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I’m Driving to Work on Your Dime

This morning the Idaho Press Tribune has an opinion on Ron Crane’s, Treasurer of the State of Idaho, imbecilic defense of why he uses the State gas card for his personal vehicle.

Apparently the first question is: “How is Mr. Crane paying for his daily commute between Nampa & Boise” because the IPT writes, “Another question that should be answered: Can you use a state credit card to fuel your personal vehicle?”  This isn’t to deride the IPT – is that a serious question? How many of us expect our employer to pay our way when getting to & from work? Evidently Mr. Crane thinks so.  I work from home & pay for internet service in order to connect to the hospital’s servers and database although a portion can be declared on my taxes as a business expense.

One commenter notes:

“We shouldn’t be paying for the local commute of any politician other than perhaps the Governor. Crane is in a position to have legally been the watch dog over such issues …. He is in a position of public trust, he is the watch dog over such issues...”

[That to me is one of two defining issues. “He is the watch dog over such issues..”]

Now as pointed out by the Idaho Press Tribune, the real issue as they see it:

But the real issue here is whether Idaho taxpayers should be expected to pay for his trips to and from work. If the rest of us are expected to foot that bill ourselves, shouldn’t the same be expected of the state treasurer?

That’s not the real issue. Why? Here’s where the ‘two defining issues’ come  in with their ‘issue’ simply providing a way out for Mr. Crane to apparently plead stupidity.

.1) Gov’t service: Ron Crane has leeched off the gov’t  for a long enough time.  He was a state representative for a number of years and following that was elected as state treasurer, and is undoubtedly quite aware of what’s allowed and/or disallowed.  During his tenure as a representative is where Mr. Crane would have been educated on those allowable expenses as they related to his office.

Prior to his election as Treasurer in 1998, Mr. Crane served 16 years in the Idaho House of Representatives. While there, he chaired the House State Affairs Committee for 4 years and the Business Committee for 7 years.

2) Business ownership:  Since 1979, Mr. Crane has operated his own small business.  It’s touted on the state website as “one of the oldest and largest alarm companies in Idaho.”  Again – as a business owner, Mr. Crane would know what’s allowable as a business expense for state & federal tax purposes.

Now, just another two things.  I’m truly sick of those who boast their Christian-ness as though that places them several notches above the rest of us especially when it comes to decision-making, living an exemplary life, and other bullshit.  Mr. Crane’s biography on the state website highlights his graduation from Nampa Christian High School, later graduating from college with an associate’s degree, going on to receive “an honorary doctorate from Ohio Christian University in 2008.” His biography also relays he is “a founding member of the Lifeline Crisis Pregnancy Center, and serves on the board of trustees for Nampa Christian Schools.”  Mr. Crane’s actions don’t even rise to meet up with his own standards.  What a role model.

Secondly, as the commenter mentioned above “he is the watch dog over such issues.”  I’d venture Mr. Crane KNOWS exactly what’s allowed and/or disallowed and simply is fabricating any response he can to find a way to skirt  the obvious. He did know and chose to ignore it.  Or … Mr. Crane truly is a fucking doofus and didn’t know and with that is flat-out unqualified at the most basic level for this position.

Either way, Mr. Crane needs to explain himself – then, resign.

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You Can’t Make Me!

Just a comment on this in The Idaho Statesman Tuesday morning edition.

Governor Butch is refusing to meet with the Idaho Press Club tomorrow, Wednesday instead sending Lt. Gov. Brad Little.  Otter’s spokesman, Jon Hanian, stated flatly, “The governor said, ‘Look, I’m not going to do it this year.’”

Idaho’s governors have met with the Idaho Press Club during the annual legislative session since the tradition began with Cecil Andrus in the early 1970s.

They did it because they honored the media’s duty to inform.

Simply put, it is the duty of the governor to make himself accessible to the people over whom he has governance, as well as to the media as a mechanism to dispensing information.  Aside from thinking Butch wouldn’t be anything more than a common drunk if he hadn’t married into the Simplot family, he still has a duty to the people of Idaho in allowing access.

Photos from the Kill Team Involving Local Boy

There’s a picture of PFC Holmes from the Idaho Statesman in which I think his eyes are ‘dead-looking’ especially when compared to a high school photo.  I can’t tell if he’s attempting to pull off the tough,’I’m a soldier’ or if that look is simply one of boredom.

I cannot tell how much disgust I have for the individuals posing in the pictures I’m posting below. They sickened me.  Not only the pictures but the men.  Here the brief rundown in Der Spiegel.

The piece in SPIEGEL reconstructs some of the atrocities and includes three previously unknown photographs. Among other things, they show two of the suspected killers posing next to a corpse. The victim in the image is Gul Mudin, an Afghan man killed on Jan. 15, 2010 in the village of La Mohammed Kalay. In total, SPIEGEL and SPIEGEL TV has obtained close to 4,000 photos and videos.

The suspects are accused of having killed civilians for no reason and then of trying to make it look as though the killings had been acts of self-defense. Some of the accused have said the acts had been tightly scripted.

Thus far, the crimes against them are alleged.   Continue and view the one photo posted at your own risk.  Der Spiegel has the photo gallery on their website. Continue reading

Surrounding the Capitol for Education

Since my Strawberry Shortcake look-a-like starts kindergarten this fall at Lowell, this is for her.  Not to mention to all the tremendous teachers I’ve had throughout my life, most specifically, Mrs. Hackenberg at Hawthorne Elementary.  Due to the passage of SB 1108 this morning, this action will be undertaken tomorrow.

To protest the passage of Senate Bill 1108 and lawmakers’ refusal to listen to their constituents, Day of Action activities are planned statewide on Wednesday, March 9.

In Boise, a human chain will circle the Capitol starting at 4:30 p.m., followed by a rally at Capitol Park at 5:30 p.m. Parents, students, and community members are invited to support educators from Boise, Caldwell, Kuna, Meridian, Mountain Home, Nampa, Vallivue, and across the Treasure Valley by joining us at the Capitol. Other events planned around the state on Wednesday include:

A Few Tiny Thoughts on Nullification

Update:  I started this over last weekend, however there’s been quite a bit of movement making it almost irrelevant.

Now that Egypt is free and my tweeter feed isn’t ablaze I’ve been able to focus on more local issues which is how this tweet caught my attention which gave a link to ThinkProgress written  by Ian Millhiser entitled, Idaho Nullificationists Poised To Kill Medicaid In That State.  The closing paragraph from Ian’s post:

ThinkProgress previously reported that the leading proponents of Idaho’s nullification bill — including Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) — decided to move forward with this ill-considered proposal after reading a book on nullification by leading Confederate apologist Tom Woods. As it turns out, there are very real consequences when state officials abandon the advice of real legal experts in favor of crackpot pseudo-historians like Woods. One of those consequences could be the end of Medicaid in Idaho.

Notwithstanding the possible loss of Medicaid funding that would directly affect my 28 year-old developmentally delayed nephew, I wanted to find why nullification was drawing such a strong, decided response from Idaho’s legislators.  Not to mention how not only Idaho’s governor but several Idaho legislators ‘just happened to have’ copies of a book that specifically promotes nullification as a method for “fighting federal tyranny” in the ‘battle’ currently being used as a legal strategy against the Patient Protection & Affordable Health Care Act, fondly referred to as “Obamacare” by idiots everywhere.  The book: ‘Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century’ is written by Thomas Woods, Jr., a Harvard/Columbia educated historian.  The reason for Inadvertently  found the reason why good ole’ boy Butch and GOP legislators had the book. Continue reading

Union Thuggery, My Ass!

Read this from KTVB via the AP.

Apparently someone identified as “an angry teacher showed up” at the home of Tom Luna’s mother, who is 71 years of age.  It’s not something I would do nor is it something I’d support.  It’s Luna’s comments to which I take exception.

Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 7:57 AM

BOISE — Public schools chief Tom Luna says he had to file a police report after an angry teacher showed up at his 71-year-old mother’s home in Nampa on Saturday.

Luna has been the object of anger from teachers for his proposals to overhaul Idaho’s K-12 education system. He’s currently proposing a list of changes to his plan.

“It was just totally uncalled for,” Luna said.  “When you look at the emails that have gone out, where they’ve listed people’s addresses, they’ve listed their home phone numbers, they’ve said ‘Go talk to their neighbors and tell their neighbors to go tell them not to support this.  It’s just union thuggery as far as I’m concerned.”

No arrests were made.

Union thuggery?  Surely you fucking jest, Mr. Luna.  Take a look in the mirror.   Listing people’s addresses, home phone numbers, harassing neighbors – you know where that shit comes from – your side.  It’s been done for years when it comes to ‘exposing’ those who support Democratic or left-leaning policies.   Ask any abortion & health care service provider.

I guess that so-called degree in ‘Weights & Measures’ didn’t include studying American History.

Oh – and for the record, one teacher who appears at the door of your mother isn’t “the teachers union” ya fucking dolt.

Come up with an EDUCATION plan and then we’ll talk.

Labrador

Last Sunday Raul Labrador appeared as one of five panel members on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’   Three on the panel were Democrats: Reps Cleaver (D-MO), Grijalva (D-AZ), and Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL); the remaining two from the GOP, Reps Trent Franks(R-AZ) and Mr. Labrador (R-ID).  David Gregory billed them as ‘five of Rep. Giffords colleagues’ with the topic of conversation being the “vitriolic rhetoric” (using the words of Sheriff Dupnik in Tucson) and its contribution to violent behavior aimed at lawmakers.

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government, the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this county is getting to be outrageous. Unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become sort of the capital,” Dupnik, a Democrat, continued.

Being a freshmen member of the House, I really doubted Mr. Labrador had yet met Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and as he pointed out he was the only one of the panel “who doesn’t know Rep. Giffords.”  Somewhat confused  I couldn’t quite grasp the point of his even being on the panel.  Then it struck me – his ‘tea party’ backing. And finally the conversation rolled around to just that. Continue reading