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The Clowns in Government…

Good morning, Netizens…

I must admit I hope Al Franken is as intelligent and on-point as a member of Congress as he was as a comedian. As David Horsey expresses in this morning’s cartoon, perhaps he is among his comedic peers, as there are a lot of clowns in the Congress. Despite the accuracy of the two clowns beside Al Franken, I do believe we have a locally-grown despot who qualifies as a clown, a man whose boundaries for sadistic humor knows few boundaries, our very own City Council President, Joe Shogan.

There is almost an element of the unworldly about City Hall these days. However, when it comes to the City Council meetings, Joe Shogan is in charge and rules with an iron gavel. God pity the poor person who dares to speak out on any given topic, especially if Shogan thinks the issue is moot, a done deal and the Council has already reached their conclusions before voting. After all, despite the fact we, the taxpayers, are paying for the numerous fiascos that flow unimpeded from City Hall, we fall short of the Glory of God before the all-powerful presence of the Great Shogun.

There are but a few rules in the new-and-improved City Council meetings. Bow down deeply and knock your head upon the worn carpet of the Council Chambers before speaking, cast not any aspersions in the direction of the dais and above all else, kiss the backside of the Council President before, during and after your presentation. When Joe laughs, everyone must put on their most-joyous faces and laugh with him. To do less may be subject to being ejected from the Council’s august presence.

Come to think of it, when I look at the caricatures of the two clowns in this morning’s Horsey cartoon, I can almost see the Great Shogun with makeup and a clown’s hat.

How many other clowns do we have in City Hall these days?


Engage brain before opening mouth…

Good morning, Netizens…

One of my favorite slogans, particularly if the day isn’t getting itself properly attired and ready for another prosperous business day is, “It’s another wonderful day in Paradise”, typically spoken with a leer on my face, a mild-mannered form of non-verbal punctuation to the sentence being spoken. It seems that a person had a wonderful day in Paradise yesterday when he threatened to blow up City Hall when asked to sign himself in as a Guest.

Thomas D. McMillan ended up being arrested, charged with one count of threatening to bomb or injure property, a class B felony that prohibits threats against public buildings for his threat.

Here comes my question: can you think of any circumstances, any justification at all under for making threats to blow up City Hall?

Remember, we ostensibly have a representative government, in which we as citizens gleefully elect at predictably sometimes-macabre occasions, and anyone can run for public office in Spokane if they wish. So long as Council President Joe Shogan does not rap his imperial gavel, anyone can remonstrate, disagree or express an opinion to the City Council during the public input component of the City Council meetings. Of course you can always write letters, because so few of the Council members seem to answer e-mail, based upon my experiences. I submit there are lots of alternatives one should consider before resorting to making threats to blow up City Hall, and I am curious whether anyone can come up with some good rationale for McMillan’s behavior.

Or was he just having another wonderful Day in Paradise that somehow got away from him in that he should have engaged his brain before opening his mouth? 


Who’s to blame?

Good morning, Netizens…

After some considerable research and introspection of the case of the Citizenry of Spokane versus City Hall, and upon hearing of the woman in Arlington, Washington who stole $73,575.18 from the church where she was the administrative assistant, ( and blamed it on Satan, I believe we have found the culprit behind the gaffes at City Hall.

My God, there has to be something hard at work that makes our lives in the Incredible City unbearable.

Suddenly an entirely new world of possibilities that none of us thought about emerges. You forget to plug the parking meter and that lascivious little cart comes sneaking around the corner with a demon fire in the ticket box while you’re standing there empty-handed. Uf da! Blame it on Satan for stealing your change. If that doesn’t wash, try blaming the children or grandchildren. Sometimes it does appear our offspring are in collusion with the Devil, but then they change back into angels. Go figure.

The disingenuous Major Crimes Detail of the Spokane Police Department, ( ostensibly the voice of the victims according to their website, have disproven their lack of worth at investigating the Otto Zehm murder or the assault on Shonto Pete. Satan is your essential multi-tasker and hard at work on victim’s cases everywhere. There is no other explanation.

Of course, now we know who made the tape disappear from 911, don’t we? Nobody else could crack the mythological SPD security and make that tape of Shonto Pete telling a supervisor of 911 that he stole Olsen’s truck disappear into thin air. The electronic hands of the Devil are hard at work. Perfectly logical.

Closer to home, Avista, formerly known as the benevolent Washington Water Power, jacks its rates, paying its nefarious upper-echelon staff incredible salaries while most of us suffer beneath its narcissistic lead foot. You never know where the evil hand of Satan may crop up, do you?

The ideal solution to all this mischief and evil afoot everywhere in our fair city is to join the battle for goodness and mercy, and drive the evil forces from our midst. But then we wouldn’t have anyone left to blame for our misfortunes, now would we?


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