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Huckleberries: The family that opposes the recall together …

Mary Souza, an organizer of the Coeur d’Alene recall effort and bitter foe of Mayor Sandi Bloem and Councilman Mike Kennedy, claims she’s enjoying good vi-vi-vibrations from the community. She contends 80 percent of the feedback to her throw-da-bums-out crusade has been positive, including drivers who wave, honk and give thumbs-up to volunteers collecting signatures on sidewalks.

In a recent newsletter, however, Mary castigates the “weird negative vibe from the few Anti-recall folks” – some of whom, gadzooks, have given the Recallers a thumbs-down. Others, according to Mary, have gone further by flipping Recallers off, including a family of five – “both parents and 3 small children … all at once as they drove by.” Huffs Mary: “Great parenting from the anti-recall group.”

Seems Mary, per usual, is conclusion jumping by blaming anti-recallers for the joint familial finger, if that’s what really happened. Most parents can’t persuade kids to eat veggies let alone behave long enough to flip someone off in unison.

Make mine Coke

Did you hear the one about the guy that Coeur d’Alene police nabbed after he’d fled the Rendezvous bar (previously The Torch bikini bar) allegedly packing a purse?

According to witnesses, the guy spotted the purse in the bar where a 30-year-old dancer had left it before going on stage. Reportedly, the barfly wrapped the purse in his jacket and bolted, with the dancer in hot pursuit. But she couldn’t keep up because she was wearing high heels (and possibly a bikini). A bouncer couldn’t catch the patron either.

Other cuss-tomers knew who the guy was, though. So CPD Blues called him. He denied the charge, according to the Downtown Coeur d’Alene Bar Report, stating he wasn’t at the bar to steal anything but rather to – (drum roll, please) “score some cocaine.”


Poet’s Corner: “That strange new growth behind her ear/had Mary at a loss;/she went to see the doctor, and/he told her it was moss” – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“Stormy Weather”) … When asked what she does for work, Linda Cook answers with a single monosyllable: “Look” … Poll: By a slim plurality – 49.5 percent to 44.6 percent – my Huckleberries blog readers say Idaho media should have full access to public executions … How bad are the booze prices in privatized Washington? On assignment in North Idaho on Thursday, KXLY photojournalist Tim Martin tweeted: “Who wants me to pick them up some cheap liquor?” Then: “Kidding! Really, just kidding” … Then, there’s the California woman caught smoking her pot pipe in the alley behind the Iron Horse in downtown Coeur d’Alene recently who told CPD Blues it was OK to do so. Why? Smoking pot is legal in California. She did not pass go.

Parting shot

Look up “two-time loser” in the dictionary and you’ll find a photo of that 18-year-old nabbed recently in Coeur d’Alene’s Third Street parking lot on the waterfront en route to “relax” with friends on Tubbs Hill.

He’d had a hard day, according to the Downtown Coeur d’Alene Bar Report. Seems he and his buddies had been busted by sheriff’s deputies at a senior kegger, receiving minor-in-possession citations.

He never made it to Tubbs Hill after the gendarmes smelled eau d’marijuana on him. Upon further investigation, they found the grass and drug paraphernalia. Book ’im, Dano.

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