--Nah, it didn't escape my notice that Nancy Taylor wrote a letter to the editor endorsing state Rep. Jim Clark's re-election bid over fellow Hayden Councilwoman Jeri DeLange's challenge. That'll make the next council meeting interesting.

--Watch former HHexec Steve Wheeler's letter in the S-R this weekend blasting Yours Truly for opposing that 273-acre HHannexation without Sanders Beach access. He begins: ``Give it up, D.F. Oliveria, you lost.'' And then goes on to explain why he thinks the residents of Kootenai County won when the City Council caved in on the beach request. Wheeler, of course, forgot to mention that he once was Duane Hagadone's P.R./marketing director and was paid so well he could afford to buy ex-Idaho QB John Friesz's home. As far as winning and losing goes ... I knew going in that the council was going to cave in 4-2 or 4-3. My purpose was to expose the greed of HHis company. And, in that, I was very successful.

--I wonder which HHexec was assigned by Big D to monitor this blog? Barlow? JJ? Junior? Here's hoping you enjoy the ride fellas.

--You might also look for that full-length column Saturday re: my visit with Tony Stewart and Norm Gissel to the old Aryan Nations compound.

--Well, we're pressing toward 6 p.m., and my sister his headed this way to race-walk in Bloomsday with 50,000 of her closest friends. Which means I have to get home and cut the lawn before she comes. And see if the light-hitting Mariners can hold onto that 1-0 lead behind Freddy Garcia for four more innings. Have fun this weekend and tell your friends about this blog.


A Question from Steve Sibulsky ...

re: The Spokesman-Review promoting No Holds Barred:

I'm impressed with the S-R for taking this leap...but where's the up-side
for them? Just building awareness??
-- Steve

DFO: My blog does a coupla things. It provides a strong conservative voice to our many-voices mix in the paper. And it breaks new ground. Also, it attracts interaction. And is a great vehicle for tips. Also, the future of the newspaper industry could be through the Internet. Who knows? I'm enjoying the adventure although I'm not sure where I'm headed. I certainly feel more in touch with the community than I have in awhile. You might want to check out some of the other blogs on our Web site (www.spokesmanreview.com), both those written by S-R colleagues and the ones written by community members.

A Word from Cis Gors ...

re. a possible tax break from East Lakeshore Drive landowner who's considering guaranteeing access to his part of Sanders Beach in exchange for a tax break:

I don't get it... why do the ones with money get the tax break. (tax break for property owners if they let the public use Sanders Beach) Do you have a side

walk, Dave, near your home? Does that mean you get a tax break because the public get to use it, but going by your house? (just joking) Many many moons ago the little town next door to us, gave K-Mart a 5 year tax break if they built there. They lasted 6 or 7 years...I like to see a tax break for the citizens when a box store comes to town. After all they will be making money off of all of us. We don't get to make money off of them. But then like I tell my kids, life is not fair.

little town of Kootenai

DFO: This one doesn't bug me too much. If the city is able to gain guaranteed access to another part of Sanders Beach, via a tax break, I'd say that's a fair swap. And I might have to begin moderating my comments about the current administration. It'd be a big breakthrough.

Steve Badraun's ba-a-a-ck

Hello to you all!

I will be in Coeur d' Alene visiting friends and family starting May 1st to about May 5th. Would like to see hello to all of you when I am there.

Best Wishes


DFO: Don't suspect the City Council will roll out the red carpet.

Dealers Choice

--Some of you have been deliciously devilish in sending in stuff for the blog, including a classmate of Amy Dearest, named Will, who e-mails a site that features a bunch of faux John Kerry and Howard Dean ads (keep clicking back and forth) here.

--Cis Gors from tiny Kootenai sends a link to show how to spot an e-mail hoax here.

--Don Morgan sends a compelling column from David Kupelian re: Why Christians are losing America here.


Was wondering if you saw the Wolfinger PR article in Brand X today? Those guys are so predictable. Someone told me yesterday that Hagadone was going to hold out the 500' of Sanders Beach as a bargaining tool for something else he wants. Didnt tell me what that was but it makes sense. Also heard that the Sanders Beach deal is with Jack Simpson. Ms. Sanderslessness is going to cut a deal with them on propery taxes.

--Beach Bum

DFO: Brand X, indeed, is predictable. Wolfy's mug shot has been in the paper twice since he bowed the knee to The Powers That Be (Dang, that's poetic; eatcher heart out, Bard) re: Sanders Beach. That's Hagadonia's way of rehabilitating political water carriers who get in trouble. Wolfy'll know he's made the A List when he gets an invite to go sailing. That rumor about Simpson makes sense. We know it isn't Jerry Frank or Her Sanderlessness' brother, Greg Crimp. So, that leaves only a half dozen East Lakeshore Drive householders. The council's holding an exec session to discuss it Tuesday night. I'm expecting an announcement sometime Thursday.

A Word from Bill McCrory ...

...re: Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Mike Gridley's balancing act:

Boy, I sure don't envy Coeur d'Alene City Attorney Mike Gridley.

Today's d'Pressing reported he is about to begin eminent domain proceedings to get the properties needed for widening Government Way. He's going to have to exercise all his teaching talents to explain to the Mayor the distinction between eminent domain and negotiating points. It's clear from the Mayor's rationalizations about Sanders Beach she doesn't know the difference. (The mayor said the issue wasn't about the beach but about taking Hagadone's private property without consent.) Or, maybe she does and she's hoping we don't.

Bill McCrory

DFO: As I've said before, Bill, in Coeur d'Alene, we live by the Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules. And his First Mate at City Hall salutes.

An Overdue Salute

All of you valiant warriors who served this country so well during WWII deserve the honor you received Thursday in D.C.: the unofficial opening of the WWII memorial. The $172 million memorial will officially be dedicated May 29. But No Holds Barred is giving you a sneak preview here.

Lunch Special (4/30/04):

Big John Rook provides today's Lunch Special -- a slab of bleeding red meat, with powder burns, that I'll label The International Terrorism Blue Plate. Believe it or not, the number of international terrorist attacks dropped for the second year in a row last year, to 190, the lowest total since 1969. Deaths from terrorist attacks dropped from 725 to 307. Mebbe the bad guys are being kept busy in Iraq. And don't have time to plan mass murder elsewhere. For the sake of head count, international terrorism doesn't take into account killed and wounded soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the four contractors murdered and butchered in Fallujah count. The Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism runs the numbers for today's Lunch Special here.

Best of the Northwest (4/30/04):

I hear that ... Her Sanderslessness will announce a deal re: access to Sanders Beach next week -- some part other than Jerry Jaeger Beach (my new name for the 600 feet east of the Jewett House). Too little, too late? We'll see. Meanwhile, here's your TGIF Northwest roundup:

1. Cartoonist Milt Priggee ends the week with a coupla 'toons that should get you thinkin' here and here.

2. Mark Erickson was awarded $7 million for blowing the whistle on alleged widespread overbilling for Medicaid and Medicare at U-Dub's medical school here.

3. Columnist Kay McFadden of The Seattle Times opines on that NBC miniseries "10.5," which features an earthquake that destroys the Space Needle and the rest of the Left Coast here.

4. James Dobson of Focus on the Family will lead an anti-gay marriage rally at Safeco Field in Seattle Saturday here.

5. Bob Finnegan of The Seattle Times looks at the M's miserable April here.

6. Washington Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge spoke to a service club about her 2003 DUI here.

7. An exhibit at the Missoula Art Museum shows the horrifying reality of living with asbestos-related diseases here.

8. A poll of the Oregon Legislature shows a deep partisan split over gay marriage here.

--In an editorial, the P-I agrees with U.S. Sen. John McCain re: partisan sniping about the Vietnam era service of Dubya and Flipflop here.

--Blas Telleria, Boise Education Association prez, is correct when he sez we should take time to consider the important role that teachers have played in our lives here.

--Kathryn Robinson tells Seattle Times readers that "Baghdad Jim" McDermott has a right to omit the words "under God" when he pledges allegiance to our flag here. Meanwhile top D Nancy Pelosi took McDermott to the wood shed here.

--The Missoulian sez Pat Tillman was a notable hero, but he's not the only one fighting and dying in Afghanistan and Iraq here.

--Barbara Yost of Gannett News Service sez at the root of procrastination is a desire for perfection here.

TGIF Quick Fix Six (4/30/04):

We've reached another TGIF in one piece and wincing because that "30" item last night about former AG Jim Jones said he was running for the "U.S. Supreme Court." Of course, he's running for the state Supreme Court. I was in a hurry and read right over the top of that while proofing the item. That's the biggest problem with blogs. They're written in a hurry, and you don't have a proofreader to protect your back side. It's amazing there's so few errors in the newspaper. Anyway, enuf of this self-flagellation, it's time for your fixes:

1. Cartoonist Wayne Stayskal should bring a smile to your face with his Political 'Toon Fix.

2. Jay Leno offered this in his monologue last night: "In Central Park, two gay men climbed a tree and performed lewd acts for four hours in front of hundreds of spectators to protest the fact that their parents did not condone their relationship. When he heard about it, President Bush said today, 'See this is why we need to cut down more trees. They’re nothing but problems.'" Ready? Here's your Late Night Fix.

3. According to the Washington Times, J. Flipflop Kerry has little or no organization in several battleground states that could decide the prez election. Here's your daily Flipflop Fix.

4. In case you were wondering where Arab-Americans stand on the war, a poll by the Arab American Institute reveals the minority group is solidly in Flipflop's corner (49 percent to 30 percent). Surprise! Surprise! Here's your Poll Fix.

5. You think the Coeur d'Alene City Council doesn't listen to its constituents? You're right. But even our council's sellout on Sanders Beach isn't as bad as what the Hamtramck City Council did in Michigan. Despite overwhelming opposition, those lame brains allowed community Muslims to broadcast calls to prayer over loudspeakers. Wonder if these guys ever heard of church-state separation? Here's your Political Correct Fix.

6. Posthumuously, the Army has promoted fallen Ranger Pat Tillman from specialist to corporal, saying he would have been a fine leader here. Meanwhile, that dopey UMass idiotorialist ap-hollow-gizes to Tillman's family for opining that our hero was an "idiot." Here's your Hero Fix.

--Wes Pruden of the Washington Times focuses on the Cultural Elite's frustration with its inability to bring Dubya down in the eyes of Everyman here.

--Writing for WorldNetDaily, columnist Hans Zeiger calls U.S. Rep. "Baghdad Jim" McDermott of Seattle a traitor here.

--William F. Buckley sez Flipflop's medals are fair game here.

--On TGIF, No Holds Barred delights in bringing you old columns by one of the nation's best cynics, Florence King. In 1991, in one of her best columns, she looked at America the Mealy-Mouthed here.


Gotta call from Jim Jones today. Which surprised me. "Hi, Dave," came the voice over the phone. "This is Jim Jones." Now, I know only two guys name Jim Jones. And one of them had a thing for Kool-aid. "Jim Jones?" responded I. "Yeah, you know, the former attorney general." Collecting my wits, I said, "I knew you weren't the guy from Guyana because he didn't get out alive." Jim's running unopposed for the state Supreme Court. And having a devil of a time generating excitement for his candidacy. Which is why he called. And after he's elected I probably won't hear from him for another 12 or 13 years. That's the way it is with southern Idaho politicians. You're their best friend before the general election. And then they couldn't pick you out of a lineup afterward. Oh well, that goes with the territory in my profession. There's no hard feelings. And I'd probably have recommended that we endorse Jim even if he was running against someone. He'll make a good Supreme Court justice.

No Holds Barred hears ...

that Helen Chenoweth-Hage, the former conservative spear carrier, is going to make a guest appearance at a Highlands Golf Course fund-raiser May 16 on behalf of the House District 5 candidacies of Charles Eberle and Ron Vieselmeyer.

Lunch Special (4/29/04):

In today's Lunch Special, I'm going to give you a link to dispel urban legends, provided by Cis the Retired of Kootenai. If I'd known about it a day earlier, I wouldn't have run that false item about Pepsi cans -- you know, that Pepsi had produced a line of patriotic cans, which included the Pledge of Allegiance, but left off the words, "under God." You can find the rest of the story about that here. Meanwhile, if you're confronted with something that sounds squirrelly -- like that old legend that the atheists were trying to remove Christian broadcasting from the airwaves, you can save yourself some embarrassment by checking it out first here. Snopes.com is today's Lunch Special.

Best of the Northwest (4/29/04):

I'd never heard of a hula that was danced in protest, before the four local women did their thing on the front lawn of The Coeur d'Alene Resort. And were run off by resort exec Larry HHolstein. They were protesting the City Council's cave-in to Hagadone Hospitality over Sanders Beach access. On July 9, 2000, in Butte, Mont., however, there was a hula featuring 150 dancers to protest the increasing acid water in the Berkeley Pit. You can read all about it here.

1. David Horsey of the P-I provides a dandy 'toon about the Prosser goofball who got in trouble with the Secret Service for drawing Dubya's head on a stake here.

2. Is Boeing flying high over in the Puget Sound after news of that $6 billion purchase by All Nippon Airways? You'd better believe it. On Wednesday, Boeing delivered the aerospace industry's most bullish news since the downturn in 2001 here.

3. The first political flap in the Republican primary race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn of Washington involves Web domain names. Click here.

4. Wayne Hoffman of The Idaho Statesman reviews that Caldwell-area McRace for the Senate District 10 seat here.

5. First, the good news: Idaho home values appreciated at 4.19 percent last year; now the bad: nationally, home values appreciated at 7.9 percent. The Idaho Statesman tells ya all about it here.

6. Army pfc Jake Herring of Kirkland, Wash., could have returned home from Iraq after he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. But he chose to stay and fight. On Wednesday, he was killed in action in fighting near Mosul. Click here.

7. Former Boy-C State standout QB Ryan Dinwiddie has been invited to Chicago for a tryout, but he didn't land a free-agent contract here.

8. Democrat Phil Talmadge is thinking about dropping his long-shot challenge in the Washington governor's race here.

--Columnist Joni Balter of The Seattle Times sez Demo AG Christine Gregoire took a hit with the revelation that her office had sanitized an internal office, but she's still tickin' here.

--Maria Coffey's book, "Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow: The Dark Side of Extreme Adventure," looks at the down side of mountain climbing here.

--The Seattle P-I sez U-Dub sports are an absolute scandal here.

--Guest columnist Bob Cancilla tells Seattle P-I readers that the $1.95 billion settlement between Microsoft and Sun has a big downside here.

Thursday Quick Fix Six (4/29/04):

A hearty welcome from be-you-tiful Coeur d'Alene: The Heart of an Awl, where the sun is shining again today. Which means housing prices are going up. Which is OK as long as you aren't a newly wed couple trying to buy a house with the wages earned from our minimum-wage tourism industry. Here's your fixes:

1. Cartoonist Chuck Asay offers a poignant reminder of how we look at the coffins of the war dead from different filters. Here's your Political 'Toon Fix.

2. Conan took a stab at So-Damn Insane's birthday wish in his monologue last night: Today is Saddam Hussein’s birthday. "You know you’re having a bad year when your birthday wish is to be back in a spider hole." Here's your Late Night Fix.

3. Don't look now, but a resistance movement is taking shape to help Americans deal with the insurgents. Dunno if it's too little too late. But it shows some Iraqis realize that their future rests in the hands of good old Uncle Sam. Click here.

4. Rainbow Demos are unhappy because the upper echelon of J. Flipflop Kerry's election campaign is mostly white. Here's your daily Flipflop Fix.

5. National polls may show Dubya barely ahead or even with Flipflop. But those aren't the polls to watch. The ones to watch are the polls in battleground states. The good news? Flipflop is even or trailing Dubya in the battleground states won by Algore four years ago. Here's your Poll Fix.

6. You shouldn't listen to what a congressman sez about the federal deficit; you should watch what s/he does about it. In most cases, s/he probably drafts bills or votes for bills to increase spending. A national taxpayers' group studied the phenomenon. Here's your Reality Check Fix.

--UMass grad student Rene Gonzalez of The Daily Collegian proves how nutty the Left can be with an idiotorial denouncing fallen Pat Tillman as an idiot here. Meanwhile, that Lefty Portland Web site with links to Teresa Heinz Kerry yanked its anti-Tillman comments here.

--Michael P. Tremoglie of FrontPageMag asks: "If liberals have a radio network and nobody listens does it make a sound." Air America is already on its last legs. Click here.

--CEO Bobby Eberle of GOPUSA reminds Americans why we're fighting in the Middle East here.

--Suzanne Fields talks about the women who can't march on D.C. whose champion is George W. Bush here.


When I started in the news biz 34 years ago, reporters ended their typewritten stories by writing "--30--" I can't remember where the practice started. But the symbol meant "the end" in journalese. I've been trying to come up with a daily closure that didn't steal from Huckleberries ("Parting Shot"). Or anyone else ("Parting Thoughts," "My 2 Cents," etc.). So, from now on, I'll return to my early roots to end the day by using the designation. It should make it easier for you to see where one day of blogging begins and another ends. Until tomorrow ...


A Word from Steve Sibulsky ...

...re: Big John Rook's comment about patriotic Pepsi cans:


Fershame!! This urban legend's been around for AGES!!


DFO: You mean I've been snookered? (btw, don't you spell fershame this way: f'shame?)

A Word from Bill McCrory ...

...re: that Prosser, Wash., kid who drew a picture in art class of Dubya's head stuck on the end of a stake, held by an Iraqi:

I disagree with your statement that the Secret Service overreacted to the Prosser student's drawing. It is the Secret Service's statutory responsibility under 18 USC 871 to investigate any behavior that may constitute a

Presidential threat to determine if a threat was made, and if it was, if the person making the threat actually poses a threat to the President. A drawing can be an artistic expression, but it can also be a valid pre-incident indicator of contemplated violence. The Secret Service interviewed the student and, since the student was not arrested or committed for psychiatric evaluation, apparently determined he neither made nor posed a threat to the President.

Bill McCrory
Coeur d'Alene

DFO: Bill, it's not just me. The Seattle Times felt the same way. On the other hand, agreeing with the Times editorial position isn't the best argument is it?

Another Word from Ace Jones ...

...re: Katie Brodie and Claudia Brennan.

"Anonymous" (now, "Silver Belle") obviously doesn't know Katie Brodie. If he thinks anyone will control her he is mistaken. She would bring a welcome dose of energy, enthusiasm, and leadership to the Courthouse. These are all things lacking in the three blind mice on the commission. Sweeping Claudia and Katie into one is a good political tactic, but does not reflect reality. If you want to disagree with Katie's pro businees, pro development positions, fine. Opposing her because of falsely perceived ties to Duane is a huge mistake. Things are so bad at the courthouse I would vote for John Kerry for Commissioner.


DFO: Hey, this is getting to be fun.

A Political Poem

Sandy, Woody, Deanna and Ben
Wouldn't go back to the table again.
They muttered, they stammered, They chewed their lips
They almost had a conniption fit!

With Uncle Dewey pulling their strings,
They gave away the beach,the fees and everything.
Now he's backing Claudia and Katie, so he'll be able
To have a seat at the Commissioners' table!

Silver Belle

A Word from Steve Gigliotti ...

re. Bush distortions of John Kerry's voting record:

Dave, The readers/citizens/voters deserve and need the truth. Democracy dies without the truth. Have you told the paper readers and your blog visitors that Bush sent 40,000 troops to Iraq without body armor and then has the gall to blame Kerry for voting against the $87 billion a year later?

More Bush Distortions of Kerry Defense Record

DFO: I appreciate links, like the one sent by Steve, that tell the other side to the story.

Lunch Special (4/28/04):

Big John Rook sends along a link that should bring a smile or two to the faces of Dubya Fans ... and anyone else who appreciates cowboys. Didn't someone once sing: My heroes have always been cowboys? Bottom line? We shouldn't duck our heads when the cowardly French, Germans or Spaniards claim we've been led off to war by a Cowboy President. After all, Dubya isn't the first cowboy who has set in the Oval Office. Cowboys are today's Lunch Special focus here.

Best of the Northwest (4/28/04):

My stomach's growling, so we must be approaching noon, which means your "Best of the Northwest" roundup is overdue:

1. The baseball season's only 20 games or so old, but already things are looking bad for the Seattle Mariners. Mebbe Milt Priggee forewarned us about bad days ahead with this political cartoon about the season opener here.

2. "Baghdad Jim" McDermott of Seattle is at it again. This time the liberal congressman has made news by omitting the words "under God" while leading the Pledge of Allegiance for the House of Representatives. Click here.

3. In Spokane, Bloomsday runners are waxing nostalgic about the old finish line to the annual springtime run ... in the downtown area. Click here.

4. Boise State, which is crunched for space, has purchased a shopping center for $5 million and now will begin developing plans to use it here.

5. Anna Webb of The Idaho Statesman interviewed favorite Boy-C hometown boy Troy McClain about his success on the TV reality show, "The Apprentice," here.

6. Business is booming in downtown Boy-C since 9-11 here.

7. The Seattle Times continues to look at that drug scandal engulfing the U-Dub softball team here. Meanwhile, U-Dub discusses a sports program run amok here. And sports columnist Steve Kelley looks at the out-of-control program here.

8. A U-Dub study shows that women who have dental X-rays during pregnancy have a better chance at giving birth to an underweight child here.

--Columnist Dan Popkey of The Idaho Statesman takes a look at the efforts being made by labor unions and Democrats to gather 40,772 valid signatures in their push to land on the ballot with their attempted repeal of Right to Work legislation. Click here.

--In an editorial, The Seattle Times correctly takes the Secret Service to task for overreacting to a goofy Prosser kid's drawing of Dubya's head on a stake here.

--WSU senior Randy Henderson tells Seattle Times readers that all the attention being paid by "American Idol" to off-key singer William Hung is nothing but a cruel racist joke here.

--The Missoulian is happy that racist Matthew Hale didn't find Big Sky country very hospitable here.

Wednesday Quick Fix Six (4/28/04):

The sun is shining amidst the clouds overhead, and we're headed for a coupla days of good weather here in Coeur d'Alene, which means "heart of an awl," whatever that means. Mebbe "small-hearted" because French trappers thought the Coeur d'Alene Indians were shrewd traders. On the other hand, small-hearted seems to fit our elected city officials nowadays. Here's your fixes:

1. I know we run Bruce Tinsley's Mallard Fillmore strip in the classified now. And you might have seen the one I'm about to show you. But it's worth a second look. Here's your Political 'Toon Fix.

2. Again, No Holds Barred turns to Jay Leno for a chuckle: "Spain has withdrawn its troops, or troop from Iraq. The new prime minister said that putting Spanish citizens in Iraq was senseless and dangerous. Unlike running with the bulls." Here's your Late Night Fix.

3. In America, we have Rush, Sean, the Washington Times and other conservative media to provide the rest of the story ignored by the national media; in the Middle East, they have al-Iraqiya. Here's your Truth Shall Set You Free Fix.

4. If you can't make 'em be good, pay 'em to be good. In an unprecedented move, the University of Maryland is offering football coach Ralph Friedgen a $50,000 bonus if he can get thru the next season without his players getting arrested or causing the university embarrassment. Here's your Novel Idea Fix.

5. Bonnie Diehl's Gen-W blog site is a must-see for photos of that Not-So-Great Pro-Abortion march on D.C. last week. You get photos of cuh-razy statements made by the disciples of NARAL, plus Bonnie's acerbic comments. Here's your Reality Check Fix.

6. Don't look now, but liberal James Ridgeway of the Village Voice is challenging the Demos to wake up and draft someone other than uninspiring J. Flipflop Kerry as their prez wannabe. Here's your Flipflop Fix.

--A Promise Keepers survey shows that only 60 percent of Christian men are "marginally satisfied" with their church here.

--A Rassmussen poll reveals that U.N. favorability ratings are dropping like a rock with only 38 percent of respondents providing a thumbs up here.

--Good ol' Hillary Clinton; her husband couldn't defend us against terrorism, but that doesn't stop her from shooting her mouth off to the Arab press about how Dubya's undercutting Middle East stability. At another time, she'd be viewed as a traitor. But such talk is now par for the course from her side of the aisle. Click here.

--Matt Drudge reports that Flipflop spent more than $1,000 to have his hair touched up prior to appearing on "Meet the Press" here.

--And here's some good commentary for ya: Ben Shapiro (Pat Tillman), Dick Morris (Republican convention), Michelle Malkin (Ashley Judd pro-choice march) and Jonah Goldberg (Medalgate).

Parting Thought (4/27/04):

I appreciate your notes and longer e-mails ... as well as your eyes and ears out there in the community. If you want to provide info but don't want to see it on the blog, please e-mail it in, with a note that it's for my eyes only. If you want to share an opinion but you don't want to be named, send in your comment and provide a pseudonym. As long as I know who you are, I'll probably blog your comment. I know how dangerous it is in Coeur d'Alene to share your opinions candidly. If you don't mind seeing your name and e-mail in print on my blog, e-mail ahead. I don't have frequency or length limits. Yet. As Jerry Seinfeld said to the estranged wife he was trying to pick up, I'm here for you -- DFO

A Word from Ace Jones ...

re: recalling Queen Sandi's neo-Gang of Four:

In reaction to the annexation decision people keep talking about remembering this at election time. As I have said before the method Coeur d'alene uses in electing council members is heavily weighted toward

incumbents. What people need to do is get organized and use the tools in place to have an impact much sooner than November 05. A referendum could be place on the ballot to repeal the annexation ordinance, A move could also be started to recall the four yes voters. In both cases all it takes to start is the signatures of 20% of the voters in the 2003 election, or 834 signatures. Repealing the ordinance and\or recalling four council members would send a clear message of who really is in charge. Elected officials serve at the pleasure of the citizens. Nothing wrong with making that point.

Ace Jones

DFO: Actually, it's more complicated than that. You have to get signatures equal to 20% (3,341) of the total registered voters (16,704) at the 2003 city election. That'd be tough. What the city really needs is an election that forces candidates to run for a position rather than in our current horse-race setup in which the top three vote-getters win election and incumbents have the inside track. Council prez Dixie Reid has clung to her seat despite finishing third in each of her last three elections. A good candidate who forced her to defend her record could take her out, one-on-one.

A Word from John Rook ...

...re: Pepsi in the can:

Don't buy Pepsi in the new can. Pepsi has a new "patriotic" can coming out with pictures of the Empire State Bldg. and the Pledge of Allegiance on them. However, Pepsi left out two little words on the pledge, "Under God". Pepsi said they did not want to offend anyone. If this is true, then we don't want to offend anyone at the Pepsi corporate office. If we do not buy any Pepsi product, they will not be offended by receiving our money that has the words "Under God" on it.

John Rook
Coeur d'Alene

DFO: We certainly wouldn't want to oh!-fend a good corporate citizen like Pepsi.

A Word from The Edge ...

...about the Portland nut who trashed fallen ex-NFL pro Pat Tillman's memory:


The writer who trashed Pat Tillman needs to be dropped off in Afganistan for six months. Then he might understand the dangers he faced and the people who
hate America and the west. Race has nothing to do with it. It's about religion and radical Islam. By the way, he wasn't a dumb jock. He graduated with a 3.8 GPA from Arizona State University.

Free speech is sacred. However, why does anybody bother reporting on this nut? He's not worth the effort.

The Edge

DFO: I liked the slogan they had back in the '60s: America, love it or leave it.

The Party's Over Lyndon

Colleague Betsy Russell sends this note from Boy-C re. Lyndon LaRouche joining Flipflop, Kucinich and other Demos on the Idaho ballot:

Lyndon Larouche qualified for the Idaho presidential primary ballot today as a Democrat, collecting more than the required 5,016 signatures by 5 p.m., though just barely -- Larouche supporters in Idaho brought in 5,403 valid signatures. LaRouche will join John Kerry, Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton on the D’s ballot in Idaho. However, despite the last-minute scramble for signatures, Idaho’s Democratic presidential primary is merely a “beauty contest,” because the party selects its presidential delegates via caucuses. Those are already over, and Kerry won. On the Republican side, the primary vote counts – but George W. Bush is the only one on the ballot.

DFO: There are more D's on the ballot than there are in the state of Idaho.

Lunch Special (4/27/04):

For years, conservative Ben Stein wrote a column about stars and starlets in Planet Hollyweird. Stein? He's a bit actor who once played that boring science instructor in "Forest Bueller's Day Off" -- you know, the one with the monotone voice. Anyway, Stein finally has hit the wall. He has ended his column for the eon-line Web site, Monday Night at Morton's to pursue other things. In his final column, he sez:

Real stars are not riding around in the backs of limousines or in Porsches or getting trained in yoga or Pilates and eating only raw fruit while they have Vietnamese girls do their nails.

Here's his take on "real stars":

A real star is the soldier of the 4th Infantry Division who poked his head into a hole on a farm near Tikrit, Iraq. He could have been met by a bomb or a hail of AK-47 bullets. Instead, he faced an abject Saddam Hussein and the gratitude of all of the decent people of the world.

Today's Lunch Special? Real stars. You can read Ben's final column here.


For those keeping score at home, it'd be difficult to recall the neo-Gang of Four -- Dixie Reid, Deanna Goodlander, Ben Wolfinger and Woody McEvers -- which sold out city residents over Sanders Beach access. Petitioners would have to collect 3,341 signatures from registered voters (20% of the 16,074 registered electors at the 2003 city election) to put a recall effort on the ballot. Doable. But ...

'Just What They Needed'

Guerrillas and gunfights
can be sort of a drag,
but there’s good news today
cause they got a new flag.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Best of the Northwest (4/27/04):

1. I shoulda known my old buddy Milt Priggee would come up with the political cartoon I wanted re. fallen hero, Pat Tillman. Click here.

2. Sean Fitzpatrick, that Lewis & Clark High kid who attempted suicide by Spokane police last fall, might not have to serve jail time. As messed up as he is today, physically as well as mentally, that's probably a good thing. Click here.

3. The Idaho Statesman provides a checklist of symptoms that extremely healthy people should know to avoid the risk of sudden death while participating in fun runs, marathons and other strenuous activity here.

4. Just when you think things couldn't get any worse for U-Dub sports, what with former coach Rick Neuheisel's gambling problems and all, along comes a report by The Seattle Times that softballers are so overmedicated that concerned parents flush pills down the toilet. Click here.

5. Anti-war sketches by an eastern Washington high school kid were so graphic, including one that featured Dubya's head on a stick, that they attracted the Secret Service. Click here.

6. A new Web site provides basic info on all prisoners in King County jails, so family and victims can keep track of them. We need that in the Inland Northwest. Click here.

7. Washington Gov. Gary Locke urged judges yesterday to pledge not to drink in public or to drink very little here.

8. U-of-I is planning to expand the campus by purchasing about 10 acres of railroad property nearby here.

--Three more players with Idaho ties have signed NFL free-agent deals here.

--The Seattle Times opines on that order that Boeing received of 50 7E7's by All Nippon Airways here.

--Timothy Egan of the New York Times sez Sami Omar al-Hussayen's terror case could test the Patriot Act here.

--Joe Connelly of the P-I is surprised at how much Dubya's spending for air ads in supposedly left-leaning Washington here.

--Judging from the Lefty worldview of this U-of-I Argonaut editorial writer (J.H.), s/he is ready for a job with the mainstream media. Click here.

Tuesday Quick Fix Six (4/27/04):

The sun's shining in be-you-ti-ful (at least on the surface) Coeur d'Alene this morning. But it's suppose to get windy with gusts up to 50 mph later this day -- without the City Council meeting. It's time to begin your fix:

1. Chuck Asay of Colorado Springs has a good idea why Dubya's poll numbers keep rising despite the attacks by J. Flipflop Kerry and the mainstream media, the Demo propaganda wing. Here's your Political 'Toon Fix.

2. Jay Leno joked about the pullout of some coalition troops on his show Monday: "The Dominican Republic has pulled its 300 soldiers out of Iraq. I didn’t know they had an army did you? The only Dominicans I’ve ever seen in uniform are playing for the Yankees." Here's your Late Night Fix.

3. You don't think the Left is hateful? Think again. NewsMax brings us a Web site in P.C. Portland, Ore., that mocks the death of former NFL player Pat Tillman. Here's your Lefty Hate Fix.

4. Columnist Ann Coulter looks at the important GOPrimary race today that pits conservative Pat Toomey against Arlen Specter, who she sez is a Donkey in an Elephant's skin. Here's your Primary Fix.

5. Insight mag sez the U.S. is having a better time tracking down WMDs than is being reported by the mainstream media here. Also, Jordan has uncovered a major al Qaeda plot to release chemical weapons in the heart of Amman and possibly kill as many as 80,000 people. Here's your WMD Fix.

6. Columnist Matt Towery sez Americans aren't buying the notion, promoted by T. Chappaquiddick Kennedy and the mainstream media, that Iraq is becoming another Vietnam. Here's your Reality Check Fix.

--Wes Pruden of the Washington Times opines on Flipflop's past as one of the nation's top Vietnam War hero medal tossers here.

--John Podhoretz sez J. Flipflop Kerry is imploding because he's a terrible, terrible candidate here.

--Andrew Sullivan looks at Bob Woodward's latest book, Plan of Attack, here.

--Tod Lindberg wonders when media pundits'll ever get it right here.

No Nazi Ghosts

Spent part of the afternoon disoriented at the old Aryan Nations compound. Everything's gone. No buildings. Grass is growing over the driveway. Without a photo, it's hard to tell where Butler's home, church, parade platform and watch tower were located for so many years. Even the two pines that bore Nazi swastikas are gone. All that I saw today during a tour of the new "Peace Park" with Tony Stewart and Norm Gissell were a broken brick or two, dandelions, trees and the sun shining on a meadow that once served as an Aryan parade ground. Tony and I visited the compound a few years ago, shortly before local firefighters razed it. The firemen did a superb job. I'll tell you all about it Saturday when I write about my return trip to Aryan Central.

A Word from The Edge ...

...about the four hula girls who were almost arrested last week for performing a protest hula in front of the Coeur d'Alene Resort:

Imagine this scene at the Kootenai County Jail if they had been arrested for Hula dancing:

Criminal: “Whaddya in for?”
Young girl: “Hula dancing.”
Criminal: “Was it at the Torch Lounge? I bet it beats the thongs off anything Pegasus or Destiny can do on the gold pole.”
Young girl: “No, no. That's sick. We danced at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.”
Criminal: “Oh. Why is that illegal?”
Young girl: “Because Duane Hagadone only likes to see local politicians dance.”
Criminal: “Really? Do the mayor and city council tango? Or do they waltz? The electric slide?”
Young girl: “No. Duane is a big fan of the Limbo. He likes to see how low they can go.”

The Edge

A Word from Gordon Holder ...

...about accountability by Mayor Sandi Bloem and the City Council?

Letter to the Editor:

As of today, residents of Coeur d'Alene have no voice in governing our city.

The way developers and special interests are able to squeeze promises out of the city council and mayor is a sign of the times.

Mayor Bloem's administration and the City Council aren't representing the people, they are processing the people and don't hear a word we are saying. So we have something in common, we have no voice and they have no voice for us.

Rarely, does anyone but developers get their way in Coeur d'Alene. They want to develop the lakefront, that's O.K.; they want to develop the mountains, that's O.K. too; they want to develop the riverfront, why not.

Today we go to city meetings to not be heard. I really think something is seriously wrong within the city. I'm sure many residents would confirm this view if we opened it up for debate.

At the core of this administration is contradiction. They are elected to represent all of the people but favor business, and will do anything to not be held accountable.

If the city continues to take the easy way out, hiding behind procedures and lawyers, many passionate residents will withdraw and people will become further alienated by our flawed city governance.

Deep down inside maybe that's what our city council and the city administration wants.

I'm sure the residents of our great community will not let this happen.

Gordon Holder
Coeur d'Alene

DFO: Well said.

Lunch Special (4/26/04):

Today's lunch special is a ... hero sandwich. Hero as in Pat Tillman, the Arizona Cardinals defender who turned his back on $3.6 million over three years to become an Army Ranger. You know, of course, that he died Thursday in Afghanistan when his unit was ambushed. He was the first professional football player to die in combat in more than 30 years. His sacrifice reminds me of that old Bible verse: Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend.'' The verse, of course, was talking about the Savior's sacrifice. But it certainly applies to Tillman's. We owe it to him and the hundreds of others who have fallen in Afghanistan and Iraq -- and to the 3,000 who were murdered by Islamic terrorists on 9-11 -- to successfully fight the war on terror. You can find an assortment of links discussing Tillman below:

--Robert Alt of National Review On-Line sez Tillman was a throwback to American men and women who successfully fought WWII here. And Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times agrees here.

--Ed Odeven of the Arizona Daily Sun sez he's never met a more responsible individual than Tillman here.

--W. Thomas Smith Jr. of the National Review On-Line looks at other NFL players who have died in combat here.

Best of the Northwest (4/26/04):

1. Eric Devericks of The Seattle Times and David Horsey of the P-I begin our Northwest roundup with superb political 'toons here and here.

2. Most Spokane streets are falling apart but not the Bloomsday race route. The race course gets all the TLC it needs here.

3. Larry HHolstein, a Hagadone Hospitality exec, saw red when four hula dances did their thing on the front lawn of The Coeur d'Alene Resort to protest his boss' refusal to grant perpetual access to a beach that has been open to the public forever. You can find your Monday Huckleberries here.

4. Columnist Tim Woodward of The Idaho Statesman looks at a family who brought a 101-year-old grandpa home rather than warehouse him in a old-folks home or assisted living center here.

5. The financially strapped U-of-I begins interviews today with four candidates for financial veep here.

6. The sun must be shining in Seattle, where Boeing just landed a $6 billion deal from All Nippon Airways in Japan for 50 7E7s. Read all about the good news here.

7. You can find out how Tami Silicio and Amy Katz got those photos of U.S. coffins being secured in a cargo plane, from Kuwait to Seattle, here.

8. Today's Lucky Number is 197,734: the number of signatures needed to get an initiative on the November ballot in Washington State. And there's a whole lotta folks trying to do just that. Click here.

9. The Daily Evergreen looks at WSU's Spokane campus here.

10. Most WSU students say they haven't cheated in three years -- at least, by their own definition of cheating. If you want to know what WSU considers cheating, click here.

--Steve Massey, former editor turned Hayden Bible Church pastor, encourages S-R readers to invest wisely in eternal things here.

--Patrick Orr of The Idaho Statesman sez the terrorism conspiracy trial of Sami Omar al-Hussayen has not produced the expected media circus here.

--In an editorial, The P-I talks about the major media being scooped by a small Internet site that posted those photos of our war dead. Click here.

--Paul Keller, former editor of the Sandy Post, sez Mount Hood would be destroyed if it's turned into a national park here.

Monday Quick Fix Six (4/26/04):

Welcome to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the city that abides by the golden rule: He who has all the gold makes all the rules. The sun's shining. The beaches are shrinking. And the tourists are about to invade to clog streets, waterways and hotels. In other words, it's situation normal for us worker bees. And speaking of work, I need to provide your morning fixes:

1. Cartoonist Kevin Tuma leads off this morning with your Conservative 'Toon Fix.

2. Jay Leno knocked one out of the park Friday night with this look at Dubya: "All these books have been coming out about President Bush – Richard Clarke, John Dean’s book, Paul O’Neill’s book, now Bob Woodward’s book. It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? George Bush is actually making people read more than almost any other president." Hey, Jay takes the weekend off. And, as a beggar, you can't choose which day I highlight for your Late Night Fix.

3. Dubya told the usual suspects that they can take a hike if they want taxpayers dollars to promote pro-abortion positions at a global conference. It's about time that we had an administration that didn't kowtow to the Planet Hollyweird/Moveon.org/Loony Left crowd. Here's your Pro-Life Fix.

4. Don't look now, little Bush Hater, but Dubya is leading or tied in many of the battleground states won by the Demos last time around. The D's need these states if they have any chance to beat the prez this year. Here's your Poll Fix.

5. "Hanoi Jane" Fonda is an albatross to J. Flipflop Kerry's chances to win election today. But in 1971 she was his stepping stone to bigger and better things -- she and Richard Nixon. Also, back when, Kerry said he threw his own medals over the White House fence, in contradiction to his story on the campaign trail, and Teresa Heinz Kerry sez she won't pattern herself after any other First Lady (not that she'll get the chance). Here's your Flipflop Fix.

6. Some may be quaking in their boots this morning as Marines do battle with the fundamentalist crazies in Fallujah. But not the men and women who are wearing our uniform. Re-enlistment is beating goal projections. Here's your Military Fix.

--Robert Alt of National Review On-Line opines on fallen warrior Pat Tillman here.

--World mag explains why African archbishops have refused to accept money from the U.S. Episcopalian church here.

--Don Feder of FrontPageMag explains why America trusts "stupid" Dubya over Liberal Elites here.

--Italian baker Fabrizio Quattrocchi died defiantly at the hands of Islamic thugs, another hero in the war against terrorism. Click here.

Parting Thought (4/23/04):

It's the end of a long, long week -- and Coeur d'Alene is poorer for it. But you've heard enough from me for one week about the Black Tuesday at the Coeur d'Loon City Council. And I'm tired of thinking about Her Sanderlessness' new Gang of Four, who sold out this town for a pittance. Let's talk about those hula girls: Barb & Robin Scarth. Didja know the mother-and-daughter duo and two other dancers almost got arrested Thursday evening while reprising their hula on the front lawn of The Coeur d'Alene Resort? HH jumbo Larry Holstein rousted them with the claim they were on private property. And they might have been. Or they might have been on public First Street right of way that's buried under resort lawn (unless, of course, the city gave that to HH, too). Why am I telling you all this? I'm gonna tell you all about the up close and personal confrontation between the gentle hula girls and bellowing HHolstein -- in Huckleberries Monday. You'll have to wait till then.

A Word from 3 NHB Fans ...

...re: the proposed Cooper Ridge development in CDA:

What’s all the fuss about?

Mayor Sandy Bloem has a vision for our city. She has a vision of Coeur d’Alene that is "a beautiful city that promotes a high quality of life and sound economy through excellence in government".

So what is everyone complaining about? She’s happy. All she wants to know is where to grow next, how much citizens will stand for and what she needs to charge us. What’s wrong with that?

The city is a business, developers want changes to make more money and citizens choose not to show up. Is citizen discourtesy her fault? We are well governed by knowledgeable elected officials that focus on residents first. Right?

Sandy Bloem has amply demonstrated it. We should all shut up and leave her, the city council and planning commission alone. Maybe they’ll find a law and a lawyer that will do that for them too.

Judy Hohl
Coeur d'Alene


My wife and I are new additions to the fair city of Coeur d'Alene. We have been visited, since moving here, by our children and grandchildren. They were all amazed and impressed by the surrounding beauty of the mountains, trees and caring neighbors surrounding the proposed "Copper Ridge" located at the end of Shadduck Lane. However, lately I have become very concerned regarding some of our developer neighbors (you know who you are) that wish to infringe upon our property rights and quality of life by asking for a zone change from R-1 to R-3 to build 72 homes at the base and up the mountainside of our pristine and beautiful Canfield Mountain.

Please join us to save the mountains and quality of life surrounding this beautiful mountain and landmark.

Roger Fuller
Coeur d'Alene


Residents Merit Support

Last week, Mayor Sandy Bloem’s Planning Commission passed yet another house development proposal to ... get this ... build houses on and around Canfield Mountain.

The Copper Ridge development is adjacent to the now famous "Mark of Zorro" ... you know ... the road gashed into the side of Canfield Mountain. The new project calls for a fifty acre housing development in the same area.

Coeur d’Alene residents are getting fed up.

The residents have an entirely different agenda as the City Council and Sandy Bloem. We believe in preserving the quality of life in Coeur d’Alene. This includes protecting our last treed areas, mountains, and our own property rights.

The city has chosen in action, policy, practice, communication, publication and through city council arm twisting of residents, to put property rights of developers over the property rights of its current residents.

When a developer buys a property zoned R-1 that is his right. It is also the developers right to develop that property as zoned. They decided to buy there ... no one forced them. For some reason, developers seem to think that they also have a property right to receive an automatic zone change from the city. Residents don’t have this same right.

When people buy property next to an airport or a junk yard, do they have a property right to receive a zoning change from the city to remove the airport or junkyard and improve their land value?

They sure would in Coeur d’Alene. Kootenai County Airport here we come!

The Coeur d’Alene city Council and Sandy Bloem need to reassess their choices. The residents of Coeur d’Alene merit their support.

Woodrow Pierce
Coeur d'Alene

A Spy Reports ...

...on that Ash Avenue meeting re: the rest of Sanders Beach:

Ash Ave. residents say yes they want better police patrols at Sanders Beach, yes they want the city to take a more active role in the clean up but they say no to Jerry Franks proposal for the elimination of parking on East Lakeshore and making it a one way street.

Eagle Eye

DFO: With this City Council, Franks' loopy proposal might have legs. Don't take anything for granted.

Another Word from Steve Badraun ...

...re: Mayor Sandersless Bloem's legacy:

If the people of Coeur d' Alene are willing to take the sweet with the sour, Mayor Sandi Bloem, will continue to make progress for our town. There is no question that she will always side with her friends from her Hayden

Lake Country Club. The other side of this cozy relationship with power and influence is that Sandi Bloem, if she decides, can gain concessions from them over martinis and a round of golf.

The loss of Hagadone owned Sanders Beach was an unforgivable sin. Sandi Bloem has some work to do to help correct her legacy by finally, once and for all, placing "Coeur d Alene First" as her goal. She can secure Sanders Beach for public access for all time. She can secure the hundreds of feet of riverfront, now controlled by the University of Idaho, for public use for all time. She can use these influences to make certain that no more Coeur d' Alene Lake water surface falls into private hands. She can place public access to our land and water at the top of her agenda for her remaining time in office.

She can do all of this. The question will be whether she will commit herself to these goals

Steve Badraun

DFO: Sound words from the man who could have been mayor.

Three Days Later ...

...and I'm still shaking my head at that despicable vote by the City Council Tuesday night to kiss off guaranteed access to Sanders Beach. It's easily the worst vote I've seen in my 20 years in Coeur d'Alene -- and mebbe 34 years in the journalism profession. The council was holding a royal flush to Duane Hagadone's pair of deuces and the council folded. Chumps.


Lunch Special (4/23/04):

Conservatives are barking up the wrong tree when they question John Kerry's military service during the Vietnam War. You can rip him for his comments before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. But there should be no question that he risked life and limb defending out country. Three Purple Hearts and two other medals for his Vietnam service indicate he was in harm's way. And got shot up a bit. Personally, I'm concerned that Kerry is too much of a dove now to protect us from the threat of Islamic extremism. And his stands on social issues. And his flipfloppery. But I don't question his guts or patriotism in Vietnam. A colleague provided a wake-up call from the Columbia Journalism Review. The document shows Kerry was eager for service in Vietnam, while Dubya preferred to stay state side. Your Lunch Special today is a small serving of crow here.

'I Got'

I got me a hotel
and house on the hill;
I got me a boat that’s
the size of Brazil;
I got me a golf course,
and something newer:
I got me a freebie
Coeur d’Alene sewer.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Best of the Northwest (4/23/04):

I got my loved ones scattered all over the West today -- wife in northern California, daughter in Seattle with the Lake City High choir, and son in Denver cramming for his second-year medical school test. The dog's home alone. And I'm blogging for you. C'mon, admit it. That's dedication. Here's a final spin around the Northwest as we all watch the clock move toward 5 p.m.

1. Cartoonist Eric Devericks of The Seattle Times looks at "the other JFK" here.

2. Ex-S-R cartoonist Milt Priggee made the Howard Stern Web site with a recent 'toon here. (Scroll down the left side and make sure you don't look around the rest of the site much.) Meanwhile, Milt provides his take on Washington's minimum wage law here.

3. The Christian Science monitor takes a look at the Sami Omar al-Hussayen's trial here.

4. Meeting in Coeur d'Alene Thursday, the Idaho Board of Education gave the state's new charter school laws a workout here.

5. A group of Eco-Twinkies has claimed responsibility for torching three homes in a new Snohomish County subdivision. Book 'em, Dano, and throw away the key. Click here.

6. A group of war-weary National Guardsmen from Washington made it as far as Kuwait en route home before they were sent back to Iraq and more danger here.

7. On Thursday, U-of-I answered the question: What if they threw an Earth Day, and nobody came. In U-of-I's case, they didn't even throw an Earth Day. Click here.

8. Don't look now, but the U-of-I yearbook, Gem of the Mountains, is going mod to generate interest here. And Joe Vandal's getting a new headpiece for his mascot unie here.

--The Idaho Statesman sez Idaho has a clear stake in managing its wolves, not providing over their downfall here.

--Columnist Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times wonders what's wrong with Seattle's Ancient Mariner Jamie Moyer here. And Columnist Art Thiel of the P-I is concerned with the whole dang M's team here.

--In an editorial, The Seattle Times tells eco-Twinkies that arson is a crime, never a protest here.

--Columnist Joe Connelly of the P-I sez Bush may be a Teddy Roosevelt in reverse here.

TGIF Quick Fix Six (4/23/04):

Alicia's been voted off the island, and Amber's hanging onto Boston Rob as her Sugar Daddy to get her to the final two. Meanwhile, in Coeur d'Alene, a city with a serious obsession with $izzle (inside joke), the sun is shining brightly -- on the good and the bad. And there's fair weather ahead for the weekend ... mebbe 80s by Monday. It's time for your fixes:

1. Let's mix things up a bit and provide you with a Donald Trump 'Toon Fix to brighten your morning. OK, OK, quit whining. Here's your Conservative Political Cartoon Fix.

2. Jay Leno was in his usual good form last night as this line indicates: "A lot of people marked earth day by walking to work. They're not environmentalists, they just can't afford the gas." Here's your Late Night Fix.

3. Pat Tilman, a former St. Louis Cardinal football player who turned down a $3.6 million offer to become an Army Ranger, has fallen in Afghanistan. Dunno what your definition of a hero is. But Tilman's mine. R.I.P. Click here.

4. You probably didn't hear about that anniversary that occurred Thursday -- the 33rd anniversary of J. Flipflop Kerry's rant before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that portrayed Vietnam vets as mother rapers and baby stabbers. Vietnam vets in Congress didn't forget Thursday here.

5. Tami Silicio, the woman who was fired from her job in Kuwait for snapping a photo of coffins of U.S. servicemen being secured in a cargo plane, sez her act had nothing to do with politics. But NewsMax.com reports she and another woman sued Halliburton four years ago, naming Richard Cheney as a defendant. Coincidental? Ahaha. Here's your Coinky-Dinky Fix.

6. Dr. Walid Phares sez ordinary Iraqis know who their enemy is -- and it ain't the United States. It's al Qaida. Here's your Reality Check Fix.

--Washington Times Editor Wes Pruden simply is the best at smithing words and twisting the knife. He chides Dubya for talking to Bob Woodward here.

--Pat Boone, the old '50s crooner, talks about the other war being wage across our land -- the one over moral values -- here.

--R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., editor in chief of the American Spectator, has awarded a Googler to Lefty Al Franken for writing the worst book of the year here.

--John W. Snow of the Wall Street Journal notes that the much-maligned Patriot Act has done wonders in stopping the flow of dollars to terrorists here.

--Larry Elder of townhall.com takes a look at Dubya's environmental record here.

Parting Thought (4/22/04):

Dunno what to make of that S-R story this morning -- the one in which Mayor Sandi Bloem claimed she's thisclose to winning guaranteed access to other parts of Sanders Beach. It could be a dodge ... to buy time until the restless natives calm down about that 4-2 annexation vote that cost the city guaranteed access to Duane Hagadone's 500 feet of beach. After voters shot down Community Center II a few years ago, the victors used that tactic to placate advocates, meeting with them for a few months in an effort to develop a, ahem, better plan. Nothing ever was done -- until recently when Bloem negotiated with the school district for a swap that would allow the city to convert the Lakes Middle School building into a community center once the district no longer needs it. As ticked as I am at her and her Gang of Four, Her Sanderlessness is probably the only one in this town who can talk sense to the East Lakeshore Drive owners of Sanders Beach. Here's hoping she has better luck with them than she did with The Cap'n. Stay tuned.

A Word from Herb Huseland ...

... siding with Hagadone Hospitality.

Alas, Fearless Leader, I beg to differ with you. The contested portion of Sanders Beach doesn't belong to the public. It never did. The public never bought it, never paid for it, and never paid years of taxes on it.

Our U.S. Constitution say's, " The taking of private property by the people without fair compensation is forbidden." Paying for it through extortion, (the granting or holding back of, zoning, that might properly be awarded anyway) is at best, immoral, and at least, illegal.

The robbing of the rich to give to the poor is bad policy, and unconstitutional...

The other rant that I have today, is the AP story regarding the Sheriff of Jerome County. It seems that he has offered to pay for a cow that after wandering close to the freeway, was shot 8 times by his Deputies. Better the money should have been spent on shooting lessons. Ba Da Boom!


DFO: The Hagaphiles on the City Council were able to muddy the waters re: a taking. This never was about a taking. Duane Hagadone had the option to withdraw its annexation request and go his own way in trying to ruin Silver Beach with high rises. Cities ask developers all the time for concessions -- from deeded parkland to development fees. The city was holding all the cards. Hagadone needed city sewer to build his shoreline shrine. Trouble is ... our trembling council is no match for Hagadone when it comes to playing chicken.

Lunch Special (4/22/04):

I began this blog because I wanted to give readers -- all 600 or so of you, to date -- the rest of the story on news events, big and small, from a conservative's point of view. As an imbedded conservative, I'm aware of the national media's liberal bias in story accounts, story play, headlines, etc. -- way more than you are. I'm bugged by that blatant bias in stories about Dubya's administration, the war in Iraq, gay marriage, etc. But nothing angers me more than when the national media totally ignores a story because it'll undermine their bias. Example: The total blackout that the New York Times has given a trial involving partial-birth abortion, only 4 miles away. Well, it's time to pull back that veil. Today's Lunch Special? The media sin of omission. Click here.

A Word from The Edge ...

... about payback, baybee.


I think the folks who fought to save Sanders Beach should buy a full-page ad in the Coeur d'Alene Press, and the Spokesman-Review and run all of the signatures on the petition. To show old Wolfzennegger that the names total

more than 100 folks he claimed to be on the petitions during during the meeting. The ad also should say that these we will will remember what happened during future elections. If somebody like you gets it going, I'll chip in 10 bucks.

The Edge

DFO: So you want to buy a full-page ad in the Coeur d'Alene Press, which is owned by the guy who wouldn't guarantee Sanders Beach access? Sounds like a win-win for HH. As for my participation, I'm a blogger not a crusader -- at least while I'm on another's payroll. After I retire, it'll be different. Then, I'd spell relief: R-E-C-A-L-L. For now, I'll be a conduit for the huddled masses of the disenfranchised in this Lake City.

A Word from Bill McCrory ...

...about the Coeur d'Alene City Council sellout.

Thanks to Erica Curless's precise reporting in this morning's Review, we now have a clearer picture of the city's position on the Hagadone Hospitality annexation. We also have a much clearer picture of the indifference our mayor and some city council members have toward the opinions of citizens who speak from their heart rather than with their checkbooks.

Mayor Bloem doesn't want to provide specifics right now about continuing beach talks, because the city is trying to building trust with everyone

involved. Apparently the "everyone involved" includes a relatively small number of people...much like the negotiations with Hagadone Hospitality.

The city government wanted the annexation as badly as Hagadone Hospitality. The potential loss of more than $200K in tax revenues convinced the city government to do whatever it took to grant annexation. So how honest was the mayor being when, at the April 6 council meeting, she publicly told the city staff to consider Sanders Beach in the negotiations? That meaningless instruction was intended to placate the residents who had petitioned the city government to fight for the beach. Sadly, some of the residents believed their sincere and heartfelt concerns would have the same influence as Hagadone Hospitality's megabucks. That's how our city government builds trust: Say one thing in public, do another behind closed doors.

The mayor said the issue wasn't about the beach but about taking Hagadone's private property without consent. The council said the city had no business forcing Hagadone to allow residents to use 500 feet of Sanders Beach as part of the annexation agreement.

Those are red herrings. This never was a property rights issue. No one put a gun to Hagadone Hospitality's corporate head and said, "Your beach or your life." A tough negotiating position is not the same as robbery or extortion. Hagadone Hospitality wanted something only the city had the power to grant. If Hagadone Hospitality didn't want to negotiate or didn't like the conditions, it could withdraw its annexation proposal and walk away no worse off than when it made the proposal. Annexation is not an entitlement.

The mayor promised that the city would "work its heart out" to get more access to Sanders Beach. Perhaps it should have used some of that heart in the negotiations when its bargaining position was better.

At Tuesday night's council meeting Dixie Reid lamented about the opportunity lost years ago when the city took a tougher negotiating position with Hagadone Hospitality. It seems to me that both the city and Hagadone Hospitality have done reasonably well in spite of what she perceives to have been a lost opportunity. Had the present annexation agreement been withdrawn, I suspect the world would not have stopped rotating and Coeur d'Alene would still have been a decent place to live.

Bill McCrory
Coeur d'Alene

Best of the Northwest (4/22/04):

Oh, somewhere in the Pacific Northwest the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Potterville-- the City Council has struck out.

1. David Horsey of the Seattle P-I provides his take on Dubya's pre-war intelligence here, and Eric Devericks looks at Dubya's reaction to Bob Woodward's new book here.

2. Walt Worthy, savior of the Davenport Hotel, has offered to buy the 17-story Metropolitan Finance Building in downtown Spokane here.

3. Morihiko Nakahura has a big pair of shoes to fill as he approaches the end of his first season as associate director of the Spokane Symphony here.

4. DNA results of Pullman's serial rapist don't match any DNA of any suspects in local or national databases, according to the WSU Daily Evergreen here.

5. Tami Silicio, a Kuwait-based cargo worker, was fired for providing The Seattle Times with a poignant photo of some 20 coffins of U.S. servicemen being secured in a cargo plane for a return flight home. Click here.

6. With profits going thru the roof, Starbucks is about to unveil five new summer Frappucino drinks, including three without coffee. Click here.

7. A note suggests that eco-terrorists may be behind arson fires in a new Snohomish County subdivision, according to the Seattle Times. Click here.

8. Wanda Baucus, the wife of long-time U.S. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, has been charged with assault in a D.C. garden center scrap. The Missoulian reports the incident here.

9. A hot debate in Washington state focuses on the practice of adding chicken dung to cattle feed here.

10. The Seattle P-I reports on a woman who has undergone a new type of surgery that has put a squeeze on her stomach and her weight here.


--Sports columnist Larry Stone of the Times sez the Mariners like having Raul Ibanez back on their side here.

--Denis Hayes, coordinator of the first Earth Day, sez the nation needs to reclaim the celebration's vision here.

--U-Dub prof Ilene Schwartz tells P-I readers that no autistic child should be left behind either here.

Thursday Quick Fix Six (4/22/04):

Welcome, again, to Coeur d'Alene, where the rich guys own the access to the poor guys lake. It's overcast again, today -- and has been since Tuesday night when the City Council gave away a chance to tie up 500 feet of Lake Coeur d'Alene access for eternity. But the council wasn't up to the task ... at least four of the members. Speaking of fixes, let's get to your Quick Fix:

1. Cartoonist Paul Nowak doodles what I think of colleague Bob Woodward's latest book in today's Political Cartoon Fix.

2. Jay Leno provided this observation about Ralph Nader during a recent monologue: "Independent candidate Ralph Nader says he thinks the draft is coming back. But then again Ralph thinks that he is coming back." Here's your Late Night Fix.

3. Another Earth Day has dawned. And Dr. Michael Berliner of the Ayn Rand Institute sez our greatest danger today isn't from acid rain or logging in the rain forests. It's from today's environmentalism. Here's your Gang Green Fix.

4. Vietnam War vets question how J. Flipflop Kerry could receive three Purple Hearts for cuts and bumps in less than five months of service. The Washington Times brings you today's Flipflop Fix.

5. What's this? Flipflop's Sugar Mama, Theresa, is an heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune, but Heinz execs are funneling moolah to Dubya's re-election campaign. Here's your Strange But True Fix.

6. In North Carolina, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout was suspended from high school for wearing a shirt with a message that opposed a gay rights "Day of Silence." So much for free speech. Here's your .Political Correctness Fix.

(Continue reading for your Opinion Fix)

--Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter explains why Repubs need to get rid of liberal incumbent Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania here.

--Catherine Seipp of FrontPageMag looks at what the feminization of American culture has done to American newsrooms here.

--Country music writer Aaron Harris looks at the genius of Johnny Cash here.

--Los Angeles Times weekly columnist Max Boot sez Halliburton doesn't deserve to be trashed for its war time work here.

An Open Letter ...

... To Councilmen Ron Edinger and Al Hassell: Thanks for trying to get guaranteed Sanders Beach access and representing the overwhelming majority of Coeur d'Alene residents against long odds. It takes George Bailey courage to go against pushy Hagadone Hospitality when your City Council playmates are determined to give away the farm.

...To Mayor Sandi Bloem: You escaped a bullet by not being put on the spot to cast a tie-breaking vote on the annexation agreement. You, of course, would have OK'd it. You've promised to gain other beach access for the working stiffs of Coeur d'Alene. But I'm not holding my breath.

...To Councilman Woody McEvers: I told you before the meeting that your vote was the only one that I wasn't sure of. And that I wasn't optimistic about it. I wished you'd had the guts to drop this one in Sandi's lap. As such, you've been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

...To Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander: I understand where you were coming from. But that doesn't mean you were right. Your constituents overwhelmingly told you that they didn't care about the tax dollars from the Hagadone annexation. But that's all you could talk about in summary. You have a lot of penance to do to make for this one up.

...To Councilman Ben Wolfinger: Who were you kidding with all those closing theatrics -- you know, with your claim that you thought about the annexation vote all the way to Grangeville and back Tuesday? Your mind was made up weeks ago. A few years back, someone described you to me this way: Ben is extremely knowledgeable and talks a good game. But you can count on him to vote wrong at crunch time. You did, pal. You'd better hope the residents of Coeur d'Alene forget about this vote when you run for higher office someday.

...To Councilwoman Dixie "I'm Not Happy And What Are You Going to Do About It" Reid: No comment other than this: You've been on the council too long.

...To the people of Coeur d'Alene: Wake up! Every city council election, I editorialize about the importance of voting for candidates who will protect the waterfront from the town's muckety-mucks. And what do you do? You forget, for example, how this council voted for a McEuen Field plan that eventually will evict American Legion Baseball, so the rich and powerful can take over. While the minimum-wage help sleeps, the Rich & Powerful in this community never take their eyes off the prize: the public's waterfront property and traditional access. You need to remember Tuesday's vote when/if these council members seek re-election or another elected office.

A Word from Cis Kos ...

Sad to see the four headless horsemen, ride over the citizens of CdA ... Not even a child could melt their cold hearts.

Cis Kos

DFO: You know what the funniest thing about all this was? The city council kissed away guaranteed access to Sanders Beach for families with young children after beginning the meeting with Mayor Sandersless Bloem proclaiming this week as "The Week of the Young Child."

A Word from George Abelhanz ...

You were correct in that the Coeur d'Alene city council doesn't have any back bone when it comes to dealing with the Hagadone Corporation. My only surprise was that of Woody McEvers, I thought for sure that he would vote against this annexation, at least on what was presented. No real surprise on the rest of the "yes" votes.

George Abelhanz

DFO: I was disappointed most with Woody McEvers but not surprised. When I met him before the 2001 city elections, I thought Woody was an Everyman a la Ron Edinger. But he has become one of the good old boys (and girls) who goes along to get along. I told Woody before the meeting last night that I knew for sure how everyone was going to vote but him. And I wasn't very optimistic about him. If he'd voted with his heart instead of his pocketbook -- Duane Hagadone, after all, holds the lease to his Rustler's Roost building in Hayden -- Mayor Sandersless Bloem woulda been forced to cast the tie-breaker, for annexation, of course. She's the only one who emerged from this pile of manure holding a rose. That should earn her another ride on the big boat.

A Word from Deanna Goodlander:


I know that it is early and you have not had a chance to really hammer us yet, but I gotta tell ya that I am emotional, nothing phony about it. Yes I looked at the whole issue and I voted for the annexation. Why? Simple, I did not

want to take the risk of losing the opportunity to get the tax revenue and the ability to extend our sewer to the end of the Hagadone property. Council took the risk before and we lost the opportunity. We sat on a real hot seat last night and had to make the tough decisions and I am not ashamed of making my decision. The two council who voted against annexation were among those who took the risk last time and we all lost. I was not about to play politics and look like the good guy, when I believed that we would lose the project if I did. I believe that our Staff hammered out the best agreement that they could get and politics had nothing to do with it. You might want to put my letter in Blogs right after Steve Badraun's.

Councilwoman Deanna Goodlander

P.S. I really enjoy Blogs even when you are calling me names.

DFO: Deanna's the only council member who voted in favor of the annexation that I still respect today. I believe she was dead wrong in her vote. But, after a long conversation with her a few weeks back, I understand her logic. I do have to address one point in her note. Neither Ron Edinger or Al Hassell voted against the annexation 15 - 18 years ago. In a huff, Duane Hagadone pulled his original annexation request because four members of the city P&Z commission dared raise some environmental concerns, delaying his pell-mell rush to build his golf course. Afterward, he ripped the four, headed by the late David Potts, in a tacky full-page ad. It'll be interesting to see how Hagadone treats the two courageous councilmen who stood up to him this time.

A Word from Steve Badraun:

Landing on a new beachhead

The city council decision for Sanders Beach was an outrageous theft of our traditional public access to the shores of Lake Coeur d’ Alene. Like so many times before with Coeur d’ Alene mayors and city councils, power, money and personal selfish entitlement became the rule of law. Our town quality of life was thrown aside. That little sliver of Sanders beach, in a few short years, will be

given away forever. This theft will anger conservative and progressive thinkers alike for generations to come.

Maybe, just maybe, this great loss will be the seed for a landing on a new beachhead; a new political force that puts quality of life above a few pieces of silver. The dedicated opponents to this awful pattern of land theft, who devoted their civic lives to safeguarding this quality of life, have grown older and tired over years of battles. A new energy from the sons and daughters of Coeur d' Alene must come to the cause. People who can endure the public and private ridicule and threats from this dangerous Hagadone posse will gladly join. People who can live and work under their dark political shadow will walk the walk. People who believe that Coeur d’ Alene is not about fenced beaches and exclusive places will freely give their time and efforts. People will be counted when they believe that something very valuable has been stolen from their community lives forever.

Quality of life is why we make our home in Coeur d’ Alene. Quality of life is our only enduring legacy. This planted seed of a new political army will grow and become the rallying cry from all walks of life and all political persuasions. Those few feet of Sanders Beach are gone. A new beachhead must be found to storm those forces that steal our most precision possessions freely giving away our generations of heritage.

Steve Badraun

From the Peanut Gallery ...

... and Eagle Eye:

The only surprise of last nights meeting was Wolfinger. He tried to do his cool cop impersonation and he came across as a big dork. Your right, he is angling for something that Hagadone can help him with. So here is my take on the Failed Four:

Reid -- social wannabe who is looking for a ride on the yacht; Goodlander -- looking to feather her sons nest who works at the Resort; McEvers -- looking

out for his business life and scared to death of Hagadone; Wolfinger -- looking for some positive ink from the CDA Press. What was real sad was these imposters doing such a poor job of acting like they gave a rip about the people.

When you look at that 500 feet of beach , that doesnt mean anything to the success of the Hagadone Corp or this project. What it is is a power trip for Hagadone and that is the one thing he likes even more than money. To maintain any sanity towards those people (Hagadone and his drones) you have to almost feel sad for them that power and money dominate their lives. We all know that there is only one judge and when that judgement day comes those things just dont matter.

Eagle Eye

Evening Cruise on HMS Lola

Woody and Dixie,
Deanna and Ben
danced for The Cap’n
last night once again.

"Dance," said The Cap'n,
"and don’t you be shy."
And they said while twirling,
"My vote is an aye!"

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Lunch Special (4/21/04):

The Lunch Special today is ... a yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum -- you know, pirate rum. In other words, M-TV has released its Movie Award nominees, and "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" leads the list. Usually, I would ignore anything coming out of M-TV -- goodness, I quit cable years ago so my kids wouldn't watch the trash on there -- but "Pirates of the Caribbean" is one of my all-time favorites. "Nemo's" in the running for best picture, too. And, of course, Pirates and Nemo both will have to beat out "The Return of the King." You can find all the M-TV nominees here.

Best of the Northwest (4/21/04):

The sun's shining amid the dark clouds overhead, but there's still no joy in Potterville after the council sellout last night. But duty calls. So, here's your weekdaily Best of the Northwest:

1. Northwest cartoonist Milt Priggee has been productive in the last few days. You can find a coupla dandies about free speech and anti-tax activist Tim Eyman here and here.

2. Hey, I'm a sucker for political cartoons. And you are, too. So, I'm giving you another twofer. You can find the Seattle Times' Devericks here and the P-I's Horsey here

3. If you've been reading this blog for any time at all, you know that I've been ranting about the Hagadone Hospitality/Sanders Beach issue. You can find the story on the City Council's despicable vote here.

4. Richard Atkinson, that Spokane creep who killed his wife by running over her a bunch of times in front of their children, has given up the rights to her remains. That's big of him. Then, he'll have a hard time attending her funeral, what with the $1 million bond and all. Click here.

5. Columnist Dan Popkey of The Idaho Statesman sez Sen. Brad Little, R-Emmett, may have trouble defending his seat because he voted to raise taxes and against the gay-marriage amendment. Click here.

6. A confab on the Owyhee Canyonlands wilderness proposal, sponsored by the Sierra Club, drew 150 people to a Boy-C church Tuesday here.

7. Betcha didn't know that at 4:20 yesterday, April 20, pot smokers around the world lit up in a show of solidarity. The Seattle P-I looks at this long-running phenomenon here.

8. In a Seattle Times story, AG Christine Gregoire has accused gubernatorial opponent Ron Sims and others of releases damaging documents re: an independent investigation of her office. Click here.

9. Ranchers, outfitters and environmentalists gathered in Boy-C Tuesday to discuss a U.S. Fish & Wildlife plan that'd make it easier to kill wolves here.

10. Ashbal S. Green of The Oregonian reports on that Multnomah County ruling that blocked an attempts for gays to marry here.

11. Bridget Burns, ex-North Idaho College student body veep, continues to roll up achievement and honors as an upperclassman at Oregon State here.

12. In a KXLY-TV story, Cd'A pastor Al Holm discusses plans to start a suicide prevention organization in Lake City here.
--In an editorial, The Seattle Times sez the asbestos industry deserves no bailout from the U.S. Senate for the trail of tears it has left behind here.

--Columnist Robert L. Jamieson Jr. tells P-I readers that body bags are proof that we're in a war we can't win here.

--U-Dub prof G. Alan Marlatt tells Seattle Times readers society has something to learn from singer Kurt Cobain's suicide a decade ago here.

--Where would our beloved Mariners be without Raul Ibanez? Click here.

Brand X

You want to know what chutzpah is? Today's main headline in Duane Hagadone's house organ, The Coeur d'Alene Press: "Cd'A embraces Hagadone project." (This, despite near unanimous opposition from an overflow crowd and two petitions containing more than 2,200 opposing signatures) The Spokesman-Review headline? "CdA approves Hagadone annexation." And what would the headline have been in No Holds Barred? "Hagadone toadies pay back master for boat rides, leases, campaign contributions, favorable press coverage, etc" -- with this subhead: "Dixie, Deanna, Ben & Woody tell Duane: 'See, we told you we could jump that high.'"

The City on the Take

The Edge (a pseudonym for a CdA man) believes the four council members who voted for the Hagadone Hospitality annexation last night, sans Sanders Beach access, should be recalled. Here's his take on last night's charade:

Here are some thoughts I had after Tuesday's meeting on each councilperson.

Dixie Reid: She was mean-spirited and awful. "We don't get what we want." She seemed shaken and upset by the young girl who lost trust in local government. Yet she didn't restore that trust. She scoulded the audience for having the audacity to shake their head at her relationalizing. What a crankasorous-rex. That dinasour needs to go. Yikes, what did the city get in this deal exactly that she was bragging about?. She doesn't get it, never will.

Deanna Goodlander behaved just like I predicted. Phony emotion, sprinkled in with the tales of her youth and

the importance of property rights. She doesn't care about the people. She said her dad fought to save public spaces. He would be ashamed of her actions.

Ben Wolfinger: He used cop logic. I called it. He used it. He even said there were only 100 signatures on the petition and every fourth name was from out of town, which is a totally false statement. I love how cops try to take the emotion out of everything. I thought this country was based on passionate men and women fighting for what they believed in. Ben, a typical lawman, likes pretending we all live in a vaccuum and the facts are the facts. BOOK EM DANO'

Al Hassell: He said little and stood up for what is right. Good job Al.

Ron Edinger: Reacted just as I predicted, even though he cuts up the English language like a grocery store butcher, he was dead on. Keep fighting for the people, Ron.

Woody McEvers: Woody sold out. He cut his hair and took his place on the long grey line of corporate America. It's sad for a guy who wants to do good by people. But he had a little meeting with Duane, and I am sure Duane spelled it out for him. It was his business, or the beach. Woody sold his soul to the devil. He probably won't run again.

The happiest person in the room, after John Barlow and the Hagadone toadies. Sandi Bloem. She didn't have to break any ties. She even tried to rebuild the bridge afterwards with the audience in a pathetic attempt of reaching common ground, nobody was listening as they
shuffled out into the night --- DEFEATED.


DFO: I agree with The Edge's analysis, except for Wolfinger. Ben has political ambitions coming out his ears. He believes that he'll need Duane Hagadone's money and support to obtain higher office. Despite his great charade last night in pretending to consider four hours of public testimony from the start, his vote was never in doubt: sell out from the start.

Wednesday Quick Fix Six (4/21/04):

Welcome to Potterville, er, Coeur d'Alene, The City on the Take, where elected officials give lip service to children -- and then vote against them ... almost every time. Yep, the City Council caved into The Corporation last night re: Sanders Beach access. On a 4-2 vote, just like I told you weeks ago. But more about that later. Much more. It's time for you Quick Fix Six:

1. It's dealer's choice today re: political cartoons. You can choose from 7 on Daryl Cagle's remarkable 'toon site. My favorite on the list to view is No. 2 by Mike Lester of the Rome News Tribune. He-e-e-r-r-r-es your Political Cartoon Fix.

2. News Max didn't update its Late Night One-Liner site, so I'll repeat a funny one-liner from Jay Leno: "You know the Spanish word for Iraq? 'Adios.'"

3. J. Flipflop Kerry is releasing all his military records -- as he promised -- except he's withholding some of them. Sorry, Kerry, close doesn't count, except in horse shoes and hand grenades (for which, I'm told, you can win a Purple Heart). Here's your Flipflop Fix.

4. Pat Boone, the old '50s-'60s crooner, sez censorship has a place -- even in today's media. Of course, my brethren in the media would disagree. And I'd straddle the fence on this one. But Boone makes some good points. Here's your Common Sense Fix.

5. One of the most controversial films in Britain focuses on a woman who had an abortion 14 years ago and now has made a film questioning that decision: "My Foetus." What, you've never heard of it? That's not surprising. The pro-abortion mainstream media simply cannot cover the abortion story objectively. Never has. Never will. Here's your Pro-Life Fix.

6. Democrats and media Bush Haters can't understand why Dubya's polling numbers here and here are stronger after the 9-11 hearings and the new fighting in Iraq. In a few words ... It's the war on terror, stupid. Here's your Poll Fix.

--Rush Limbaugh has this take on Bob Woodward's "Plan of Attack": "Frankly, I don't understand why the president or anyone else in the administration who supports the war against Iraq would give Mr. Woodward the time of day." Click here.

--Conservative activist Matt Gills looks at the AIDS scare that's threatening the porn industry in "The Joys of Sex Roulette" here.

--Michelle Malkin writes about all the hand wringing that's going on now that spy charges have been dropped against Muslim chaplain James Yee here.

--The Family Research Council reacts to the Oregon decision blocking same-sex marriages here.

Parting Shot (4/20/04):

Well, I'm oughta here early this afternoon to prepare myself for the last stand at Sanders Beach. I'll be stunned if the City Council stands up for the majority of its constituents tonight. And ticked, big time, if it doesn't. This vote will define this council. Political careers could be made or broken tonight. Of course, council members could gamble -- justifiably -- that voters will forget a vote to sell out Sanders Beach, particularly with the next city election 18 months off. But council members should remember one thing: I don't forget. Ask the council members who ran off former City Administrator Ken Thompson and the elected officials involved in the shabby treatment of former city planner Steve Badraun. I've mention those past sins in numerous occasions in my personal columns. And I'll be reminded folks about this vote for a long time, too. See ya there.

Mailbag (4/20/04):

Tonight, I will join hundreds of thousands of mothers, fathers, children and grandchildren all over the world. We will wait to see if the people of the City of Coeur d' Alene will protect their most precious heritage of beach access to Lake Coeur d' Alene. Will they decide forever that quality of life is the most precious of their community values.

Steve Badraun
Ex-Cd'A planner

DFO: Hmm. Hundreds of thousands is a bit high. But a lot of people are interested in the City Council's action -- or inaction -- on Sanders Beach tonight. Capitulation could end political careers. And start a backlash that could shake City Hall. Then, mebbe nothing'll happen if the council turns tail. Hard to say.


Not one word in Hagadone's paper about tonight's hearing. If I only read the Coeur d'Alene Distress, I would never know about the Sanders Beach fiasco. I was hoping for some touchy feeling legal advice from columnist) Sholeh Patrick on the issue. She gave us the history of the easter bunny, why not tell us how wonderful the annexation is going to be, alas, she's probably writing her next column on meditation, or levitation, or perhaps capitulation. It's never too late to make a date to recall the Hagadone hipmates. Be there or be square.

The Edge

DFO: You're pulling my leg, right? Brand X cover the Hagadone Hospitality annexation/Sanders Beach issue properly. Ahaha.


Thank you for being just about the only conservative (as far as I can tell) on this newspaper. The S-R seems to be moving more and more to the left in every way, and it's with more and more reluctance that we write our three-month subscription checks. If they let you go.....I'm OUTTA here! My husband and I are planning to tune in to Laurie Roth's radio show...glad to hear about it. We love you and thanks again for being there!! Best wishes,

Ann Petty

DFO: Let me go? Have you heard something? Gulp!


Hi Daveo:

I can not believe that I did not tell you what a great job you did on your recent op-ed about Sanders Beach. Good for you. Now that you are on the right, I mean correct, path on that subject keep it up. Not sure it matters, however. I may have to subscribe to the Mark Russell’s theory of Rockefeller running for president. He said that if a guy owns something he should be free to run it! Good luck. Later,

Larry (Belmont)

DFO: Sanders Beach transcends politics. There's right. And there's wrong. And we all know which is which, except possibly certain City Council members.


I think the only plan that would work long-term, and would make everyone (or almost everyone) happy, is for the Sanders Beach homeowners to give up their claim to the beach area, and in turn, the city would abandon the E. Lakeshore street, and give it to the homeowners. That way, they could extend
their front lawns down to the beach...there would no longer be traffic in front of their houses, and they wouldn't have to take care of the beach area, the City would. There would be entrances to the beach, for the public, on each end of Sanders.

There is a lot more detail in the plans that were drawn up, including access
for garbage/emergency vehicles, etc.

What do you think? Having grown up in Cd'A, I've been listening to complaints for years. My plan would go a long way towards making the area a
great place to be, instead of everyone getting on everyone else's nerves all
the time. Just my 2 cents worth;


DFO: If the state Supreme Court rules that Jack Simpson's fence has to go on Sanders Beach, East Lakeshore Drive owners will be the ones hanging over the barrel. They'll continue to "own" the beach, but they can't put structures on it. And they can't really kick people off "their" beach unless they want to fight all the way to the Supreme Court to prove that the beach is theirs. No one has ever determined the high-water mark on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Anything below that mark belongs to the public. In reality, those homeowners could be squatting on public beach. Long and short? I'd stay with the status quo for now.

Lunch Special (4/20/04):

Today's Lunch Special takes a big bite out of reality. For those of us who support the war on terror -- and the war in Iraq as a smaller piece of that war --the Lunch Special today here provides a reality check. (The photo shows coffins of U.S. servicemen killed in Iraq being secured in a cargo plane at Kuwait International Airport.) U.S. lives are being lost to bring freedom to a stubborn, fearful people who don't seem to appreciate the fact. I believe the sacrifice is worth it. We're in a world war against radical Islamism that'll stretch over the next quarter century. And it's in our best interest to try to remove tyrants and stabilize the Middle East. (Then, I don't have loved ones in harm's way.) On the other hand, the photo serves as a powerful propaganda tool for those who'd like to undercut the war effort by the Bush administration. Mebbe that's why Exec Editor Mike Fancher explained the Seattle Times's decision to publish the photo here. You be the judge. (And sorry for ruining your lunch.)

Best of the Northwest (4/20/04):

As we begin the Northwest roundup, I'd like to remind Cd'A residents that tonight's the night to take a stand for Sanders Beach. Without a show of force, the City Council is going to sell out -- again -- to Duane Hagadone & Co. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Be there, or be square. Now, the roundup:

1. Cartoonist Milt Priggee begins the roundup with two good 'toons re: Dubya here and Washington tax activist Tim Eyman here. (BTW, Milt loves to hear from Spokane/Cd'A area folks, so say, Hi, for me.)

2. Under the "It's My On-Line Column And I'll Blog If I Want" category, I penned a coupla thoughts re: Sanders Beach for the S-R this morning here. And you can read my latest Huckleberries column here.

3. Jack Frazier passed along this travel feature by Annette Lucido that includes the faux line about National Geographic dubbing Lake Coeur d'Alene as one of the five most beautiful alpine lakes in the world. Didn't happen. But, as you can see by the photos my town and lake are, indeed, be-you-tiful here.

4. Don't look now, but the Boy-C's Humanitarian Bowl has gone corporate. For the near future, the 7-year-old postseason game will be called MPC Computers Bowl. The Idaho Statesman tells you all about it here.

5. You can find the latest on the terrorism conspiracy trial of Sami Omar al-Hussayen here and here.

6. U.S. Sen. Maria Can't-Well is hosed that Dubya & Co. aren't hustling to come up with animal-feed regs in dealing with the Not-So-Great Mad Cow scare here.

7. Ex-Boeing exec Darlene Druyen has pleaded guilty to conspiracy here.

8. The U-of-I is installing lights on campus to protect students here.

9. As Arbor Day nears April 30, Oregon has a distinct niche as being a repository for trees genetically tied to presidents who lived long ago. You can find the quirky story here.

10. Bert Caldwell, the S-R's superb biz columnist, sez there's a down side to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenner's push to get California under control -- for biz recruiters from Washington and other states. Click here.

--You can find the latest North Idaho College Sentinel edition here (and that controversial political cartoon about Dubya and Flipflop by clicking on the Opinion link on the site.)

--Wolf lover Suzanne Stone tells Idaho Statesman readers why she's worried about new rules that will allow more leeway in killing troublesome wolves here.

--The Seattle Times opines in favor of reining in gambling in Washington state here.

--The urge to reach out and touch someone has hit the high country -- and is bugging nature lovers in search of peace and quiet here.

--In case you think that college students party or protest when they aren't studying, think again. U-of-I students participated in the sixth annual Saturday of Service here.

Tuesday Quick Fix Six (4/20/04):

It's Tuesday, which means I'm running late because I meet with my Holy Man on this morning. (And he's also a great guy.) So, with Sanders Beach hanging in the balance this evening, let's begin the day with some Quick Fixes.

1. Cartoonist Paul Nowak looks at Dubya's recent press conference as he provides your Political Cartoon Fix.

2. Jay Leno kicks off your Late Night Fix with this: "Pretty slow weekend here in Los Angeles. It rained on Saturday, the Dodgers are out of town, and the porn industry has been totally shut down. It was like a ghost town. There’s nothing to do."

3. Seems the media has finally found their voices and are challenging the FCC's crackdown on smutty actions and language over the airwaves. Hey, someone has to defend singer Bono's right to drop the F-bomb on TV audiences, right? Wrong. Here's your Culture Wars Fix.

4. South Florida vets were rightly outraged when Mickey D's lowered their flags to memorialize the unexpected death of CEO James Catalupo. He mighta been somebody among the hamburger flippers, but he's only worm food now. In other words, save the flag-lowering for the vets who earned it. Here's your Reality Check Fix.

5. Remember all those media guys who cried about Dubya releasing all his National Guard records? It'll be interesting to see if they press J. Flipflop Kerry to release all his records. Because, for some reason, our self-proclaimed Vietnam War hero doesn't want to. Here's your Flipflop Fix.

6. Item: A St. Louis woman uses a baseball bat to kill a nude man attacking her sister. No Holds Barred: We can almost hear it now: When baseball bats are outlawed, only outlaws will have baseball bats. Here's your Good Riddance To Scum Fix.

--Wes Pruden, editor of the Washington Times and always a must read, looks at that revolution that The Governator is leading in Colly-for-nee-ah here.

--D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams is named Porker of the Month by Citizens Against Government Waste for seeking $340 million to build a new baseball stadium here.

--Phyllis Schaffly talks about the good news and bad news for stay-at-home mothers here.

--David Limbaugh sez it takes a lot of faith to be an atheist here.

Parting Shot

Enuf blogging for the day. I've had fun (although I wished I could be optimistic about tomorrow's council meeting). BTW, I noticed that the City Council vote on the Hagadone Hospitality annexation request is buried as the next-to-last item on the council agenda here. Which is a shabby old trick used, again and again, by so-called elected representatives to thin out the audience before being forced to cast an unpopular vote. In order to be looking council members Reid, Goodlander, Wolfinger, McEvers, Edinger and Hassell in the eye when they vote, the audience Tuesday night will have to sit thru three mind-numbing public hearings.

No Holds Barred is calling on council members Ron Edinger and Al Hassell to short-circuit any attempt to make the audience cool its heels all night. And call for the question after the public comment period. BTW, unless I miss my bet, the only chance the audience will have to speak to the council about the annexation matter will be during the public comment period since the hearing on the legislative matter ended March 16. So, be there early, and be prepared.

From the Peanut Gallery ...

And Kootenai County Clerk Dan English:

Hello No Holds Guy,

Well, we have engaged the 2004 Primary Election! Our election office sent out 508 absentee ballots today. By comparison, we only had about 2,300 total absentee votes in the last Presidential year primary in 2000. That included all mail-in and in-person absentee votes for the 2000 primary. We had over a 30% turnout that year which isn't bad for a Kootenai County primary, but we are sure hoping and planning for a higher turnout this year. Hopefully voters will also realize that for many of the positions on the ballot, the May 25th primary election IS the main election.

Dan English

DFO: Ya mean they're gonna vote before The Spokesman-Review tells them whom to vote for? What if they vote wrong?

A Word from An Expert:

For those keeping score at home ... no less an expert than Ken Lustig, the respected former Panhandle Health District environmental chief, sez there's no way Hagadone Hospitality can build its own sewer system to handle the, ahem, outflow of poop, etc., from $50-75 million worth of planned buildings. No stinkin' way.

(DFO: So the City Council should start acting like it's holding the trump cards, rather than HH).

In a three-page letter to CDA attorney Scott Reed, Ken concluded: "The proposal is surrounded by developed properties, mostly within the city and there are no apparent suitable acreages or soils and slopes to export effluent for disposal. ... there is no alternative worth evaluating for wastewater disposal save to connect to the municipal wastewater facility. ... On-site

(wastewater management) has the burden of fiscal costs, operational issues, failure potentials, not to mention the possibility of degrading the community quality of life by odor nuisances, possible water pollution risks and segregating the commercial venture from the urban community it is marketing."

(DFO: Do you think Duane Hagadone -- who's a freak for upscale development and sizzle is going to drop a big poop bin in the middle of his pet project? Only a clueless City Council member'd believe that.)

And one last word from Ken: "I am not aware of any possible off-site are for a treatment facility within at least five miles of the potential construction sites. ... Any off-site disposal area in the watershed of Coeur d'Alene Lake would encounter serious environmental restrictions or prohibitions."

DFO: There's way more, but I'm tired of typing. Bottom line: Hagadone needs the city. The city doesn't need Hagadone.

Q & A:

Question: What does it take to recall a councilperson and a
mayor? The people might want to know?
-- The Edge

DFO: It appears from the language of the statute here that you'd need to collect valid signatures equivalent to 20 percent of the 2002 general election vote in the city of Coeur d'Alene. In other words, it's very doable (particularly for a group that already has collected 1,200 signatures in an effort to save Sanders Beach). BTW, you might want to look at the annexation agreement before the City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday here. And you can find a somewhat dated Milt Priggee cartoon re: scuttlebutt that Hagadone Hospitality in the mid-1980s that Hagadone was going to build a greyhound park at the current site of The Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course here.

Aye, Aye, Sir -- Annexed It Is!

Oh shiver me timbers, we ain't a bright crew
but we does what The Cap'n will tell us to do;
no need to know nothing from that old Shinola:
The Cap'n thinks for us on HMS Lola.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

From the Peanut Gallery ...

... and The Edge:

The fix is in. But here is how I think the council and
Mayor will rationalize being taken by Hagadone.

Here’s what Deanna Goodlander or Dixie Reid or both
are going to say, “This is a good annexation
agreement. The benefits to the city are tremendous. We
need those tax dollars. It would be a shame to let
them go to the county. I care about Sanders Beach and
I hear the people who want to protect it. But it’s not
going anywhere. Hagadone has renewed the lease. I
wouldn’t have voted for it if he hadn’t renewed the
lease. But he did. He’s acting in good faith. You
people need to trust him.”

Here’s what Woody is going to say, “Boy this is a
tough one. When you sit up here, you get to see both
sides, it tough to know what to do. People are saying
they want to keep the beach. But it’s not our beach.
It’s his. On the other hand, people have been using
the beach for a long time, it’s their right. Well,
Duane has said he’s going to renew the lease, so I am
going to vote for it. 20 years is a long time. Times
may change in 20 years. Maybe the lease will be
renewed then. But this is what’ve got. I am going to
vote for it.

Here’s what part of what Edinger is going to say: “I
am voting no. I can’t see why he can’t give the beach
up. He’s getting our sewer, police and fire. I don’t
think it’s a fair deal. That’s why I am voting against

Hassell will vote no and say little, he knows he can't
win, so why waste his breath.

Wolfinger will vote yes and use cop logic to
rationalize his decision.

Finally, Mayor Sanderless Bloom: “This has been a
passionate issue. I understand how people feel about
Sanders Beach, I love that beach too. But this is a
fair agreement. I am glad there is a compromise. I
hope everybody can live with it. I think people will
be surprised how Duane treats it in the future...


DFO: Bingo. Nice job. I, too, see the vote 4-2 with City Council members shoveling as fast as their arms will allow. Mebbe 5-1. Al Hassell is the only one I know for sure will be against this sellout. But council members McEvers, Goodlander and Wolfinger are probably right that the public will have forgotten about this flap long before they run for re-election next year.

He-e-e-e-re's Steve:

GET OUT THERE AND CHALLENGE THEM TUESDAY NIGHT!!!!! MAKE the city council persons give you good reasons for giving away that beach forever. Don't let them off the hook. It is our city, our heritage of public access, and our right to ask for this beach to allow this massive development. If I wasn't sitting in New Jersey, I would be in the front row. If there is anything that you ever do for your community, this is the fight that you need to stand up and be counted.

Steve Badraun
Former Coeur d'Alene planner

DFO: Five exclamation points in the opening sentence. Steve means business.

Lunch Special (4/19/04):

If you like angels -- the guardian types, not the fallen ones -- I have a treat for you this lunch hour: Guy Gilchrist. I "discovered" Guy strictly by accident while I was clicking thru Internet sites, looking for conservative political cartoonists. Dunno how you can classify this fella -- other than extremely creative. Not only does he draw the Nancy comic strip, but he also writes and illustrates clever poems, doodles funny/scary pictures, and draws inspirational angels for all denominations. For inspiration and a few smiles, you can find Guy's Web site here.

Best of the Northwest (4/19/04):

I'm surprised how this "Best of the Northwest" feature has developed. At first, I thought it was going to be an afterthought. Something to fill in between the Quick Fix and the Lunch Special. Now, it's becoming my pride and joy. But 'nuff of that. Here's your roundup:

1. Seattle P-I cartoonist David Horsey'll probably get under gun afficionados skin with his take on the NRA owning radio stations. But his job is to stir things up. Click here.

2. Cartoonist Milt Priggee sees similarities between Iraq and Vietnam (even though, I believe, the differences between the two wars outnumber them). Click here.

3. If you missed it Saturday in the S-R, you can find my column on Laurie Roth, a hilarious conservative flamethrower from the Spokane area who's beginning to make her mark on national radio (KQNT-AM, 590), here.

4. A Seattle Times poll confirmed the obvious: the Pacific Northwest is still largely unchurched. But pollsters were surprised to find that one-third of us Northwesterners pray at least once a day. Click here.

5. Who sez crime doesn't pay? Tom Beauclair, director of the Idaho Department of Corrections, will pull down $105,000 next year to run the state prison system. You can find a quick look at the pay raises handed to state worker bees here.

6. If you only think of QBs when you think of WSU sports, you obviously haven't heard of one of the best athletes in the country, junior Kim Welch from Sacramento, who's tearing things up on the Coug golf course. Click here.

7. The Idaho Statesman takes a look at what will happen if a 10th-grader fails all or part of his/her Idaho Scholastic Achievement Test here.

8. If all goes right, you'll hardly notice the work that went into a $118 million makeover of Washington's Capitol building here.

9. Now that our M's finally have won a series -- taking two of three from Texas at Safeco over the weekend -- it's payback time, baybee. The Seattle Times provides an insiders view of the series with Oakland which begins tonight at 7:05 with Freddy Garcia on the mound here.

10. The U-Dub medical school is facing a $35 million civil penalty for Medicare overbilling here.

--In an editorial, The Seattle Times opines on the startling sequence of events that turned predator Edward Harvey Stokes loose here.

--Columnist Dan Popkey of The Idaho Statesman sez U.S. Sen. Larry Craig can make history by embracing Mike Crapo's Owyhee Canyonlands wilderness push here.

--Reggie Witherspoon Sr. and David Strong, African-American pastors from Seattle, argue whether gay marriage is a civil rights issue here.

--The Seattle P-I welcomes the NRA to the nation's radio airwaves here.

Bush Courageously Stays Course

I'm going to introduce you to a powerful mosaic, which I'm sure, was put together to undercut the Iraqi war effort. However, when I see this, I'm impressed with the weight that must be on President Bush's shoulders as he presses ahead to do the right thing in the Middle East. Be prepared to be blown away as you click here.

Monday Quick Fix Six (4/19/04):

The sun’s shining bright on good old Coeur d’Alene today. Which means it was absent all weekend in The City on the Take. Which means Hagadone Hospitality is getting its last ducks in a row as it continues to demand annexation and city sewer, without granting perpetual Sanders Beach access. Which means City Council members are preparing their sniveling explanations re: why they’re going to support HH. Which means situation’s normal up here in this Company Town -- all fouled up. Here’s your Morning Fix:

1. Cartoonist Chuck Asay hits the nail on the head re: the Iraqi militia fighting, ahem, on our side. The South Vietnamese army back when could show these cowards a few things. Here’s your Political Cartoon Fix.

2. I didn’t watch more than a minute or two of the entire “Apprentice” reality series. But everyone else did. So, you’ll probably understand the one-liners from late-night Friday -- even though I didn't. Here’s your Late Night Fix.

3. Someone explain to me in little words why the National Education Association is a co-sponsor of the pro-abortion march on Washington, D.C., next Sunday. Whatzamatter? The unionists – and I don’t apply this tag to pro-life teachers – can’t get legislatures to provide more money to pay for more teachers and reduce classroom sizes, so … they support abortion as a means to cut class sizes? And you wonder why the NEA repulses conservative Idahoans. Here’s your Pro-Life Fix.

4. Believe it or not, Arnold Schwartzenegger's wowing skeptical Republicans as well as Democrats on the Left Coast with his courageous first six months in office. Today? He’s signing his fourth major reform as he tries to turn California around. Here’s your Governator Fix.

5. Before Washington and other Northwestern states get too caught up in the Green energy movement, they should count the costs. In Scotland, a leading economist sez wind power costs more to produce than conventional energy sources. Here’s your Junk Science Fix.

6. How do you spell relief from the multi-billion pornography scene? H-I-V. The nation’s Porn Kings are reeling from the news that one of its major, ahem, stars has caught the HIV bug. And have shut down the industry for 60 days to figure out what to do with their “actors” (their word, not No Holds Barred’s). Here’s your What Goes Around Fix.

--Maurice P. McTigue of George Mason University sez the U.S. could learn how to roll back government by studying how New Zealand did it here.

--Fred Barnes of The Daily Standard said Louisiana Demos capitalized on the “Bubba vote” – the redneck factor they so often criticize – last year to beat one of the most impressive candidates to come Louisiana’s way in a long time, dark-skinned Bobby Jindal. Click here.

--The Union Leader of New Hampshire looks at the media’s double standard when it comes to covering gaffes made by Repubs and ignoring gaffes by Demos here.

--Top blogger Andrew Sullivan explains why the U.S./Britain coalition is winning in Iraq here.

Parting Thoughts (4/16/04):

--Dunno about you, but I think I'll walk over to North Idaho College and listen to former councilman Chris Copstead mangle the English language again as he emcees the annual Coeur d'Alene Junior Miss competition with LCHS senior Kelly McFarland. Kelly won the competition last year, with my Amy Dearest coming in second, in a field of 35 girls. Then, the two girls had fun trooping all over the Inland Northwest and Canada with CofCommodores to represent the city of Coeur d'Alene in parades and balls, etc. It's been a fun year. But college beckons.

--After watching the Junior Miss competitors work out most of this week, Amy Dearest sez the winner tonight will likely come from these four girls: Cari Anne Cranney, Lindsay Marie Pickup, Nicole Rachel Duffy and Brenn Ann Frei. (DFO: Well, Amy nailed the first runnerup, Lindsay Pickup and another of the finalists, Nicole Duffy. But the top prize went to Sadie Jean Lee of Coeur d'Alene High. Rounding out the court were Tonya Baldwin and Mary Hamilton. For those keeping score at home, that's four girls from CHS and one from LCHS in the top five. Hats off to all of 'em.)

--BTW, special thanx from this proud papa to the Coeur d'Alene Rotary Club for honoring Amy Dearest and her mother today at its noon luncheon. Amy was selected as the Rotary Club's Student of the Month at Lake City High. Yeah, yeah, I know -- she gets it from her mother.

--I had it right that spokeswoman Stefany Bales was leaving her job with the timber industry after 8 years to become the North Idaho director of a U.S. senator's office. But I had the wrong senator. It's Mike Crapo, not Larry Craig. And she'll make the switch June 1. Mea culpa.

--I hear ... the folks on Ash Street, near Sanders Beach, are going to have their own meeting this weekend -- possibly to head off a push by the East Lakeshore Drive to eliminate parking from both sides of their street. Stay tuned.

--I also hear ... that Peter Luttropp has collected 1,200 signatures from people who want the City Council to demand perpetual access to Sanders Beach as part of an agreement with Hagadone Hospitality to annex the CDA resort golf course. And every signature I've seen so far is from a local person. Wonder what impact those signatures would have if they were on a recall petition? Just asking.

--Remember to check out my full-length column tomorrow morning on Spokane talkmeister Laurie Roth -- and for heaven's sake, tune her in from 7 to 10 tonight on KQNT-AM (590). She's a hoot. Also, write in next week and let me know what you think of her.

--We'll blog again Monday. Until then, behavior yourselves.

Mailbag (4/16/04):

I agree with Laurie (Roth of The Roth Show, KQNT-AM 590, 7 to 10 p.m.) that (Andy) Rooney's head should be dipped in Cow $*%#. In Texas we refer to them as Cow Pies, so I vote for a pie in the face!

Ginny Foster

DFO: Ginny's referring to Rooney's comments that we shouldn't refer to U.S. soldiers fighting for us in Iraq and Afghanistan as heroes here.

Hi Dave:

I enjoyed the article by Jaime Pinkham regarding the Yellowstone National Park bison. It reminds me of an old saying: "When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty". Keep on bloggin'.

John Austin

DFO: John, you missed your callin' as a blogger. Thanx for the chuckle.


Dear Dave,

Atheist though I am, as I was walking through the streets of Spokane with a nice warm sun on my head, at peace with myself, and happy to be retired and to have the time to stroll around backpack on my back full of books and writing materials, the only dark cloud in me was my fight or flight reactions towards fundamentalists Christians, so, as a program I’m familiar with says, “When you’re mad at someone, the anger only eats on you, so a good thing to do is pray for them.” So I did. Thinking good thoughts for you was a pleasant feeling for me. It was about 2-3 oclock in the afternoon. Did you get the message?

Still an atheist,

(George Thomas of Spokane)

DFO: Now, that was gracious. Thanx, Geo.


Well, Dave, it looks like that will be you and your grandchild (in 10 years or less) standing with your fingers wrapped around the piece of chainlink fence (if it isn't solid) look thru and you explain how it use to be for all the people. Like I told you (in past e-mail to blog) my children and I did in R.I. ad indeed.

Cis Gors
Coeur d'Alene

DFO: Cis is referring to the pending City Council sellout on Sanders Beach. When you've been here as long as I have, you get used to such things.


A tulip blooms,
A wren has sung,
And thus it is
That spring gets sprung.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Badraun Addresses Sanders Sellout:

Once again , the people of Coeur d' Alene will lose more of their most precious heritage: public beach access. Their leaders will just give it away like so many times in the past. Duane (Hagadone) wants more water rights and we saw off the ends of new public dock. Duane wants more water rights and we let him encroach outside his boardwalk to gather more pieces of silver for his pockets. Over and over again, we just give it away.

Living under Duane's shadow can be very dangerous for elected officials. It is this army of believers who surround him that will make life difficult for anyone who dares to challenge. I hold in great admiration those public officials who stand alone against those Hagadone interests and choose the path that benefits everyone in our city.

I know (City Councilman) Woody McEvers well. He bravely has fought for ordinary working men and women in Coeur d' Alene. Now with his very livelihood and survival of his business balanced on the knife of his landlord, the pressure cannot be greater for him at any time in his life. If Woody truly believes in the welfare of the residents of our town and votes shamefully for this annexation, he will have saved his livelihood but sold his soul. What a tough choice to make for poor Woody.

Steve Badraun
Former CDA planner

Lunch Special (4/16/04):

Today's Lunch Special is ... a big mouthful of sand -- and that's all that city residents are going to get when the City Council rubber-stamps an annexation agreement with Hagadone Hospitality Tuesday night.

Yep, the on-again-off-again agreement's back on the council agenda. Without mention of Sanders Beach. Remember all those poor saps who approached the council with cap in hand a few weeks ago -- you know, Peter Luttropp and the others who politely begged the council to require Duane Hagadone to provide perpetual access to Sanders Beach as a condition of annexation? The council, of course, pretended to listen. But the agreement doesn't mention the beach, eschews $150,000 in annexation fees, and sez only that Hagadone should, ahem, "consider" the impact a planned 10-story condo at The Beachhouse site will have on the Centennial Trail. Consider? Hagadone will consider the impact for half a second and then say, tough.

I figure the council will pass this lousy annexation agreement on a 4-2 vote, with Dixie "I Never Met A Development I Didn't Like, Particularly One of Duane's" Reid, Deanna Goodlander, Ben Wolfinger and Woody McEvers voting yes. And Ron Edinger and Al Hassell voting no. McEvers could join the dissenters, throwing the matter into Mayor Sandersless Bloem's lap to break the tie. But I wouldn't count on it. Hagadone owns the building where Woody's Rustler's Roost restaurant is located. It's a month to month thing. I doubt Woody would want to be out on his ear at the end of the month.

You can read the pathetic annexation agreement for yourself here.


Best of the Northwest (4/16/04):

That was sorta fun the other day to beat the Coeur d'Alene Press with a blog item about The Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course here. Ah'm good, oh my Readers. And with that thought, here's your Northwest roundup:

1. Seattle P-I Cartoonist David Horsey does his thing re: the lazy days of August (2001) here. And since it's two-fer TGIF, Seattle Times cartoonist Eric Devericks responds with his offbeat look at Osama Has-Been Laden's latest offer here.

2. Ex-S-R cartoonist Milt Priggee's Web site recently featured a caricature of an old friend of Spokane's, ex-House Speaker Tom Foley here.

3. The Donald gave Boisean Troy McClain a pink slip on April Fool's Day. But that didn't stop Boy-C from tuning in last night to the grand finale of "The Apprentice" here.

3. No Holds Barred presents two media views of the terrorism conspiracy trial of Sami Omar al-Hussayen: S-R scribe Betsy Russell's here. And The Idaho Statesman's here.

4. City officials in Coeur d'Alene apparently have caved in to Town Jumbo Duane Hagadone on the Sanders Beach access issue here.

5. An arts-oriented charter school may open in Nampa in 2005-06 here.

6. ABC's Peter Jennings accepts the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award at WSU ceremonies Wednesday here.

7. U-of-I engineering students score big at a national waste-management education research competition here.

8. A nitwit from the Sigma Alpha Epsilom fraternity at U-of-I ruined an Easter egg hunt for parents and 40 youngsters, ages 1 to 7, by streaking here.

9. Campus Crusade for Christ caught the attention of WSU students by staging a mock battle on campus here.

10. U-Dub scientists have found evidence pointing to a possible new ice age -- and evidence supporting globaloney warming. What's going on? The Seattle P-I tells you all about it here.

--In an editorial, the U-of-I Argonaut views creative cuts to balance the school's budget as too little, too late to prevent student disaffection here.

--The Seattle Times sez school districts should make no deals with perv coaches who prey on students here.

--Joe Connelly of the Seattle P-I columnizes on that Walla Walla winery that helps competitors get started here.

--U.S. Sen. George Allen, R-VA., went to bat for U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt of Spokane in Olympia Thursday here.

TGIF Quick Fix Six (4/16/04):

It's Friday. And I'm still reeling from the news of the city's major cave-in to Hagadone Hospitality over Sanders Beach -- not that it wasn't unexpected. It'd be like Bedford Falls handing the old Bailey Savings & Loan over to Mr. Potter. Where's George Bailey when we need him? More on this later. Meanwhile, you need your Quick Fix Six:

1. Since it's Friday, I'm giving you a twofer -- Wayne Staykal and Paul Nowak -- for your Political Cartoon Fix. Click here and here.

2. Jay Leno greeted his late-night crowd this way last night: "What an ovation! Apparently you’re all getting refunds." And, of course, you know that intro means I'm about to give you your Late Night Fix.

3. Did you know that Muslim explorers arrived in North America before Columbus and intermarried with the Algonquin Indian tribe and became chiefs? No? Well, neither did the Algonquins. Who were furious that an Arab study guide made that incredible claim. Here's your Political Correctness Correction Fix.

4. The number of illegals trying to cross the border has shot thru the roof since Dubya unveiled his cuh-razy amnesty policy. What the heck was he thinking, anyway? The Washington Times provides your Dubya Reality Check Fix.

5. Pro-abortionists are beating the bushes to find warm bodies -- as opposed to the millions of dead little ones they ignore -- to swell the ranks for a planned march on Washington, D.C., April 25. Here's your Pro-Life Fix.

6. It's TGIF, and that means National Review On Line has posted an old column by misanthropic Florence King. And that means I'm reposting it because no one turns the knife better than this Southern lady. I'm hooked on her writings. Here's your Florence King Weekly Fix.

--Nobody, O My Readers, tells it like it is better than Washington Times Editor Wes Pruden. And he presents his No Holds Barred take on Dubya's press conference here.

--Conservatives have fashioned a Web site a la liberal MoveOn.org to develop commercials poking fun at J. Flipflop Kerry here.

--French journalist Alex Jordanov, who was taken hostage by Iraqi cuh-razies, tells of his experience here.

--Rich Lowry takes on the aging Baby Boomers who see every fight as another Vietnam here.

Sanders Beach Betrayal?

It looks like the city of Coeur d'Alene, predictably, has sold out to Hagadone Hospitality on the Sanders Beach issue.

An annexation agreement that was posted for a short time on the city Web site this afternoon has no mention of Sanders Beach. Zero. Zip. Nada. In other words, Her Sandiness, Dixie "My Way Or the Highway" Reid & Co. didn't have what it takes to persuade Duane Hagadone to do the right thing for the residents of Coeur d'Alene who buy his snoozepaper and support his hotel and mall during the offseason: require that Hagadone grant perpetual access to Sanders Beach as a condition of annexing his 273 acres on the east side of town, including The Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course. In fact, the annexation agreement seems to give Hagadone a way around paying some $150,000 in annexation fees. How gutless can you get?

I mentioned the annexation agreement was posted for a short period. My spies tell me that city officials encountered flak for putting the agreement on the agenda for next Tuesday because council members haven't seen it. I know that the Hagadone troops are trying to push this through the works as soon as possible. That's the way they operate. They want to minimize the controversy brewing about Sanders Beach. I wouldn't be surprised if Hagadone reps John Barlow or Janet Robnett threatened to pull the agreement unless the council considers it Tuesday. That's the way the Hagadone crew operates. Everything has to be done by its timetable. At this point, I'm not sure if the agreement is on Tuesday's agenda or not.

I only know that it was. And that I have a hard copy of it.


P.S. Make sure you tell anyone interested in Sanders Beach to check this site. I'll bring you the news about this important issue as soon as I get it.

Tax Day Lunch Special (4/15/04):

I betcher thinkin' I'm going to offer a fig leaf to you for covering as your Lunch Special today -- now that you've written out your check for taxes. Wrongo. Your Lunch Special today is a Big Mac with special sauce and all the trimmings. Why? Because 49 years ago today, Ray Kroc opened the first McDonalds restaurant franchise at Des Plaines, Ill., "setting the stage for Happy Meals, supersizing, Mc-this, Mc-that." Our waistlines have never been the same since. Old Ray may be dead. But the grease lingers on. Read all about the McAnniversary here. And enjoy.

Best of the Northwest (4/15/04):

1. Cartoonist David Horsey of the Seattle P-I provides a poignant view of our attempt to foist democracy onto Iraq here.

2. In opening arguments in Boy-C Wednesday, lawyers took turns portraying terrorism conspiracy suspect Sami Omar al-Hussayen of Moscow as nonviolent and a cunning conspirator here.

3. For the cost of postage, you can give your old Nikes a deserving sendoff here.

4. Richard Davis, prez of the Washington Research Council, appraised the Washington economic scene for Thurston County chamber types here.

5. According to colleague Bill Morlin, the Nine Mile School District is being sued for allegedly failing to take proper steps in a series of sexual assaults involving a special ed teacher. You can find the breaking story here.

6. --Guest columnist Joyce Harvey tells Seattle P-I readers how they can avoid IOUs at tax time here.

--Robert Franza, a U-Dub research prof, sez the intellectual property provided by U-Dub, WSU and other Washington institutions of higher learning will have more impact on the state than Boeing, Microsoft, etc., here.

--Portland youth pastor Marcus Dorsey sez both sides have something to learn in the gay marriage debate here.

--In an editorial, the Seattle P-I tells Washingtonians to put away their differences and embrace the new primary system here.

--Columnist Joni Balter of The Seattle Times sez tax crusader Tim Eyman's new anti-tax scheme is too great of a risk here.

Thursday Quick Fix Six (4/15/04):

I'm totally at ease today because I turned in my tax returns in February. (OK, OK, I got a refund. But I'd have -- wink, wink -- turned them in early just the same.) Tax Day's upon us (and mebbe that's why the blog was down this morning). And that means you need a Quick Fix Six:

1. Cartoonist Chuck Asay starts us off this morning with your Political Cartoon Fix.

2. A recent Jay Leno monologue began with this: “What a great crowd! I guess you didn’t have to fill your tank today.” And you know what that means. Here’s your Late Night Joke Fix.

3. Politicians are always a problem in times of war – and I’m not just speaking about opportunistic Demos, like Flipflop and Chappaquiddick, who have undermined our Iraqi efforts with their mouths. Now, Iraqi pols, who’d be cooling their heels in a torture chamber if So-Damn Insane were still in power, are interferring with our efforts to clean out the bad guys. Here’s your Iraqi War Fix.

4. It’s Tax Day. And the excuses for filing so late almost outnumber the tardy filers. Not only do I have a Tax Day Fix. But, for you unfortunates who have to pay beaucoup bucks to Uncle Sam, I have something that’ll make you smile, too. At least, a little. Here’s your Tax Day Cartoon Fix. (Keep scrolling down and enjoy.)

5. Fabrizio Quattrocchi was the brave Italian who died at the hands of the Islamic cuh-razies who abducted him, defying them to the end. Here’s your Iraqi Hero Fix. And for those keeping score at home, a tape reportedly from Osama has-bin Laden is offering to make a deal: We’ll quit fighting, if you infidels will go back home. Yeah, right. Here’s your latest Osama Rumor Fix.

6. Air America, the brainchild of Al Franken-stein, already is crashing and burning in L.A. and Chicago because it doesn’t have money to pay the bills and poor programming isn’t bringing it in. Here’s your So-Long Suckah Fix.

--Dubya thought he was reaching out to his base – the religious right – when he proposed the marriage amendment. But not even white evangelicals support that position here.

--The sound track to The Passion of the Christ has gone gold here.

--You can find out why Ah-nold’s got the Demos on the run in California here.

--Robert Novak sez Dubya's press conference reassures GOPers here.

Parting Thoughts:

With the baseball season still young -- even though the Mariners' performance to date is getting old -- I'm going to leave you with a fun poem from cartoonist Guy Gilchrist that should raise a smile here.

From the Peanut Gallery (4/14/04):

Family and holidays are great and great memories..
But on Monday morning tv, I heard a question. And being you have great answers....

When did Easter become Thanksgiving (all the different foods) and combo of Christmas (all the presents for the kids)? It was asked as the two had gone to his family and her family during the weekend.

Myself, my kids are all grown and on their own and out of state except for one. So don't run into this. In my days of kids... we just had ham and yams and salad/easter candy period. Guess it was dull for my kids.

Cis Gors

DFO: Good question. Anyone out there have an answer? Or is this a case of holiday creep?

No Holds Barred @ 300

I just blogged my 300th item on No Holds Barred and didn't realize it. So, to celebrate the feat, I dipped into my stable of political cartoonists and found one that reflects my opinion on the Kerry-Demo-Media doomsday complex. You can find a Wednesday cartoon bonus here.

Going, going ...

You probably read this morning in the S-R that (hack) the Spokane River (wheeze) is veh-we, veh-we sick (cough, cough) here. Or, at least, that's how the folks at American Rivers and the usual suspects at the Lands Council see it. But No Holds Barred is here to tell you that our river isn't the only one in trouble. Shoot, the Spokane River's hanging back at No. 6, three behind the Snake River here. You can find the rest of the top 10 list here. Dunno if Gang Green's right about this. Or if it's being alarmist. But I'm not gonna drink the water.

Lunch Special (4/14/04):

Today's Lunch Special is ... colleague Betsy Russell's blog here. Not only has Betsy become one of the state's leading journalists since leaving the Coeur d'Alene office, where she was bureau chief some time back, but she runs a dyne-oh!-mite blog and Web site. Her blog site is a complete reference library for a bunch of state stuff, linking you with names of Legislatures, various branches of government and even the Idaho Constitution and state statutes. Also, it has her latest behind-the-scene coverage of the terrorism conspiracy trial of Sami Omar al-Hussayen -- and links to her latest stories. Enjoy.

More skullduggery:

Eagle Eye, an embedded homeowner in the Sanders Beach area, provides this report from a meeting with East Lakeshore Drive homeowners, who want to make their street a one-way and close it to parking:


Reporting back on the Lakeshore parking meeting held at Mr (Jerry) Franks house. He feels that the residents of Ash Ave should "share the burden" of the beach which is why he wants the parking eliminated on Lakeshore. My thoughts are #1 They already have parking concessions i.e. only on one side of the street, no parking 10 pm - 6am. #2 They bought the property under the current parking situation- buyer beware=if you dont like the situation, you shouldnt have bought the house. It is like buying a house on Third St. and then going to the city and saying you want to change the one way st. #3 If they have a problem of police patroling or lack of it, moving parking off of Lakeshore will not solve that.

Eagle Eye

DFO: When should we tell Her Sandiness & Her Court that we know what the Sanders Beach gentry are trying to do -- before or after the City Council cries uncle and gives away the eastern end of Sanders Beach?

A Coeur d'Alene hero:

Clueless Andy Rooney sez that the U.S. shouldn't apply the name hero to American soldiers fighting in Iraq here. Obviously, he hasn't met Lance Cpl. Stephen Henry, a 2001 Lake City High grad who now has been injured twice in the fighting. And I'm not the only one who believes Rooney isn't fit to tie Lance's shoes:


Did you see the story in the Coeur d'alene Distress about the Marine, Stephen Henry? The young man spilled his blood again while fighting in the war on radical islam. I've met the young man after he was wounded the first time, and I ouldn't believe my ears when he said he couldn't wait to get back to Iraq. When he was twice shot in the left arm and a rocket propelled grenade left shranel in his skull and bac, he had blood streaming down his face. He continued to fight back, shooting his M-16 rifle with one arm. His left hand is still numb and probably won't ever be the same. Now, he has a shattered eardrum. Perhaps Andy Rooney should clip his ear hair and let some oxygen in the ole'noodle. Stephen Henry is a bona-fide hero.

The Edge

DFO: Obviously, The Edge isn't this fellow's real name. In this case, however, the info he can provide the blog outweighs my need to identify him. So, join me in welcoming The Edge.

'Dear Tax Collector'

Enclosed herewith as you can see
Are dollars that belong to me.
Use them to protect our freedom;
send them back if you don’t need ‘em.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

DFO: Meanwhile, you can find Seattle P-I cartoonist David Horsey's take on Tax Day here.

Larry's North Idaho Boy Friday:

Here's the official skinny on John Martin, U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's new North Idaho regional director (fresh from CHS grad/Craig aide Sid Smith's pen to you):

WASHINGTON, DC - Idaho Senator Larry Craig is pleased to announce that John Martin has been hired as his new North Idaho Regional Director.

"I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to work for Senator Craig and for Idaho," Martin said. "My wife and I chose to live in North Idaho because we love the community. Now I have an opportunity to work to help my fellow Idahoans by promoting Idaho and the principles of freedom, personal responsibility, integrity, and limited government that make Idaho the greatest state in the Union."

Martin is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and came to Idaho via a 24-year career in the United States Air Force, where he retired as a lieutenant colonel. During his Air Force career, he earned his Masters degree and was a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force's Air Command and Staff College. His varied assignments during his service took him throughout the United States and the world, and included working in the Legislative Affairs and Congressional Liaison offices at the Pentagon.

Following retirement from the Air Force, Martin worked in mortgage banking in Boise and Coeur d'Alene and most recently for the Idaho Department of Labor in Coeur d'Alene in the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program.

Martin is married to the former Susan Thomas, also of Baltimore, and they have two adult children and a granddaughter.

Martin is based out of Coeur d'Alene, covering the five northern counties of Idaho, and can be reached at (208) 667-6130 or by visiting him at 610 West Hubbard Street, Suite 121, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814. Michelle Panos, Staff Assistant, and Sandy Patano, State Director, also work in the Coeur d'Alene office.

Where Your Tax Dollars Go:

If you're an Inland Northwest peacenik, you might not like how much you send to Washington, D.C., each year to support our military. R & B Douglas [rdoug@adelphia.net] sent along a link they found that breaks down distribution of $3,300 in federal taxes provided by an average household in Moscow, Idaho here

Best of the Northwest (4/14/04):

1. Former S-R cartoonist Milt Priggee has a new 'toon re: outsourcing here.

2. Jury selection is over in the terrorism conspiracy trial of U-of-I grad student Sami Omar al-Hussayen here.

3. Columnist Dan Popkey of The Idaho Statesman zeroes in on a freshman representative who's in a re-election fight for his life because he supported the one-cent sales tax hike last year here.

4. Peter Jennings of ABC's "World News Tonight" will accept the Edward R. Morrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in ceremonies tonight at the WSU's Beasley Coliseum here.

5. Micron Technology CEO Steve Appleton is collecting his salary again, down Boy-C way. See if that means good times beckon for the technology giant here.

6. Treasure Valley residents were first in the nation to see how Social Security changes will affect them. And, today, the federales are planning to bring their road show to Coeur d'Alene. Click here.

7. Firefighters and police are investigating two small arson fires that took place on the WSU campus Tuesday here.

8. Sometimes shopping around at local pharmacies can save you more money than mail-ordering drugs from Canada. Click here.

9. New U-Dub prez Mark Emmert is going to earn $470,000 per year. And he'll need it -- to straighten out the sneakin', gamblin', lyin' Dawg sports department. Click here.

10. See how the Northwest may be perfectly situated to be a national leader in the clean-power revolution here.

--If you're into pain, you can find a complete wrapup of the M's loss to Anaheim last night ... as well as what's happening on their Triple-A farm club, Tacoma, here.

--The Seattle P-I accepts the ap-hollow-gy from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia here.

--Don't mean to brag, but I thought I did pretty good this morning with that editorial supporting trapshooting clubs at local high schools here.

--The Idaho Statesman sez the National Park Service isn't obligated to provide phone reception should it should stop scarring beautiful places, like Yellowstone National Park, with ugly cell phone towers here.

Wednesday Quick Fix Six:

It's an overcast morning in my neighborhood. But my family's spirits are soaring with the news that niece Sarah gave birth to a bouncing baby boy yesterday morning: Asher Arrow Gomez. That makes me a great uncle. And I'll guess we'll see about that as time goes on. Now, for you quick fix:

1. Cartoonist Wayne Skalstad checks in with your Political Cartoon Fix.

2. If you need a funny or two to get you going this morning, here's your Late Night Joke fix re: 9-11 warnings and FBI/CIA bungling.

3. Rather than rely on the mainstream media to tell you what Dubya said at his press conference yesterday re: Iraq and the war on terror, read about it yourself. WorldNetDaily provides you with the full text of his comments. Here's your Reality Check Fix.

4. Remember when J. Flipflop Kerry, the Demos and their mainstreamedia allies were beating Dubya up over the jobs deficit? Well, there's a good reason they're turning their attention to Iraq and ignoring the economy. Here's Jobs Fix.

5. Flipflop introduced his own "middle class misery index" because the old one made Dubya look too good. Here's your Flipflop Fix.

6. Stephen Schwartz explains why opponents of the Iraqi invasion were only wishful thinking when they compared the so-called "Shia rebellion" to Vietnam and even the Tet offensive. Here's your Iraqi Reality Fix.

--Joel Mowbray looks at the New York Times smear campaign against Dubya here.

--George Will explains why the first order of business in dealing with Iraqi insurgents should be the use of deadly force here.

--William F. Buckley sez it's easier to amend The Sermon on the Mount that it is to change the Constitution here.

--Jonah Goldberg of National Review On Line wonder why Slick Willie's skating free while everyone else is being blamed for 9-11 lapses here.

Sanders Beach (More Names):

And here's another 50 or so names of people who have signed a petition, trying to embolden the City Council to lock up Sanders Beach access in perpetuity as part of an annexation agreement with Hagadone Hospitality. (BTW, I have to toss out every fourth name or so because some of the scribblings on the petitions are indecipherable):

1. Terry Brinton, 2. Kim Andrews, 3. Patrick Shannon, 4. Savannah Browers, 5. James W. Powell, 6. Helen Lee Powell, 7. Robyn Scaith, 8. K. Max Giffen, 9. Dee Teren, 10. Sandy Mamola, 11. Gary Mamola, 12. Lewis Drew, 13. Jeanine Diver, 14. Susan Gamz, 15. Daphne Dennison, 16. Jen Webster, 17. Julia Bak, 18. Thomas Homan, 19. Susan Homan, 20. Marilynne Wachsmuth, 21. Nancy Palmer, 22. Darlene Fisher, 23. Joyce Kammeyer, 24. Blanche Knutson, 25. Marcus Mueller, 26. Walter Mueller, 27. Shawn McClellan, 28. Jessie Giori-Doore, 29. Vicki Lesley, 30. Patty Palmer, 31. Susan Andrews, 32. Jamee Chetwood, 33. Cindy Ingalls, 34. Jeffrey Brown, 35. David Anderson, 36. John Dunn, 37. Randy Gay, 38. Mary Rosdahl, 39. Nils Rosdahl, 40. Patty Underdown, 41. Frank Gunser, 42. Kristin Noriega, 43. Joann Finn, 44. Todd Muser, 45. Scott Barnard, 46. Doug Szafransky, 47. Laurel Branen, 48. Larry Branen, 49. Brynn Smith, and 50. Mary Bauer.

Done Good (Sandpoint Style):

I've been trying to keep up with all the awards pulled down in recent days by Sandpoint High journalism instructor Erin Daniels' piglets -- her nickname for the journalism students working on Sandpoint High's top-notch Cedar Post newspaper. Feature writer Megan Brewington and photographer Yarrow Frank scored big at the Edward R. Morrow Symposium High School Journalism Contest here. And Rael Ammon and Colleen Flanigan scored wins in two categories for the Columbia (University) Scholastic Press Association's 2004 Gold Circle Awards here. (There's quite a list, so look for the Sports Feature Writing and One-Subject Page Design categories.) Meanwhile, No Holds Barred has this for Erin and her Piglets ... SAAAAALUTE!

Done Good ...

See why Post Falls wildlife artist Stephen Clark is grinning ear to ear here.

About Those Maple Trees ...

Ex-Cd'A planner Steve Badraun reminisces about those maple trees on Northwest Boulevard, leading up to the front entrance of The Coeur d'Alene Resort:

Duane Hagadone enjoys public spaces like everyone else. Duane just needs to have those spaces on his terms.

When it came time to landscape Sherman Avenue near his almost completed hotel, there was a little problem that he made short work of quickly. Red Maples.

The Coeur d' Alene Urban Forestry Committee members were very concerned that the Red Maple trees planned for both sides of the street leading to the hotel were getting too populated in the city. Some members, who had good backgrounds in plant pathology, feared that a disease or virus attacking red maples could wipe out the urban forest in town. They sent a recommendation

that another type of tree should be planted to keep the community landscape healthy.

Duane was not going to have any of that. He summoned the Mayor and the committee members for a little chat around the huge polished deal making table appointed with glass and brass high up in Hagadone World Headquarters. There we sat that afternoon, huddled down in the soft black leather chairs facing the grey haired man himself and his finest hired guns, the who's who of the plant world within his reach.

The Duane proceeded to lay out the vision of his world wide hotel masterpiece and the majestic landscaped grounds that would rival Versailles. He invited us to share his need for these red maples beckoning the weary traveler to his gates. After this truly awe inspiring exposition, he fell silent in tribute to himself. The only young woman in the room, dwarfed by these captains of industry , broke the silence of the afterglow. Her name was Julia, and she was a young city employee staffed to the urban forestry committee.
"Well, Duane",she popped up curiously from her chair in the corner of the table, "some people like different kinds of trees." I felt the earth stop rotating and lay silent in the cosmos at that moment. Duane got that Clint Eastwood squint, cocking that one eyebrow almost off his face. The hired guns then went to work earning their pay for the next 30 minutes convincing the gathering that red maples would be a wonderful thing forever. The deal was done.

Ray Stone, the mayor, had been muttering and grumbling all the way up to the deal table that he just hated being summoned like a servant boy. The mayor posed the next problem, "the city just cannot afford to buy these maples". Duane, composed again, turned his palms inward touching the tips of his fingers , leaned back like the grand master, and nodded with magnanimous empathy, "We will be happy to pay for the maples and planting of them along Sherman Avenue. In the next plea for mercy, Stone said, "who's going to take care of these maples? The city cannot afford this." Duane took another long silent breath, "We will also take care of the maples and pay for their upkeep from our own funds." It was sundown. We all trudged the long flight of stairs away from Hagadoneland knowing somehow that the people of Coeur d' Alene had just lost a little chip of their public space. It did not seem like much. The slippery slope began that day with a few red maples.

Steve Badraun
Seaside, N.J.

DFO: Amazing what you see when Toto pulls back the curtain.

The Floating Green by Sanders Beach

Don't look now, but Golf Digest has named The Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course, just an outcropping away from Sanders Beach, as its course of the day. Click on the following link, and you'll see a photo of the floating green, which is denied most residents without the moolah to play the 18 holes at the exclusive club. The accompanying article also mentions that local legend that National Geographic once named Lake Coeur d'Alene as one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world. The lake certainly is beautiful. But I don't think the National Geographic ever said that. An old Coeur d'Alene chamber of commerce type started the rumor. You can find a pretty photo of the floating green here.

Update: Sami Omar al-Hussayen

The Associated Press covers jury selection on the Boise trial of U-of-I grad student Sami al-Hussayen in a story filed less than two hours ago here.

Lunch Special (4/13/04):

Today's Lunch Special spotlights U-of-I grad student Sami (I'm in Hot Water) al-Hussayen, who's on trial today in Boise accused of -- and I quote colleague Betsy Russell in the Boise bureau -- "providing material support to terrorism by setting up and operating Internet sites for Islamic groups that advocated jihad, or holy war, in Israel, Chechnya and other places, and by transferring large sums of money to a suspect Michigan charity. You can find Betsy's pre-trial story and related links here. And you can find a plethora (whole bunch) of stories about the trial from The Idaho Statesman here, here, here and here.

Best of the Northwest (4/13/04):

1. Cartoonist David Horsey of the P-I takes aim at Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia here.

2. Cartoonist Milt Priggee gives his view on the battle over business recruitment between Seattle and Tacoma here.

3. Extra! Extra! U.S. District Judge Edward Shea has agreed to delay the federal securities fraud trial involving River Park Square until June. It was scheduled to begin Monday. Click here.

4. Spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, an unprecedented group of ranchers and Gang Greeners have unveiled a plan that would designate 510,000 acres of canyonlands and sagebrush in Owyhee country as wilderness area. You can find the Idaho Statesman story here.

5. When it meets today, Idaho F&Gers could set the spring salmon season to begin as early as April 24 here.

6. Washington state's smoking ban has had unintended consequences, cutting into business profits and forcing layoffs. The Seattle P-I tells you all about it here.

7. Bob Condotta provides The Seattle Times coverage on penalties imposed on U-Dub for football no-nos involving gambling and illegal use of a boat here.

8. The Seattle Times provides a preview of the Mariners' first home series, with the powerful Angels, which begins at 7:05 tonight, here.

9. The Grateful Dead is coming to the Columbia Gorge July 3 here.

10. U-of-I senior Letiwe Marakurwa of Zimbabwe is one of the world's best steeplechase runners that you've never heard of. Click here.

--In an editorial, The Seattle Times tells initiative maven Tim Eyman's opponents they should "think before they sink" here.

--Guest columnist Jaime Pinkham of the Nez Perce Tribe asks P-I readers not to let the buffalo slip into extinction here.

--John Foley, an Everett high school teacher, sez that standardizing tests should be a means to an end and not the focus of education here.

--U-of-I student body prez-elect Isaac Myhrum tells the Argonaut about his plans for his term in office, beginning next fall, here.

Tuesday Quick Fix Six (4/13/04):

It's Tuesday morning, so I'm running late. The sun's shining in the City by the Lake. But rain showers are forecast for this afternoon. That should take care of the emerging dandelions until I can get to them with an Ortho product this weekend. Meanwhile, it's time for your morning fix:

1. Wayne Stayskal of Tribune Media Services launches the day with your Political Cartoon Fix.

2. And Daniel Kurtzman of the Political Humor Web site has some late-night jokes about Demo prez wannabe J. Flipflop Kerry to begin your day. Here's your morning Joke Fix.

3. Mort Kondracke of Roll Call sez that Messrs Kerry and T. Chappaquiddick Kennedy are hurting U.S. troops with their clueless claim that Iraq is Vietnam. Here's your Reality Check Fix.

4. Remember when U.S. Sen. Trent Lott was castigated for praising U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond at a party? Well, the Demos have a Lott problem, too -- in the form of U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd praising U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, a former KKKer, on his 17,000th vote. Wonder how the media will play this one? Here's your Sauce for the Goose Fix.

5. Don't look now, but director Michael Moore and other Planet Hollyweird cretins will be trying to influence your vote subtlely with movies designed to torpedo Dubya and boost Kerry, beginning this June. Here's your Planet Hollyweird Fix.

6. In St. Petersburg, Fla., the Demos have become so extreme that they're calling for the execution of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ... in an ad. Don't believe me? Here's your Left Wing Extremism Fix.

--Washington Times Editor Wes Pruden opines on dependendable friends Tony Blair and the English here.

--Mackubin Thomas Owens of the National Review On Line sez that the U.S. was winning the war ... when he left Vietnam ... here.

--CBS numbskull Andy Rooney sez the U.S. is wrong to portray soldiers fighting in Iraq as heroes here.

--J. Flipflop Kerry argued for the war with Iraq (before he changed his mind) here.

Bumpersnicker ...

... seen this morning at Lincoln Way & Ironwood on a maroon Plymouth Voyager: "I love my country, but I think we should start seeing other people."

Parting Thoughts (4/12/04):

I've been chained to the desk today, writing a full-length column for this weekend about talkmistress Laurie Roth (KGA-FM, 590, from 7 to 10 tonight). Tune in tonight and send me a note tomorrow, telling me what you think.

--Dunno how to tell the county commissioners this. But I now have two siblings and my mother living within their jurisdiction -- one in Athol (although she prefers to call it Silverwood for some reason), one by Canfield Middle School and one in Hayden. After almost 20 years in Idaho, it's nice to have family around for holidays, such as Easter, especially when it shares the same religion and politics. Shoot, we even like the same sports teams: S.F. Giants and S.F. 49ers. Our only squabbles revolve around hosting the three out-of-town siblings. My kids grew up without aunts and uncles around. That's one of my great regrets in life. On the other hand, I realize what I have now. And enjoy it all the more. I hope those of you with family in the area realize what a blessing you have.

--Oops, almost forgot to blog my recent editorials and Huckleberries column. You can find the editorials I wrote on Sanders Beach and North Idaho College here and here. And you can find today's Huckleberries column here.

--Cis Gors wonders if I experienced a senior moment this morning when I repeated the lead of my "Best of the Northwest" at 9:42 and 9:51. Usually, that's a good guess. But, in this instance, my computer illiteracy came into play more than my forgetfulness (which is legendary in itself). Now, I can't get the shadow version off the screen. Out, out, damn shadow version.

--So what do you folks think about the addition of Priggee and the other cartoonists?

Sanders Beach (4/12/04):

And to think we saw it Saturday on endangered Sanders Beach in Coeur d'Alene:

--An Indian woman drumming on the public beach in front of the Jewett House. (Mebbe she was trying to exorcise all the demons of greed who are trying to motivate private landowners to close their individual beaches to the public.)

--Two nincompoops, sitting on the Hagadone Hospitality part of the beach, who let their German shepherd run wild. And nip at a friend of mine who decided to check out the beach Saturday morning. Numbskulls like those two provide fuel for homeowners who want to shut the beach.

--A table with postcards at the 15th Street entrance to the beach, inviting visitors to send the postcards to City Hall and to participate in a rally for Sanders Beach. Some 40 or so people had signed paper plates expressing interest in a rally.

--Meanwhile, here are 50 or so more friends and neighbors who want the City Council to show backbone and insist on public access as part of an annexation agreement with Hagadone Hospitality:

Evalyn Adams, Pamela Masters, J. Allen Isaacsen, Joseph M. Mihelich, Janet Torline, Lisa Hall, Allen Wade Marcy, Muriel L. Douglas, Patricia Berger, Nancy Schilling, Windy Wilson, Geraldine Lewerenz, Michael Norris, Carol Wilson, Donna Desoer, Laura Wall, Teena Hathaway, Joan Boyd, Virginia Ellen, Nancy Spence, Evelyn Nelson, Karen C. Petit, Dianne Pratt, Judy Carlson, Kelly Knapp, Cindy Clutter, Judy Shannon, Carol Travis, Monica Donegan, Dave Donegan, Mac Cavasan, Lydia Benson, Barb Reynolds, Moira DuCoeur, Roger Snyder, Pat Behm, Margaret > Cupes, Josephine R. Webb, Justin Storm-Gipson, Michael Wytychak III, Karen Sines, Ed Euhwald, Julie Delsaso, Ida Hawkins, Joyce Bergen, Cary Miller. Gloria Klatz, Cristine Gospednodich, Judith Travis, Linda Juergensen.

Lunch Special (4/12/04):

Today's Lunch Special is ... that amazing photo of U.S. Marines praying over a fallen buddy during the Fallujah fighting. It was published in Friday's papers here. Ron Rankin, an old Marine from Kidd Island Bay, said the AP photographer deserved a Pulitzer. Who am I to argue? Continue reading for a touching rhyme about the fallen hero.

'Fallen Comrade'

We cursed the shell that made him fall,
For he was brother to us all.
And now we pray of You on high,
Please rest a soul that’s Semper Fi.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Best of the Northwest (4/12/04):

It's a bee-you-tiful day in the neighborhood ... a bee-you-tiful day in the neighborhood, tralala. The sun's shining brightly in God's country today. Which means another 3,000 people will move to Kootenai County next weekend. We're at 117,000 and growing. And that's not all good. But enuf of my lament about Paradise Found. You need your Northwest roundup.

1. For some reason, I'm in the mood for 'toons. And that means checking out Cousin Milt Priggee for a 'toon about Tim Eyman's anti-tax crusades here. (BTW, Milt sez he loves to hear from former Inland Northwest fans. So, go to his site and click on the appropriate link to e-mail him.) Also, Eric Devericks of The Seattle Times works his mojo here.

2. First Lt. Brady Van Engelen, a 24-year-old platoon leader featured prominently in Time mag's article about "The American Soldier" last year, survived a gunshot wound to the head and is expected to make a full recovery here.

3. Boisean Brandi Swindell, 27, was arrested while protesting removal of the Ten Commandments from a public park. She's also a rising star in the national and international pro-life circles. Read all about her here.

4. Les Zaitz of the Oregonian takes a look at that terrorism trial that's beginning at Moscow Tuesday here.

5. Logging is one of the most dangerous jobs in our area. I've had a friend killed and several injured logging. The industry remains just as dangerous today. But you can see how other things have changed here.

6. Advocates who lobbied the Washington Legislature to change wording re: the disabled and mentally ill were forever changed by the battle. Click here.

7. Nick Geranios of The Associated Press/Spokane warns us that the federales are going to tour the Silver Valley this week to see if they need to expand its Superfund site (in other words, destroy the tourism industry downstream). Click here.

8. WSU student body President-elect Brea Thompson and Vice President-elect Nate Kuester discuss plans for their 2004-05 term of office here.

--The Idaho Statesman sez Dept. of Energy cleanup tactics are the height of ingratitude here.

--The Argonaut opines that the University of Idaho campus doesn't deserve "hurtful language" here.

--Pastor Steve Massey of Hayden Bible Church -- and the biweekly religion columnist for The Spokesman-Review -- offers his take on Easter here.

--Jim Lynch of the Oregon (and a former S-R colleague) takes a look at philanthropy in the Northwest here.

Monday Quick Fix Six (4/12/04):

You’re in for a special treat today, friends and neighbors. Unable to sleep Friday night/Saturday morning, I was browsing through the Web and found (drum roll, puh-LEEZ) – a conservative political cartoon site. I don’t want to shock you into a heart malfunction, so I’ll dole them out to you one at a time. And try to always brighten your weekday mornings with a Political Cartoon Fix. Are you ready for this? Gentlemen (and gentle ladies), start your week:

1. Paul Nowak of Rightoons.com provides you with your first Political Cartoon Fix.

2. Last week, this joke about Condi Rice's testimony was going around the late-night circuit: “Former President Bill Clinton didn’t watch. To this day, he still gets extremely nervous whenever a woman testifies under oath” – Jay Leno. For the rest of the one-liners that night from Leno, Letterman, Conan and Kilborn, here’s your One-Liner Fix.

3. In a New York courtroom, a federal judge is demanding that abortionists speak in plain English while they’re describing the dastardly practice of partial-birth abortion. The testimony is riveting. But the pro-abortion mainstream media is looking the other way. Having babies ripped limb from limb apparently doesn’t fit the media’s worldview. That’s why you’re not reading about it. Here’s your Pro-Life Fix.

4. So, how’d Condi Rice do against the partisan Demos on the 9-11 commission? Way better than Richard Clarke and his new book. A poll taken immediately after her testimony showed Americans looked on her favorably by a 2-to-1 margin, while only 27 percent viewed Wretched Clarke favorably. Here’s your Monday Poll Fix.

5. When Britain’s Tony Blair meets with Dubya later this week, the two will renew their friendship as well as the alliance that has held firm through hell and high water. Irwin M. Stelzer of The Weekly Standard sees and modern Profile in Courage when he looks at these two men. Here’s your Good Neighbor Fix.

6. Fortunately, the U.S. Marines are winning the battle for Fallujah. Unfortunately, our side has suffered casualties. And what is the mood of the men on the ground (when you take away the Lefty media filter)? They’re doing OK. Here’s your Iraq Unfiltered Fix.

--John Fund of the Wall Street Journal takes another look at that former congressman from Tennessee – Davy Crockethere.

-- In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, ex-FBI director Louis J. Freeh sez only a nation at war can properly combat freedom. Freeh’s scheduled to speak before the 9-11 commission Tuesday. Meanwhile, here’s your Reality Check Fix.

--John Leo of the U.S. News & World report looks at the “Bible As Hate Speech” Bill and how political correctness has run amok in Canada here.

--Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair tells The Observer why we must never abandon Iraq here.

And Another Week Is in the Books:

Another week of writin' and bloggin' is in the books. My brain is mush. Shaddup! So, I'll close with some easy writin' -- another 50 names of residents who want their elected reps to fight for perpetual access to the eastern end of Sanders Beach:

Catherin Eryen, Debbie Markley, Pearl Fleck, Nancy Bufalo, Vicki Campbell, G. Campbell, John Myl, Terry Hamar, George Eryen, Tom Burke, Laura Bayless, Sarah Gray, Ethel Samson, Martin Samson, Linda Hall, Rhea Root, Sheryl Coyle, Judi Davis, Sharon Houston, Jan Whitcomb, Linda Young, Katie Harris, K. Ranee Woodall, Joseph R. Benner, Todd Jasmin, Linda Haertter, Nancy Knoll, Holly Vanden Heuvel, Candace Moore, Tom Fordham, Mary Lynn, JoAnne Fortier, Roland Craft, Shirley Sturts, Janice Severtson, Lizaya Collier, Tammi Altmaier, Esther Kevey, I.C. Kevey, S. Howell, Eric Howell, Roger Armee, Rachel Nowoj, Mark Nowoj, Michael Bright, Heidi Fisher, Deborah Corder, Vickie Mosie, Joyce Johnson, Kathleen Sayler.

DFO: Everyone of the names posted so far are Coeur d'Alene residents. Wonder if the City Council is listening?

No Holds Barred Hears ...

... That longtime forest industry spokesmeister Stephanie Bales has jumped ship to become U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's Girl Friday for North Idaho.

...That the Fort Sherman Institute has closed its doors at Riverbend Commerce Park.

...That Kris Ellis, the former state rep from CDA who lost a re-election bid narrowly two years ago to CHS instructor George Sayler, is moving to the Boise area because (drum roll, puh-LEEZ) she enjoys her life as a lobbyist.

...That East Lakeshore Drive owners in CdA are preparing to ask/demand that the City Council make their roadway a one-way and ban parking on both sides of the street. In other words, they want to make young mothers with children walk even farther to get to Sanders Beach. Bad idea. Real bad idea. Stay tuned.

...That the second coming of Lost Creek is starting through the process now. And the neighbors probably won't like it any better than the first time through.


What's in a Name?

As a service to my readers in the Coeur d'Alene area, I thought I'd begin running the names of individuals who signed petitions to keep Sanders Beach open forever (at least the ones I can read). These are the first of the 750 names turned into the City Council. I hope Dixie Reid & Co. are paying attention to the who's who on this list. Here are the first 50:

Peter Luttrop, Michele Bear, J.R. French, William Foster, Tiffany Allgood, Angelo Vitale, Andy Barrett, Liz Barrett, Sydney N. Smith, Linda Ball, Taylor Ball, Karl Kilburg, Steve Moss, Phyllis Heumir, Donald Heumir, Barbara Everson, Lindsey Schoonover, Margaret V. Luttropp, Vicki Hall, Lyn Hauer, Eydie Kendall, William Travis, J.P. Lutz, Mandy Kres, Theresa Porcarelli, Kevin Kor, David Weeks, Sally MacKenzie, Cheryl Matchett, Al Harrison, John Albee, Gloria Sneed, A.F. Sharon, Donald E. Sears, Robert G. Thomas, Earl D. Hunter (my neighbor), Gary Edwards, Mike Nally, Ginger Cota, Jennifer Arnold, William H. Harger, Bonita Douglas, Lyndon Harriman, George Sayler, Lillian Harder, Fay Harder, Tamara Degitz, Richard Piazza, Jeri DeLange and Richard R. Seward.

Lunch Special (4/9/04):

It's past noon on Good Friday. Which means the three dark hours in which we commemorate Jesus Christ's death on the cross are over. If you go back almost 2000 years, the Lamb of God has just uttered the profound words that opened eternity to the repentant thief and all believers who'd follow afterward: "It is finished." And given up his ghost. Why am I telling you this familiar story? Because today's Lunch Special focuses on the cross of Christ, the horrible scaffold that separates the sheep from the goats in eternity future. In particular, the Lunch Special focuses on Christ's Passion on the big screen. Before Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, Daniel Henninger of The Wall Street Journal, sez there was Ben Hur here. Meanwhile, Gibson's Passion has broken records with Latter Day Romans here. David Kupelian of WorldNetDaily/Whistleblower mag discusses what it means for Christians to take up their cross and follow Christ here. Finally, Gary Palmer of the Alabama Policy Institute sez he'll never be the same again after watching Gibson's Passion here.

'Easter Egg Hunts'

To find an egg
delights a kid,
but don’t forget
where all were hid.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Best of the Northwest (4/9/04):

I can't think of a better way to begin Best of the Northwest than taking you back to the future with this e-mail from Milt Priggee:

Greetings! fellow comrades and fascists of Deweyland. I may not be in God's country anymore but thanks to the Internet and the Hot Potato Master, I'm as far away as a click of your mouse. Left or right, the Inland Empire has always had the most passionate readers....my kind of Americans.

Your Priggee Good cartoonist,

1. Actually, I can think of a better way to jump-start you this morning re: Priggee. How about a cartoon that had the CDA chamber and other boosters hopping mad. If you promise not to throw a fit, you can find that infamous 'toon of North Idaho kids at Bloomsday here.

2. In years past, I've had the privilege of judging the District Mock Court competition at the Kootenai County Courthouse. And no school has impressed me more than Logos, a private Christian school in Moscow. And for good reason. Logos won its second state championship in four years from two-time defending champion Bishop Kelly of Boise. Click here.

2. After losing her seat to Daniel Eisemann, ex-Supreme Court justice Cathy Silak landed on her feet as director of the Idaho Community Foundation here.

3. The University of Idaho is going thru a financial crisis but it's still a great educational buy. If you don't believe me, believe the Princeton Review here.

4. Political Cartoonist Devericks of The Seattle Times provides his take on that phone scam story here.

5. Adding insult to injury, U.S. Judge Edward Lodge ordered a group of Boiseans to pay more than $10,000 in attorney's fees for suing to protect a Ten Commandments monument. (With judges like this, who needs atheists?) Click here. Meanwhile, the Keep the Commandments Coalition is gathering signatures for a referendum to put the commandments back in Julia Davis Park here.

6. You think Kootenai County has been hit by growth? Try Canyon County (Nampa). It was ranked 45th of the 100 fastest-growing counties in the nation here.

7. The Libertarians are going. The Libertarians are going. After fielding a record number of candidates in Idaho two years ago, state Libertarians have fallen back on hard times, largely due to their inability to get their act together. Click here.

8. The Argonaut staff interviewed retiring interim prez Gary Michael at length re: his year's stint at the University of Idaho here.

--Larry Stone of the Seattle Times marvels at the wrecking crew from Anaheim that destroyed our Mariners three nights in a row here.

--Freelancer James J. Na tells Seattle Times readers that the U.S. must teach insurgents to fear our military might here.

--Dennis Hennigan tells Idaho Statesman readers that U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, who sits on the National Rifle Association board, violated ethics rules by introducing legislation to protect gun manufacturers here.

--Columnist Joel Connelly of the Seattle P-I sez clean air is important, too, here.

TGIF Quick Fix Six (4/9/04):

It's Good Friday folks. I hope that has your thoughts turning to the Savior and the amazing sacrifice he made on behalf of mankind. And here's a quick reminder of those dark hours: "From the sixth hour (9 a.m.) until the ninth hour (noon) darkness came over all the land. (Matthew 27:45). But remember -- the Bad Guy won the first round, but ... ya can't keep a good Son of Man down. Sunday's comin'. Now, onto your Quick Fix:

1. If anyone with a clear mind believed opportunistic Richard Clarke before yesterday, s/he doesn't now -- not after Condi Rice's brilliant performance before the 9/11 commission. The Demo-Planet Hollyweird-media complex was nuts to insist that this brilliant woman be dragged before the foul-breathed 9/11 partisans. Here's your Condi Fix.

2. Don't look now, but the same-sex marriage curriculum that might be coming to a school near you soon is anything but fair and balanced. Here's your Textbook Fix.

3. If you're like me, you'd like to know why Bush Haters hate Dubya so intensely. After all, the guy knows how to keep his pants zipped in the Oval Office. And that's a major upgrade over the previous occupant. If you're up to it, FrontPageMag conducted a lengthy forum on that question. Here's your Bush Hater Fix.

4. Kimberly Schuld, who wrote, "Guide to Feminist Organizations," sez there's no vast feminist conspiracy. But feminists are dangerous because they think they speak for all women when they don't. Here's your Anti-Feminist Fix.

5. If you're the parent of a college kid, as I will be again shortly, you'd better sit down. A study of college curriculum -- or more precisely the cost of college textbooks -- reveals that your kid'll spend $900 for books next year. And most of those books are hard to justify. Here's your College Cost Fix.

6. When Jimmy Carter was in the White House, I thought he was a decent man who was in over his head, particularly during the Iran hostage crisis. Later, I thought he was a very good ex-president, when he was pounding nails for Habitat for Humanity. Now, I think he's a nut case whose brains have been hijacked by the Bush Haters. Although he's a Baptist and teaches Sunday School, he definitely doesn't hold the views of Evangelicals on a variety of religious issues. Here's your Clueless Jimmy Fix.

--Oliver North talks about the Marines and Fallujah and bilious T. Chappaquiddick Kennedy here.

--Chuck Colson sez mullah's are encouraging their followers to see The Passion of the Christ for the wrong reasons and that encouragement might backfire here.

--Rich Lowry opines on the silly war against Wal-Mart here.

--Florence King, one of my all-time fave columnists, rhapsodizes on her love for the U.S. Postal Service here.

I'm Bugged

A few days ago, Amy Sweetheart, my darlin' daughter, informed me that the U.S. should never have gotten involved in Vietnam. Because it was a civil war. And we chose to follow a corrupt dictator on the wrong side. Blah, blah, blah. You know, the usual version provided by the Anti-War Left who wrote the history of the Vietnam War.

At one time, I believed it, too -- during the '60s and my days as a confused campus activist. Today, I believe that war was winnable. And media folks, like Walter Cronkite, campus radicals, congressional hawks-turned-doves and The Left snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. In casting the Tet Offensive of early 1968 as a huge Viet Cong victory, which it wasn't, the American media began a pattern of disingenuous reporting and of undercutting our military effort. Which exists to this day.

What do I fear most about the war on terrorism/Iraqi war? I fear the Demo-Planet Hollyweird-media complex will succeed again in pulling defeat from the jaws of victory. And our children and grandchildren will pay the consequences in a world given over to terrorism. As a reminder of how badly the media mischaracterized the fighting in Vietnam, I'm providing a link to UPI Editor at Large Arnaud de Borchgrave's must-read analysis of the Tet offensive here.

'Bombing the Truth'

They tell the troops it's for 9-11
that their comrades had to go to heaven.
What, you say? No terror link
Wonder what their families think.

S-R Associate Editor Gary Crooks
The Bard of Riverside.

DFO: Gary's responding to a poem earlier today by The Bard of Sherman Avenue here.

From the Peanut Gallery ...

... and J.R. Sloan of Spokane re: the Spokane Transit System:


I've been following the Spokane Rapid Transit mini-crisis for some time, and wondered why the City hasn't catalogued some of the solutions that work for other cities with the same problems? Specifically, what about some ways to privatize the service in ways that respond to the bulk of the transit need?

Seems to me that a licensed minivan category of business could be established by the Transit Authority. Basically, a private company (of as few as one vehicle) should be able to propose and apply for an assigned transportation route. The firm would propose a contract for a minimum of transportation seats, agreeing to provide the transportation at specified

times, along a specified route (for example, Division Avenue between X and Y Streets every 30 minutes 6 days a week). In return, the Transit Authority would require a fee (a percentage, or a fixed fee) from the contractor in return for either a sole or limited access right to the route. Minimum qualifications regarding driver qualification, vehicle capacity and quality (inspections, max age, etc) would be met by the contractor under this system. Revenues would include licenses, inspection fees, insurance taxes, and the incidental taxes on vehicle maintenance, sales taxes paid by employees and so on.

This arrangement promotes relatively low-investment businesses that could provide reasonable employment for Spokane citizens. It permits STA to gain revenues with almost no variable or fixed costs for routes that would be (relatively) easy to supervise. It permits STA to use those budgeted tax monies (it continues to receive) toward the hi-cost essential areas it now serves (special needs, non revenue services). The proposal obviously helps the chronic unemployment problems in Spokane County.

This type of system is known by a number of names in the various countries where it is in commonplace. I ran into it in Europe and in the largest cities in Turkey. It was dismissed out of hand in the only partial analysis of the transit issues the Spokesman-Review has presented. The S-R called it a "jitney" system, noting that something similar had been used in Spokane for about a decade, but was replaced with another, centralized system because of "immoral activities".

We categorize businesses by the things they use most of their time and resources to accomplish. If we described STA in those terms, its business is "providing empty transit seats" for customers who don't use the system. Seems immoral to me to try to increase taxes and fares when a workable, less costly alternative exists in many cities that could provide the needed transport AND help solve unemployment problems.

Who loses? Well, not the surviving STA employees, who could continue with the STA's existing revenue stream from taxes. So too, their union retains their membership in STA's remaining vehicles. Not the STA, who would continue the vital services they now perform, and would assure (through the new system) the day-to-day support of "ordinary" passengers. Looks like everyone would gain.

J.R. Sloan
Lt Col, USAF (Retired)

DFO: Interesting. Any comments from the rest of the Peanut Gallery?

From the Peanut Gallery ...

... and Leonard Johnson of Moscow re: gas prices:

In re providing context, can anyone provide data comparing today's gasoline prices with what we paid during the price peak in the mid-70s, in terms of constant value dollars (i.e., adjusted for the currency devaluing effect of inflation)? My gut feeling is that today's prices are not much if any higher, in constant value dollars and cents.

And why does the press not, on its own volition driven by the natural curiousity of reporters, publish such a comparison?

Leonard C. Johnson

DFO: Leonard's right, I believe. We had a discussion about this a week or so ago on the Editorial Board. And I believe this was the gist of the conversation. If I'd paid more attention and hadn't been doodling, I probably could tell you for sure.

From the Peanut Gallery ...

... and Milt Nelson of Rathdrum re: Kootenai County planner Randy Wichman's recent e-mail here:

As one of the officers (Treasurer) of the Save Lost Creek Committee (circa 2002-2003) - We had to spend quite alot of time (not to mention many $$ = attorney fees,etc.) to stop the 'Lost Creek Monster'.

I. F. I. had wanted to build 184 Homes on the 250-acre plot they own up here on the hill at the south edge of Hidden Valley - just west of Rathdrum and across the road from my 5-acre plot. Lost Creek is a major re-charge to the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer and we just couldn't stomach having this URBAN SPRAWL put ON TOP of Lost Creek!

(keep reading)

One of the 'juicier' features was a Open-Face sewer settling pond which was slated to hold 10-Million gals of the smelly-stuff in addition to it being located within 500' of TWO domestic wells! The proposed amount of vehicular traffic alone should have brought this thing to an end, but they (I.F.I.)also wanted to 'cluster' the 184 homes rather than spreading them out over the entire plot. We could just imagine what a bunch of strictly city-type homes in this RURAL setting would do to the quality of life here, but can't you just imagine what the effect of all those house draining their waste water from lawns (w/ fertilizer.etc.) and washing cars,etc. would have done to the Aquifier?

The Planning Committee did give it an OK, but in final review before the Comissioners it was soundly defeated - with good reason! I am a refugee from 'Left Angeles' and know what improper development can do! I hope The Kootenai Country Planners keep this in mind.

Milt Nelson

'Bombing the Mosque'

It is bad manners, some might say,
To flat out blow a mosque away.
Perhaps their point of view would change
Were they the grunts in rifle range.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Lunch Special (4/8/04):

As promised, we're gonna feast on Milt Priggee a la carte today. Milt, as most of you know, was my political 'toon buddy on The Spokesman-Review from February 1987 until Y2K when he landed a journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan. His doodles made red-meat conservatives in the Inland Northwest cuh-razy. I recall the shouting match I had with him before a startled Editorial Board over a cartoon in which he portrayed discrimination by putting a gay on the cross. Then, there was the time he ticked off CDA chamber types by drawing a group of North Idaho kids preparing to run at Bloomsday -- in KKK hoods. Milt's a bomb thrower. And he's a Lefty. But he's our bomb thrower. And he's our Lefty. And I'm happy to reintroduce you to him today. Here's your Lunch Special: Milt Priggee.

Best of the Northwest (4/8/04):

I'm going to reintroduce you to Milt Priggee, former Spokesman-Review newsroom buddy and cartoonist extraordinaire, as my Lunch Special today. 'Til then, I'll whet your appetite with a little preview.

1. Cousin Milt takes on Washington anti-tax activist Tim Eyman here. Meanwhile, political cartoonist David Horsey of the Seattle P-I gives his take on Condi Rice's testimony today here.

2. Rocky Barker of The Idaho Statesman explains why the difference between hatchery salmon and wild salmon is important as the Bush administration considers listing the fish as endangered here.

3. Boise State football coach Don Hawkins has found a jewel in his new receivers coach from UC-Davis here.

4. Ex-Gonzaga hoopster Richie Frahm, rebounding from an injury, scored 7 points in 24 minutes as Seattle fell to San Antonio yesterday here.

5. The Seattle P-I reports on the move to close the Veterans Hospital in Walla Walla here.

6. U-Dub grad Young Jin Chun is an American thru and thru, but that didn't protect him from the draft -- the South Korean draft. Read all about it here.

7. Starbucks has tapped a Portland P.R. firm to help with its image here.

8. The Twin Falls Times-News remembers a fallen Idaho hero here.

--The Idaho Statesman sez the federal government can't try to recover salmon on the cheap here.

--Collin Levey of The Seattle Times sez the Bush/Nixon equation doesn't add up here.

--Army Staff Reserve Sgt. Jeff Day of Aurora, Ore., knows that the average Iraqi doesn't want us to leave until we teach them freedom. How does he know? He was an Army interrogator charged with finding the Bad Guys. And he told the Portland Oregonian that he found a lot of good guys along the way here.

--In an editorial, The Olympian applauded Robert Kavanaugh of Lacey, Wash., an animal lover who proved the old adage that one involved citizen can change our laws. Click here.

Thursday Quick Fix Six (4/8/04):

Smile, pal, this is the first day in the rest of your life. And it's opening in this Lake City with dark clouds overhead and cool. Meanwhile, Condi's advancing on the 9-11 Commission and all the Bush Haters in Washington, D.C., while our troops are kicking tail in Fallejuh and hoping that the mainstream media don't force them to cut and run -- as Uncle Walter Conkrite and comrades did in Vietnam -- until they get the job done. And let the Quick Fix begin:

1. Condi Rice's defending Dubya and his policies before the 9-11 commission even as we speak. Here's your Condi Rice Fix.

2. The Boston Globe reported on fighting in Fallujah, Ramadi and Baghdad an hour ago here. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. John McCain alienated his Leftist buddies on the other side of the aisle -- particularly T. Chappaquiddick Kennedy -- yesterday by explaining why Iraq isn't like Vietnam. Here's your Iraq Reality Check Fix.

3. The Boston Globe marks the 10th anniversary of the genocide that took place in Rwanda while Slick Willie slept around here. (Wonder when they're going to get around to staging a 9/11-type commission about that?) Meanwhile, Jay Bryant of The Optimate tells you what it all means. Here's your Genocide Fix.

4. J. Flipflop Kerry, who thinks terrorist Al-Sadr is a legitimate voice here, will go on whining about "jobless recovery" as long as someone'll listen -- despite facts that show we're gaining jobs and we're headed in the right direction. If you don't believe me, believe the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, which has just published a report the sez things are looking up. Here's your Economy Fix.

5. Yeah, yeah, I've been a little testy today re: Condi, war and The Left. I need to lighten up and provide conservative Chuck Asay for your Political Cartoon Fix.

6. Father Raymond J. de Souza of Queens University in Ontario takes a look at Mel Gibson's portrayal of Pontius Pilate in his blockbuster The Passion of the Christ. Hey, it's holy week. And you need your Passion Fix.

--Tunku Varadarajan of The Wall Street Journal explains why radical Islamacists can cheer while they desecrate the bodies of fallen enemies and still believe they're falling the tenets of their faith here.

--Armstrong Williams wonders why no one mentions Robert Byrd's ties to the Ku Klux Klan whenever the Demo from West Virginia pops off here.

--Religion coverage in the mainstream media has almost doubled from 10 years ago, but it's still routinely negative. Click here.

--Emmett Tyrrell of The American Spectator speaks of Kerry and Kennedy here.

From the Peanut Gallery: Viewtiful CDA


I of course was curious to see Coeur d'Alene listed as No. 5 on the most recent "good place to live" list. I have to pause and wonder about the comment in the article about growth and crowding having an impact. If such impacts are noticeable to outsiders now, I don't know how "up and coming" we will be. Communities rarely stay on such lists for long.

I'm not sure if communities ever really catch up once they start falling behind the growth curve... until it is too late to protect the things that brought us here in the first place.

For what it's worth, we're trying as hard as we know how, but you have to wonder if it will be enough.

Rand Wichman
Kootenai County planning director

DFO: I had the same reaction as Rand when I read the small print re: Coeur d'Alene making the Top 5 in the "emerging list." Are we going to fritter it all away? Or have we learned lessons by watching other viewtiful areas by trashed by, ahem, progress? (BTW, why hasn't anyone mentioned that Idaho Falls is No. 10 on the same list? Inquiring minds want to know.)

From the Peanut Gallery: Sanders Beach

Good work, on the Saturday story.

For some reason, your work and perhaps other parts of the paper do not appear until mid morning on the website. They must be placed in groups and added as the morning goes by. I can usually get the paper starting around 6 or 7 am EST.

Your article, Dave, put a face on that beach. Everyone could relate to the walk and the thinking about the houses and people who bordered the beach. It is the one elemant that is missing: the ordinary citizen and his or her actual relationship to the beach, especially since the town and residents are changing so much in Coeur d' Alene. I guess that it why it is so important to have elected leaders who have deep history in our town. They know the value of beaches like Sanders. Darned politics just get the whole thing all fouled up. I believe that every one of them would fight to keep that beach if it was not for those political pressures of a very powerful and ruthless person.

Good work

Steve Badraun
Ex-CDA planner

From the Peanut Gallery: Milt Priggee

I just checked out your blog for the second time. Right after it was announced in the paper that you would have a blog I went to it, but I wasn't excited by it because it was new and the material was sparse. I like what I saw tonight and will check in regularly.

Nancy and I don't mind that Milt Priggee is a lefty. We even have friends that are lefties. On some issues we fit that category. Milt was great because he poked a lot of pins into a lot of people's balloons. One of our favorite cartoonists was Conrad from the LA Times. His wit was razor sharp and almost always on the left or far left. He did a fantastic cartoon of Gov. Jerry Brown when California was having trouble with the Mediterranean fruit flies and they were spraying with some chemical (malathione?). The title of the cartoon which showed Jerry surrounded by flies was "Lord of the Flies."

Incidentally Brown comes across now days as a lefty who has had practical sense knocked into his brain. A few years ago he was featured on "60 Minutes". His concerns about Oakland and how to solve problems sounded good to me.

Ed Parker, Jr.

DFO: As soon as Milt gets back to cartooning -- he hasn't had anything new since 3/29 -- I'll publish his links. I'll probably reintroduce him as a Lunch Special.

From the Peanut Gallery: 'Curmudgeon'


Your columnar website includes this bio-item..'Dave Oliveria's blog, like his columns, will provide an irreverent view of life and politics from the perspective of a conservative curmudgeon.'

Have you ever seen/read "The Portable Curmudgeon" by Jon Winokur (Plume - 1992) ? It contains some devastating (and very entertaining) quotes from outstanding curmudgeons such as: W. C. Fields, Groucho Marx, Oscar Levant, Quentin Crisp, etc. and is a very entertaining read. If you can't get a copy - let me know and I'll lend you mine.

Milt Nelson
Rathdrum, ID

DFO: Milt, thanx for the offer, but I have a copy, sitting on my desk as I write this. And here's a sample of "The Portable Curmudgeon" from A.J. Liebling: "Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one."

From the Peanut Gallery: Mariners

Ya don't need no stinkin' sports analysts to tell ya what happened to our beloved Mariners on Opening Day -- not when you have No Holds Barred and Larry Snyder of Odessa, WA:


First Impressions of the 2004 Mariners

1. The M's aren't as good defensively as they were last year, which will be a problem later in the season. One name, two botches -- Rich Aurelia.

2. The Angels are going to be very hard to beat. They've seriously upgraded.

3. Safeco Field is still hard to play during the day.

4. How can batting helmets look filthy already?

5. M's bullpen? What did Donald Rumsfeld say about "unknown unknowns"?

6. It's great to hear the crack of the bat and the pop of the ball in the glove again!

7. Tuesday's opener was the way baseball is supposed to be played -- on real grass during the day.

Take heart, M's fans! There are 161 games left.

Larry Snyder
Odessa, WA

DFO: The key to following Major League Baseball is to have another team you like in the other league. For example, I'm also an S.F. Giants fan. As the M's were getting whomped yesterday, the Giants were beating Houston for a second straight day. As long as one of your teams win on a given day, you can smile and carry on. (BTW, Larry, I'd urge you not to give up on ex-Giant Rich Aurilia. He doesn't have much range but his stick will make a difference in the lineup.)


A tulip blooms,
A wren has sung,
And thus it is
That spring gets sprung.

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Lunch Special (4/7/04):

I hope you have a taste for pork because today's Lunch Special features slabs and slabs of bacon, ham and hammocks -- gummint pork. You know, the kind of white meat that every politician promises to eliminate if you'd just vote for him or her. At least, s/he sez that when the cameras are rolling. Once the cameras are turned off, however, the pols belly up to the feeding trough. Why am I telling you all this? Today, Citizens Against Government Waste issued its 2004 Pig Book, containing detailed reports that explain why we have a $521 billion deficit and a $7.1 trillion national debt. Alaska leads the way with the most pork per capita, $808.13 for every man, woman, child, dog, cat and caribou, with New Jersey bringing up the rear with only $11.70 per capita. In between, Idaho ranked 14th -- down from 6th last year -- at $57.04 and Washington was 22nd -- down from 12th -- at $40.93. The national average was $31.17. But don't believe me. You can check out today's Lunch Special here. And, as they'd say at The Coeur d'Alene Resort -- enjoy.

Best of the Northwest (4/7/04):

1. Columnist Dan Popkey of The Idaho Statesman begins our Best of the Northwest roundup today by looking at the courageous trio who represent Spud Staters on the Idaho Public Utilities Commission here.

2. You don't have to be a military wife to worry about a loved one in harm's way in Iraq. The Idaho Statesman tracked down the wife of a civilian contractor here.

3. A Boy-C State seminar provided some tips on how to sell your products to our finicky neighbors in the Great White North here.

4. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge ran into a tough Seattle University crowd yesterday here. And the Seattle Times opined about his visit here.

5. If you've ever responded to a telemarketer sales pitch, you may be one of 700 Washingtonians on scammers' sucker list. AARP Washington and the state attorney general's office have teamed up to turn the tables on the scammers here.

6. Republican Gino Rossi gubernatorial campaign now has more ca$h than Demo Christine Gregoire, whose money-making machine has been shut down for awhile. Read all about it here.

7. The P-I reports the Western Washington real estate market is still white-hot here.

8. Ex-Gang Greener Ralph Nader got off to a rough start in his prez campaign when he failed to qualify for the ballot in Oregon here.

--Joel Connelly of the Seattle Post-Intelligenser wonders what Jesus would think of all the commercial hubbub surrounding this Lenten season. And so would I. Click here.

--Washington guv wannabe Ron Sims visited WSU Demos Tuesday here.

--In an editorial, The Tri-Cities Herald blasts anti-tax activist Tim Eyman for taking $3,100 per week to push his latest petition here.

--And let's close this roundup with an Idaho Press-Tribune photo of viewtiful Miss Idaho, Kimberly Weible of Eagle, who's preparing to compete in the Miss USA contest in Los Angeles April 12 here.

Hump Day Quick Fix Six (4/7/04):

We've reached midweek in one piece, and the sun is shining above Lake Coeur d'Alene in the City on the Lake. Before you get your picks and shovels, it's time for the morning Quick Fix Six:

1. There's two ways to report the fighting in Iraq -- always focus on U.S. casualties and wring your hands like the mainstream media does. Or to focus on the whole picture. I prefer the latter. WorldNetDaily provides an excellent perspective on the fighting: 1. So-Damn Insane has been moved here; 2. Polish troops have killed a really Bad Guy here; 3. U.S. troops killed 40 Bad Guys hiding in a mosque here; and 4. And a U.S. (No More Mr. Nice Guy) general sez he's going to wipe out the Bad Guy militia here.

2. After the depressing news about losses in Iraq yesterday, we need a boost about the situation over there. And Joe LaRoche (no made-up guy) of the U.S. Army 16th Combat Engineering Battalion provides one in a letter. Here's your Other-Side-Of-The-Story Iraq Fix.

3. Yo, Doubting Thomas, you don't believe Dubya's tax cuts have had a significant impact on your wallet? Think again. We're about to celebrate Tax Freedom Day -- the day when you've earned enough to pay all your taxes -- on Sunday, April 11, the earliest in 37 years. Here's your Tax Freedom Fix.

4. If you're a Spokesman-Review reader, you probably read yesterday that Jim Caviezel, who plays Jesus in Mel Gibson's blockbuster, The Passion of the Christ, is coming to Spokane for charity benefit next Tuesday. The Passion is now nearing the $500 million mark and heading for Italy for viewing by modern-day Romans. Here's your Passion Fix.

5. The early American Christians knew what Jesus would do re: gun control. He woulda packed heat. FrontPageMag provides your Right to Bear Arms Fix.

6. Chuck Asay of The Colorado Spring Gazette is one of the few conservative political cartoonist out there. I thought of him today because I thought you needed a Political Cartoon Fix.

--Michelle Malkin looks at college-age Tawana Brawley, aka Maryann Mohammed, who proved to us that the end always justifies the manufactured means here.

--William Safire of the New York Times opines on the two-front Iraqi insurgency here.

--Kathleen Parker of The Orlando Sentinel discusses Condi Rice here.

--Columnist Jay Bryant can't believe aging playboy Teddy Kennedy's shooting his mouth off about Vietnam here.

Parting Thoughts (4/6/04):

Q: In NHB you printed the names of people running for precinct committee positions for the Republican and Democrats but did you notice that in #33 Jody Hissong is running as a Dem and her husband Skip is running as a Repub? At least I presume they're married as they have the same address on Black Forest -- Almesa14@aol.com

DFO: Indeed, Skip and Jody are married, for a decade or more. Jody's a died-in-the-wool D who works as a chief deputy coroner and Skip is/was part of the Post Falls Repub power structure. They're not exactly Mary Matalin and James Carville. But they are proof that love sometimes trumps politics.

--I hope you noticed the new and improved Northwest roundup. My goal is to provide a one-shop stop in the morning for the best Northwest news and opinion in the Inland Northwest. Also, the Lunch Special is now going to zero in on one person, or web site, or issue -- rather than be a repeat of the Quick Fix.

--BTW, Laurie Roth, the nationally syndicated talkmistress on KQNT-AM radio, sent this note this afternoon after she was featured in today's Lunch Special: Aren't you a doll for plugging my show. Thank you SO much!!! Yes, I was born and raised the Northwest and live up in Elk with my Hubby and foster/adopt daughter, and of course a goggle dogs.....and of course ample amounts of leg stubble. We love doing a national show from here. Thanks again!!! -- Warmly, Laurie

--Chip Roos, the former Bonner County sheriff enjoying the clams on the Washington coast, sent along a link and this message: If you haven't seen this Dave, today is your lucky day. He's right. Click here.

--The Insta-poll on KXLY's Web site a few minutes ago showed these results in the prez race: Dubya 60%, Flipflop 30%, Nader 2.5% and Undecided 6.5% This definitely is Flyover Country.

--My wife took my mother to see The Passion of the Christ at a Coeur d'Alene theater and (drum roll, puh-LEEZ) they gave it two thumbs up. Afterward, my wife said: I'll never view Communion the same again.

--Finally, Henry Johnston, my favorite UI blogger, read the Kerry poem by My Sweet Little 18 and proclaimed: Aha, she's The Bard of Sherman Avenue. But, like so many others, he was wrong.


--If you haven't seen this Dave, today is your lucky day. Regards, Chip

An Ode to Kerry:

Set to the rhyme of "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary":

Kerry, Kerry, your background's scary;
How will your campaign go?
You've got a war protest scandal
That America won't handle;
I predict that your approval
Ratings will be low.

A.J. Oliveria

DFO: That's right ... my little girl -- actually, she's 18 -- makes her literary debut in No Holds Barred. Yeah, she's a chip off the old block. And Daddy couldn't be prouder.

Lunch Special (4/6/04):

Last night, I went for a three-mile walk with my headset tuned to The Laurie Roth Show. Self-dubbed "the Annie Oakley of the Radio," Roth is a femme version of conservative talkmeister Michael Savage (except she doesn't make you so cuh-razy with that "red-diaper doper baby" prattle). But she's way funnier. During a stretch, from Harrison to Locust streets on Fourth, I was cracking up with her take on women shaving their legs. At another stretch, she talked to Joe from Spokane and Bill from Athol. When she didn't laugh at Bill's mention of Athol, I figured she must be one of us Northwesterners. Later, she mentioned Walla Walla and motorcycling thru Idaho. When I got back to the house, I looked her up on the Internet. And was pleasantly surprised to discover she's a preacher's daughter with a doctorate in counseling, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Do yourself a favor and tune into her show from 8 to 11 tonight on KQNT-AM (590). Or check Laurie -- Today's Lunch Special -- out on her Web site here.

Best of the Northwest (4/6/04):

Ya want a roundup of all the big things happenin' in the Northwest? I'll give ya a roundup of all the things happenin' in the Northwest, beginning with the big story in Spokane that happened after the early editions went to press:

1. The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to allow the sale of $39 million worth of bonds to help resolve the River Park Square parking garage crisis. Click here.

2. Frances Page, 104, of Edmonds is primed and ready for the first pitch this afternoon (2:05 p.m.) as her favorite Seattle Mariners take on the Anaheim Angels. Read all about it here.

3. You read that our viewtiful city of Coeur d'Alene was listed as No. 5 on the list of up & coming towns in the United States. Now, thanks to the magic of the Internet and the blogosphere, you can read the original story from USA Today here.

4. As far as Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne is concerned, Sandra St. James is one of Idaho's "brightest stars." Sandra? She runs the lending library at the senior center in Worley (south of Coeur d'Alene). The Idaho Statesman tells ya all about this bright star here.

5. That new state ban on smoking in public places is gonna hit North Idahoans hardest of all. Why? One out of four of us smoke -- the highest figure in the state. The Associated Press tells you all about it here.

6. In Clackamas, Ore., Evangelist James Dobson of Focus on the Family rallied 2,000 pastors and church leaders to fight against gay marriage. Click here.

--Kate Riley of The Seattle Times sez Washington Gov. Gary Locke let Independent voters like her down here.

--In an editorial, The Argonaut student newspaper at the U-of-I sez that a $332,600 increase in the athletics budget is obscene in view of cuts everywhere else in the institution. Read the Argonaut's well-conceived argument here.

--New UI prez Timothy White speaks to the Argonaut staff about his priorities here.

--The WSU Muslim Student Association is celebrating Islamic Awareness Week at the Pullman campus this week. The Daily Evergreen tells you all about it here.

Tuesday Quick Fix Six (4/6/04):

It's Tuesday. I'm running late. But it's time for your Quick Fix Six (btw, you should be able to send friends and family a link to individual items in my blog by clicking on the time element in the lower righthand corner and then cutting and pasting the address to your e-mail. Try it and let me know if it works):

1. Lee Kaplan of FrontPageMag sez our gummint has done a good job at shutting down funding sources in this country for Islamic extremists -- for the most part. But it has ignored the growing influence of the Bad Guys in our institutions of higher learning. Here's your Fifth Column Fix.

2. Contrary to what the Bush Haters will tell ya, the war in Iraq has advanced the battle against Has-Bin Ladenism. Reuel Marc Gerecht of The Weekly Standard provides your War on Terror Fix.

3. We haven't found the real WMDs -- yet -- but we have found the evidence that So-Damn Insane was a WMD: mass graves containing an estimated 400,000 bodies. Remind the Bush Haters about the mass graves next time they whine about the civilian casualties in the Iraqi War. Terry Eastland of The Daily Standard provides your Reality Check Fix.

4. The S.F. Giants, my fave baseball team (relax, I like the Mariners, too), got off to a good start Monday, beating Houston with the aid of a three-run homer by Barry Bonds, who's now fourth on the all-time HR list, one behind Willie Mays. And, speaking of Bonds, it's spring a time for our Baseball Steroid Fix.

5. Contrary to popular belief among The Left, Bruce Bartlett of the National Center for Policy Analysis sez taxes on the rich have been going up steadily, and the Bush tax cuts only slowed that momentum. Here's your Tax Cut Fix.

6. Phyllis Schafly of The Phyllis Schafly Report sez the atheists have had their day in court trying to Ctl-Alt-Delete "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance -- and they may not like the boomerang result. Here's your Flag Salute Fix.

--Editor Wes Pruden of the Washington Times has Teddy Kennedy in his cross-hairs here.

--Jack Kemp of Empower America takes a look at outsourcing here.

--Columnist Cal Thomas sez Dubya's secret weapon is (drum roll, puh-leez) -- his wife, Laura. Click here.

--Michael Medved, the nationally syndicated radio host, sez goodbye and good riddance to Planet Hollyweird mogul Jack Valenti here.

Parting Thoughts (4/5/04):

--In case you didn't notice Saturday, the weather was good. And that means I was back to poking around in your yards and garages. I'm a social garage saler. In other words, I enjoy finding a good bargain, just like the next guy, but I also enjoy the social aspect of this hobby. I like eavesdropping on your conversations. Running into friends. Driving around new subdivisions, to check out houses and yards. Catching up on the past week with a wife who also enjoys garage saling. And the friendliness of hosts and fellow junkers. The bargains, of course, keep me coming back. Last week, I bought six hardbound books of such works as the Federalist Papers and Edmund Burke's take on the French Revolution -- for only $1. Keep an eye out for me.

Fan Mail re. Milt Priggee:

Miss you in the paper, Hot Potatoes was a delight but will follow you anywhere on the net. Do you have Milt Priggee's net site? He sent us an address years ago when he left but shortly after that we could not bring that address up anymore. Loved his work even when our behinds were being roasted. He autographed a drawing he did of a letter to the editor he did years ago when he had the big sale and it is one of my favorite pictures. Thanks for any help in locating his web site

Ed and Nancy Parker

DFO: Before leaving The Spokesman-Review for a Journalism Fellowship from the University of Michigan in 2000-01, Milt Priggee was a good friend and great cartoonist at The Spokesman-Review. He's now self-syndicated and living in Oak Harbor, Wash. You can find his work here. Or you can continue reading my Morning Quick Fix Six and Best of the Northwest. I plan to begin running his cartoons. Yeah, yeah, I know Milt's a Lefty. But he's our Lefty. You can find a sneak preview here.

'The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'

Wanna know what ex-city planner Steve Badraun thinks of Hagadone Hospitality's request to extend the floating green lease? Take it away, Steve:

You are about to be tricked again.

I can see Duane Hagadone now, leaning back in that big chair with a broad smile on his face with a quiet laugh of Ho, Ho , Ho.

He is asking the State of Idaho to renew the lease on Sanders Beach for another 10 years with some sort of option beyond that point. This is his olive branch to the people of Coeur d' Alene. It is a smooooth trick and let me tell you why.

There is only one chance to ask for public access forever to Sanders Beach. It is because the citizens hold the key to his annexation of the golf course. Once that golf course in annexed, it is over. In ten years or perhaps a little longer, we will be escorted off that beach forever.

Now is the time to secure that beach for your children and grandchildren. Do not let your city council hide behind this move by the Hagadone Corporation. Permanent access to Sanders Beach is the only solution, not just temporary rent until time runs out.

Steve Badraun

DFO: You can find my Saturday column about Sanders Beach here.

Dealer's Choice:

I've received so many good suggestions of late for possible stories to post that I'm going to let you readers have your say:

--Ex-state senator Gordon Crow believes William Safire's (New York Times) take on "The Floo Floo Bird" is blogilicious here.

--Jack Frazier sends along this New York Times story and a brief note: "A different kind of Wally World?" Read how Wal Mart may be changing its tactics here.

--Mrs. Don Morgan sends along gun-control quotes you've probably never heard here.

--Mrs. Don Morgan also sends along 10 bullets to shoot down the Liberal Lie that we have the worse economy since Herbert Hoover here.

--Don Morgan sends along a NewsMax item I almost published earlier today -- that a Department of Education study sez sex abuse by teachers and school employees against children is worse than the Catholic priest scandal. Click here.

Q&A re: Sanders Beach:

A reader asks:

Did you see the small story about Hagadone asking the state to renew its license
for the floating green with the same conditions it has now? The story was buried inside the local section on Saturday (page B4, I think). An interesting twist in
the story about public access to the beach. What do you think?

DFO: Actually, it was on B3 of Duane Hagadone's Coeur d'Alene Press. I think Hagadone has made a preemptive strike. By asking the state to extend the state lease for another 10 years, with an option of 10 years beyond that, Hagadone effectively has granted public access to controversial Sanders Beach for that length of time because that access was made a condition of the orginal floating green lease back in the 1980s. The request gives the City Council cover to approve his request to annex The Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course, without requiring that he grant perpetual beach access. After all, council members can argue that the beach isn't going away any time soon. It was a shrewd move on Hagadone's part. But I'd still require beach access as a condition of annexation.

Lunch Specials (4/5/04):

We've reached midday on the first day of the week, and that can only mean one thing. It's time for the lunch specials. And we'll start in an anti-smoking environment:

1. In Helena, Mont., heart attacks plummeted by 40 percent after the Montana capital banned smoking in public areas. (The Idaho Legislature passed a similar ban this year, excluding bowling alleys and bars.) Read all about it here.

2. You fans of The Passion of the Christ can see what some of the nation's Editorial Cartoonists think of your Passion. And it ain't all bad. Click here.

3. Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center note that the mainstream media never expose their bias more than when they're pushing liberal causes. So he wasn't surprised when the media went gaga over Air America, which made a humble beginning on 5 radio stations last week, fueled by rich men's dollars, not the market place. Click here.

4. Dr. Timothy J. Dailey sez gay marriages are radically different than other types of relationships here. And you can find a primer for writing letters to the editor to argue against gay marriage here.

5. The Independent Women's Forum has compiled a list of 10 things that Lefty college profs do to skew the classroom debate their way politically here.

6. The only thing faltering with the economy is the mainstream media's reporting on it. Click here.

Best of the Northwest (4/5/04):

Two college sports teams make the world go around for us Inland Northwesterners: WSU footballers and Gonzaga basketballers. So, with ap-hollow-gies to those of you reading this in California and other points around the nation, I open this feature today with a look at an ex-Zag:

1. Former Zag Richie Frahm has bounced around quite a bit since we last saw him light it up at The Kennel. Finally, he landed with Seattle. And in one game he scored more than 30 points. But that was the exception to the rule. You can see where things stood for Richie after coming off an injury last week here.

2. Dan Popkey of The Idaho Statesman sez Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's hint that he might seek a third term has shaken up the party faithful, particularly the two guys who want to succeed him: U.S. Rep. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Jim Risch. Click here.

3. Idaho is trying innovative ways to get some 20,000 Hispanics students learn English, including using rock 'n roll and slang. The Idaho Statesman tells you all about it here.

4. A major Seattle-based study proves what you suspected: Young children who spend too much time in front of the boob tube tend to have attention disorders. The Seattle Times tells you all about it here.

5. Has it really been 10 years since Kurt Cobain of Nirvana killed himself. Yep, as of today. The Seattle Times tells you all about it here.

6. If you're a Northwesterner who can't wait for the M's to begin play Tuesday, you really should know about Seattle's amazing starting pitchers. Click here.

Monday Quick Fix Six (4/5/04):

It's Monday morning -- and only 39 hours from the weekend (for you lucky buggers who work on the clock). Dunno about you. But that means there's a whole lotta bloggin' gonna be going on. So, let's get started:

1. One of my goals in writing and editting No Holds Barred is to give you the rest of the story. And the story behind the violence yesterday that claimed 8 GIs began when the U.S. closed a newspaper allied with an anti-American cleric 10 days ago. The Washington Times provides your Iraqi War Fix.

2. Meanwhile, a Muslim cleric (his word, not mine) sez mutilation is okey-dokey when retaliation is involved here ... and speaking of retaliation, the U.S. has sealed off Fallujah. It's payback time, baybee. Here's your Revenge Fix.

3. Emma Suarez of the Pacific Legal Foundation describes how our favorite collection of legal judicial activists, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, acted to block a plan to cut off the next out-of-control blaze in California. Here's your Lefty Court Fix.

4. Demo claims to a "Jobless Recovery" just took a hit with the astonishing news that March brought us 308,000 new jobs. Larry Kudlow of Townhall.com takes a look at what those figures means. Here's your Jobs Fix.

5. Yeah, yeah, the Yankees and Devil Rays opened the season in another country last week. But today's the day when spring really starts, the official opening of another season. Two words: Go, Mariners. George Will provides your Baseball Fix.

6. Don't look now but shock-jock Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" is about to be socked with a six-figure fine this week. And it could happen again and again unless he gets his act -- and mouth -- together. Here's your Potty Mouth Fix.

--Kathleen Parker sez level Fallujah here.

--Robert Novak sez the Bush Attack Machine has Demos all shook up here.

--Mike S. Adams explains "Why I joined the NRA" here.

--John Leo sez the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center are both victims of mission creep here.

Parting Shots (4/2/04):

Can't believe another week has come and gone so fast. Once I shed Hot Potatoes, I thought I'd have time to catch some rays at City Beach. No such luck. But I do have more time to get out to events. And stroll Sanders Beach. (Again, let me know what you think of my first full-length column effort. It's scheduled to run tomorrow.)

--Remember that promise I made not to use material from the blog in my regular column, and vice versa? I fudged Monday. I liked that item about Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and the cake icing too much not to run it all editions. Sorry.

--On another front, I got a list of the 2004 Demo Precinct Committee candidates. And the D's could use some help. Only 13 of 71 precincts have candidates: 12 -- Brad Cederblom, 20 -- Mike Kennedy, 22 William H. Kersting, 31 -- Ron Johnson, 33 -- Jody Deluca-Hissong, 40 -- JoAnn Harvey, 45 -- Ruby Hart, 51 -- Shirley McFaddan, 53 -- Barbara A. Harris, 55 -- Cecil Kelly, 65 -- David Larsen, 66 -- Jerry Shriner, and 69 -- Jeanne Batson Buell.

Meanwhile, the R's have filled all but 13 of their precinct spots. In fact, they have contested races for 10 precinct positions. And that's the way things are in the most Republican county of the most Republican state in the union.

--I hear there's 170,000 reasons why Mike and Marge Winderman of The Bookery are packing up and moving a block east on Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Can't believe the owners want that much for that narrow old storefront.

--Saw a sight Thursday that woulda thrilled car dealer Tom Addis' heart: two Dodge 4X4 pickups with his decal on them, purring side by side at the Four Corners stoplight on Northwest Boulevard.

--I haven't bought anything, but gasoline, since the new half-cent local sales tax went into effect on April Fool's Day. So I haven't experienced the thrill of paying a little more with the little allowance my wife returns from my paycheck. But I don't mind. It's a better way to pay for the jail expansion than property taxes. And I'm glad Kootenai County taxpayers realized that last November.


Lunch Specials (4/2/04):

I'd have to do a lot of studying before taking a stand on that complaint filed by North Idaho College faculty against trustees -- you know, the one in which the instructors say the trustees lack common sense. But one thing I do know. If you're going to write a document containg 1,279 words, sign the dang thing. I get grief for my opinions. But at least you know who's writing them. I despise anonymity as a sign of cowardice. Period. Now, how about the Lunch Specials?

1. Dubya and Flipflop are rolling in the dough as their prez campaigns kick into high gear. Click here.

2. Fallujah clerics -- and I use the term loosely -- have condemned the desecration of the bodies of four American contractors, but they're mum on the killings themselves. With an ap-hollow-gy like that and a buck-46, you can buy a small cup of Joe at Java on Sherman. Click here.

3. The Labor Department said 308,000 jobs were added in March, the fastest growth since April 2000. But don't expect the Bush Haters to quiet down about the jobless recovery. They'll find something else to yap about. Click here.

4. Speaking of Bush Haters ... it might be time that Bush Lovers start tuning out Planet Hollyweird. Not only are the doped-up cretins opening their wallets to defeat Dubya this year, but they're writing their anonymosity into scripts. You can read all about it here.

5. Spain's capitulation to Islamic terrorist did the country a lot of good. Rather than ignore the cowards -- I'm speaking of the Spainards here not the terrorists -- the Bad Guys planted 22 pounds of explosives under a railroad track. Fortunately, it was found today before doing any damage. Click here.

--Michelle Malkin discusses a Left-Wing Goon Squad that specializes in shaking down U.S. biz and gummint leaders here.

--Nat Hentoff points out that the former Demo majority has diminished at approximately the rate that pro-life Demos have left the party, holding their noses here.

--You can read "Ten Myths About Jobs and Outsourcing" here.

--Christopher Hitchen sez the grotesque scenes at Fallujah earlier this week should serve as a warning of what things will be like if we fail in our noble quest here.

Best of the Northwest (4/2/04):

1. According to a report from The Idaho Statesman, the U.S. Forest Service willfully and repeatedly violated safety standards in fighting the Cramer Fire near Salmon that claimed two firefighters. Click here.

2. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers isn't laughing at that April Fool's joke by a Boise FM station that told listeners that the Lucky Peak Reservoir had failed. Click here.

3. Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have kissed and made up. But some 3,300 Sun employees won't be happy about it when they get their pink slips. Click here.

4. Surprise, surprise ... the Anti-Christian Litigation Union has sued the state of Washington on behalf of 12 same-sex couples who want to marry. Click here.

5. In the Tri-Cities, someone has vandalized Kennewick's Vietnam War Memorial for the second time in five months. Click here.

6. In an editorial, The Post-Intelligenser opines that Washington state should quit quibbling over how to conduct a primary and adopt Montana's system, which is similar to Idaho's, and which I've been using for the past 27 years without any apparent harm. I agree with this. Click here.

TGIF Quick Fix Six (4/2/04):

Ah, great, the femme, ahem, victims of so-called attacks at North Idaho College and Washington State admitted they lied. That'll go a long ways toward fueling our cynicism as we reach the end of the week. Christine MacIntyre, 30, of Post Falls told police she made up the NIC attack to make a friend feel guilty for being late in meeting her. This gal's got issues, big time. CPD Blue cited her for filing a false report. She deserves this from No Holds Barred for shaking up a community that's hunting for a rapist: Phbbbbtttt. Now, our Morning Fix:

1. If I were J. Flipflop Kerry, I'd be rich and wouldn't need this job. I'd also be worried about the voting guide being circulated by the Catholic Church to inform serious Catholics how to judge candidates. Catholic Kerry's stands on abortion, traditional marriage, stem cell research doesn't line up. Here's your Religion Fix.

2. Jon Thibault of FrontPageMag takes a look at the hysteria and misinformation surrounding the Patriot Act USA, coming from both the Right and the Left. Here's your Patriot Act Fix.

3. The Washington Times reports that Army divisions that have fought in Iraq during the last 12 months have hit almost all their re-up goals, a clear sign that our all-volunteer Army remains strong despite the stress. Here's your Military Fix.

4. One of the reasons I wanted to write this blog is to ensure that readers get all the info re: unborn children. What you get in the mainstream media is a distortion, whether it's in the language that's used or the misinterpretation of polling numbers. For example, 80 percent of Americans believe the murder of a pregnant woman claims two lives; 10 percent don't. That's why I'm celebrating the new federal law signed by Dubya Thursday. Here's your Pro-Life Fix.

5. "It's hard to think of a time without the Internet at the ready. Hard to recall an age when information was not flowing free; borderless and without edit" -- Matt Drudge (Miami Beach, FL). Give it up for The Drudge Report, which turns 9 today. Here's your Happy Birthday Fix.

6. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells how So-Damn-Insane buffaloed the world's power brokers as he transformed the UN's Oil-for-Food program into a massive kickback scheme. And you, My Demo Friend, want to turn our military over to the corrupt UN. Ahaha. Here's your Anti-UN Fix.

Follow the Jump for your Opinion Fix:

--David Limbaugh looks at John Kerry 2004 and John Kerry 1971 here.

--Chuck Colson looks at Brown University's "gender neutral option" here.

--Gary Aldrich sez terrorists can influence the U.S. elections without firing a single shot here.

--Jason Zengerle of the New Republic On Line, of all places, sez he doesn't think Lefty Al Franken-Stein's radio network will work here.

Parting Shots (4/1/04):

Another day is almost in the books ... as is my first full-length column in many moons ... a 21.5-incher on Sanders Beach ... for this weekend. For those keeping score at home, I walked the beach last week, from Jack Simpson's fence to Jerry Jaeger's fence. And came away with some strong impressions. Stay tuned.

--Gotta kick out of the recent Inlander "best of" edition, including "Best Strategy for Democrats in Idaho": "Move Away." In second place was (tie) "hide/give up," followed by 3rd: "vote Republican/become Republican." The Inlander published several suggestions about the D's predicament in Idaho. But the one I liked best was: "When in doubt, there's always one sure-fire way to outnumber the other side: breed, breed, breed." Unless, of course, the other side has a bunch of Republican Mormons.

--Also in the "best of" issue was Todd Hudson's story about two unusual Hudson's Hamburgers customers: "I'll never forget - a while back, these two women came in and they said they used to eat hamburgers here when they were in high school. Well, they said they were vegetarians now but wanted to just sit and smell the place. I made 'em a bun with some pickle and onion on it, and they just pretended."

--In a recent blog "Parting Shots," I didn't get all the Inlander's Best Ofs from North Idaho. So, here are the rest: Pastry & More (Bakery and Locally Owned Coffeehouse), Penny Candy on Sherman (Candy), Capone's (Bar Food), Takara (Sushi), Wolf Lodge Inn (Low Carb Menu), Java the Hut (Drive Thru Expresso), Silverwood Theme Park (Place to Pretend You're A Kid Again), Coeur d'Alene Tribal Casino (Casino), The Dugout (Sports Bar), Patty Duke (Local Actress), Coeur d'Alene City Park (Outdoor Basketball Court), Clark's Diamond Jewelers (Jewelry), Runge (Furniture), French's (Cleaners), Bella Donna (Beauty Salon), Eagle (Pawn Shop), Coeur d'Alene Resort (Spa), Wigget's Antique Mall (antiques), The Long Ear (CD's, Videos & DVDs), The Grail (Teenage Hangout), and CDA Summer Theater's "Fiddler on the Roof" (Best Local Play or Musical).

--Can't believe that last "Best Of" because "Chicago" stomped "Fiddler" last summer ... by a long shot.


Fan Mail (4/1/04):

Hi Dave,

The other day you very proudly announced that you have NEVER given ANY money to ANY political party. Just for the record, I would like for you to PUBLICLY share you philosophy about the funding of political campaigns, state AND/OR Federal.It looks like this year, over $400 million is going to be spent on the presidential race alone, never mind the millions spent at the congressional level and the thousands spent at the State level. Should there be donation or spending limits ? OR public financing? or should we "Invest In America" and buy a Congressman?? Love to know.

Kristy Reed Johnson
Post Falls

DFO: Good question, Kristy. Frankly, I don't know how you remove money from the political process. And corruption from the political money. At present, Bush is accusing Kerry of violating the new campaign finance guidelines he recently supported. I suspect minions on both sides began looking for loopholes the minute the new guidelines were adopted. Opinion Page Editor Doug Floyd might have the best idea. Let 'em raise as much money as they want, without restrictions, but make them report every dime, too -- IMMEDIATELY, on line -- so we will know who owns 'em.

'Aboard the Lady Lola'

They sailed as happy as a clam
Beneath the azure sky.
The Cap'n told them all to jump;
The Council asked, "How high?"

The Bard of Sherman Avenue

Lunch Specials (4/1/04):

For lunch today, I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a granola bar and cup of soup. But you deserve better. So here's today's specials:

1. Since it's April 1, we'll start our Lunch Specials with the April Fool's edition of the Media Research Center's Notable Quotables here.

2. We've recovered the abused bodies of the four American security contractors from Fallujah. And now we're focusing on catching the barbarians responsible for the despicable murders and desecration of the dead. Click here.

3. No, Virginia, Al Franken's not coming to KPBX-FM, Spokane, no matter what the studio jokesters said on April Fool's Day. You can find a review of the liberal Franken-stein's first day on the job here.

4. A Dartmouth Medical School study proved what a lot of us already know: Children with a religious background are a lot better off in significant ways than peers without such training. Click here.

5. Victorino Matous of The Weekly Standards looks at the remarkable recovery of the McDonalds restaurant chain here.

--Heather MacDonald of the Wall Street Journal sez paranoia from the Left and the Right is harming our ability to collect intelligence. Click here.

--Dr. Alan Keyes, who electrified a North Idaho College crowd during his run for presidency a few years back, wowed them at Liberty University Wednesday by admonishing Christian listeners to battle "the new era of oppression." Click here.

--Try as it might, Catherine Seipp of National Review On Line sez, The Los Angeles times can't shed its Left Wing bias. Click here.

--Jonathan V. Last wonders why no one is watching one of the best new sitcoms of the year, Wonderfalls. Click here.

Best of the Northwest (4/1/04):

Things were hopping at Jim Pierce's Java on Fourth today, where I went to hobnob with CDA Mayor Sandi Bloem. Larry Belmont, one of my favorite liberals, was holding court with Norm Mahoney in the back corner. And Sandi's brother, Greg Crimp, was waiting in line, pondering what he was going to do with his quote/unquote free time, now that he's retired as coach of the North Idaho College Lady Cards basketball team. Meanwhile, Sandi was feeling the effects of standing out in the cold during the ground-breaking of the NIC nursing/health sciences building: a sore throat. That's what's happening here. And here's what's happenin' elsewhere in the Northwest:

1. Extra! Extra! Colleague Jim Meehan has just reported that Eastern Washington has picked former assistant Mike Burns to replace Ray Giacoletti as the men's basketball coach. (And Jim tells me Mike'll keep the Eagles' program in top-notch form.) Click here.

2. The Idaho Statesman released its second Fishing Guide, which contains all you want to know about fishing the Gem State's lakes and streams but were afraid to ask. Click here.

3. Believe it or not, Idaho has only one liquor-control officer to see that the state's 3,500 establishments follow the law. Click here.

4. In an editorial, the Seattle Times tells the Washington Education Association to back away from its decision to challenge the state's new charter school law here.

5. The debate continues over U-of-I's decision to cut fine arts programs here.

Thursday Quick Fix Six (4/1/04):

The calendar's pointing to April 1 today: April Fool's Day. I shouldn't have to warn you to be careful out there. But I will. And now for your morning fix:

1. Dubya's campaign has accused J. Flipflop Kerry of the "largest conspiracy to violate campaign-finance laws in history." And the Washington Times provides your campaign fix here.

2. I'm beginning to think that the Condi Rice/9-11 commission flap was a briar patch thing -- you know, do anything to me but don't throw me into the 9-11 commission to testify. You think I'm wrong? Then, why are Repubs grinning ear to ear. Get your Condi Rice Fix here.

3. If the manager at a fast-food joint demands that you be strip-searched, you can tell him where to get off. But there's a possibility that he's the victim of a hoax that's making its way around the country. Spokane reader John Livingston drew my attention to this story. Here's your morning's Weird Fix.

4. Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal has it right. Fallujah is not Mogadishu. And Dubya isn't weak-kneed Slick Willie. It's pay back time for the ghouls of trashed the American security workers bringing food to Fallujah. Here's your Vengeance Fix.

5. The Collegiate News has announced the 7th annual Polly Campus Awards, which are given in honor of particularly outrageous PC stuff on college campuses. The good news? Gonzaga wasn't among the winners although it clearly deserved an honorable mention. Here's your College PC Fix.

6. Dubya is eager to sign the Fetus Rights Bill today. And all people who believe human rights apply to the most helpless of all (those caught in a mother's womb in the middle of our great culture war) should celebrate. Here's your Pro-Life Fix.

--Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe reminds us what is going right in Iraq here.

--Grover Norquist of The American Enterprise On Line looks at alternatives to the welfare state here.

--Columnist Ann Coulter explains why we don't need no steenkeen' commission to sort out 9-11 here.

--Marvin Olasky of World magazine uses great writers to tell you how to become a good writer here.

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