Community Comment archive for Aug. 2009

SATURDAY, AUG. 29, 2009

Phillip Garrido looks out at the courtroom during his arraignment on 28 felony counts stemming from the abduction of Jaycee Dugard in 1991, in the El Dorado Superior Court in Placerville, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Garrido pleaded not guilty on charges including forcible abduction, rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment. At left is court-appointed attorney Susan Gellman who represented Garrido.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (The Spokesman-Review)

The animals in our midst... 

Good morning, Netizens... Phillip Garrido looks out at the courtroom during his arraignment on 28 felony counts stemming from the abduction of Jaycee Dugard in 1991, in the El Dorado Superior Court in Placerville, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Garrido pleaded not guilty on...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2009

The Oxymoron of Duncan 

So, this just in from KREM - Convicted mass-murderer Joseph Duncan is competent to stand trial in the killing of a 10-year-old Southern California boy, Anthony Martinez, a jury has ruled.I am curious how a totally wacked out nutso like this creep can be anywhere...

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The news byte that won't go away... 

Good afternoon, Netizens...You may have thought you had heard the last of Michael Jackson's homicide, or at least the last of the allegations of how and why he died. Well, the coroner's report, while not publicly disclosed, at least is cited as giving the reason...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

When does socialized medicine begin/end?

Good afternoon, Netizens...In today's David Horsey cartoon we take a closer look at the various claims and counter-claims being made about socialized medicine and discover a fact some may have overlooked in their haste to wave their banners of opinion. Isn't Medicare socialized medicine? Or...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com
Ted Kennedy (The Spokesman-Review)

Rest in Peace Ted Kennedy... 22 

Good morning, Netizens... I wondered in my heart of hearts when cartoonist David Horsey would weigh in on the demise of Ted Kennedy, as I recall reading where David Horsey had spent some time with the good Senator back in the 80's, and todays' cartoon,...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com
Light at the end of the tunnel in Afghanistan (The Spokesman-Review)

The Light at the End of the Tunnel? 16 

Good morning, Netizens...What is the light at the end of the tunnel in Afghanistan? Some say it is the elimination of the Taliban. Several nations have made valiant attempts at rescuing Afghanistan from itself and failed. Although President Obama inherited the war in Afghanistan, is...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26, 2009

Photo Credit: Getty Images (The Spokesman-Review)

Ted Kennedy dead at 77... 

Good morning, Netizens...As many of you already know, Senator Ted Kennedy died last night, succumbing to brain cancer at age 77. The news wires and TV news shows are filled this morning with great quotations about Kennedy, his life and political history. In my opinion,...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2009

MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Who stands to gain or lose?

Good afternoon, Netizens... Once again cartoonist David Horsey takes a look at the Health Care System, at least as it is sometimes presented to us. While I only know a very few people who fit into the category of the woman on the left, I...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Presidential Events Revealed... 

A Belated Good Afternoon, Netizens... In this cartoon presented by cartoonist David Horsey, it might appear as if he were doing no favors to the members of the National Rifle Association, since they ostensibly would approve of bringing guns to a Presidential event if not...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 22, 2009

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner in front of Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick speaks against racist propaganda at a news conference Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, near the state line. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Speaking of dignity and equality... 13 

Good morning, Netizens... In this Spokesman-Review picture Spokane Mayor Mary Verner in front of Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick speaks against racist propaganda at a news conference Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, near the state line. I will not and cannot denigrate nor contradict what the Illuminati...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2009

August 20, 2009
AP Photo/Ed Reinke

Jodi Holt trims the ear of a red and white Holstein cow in preparation for her showing in the dairy competition at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Ky., Thursday.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Going to the fair this summer?  

Good morning, Netizens... Jodi Holt trims the ear of a red and white Holstein cow in preparation for her showing in the dairy competition at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Ky., Thursday in this morning's picture of the day from the AP news wire....

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Thunderstorms moving through area... 

Good morning, Netizens... My, but that was lovely. We had a small, fairly powerful severe thunderstorm move rapidly across parts of Lincoln, Stevens and Spokane Counties this morning at approximately 1:00 AM this morning. This was not in any of the weather forecasts, but the...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

Mandatory Dorm Life? 

Here’s a thing for you to ponder. What do you think about the University of Idaho’s pending plan to have all freshmen live on campus? Associated Press - UI may make all freshmen live on-campusMOSCOW -- The University of Idaho wants to make all first-year...

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Spokane Election Part I nearly completed... 

Good morning Netizens... Opening salvos this morning before things get too hectic. Well, it does appear that the election runoffs have completed and no real surprises took place, although I thought Steve Eugster might have drawn a bigger percentage of the total. Perhaps it is...

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2009

Novak (The Spokesman-Review)

Dr. Terry Novak dead at 68 years of age...

Good morning, Netizens... Dr. Terry Novak, Eastern Washington University's professor of public administration, died Saturday at his home at age 68 of unstated causes perhaps associated with diabetes. In this picture of Novak from the Spokesman, he looks angry, but perhaps he had more goals...

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Probius Phoont...

Good morning, Netizens... I have been in and out of the Virtual Ballroom and the Virtual Garden all summer long, but only long enough to have a quiet cup of Virtual Espresso, exchanging casual conversations with the various ghosts that have served as the barrista...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com David Horsey on Mental Health Care  (The Spokesman-Review)

Town Hall on health care  

Good morning, Netizens...Oh my goodness! After watching the various Town Hall Meetings on health care over the last week and change, and after listening very carefully to what some members of the public said to the various members of the government agencies, I would not...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 15, 2009

AP Photo/Stephen Chernin

 (The Spokesman-Review)

Those who survived Woodstock... 

Good evening, Netizens... In this AP photo, Grandpa Woodstock shows a peace sign as he walks with his wife Queen Estar in Bethel, N.Y. The couple were attendees of the original 1969 music festival. A concert at Bethel Woods commemorated the 40th anniversary today, and...

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Brrr. It's chilly this morning! 

Good morning, Netizens... With the temperature hovering at a brisk and chilly temperature of 45 degrees this morning, does this mean no one will be swimming in the recently-opened swimming pools in Spokane today? How about tubing down the Spokane River? Anyone in favor of...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 14, 2009

Ronnie spins!

Good afternoon, Netizens...The late President Ronald Reagan made this radio broadcast and it is a marvelous audio document when viewed in present times. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRdLpem-AAsFrom the perspective of a staunch conservative Republican, I can imagine Ronnie spinning in his grave watching the Obama attempts to rectify...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Medical mistakes by David Horsey... 

Good morning, Netizens... When you first view David Horsey's cartoon this morning, you might perhaps chuckle, maybe even discredit it. After all, it is a cartoon, right? First, I think you need to read the underlying document, a critically-acclaimed report on medical errors originally penned...

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The WASL Test Results 

Good morning, Netizens... What follows is only a portion of the total WASL Test results, in this case for Grade 10. If you wish to read the entire result tests go to http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?year=2008-09 and examine the various grade levels. To be utterly honest, I had...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2009

Math in Middle School??? 11 

Good morning, Netizens... Here, from the Spokane District School System is the list of recommended school supplies for kids entering or enrolled in Middle Schools this year: Three ring binder White college-ruled notebook paper, no colored paper 2-#2 pencils 2-pens, blue or black Ruler Pencil...

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