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 …
Tea Party activists attend a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington today. The IRS has been under fire from Democrats and Republicans in Congress since May, when one of its officials publicly apologized for targeting conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status for close examination. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
James Gandolfini, the New Jersey-bred actor who delighted audiences as mob boss Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos” has died following a massive heart attack in Italy, a source told the Daily News. “Everyone is in tears,” the source close to the 51-year-old TV tough guy said. A press-shy celeb who got his start as a character actor and became famous relatively late in his career — thanks to his breakout role on “The Sopranos,” Gandolfini has largely avoided the spotlight since the last season of the beloved show aired in 2007. The burly Westwood, N.J. native has appeared in several supporting roles since then, playing the director of the CIA in “Zero Dark Thirty” and the gruff blue-collar father of a wannabe rock star in “Not Fade Away” last year. Gandolfini hit Broadway in 2009 with the Tony Award-winning comedy “God of Carnage”/New York Daily News. More here. (AP file photo)
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)
During my recent vacay, Duane Rasmussen snapped this photo of Gov. Butch Otter hanging out with the North Idaho Political Action Committee members (aka, Reasonable Republicans) during the Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. Otter spent about an hour with the Reasonable Republicans. You can read more about the IACI conference here.
Time 2 vote …
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.
more: Joseph Herrera was found guilty of second degree murder today in a Coeur d'Alene courtroom.The verdict came 18 months after Herrera was arrested for the murder of Stefanie Comack, Dec. 25, 2011. The jury started deliberations at 11:15 this morning. At about 2:15 the jury had a verdict, which was announced at about 2:50. The verdict prompted an emotional outburst and applause from members and supporters of the Comack family. Judge Fred Gibler, who had just minutes before warned those attending that he did not want any outburst or show of emotion from the audience when the verdict was read, immediately ordered several persons removed from the courtroom.
Here's why Dan of the Community doesn't fall for privatization when it comes for government:
From long experience, I’m always very leery of the push to privatize services that otherwise would be provided by the public sector. It usually costs more in the long run because any private provider has to add in their profit margin into the costs before they provide even the first speck of service. To keep the initial price “competitive” they have to cut employee salaries and benefits. It’s simple math. At first blush that might sound like a good thing but those employees, if they still have a job, now have less to spend at local merchants, and may now qualify for various public assistance programs to boot. None of that is good for the local economy or property taxpayers. More here.
Question: Can you think of an example when government privatization worked?
1st District Rep. Raul Labrador says it’s not true that he’s being snubbed by Speaker John Boehner on a fundraising trip to North Idaho, an event scheduled for Friday in Coeur d’Alene; the Coeur d’Alene Press ran an article today suggesting Labrador may not have been invited, though the event is in his district. “I was invited four weeks ago,” Labrador said. “They keep inviting me, they keep wanting me to go, but just, for me it was a bad weekend.” He said he did make a plane reservation in case he was able to make it to the event, which Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers is holding for Boehner to raise funds for GOP candidates; the fundraiser originally had been planned for Pullman, Wash. but was moved to Coeur d’Alene/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Seems to me that Congressman Labrador could have spared the misunderstanding, if that is what it is, by simply answering reporter's inquiries frankly in the first place. Izzit just me?
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. Donna got her seat cushion from Leslie Damiano, organizer of the defunct organization. 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?
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?