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SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2008

FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2008


Where it began...July 4, 1776

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of AmericaWhen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the…

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THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008

Two Koreas--a puzzling study?

Good morning, Netizens...What about those Koreans?First we have the SR's John Stucke's piece in this morning's paper that the North Koreans are overjoyed to have the first of many ships filled with Inland-Northwest wheat arriving this week. Last year at this time, President Bush declared…

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Early morning Reverie --07/03/2008

Advisory: This Blog Entry is submitted as satire, and as such, should be treated with great care to avoid becoming overly agitated or confused. Good morning, Netizens...I came slowly into the Virtual Ballroom before dawn. Yesterday I had been kept busier than I had originally…

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2008

TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008

I think I can, I think I can...

Good evening, Netizens...We might actually have a light show in the skies over Spokane yet tonight. Once again it appears, despite the television weather announcers whooping it up that a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect, most of the significant hail and lightning has hit…

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MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008

Evening Reverie June 30, 2008

Good evening, everyone...Do you read the Crosscut web site? Each morning, long before most “normal” people are even stirring, I am hunched in my bathrobe absorbing the news from a considerable number of different sources, including Spokane-centric news resources. Moreover, by the time most people…

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Today's Picture...

Good morning, Netizens...Our picture of the day, shot by the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday by Mark Costantini, shows an interesting cross-section of the population of one of my favorite cities as they watch the Gay Pride Parade weave through the city. According to the…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2008

What would you do? 06/29/2008

Good morning, Netizens...In the news this morning, workers clear debris that fell off the exterior of the Qwest Center in Omaha on Friday after a severe storm with strong winds hit the area. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Just previous to the storm several world-class skaters were…

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SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2008


Quote of the Day June 28, 2008

Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008

Out of Commission Momentarily...

Good afternoon, Netizens...I had a simply mahvelous time last night, to borrow from Talulah Bankhead. I spent the night in Holy Fumbling Hospital's ER with what at first appeared to be a heart attack, but instead turned out to be a gall bladder kicking up.…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2008

What would YOU do?

Good morning, Netizens...Somehow I saw this coming, which is why it is an integral part of both last night's and this morning's reverie. I admit I have an open, respectful, non-sexual love for Dr. John Olsen because he understands and does not fear the custom…

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Quote of the Day June 25, 2008

I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by a dryrot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificient glow, than a…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008

BINGO Buckwheat!

Good afternoon, Netizens...On June 20, 2008, at 9:35 a.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer stopped Randy R. Durham from Spokane driving a 2008 Cadillac for a moving violation near Flagstaff. A search of the vehicle with the help of DPS Canine "Gabby" revealed…

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Good-bye Bill!

(Picture provided by AP)Good morning, Netizens...The chances are quite good that most of you are reading this piece this morning because of the baby-faced geek at the lower left hand of this morning's picture, for without young Bill Gates, pictured with the organizational structure of…

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MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2008


Comediene George Carlin Dead at 71

[Picture from AP]Good morning, Netizens...Hang down your heads and cry. George Carlin, the quintessential king of hard-edged comedians made most famous for his "Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV" routine, died of heart failure Sunday. He was 71.Carlin checked into a Santa Monica,…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2008

Quote of the Day June 22, 2008

Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.Johnny Carson (1925…

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2008

Police Ombudsman is ratified by the Guild...

Good evening, everyone...The vote, at least according to the KXLY web site, was on Friday the Police Guild voted 121 to 4 in favor of civilian oversight. The ombudsman agreement still needs city council approval before it can be made official.I submit that this step…

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