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Severe thunderstorm warning…

Good morning, Netizens…


The U.S. Weather Bureau has recently, as of 3:30 AM this morning, put a severe thunderstorm warning around Spokane. Here is the official weather warning:


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
WAC019-043-063-065-075-311130-
/O.NEW.KOTX.SV.W.0007.100731T1035Z-100731T1130Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE WA
335 AM PDT SAT JUL 31 2010

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL WASHINGTON...
SPOKANE COUNTY IN EASTERN WASHINGTON...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...SPOKANE...CHENEY...
NORTHERN WHITMAN COUNTY IN EASTERN WASHINGTON...
EXTREME SOUTH CENTRAL FERRY COUNTY IN NORTHEAST WASHINGTON...
SOUTHERN STEVENS COUNTY IN NORTHEAST WASHINGTON...

* UNTIL 430 AM PDT

* AT 332 AM PDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING
FROM CRESTON TO 7 MILES SOUTH OF DAVENPORT TO 7 MILES NORTH OF
SPRAGUE TO EWEN...OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 48 MILES NORTH OF
RITZVILLE TO 25 MILES WEST OF CHENEY TO 18 MILES WEST OF CHENEY TO
27 MILES EAST OF RITZVILLE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
DAVENPORT...EWEN...LINCOLN...EDWALL...TYLER...ST. JOHN...MILES...
REARDAN...PINE CITY...MEDICAL LAKE...MALDEN...CHENEY...DEEP
CREEK...FOUR LAKES...FAIRCHILD AFB...WELLPINIT...ROSALIA...PLAZA...
AIRWAY HEIGHTS...MARSHALL...SPANGLE...FORD...WAVERLY...SPOKANE...
LATAH...TUM TUM...FAIRFIELD...TEKOA...VALLEYFORD...MICA...
DISHMAN...MEAD...MILLWOOD...ROCKFORD...OPPORTUNITY...VERADALE...
TRENTWOOD...SPRINGDALE...OTIS ORCHARDS...NEWMAN LAKE...MILAN...LOON
LAKE...LIBERTY LAKE...GREEN ACRES...DEER PARK...COLBERT...CLAYTON
AND CHATTAROY

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

WIND DAMAGE WITH THIS STORM WILL OCCUR WELL AHEAD OF ANY RAIN OR
LIGHTNING. DO NOT WAIT FOR THE SOUND OF THUNDER BEFORE TAKING COVER.
SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.

Dave

Designed by Committee?

Good morning, Netizens…


Let us suppose, as cartoonist David Horsey’s cartoon this morning suggests, that creation was performed by a committee. Given all the somewhat-hilarious possibilities that Horsey has come up with, there are a few others that come to mind.


Who invented women’s four-inch spike high heels and why? Although a cursory examination of the web tells us little about the invention, except these contraptions date back to Egyptian times.


Among the reasons for NOT wearing high heels are:


they cause foot pain

they dramatically increase the likelihood of sprains and fractures

persons who already have healed fractures can suffer aggravating pain

they can create all kinds of foot deformities

the wearers are unable to run


Another designed-by-committee creation that ranks up at the top of the pile of stupid things has to be the Taser.


While I am certain there are others, I am running out of disposable time. Feel free to contribute to the list.


Dave

The downslide of the middle class?

Good evening, Netizens…


Here is another David Horsey cartoon that probably hits the mark for most people reading it. In addition to teachers and blue collar jobs, we can add newspaper journalists, since their numbers have been steadily dropping for several years. Although I do not have the latest figures right at my fingertips, although I probably should, the number of newspapers that have shuttered their doors in the last year scares anyone who cares about the power of printed newspaper journalism. We can also add most people who once made their livings on the Gulf Coast, despite what BP says about paying their bills.


In case no one was watching, David Horsey once worked for a daily newspaper in Seattle called the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. It once was a daily newspaper of some considerable merit, and now appears only as an online newspaper, surviving only by their wits and good journalism.


Can you think of any other sections of our national economy that are still in free-fall?


Dave

The malfunction

 Good morning, Netizens…


After closely following the misadventures of our own Jeanie of Spokane and her computer meltdown last week perhaps you can imagine how I felt late Saturday when, after over nine continuous years of nonstop service, the primary hard disk on my personal server, the Kharma Lot, melted down and died an ignominious death of non-electronic means. It was, of course, aided along its way to its last revolutions by a cat urinating on an Ethernet cable, thus wiping out not only the server but the uninterruptible power supply as well. In retrospect the only thought that comes to mind is, “Here, kitty, kitty, kitty. Come to daddy…”


Suffice it to say, everything on that hard disk was backed up, and my new server returned in all its illuminating self-fulfilling glory within 4 hours, although some of the web server files have yet to be restored and verified. It is amazing how much digital crap we can accumulate over t he years, and it gets much worse on a server. There were things on that server that date back into the late 1980’s, all meticulously backed up in tidy little files for almost a decade. Behold, I rise to the podium of thought and speak with the authority of a jackass and say,“Thank God for good backups and good policies.”


However, if you sent me a nasty gram anytime Saturday or Sunday, and received a tersely-worded message from some dweeb named the MAILER-DAEMON telling you that my system would not relay for you, pour yourself a powder in malted ale and try again. Things are back in some semblance of normalcy, given the ancient age of the equipment, the age of the antique administrator and the jury-rigged hardware, although now we have new software that I can screw up better than my previous attempts.


Look at it this way. I had a standing offer for Saturday evening to attend a dinner engagement with a South Hill political person who shall not be named, a largely-ceremonial duty which I was not particularly looking forward to, given the heat. I will save my rant about politicians, their allies and their social engagements around election time for another day because, due to the hard disk failure, I don’t have to invent a fabrication. I was busy. Truth is always a better construct than a poorly-fabricated falsehood, is it not?


Find yourselves a nice cool place from which to observe the passion of the heat today.


Dave

A bison with an attitude…

Good morning, Netizens…


This video, taken from KREM-2, shows how utterly stupid people can get. The video at http://www.krem.com/video?id=99070324&sec=550262 shows two people who apparently are operating without a clue, approach a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park. Someone, and it remains to be seen who that person was, threw something at the bison, and because it is always an unpredictable and temperamental beast, it charged the people attempting to take a picture of it from close range.


Have you ever had a close encounter with a bison? I’ve seen a bison with an attitude punch a hole in the side of a Subaru decades ago, perhaps simply because the tourists in the car were using a flash bulb in their camera. It doesn’t take a lot to aggravate these mammoth one ton beasts, as the warning signs plainly posted throughout Yellowstone all say.


The victim, Cathy Hayes, in this case, got some good bruises and a sore knee. She was lucky as she could have hurt much worse. Park regulations require people to stay at least 25 yards away from most animals like bison and elk, and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves at all times. Those who fail to abide by these requirements not only put themselves in danger, they may also be subject to a citation and fine.


This was a school teacher from Utah. Something comes to mind, a piece from Crosby, Stills and Nash about “Teach your children well…”. One could only hope Mrs. Hayes will teach her children to stay a safe distance from bison, and above all else, do not do anything to irk them.


Dave

Assessing President Obama…

Good morning, Netizens…


As Richard noted yesterday, sometimes it is difficult to hold a factual or even cogent discussion of National Politics or the economy based upon a David Horsey cartoon. Today’s cartoon is a generalization of opinion of President Obama that shows neither Left nor Right with absolute clarity, but is painted with a broad brush, missing the impact of public opinion from either Left nor Right.


This is ostensibly an attempt to portray President Obama as viewed from both sides of the political spectrum, but missing some key points, including the state of our economy and how each side perceives it to be. As Richard aptly pointed out, there are few people qualified to discuss that issue; hence it gets overlooked.


One question remains to be seen: is our economy heading for the tank again? That seems a fair question whether viewed from the Left or the Right.


Dave

Where did the jobs go? When are they coming back?

Good morning, Netizens…


David Horsey’s cartoon this morning is very painfully truthful, especially considering how many people have been laid off/downsized in the recent economy. Nowhere is this more-deeply felt than in the newspaper industry, as well David Horsey should know. Journalists are an endangered species these days.


What really embitters me, however, are the number of American jobs we have exported to foreign countries. It used to be that if you called a product support line of any computer hardware firm, you generally could talk with someone who both knew the product(s) and spoke English as their primary language, but no more. Where support phone lines once were meaningful, in today’s world you now participate in an international crap shoot, and you may end up speaking to someone in Korea, China, India, Pakistan or some other country whose English language skills are marginal to non-existent. If you are fortunate, they may even know the product line and be able to assist you with your problem.



This situation extends to most corporate companies we once took for granted.



Those few Americans who still hold down jobs live beneath an employment scimitar, their heads on the chopping block every day, and if their bosses could figure out a way to cost-effectively ship their jobs overseas too, they, too, would join the rosters of the unemployed, all as a cost-savings maneuver that is killing this country.



So if you truly want to know where the lost jobs have gone, look overseas. Although statistically we do not feel the pain quite so much here in Washington State, the jobs that were lost are an awful plague in other areas of the country.



Of course, your results may differ.



Dave

On fist fights and battles…

Good morning, Netizens…


Jeanie of Spokane wrote something yesterday at http://www.jeaniespokane.blogspot.com/ that brought back some ancient memories when she mentioned young men getting into fistfights.


Oh, do I remember my days of being in fist fights! Driving long-haul trucks and hanging out in various truck stops over the years, there was something about that lifestyle that encouraged combat. You were always frustrated, trying to make a living in tough times, pushing your truck down the road with everything you had with limited sleep and sometimes ugly junk food, although any good truck driver knew where good food at reasonable prices could be had.


All it took, however, was coming in off the road with a bad attitude when someone said something off-color to you, struck you the wrong way, and the battle royal was on. Given the number of years that has passed, I only vaguely recall a donnybrook that took place at the Truckadero (probably misspelled) outside Denver in the 70’s. I do recall I had just finished a run from Louisiana and was sleeping like a righteous man when someone began banging like a bullock on my sleeper, and there were people yelling outside. I climbed out of my truck, no mean feat, given my lack of sleep, and got a punch in the face for asking what in the Hell was going on. It took more cops to straighten out the mess than we have in Spokane, and fortunately I managed to crawl back in my sleeper before they arrived, bloody nose and all, but I got a few good licks in of my own.


However, the genuine real-meal-deal of fist fights in my opinion took place slightly over a decade ago in the lowly Town of Springdale, involving two taverns full of contentious drunken patrons, perhaps numbering into the hundreds duking it out in the streets. It required both the Stevens County Sheriff’s Department and the State Patrol to close off the State Highway until order could be restored well after three in the morning. Amazing enough, the record of the time reflects no one was arrested. Hell, nobody could remember who started the fight; they were too drunk to remember. Now that was a fight!


Dave





Horsey: Traffic cops return to Wall Street?

Good morning, Netizens…


David Horsey asks, “Are Liberals economic idiots?”


Judging by the current state of the financial industry, it might seem that way, but do you blame the Democratic liberals or the leftover mess created by Conservative Republicans?


But when do you call in the financial traffic cops, and is the current economic reform bill the answer?


There doesn’t seem to be any easy answers to this burning issue, but do you have any answers you’d like to share?


Dave



Just for today…

Good morning, Netizens…

Back in the dark ages, former President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream month, which somehow seemed like a pretty good idea, given the heat of mid-summer. However, with temperatures hovering at or above the century mark over a considerable portion of the United States today, it does seem like good timing that today is Nation Ice Cream Day.

For the benefit of those sweltering in the heat in portions of the Midwest and Northeast, who needs the advertising?

Step outside and ice cream seems just about right.

Dave

What goes over the side?

Good morning, Netizens…


David Horsey’s cartoon is perhaps a bit off-center here, but it does ask a perfectly-valid question: if such a thing is actually taking place, where the wealthy are getting huge tax cuts while the unemployed benefits are being cut, what does it say about the condition of our economy?


Or, viewed more within the constraints of the cartoon itself, an alligator can swim pretty well, while a poor yellow cat probably doesn’t swim worth a damn. Which of the two makes more sense to put over the side in favor of protecting the boat S.S. Economy?


We need to do something about our national unemployment, and judging by the way the economy is diving at times, we probably need to do something pretty quickly. But do we toss the alligator?


Dave

Springdale’s only gas station burns to the ground…

Good afternoon, Netizens…


On hot summer afternoons, you could always find a quiet respite from an otherwise hectic day, perhaps even a few scattered fragments of history itself, at Bernie Jacobs, even if you didn’t have a farm implement, vehicle or other piece of equipment that was in need of repair. Even on the hottest summer day, somehow the cool cluttered corners of the only gas station in Springdale could become a sanctuary where you could sit and gossip, while sipping a cold pop from the ancient Coke machine in the corner. It was a strange place, perhaps, to those who could not or would not understand it. However, for a place in history it has simply been a calm place from which to watch Springdale.


Bernie Jacobs gas station in downtown Springdale, Washington for decades, is no more, a victim of an early-morning fire this morning which leveled the building, destroying the building, vehicles, equipment and tools inside. I spoke briefly with former Town Marshall Jerry Taylor shortly after the story broke on KHQ-TV this morning, clarifying what little information was broadcast about the fire.


The Springdale Grocery, which sits directly across Schaffer Avenue, the State Highway, from Bernie’s, was not affected by the fire, although in the early stages of the fire which began at approximately 6:00 AM this morning, there were concerns regarding it and several house trailers adjacent to the fire.


Today was to have been the parade for the Springdale Rodeo, but it was canceled, given it was to have begun in front of the pile of ashes and burned-out equipment that is all that is left of Jacobs’ service station. However, the rodeo continues on throughout the rest of the day under the hot July skies. It remains to be seen what will happen in the aftermath of the fire, nor has there been a cause declared for who or what started the fire, although several unnamed sources suggest it might have been caused by an electrical problem.


Dave

Walter Hawkins passes…

Good morning, Netizens…


Photo: Walter Hawkins, center.


I waited awhile to see if any of the local news services would pick this story up, but no one seems to remember the Hawkins Family.


If you lived in the East Bay Area during the 60’s and 70’s, if you truly loved gospel music, the Hawkins Family inexorably were woven into our lives, even before they recorded their first hit album, thus crossing over that line between the pop music culture and gospel. The brothers Edwin and Walter Hawkins were performing at House of the Lord at the Ephesian Church of God in Christ in Berkeley when they first recorded “Oh Happy Day” which rocketed atop the pop music charts with meteoric ease.


Perhaps none of the Hawkins family more epitomized the tremendous musical gifts they brought to the forefront of gospel music than Bishop Walter Hawkins, a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor. A graduate of the theological seminary at U.C. Berkeley, Hawkins cut his first album, Do Your Best while he was still at student in 1972. The next year, Hawkins became a pastor and founded the Love Center Church in Oakland. It was there he formed a choir, one which continued his legacy of producing and performing award-winning albums.


However, where Bishop Hawkins truly left his mark on the face of mankind, began as he practiced the religion of inclusion at the Love Center Church. His music, his ministry, his life all spoke to everyone, without regard to their race, creed or sexual persuasion, which brought an enduring face to urban religion in the Bay Area.


Bishop Walter Hawkins passed away Sunday at his home of pancreatic cancer, and yes, he will be missed by many although his music will live on.


Dave

Christies Auction in New York…

Good morning, Netizens…


Picture Credit: Associated Press


You are an antique if you remember watching Roy Rogers, his horse Trigger and Dale Evans on black and white television. Well, Christie’s, a New York auction house is selling the remnants of the King of the Cowboys, and with it, very little will be left of one of the faux heroes of our generation. Next Wednesday and Thursday they are selling the remnants of the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Missouri.


Among the items for sale are a stuffed and mounted replica of Trigger, rearing on its hind legs. It also will feature Rogers’ 1964 Bonneville convertible adorned with collectible silver dollars, its door handles and gear shift replaced by silver-plated pistols.



Other items for sale include: Rogers’ and Evans’ performance outfits; the preserved remains of Rogers’ dog, Bullet; about 60 pairs of cowboy boots; the Rogers family dining table; and the Jeep “Nellybelle” from the Roy Rogers TV show. Hand-drawn music for the theme song “Happy Trails” has a pre-sale estimate of $300 to $500. So does a grouping of two Rogers’ guitars.



What made Roy Rogers and Dale Evans so memorable, aside from their television and movie stardom, was their charitable image outside the studio. He and Evans adopted several children and started a foundation for children in need.


One cannot help but wonder if, in the far distant future, we will have such durable stars from our current generation, whose lives-in-passage became role models, who rode soft into the sunset leaving an epitaph in their wake of gentle service.


We do not have any good cowboys left anymore, do we?


Dave

Barefoot Bandit captured in Bahamas…

Good morning, Netizens…

This July 2009 file self-portrait provided by the Island County Sheriff’s Office shows Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called “Barefoot Bandit”. Police were hunting across a tourist island Tuesday July 6, 2010 for signs of a pilot who vanished after wrecking a small plane in the Bahamas and investigators in the U.S. turned their suspicions toward an American teenager on the run dubbed “the Barefoot Bandit.” The single-engine Cessna that crashed in shallow waters off Abaco island was apparently stolen from an airport in Bloomington, Indiana. By the time rescuers arrived on Sunday, nobody was inside. (AP Photo/Island County Sheriff’s Office via The Herald) NO SALES (Anonymous - AP)

Colton Harris-Moore, known throughout the world as “The Barefoot Bandit”, is free to roam and pillage no more. Moore was captured by Bahamas Police early this morning, bringing to an end Moore’s two-year flight from justice.


Harris-Moore has been running from American law enforcement since escaping from a Washington state halfway house in 2008, gained fame and thousands of fans who admired his ability to evade arrest. He is suspected of stealing cars, boats and at least five planes.


Harris was named the Barefoot Bandit for allegedly going shoeless during some crimes and once allegedly leaving behind chalk footprints as a calling card.


He has become a folk hero to supporters, who have bought “Run, Colton, Run” T-shirts and written songs about his exploits. He has tens of thousands of followers on Facebook, which doesn’t say much for the Internet.


Dave

Friday on the fly…

Good morning, Netizens…


I hasten to add if you are reclining on a lily pad here in Spokane, already some of the warmest Netizens in the Pacific Northwest, you will be cooking soon as today’s temperatures are aiming for the lower 90’s. The talking heads of television news have already dispensed their advice for how best to cope with the temperature, but this is what we once affectionately called motorcycle weather. I remember years ago getting up before dawn and jumping on my motorcycle for a quick cool spin before work in the morning, or another time when, being young and stupid, I rode across the Great Desert of the Southwestern United States when the temperature was over 120 degrees. I came home from that trip having shed several layers of outer skin, but still managed to have a big grin on my face.


Your results today might differ, depending upon whether or not you ride your motorcycle down to the Tri-Cities area on a whim today. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about the sand blasting treatment in 100 degree heat.


I have been remiss in my duties here at the Virtual Ballroom for most of the week, as my good day job has crept from beneath the rusty bucket sitting beneath the water tap outside and has overtaken most of my life this week. I cannot remember which side of the brain, left or right, that gets used when I switch from the technical to tending this Blog. However, when enmeshed in technical fare, there are advantages, most notably being I have no time nor inclination for listening to the incessant babbling from the television. They become irrelevant, despite how they attempt to wrap themselves in Facebook and Twitter.


I suppose my only claim to fame is that I have worked in four different computer operating systems this week, and never flinched; only two of the systems were Microsoft-based, one was Linux-Unix and that leaves today’s challenge. What other computer operating systems are there, particularly one that is nearly hidden in obscurity but once ran a lot of database applications. Anyone care to speculate?


So here we are. Today is Friday, and as we approach the first real vestiges of summer this weekend, as we plot trips to the lakes and streams to escape the heat, I will attempt to catch up on matters. If all works according to plan, Jeanie will get her computer back from the shop today and thus will be able to weigh in with some input of her own.


Thank God it’s Friday!


Dave

Highway 231 blocked N of Valley, Washington

Good morning, Netizens…

Picture: Courtesy of KREM-TV News.

A log truck lays on its side three miles north of Valley, Washington. The single-vehicle accident has resulted in the temporary closure of Highway 231, although there were no injuries noted at this time. 

Dave

What are the motives of the Russian spies?

Good morning, Netizens…


Here we have cartoonist David Horsey’s “spin” on the Russian spies recently caught by our government in our midst. For the sake of those too young to remember, Boris Badenov, a pun on Boris Godunov, and Natasha Fatale, a pun on femme fatale, dates back to Rocky J. Squirrel, a flying squirrel and his faithful friend Bullwinkle J. Moose. These were popular cartoon characters that were once well-known to members of my generation, and were a tongue-in-cheek vision of the Cold War perhaps.


My take on the issue of spies from foreign countries in our midst perhaps has more to do with the Israeli spies who have been inside Boeing Aerospace for years, or perhaps even the Chinese “technicians” who seemingly have access to every technical development we can build/conjure from our skill sets.


However, the Russian spies under investigation seemed more interested in aspects of ordinary American life. They were in positions to gain access to American secrets, were such available, but Horsey’s assertion they might be interested in acquiring George Foreman grills seems to be an accurate portrayal.


I suppose my only take on this entire episode is to put forth a call for the mighty Moose Hunter from Wasilla, Alaska. After all, her claims to be neighbors with the Russians might give her some insights into the true motives and agenda of Russians spies in our midst.


Of course, I could be wrong.


Dave

Fourth of July Eve observations…

Good morning, Netizens…


Well, here we are at Fourth of July Eve, if there is such a term. Judging by the number of people who were not available at their workplaces yesterday, I would hazard the guess that as many people as could possibly do so have fled the town, perhaps for the lakes, their cabins in the woods or other vacation destinations. Estimates are that 35 million people are traveling this weekend, which is fine by me so long as they do not descend here. Unfortunately, the nature of my “good day job” is such that I will be sitting either at my desk or out in the field effecting repairs or maintenance throughout the weekend, but that seldom ever changes holiday-to-holiday.


Perhaps the only change to my daily ritual is located in a niche behind the front door. We have an American flag on a pole that has sat there for over a decade, save for various patriotic holidays, including July Fourth. Then, with little pomp nor ceremony, it is reverently removed from its corner and is hung on front of our house, in memory of those who gave their all so that we might live in freedom.


I admit although once we attended the fireworks displays in various places over the years, but such things are now for our grandchildren, and given this year the “Big Show” in Riverfront Park is slated to last 20 minutes, I believe, I suspect we will largely ignore it. Most of the neighborhood dogs and cats will let us know when the aerial bombs start going off, as they always do.


But for me and mine, that flag hanging on the front of my home says it all. A lot of men and women came home in boxes or eked out hellish existences as walking wounded for that flag, and I wish more people honored their efforts by flying their flags on the front of their homes.


Happy Fourth of July


Dave

Closed minds…

Good morning, Netizens…


I have been accused of spending far too little time on Spokane issues, spending time instead on whatever regional or national news stories that happen to catch my eyes. Part of this is because I simply do not have the disposable time I normally would have to dedicate to writing this blog. It is summer, my busiest time of the year at my “good day job”, but the economy reminds me of a asthmatic aging horse attempting to climb a long, steep hill towing a fully-loaded wagon. While the poor old nag’s heart might be in it, and despite all his perseverance, he simply cannot make it all the way up the hill. All I can do is make the best of what time and energy allows me.


With the Fourth of July looming on the horizon, and all the frantic activity that implies, there are simply far too many distractions.


However, in seeing the incredible story of Elena Kagan being grilled prior to being installed as the next member of the Supreme Court I thought today’s cartoon by David Horsey seemed quite apt. Lacking anything they could really find objectionable, party Republicans have struggled to find some means of keeping Ms. Kagan from becoming a Supreme Court member, and it does seem certain that she will be eventually confirmed as the next member of the highest court in the land.


However, pitting Senator Jeff Sessions with Elena Kagan could have gone a lot deeper, in my opinion. Sessions has a history of racist statements, for one, and Kagan’s largely-unknown personal life both cry out to me to be heard. However, it does appear that David Horsey has captured some of their thoughts, for good or ill.


However, as always, your thoughts may differ.


Dave

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