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Posted: 8/14/2010 6:30:17 PM EST
There is this huge dual-screen E-billboard here that shows various anti-Obama images. I found it on Youtube and thought you would enjoy it. It plays different ones now though.


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Thank you.
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do like, do like!
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 12:44:13 AM EST
Now it's playing Glenn Beck show ads.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:53:55 AM EST

Ralph Smeed dies at 88

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 1:01 am | Updated: 1:08 am, Wed Sep 8, 2010.

CALDWELL — Ralph Smeed, a Caldwell resident famous for his controversial reader board and strong libertarian political views, died Tuesday afternoon at 88 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Known by many as the man behind the anti-big-government billboards near the Interstate 84 Franklin Road Interchange in Caldwell, Smeed was a longtime crusader for conservative thought, a prolific writer and an influential force in Idaho politics.

"Liberty lost a true friend today,” Caldwell City Councilman Rob Oates, chairman of the Idaho Libertarian Party, said Tuesday night.

Oates, fighting back tears, described Smeed as a friend and mentor who helped to shape his thought and character from an early age.

"It was through his efforts that I got much of the education that I have,” Oates said. "He never gave up, despite all the pressure from the government and the existing structures, he always kept promoting what he believed in, which is individual liberty, personal responsibility.”

Longtime friend and former state Rep. Maurice Clements said he will work to preserve Smeed’s legacy.

"All of his friends consider him to be a legend in his own time. We hope his message will not be forgotten,” Clements said. "He was quite a man, and he’s going to be missed.”

Clements and Smeed worked together in the mid-1970s to establish the Center for the Study of Market Alternatives, a libertarian think tank that put on seminars, distributed newsletters and position papers, and offered library materials.

Jasper LiCalzi, professor of political economy at The College of Idaho, said Smeed has helped shape Canyon County’s conservative political landscape, from which influential figures including Gov. Butch Otter have emerged.

"Smeed has been very vocal. No one has ever questioned where he stood,” LiCalzi said. "If anything, from where he started, the county and I guess the state are closer to his ideology.”

Smeed has been called a mentor by Otter and a friend by Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick.

He was a delegate at the 1964 Republican National Convention at San Francisco’s Cow Palace arena, where he backed conservative Barry Goldwater over Nelson Rockefeller, whom Smeed thought represented the liberal wing of the GOP.

For two decades, he wrote a column in newspapers such as the Lewiston Tribune and the Nampa-Caldwell Press Tribune while funding a libertarian-leaning library at the College of Idaho.

Smeed often criticized what he called statism, the reliance on government involvement rather than individual responsibility to solve problems.

"Words cannot express how much we all love and will miss him. Ralph was one of our country’s greatest defenders of the principles of freedom, a valiant warrior against statism, a mentor and a friend to so many,” Idaho Freedom Foundation founder and Smeed supporter Wayne Hoffman said in an e-mail Thursday evening.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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