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City Seeks Legal Fees From Brannon

Item: Cd’A seeks fees from Brannon: City Council could decide Tuesday about paying Kennedy’s fees/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: The city of Coeur d’Alene is seeking around $36,000 in legal fees and costs from 2009 general election challenger Jim Brannon. Brannon has objected, claiming that the city doesn’t have the legal grounds to request money from him since the election challenge wasn’t frivolous. Meanwhile, the Coeur d’Alene City Council may take action next week on whether the city will pay around $105,000 for Seat 2 incumbent Mike Kennedy’s legal fees.

Question: Should Jim Brannon pay the legal fees incurred by the city as part of his long-running lawsuit to overturn his 3-vote loss to Mike Kennedy?

Quiz of the year

How closely were you paying attention to world events in the news this year?

Test yourself with the BBC World News website end of year 2009 quiz to find out. There is one question per month.

I scored 8 out of 12 (on my second try). Bleh!

Happy Birthday…

Good morning, Netizens…

Yesterday, the Fourth of July, 2009, the true source of our nation’s liberty largely went unnoticed, in lieu of fireworks, camping trips, day-long voyages to Riverfront Park and other entertainment venues. July Fourth is a multi-billion dollar deal, increasing each year in size and scope as each new generation is inducted into the annual fracas and yet it seems each year we get further and further from the original composition of Liberty.

The Fourth of July is, or once was, a series of traditions that have been honored over the decades. Long before the advent of fireworks and vast community celebrations, people simply hung our American flag on their houses to celebrate the freedoms we now enjoy and spent time in meditation and prayer.

Yesterday, as the sun slowly rose over the City of Spokane, rather than trundle ourselves off to Riverfront Park, we solemnly hung our flag on the front of the house, and then in the quiet of the afternoon, I sat down and read our Declaration of Independence, contemplating what the Founding Fathers had written down 233 years ago as their blueprint for our country, and as the heat of the day stacked itself like so much cordwood, I also contemplated the number of brave Americans who, since that time, have given their lives so that we might live as free citizens in our country.

I freely admit being a sentimental old poop, an idealist after a fashion, and attempt to be a patriotic citizen, although in my long life I have sometimes fallen far short of that. However, for yesterday and all it implies, I spent the majority of it listening carefully to these words from the past, and remembering the men who lay the platform for our great nation.

Then, as the sun settled slowly into the west last night, with tears streaming down my aged cheeks, we carefully took down Old Glory, reverently remembering how it once was. Then I copied the words which set forth our country, and quietly retired for yet another day.

Happy Birthday, America.

Culminating Projects

For this year’s and last year’s graduating senior classes, a new graduation requirement has been added among the class and credit prerequisites: the culminating project. In this assignment, senior students are supposed to spend at least 20 hours in creating this project as well as writing a proposal letter and researched paper on the topic they chose. The project is very open to whatever students may choose to present on, but the main goal of the task is to make students experience “a learning stretch,”  which essentially means that they should be able to take away something from the work.

As a senior in the graduating class of 2009, I, myself, had to undertake the culminating project. In all honesty, it was burdensome and added already to the large amount of work I already had. For my project I had created a music video to a song my friend, Casey Ager, had written himself. The song he wrote happened to be his finalized culminating project. Here is the finished product.

But what I am really trying to get at is this: how do you feel about the requirement of the culminating project? Is it a good thing for students or another pointless graduation assignment? If you did a culminating project, what did you do it on? (Just out of curiousity)

Wild Card — 1/5/09

Well, it was nice — and challenging — to get back in the saddle at HBO Central today. It took awhile to get going. But I finally started to achieve some sort of rhythm this afternoon, thanks to Blogmeister Ryan moving the blog rolls to the new site. With a big assist from Blogmistress Gina. Also, it feels much more like Huckleberries with the posts now back in the middle instead of on the right side. We’re getting their, Merry Hucksters. A coupla more tweaks — and this thing will be better than the old site. By far. Now, I’ll move this Wild Card up to the top of the blog and repost it …

Hailey’s New Year’s Resolution How-To Guide

Dreamers all over the globe have awaken to the New Year and several New Year’s resolutions.  Who will succeed?

I’ve compiled a list of tips, ideas, and quotes for goal-setting success.  Good luck at tackling you latest resolutions!

  • Goals should be SMART:

          S = specific

          M = measurable

          A = assignable (who does what)

          R = realistic

          T = time-related

  • “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” -George Washington Carver  Make a plan and stick with it!  Include others in your resolutions.  You’ll be less likely to quit your goals if it means you’ll be letting others down, too.
  • Don’t confuse routine with commitment.  Your goals have to a top priority if they are going to get accomplished.  Write down your goals, your plan, and your motivations down on a piece of paper or on your phone, and keep these notes with you at all times!  By keeping your goals with you, you’ll be constantly reminded of your commitment to yourself.
  • “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” -Anonymous  This idea is pretty self-explanatory, but it is key to remember that dreams will not come true if you keep taking “shortcuts”.  To prevent yourself from “cheating” on your goals, include weekly rewards that are worthwhile.  If your goal is strictly long-term, you may lose interest, regardless of how much your goal means to you.  Be sure to make yourself earn these goals to ensure progress as opposed to setbacks.
  • “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” -Jack Kinder  Keep yourself on track while having fun!
  • “It’s not where your dreams take you.  It’s where you take your dreams.” This is one of my faves!
  • “Organize your life around your dreams - and watch them come true.” I’ll leave you with this parting thought!