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Labrador ♥s Attention, Microphones

Raul Labrador has a thing for microphones. Supporters and critics alike describe the Idaho Republican congressman as a self-confident firebrand eager to speak out, especially in private meetings with his fellow Republicans. Labrador “practically lunged at the microphone” in one 2011 meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the House GOP conference, according to Robert Draper's 2012 book Do Not Ask What Good We Do. In another meeting, Draper wrote, Labrador “rushed to the open microphone.” At yet another, Labrador listened to Boehner speak and then “immediately went to the mike.” Labrador — a 45-year-old Mormon father of five, tea party congressman, and Puerto-Rican-born only child of a single mother — is a man in a hurry, friends and associates say/Jon Ward, Huffington Post. More here.

Question: Is Raul Labrador more concerned about his political career than he is serving Idaho?

CdA makes the Huffington Post

Lake CdA from my room at the CdA Resort during a recent stay. Cindy Hval

A recent opportunity to speak at a regional conference of pharmacists took me to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a city layered with complexity. With a population of about 50,000, CDA (as they call it up there) has clean air, beautiful mountains, gorgeous surroundings, and a political climate with about as mixed a bag as you could find. Northern Idaho has been known to many as a hotspot for white supremacists, and this has defined the area to many outsiders for years.

Unbeknownst to me, a big topic in the area recently has been a proposal by the local government to adopt anti-discrimination language offering new protection to local LGBT citizens. The day I arrived, I found the Couer d'Alene Press, the colorful local newspaper, predictably dominated by letters, articles and editorials about the issue.

One “My Turn” reader column was penned by a local pastor opposing the ordinance. I had forgotten about this argument, fortunately living in a relatively liberal urban area of Seattle where we don't hear much about “no special rights for gays,” at least not anymore. But reading the pastor's column reminded me of the dangerous appeal and power of such an argument, because the “no special rights for the gays” argument is simply a veiled way of saying, “Here they come, and they're going to take away your values, your tradition, and your beliefs.” Read more. Jim Anderson, Huffington Post

How do you think CdA/North Idaho fared in this article?

HuffPo Unpaid Blogger Suit Tossed

A New York district judge today threw out a $105 million lawsuit filed by former, unpaid Huffington Post bloggers who insisted they are entitled to a chunk of the blog's $315 million sale price to AOL. The bloggers - Jonathan Tasini, Molly Secours, Tara Dublin, Richard Laermer, and Billy Altman - sued HuffPo last year, arguing that they served as “modern-day slaves on Arianna Huffington's plantation.” Judge John G. Koeltl, however, disagreed. HuffPo was very clear about the fact that the bloggers would be unpaid. Their payment was the exposure that a contribution to the popular website brings with it/PC.com. More here.

Question: If I could/would sell Huckleberries Online to AOL, I'll gladly share the giant goose egg I expect to get for it with everyone Deal?

Ultrasound Remarks Launch Firestorm

Betsy Russell/Eye On Boise reports that Chuck Winder's comments in his closing argument re: his pre-abortion ultrasound bill has launched a firestorm nationwide. He said: “In his closing debate in favor of SB 1387, Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, said, “This bill does not require a trans-vaginal exam. … It leaves that up to the patient and the physician to make that determination.” He said, “Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that's part of the counseling that goes on.” More here.

Thoughts?

High Noon: Facebook Divorce Notice?

On the Huffington Post, Abby Tolchinsky writes: “As a divorce mediator and lawyer, sometimes I feel like I've heard it all. I am terribly hard to shock. And yet, yesterday something shocked me: a divorce announcement via email. What's more, it was both thoughtful and tasteful. The thrust of the email: We have been married a long time, we will always be friends and parent peacefully together. Please let me know if you notice anything when your child is with mine about which I should be concerned.” I suppose in retrospect, the initial shock wasn't warranted. After all, if social media has been a contributing component of so many enormous world shifts (see Arab Spring), then why not as a means of announcing the most intimate of life changes?

Question: Should you announce your divorce on Facebook?

Poll: GOP Insiders Don’t Want Palin

The Republican establishment inside the Washington Beltway may be pining for new candidates to enter the race for president, but two-thirds of influential local Republicans surveyed by The Huffington Post and Patch in the early primary and caucus states are satisfied with their choices. And while Sarah Palin is gearing up for a major speech in Iowa, just 8 percent want her to run. Sixty-three percent of the 169 influential Republicans surveyed in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in our second HuffPost-Patch Power Outsiders poll say they are satisfied with the candidates now running for president, while just 36 percent say they want to see more candidates get into the race/KHQ. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are you surprised that so few of the GOP establishment want Sarah Palin to run for president?

ICB: Hack HuffPo Next Time

This week ICB.com was hacked by what I’ve been told is one of the world’s most famous hackers. I have no idea why this “famous” hacker would pick ICB.  Could just be a random choice, could be this “famous” hacker is a liberal and does not share ICB’s point of view OR even more sinister this “famous” hacker is working covertly for the Democrat party or the White House.  Probably not the either of the last two since the Obama administration is already working to legally eavesdrop on internet web pages.  I’m sure they will just wait to push that authorization thorough congress then try to take over all opposing viewpoints on the web.  So that leaves the first two, the “hacker” is a progressive liberal or it was random/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here.

Question: Have you or your company ever been hacked?

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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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