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Uber Ride Share App Parked

In an open letter to Team Dave and the Boise City Council, the Uber ride share scheme said Thursday they were parking the program for the “foreseeable future” in Boise.

The letter said in part, “High and growing costs combined with unworkable and onerous regulations being proposed by the City leave Uber no other choice than to suspend operations in Boise for the foreseeable future.” COMPLETE TEXT Also a NATIONAL STORY.

The ride share program has been banned in some cities, allowed in others throughout the world.

Boise wanted to do background checks on drivers and inspect vehicles while also demanding proof of insurance. Uber had answers to some of the concerns, but claimed the outdated Boise regs were “like putting a square peg in a round hole.”

We gotta go with Team Dave on this one. Having a slick tech savvy outfit slip into town, offer free “test rides” for a couple months, but violate the the agreement and charge passengers doesn’t speak well for the Uber plan. The city had threatened to file criminal charges for the alleged violations.

Pentagon Releases Boise Photos

After nearly a week, the GUARDIAN has obtained official USAF photos which prove Madame Secretary Deborah Lee James visited Boise. It literally took Pentagon clearance to get the pictures.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presents a coin to 1st Lt. Heidi Caye, an environmental manager with the 124th Medical Group, for her outstanding performance at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Feb. 19, 2015. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Allmaras)

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presents a coin to 1st Lt.
Heidi Caye, an environmental manager with the 124th Medical Group, for her
outstanding performance at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, Feb. 19, 2015. (Air
National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Allmaras)

We jokingly called into question whether or not the USAF Secretary actually came to Boise when all legacy media were banned from photographing her or any of her meetings.

The local politicos including Team Dave and all of the Washington delegation stood before the cameras and were liberally quoted in their quest to keep the Idaho Air National Guard mission at Gowen Field. The Department of Defense is considering moving the unit to Mountain Home to consolidate the mission and reduce costs.

Citing the usual “it means jobs and economic stimulus,” the locals lobbied the secretary, but no opposing views were presented and the public was not allowed any voice. It was a well orchestrated event for a very select group. Even Ada County Commishes were left off the guest list.

While a move may have some negative economic impact on Boise, it could also have a positive impact at Mountain Home and not subject Bench residents to the extreme noise of the F-35 fighter in the future. From a military standpoint, it makes sense to fly high performance jets in the desert away from civilian air traffic and not over the most densely populated area of the state.

Legislator Fails Sex Ed 101

Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri will forever be known as “Wrong Hole Vito” after he questioned a physician during a House State Affairs Committee hearing Monday.

Legislators were considering a bill to ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication via telemidicine. According to published AP reports, Barbieri asked Dr. Julie Madsen if doctors could conduct a remote gynecological exam by having a woman swallow a small camera.

The doctor replied that swallowed pills (or cameras apparently) do not end up in the vagina. “Wrong Hole Vito” joined a dozen other republicans to approve the bill banning the pills.

According to news reports, Barbieri sits on the board of a crisis pregnancy center in northern Idaho.

Was Madam Secretary In Stealth Mode?

If Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James actually came to Boise last week, she must have been in “stealth mode” or operating from a drone below the local radar.

AF Sec. Deborah L. James

USAF Sec. Deborah L. James

Checking with the local newsies, the GUARDIAN has yet to find a single reporter who could confirm the Air Force Secretary actually appeared in Boise last week. Three TV stations, a radio station, and the Daily Paper all covered the “visit,” but nobody saw Madam Secretary. Col. Tim Marsano, spokesman for the Idaho National Guard, told the GUARDIAN she spoke to about 1,000 Guard members.

The politicos who are “cheering for the home team,” (to prevent the Air Guard being based in Mountain Home) claim they saw her, but when a TV station sought promised pictures of her from one of the congressional delegation, they were told pictures were not permitted. The Air Force told the senator’s office they couldn’t take pictures??

They all claimed there was “tremendous support” to keep the Air Guard at Gowen Field. Interesting no members of the media or the public were able to see her. Past reports and comments on the GUARDIAN would indicate there is a significant opposition to the future posting of F-35 fighters in Boise. We find it sad her visit was so orchestrated that no media or anyone agreeing with the Air Force proposal to combine the IANG with the active units at Mt. Home AFB were allowed contact with her.

She’s not a bad looking secretary, so we’re surprised she is so camera shy.

Here’s what we posted LAST YEAR.

A link to F-35 stories shows a diversity of opinions on the fighter.

ACHD To Consider Opening With Prayer

At the Feb. 25 Ada County Highway District meeting, commishes will consider the Boise City “Hockey Puck” parking meter issue and a proposed resolution to offer local “religious leaders” a chance to perform an invocation prayer to open their deliberations.

The hockey pucks are old news–Boise wants to embed devices in the pavement to erase parking meter time if a vehicle leaves a spot.

The news event will be how the five members vote on the prayer proposal. The ACHD legal counsel has offered up an opinion regarding prayer at the open meetings. The short version is the U.S. Supreme Court has previously ruled that as long as ALL religions are offered a chance at the public pulpit, it’s OK.

The staff came up with three choices:
1–Adopt the proposal
2–Reject the proposal
3–Adopt a policy to provide a moment of silence

The six pages of background and the resolution itself contains a sample invitation which will be offered to all faiths and denominations to pray “according to the dictates of your own conscience.” The invite warns to not use the prayer opportunity to disparage any faith or attempt to convert.

These things can be humorous and amusing. Boise City Councilors open with a prayer and former Councilor Alan Shealy was known for standing, but not closing his eyes or bowing his head during the prayer, much to the disgust of fellow councilor Vern Bisterfeldt.

When asked how HE knew Shealy didn’t close his eyes during the prayer since he (Bisterfeldt) claimed to observe the practice by closing HIS eyes, Bisterfeldt responded, “I caught him on the video!”

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