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#131456 - 11/05/09 04:40 AM Round Table For Thursday, November 5th, 2009
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The year was 1605. Eleven men, led by one Guy Fawkes, came together to find a way to return England to the Catholic faith. It seems that King James had been sending Jesuits into exile. The conspirators plotted to kill the King and all members of the Parliament by blowing up the Houses of Parliament on November 5. They had amassed 36 barrels of gunpowder and placed the barrels under the Houses of Parliament.

The plot was discovered on November 4th, and the conspirators were arrested, tried and convicted. The following January, Guy Fawkes and seven other surviving members of the group were beheaded. Their heads were then displayed on the spikes of London Bridge.

The following November 5th (1606), the same Parliament Guy Fawkes and his men had attempted to annihilate, established a national day of Thanksgiving. Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night has been celebrated every year since with fireworks and the burning of Guy Fawkes’ effigy. The effigies are referred to as ‘Guys’ and as they are burned, the revelers repeat this verse:

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November
Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot.
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes twas his intent
To blow up the houses of Parliament,
With three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow.

But by God’s providence he was catched,
With darkened lantern and slow burning match.
Holloa boys, Holloa boys, ring bells ring,
Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God saved the King!

Almost four hundred years later, some wonder whether the holiday is in honor of Guy Fawkes’ attempt at removing the government, or in celebration of his execution.






Today In History~

November 5
1733 - The first issue of the New York Weekly Journal was published by printer/journalist John Peter Zenger.

1911 - The first American transcontinental airplane flight was begun. Calbraith P. Rogers flew from Sheepshead Bay, NY to Pasadena, CA. It took Rogers 49 days to make the trip; 24 days were lost due to bad weather and mechanical difficulties. The rest were because he stopped at all the tourist places. Some of us have flown that route, haven’t we?

1929 - McKinney’s Cotton Pickers picked and fiddled their way to the Victor studios to record Plain Dirt. Among those pickin’ and grinnin’ were luminaries such as Fats Waller (on piano), Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins.

1930 - All was quiet in the Fiesta Room at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel this night as the Third Annual Academy Awards were about to be announced. The big winner of the evening, hosted by Conrad Nagel, was All Quiet on the Western Front (Outstanding Production - Universal, and Best Director - Lewis Milestone). The Big House also took two awards: Best Sound Recording - Douglas Shearer/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department and Best Writing - Frances Marion. Only four more awards were presented at the fledgling film industry’s celebration. Best Actor honors went to George Arliss for his performance in Disraeli (a remake of the 1921 silent version, also starring Arliss) and Norma Shearer copped the prize for Best Actress for her role in The Divorcee. Herman Rosse won an award for his Art Direction in King of Jazz and the Best Cinematography award went to Joseph T. Rucker and Willard Van Der Veer for With Byrd at the South Pole. We can now break the silence. Applause! Applause!

1930 - Sinclair Lewis, novelist, playwright, and social critic, won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was the first American to win the prize and went to him “for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters.” Lewis wrote 22 novels and three plays.

1934 - The first broadcast of The Gumps was heard on CBS radio. Wilmer Walter played Andy Gump, Agnes Moorehead was Gump’s wife, Min, and Jackie Kelk was son, Chester. Karo syrup and Pebico toothpaste/tooth powder sponsored.

1942 - America’s ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’, George M. Cohan, died at age 64. Cohan was a legendary songwriter whose spirited and star-spangled tunes lit up Broadway and will be a part of Americana forever.

1946 - John F. Kennedy, age 29, began his political career by getting elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a Congressman from Massachusetts.

1950 - “The greatest stars of our time on one big program” was the introduction by actress Tallulah Bankhead, who opened the 90-minute Big Show on NBC radio. It was a big show all right. The peacock saw red as losses exceeded a million dollars in the three years the program was on the air.

1955 - The Vienna State Opera House in Austria formally reopened, celebrating the end of 17 years of foreign occupation.

1968 - Richard M. Nixon won the U.S. presidential election. He defeated Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and third-party candidate George C. Wallace to become the 37th U.S. President.

1971 - The Los Angeles Lakers began the longest winning streak in the history of pro sports by winning the first of 33 consecutive basketball games.

1977 - A musical fixture for decades -- especially on New Year’s Eve -- died at the age of 75. Guy Lombardo, leader of the Royal Canadians, is fondly remembered for many songs he made famous; but his most popular remains Auld Lang Syne.

1984 - The Supreme Court ruled that the NFL could not block future franchise moves and had exceeded antitrust limits in attempting to stop a move by the Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles.

1986 - Dick Clark registered for an initial public stock offering for his TV production company (DCP). On the registration form, he called his product ‘mind candy’.

1988 - The Beach Boys hit #1 in US with Kokomo. They set two music-chart records with this event. It was the longest span of #1 hits (24 years, 4 months since I Get Around) and the longest gap between #1 hits (21 years, 10 months since Good Vibrations).

1988 - And speaking of music trivia (thanks to Rockdate Diary): The Loco-Motion, by Kylie Minogue hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 this day, the song became the first to reach the top-5 in the U.S. for three different artists (Little Eva in 1962, Grand Funk in 1974).

1994 - George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round in Las Vegas to become the IBF/WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World.

1994 - Murder Was the Case, the soundtrack album from the motion picture of the same name, was the number-one album in the U.S. The album ran 73 minutes. The Snoop Doggy Dogg/Dr. Dre movie which inspired it ran 18 minutes. I’ll have a small popcorn and a teeny-weeny drink please...

1996 - U.S. voters reelected President Bill Clinton but gave the Republican party another majority in both houses of Congress, trimming the margin of that majority in the House of Representatives and increasing it slightly in the Senate.

1999 - U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, in a ‘finding of fact’, declared Microsoft Corporation a monopoly. Jackson wrote, “Microsoft enjoys so much power in the market for Intel-compatible PC operating systems that if it wished to exercise this power solely in terms of price, it could charge a price for Windows substantially above that which could be charged in a competitive market.”

1999 - Movies opening in the U.S.: The Bachelor, starring Chris O’donnell, Renee Zellweger, James Cromwell, Marley Shelton and Artie Lange; The Bone Collector, with Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie and Queen Latifah; and The Insider, starring Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora and Philip Baker Hall.


Music For The Day~





Quote For The Day~

 Quote:
My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.

Orson Welles





Chuckle For The Day~

A little old lady was sitting on a park bench in The Villages, a Florida community.
A man walked over and sits down on the other end of the bench. After a few moments, the woman asks, 'Are you a stranger here?'
He replies, 'I lived here years ago..

''So, where were you all these years?'
'In prison,' he says.
'Why did they put you in prison?'
He looked at her, and very quietly said, 'I killed my wife.'
'Oh!' said the woman. 'So you're single...?!'






Picture For The Day~



Chichinitza, Mexico


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#131463 - 11/05/09 11:16 AM Re: Round Table For Thursday, November 5th, 2009 [Re: Scoutgal]
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Morning, Scout, and all who show up!

Thanks for the photo of the Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza. Back in the mid 80s, my sons and I flew from Miami to Merida, the capitol of Yucatan, rented a car, and drove all over the state to as many ruins as we could find and get access to. It was a marvelous trip which enchanted us all. My son who lives in Mexico now says that trip is why he fell in love with the beautiful country. Lots of people go to the tourist areas of that state -- Cancun and Cozumel -- thinking they are seeing the real Mexico, but they aren't. At the tourist areas, they might as well be at Epcot. In the interior, they are in the completely different country of the Maya, not that of the Aztecs nor the Spanish conquistadors as you see in most of the rest of Mexico.

Also, there is another pyramid inside the pyramid in your picture, built by earlier civilizations! Up a dark, narrow, damp interior tunnel, there is a red jaguar at the top. I've been told that staircase has been closed to the public now, so we are very fortunate to have scaled it.

Have a good Thursday, everyone!

EmmaG
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#131467 - 11/05/09 12:47 PM Re: Round Table For Thursday, November 5th, 2009 [Re: EmmaG]
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And I'll thank you for Mr. Orson Welles - especially the young Orson Welles, to whom I react like some react to "thin Elvis!"
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#131470 - 11/05/09 01:16 PM Re: Round Table For Thursday, November 5th, 2009 [Re: Scoutgal]
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Wow...the Chichinitza pic is great! But it makes me dizzy just looking at it. And, like Mellow, I'm a long-time Orson Welles fan...although for me it's not so much a physical thing as it is a talent thing. I love watching Citizen Kane...especially on a rainy or snowy afternoon...

Thanks, Scout!

Off to work now...see you all later...
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#131473 - 11/05/09 01:34 PM Re: Round Table For Thursday, November 5th, 2009 [Re: Almost Naomi]
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The talent is a huge portion of it. After all, Elvis without a voice would have just looked like an arrogant farmboy. Welles's work is a huge part of what makes him attractive.
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#131474 - 11/05/09 01:37 PM Re: Round Table For Thursday, November 5th, 2009 [Re: Mellowicious]
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conservative? check

empty headed mouth piece? check

adulation from wingnuts? check

sex scandal? check

Hypocrite? check


surprise surprise

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For a while, former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean seemed to be a rising star in the conservative arena. Her bold opposition to same-sex marriage excited many on the right because hearing our position from her pretty lips was like a breath of fresh air.

And Perez Hilton’s childish temper tantrum about it later was just icing on the cake.


Today, CNN is reporting that the abrubt end to the legal battle between Prejean and the Miss USA pageant was “prompted by the revelation of a sex tape’, according to a source familiar with the lawsuits’ settlement.”



of course its all the "LEFTS" fault for digging up such nastiness



Edited by Schlack (11/05/09 01:38 PM)
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#131475 - 11/05/09 02:12 PM Re: Round Table For Thursday, November 5th, 2009 [Re: Schlack]
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 Originally Posted By: Schlack
conservative? check

empty headed mouth piece? check

adulation from wingnuts? check

sex scandal? check

Hypocrite? check


surprise surprise

 Quote:
For a while, former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean seemed to be a rising star in the conservative arena. Her bold opposition to same-sex marriage excited many on the right because hearing our position from her pretty lips was like a breath of fresh air.

And Perez Hilton’s childish temper tantrum about it later was just icing on the cake.


Today, CNN is reporting that the abrubt end to the legal battle between Prejean and the Miss USA pageant was “prompted by the revelation of a sex tape’, according to a source familiar with the lawsuits’ settlement.”



of course its all the "LEFTS" fault for digging up such nastiness



...it's exactly like that Republican cartoon that Scout posted on the RR on Tuesday. \:D
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#131476 - 11/05/09 02:15 PM Re: Round Table For Thursday, November 5th, 2009 [Re: pdx rick]
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I see that Ag is posting over at Capitol Hill Blue and not here at Reader Rant.

Clearly, he escaped from the voluptuous captors.
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#131484 - 11/05/09 03:22 PM Re: Round Table For Thursday, November 5th, 2009 [Re: pdx rick]
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Good morning, I see that I'm already late and I have just begun the day. So I'll look over the other postings -- but my "son" John got a conversation started on FB because of Maine's referendum concerning gay marriage.

I thought the following was interesting enough to carry over to this page.

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S. commented on J's status:

"Like many of you, I find the disenfranchisement of gays and lesbians deeply troubling. I don't think, however, that this is an issue of fear (per se) or ignorance on the part of members of religious communities (Christian, Jewish or Muslim), but rather a function of the presumption of some members of those communities that their faith possesses unique access to a moral life. For many of these religions, marriage is a major signifier for participation in a "moral community" and marriage has become defined in ways unique to specific religions to ensure "management" of access to that moral community. For those who object to same-sex marriage, the problem is that extending marriage rights to gays/lesbians permits same-sex partners to participate in a practice that, by extension, allows them to claim moral equality with people who have historically thought that a moral life was the preserve of their particular faith. In short, allowing gays/lesbians to marry is just one step closer to forcing some people to admit that their religious membership does NOT, in fact, hold unique access to a moral life.

On the historical note, the world in which Christianity, Judaism and Islam developed (and in which they were initially only marginal participants in a vibrantly diverse religious landscape) never had homosexuality, at least not in the sense of a sexual category or label for an exclusivey same-sex practice that was the opposite of a heterosexual practice. Men and women partnered in same-sex unions without stigma and without being placed in a particular sexual category. For example, terms denoting the equivalent of "homosexual" and "herosexual" do not exist in the Latin lexicon. The only term remotely similar is the Greek-derived "cinaedus", which pertains specifically to a male who engages in sex with other men passively, an act that did bear stigma for an elite male (surrendering his body in the manner of a woman). The passage of Leviticus is not concerned so much with sex between men as with the forced submission of an elite male to other men (something typically reserved for male slaves). And, historically, early Christianity was remarkably tolerant of sexuality between men. Early-medieval monastic penitentials assigned heavier penalties to brethren who fornicated with women than those who transgressed with other men. It's not until the 12th century that the Christian church begins to formulate same-sex relationships in terms that we now understand as "homosexuality" (a term coined by a 20th-century German psychologist!). Incidentally, this new definition of sexuality in the 12th-century Christian church coincides with the formation of very strong church-state structures as western Europe began defining itself as "Christendom." All of this coincides with the process by which western Europe geared up for the Crusades, a process that also witnessed the most virulent forms (to date) of anti-semitism."


Edited by Mellowicious (11/16/09 03:41 AM)
Edit Reason: names removed by request
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#131485 - 11/05/09 03:24 PM Re: Round Table For Thursday, November 5th, 2009 [Re: BamaMama]
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Rick, why has Ag abandoned us? Does he think we are too shallow? Get him back, Rick. Bring him back home. :-)

K.
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