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Community Comment archive for Jan. 1, 2008

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2008

My goodness! Is that the SUN??? (The Spokesman-Review)

A Pleasant Surprise...

Good evening, Netizens... I simply could not resist taking this picture earlier today when, for a very brief period of time, the sun actually made its presence known to Spokane. It was still frigid (although not nearly as cold as previous nights this week) and…

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Spokane Declares an Emergency...

Good evening, Netizens...A few hours ago, Mayor Mary Verner declared an emergency, hoping to obtain some state and/or federal funding to help Spokane deal with plowing the city's streets. In the meantime, snow is beginning to fall hard in Spokane and the current weather forecast…

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Santa's Ride...

Good morning, Netizens... This is yet another of my almost-true stories about Christmas. However, unlike most, in this story I became not only the author but the protagonist, as well. Although in the final version, which you are about to read, I gave Freddy the…

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Peace and Good Will, Just for December 25? 

Here’s the question. Is the season of Christmas the only time we feel nice towards each other? Do we need a holiday (like Easter) to generate kindness?Diana on December 24 at 9:05 a.m.On which day can we resume complaining about not getting the proper snow…

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Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live fame... (Evan Agostini / The Spokesman-Review)

Tina Fey Comedienne of the Year 2008

Good morning Netizens... Picture Credit: AP It was announced recently that Tina Fey was voted the Associated Press Entertainer of the Year, an annual honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country. According to the AP members, she is the performer who…

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Picture of the Day..foreplay anyone?

Good morning, Netizens...Picture Credit: Associated Press (Author unknown) December 23, 2008In this photo provided Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Conservation this appears to me to be a male prairie chicken "strutting his stuff" but I could be wrong, though.. A new state-federal program will…

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 (David Horsey / The Spokesman-Review)

A cost comparison...

Good morning, Netizens...Cartoon Credit: David Horsey, davidhorsey.com,Seattle Post-IntelligencerJust remember our Congress, the folks we helped elect into office, voted for the mess we are in, and then took a brief from the ordeals of government.Dave

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TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2008

Spokane Streets a Farce! 15 

Good evening, everyone... City of Spokane snow removal crews today have finished their first all-City plow and have completed removing the snow berms downtown. Tonight, they are picking up streets that were missed and are working on their second round of residential plowing. Spokane City…

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The Christmas Promise

Generally our Christmas cards say things like, peace, hope, and love.I want to add: promiseI like to think of this time of year as a time to start over, clean your slate; it’s a time to dream dreams, have a vision, and it’s a time…

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From Calamity to Ecstasy

Good morning, Netizens...Cartoon Credit: David Horsey, davidhorsey.com, Seattle Post-IntelligencerIf you drove by Manito Park over the last few days, you undoubtedly witnessed a lot of kids and adults in the throes of ecstacy in the snow. In this morning's cartoon, David Horsey shows a highly…

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Seen and heard department... 13 

Good morning, Netizens... Seen and heard Department... Mayor Mary Verner is implementing immediate security measures at City Hall, after rounds were fired into the building over the weekend. Additional security for the building has been under consideration for several months. (City of Spokane News, December…

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MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2008

Remembering Dad 13 

Remembering DadIf I could, if there was some way I could talk to him once again, I would let him know I am thinking of him:Hey Dad,I have missed you so much! Your unconditional love for me (your Pumpkin), has guided me all these years…

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Picture of the Day 12/22/2008 

Good morning, Netizens... Photo Credit: Scott Eklund/Seattle Post-Intelligencer Scott Hoffman of Seattle has been a Whirling Dervish for 35 years, demonstrating here what living in peace looks like through the Sema Ceremony that was performed at the Great Hall at South Lake Union Park in…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2008

The Narft man... 13 

Good afternoon, Netizens... Although not a Christmas story, here is a fantasy fable originally written for Marty Hibbs, who I think understands cats, and for David Elton who has written about his weiner dogs... The Narft Man by Dave LairdCopyright 1992-2008 It was a snowy…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2008

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Here's how it is done... 

Good morning, Netizens...Here is a conga line, or at least that is what one resident of Lincoln, Nebraska calls it. They close the streets one section at a time, and then here come the plows. Boom! Next.http://media.spokesman.com/documents/snowplan.pdfDave

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Sideswipes --  

Good morning, Netizens... Dr. J. sent me a heads-up this morning in e-mail that another powerhouse Pacific Storm is about to march ashore in Seattle. Weather forecasters are talking high winds, sleet, snow, rain—you know, all the usual dire things. With a stinging windstorm expected…

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 (The Spokesman-Review)

Think we have it bad? 11 

Good morning, Netizens...Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash (INDIA)Labourers carry bricks on their heads at a brick kiln at Kodhasar village, 40 km (25 miles) south of the northern Indian city of Allahabad. This picture made it to the near-top of my personal list of one of…

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He makes it look easy... 

Good morning, Netizens...Picture Credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty ImagesThe government took steps yesterday to tighten the bail conditions for suspected Ponzi Scheme fraudster Bernard Madoff. They eliminated the bail provision that allowed Bernie to walk the streets without restriction during the day, confined to his home only…

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Finding humor in a snowbank... 

Good morning, Netizens... Now that I have pilloried and castigated the our union Street Department, as is usually my rule, now I'm going to take an ironic look at this entire disaster called snow day 2008 and see if there is any comedic content to…

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The Bush Legacy? 15 

Good morning Netizens...Cartoon Credit: David Horsey/Seattle Post-IntelligencerIn today's David Horsey cartoon he takes yet another broad-handed swipe at President George Bush and some of it connects. As another political commentator recently observed, George Bush is the lame duck President of our generation, who has a…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008

Quote of the Day -- December 19, 2008 

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do…

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Formatting issues in new Blogs... 

Good morning, Netizens... Here is a brief update to various tricks to using the new web format for the Blogs. First, if you have not done so go to your favorite blog and at the top of the screen you should see a button that…

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