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  • Idaho refugee center targeted by closure campaign over extremism fears

    07/01/2015 8:15:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    al Reuters ^ | July 1, 2015 | Laura Zuckerman
    A long-standing refugee welcoming center in conservative Idaho has found itself at the center of a campaign by adversaries seeking to force it closed, citing fears that the immigrants it hosts could include Islamist extremists. The backlash comes amid an uptick in anti-Islamic protests and advertising campaigns in the United States, including a high profile May rally outside an Arizona mosque that saw more than 200 protesters, some armed, berate Islam and its Prophet Mohammad. The newly formed Idaho group, whose 100 members plan a door-to-door information drive in July to win support for closing the refugee center in Twin...
  • 10/20/2014: Idaho city’s ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail

    06/29/2015 1:11:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines. The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported. A federal judge recently ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, while the city of Coeur d‘Alene has an ordinance that prevents discrimination based on...
  • Telling On Themselves: Rural Cleansing in Idaho and Montana

    06/27/2015 9:55:40 PM PDT · by MarMema · 68 replies
    the daily herb ^ | june 2015 | poet herbalist
    I just love it when someone slips up, and tells us country folk what’s really being planned for us. Rural cleansing is the purposeful removal of rural citizens from the countryside and the relocation of rural populations into urban areas. Many public officials and media pundits scoff at the mere suggestion that rural cleansing is taking place, but the problem, you see, is that there are people who have inadvertently left tell-tale clues we can use to piece together things for ourselves. One of the most startling clues I’ve run across lately comes from a July 1, 1998 newspaper article...
  • Lyons: Democrats Underestimate Scott Walker at their Own Peril

    06/19/2015 1:28:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Twin Falls Times Idaho ^ | June 18, 2015 | Gene Lyons
    Economically speaking, all 237 GOP presidential candidates are selling the same Magic Beans. Everybody knows the script. Tax cuts for wealthy “job creators” bring widespread prosperity. Top off Scrooge McDuck’s bullion pool, and the benefits flow outward to everybody else. The economy surges, budget deficits melt away, and the song of the turtledove will be heard in the land. Almost needless to say, these “supply side” miracles have never actually happened in the visible world. State budget debacles in Kansas and Louisiana only signify the latest failures of right-wing dogma. Hardly anybody peddling Magic Beans actually believes in them anymore....
  • Boise girl catches 333-pound halibut

    06/18/2015 5:17:03 PM PDT · by grimalkin · 98 replies
    KOMO ^ | 6/18/15 | Sierra Oshrin
    BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- 10-year-old Lily Hornish loves fishing. So her family took her on a trip to Ketchikan, Alaska, in the hope of catching a halibut. But the shy angler wasn't expecting to catch one so big. "It was the first bait down, then my pole was tugging," Lily said. "I started reeling it in and then my dad helped me. And then a big fish came out." A big fish that weighed 333 pounds, to be exact.
  • University pays pro-life student group $20,000 to settle free speech lawsuit

    06/04/2015 4:23:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    washington post ^ | june 4, 2015 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    At Boise State University in Idaho, a campus organization — just one of many at the 22,000-student school — wanted to have its voice heard. At two events last year — one called “Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust” and another called “What Has Roe Done for Us?” — the pro-life Abolitionists4Life sought to display imagery of abortions. This was in line with their mission: to end it. “We seek to raise awareness to our generation through equipping students to become abortion abolitionists who will courageously bring to light the suppressed issue of abortion in our society today,” the group’s Web...
  • Ruling on Idaho Abortion Law Could Jeopardize Other States' Laws

    06/01/2015 3:41:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    governing.com ^ | june 1. 2015 | Katie Shepherd
    Three federal judges have unanimously struck down an Idaho law that banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling by the U.S. District Court for Idaho, which also found portions of the law unconstitutional. Jennie McCormack, the plaintiff in the case, was arrested in 2011 for taking a pack of five pills she had obtained through the Internet to end a pregnancy. Police in Pocatello had learned through a tip that she had taken the pills to induce an abortion. Surgical abortions were not available in southeast...
  • Court nixes Idaho's 20-week abortion ban

    05/30/2015 7:59:40 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 05/29/15 | Peter Sullivan
    A federal appeals court on Friday struck down an Idaho law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, ruling the law unconstitutional. The ruling comes a few weeks after the U.S. House passed legislation that would ban abortions after the same timespan, sending it to the Senate. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Idaho's law violates Supreme Court precedent protecting abortions up to the point of viability for a fetus, which has been considered to be around 24 weeks. Courts have struck down such bans before. In 2013, the 9th Circuit also ruled an Arizona ban on abortions after...
  • US Forest Ranger told Camp Host to take down US Flag

    05/29/2015 2:30:54 PM PDT · by GrandmaC · 89 replies
    Last weekend was Memorial Weekend, honoring our fallen soldiers who lost their lives defending our country and our flag. Last weekend a US Forest Ranger came through our campground at Devils Elbow, which is Idaho Panhandle National Forest Land. He told our camp host, Butch & Sharon, they had to take down their US Flag. He refused. I don't know the outcome of his refusal, their is a chance he will loose his job. But he states he will not take down his flag. We also do not know if this ranger was acting on his own, or if this...
  • Court nixes Idaho's 20-week abortion ban

    05/29/2015 10:16:35 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/29/2015 | Peter Sullivan
    A federal appeals court on Friday struck down an Idaho law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, ruling the law unconstitutional. The ruling comes a few weeks after the U.S. House passed legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, sending it to the Senate.
  • U.S. pushback against Muslim refugees 'growing'

    05/27/2015 10:32:53 AM PDT · by nycteacher · 78 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 5/27/15 | Leo Hohmann
    WND has discovered what amounts to the government playbook for countering the rising “backlash” against the secret planting of Muslim refugees into cities and towns across America. The 2013 report anticipated two years ago that resistance would increase to the seeding of communities with Muslim refugees if counter measures were not undertaken. The report was prophetic. Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/u-s-pushback-against-muslim-refugees-growing/#GBRH1YZ4ysm4rizv.99
  • OREGON - BLM Hosts Open House in Klamath Falls on Western Oregon Draft RMP-EIS

    05/22/2015 3:13:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    BlueRibbon Coalition ^ | May 20, 2015
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Klamath Falls Field office of the Lakeview District will be hosting an open house to learn about the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Western Oregon. The open house meeting will be held the evening of May 26, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel located at 2500 Almond Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. BLM employees will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and listen to concerns. There will also be a demonstration on how to use the interactive maps and other online resources...
  • BLM plan to close over 1,000 public routes riles western Colorado

    05/18/2015 10:51:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies
    Watchdog ^ | May 13, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A plan that will close nearly 2,000 miles of public roads that have previously been open for use by the people of Mesa County is creating a public backlash against the Grand Junction field office of the federal Bureau of Land Management. The BLM’s resource management plans (RMP) regulate the access and types of traffic allowed on roads on public lands. Road maintenance and seasonal closures are also detailed in such plans. But the most recent RMP in Mesa County indicates the BLM’s intent to limit access to public roads which have traditionally been open to motorized, horse, and foot...
  • ACLU of Idaho Warns Schools of Discriminatory Dress Codes

    05/12/2015 2:47:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 12, 2015
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho is warning that a south-central Idaho school district's dress code is unconstitutional and must be changed. The Cassia County School District is requiring all female students participating in the high school graduation to wear white or pastel dresses. Male graduating students must wear pants and a tie. ACLU Legal Director Richard Eppink says schools that make a distinction between boy and girl dress codes are enforcing gender-stereotyping policies, which violate the state and U.S. Constitution.
  • Obama is Flooding the Bible Belt with Tens of Thousands of Unscreened Muslim Refugees

    05/10/2015 6:17:56 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 137 replies
    America Resists ^ | 5/9/2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Nestled in the heart of Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains lies an Evangelical Mecca, where Christianity and Country music are as indigenous to the region as the seven hills of Lynchburg and thousands of students make their annual pilgrimage, every fall, to study at the largest Christian University in the world. But in the ‘buckle of the bible belt,’ some residents answer a different call to prayer. And if Obama has his way, many of the 100,000 Muslim refugees expected to arrive this year will be dumped right in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, transported and supported on...
  • Body camera captures deadly Coeur d'Alene shooting

    05/07/2015 3:00:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    KREM2 ^ | 5-7-15 | krem staff
    The man charged with fatally shooting Coeur d'Alene Police Department Sergeant Greg Moore, 43, admitted to pulling the trigger during an interview with investigators. Court documents released Tuesday morning stated that Jonathan D. Renfro, 26, admitted to the crime during the interview. Renfro allegedly said he shot Moore because he had a gun in his pocket and knew Moore would find it. He admitted to shooting Moore with a 9mm Glock pistol he had in his coat pocket according to court records. Sgt. Moore was shot Tuesday around 1:30 a.m. near Wilbur Avenue and Joanna Drive. White said Moore was...
  • Coeur d'Alene Police Officer has died after being shot; suspect identified

    05/05/2015 7:13:15 PM PDT · by blueyon · 20 replies
    KHQ-Q6 ^ | 5/05/15 | Nichole Mischke
    Coeur d'Alene Police officer shot in line of duty. COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police Sergeant Greg Moore has died just before 6 p.m. after being shot in the line of duty early Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred at approximately 1:35am Tuesday in the 2800 block of Wilbur Ave. Sergeant Moore who was a 16-year veteran with the department. Police say Moore was in the Sunshine Meadows neighborhood checking on a suspicious person and actually ran suspect Jonathan Renfro's name through the Kootenai County Dispatch Center. "Then there was no further contact from him," Lt. Stu Miller said at...
  • Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore 'fighting for his life'

    05/05/2015 2:29:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    KBOI-TV ^ | May 5, 2015 | By KBOI Web Staff
    A northern Idaho police officer was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot by a suspect who stole his patrol car, led a 125-mph chase and got dragged from under a semitrailer by a police dog and arrested, authorities said. Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Greg Moore was shot once around 1:30 a.m. after checking on a suspicious individual in a neighborhood, Police Chief Lee White said. "He's still fighting for his life," said Sgt. Christie Wood, spokeswoman for the department. "He's very critical." Wood declined to say where Moore was shot. Moore, a 16-year veteran of the department, called dispatch...
  • Garfield County officials: BLM sage-grouse plans take turn for worse ( Colorado and )

    05/05/2015 9:34:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Garfield County officials said Monday the Bureau of Land Management is considering even-stricter measures to protect greater sage-grouse than previously contemplated, rather than listening to concerns the county and others have raised. As a cooperating agency, the county got an advance look Friday at the revised proposal the agency is now considering. “It is very dramatic in terms of the changes (from a draft BLM proposal) that are being proposed,” Fred Jarman, the county’s community development director, told county commissioners Monday. Jarman and Garfield Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the proposed measures are the result of directives coming from Washington, D.C....
  • No small potatoes: Muslim refugees Idaho-bound … by the thousands?

    05/04/2015 10:58:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 72 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | May 3, 2015 | Michael F. Haverluck
    Potatoes aren’t the only thing growing in Idaho, as its Muslim population continues to rise following the Obama administration’s program calling for thousands of Islamic refugees to relocate to cities across the Gem State.Fearing the outcome of Idaho becoming the next major haven and breeding ground for home-grown terrorists — similar to Minnesota (see OneNewsNow story “Obama orders America to ‘welcome’ millions of illegals, migrants”), criticism has fallen on Democratic Boise Mayor David H. Bieter, who is welcoming them all with open arms — despite the known security risks. “Diversity isn't a buzz word,” Bieter declared. “It's our birthright.”
  • Porn-Watching EPA Employees Earning $120,000 A Year Put on Paid Administrative Leave

    05/02/2015 7:12:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 30, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    An inspector general (IG) investigation found that employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earning $120,000 a year were watching pornography on the job and were put on paid administrative leave for almost a year before anybody tried to fire them. “Over the past two years, the EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) has conducted investigations of multiple cases of serious misconduct carried out by EPA employees,” explained the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a hearing on EPA mismanagement Thursday. ... There are continued problems with EPA employees who watch pornography at work,” said Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)...
  • Hundreds of Muslim refugees headed to Idaho

    05/01/2015 12:22:00 PM PDT · by detective · 64 replies
    WND ^ | 04/30/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Syrian refugees, shown here at a protest rally, will soon be coming to American cities. The multicultural transformation of Idaho will continue with a planned infusion of hundreds of refugees from Muslim countries over the next one to three years.
  • Senate rejects linking Iran's support for terrorism to nuke deal (Senators voted 45-54)

    04/29/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Wednesday blocked a Republican push to tie Iran's support of terrorism to a final deal on the country's nuclear program. Senators voted 45-54 on the amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), which would have required President Obama to certify as part of a diplomatic deal that Iran hasn't carried out or directly supported an act of terror against the United States or a U.S. citizen. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted with Democrats against the amendment....
  • CSI Refugee Center Expects Influx of Syrians

    04/29/2015 6:37:29 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    MV ^ | 4/29/2015 | Julie Wooten
    TWIN FALLS • The College of Southern Idaho’s Refugee Center is expecting an influx of Syrian refugees starting in October. Projections show the center will likely receive 300 refugees from around the world during the upcoming federal fiscal year. That’s the same number as this year. Refugee Center director Zeze Rwasama anticipates the biggest populations of newcomers will be from Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “That can change at any time depending on what’s out there,” he said. The U.S. Department of State approves the number of refugees coming to Twin Falls. There aren’t any Syrians in...
  • Sen. David Vitter’s Obamacare subpoena bid doomed by five GOP defections

    04/23/2015 1:46:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2015 | By Tom Howell Jr.
    Republican Sen. David Vitter’s bid to subpoena details about Congress’s treatment under Obamacare bitterly divided his own party Thursday, with five GOP senators balking at his attempt to force the D.C. health exchange to name who signed off on Capitol Hill’s use of the city’s insurance portal. Mr. Vitter, of Louisiana and chairman of the Small Business Committee, swiftly condemned his colleagues for voting with committee Democrats to reject his maneuver, 5 to 14. He said Congress’s arrangement with the city’s small-business exchange, or “SHOP,” provides lawmakers and staff with financial perks above and beyond what regular Obamacare customers can...
  • Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

    04/23/2015 5:28:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Northwest Public Radio ^ | APRIL 15, 2015 | JESSICA ROBINSON
    The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a different direction -- they’re charging owners more. Idaho recently approved one of the country’s highest fees for electric cars. Here’s the problem: states traditionally fund highways with a gas tax. But you only pay that if you buy gas. Last week, Idaho lawmakers voted to charge electric vehicle owners an extra $140 annual registration fee. … which was news to Cleve Buttars. "Wow. Well, um ..." Buttars lives in Twin Falls and drives a...
  • Negotiated at The Hague, a Child Support Treaty Falters in Boise

    04/21/2015 5:38:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | KIRK JOHNSON
    POST FALLS, Idaho — It took five years for negotiators to work out the details of a multinational treaty on child support that would make it easier to track delinquent parents around the world. It took only a couple of minutes for a committee of the Idaho Legislature to endanger America’s participation. In a 9-to-8 vote in the closing hours of the legislative session, the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee killed a bill that state and federal officials had said was crucial to the finely crafted choreography of the child support treaty reached at The Hague. All 50 states...
  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • Pocatello area couple saves pregnant dog that was shot and left for dead, and now has nine puppies

    04/05/2015 10:44:24 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 20 replies
    Idaho State Journal ^ | 4/3/2015 | Michael H. O’Donnell
    The brown and white border collie had caught Beth Stenberg’s attention several times as she drove her two sons to hockey practice in Idaho Falls in February. The lone female dog was a frequent sight on the edge of Interstate 15 between Fort Hall and Blackfoot.
  • Western governors file report on sage grouse conservation efforts

    04/02/2015 7:10:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications ^ | April 2, 2015 | Sarah Gonzalez
    The Western Governors' Association released a report today highlighting the voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage-grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The association, which represents the governors of 19 Western states, said that “the breadth and depth of voluntary conservation efforts across the region, if allowed to run their course, will provide the bird with the necessary habitat to live and thrive.” The greater sage grouse is found in 11 states and its habitat encompasses 186 million acres . The U.S....
  • In Jordan, Boehner Delegation Discussions Focus on Iranian-Backed Violence, Growing Terrorist Threat

    03/30/2015 6:58:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 30, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    AMMAN, JORDAN – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and a delegation of senior lawmakers met with His Majesty King Abdullah II on Sunday during a visit to Jordan where talks focused on Iranian-backed violence in the region and the growing terrorist threat. King Abdullah hosted the delegation for a luncheon at Beit al-Urdun Palace. Lawmakers also met with U.S. Ambassador Alice Wells, Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s Foreign Minister, as well as senior embassy officials. Discussions focused on two major trends in the region: the violence caused by Iran’s allies and proxies, and the spreading of the terrorist threat. There was also...
  • Saudi Freshman Tries to Rape Idaho Student, Gets Released, Tries it Again

    03/21/2015 10:58:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/21/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s hard to say who comes off worst in this story; Sultan Bamoallem, a Saudi student who kept trying to assault women (and possibly men) on campus… or the university and cops who let him go to do it again. An ISU student is accused of entering multiple dorm rooms and inappropriately touching the occupants over a two-week period.Sultan Bamoallem, a freshman finance major from Saudi Arabia, faces multiple misdemeanor charges including trespassing, battery and stalking.Pocatello police said on Feb 23, Bamoallem entered a female student’s dorm in Turner Hall. Police said the student woke up to a partially-clad...
  • Idaho Parents Pull Their Daughter From School When They Learn What’s Happening In The Bathroom

    03/21/2015 4:07:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 77 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | march 21, 2015 | jennifer van laar
    When some Idaho parents learned last week that a transgendered student was sharing the same bathroom with their teenage daughter, the news didn’t sit well with them. Jacob Smith and Pauline Adams approached the Boise school district, concerned for their daughter’s privacy and safety. According to KIVI-TV: “The Boise School District explains that under federal law, the district is required to provide access to public facilities consistent with the student’s gender identity.”
  • Western states coalition disputes ‘biased’ federal science on sage grouse

    03/18/2015 10:28:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    predation, not human activity, has reduced bird’s numbers. A coalition of rural Western counties and business interests is contesting the science being used to decide whether to list the Greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened, accusing the Obama administration of relying on “selective, false and biased” research. Denver attorney Kent Holsinger filed three Data Quality Act challenges Wednesday with the Department of the Interior on behalf of the coalition, which includes the Western Energy Alliance, ranchers, mining and drilling companies and 19 counties in Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Utah. “We’ve documented real issues with transparency and scientific integrity ... The...
  • Club for Growth gives Ted Cruz, Mike Lee perfect marks

    02/24/2014 9:19:56 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    Washington Time ^ | Monday, February 24, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    The conservative Club For Growth released its annual scorecard for 2013 on Monday, bestowing two Republican U.S. senators — Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — and four GOP congressmen with 100 percent ratings for their voting records “based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth.”The four congressmen with perfect ratings for 2013 are Republican Reps. Matt Salmon, Trent Franks and David Schweikert of Arizona and Tom McClintock of California. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan got a 99 percent rating in 2013 “but because of rounding has a 100 percent LifeScore,” the group said.“2013 saw...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • NRA Backed Secret Legislative Committee Kills Idaho Constitutional Carry

    03/07/2015 4:01:24 PM PST · by Domandred · 25 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 3/7/2015 | Domandred
    Constitutional Carry is currently available in five States.  Fourteen States have active legislation pending to move the State to a Constitutional Carry model, including Maine, New Hampshire and Colorado.  Idaho’s legislation (HB89) has been blocked and declared dead by an ad-hoc secret committee. This ad-hoc secret committee has no published members, no scheduled meetings, and no public hearings on bills being voted on.  This committee has handles all bills introduced that cover firearms in the State of Idaho.  It is rumored it is a joint House and Senate committee. Idaho’s multiple concealed carry levels Idaho currently has multiple levels of...
  • Faith-Healer Parents Who Let Their Child Die Should Go to Jail

    03/07/2015 12:01:14 PM PST · by EveningStar · 59 replies
    The New Republic ^ | March 2, 2015 | Jerry A. Coyne
    In America, 43 of the 50 U.S. states confer some type of civil or criminal immunity on parents who injure their children by withholding medical care on religious grounds. If your child has diabetes or a severe infection, and you pray for her instead of giving her insulin or antibiotics, she’ll probably die, but you’re largely off the legal hook. But that immunity doesn’t apply if you injure your child by withholding medical care for nonreligious reasons; for that, you can be prosecuted for neglect, abuse, or even manslaughter. This privileging of religion is dangerous to children—and has killed many...
  • Data project will track preschoolers into elementary school

    03/07/2015 8:33:50 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    WANE.com ^ | 03/07/2015
    <p>FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Three northern Indiana preschools and an elementary school will participate in a pilot program that will monitor children through third grade to help improve early learning.</p> <p>The program will track students entering kindergarten this fall and send scores from a variety of screening tests back to their preschools to help them improve educational programs, The Journal Gazette reported.</p>
  • Idaho Sheriff: The 2nd Amendment Is Your Concealed Carry Permit

    03/04/2015 8:01:31 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/3/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Idaho is one of the many states now considering a repeal of the requirement for a concealed carry permit in order to carry a firearm in public. Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler supports the move, suggesting the 2nd Amendment acts as citizens’ concealed carry permit.
  • North Idaho senator objects to Hindu prayer (Steve Vick)

    03/02/2015 7:16:36 PM PST · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    BOISE – A North Idaho senator is objecting to allowing a Hindu prayer as the opening invocation for the Idaho Senate on Tuesday morning, and says he’ll walk out. Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “They have a caste system. They worship cows.” He acknowledged the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows any kind of prayer, but said he thinks the Hindu one shouldn’t be allowed to open the Senate, as the United States was “built on the Judeo-Christian not only religion but work ethic, and I don’t want to see that undermined.”
  • Mesa County takes step toward suit over grouse listing ( Colorado )

    02/18/2015 7:31:20 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners on Tuesday directed Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman to draft a notice of intent to sue the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Gunnison County filed its own notice of intent in December to bring civil action against the Fish and Wildlife Service for, the county believes, improperly listing the bird as a threatened species and naming Gunnison County and acreage in a handful of other Colorado and Utah counties, including Mesa, as critical habitat for the sage-grouse. Mesa County decided to follow with its...
  • Christian Idaho Woman Converts Jewish Neighbor — by Attacking Her

    02/17/2015 4:37:41 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 51 replies
    Forward ^ | 2/15/15
    Marguerite Haragan, 58, harassed the Jewish woman identified in a court hearing on Feb. 12 as AG first by phone calls and then by showing up at her home in Ada County. Haragan, 58, has been charged with two counts of malicious harassment in the attack, which police have labeled a hate crime, local television station KTVB reported. She could face up to five years in prison for each count.
  • Legendary Knife-Making Giant Chuck Buck Passes Away

    02/11/2015 3:51:01 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 43 replies
    Outdoor Channel ^ | 2/9/2015 | Lynn Burkhead
    Chuck Buck, chairman of Buck Knives and a legendary member of the iconic American knife making family that helped to revolutionize the hunting industry, has passed away according to a company social media post. "It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform everyone that we have lost a legend," said the company's Facebook page on Saturday afternoon. "Chuck Buck, Chairman of Buck Knives, passed away Friday evening. He was an industry icon and friend to all. Please keep his family in your prayers."
  • Bill would allow concealed guns without a permit (Idaho Constitutional Carry)

    02/06/2015 3:58:13 PM PST · by Domandred · 89 replies
    KTVB ^ | 2/6/2015 | Kim Fields
    BOISE -- A new bill introduced in the Statehouse would allow Idaho residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit. But not everyone is on board. No permit needed to carry concealed weapons. That's the proposal. A handful of states have similar laws already on the books. Gun control advocates say the new laws are part of a long-range strategy to weaken gun laws across the country, but supporters say armed, law-abiding citizens prevent crime. The House State Affairs Committee voted Thursday to introduce the bill, dubbed the "Constitutional Carry" bill. It passed along party lines -- with four Democrats...
  • House Conservatives Band Together to Form New Group to Push Conservative Agenda

    01/31/2015 9:14:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 26, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservative lawmakers are officially rolling out a new group aimed at advancing a conservative agenda in the House of Representatives after they expressed discontent with the direction of the Republican Study Committee.“Our main hope is that we can represent the voids and valleys for our constituents back home,” Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho told The Daily Signal today. “With a small group that is nimble and able to work on issues that are of importance to our constituents, we can make a difference in Congress.”Called the House Freedom Caucus, the group serves as a conservative alternative to the Republican Study...
  • 'Freedom Caucus' vows to keep GOP promises

    01/29/2015 9:24:16 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 15 replies
    WND.com ^ | 1/29/2015 | Greg Corombos
    Approximately 30 conservative House Republicans are launching a new caucus designed to advance the needs of the people over the special interests and do everything possible to help Republicans keep their campaign promises on immigration, Obamacare and more. The House Freedom Caucus officially launched Monday night. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, is one of the founding members. He said there are multiple reasons why the Freedom Caucus is needed, starting with the need to keep priorities straight in Washington. “We want a freedom agenda, an agenda that represents the people back home,” he said.
  • Nevada and Tennessee Make It 26 States Suing To Stop Obama's Amnesty

    01/27/2015 6:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the Lone Star state's challenge of President Obama's executive amnesty, bringing the total number of states fighting Obama's unilateral immigration policies to 26. “Texas is proud to lead a coalition that now includes a majority of the United States standing up against the President’s rogue actions,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The momentum against the President's lawlessness continues to build with Tennessee and Nevada joining the effort to protect our states from the economic and public safety implications of illegal amnesty. As President...
  • Lobbyist at March for Life: Anti-webcam abortions state legislation being finalized

    01/26/2015 3:30:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    idahostatejournal.com ^ | 1/24/2015 | Dave Goins Idaho News Service
    Lobbyist at March for Life: Anti-webcam abortions state legislation being finalized - Members - Mobile Adv BOISE — Right to Life of Idaho is finalizing state draft legislation that would ban “webcam abortions” in Idaho, a lobbyist for the anti-abortion group said Saturday. Co-sponsors of the nascent anti-abortion legislation at the Idaho Legislature include Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, and Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, said Right to Life of Idaho lobbyist Kerry Uhlenkott after an anti-abortion demonstration in downtown Boise on Saturday afternoon. “We’re just putting some final tweaks on the bill, and then we should be good to go for...
  • Naghmeh Abedini (Pastor Saeed's Wife) set to meet with President Obama

    01/20/2015 7:24:44 PM PST · by Domandred · 4 replies
    KTVB ^ | 1/20/15 | staff
    According to Naghmeh Abedini, she is set to meet with President Barack Obama during his visit to Boise following his State of the Union address. Abedini's husband has been imprisoned in Iran for more than two years. See more: Human rights plea to President Obama for Saeed Abidini She says Saeed was imprisoned in Iran for his Christian beliefs. "Actually, people don't understand that he didn't break the law," said Naghmeh. "According to Iran's own admission he didn't break the law. They encouraged Saeed to come back and build an orphanage. When they convicted him to eight years in prison...