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Pamville News: The April rap sheets

Pamville News Editor's Note: The April Pamville News, featuring the month's truecrime stories, is brought you by the letter E. ——— Economica Erotica: Greek for business as unusual In November 2008, an unsuspecting U.S....

 

Intellectually disarmed, logically dangerous

My husband, John, loves a good hearty debate. He's always ready to jump into the middle of a topic, disassemble it, analyze it and blah blah blah about it. I can see the attraction, but serious thoughts have a very limited shelf...

 

Gray matter matters

I would personally like to thank the folks at Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience for creeping me out with the latest distressing brain information. In the Feb. 16 Discover News online at news.discover.com, Cristen Conger report... Full story

 

Cowboy up to your outer nakedness

New York City is not without its western-related travails. It seems that the NYC street entertainer who calls himself the Naked Cowboy (but isn't) is suing another street performer who has started a similar, bawdier, street show...

 

A superpower dress code

An April 19 article from The Associated Press about the ramifications of women's fashion in Iran has slipped under the international radar, but I'm here to blow the lid off of this amazing revelation. In Iran, one of the world's...

 

The politics of attractants

In international politics this week, the news is that civilized debate in Taiwan's parliament erupted into a riotous brawl between at least 70 members of opposing parties. In the U.S. the big political news is that Scott Brown of... Full story

 

A Fluffy herald of spring

In various cultures over the ages owls have symbolized everything from good fortune and wisdom to impending disaster or death. And, of course, in recent decades a whole new generation of Harry Potter-loving children worldwide...

 

Weights and balances

Cooper, the scourge of wild cottontail bunnies, had to be coaxed and towed into the vet's office last week for his annual vaccinations. I felt bad for the little dude. It's hard to maintain your dignity, let alone look like the... Full story

 

A snake in the grass: lessons applied

Through personal experience, I can tell you this: It's not so much the realization that the ground is moving under your foot as it is the keen moment of understanding that the buzzing noise is a rattlesnake telling you to get your...

 

For sale, for really

My husband John and I are in the preliminary stages of shopping for what you might describe as big ticket items. Since we have a no ticket, just stand at the window looking in, kind of budget, I've been perusing classified ads. It...

 

For sale? Watch your language

All salesmanship has a language that must be decoded by the buyer. For example, when house shopping, "fixer-upper" means the house is a giant, financesucking vortex. Either take out three mortgages right away or pass it by.... Full story

 

Karma rocks the universe

Lately, I've had cause to wade in the deeper end of the intellectual puddle. Despite my preference for shallower thoughts, I've been contemplating more philosophical and theological topics than usual — searching for answers to...

 

Cinderella gets a new pair of shoes

Growing up in a family of height-endowed people, I decided early on that I wanted to grow to be at least 5-feet, 10-inches tall to maintain familial standing, so to speak. My cousin Laura hit 6-feet, so it wasn't an unreasonable...

 

Of cowboys and office drones

Reuters news agency reported Feb. 10 in the article "Grumpy workers: Let's not 'touch base'" that a recent survey in London revealed the top ten things that annoy office workers the most. 1. Grumpy or moody colleagues 2. Slow... Full story

 

Mission impossible: Jury duty

"Good morning, Ms. Burke, "U.S. District Court, District of Montana, is conducting a federal criminal trial April 5, 2010. This trial proceeding requires the fair and impartial participation of a 12-member jury and one alternate...

 

Pamville News in short shorts

Here at Pamville News we stand four-square against the real news (don't tell the editor) and all the mundane, factual information contained therein. Reporters insist on adding a bunch of, y'know, researched and articulated...

 

One man's hardship, another man's heaven

Recently, the www.idahostatesman. com news website reported the death of Richard Zimmerman, a man whose life had nothing to do with high finance, high society, high-speed Internet or most standard trappings of our modern world ...

 

Pamville News roundup: hot summer crime

Pamville News reporters have scoured the latest news to shine a light on recent criminal activities and torture every last drop of fiction from the events. Robbery to go A masked robber with a gun walked up to the drive-through...

 

Sit right back and hear Pamville News

Pamville News brings you the latest entertainment headlines dressed up and bedazzled in fiction accessories. ——— • In another display of Hollywood's love of all things retro, Warner Bros. And Atlas Entertainment have announ...

 

Pamville News: iDiscrimination

Ever diligent about bringing the latest fabricated news to the public, Pamville News reporters have digitally and editorially re-mastered announcements about the Apple iPad scheduled for release into the wilds. Saturday, Apple...

 
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