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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2004

Mon., Dec. 6, 2004, 5:52 p.m.

Final Word

As you see, I test-drove a new concept today: "Web Log." Pretty boring name. But it fits the feature -- an on-line summary of my work day. I'll try it for a coupla of days to gauge its potential. Meanwhile, I appreciate the response to...

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Mon., Dec. 6, 2004, 4:45 p.m.

Web Log

Gonna try something new today ... an actual log as I go thru the day. I'll keep updating it with newest things on top:4:45 p.m. Biz Tidbits columnist Nils Rosdahl stopped by to say he found a wild turkey dead on his porch when he...

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Mon., Dec. 6, 2004, 4:05 p.m.

Best of the Web, indeed

If you haven't read James Taranto's Best of the Web (which has a link under "blog roll" on the bottom right side of this blog, you're denying yourself the best daily commentary on the today's news. Great stuff again today. Click here.

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Mon., Dec. 6, 2004, 11:50 a.m.

Best of the Northwest

In the second half of his Coeur d'Alene Press column today, weather forecaster Cliff Harris (whom I met 25 years or so ago in Montana's Flathead Valley when he was hanging out with doomsday predictor R.E. McMaster) tries to explain what went wrong with that...

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Mon., Dec. 6, 2004, 8:53 a.m.

Monday Quick Fix 6 (12/6/04)

So, when is a ha-huge snowstorm not a ha-huge snowstorm? When it's predicted by the local weather channels, at 100% probability, and doesn't happen. I waited for the Mother of All Snowstorms to hit Friday night, then Saturday day and then again Saturday night. When...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2004

Fri., Dec. 3, 2004, 10:47 p.m.

Blog On

It's past closing time Friday, but that doesn't mean I can't blog on. I found a cool Web site for you folks who like lists and, more than that, like to impress your friends with the latest lists. If you know what "waitron" and "barista"...

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Fri., Dec. 3, 2004, 5:46 p.m.

Headlines @ Closin' Time (Dec. 3)

*Thompson quits HHS with ominous warning: Can't 'understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply'/WorldNetDaily: Shhhh.*No-recruiting policy aimed at Scouts: Literature sent home with students must warn group's value may be 'offensive'/Associated Press: And who's going to warn us about the creeps sliming...

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Fri., Dec. 3, 2004, 5:11 p.m.

Peanut Gallery (Leans way to Left)

Hello Dave,Welcome back. Interesting your comment that many of your colleagues "lean to the left". Lately I been wondering if I subscribe to the best news publication BECUZ sooo much of the paper tilts to the left. Article structure, editorial sources and article placement. Waz-up...

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Fri., Dec. 3, 2004, 3:44 p.m.

How Lefties become Righties

Dave;After readings the rantings and musings of the election and such I was reminded of a quote: "Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no...

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Fri., Dec. 3, 2004, 12:54 p.m.

'Spokane mafia' takes Memphis by storm?

In the "whatever happened to ..." dept., ex-S-R editor Chris Peck (pictured) has run into turbulence as editor of the Memphis (Tenn.) Commercial Appeal. First, there's labor negotiation and layoff problems here. Then, there's a resentment by his staff about former Spokane staffers who've been...

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Fri., Dec. 3, 2004, 8:54 a.m.

TGIF Quick Fix 6 (12/3/04)

I'm ba-a-a-ack. After a day of noodling with the other newsroom editors about the future, I'm back, refreshed. I wished all of you could see the type of folks who run things in our newsroom. Yeah, they tend to lean Left. But they're quality people...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 2004


Wed., Dec. 1, 2004, 5:47 p.m.

Headlines @ Closin' Time

*Kerry campaign won't surrender: Seeks to join legal battle over Ohio ballot recount/WorldNetDaily: You lose by 136,000 votes in a state, and you think you still have a chance. This reminds me of the scene from "Dumb & Dumber" when the beautiful love interest tells...

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Wed., Dec. 1, 2004, 11:13 a.m.

Best of the Northwest

I shoveled the sidewalk for the first time last night, which means winter officially has arrived in the Great Inland Northwest here. Cars were cuh-rashing all over the place, particularly in Spokane, where some folks eschew studded tires. I put my studs on the car...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2004

Tue., Nov. 30, 2004, 5:46 p.m.

Final Word

I need to begin a conversation with you regular readers. Over the next coupla weeks, I'd like you to analyze the Hot Potatoes blog. What works. What doesn't. What you'd change. What you'd add. Do you like the roundups: Quick Fix 6, Best of the...

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Tue., Nov. 30, 2004, 5:37 p.m.

Headlines @ Closin' Time

*'Jeopardy!' whiz kid finally loses: Ken Jennings blows final question after record 74 wins/Associated Press: Like Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, this one record may stand forever. *Control of Montana Legislature hangs by just 1 vote: Constitution Party House candidate leads Democrat in Montana recount/WorldNetDaily:...

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Tue., Nov. 30, 2004, 5 p.m.

Mike's Corner

Mike Kennedy, my fave Red State Idaho D, has sent along a coupla alternative links today:1. From the Christian Science Monitor, Mike sends a piece about a Pentagon report that criticizes the administration's approach to the war on terror and the two wars in the...

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Tue., Nov. 30, 2004, 1:20 p.m.

Peanut Gallery (Fundamental LDS sect)

Dave, Interesting link to that FLDS story. I haven’t heard about it anywhere else. I’ll have to pick up the Krakauer book – I’ve seen it and thought it was intriguing but never read it. I’ll have to read it now. I wonder if the...

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Tue., Nov. 30, 2004, 12:35 p.m.

Slippery slope?

Always out front when it comes to social lunacy, the Dutch have taken partial-birth abortion one step further and now are killing babies here. Are we next?

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Tue., Nov. 30, 2004, 12:20 p.m.

Fallen Heroes

The L.A. Times memorializes three heroes who were killed in action while fighting in Iraq: Marine 2nd Lt. James P. Blecksmith here, Marine Lance Cpl. Jeramy A. Ailes here, and Marine Lance Cpl. George Payton here.

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Tue., Nov. 30, 2004, 9:50 a.m.

Tuesday Quick Fix 6 (11/30/04)

We're being nailed with our first real snow of the winter this morning -- enough to coat the countryside and make me slide past a turn. I saw an SUV make a turn in which it needed the entire shoulder of the road. Ah, the...

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2004

Mon., Nov. 29, 2004, 6 p.m.

Final Word (Nov. 29)

Gotta note from Idaho Falls newspaper editor Dean Miller, a former S-R colleague, asking for Alice Rankin's address to send a letter of condolence re: the recent death of her hubby, Ron. Quoth Dean, the current editor of the Idaho Falls newspaper:"Do you have an...

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Huckleberries Online

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.