Homeowners in Spokane Valley are pleading for drivers to slow down after a beloved neighborhood animal was run over. A pair of resident ducks, Rufus and Mable, used to visit them almost every day until the male duck was killed in early December. Now, it is just Mable. Rufus was found run over on the side of the road. “She just wanders around, like she's lost without him," said neighbor Monica Maynard. Neighbors on Mission just off of Baker have had problems with speeders for years. "The problem is getting out of control. We did lower it to 30, and nobody seems to do it," said Maynard.Trivial? Silly? I suppose you could call it that. I'm more inclined to say that this is why life was created, and why humans were given superior intelligence. We know that male and female were made separate for a purpose, and we know that we've destroyed the purpose. Birds remind us of the correct purpose, so we get especially pissed when some dickhead ruins the reminder.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.