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Community Comment archive for Dec. 2008

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008

Happy New Year 21 

To all who come through the doorway of our Virtual Ballroom:May peace, happiness, prosperity, and all good things sprinkle your lives every day, every hour, every minute. Here's to 2009!Jeanie

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Credit: David Horsey,, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (The Spokesman-Review)

Horsey on WAMU

Good morning, Netizens...It's cold outside and snowing again but the incredible fiasco surrounding Washington Mutual still has not died down. Perhaps today's cartoon from David Horsey may help everyone understand why and how this came to happen. Dave

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2008

Cars of the future you may not see... 

Good morning, Netizens... Meanwhile on the lighter side of life, a little satire... According to the AP news wire, you can sit back, relax and let your car parallel park itself -- without a single scratch or ding to your bumper. That's what Ford Motor…

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The Dignity relief ship. Photo Credit: unnamed (The Spokesman-Review)

Relief ship rammed by Israelis 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (In strictest-keeping with my desire to show the latest and most-accurate depictions of the ongoing conflict in Gaza, I am including this press release which tells of Israeli gunships firing upon an unarmed ship purportedly in international waters on a mission of…

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Five feet and climbing... (Dave Laird / The Spokesman-Review)

The lighter side of yesterday... 

Good morning, Netizens... After well over two weeks of near-desperation caused by record-breaking snowfalls mixed with equal amounts of administrative ineptitude in City Hall, I feel obligated to find at least a tiny spot of levity in this entire situation. I admit when I look…

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MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2008

Radar image courtesy Spokane Weather Bureau (The Spokesman-Review)

Aww CRAP! 

Good morning, Netizens...This radar image doesn't really do the job of describing 2 inches an hour of snow falling justice, does it? This morning's commute will be a nightmare again. Those who are still waiting on the snow plows to arrive will wait longer; those…

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Photo Credit: AP (The Spokesman-Review)

The Kings of the Earth Rise Up... 15 

Good morning, Netizens... "The Kings of the Earth rise up, and the rulers take council together..." Handel's Messiah The news from the Gaza Strip, like nearly every war that is actively being fought around the world, keeps getting worse and worse. According to AP, at…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 28, 2008

Snow today, rain tomorrow... (The Spokesman-Review)

If it weren't messy enough... 

Good morning, Netizens...If it weren't truly mad enough with over 40 inches of snow on the flat, snow berms the sizes of Volkswagen beetles on every street corner and ridiculous emergency declarations that the City, County and State have issued that really do nothing to…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 2008

The reason's I hate 2008 a Little

The reason(s) I am really looking forward to a New Year and all these reasons happened on Fifteen Days before 2009:Wednesday - Fifteen days before New Year’s it snowed two feet; an hour and a half to get home Thursday - Snowed another foot; first…

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Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Hatem Omar) (Hatem Omar / The Spokesman-Review)

War breaks out between Israel and Gaza 21 

Good morning, Netizens...Reuters reports that more than 155 people have been killed in the Gaza Strait this morning as Israel, responding to rocket attacks on Israeli soil, began bombing the Hamas-controlled region south of Israel. Israeli warplanes and combat helicopters began the attacks on what…

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Feast or Famine... 

Good morning, Netizens... It is either feast or famine in the City of Spokane snow removal operation, if experiences this morning are to be given any credibility. After the first body-slam of snow one week ago last Thursday, it took four days before we saw…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2008

Christmas Day Reverie... 

Good morning, Netizens... A Reverie on Christmas Day... I had no great aspirations as I floundered through the snow on Christmas Day, save to buy some cigarettes at my neighborhood Mini-Mart and to give the employees there a brief Christmas hug, for they are as…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2008

Hope Springs Eternal on Christmas Day...

Good morning, Netizens... It is nearly 6:30 AM on Christmas Day, and despite the fact that few, if any, people will be dropping by the Virtual Ballroom this morning for their daily regimen of a cup of Virtual Espresso, after the events of the previous…

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The City of Bethlehem in 2008 (The Spokesman-Review)

The Christmas Story

Good morning, everyone! In keeping with a tradition that is more than a decade old, an old friend, Connie Estell sent me a copy of the King James Version of the Birth of Jesus. She and I have been doing this, posting the Christmas Story…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2008

Keep your hands off my cookie dough until it is done baking! (The Spokesman-Review)

Tradition of Christmas

Good evening, Netizens... We have mentioned promise and hope as parts of Christmas which have great meaning in all our lives. Materialism is perhaps one of the other aspects of Christmas that gets often mistaken for traditions, but in our household, we have a unique…

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Hope 13 

I am thinking of many things this Christmas 2008. I have many losses this year and it is more poignant at Christmas – missing my parents, missing the childhood days of traditions at Christmas and the total unbelievable excitement that permeated the air and made…

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Power out in downtown...

Good evening, Netizens...A short time ago I received an automated e-mail announcement that a client located in downtown Spokane had lost regular electrical service and was going on battery backup. Now I know why. Upon further investigation I discovered that an underground power vault located…

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Significance of Poinsettas...

While a good many of our customs originated in Europe, the poinsettia is a western Christmas tradition. The poinsettia was named after Joel Poinsett, first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, who imported it from Mexico in 1828. Mr Poinsett loved scientific discoveries and later co founded…

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