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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

SUNDAY, JAN. 4, 2009

David Horsey Seattle Post Intelligencer (The Spokesman-Review)

An uprising in far-Afghanistan? 13 

Good morning, Netizens...Here we have yet another of David Horsey's luminary cartoons, in this case he examines the CIA program to give Viagra to Afghani tribal leaders as an inducement for their cooperation with American forces. Yes, apparently such an operation actually exists, although I…

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Things to do with this snow... 13 

Good morning, Netizens... With over 60 inches of snow already on the ground and a healthy storm slated to hit the Inland Northwest in time for the morning commute on Monday, it goes unsaid we are having a record-breaking snowfall this winter. Aside from the…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2009

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty (The Spokesman-Review)

Israel Army ready to attack? 

Good afterroon, Netizens...According to the Jerusalem Times Israel is poised to launch a major ground offensive into Gaza tonight after allowing hundreds of foreigners living in the devastated territory to evacuate. However, despite the potential onslaught, Hamas rockets continued to be fired into Israel today.…

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Send help! 

Good morning, Netizens...Holy mackerel! Here we come again, another round of this wretched white stuff, and once again our lovely City Government could not bestir themselves to put traction sand on the hills and intersections, with the result that as of 6:00 AM this morning,…

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New Years Resolutions... 

Good morning, Netizens... I've always had the misfortune of having a birthday that fell on its prat between Christmas Day and News Years Eve, so without my consent, the day before New Years Eve I celebrated my birthday which, for those of you tracking such…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2009

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

2008 in retrospect

Good evening, Netizens...And a very Happy New Year to everyone! Here is David Horsey's perspective on the year 2008. You have to admit we probably will not see Sarah Palin's equal in the New Year, but then again things might change.Sometime shortly, probably late tomorrow,…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008

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

Horsey on WAMU

Good morning, Netizens...It's cold outside and snowing again but the incredible fiasco surrounding Washington Mutual still has not died down. Perhaps today's cartoon from David Horsey may help everyone understand why and how this came to happen. Dave

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2008

Cars of the future you may not see... 

Good morning, Netizens... Meanwhile on the lighter side of life, a little satire... According to the AP news wire, you can sit back, relax and let your car parallel park itself -- without a single scratch or ding to your bumper. That's what Ford Motor…

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The Dignity relief ship. Photo Credit: unnamed (The Spokesman-Review)

Relief ship rammed by Israelis 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (In strictest-keeping with my desire to show the latest and most-accurate depictions of the ongoing conflict in Gaza, I am including this press release which tells of Israeli gunships firing upon an unarmed ship purportedly in international waters on a mission of…

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Five feet and climbing... (Dave Laird / The Spokesman-Review)

The lighter side of yesterday... 

Good morning, Netizens... After well over two weeks of near-desperation caused by record-breaking snowfalls mixed with equal amounts of administrative ineptitude in City Hall, I feel obligated to find at least a tiny spot of levity in this entire situation. I admit when I look…

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MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2008

Radar image courtesy Spokane Weather Bureau (The Spokesman-Review)

Aww CRAP! 

Good morning, Netizens...This radar image doesn't really do the job of describing 2 inches an hour of snow falling justice, does it? This morning's commute will be a nightmare again. Those who are still waiting on the snow plows to arrive will wait longer; those…

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Photo Credit: AP (The Spokesman-Review)

The Kings of the Earth Rise Up... 15 

Good morning, Netizens... "The Kings of the Earth rise up, and the rulers take council together..." Handel's Messiah The news from the Gaza Strip, like nearly every war that is actively being fought around the world, keeps getting worse and worse. According to AP, at…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 2008

Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Hatem Omar) (Hatem Omar / The Spokesman-Review)

War breaks out between Israel and Gaza 21 

Good morning, Netizens...Reuters reports that more than 155 people have been killed in the Gaza Strait this morning as Israel, responding to rocket attacks on Israeli soil, began bombing the Hamas-controlled region south of Israel. Israeli warplanes and combat helicopters began the attacks on what…

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Feast or Famine... 

Good morning, Netizens... It is either feast or famine in the City of Spokane snow removal operation, if experiences this morning are to be given any credibility. After the first body-slam of snow one week ago last Thursday, it took four days before we saw…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2008

Christmas Day Reverie... 

Good morning, Netizens... A Reverie on Christmas Day... I had no great aspirations as I floundered through the snow on Christmas Day, save to buy some cigarettes at my neighborhood Mini-Mart and to give the employees there a brief Christmas hug, for they are as…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2008

The City of Bethlehem in 2008 (The Spokesman-Review)

The Christmas Story

Good morning, everyone! In keeping with a tradition that is more than a decade old, an old friend, Connie Estell sent me a copy of the King James Version of the Birth of Jesus. She and I have been doing this, posting the Christmas Story…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2008

Keep your hands off my cookie dough until it is done baking! (The Spokesman-Review)

Tradition of Christmas

Good evening, Netizens... We have mentioned promise and hope as parts of Christmas which have great meaning in all our lives. Materialism is perhaps one of the other aspects of Christmas that gets often mistaken for traditions, but in our household, we have a unique…

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