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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009

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

Another breed of pirate...

Good morning, Netizens... Suddenly the word “pirate” is being tossed around with great frequency by various heads of American state, including President Barack Obama. In this morning's news there is even talk of bringing back privateers, who were employed against pirates in America's past: pay…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009

It did WHAT?

Good morning, Netizens... Did you have fun in this morning's little renewal of winter? Well, if you thought this morning's snow storm was truly odd, guess again. Because I remembered a Spring day about ten years ago, I went and looked it up in my…

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009


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

Is religion dying away? 31 

Good morning, Netizens... Yesterday was Easter Sunday and if you believe David Horsey, there must be a reason why the churches in Spokane were filled to overflowing despite the fact overall church attendance is declining steadily. However, in his analysis of churchgoers, while David Horsey…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2009

U.S. Navy via Reuters: Richard Phillips, captain of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama, right, after his rescue, with Cmdr. Frank Castellano, the commanding officer of USS Bainbridge.  (The Spokesman-Review)

Captain Phillips free--3 pirates dead 33 

Good afternoon, Netizens...[Picture Reuters via the U.S. Navy, story portions from CNN and The New York Times]Richard Phillips, captain of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama, right, after his rescue, with Cmdr. Frank Castellano, the commanding officer of USS Bainbridge.Captain Richard Phillips of the U.S.…

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SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2009

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

The Placation from Afghanistan... 

Good morning, Netizens... We take a lot for granted in our great country. Most people reading this probably ate at least one good meal yesterday; even our homeless can eat a good meal occasionally. We can worship our Gods in a church of our choosing,…

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A Good Presentation... 

Good morning, Netizens... Perhaps we have discussed this issue in the recent past to exhaustion, but this link was presented in another conversation and upon watching the UTube video, as jaundiced as I might be from discussing gay marriage, I felt compelled to comment further…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009

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

Tweet? No, thanks... 

Good morning, Netizens... David Horsey's cartoon of the day certainly hits a sore spot in my repertoire, because although I spent years talking to total strangers on the CB radio, a shortwave radio, Usenet news and e-mail, for some strange reason I have avoided these…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009

Isn't it time? 

Good afternoon, Netizens... Last Friday, a depressed and angry Jiverly Wong used a 9 mm and .45-caliber handgun to kill 13 immigrants and service-center employees in Binghamton, N.Y., police said. Earlier that day, the ethnic Chinese immigrant from Vietnam mailed an envelope to a Syracuse…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2009

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

Before we're out of time... 21 

Good morning, Netizens... You have approximately 29 minutes, during which time you can tell your wife and children how very much you love them. You have 29 minutes to sit down over English tea with your next-door neighbor and make amends for all the times…

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MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2009

An injured man sits in the garden of his destroyed house after an earthquake in the Italian village of Onna April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake struck a huge swath of central Italy as residents slept on Monday morning, killing more than 50 people and making up to 50,000 homeless. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (ITALY DISASTER) REUTERS/Chris Helgren (The Spokesman-Review)

Whistle-blower told to shut up... 

Good morning Netizens...06 Apr 2009 11:22:00 GMT Gioacchino Giuliani, an Italian seismologist, is my kinda' guy. Sensing radon emissions rising, combined with increased seismic activity, he made a prediction several weeks ago, that a major earthquake would strike in the vicinity of L'Aquila, Italy. Gioacchino…

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Tina Nguyen, second from left, prays with relatives of shooting victims Lan Ho and Long Huynh outside the American Civic Association in Binghamton, N.Y. Jiverly Wong killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at the immigrant community center on Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (April 05, 2009) (The Spokesman-Review)

When will the mayhem end?  11 

Good morning, Netizens... As we creep forth from our repose in the beginning of yet another week, I cannot help but be mindful of the number of innocents that were killed last week in a flurry of murders across our country. The shootings came during…

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

The Obamas in Europe... 

Good morning, Netizens... Of all the political cartoons I have viewed over the last week, David Horsey perhaps has captured the essence of how the Europeans view President and Mrs. Obama. It is NOT the same as when George Bush was President; frankly speaking he…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2009

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at Palais Rohan in Strasbourg, France, Friday, April 3, 2009.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (The Spokesman-Review)

An Irreverent Sunday vision... 

Good morning, Netizens... Since it is an otherwise lovely spring day out there, what better time nor place to take a brief trip down the road toward irreverence as we view a picture of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as they are…

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009

The Verdict on Jo Ellen Savage... 

Good morning, Netizens... Long ago I wept for Jo Ellen Savage who, as everyone knows, did a pile drive from the River Park Square Parking Garage, for she was a delicate, sensitive and wholly engaging woman of infinite skill sets who had a gentle smile…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009

Dawn BarbouRoske, second from left, of Iowa City, leans towards her partner, Jen BarbouRoske after learning of the Iowa Supreme Court ruling in favor of legalizing gay marriage in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday. Between them is their daughter Bre, 6. Their other daughter, McKinley, 11, reacts to the ruling at left. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Christopher Gannon) (April 03, 2009) (The Spokesman-Review)

Message from the Heartland...

Good evening, Netizens... Dawn BarbouRoske, second from left, of Iowa City, leans towards her partner, Jen BarbouRoske after learning of the Iowa Supreme Court ruling in favor of legalizing gay marriage in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday. Between them is their daughter Bre, 6. Their…

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Leonard Cohen (1988) from Wikipedia (The Spokesman-Review)

Reverie at dawn...

Good morning, Netizens... A picture of Canadian Leonard Cohen, whom I met briefly back in the late 60's and a snip of what some say is one of his more beautiful songs: Like a bird on the wire,Like a drunk in a midnight choirI have…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009

Blagojevich indicted... 

Good evening, Netizens...Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois has been indicted on a stack of federal charges. United States v. Rod R. Blagojevich, et al includings the following:Defendants: Rod R. Blagojevich, 52, of Chicago Christopher Kelly, 50, of Burr Ridge Alonzo Monk, 50, of Park…

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Is the golden doorway closing?

Good evening, Netizens... I have been following this story for several days now and now that the IRS has begun moving in on some of those behind-the-scenes in the offshore tax-evasion business, I cannot help but hope and wonder what we might be seeing. MIAMI,…

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A record-breaking winter... 19 

Good morning, Netizens... It's just another day in our snowbound paradise, and despite the fact we are already warming up to the idea that we might actually have a real Spring buried somewhere beneath this noxious wasteland of snow this morning, it snowed overnight again!…

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Quote of the Day -- April 2, 2009

Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying. Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)When I first saw this quotation come up, I froze both the word of…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009

April Fools Anyone? 18 

Good morning, Netizens... I rise from the depths of sleep, pour myself a cup of something meaner than my latest Avista bill and immediately peruse the news that's fit to print on the Spokesman web site at 3:00 AM. What? Another blast in Bozeman, Montana?…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2009

Quote of the Day -- March 31, 2009 

Good morning, Netizens... Our Quote of the Day: Storms make trees take deeper roots. Dolly Parton If what, as Dolly Parton states, is truthful, is it not plausible that despite our present economic hardship, our nation is merely being rebuilt and rethought into substantially stronger…

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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009

AP (The Spokesman-Review)

Lightem if you've gottem... 

Good morning, Netizens... This afternoon I am going to take a road seldom-traveled and RANT. It's bad enough that our state and federal governments are taxing cigarettes to the point where an ordinary citizen in strictest obedience to the laws of the land can no…

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