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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009

Carol A. Blackburn and Michael R. Dale, who now live near Port Townsend, Wash., took Shonto Pete into their Peaceful Valley home the night he was shot. They called 911. BurkeDigitalPix.com/Spokesman-Review (The Spokesman-Review)

The Gipper Materializes?  27 

Good morning, Netizens... And such a fine and otherwise excellent day it is, with the exception of our beloved Spokane Police Department whose star has been inexorably sinking lower in the public opinion than ever before. They could have finessed this entire affair of Shonto…

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Quote of the Day -- March 18, 2009

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982), Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal,…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009

David Horsey, davidhorsey.com,Seattle Post-Intelligencer Online (The Spokesman-Review)

Farewell to the Seattle PI... 

Good morning, Netizens... To perhaps better understand David Horsey's cartoon this morning, you would have to have stood before the building which, until today, housed the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper, for today is its last day of publishing a printed paper. Atop the building, set up…

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009

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Power line magnetism study released... 

Good afternoon, Netizens...Until now scientists and we laypersons have only theorized about how high-voltage power lines affect human life. However, a study conducted by the Czech Science Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic state emphatically that power lines…

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Class warfare coming? 

Good afternoon, Netizens...A good friend forwarded this rather lengthy piece to me and, upon reading it through twice, I began to listen and anticipate what the author had to say. Could it happen here, in the land of milk and honey? The author of this…

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Obama fried chicken fingers with curry sauce, anyone? A new tempting product from a German frozen food company. Credit: AP (Michael Probst / The Spokesman-Review)

Obama Fingers, anyone? 13 

Good morning, Netizens...A German fast food company, in hopes of increasing their sales, hit on a new fast food, Obama Fingers with curry sauce. The company, according to the AP piece, says it meant no racist overtones, as it wasn't aware of any implied racism.Many…

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I have heard America's voices... 

Good morning, Netizens... Lewis Henderson wrote in part, at the outer edge of a long and highly articulate set of questions: here: http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/commcomm/2009/mar/15/peering-future/#comments “Was America ever actually great or is that just something I used to hear my grandpa say?” I've heard America singing its…

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009

Peering into the future... 

Good morning, Netizens... Halfway through the month of March and perhaps the lion that has savaged our fair city will simply disappear, taking with it the interminable snow berms, the fiscal malaise and perhaps if we are truly fortunate, the abominably high Avista bills that…

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SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2009

The Zehm lawsuit 

Good afternoon Netizens...It has taken me awhile to figure out how to upload this PDF copy of the Zehm lawsuit, then to make it accessible, but it does appear I was successful.http://www.spokesman.com/documents/2009/mar/14/zehm-lawsuit/ This represents justice for Otto, the first justice he has had since he…

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Obama focuses on food safety, picks FDA new chief
In this Wednesday, June 2, 2004 file photo, Margaret Hamburg speaks at University of South Florida in Tampa. President Obama named former New York City Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to lead the troubled Food and Drug Administration. (Joseph Garnett, Jr. / AP) (The Spokesman-Review)

Margaret Hamburg nominated for Health... 11 

Good afternoon, Netizens...WASHINGTON March 14, 2009, 11:15 am ET · The nation's food safety system is a "hazard to public health" and overdue for an overhaul, President Barack Obama said Saturday as he focused on that task by filling the top job at the Food…

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Win one for the Gipper, Tucker... 17 

Good morning, Netizens... Like most citizens reading the history of the Jay Olsen trial, I sat disconsolately in my chair each day watching the testimony unfold like a badly-wounded badger pinned in a corner against the wall. I was not at the scene of the…

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,Seattle Post-Intelligencer (The Spokesman-Review)

The late, great days of the Seattle PI...

Good morning, Netizens... In this morning's David Horsey cartoon we have a faux vision of how Seattle must have looked in the 1860's when the Intelligencer newspaper was in its prime, televisions were an unheard-of development and newsprint was still the king of the news…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattle post-intelligencer  (The Spokesman-Review)

Alas, poor patient... 

Good morning, Netizens... In this morning's David Horsey cartoon, we see a picture of the deplorable subcultures of the United States known as the drug companies and the health care insurers operating on the poor patient, the US Health Care System. Like most people of…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009

AP:Breaking News:Annenberg dies

Good morning, Netizens... Leonore Annenberg, the widow of billionaire publisher Walter Annenberg who continued his tradition of philanthropy and patronage of the arts, died Thursday. She was 91.Annenberg died of natural causes at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., family spokeswoman Kathleen Hall Jamieson…

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Photo Credit: AP News wire (The Spokesman-Review)

Bernie's Day in Court... 

Good morning, Netizens... While we are out dancing in the streets with ecstasy over Jay Olsen coming out of the closet, we might want to dance a lick or two for Bernie Madoff who arrived at the lower Manhattan courthouse just after 7 a.m. today…

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,Seattle Post-Intelligencer (The Spokesman-Review)

The art of understatement... 

Good morning, Netizens... Having dabbled briefly in the wild wonderful world of Spokane Police politics, and having spent the better part of two days making certain, in my mind, that former policeman Jay Olsen is a simpering self-serving nincompoop who would shoot someone with drunken…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009

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Shonto Pete's revenge... 25 

Good morning, Netizens... The Jay Olsen trial, currently nearing its logical end, has opened Pandora's box and revealed how discredited the Spokane Police Guild truly is. There are lapses, and then there are huge gaps of fact which never have been allowed to happen, were…

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MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009

The infamously-delightful Jeanie of Spokane without whom Community Comment would probably fall into tiny insignificant pieces on the floor of the Internet.  (The Spokesman-Review)

One more week to go!

Good morning, Netizens... Thus we begin week two of Jeanie-deprivation and she is serving out a sentence as a juror-candidate for our own beloved malformed justice system. Of course, while she is thus engaged, she is forbidden from being active on the Internet and a…

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Quote of the Day -- March 9, 2009 

When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web.... Now even my cat has its own page.Former President Bill Clinton (1946 - ), announcement of Next Generation Internet initiative, 1996

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