[Morning Briefs] Political Cat Fight Distracts Us From Real News

3 Feb

Idaho's Rep. Raul Labrador sparred with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday in the cattiest of fights in D.C.

Political news really has a way of making you realize how unimportant politics is compared to just about everything else in the world. Case in point: While an Idaho Representative had some mean words for the U.S. Attorney General, a woman in Twin Falls was on her way to the hospital after a car crashed into a Rolberto’s Mexican Food restaurant. Which got more attention? Even we put up a picture of the politicians (copyright issues bar us from using other papers’ photos of the crash, but feel free to view them at the link provided)! Come on, politicians! People are unemployed (less so now!) and the people of Pocatello are just now being introduced to fiber optic cables. We really shouldn’t care about your cat fight, yet we find ourselves attracted to it, like watching a horrible train wreck! Let’s just get this over with.

  • A least one woman is injured after a car crashed into a Rolberto’s Mexican Food restaurant in Twin Falls Thursday afternoon. Police aren’t positive about the circumstances, but it looks like the car, a red Scion, was rear-ended by a black Jeep Grand Cherokee, somehow causing it to drive into the restaurant. The driver of the Scion, Heather Borlase, might have stepped on the gas instead of the brakes when hit, said police. The injured woman was sitting inside the restaurant as the car crashed through a wall, and is recovering. [TN]
  • The Pocatello City Council approved a right of way application Thursday night for Syringa Wireless to run a 4-inch fiber optic conduit along the Gould Street Bridge, over the railroad tracks. The conduit is part of Syringa’s giant fiber optic ring being built throughout the Gate City, which is already known to have the nation’s slowest internet speeds. Syringa will primarily cater to businesses, and could even attract more high-tech businesses to town. Construction has already started on the fiber optic cables for the ring. [LN8]
  • Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador made waves during Thursday’s “Fast and Furious” gun trafficking hearing. Labrador, a freshman Republican, continually launched attacks at Attorney General Eric Holder, telling him he was incompetent and should resign. Holder, not one to take guff from some newbie, launched back with an attack of his own, saying the comments were out of line: “Maybe this is the way you do things in Idaho or wherever you’re from,” he said. OUCH. Now, Holder, I know Labrador was kind of being a jerk about this (let’s be honest here), but don’t go hating on Idaho!  In the end, Republicans congratulated Labrador on his move, while Democrats probably congratulated Holder on his response. And, as usual, politics continued to be terrible. [IDS]
  • The nation’s unemployment dropped to 8.3 percent, marking the fifth straight month of decline, after employers added 243,000 jobs in January. The boost came largely from record job gains in the restaurant business, accounting, health care and retail stores. Still, the number of unemployed is staggering to look at. With January’s decrease, the number drops from 13.1 million to 12.8 million jobless. [WP]
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