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Brit Columnist Opines On ‘The Thaw’

Columnist T.F. Charlton of the British Guardian newspaper opines on “The Thaw,” a video produced in Kootenai County by Gary Brown's Reach America organization that has gone viral:

Fears of marginalization because of Christian faith, even persecution, have deep roots in white American evangelical culture, dating back to the Scopes Trial and before. As with Representative King's comments, they're often steeped in white racial anxiety and resentment. This persecution complex is also taught – actively promoted and reinforced through fearmongering aimed at youth. One example: “The Thaw“, a modest viral hit produced by Reach America, a “Christian youth leadership program” based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Full column here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with columnist Charlton's view?

LCDC Unveils Informational Video

The Lake City Development Corporation has produced a 7-minute video to explain the mission of local urban renewal efforts. It explains the video here: “We've seen the successes. The Kroc Center. Riverstone development. Higher Education Campus. New downtown library. The city’s urban renewal agency, the Lake City Development Corporation (LCDC), played an integral role in all of these projects. But where did the money come from to help support these progressive community endeavors? Take a few minutes and we'll help you understand.” More here.

Thoughts?

Video Shows Jobless Toll On CdA Man

Coeur d'Alene resident Shawn Schlager talked about the making of his documentay that detailed the hardships of being unemployed. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Michelle Schlager had been through a few tough years with her husband, Shaun. He lost his job as a graphic designer in 2009 and has struggled to find work. The financial burden strained their marriage and left Shaun awash in self-doubt. Still, it wasn’t until she interviewed him – as part of a project for his community college class – that she learned he’d spent some time contemplating the value of his life insurance policy. The financial value of his death. “I never knew he felt that way,” she said. It’s hard to count all the blows that joblessness has landed on Shaun Schlager, but they go way beyond the checkbook. “A lot of times,” he said, “it’s hard to even look at Michelle. Because I’m the man. I’m supposed to provide for the family.” Schlager, 35, has detailed his three-plus years of unemployment in a frank and forthright documentary he produced for his documentary video class at Spokane Falls Community College/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: How has long-term unemployment impacted your life or the life of someone in your family?

Feds To Review Judge Lashing Teen

Federal prosecutors agreed Friday to look into a video that shows a Texas judge lashing his teenage daughter with a belt, a police chief said a day after authorities said too much time had passed to consider state charges. Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said he discussed the 2004 video of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams beating his then 16-year-old daughter with a prosecutor from the U.S. attorney's Corpus Christi office. … Hillary Adams (pictured), now 23, posted the 8-minute clip on YouTube last week that shows her father viciously lashing her with a belt and trying to force her to bend over her bed to be beaten despite her pleas to stop. The clip had received more than 4 million views by Friday/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Did Hillary Adams do the right thing by posting the video on YouTube?

UI Wants Sell-Out For Homecoming

Peter Mundt of Boise introduced himself to me in an e-mail: “I’m doing some volunteer PR for the UI Athletic Department with the goal of filling the Kbbie Dome for as many games as possible this season. I produced a video to promote interest in UI’s Homecoming and game vs. New Mexico State University. A contact in Spokane who reads your blog suggested I send you the link to the video and ask if you could help us publicize homecoming in support of our Vandals.” I responded: Of course.

Question: Are you planning to attend the Idaho Vandals homecoming game with New Mexico State Oct. 23? Have you attended any other UI game this year?

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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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