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Dirk's Chicks?

With rumours brewing that the Dirkmeister (former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne) is mulling a run for president, it is a good time to revisit some speculation that has been around for years.

It may seem superfluous to trudge the rumour mill.

However, when one mentioned whispers regarding the behavior of a certain former United States Senator from Idaho, how many of us heard the retort:

Larry Craig isn't gay. Those rumours have been around for years!

Thus, since this blog is merely a platform, all are free to confirm, deny, debate, speculate, titillate, etc. -- And unlike Larry's habit, ours is completely legal to perform in public.

In a blog entry from The Dusty Dog: March 2006, it was written:  read more »

Funding for Education Students & Teachers. Who Does She Think She Is? AAUW Book Sale + more from the Anderson Center

*The Annual AAUW BOOK SALE is Here! 10/17 & 10/18
*Who Does She Think She Is? Screening, 11/8 – RSVP now!
*REMINDER: ART OF GENDER CFP Postmark Deadline, 10/19
*October is DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Awareness Month
*Baby, Child & Maternity Clothes Donations Sought for PARENT RESOURCE FAIR
*Scholarships for Education Students & Teacher Awards Available!

*The Annual AAUW BOOK SALE is Here! 10/17 & 10/18

AAUW Book sale at Bannock County Fairgrounds
Sat., Oct. 17 from 9 to 5 and Sun., Oct. 18 from 10 to 4
Proceeds go towards an ISU scholarship for women.

If you have book donations, please feel free to bring them along to the sale. The AAUW Pocatello Branch would be grateful if you were able to sort the books and mark the boxes according to the following categories: Antique or Rare (i.e. old, first edition, etc.); Biography; Children's; Cookbooks; Fiction (non-mystery); Geography; History; How-to (i.e. gardening, woodworking, etc.); Mystery fiction; Political & Social Science; Self-Help Travel.

If you are unable to sort the books, please mark the box "unsorted."

Thanks in advance for your generous donations and patronage at the sale! Remember: all proceeds from the sale fund a scholarship for ISU students.

Questions? Please call the Book Sale Chair, Maribeth, at 237-3016.
NOTE: Since 1881, AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) has been the nation's leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of nearly 100,000 members, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners.

* Who Does She Think She Is? Screening, 11/8

WHAT: Screening of Who Does She Think She Is?
WHEN: Sunday, November 8, 1:00 PM
WHERE: Bengal Theater
921 S 8th (Ceasar Chavez Enterance)
Pocatello, Idaho 83209

HOSTED BY: Janet C. Anderson Gender Center.
Tickets are FREE, but limited to the first 50 people. RSVP required.

For more details and to RSVP, please visit:

About the film:
In a half-changed world, women often feel they need to choose: mothering or working? Your children's well-being or your own? Who Does She Think She Is?, a documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, features five fierce women who refuse to choose. Through their lives, we explore some of the most problematic intersections of our time: mothering and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. The film invites us to consider both ancient legacies of women worshipped as cultural muses and more modern times where most people can't even name a handful of female artists.

To learn more, or find another screening to attend, please visit:

*REMINDER: Call for Papers: The ART OF GENDER in Everyday Life VII  read more »

Obama to GOP: "Grab a Mop."

"Obama's come up with political gold to counter any attempt to pass a Republican mess off as his own," writes NicolasC in his Kos diary "or criticize him for not cleaning it up fast enough. And we need to repeat it ad infinitum and scream it from rooftops. This needs to become the political catchphrase of the next year."

Obama, October 15 at a DNC fundraiser in San Francisco:  read more »

Interracial couple denied marriage license in Louisiana

Read Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption by Randall Kennedy.


... but Blacks can use the judge's bathroom.

A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.  read more »

Words have consequences: Limbaugh’s act won’t work in NFL

Rush Limbaugh’s act won’t work in the NFL.

Rush Limbaugh made his money in the business of divisive politics. He’s one of the most successful modern-day pundits, and as he found bigger audiences the more entrenched and outspoken he became, according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports.

However, the money – enough to become a potential part owner of the St. Louis Rams – didn’t come without baggage.

Making a fortune through division will ultimately divide Limbaugh right out of the NFL.

Apparently, the deal is all but done. Enough owners have privately told Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole that they will not support Limbaugh’s ownership bid.  read more »

Reprint: Idaho State University Faculty at War

Concerns were expressed about this entry disappearing. So here it is again.

Originally Submitted by 123Idaho on Wed, 03/04/2009 - 10:46 pm:

When does Idaho State University have enough bad press?

It seems as if the Bengal Crew in Bannock just can't resist creating high profile scandals.

To begin this latest saga, a letter was recently sent to Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, state lawmakers and various state officials from ISU Faculty Senate Chair David J. Delehanty.

Below is an excerpt:  read more »

Pocatello Grapples with Gay Clergy Issue

Small towns can be remarkably resistant to change.

New ideas that rock the foundation of long established cues, values, morays, and perceptions are not easily tolerated.

Pocatello is no exception.

Some have said that the gate City has never progressed past the 1950s, which is the reason for the area's lack of economic growth when compared to cities of similar size.  read more »

Why 123idaho supports TJ Thomson for Boise City Council

We were asked.

Here is the answer.

TJ Thomson is running for the Boise City Council (Seat #4).

The 123idaho editorial team knows that TJ will bring a fresh voice and new ideas to the City of Boise.

With a long list of accomplishments, a proven tack record of community activism, and a strong background as a policy analyst, TJ has the true ability to help maintain and improve upon our incomparable quality of life in Boise.

TJ has what it takes to help in the following areas:  read more »

GOP Keeping Michael Steele on a 'Short Leash'

What's next?


Whips and chains?  read more »

According to a story called: GOP Leaders to Michael Steele: Back off, on Politico.com, GOP leaders, in a private meeting last month, delivered a blunt and at times heated message to RNC Chairman Michael Steele: quit meddling in policy. The plea was made during what was supposed to be a routine discussion about polling matters and other priorities in House Minority Leader John Boehner's office. But the session devolved into a heated discussion about the roles of congressional leadership and Steele, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting.Steele was taken aback by the comments from Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Senate GOP Conference Chairman of Tennessee and Senate GOP Policy Chairman John Thune of South Dakota and grew defensive during the 10-minute discussion, according to two people in the room.

And Larry Craig Thought He Was Special

Are you a public official?

Do you have a stunningly bizarre sexual addiction?

Are you in a heavily Republican area, such as Idaho or Mobile County, Alabama?

The caring bloggers of the 123idaho editorial team suggest that you seek help immediately.

Herman Thomas was once a revered judge, an African-American Democrat repeatedly elected in an Alabama county that was predominantly white and Republican.  read more »

Boise State’s Raymond Named First Occupant of the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs

Gregory Raymond, a long-time political science professor at Boise State University, has been named the first occupant of the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs, an endowed chair housed in Boise State’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs.

Raymond_Greg  read more »

Stephen "Steve" Kren Jr. and Idaho's Republican Ticking Time Bombs

Every problem is an opportunity.

The loss of 43rdSB posts creates a window for some reprinting and a chance to look back on questions we were asking many months ago, in light of new information.

From Rex Rammell's "Obama Tags" to Blake Hall's fall from grace (See: Semen on the Dress: Blake Hall Cannot represent Idaho to the Nation), to a Republican Honcho snapping over a bad real estate argument (See: People don't settle disputes. Guns do!) -- this entry from February 3, 2009 on Daily Kos -- becomes even more interesting to reconsider:

SmileyCentral.com  read more »

Could an Obama presidency hurt black Americans?

This is a thought that I have been having for a while.

The slogan on a popular T-shirt links Sen. Barack Obama's presidential run to the Rev. Martin Luther King's dream of racial equality. It's one of several T-shirts -- including "Barack is my homeboy"-- that reflect African-Americans' euphoria over Obama's White House bid, according to a story from CNN.  read more »

Idaho is Changing

The amazing response to Obama in Idaho was a surpise to many. Even Obama didn't originally plan to be here. The funeral of Gordon B. Hinckley of the LDS church kept him from going to Utah, so we got penciled in.

But transplants have outnumbered traditional Idahoans since 1988.

There are more of us here than many realize. Expect further surprises, with a bend toward the left, in upcoming Idaho elections.


A woman so liberal, she should be your mother.

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