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SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2009

Moose seen at EWU near the pub building. (The Spokesman-Review)

Wildlife at EWU 

Good afternoon, Netizens...Here we have a picture forwarded to me by SR's Ryan Pitts that proves, beyond a question of a doubt, that the only wildlife at Eastern Washington University is not in the various residence halls, pubs and after-hours celebrations. Ostensibly the moose were…

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The ox, one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, symbolises calm, hard work, resolve and tenacity. The Year of the Rat was in 2008. Photo Credit: Getty Images (The Spokesman-Review)

The Chinese New Year draws near...

Good afternoon, Netizens... In just a few hours Non-Chinese and Chinese alike around the world will begin celebrating Chinese New Year, the year of the ox. Considered by most ethnic Chinese families to be the most-significant day in China, you might be surprised, as I…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2009

Aretha Franklin's hat at the Inauguration ceremonies... (The Spokesman-Review)

Changing trends in fashion... 

Good morning, Netizens... When I was a young man just beginning the transition toward adulthood, I occasionally attended an African American church, primarily because of the incredibly-powerful oratory of their pastor, the late Reverend Bill Saugus. Reverend Saugus had the ability, using the inflection and…

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

You haven't seen anything yet?

Good morning, Netizens... In this morning's David Horsey political cartoon, David Horsey's wit has been supplanted with some wisdom. Despite the liberties with which he has created a caricature of President Obama attired as General George Washington at Valley Forge, there is some profound wisdom…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009

Peter Falk (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Circle the wagons! 

Good morning Netizens... After a wealth of politics and opinion regarding our new President, while I was cruising the used car lot of news in the paper online this morning, a story rose up and bit me where I live. Say it isn't so! Eighty-one…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer David Horsey (The Spokesman-Review)

In the scope of Time... 

Good morning, Netizens...Perhaps this quote, from Obama's Inaugural Speech yesterday, spoke the loudest to me personally, and obviously this morning, it also spoke to David Horsey. For we are a young nation, and as such, we have a great deal to learn about governance, and…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

Obama's Inauguration Speech Text

Good afternoon, Netizens...Here, from the news wires is the entire text of Obama's Inauguration Speech:My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President…

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AP Photo/Alex Brandon (The Spokesman-Review)

Could he be the One? 

Good morning, Netizens... Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009 – unbounded questions persist. Is he the One? The abiding question, that most-elusive of all questions has lingered in the corners of my mind since his powerful speech delivered at the Democratic National Convention, and even in…

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MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2009

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

Martin Luther King Day 2009 

Good morning, Netizens... Today is Martin Luther King Day, and it seems somehow fit and proper that we should carefully and meticulously consider what David Horsey has to say on the issue this morning about the parallels between Dr. King and President-Elect Barack Obama. They…

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Quote of the Day -- January 19, 2009

Good morning, Netizens...Each day I allow a program to select a quote of the day, one which has worked with unfathomable success for nearly a year. This morning, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, I have manually selected one of my favorite quotations from…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2009

Quote of the Day -- January 17, 2009

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence. Charles Austin Beard (1874 - 1948)

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AP – In this Nov. 10, 2008 file photo, a brightly lit sign is seen at the entryway of Circuit City in S. Portland, …  (The Spokesman-Review)


Good morning, Netizens... It was so shocking to some that Circuit City, a major purveyor of high-tech gadgets in Spokane has fallen from bankruptcy to liquidation. Circuit City became the largest retailer to fall victim to the expanding financial crisis Friday, announcing it will shut…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2009

AP – British entertainer Boy George arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London, Friday Jan. 16, 2009.  (Matt Dunham / The Spokesman-Review)

Outrageous demeanor in high places... 

Good morning, Netizens... Oh, how the once-mighty have fallen department. A British judge has sentenced Boy George to 15 months in prison after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort by handcuffing him to a wall in a London apartment. British Judge David Radford…

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AP – In this Feb. 23, 1964, file photo, artist Andrew Wyeth stands in front of his farm in Chadds Ford, Pa.  (The Spokesman-Review)

Andrew Wyeth dead at age 91...

Good morning, Netizens... Andrew Wyeth, an American painter, died in his sleep early this morning at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford, according to the Associated Press. The son of an American book illustrator and artist, N.C. Wyeth, gained wealth, popularity and…

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Sullenberger (The Spokesman-Review)

A certifiable hero in some quarters... 

Good morning, Netizens... Let us all stand and pay tribute to this man, Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger III, a 57 year-old former fighter pilot from Danville, California who, until yesterday afternoon, was just an anonymous pilot for US Airlines. The news wires are still sizzling…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2009

Spokane police Officer Mike McCasland waits for a tow truck to free a truck jackknifed on a snow berm this week  at Riverside Avenue and Madison Street.  (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Clean up the mess! 21 

Good morning, Netizens... In this SR photograph, Spokane police Officer Mike McCasland waits for a tow truck to free a truck jackknifed on a snow berm this week at Riverside Avenue and Madison Street. What is this? We haven't had any snow this week to…

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Photo Credit: Wikipedia (The Spokesman-Review)

Morning Reverie -- January 15, 2009

Good morning, Netizens... Sometime when the yardarm leans approximately in the direction of 9:00 AM or so, my long-time friend Mhibbs and I are meeting for breakfast at a place known to us as The Hilltop Cafe (Annie's) on North Nevada at the curve. We…

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