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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009

Picture Rocky Mountain News  (The Spokesman-Review)

Another one bites the dust... 

Good afternoon Netizens…The picture of the newsroom doesn’t really do it justice, but Friday will be the last day the Rocky Mountain News newspaper prints, as it is closing its doors. Rich Boehne, chief executive officer of Scripps, broke the news to the Rocky staff…

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(AP Photo/Brian Lawdermilk) (February 25, 2009) (The Spokesman-Review)

Is that all there is? 

Good morning, Netizens...This AP picture of the post-Mardi Gras Bourbon Street pretty much summarizes the day in my opinion, and what a party it was! According to the numbers crunchers, they had more people attend this year's Mardi Gras than since before Hurricane Katrina pushed…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009


David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,Seattle Post-Intelligencer (The Spokesman-Review)

One way to fix the economy...

Good morning, Netizens... As David Horsey's political cartoon opines this morning, we have some alternatives when it comes to our national economy falling into the toilet tank. Despite the fact that the sale of alcoholic beverages dropped recently, fear not O gentle spirits! For you…

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Photo credit: Pablo Matrinez Monsivais / AP
Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talk behind President Barack Obama during his speech Tuesday. (The Spokesman-Review)

Obama before the nation 02/24/2009 35 

Good morning, Netizens... Did you watch Obama's entire speech last night? If you did not, you can read his speech in its entirety at http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/feb/24/text-president-barack-obamas-address/ I made it a point, despite being overwhelmed all week long with toxic levels of overwork and stress, to sit…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2009

A carnival float showing a flying President Obama followed by a flying Europe is seen during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday. Street spectacles in the carnival strongholds of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne are watched by hundreds of thousands of revelers, marking the highlights in Germany's carnival season. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) (February 23, 2009) (The Spokesman-Review)

Obama in world view?

Good morning, Netizens...A carnival float showing a flying President Obama followed by a flying Europe is seen during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday. Street spectacles in the carnival strongholds of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne are watched by hundreds of thousands of…

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David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,Seattle Post-Intelligencer (The Spokesman-Review)

A Wall Street Oscar...

Good morning, Netizens... I'm late, I'm late for a very important date I'm late I'm late I'm late Somehow my real life personage keeps interfering with my Virtual Ballroom, and this morning I was late in posting this excellent David Horsey Cartoon. It should be…

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

Mary Verner, Mayor of Spokane AKA Queen Mary (The Spokesman-Review)

Mayor Verner, Rap Star 19 

Good morning, Netizens... You'd better set your coffee down, perhaps even brace yourself against the back of the couch on your front porch because this might startle you. Our very own Queen Mary, Mayor of our fair city, the illuminated, uplifted, Tsarista of all that…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 22, 2009

In this photo courtesy of Teddy Meyer/Broadside, Ryan Allen, competing under his drag queen persona of Reann Ballslee, waves to the crowd at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., after being crowned Ms. Mason on Feb. 14, 2009. Allen beat out two women for the homecoming queen title at the 30,000-studen tGeorge Mason University in suburban Washington, D. C (AP Photo/Teddy Meyer/Broadside)  (The Spokesman-Review)

A REAL homecoming queen...

Good morning, Netizens...In our picture of the day, we see the real-life personification of a homecoming queen--that is a drag queen. In this photo, Ryan Allen, competing under his drag queen persona of Reann Ballslee, waves to the crowd at the Patriot Center in Fairfax,…

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In this March 19, 1994 file photo, Socks the cat peers over the podium in the White House briefing room in Washington. Socks, the White House cat during the Clinton administration, has died. He was about 18. Socks had lived with Bill Clinton's secretary, Betty Currie, in Hollywood, Md., since the Clintons left the White House in early 2001. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File) (The Spokesman-Review)

Rest in Peace, Socks... 

Good morning, Netizens... I suppose although it has been mentioned earlier in the week that Socks the cat, once the White House cat during the Clinton administration, has died. According to several sources, after Clintons left the White House, Socks lived with Bill Clinton's secretary,…

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The arrival of the robins... 

Good morning, Netizens... Last week, the Virtual Ballroom was resounding with the huzzahs and exclamations as various residents crowded around the front window watching the arrival of a group of robins for what we believe is the first time since last fall. How do you…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 2009

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,Seattle Post-Intelligencer (The Spokesman-Review)

Is the Inauguration already over?  

Good morning, Netizens... My goodness, according to David Horsey's cartoon this morning, they haven't finished cleaning up the mess from the Obama Inauguration yet and now some members of our Congress are already warming up their election campaigns? Wait a minute! They haven't even torn…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

Thank God it's Friday! 

Good morning, Netizens! Thank Gawd It's Friday! ( The highly-ceremonial and somewhat questionable pompom Virtual Ballroom cheerleaders are out in full force this morning, despite the fact that GM's Saab unit has filed for bankruptcy protection here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090220/ap_on_bi_ge/eu_sweden_saab and the Gonzaga Bulldogs which clinched at…

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Non-Traditional Woman--Aunt Berl... 21 

Good evening, Netizens... Revisiting the message thread “Changing the Image” After reading some of the many different opinions expressed in the message thread “Changing the Image”, and quickly realizing that some of our conversations had delicately slid into gender-based issues, followed shortly by a robust…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

Friends of David Elton... 

Good evening, Netizens...I received this information from David Elton's wife, Belinda, in e-mail, and because perhaps not everyone received this information, I am making it public.If you or anyone you know would like to write to David Elton during his stay in the Spokane County…

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David Horsey, davidhorsey.com,Seattle Post-Intelligencer (The Spokesman-Review)

James Dean meets Schwarzennger...

Good evening, Netizens...David Horsey seems a bit obtuse in this morning's cartoon.Most opinions of the current debacle unfolding in California are that Governor Schwarzenegger took the path of least resistence to try and save his state economy. It is either take the Stimulus Package and…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

Logo of Gonzaga University (The Spokesman-Review)

Jesuits file for bankruptcy protection 

Good morning, Netizens... [Portions from KREM-2, The Portland Oregonian and the AP wire] PORTLAND, Ore. - The Catholic order that founded Gonzaga University and helps run the school has declared bankruptcy because of the potential for huge amounts of priest sex abuse settlements. The Jesuits…

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In this Feb. 14, 2009 file photo, Japan's Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa meets journalists at the end of the G-7 (Group of Seven) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, in Rome. Finance Minister Nakagawa said Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, he will step down because of health problems but will stay on until parliament approves supplementary budget in coming weeks. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) (Gregorio Borgia - AP)  (The Spokesman-Review)

Nakagawa at the G7 Summit...

Good morning, Netizens... The Japanese economy is in the tank, and their representative to the G7 Summit in Rome, Italy should have been in his best form. Instead what world and Japanese leaders got was Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa apparently in his cups before a…

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A Brief History of the Ballroom 

Good morning, Netizens... [The First Arrival] In the beginning, where this Blog first set its calloused feet upon the oft-trodden road of what some call the new journalism, I was fond of writing what were quite long messages, in particular about a called the Virtual…

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