Archive for 2009

Buy a pizza, support a family of a fallen Lakewood Police officer

Posted 4 December 2009 by
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Lakewood, Washington, Police Patch

This notice was included with a pizza delivered on December 3, 2009. To support the families of the four slain Lakewood, Washington police officers All the Papa John’s Pizza in Snohomish, Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Island Counties, a total of 41 stores, will be donating 100% of our profits from Tuesday, December 8, 2009, and [...]

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Carrying a handgun

Posted 1 December 2009 by
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I am not against firearms. There are legitimate uses. I question the standard reasons given for the average person carrying a handgun. Particularly the reasons for carrying a concealed weapon. The reason for carrying a concealed weapon is protection from other humans. If you encounter a bear in Everett, your typical handgun—concealed or open carry—is [...]

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Only one prosecuting attorney candidate with comprehensive experience

Posted 1 December 2009 by
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This is a letter I sent to The Daily Herald in Everett, Washington regarding replacement of the Snohomish County Prosecutor. The Snohomish County Council needs to replace our prosecuting attorney. There is a lot of talk that only one candidate deserves it. That is true. The Office of Prosecuting Attorney oversees more than criminal prosecution. [...]

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A collision of thoughts

Posted 20 November 2009 by
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Steam Engine Collision

It can be interesting looking at the wreckage after two thoughts collide. Back in 1977, I was taking a class on the history of the American City from Dr. Donald Oster (now an associate professor emeritus) at the then-University of Missouri-Rolla.  At the start of class one day, he told us of a discussion the [...]

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Veterans Day

Posted 11 November 2009 by
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US Flag

Officially, the US is very clear that Veterans Day is not Remembrance Day. We have Memorial Day to remember the fallen. Today is the day to remember the sacrifice of all veterans in time of war. My father, a disabled veteran, won’t talk about everything he saw in Korea. I understand there are some pictures [...]

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Individual Behavior versus Group Behavior

Posted 7 November 2009 by
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We all want the ability to predict what will happen so that we can prevent bad things from happening. There are various academic disciplines that try to do this: psychology, psychiatry, sociology, economics, and political science. There are specializations within each of these disciplines, such as social psychology. Even so, it is still possible for [...]

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Support a Native Son of Everett: Glenn Beck

Posted 6 November 2009 by
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Glenn Beck

In August 2009, Glenn Beck was given the Key to the City of the place he calls his hometown, Mount Vernon, Washington. This makes Beck the second most important person in the world with ties to Mount Vernon. Even though Beck claims Mount Vernon as his hometown, he was not born there. Did you know [...]

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Yahoo is dead! Long live GoDaddy!

Posted 2 November 2009 by
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I’ve been procrastinating. Well, kind of. But, not any more. My relationship with Yahoo as a hosting provider goes back to when they purchased GeoCities (where all good geeks first established their websites in the 1990s). There was a certain simplicity with just leaving things as they were. I can pound HTML. With a text [...]

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Obama as Nobel Laureate: To see ourselves as others see us

Posted 10 October 2009 by
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One of the first things I heard today on Weekend Edition Saturday was Scott Simon’s essay “Gandhi, King, Walesa, Mandela—Obama?” The essay ends with this twist. The president said yesterday, “I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize.” [...]

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There’s a name I haven’t heard in a while

Posted 6 October 2009 by
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John Birch Society

On Monday evening, October 5, 2009, I watch the PBS program “Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times.” Knowing about the quality reporting attributed to the Los Angeles Times in recent times, I decided to watch this program. With its recognized quality today (even after a buyout from Chicago), I was a bit surprised to [...]

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Hey! Twitter works, part two!

Posted 26 September 2009 by
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I had made blog comments how Twitter had worked twice for me twice in one week back on August 17, 2009. The two times were: A visitor at church recognizing me from following me on Twitter. Being in a KING-TV news story about Twitter and the Washington State Department of Transportation. I found out that [...]

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How did civilization make it to the 21st century?

Posted 26 September 2009 by
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Courtesy Dave Walker at This cartoon by Dave Walker from Great Britain captures the concerns many people are having on this side of the Atlantic. If shaking hands with someone is causing you concern, consider the historic use of the pax-brede. For that matter, Orthodox veneration of icons and the Book of Gospels includes [...]

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Just what we need: another day that will live in infamy

Posted 11 September 2009 by
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The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building two days after the bombing

I can hear the smallest child asking, “Why is September 11 different from all other days?” When will we have the ability to say it isn’t? Don’t get me wrong. What happened on 11 September 2001 combined horror and heroism, bigotry and beauty, history and the here-and-now. But, how does this make it different from [...]

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I am going to vote the way I want to vote

Posted 4 September 2009 by
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Nothing like stopping a crowd with giving an answer that is not expected. This also turned into a good discussion on health care reform. Did everyone catch that Switzerland has very regulated private health care insurance companies? This is the cost of not having some sort of public option. Congratulations to Senator Franken for showing [...]

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