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#74474 - 09/09/08 05:23 AM Round Table For Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
Scoutgal Offline
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Sunrise and Sunset. The calming pauses between Day and Night. Reds, oranges and purples tinge the sky and glorious beauty fills the mind and soothes the soul. Scattered clouds cloak the Sun in the soft robes of transition for the constant cycle of ending and beginning.



Sunrise over Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-Click on the picture!


Today In History~

1836 - Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law.

1850 - When California became the 31st of the United States of America on this day, cries of “there’s gold in them thar hills” had already been heard for two years. So, it’s no surprise that the nickname for the most populous state is the Golden State, and that the golden poppy (orange-yellowish in color) is the state flower. (Contrary to popular opinion, the California poppy does not yield opium.) The state bird of California is the California valley quail. No, it is not golden in color, but is grayish-brown with black, white and chestnut markings. Sacramento, centrally located but far from being the largest city in the state, is the state capital.

1898 - Tom Fleming of Eau Claire, WI won the first logrolling championship -- in Omaha, NE.

1926 - The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was organized as a broadcasting service of the Radio Corporation of America.

1946 - Ben Alexander hosted Heart’s Desire for the first time. Heart’s Desire was a giveaway contest program on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

1950 - Sal Maglie of the New York Giants pitched a fourth consecutive shutout. Only four other pitchers in the National League had accomplished this feat.

1956 - On this Sunday night, 54,000,000 viewers (82.6 percent of the U.S. television audience) turned their TV dials to CBS to see and hear 21-year-old singer Elvis ‘The Pelvis’ Presley. Elvis sang Don’t Be Cruel and Ready Teddy. One female Elvis fan described him as, “One big hunk of forbidden fruit.” Elvis got the largest fee to that date for appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show: $50,000.

1965 - Los Angeles Dodgers player Sandy Koufax pitched the eighth perfect game in major-league baseball history by leading the Dodgers over the Chicago Cubs 1-0. A perfect game is one in which the same player pitches the entire game without allowing any player of the opposing team to reach first base by any means (hits, walks, errors or black magic).

1971 - Hockey legend Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings retired from the National Hockey League on this day.

1979 - Tracy Austin became the youngest player to win the U.S. Open women’s tennis title. She was 16 years old.

1981 - John McEnroe defeated Czechoslovakia’s Ivan Lendl. It was McEnroe’s fourth U.S. Open, men’s singles, tennis championship. This one was won over Lendl by scores of 6-3, 6-4, and 6-1.

1984 - Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears broke Jim Brown’s combined yardage record by reaching 15,517 yards.

1986 - Ted Turner presented the first of his colorized films -- on his superstation WTBS in Atlanta, GA. The first Hollywood classic to get the new look was Yankee Doodle Dandy. Some people were opposed to the colorization process, where color is added to black-and-white movies. They felt the originals should be pristine -- that any change interferes with the original creativity.

1990 - The Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, closed to public tours in 1984, was reopened this day, following a $160 million restoration. Private citizens had mounted the campaign that returned the island’s main building to its former grandeur. Ellis Island was the gateway for more than half of the immigrants entering the U.S. between 1892 and 1924.

1998 - Four tourists who had paid $32,500 each were taken in a 23-foot submersible to view the wreckage of the Titanic two and a-half miles below the ocean surface off Newfoundland. Comments about the experience: “Awesome ... and humbling, too.”


Music For The Day~



Click on the picture! Janis Ian-At Seventeen


Quote For The Day~

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
Bertrand Russell





Chuckle For The Day~

WHERE DO RED-HEADED BABIES COME FROM?????

After their baby was born, the panicked father went to see the Obstetrician. 'Doctor,' the man said, 'I don't mind telling you, but I'm a little upset because my daughter has red hair. She can't possibly be mine!!'

'Nonsense,' the doctor said'.

'Even though you and your wife both have black hair, one of your ancestors may have contributed red hair to the gene pool.'

'It isn't possible,' the man insisted.'????? ?'This can't be, our families on both sides had jet-black hair for generations.'

'Well,' said the doctor, 'let me ask you this. How often do you have sex??? '

The man seemed a bit ashamed . 'I've been working very hard for the past year. We only made love once or twice every few months.'

'Well, there you have it!' The doctor said confidently.

'It's rust.'






Trivia For The Day~

Dives of the large Emperor Penguin have been recorded which reach a depth of 565 m (1,870 ft) and last up to 22 minutes.





Picture For The Day~



Sunset at Newport Beach, California-Click on the picture!
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#74478 - 09/09/08 10:49 AM Re: Round Table For Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 [Re: Scoutgal]
olyve Offline
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Beautiful opener, Scout.
Thank you.

I'm back. I had to buy a new computer. I'm spending what time I can today getting everything back and finding my way. Blek...what a bother.

Thank you Mellow and Phil for filling in for me. Both were fantastic openers (as always).

Morning everybody.
No rain here....still, but it's cooler anyway.

Catch y'all later.

Olyve
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#74480 - 09/09/08 11:04 AM Re: Round Table For Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 [Re: olyve]
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Ouch, Olyve...that hurts - not just the price of the new 'puter, but getting everything back where it was.

My sympathies to you.
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Curiosity killed the cat - Satisfaction brought it back

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#74487 - 09/09/08 11:31 AM Re: Round Table For Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 [Re: Scoutgal]
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1898 - Tom Fleming of Eau Claire, WI won the first logrolling championship -- in Omaha, NE.

1998 - Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr delivered to Congress 36 boxes of material concerning his investigation of President Clinton's personal log rolling.


COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!

 Quote:
“Men of simple understanding, little inquisitive and little instructed, make good Christians.”
-- Michel de Montaigne, 1580


a) Nation's largest hummer facility in Vegas to close down.

In unrelated news, several whorehouses outside of Vegas are declaring bankruptcy because of a lack of business.

According to today's Wall Street Journal, Dan Towbin - the largest dealer of Hummers in the country, is shutting down all operations because of a lack of business. This one move alone will hamper GM's efforts to sell off hummers. It may be forced to swallow its losses, and simply wipe it off the books.

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b) Did the Large Hadron Collider in CERN go off early and change our universe?

A top KBR executive is convicted for illegal international bribes? Given the immense, incredible, and apparently protected crimes and misdemeanors committed by KBR and Haliburton in IraqNam for years, this is simply astounding!

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In the world of Big Oil, Albert "Jack" Stanley was legendary for winning billion-dollar contracts in Third World countries as the Halliburton (HAL, news, msgs) executive who knew all the secrets of deals in places like Malaysia, Egypt and Yemen.

In the wake of his admission in a guilty plea last week that he had resorted to bribes, kickbacks and high-level corruption to secure deals in Nigeria, however, Stanley now lies at the center of a widening scandal in the oil industry that has implications for corporations and governments across the globe.
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By agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors, Stanley, who ran KBR (KBR, news, msgs) when it was a subsidiary to Halliburton, promises to become a hammer for federal investigators seeking to crack open additional cases under a 30-year-old statute designed to halt overseas corporate corruption. About 80 cases involving major corporations accused of overseas bribery were under investigation as of last year, a high-level Justice Department official said.

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Investing/Extra/bribery-scandal-rocks-big-oil.aspx?page=all



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c) Sarah Palin?
SURPRISE QUIZ: What do the New Republic, Newsweek, Washington Post, AP, and Wall Street Journal have in common with Fox News?

ANSWER: They all call Sarah Palin a liar.

It appears that her current canned stump speech, the one written for her by McCain's Rovian goon squad is 100% unadulterated bullshyte. Every single statement, every single line, every single paragraph is not simply a shading of the truth, it is an absolute untruth.

No wonder they are keeping her cocooned away from Traditional Media. A creationist, dominionist, anti-choice, fraud who forced Wasilla rape victims to pay for their own rape kits is really not an attractive women's rights candidate. And it was the netroots that dug up the stories, did the interviews, found the e-mails and documents, and actually read Alaskan papers to prove it. And now, WaPo breaks the story that Alaska compensated her to travel, live and eat at home, and preach really crazy stuff at her local pentacostal churches.

There's a great scene with Jack Nicholson in The Departed, when he "smells a rat." Insert mental image of Sarah Palin.

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d) Fannie, Freddie fallout.
It is no coincidence that a McCain was closely involved in the latest bank failure due to fraud and lack of accountability. Andrew learned it from his daddy, John Bush McCain.
Pretty soon, the US taxpayer will bail out freddie and fannie, at more than the cost of our current IraqNam occupation, AND the top execs who deliberately led those companies down this path will be given huge 8 figure golden parachutes for a job well done.
When a homeowner makes a bad choice, or runs into health insurance problems, he and his family lose their home. When Fannie and Freddie make a bad choice, they get rewarded. It really is as simple as that.

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e) CERN must be operating. ENRON fraud trial back on.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26619144
The Texass Federal Court dismissed the charges of fraud, preventing shareholders from trying to recover billions stolen and hidden by the top Enron Brass, including Phil Gramm's lovely wife. The 5th Circuit, seeing a filthy swine for what it is, despite the Palin-esque shade of lipstick, reversed the dismissal.
Watch for some serious negotiations to start, if the culprits haven't already taken their money out through the Caymens.
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Benjamin Franklin

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#74488 - 09/09/08 11:38 AM Re: Round Table For Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 [Re: agnostic]
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And you only thought we had a screwed-up political scene in the U.S.? File this under bizarre political news:
 Quote:
Thai leader ordered to quit over cooking show

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej violated the constitution by hosting television cooking shows and must resign from office, a court ruled on Tuesday.

Source
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#74489 - 09/09/08 11:43 AM Re: Round Table For Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 [Re: Snargle]
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cooking the books is one thing. cooking a meal? Off with his head.
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#74505 - 09/09/08 01:30 PM Re: Round Table For Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 [Re: agnostic]
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Loc: Asheville, NC
A little context may be helpful here. From the story:
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Anti-government protesters have occupied the grounds of Samak's office since Aug. 26, demanding his resignation.


Not mentioned in the story is that Samak declared martial law a week ago to stop the groundswell of demand for his resignation, and his national guard refused to obey the order. The general who is the head of the military refused to take sides, leading many observers to declare a de facto coup had already taken place. Protesters have actually prevented Samak from entering his own offices for a week now.

This was one of the top twenty unreported stories worldwide in the judgment of my radio news program editors, and apparently msnbc has chosen to trivialize what is otherwise a glowing example of how democratic change can occur through non-violent resistance.
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Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love,
to respect and be kind to one another,
so that we may grow with peace in mind.

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#74507 - 09/09/08 01:40 PM Re: Round Table For Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 [Re: stereoman]
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Loc: Asheville, NC
Beautiful opener, Scout. Sometimes I think you post those pictures just for me. You sure come up with some good ones! Love that redheaded baby!

Thanks for so much good news this morning, pastor ag. A refreshing change.

More good news: I had my cholesterol checked this morning and . . . a few months back I had it checked for the first time in my adult life. The doc told me it was "off the charts" and prescribed drugs which he admonished me to start taking IMMEDIATELY. I couldn't believe it. Literally, I couldn't believe it. I've been a vegetarian for forty years fer gunnysacks.

I went for a second opinion today. Results? My cholesterol is a little high, but not outside the range of normal. Nothing to be alarmed about. No need for drugs.
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Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love,
to respect and be kind to one another,
so that we may grow with peace in mind.

(Native American prayer)


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#74516 - 09/09/08 02:08 PM Re: Round Table For Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 [Re: stereoman]
Ken Condon Offline
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Loc: Eugene, OR
 Quote:
No need for drugs

Depends on what kind

Well that’s good news Steve, but cholesterol levels also have a high genetic component. Did/do your parents have high levels? Also, do you eat dairy products or are you vegan? It is strange though that the first doctor found very high levels and the second one didn’t.

But statins are overrated IMO and they are being pushed on the public by the pharmas and physicians. I remember my doctor told me several years ago that he was told by a pharma rep that everyone should be on statins after a certain age. Now the latest theory is to attempt to raise the HDL (so called good cholesterol) through a developing medication rather than attempting to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) the ratio of the two being more important than actual numbers. There are more cholesterols than HDL and LDL but those two are the most well known. The debate continues.
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#74517 - 09/09/08 02:14 PM Re: Round Table For Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 [Re: Ken Condon]
stereoman Offline
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ROFL Ken! let's not confuse medical needs and personal umm, "neediness".

BTW I recently quit both of my daily drug habits. Coffee in Dec 2007 and pot in July 2008. Woohoo!

My Mom had a major stroke at the age of 77, that was last year. My Dad had bypass surgery at the age of 82, that was three years ago. He's still doing well. Mom's doing okay, but has aged greatly since Katrina. She's a "refugee". On the whole, my blood relations are healthy hearted.

I quit drinking milk five years ago. I used to eat ice cream every day, quit that two years ago. Cut my cheese consumption from almost every day to maybe twice a week. My HDL is a little low. My Beloved is trying to convince me to start eating fish -- she eats a lot of fish -- but I haven't mustered the palate yet.
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Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love,
to respect and be kind to one another,
so that we may grow with peace in mind.

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