Friday, August 29, 2008

got spunk?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Things are about to get interesting with the appointment of Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate. At first glance, she seems the yang to McCain's yin--a diametrical opposite to balance out McCain's perceived weaknesses. She's a mere 44 years old. She has experience as a head of state. And she made it evident in her acceptance speech that she doesn't consider herself one of the "good old boys." Then, of course, there's those two X chromosomes.
And here's something for Idaho voters: Palin was born in Sandpoint and even after growing up in Alaska, she returned to the Gem State to earn a degree from the University of Idaho (in journalism, mind you, which she was able to do thanks to a beauty pageant scholarship).
I didn't catch the whole speech, but in the 15 minutes I did see, one thing grated at my nerves again and again. And it wasn't what was coming out of Palin's mouth; it was a word the network commentators were using to describe her. Spunky. "She's certainly spunky," they kept saying.
I'm a woman who's often had that adjective applied to my straightforward, ambitious and fearless demeanor, but the connotation is condescending and hardly positive. Rarely have I heard a man described as "spunky." Pets and kids and women are spunky. Men are spirited, courageous, ambitious and direct.
Next thing we know, they'll start poking fun at her laugh ...

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Bye, Bye Barber to Boise

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 4:00 AM

If you were planning on participating in the annual Barber to Boise fun run this year, well, you suddenly have an open weekend.

The YMCA announced today that after 31 years it is canceling the race.

“We understand that this will be a disappointment for everyone who has participated in this great fall tradition, but cancelling Barber to Boise will allow the YMCA to improve services and extend our mission through our many other programs and fun runs,” said Dave Duro, chief operations officer in a written statement.

“Discontinuing Barber to Boise was a very difficult decision. We hope that those who have participated in the past will continue to be involved in YMCA running events and will help us continue to improve our other races.”

The YMCA is still planning to hold several of its other races, including the Kids Classic in October and the Christmas Run in December.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

denver airport

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:53 PM

I'm sitting in Denver International Airport on a layover watching Obama's speech on my lap top. I've only recently tuned in, but if what I've missed is as powerful as what I've seen, there might be hope for him yet. "All across America something is stirring," he said. "I believe as hard as it it will be, change is coming."
Whether he's the next president of the United States or not, I certainly hope change is incoming.

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gonzo, denver and boise weekly

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 1:14 PM

At the insistent suggestion of BW's publisher, the entire editorial department knocked off early last week and took in a late afternoon showing of Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

Three days later we sent our news guy down to Denver to cover the Democratic National Convention. 

Coincidence? Nope. Calculated inspiration 'twas that little field trip of ours. (After the film, "news guy" Nathaniel Hoffman confessed he wants to be just like Hunter Thompson—minus the drugs, guns and women. Movie mission completed.)

So now he's down in Colorado, poking his head into strip clubs looking for lusting politicians with a fistful of greenbacks, talking his way into credentials, avoiding trouble in the Black Caucus, giving Craigslist founder Craig Newmark a lesson on the nature of news, lambasting "pro" journalists for acting like a bunch of partisan ninnies, and stalking the smoothie-toting Arianna Huffington camp. 

If it's squeaky clean, equitable news you want out of Denver, log on to any one of the myriad news outlets covering the convention and let the usual chirp of politicians and pundits get to work on your ears. We in the alternative world are looking for something else—something that hasn't been manipulated by consultants and stylists and strategists before being handed over in a nice little package. I have my doubts that's even possible in a world in which the news biz is run by multi-billionaire tycoons and giant media conglomerates spread across many states. But we'll do our best to see if a little alt weekly owned by one woman in a little Northwest city can find something new to say about all the usual hullabaloo. 

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LaRocco Gets a Pat on the Back from Schumer

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

Idahoan Larry LaRocco, who's vying for Sen. Larry Craig's seat among a crowded field of opponents, caught the attention of New York Sen. Chuck Shumer, chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee in Denver this week.

Head to citydesk for the full story.

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The Latest from Denver: Craig Gets a Lesson from Hoffman

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

Craig Newmark, that is, creator of Craigslist. Boise Weekly's man in Denver, Nathaniel Hoffman, chatted up Newmark yesterday and not only offers him (and the entire world of indy-bloggers-cum-"journalists") some friendly advice on the interview process but nominates the online classified guy to shake up things in the world of journalism.

Read Hoffman's full post at citydesk.

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Wolf, Anderson and James Up Close

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

Check out citydesk for the latest candid shots out of Denver.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Magical, Mystery Music Machine

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Do you feel the music in your soul? Do you often feel the urge to shake your funky goove thang?

You're in luck. you can cast your vote for your favorite Boise cover band in BW's first ever Best of Boise cover band contest.

Go online to vote, and the winning band will play at the annual Best of Boise party on Sept. 24—watch for details coming soon.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Bee-Dub Hubbub in Denver

Posted on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 4:00 AM

BW news editor Nathaniel Hoffman is trolling the streets of Denver, where the Democratic National Convention kicks off today.

After finding himself in sticky spot this morning when a group of pro-life activists crashed the Black Caucus in protest, Hoffman has set to blogging. Check citydesk for updates as the week progresses.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Tawanda

Posted on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 4:00 AM

The guv finally has a parking spot. And it's not on the sidewalk. Check out citydesk for more.

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