Tuesday, December 30, 2008

and healthcare for all

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Sunday, January 5, Boise Weekly is hosting a healthcare meetup. Got a bitch about your healthcare? Let's hear it.

Here's the fine print:
Throughout the month of December, President-elect Barack Obama has called for small groups of Americans to meet in their local coffee shops and talk about health care reform. In January, the Boise Weekly is calling on all readers to storm the downtown streets and demand an equitable, comprehensive and 21st century health care system.

Wait! No storming the streets just yet.

Actually, we are hosting a Healthcare Meetup of our own on the subject of reform, to gauge the anger level of uninsured, underinsured and insured but unhappy Idahoans, brainstorm ideas for the future of health delivery in our cities and come up with a plan that works for all Americans.

We’re calling this summit the “It Hurts, Obama: BW Healthcare Meetup.”
Because everyone knows we are sick.

So join Boise Weekly at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St.

Bring your doctor’s office horror stories, a notepad or personal digital assistant of your choice and your best ideas for getting America healthy again.

And just like a pap smear in Canada, this appointment won’t cost you a thing.

For updates on the It Hurts agenda, including resources to help you come better informed and infinite holiday cheer, check citydesk.boiseweekly.com every day.

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Obama, It Hurts

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Any BW readers out there wondering what is going to happen with the old health care reform under the next administration?

Anyone have ideas for health care reform that they'd like to share?

BW is hosting a forum on health reform in America this SUNDAY, Jan. 4, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Egyptian Theatre. All are welcome!

For more details, visit citydesk.boiseweekly.com.

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Posted on Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Don't know what to do with your Christmas tree now that the big day is over and it's time to get a move on with 2009? If you live in Ada County, click here for recycling info.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

thought for the day

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 11:33 AM

*Jan. 1, 2007. Valparaiso, Chile.*

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ski Your Blues Away

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 4:00 AM

So, your big holiday travel plans got grounded thanks to the inundation of snow across the country. Drown your woes in fresh powder.

Bogus Basin got another 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight, bringing the base depth to 33 inches, with 36 at the summit. Better yet, the resort announced it is opening the Superior chairlift beginning today for day-use only.

The resort will be open through the Christmas holiday, but with shortened hours. The hill will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 25. Nordic trails will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, while the tubing hill will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Thursday, Nordic trails will be open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the tubing hill will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Of course, on Christmas day, you’ll have to find your own way up the mountain since there is no public bus service.

Check out the current conditions at bogusbasin.org.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Bathroom banter at BW

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Behind the scenes - The innersanctum of the secret world of publishing
Seriously. Guys, twice today with the toilet seat left up. Um, gross.
Please, be kind to your female coworkers and put it down when you're done.
You’ve got to be kidding me.......
First no toilet papes, now a disrespectful commode non seat putter downer?
It must be the same person...any one wanna do a stakeout with me by the bathroom? We could listen to private eyes and drink coffee until we spot some action...
Imagine we will be office heroes, just in time for the Holidays!
Four words,
This could duel as web content & some weird reality TV show.
Someone call Tyler.
The obvious solution is to make the bathrooms boy vs. girl instead of poop vs. pee. Then the boys room can be nasty with no tp and the seat up all the time, and the girls room can be gleaming, with scented candles, and possibly an attendant to hand out mints and towels. Not to be sexist or anything.
Actually, this is the obvious solution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZP7mw0VS8k
A-HA! Nathaniel is clearly the culprit, as he is accustomed to using
his automatic toilet seat at home. That was really nice of your wife
to make you one.
And he would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you kids snooping around!
The saga continues. This takes me back to 1992 while I was working in Bali. My boss did not believe in toilet paper and we did not have a toilet per se. I think this might be the perfect solution.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

put your left shoe in

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 12:48 PM

A friend of mine had a wacky idea: The country should get together and send outgoing George W. Bush a going away present to express our gratitude for "all Mr. Bush as done to uphold our laws under the Constitution of this country while representing American justice in other countries around the world."

Her suggestion? Show president Bush just how much you care by sending him your left shoe.

Here's the release she sent out to a bevy of national and local media outlets:

As everyone is aware, an Iraqi reporter recently threw his shoes at the President in a momentary fit of anger as Mr. Bush was extolling the good that has come from the deaths of more than 100,000 Iraqi men, women, and children "solely" through the actions of his administration.  Perhaps if this reporter had thought about his actions prior to his rash decision, he wouldn't have thrown those shoes.  Therein lies the flaw in the logic behind his deed -- he should have thought about it first, then thrown them.
To correct this error in Iraqi judgement and in tribute to Mr. Bush's subsequent reply to the incident that "being able to throw shoes at the president if one should so desire" is what "democracy is all about," there is now an American movement "afoot" to consciously present the soles of American shoes to Mr. Bush as he leaves the presidential office.  No momentary madness -- just a logical expression of our appreciation for everything he has done, both for the people of Iraq and the people of the United States, but in celebration of the good, old-fashioned, sensible shoes-type democracy that we once had. 
If you would like to demonstrate your sentiments regarding all Mr. Bush as done to uphold our laws under the Constitution of this country while representing American justice in other countries around the world, you might consider sending your tired, worn-out shoes to Mr. Bush in a show of support for his tired, worn-out political philosophies.  And, if you believe his policies have indeed been holy in nature, as he has purported, being ordained by God and all, you might even consider sending him shoes that are in especially "holy" condition. 
As you read this, Shoes For the President are being sent to:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
Thank you,
Emily Clegg

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Friday, December 12, 2008


Posted on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Have a wacky Rec-related New Year's resolution? Tell us about it. E-mail editor@boiseweekly.com.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Rall MIA This Week

Posted on Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Whether you love him or hate him—and trust us, there's plenty of you on both sides—Ted Rall gets you talking.

Some readers have noticed he's absent from this week's issue. And that there's also some pretty tough letters in the Mail section this week directed at Rall.

However. (big dramatic pause.) He's not gone. Not for good at least—just for this issue.

Due to some technical difficulties in the newsroom this Tuesday, we were unable to publish his weekly column. Have no fear, Rall supporters, he will return next week. For the anti-Rallers out there: sorry, we haven't given him up.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

World of incongruency

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 8:29 PM

I am at the gym for a spin class. The woman in front of me turns around and says, "Are you sick? Because if you are, I think I don't want to sit next to you." So this is the deal.
I had coughed slightly since entering the room. For whatever reason- damn, do I need to explain why the hell I was coughing! I had a slight cough. I was totally nonchalant and replied, "No, I am not sick. I just have allergies or something." What I really wish I had said was, "You move because I do not want you sitting next to me!". What a bitch! Really lady, stay home!

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