For the record, I'm wearing a gray Hawaiian shirt with green palm trees, black jeans and black skechers as I type this. No tutu (for those checking in from Bonner County). What did you wear to work today? You can answer that question or start a thread on any subject under this Wild Card …
The walking, talking embodiment of the mythical free market in Idaho today is Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation. He called a few weeks ago and asked if we could get together and get acquainted while he was in the north country on other business. No harm in getting acquainted I thought, though for Wayne, there was some “harm” encountered. It seems the speeding ticket he received was because he was running late for our get together at an Irish Pub on Lake Drive in Coeur d’Alene. Though we are polar opposite on many things, there are some issues where we have commonality – government over-reaching and the public’s loss of trust in government “honesty” at all levels, for example. It was a pleasant enough discussion but when he used the phrase “free market” as in “we have to return to a true free market” I took strong exception/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Report. More here.
DFO: Make sure you read this one to the end. Chris saves some good insight for last few graphs.
Question: Do you believe in a mythical free market system, too?
I'm always finding reviews and recommendations for new and interesting books as I crawl across the web. I have started writing down titles and authors for future reference. But every once in a while, if a book looks really good, I'll go to our community library website and place a hold on it to get it as soon as possible. That happened this week. I saw somewhere a review of “Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs By Writers Famous and Obscure.” What?! Six word memoirs?! I knew I must read it! I picked it up from the library yesterday and couldn't put it down. I am finding it extremely fascinating to see how people describe their lives in six words/A Butterfly Moment. More here.
Question: Can you describe your life in 6 words?
In this Duane Rasmussen photo from this morning, DFO smiles at Hucks Central after being presented a Tea Party Patriots seat cushion by local GOP stalwart Donna Montgomery. You can see some of DFO's toys in the shelves in the background.
HucksOnline numbers (for Tuesday, June 19): 8508 page-views/4794 unique views
Question: So what would you do with a free North Idaho Tea Party cushion?
Tom Luna came under fire last week, when legislative auditors issued a followup report on encouraging high school graduates to attend college. In early 2012, the Office of Performance Evaluations said Idaho needs to hire more school counselors to help students make plans for life after graduation — and hire a statewide “counselor coordinator” to provide current information on college and career trends. Luna has resisted both recommendations. When the auditors pointed this out in their followup report, legislators of both parties expressed their chagrin with Luna, the Republican state schools superintendent/Kevin Richert, The EDge. More here.
Question: Were you helped significantly by a school counselor?
Coeur d’Alene police stopped a red Ford pickup and ordered two men out at gunpoint during the noon hour today on Northwest Boulevard in front of The Spokesman-Review office. One man was ordered on the ground, handcuffed, put in a patrol car and questioned by officers. According to police spokeswoman Christie Wood, they received a report of the men in some kind of altercation and that one of the men had a knife. Officers located and pulled over the truck, and detained both men for questioning. (SR photo: Scott Maben)
If it's a new week, it must be time for a new current events quiz. All entrants this week are eligible to win two movie tickets, and our overall champ will take home a $50 gift card to the Davenport Hotel. Simply answer 10 interactive questions, and you're in! You can take the weekly News Quiz here.
… Greg Lee and I saw three workers setting up orange fence to block casual observers from entering Ironman Coeur d'Alene tent city and bike transition area at City Park/Beach during our noon walk today. They were pulling pieces of the orange fence from a big yellow park parked on the Centennial Trail between City Park and City Beach. Elsewhere, four workers were hanging advertising banners from the portable white fence now separating the east end of City Park from North Idaho Museum. A white fence now stands on the edge of the sidewalk on Northwest Boulevard in front of Park View Towers. Few people on the watefront today, as a result of the rain. Greg asked an older swimmer standing on City Beach about the water. He said it was fine, maybe 63 degrees. Good for Ironman. One swimmer in a wet suit was splashing on the lake.
DFO: The old Ironman Coeur d'Alene route north of town was a bother re: trying to get around the area. But I do miss hanging out at the Coeur d'Alene Bible Church barbecue while watching the bicycle portion of the ride.
Question: Do you plan to watch any portion of Ironman Coeur d'Alene?
The American Medical Association’s endorsement of obesity as a disease state should give a boost to sales and continued development of prescription diet drugs. The AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates, which this week endorsed recognizing obesity as a disease, said they wanted to see the association’s backing of such a resolution as spurring more treatment options and better reimbursement for treating overweight Americans to create better health outcomes. Though the AMA’s backing has no force of law or guarantee of a prescription, let alone insurance coverage for such drugs, it puts the word out to scores of member doctor groups that obesity requires “a range of interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention,” as the resolution said/Bruce Japsen, Forbes. More here. (AP illustration)
Question: Do you consider obesity to be a disease?
Turks, some of them reading and the newspaper headline reading “Standing men,” stand in a silent protest in Guven Park in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday. After weeks of sometimes-violent confrontation with police, Turkish protesters have found a new form of resistance, standing still and silent. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Question: Have you ever participated in a political protest? Care to describe it?
Some farmers in the Walla Walla area have already started harvesting their Walla Walla sweet onions. KVEW reports the harvest is starting about a week-and-a-half early. The Walla Walla sweet onion is the official vegetable of the state of Washington/Associated Press.
Question: I ♥ onions, especially Walla Walla ones (which I plant annually). Mebbe it's the whole bit re: how fun it is to say Walla Walla. How about you? Do you love/hate to eat onions in your food?
From left, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Vice President Joe Biden applaud during a ceremony to dedicate the statue of Frederick Douglass, seen behind them today in the Emancipation Hall of the United States Visitor Center on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner will be the focus of a fundraiser in Coeur d'Alene in which 1st District Congress Raul Labrador wasn't invited. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
U.S Speaker of the House John Boehner will visit Coeur d'Alene Friday for a private fundraiser in Congressman Raul Labrador's 1st District. According to organizers, Labrador is not attending the private event, and he's not talking about it either. “Sorry it's taken me awhile to get back to you,” said Labrador's spokesman Todd Winer, responding to repeated inquiries about the event. “We don't have any comment on the story you're working on.” Ron Nilson, CEO of Ground Force Worldwide, is helping to organize the event at the local level. He said Ed Schweitzer, CEO of Schweitzer Engineering in Pullman, is hosting the event/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Hmm. Let's read between the lines. Why would Congressman Raul Labrador not attend (not be invited to?) fund-raising event in his district that features House Speaker John Boehner? Pay back?
As the Pentagon unveiled to reverse a ban on women serving on the front lines, a poll released Wednesday found that most registered voters believe women should be eligible for a military draft if one is reinstituted. The survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & shows that 59 percent believe women should be included if a draft becomes necessary again, compared to 38 percent who say they should not be included. The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon and the news site CapitalSoup.com to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the draft, according to the website/David Sherfinski, Washington Times. More here.
Question: Do you agree that women should be eligible for the draft if this country reinstitutes it?
Officers from Shoshone County Sheriff Department stand by the scene of a fatal shooting last Wednesday on I-90 at milepost 72.8 near the Idaho-Montana state line east of Mullan. An Idaho State Police trooper shot and killed a motorist along Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass as a sheriff's deputy struggled with the man over a gun. The identities of the officers involved in the shooting are listed below. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Gabe Green)
On her Facebook wall, Teri Runge Nipp posts: “Hanging out downtown today I was asked three times if I was competing in the Ironman. I am very proud that I brought it here to CDA; however, not sure if I could ever endure the challenge. What an amazing accomplishment for all the athletes involved. I could do the swim and call it good.”
Question: Has anyone mistaken you for an Ironman participant?
Moving across a rooftop, a wild turkey becomes a fowl shot while photographed as it emerges from behind a basketball hoop in the front driveway of a Walla Walla, Wash., home on Tuesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jeff Horner)
Tuesday Winner — CindyH w/10 votes: “These cyclists discover what the travel brochure meant by “no private bath.'” You can see Tuesday photo & all 19 cutline entries here.