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AM Headlines -- 1/5/09 

I wanted to present proof that I occasionally support the hospitality industry owned by our local tycoon. On Dec. 28, I treated Mrs. O, Amy Dearest, Sweet Stephie & Junior to brunch at The Coeur d'Alene Resort. How good was it? Sweet Stephie requested that...

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APhoto of the Day -- 1/5/09 

Troy Stieve, center, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and his teammate Lester Marks, right, of Monroe, Mich., compete during the World Series of Beer Pong IV in Las Vegas, Sunday. With a $50,000 prize on the line, more than 400 teams flocked to the Flamingo hotel-casino...

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Otter To Name Lt. Gov. Tuesday 

Item: Tuesday marks change for Idaho's leadership: New congressional delegation will consider massive spending on public works, feasibility of new dams, public lands protection/Idaho Statesman More Info: Gov. Butch Otter will announce Idaho's next lieutenant governor Tuesday - a day of some pretty big changes...

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WND Poll: Will US Embrace Socialism? 

Item: Pat Robertson: God says U.S. will accept socialismBroadcaster's annual predictions also assure economic turnaround/WorldNetDaily What do you think of Pat Robertson's claim God told him the U.S. will accept socialism? There is no God There is a God but he doesn't talk to Pat...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 3, 2009

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Vacation Wild Card No. 15 -- 1/3/09 219 

In HBO's next-to-last Christmas Vacation Wild Card, I'm pleased to introduce you to Baby New Year 2009. Meet Jacob Robert Crawford, who arrived at 6:54 p.m. New Year's Day at 8 pounds even and 19 inches long, after only 20 minutes of his mother's labor....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2009

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Vacation Wild Card No. 14 -- 1/2/09 117 

I tried to post MamaJD's YouTube of ThomG taking the Polar Bear Plunge earlier today. But I'm blocked from posting YouTube's, too. I need to discuss that with Blogmeister Ryan. It'd have been a great post for the third-to-last Vacation Wild Card. MamaJD provided the...

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New Year's Day Wild Card -- 1/1/09 85 

CindyH asks 4 questions below. I'll answer them here. At midnight, I watched the ball fall in Times Square at Frito Ray's house with my Oliveria relatives. I kissed Mrs. O and ate a Frito chip. Easily, the worst thing about 2008 was another round...

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CindyH Wonders: 27 

What were you doing when the clock struck 12 (this morning)?What was the worst thing about 2008?What was the best thing about 2008?What are you most looking forward to in 2009?

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2008

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Vacation Wild Card No. 12 -- 12/31/08 161 

Mrs. O and I'll be ushering out the old year with my siblings, their spouses, and my mother at Frito Ray's place tonight. Mebbe a movie first. 'Tis nice to have family around for holidays and special occasions like birthdays and graduations. I raised two...

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Vacation Wild Card No. 11 -- 12/30/08 49 

Our visit with the kids ended Monday morning, when Junior and his lovely wife braved commuter traffic and two Spokane Airport closures to return to Denver only a coupla hours late. Amy Dearest returned to Portland and decent weather the night before. All of them...

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MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2008


ThomG: Dared Into Polar Bear Plunge 41 

This past spring I helped arrange a “GOP Women for Minnick” event, in Coeur d'Alene. MamaJD was one of the attendees. I wandered up to MamaJD while she was engaged in conversation with Congressman-elect Minnick and for some reason the conversation on this warm spring...

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Dogwalk: No Pay For First Ladies 

There seem to be more and more talk regarding the role of first lady. Whether there should be a job description and whether or not she should receive a salary. The latest was a column in the Spokesman Review by Lauren Stiller Rikleen . Ms....

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Richert: Forgettable '08 Words 

My friends and colleagues on the National Conference of Editorial Writers e-mail listserv have been spending the past few days kicking around phrases that deserve to be booted from the lexicon. I'll save you the trouble of rummaging the archives. I¹m sure some of these...

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Bubblehead: Fuhgeddabout 'Valkyrie' 19 

Normally, I'd go see a movie like "Valkyrie"; I like WWII movies, and I like murder conspiracy movies. In this particular case, however, I'm not planning on seeing it for one reason, and one reason only -- it stars Tom Cruise. In the previews, he...

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TUBOB: Clint, Button & Me 

The one I really want to see, and will this week between ski trips if REI ever gets the bindings mounted on my kiddo's new twin tip K2s, is Gran Torino. Maybe Clint's swan song, definitely a culmination of the whole Clint Eastwood solitary morally...

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KT: If Tom Cruise Assassinated Hitler:  

If Tom Cruise had assassinated Hitler: Churchill, Roosevelt and a freed Germany turn on Stalin and beat the Soviet Union into plowshares and crappy sedans. THUS: Ronald Reagan lives out his life doing voiceovers in commercials and is not in a position to electrify a...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 28, 2008

An ice crystal is framed by the snow covered roof of a home at Hauser Lake, Idaho on Thursday, December 18, 2008. KATHY PLONKA the Spokesman-Review (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Wild Card -- 12/28/08 61 

At Simple Mind, Cis has the right idea -- look forward to spring rather than focus on all the problems caused by the snow. The thought hit me yesterday that spring training begins in a little over 6 weeks. Also, Gonzaga and Washington State begin...

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Online Poll: When Will Recession End? 15 

Many experts think the recession will last until the fourth quarter of 2009. What do you think?/CDA Press.*When spring 2009 arrives, so will a better economy.*I think we'll have to sweat it out until summer.*I agree with the experts; next fall or winter.*Not 'til 2010;...

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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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