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Monday Quick Fix 6 (10/11/04)

It's almost time to start our endorsements again. Yes, Virginia, the S-R will endorse in most political races in Kootenai and Spokane counties. And the legislative races throughout North Idaho. Most races will be easy calls. But not all. Stay tuned.

1. Political 'Toon Fix: Despite assurances by Dubya that there will be no draft under his watch, the Demos are still fearmongering with that prospect. And Chuck Asay believes the tactic is working on college campuses here.

2. Humor Fix (from

This is what his handlers have advised him to do after the first debate last week: George W. Bush's challenge now will be to stretch four and a half minutes of meaningless platitudes into an hour and a half. That's his challenge."David Letterman

"(Friday's) debate in St. Louis will be before an audience made up entirely of undecided voters. That creates a huge dilemma for Kerry. Does he stand on stage beside Bush or sit in the audience with all the other people who can't make up their minds?"Jay Leno

3. My Way Fix: This Day in History here, This Day in Music here, and Today's Birthdays here.

4. Top of the News Fix: Christopher Reeves dies here, Swift Boat vets plan one final push here, U.S. military sees good news in Iraq here, 6 papers endorse Kerry over the weekend here, and Al Sadr fighters turning in weapons here.

5. Debate Fix: Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard explains why Dubya did better in the second debate here, and Editor Jonathan V. Last scores Friday's debate, round by round, here.

6. Opinion Fix: William F. Buckley (What was Saddam thinking?), Charles Krauthammer (A case for fearmongering), Robert Novak (Kerry can't escape L-word), David Rogers (South Dakota holds key), and Ken Foskett (Justice Clarence Thomas).

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.