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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009

Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Game (The Spokesman-Review)

Guess what's for dinner??? 11 

Good morning, Netizens... If I had not read about this on the McClatchy News Service, I probably would not have believed it, and prior to actually tasting it, I tended to be somewhat skeptical. However, according to the article located here raccoon meat is…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009

Quote of the Day -- January 13, 2009 

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity. John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) Speech in Indianapolis, April 12,…

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Rocket launcher in a school yard? 

Good morning Netizens... This is pretty much a self-explanatory link sent to me by Ron the Cop. It shows a Hamas rocket launcher which was set up in a school yard being destroyed by Israeli counter-fire. Ostensibly the persons loading the rocket launcher were…

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MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2009

Buckminster Fuller -- Picture Credit UC Berkeley Archives (The Spokesman-Review)

At the end of a long day... 

Good evening Netizens… Tonight as I tiredly limped across the floor of the Virtual Ballroom, it seemed to be all I could do to return the salute of the ghostly doorman standing just inside the doorway only moments earlier. Today I set a record of…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2009

Photo Credit: Two Rivers Casino web site. (The Spokesman-Review)

Two Rivers to close for winter... 

Good afternoon, Netizens...According to tribal authorites representing The Spokane Band of Indians, the Two Rivers Casino near Davenport, Washington will be closing for the winter. Business is down, and with the incredibly-impassable road conditions that have taken place most of the winter, it was decided…

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AP Photo/Medina Gazette, Andrew Dolph (January 10, 2009) (The Spokesman-Review)

Picture of the Day 01/11/2009 

Good morning, Netizens...A boy is pulled through a field on a sled in Spencer Township, Ohio. A winter storm dumped more snow and freezing rain across most of Ohio on Saturday, grounding flights out of the region and causing vehicles to spin out of control…

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It's Good News Week... 31 

Good morning, Netizens... It's good news week, Someone's dropped a bomb somewhere, Contaminating atmosphere And blackening the sky, It's good news week, Someones found a way to give, The rotting dead a will to live, Go on and never die. Have you heard the news?…

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Former President George H. W. Bush, right, hugs his son President Bush following the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN77) aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Va.  (The Spokesman-Review)

Aboard the USS George H. W. Bush... 114 

Good morning, Netizens... In this morning's picture of the day, President George W. Bush embraces his dad, George H. W. Bush at the commissioning ceremony for the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN77), a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Va. Isn't it grand, having a nuclear-powered…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2009

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

When it is time to say Goodbye... 

Good morning, Netizens... In my so-called quiet time this morning, I have been contemplating the potential sale or closure of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among the many other noble newspapers that are currently up for grabs nationwide. Once again, David Horsey has struck a pose with…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2009

An unidentified pair of visitors to the Yellowstone National Park photograph the Old Faithful geyser as it rockets 100-feet skyward , in Wyoming. Hundreds of small earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park in recent weeks have been an unsettling reminder for some people that underneath the park's famous geysers and majestic scenery lurks one of the world's biggest volcanoes. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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Yellowstone about to blow? 17 

Good morning, Netizens... Scientists are closely monitoring a series of micro-quakes deep beneath Lake Yellowstone in Yellowstone Park. Hundreds of small earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park in recent weeks serves as a not-too-subtle reminder that beneath the famous geysers and photogenic landscape one of the…

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

Porn Industry bailout--another view... 

Good morning, Netizens...Since we have the face of the porn industry itself, Hustler's Larry Flynt, gracing the pages of Community Comment, but before anyone faints dead away, let us allow David Horsey to weigh in, if you please. I think we should have a show…

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Photo Credit: CNN (The Spokesman-Review)

Porn industry bailout?

Good morning, Netizens... Oh, poor Larry Flynt... Another less-savory industry is asking for federal assistance as the global recession continues to wax up its skis for the downward slope. Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis said Wednesday they will request…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009

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

A Warning to Hamas... 33 

Good morning, Netizens...In this morning's David Horsey cartoon we see a hidden bit of truth. If you walk up to the biggest bully in the playground and punch him in the mouth, naturally he will hit you back with predictable results. You will end up…

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Photo Credit: Spokesman-Review (The Spokesman-Review)

Death of a homeless person in Spokane 

Good morning, Netizens... In a poignant story ( covered by the morning news in the Spokesman-Review relating to the death of Kim Steel, a homeless woman in Spokane, they overlooked a few minor details, most of which probably is covered by the rights of the…

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Words out of the mouth of babes...

Good morning, Netizens...Here's a funny story passed onto me that I had not heard before. The late Art Linkletter used to get good mileage telling silly things that kids were quoted as saying, and I think this one certain applies.Little Tony was 7 years old…

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Quote of the Day -- January 8, 2009 

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience. Shelley Winters (1922 - 2006)

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Good words from bad... 13 

Good morning, Netizens... The news wires are having a feeding frenzy over the snow in Spokane, ranging from the stories of schools being cancelled (again!), traffic snarled and mail and garbage collection not running as expected, if at all. Roofs are collapsing, streets are clogged…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

Twitter networking service hacked... 

Good morning, Netizens...If you use Twitter, a social networking scheme similar in function to Facebook, you might want to visit their home page and pay attention to what they recommend. Yesterday their network was hacked, and several luminaries that use Twitter found fake messages…

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

Photo Credit: Associated Press (The Spokesman-Review)

A snow festival where???

Good evening, Netizens... In this, our picture of the day, a snow sculpture takes shape at the Snow Festival in Harbin, northeastern China's Heilongjiang province, Monday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) (January 05, 2009) We could, of course, allow these artists into Spokane, Washington. At least…

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