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Posted on Taking a Crack At It, 20-Oct '14, 9:12PM

There are "communists and socialists"among the Illinois delegation of Congressional Representatives according to Republican Bobby Schilling, former representative from the 17th Illinois District. Schilling is trying to regain the seat he lost to Democrat Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. ...

Posted on Jame's 1948 , 20-Oct '14, 8:37PM

Author: W.P. Mackay Let us suppose that a convict, who has just finished his term of penal servitude, wishes to lead an honest life. He comes to a man who has a large jewelry establishment, and who requires a night-watchman. … Continue reading →

Posted on QC Examiner, 20-Oct '14, 6:18PM

Originally posted on Samaritans Scalawags Scoundrels Fleecing the Sheep:George W. Bush didn’t get it. Barack Obama doesn’t get it. In fact other than Ronald Reagan I don’t think any US POTUS has understood the Russian situation since John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.   There ...

Posted on Just Cruisin 2, 20-Oct '14, 2:06PM

In a recent post we mentioned the flag folding ceremony done at military funerals and the significance of the first three folds. Here is a video that explains all the folds. And after the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the ...

Posted on The Scoundrel, 20-Oct '14, 11:03AM

George W. Bush didn’t get it. Barack Obama doesn’t get it. In fact other than Ronald Reagan I don’t think any US POTUS has understood the Russian situation since John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.   There are mad dog leaders out there whom like to wave their dick-egos, like a ...

Posted on QC Ghost, 17-Oct '14, 11:44AM

The administration's handling of the Ebola crisis continues to be marked by double talk, runaround and gobbledygook. And its logic is worse than its language. In many of its actions, especially its public pronouncements, the government is functioning not as a soother of public anxiety but the ...

Posted on View Finders - Dispatch/Argus Photo Blog, 22-Sep '14, 10:40AM

It has only taken me a year but I am finally getting around to writing a blog entry about our green screen set-up here at the Dispatch/Argus.When we started our weekly web-cast "The Press Box" we didn't want it to be visually static with just two guys sitting in front of a newspaper logo. We use the green ...

Posted on Greasy Joints, 29-Aug '14, 4:25PM

 Looking for yet another solid burger joint, The River House in Moline (1510 River Dr) beckoned to us from across the Mississippi River.  We obliged, and found ourselves there for lunch one fine summer day.There is a nice outdoor patio area, but ragweed is raging and my body revolting, so ...

Posted on The Complacency Chronicles, 28-Aug '14, 12:15PM

When I got off work last Monday, I had no idea it would be one of the greatest nights of my life. Not until I got the text.

Once upon a Shane many moons ago, my first serious girlfriend made me a mixtape. It included a quick three-minute jam called "A New England" by the British singer/songwriter Billy

Posted on Quad City Images, 20-Jun '14, 8:28AM

 The Bettendorf Library is hosting a celebration of Charlie Chaplin's silent films this afternoon and evening. They've made this clever video as well. This is one of those great examples of the small world that is the Quad Cities, as this video involves people from my childhood and adult life ...

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  Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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