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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Arlen WHO... 13 

Good morning, Netizens...In today's David Horsey cartoon we delve into a piece of American politics that perhaps few of us pay much attention to: switch hitters, people who switch from one party to the other. The former Republican Arlen Specter, who recently won accolades from…

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Alas, poor Keith Hindman... 

Good morning, Netizens... Over a decade ago I met Dr. Keith Hindman of the former Deer Park Hospital as most people meet a doctor for the first time, as a patient. Dr. Hindman put me at ease in the first thirty seconds of our chance…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

The irreverent side of swine flu virus... 

Good morning, Netizens... Here are some facts about swine flu you might not have heard in discussions about swine flu or pork barrel politics:Q. What is swine flu? A. Swine flu is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease normally found in pigs. It spreads through…

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MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009

Nuns wear face masks during a closed door mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City on Sunday. Churches stood empty Sunday in predominantly Roman Catholic Mexico City after services were canceled, and health workers screened airports and bus stations for people sickened by a new strain of swine flu that experts fear could become a global epidemic.(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
(April 26, 2009) (The Spokesman-Review)

Swine flu continues to evolve... 

Good morning, Netizens... Today's picture is grim. Nuns wear face masks during a closed door mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City on Sunday. Churches stood empty Sunday in predominantly Roman Catholic Mexico City after services were canceled, and health workers screened airports and…

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (David Horsey / The Spokesman-Review)

Starvation in many forms... 21 

Good morning, Netizens... David Horsey takes on the issue of starvation, both forced and chosen as a way of life this morning. Quoting Horsey's Blog, he states that, “Today's pageant contestants seem to be vying for the title of Miss Anorexia.” On the other hand,…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009

Milt Priggee,miltpriggee.com (Milt Priggee / The Spokesman-Review)

A new addition to Community Comment... 13 

Good morning, Netizens... I fondly remember Milt Priggee from the days when he was employed by the Spokesman-Review; one of the first things I read in the paper in those wonderful days was the political cartoon, to see who or what Milt had set firmly…

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Quote of the Day -- April 26, 2009

Good morning, Netizens... The quote of the day comes from British writer Clive Barnes, who is frequently cited as thus: Television is the first truly democratic culture -- the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying…

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SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (David Horsey / The Spokesman-Review)

Creating a policy for torture? 13 

Good morning, Netizens... In this morning's David Horsey cartoon we see the logical outcome of an American term called “waffling”, which is further defined, particularly outside of the U.S., as “denoting language without meaning; blathering, babbling, droning.” In other sources it is referred to as…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Where does it stop? 

Good morning, Netizens... So, we've collectively got a huge deficit, right? What I think David Horsey is asking in his cartoon is, just whose deficit is it, anyway? Before, under the George Bush administration, we could all gleefully stand and point our fingers at George…

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Actress Amy Poehler sips from a giant coffee cup during her appearance on NBC's "Today" program in New York Thursday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (April 23, 2009)
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Here's a cup for you... 

Good morning, Netizens... It's FRIDAY again, and as we wind down from a long, hectic week, I saw this picture this morning and thought to myself, “I want a coffee cup like THAT.” Actress Amy Poehler sips from a giant coffee cup during her appearance…

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Quote of the Day -- April 24, 2009 

Good morning, Netizens... Our Quote of the Day struck a chord in my head... If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. Thomas Szasz Thomas Stephen Szasz (pronounced /sas/; born April 15, 1920 in Budapest, Hungary) is…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009

I've been remiss... 11 

Good morning, Netizens... For the better part of the last three days I have been engaged in what some of my peers might call the eternal trial by fire, as a server hard drive over which I am responsible failed after 3 years, six months…

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Quote of the Day -- April 23, 2009

Good afternoon, Netizens... The quote of the day perhaps has even greater meaning than perhaps its author might have foreseen. Quote of the Day April 23, 2009 The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves,…

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Another truckload over the edge... 

Good morning, Netizens... We can add another piece to this David Horsey cartoon which aptly depicts the bailout of the American economy, as Freddie Mac Acting Chief Financial Officer David Kellermann committed suicide yesterday. If you look somewhere down at the bottom of the cliff…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009

Just south of Ione, looking at the mountain's reflection in the river. (Dave Laird / Dave Laird)

The Art of the Ramble... 

Good morning, Netizens... Report upon a good ramble... I suppose I need to admit it from the onset that my wife was right, that I had been stuck behind the desk, in the Great Chair, for far too long. Even after I knew beyond a…

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Never forget

Good morning, Netizens... For the late Mrs. Wilkerson: I will remember you for all the days I draw breath, for I constantly recall our days at the nursing home, when I was much younger than today, terribly naïve and innocent in the ways of the…

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MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Is the party over already? 35 

Good afternoon, Netizens... The Summit of the Americas, huh? Today David Horsey's cartoon suggests that everyone was completely happy, that a newfound warmth exists between the United States and countries of South America. It seems like only yesterday that President Obama was being called all…

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SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009


Ramblin' Fever... 

Good morning, Netizens... First, I'll play the chorus from one of my old Merle Haggard favorites, “Rambling Fever” which goes like this: Ramblin' fever, the kind that can't be measured by degreesRamblin' fever, there ain't no kind of cure for my disease The minute the…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

Taxes or not? 15 

Good morning, Netizens...Now David Horsey's cartoon this morning is bound to set members of the conservative right wing to rattling their sabers and banging their kettles against their foreheads. What David Horsey states is impeccably true, though. The hard part about this all is how…

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Wikipedia-ground squirrel (The Spokesman-Review)

Man versus gophers... 

Good morning, Netizens... The rise of the Rodenator in Spokane's Finch Arboretum has a lot of citizens up in arms over ground squirrels. In case you hadn't heard, the Rodenator injects propane and oxygen into the gopher holes and then lights up the highly flammable…

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Quote of the Day -- April 17, 2009 

Good morning, Netizens... Somehow Barack Obama has already made it into the database that powers Quote of the Day, which comes as no surprise to me, given how “quotable” he has become before, during and since his ascendancy to the Presidency of the United States.…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009

General Growth Properties files Chapter 11...

Good afternoon, Netizens... Hot off the skillet of the Associated Press, General Growth Properties, Inc., the corporate owner of Northtown Mall, Spokane Valley and Silver Lake malls has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning. You can read the gory details here http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/apr/16/operator-3-area-malls-files-bankruptcy/ but the…

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com (The Spokesman-Review)

The Tea Parties... 25 

Good morning, Netizens... The Citizenry of Eastern Washington had their opportunities yesterday to revolt against the tax system, and if David Horsey's cartoon this morning is any judge of it, the God-fearing Right Wing of the Republican Party celebrated while most of the rest of…

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Quote of the Day -- April 16, 2009

Good morning, Netizens... Today's random quotation takes me back to another time, another place.The quote of the day is: You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make…

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