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Blogos: Happy Birthday, Marines

November 10, 2015 - 3:42pm

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Genghis Khan

November 10, 2015 - 3:29pm

He would pillage and plunder 
to the earth's very ends;
"I like meeting new people", 
he would say to his friends.  

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

EOBoise rdp: Idaho gas prices hit $2.26

November 10, 2015 - 3:23pm

Idaho’s average gas price has dropped to $2.26, just five cents above the national average and the lowest price Idahoans have paid on this date since 2004, the AAA reports. “Idahoans have been on a wild rollercoaster ride this year, paying among both the lowest and highest pump prices in the country,” said AAA Idaho spokesman Dave Carlson. “At the moment, Idaho appears to be playing catchup with market fundamentals that have given motorists some of the cheapest pump prices in years”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

More Eye on Boise posts from today:

Mad Bomber turns 2

November 10, 2015 - 3:16pm

A year ago, Mad Bomber was plugging away with a makeshift one-barrel brewing system – complete with primitive plastic fermenters – that struggled to keep the taproom’s eight handles full, or turn out beer of consistent quality. Now, as it prepares to celebrate its second anniversary Saturday, the Hayden brewery has a shiny 7-barrel system churning out much-improved beers that have been on tap at more than 50 accounts around the area (40 of those repeat customers). The in-house taps have doubled, to 16, and also pour North Idaho Cider and house-made root beer. “I’m more confident that we’ll still be in business on our next anniversary than I was a year ago,” says co-owner/brewer Tom Applegate/Rick Bonino, SR On Tap. More here..

Question: Anyone out there visited the Mad Bomber in Hayden? Would you recommend it to others here on HucksOnline?

VA change may leave some vets cold

November 10, 2015 - 2:14pm

Some homeless veterans could soon be turned away from a program that provides them with temporary shelter. The Department of Veterans Affairs expects to decide this month whether to start denying temporary housing to veterans who received a less-than-honorable discharge or served fewer than two continuous years in the military. Nearly 15 percent of veterans now living in units for the Spokane VA transitional housing program would not meet those criteria, said Lily Haken, coordinator of the Health Care for Homeless Veterans program. Of the 164 veterans provided housing by the Spokane program in the latest fiscal year, about 25 would have been ineligible under the new policy. This policy change would have a “devastating impact,” Haken said/Kevin Graeler, SR. More here.

Question: Do you support/oppose this proposal?

UFC champ Rousey backs Sanders

November 10, 2015 - 1:45pm

In this February 2014 AP file photo, Ronda Rousey, right, kicks Sara McMann during a UFC 170 mixed martial arts women's bantamweight title fight on Saturday in Las Vegas. Rousey won by TKO. Undefeated UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is coming out swinging in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Story here. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Question: How much attention do you pay to celebrity endorsements?

Have you ever handled hog intestines?

November 10, 2015 - 1:35pm

Fall and winter are busiest at Michlitch Co., which holds sausage-making classes once a month during hunting season. Geared toward novice sausage-makers, classes cover basic procedures as well as types of sausages, ingredients, cures and additives. Cooking and tasting are included. “It’s hands-on,” said sausage-making instructor Richard Hodge. Plus, “They get to take some home.” Classes typically are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from September through May. November’s class will be held a week early because of Thanksgiving. Each class usually draws 15 to 30 people, most are beginners. “Most of the students have no idea what to do,” Hodge said. “A lot of the ladies have never handled hog intestines before”/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever handled hog intestines?

Trump: 'Boycott Starbucks'

November 10, 2015 - 1:12pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested boycotting Starbucks after the coffeehouse chain opted for a simpler holiday cup. “Did you read about Starbucks?” Trump asked supporters during a rally in Springfield, Ill., on Monday, according to the Washington Post. “No more ‘Merry Christmas’ at Starbucks. No more.” Starbucks releases its traditional red holiday cup each November. Past designs have included imagery such as snowflakes, snowmen and Christmas trees. But this year, Starbucks opted for a red cup sans imagery, which has caused a backlash among some Christians, who say it’s a blow against Christmas, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Maybe we should boycott Starbucks,” Trump said/The Hill. More here.

DFO: I certainly hope fellow Evangelicals will wish good will to Starbucks employees rather than tell the hard-working young men and women dispensing caffeine elixir that their names are "Merry Christmas." Dumb idea.

Question: A major presidential candidate suggesting a boycott of a major business, really?

Souza's urban renewal talking points

November 10, 2015 - 1:04pm

State Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d'Alene, and state Rep. Lance W. Clow, R-Twin Falls, have adopted a lengthy list of "talking points" for their proposed changes to urban renewal law in Idaho. These include:

Election and, or appointment of URA Board Members:

  • Election of URA – Board Members: Provide an “option”, by local ordinance, for the local sponsoring government to establish elections:
    • Elections would be held in the election cycle of the sponsoring local government.
    • Board Members must live within the sponsoring local government.
    • If a city council member, Mayor or county commissioner wishes to serve on the URA Board they should be allowed to be on the ballot for either the city or county, as well as the URA ballot.
  • Board Members: URA Boards may allow for elected members of the sponsoring local government, however, in no case should the board include a majority of members from any particular elected commission or council. For purposes of a majority, a mayor would be included in the limitation of a majority.
  • Full list of talking points here.

DFO: Of course, Souza and Clow want the election of urban renewal board members. That would mean that activist GOTPers, who run rampant in most parts of Kootenai County, would have a good chance of replace competency with ideology on the board. Thoughts?

Obama to appeal immigration ruling

November 10, 2015 - 11:56am

The Obama administration will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court injunction that has held up a new program that potentially would shield up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The decision to take the case to the high court comes a day after a federal appeals panel ruled against the administration, keeping the new program on hold nearly a year after President Obama announced it/Washington Post. More here.

Question: Do you support President Obama's attempt to shield 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation?

AM Scanner Traffic -- 11.10.15

November 10, 2015 - 11:48am
  • 11:50 a.m. Blocking Crash -- One person being transported from crash @ Ramsey/Golf Course Road (11:37 item).
  • 11:39 a.m. Cardiac Problem -- 50ish female has problem after medical procedure @ 1919 Lincoln Way/CdA.
  • 11:37 a.m. Blocking Crash -- No injuries from 2-car crash @ s/b Ramsey Road/Golf Course Road, CdA.
  • 11:14 a.m. Jail Transport -- Office transporting cooperative female from adult probation office to jail.
  • 11:07 a.m. Traffic Hazard -- Trailer w/overlarge boat on it wobbling behind semi @ w/b I-90/State Line.
  • 10:31 a.m. Traffic Violation -- CPD officer trying to pull over Dodge Neon that won't yield @ n/b Ramsey/Appleway.
  • 10:29 a.m. Diabetic Problem -- 400 block of E. Indiana Ave/CdA.
  • 10:26 a.m. Welfare Check -- Crying female reports accident, hangs up on 911, @ 11000 block of Jonathan/Hayden.
  • 10:24 a.m. Traffic Stop -- ISP officer en route to jail w/male arrested on drug charges (10:17 item).
  • 10:18 a.m. Jail Transport -- Deputy en route to jail w/male arrested @ Rose Lake Store, unknown reason.
  • 10:17 a.m. Traffic Stop -- ISP officer requests drug canine from KCSO after stop on I-90/Post Falls area.
  • 9:57 a.m. Delusional Woman -- Woman @ bank w/PFPD officer is trying to collect $1M from winning lottery.

AM Headlines -- 11.10.15

November 10, 2015 - 11:41am

Tarin Leach holds a battery-operated candle with about 40 in attendance of a homeless vigil Monday night at Independence Point in Coeur d’Alene. The event served as a kick-off to St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho’s participation in National Homeless Awareness Month. Coeur d'Alene Press story here. (Shawn Gust/Press photo)

Poll: No 'war on Christmas'

November 10, 2015 - 10:39am
  • Monday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation said that there's no "war on Christmas." 162 of 221 respondents (73.3%) voted that no one is warring on Christmas, including Starbucks, which has stirred up some people by taking the traditional Christmas greetings off their coffee cups. Only 55 of 221 respondents (24.89%) said there was a "war on Christmas." 4 (1.81%) were undecided.
  • Today's Poll: Do you agree city council decision to allow Coeur d'Alene police to pick up extra cash by performing off-duty work?

Vestal: Morris embraces Xmas victimhood

November 10, 2015 - 10:19am

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. All the whining, I mean. A Hayden man has inaugurated what is becoming an annual holiday tradition – warrior Christians picking fights over imagined minor slights. Like the Christmas season itself, the War on Christmas starts earlier and earlier each year. Already, Hayden attorney Jeremy Morris is erecting a grotesquerie of Christmas lights at his home, a big blaring demonstration sure to irritate the neighbors. In fact, it was intended to – Morris has acknowledged that he had a “media strategy” in place before his homeowners association even complained. Now, Morris has donned the mantle of the defiant, persecuted victim, which is increasingly the spirit of the season for a certain kind of bitter elf – looking high and low for offense, and responding with maniacal intensity/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.


Costello disses WSU tobacco ban

November 10, 2015 - 10:03am

In his Saturday column in the Lewiston Tribune, Michael Costello pooh-poohs the decision by Washington State to ban all tobacco products on campus;

In spite of the fact that nicotine ranks far behind alcohol and even coffee for causing bodily harm to anyone but the user on the WSU campus, this past week the WSU Board of Regents voted to banish all forms of tobacco. You may not smoke cigarettes on the campus, on the sidewalks or even on the golf course. In fact, you can't even chew tobacco or place a dip of snuff under your lip while on the hallowed ground. If you must smoke, then you are required to do so in your car with the windows rolled up. ...In banning all manifestations of tobacco, WSU joins approximately 1,100 other colleges and universities that have already instituted similar bans.This has nothing to do with the imaginary perils of second-hand smoke. This is pure cultural bigotry and petty moral exhibitionism/Michael Costello, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with the WSU campus ban on tobacco?