A Matter Of Opinion archive for Dec. 2008

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008

Pet peeves 

Smart Bombs was feeling peevish today about the language. Are there any cliches -- trendy or otherwise -- that you would like to see banished?

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Wednesday's Loose Thread 

Anyone heading downtown for the First Night celebration? We had planned to, but my son awoke with a fever. I'm going to miss it. Always fun. Pretty funny that the snowboarding exhibition was canceled because of too much snow.What's on your mind on this last...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2008

The Audacity of a Dope 

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich kept saying he would name someone to Obama's senate seat, and I kept saying, "Who we be so stupid to take the job?"Well, here he is.

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Tuesday's Loose Thread 63 

Corridors of snow. That's our neighborhood. The sidewalks are like World War I trenches. Remember that Tim Conway character who would shuffle around in slow motion. That's us. Hope you're staying safe and warm.What's on your mind today?

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MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2008

Monday's Loose Thread 11 

Well, I escaped the weather for a week, but not weather talk. Naturally, folks in Arizona were curious about all the snow, but it didn't take long to get back to talking about their weather. Might rain. Could dip into the 30s overnight. Might not...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2008


Back at work, briefly 

This holiday season has been as unconventional as I can remember, only partly because of the weather. Blog duty has experienced its share of the neglect for the last few days, but I sense we're ramping back up.Catching up on a significant issue, you probably...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2008

Taking a risk 

Here's a seasonal note, via e-mail, from Bill Slusher in Omak: "When I was ten years old (the Pleistocene Era), a Presbyterian minister said in a sermon: "Lest ye be lost, ye must be bathed in the blood of the lamb!""I thought, that’s it. I’m...

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Happy Christmas Eve & loose thread 

To those who celebrate the holiday, I hope your Christmas is shaping up as a merry one. Like a lot of other folks, we've had some glitches, mostly weather-related, at our house, but we've learned over the many years to be flexible. Looks like my...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2008

Worth passing on

Here's an excerpt from city public information officer Marlene Feist's latest release"Please remind people of safety issues around plows. One driver encountered a child's snow fort that had been built in the street yesterday. Several have had people running up to the plows, often in...

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Confession time & loose thread 

Cindy asks who's the little man behind the curtain. C'est moi. Gary is fiendishly enjoying an Arizona Christmas whilst I labor in the snow drifts. I'm still getting the knack of the new system here so bear with me ("me" being Doug Floyd if I...

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MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2008


Mistaken identity 

Sarah Palin took some ribbing when a Canadian radio station pranked her into thinking she was on the phone with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Perhaps she'll be able to sympathize with The New York Times published a letter in which Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe supposedly...

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Monday's loose thread

There seems to be no end to it, right?A weekend trip to the Seattle area was relatively uneventful. Except for a few scattered patches of compact snow, I-90 was clear and passable at near-normal speeds -- both ways. Coming back Saturday, though, we knew a...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008

Friday's Loose Thread 12 

{In the voice of John Facenda, of NFL Films}From the frozen tundra of Southeast Spokane, a lone blogger emerges from his slumber to stagger into the den and commence blogging. So, who else is still in their jammies? Random thoughts accepted here.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008


My Lucky Commute 

After hearing all the horror stories from people trying get up the South Hill, I guess my trip home was a breeze. Just didn't seem like it at the time. The first challenge was just walking across Monroe at Riverside to get to the parking...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

Dual standards

MSNBC was being snotty today about the fact Interior secretary-designee Ken Salazar wore a cowboy hat -- INDOORS! -- during an appearance before the media.Meanwhile, the Associated Press today moved the following story.<blockquote>ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia judge ordered a Muslim woman arrested Tuesday for...

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Guns and poses 21 

Are gun-grabbing fears legitimate? I don't think so. Click HERE to read about it.What do you think? Plus, what your thoughts on carrying weapons at national parks?

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TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2008


Welcome to the blog

You've been clamoring for a preview button. Well, you have a preview button. Now your comments can be a prefect as myne. In fact, you have to use the preview button to post a comment. Administrators will zap all shoe puns. Give it a whirl.

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MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2008

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