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Debra Bowen's thrown her hat into the ring for CA-36's Congressional seat:

I have some exciting news and I wanted to share it directly with you: I’ve decided to run for Congress in the 36th District!
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Early last August I was sitting at a panel at YearlyKos when I felt the buzz of my phone against my hip.   I flipped it open and looked at the Caller ID; it was a dear friend who knew where I was.  "Huh," I thought, "Something must be wrong.  She wouldn't call now if it weren't an emergency."  So I slipped quietly out of the panel to the hallway overlooking Lake Michigan and took the call.

"Glori, " she asked, "I just heard.  Are you OK?"  

And thus my life changed.  

More after the flip.

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Sat May 19, 2007 at 07:05 PM PDT

Top Comments of the Day / 05.19.07

by gloriana

We have so many insightful and powerful diaries written here at Daily Kos.  Our diaries inform, inflame, impassion, and even entertain.  We Kossacks have strong voices and an even stronger will to be the change we wish to see in this country.

One of the richest, and perhaps most under-appreciated, areas of thought come in the form of comments attached to these diaries.

Here at Top Comments we strive to recognize and promote the talent of this community by highlighting outstanding comments found throughout the day by the diarist, and through nominations at made at topcomments at gmail dot com by your fellow Kossacks.  

These nominations are subjective, and certainly not complete (as no one can read the complete site on a daily basis!). But hopefully they will serve to shine a light where deserved, and to give the reader a good starting point in finding conversation on the site.

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We have so many insightful and powerful diaries written here at Daily Kos.  Our diaries inform, inflame, impassion, and even entertain.  We Kossacks have strong voices and an even stronger will to be the change we wish to see in this country.

One of the richest, and perhaps most under-appreciated, areas of thought come in the form of comments attached to these diaries.

Here at Top Comments we strive to recognize and promote the talent of this community by highlighting outstanding comments found throughout the day by the diarist, and through nominations at made at topcomments at gmail dot com by your fellow Kossacks.  

These nominations are subjective, and certainly not complete (as no one can read the complete site on a daily basis!). But hopefully they will serve to shine a light where deserved, and to give the reader a good starting point in finding conversation on the site.

Please come in and make yourself at home!   Join us beneath the fold...

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Sat Apr 07, 2007 at 07:03 PM PDT

Top Comments 04.07.07 / Grace

by gloriana

We have so many insightful and powerful diaries written here at Daily Kos.  Our diaries inform, inflame, impassion, and even entertain.  We Kossacks have strong voices and an even stronger will to be the change we wish to see in this country.

One of the richest, and perhaps most under-appreciated, areas of thought come in the form of comments attached to these diaries.

Here at Top Comments we strive to recognize and promote the talent of this community by highlighting outstanding comments found throughout the day by the diarist, and through nominations at made at topcomments at gmail dot com by your fellow Kossacks.  

These nominations are subjective, and certainly not complete (as no one can read the complete site on a daily basis!). But hopefully they will serve to shine a light where deserved, and to give the reader a good starting point in finding conversation on the site.

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Sun Mar 25, 2007 at 07:01 PM PDT

Top Comments of the Day 03-25-2007

by gloriana

We have so many insightful and powerful diaries written here at Daily Kos.  Our diaries inform, inflame, impassion, and even entertain.  We Kossacks have strong voices and an even stronger will to be the change we wish to see in this country.

One of the richest, and perhaps most under-appreciated, areas of thought come in the form of comments attached to these diaries.

Here at Top Comments we strive to recognize and promote the talent of this community by highlighting outstanding comments found throughout the day by the diarist, and through nominations at made at topcomments at gmail dot com by your fellow Kossacks.  

These nominations are subjective, and certainly not complete (as no one can read the complete site on a daily basis!). But hopefully they will serve to shine a light where deserved, and to give the reader a good starting point in finding conversation on the site.

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I was catching up on my podcasts coming home from the farmer's market today and came across an episode of This American Life from a few weeks back.  

I don't know if you listen to or are familiar with the format of the show, but it's basically this:  the producers select a theme and stories are found to show different aspects of it.  Sometimes uniquely American, sometimes universal.

This one's theme was "Kid Logic".  From the show's website, it's described this way:

Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.

Here's the precis of the show's prologue:

Ira talks with Rebecca, who, using perfectly valid evidence, arrived at the perfectly incorrect conclusion that her neighbor, Ronnie Loeberfeld, was the tooth fairy.

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Tonight eyes turn skyward to see that marvel of natural phenomenon: a total lunar eclipse.  I did a little poking around the tubes today and came across this passage regarding Lunar eclipses in history:

A more modern turn of history hinged on a lunar eclipse that auspiciously occurred not only in the leap year of 1504, but on February 29th of that year.

That February found the famous explorer Christopher Columbus on the small island of Jamaica, where he had been marooned for several months. Though the island natives had originally brought food and provisions to Columbus while he awaited rescue, the arrogant and overbearing Columbus had alienated the natives to the point that they ceased to provide food to Columbus and his crew.

Facing starvation, the resourceful Columbus came up with a desperate ploy: Consulting a shipboard almanac and finding that a lunar eclipse was due, he called together the native chiefs and announced to them that God would punish them if they did not supply his crew with food. And as an omen of Gods intent to punish them, there would be a sign in the sky: God would darken the Moon.

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I've just come back from a great meetup in San Diego -- TC's very own Ambrosius came into town for family stuff, and so busy-bee organizer OrangeClouds115 spirited him (and us!) away for an evening of lovely gossip and Bush-bashing.

oculus, asimbagirl, San Diego Dem, Ambrosius, (another lady and I've forgotten her dKos name!  ACK!), and your humble diarist met up at Terra for dinner.  I told OC to ignore what was ordered at the other side of the table and had one of the best steaks I've ever eaten.  Big words from a Wisconsin Girl!

virgomusic and her fiance joined us later at the aptly-named Extraordinary Desserts.  This is a tiny storefront that just does desserts, coffee, and tea.  I'm sure OrangeClouds will describe the reaction Ambrosius and I had when we finally 'rounded the corner and saw the dessert case in comments -- "shock and awe" would aptly describe it, but she tells it better.  White chocolate caramel macadamia nut cheesecake, a sinful fruit cobbler, a chocolate cake of death, and chocolate mousse eventually made it to the table and consumed with gusto and happy groans.

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T'is the holiday season!  And we all know what that means: it's time for mass commercialism and seasonal guilt to come crashing to the fore in the guise of getting a present for everyone you have more than 10 minutes of contact with during the day.  As a confirmed workaholic, for me this comes in the form of the dreaded office gift exchange, wherein people who pretend to like each other buy meaningless gifts for those whose asses they most need to kiss during the rest of the year.  

And in its wake:  completely unneeded gifties.  

More seasonal bitchiness over the fold.

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Sat Dec 02, 2006 at 07:21 PM PST

Top Comments of the Day / Bliss

by gloriana

In last Thursday's Top Comments I made reference to something I wanted to expand on this evening.  

I have a saying: it's all about the books and art supplies.

As in:

I have a job so I can buy books and art supplies.

I have an apartment so I have a place to store my books and art supplies.

I have a car so I can transport my books and art supplies home.

It's all about following my bliss.  Make the jump with me.

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I'm spending Thanksgiving Day alone.

Before anyone starts feeling sorry for me: please don't.  Really.  It's my choice.  I usually go to my best friend's house.  She separated from her husband this year, and is in the middle of gutting her kitchen besides, so she made other plans.  And I had other offers but turned them down.  It wasn't the extra guest syndrome -- although being the "unknown friend" at a large family gathering drives me a little nuts -- but today I needed to be alone.

Today I'm spending time reflecting.

I forget this frequently, but I do have a great deal to be thankful for.

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