Here's a news item from The Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A libertarian activist who once called Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter "obscenely handsome" is being treated for cancer at a Houston clinic. Ralph Smeed, from Caldwell, is tolerating his medication, according to an e-mail distributed by supporters including Elizabeth Hodge, a former Republican state lawmaker. Another e-mail, from a group that backs Ron Paul, says Smeed has pancreatic cancer. Smeed is at the Burzynski Clinic, which according to its website relies on the "natural biochemical defense system of our body, capable of combatting cancer without harming the healthy cells. Hodge says the 88-year-old Smeed's tumor hasn't spread. In addition to his gushing support for Otter, Smeed is known for his billboard in Caldwell with political commentaries, including, "It has been so bitter cold lately that some politicians have had their hands in their own pockets."