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Loyal Hucks reader threatened with outing

Dec. 22, 2014 2 p.m.

Spudbob reports:

I gave my cat an ultimatum that if he kept bringing rodents into the house I would “rat him out” on Huckleberries and reveal his screen name, I said that there would be no more Joking around for him unless he changed his ways.


Any guesses as to what moniker this furry fellow posts under?


‘Constitutionalists’ protest at Spokane Valley Police Precinct

Dec. 22, 2014 1:30 p.m.

Michael Poulin, left, and Jeffrey Brandt, right, hold signs along Sprague Avenue during a protest Saturday by self-labeled constitutionalists in the parking lot of the Spokane Valley Police Precinct. Jesse Tinsley, SR photo 

A protest spurred by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy’s statement that angered self-described constitutionalists drew more than 300 people to the Spokane Valley Police Precinct parking lot Saturday afternoon.

Many of those in attendance carried rifles, handguns or both. A series of speakers criticized Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and called on him to give back the mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle (MRAP) that the department received for no cost as military surplus.

A video of a deputy responding to a question about the MRAP went viral after it was posted on the Info Wars website, which is run by radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The video shows a citizen asking why the MRAP is needed. The deputy’s response: “We’ve got a lot of constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, a lot of ammunition.” Full story. Nina Culver, SR

Do you understand what a “constitutionalist” is and what they believe?


H1 Unlimited sues Diamond Cup

Dec. 22, 2014 1:05 p.m.

Hydroplanes race on the straightaway during last year's Diamond Cup on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

COEUR d'ALENE - Diamond Cup LLC and its chief representatives Doug Miller and Keith Kroetch have been sued by hydroplane race-sanctioning body H1 Unlimited.

According to the lawsuit, Miller and Kroetch signed personal guarantees in March agreeing to pay H1 Unlimited a total of $65,850 in monthly installments, but then failed to make all of the payments.

The guarantees required Diamond Cup to cough up $7,000 per month through this month, and then finish with a payment of $2,850 on Jan. 1.

But by July, H1 Unlimited had already sent a letter to Diamond Cup saying Miller and Kroetch failed to make payments for May, June and July.

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in 1st District Court by Coeur d'Alene attorney Michael Hague on behalf of H1. Read more. David Cole, CdA Press




Stocking question

Dec. 22, 2014 noon - Updated: 12:27 p.m.

Arpie would like Hucksters to address this important holiday query: “This is a big one in my family- Do things put in stockings need to be wrapped?”

What say you? Stocking stuffers: Wrapped or unwrapped.

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RIP Joe Cocker

Dec. 22, 2014 11:48 a.m.

LONDON — British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70.

His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades.

Cocker was known for a memorable Woodstock performance and cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

The ballad “You Are So Beautiful,” with Cocker’s voice cracking on the final emotional note, was a Top Ten hit in 1975. He reached the top of the charts in the 1980s with the duet “Up Where We Belong,” with Jennifer Warnes, that appeared in the movie “An Officer and a Gentlemen.”  Read more.

Favorite Joe Cocker song?


Monday Wild Card 12-22-14

Dec. 22, 2014 11:36 a.m. - Updated: 11:36 a.m.

Good grief! DFO goes on vacation and leaves me this note: For 2nd time, you might be in blog seat when hux passes record. I'll be about 16,000 page-views shy of 2.6M The record is 2,605,000. If you get huckleberries to record, I may have to say something nice about my grandcats.

Nothing like a little pressure. Let's see, to get the turnstiles spinning around this joint we need a Sarah Palin sighting, or a transgender restroom issue, or a CdA park remodel. Maybe a recall. Anyone know if anything like that is likely to happen in the next 2 weeks?

If not, just check in here early and often. Tell your friends. Tell your friend's friends. I really want Dave to post a picture of him cuddling his grandcats, don't you?

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SR Letter: Hats Off

Dec. 22, 2014 11:25 a.m.

John Tuft of Spokane writes: When I go to a restaurant for dinner or any other meal, looking around I find that there are more and more men wearing hats. I guess that most of them wish they were women, so they wear their hats.

A gentleman usually will remove his hat before his meal is served, and will keep it off until he leaves the facilities. I was taught this as a young boy and never forgot that a gentleman removes his hat before he sits down to have a meal at a restaurant, or even at home.

I guess that most of them have never been taught to remove their hat before a meal is served in a public place. Please be a gentleman and remove your hat before ordering a meal at a restaurant.

My husband wears a ball cap frequently, but I can't remember a time when he didn't remove it at  a restaurant. Do you think most men understand hat etiquette?


He is a doctor and he plays one on TV but…

Dec. 22, 2014 11 a.m.

What do real-world doctors have to say about the advice dispensed on “The Dr. Oz Show”? Less than one-third of it can be backed up by even modest medical evidence.

If that sounds alarming, consider this: Nearly 4 in 10 of the assertions made on the show appear to be made on the basis of no evidence at all.

The researchers who fact-checked Dr. Mehmet Oz and his on-air guests were able to find legitimate studies related to 11 percent of the recommendations made on the show. Full story here.

How much attention do you pay to TV docs like Dr. Oz or those featured on The Doctors?


Court orders Idaho to pay more than $400K in attorney fees, costs

Dec. 22, 2014 10:32 a.m.

The state of Idaho must pay more than $400,000 in attorney fees and costs to the lawyers who represented the four lesbian couples who successfully sued to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, a federal court has ruled. “There is no dispute that Plaintiffs are the prevailing parties and are therefore entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees and litigation expenses,” wrote U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale, in an order issued late Friday. More here. Betsy Russell, EOB



Domination in the desert

Dec. 22, 2014 10:14 a.m.

Marshawn Lynch rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns, including a memorable 79-yarder. 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Seattle’s defense was stifling as usual and its offense had a record-breaking eruption against a defense that’s supposed to be one of the NFL’s best.

The Seahawks sure looked a lot like the Super Bowl champs of last season in their 35-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.

“I think it feels better than last year,” Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said.

Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and the Seahawks amassed a franchise-record 596 yards to close in on another NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the conference.

Now, that was some fun football! I got hysterically excited when Marshawn Lynch followed me on Twitter. Then my teenage son informed me that his Twitter handle is actually Money Lynch. Sigh.

So, how likely do you think it is for the Hawks to make it to the Super Bowl again this year?

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