Is it spring yet? Here's today's Wild Card …
Chaz Ebert stands near a statue of her late husband Roger during an unveiling ceremony in front of the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., Thursday. The ceremony was part of the events during the 16th annual Ebertfest named after the Chicago movie critic. (AP Photos/The News-Gazette, Rick Danzl)
Question: Has there ever been a better movie review program on TV that “At the Movies” with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert?
Top commented story today:
Defiant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy discussed race with a reporter Saturday: “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do. And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.” Full New York Times story here. (AP file photo of Cliven Bundy)
Question: And this is the hero of the Ron/Rand Paul wing of the Republican Party? Seriously?
“I love days like this,” said Sharon Wiedmaier of Coeur d'Alene as she biked Higgens Point in Coeur d'Alene on Wednesday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Time 2 Vote …
An Indian man displays the indelible ink mark on his finger after casting his vote in Mumbai, India, Thursday. The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament expected on May 16. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Wednesday winner — CindyH, with 13 likes: Gentlemen, start your turtles! You can see the Wednesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
Idaho is the 4th “nerdiest state” in the USA, according to Estately Blog. Quoth: “Idaho is home to large numbers of live action role-players and Harry Potter enthusiasts, but it’s also one of the premier states for those into fantasy literature. The state is home to its own chapter of the Tolkien Society, and local universities actually hold classes focusing on fantasy and science fiction.” Seems nerdiness runs in the West, with Utah ranked No. 1, Alaska No. 2 and Wyoming No. 3. You can see the criteria for determining nerdiness and the complete ranking of the states here.
Question: Are you a nerd?
GOPrecinct Committeewoman Jennifer Locke provided the following statement re: her successful motion to audit the local GOP Central Committee books for the last 10 years:
“This resolution was written in the spirit of trying to bring the KCRCC body together in support of auditing our books in the proper manner, without creating a political publicity stunt. The non-disclosure agreement was suggested by a CPA, and we should understand that any professional accountant with whom we engage as a party should not be subjected to petty political barbs. Therefore, all on the Financial Review Committee should sign a non-disclosure form, so the audit and report can be properly completed and reported, in its entirety, to the KCRCC. In the end, the final resolution was overwhelmingly passed by the KCRCC body, despite what was told to the press.”
In another example of his keen political instincts, Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador distanced himself from Sen. Rand Paul and others championing Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Labrador is a tea party favorite and friend of the Kentucky senator eying a 2016 Republican presidential run. At Labrador’s invitation, Paul will speak to the Idaho Republican convention in June. Bundy also has been celebrated by other politicians and conservative media, most notably Sean Hannity on Fox News. But Labrador told Ada County Republicans he has trouble lionizing Bundy because he’s ignoring the rule of law in failing to pay over $1 million in grazing fees to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for running his cattle on public property since 1993/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Turn out the lights, the party's over. Tea-publicans Rand Paul and Raul Labrador are distancing themselves from Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Anyone out there STILL in this freeloader's corner?
I saw the movie “Heaven is for Real” the other day. After reading the book, I wondered how the story would translate from pages to screen — never very well for spiritual journeys, is my experience. But the story has added interest for me: the family is related to our good friends. “They are just very nice, regular people,” my friend tells me. “Not whacko or likely to create such a story.” Colton Burpo is a four-year-old child who ends up on the operating table, does not clinically “die,” but comes close. He awakens and throughout the days ahead he casually describes what he saw, historical formation he could not possibly have known. Colton offers great descriptions of heaven with a gentle Jesus and giggling angels/Catherine Johnston, End Notes. More here.
Question: Do you think heaven is for real?
This mossy log was one of the viewtiful sights of nature spotted by Marianne Love/Slight Detour during a geocaching outing. More here.
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In his latest Johnson Post, Marc Johnson quotes columnist Garry Wills re: Obamacare:
Wills reminds us that Social Security was once almost as hated as the ACA, but somehow nearly 80 years on it still stands. “Repealing Obamacare will eventually go the way of repealing the New Deal,” Wills opines. “But the opposition will never fade entirely away—and it may well be strong enough in this year’s elections to determine the outcome. It is something people are willing to sacrifice for and feel noble about. Creeds are not built up out of facts. They are what make people reject all evidence that guns are more the cause of crime than the cure for it. The best preservative for unreason is to make a religion of it.” More here.
Question: Have Democrats been too defensive about Obamacare?
Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate, joined a line of Republican and Democratic leaders on Thursday in denouncing Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher at the center of a standoff with the federal government over land use, for suggesting that blacks might have been better off in slavery. “His remarks on race are offensive, and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” Mr. Paul said in a statement. The senator’s remarks came after he had offered support for Mr. Bundy’s case as the rancher resisted the federal Bureau of Land Management when it sought to confiscate his cattle because he was not paying fees for their grazing on public land/New York Times. More here. (AP file photo, of Rand Paul)
Question: Are you still standing by your man, Cliven Bundy supporter?
This April 10, 2003, file photo shows Pope John Paul II looking at a white dove released in honor of his repeated calls for peace by Roman youths, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. John Paul II will be made saint together with late Pope John XXIII during a solemn ceremony at the Vatican Sunday. Story here. (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti, files)
Question: Do you know anyone you'd describe as a saint?
Ron Burgundy (RE: Finney levels another complaint): Things in Kootenai County might run better if there was a prosecuting attorney that would tell political crackpots politely that they have no case and thank them and usher them to the door. Does this prosecutor not have enough backbone to tell people when they are wasting everyone's time? Or is he so afraid of a political primary that he indulges any lame accusation just because? What a waste of time!
DFO: Personally, I think all the county elected officials are running scared of the Rally Right/UCNI/Tea-publican controlling wing of the local Republican Party. They have the clout to make things miserable for them in a closed primary. And they have the strategy and follow-the-leader minions in the Central Committee to maneuver their guy into position, for example, to win a county assessor appointment. The Tea-publicans are extremely organized and sometimes can impose their will when the public isn't interested in one of their causes (See: ULUC).
Part of an international cloth diaper-changing event will take place in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday. It is one of more than 324 sites in 23 countries where the event will take place. The Great Cloth Diaper Change will attempt to break the Guinness World Record of 8,301 cloth diapers changed around the world at one time. Mother’s Haven and the Salvation Army KROC Center will be the host for the North Idaho site. “Each year billions of disposable diapers enter landfills where it takes hundreds of years for them to decompose, if ever,” says Heather McNamara, Executive Director of the Real Diaper Association. “Building off the success of last year’s event with 182 qualifying locations in 15 countries, we hope to show the entire world that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s modern families”/KREM. More here.
Question: Which type of diaper did you use for your babies — cloth? Disposable?
The Idaho State Police can’t be sued for detaining and fruitlessly searching a motorist with Colorado plates for marijuana in a case of alleged “license-plate profiling,” the state of Idaho argues, because it’s protected by the state’s sovereign immunity. In the state’s initial response to a lawsuit filed by 69-year-old Darien Roseen, Idaho is asking that the ISP and Trooper Justin Klitch be dismissed as defendants in the lawsuit, at least as far as Klitch is accused of acting in his official capacity as a state trooper. The 11th Amendment grants states sovereign immunity from being sued for money damages/Betsy Russell, SR. More here. (ISP video photo: Idaho state trooper questions Darien Roseen in January of 2013)
Question: Do we have the makings of a border war here?
Zarah Meyer, 14, hesitantly emerged from a changing room and spun in a slow circle. A floor-length salmon-pink evening gown hugged her figure. She smiled as stylist Cheryl Smith clapped her hands and exclaimed, “Now, that’s gorgeous!” Meyer is just one of approximately 30 volunteer models who are scheduled to appear in the Goodwill Fashion Show at the 2014 Spokane Women’s Show this weekend. She and other volunteers recently had fittings at the downtown store. The first-time model said her mom works for Goodwill and that’s how she got roped into helping. “It’s exciting,” she said/Cindy Hval, SR. More here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
Question: Do you have a problem with wearing hand-me-downs or 2nd-hand clothes?
Tongue firmly cheeked, Joker offers: “Here is an except from the script of of my latest idea: a new crime show set in Coeur d'Alene – 'Law& Order: Whack-a-doodle' unit.”
Mary Jo: Help me quick. The Coeur d’Alene School District is breaking the open meeting law! They're doing things in secret.
Det. Briscoe: I gave up New York for this?
Capt. Christie Wood: Come on buddy, this is a serious case. Mary Jo, what are you talking about?
Mary Jo: The district wants to add the words.
(Sound of DUM DUM)
Briscoe: I have a few words, but continue.
Mary Jo: They’re trying to add the words about, whispers,
gay people to the district policies.
(Sound DUM DUM)
Briscoe: How do you know this? More here.