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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009

Thursday's Loose Thread 25 

Funny column by Cindy Hval today. It did not suck. But, come on. Bad lyrics cross generations."In the desert you can remember your name, cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain."What's your favorite bad lyric. What else is on your mind?

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009

Wednesday's Loose Thread 49 

Recently finished "Flyboys", a book by James Bradley ("Flags of our Fathers"). Interesting stuff about the brave pilots in WWII and their exploits in the Pacific. It hones in on nine of them who were shot down near Chichi Jima (near Iwo) and taken prisoner...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2009

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2009

Who is the GOP leader? 87 

Interesting dust-up over Rush Limbaugh's CPAC speech. In the past when I've mentioned some misdeed or mistake Limbaugh has made, the response has been, "He's just an entertainer. No need to take him so seriously."Here is RNC Chairman Michael Steele's first take: "Rush Limbaugh is...

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MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2009

When bloggers take over the reporting 19 

Interesting article in the Washington Post about the vacuum that is created as newspapers shrink coverage.Here's how it ends:Many bloggers say that far from being able to replace professional reporters, they actually suffer from the diminished flow of state news. "What I can't offer on...

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Monday's Loose Thread 83 

Quite the newsy paper on Sunday. Paul Harvey dies.Possible indictment as the third anniversary of Otto Zehm's death approaches.Guard training prompts rumors of government getting ready to seize guns in Hayden.A veteran's death perplexes family. Was it really suicide? Could it have been prevented?I'm catching...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2009

THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009


Open government. You interested? 105 

Transparency presumes that the public cares enough to check in and evaluate. As I look over the new OMB site set up by the Obama administration, I wonder how many people will actually belly up and drink in the data. In any event, here's some...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009

TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2009

Tuesday's Loose Thread 35 

We are falling down, down to the bottom of the hole in the ground. Smoke 'em if you got 'em. -- John Prine.How about this economy, eh? What's the opposite of irrational exuberance?Thoughts on this and other topics welcomed here. (BTW, there is a discussion...

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009


Surgical checklist

In Wednesday's column, I noted a surgical checklist that has proven to be effective in saving lives and limiting post-op complications. A reader wondered what the entire list looked like.Take this link and scroll down to Table 1. Some basic stuff, yet a lot of...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

Wednesday's Loose Thread 15 

Last song I listened to on the way in was "I'd Love to Change the World" by 10 Years After.I'd love to change the worldBut I don't know what to doSo I'll leave it up to youWell, how would you change the world? This is...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

Tuesday's Loose Thread 13 

President signs stimulus bill, Lance Armstrong's bike is swiped, Michael Phelps won't be charged for smoking pot and the Dow hits a 3-month low.Choose any of those or BYOT.

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MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009

Monday's Loose Thread 

In honor of Presidents Day, this article in which respondents rank the presidents. Top five: Lincoln, Washington, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, who had dismal approval ratings when he left office.Will history be kind to George W. Bush? Since 2000, Clinton moved from 21st to...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009

Friday's Loose Thread 43 

In honor of Lincoln, two quotes to stimulate debate.1. "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how -...

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Gary Crooks joined The Spokesman-Review in 1997. He is editor of the Opinion section and a member of the Editorial Board.

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