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Archive for June 2009

Wheels Coming Off?

Spokane Raceway barely got under way before the operator fell behind on the bills.

Does this bother anyone?


Tuesday’s Loose Thread

As the new day dawned fresher than fabric-softened sheets, I endeavoured to ponder the stars for the deeper meaning of life, but the blasted sun blotted them from view. Epiphany postponed, I turned to the commenters here at A Matter of Opinion for insights into the issues of the day.

Well, what up?


Monday’s Loose Thread

Every year it seems as if June is the month that flies by the fastest, even quicker than February. Hoopfest has come and gone. Already. Wow.

What’s on your mind today?



Friday’s Loose Thread

Anybody lacing them up this weekend? Haven’t done a Hoopfest since the injury of 2000 in a game against KREM-2. Apparently, the achilles tendon shrinks as you get older. Remember to stretch.

What’s on your mind today?




Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson

Wow. And Walter Cronkite is ailing, too.

Michael here.

Farrah here.


Thursday’s Loose Thread

Gotta try that Appalachian Trail some day, though it’s length is awfully intimidating.

What’s on your mind today?


Nixon and race and abortion

He was a deeply disturbed man. Now we have a president that is from a mixed race couple. We’ve come a long way.

Nixon reacting to Roe v. Wade: “There are times when abortions are necessary — I know that… . Suppose you have a black and a white, or a rape.”


Wednesday’s Loose Thread

I guess it’s appropriate that the missing South Carolina governor would be in the land of The Missing. He disappeared for four days. His staff said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He was in Buenos Aires. Strange.

What’s on your mind today?

UPDATE: Yet another politician having an affair. Should’ve known.


Tuesday’s Loose Thread

Summer is back!

Put your random thoughts here.

Indictment in Zehm case

Federal grand jury indicts Officer Karl Thompson, who was the first officer to arrive at the Zip Trip. And this just days after the city said it was Zehm’s fault.

Two charges: Unlawful use of force and lying to investigators.



Monday’s Loose Thread

Iran, health care, Kate and Jon …. oh my. Such a week for news.

What’s on your mind?



Friday’s Loose Thread

There’s a Zehm thread below.

Thoughts on other topics can go here.


City says Zehm to blame

Federal court asked to dismiss the case.



Thursday’s Loose Thread

Took two days for end-of-school festivities. Good times.

Comment accepted here.

pro and context

This item speaks for itself. Check it out here.  Do you think this girl has any grander goals, now that she’s achieved so much?

Wednesday’s loose thread

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has made her choice for ombudsman.  What we need now is a weather ombudsman. 

What ombudsman vacancy would you like to see filled?

Or what’s on your mind in general?

Tuesday’s loose thread

I’ve been reading  about the Napoleonic wars and came across an anecdote about a British sailor named Robert Jeffery, who got in trouble for stealing rum and was dropped off on a Carribean island and left there.  After several years, the captain who ordered him left to die of starvation, was court-martialed in England.  It was assumed Jeffery had died, and he almost did, but he was rescued after 10 days by an American ship and eventually took up a career as a blacksmith in New England. Ultimately he returned to England for a joyous reunion with his mother and friends. And, oh yeah, he got back pay plus a 600-pound settlement for agreeing not to sue the captain.

That’s what’s on my mind. How about you?

Build it and they will protest

As happened on Glenrose Prairie, some residents in the Indian Trail area across town are upset by plans for a youth baseball facility in their neighborhood. The arguments are familiar: traffic, noise, lights, vandalism. 

Are the planners dense and insensitive that they keep trying to shove these facilities into inappropriate locations, or are the neighbors unreasonable, expecting to shut down all land-use evolution once they’ve staked out their own personal territory?

Thoughts? Please share.

Monday’s Loose Thread

School is almost out for us. Is that good news or bad news in your family?

As always, put your random comments here.


Friday’s Loose Thread

Here comes the weekend.

Get those comments in here.

Thursday’s Loose Thread

Palin mad at Letterman. Trump dumps Miss California.

Or you can comment on something important here.


Talk about paperwork

Good ol’ Dave Ammons, veteran AP newsman turned flack for the Secretary of State. His blog is full of interesting tidbits, including the following, as stolen by me:

Sponsors of Referendum 71, the attempt to overturn legislation expanding domestic partner benefits, have had to design their petition like a fold up roadmap in order to comply with the law.

Because Senate Bill 5688 affected so many areas of state law where the rights and privileges of married couples are spelled out, it ran to 114 pages of text. By law, referendum petitions have to include every last word. By law, the petition has to be “readable” and on one sheet of paper.

The result, a document that unfolds to two feet by three feet and is printed in six-point type, which is hardly larger than agate.

Who wants to bet that anyone — ANYone — will read the whole thing before deciding whether to sign?

Tasers and mental illness

A man who suffered from a mental illness was Tazed along a Utah highway. He died. His father is in charge of putting together a conference for editorial writers in Salt Lake City, which is how I found out.

There has to be a better way.






Wednesday’s Loose Thread

Put ‘er here!


The Class of 2009

Some perspective on what the world has been like ever since they’ve been alive.

Do you find it easy to relate to “today’s Utes?”


Tuesday’s Loose Thread

Well, that was a nice little rain.

Post your thoughts here.


Monday’s Loose Thread

Better late than …

Post your random musings here.



Friday’s Loose Thread

I haven’t been to a wedding in a really long time. Is June still a big month for those? So why am I rambling on like this? Because I can’t think of a clever transition to one of my favorite Ogden Nash poems.

June means weddings in everyone’s lexicon,
Weddings in Swedish, weddings in Mexican.
Breezes play Mendelssohn, treeses play Youmans,
Birds wed birds and humans wed humans.
All year long the gentlemen woo,
But the ladies dream of a June “I do.”
Ladies grow loony, and gentlemen loonier;
This year’s June is next year’s Junior.

So, what’s on your mind today? Feel free to express it in couplets.


Thursday’s Loose Thread

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Won’t you be a commenter?

Wednesday’s Loose Thread

Attended a middle-school orientation last night. Brought back some memories. Shudder.

What’s on your mind today?


Murdered doctor ‘reaped what he sowed’

Agree or disagree with Randall Terry of Operation Rescue, in regards to the killing of Dr. George Tiller?


Police ombudsman

Noticed in another thread some discussion of the ombudsman candidates. For those who have attended forums, who did you like best?

  • Anthony Betz, of College Station, Tex. Mr. Betz is a retired FBI agent who is currently working as an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University.
  • Timothy Burns, of Visalia, Calif. Mr. Burns is a retired police officer who is now working as the Neighborhood Preservation Manager for the City of Visalia.
  • Greg Weber, of Spokane. Mr. Weber is an attorney in private practice and has previously served on the staff of the Washington State Attorney General.

Hope get over to City Hall at 5 p.m. to meet them.

Monday’s Loose Thread

You never know when what you say here will end up in print.

So, what’s on your mind today?



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