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SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2008

Wild Card Saturday May 3, 2008

Good morning Netizens...Are you feeling globally warmed this morning? This is the first day of many, we hope, where the night time temperature stayed above freezing, and the garden gnomes did not have that expensive infernal electric heater running all night, huddling together out by…

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FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008

End of a Long Day...

Good evening, Netizens...As softly as the sound of the door to the Virtual Ballroom at Community Comment softly closing to ward off the evening chill, we held a semi-Gathering this afternoon, consisting of a few friends and I, and it was wonderful. There will be…

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Wild Card for Friday May 2, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...First a word from two of my personal heroes of old, Bill Steele and Pete Seeger:Some say you are really old if you can remember either of these two. Garbage (garbage, garbage, garbage) Garbage!We're filling up the sea with garbage (garbage. . .)…

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Liberation Theology in America....

Good morning, Netizens...The following is a document authored by the Reverend Howard Bess, a retired Baptist minister, that reviews some of the misconceptions we may have about African-American Theology, and has been used with permission of its author.It is, at the very least, very thought-provoking…

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THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2008

A Bit of Self-Analysis...

Good evening, Netizens...After a hectic day and a restful evening with the Prom Queen watching a bit of television, I am finally once more in the Great Chair and as a late friend, John Kitkoski, was once fond of stating, I should be about the…

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JeanieofSpokane turns 29...

Good morning, everyone...In addition to the loss of her step-mother yesterday, Jeanie announced to me this morning yesterday was her birthday, so everyone send her a virtual birthday card on her 29th birthday, if you please. Do you see what you can do in the…

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Hump Day Wild Card April 30, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...My God, when I first saw this picture last night in the Associated Press I simply knew I could not resist. Normally each morning, I spend an inordinate amount of time going through the various news agencies looking for a story (and a…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008

Presumed innocent?

Good evening, Netizens...I'm going to tiptoe into perhaps what might be considered dangerous territory this evening. I have been closely following the case involving Todd Chism, a Spokane EMT who once stood accused of purchasing and possessing child pornography. On January 29th, 2008, the Washington…

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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2008

Monday Rush Hour. Monday April 28, 2008

Good afternoon Netizens...It's a quiet Monday afternoon, for a change; nothing broken causing me to work, and thus I have been reading in the ballroom for most of the afternoon. Thanks to my friend Michael who supplies Community Comment with its virtual beans that defy,…

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SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2008

4.7 Earthquake Damages Reno, Nevada

Good evening, Netizens...I am just now hearing of a 4.7 earthquake that hit Reno, Nevada last night at 11:40 PM, damaging houses near the epicenter, tossing things off store shelves, and severely damaging a wastewater flume. What makes this quake so interesting to seismologists is…

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Red Hats and Purple Dresses...

Good morning, Netizens...Who are the women all dressed in purple and wearing those outrageous red hats? Why, it is the fifth annual Red Hat Society luncheon held in Whitesboro, N.Y. yesterday. (Picture courtesy of AP) In the above picture, Marcia Osvoldik laughs with fellow Red…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2008

The Day of Silence observation...

Good morning, Netizens...Most teenagers I have witnessed are a bunch of chatterboxes, constantly talking about their hectic social lives, the latest trends or the unfortunate minority discussing continuing education once they survive High School. Teens these days typically have lots to say, although sometimes it…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2008

Reverend Dr. Wright to right a wrong?

Good morning, Netizens...The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, will discuss the role of faith in the public square in a presentation entitled, The African American Religious Experience; Theology & Practice, at a National…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2008

True Friendship

Friendship is such a powerful thing. Do you ever think about it? Do you think about who your best friend is? Do you have one main special friend or several?

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Earth Day April 22, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...Today is Earth Day. That statement by itself in society's highly polarized area of social commentary may either bring out the folks from Greenpeace or merit, at most, a polite yawn from others, but either way, most folks will have an opinion about…

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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008

Our Police Our Selves -2

Good morning, everyone...I am going to open this version of “Our Police Our Selves” by citing a excerpt from a book:On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs(From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman) "Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age.…

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April 21, 2008

Good morning, everyone...For most of my life I have always had a dog of one kind or another. For many years, I favored Shar Pei (AKA wrinkle) dogs, and then I discovered the marvelous character of Akitas and until I moved to the city, I…

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SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2008

What do we do with Duncan?

Good morning, Netizens...Joseph Edward Duncan III has already pleaded guilty to various violent crimes, including kidnapping Dylan and Shasta Groene, molesting them both and killing Dylan in a remote Montana campground. He has left a vile trail of innocent victims behind him, and now has…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2008

What is journalism revisited...

Good morning, everyone...I'm putting on my thinking cap this morning.Gary Graham asks in his News Diary Blog, “What is Journalism”? I have found, over the years, that in any discussion of journalism, you are likely to receive nearly as many answers as you have journalists,…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2008

Still there...

Good afternoon, Netizens...Thanks to ya'll we're still hovering there, at #9 in the Top Ten Blogs at the Spokesman-Review based on page hits. Ya'll keep talking while I take a quick powder here and go buy some pills. Be back soon.--Dave

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Where do YOU draw the line?

Good morning, Netizens...Okay, this question has been asked before, and I'm certain it will be asked again, but how do you define the right to privacy?Case in point:WASHINGTON - The government plans to begin collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested by a federal law enforcement…

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Wild Card for Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...Come in, come in, have a seat at the Community Comment virtual coffee shop. This morning in our virtual menu we have homemade flapjacks, homemade sausages, eggs from ecstatically-happy hens, pan-fried potatoes and sweet muffins for all. Oh, yes, and even the robin…

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