Huckleberries had no idea that, ah, bosom buddies President Barack Obama and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter were scheming to turn Idaho over to the Chinese. Before you laugh, you should consider that no idea is too crazy in Idaho. Remember guns on campus from the 2011 Legislature (which passed the Idaho House before being stopped in the Senate)? Opinionator Bill Turner of the Boise Conservative Examiner claims a deal is in the works between Otter and “B. Hussein Obama” (that should give away Turner’s ideology) to transform Idaho into the first Chinese state in the Union. Turner writes: “Otter and company have named this Project 60. Sounds innocent enough, until you realize that Otter and his minions are afraid to call it what it is, globalization of America and surrender of sovereignty. If it were called that someone may want to charge Otter with sedition.” Don’t know much about Turner other than he’s not one of Idaho’s many tea party legislators. But Huckleberries sees an upside to a Chinese takeover. We Spud Staters are accustomed to heavy-handed, one-party rule. And it’d be nice to get decent Chinese cuisine for a change.
You may have heard that the old Kootenai County Planning & Zoning Department is now called Kootenai County Community Development. But do you know what the purpose of Community Development is? A Berry Picker spotted this explanation typed on a white sheet of paper taped outside the office door Wednesday: “Working together with you to create an eco-friendly, diversity-oriented, progressive community where we can all work collaboratively to achieve fulfillment.” Obviously some disgruntled taxpayer was playing a prank. A sentence posted at the bottom of a second sheet of paper makes that clear: “If you want a building permit perhaps this isn’t the community for you.” County P&Zers may think it but they’d never say it.
About noon Friday, a Post Falls cop warned a dispatcher that she might receive reports of gunfire from 14th or 15th avenue. Not to worry. It was just a guy in his backyard practicing with his bullwhip … PRmeister Mark Warbis told Dustin Hurst of Idaho Reporter that rumors that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter would retire during his second term are “silly.” Stay tuned … A Huckleberries Online blog reader considers the Coeur d’Alene Fred Meyer parking lot on the old Hollywood Video side to be the worst in Coeur d’Alene: “One stop sign, two yield signs, and one-way uncontrolled. No one seems to know how to use it properly, and just turn it into a free for all” … Taryn Hecker Thompson of Twin Lakes writes: “You know you’re in Rathdrum when you get a close parking spot and still meet three people you know on your way to the store.”