Community Comment archive for March 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

FILE - This March 9, 1988 file provided by Warner Bros., shows actor Edward James Olmos, left, comparing notes with high school teacher Jaime Escalante during the filming of the Warner Bros. film 'Stand And Deliver,' in Los Angeles. Escalante died Tuesday March 30, 2010 in Reno, Nev. He was 79.
(AP Photo/Warner Bros., (Warner Bros.)

A Great Teacher dies...

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Good morning, Netizens... FILE - This March 9, 1988 file provided by Warner Bros., shows actor Edward James Olmos, left, comparing notes with high school teacher Jaime Escalante during the filming of the...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010

Militia of Michigan/Hutaree Militia

The modern-day militia? 

Good afternoon, Netizens... Here we have an AP picture of eight of the nine members of the Hutaree Militia who were arrested by the FBI and charged with various and assorted crimes. Since this is well outside the Spokane area, I originally read the article(s)...

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Happy Bloodletting 

Celebrating SixSix months ago today, I started dialysis. What I once thought about with dread has turned out to be a really simple ordinary routine that I go through three mornings a week. No fuss. No muss. I simply go to MY chair and sit...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010

Swiss President and Economy Minister Doris Leuthard gestures during a news conference in Bern March 25, 2010. Leuthard called on Sunday for a central register of pedophile priests, to prevent them from having further contact with children.

REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

A possible solution to ongoing pedophile priests... 

Good evening, Netizens... In this picture, Swiss President and Economy Minister Doris Leuthard gestures during a news conference in Bern March 25, 2010. Leuthard called on Sunday for a central register of pedophile priests, to prevent them from having further contact with children. (REUTERS/Michael Buholzer)...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com

Calling on the Democrats... 17 

Good evening, Netizens... Cartoonist David Horsey calls it “The brave new voice of patriotism”, but I suspect he has his tongue firmly glued to the deepest corners of his cheek when he wrote that line. In my opinion, this guy making the phone calls to...

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Thank goodness it's Friday!

Good evening, Netizens... As I hold the prism of history to my jaded eyes, I realize almost with a state of shock that it is once again Friday. As I have spent most of the week under the weather in ways far too gruesome to...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010

Out for recovery... 

Good evening, Netizens... I have truly fallen off the apple cart, what with an ugly recurring fever and sinus congestion for nearly two days now. I have occasionally crawled out of bed, with rheumy eyes, to contemplate the evils of the Republicans versus the Democrats,...

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MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

Health Care Bill is Passed... 

Good morning, Netizens... The document is ready for President Obama's signature upon whereupon it becomes law. Ostensibly it will provide medical health care coverage for approximately 98% of Americans. It will prohibit health insurers from some of the nasty tricks they have played in the...

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A Woird A Day -- cloud-cuckoo-land

A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg Languages freely borrow words from one another. Often a borrowed word becomes so assimilated we don't realize its exotic provenance. If you speak English, you know parts of at least a hundred different languages. Besides the usual sources -- Latin, Greek,...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010

CBS/AP

Poor Bernie... 10 

Good morning, Netizens... Source: CBS/AP Will all of you seriously wishing you could be the first person to take a punch at Bernie Madoff please sit down and stop clamoring for an opportunity? Someone ostensibly beat you to it, according to the Wall Street Journal....

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FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

Dr. John Olsen

Remembering poor Otto Zehm... 

Good morning, Netizens... Photo Credit: Dr. John Olsen Of the forty to sixty people present yesterday at the Zip Trip where Spokane Police Department killed Otto Zehm, less than a handful of those present actually knew the former janitor in life. In the four years...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010

Poor Pitiful City Wants MORE of your Money! 

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A commemoration of the death of Otto Zehm... 

Good morning, Netizens... Lest anyone forget today is the fourth anniversary of the Otto Zehm murder at the hand of the Spokane Police Department, a date that not even the Spokesman-Review's own Doug Clark could not willfully overlook here: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/mar/18/four-years-later-lets-not-forget-otto-zehm/ PJALS has sent out the...

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Gay marriage in politics...

Good morning Netizens...This cartoon was simply too good to pass up:http://www.markfiore.com/political-cartoons/watch-gay-rights-marriage-hypocritical-politicians-ashburn-massa-animation-mark-fioreIf that doesn't wake everyone up, I'll have to slink back into my corner.Dave

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A bogus announcement at Wal-Mart... 

Good morning, Netizens... You are vapidly cruising down the aisles of Wal-Mart doing a little shopping when an authoritative voice echoes over the public address system that states, "Attention Wal-Mart customers: All black people leave the store now." An unknown man used the public-address system...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010

C.I. Shenanigans sold to Public Facilities District... 

Good morning Netizens... The Spokane Public Facilities District has purchased the C.I. Shenanigan’s restaurant. Oh? Shenanigan’s is sited about 25 feet northeast of the convention center. That would make it a big target in the eyes of the the Facilities District, that has consistently buying...

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MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

AP file photo (Mark Terrill / Associated Press)

Peter Graves dies in Los Angeles...

Good morning, Netizens... Actor Peter Graves passed away yesterday of a probable heart attack, a few days before his 84th birthday in Los Angeles. Did you know that actor Peter Graves, star of movies Mission Impossible, Stalag 17 and Airplane (and its sequel) was the...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010

AP Photo
 (Matthew Sharpe / Associated Press)

Not in my school you don't? You should! 

Good morning, Netizens... When I read the piece on the AP wire earlier this week about the young woman, an avowed lesbian, who wanted to take her girlfriend to her senior prom and they canceled the prom I sat upright in my chair. Then I...

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Here come the leprechauns! 

Good morning, Netizens... Aren't you glad yesterday was FRIDAY? Today is the Saint Patty's Day Parade which weaves its way through downtown Spokane while the Irish and temporarily-Irish drink green beer and make promises they may or may not keep. Of course St. Patty's Day...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010

Huffington

International Women's History Month... 

Good morning, Netizens... March 8th, in honor of International Women's History Month, a special ceremony was held at the White House which was attended by a stellar collection of women crossing all demographic and geographic positions. You may, of course, view the entire program here:...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010

The aftermath...

Good morning, Netizens... As a former storm chaser, the most-difficult part, once you actually found a supercell capable of generating a funnel cloud was dealing with the incredible damage done where the tornado met humanity. While I realize most people reading this blog have little...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010

Gonzaga goes down in flames... 

Good morning, Netizens... Last evening St. Mary's upset favored Gonzaga from the opening tip-off. Although the final score was 81-62, Gonzaga only held a narrow lead for a short time, toward the end of the second half then St. Mary's lead began increasing steadily. I'll...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010

Big mess in County Assessor's Office... 

Good afternoon, Netizens... (Portions of this story by KREM-TV and Randy Shaw) It originally struck me as a bit odd that the Spokesman had not picked up the news story by KREM-2's Randy Shaw involving Spokane County Assessor Ralph Baker, which is extensively documented here:...

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David Horsey

Another view of Democracy... 

Good morning, Netizens... Ah, Democracy, at least as practiced by the American people. Cartoonist David Horsey gives us an irreverent glimpse of Democracy as viewed by the people of Afghanistan, perhaps one that we cannot admit to ourselves. All we have to do is watch...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010

Ormsby

Those feathers, they give it away... 

Good morning, Netizens... Spokane attorney Mike Ormsby was nominated Wednesday to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. Ormby, is a partner in the K & L Gates LLP legal firm that specializes in working with local governments and public entities on municipal finance...

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