A Glimpse of What Life Was Like in Boise 31 Years Ago

This afternoon, should you be milling about in the crowd on the Grove Plaza, enjoying whatever ensemble of guitar thumpers happens to be there this week, and for whatever reason, you begin to wonder when the first “Alive After Five” took place and what sort of entertainment was offered … way-yulllll, do I have a…

The Circus in Singapore: Who Was the Ringmaster?

I’d like to think Americans are getting sick of conspiracy theories. If you have a robust enough intellect to understand that cheesy shock jocks like Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, and, of course, Trump, have thoroughly perverted truth and decency by vomiting out their copious conspiracy theories so incessantly that many of our most un-thoughtful neighbors…

One Thing We May Want To Consider In Pondering The Question Of Whether Samantha Bee’s Offensive Remark Is As Offensive As Roseanne Barr’s Offensive Remark

The highly-accomplished Valerie Jarrett is neither a Muslim, an ape, nor the impossible spawn of a radical Muslim faction and a movie franchise, while Daddy’s Little Heartthrob, Ivanka … by all the evidence of her insensitivity, actions, attitudes, and remarkable lack of accomplishment … is, indeed, essentially a … uh, er … pretty much what…

Despite What You May Have Heard …

Some of you might have seen a death notice in Saturday’s Statesman that a William Cope of Meridian is no longer with us. My wife started receiving condolence calls by mid-Saturday-morning at her work and it continued throughout the weekend. She had been assuring callers that, in spite of the name and the age of…

In-Vlad-ed

The following was printed two days ago (April 4) in The Boise Weekly. Owing to cut-backs in BW’s operations, it will be the last column of mine to be published by that paper. It has been my pleasure and an honor to be associated with the various owners, publishers and editors over the last 23…

Let’s Say You Worked At KBOI …

What with the recent—very recent—attention being paid to the influence of the right-wing bullshit mill operating under the name of SINCLAIR BROADCASTING, I have decided to re-run this opinion, originally posted on Mr. Cope’s Cave in mid August of last year.  I am convinced most firmly that by forcing the corporate employees (including the compliant…