The Rockin Johnny B

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wolves Again

Here ya go Oregon.  Let's see how you Greenies handle this situation.  Bet ya think he's pretty don'cha?  Wait'll there 600 of him chewing on your Roosevelt Elk.  You're gonna love him.

Wandering wolf
Lone creature travels 700 miles across Oregon, inspires hope, dread
   Thee Associated Press
   Journey reignites clash between ranchers, conservationists
   GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A young wolf from Oregon has become a media celebrity while looking for love, tracing a zigzag path that has carried him hundreds of miles nearly to California, while his alpha male sire and a sibling that stayed home near the Idaho border are under a death warrant for killing cattle.
   Backcountry lodge owner Liz Parrish thinks she locked eyes with the wolf called OR-7 on the edge of the meadow in front of her Crystalwood Lodge, on the western shore of Upper Klamath Lake, and hopes someday she will hear his howls coming out of the tall timber.
   “I was stunned — it was such a huge animal,” said Parrish, who has seen her share of wolves while racing dog sleds in Alaska and Minnesota. “He just stopped and stared. I stopped and stared. We had a stare-down that seemed like a long time, but was probably just a few seconds.
   “He just evaporated into the trees. I stayed there awhile, hoping he might come back. He didn’t.”
   Cattle rancher Nathan Jackson has not seen or heard the wolf, and hopes he never does.
   “In this country, we worked really hard to exterminate wolves 50 years ago or so, and there was a reason,” said Jackson, who ranches on the other side of Upper Klamath Lake from Parrish’s lodge.
   “A people ’ a direct tie to the agricultural community tend to view wolves as majestic, beautiful creatures. They don’t seem so majestic and beautiful when they are ripping apart calves and colts.”
   Last February, OR-7 was in a snowy canyon in northeastern Oregon, 
when a state biologist shot him with a tranquilizer dart from a helicopter, then fitted him with a tracking collar and blue ear tags. State biologists have been able to chart his journey from GPS positions transmitted from the collar. They show he has traveled 730 miles on his meandering route, getting as far as 320 miles from home. And each time he crosses a county line, OR-7 makes it into the newspapers and on TV news.
   The conservation group
   Oregon Wild has begun a contest to give OR-7 a different name, hoping to make him too famous to be shot, either by a poacher, rancher or government hunter. One entry came from as far away as Finland. The first came from a little girl in OR-7’s home territory of Wallowa County, who suggested “Whoseafraida.” 
   OR-7 set out on his trek on Sept. 10, just before state wildlife officials issued a death warrant for members of his Imnaha pack for killing cattle. The kill order specifically mentions OR-7’s father, the alpha male, and one younger wolf with no collar. Since OR-7 and two siblings took off, that would leave his mother and one pup.
   The department reports a government hunter had a shot but missed, and did not get another before conservation groups won a stay of the kill order while their legal challenge is settled by the Oregon Court of Appeals.
   Wolves started moving into Oregon from Idaho in the late 1990s, from packs introduced into the Northern Rockies as part of a federal endangered species restoration program. From trail cameras, radio tracking collar data, and sightings, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife figures the state has at least 23 wolves. All four packs are in the northeastern corner of the state. Two produced pups this year.
   Federal protection for wolves was lifted in Eastern Oregon, but they remain 
under state protection. West of Interstate 97 they are back under federal protection.
   When wolves reach about 2 years old, they typically strike out on their own, looking for a mate and an empty territory they can call their own. And that’s what OR-7 has done.
   He’s trekked across mountains, deserts and major highways from his pack’s turf.
   Once in the Cascade Range, OR-7 meandered through the Rogue-Umpqua Divide, where Oregon’s last known wolf was shot by a bounty hunter in 1946. He skirted Crater Lake National Park, and dropped down to the flatlands near Upper Klamath Lake, climbed back up in 
the Cascades, and crossed over the crest south of Mount McLaughlin, a snow-capped volcano visible from Interstate 5.
   So far there have been no reports of cattle killing along his path.
   Russ Morgan, the wolf coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, is surprised by the way the public has embraced the wandering wolf. Much of Morgan’s time is spent on a more difficult task, trying to build acceptance among ranchers.
   “With all that’s going on right now with management 
of wolves in Oregon, this is kind of a different side that people across the state have taken a shine to,” Morgan said.
   OR-7’s travels are not unusual, said Ed Bangs, the retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf coordinator for the Northern Rockies. A female from Montana headed south through Wyoming, crossed southeastern Idaho, dropped down to Utah, crossed northern Colorado, and headed back up to Wyoming, where she ate poison and died.
   “If you connect all the dots, she walked something like 3,000 miles,” said Bangs. “Wolves are amazing travelers.’”
   And patient. One male hung out four years in Idaho, howling and leaving scent markers, before a female found him, Bangs said. They established a pack, and the male lived to the near-record age of 13 before lying down and dying next to a dead elk.
   Bangs said most of the wanderers become biological dead ends, but even if OR-7 dies alone, the trail of scent posts he has left will be followed by others.
   And OR-7 already may have company. Tracks and sightings from last winter indicated other wolves made it to the Cascades. Parrish spotted a track last May in a muddy area of her meadow.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wolves Again

One pack in Weippe, Idaho.  ONE PACK!  That means there are many more packs.  Still want no hunting season?  Don't be a fool.  These guys can overrun an area in a short time.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Labor Dept. leader’s remark sounded worse than it was
Madsen’s request to not extend jobless benefits any further wasn’t intended to blame the unemployed for their predicament
   On the heels of Idaho Department of Labor Director Roger Madsen’s remarks about cutting extensions to unemployment insurance in Idaho, the state’s Democrats are barking.
   “Roger Madsen must resign,” said Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant. “As head of the Idaho Department of Labor it is Madsen’s job to make sure every unemployed person in Idaho has the help and support they need, not cut the very funding their survival depends on.”
   The state’s Democratic leader said unemployment benefits keep people in their homes and buying food. Which is true. Unemployed Idahoans have received more than $800 million in federally funded unemployment benefits since July of 2008.
   Madsen himself acknowledged the importance of unemployment benefits in Idaho when he wrote a letter to Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, this month letting the federal legislator know that extensions of these benefits no longer hold Madsen’s support.
   “These benefits have helped thousands of Idahoans pay their bills, take care of the mortgage and support local businesses,” Madsen wrote. That said, he turned his message to Sen. Crapo to reasons for cutting them off.
   Madsen said future extensions would do more harm than good. The man in charge of labor efforts in the Gem State said many unemployed workers have lost the skills and knowledge needed to find re-employment and cutting off the support checks would force them to get back on the job before they become unemployable.
   Madsen said extended unemployment benefits just add billions to the national debt. He said after talking to business leaders, state legislators and his staff that he had to encourage Congress to vote no on any more extensions for those out of work.
   This circle of trust didn’t seem to include any of the state’s thousands of unemployed. And this “tough love” approach to the state and nation’s unemployment woes didn’t sit well with Grant.
   “It is not the unemployed that caused the recession,” Grant said. “They are not the problem.” He said the obstructionist actions of Republicans in Congress who refuse to try any legislation to create jobs and stimulate the economy as proposed by President Obama are the real problem.
   Madsen isn’t blaming people who lost their jobs due to economic stagnation for their own misfortunes. Madsen’s letter to Sen. Crapo isn’t as harsh as leaning out the window of your pickup as you pass by a bread line and yelling, “Get a job!” It’s Madsen’s job to help unemployed Idahoans do just that — get a job. In fact, the Internet home page for the Idaho Department of Labor states it is “your connection to the training, education and opportunities for jobs of the future.” The first link it offers is a portal to help Idahoans search for a job.
   It’s the next link on the page that should bother Madsen a tad. It’s a link to help people file for unemployment insurance benefits — the ones Madsen wants to limit.
   In his letter to Crapo asking for a no vote on extensions, Madsen admits he knew his recommendation would make people unhappy. He closes by saying that cutting off the unemployed is simply the right way to cut the deficit and give employers the confidence to invest money and re-hire people.
   If that doesn’t happen, the pantries of the homes of Idaho’s unemployed will be not only empty, but belong to a mortgage company already bloated with property it cannot sell — especially to people who cannot find work.
   n This view is from the Idaho State Journal editorial board in Pocatello.

OMG, here's an idiot for ya.  Cut off unemployment benefits will help Idahoans seek jobs.  HOW THE HELL ARE THEY GONNA PAY FOR THE GAS WHEN THEY CAN'T EVEN PAY THEIR MORTGAGES?  Sometimes I get so wound up when it comes to the distorted thinking of the folks running our state.  What possesses a guy to 'blame the victim' in this terrible economy?  Cut off unemployment benefits...why doesn't he just say pack up the ol' rucksack and take a hike?  The guy has the heart of a crocodile.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Speaking Up

Still Congress working : hard at being seat-warmers
   I asked an Occupier in DC named Rob Wohl, why the movement he’s a part of is resonating with people - why as over 3,000 Americans have been arrested in demonstrations and even journalists and vets have endured tear gas and rubber bullets, the movement is still growing.
   His answer? “Because we are analytically correct.”
   What does that mean? Apparently, they believe they have the facts on their side. History certainly is. And as
   about the Occupy Wall Street movement, they also have justice on their side.
   New census data released shows we have record high poverty in this country. It’s up to 16 percent or 49.1 million Americans (that’s over five New York Cities). We have the worst wealth inequality in the industrialized world (meaning we’re on par with some third world countries). We have the highest health care costs in the world. And a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute notes, “U.S. productivity grew by 62.5 percent from 1989 to 2010, far more than real hourly wages for both private-sector and state/local government workers, which grew 12 percent in the same period.” Basically Americans are working much (much) harder for much (much) less. Pair that with the fact U.S. businesses are making record profits and that’s why Americans have taken to the pothole-laden streets to protest.
   It’s not just about the bank bailout. It’s not just about Wall Street. It’s about the goal of the wealthy to milk their fellow citizens until they’re completely dry. And while regular Americans are condescended to about their proverbial bootstraps, the U.S. government has helped the wealthy at every turn. So it’s no surprise they’ve won. And now that people are brittle and dusty — there are encampments all over the country.
   The question isn’t, “Why are there so many people sleeping in parks?” The question is, “Why aren’t there more?
   In the wake of this massive protest — right in the middle of the tenure of the lowest rated House in our nation’s history — a group of men and women whose approval rating of 9 percent is hovering just above the margin of error — what do they do? They pass another symbolic (think: busy work) nonbinding resolution to reaffirm “in God we trust” as the national motto.
   I could have made that up as satire and I’d get a letter saying I was being too harsh.
   Time spent on a bill (of which there are FOUR versions) reaffirming a phrase already on every denomination of money, every courthouse and most public buildings is about as contemptuous as this body of seat-warmers can get.
   It’s “let them eat cake” with a little of King George III’s “the colonies will submit” thrown in for flavor.
   Yes, the do-less-than-nothing House has passed a whopping 54 bills originating in their chamber in their nearly full year in office. Their counterparts in previous congresses usually author and pass three times that. And if you subtract passing go-no-where bills to defund NPR, Planned Parenthood and other specters like Obama Czars and take into account their days off (next year they’re only set to work 109 days out of the ENTIRE year) — they’ve put in a lot of effort to be ineffective.
   Which is what you’d expect from self-hating government workers like the House leadership.
   The Occupiers are right. They are “analytically correct” in their assessment. Their government is failing them. As another Occupier put it, maybe it’s “time to replace Congress with people.”
   ¦Tina Dupuy is an award-winning writer and the man aging editor of Crooks and Liars. Tina can be reached  .
This lady speaks my language.  Kudos Tina Dupuy, you've done your homework.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Where does Boise State go from here?
   Thirteen years, and nothing conference but wins.
   Many games, all with hugs and smiles.
   And all of it came on that famous blue turf.
   There was a 35-game home winning streak, a decade without a single regular season loss at Bronco Stadium and 13 years of nothing but conference domination.
   And now the count is down to zero, just as the scoreboard clock read following Dan Goodale’s missed 39-yard field goal attempt on Saturday.
   The final score stands at TCU 36, Boise State 35, and there is nothing that can be done about that today. Boise State is now 72-3 on the blue since 
   But the number that really stings Boise State today is one.
   One point. One loss. All those streaks and rankings and hopes crumbling on the blue turf, where they had been so dominant over the years.
   What is left today is the lingering effects of what’s next for the Broncos. 
   One fan leaving Bronco Stadium Saturday summed it up pretty succinctly: “Well, our season’s over,” he said for all to hear.
   Because that is the world that Boise State lives in — one (loss) and done.
   The Broncos may have not lost a conference game on their home turf since Idaho’s Joel Thomas rumbled into the south end zone at Bronco Stadium for the winning two-point conversion in overtime on Nov. 21, 1998, but none of that matters today.
   They may have not lost a regular season game in Boise since Sept. 8, 2001 against Washington 
State, but it doesn’t matter now.
   And they may have not lost at all on their own turf since Boston College beat them in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl.
   Today, Boise State is 8-1 overall and its outside national championship hopes have faded. The Broncos are 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference and a conference title is likely out of the question.
   Chaos would likely have to take place for the Broncos to be back in the running for a BCS bowl bid.
   Boise State coach Chris Petersen simply said now is the time to pick up the pieces and see what kind of team he truly has.
   “We’ll see what these guys are made of,” Petersen said. “This is real-life football. You don’t win all of your games all of the time as much as we do around here. So, we’ll see.”
   For the past two seasons, Boise State’s BCS hopes have hinged on one game, one loss and one field goal attempt.
   And while Boise State is in a much different place than it was in 1998, as far as conference affiliation and national prestige, one point is still one point and one loss is still one loss to this team.
   That is why TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big East, then eventually landed in the Big 12. That is why Boise State is expected to join the Big East any day now.
   The move would be made for more money, sure. But it’s also for the ability to rebound from a loss and play for a conference championship that can lead to a BCS game.
   In conferences, such as the Big East, one point and one loss does not equal “season’s over.” In the 
WAC and Mountain West it does.
   Boise State will play its remaining three conference games and finish its season in San Diego or Las Vegas again, while teams they have defeated, such as Virginia Tech in 2010 and Georgia this season play for conference titles and a spot in BCS games.
   Boise State wants that option.
   But until they are offered and accept that inclusion, posting nothing but wins for 13 years in conference play, nor 10 years of home wins in the regular season don’t mean much when it matters most.
   There will still be occasions like Saturday, when fans file from the stadium, knowing there’s nothing more to play for.

Season Over?  No, no.  Not over.  Not by a long shot.  We still have to play New Mexico and San Diego.  Both are quality teams.  What people don't realize is that there are no candy-asses in the Mountain West Conference.  We thought there would be, but there are a bunch of quality teams.  We only beat Air Force by 11 points.  That should have told the faithful what we are facing in this conference.  Instead, we are talking about going to the Big East where we will get our hats handed to us in a big way.  No, my friends, the Mountain West is where we belong and where we should stay for the foreseeable future.  Hey, how would you like to be Idaho and have a 42-7 loss to BYU?  THAT my friends would be a LOSS.  Not a one point deficit after facing a very quality team...a very well coached team.  Congratulations Gary Patterson, you are a classy coach and a classy man and you have a classy team.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thoughts N'stuff.

Herman Cain.  Smoke?  Fire?

Role of government has changed in U.S.
   Even a cursory examination of laws and court rulings will reveal how government has purposely subverted our Constitution for their ends.
   The role of government has changed from protecting our God-given rights to a government bent on eliminating our rights. Nearly, every facet of our lives is impacted by government pronouncing what we may or may not do, all under the threat of some penalty if we do not comply. This is absolutely counter to the Constitution’s edict to hold an individual’s life, liberty and property inviolable.
   The vast majority in government totally ignore the Constitution they swore to uphold. If an oath is their word to obey, and if ignored, what can we conclude about their words to us? Are not these words just mere platitudes or blatant lies?
   Most people do not see what 
is happening to this nation due to the corruption of those in government. This is evidenced by their willingness, having been brainwashed, to return the same culprits to inflict further pain.
   Government aids and abets this destruction of the nation by allowing millions of people to enter, either legally or illegally, for the purpose of creating greater dependence on government for their sustenance. Congressmen do nothing to stop the judiciary from creating laws, instead of ensuring that the judiciary only says whether a law is constitutional or not. There are few or no restraints on the executive branch as regards to law, regulations or executive orders.
   To quote coach Mitchell Goldstein in NewsWithViews, “Those still believing we are a government of the people, by the people and for the people should now see that we really are a government of the corrupted, by the deceitful and for the powerful.”
   You decide — government enslavement or liberty? I choose to fight for liberty.
   n Robert B. Murray II, Ph.D., Caldwell

Bob, you got a real hold on the truth.  Too bad more people don't share your ideas.  This nations' legislature folks are indeed crooks and possibly evil beings.  They are there for their own aggrandizement not for the betterment of their fellow man.  This is the power that money has over them.  The more power, the more corruptions.  We need to clean house.  We need to take these barbarians to task and actually arrest them for their crimes if they've committed crimes.

I am a firm believer in what you have said.  I have said it myself...Many Times.  But I feel like I'm a lone man screaming in the wilderness.  Thank God you're there too.

Thanks Bob.
 Shannon Ozuna, Caldwell: thank you for your thank you.  Let's see if any other pol says thank you for us electing them!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Next year, I am leaving my rie at home
   For the Idaho Press-Tribune
   The hardest part about a hunting trip is coming home. I forget where I work or what I do for a living two minutes into the hunting trip. Once I get home, it only takes a second for all the bad habits and worries to reappear.
   I just returned from a great hunting trip. It wasn’t the best weather for camping, and although 
the deer were cooperating, we didn’t see anything of size.
   I get my best sleep when I’m at deer camp. When I’m home, I worry. I worry about the “what if’s.”
   Once I solve one problem, I worry about the next one, and the next one, and the next one.
   I’m a lawyer, and when I prepare for a case, I start out preparing for the obvious problems and concerns. Then I start preparing for and worrying about 
all the hypothetical problems that may come up. It’s an endless downward spiral.
   If I don’t have anything to worry about, I find something. I seldom sleep past 6 a.m. More often than not, I’m up by 5:30 a.m.
   If I have a trial or a stressful court hearing the next day, I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, thinking about it.
   My mind spirals out of control and I end up just getting up. It doesn’t matter if it’s only 4 
a.m. I’m not going to get back to sleep, anyway.
   But when I am at deer camp, I sleep like a dead man. The only thing I have to worry about is getting from the campfire to my tent.
   Twice during this last hunting trip I was in my sleeping bag by 8:30 p.m. and didn’t wake up until 7 a.m. That’s almost 11 hours of sleep! Why can’t I do that when I get home?
   I arrived at deer camp late Thursday evening. My buddies 
had already been in camp almost a week. Those who wanted to had already filled their tags and were having the time of their lives sitting around the campfire and taking it easy. The only worry they had was whether I brought the cinnamon rolls.
   I wanted to stay in camp all day, but I had to go hunting instead. A small buck ended an otherwise good hunting trip and I had to go.
   Next year, I’m leaving my rifle at home.

What a great story.  Boy, do I relate.  I love hunting and fishing.  I love the mountains.  I love the weather, they streams, the trees, the fish, the game.  I love everything about camping.  Food is the greatest when camping, the sleep is great once I get that first night under my belt and I love my camp partners.

This year, my wife, my brother in law, and myself drew on cow elk and we've been hunting every week since it opened in October.  When we are looking for elk, I don't think about anything except the elk.  None of us have scored, but we keep going because we all feel the same about 'the Getting Out.'  It's the best.

I will continue to hunt/fish until I cannot do it anymore.  I'm getting long in the tooth, but I can still see and aim and cast.  Thank you God for making my later years GOOD YEARS.

on slippery slope hiring wife
Paying Becca Labrador with campaign funds to be accountant can create dubious impression
   Anytime a politician approaches an ethical border, the first thing out of his mouth is: “It’s legal.” And the next thing is: “Everybody else does it.”
   So it goes with freshman Congressman Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who waited all of five months in office before putting his wife Becca on the payroll.
   As the Spokesman-Review’s Betsy Russell reported, Labrador hired his wife as his campaign accountant. Hired in May, she’s paid $2,050 a month and is the campaign’s sole employee.
   Nepotism laws apply only to federal offices. Becca Labrador can’t draw a salary from her husband’s congressional staff — where he earns $174,000.
   And Labrador can’t spend campaign contributions on himself. Even after he retires from office, the law prohibits him converting whatever cash remains in that account to personal use.
   But hiring his wife for the campaign accomplishes the same result. In the current cycle, Labrador has raised about $270,000, much of it from the National Rifle Association, the American Bankers Association, California Dairies Inc., and Koch Industries.
   So far, he has spent $157,737. And $33,725, or 22 cents of every dollar, has found its way into the Labrador family budget through the salary paid to Becca Labrador. Even that might have been illegal had a 2007 House reform — proposed after Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., got into trouble paying his wife a 15 percent commission on contributions to his leadership PAC — not been bottled up in the Senate.
   For Idaho, this is not unique. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, paid his wife Susan $78,514 to perform campaign work between 2000 and 2006. Susan Crapo now works only for Crapo’s PAC and was paid $4,677 from Jan. 1 to July 31.
   Former Congressman Bill Sali, R-Idaho, also hired his daughter-in-law Jessica Sali for his campaign.
   But the watchdog group Public Citizen says you won’t find more than 20 of the 535 representatives and senators employing spouses on campaigns or PACs. Most members don’t like the impression this practice creates.
   Labrador says he’s just being fiscally prudent. His wife works 20 hours a week keeping the campaign books.
   “We are the most frugal campaign in the state,” Labrador says. “We work hard and make sure that the people who contribute money to our campaign, their money’s used correctly and adequately.”
   Then why does it cost Labrador more money to have his wife prepare the books than it does for 2nd District Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, to hire an outside accountant for his campaign? Since Jan. 1, Simpson’s campaign paid $16,443 to a Blackfoot accounting firm.
   And if it’s so frugal to hire his own wife as an accountant, why does the Labrador campaign then secure the services of an election compliance service to check over Becca Labrador’s work and make certain all Federal Election Commission rules are followed?
   Assuring compliance with FEC regs is the duty of a campaign accountant. Only at the highly sophisticated presidential campaign level do you see election compliance services, says Public Citizen. Not only would that extra layer of review add expense, but it would suggest the campaign doesn’t have the highest confidence in its accountant.
   Labrador is smart and may have the best instincts of any politician on the Idaho scene today. But Idaho has seen several of its talented officials get tripped up by sloppy finances. Labrador is making a mistake if he thinks he’s immune.
   n Our view is based on the majority opinions of the Idaho Press-Tribune editorial board. Members of the board are Publisher Matt Davison, Managing Editor Vickie Holbrook and community members Tim Vandeventer and Sandi Levi, all of Nampa; Opinion Editor Phil Bridges and community member John Blaisdell of Caldwell, and Alex Zamora of Wilder.

Ooops!  This is a no-no Raul.  Never hire your family when you are in office no matter how qualified they are.  You may get away with it if they get a job with the state and are paid with state monies, but you paid her out of campaign, no, no...

Occupy rallies have degenerated
   Occupy Wall Street has degenerated into Down With Everything. A message of the so-called 99 percent, decrying corporate welfare, bailouts, etc., that resonates with the vast majority of Americans of all stripes has been replaced with a laundry list of left-wing causes that don’t represent a majority of any of us.
   Occupy Boise should be as appalled as the rest of us, otherwise they should not presume to speak for the “99 percent.”
   Remember Nancy Pelosi’s angst over Tea Party rallies’ “air of violence?” Remember accusations of racism in the Tea Party and demands they “police their own?” Remember Biden calling the Tea Party terrorists?
   Now with every week that goes by, criminal activity in the Occupy ranks increases, and those with legitimate concerns become less relevant to what is happening.
   Pelosi has proved she supports violence and censorship. Biden has proved he supports terrorist tactics that have made people in Oakland afraid to go to work. David Duke has come out in favor of the protesters with the same anti-Semitic, Jew-hating rhetoric that many of the marchers are using.
   99 percent? Give us a break!
   I’m sorry, Delmar Stone and Occupy Boise, but this is the sad truth about your movement: Any adults that were involved with the Occupy “movement” left the island weeks ago, and it’s turning into Lord of the Flies.
   When some OWS protesters defecated on a police car in New York, it redefined the movement, appropriately, from “occupy” to “bowel.” Up to that point, legitimate concerns were expressed in 
a peaceful fashion.
   Now we have Oakland on the verge of riots, and Democrat leadership seems to be OK with it. And expecting the Occupiers to police their own? Right.
   Anybody who could not see this coming is delusional.
   n Ron Hitt, Nampa

Ron, Ron, Ron, what garbage.  Nancy Pelosi was upset that the people were protesting against things they knew nothing Medicare...they didn't realize Medicare was 'socialized' medicine.  Their causes weren't truly representing what America wants or needs.

Now we have you saying the Occupy movement is in bed with David Duke...what rot.  Just because Duke supports the movement doesn't mean the movement can do anything about that support.  You, Ronnie, are against the working man and that's why you don't think the movement is good for the country.  I've been screaming this would happen for the past 3 years, both in the paper and in my blog. general, are sick and tired of the the Have's having and the Have Not's having nothing.  When society becomes this divided, the country goes into revolution mode and that's what the Occupy movement is about...a new way of treating the haves.  The unions don't have the power any more, but the youth does and they will use that power every time.

Ron, you are foolish to think this movement is 'bad' for this country.  If anything, it's good for this country.  America needs to be shook up.  If the bank failures and the thieves on Wall Street didn't upset you, they really pissed off this country...especially the people who are young and educated and out of work because of the Republican deregulations of the past.

Beware...Ron, Beware!  This is just the beginning.  Mark my word, fur will fly before it's over.