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FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 2015

TGIF Wild Card -- 10.23.15 15 

The time is counting down to yet another election -- and things seem to be heating up on the blog. In 11 days, we'll know whether the long shadow of Morder has extended further into our little lakeside shire. We'll know whether we're governed by...

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Parting Shot -- 10.23.15 

A rider cracks his whip before the start of the annual bison roundup Friday on Antelope Island, Utah. Utah State Parks workers are moving the animals from across the island on Friday so they can be weighed, tagged and given health checkups. Antelope Island is…

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Grumpy Cat, an Internet celebrity cat whose real name is Tardar Sauce, is photographed on Friday April 4, 2014 in New York. Known for her facial expression, her owner Tabatha Bundesen says that Grumpy Cat's permanently grumpy-looking face is due to feline dwarfism. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Obama: Republicans are 'like Grumpy Cat' 

President Barack Obama isn't running for office in 2016, but he's already jumping into his role as campaigner-in-chief with enthusiasm -- likening the Republicans to "Grumpy Cat," the Internet meme depicting the notoriously unhappy feline. (Question: Is it just Republicans who are Grumpy Cats, or diehard partisans in general?)

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Rob Lowe, left, and Fred Savage appear in a scene from "The Grinder," premiering Sept. 29, on Fox. (Ray Mickshaw/FOX via AP)

Idaho-based 'The Grinder' on television life support 

Michael Deeds/Statesman writes: "Boise’s claim-to-prime-time fame, “The Grinder,” will survive its (Fred) savage ratings for a few more weeks. Despite plummeting viewership, Fox recently ordered six more scripts for the legal comedy, which is set in Boise and stars Fred Savage and Rob Lowe." Have you watched "The Grinder"?

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Feds cancel N-waste shipment 20 

Federal authorities have canceled a proposed research shipment of spent nuclear fuel to eastern Idaho. Idaho National Laboratory Director Mark Peters in a letter to employees Friday afternoon says the U.S. Department of Energy won't send 25 fuel rods weighing about 100 pounds to the facility. (Question: A win for Idaho?)

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HucksOnline Blogos -- 10.23.15

The daily roundup of links from the Huckleberries Online blog roll includes: 1st take: Biden/Randy StapilusBayview businesses/Bay Views,Another one drops out/Simple Mind,Seahawks win! Seahawks win!/Grip,'Bridge of Spies' is pure Spielberg/7 Blog,Is Tom Sherry dean of local airwaves?/Slice, Winter can't come soon enough for griz/Outdoors + more ...

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IFF's self-promo video 10 

Wayne Hoffman and his Idaho Freedom Foundation non-profit "educational" -- their word, not mine -- outfit has produced a 4 1/2-minute video touting its achievement in influencing the state's political policy.

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A pumpkin Picasso 

"People won't be seeing simple spooky faces or store-bought Halloween scenes on (Nate Breazile's) creations," writes Devin Heilman/Coeur d'Alene Press. "For the last seven years, Breazile has challenged himself to carve spectacular, custom images into his jack-o-lanterns." (Question: Do you carve jack-o-lanterns for Halloween?)

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New IRS scam surfaces 

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls about scam telephone calls from the IRS regarding money owed. First and foremost, the IRS will not initially call you. If there is an issue with your taxes, they will send you a letter first.

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The howl of the wolf 

Mohawk, a wolf at Wolf People in Cocolalla, Idaho howls earlier this fall. Almost every culture has a legend where humans turned into wolves, going back to the earliest Greeks. Were wolves have been part of our gothic culture since the beginning of the celluloid era. Which raises the question: Which movie monster scares you most?

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Poll: We will get flu shots

Hucks Nation is a believer in flu shots. 104 of 223 respondents (46.64%) said they plan to get flu shots this year. Another 28 (12.56%) said they already gotten a flu shot. Today's Poll: Would you support the nomination of Erika Mulmen as Idaho's next U.S. District Court judge?

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Country Autumn 

Linda Lantzy, Idaho Scenic Images, posted this photo on her Facebook wall recently, of snowberries and an old barn near Pinehurst. You can see more of Linda's viewtiful scenics here.

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Archives: Adams & the parking ticket 

Digging into the archives of my Huckleberries print column, I found this little gem from April 7, 2013, involving Councilman Steve Adams, who is running for re-election. It involves a parking ticket he received in the Coeur d'Alene Library parking lot that he thought he shouldn't have to pay.

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Reagan Repubs back Malloy, Rubin 

The Kootenai County Reagan Republicans announced endorsements today for candidates in the two competitive Post Falls Council races for the Nov. 5 municipal elections. The conservative organization’s Board of Directors unanimously recommended Joe Malloy for Council Seat 3 and Barry Rubin for Council Seat 5.

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SR: Is Malmen senators judge pick? 

The editorial board of The Spokesman-Review is calling on U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch to shed light on their secretive process for nominating the next U.S. District Court judge. Are they backing Erika Malmen, the wife of political operative Jeff Malmen? If so, says the SR, they should say so.

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Letter: In defense of House rebels 14 

Angela Cross, of Post Falls, writes the following in defense of Congressman Raul Labrador and the House Freedom Caucus that toppled House Speaker John Boehner: "Sixty-two percent of Republicans feel betrayed by their party because the party has ignored the promises made to us." (Question: 62% of GOP feels betrayed? Seriously?)

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BNSF plans 2nd set of Rathdrum tracks 

BNSF Railway won't start construction on a second set of tracks through Rathdrum in 2016 as planned, but has asked the city to start preparing for the project. (Question: Have you ever lived near railroad tracks? Do you become accustomed to the noise?)

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Chico editor: Toby's outta here 12 

We all know by now that relative newby Toby Schindelbeck ran for the City Council in Chico, Calif. And that he was running for Rep. Luke Malek's office within a year after landing in Coeur d'Alene, after forsaking Chico, Calif. Robert Speer, editor of the Chico News-Review, tells of Schindelbeck's departure from the northern California town.

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Lawyer to seek Malek seat 16 

Idaho Legislature campaign announcements kicked off Thursday, and Republican Art Macomber said he’ll be running for the District 4 House seat currently occupied by Rep. Luke Malek, reports the Coeur d'Alene Press. Macomber has the support of Sen. Mary Souza and NIC Trustee Todd Banducci. In other words ... vote Luke.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.