Not all of our readers love Ted Rall, it's true. His anti-establishmentarianism bodes well with our readers when Republicans like George W. Bush are in the White House, but Rall's anti-Republican base gets their panties in a twist over his equally tough criticisms of Democrats in the White House. It'll be interesting to see what sort of reaction this week's column earns him. I considered publishing it a week early, which would have meant it would hit stands Dec. 22, but I decided to wait until that post-holiday funk had firmly set in. Reading "an attack on Christmas" seemed easier to swallow in the financial aftermath of Christmas rather than in the pre-holiday glow. While I certainly enjoy a guaranteed day off with Christmas each year, I wouldn't complain at all if we added a few more holidays to the federal schedule. I don't care what religion they represent, so long as they embody the spirit of vacation.
Speaking of vacation: Yes, we are still out of the office, and we're not back until Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. Almost there, folks.
This issue is our annual Spuds and Duds edition, in which we round up the particularly naughty and nice characters from the last year and serve them up a spud for good deeds or a dud for misdeeds. This year there were a few draws, represented by white flags. These are things that, in our minds, were neither wins nor losses, neither good nor bad.
It's a chore to boil down 365 days of news into just a few pages. We've dragged out a few long-passed incidents for a chuckle and squeezed in a few last-minute serious screw ups. As we went to press, spectacular dud fodder continued to surface--fodder that would have earned its owner a dud boldly emblazoned with a giant nuclear hazard sign.
Finally, I'd like to welcome Guy Hand to Boise Weekly. This week's Food feature is his first contribution, and we're looking forward to exploring food on a whole new level with Hand on board. More on that next week.
Happy New Year.