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#45554 - 01/02/08 06:50 AM Round Table for Wednesday, January 2, 2008
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On this date in 1895, the M.H. de Young Museum (commonly called The de Young) a fine arts museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park opened its doors.

The museum originally was an outgrowth of the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. The building was originally decorated with cast-concrete ornaments on the façade. The ornaments were removed in 1949 as they began to fall and had become a hazard.

The 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake severely damaged the building. Architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and engineers Arup designed the newly rebuilt structure, which reopened on October 15, 2005. Copper plating, which will change colors through exposure to the elements, surrounds the present building. A 144 ft. (44 m) observation tower allows visitors to see much of Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse (See Below) and rises above the Park's treetops for a new view of the Golden Gate and Marin headlands.

The new M.H. De Young Museum building was completed in October 2005. It stands near the San Andreas fault, where the original De Young had been severely damaged in 1989 by the Loma Prieta earthquake. The terrain and seismic activity posed a problem for the designers Herzog & de Meuron and principal architects Fong & Chan.

To address the problem of the fault, “[the building] can move up to three feet (91 centimeters) due to a unique system of ball-bearing sliding plates and viscous fluid dampers that absorb kinetic energy and convert it to heat."



...other notable events on this day in history include:

1492 - The leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.

1788 - Georgia became the 4th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.



1842 - In Fairmount, PA, the first wire suspension bridge was opened to traffic.

1859 - Erastus Beadle published "The Dime Book of Practical Etiquette."

1872 - Brigham Young, the 71-year-old leader of the Mormon Church, was arrested on a charge of bigamy. He had 25 wives.

1879 - Thomas Edison began construction on his first generator.

1890 - Alice Sanger became the first female White House staffer.

1893 - The first commemorative postage stamps were issued.

1900 - U.S. Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to prompt trade with China.

1900 - The Chicago Canal opened.



1910 - The first junior high school in the United States opened. McKinley School in Berkeley, CA, housed seventh and eighth grade students. In a separate building students were housed who attended grades 9-12. The school was later re-named Martin Luther King Middle School.

1917 - Royal Bank of Canada took over the Quebec Bank.



1921 - The first religious broadcast on radio was heard on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA, as Dr. E.J. Van Etten of Calvary Episcopal Church preached.

1929 - The United States and Canada reached an agreement on joint action to preserve Niagara Falls.

1935 - Bruno Richard Hauptmann went on trial for the kidnap-murder of Charles Lindberghs baby. Hauptmann was found guilt and executed.

1942 - The Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II.

1953 - "The Life of Riley" debuted on NBC-TV.

1955 - Panamanian President Jose Antonio Remon was assassinated.



1957 - The San Francisco and Los Angeles stock exchanges merged as the Pacific Stock Exchange.

1959 - CBS Radio ended four soap operas. "Our Gal Sunday", "This is Nora Drake", "Backstage Wife" and "Road of Life" all aired for the last time.

1960 - U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

1968 - Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant.



1968 - Fidel Castro announced petroleum and sugar rationing in Cuba.

1971 - In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.

1974 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon signed a bill requiring all states to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 MPH. The law was intended to conserve gasoline supplies during an embargo imposed by Arab oil-producing countries. Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.

1983 - The final edition of Garry Trudeau’s comic strip, "Doonesbury", appeared in 726 newspapers. "Doonesbury" began running again in September 1984.

1991 - Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, DC. She was the first black woman to head a city of that size and prominence.

1996 - AT&T announced that it would eliminate 40,000 jobs over three years.



1998 - Russia began circulating new rubles in effort to keep inflation in check and promote confidence.



The Birthday Bunch!!!

1920 - Isaac Asimov
Sci-fi writer: I Robot

1936 - Roger Miller
American songwriter: King of the Road, Invitation to the Blues, You Don’t Want My Love; singer: Dang Me, Chug-a-Lug; 11 Grammys in 1964-65; wrote hit musical: Big River)

1951 - Bill Madlock
American sports figure: Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs [all-star: 1975/NL batting Champ: 1975, 1976], SF Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates [World Series: 1979/all-star: 1981, 1983/NL batting champ: 1981, 1983], LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers)

1952 - Wendy Phillips
American actress: Executive Suite, A Year in the Life, The Robert Guillaume Show, Homefront, Falcon Crest, The Eddie Capra Mysteries, Bugsy, Midnight Run, Death Be Not Proud

1957 - Joanna Pacula
Polish actress: Timemaster, Deep Red, Tombstone, Eyes of the Beholder, Husbands and Lovers, Marked for Death, Sweet Lies, Death Before Dishonor, Gorky Park

1961 - Gabrielle Carteris
American TV actress: Beverly Hills 90210, Raising Cain)

1967 - Tia Carrere (real name: Althea Janairo)
American actress: Relic Hunter, General Hospital, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Wayne’s World, Wayne’s World 2, True Lies, Operation Delta Force III: Clear Target, The Night of the Headless Horseman, Meet Prince Charming)


1968 - Cuba Gooding Jr.
American actor: Pearl Harbor, Jerry Maguire, The Tuskegee Airmen, Outbreak, Losing Isaiah, A Few Good Men, Boyz N the Hood, Coming to America

1983 - Kate Bosworth
American actress: The Horse Whisperer, Young Americans, Remember the Titans, The Newcomers



Thought for the day:
 Quote:
When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package.

— John Ruskin


There are 363 364 days left of 2008 - it's leap year...

Have a good day everybody!!
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#45562 - 01/02/08 11:22 AM Re: Round Table for Wednesday, January 2, 2008 [Re: pdx rick]
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 Quote:
1879 - Thomas Edison began construction on his first generator.

1968 - Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant.


COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!

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“We must never retreat in the face of threats or punishments dispensed by theocratic terrorists more interested in protecting their power and indulging their vanity, than in advancing the human condition.

If, as the true believers claim, the word 'gospel' means good news, then the good news for me is that there is no gospel, other than what I can define for myself, by observation and conscience. As a freethinking human being, I have come not to favor or fear religion, but to face and fight it as an impediment to civilized advancement.”
-- Steve Benson


FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:

a) The POPE
So, rather than an invading US military force, rogue elements of the Taliban, NK troops massed on the SK border, Pakistan & Indian forces at each others' throats in Kashmir, or IDF fighting Hamas, according to the Prada clad german wearing a dress in Rome, the biggest threat to world peace is gay relationships.
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b) PAKISTAN
First she was shot
then she was not,
and she only hit her head.
Regardless of how they did it,
Bhutto remains quite dead.

The Pakistani military, finding even their own followers laughing at their lame excuses and explanations, withdrew their claim that Bhutto died by hitting her head on a lever.
The Reuters, CNN, and BBC news videos showing the gunman shoot repeated at her at close range may have had something to do with it.
Pakistani doctors admitted that they were not permitted to do an autopsy (despite being required by law) and that the military forced them to falsify medical reports.
Pakistani lawyers claims that it is a huge cover-up.
Pakistani opposition is either boycotting the election or apparently leading in the polls.
The elections have been put off while violence continues across the country.

There is one person who thought she could force change over Pakistan, on her terms. Condi Rice. Are you proud of yourself?
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#45564 - 01/02/08 11:43 AM Re: Round Table for Wednesday, January 2, 2008 [Re: agnostic]
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Morning y'all. Today is pay the piper today.
BIG work day.

From yesterday....
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Florida is "an Elite Sandbar".
(from Mama).
What she said, Emma.
I think of Florida (and Texas too) as making their own history. Both are big melting pots of cultures....deliciously so.

As far as the election stuff....sh*t, Georgia had WAY more disenfranchised voters here than Florida. It just didn't matter so much as it did there so no big deal was made.
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#45565 - 01/02/08 12:31 PM Re: Round Table for Wednesday, January 2, 2008 [Re: olyve]
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c c c c c cold today. Even the puppies want in. 1 deg. F. with a 5 mph wind.
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#45566 - 01/02/08 12:39 PM Re: Round Table for Wednesday, January 2, 2008 [Re: agnostic]
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OH, ag, I was about to thank you for your weather report making me feel better -- then I chcked the weather here. Zero (but only a 4mph wind
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#45568 - 01/02/08 01:18 PM Re: Round Table for Wednesday, January 2, 2008 [Re: agnostic]
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 Originally Posted By: agnostic
1 deg. F.

1 deg. F = 1 (alt+0176) F = 1°F
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#45569 - 01/02/08 01:25 PM Re: Round Table for Wednesday, January 2, 2008 [Re: agnostic]
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 Originally Posted By: agnostic
a) The POPE
So, rather than an invading US military force, rogue elements of the Taliban, NK troops massed on the SK border, Pakistan & Indian forces at each others' throats in Kashmir, or IDF fighting Hamas, according to the Prada clad german wearing a dress in Rome, the biggest threat to world peace is gay relationships.
- - -

Dude is a freak
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#45572 - 01/02/08 01:29 PM Re: Round Table for Wednesday, January 2, 2008 [Re: pdx rick]
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It's ok...you can tell us Phil. Did you leave your heart in bea-u-tiful San Francisco?
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#45573 - 01/02/08 01:30 PM Re: Round Table for Wednesday, January 2, 2008 [Re: pdx rick]
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Hey Schlacky! How've you been - haven't seen you since December 2007
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#45574 - 01/02/08 01:36 PM Re: Round Table for Wednesday, January 2, 2008 [Re: pdx rick]
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How about them Georgia Bulldogs? The game was called for me on account of being bored to hypnosis.

Hope everyone is having a great day. It's a busy one for me.

Nineteen degrees here. And that is pretty darn cold in this neck of the woods.

Kathy
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