One of the last things I thought I'd find in the middle of a field in central North Dakota is a big pyramid of bowling balls. Some look like they've been painted black with what looks like stove paint (regular flat black turns gray) but maybe they're just aged. Some are left with their original color(s). This stack of bowling balls was next to a brush pile in a field well east of Bismarck.
I'd love to hear the story behind this one.
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As I ventured around the periphery of Bismarck-Mandan via obscure gravel roads Saturday morning, I noticed a lot of fog in low-lying areas. I noticed this old abandoned farm house poking through the fog in one area and grabbed this quick photo of it. It was a long way from the road, so in compliance with my "not without permission" policy, I simply took the best photo I could put together from the road.
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This was only one of my photographic rewards for getting up at 5am and venturing out with my gear. One benefit of the approaching change of seasons is that the sunrises get later and the sunsets get earlier. That's a blessing at first, but then things tend to swing the other direction. Regardless, it's all a blessing.
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In taking a firm stand not to put Sarah Palin on her show, Oprah just threw the "two" in "the ol' one-two" punch to her credibility:
Punch One: Oprah declined to have Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on her show. Not the first black Supreme Court Justice in our nation's history, but a qualified man who rose from impoverished roots. He's a conservative. A Republican appointee. Oprah decided she was a liberal before a black person.
Punch Two: Oprah declined to have VP candidate Sarah Palin on her show. Not the first female VP candidate, mind you, but by far the most popular...a regular superstar, if you will. She's a conservative. A Republican candidate. Oprah decided she was a liberal before a woman.
For a bunch that needs to "group-ify" everybody into factions in order to appropriately pander to, and make victims of, everyone they see...Oprah has just shown that her allegiance belongs to neither of the two most prominent demographics to which she belongs: black Americans and women.
Oh, there IS one group that which Oprah belongs to which she's not afraid to put on her show: liberal millionaires. The list of them appearing on her show is quite long, and includes such prominent members as Barack Obama. So much for "the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates" eh?
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Hat tip to my buddy Jerry for this one. For the record, there was no KFYR satellite hookup when this was taped, and even in 2003 when I left the station. Elvis, however...well, of course he's here! After all, Elvis is Everywhere!
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