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Fair Housing and Live Camels...mutually exclusive concepts?

Before we go any farther, read:

Synopsis: one of Kootenai County's Best Christians is planning to hold a MASSIVE Christian-themed Christmas display in his front yard the five days before Christmas. Unfortunately for him, he lives in a neighborhood with a homeowner's association, and their CC&Rs prohibit him from setting up a display containing...

a couple hundred thousand lights (he did a Christmas display last year in a rental he got evicted from with around 125,000 lights, and this one's going to be bigger)
a choir singing Christmas carols
a human Santa Claus
a live camel (yes!)
a guy passing out free cotton candy
and on, and on, and on...oh, and one of our local militias intends to deploy armed guards to protect the display against Attacks on Christianity because, as we all know, Christmas isn't Christmas without combat patrols.

He bought the house he lives in now in the early months of 2015, and started getting into it with the HOA over this display. Finally, they sent him this letter:


Bottom line: If he doesn't get what he wants - and what he wants is to disturb the entire neighborhood; last year the people in his old neighborhood were not pleased about strangers clogging the roads and traipsing across their lawns to get to the Jesus Circus - he intends to file a federal civil rights suit on Fair Housing Act grounds because he claims their keeping him from Celebrating The Birth Of Jesus with a real camel is an attack on Christianity and an act of Housing Discrimination. (For what it's worth, Hayden is about 96 percent Christian and they trend Fundamentalist.)

So...question for our legal minds: Does being told you can't create a public nuisance even if it is about Jesus qualify as a Fair Housing Act violation? As far as I can tell FHA is almost exclusively oriented toward preventing discrimination in the home sale process.

Does anyone here have a 24" inkjet printer?

I need one. The choices are Epson and Canon. Which one's better? (Right now I'm leaning toward Canon, but the Epsons are pretty damn sweet if they fixed the head-clogging problem everyone complains about in their new machines.)

Note to politicians: READ your damn ads!

One of our local politicians is running an ad with this slogan, written exactly as I am going to post it:


Circle the first letter in each line.

Halloween aftermath: How much candy ya got left?

Me: I bought a bag of fun size Snickers and a bag of fun size Reese's and have two Snickers left.

I am so ashamed...

Last night I voted in our town's city council election. And I broke a long-standing tradition and voted for The Enemy.

The reason I did it is very simple: Ron Edinger, a Republican city councilman and by all accounts a decent-enough person, is running against a teabagger whose stated goal is to eliminate, among other things, the funding for Public Art installations that are of utmost importance in a tourist town like mine.

If the teabagger wouldn't have been on the ballot I wouldn't have voted for the Republican. But he was and I had no choice. I atoned by voting for a good Democrat on the same ballot and by immediately rushing home and washing my voting hand in rubbing alcohol - the most aggressive solvent I have in the house right now - to remove the taint.

Going somewhere they don't have Internet access. Back in a few.

I'll tell you where it was on Christmas - because it may take that long to scan in 100 rolls (no, that's not a misprint) of film.

Sanders supporters, Hillary supporters, Trump loathers...keep up the good fight.

Post-Coup Prediction: The new speaker will be someone you never heard of

The Soviets had a wonderful term for it: being retired, a convenient way to remove not-so-convenient people. John Boehner was standing in the way of the tea party's plan to impeach Barack Obama while he's still president and to impeach Hillary Clinton before the primaries start. Since no one can ever tell the tea party 'no,' he had to be removed. And they did it the same way they got rid of Nixon: they gave him the choice of ending his political career or having it ended for him. Any long-term politician has enough skeletons in his or her closet to start a medical school, so it wouldn't be hard to find SOMETHING bad enough to land him in the Stripey Hole until Pall Malls are no longer being made.

Make no mistake, my friends: John Boehner didn't "retire," he was overthrown in a palace coup.

Now they have to replace him. My feeling is the next speaker will...

be a teabagger; there is no way the 'baggers would run off an establishment speaker then allow another one to take his place
who isn't in a leadership slot
or on one of the nine Special Committees to Hang an Impeachment-Worthy Millstone Around Obama's Neck
and who isn't super well known - ESPECIALLY for their blatant stupidity.

This means both Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise are right out. As are any of the committee chairs. And Trey "Torquemada" Gowdy. And most important, Blake Farenthold, Louie Gohmert and Mark Sanford will never soil the speaker's gavel.

My prediction: Raul Labrador, Idaho's gift to America.

As president Scott Walker will abolish public sector unions


Even the other Republicans in the clown car are aghast by this.

Who funds the Oath Keepers? We really need to know

It can't be cheap to go stand in Cliven Bundy's cow patch for two or three months keeping Obama's All Muslim Army from destroying the freedom and sovereignty of a good, God-fearing, freedom-loving American who just wants to graze his good, God-fearing, freedom-loving cattle without paying his grazing fees, or to stand in front of a county courthouse to protect a good, God-fearing, freedom-loving American from getting re-arrested for refusing to follow a court order directing her to give marriage licenses to those icky homosexuals. These guys don't LOOK to be independently wealthy. I realize about ninety percent of 'em are probably full-blown sovereign citizens, but sovereign citizens have to eat, buy gas and ammo for protests, and get supplies to defraud their creditors with just like everyone else, right?

So...who's paying these guys' living expenses?

God speaks about the Kim Davis situation

I keep about 12 weather widgets up on my Mac's widget screen. For most of the summer, all of them showed bright and sunny...and the Northwest has been covered in forest fires as a result.

Then Judge David Bunning gets sick of Kim Davis' shit and puts her in jail.

Now it's raining in America.
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