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Picture of the Day July 14, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...

Participants enjoy mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong City, South Korea. The annual mud festival, now in its 11th year, features mud wrestling, mud sliding and a mud king contest. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) (July 12, 2008)

Oh, Lord I simply couldn't resist this shot of South Korean mud wrestlers, especially since they accord all kinds of awards and prizes to the winners of the competition. The thought suddenly crossed my mind that we in Eastern Washington could stand to learn a lot from the South Koreans after all. For decades Spokane has been plagued with one-term Mayors, and yes, despite what her illustrious public relations team might suggest, Mayor Mary Verner might become one of those during the next election.

Can you imagine a mud wrestling competition between various Mayoral and City Council members to determine who takes office? Can you imagine all the advertising the news media could sell during the competition? Can you imagine all the FUN we could have watching our candidates actually competing with one another, instead of sparring words on bogus advertising that nobody listens to much anymore? Spokane's Mud King or Queen has this nice ring about, at least to me.

What a way to start a new week off! Mud wrestling for politicians would add an authenticity to public elections that has been gone for far too long. Let the candidates beware!


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