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W. Lane Startin

OK, so Mitch McConnell is calling for an ethics investigation on Craig, Mitt Romney is going out of his way to distance himself from Craig, and - in the most surreal thing I've seen in quite some time - virtually every conservative blogger in the state from Adam Graham to Clayton Cramer to no less than Brother Number One Fischer himself is strenuously calling for Craig's resignation. And we get this from Kirk Sullivan? Wow. The Idaho GOP is tone deaf all the way around.

Bill Sali Fan

All of you socialists should be ashamed of yourselves for trying to bring down a great man. It's clear that Sen. Craig is telling the truth that he's not a c**k-thirsty gloryholer; I posted logical proof over at my patriotic blog. ( http://billsalifan.blogspot.com/2007/08/standing-up-for-senator-larry-craig-and.html ) I think I can speak for all true Idahoans when I say that I'm almost entirely sure that Sen. Craig's Senatorial tonsils have never been tickled by anonymous man-flesh!


That's one of the funniest pieces of political satire I've read about Idaho politics, BSF. You should seriously get a gig with the Boise Weekly. Brilliant!

On a serious note to all of this, and to MG's point in an earlier post -- it is sad that men who wish to hold important positions in conservative communities have to resort to this type of behavior. I was involved in the making of the documentary "Fall of 55" which was based on the scandal known as the "Boys of Boise." The majority of the "activity" involved in that case centered around cruising public restrooms as well. Its truly unfortunate that we have a society that doesn't allow people to be who they really are. As long as there is repression, there will be mass denial.

For what its worth, the national media isn't in denial -- yesterday's cable news reaction was like watching a pack of coyotes tear apart a rabbit.

Bill Sali Fan

Satire? Satire?!? You socialists wouldn't recognize impeccable, irrefutable logic if it was poured over your morning granola with tofu.


I was thinking that very tune last night MG. Someone with more skill than I should get a youtube up right away with that soundtrack showing pictures and video footage of Craig and his supporters.


Bill Sali Fan is the reason why Larry Craig will not step down. There are enough conservatives out there in Idaho that will swallow his weak excuses hook,line and sinker. They are incapable of critical thinking past the party line and are unwilling to believe that they have elected a gay man to congress for 27 years. Larry Craig is GUILTY. He has behaved as a guilty man would. His excuses,"the newspaper made me do it", have made him the laughingstock of the country. Idaho Republicans continue to deny the realities of our times despite the truth staring them in the face. Iraq is a quagmire, and Larry Craig is gay.


Mark, I hope you're not inferring that Larry Craig is "guilty" of being gay. For sure he's guilty of disorderly conduct, he did plead guilty after all, but being gay isn't a crime.

Also, we can add Gov. Otter to the list of Idaho Republicans supporting Craig.



You are right, being gay is not a crime. I should have phrased that differently. So is BSF for real, or is he like Jesus General? I hate it when stuff goes over my head like that.


Mark, about BS Fan; I guess we all have to make our own judgments about whether the stuff is for real or not...BSF has never really said.

Bill Sali Fan

I recommend you read my whole blog to see how real I am in supporting Congresman Bill Sali and his efforts to Stand Up to Pelosi! ( http://billsalifan.blogspot.com/ )You'll notice how I predicted that BSU would easily beat Oklahoma like they did, and I also predicted that BSU would have easily beaten Ohio State; based on the Buck Eye's suckiness in their bowl game, you have to admit I was right about that. When BSU beats Washington by 42 points next week, you'll know I'm for real!

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Quotes For 2010

  • "The main thing is to keep everybody going down that road as we try to find the answers and solutions to all these problems. It'll be fun! We'll get it done." — Majority Leader Mike Moyle (R-Star) when asked in an Idaho Reports broadcast how the State House will handle making tough budget decisions this year, 1.29.10.

Quotes For 2009

  • "[Some politicians] wouldn't recognize the Constitution if it fell in their laps and called them Daddy." — Rep. Lenore Hardy Barrett (R-Challis) at a tea party tax protest.
  • "Just, you know, putting beans on the table." — former Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) when asked by Nate Shelman (670 KBOI) what he's doing these days.
  • "I said yesterday we hope and pray things will get better before they get worse. It's obvious to me some of you need to do a better job of praying." — Sen. Dean Cameron (R-Rupert), Joint Finance-Appropriation Committee co-chair on the grim economic forecast facing the committee.
  • “We’ve been called a lot of things but we’ve never been called sneaks before.” — Rep. Maxine Bell (R-Jerome) in a budget dispute with the governor's staff over legislators' computer funding.
  • "I’m not wearing rose-tinted glasses. But I am a glass-half-full kind of guy." — Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter attempting to remain optimistic while delivering tough economic news in his State of the State/Budget message.

Quotes For 2008

  • "I am not ashamed that we use a lot of energy in this country. It has made us the most prosperous Nation on the face of the planet. ... Using energy makes us prosperous." — Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) during debate on an energy bill that, among other things, invested in alternative and renewable energy sources and repealed tax subsidies for large oil companies. (H.R.6899)
  • "If [Oversight Committee Chairman] Henry Waxman was interested in doing more than just showboat, we'd be there in a heartbeat. It's political grandstanding." — spokesman Wayne Hoffman explaining why Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) was absent from congressional oversight hearings into the financial crisis where, among other things, it was learned that AIG executives indulged in a lavish retreat a week after the bailout.
  • "You know what, campaigns are fast and furious, I accept responsibility that we don't have the right citation there, but the facts I stand by - we are correct about that." — Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) reacting to a campaign commercial fact-checking report.
  • "There are people out there without health care, and we need to address that, but it's not as big of a problem as some people would make it out to be" — Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) in a Lewiston, ID debate
  • "People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power." — President Bill Clinton in a speech at the 2008 DNC
  • "To my supporters, to my champions, to my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits, from the bottom of my heart, thank you." — Senator Hillary Clinton in a speech at the 2008 DNC
  • "The America that we know, that the founding fathers envisioned, will cease to exist." — Congressman Bill Sali (R-ID-01) speaking at the state GOP convention about the possibility of a Democratically controlled White House and Congress.
  • "Sometimes the problems have to get larger before you can solve them. We can still drive around the potholes, so they must not be big enough." — House Speaker Lawerence Denney (R-Midvale), explaining that lawmakers still need to be convinced about the extent of road maintenance problems before they'll agree to tax or fee increases.
  • "Those people that believe in shooting animals through the fences . . . ought to turn the rifle the other way." — Former Governor Cecil Andrus, at sportsmen's rally, decked out in full camouflage, urging opposition to "shooter bull" operations on domestic elk farms.
  • "GARVEE is like swallowing a raw egg - it seems to be one of those things that's really hard to stop in the middle of." — Rep. Marv Hagedorn (R-Meridian), in comments on a package of transportation bills introduced by House GOP leaders at an emergency committee meeting.
  • "I'm a professional dairyman. I have milked and milked everything I can possibly milk." — State Police Maj. Ralph Powell, arguing that the state crime lab's bare-bones operation has reached its limit and now costs the state money as testing is sent to private labs.
  • "Idaho is ranked last in the nation in protecting the safety of children in day care centers." — Sen. Kate Kelly (D-Boise), in support of an unsuccessful move by Senate Democrats to force a daycare standards bill out of committee.
  • "This [anti-discrimination bill] is something we will propose every year until it passes." — Rep. Nicole LeFavour (D-Boise), responding to the latest BSU Public Policy survey in which 63 percent of Idahoans think it ought to be illegal to fire someone for being gay or seeming to be gay.
  • "I assumed it would be a bunch of radical college students, so to fit the part, I grew a goatee, got a revolutionary T-shirt and put on some ratty jeans." — Rep. Curtis Bowers (R-Caldwell) in an Idaho Press-Tribune opinion explaining how he disguised himself to uncover alleged communist plots.

Quotes For 2007

  • "Divorce is just terrible. It's one of Satan's best tools to kill America." — Rep. Dick Harwood (R-St. Maries) describing the work of the Idaho Legislature's Family Task Force.
  • "I am not gay; I never have been gay." Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) in a statement responding to news of his arrest and subsequent guilty plea to disorderly conduct after an incident in an airport men's room.
  • “Most of the hospitals in this country have Christian names. If you think Hindu prayer is great, where are the Hindu hospitals in this country? Go down the list. Where are the atheist hospitals in this country? They’re not equal.” — Rep. Bill Sali (R-ID-01) to the Idaho Press-Tribune editorial board in response to criticism of his views regarding Hindu prayer in the Senate.
  • "We are all Nintendo warriors today. Remember that game, that electronic game, a few years ago, push buttons zim, zam, boom and it was all over with? That is not the way you fight war, although we as a society have grown to believe that." — Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) during debate on an amendment to a bill providing for defense authorization.
  • "While we are Democrats and Republicans, in our hearts we are all Idahoans." — Sen. Clint Stennett (D-Ketchum), reaching out to Republicans while outlining the Democratic agenda for the 2007 legislative session.
  • "One of the hardest things we've had to do here is taking off our party hats." — Rep. Marv Hagedorn (R-Meridian) on a proposal to restrict Idaho's primary elections.
  • "This is outrageous. The people of Idaho are entitled to have their representatives base their votes on the merits of a bill, not on who backed the loser in a speaker's contest." — Former GOP Gov. Phil Batt responding to accusations of political retribution taken by House Speaker Denney (R-Midvale) on other members.
  • “There was one of those six projects that was removed altogether. Why? Because the senator and the representatives from that district were from the wrong political party. We need to take a step back" — Sen. Dean Cameron (R-Rupert) to the Senate when debating the GARVEE bill.
  • "I'm prepared to bid for that first ticket to shoot a wolf myself." — Gov. Butch Otter, speaking to a hunters' rally at the Statehouse.
  • "To get a kick out of smoking industrial hemp, it would take a cigar the size of a telephone pole." — Rep. Tom Trail (R-Moscow), downplaying the relation between hemp and its cousin marijuana
  • "I guess I would just make a plea saying we need the money. You know we need the money on roads." — Rep. JoAn Wood (R-Rigby), on proposed bill to collect gas tax from sales on Indian reservations.
  • "No one wants to carry the canoe bill." — Rep. Eric Anderson (R-Priest River), agreeing with Gov. Otter that non-motorized boats should also pay registration fees, but noting any such proposal will be a tough sell.
  • "I don't think we should let the threat of a lawsuit force us to implement something that's not well thought out." — Abbie Mace, Fremont County Clerk, testifying against a "modified-closed primary" bill being pushed by GOP leaders.
  • "There's a lot of things that I pointed out in my State of the State (address) that haven't passed. Unfortunately, I can't think of one that has." — Gov. Butch Otter, addressing reporters on the legislative session so far.
  • "I say let's have a hearing and take our clothes off and go after it." — Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden Lake, trying to get lawmakers to print his bill.
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