June 12, 2011 in City, Idaho

Huckleberries: CdA motto might border on the insane

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Huckleberries told you recently about CAVErs (Citizens Against Virtually Everything): Coeur d’Alene residents who fight all public improvements in Coeur d’Alene (Kroc Center, new library, Education Corridor, etc.). They aren’t the only ones who stir things up in the Lake City. Kootenai County Central Committee Republicans are battling internally over the group’s seemingly unauthorized endorsement of a town hall meeting this month in support of raw milk distribution. Meanwhile, the Kootenai County Constitution Party is hosed about that public art statue of Hindu deity Ganesha that’s part of Coeur d’Alene’s art-on-loan program in downtown Coeur d’Alene, OK’d by “godless” – the Constitutionalists’ word – city art commissioners. Coeur d’Alene seems to be the uberconservative equivalent to Portland, an uberliberal city with the motto “Keep Portland weird.” Mebbe Coeur d’Alene should embrace its right-wing zaniness with a motto, too – like “Keep Coeur d’Alene Insane.”

Black pilgrims? Egads!

Before Ganesha wandered into the cross hairs of the Kootenai County Constitution Party, a local Constitutionalist battled with the Coeur d’Alene Library. On Oct. 1, 2009, Constitutionalist Justin Cottrell was “shocked and dismayed” when he noticed African-American figures representing Pilgrims in a Thanksgiving kiosk in the children’s section. So he fired off a letter to library Director Bette Ammon, reading in part: “The portrayal of the Pilgrim’s race is in obvious error. Even by the most liberal accounts of the Puritan Thanksgiving, of which our holiday is based off of, none suggest anything other than the Pilgrims were European in their lineage.” Cottrell requested the “errant pilgrims replaced with historically accurate recipients of the first Thanksgiving meal.” Wonder what Constitutionalists think of the Jewish Messiah being portrayed in artworks as a brown-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian?

Huckleberries

Scanner Traffic: A woman named Ginger told a guy to quit stealing flowers at the Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Government Way Thursday, and he punched her in the arm for her troubles. Be careful out there … Jen Rude of the Butterfly Moment blog quotes this from one of her kindergarten charges: “I went on a roller coaster without even barfing!” … Did you hear the one about the angry young drunk who celebrated his 21st birthday last week by punching an Iron Horse worker early Thursday morning? Seems the restaurant worker offended the now-of-legal-age drunk by wishing him a happy birthday.

Parting shot

Responding to the Constitution Party flap re: that Hindu god public art in downtown Coeur d’Alene, “Liberal in Right Wing Land” told my blog readers: “WOW! Amazing that people from CDA (are) angry about being combined with Spokane’s metropolitan statistics. I am angry about being combined with an area known as the most racist, bigoted, and hatefully in the country outside of the deep south.” Someone want to tell LIRWL that the MLK Jr. Day bombing attempt happened in Spokane, not Coeur d’Alene? The state line doesn’t change much when it comes to racism in these parts.

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