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Community Comment archive for May 2008

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2008

Sat., May 31, 2008, 7:48 a.m.

A nice picture of severe weather...

Good morning, Netizens...This is a bit off the beaten track for most folks in Spokane, but KREM-2's Tom Sherry will simply have to eat his heart out. This is a picture [photo removed due to DMCA] of a classic super-meso tornadic cloud formation, taken from...

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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008

Fri., May 30, 2008, 12:04 p.m.

Al Qaeda's projection of the future?

Good afternoon, Netizens...The rather gruesome picture you are looking at is a computer-generated image which was posted on an Islamic extremists' website yesterday. It purports to represent what Washington, DC would look like in the aftermath of a terrorist's nuclear weapon. It is designed, by...

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Fri., May 30, 2008, 4:31 a.m.

Wild Card Friday, May 30, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...In this image made available Thursday from Survival International, showing 'uncontacted Indians' of the Envira, who have never before had any contact with the outside world, photographed during an overflight in May 2008, as they react to the overflight at their camp in...

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2008

Thu., May 29, 2008, 8:20 p.m.

A new swan in born...

Good evening, Netizens...Decades ago one of the truly graceful places I could afford to go in Chicago-town was the Lincoln Park Zoo. In this picture, a male trumpeter swan takes his newly-hatched offspring (the males share caring for their young with the females) into the...

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Thu., May 29, 2008, 2:03 p.m.

Meet Community Comment Citizens!

Reminder: Come join Dave, John, and me at Frankie Doodles at 3:00 Friday (tomorrow) for friendly conversation, philosophical interchanges, and a "real" cup of coffee. Come see what the virtual ballroom inhabitants look like in person! I'm the girl. :)Third and Division, just past Dick's...

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2008

Tue., May 27, 2008, 9:52 p.m.

Twilight on the Trail...

Good evening, Netizens...All good things must eventually end, and today has been a good day in my view of life. In my few moments of quiet introspection before I climb off my virtual horse and head for the barn for the night, a vague piece...

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Tue., May 27, 2008, 5:36 a.m.

Wild Card Monday May 27, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...As this morning's gentle ambiance wafts over the city, scattering the debris in the gutters downtown, I wanted to remember the purpose of Memorial Day past, before anyone tells me about their wild camping trips or vacations on the clamshell. In this picture,...

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SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2008

Sun., May 25, 2008, 1:50 p.m.

Wild Card Sunday, May 25, 2008

Good afternoon, Netizens...I admit my heart is heavy today, knowing that Utah Phillips is no longer aboard this train keeping us on our collective toes. There are some in our society who proudly proclaim themselves to be either musicians and/or folk singers, but few, I...

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008

Fri., May 23, 2008, 2:04 p.m.

Obama adopted into the Crow Nation

Good afternoon, Netizens...Thank you to our favorite Chef and Friend, John Olsen for sending this important message regarding Barack Obama: On May 19, Obama was adopted into the Crow Nation. (See article here I checked the web and at the Crow's official website, found the...

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Fri., May 23, 2008, 5:52 a.m.

Weld County Colorado tornado...

This is a view of the F4-F5 tornado that hit near Greeley, Colorado in Weld Countyr yesterday. It is unusual in several different ways, namely it is a "wedge" tornado partially hidden by a rain wall to the left, and not the typical Colorado Front...

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008

Thu., May 22, 2008, 7:15 a.m.

Wild Card Hump Day, Thursday May 22, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...In today's picture, Czech artist Harald Eichhorn finishes building a sculpture of the Simpsons' television set at the village of Pera in southern Portugal's Algarve coast. The sculpture is part of a series depicting Hollywood films and characters created by more than 60...

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Wed., May 21, 2008, 10:17 a.m.

Thoughts on Memorial Day

Memorial Weekend. There is a cartoon by Joe Heller [See Huckleberries] showing a guy filling his gas tank next to a cemetery and he says "I'm not going to complain about the high cost of anything this weekend.:" Pan to the right and the cemetery...

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TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008

Tue., May 20, 2008, 2:30 p.m.

And now, Your Wild Card for Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Good afternoon, Netizens...It's been a busy day here in the Virtual Ballroom, while outside the garden gnomes are bouncing with unrestrained glee at the rain falling gently among the flowers. Meanwhile at the Virtual Espresso bar, some of the more tenacious espresso aficionados are getting...

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Tue., May 20, 2008, 2:04 p.m.

For some, it was too late...

Good morning, Netizens...A previous discussion of the plight of persons of Japanese ancestry earlier today brought back some old memories, some of which were only partially recalled, were it not for the power of the Internet. During my travels as a truck driver, I used...

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Tue., May 20, 2008, 4:42 a.m.

When is it too late?

Good morning, Netizens...In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered approximately 120,000 Japanese interred in concentration camps, including 450 former students at the University of Washington. Sunday a ceremony took place at the University of Washington that awarded honorary degrees to honor those students who were forced...

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MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008

Mon., May 19, 2008, 6:40 a.m.

Happy Birthday to You!!!

Good morning, Netizens...I'll quote the SR's Jim Kershner here:The Spokesman-Review celebrates its 125th birthday today. In all that time, it has never missed an issue.Not during the Great Fire of 1889, when it printed a full map of the devastation. Not after the eruption of...

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SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2008

Sun., May 18, 2008, 6:29 a.m.

Wild Card Sunday May 18, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...This picture, shot late yesterday, serves to illustrate the warnings posted in today's paper about people riding their personal watercraft down the river when it is in flood stage. Don't do it! It's stupid!During our travels yesterday, we first saw this stump moving...

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SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2008

Sat., May 17, 2008, 7:19 p.m.

Various other flooded places...

Good evening, everyone...We tried to drive to the historical town of Burke, and as of 4:00 PM this afternoon, the road we chose was already closed due to flooding. I'm almost certain there was another road into Burke, but it was getting late, and the...

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Sat., May 17, 2008, 6:56 p.m.

Road and private campground...

Good evening, everyone...This was shot approximately 6 miles north of Enaville, on the river side of the road. There used to be a road and a private campground here, but alas, no longer. According to the Idaho Department of Transportation person guarding the entry to...

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Sat., May 17, 2008, 6:52 a.m.

Wild Card for Saturday May 17, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...All this discussion about Tom Robbins' penchant for writing about the 70's, in particular “Another Roadside Attraction”, suddenly thrust one of my favorite characters back into my heart. Sissy Hankshaw and her marvelously-develop thumbs spoke to me in ways that are too graphic...

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Sat., May 17, 2008, 5:45 a.m.

Musings on a Saturday morning...

Good morning, Netizens...Musings...The question has haunted me since I first began this Blog several months ago. What will I do on days when there is nothing of substance in the news? What do you do in the Virtual Ballroom when all the ghosts are silent,...

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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2008

Thu., May 15, 2008, 4:25 p.m.

Gay marriage ban overturned in California

Good afternoon, Netizens...Today the California Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage today in a ruling that would allow same-sex couples in the nation’s biggest state to tie the knot. I know, we don't live there, right? Would most people consider me a...

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Wed., May 14, 2008, 9:51 p.m.

Interesting Housing starts...

Good evening, Netizens...I just read where a group in Detroit are going to use empty shipping containers to build a 17-unit condominium project. The price? $1.8 million dollars. According to the Detroit Free Press, they are going to stack empty shipping containers four high, install...

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008

Tue., May 13, 2008, 6:25 a.m.

Famous last words...

Good morning, Netizens...(Taken from the Fortunes, a massive collection of infamous quotes which resides on most civil Unix boxes) (1) Don't unplug it, it will just take a moment to fix.(2) Let's take the shortcut, he can't see us from there.(3) What happens if you...

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Tue., May 13, 2008, 5:33 a.m.

Disasters, could they happen here?

Good morning, Netizens...(Picture attribution: (AP Photo/Color China Photo) It is hardly “breaking news” this morning because practically every news source in the United States is suffering an overload of disasters, from the record-breaking earthquake in China, to the volcano that is still erupting in Chile...

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