THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2007
Thu., Nov. 29, 2007, 8:45 a.m.
Once upon a time a mouse and a bird and a sausage lived and kept house together in perfect peace among themselves, and in great prosperity. -- From "The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage" in the original Grimms' Fairy Tales (not the sanitized Disney...
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2007
Wed., Nov. 28, 2007, 9:15 a.m.
There's a movie showing on cable now, Idiocracy, that is based in the distant future when everything -- and everyone -- has been so dumbed down that the president is an ex-wrestler (the photo here shows his motorcade). And crops are watered with a green...
TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2007
Tue., Nov. 27, 2007, 5:37 p.m.
At 3:30, I went out on the streets of downtown to run errands and the streets were jammed with cars. I figured people left work early, worried the roads would be slick tonight -- or that the snow would fall. But it's pretty clear out...
Tue., Nov. 27, 2007, 7:43 a.m.
I can see traffic out my picture window. It's moving slow on the North Side. Thank goodness for the ability to blog from home and face the traffic when it eases some in a couple of hours.So, what's on your snow globe?Blog lines are open.(Photo...
MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2007
Mon., Nov. 26, 2007, 3:14 p.m.
From our Saturday edit:The Bush administration was once again ticketed for driving too slowly on the energy reform highway. Playing the part of trooper this time was the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which slapped down a rule change last year that failed to...
FRIDAY, NOV. 23, 2007
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TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2007
Tue., Nov. 20, 2007, 10:39 a.m.
Ever been to the Fun Forest at Seattle Center? That's the area with the old-fashioned carnival rides. Looks like it's history. Which makes me think of the Riverfront Park rides (see photo). Aren't they getting a bit tired, too? The Tilt-a-Whirl? Those airplanes? Still?Do you...
Tue., Nov. 20, 2007, 9:02 a.m.
From our editorial today:Lawmakers should take this opportunity to undercut Eyman by reducing taxes on most homeowners and renters by slightly raising the property tax rates on those who aren't struggling to pay. Lawmakers could do this and still stay within the overall 1 percent...
MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2007
Mon., Nov. 19, 2007, 1:15 p.m.
Blogging may well be the future of journalism, be that blogging by professional journalists or the so-called citizen journalists. But it does have its dark and silly sides. The cartoon Doonesbury has a riff going on blogging by mainstream journalists. In the Sunday paper, the...
FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2007
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MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2007
Mon., Nov. 12, 2007, 12:22 p.m.
It's heartening to see that Jim Kershner is annoyed with the phrase "going forward." He says it is useless in just about every instance. That's true from a writer's perspective, but politics is about perception. "Going forward" means progress and progress is good, even if...
FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2007
Fri., Nov. 9, 2007, 5:55 a.m.
It's early in the morning as this thread begins. I'm certain other morning people are awake now, too, even though it's still dark outside.Atlantic magazine this month has an article on the differences between morning and night people.Morning people: Respect authority. More formal. Less likely...
THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2007
Thu., Nov. 8, 2007, 9:27 a.m.
I will summon a Satyr to dance,a Centaur,A Nymphand a Faun;I will picturea warrior King,a Giant,a Naiad,a Monster;I will cut round the rim of the crater,some simplefamiliar thing. --- Ezra PoundBlog lines are open.(Sandro Botticelli, "Pallas and the Centaur", Uffizi Gallery, Florence)
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2007
Wed., Nov. 7, 2007, 5:15 p.m.
All these tales, told in the drowsey undertone with which men talk in the dark, the countenances of the listeners only now and then receiving a casual gleam from the glare of a pipe, sank deep in the mind of Ichabod. -- From the Legend...
Wed., Nov. 7, 2007, 9:28 a.m.
Our editorial today talked about the controversy over the tent city for the homeless that has arisen on private land. Realtor Robert Gilles owns the land where the tent city sits. In a press release he said that he hopes the "short time afforded by...
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