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#110857 - 05/11/09 03:05 AM Roundtable for Monday, May 11, 2009
Greger Offline

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Good Morning and Welcome
to the
Monday, April 11, 2009
edition of The ReaderRant
Round Table


Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park

On this Day
In History

0330 - Constantinople, previously the town of Byzantium, was founded.

1647 - Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor.

1689 - French and English naval battle takes place at Bantry Bay.

1745 - French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army at Fontenoy.

1792 - The Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray.

1812 - British prime Minster Spencer Perceval was shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.

1816 - The American Bible Society was formed in New York City.

1857 - Indian mutineers seized Delhi from the British.

1858 - Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.

1889 - Major Joseph Washington Wham takes charge of $28,000 in gold and silver to pay troops at various points in the Arizona Territory. The money was stolen in a train robbery.

1894 - Workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Illinois went on strike.


In 1867, at the age of 36, George M. Pullman established the Chicago-based Pullman Palace Car Company bolstered by the attention gained from his luxurious passenger cars seen on Abraham Lincoln's funeral train in May 1865. Pullman included such luxuries as freshly prepared gourmet meals in Pullman-operated dining cars, chandeliers, electric lighting, table lamps with silk shades, leather seating, and advanced heating and air conditioning systems. Gracious Pullman porters were available to cater to the passenger's every need. The Pullman Company constructed, owned and operated its vast fleet of sleeping cars until December 31, 1948, at it's peak these heavyweight passenger cars provided accomodations for over 100,000 people each night.

1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was established.

1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

1934 - A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a "Dust Bowl." The storm was one of many.

1947 - The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.

1949 - Siam changed its name to Thailand.

1960 - Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.

1985 - More than 50 people died when a flash fire swept a soccer stadium in Bradford, England.

1995 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.

1996 - An Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades. All 110 people on board were killed.

1997 - Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM's chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beat a world-champion player.

1998 - India conducted its first underground nuclear tests, three of them, in 24 years. The tests were in violation of a global ban on nuclear testing.

1998 - A French mint produced the first coins of Europe's single currency. The coin is known as the euro.

Celebrating
Birthdays on May 11

1888 - Irving Berlin (composer: Alexander's Ragtime Band, Always, Doin’ What Comes Naturally,
Puttin’ on the Ritz, Blue Skies, Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning, Play a Simple Melody,
Easter Parade, There’s No Business Like Show Business, God Bless America; scores for Broadway
shows: Annie Get Your Gun; films: Top Hat, won Oscar for his
composition, White Christmas; Berlin could neither read nor write music. Having no instrumental experience, Berlin relied on collaborations with local musicians although most of his partners were never credited. He later learned the basics of piano playing and, interestingly enough, limited his compositions to the black keys.
In total, Berlin’s career spanned nearly seventy years during which is composed more than one thousand two hundred songs. He was honored with an Academy Award for “White Christmas” and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1968. Berlin led a long life and died at the age of 101 in New York City in 1989.









1904 - Salvadore (Felipe Jacinto) Dalí (y Domenech) (surrealist artist: Accommodations of Desire, The Persistence of Memory, Visage of War; died Jan 23, 1989)










Windmills by Salvador Dali





1911 - Phil Silvers (Philip Silversmith) (Emmy Award-winning comedian: The Phil Silvers Show [Sgt. Bilko: 1955, 1956, 1957]; The Beverly Hillbillies, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; died Nov 1, 1985)









1911 - Doodles (Winstead) Weaver (actor: Road to Nashville, The Errand Boy, The Ladies’ Man, Way He Was; died Jan 17, 1983)

1912 - Foster Brooks (comedian, actor: The Villain, Cracking Up, Oddballs, The New Bill Cosby Show, Mork & Mindy, The Dean Martin Show, The Bobby Vinton Show, The Book of Lists; died Dec 20, 2001)

1920 - Denver Pyle (actor: The Dukes of Hazzard, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Life & Times of Grizzly Adams, Bonnie & Clyde; died Dec 25, 1997)

1927 - Mort Sahl (comedian: Broadway, night club acts, actor: Don’t Make Waves, Doctor You’ve Got to be Kidding)

1930 - Stanley Elkin (author: Boswell, A Bad Man, The Dick Gibson Show, The Franchiser, The Living End, George Mills, Alex & the Gypsy; died May 31, 1995)

1931 - Dick Garcia (guitarist: LPs: A Message from Garcia, Four Most Guitars [w/Jimmy Raney, Chuck Wayne, Joe Puma]; played w/George Shearing Quintet)

1932 - Valentino (Garavani) (fashion designer: dedicated Collection Blanche to Jackie Kennedy [1967]; his ready-to-wear collections have been shown in Paris since 1969; founded Valentino Academy [1990])

1935 - Doug McClure (actor: The Gambler Returns, Omega Syndrome, The Unforgiven, The Virginian, Search, Roots, Out of this World, The Overland Trail, Checkmate, The Barbary Coast; died Feb 5, 1995)


1941 - Eric Burdon (singer: groups: The Animals: When I was Young, Good Times, San Franciscan Nights, Sky Pilot, Ring of Fire, House of the Rising Sun; Eric Burdon and War: Spill the Wine; soundtrack for: Comeback)








1943 - Les (John) Chadwick (musician: bass: group: Gerry & The Pacemakers: How Do You Do It?, I Like It, You’ll Never Walk Alone, I’m the One, Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying)

1943 - Nancy Greene (skier: Olympic Medalist: Gold: giant slalom, Silver, slalom [1968]; Canadian Sports Hall of Famer)

1946 - Robert Jarvik (physician: inventor of the Jarvik 7 artificial heart [implanted into Barney Clark in 1982: kept Clark alive 112 days])

1963 - Natasha Richardson (actress: Widow’s Peak, Nell, Hostages, Past Midnight, The Handmaid’s Tale, Patty Hearst, Gothic, On the Razzle, The Charge of the Light Brigade; daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson, sister of actress Joely Richardson, niece of actress Lynn Redgrave)

The "Ticked Off" Column

Folks, Just remember as you read this, this person probably drives AND votes!
And may have already reproduced?


Tragedy Strikes City!

3D Street Art by Edgar Mueller "Heat on Street"

Obituaries

1960 – John D. Rockefeller, Jr., American philanthropist (b. 1874)

1979 – Lester Flatt, American bluegrass musician (b. 1914)

1981 – Bob Marley, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1945)

2001 – Douglas Adams, English author (b. 1952)

2003 – Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1945)

2006 – Floyd Patterson, American boxer (b. 1935)

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#110899 - 05/11/09 02:45 PM Re: Roundtable for Monday, May 11, 2009 [Re: Greger]
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Thank you whoever closed yesterday's opener.
LOL, THAT was confusing for a minute.

Greger, wow.
You've outdone yourself again!
What stunning images today. Your formatting is always phenomenal too.
I love LOVE Dali!

We went over Glacier National Park on Amtrak. Whoa, we all leaned in to keep the train on the tracks! You couldn't even see land on either side of the extremely tall bridge. What gorgeous scenery.
Thanks for the train photo and facts. I do love train travel.

Yes Rick. It definitely was an old fashioned hen party yesterday. It is fun putting faces to virtual friends. I hope to do more of it in the future.

Hi everybody.
I wanted to make sure this got bumped up.
I'm going to plant more flowers now and then off to the gym. I've missed the last 4 days

Olyve
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#110900 - 05/11/09 02:48 PM Re: Roundtable for Monday, May 11, 2009 [Re: Greger]
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 Originally Posted By: Greger

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oh I wanted to highlight this too!
Come on. We could sure use you.
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#110901 - 05/11/09 02:51 PM Re: Roundtable for Monday, May 11, 2009 [Re: Greger]
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Registered: 08/11/04
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 Quote:
1985 - More than 50 people died when a flash fire swept a soccer stadium in Bradford, England.

1996 - An Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades. All 110 people on board were killed.

Avoid crowds.,
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#110903 - 05/11/09 03:03 PM Re: Roundtable for Monday, May 11, 2009 [Re: Greger]
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 Quote:
1947 - The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.

1995 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely.


COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!

 Quote:
“Start out understanding religion by saying everything is possibly wrong. . . . As soon as you do that, you start sliding down an edge which is hard to recover from. . . .”
- - Richard Feynman

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
- - Seneca the Younger


FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:

a) Dick Cheney.
"Rush is right."

What can anyone add to that?

- - -

b) Joshua Enriquez
He was angry about an ex-girl friend. So, he rammed a car she was in, driving it into a tree. Two people died.
Joshua was just charged with 1st degree murder.
http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/1567600,CST-NWS-crash11.article

- - -

c) IraqNam
A US soldier just shot and killed for of his own, then took his own life.

Say, Mr. Cheney, so how's that IraqNam war working out for us?

- - -

d) Dick Cheney - liar in chief
So, Mr. Cheney has been on the air, claiming that torture works, that we got great information from those he ordered tortured, and that President Obama has made us more unsafe because if we cannot torture

- wait for this logic -

IF we cannot torture someone we captured after a terrorist attack, we could not prevent the attack.

Yup, if we are precluded from catching someone and torturing them, we cannot prevent the action they already committed before we captured them.

Specifically, Cheney claimed that a key CIA document proves his contention that torture works. IN response, the Obama White House announced that it releasing that report and declassifying it. Apparently, it proves Cheney to be a bald faced liar.
 Quote:
White House To Declassify “Holy Grail” Torture Report That Could Undercut Cheney

The White House has decided to declassify and release a classified 2004 CIA report about the torture program that is reported to have found no proof that torture foiled any terror plots on American soil — directly contradicting Cheney’s claims. The paper cites “allies” of the White House as a source.

Dem Congressional staffers tell me this report is the “holy grail,” because it is expected to detail torture in unprecedented detail and to cast doubt on the claim that torture works — and its release will almost certainly trigger howls of protest from conservatives. Tellingly, neither the CIA nor the White House knocked down the story in response to my questions, with spokespeople for both declining comment. Here’s the key nugget from the Post piece:

Government officials familiar with the CIA’s early interrogations say the most powerful evidence of apparent excesses is contained in the “top secret” May 7, 2004, inspector general report, based on more than 100 interviews, a review of the videotapes and 38,000 pages of documents. The full report remains closely held, although White House officials have told political allies that they intend to declassify it for public release when the debate quiets over last month’s release of the Justice Department’s interrogation memos…

Although some useful information was produced, the report concluded that “it is difficult to determine conclusively whether interrogations have provided information critical to interdicting specific imminent attacks,” according to the Justice Department’s declassified summary of it.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x3871257
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#110918 - 05/11/09 06:47 PM Re: Roundtable for Monday, May 11, 2009 [Re: agnostic]
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Loc: alabama
Winning an election doesn't give the Democrats any right to pick on leaders who really know what it takes to keep us safe.
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#110924 - 05/11/09 07:39 PM Re: Roundtable for Monday, May 11, 2009 [Re: olyve]
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I love LOVE Dali!

I do too, and I don't think I've ever seen his "Windmills" painting. I went to the Dali Museum when it was in Cleveland, many of his paintings are HUGE. The museum has since moved down here to Clearwater (near Tampa) but I haven't been to it since it came here.
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#110944 - 05/11/09 10:08 PM Re: Roundtable for Monday, May 11, 2009 [Re: Greger]
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Saw it in clear water, very interesting. What a talent, and even more, what a self promoter. But, still, what a talent. he used oils like . . . Nope, can't think of a cliche that fits.
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#110963 - 05/11/09 10:33 PM Re: Roundtable for Monday, May 11, 2009 [Re: agnostic]
olyve Offline
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oh man. how cool that you've seen the real thing
all I've ever seen are prints
I've never seen the windmills before either
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#110965 - 05/11/09 11:15 PM Re: Roundtable for Monday, May 11, 2009 [Re: olyve]
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The museum was funny when it was in Cleveland. There was an iron staircase on the side of a big factory building, at the top was an unmarked steel door. Inside was the Museum. No signs or anything, either you knew it was there or you didn't. I just assumed the factory owner owned all the paintings, I never learned.
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