February 27, 2011 in City

Huckleberries: Keep CdA beautiful: Support your local taco stand

By The Spokesman-Review
 
No Clark

Doug Clark is taking a few days off. For his archived columns, visit

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A racist boycotting the Mexican food stands told my Huckleberries Online blog that she and other goose-steppers are trying to prevent Coeur d’Alene from looking “trashy.” “Aryanwomen88” said, after returning from an Independence Point protest on Feb. 19, that the protests weren’t “just about the food” and that her handful of racists planned to picket the stands every Friday. Quoth: “I dont believe they should be able to set up taco trucks where every they please and have them on all street corners, why dont they purchase or lease buildings that are vacant to run a legitement restaurant? Putting a taco cart on every corner makes our town look like trash!” Which prompted another commenter to respond: “It ain’t the Mexican food trucks that make CDA look like trash, Aryanwomen. You better get a mirror for that.” Then, he added: “The best form of protest (against supremacist pickets) is a peaceful one making loud sounds of scarfing a burrito.” Bingo.

Weather goest thou?

KHQ’s Mike Perry got hands-on experience covering the Mother of All February Storms in Kootenai County last week. After reporting breaking weather news outside in frigid weather from 4 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Mike tweeted: “My body feels like it just ran a half marathon.” … Later, he tweeted: “The winds are so strong near (Highway 41/Rathdrum Prairie) they are causing my news rig to fishtail on the slick roads as I drive 10 mph in a straight line.” Still later: “Stepped in a 2-foot snow drift. My pant leg froze stiff in less than a minute.” By Friday, he was felled by the flu. … Meanwhile, at KXLY, Melissa Luck tells Huckleberries that assignment editor Beth Tysdal, who runs Cable Creek Farm on Stateline Road/Post Falls area with her hubby, offered the best excuse for showing up late for work Thursday. Beth spent three hours blow-drying chickens. … Mebbe chasing storms, slide-offs and fires isn’t as sexy as it sounds.

Huckleberries

Poet’s Corner: We should blame The Bard of Sherman Avenue for the recent lousy weather. After the sunny Presidents Day weekend, the downtown Coeur d’Alene poet rhymed: “Unexpected/but quite merry – /sunny days in/February!” He titled his poem “Holiday Weekend.” … Poll: 55 percent (90 of 163) of Hucks Nation disagreed with the decision by the Post Falls Police Department to fire Officer Ian Johnson for pretending to Taser a friend while on duty before Christmas. … Scanner traffic: A frustrated snowplow operator offered his assessment of Coeur d’Alene’s messy streets during last week’s ha-huge storm: “We need a helicopter to drop sand (all over the place).”

Parting shot

Raci Erdem, owner of the White House Grill/Post Falls, tells Huckleberries he meant no harm with his large sign announcing new Sunday hours: “Due to Boredom, Obama, Etc., We need your money.” Seems Raci (pronounced Rah-gee) posted the sign as a joke. He said he’d have used the names of George Bush or Bill Clinton if they were in office today. Yet, he fielded a call from a sourpuss who said he’d never return to the White House as a result of the “political statement.” Raci, who’s a U.S. citizen from Istanbul, Turkey, said he loves the freedoms in this country, particularly free speech. “In the country I came from, you could be bombed (for saying something offensive).” Raci has since blacked out the “Obama” mention in his sign. Grumps 1, Free Speech 0.


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