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THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2004

Headlines @ Closin' Time

*Hamas: Israel poisoned Arafat: Leader of terror organization had own run-in with Mossad/WorldNetDaily: Hamas must subscribe to the same conspiracy theorists as U.S. Democrats.*Woman names babies Yasser and Arafat: Twin boys born in Gaza hours after PA leader dies in France/Associated Press: With names like...

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Peanut Gallery (Duane's last hurrah)

The comments by The Edge concerning Duane Hagadone's master plan are interesting and probably very close to the mark here.Duane Hagadone gets no kicks walking around his yacht. That ain't doing it for him. His moments of glory have been all about building in Coeur...

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Best of the Northwest

Ever heard of "Jihadi Rap"? Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of FrontPageMag describes it in a personal note to Hot Potatoes as "a new genre of rap music which indulges in Islamist paranoia, is anti-American in tone and substance, and is intended to win sympathy for the jihadists'...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2004

Final Word

Gotta call from a former journalist who said his sister was bordering on a nervous breakdown because Dubya was re-elected prez. Seems she cried for a half hour on the phone, explaining between sobs that religious fascists soon would be breaking down the door and...

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Headlines @ Closin' Time (11/10/04)

*Pro-lifers not thrilled with Gonzales choice: Bush's pick for attorney general upheld abortion on Texas court/WorldNetDaily: Hope Dubya doesn't forget the pro-life horse he rode in on.*Allawi family members kidnapped: Kin of prime minister threatened with beheadings if Fallujah siege not lifted/Associated Press: Beheadings are...

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Computer users beware

If you get a notice, purportedly from "Paypal," claiming your credit card has just been billed $175, beware. I got one of those yesterday at the office. It's some kind of a scam. The Billings Gazette tells you all about it here.

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Red states are more generous

Many of you have seen that chart, pushed by Bush Hater Howard Stern, which purports to show that intellects are higher in Blue States than Red States here. It's a hoax, of course. But a chart circulated by Michelle Malkin that links generosity to candidate...

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Best of the Northwest

WSU will join host Arizona State in honoring fallen Wildcat alum Pat Tillman (pictured) when the two teams play Saturday. The Cougs will wear the initials PT in honor of the Army Ranger who gave up a career with the Arizona Cardinals to fight for...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 9, 2004

Life Aboard Lady Lola (Part II: Perks)

More from the former mate of the Good Ship Lady Lola.I joined the Lady Lola at the beginning of August, 2003. I was in San Francisco at the time, and I guess mine was the cheapest airfare to get to Seattle. The average turnover for...

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Headlines @ Closin' Time

*Ashcroft, Evans resign from Cabinet: Attorney heneral, commerce secretary 1st to step down since election/MSNBC: The Left will have to find someone else to demonize as the Great Satan -- beyond Dubya, of course.*Terror leaders likely fled Fallujah: Al-Zarqawi, others probably left city before U.S....

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Peanut Gallery (Hagadone Gardens)

Duane Hagadone is always a persuasive advocate on the stage. It is the detail behind the curtain that it dangerous. Standing just out of sight in the darkness are Duane's hired guns who are ready to take more and give less. Elected officials have to...

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Winners & Losers

The biggest winners in the '04 election, according to Hot Potatoes? The loyal citizens of Bright-Red Flyover Country, which includes almost the entire Inland Northwest, except for three precincts in the heart of Spokane city. As for other winners & losers, NewsMax.com provides a pictorial...

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D's should be ready for Canadian citizenship

A word of advice to Dems considering relocating to the Great White North:"As Canadians, you'll have to learn to embrace and use all the products and culture of Americans, while bad-mouthing their way of life" -- Thane Burnett/Ottawa Sun.DFO: Sweet Potatoes to L.C. Johnson of...

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Peanut Gallery (Bill McCrory)

Question: What do Duane Hagadones’ proprosal for a garden on Sherman Avenue and Coeur d’Alene’s proposal for a Kroc Center grant have in common?Answer: Neither one includes any provision for improving life-saving shelter and other basic needs for Coeur d’Alene’s homeless and hungry. As Kevin...

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Tuesday Quick Fix 6 (11/9/04)

I needed a day off yesterday after the intensity and work involved in the recent elections. Dunno what life's going to be like without J. Flipflop Kerry to kick around. But life goes on. And we must do so also. At this point, we should...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 6, 2004

Life aboard Lady Lola (Part I: Duties)

I've been in contact with a crewman who worked recently on Duane Hagadone's megayacht, Lady Lola. He provided some insights into his duties, the ship and his bosses. This is the first in a series.We would start around 7 a.m. and wipe down all the...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 5, 2004

P.S.

I'm taking Monday off, so you'll have to do without the Hot Potatoes until Tuesday a.m. (unless, of course, I get time to blog from home. You might want to check in over the weekend).

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Headlines @ Closin' Time

*Despondent Dems fleeing to Canada? Immigration website shows big spike in wake of President Bush's victory/WorldNetDaily: They shouldn't let the door hit 'em in the butt on the way out.*Bush wins Iowa: Gives president total of 286 electoral votes/Associated Press: Paint it bee-you-tiful red, baybee....

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Travels with Bayview Herb (South Dakota)

As I desert Indianapolis, I have left several things behind...A new Governor in Indiana, four new senators, four more representatives...History will never record this, but as I passed the hundreds of Daschle campaign signs in South Dakota, I hissed appropriately, putting a hex upon him....

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Peanut Gallery (Kootenai County vote)

Thanks for the compliments on the elections. My staff and poll workers did a great job and certainly deserve most of the credit. Now here's some interesting tidbits for all the political trivia buffs that demonstrates the intensity of the race for President. For various...

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Peanut Gallery (Sanders Beach)

I read both the Review’s and the Press’s articles today about six of the Sanders Beach property owners wanting the city to stop its legal action. Lotsa fizzle, no sizzle. With his irrelevant concern and speculation about who actually penned the lawsuit documents, I can...

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Peanut Gallery (Brand X political ads)

You weren’t kidding. The long knives are out for Mike Gridley (pictured). Just compare the Hagadone story and your paper’s story (S-R here and Brand X here).I think the bias is crystal clear. In the Brand X story, the Mayor Bloem talks about the situation...

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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.