Where we bring you fresh opinions on Idaho government, observations on life in general, great recipes, and an opportunity to comment on them all!

RSS Feeds, Etc.

Get New Posts Via Email! Enter your e-mail address and hit the 'Subscribe' button. Your address will never be sold or spammed.


Where we bring you fresh opinions on Idaho government, great recipes, and an opportunity to comment on them!.





Conservative News

General Interest

Idaho Falls Links

Idaho Politics

Left-Leaning Idaho

Libertarian Links

Pro-life Organizations

Jerry Sproul, CPA

Please take a moment to visit our sponsors!

Andi Elliott: So What DOES it take?

January 31st, 2010 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

Just wondering… what does it take to get animal cruelty charges filed in Jefferson County?

I can tell you what it doesn’t take. It doesn’t take allowing your dog with multiple broken legs and laying in your yard for almost 5 days without medical care. It doesn’t take half starving your horses winter after winter until the horses are stunted. And for sure, it doesn’t take throwing a Chihuahua puppy against the wall and breaking its shoulder.

The 7 hounds in Menan will tell you that though they were starved to mere skeletons… it wasn’t enough for animal cruelty charges to be filed until public pressure forced authorities to act. Ask the old horse who made it through one more winter and come spring, looked like “hide stretched over bones”. That wasn’t enough. When she could no longer stand…that wasn’t enough either.

According to Idaho Codes Chapter 25-3511…it takes “allowing animals to needlessly suffer”. It takes a veterinarian’s statement of condition. But also, it takes a sheriff who will enforce the law. It takes county commissioners who refuse to look the other way. Sometimes it takes an irate public.

I have learned that you can have “the law”, and a vet’s statement”, and you can have incomprehensible cruelty but what it really takes is a sheriff with compassion. One who is willing to utilize the resources offered for help. But above all, it takes a sheriff who realizes that he may be the only hope to end an animal’s suffering.

Andi Elliott
Hamer, ID
For the Love of Pets Foundation

If you enjoyed this article, consider subscribing to the full-feed RSS.

Posted in Guest Posts, Idaho Falls Issues, Politics in General, Property Rights | 2 Comments »

Janet Trujillo Interview Rescheduled for Monday

January 29th, 2010 by Halli

Radio can always be unpredictable, but internet radio seems especially prone to glitches. Unfortunately, phone problems prevented the airing of Friday’s interviews with Janet Trujillo and Dr. Don Schanz.

Janet, candidate for Bonneville County Treasurer, has agreed to another interview on Monday’s Halli & Friends show. She is a principle-based conservative, and you will want to hear her views on county government.

Tune in Monday, 1-2pm MST, on Talk. Call in at (917) 889-3946 with question and comments for Janet.

Constitutional expert Bob Webster will also be a guest on Monday’s show.

I also hope to reschedule Dr. Schanz in the near future.

Thanks for your patience as I try out this new medium!

Posted in Constitutional Issues, Idaho Falls Issues, Politics in General, Taxes | No Comments »

David Ripley: Be Very Worried

January 28th, 2010 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama unambiguously proclaimed that he will “stay the course” on nationalizing health care. Despite public polls, despite massive public demonstrations, despite historic reversals at the polling booth – Obama has called his party to follow him over the cliff and enact “health care reform”.

It is so irrational as to be downright scary.

Perhaps Rep. Smith is right when he calls President Obama “abortion obsessed”. Because of all the special interest groups at the congressional trough – the most dedicated to ObamaCare is the Abortion Lobby. They know that passage of this monstrosity means a huge windfall for the baby-killing industry. More importantly, enactment of ObamaCare will mean a substantial increase in the carnage brought upon us by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe.

In light of that sober threat, Idahoans must press our Legislature to take pre-emptive action. We must urge the Legislature to enact SB1270, which provides conscience protections for our medical professionals. (Is it not obvious that, by protecting their rights, we are really protecting ourselves?)

That bill is now before the Senate State Affairs Committee.

We must also urge the Legislature to enact HB 391 – introduced by Reps. Clark, Luker and Labrador. This bill asserts our liberties under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution to make our own health care decisions.

The time to defend your family is now. Let your legislators know you are paying close attention.

If you enjoyed this article, consider subscribing to the full-feed RSS.

Posted in Constitutional Issues, Guest Posts, Idaho Pro-Life Issues, Presidential Politics | No Comments »

Richard Larsen: Another Shot Heard Round the World

January 27th, 2010 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

Ralph Waldo Emerson penned the “Concord Hymn” in 1837, citing a “shot heard round the world.” The shot he so eloquently referred to was the opening salvo fired in 1775 in the Massachusetts townships of Lexington and Concord. Those shots marked the fiery inception of the American Civil War as American colonialists began their revolt against financial and political oppression imposed by the English Crown.

More than 230 years later, a similarly astonishing “shot” has been heard, if not round the world, at least across the land and hopefully echoing loudly in the halls of Congress. This shot was fired collectively by the bluest of blue electorate of that same commonwealth, and catapulted a relatively unknown state senator, Scott Brown, into the U.S. Senate seat held by John Kennedy, and then Edward Kennedy, since 1953.

The “shot” metaphor may not fully capture the significance of the election of a Republican Senator from a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1. Throughout his campaign, Brown consistently and convincingly articulated a conservative message of returning to common sense and true fiscal responsibility. In short, he ran against Obama’s agenda in the bluest state in the union. And won.

Exit polling conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin and Associates, an independent polling firm, was precise in its conclusions that “Obamacare” and the way the congress was ramming it down the nations’ throat was the reason for Brown’s victory. Their data indicated that “fully 48% of voters say that health care was the issue deciding their vote. When combined with their second choice issue, health care mentions reached 62%. Brown’s health care position/opposition to Obama health care plan was the top reason for voting for him by wide margin. A plurality of voters said their vote was a vote to stop the President’s health care plan – more than those saying it was a vote against his policies in general. A majority of these voters oppose the President’s health care plan and disapprove of the job he’s doing on health care.”

These conclusions echo the sentiments expressed in an email forwarded to me by dear friend in California. It was originally sent to him by a family member who lives in Massachusetts. The family member said, “As a Conservative Democrat, (not yet an Independent) I want Washington to wake up, toss out Pelosi, arrogant politician that she is, who will still try to ram through decisions Americans do not want… but yesterday, again, Massachusetts ‘fired the shot heard round the world.’ Independence began here and it is still here. Walking by the Old Granary Burial Ground here this morning, I thought I heard the voices of Paul Revere, John Hancock and Sam Adams whispering: ‘Well done, Massachusetts sons and daughters.’”

As the American Thinker published earlier this week, “Sure, Martha Coakley ran a horrible campaign. But Democrats win safe seats with horrible campaigns all the time. Brown ran a great campaign, but good candidates lose uphill battles all the time in places like Massachusetts.” To put this in perspective, Obama won Massachusetts by 26 points just a year ago.

While reasons for Brown’s victory may be many, there is clearly a change of mood throughout the nation as more and more citizens become disenchanted with the direction Washington is taking the country. “Buyers’ remorse” is common in a retail setting, and it appears obvious that what we are witnessing is political buyers’ remorse by many who bought into the “hope and change” mantra.

Such buyers’ remorse was evidenced this week by Mort Zuckerman, former Harvard Business School professor and current editor of the U.S. News and World Report and an Obama supporter. He admitted on CNBC this week that he sees nothing in the Obama economic agenda that makes sense and predicts Massachusetts-like electoral reversals across the country in November leading to a Republican landslide if Washington leadership continues unabated on their populist anti-capitalism agenda.

In his acceptance speech to supporters Tuesday night, Brown declared, “Across this country — to all those folks who are listening, if you’re covering me — we are united by basic convictions that only need to be clearly stated to win a majority — and if anyone doubts that in this next election season that’s about to begin — well, let them take a look at what happened here in Massachusetts. Because what happened here in Mass can happen all over America.” How we pray he is right!

If you enjoyed this article, consider subscribing to the full-feed RSS.

Posted in Constitutional Issues, Guest Posts, Politics in General, Presidential Politics | No Comments »

David Ripley: Conscience Bill Introduced in Idaho Senate

January 27th, 2010 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are still working overtime to bring their health care revolution home. While the Massachusetts senate defeat obviously stunned them for a bit – all signs indicate that the grave threat to America’s future has by no means passed.

It remains to be seen if they can find a desperate path forward. But we must remain vigilant. One Democrat consultant explained it this way: The Democrats are in a position similar to bank robbers when the alarm rings. What do you do? You’ve already broken in the bank, already flashed your hardware. Logic dictates that you take a minute to collect the money before hoofing it down the street.

It is in that context that we moved forward this week with legislation in Idaho to protect the conscience rights of Idaho medical professionals – nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physicians assistants.

ObamaCare threatens not just to greatly expand abortion – it fails to protect our doctors and nurses from being compelled to participate in procedures they know are morally wrong. ObamaCare expands abortion while creating new pressures to prematurely end the lives of seniors and the disabled.

Given our great dependence upon doctors and pharmacists and nurses – it is fairly obvious that, by protecting the integrity of these vital professions, we are actually protecting ourselves and our families.

We need your help.

SB1270 is now pending before the Senate State Affairs Committee. We would greatly appreciate your help in encouraging members of that panel to support our legislation.

Please take a moment to send an email to the following legislators in the next couple of days.

Chairman Curt McKenzie
Sen. Monty Pearce
Sen. Denton Darrington
Sen. Robert Geddes
Sen. Bart Davis
Sen. Joe Stegner
Sen. Russ Fulcher

We are also most anxious to have your prayer support as we wage battle to protect the gift of Life.

If you enjoyed this article, consider subscribing to the full-feed RSS.

Posted in Guest Posts, Idaho Legislature, Idaho Pro-Life Issues | No Comments »

Representative Tom Loertscher: House Highlights, Jan 26, 2010

January 27th, 2010 by Halli

from Representative Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

When I was younger my parents used to say that as they were getting older time seemed to fly by. Of course that is not what really happens, it just seems like it. That is about how the second week of the session went. It seemed to me that there was somewhere to be and something to do from early morning until late in the evening.

These beginning days are mostly for rules review and that has gone smoothly for the most part. In State Affairs we divide the rules among a couple of sub-committees for an in depth look at the rules and then come to the full committee for final approval. This speeds up the process a great deal. Several proposals came before the committee this week for introduction and have been greeted with mixed results. One of the Governor’s proposals was narrowly approved while another was turned back to one of the members of the committee. And yet another bill was sent back to sponsor for further improvements. It’s a tough committee and not much seems to escape them.

Budgeting still remains the number one thing talked about around the halls of the capitol. There has been a big discussion about the revenue target number set by the projection committee at sixty four million below what the Governor has projected. Some say it is too pessimistic and will stifle business, but in reality there is a world of difference between overestimating revenues and setting budgets based on projections that fall short. It is far easier to adjust upward than it is to cut budgets in the middle of the fiscal year (which is where we find ourselves today). Down on the farm if we borrow money based on a 100 bushel per acre crop and the crops come in at 60 bu/ac we’re in deep trouble. But if we estimate 60 and produce 100 we get to smile on the way to the bank.

Surveys have been taken to see what people at home think about this budget problem and statewide there is little support for increasing taxes. Every rock is being looked under for solutions and what programs to cut. The Governor was about eaten alive this last week at the suggestion of doing away with Parks and Recreation and moving their business to Fish and Game. F&G being loved or not loved as the case may be, has gotten most of the comments.

Mail and emails are pouring in about the need to fix the midwifery bill that was passed last year. I had thought we covered all of the areas of concern but apparently not. I have received communications on the ATV rules coming from Fish and Game that prohibit their use for hunting. State’s rights legislation as it pertains to health care has been introduced and is on people’s minds at home. Those are just some of the issues we face this year and are getting a lot of attention around this place.

It is said that time flies when you’re having fun. My version is a bit different. Time flies when you are busy. Either way time is flying in the House.

Posted in Guest Posts, Idaho Legislature, Rep. Tom Loertscher | No Comments »

Hear Representative Bob Nonini’s Candid Remarks about Public Education

January 26th, 2010 by Halli

During Monday’s Halli & Friends radio program, House Idaho Education Chairman Rep. Bob Nonini made some remarkably candid remarks about Idaho public education, while discussing upcoming education legislation.

Captain Steve Lucks also described the ways Islamic law is influencing every day life in the US.

Hear both interviews on demand using the player on this page.

Posted in Constitutional Issues, Education, Idaho Legislature, Taxes | No Comments »

Andi Elliott: The American Apology Tour

January 20th, 2010 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

The American Apology tour has begun. Voters across our nation are experiencing a severe case of “buyer’s remorse”. The Commonwealth of Virginia began the tour by replacing their Democratic governor, followed by, of all places, New Jersey, who threw the corrupt establishment out. Now, another Commonwealth, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1, did their “mea culpas” yesterday. The Liberal Lion’s roar has now been silenced after almost 50 years. The best efforts of those experts in voter fraud, ACORN and SEIU, have been thwarted by, none other than, “We the People”.

And it took place in Massachusetts, birthplace of the Boston Tea Party…how fitting! This is only the beginning of the “tour” where the values of the Tea Partys and the 9-12ers, and grassroots America, are rising to the top, like cream in a churn, all across this great nation of ours. What an exciting time to be American!

American patriots are doing more than “stirring”. We are taking back our country…not only at the national level, but state by state, where legislatures are passing laws reaffirming their 10th Amendment rights reclaiming their sovereign state status. The Federal government cannot be greater than it’s creators!

Americans, now is not the time to hesitate. Learn history, know your roots…teach your children about our Constitution…become knowledgeable about what the Federal government cannot do to us. Continue to demand our inalienable rights! Education is the “keystone”…we’ve too long been American “sheeples”. Stand guard over our education system for therein lies America’s future.

Andi Elliott
Patriotic Resistance Idaho State Coordinator
Tea Party Patriots Idaho State Coordinator
Idaho District 2 Coordinator Anystreet.Org
Member of the American Grand Jury

If you enjoyed this article, consider subscribing to the full-feed RSS.

Posted in Constitutional Issues, Guest Posts, National Sovereignty, Presidential Politics | No Comments »

David Ripley: Miracle in Massachusetts

January 20th, 2010 by Halli

Miracle in Massachusetts

The election of Scott Brown yesterday to the U.S. Senate is nothing short of a miracle. History buffs tells us that it has been some 60 years since a Republican was elected to the Senate from that bastion of liberalism. But that is the least of the historic indicators.

Start with the fact that this was “Ted Kennedy’s Seat”. Add the overriding dynamic of federalized health care, purported to be Kennedy’s dying request of the Democrat establishment, and you have a pretty large barrel of political gun powder. The people of Massachusetts took the dare and lit the fuse, providing real hope that ObamaCare is so much scattered debris laying about the White House.

As of this writing, the White House has not issued a public reaction to the explosion. No doubt the spin masters are earning their checks. Yet one can safely predict that any form of denial or minimizing of what happened will only further diminish Obama. He ought not try a replay of his phony answer for the huge Republican wins in New Jersey and Virginia. Hopefully, he will take the public rebuke like a man and hold himself accountable to this blatant expression of public disgust with his plans to nationalize health – particularly his immoral drive to expand abortion through public subsidy.

But there is such an irrational obsession with “passing health care reform” that one can’t predict the official Democrat reaction to Brown’s victory.

As we await their response, we can do so with renewed hope for our country. It seems that the Lord has once again extended His mercy to America.

If you enjoyed this article, consider subscribing to the full-feed RSS.

Posted in Family Matters, Guest Posts, Idaho Legislature, Idaho Pro-Life Issues, Politics in General, Presidential Politics | No Comments »

Senator Russ Fulcher is Guest on Halli & Friends Radio Show Wednesday

January 19th, 2010 by Halli

Be sure to join me for “Halli & Friends” Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 1pm MST, when Senator Russ Fulcher, Majority Caucus Chair of the Idaho Senate will weigh in on the issues which will come before the legislature during this critical session.

You’re invited to call in with comments and questions for the Senator at (917) 889-3946. In addition to listening on line, at, you may also call the same number and listen on your phone. If you are on the east side of Idaho Falls, tune in to Minuteman Radio 1610.

All shows are available on demand on this website, and at

Posted in Idaho Legislature, Taxes | No Comments »

« Previous Entries

Copyright © 2oo6 by Powered by Wordpress          
Ported by ThemePorter - template by Design4 | Sponsored by Cheap Web Hosting