is sticking up for asian people when he hears what looks like a white person tell an asian joke to an asian person, and that white person is actually half asian. Rediculous sir.
I'm very confused by the comments regarding the Idaho legislature being "corrosive" toward education. While Idaho spends less on students, test scores are still high. Idaho spends near the bottom nationally on a per student basis but ACT scores are ranked #15. Idaho teachers are doing more with less, it seems. Isn't that a testament to how great our teachers are? With slightly more than 1/2 of the states revenue going to education, what are the suggestions for cuts to redirect those $ toward education or are you advocating tax increases? Finally, the legislature is chosen by the voters. To suggest the legislature is corrosive is to suggest the same of the voters. Not sure Idahoans feel they are, themselves, corrosive toward education. But that's what I wonder.
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