Community Comment archive for April 2010

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010

AFP Photo : US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano answers a question during a press conference on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 29. President Barack Obama has ordered several senior cabinet members to Louisiana, where on Friday Napolitano and others were to conduct an aerial inspection of the affected areas.

Napolitano to the rescue... 11 

Good evening, Netizens... US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano answers a question during a press conference on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 29. President Barack Obama has ordered several senior cabinet members to Louisiana,...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

AFB/Getty

Is this Noah's Ark?

Good morning, Netizens... There are memories in our lives which are embedded in and become a part of our lives. Among some of those memories are my limited time studying theology decades and decades ago. Despite having “drifted” from my roots in Protestant religion through...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010

A Great One has fallen... 

Good morning, Netizens... Allison Stacey Cowles, activist, and matriarch of the family that owns the Spokesman-Review, died Sunday morning at the age of 75 of pancreatic cancer. Allison Cowles lived in Spokane for 36 years, and raised two children, (William) Stacey Cowles and Elizabeth A....

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SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2010

Revisiting the distant past...

Good morning, Netizens...There is something special about waking up before the dawn. It is a harbinger of old times, nearly forgotten, when I used to wake up in a sleeper before dawn and crawl behind the wheel of an over-the-road tractor trailer to drive another...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2010

Immigration law and disorder... 16 

Good evening, Netizens... No matter which side of the political equation you support regarding the new Arizona State law regarding illegal immigrants in that state the new law signed by Arizona State Governor Jan Brewer leaves a great deal to be desired, and that is...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

Depose King Joe? 11 

Good morning, Netizens... All I have to do is mention the name King Joe and nearly three-quarters of the people reading this already know of whom I speak, and perhaps half have already witnessed one of King Joe's acidic tirades from his throne atop the...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com

SEC to save the day...

Good morning, Netizens... In this morning's cartoon, the Seattle-PI's David Horsey contributes a humorous glance at Goldman-Sachs' current situation, with the SEC finally throwing a bit of light into the dark corner from whence Goldman helped destroy America's economy. Of course the politics of the...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010

No on the EMS Levy,EMR,Fire Department 24 

Good morning Netizens... One might ask why a doddering old goat like me would be sitting here before the endless maw of the keyboard on an otherwise spectacular spring morning with temperatures nearly 60 degrees. I have been contemplating Larry Shook's excellent piece of journalism,...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2010

Photo Credit: MSNBC

Volcano in Iceland causes chaos... 

Good morning, Netizens... When the Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAH'-plah-yer-kuh-duhl) volcano in Iceland first began erupting last Wednesday, hardly anyone in the United States and various other countries gave it much thought. We've had our own earthquakes and volcanoes here in the States so why would we, as...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010

Otto Zehm vindicated at last? 

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } A:link { so-language: zxx } --> Good morning, Netizens... First, before I revisit the sordid tale of how Otto Zehm was killed by the Spokane Police Department, I'm going to point you in a...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010

From the Headlines re Otto Zhem 

As I brought in the paper this morning, the first thing I see is the headline: "Zehm grand jury to hear evidence police changed testimony" (by Thomas Clouse). http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/apr/15/feds-testimony-altered/When I first read about this incident, my initial thought was that something was fishy in the...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com--Ahmadinejad at the fence...

At the fence wanting in?

Good morning, Netizens... The nutcase at the fence While it appears cartoonist David Horsey hit the nail on the head on this caricature of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, much the same could be said for an entire cadre of shadowy terrorist organizations around the world, each...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010

Palin

Flexible, not straight, straws... 16 

Good morning, Netizens... I promised myself after the last go-round that I would leave Sarah Palin alone for awhile despite the fact every time we mention her name everyone jumps on it. However, the news from California this morning and late yesterday simply precludes ignoring...

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AP – FILE - In this April 7, 2010 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI, listens to his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein …  (Pier Cito / Associated Press)

Catholic sex scandal... 

Good morning, Netizens... AP–FILE - In this April 7, 2010 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI, listens to his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein… The Vatican has gone into full-fledged damage control over the priest sex scandal just before the Pope leaves on his first foreign trip...

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MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010

Scott B. Lukins, RIP

This morning, I learned that Scott B. Lukins, founding father of Lukins & Annis passed away Sunday. I was privileged and honored to have worked for the firm for the past 12 years. Mr. Lukins marked our hallways every day. A very elegant man, very...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010

AP photo of Terreblanche funeral cortege

Terre'Blanche's funeral in South Africa...

Good morning, Netizens... [Photo: AP] Mourners give the Nazi salute as a hearse containing the body of slain white supremacist leader Eugene Terre'Blanche drives by in South Africa yesterday. The South African white supremacist was buried on Friday, six days after being hacked to death...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 2010

The Western News, Libby, Montana
Timberbeast Disc Golf Course 2009

Disc Golf competition in Spokane this weekend...

Good afternoon, Netizens... In this picture, shot by the Western News Newspaper in Libby, Montana, my stepson Scott tees off last summer in a disc golf competition in Troy, Montana. Once a stranger to this sport, but having watched from the sidelines for several years...

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Reuters news wire

Plane crash in Russia kills Polish President

Good morning, Netizens... Photo: Reuters MOSCOW Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and some of the country's highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 96,...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010

TGIF- reprise...

Good morning, Netizens... Thank Gawd it's Friday! After nearly being blown into Idaho by yesterday's wind storms, this morning is quiet by comparison, the sunrise almost visible peering at me from behind the mountains to our East and my cup of meaner-than-me coffee is sitting...

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addresses the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Thursday, April 8, 2010. This is the opening session of the four day conference.
(AP Photo/Bill Haber) (Bill Haber / Fr170136 Ap)

Gingrich takes his shots at Obama too...

Good morning, Netizens... Picture: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addresses the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Thursday, April 8, 2010. This is the opening session of the four day conference. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential presidential...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010

AP Photo/Evansville Courier & Press, Bob Gwaltney

Walk a mile in her shoes... 

Good morning, Netizens... [Photo Credit: AP Photo/Evansville Courier & Press, Bob Gwaltney April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There's an old saying taught to me by my grandmother that goes, “You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes.”...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010

Pacific Ring of Fire

Is the Ring of Fire wakening up? 

Good morning, Netizens... Last weekend we saw a 7.2 earthquake rattle portions of the US-Mexican border near Baja, an earthquake that was stronger than the quake that so utterly destroyed Port Au Prince, Haiti. The only difference, according to scientists, is that most of Mexico...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com
Karzai threatens to join Taliban insurgents

Which side do we support? 

Good morning, Netizens... KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened over the weekend to quit the political process and join the Taliban if he continued to come under outside pressure to reform, several members of parliament said Monday. (AP News Wire) Of course, cartoonist David...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010

Understanding autism... 

Good evening, Netizens... Today is Good Friday, a religious date two days before Easter. It is also Autism Awareness Day, a holiday established by the United Nations on April 2, 2007 to “to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com]
The Confession is good for the soul...

Confession is good for the soul... 

Good afternoon, Netizens... Sometimes cartoonist David Horsey outdoes himself in his eloquence and in today's cartoon, I believe he stepped into a sensitive issue with eloquence and truth. If the absolute truth is ever known about sexual child abuse by Catholic priests the sheer numbers...

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