Community Comment archive for Sept. 2009

TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2009

Photo credit: REUTERS Roman Polanski (The Spokesman-Review)

Polanski no longer a fugitive from justice... 13 

Good morning, Netizens... I have no great pontification to make regarding Roman Polanski's arrest in Zurich, Switzerland recently, for the crime he has been charged with committing, that of illegally having sexual intercourse, with a 13 year-old girl in actor Jack Nicholson's house in Los...

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David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)

The missile next time... 16 

Good morning, Netizens... This cartoon by David Horsey clearly reflects my opinion. It's just as if he were sitting here in the hovel peering over my shoulder at the screen and sees I have a few personal animosities about Iran that any good journalist should...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 28, 2009

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26, 2009

AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

 (The Spokesman-Review)

Body art or simply a distraction? 

Good morning, Netizens... This morning, we will take a bit of a walk on the “wild side”, although if people object to that description, I'll probably ignore them. In this morning's picture of the day, a man who calls himself 'Spikey Bob' poses for pictures...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2009

David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)

There is a place for them... 

Good morning, Netizens... A few months back the word “demagogue” was defined and explained as the word of the day. I believe today's cartoon from David Horsey carries that definition forward and gives us two different images upon which to base our understanding of the...

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David Horsey,, (The Spokesman-Review)

The bane of the government class... 

Good morning, Netizens...How utterly accurate David Horsey's cartoon this morning is! The unanswered question that remains, like a crusty old penny on the tip of ones fingers is, how much money is actually passing between lobbyists and the government that got elected promising to end...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2009

SATURDAY, SEPT. 19, 2009

Cure the disease, not the symptoms... 

Good morning, Netizens... Lately we have seen several situations arise in the Spokane area involving the mentally ill in the news, with the most-recent being Phillip A. Paul's escape from a poorly-organized day out for mental health patients from Eastern State Hospital at the Spokane...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 18, 2009

Photo Credit the Spokesman-Review and the Spokane County Sheriff's Department. (The Spokesman-Review)

Week in Review... 

Good morning, Netizens... Picture of Phillip Paul courtesy of the Spokesman and the Spokane County Sheriff's Department. Thank God it's Friday! A quick review of the news thus far this week: Governor comes over to this side of the state for her flu shot. Promoted...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2009

Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Mary Travers, true to the very end...

Good morning, Netizens... Mary Travers of Peter Paul and Mary has passed on. This video clip is a bit of an odd duck by which to remember the late Mary Travers, but it demonstrates two vital precepts: In their lives together on the stage,...

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A few items... 

Good morning, Netizens...Ron_the_cop asked during a Wild Card:"OK when's the next breakfast meeting at your secret hide away?"Funny you should mention that, Ron. The inestimable Mr. Hibbs and myself were planning to meet for breakfast at our usual covert location this morning, Wednesday, perhaps 8:00...

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Television, how it all was once...

Good morning, Netizens... I discovered what I believe to be a genuine gem in my Internet reveries this morning. Point your browser to and settle in with a cup of your favorite beverage, as once you have started, you simply cannot quit. This is...

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The new-and-improved health care system? 

Good morning, Netizens... Obama's Health Care Plan seems to have more land mines than the main highway leading to/from Kabul, Pakistan and yet while the Republicans are muttering openly against it, many middle-class to lower-middle class Americans simply cannot afford either the preventive medical care,...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2009

President Obama to appear on Letterman... 

Good afternoon, Netizens...President Obama will appear on the David Letterman Show September 21, next Monday. This will be the first appearance of a sitting President on the late-night talk show. Given David Letterman's ascerbic wit and often dry humor, what questions do you think he...

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Today in History, September 15, 1963...

Good morning, Netizens... Do the names Addie Mae Collins (aged 14), Denise McNair (aged 11), Carole Robertson (aged 14), and Cynthia Wesley (aged 14) mean anything to you? On September 15, 1963, these four young girls died, among others, at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church...

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September 14, 2009
AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Serena Williams, left, of the United States, hugs her sister Venus after winning the women's doubles championship over Liezel Huber, of the United States, and Cara Black, of Zimbabwe, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

The good Serena Williams... 

Good morning, Netizens... AP Photo/Elise Amendola Serena Williams, left, of the United States, hugs her sister Venus after winning the women's doubles championship over Liezel Huber, of the United States, and Cara Black, of Zimbabwe, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday....

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Courtesy KREM (The Spokesman-Review)

Fair admissions down...  

Good morning, Netizens... We've had near-flawless weather. As this KREM picture shows, we have Michael Jackson's rides, all for free, but the admission numbers to the Spokane Interstate Fair are down this year. Although a Fair spokesman suggests it is not because of a price...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 14, 2009

The return of the Wild Card... 15 

Good evening, Netizens...It has been awhile since I offered a Wild Card at Community Comment, but upon hearing the news that Antonio Banderas is coming to Spokane next month to film a movie, and knowing how certain females will undergo palpatating hearts upon hearing this...

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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Patrick Swayze succumbs to cancer... 

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesGood evening, Netizens...In an age where stars, starlets, aspirants to stardom and well-known celebs all seem to have a cloud hanging over them for various reasons, then we have the long and powerful career of Patrick Swayze, who passed away today...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 12, 2009

AP Photo/Javier Galeano

A woman leans against an old car, used as a taxi, in Havana, Friday. Cuba's government has begun the distribution of permits to legalize old cars, currently used as black-market taxis. (The Spokesman-Review)

Life in Cuba

Good morning, Netizens...When I first stumbled across this AP picture, I had a momentary historical lapse, as if my eyes do not deceive me, this is a 1952 Chevrolet. In the USA this beast would have long since either become an entry at a classic...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2009

Nadine Woodward demoted to unemployed... 

Good evening, Netizens... Nadine Woodward, who has been a gracious, upbeat constant in the news broadcasting industry in Spokane for nearly 20 years, was summarily dismissed from KREM-2 television's news September 7. The pointy-headed goon from Texas in charge of her dismissal, KREM General Manager...

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