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Why I killed Ron the Cop’s message…

Good morning, Netizens…

Twenty reasons why I cancelled Ron-the-Cop’s response to my message yesterday about having breakfast. Well, the first nineteen don’t count.

The real problem I had with the message wasn’t so much that Ron announced he and Steve Thompson gathered together to discuss various conspiracy theories, including River Park Square Parking Garage, but the link which took our conversation about having breakfast in an entirely different direction more to his liking, back to the parking garage.

We’ve had how many investigations and rumors of events surrounding the admittedly-tragic death of Ms. Savage, but what is forthcoming? Nada. Zip. If anything had changed in this case, which is rapidly becoming a cold case, I might relent a bit in my judgement about posting comments about it, but from my vantage point, nothing has changed.

In quite the similar vein of thought, I found the recent announcement by various sources that Police Chief Ann Kirkpatrick has applied for several jobs in other cities to be quite cogent. This is especially true since the story was broken by Bill Morlin writing in the Center for Justice, as both have extreme credibility where I am concerned. I would much rather discuss the potential impact of losing what I consider to be a good Chief of Police working in the face of a union mail fist and doing a good job of it, than discuss theories about River Park Square Parking Garage.

I have heard many rumors about why the head of the City of Spokane Park Board just stepped down, and while some of them sound quite cogent, nobody is really stating what took place. What is news is that he stepped down voluntarily. Pretty much everything else are just rumors, and while perhaps what relationships that exists between the Park Board and Mobius bear a close scrutiny, we do not have enough information. Perhaps that will be forthcoming.

I labored over my decision last night to kill the message, and given the small window of opportunity I have for such decisions, and given the number of other similar messages that have been killed in the past in other SR blogs, I cannot see that I have many options.

You and Steve both have blogs in which you can freely discuss various theories of your choice, even disparage the Spokesman-Review however you wish without fear of being deleted or censored if you will, although I personally loathe that word.


Things to sell more newspapers…

Good morning, Netizens…

Early last Sunday morning, because I chanced to be sitting in my lawn chair about the time the Sunday morning newspapers were being delivered by a kid traveling with an adult, I began seeing a different vision of the newspaper business.

Within two blocks of Hillyard, the tow-headed boy jumped out of the car and delivered a total of 7 newspapers on front doorsteps in two city blocks. A total of 7 newspapers in approximately 30 houses doesn’t seem like much of an enterprise to me. Perhaps that is why so many newspapers have gone under in the last year.

Later Sunday morning, my beloved spouse and I attended the movie Harry Potter, the Half Blood Prince, and while I was waiting around in the theater lobby, I asked ten adults a key question thus:

Did you read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter The Half Blood Prince or any other of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling prior to seeing the movie?

Eight adults answered they had not, as of yet, purchased The Half Blood Prince, and were uncertain whether they would do so in the near-future, but they were there accompanying their children. Incredible as it might seem, two adults claimed to have never heard of J.K. Rowling, but they had heard of Harry Potter. One daring old grump looked me right in the eye and stated he was there as a representative of his church to see what all this business of magic being taught by the schools was about. That was interesting.

Of all the children aged ten or older that I interviewed, all except for one had read all the books in the Harry Potter series. Incredible! That is a lot of reading for a kid.

Wanting to merge what I had observed of the Sunday papers being delivered with the continuing popularity of the Harry Potter books and movies, the Spokesman needs:

A director of the regulation of magic, whose job it would be to regularly post public messages about illicit magic being performed in City Hall, often without any public notice whatsoever. These stories should be written in a fictional genre, although these days most press releases that come out of City Hall qualify as sensationalistic fiction to begin with.

Additionally, create a column regarding the regulation of magical creatures. All you would have to do is fictionalize a series about the Goths, indigents and other street people that frequent downtown, without naming names, of course.

Am I on a roll here? Do you have any other departments and/or titles you would like to see appearing in the morning papers that might attract kids?


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