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THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2008

Picture of the Day July 17, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...In this morning's picture of the day, courtesy of Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / July 15, 2008, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke prepares to testify before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington. Bernanke said risks to both…

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2008

Early morning Reverie -- July 16, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...As I slip quietly through the Virtual Garden just before dawn, all the Garden Gnomes are still sleeping in their covert caverns scattered here and there throughout the garden, and the morning mist is just beginning to lift. It is so silent at…

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TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2008

Question: When is it OVER?

Good evening, Netizens...Here's one for you to consider. Susan Atkins, a follower of Charles Manson who stabbed pregnant actress Sharon Tate to death nearly 40 years ago but is dying of brain cancer in a California prison was denied compassionate release Tuesday. The California Board…

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Alternative Quote of the Day...

Good evening, Netizens..." "We're going through a tough time, but our economy is growing, consumers are spending, exports continue increasing and American productivity remains strong," President George Bush told a news conference this afternoon.Oh?Where the hell is HE living these days?

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Canada to deport U.S. Deserter

Good morning, Netizens...According to the Globe and Mail U.S. army deserter Robin Long is slated to be deported back to his army base in Fort Knox, Ky., Tuesday, which would make him the first resister to the U.S. war effort in Iraq to be sent…

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MONDAY, JULY 14, 2008

This Bud's for you...well, maybe not.

Good morning, Netizens...Now when I was a drinking man, I suppose I probably do my part to defray the costs of the Anheuser-Busch Corporation, as I put away a lot of Budweiser Beer back then. Perhaps that is why, in reading the news of the…

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Picture of the Day July 14, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...Participants enjoy mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong City, South Korea. The annual mud festival, now in its 11th year, features mud wrestling, mud sliding and a mud king contest. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) (July 12, 2008)Oh,…

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SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2008

A hiatus for an afternoon...

Good afternoon, Netizens...Off we go, for the first time in several weeks, with friends Garry and Terresa-Monroe Hamilton to an undisclosed location for a relaxing afternoon and some lunch in the wilds of Idaho. I've had my deep slumber nap, the afternoon awaits me like…

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SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2008

Amazing Pete Seeger department...

Good afternoon, Netizens...Just when you would think that aging Pete Seeger has all but disappeared from the world of music, he goes and does something that is like... well, like something Pete Seeger would do.In Brattleboro, Vermont, Seeger will headline a Sept. 13 New England…

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FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008

Pre-Gathering Reverie July 11, 2008

Good afternoon, Netizens...(Sung to the tune of “When the Moon Shines Over the Cow Shed” AKA K-K-Katie...It's another Friday, a wonderful Friday, It's the bestest kind of day I'll ever have.Because my work's done, yes all my work's doneAnd now I have time to meet…

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Defensible living...

Good morning, Netizens...If you are among the very lucky this morning, you awoke when your alarm clock went off, and groaning to yourself at the thought of another Day in the World, you went about the business of making yourself presentable for contemporary society. On…

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THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2008


Wild Card Thursday July 10, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...It is a curious daybreak this morning, outside the Virtual Ballroom in the Garden, not too hot for the sweet corn, simply delectable for the baby strawberries and the flowers that line the path leading from the street to the Virtual Ballroom are…

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2008

The sky is falling! The Internet is broken!

Good afternoon, Netizens...BULLETIN: The Internet is broken. I got you with that one, didn't I? Actually what has happened is that CERT, which is part of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,…

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TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2008

Today's Picture...July 8, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...In this morning's picture, former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, right, flashes peace signs with his wife Barbara Bach, left, during his 68th birthday celebration outside the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, Monday. (July 07, 2008) Associated PressI have historical images of the Peace…

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Quote of the Day July 8, 2008

I admit it's tempting to wish for the perfect boss, or the perfect parent, or the perfect outfit, but maybe the best any of us can do is not quit. Play the hand we've been given and accessorize the outfit we've got. Allan Heinberg, Sex…

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MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008

Love Boat on the Rocks...

Good morning, Netizens...This story was a little too late for tomorrow morning. In this photo provided by the National Park Service, the cruise ship, the Spirit of Glacier Bay, is shown Monday, after it ran aground in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska.…

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Picture of the Day...July 7, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...In this morning's picture, we have one of a collective group of individuals around the globe called model aircraft aficionados, better known as model aircraft nuts. The other day we were talking about dangerous or exotic hobbies, such as riding a lawn chair…

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SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2008

Picture of the day... July 6, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...In this morning's picture, cheese carver Troy Landwehr displayed his patriotic cheese sculpture in Times Square Friday. The sculpture was created from a 2,000 lb block of cheddar cheese and depicts the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Photo: Bess Greenberg/The New York…

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SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2008

Smile, you're on candid camera...

Good morning, Netizens...Smile, you're on candid camera! The Spokane Police Department recently installed several surveillance cameras similar to the one in this picture, purportedly to monitor the activities of people in Riverfront Park over the Fourth of July celebration. It is not entirely clear from…

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