So there I was minding my own business on a return trip from church at 1:15 Sunday afternoon when I saw a friendly man with short-cropped hair and a sign waving. I was about to wave back until I noticed what the sign said – and the two large flags with swastikas held by other men nearby. The sign said: “If diversity wins, we all lose.” The swastikas spoke for themselves. I couldn’t figure out why a group of eight or so Aryans (there were also a couple of women holding a sign that had too many words for someone traveling 25 mph to read) would be hanging out on the sidewalk at the entrance to the Coeur d’Alene High football field. Until I learned later that the Race for Equality was under way on the high school track. Seems a local racist has pledged to protest every event sponsored by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. But the race was co-sponsored by the Human Rights Education Institute and the CHS Human Rights Club. Not Tony Stewart and Norm Gissel’s crew. Mebbe civil rights advocates all look the same to Aryans. And vice versa. Who knows? But the supremacists certainly chased away the lofty thoughts of human kindness and goodness that I was still mulling from the preacher’s sermon.
Gordon Crow update
Don’t look now, but ex-state senator Gordon Crow is back in the Northwest. I’ll tell you what he’s doing shortly. But I thought you newbies need a little background first. Gordon was elected to three terms as a state senator from District 3. The House reps from his district at the time were Jim Clark and Jeff Alltus. In today’s tea party climate, Gordon would probably be considered a RINO. He was, and still is, conservative. But not that conservative. He served from 1996 to 2000, before accepting a job with the Schwan company in Minnesota. That job ended in August 2008 when Schwan reorganized. Gordon was out in the cold for 18 months before landing a job that started in Feb. 15 as (drum roll, please) – executive director of the chamber of commerce in Laramie, Wyo. “It’s been a tough couple of years,” Gordon tells Huckleberries. “Still there are many others who have had a bumpier road.” Wife Sandy (formerly of the county commissioners’ office) and son Andrew will join him when school’s out.
Scanner Traffic: You know your day isn’t going well when you tailgate a slower vehicle on Highway 95 at Garwood, flip him off (not that you’d do that), and later discover he’s an off-duty Spokane County deputy. Who’s willing to sign a complaint against you. The gendarmes had run the Hayden guy’s plates before he arrived home on a recent Friday … And 37 minutes later an off-duty Post Falls officer saw some guys in a Pontiac Grand Am tossing beer cans out their window as they passed through Coeur d’Alene on the interstate. Behave yourselves out there … HucksOnline Poll: State Sen. Mike Jorgenson, R-Hayden, should try harder to get District 3 challenger Steve Vick off the GOPrimary ballot. Vick was preferred by 72 percent of HucksOnline Nation in another daily poll … Bumpersnicker (spotted on a vehicle with “AVYATOR” vanity plates by Mrs. O at 95 & Kathleen): “God bless our troops, especially the snipers” … Dunno what set those blue heelers off the other day – you know, the two dogs that chased cats near Stateline Showgirls the other day. P’haps they’d wandered inside and were in heat?
Dunno how to break it to you Black Happy fans. But the ’60s Fabulous Shadows won 52 percent of the vote in another HucksOnline poll re: which local band was the best ever. Kelly Hughes Band pulled 24 percent of the ballots, with Black Happy third in the three-way vote with 20 percent. A couple of Black Happy fans complained on my Facebook page (yes, I have one of those now) that the vote was stacked with “old farts” who still follow reunion events performed by undertaker Dexter Yates & Co. Not that Black Happy fans are spring chickens any longer.
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