A federal judge in Idaho has issued a ruling
(PDF) declaring Idaho's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional,
and today denied
Gov. Butch Otter's motion for a stay on her decision overturning Idaho's ban on same-sex marriages. [more inside]
Imagine Joy Division grew up in Moscow, Idaho, a small college town
with a surprising connection
to the Manchester scene. Imagine that Ian Curtis was exposed to hipster irony and decided he wanted to have a bit of fun with all that doom & gloom
. You might have something like this
. Or maybe this
. (No, really
Jeremy Cutts of Idaho, his wife Stacey and their two little girls age 10 and 11 are all big Volkswagen fans. So when they spotted a VW pickup truck that had been abandoned for 45 years and gradually buried in the foothills outside of Idaho Falls, they weren't just going to leave it there
This is a story of boys following their mother's advice: clean up your toys when you're through playing with them. Recovering a sunk boat when its resting place is in a 6000 cubic foot per second current.
For 30 years, an ex-con drifter from Saskatchewan named Dennis Melvyn Howe has eluded police in connection with the abduction, rape and murder of a 9 year old Toronto girl
. In 2008, an Idaho man named Robert James Miller wrote two long, bizarre posts
on the forum at unsolvedcanada.ca. He claimed to have identified Howe and turned him in after seeing a 1998 episode of America's Most Wanted. The FBI is now investigating the possibility that Miller himself is Dennis Melvyn Howe. [more inside]
Jennie Linn McCormack "isn’t the only woman in recent years to be prosecuted for ending her own pregnancy. But her case could change the trajectory of abortion law in the United States": The Rise of DIY Abortions
. [more inside]
"The Old Idaho Penitentiary
State Historical Site was a functioning prison for 101 years. It was built in 1870 and the first prisoners were brought in 1872. The buildings on the site were built by inmate laborers
. The Old Idaho Penitentiary grew from a single cell house into a complex
of several buildings holding Idaho's most notorious criminals. The Old Pen
received over 13,000 inmates with a maximum population of 603 inmates. There were 222 women inmates (including repeat offenders.) Closed after riots
in 1973, some say
Idaho recently passed H.B. 633
(.pdf) that will allow Idaho citizens to pay their state taxes with an official state silver medallion.
The news comes just a month after a South Carolina legislator
introduced a bill
seeking to ban Federal currency altogether, and replace the upstart greenback with gold or silver coins. Meanwhile, Georgia has introduced the "Sound Money in Banking Act
" which would require any bank serving as a depository for the state to offer and accept gold and silver coins for deposit. Is gold making a comeback as currency
In 1955, at least twelve men in Boise, Idaho were arrested for "infamous crimes against nature."
. In the resulting dragnet, the vice president of the Idaho First National Bank was sentenced to seven years in prison
, while national magazines fomented a McCarthyite Lavender Scare
with headlines such as Male Pervert Ring Seduces 1,000 Boys
. This dark chapter in
Idaho gay history
was documented in both John Gerassi's 1966 book, The Boys of Boise
and the recent film, The Fall of '55
, by documentarian Seth Randal
, but neither Gerassi nor Randal could identify The Queen
, a closeted but politically connected homosexual who allegedly used his massive clout to stop the witch hunt.
GOP Senator Larry Craig arrested in 'bathroom incident'
--and pleads guilty. ... At one point during the interview, Craig handed the plainclothes sergeant who arrested him a business card that identified him as a U.S. Senator and said, “What do you think about that?” ...
He's denied similar stories in the past.
Poor, poor Wiley the dog. One Spring day, she got out of her yard and wandered aimlessly for a while. Wanting to help the lost animal find some direction, some vandals thoughtfully spray
her. Tragically, poor Wiley has since had to admit her painful secret to the world. She isn't literate
. Forced to admit her shameful problem, hopefully she'll get some help
They shut down part of Austin last week, thousands did it in Esperance, Western Australia
, record numbers in England
and thousands more along I-84 in Idaho
. Conspiracies abound; could it be poison, or testing EM weapons
, "some kid with a BB gun
" or drunk on hackberries
or maybe it is global warming?
Sometimes the explanation is pretty simple
but mostly, scientists are scratching their heads and wondering what is causing bird to drop dead out of the skies all over the globe at an alarming rate.
Bush out of favor in 47 out of 50 states.
The SurveyUSA 50-state-poll
shows some interesting details on Bush's approval rating, which has fallen to just 35% in North
) Carolina, 29% in Missouri
, and 42% in Texas
. He remains popular in only three states: Idaho
, and Wyoming
. Could the Democrats have a shot even in Utah in the not-too-distant future? A lot of Utahns think so
"In those days, there wasn't a lot of talk about gay priests. People didn't want to believe it."
On Dec. 4, 1982, a deeply suntanned man, about 40 years old, walked into the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boise, Idaho, and readied himself for confession. As he waited, the man swallowed a cyanide capsule. A few minutes later, he was dead. He had no identification, and a note in his pocket said only that the $1,900 he carried should be used for his burial, with any remainder donated to the church. The note was signed with what turned out to be a false name. To this day, no one has been able to identify the man, nor to determine why he had come to the church to absolve himself of his sins. On the answers to that mystery may hang the fate of a small, quiet, meticulous man who now lives in South Austin
, and who spent 20 years in a Texas prison for a murder he says he did not commit
, but which investigators believe may be connected to the dead man at the Boise Sacred Heart Catholic Church. More inside.
People either love
them or they hate
them. In our spuddish history
, we have fought wars
and named queens
. Canadians build monuments
, Americans misspelle
us, they destroy our livers
, sometimes they go BOOM
! In some parts of the world, they're fa
Claude Dallas: the last outlaw?
In 1981, Claude shot two Fish and Game officers who had come to take him to town for being in violation of wildlife laws. Apparently he "lived by the laws of nature; not the laws of man." It took 15 months to finally bring him in and his run from the law inspired a movie
. After being sentenced to 30 years in prison, Claude escaped from the Idaho State Penitentiary and inspired a song
of his exploits. Was Claude "the last outlaw" or just a murderer? What place do outlaws and renegades have in today's society?
Follow-up on this thread
: the city council of Moscow, Idaho has banned bare breasted women
in response to three roommates who staged a roving topless car wash to raise rent money. A sign declaring, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but breasts will never hurt me," reflected the view of most residents who packed the council chambers. Two women pulled off their shirts after the council approved the ordinance.
I'm thinking a mass protest is in order - thousands of women should converge on Moscow, Idaho and pull their shirts off. Fight the power!
Another Cat Killer Wins
"As a property owner, you have a right to do as you please and you have the right to protect it" In Coeur d' Alene, ID, accused cat poisoner Dale Crooks Jr. is acquitted of feeding tuna mixed with antifreeze to the neighbor's cats. What seems most remarkable to me, though, is that everyone is calling the plaintiffs' lawyer a publicity seeker and the cats' owners troublemakers. There must be more to the story than is printed here. Either that, or small town dwellers in Idaho REALLY hate cats.
Idaho city council debates proper coverage of areolas
, after some entrepreneurial college students open a hugely profitable topless car wash and practically wipe out the competition.
"The latest proposal, to be voted on Monday, sets a minimum of covering the areola with a length of material running in a straight but narrow line across the breast, similar to a pair of suspenders".
HOLY MOTHER OF BACON!
French fries?!?! Cancerous!?!?
Nevada's Governor Kenny Guinn
and Idaho's own Senator Larry Craig
duke it out over nuclear waste disposal at Yucca Mountain
. Of course the plan has no shortage of detractors like "Yucca Mountain Facts"
, and the Las Vegas Sun has done a pile of reporting on it: their "dossier"
, and "science vs. politics"
(first in a five-part series, all of which is now online). The state should have a copy of the Evironmental Impact Statement
somewhere, too. It's fun for the whole family!
Guinn and Craig's stories are part of the High Country News'
syndicated Writers on the Range
Idaho Standoff Continues
and while it may seem easy to view this as another Ruby Ridge, the differences in opinions that are coming up in the news reports
are fairly interesting. The cops claim they are being attacked with guns and dogs while the lawyer for the children
[who is consistently referred to as a man who has defended the Aryan nation] denies most of the allegations. Are they starving and cold, or do they have food and heat? Did their mother abuse them, or just try to homeschool them? And, most importantly, are you allowed to be poor, weird and paranoid
nowadays without being labelled a criminal?