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Seattle Weekly Eyes Jacobson Case

Rick Anderson of Seattle Weekly provides his take on the Tina Jacobson/Linda Cook lawsuit, including: “GOP leader Jacobson is now mulling her next legal step, and appears to have put the kibosh on the theft rumor. She also has newspapers rethinking the value of allowing free-form anonymous comments.” As far as I can tell, the Spokesman-Review isn't re-thinking its policy re: allowing anonymous people to comment. But anonymous posters should be forewarned that we're probably not going to spend tens of thousands of dollars in Idaho courts protecting identities from the next possible defamation lawsuit. BTW, I noticed that Anderson refers to me as Dan Oliveria. Which means it's harder for me to hang onto my 15 minutes of fame here.

Question: Which name do you like better for a North Idaho blogger — Dan, Dave or D.F. Oliveria?

Idaho Legitimizes Raw-Milk Producers

Idaho, by contrast, has taken a very different raw-milk route. “Raw milk comes straight from the cow or goat. We don't do anything to it except filter it and flash cool it and bottle it,” said Debra Jantzi, owner of Treasured Sunrise Acres, a Grade A raw-milk dairy in Fruitland. Pasteurization, on the other hand, is a heating process that kills bacteria and other pathogens and has been a standard practice in the U.S. dairy industry since the mid-20th century. Many state and federal health agencies claim that raw milk is dangerous to drink—citing a 2010 outbreak of campylobacter from raw milk in Indiana—and, therefore, ban or greatly restrict its distribution. Raw-milk advocates, like Jantzi, counter that pasteurization kills flavor, as well as beneficial bacteria and the nutrients that make milk healthful/Guy Ford, Boise Weekly. More here. (AP file photo of raw-milk producer for illustrative purposes) H/T: SamC.

Question: Do you drink raw milk?

Sandpointer Tells Of Anti-Gay Bullying

Item: Boise rallies against anti-gay bullying/Jody May-Change, Boise Weekly

More Info: BSU student Justin Baxter described the years of bullying and taunting he endured in both middle and high school in Sandpoint, Idaho. Walking home one day after a bullying incident in his gym class locker-room, Baxter was struck in the head with a glass bottle. He fell unconscious to the grown breaking his nose as his attackers kicked him. “People do no understand what it is like to be in that kind of darkness,” said Baxter. But his message included some optimism. “I am happy that I am here today to tell you from the bottom of my heart to stick in there.”

Question: Do you believe bullying against gays is epidemic?

Dennis: A Liberal Became My Friend

20 years ago, the founder of the Boise Weekly — Andy Hedden-Nicely — seemed to love barbecuing me. I’d end up in his “best of/worst of” editions and had folks like Bill Cope and others write terrible things about me. I REALLY didn’t like Andy or any of his liberal buddies…or buddy-ettes, for that matter. And, yet, I had never actually met Andy…so it was VERY easy to dislike someone, to whom I had so easily affixed a caricature. Then, 8 years ago at a Christmas party, a mutual acquaintance, Jim Stephens, introduced us. Maybe it was the wine, maybe it was my recent disgust at the national neo-cons..maybe it was just the fact that I enjoyed having a tremedous conversation with Andy. … But I liked him, almost instantly/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

Question: Have you ever become friends with someone you thought you didn’t like until you met him/her? Care to tell us about it?

Cope: End Of The Line For Idaho Ed?

“But seriously, graduates, you’re getting out just in time, did you know that? Especially you band and choir kids. You may well be the last of your kind. Maybe at some point in the future, you can sit your little brothers and sisters down and tell them what a bittersweet blessing it was to have played the last Sousa march or sung in the last spring concert ever performed in Melba. Or maybe it’s better they never find out what they missed. And let us pray there is no nascent Mozart or Wynton Marsalis or Joan Sutherland coming up through the Melba school system. What a tragedy that is, eh? Talent with no place to go? It was nothing personal, kids. The school board was only doing what it was told had to be done. The State Legislature informed them—along with every other school district in Idaho—that sacrifices had to be made”/Bill Cope, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: What would you say to a graduating group of Idaho high school seniors, if you were invited to give a commencement address?

BW: Idaho Human Rights Stand Pathetic

State leaders have made it clear they’re not interested in extending anti-discrimination protections to the gay and lesbian community. At the start of 2009, I watched members of the Senate State Affairs Committee barely give Sen. Nicole LeFavour (pictured, via Wikipedia) the courtesy of their attention before quickly voting against printing her bill to amend the Idaho Human Rights Act to include LGBT protections in the workplace, education and housing. A week before LeFavour was shot down by her fellow senators, the Idaho Human Rights Commission — an organization tasked specifically with “ensuring that all people within the state are treated with dignity and respect”—voted against supporting LeFavour’s proposed legislation/Rachael Daigle, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Should Idaho extend human rights protections to the gay and lesbian community?

Bill Cope: Libertarians Are Loony

The trouble with the cult of libertarianism is that we are all Libertarians to one extent or another, depending on the issue before us. For instance, if smoking dope or engaging in homosexual acts is your only passion in life (the only matter you feel strongly enough about to rise from the Barcalounger and vote ove) libertarian is the church for you. In theory, they are very sympathetic to dope smokers and gays. In practice, we don’t find them pushing nearly as hard for cultural liberties as they do for total economic licentiousness. But at least they talk a good live-and-let-live theology, even if they aren’t in any apparent rush to enact it/Bill Cope, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: What percentage of Libertarian are you?

Harley Brown: Man Of Bold, Bad Ideas

Harley D. Brown doesn’t care if you’re offended. He’s a retired Navy man, and he thinks that anti-personnel mines would be a fine and effective deterrent to Mexicans who cross illegally onto United States soil. He said some mines, which might “castrate you or cause some arterial bleeding,” are “a splendid idea.” On the big issues facing our country, this is a candidate who knows where he stands. Abortion? “I’m down on abortion like God Almighty is down on sin.” Iran? “That guy in Iran, he’s over there threatening the whole Middle East with those nuclear weapons. I believe in wiping them out with a preemptive nuclear strike.” Medicare? “That is completely government socialism,” he said. “And I would attack it”/Michael Ames, Boise Weekly. More here.

Question: Any of you tempted to vote for Harley Brown in the GOPrimary for 1st Congressional District, as a means of protesting the nature of the race between the top 2 candidates?

BW: 10 Things For Palin To Do In Boise

Nathaniel Hoffman/Boise Weekly offers 10 things that Sarah Palin can do when she’s in Boise (includes Sarah Palin do-it-yourself, cut-out mask):

  • Ride Rex Rammell’s dinosaur. (Alternately, there is always the mechanical bull at Dirty Little Roddy’s.)
  • Picket the Boise Bike Week Block Party with “Drill, Baby, Drill” placard.
  • Try to get 50 free Idaho potato pins from the Idaho Potato Commission (technically only current Idaho residents are eligible for the pins, but maybe they’ll grandfather her in).
  • Go to Cabela’s and look at a big, stuffed moose.
  • Update her Facebook page with something like “Sarah Palin likes Boise Weekly’s Top 10 Things to do in Boise list. I’m going to do them all!” More here. (H/T: Sam Crawford)

Question: What do you do with your free time when you’re in Boise?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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