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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009

Referendum 71 poll 83 

Just wondering where people are on this issue. Referendum 71 would rescind the "everything but marriage" law, which grants registered same-sex couples the same legal rights (other than marriage). In debating this topic, I've heard people say "why can't they settle for civil unions"? Well,...

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Tuesday's Loose Thread 

Have you seen these ads for S-R columnists? Usually one or two words to capture the essence, as it were. These are done by the promotions department, so we don't know what they'll say. Our only role is to be force-marched into the the photo...

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MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009

A note to commenters on this blog 83 

It's getting chippy, folks. Knock off the personal attacks against fellow posters. Profanity -- even in acronym form -- isn't allowed. The personal stuff will be zapped. I will not be holding court on why. It's just gone. I don't have time, and it won't...

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Wednesday's Loose Thread 22 

"As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it seemed that way." -- Jack Handy What deep thoughts would you...

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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009

Tuesday's Loose Thread 14 

Two guys are walking their dogs. One has a big German Shepherd, the other a tiny Chihuahua. They pass by a very fancy restaurant and the guy with the Shepherd suggests they stop in for a drink. “They’re not going to let us in with...

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MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009

Friday's Loose Thread 147 

If you're tired of solving the world's problems, check out the Junior Lilac Parade this Saturday. My baton-twirling daughter will be there. You should, too.So, what's it gonna be today?

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009

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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009

Monday's Loose Thread 25 

Bloomsday, isn't that coming up soon? I should probably do that some year. So how was your weekend? My son and I biked along Centennial Trail, then I got a speeding ticket. No, not for pedaling too fast. It was for leaving too quickly in...

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FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009

Joe Biden's ill-advised comment  127 

VP Biden handed out some alarmist advice this morning on the "Today Show" regarding swine flu. Now he's back-pedaling. And to think some people wanted to flip that ticket. Sure glad the cool customer is the president. Did he get it right the first time?...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009

Wednesday's Loose Thread 

I know we're not supposed to compare anything to the pain of childbirth, but these economic contractions sure hurt. I guess the good news is that consumer confidence is on the rise. But now swine flu is having a negative impact.Thoughts on this or anything...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

Tuesday's Loose Thread 69 

Just saw that Sen. Arlen Specter is switching parties. That means when Al Franken is seated, the Democrats will have a filibuster-proof 60 senators. Specter said:"Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the...

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