Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Middle of the Week Mélange

Keep an eye out for another post here on Bill Sali later in the day. And don't forget the Parade of Homes in Pocatello begins tomorrow!!

Scary news in the Washington Post this morning about the embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales -- evidently Gonzo is going to get "expanded powers to hasten death penalty cases under new regulations being developed by the Justice Department." Yikes! Just what the man needs, more unchecked power. Helluva job you're doing, Gonzo!

Looks like I'm going to be helping out at the United Vision for Idaho booth at the Western Idaho State Fair on the 24th of this month. The fair runs August 17th through the 26th. From the UVI press release:
United Vision for Idaho is coordinating a booth at the Western Idaho State Fair to ask interested fairgoers to join thousands of other Idahoans who are calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq and for public funds to be re-invested into Idaho families and communities.

UVI will have an interactive game that illustrates Idaho’s share of the huge costs we have paid not only in lives lost and families torn apart but also in huge losses to Idaho families as public funds have been shifted away from our communities to fund the occupation. (Idaho's share is $1.2 billion, and growing every day).

People who care about helping Idaho families recover, about re-investing in Idaho communities, about restoring America's moral standing in the world, are encouraged to volunteer.

If you're available I would also encourage you all to volunteer some time. Contact UVI for more details!

All sorts of records in baseball are flying around these days, none so quietly as the lead up to the breaking of the record for most ejections for a major league manager. Bobby Cox, with twenty-three non-consecutive years as manager of the Atlanta Braves, was thrown out of yesterday's Braves/Giants matchup in Atlanta, his 132nd managerial career ejection. Something about Cox that always amazes me is that every time I've ever seen him thrown out of a game it has been for a logical reason. He doesn't pick fights for the thrill of being a grouchy old man, he does it to protect his players and when a fight is required. Last night was no exception when he got up to argue a third-strike call on Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones.

The Braves came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Giants 5-4. No doubt the Braves won this one as a result of being riled up from the Cox ejection. No thanks to Bob Wickman, I might add.

A bit of news from Special Olympics Idaho: The second annual 'Breakfast with Champions' in Coeur d' Alene is scheduled for September 25, 2007 at the Coeur d' Alene Inn (Troy McClain, former contestant on The Apprentice and brother of a Special Olympian will be the keynote speaker)

For more information, please contact either Corby Goade at 208-323-0482, ext. 22, or Laurie La Follette at 208-323-0482 ext 12 or by email goadec@idso.org or llafollette@idso.org.

Also from ISO:

Special Olympics Idaho and the Boise Co-Op are proud to announce that Iron Chef IV will benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Idaho! If you've never seen this competition before, you won't want to miss it now! It's a fast paced, high energy style event that will have you hooked! The date is set for October 22nd in Boise! More information will follow.

If you'd like to see a preview of the event, log on to: http://www.kivitv.com/Global/SearchResults.asp?vendor=wss&qu=iron+chef and click on: 'Defending Iron-Chef Champion Wins Again'

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