Posts tagged: Fort Boise
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, poses with his grandchildren on stage after a Republican presidential debate in Washington on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
At Fort Boise, Tom Von Alten breaks down the latest GOP debate, including these “lowlights: I'm pretty sure the totality of Ron Paul's positions are anathema to me, although we agree on some things, and he does seem more sincerely principled than the rest of the bunch. There's just that crazy uncle down from the attic vibe that I can't get over. I think the sweet spot of his opportunity came and went a couple of cycles ago. And Rick Perry's still here, wha? Maybe he's hoping for another turn like Gingrich is getting. The strutting about “worn the uniform” and “been Commander in Chief” (of his state's National Guard don't you know) is ever so slightly over-the-top, oh-so-Texan. Big hat, small herd under there. Full analysis here.
DFO: OK, bat signal is intentionally lit for Gary D & Kootenai County GOP Central Committee Ron Paulers.
Question: Any thoughts on the latest GOP debate?
I've received maybe half a dozen letters from the IRS over the years, and even though none have been really bad news, it's never welcome correspondence. There were two in today's mail, one addressed to me, one to Jeanette. “We're required to send a copy of this to both you and your spouse,” they say. At the same address? Regarding the joint return we filed? Yeah. So, just the one bit of bad news, but two copies. It seems our calculation (which was really TurboTax's) for our Form 1040 this year didn't agree with theirs. They figure we owed them $1.73 more, either because “we made changes to your return,” or “the payments claimed on your return did not match our records,” or “you owed other taxes or legal obligations” that they're required to collect/Fort Boise. More here.
Question: Have you ever received a letter from the IRS?
The two Republican candidates for the Idaho 1st congressional district dropped the gloves in tonight’s debate broadcast on public TV and more than anything else, I was left wondering are these really the best two candidates the party could come up with? I guess that would explain why Greg Smith’s poll shows 50% support for Democrat Walt Minnick’s re-election, and only 20% for “the Republican candidate,” in a state where most voters don’t need to see anything other than the “R”/Tom von Alten, Fort Boise. More here.
Question: Who would you rather see run as a Republican for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Democrat Walt Minnick?
Is it my imagination, or is it the case that when a Democrat goes astray, it’s a personal failing, and when a Republican splashes into the tabloid section, it’s a larger lesson? I just about spewed the morning coffee when I read the lede of Cal Thomas’ column excusing Mark Sanford’s fall, because “it could happen to any of us.” It could happen? A sunny day could happen, or you could run over a nail and happen to get a flat tire, but in order to fall into temptation and start an affair with someone in another country, I think one has to take some specific actions to initiate matters/Tom Von Alten/Fort Boise. More here.
Question: Do you agree/disagree with Cal Thomas’ contention that something like the affair that encircles Gov. Mark Sanford, R-SC, could happen to any of us?
Anti-Boise sentiment is easy to drum up in this state, since we’re the Capital city and everybody hates government. But after the latest shuffling in the membership of the key budgeting body of the Legislature, the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee, the Treasure Valley finds itself on the decidely short end of the not-quite-so-big stick of this year’s budget: just three members instead of the six we used to have. The Mountain Goat Report picked up the editorial from south-central Idaho, where the Magic and Wood River valleys (Twin Falls, Sun Valley, that lot) have temporarily stumbled into the 30% of the Committee membership that we used to have/Fort Boise. More here.
DFO: Here, in North Idaho, we’ve been short-changed and ignored for years by the Idaho Legislature. There were times when we had one or no representatives on the budget committee. And little influence elsewhere. Ada County, the state’s most populous county, is going through something similar now. It’s hard to feel sorry for the Kingdom of Ada, given its pols haven’t felt sorry for us in the past.
Question: Do you feel ill will toward Boise, Ada County, or the Treasure Valley?