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Constitutionalists Coming To CdA

Hucks Online sees that the Fall 2011 Constitution Party National Committee & Conference will be held Oct. 7-8 at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. Among the Constitution Party worthies expected to attend is former U.S. Rep Virgil Goode, who represented the Virginia 5th District and is considered the frontrunner for the party nomination although he hasn't made an official candidacy announcement. According to a Constitution Party news release, the fall convention originally was rewarded to Spokane, but Spokane area committee members suggested “that going across the state line to the Coeur d'Alene” Resort would be a better location. Full story here. The local Constitution Party, as you may recall, led the small protest against that public art display of Indian idol Ganesha on 6th & Sherman. So, with your help, I'd like to suggest things the Constitutionalists can do while they're in downtown Coeur d'Alene:

  • 1. Visit Ganesha statue
  • 2. Dine at Brazilian Steakhouse
  • 3. Visit Human Rights Education Center
  • 4. Read United Nations declaration on stone outside HREC

Question: Can you add to the list?

Black Pilgrims Upset Constitution Party

Before the Kootenai County Constitution Party was offended by the public art depicting Hindu god Ganesha on Sherman Avenue, it got ticked off by a Coeur d'Alene Public Library Thanksgiving display. Which showed some of the Pilgrims as African-Americans. Here's part of a letter that Justin Cottrell of the Constitution Party sent to library Director Betty Ammon on Oct. 1, 2009: “On a recent trip with my family to the Coeur d’Alene Library I took notice of the festive holiday kiosk in the children’s section of the library. However in enjoying the vivid array of color, I was shocked and disappointed when my family and I came to the display on Thanksgiving. While the display was full of fall colors and traditional harvest related items, the portrayal of the Pilgrim’s race is in obvious error. Even by the most liberal accounts of the Puritan Thanksgiving, of which our holiday is based off of, none suggest anything other than the Pilgrims were European in their lineage.” More here. (Wikipedia photo: “The First Thanksgiving” by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris)

Question: Do you suppose the Native Americans who helped saved the Pilgrims wereof  European descent, too?

Poll: Local GOP Pushing Raw Milk? No!

  • Thursday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation say that the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee shouldn't be pushing a townhall meeting advocating distribution of raw milk. (The local GOP is urging members to attend such a meeting at Coeur d'Alene Library community room June 22.) 91 of 133 respondents (68.42%) say the local R's shouldn't sanction the townhall meeting. Only 32 of 133 (24.06% say they should. 10 (7.52%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Are you more or less likely to join the local Constitution Party as a result of planned protest against Hindu art in downtown CdA by its members?

Hindu God Statue Draws CdA Critics

Members of the Kootenai County Constitution Party are planning to protest today the dedication in Coeur d’Alene of a public artwork sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesha – a four-armed being with an elephant head. A posting on the party’s website encourages Christians to protest the artwork, calling it an “abomination”  approved by the “godless group of individuals” who manage the city’s public art program. Though the protest is not a party function, it’s supported by many party members, who believe only Christianity provides a world view “consistent with the framing of our Republic,” said party Chairman Daniel Brannan/Alison Boggs, SR. More here. (SR photo/Kathy Plonka: “Ganesha,” by Spokane metal artist Rick Davis, is part of “ArtCurrents,” the Coeur d’Alene public art display.)

Question: Do you think this is a good piece of art?

Constitutionalists Target Lake City Art

The Kootenai County Constitution Party plans to protest the dedication Friday of the city of Coeur d'Alene's art-on-loan program as a result of the inclusion of a “Hindu demon, Ganesh, statue” now displayed on Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Mayor Sandi Bloem will oversee the dedication, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. during the monthly ArtWalk program. On the Constitution Party Web site, the following notice is given: “Christians of Kootenai County should be dismayed at the appearance of a Hindu demon, Ganesh, statue that is currently found on Sherman ave in Coeur d’Alene soon. The godless group of individuals that manage the “art” of the city have approved and paid with tax-payer money for a Rick Davis to sculpt a statue as ugly as sin.” The site goes on to list the members of the 12 members of the Art Commission who serve three-year terms. Click here. (Photo: About.com Hinduism)

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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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