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Huckleberries: Rasor’s ideas on tutus mystify Moscow man

Henry Johnston, a Sandpoint High grad, wonders where former Bonner County commissioner Cornel Rasor got the idea that gay men wear tutus to work.

Rasor, as you may recall, is part of the Idaho GOP push to ask the 2014 Legislature to void nondiscrimination laws that add gays to human rights protections. Six Idaho cities, including Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene, have approved the ordinances.

Out and living with his partner, Alex, in Moscow, Johnston had this to say about Rasor’s remark that he should have the right to fire a gay man who appeared for work in a tutu: “Where does Rasor get the idea that gays wear tutus? Media? The Internet? Watching a gay pride parade? I’m out and proud and won’t deny who I am to anyone. But you won’t find me in pink briefs walking down Main Street Moscow waving a rainbow flag. I think that’s kind of counterproductive to our cause of proving we’re ‘normal’ just like everyone else.”

Rasor, meanwhile, has become an Internet meme known as “Idaho’s Tutu Man” (look it up). Not that there’s anything wrong with wearing tutus.

Cop allergy?

On Huckleberries Online ( www.spokesman. com/blogs/hbo), Coeur d’Alene Councilman Dan Gookin had a ready answer for the question: “If you wore a tutu to work, what color would it be?” Quipped Gookin: “Whatever matches my bow tie.” Which is another matter altogether …

Didja hear the one about the man in a gray hoodie who wandered into the animal shelter in Post Falls from the Centennial Trail, looking for work? Seems he immediately lost interest in a job upon learning of the shelter’s ties to the Post Falls Police Department. P’haps he’s allergic to gendarmes? …

From the Coeur d’Alene Resort Facebook page on Thursday: “It’s been raining all day, yet there are still golfers golfing. Which is better – a rainy day on the course, or warm, dry seat in the office?” (Um, I stayed in the office all day, for those keeping score at home.)


Bonner County teacher Rick Price observed the arrival of summer in North Idaho the old-fashioned way last week – by starting a fire in his woodstove … Val Hughes, of Spokane, was unimpressed by that spam ad that advertised: “Fuller Breasts – Fuller, firmer breasts – Limited trial available.” Tongue firmly cheeked, she said: “I’ve always liked their brushes” … Poet’s corner: “Weather never can/be trusted;/could an Ironman/get rusted? – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“Water on Iron”) … Bonus Poem: “McEuen’s all gone/and Front Street’s gone too;/what we presently have/is a hole with a view” – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“By the Lake”) … Coeur d’Alene water superintendent Jim Markley still doesn’t know what to make of that online questionnaire he filled out recently – you know, the one that asked him to identify his gender and then listed three choices including “other (please specify)” … Yes, as of Friday, I continue to dance through life with Mrs. O, my one and only girl of the last 38 years. Thanks for asking.

Parting shot

Workers at Coeur d’Alene’s ABCD Day Care at 1124 C St. ushered children into the building and called 911 after hearing three nearby gunshots Friday afternoon. Not to worry. A CPD Blue investigating the call reported back moments later that there was a military funeral going on at historic Forest Cemetery, and the gunshots were part of the military salute honoring a departed veteran of local renown – former two-term Coeur d’Alene Mayor Ray Stone. Stone, a World War II veteran who helped liberate a German concentration camp, always could shake things up in town, even when he didn’t intend to do so. Seems he still can. Going to miss that guy.

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