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Parting Shot — 2.1.13

James “The Bear” McDonald of Granby, Conn., consumes wings during WIP's Wing Bowl 21 eating contest today in Philadelphia. McDonald won with 287 wings. The annual event is held the Friday before the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Question: Are you a fan of Buffalo wings?

CHS Boys Cage Coach Quits Abruptly

Coeur d’Alene Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach Kent Leiss has resigned from his position effective immediately for personal reasons. This afternoon, Assistant Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach Darren Taylor was named interim coach for the remainder of the season.  The team has three regular season games remaining and then the regional play offs which begin Feb. 15. Leiss has been the varsity boys basketball coach for ten years at CHS.  “The Viking community would like to thank Coach Leiss for his commitment to the basketball program and the students of Coeur d’Alene High School,” stated Athletic Director Todd Gilkey.  “During his tenure Coach Leiss led the Vikings to multiple regional titles and state tournament appearances including second place in the 2007-2008 season.” Leiss received Coach of the Year for the Inland Empire League in the 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 seasons/Greg Lee, SR. More here. (SR photo: Coach Leiss, far left, in 2011)

Bay Views Analyzes ‘Insensitivity’

At Bay Views, Herb criticizes the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations for taking Coeur d'Alene School Board Trustee Brent Regan to task re: his anti-Obama “joke” at a legislative forum:

“The local Task Force on Human Relations decided, probably due to not having any publicity lately, to chime in. They called a press conference. Somehow, common sense overruled their witch hunt tendencies.Rather than a charge of racism, they labelled the remarks as,”Insensitive.”  I am going to assume at this point that every time a leftist says something publicly about Republicans, that the task force will call yet another press conference to label the “insensitive” remarks. Don't hold your breath.” More here. (SR file photo of human rights advocate Norm Gissel, who delivered a statement at task force presser that Bay Views criticizes)

Question: Agree/disagree with Herb?

PM Headlines — 2.1.13

University of Idaho student Courtney Barry, right, does a figure-skating pose for her friends Bri Hanson, left, and Katie Bulcher while skating on synthetic ice outside the Idaho Commons on Thursday. The skating was part of a winter carnival organized by ASUI and Campus Recreation. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Geoff Crimmins)

Hillary Steps Down As Sec Of State

Greeted by cheering agency staff, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves the State Department in Washington on Friday for last time as America's top diplomat. After four years, Clinton has traveled nearly one million miles to meet with leaders in over 100 countries. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Question: What do you expect to see Hillary doing next?

PM Scanner Traffic — 2.1.13

  • 5:17 p.m. Gray Subaru Forrester has hit a deer on H95/MP 427 (Cougar Gulch).
  • 4:55 p.m. Coeur d'Alene Police Department activities report for Jan. 31-Feb. 1 here.
  • 4:35 p.m. Newer black car passing on shoulders of e/b I-90/MP 5 (Spokane Street/CdA).
  • 4:26 p.m. Firefighter reports overheated vehicle @ H41/Poleline, Post Falls.
  • 4:19 p.m. Taffic lights for w/b H53 @ H95/Hayden is not recycling.
  • 12 more items + AM Scanner Traffic link below

Huckleberries Blogroll — 2.1.13

At Stebbijo's Place, Stebbijo is offering shrimp soup and an insight into what it's like to return to work on one leg. More here.

Huckleberries numbers (for Thursday, Jan. 31): 9966 page-views/5219 unique views

Help Me Analyze My 49ers Dream

I had a weird dream last night. Weird, in that I usually don't dream. Weird also, in that it made sense on one level, tracking current NFL events, but not on another. First, I need to add, as some of you know, that I'm a life-long fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Giants. Now, onward. I dreamed that the Super Bowl was in the fourth quarter — and that the 49ers had trailed throughout. They couldn't quite score the TD or field goal to put them over the top. They never did catch up. The odd thing? They were playing the Atlanta Falcons, not the Baltimore Ravens. Whom they beat 2 weeks ago to win the right to go to the Super Bowl. So here's the question:

Question: How would you interpret my dream?

ISP Mum On Fire Official’s DUI Arrest

Idaho State Police Capt. Curtis Kastens told The Press ISP cannot discuss the particulars of Coeur d’Alene Deputy Fire Chief Jim Washko’s DUI. Washko was cited and released after failing a field sobriety test shortly after midnight Dec. 22, but he was not arrested. How Washko got home that night 11 miles from the scene of his citation, or why he wasn’t arrested isn’t in the ISP report, and Kastens said the department will have no comment on the case because litigation is pending. Washko is scheduled to appear March 4 before Magistrate Judge Robert Caldwell/Coeur d'Alene Press.

Question: Do you think the deputy fire chief received preferential treatment?

SR Blogs: Another Coug In Hot H20

Washington State receiver Drew Loftus was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly tried to steal two bottles of tequila from the Dissmore's grocery store on North Grand Ave. Loftus, 19, was taken to the Pullman Police Department and issued three misdemeanor citations for 3rd-degree theft, minor in possession of alcohol and minor intoxicated in public. He was released upon his signature. Pullman Police Cmdr. Chris Tennant said a store employee called the police just before 1 a.m. after observing Loftus shove two bottles of tequila — priced at $21.99 each — into the waistband of his pants. Loftus then grabbed a carton of eggs and proceeded to the checkout counter, where he attempted to pay for the eggs but not the tequila/Christian Caple, SR. More here. (Photo: Washington State Cougars football Web site)

Question: Do you enjoy tequila?

A Zip Trip Kinda Friday

On the Dually Noted SR blog/Tricia Jo Websters posts: “On a day like today, when nothing seems to be going right and all I want to do is lay on the sofa in my jams and watch something Kardashian (save me from myself!), I need to say “Screw the January resolution to skip fast food” and head to Zip's.” More here.

Question: What's your fast-food guilty pleasure?

Why Legislators Ignore Will Of People

At the Blue Review, Brian Wampler provides 5 reasons why GOP legislative insiders are defying the will of the people in an attempt to resurrect the rejected Luna Laws, including:

Collective Action. It is very difficult to maintain a social movement. People get tired, their lives get busy, they move on to other activities. By introducing these bills, the Republican leadership is working under the premise that parents who volunteered time last year to reject the “Luna Laws” are less likely to mobilize this year. The time and energy cost of re-introducing the legislation is much lower than organizing opposition to those pieces of legislation. Teacher unions funded much of the collective action in 2012, which means that if the Republican Party’s strategy is correct, there will be a weaker response. More here.

Question: Are the three legislators from your district part of the problem or part of the solutions re: arrogant legislative leaders ignoring the will of the people when it comes to the Luna Laws?

Legislature Offer Ed Listening Session

Sen. Bob Nonini, left center, and Rep. Ron Mendive, R-Coeur d'Alene, right center, are among the legislators who listened to a speaker during the education forum in Boise today. As chairman of the House Education Committee last year, Nonini joined Senate Education Committee Chairman John Goedde in ramrodding the Luna Laws through the Legislature. Voters solidly rejected the Luna Laws at the polls in November.

A pair of themes — charter school funding and proposed new limits on teachers unions — dominated a two-hour “listening session” where House and Senate Education Committee members Friday got an earful from the public. Of the roughly 200 people who attended the hearing in the Capitol's auditorium, many who spoke urged rejection of several pending bills seeking to give school boards more power when negotiating with teacher unions. On Nov. 6, voters dumped similar laws that were part of public schools chief Tom Luna's “Students Come First” overhaul/John Miller, AP (via Eye on Boise) More here.

Question: Do you think Sen. Bob Nonini will back the Son of Luna Laws legislation introduced this year?

9th Floor Fire Self Extinguishes

At approximately 8:00 pm last night Coeur D’Alene Fire Department was dispatched for a Structure Fire on the ninth floor of the Parkside Condo’s 601 E Front. Neighbor reported seeing smoke and flames on an interior wall with water flowing in the apartment.  A second alarm was immediately called for bringing additional units from both Kootenai County Fire and Rescue and Northern Lakes Fire Department.  5 Engines, 2 Ambulances and 19 personnel responded.  Upon the arrival of the Fire Department the fire appears to have self-extinguished due to a domestic water line being damaged by the fire and extinguishing it within a couple feet of its origin. The fire cause appears to be electrical in nature at this time, starting in or around a built in home surround sound speaker/Fire Inspector Craig Etherton, Coeur d'Alene Fire Department. More here.

Question: Does Coeur d'Alene have the fire-fighting equipment to battle a blaze in the upper stories of one of the downtown Coeur d'Alene high rises?

IFF Pooh-Poohs Luna Laws Concern

Wayne Hoffman of Idaho Freedom Foundation sees nothing wrong with the Idaho Legislature trying to resurrect modified version of voter-rejected Luna Laws:

In November, Idaho voters rejected education reforms passed by our Legislature in 2011. That’s in keeping with our system of government that allows voters to approve or reject legislation placed before them. I see nothing particularly startling or wrong with the idea that the Legislature would continue to discuss the topic of education reform. I don’t recall voters admonishing lawmakers from ever talking about education again. Nor did they say the Legislature should take a respite from the topic.  Taxpayers spend $1.2 billion a year on public schools; the Legislature would be remiss to discontinue discussion about how that money is spent and whether the public policies surrounding public education were correct or in need of alteration. I also think the Legislature is going about the issue the right way. Rather than tackle the issues that were the subject of countless TV and radio ads, the Legislature is looking at those questions that never rose to a level of public discourse. More here.

Question: Do you think Wayne would be singing the same tune if voters had rejected the health insurance exchange in November, only to see key GOP legislators trying to bring back a modified version?

Regan Responds To Pointed Question

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Above, Coeur d'Alene School Board Trustee Brent Regan discusses his controversial anti-Obama statement with Lori Kay Edinger-Gaboury after speaking to the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans Thursday. Edinger-Gaboury had asked Regan during Q&A after his speech if he would have made the same comment if her mixed-race daughter, with her dreadlocks, had been sitting in the audience of the now-infamous legislative forum. Also, above, is the audio that contains Edinger-Gaboury's question and Regan's response. (Duane Rasmussen photo special to Huckleberries Online)

17% Of Male Marines Balk At Idea

A survey conducted by the Marine Corps found 17 percent of male Marines would likely leave the service if women were moved into combat roles. If women were assigned involuntarily to combat roles, 22 percent of male Marines said they might leave, the study found. The results of the survey of 53,000 Marines, which were released to The Associated Press on  Friday, highlight some of the complications the services are anticipating as they integrate women into male-only combat units/Jeremy Herb, The Hill. More here.


Feds Seek Wolverine Protection

This July 2007 image provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows a female wolverine and her cubs taken in the Gravelly Range of southwest Montana. Wolverines need deep mountain snows to survive, but the government said Friday that anticipated warming temperatures in coming decades will shrink their habitat, putting the species in danger of extinction. (AP Photo/Wildlife conservation society, Mark Packila)

Question: Should wolverines be protected?

AM Scanner Traffic — 2.1.13

  • 11:56 a.m. Freeway BOSS hit on white Chevy pickup w/possible stolen plates w/b on I-90.
  • 11:49 a.m. M, a Coeur d'Alene female, is threatening to overdose on pills.
  • 11:36 a.m. Officer asks if detained female was convicted of previous driving while suspended.
  • 11:01 a.m. Elderly male at Four Seasons assisted living on floor having breathing difficulty.
  • 10:51 a.m. ISP officer arrests male driving male driving pickup w/stolen plates @ I-90/Sherman.
  • 10:46 a.m. Freeway BOSS hit on blue Dodge Ram w/stolen plates @ e/b I-90/MP 7 (H41).
  • 10:39 a.m. Cancer Center doesn't know why someone in triage dialed 911.
  • 10:26 a.m. Undisclosed medical emergency reported in 3800 block of Ramsey/CdA.
  • 9:58 a.m. A silver Jeep Libery is e/b entering Idaho on I-90 @ speeds in excess of 80 mph.
  • 9:21 a.m. An orange cat has been hit by a vehicle on N20th/Coeur d'Alene Avenue, CdA.
  • 9:20 a.m. A dog is running loose @ Julia/Cliffhouse, Hauser Lake.
  • 9:15 a.m. Officer reports CdA woman “extremely manic” and needs protective custody.
  • 8:57 a.m. A “painted horse” is running loose on w/b H53/MP 11 (Fowler Road).
  • 8:36 a.m. Officer reports unoccupied truck is running on Appleway, figures driver is eating at McDonalds across the way.

USA ‘Radical Islam’ Is Speaker Topic

Dr. Gene Malvino will be speaking on “Radical Islam in America” at today's noon luncheon of the Panhandle Pachyderm Club at Templin's Red Lion Inn, 414 E. First Ave., Post Falls. In an email reminding members of the meeting Thursday, Pachyderm President Luke Sommer wrote:

Tomorrow's meeting will be an extremely timely and important one for you to attend.  Dr. Gene Malvino will be addressing the issue of “Radical Islam in America.”  Islamic influence in America is a clear and present danger to our Republic.  Come hear and learn why this is true and what you can do about it.

Question: Do you consider “radical Islam in America” to be a clear and present danger to America?

Poll: All Remarks Equally Bad

  • Thursday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation considered the three questionable remarks highlighted in the poll from officials in North Idaho elected positions (Sheryl Nuxoll, Brent Regan, Ron Mendive) to be equally bad. 112 of 208 respondents (53.85%) voted “all of the above” re: the statement made by the three officials that amazed them most. Meanwhile, 28 of 208 (13.46%) each marked Nuxoll (who compared the health insurance exchange to the holocaust) and “none of the above.” 27 of 208 (12.98%) voted for Mendive (who compared abortion to prostitution, and 13 (6.25%) voted for Regan (who told an insensitive anti-Obama “joke” at a recent forum).
  • Today's Poll: How would you describe the current condition of the Tea Party in Kootenai County?

Is Tea Party On Last Legs?

Is it last call for the tea party? Consider these recent developments: Late Thursday: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible presidential candidate in 2016, ridicules fellow Republicans as the “stupid party” and urges Washington Republicans to get over their obsession with cutting budgets. Friday afternoon: The office of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, another would-be Republican presidential candidate, declares that he will not go along with a plan, hatched by conservative legislators, to rewrite the state’s election laws in a way that would stack Virginia’s electoral votes against Democrats. Late Friday: Fox News says it has parted ways with Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and tea-party darling whose following had shriveled/Dana Milbank, Washington Post. More here. (2010 AP file photo of former VP candidate Sarah Palin in Reno, Nev., speaking to Tea Party event in Reno, Nev.)

Question: The Tea Party remains strong in Kootenai County, with two wings of the local Republican Party vying for its mantle: United Conservatives of North Idaho (Tea Party Hard Core) and Reagan Republicans (Tea Party Lite). But do you think the Tea Party nationwide is going way of the dodo?

Mother Jones To Fight Vandersloot Suit

Mother Jones magazine is standing behind the article that spawned a defamation lawsuit filed Tuesday by Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot (pictured in Wikipedia photo). VanderSloot is seeking $74,999 in damages for portions of the article portraying him as anti-gay and a Twitter post calling him “(Mitt) Romney’s gay-bashing friend.” Mother Jones Co-Editor in Chief Monika Bauerlein was named as a defendant along with reporter Stephanie Mencimer and the magazine itself. Though Bauerlein hadn’t had a chance Thursday to review the 86-page lawsuit, she said to expect the magazine to fight the suit in court instead of settling. “We’re really confident about our reporting,” Bauerlein said/Zach Kyle, Twin Falls Times News. More here.

Question: Do you expect a fight to the finish re: this lawsuit?

Lakeland Bus Crash Triggers Reaction

A Lakeland School District bus accident is causing a chain reaction. A parent who warned the district a month ago that bus accidents are waiting to happen because he believes chains aren't used as often as they should be on snow-covered roads said Tuesday's accident should prompt a change in district policy. Jeff Sheets, who lives in the Athol area and whose kids were not on the bus during the accident on Rimrock Road north of Hayden, said he has seen multiple times in which buses have issues on the roads with no chains. “We saw this (accident) coming,” Sheets said. “I think they should use chains any time there's snow on the roads - even if some of the roads on the route aren't bad.” Aside from two of the 14 teens on board complaining of soreness, there were no injuries during this week's accident. Chains were not on the tires during the accident/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Question: Sounds as though the concerned Athol parent has a legitimate beef with Lakeland School District bus safety in the winter. What do you think?

AM Headlines — 2.1.13

Loyola Marymount forward Godwin Okonji, left, knocks the ball from the hands of Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game Thursday in Los Angeles. Gonzaga won 88-43. SR story here. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Ed Koch, Ex-NYC Mayor, 88, RIP

In this Aug. 30, 2004, file photo, former New York Mayor Ed Koch speaks at the first day of the Republican National Convention in New York. Koch, the combative politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during three City Hall terms, has died at age 88. Spokesman George Arzt says Koch died this morning of congestive heart failure. Obituary information here. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta, File)

IdahoGirl78: Why 3 Trustees At Meet?

IdahoGirl78 (re: Williams: Regan apology 'sincere'): I noticed in the article that Hamilton, Regan and Hightower were all in attendance, this is considered a quorum of the board. Did the School District give notice that the three board members would be in attendance? I didn't see a notice on the Districts web page. Did they post this information somewhere else?

Chairman Tom Hamilton replies in comments section: We live in a small town and these things are bound to happen. I assure you it was inadvertent and such situations are contemplated by Idaho's Open Meeting Law. For one thing, OML defines “meeting” to mean “the convening of a governing body of a public agency to make a decision or to deliberate toward a decision on any matter.” Clearly this was not the case. (See rest of Tom's reply in comments section)

Anyone? Tom?

Trib: Jeers To Nuxoll Defender Hill

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, opinionator Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune jeers … Senate President Brent Hill, R-Rexburg. Here's Hill for his “reaction to (State Sen. Sheryl) Nuxoll's desecration of the Holocaust victims: “This is a very emotional issue for a lot of people. There's a lot of 'stuff' going around, a lot of information, a lot of viewpoints being expressed,” Hill said. “As we get closer to making that decision, the rhetoric's going to get more dramatic. … I don't think this is exclusive to Sen. Nuxoll.” What's the point of being the moral conscience of the Senate if you stand silent in the face of outrage? The Aryan Nations saga left Idaho with an unfortunate narrative as a haven for neo-Nazis. But who just advanced that narrative more? A junior senator from Cottonwood who scratched her itch for stupendously rancid hyperbole? Or the president of the Senate who stood by and allowed her do it? Full column here.

Question: Should the Idaho Legislature censure Sen. Nuxoll for her careless remarks re: the holocaust?

Hero Bus Driver Had NIdaho Roots

See: video by Dylan Wohlenhaus/KHQ talking to dead hero's sister who lives in Athol here.

The Alabama school bus driver who died Tuesday while trying to protect the children on his bus from an armed kidnapper has deep North Idaho roots. Charles “Chuck” Poland, 66, (pictured) lived in Fernwood while growing up, and later moved to Athol, where his mother, Mildred Poland, and a sister, Vicki Upchurch, still reside. “He was just a good person. His whole life was his family, his kids, his friends,” Upchurch said, in a phone interview Thursday with The Press. “He was very religious, and he lived it.” Poland’s death is connected to a story now making national headlines. According to the Associated Press, Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver, boarded Poland’s stopped school bus Tuesday afternoon and demanded two young boys. When Poland tried to block the man’s way, Dykes shot the bus driver several times and took a kindergartner off the bus/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


CdA Fire Official Faces DUI Charge

A Coeur d'Alene deputy fire chief charged with driving under the influence of alcohol was not arrested at the scene despite failing a field sobriety test after being pulled over. Jim C. Washko, a 15-year Coeur d'Alene Fire Department veteran, was cited and released for misdemeanor DUI shortly after midnight Dec. 22. Idaho State Police stopped the vehicle he was driving when they noticed the front seat passenger vomiting out the passenger's side door, according to the ISP arrest report. Washko registered a .130/.131 blood-alcohol content. The legal limit for impaired drivers in Idaho is .08. He failed a balance, walk and gaze sobriety test along the roadside near the intersection of Fourth Street and Dalton Avenue, according to the arrest report filed in First District Court, but was not booked in Kootenai County jail/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.


Williams: Regan Apology ‘Sincere’

Al Williams, director of athletics at North Idaho College, was in attendance at the Reagan Republican meeting and found Regan's apology sincere. Williams, who is black, attended the meeting to both hear about what's happening with the school district and to hear Regan address his Obama comments. “It's a matter of what you intended when you make a comment,” Williams said. “And what he said, it wasn't meant to harm or to offend anybody.” He added, “Initially, I was taken aback by it. It did offend me.” He said it was an “insensitive” comment.”People who I've spoken to who know this man have said that'sreally not who he is,” Williams said. “He did apologize to me, but it's only because he didn't want to feel like he had offended me personally, being a man of color.” … Williams said he didn't feel it was necessary for Regan to resign from the school board/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Duane Rasmussen photo: Al Williams, left, talks with Trustee Brent Regan, right, during Reagan Republicans meeting)


Jeers To Diva of Distortion: Nuxoll

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, Marty Trillhaase/Lewiston Tribune jeers … Idaho state Sen. Sheryl L. Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood. Writes Marty: In the her brief legislative career, Nuxoll has shown contempt for:

  • The U.S. Constitution - Nuxoll wanted to steal the 2012 election from President Obama and hand the White House over to Republican Mitt Romney.
  • The Idaho taxpayer - Until she was forced to return it, Nuxoll last spring misappropriated nearly $2,000 in public funds for a blatantly political brochure.
  • Facts - Last year, Nuxoll warned Obamacare would undermine Catholic church institutions - a stance Idaho Catholic schools, the Catholic Diocese of Boise and Catholic Charities of Idaho all repudiated.
  • History - In 2011, she claimed Obamacare would “take our children away, which is the same way the Nazis did.”

Now, the diva of distortion has reached into the crypt and plucked from it the most egregious analogy of all: the Holocaust. More here.

Question: Anyone have a description for Sen. Nuxoll that's better than “diva of distortion”?

Harbaughs Ready For Super Bowl

Brothers Jim Harbaugh, foreground, head coach for the San Francisco 49ers, and John Harbaugh, head coach for the Baltimore Ravens, speak at a news conference for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans Friday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Jim and John Harbaugh held their first press conference together on Friday morning, just two days before their respective teams face off in the Super Bowl. For the most part, the brothers acted as they always do. John, dressed in suit and tie, was more outgoing and jovial with the reporters. Jim was his usual reserved self and seemed content to let his brother do most of the talking. There weren't many enlightening questions and therefore not many enlightening answers (when a reporter asks whether they will have a post-game handshake or bear hug, you know you're not getting Frost/Nixon here). More here.

Question: Were you and any of your siblings sports rivals?

LoriK: Birds Of RR Feather Flocked …

My name is Lori Kaye Edinger-Gaboury!!! And I attended this meeting to get a simple answer to my question. I got my answer and concluded that Mr.Regan would not have made his “ignorant” comment if anyone of color had been in attendance at this meeting. This tells me that he knew his comment was not acceptable and would not have been made if he had not felt so comfortable with the mentality of his audience…I had an eye opening experience at the Reagan Republican meeting today..I urge you all to attend a meeting and see just how out of touch with reality and how these people can attack anyone who speaks against them really are!!!!

DFO: Apparently, Lori Kaye Edinger-Gaboury is the woman who asked a question of Trustee Brent Regan at the Reagan Republican lunch Thursday re: her child of mixed race.


Vestal: Nailing Down Hammer Analogy

Perhaps you’ve come across the latest low-water mark in our debate about guns. It is the assertion – made recently in Spokane City Council chambers and at a public forum in Coeur d’Alene, as well as in the echoing void of the all-guns-at-all-costs universe – that hammers kill more people than assault weapons. Hammers! Outrageous! See how impossible – how utterly, completely hopeless – it is to even consider limiting assault weapons, which hardly even kill anyone, really, when you compare them to hammers? Hammers kill more people than assault rifles. If only it were true/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

DFO: You can have my hammer when you pry it from the tool belt on my cold, dead body?

Question: Do you harbor any lethal hammers on your property?

Signe: Dealing With Illegals

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