Now for the lighter side…

In the you have to be kidding dept; no this isn’t an April Fool Joke, the Coeur d’Alene Press had as an above the fold front page article a clothes stealing cat burglar.  What’s odd about that?  The owners of Jack a one year old cat featured in the article, should probably be happy that Jack isn’t a jewel thief.  Yeah, a cat burglar.

KREM 2 News and CNN have featured animals who have slammed into restaurants, schools, grocery stores; dogs stealing chew toys from pet stores.  Huckleberries online also featured deer showing up at a business selling booze that also has a drive through window.  And bears have wandered around schools.  But this is the first time a one year old cat has been featured locally in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area known for stealing clothes.

Jack makes his home in the Tubbs Hill area neighborhood.  Apparently, he has the run of the neighborhood, manages to somehow get into people’s homes around the neighborhood and brings back to his owner’s home assorted gloves, swimwear, underwear and etc.  Ultimately, the owners of Jack hung the stolen clothes on a clothesline in their front yard with a sign inviting neighbors to come and retrieve the “cat burglared” items.  Major league gut busting LOL!


Watching snippets of news before settling on Idaho Public TV in HD; the country’s happiest place in all of the U.S. is the state of Nebraska.  The lowest possible unemployment, the lowest index of home foreclosures, because people there are “conservative” (read thrifty) with their money and who’s business development is very diversied.  People who lose a job, can quickly find another in Nebraska.  I find that to be very interesting.  Compare to the state of Idaho with a growing unemployment rate…  Exactly what does the state of Idaho have going for it?  Mining?  Not so much anymore.  Farms? With the agribusiness down south that prefers to hire illegal aliens even in an economic downturn.  Tourism?  If real unemployment afflicts some many millions of people, just how much tourism is going to flock to this part of the country?  That would suggest right there that something is definitely missing in the state; we don’t have a truly diversified economy and no incentive from the state gvt to create one.  Oh yeah, retail businesses can move into the area; they can produce a few hundred jobs.  But manufacturing has moved out.  Construction mostly now consists building new businesses for retail and restaurant chains.  And at most, those businesses provide a fraction of a percent in new hires.  The more limited the types of businesses that exist in a state, the time when any one of them closes its doors, the more severe the effect of such a job loss.  In a time of economic downturn, states should reach down deep and offer incentives for individuals starting businesses that create jobs and proceed to rehire the currently unemployed.  But, the state of Idaho happens to be heavily populated by GOP dudes who “spurned” a Dem run federal gvt’s attempts to give them money that would offer business creating, jobs producing ventures in the state.  Exactly what “principle” beyond partisanship is at play here? You can’t fully rely on tourism if those millions of would be tourists can’t afford to come here due to unemployment.  You can’t fully rely on agribusiness if the agribusiness can’t distribute foods that can’t be sold at retail owing to people who can’t afford to buy it because of unemployment.  And just how much more construction is possible if businesses see no reason to enter the state based on a high unemployment figure…  Effectively, no matter what one thinks of Obama’s domestic policies, he is at least trying to invest in the U.S.  Now what are the GOP prepared to do?  We should start following Nebraska’s example.

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