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SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2008

Early Reverie Saturday June 7, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...It is another blustery day outside the Virtual Ballroom this morning, and at this ungodly hour of the morning, shortly before 5:00 AM, there aren't a lot of people mingling at the Virtual Espresso Bar. Our virtual barrista this morning is proudly crowing…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2008

Father Pfleger's termination...

Good morning, Netizens...You do remember Rev. Michael Pfleger, the priest of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, don't you? He is the priest who made what many have stated were insulting comments about Hillary Clinton from the pulpit.Father Pfleger of St. Sabina parish was removed from…

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Early morning reverie and shots at life...

Good morning, Netizens...Dave wanders back in the doorway of the Virtual Ballroom, now eager for a hot Virtual Espresso after an early-morning do-or-die rescue mission for a client, and after answering a few messages, I sidle down by where our barrista, Juan Gomez, is peering…

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Wild Card Friday June 6, 2008

If giant pandas could talk:Ahhh, that's it, a little to the right if you please.Have you got an itchy spot you can't reach? Curl up in our Virtual Ballroom and Espresso Bar and let us scratch it for you. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images) (June…

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THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2008

Incredibly Wild Card for Thursday, June 5, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...Hoo boy! In our picture of the day, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., pats Carson Duncan, 6, on the head after upon arrival in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/LM Otero)(June 04, 2008)Do you think the news media could possibly taken an…

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A Quote a Day...

Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach's 'St. Matthew's Passion' on a ukulele.Bagdikian's Observation

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2008

Wild Card and Reverie 06/04/2008

Good morning, Netizens...This morning's AP picture is another in the series of sand sculptures that I have found, in this case a sculpting contest held in Russia. I admit a perverse fascination with sand sculptors, as I truly believe this to be an incredible art…

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A Quote a Day...

[Feminism is] a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. Reverend Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson (1930 - )

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TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2008

It's Obama...

Good afternoon, Netizens...As of late this afternoon East Coast Time, most major news wires have given the race to be the Democratic candidate for President of the United States to Barak Obama, and several, including the AP wire are speaking of a deal that perhaps…

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A Gaffe A Day...

Good morning, Netizens...David Brookbank has summarized a great deal of what happened yesterday. Although his comments were so filled with fascinating, relevant references to various other sources, most of which I read, perhaps what he wrote that most struck me square in the forehead was…

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MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2008


The Things People Do Department...

Good morning, Netizens...In this morning's picture we see participants of the second annual Red Bull Soapbox Derby compete with their rolling hospital bed in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday. (June 01, 2008) The reason I chose this picture was because about twenty-five years ago, while suitably…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2008

Casey King's farewell...

Good morning, Netizens...Just as I try to always make new arrivals feel at home in our Virtual Ballroom, I try to keep everyone informed about changes in the instance that someone notifies me they are leaving. Thus I note, in Casey King's own words this…

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A Brief Examination...

An Examination of Community CommentJune 1, 2008Good morning, Netizens...This morning, like most mornings, I am sitting in the Great Chair overlooking the Virtual Ballroom at 3:00 AM, an hour most people would find more suitable for sleeping than writing. We just passed an anniversary last…

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SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2008

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

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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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

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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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

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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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

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

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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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

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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