Community Comment archive for Feb. 2010

SATURDAY, FEB. 27, 2010

Winterless Winter Games David Horsey,davidhorsey.com, seattlepi.com

Winter Olympics? 

Good morning, Netizens...David Horsey portrays the winter olympics in a different light. Here is something to consider: how many of the ski events were canceled or delayed during the winter olympics because it RAINED? Is it true that all the snow that should have packed...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010

Weekly news summary...

Good afternoon, Netizens... This is about as close to one of Dave Oliveria's infamously unpredictable Wild Cards as I will get, simply because so there is so much national news to be covered and so little time. If you can think of news I may...

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The Brick yard gets bigger... 

Good morning, Netizens... The other day I wrote about Ron Wright (rocketsbrain) tossing a brick into the fray surrounding the safety of the Riverpark Square Parking Garage. You could have blown me over with a feather late last night when the Spokesman Review's journalist, Jonathan...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2010

(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Julie Fletcher)  (Julie Fletcher / Orlando Sentinel)

What did we learn from killer whales?  

Good morning, Netizens... In this photo taken on Dec. 30, 2005, Dawn Brancheau, a whale trainer at SeaWorld Adventure Park, is shown while performing. Brancheau was killed in an accident with Tilikum, a killer whale at the SeaWorld Shamu Stadium Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2010....

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2010

AP Photo/Lansing State Journal, Rod Sanford

Snow is required... 

Good morning, Netizens... In this AP picture taken from the Lansing State Journal by Rod Sanford, snowmen populate the lawn of the State Capital in Lansing, Michigan Tuesday. A group opposed to raising taxes in Michigan, called Common Sense in Government, created more than three...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2010

Rocketsbrain takes a brick... 

Good evening, Netizens... The mouse that roared has once again aroused the powers-that-be in a positive way and, although we haven't heard a final resolution yet, the fact remains authorities have opened an active investigation. The Washington State Board of Accountancy's Executive Director, Rick Sweeney,...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2010

When does it become terrorism? 

Good morning, Netizens... A. Joseph Stack III put his name in history books yesterday. He began his day by setting fire to his house in Austin, Texas while his wife and family were inside. He capped his morning off by flying his single-engine Piper PA-28...

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Olympics review by David Horsey...

Good morning, Netizens...Cartoonist David Horsey has been attending the Winter Olympics and reports the various ways he has been singing along with the national anthemns as each country won the gold. I had a few permutations of the various anthemns to sing of my own,...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2010

Vote for none of the above... 

Good morning, Netizens... Last night the Washington State House voted by a 51-47 majority to suspend I-960, the initiative that prohibits the state from raising additional taxes, thus clearing the road for Governor Gregoire's hotly-contested tax increases on soda pop, cigarettes, bottled water, candy and...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010

A bulldog! A bulldog in our midst! 

Good evening, Netizens... For the edification of those who either haven't been following local news closely or simply no longer care about such things, there is a little bulldog with a big bite running amok in the current office of the County Prosecutor, Steve (Absent-by-design)...

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Gregoire proposes new taxes...

Good evening, Netizens... Governor Christine Gregoire, despite her campaign promise of no new taxes has broken her promise to the voters, yet again, in exchange for a way to reduce her blithering budget shortfall. I remember her statement during the run-up to the election when...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010

Bambi for breakfast, anyone?

Good morning, Netizens... [Portions taken from the Spokesman-Review] BOISE - Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, says a constituent of his in North Idaho complained that when he found a bobcat dead in the road near his place, Idaho Fish and Game threatened him with arrest...

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MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2010

Happy Presidents Day...

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } A:link { so-language: zxx } --> Good afternoon, everyone... Today, depending whatever state you reside, is Presidents Day. It also may be Washingtons Day or even various other names. Confused? So am I. You...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2010

(AFP/File/FAROOQ NAEEM)

Absence on Valentines Day... 

Good morning, Netizens... There is a hollowness, an emptiness that takes place on Valentines Day that comes to an unfortunate few, and because most of us are wrapped up in our self-centered celebration of love, we seldom see this woe in others eyes. Those of...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 13, 2010

Exit Realty listing

The Alaskan Tavern burns to the ground...

Good morning, Netizens... Here we have The Alaskan Tavern, a Hillyard edifice as viewed in its better days. This morning, shortly after 5:00 AM, the building was engulfed fully in flames, and by shortly after 9:00 AM, the building formerly at 5108 North Market, was...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2010

These little stents of mine... 

Good morning, Netizens... "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine...This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine..."Author unknown As I expected, they have released Bill Clinton from the hospital this morning after placing 2 stents in his...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2010

Working Connections to be cut by 30%? 

Good afternoon, Netizens... The Working Connections Child Care Program, underwritten and administered by Washington State's DSHS, helps low-income families pay for their child care while the parents are working. Governor Gregoire has proposed cutting this program by 30% in the current budget proposals. This would...

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Weather report... sort of... 

Good morning, Netizens... As if we did not have enough issues to fill up my INBOX rather nicely, I received an e-mail from an attorney I know in Dallas, Texas, informing me that the schools are mostly closed in Dallas this morning due to an...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010

Chicago Sun-Times

A 4.3 shakes Western Chicago suburbs...

Good morning, Netizens... Photo: Chicago Sun-Times A 4.3 earthquake hit the western suburbs of Chicago at 3:59 AM this morning, and although police and other emergency phone lines were swamped with phone calls in the aftermath, there were apparently no reports of damages or injuries....

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Returning to the fray once more...

Good morning, Netizens... We spent an idyllic day in South Stevens County this last weekend with friends Susan Waters and her extended family, and I must admit I have been playing catch-up with this Blog ever since. Since both Susan and myself are amateur historians,...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2010

Mark Jordan digs out of snow on Capitol Hill that was left from an intense winter blizzard that hit the nation's capital and much of the Mid Atlantic region yesterday, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. (J. Applewhite / Associated Press)

A snow emergency? 

Good evening, Netizens... Mark Jordan digs out of snow on Capitol Hill that was left from an intense winter blizzard that hit the nation's capital and much of the Mid Atlantic region. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Do you remember last year's snow storms that paralyzed...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2010

Spokesman-Review

Dave Stevens files for his boss's job... 

Good morning, Netizens... Thanks to John Olsen for forwarding a copy of the Spokesman piece about Steve Tucker and Dave Stevens. However, this Spokesman picture of Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens doesn't really do the job justice after he threw his business card into the ring...

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com

The history of military discrimination... 

Good morning, Netizens... Cartoonist David Horsey hit the nail on the head in today's cartoon. In the 1940's the minds of America refused to admit that persons of color could fly planes. Once the Tuskegee Airmen took to the air, no one could deny them...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2010

Dying To Hear You 

I am very interested in a proposal by State Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, to make it a primary offense to talk on a cell phone held to your ear or to engage in text messaging while driving. (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/jan/18/secondary-offense-is-a-primary-concern/)I think it is dangerous, if not...

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