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#82746 - 10/24/08 04:22 AM Round Table for Friday October 24th, 2008
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Good morning Ranters!
( You too Lurkers!! )

Today is Friday,
October 24st, 2008 –
Today is the 298th day of 2008





...on this day:

1537 - Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died after giving birth to Prince Edward. Prince Edward became King Edward VI.

1632 - Scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, Holland. He created the first microscope lenses that were powerful enough to observe single-celled animals.

1648 - The Holy Roman Empire was effectively destroyed by the Peace of Westphalia that brought an end to the Thirty Years War.

1788 - Poet Sarah Joseph Hale was born. She wrote the poem "Mary Had A Little Lamb."

1795 - The country of Poland was divided up between Austria, Prussia, and Russia.

1830 - Belva Lockwood was born. She was the first woman formally nominated for the U.S. Presidency.

1836 - Alonzo D. Phillips received a patent for the phosphorous friction safety match.

1861 - The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent when Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to U.S. President Lincoln.

1901 - Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.

1929 - In the U.S., investors dumped more than 13 million shares on the stock market. The day is known as "Black Thursday."

1931 - The George Washington Bridge opened for traffic between New York and New Jersey.

1939 - Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.

1940 - In the U.S., the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

1945 - The United Nations (UN) was formally established less than a month after the end of World War II. The Charter was ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and by a majority of other signatories.

1945 - Pierre Laval of France and Vidkum Abraham Quisling of Norway were executed. The two men were recognized as the two most prominent collaborators of the Nazis.

1948 - The term "cold war" was used for the first time. It was in a speech by Bernard Baruch before the Senate War Investigating Committee.

1949 - The cornerstone for the U.N. Headquarters was laid in New York City.

1960 - All remaining American-owned property in Cuba was nationalized. The process of nationalizing all U.S. and foreign-owned property in Cuban had begun on August 6, 1960.

1962 - During the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. military forces went on the highest alert in the postwar era in preparation for a possible full-scale war with the Soviet Union. The U.S. blockade of Cuba officially began on this day.

1969 - Richard Burton bought his wife Elizabeth Taylor a 69-carat Cartier diamond ring for $1.5 million. Burton presented the ring to Taylor several days later.

1986 - Britain broke off relations with Syria after a Jordanian was convicted in an attempted bombing. The evidence in the trial led to the belief that Syria was involved in the attack on the Israeli jetliner.

1989 - Reverend Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000 for his conviction on 24 counts of fraud. In 1991, his sentence was reduced to eighteen years and he was released on parole after a total five years in prison.

1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series.

1997 - In Arlington, VA, former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a courtroom apology to the woman he'd bitten during a sexual encounter.

1999 - An Israeli court sentenced American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein to 24 years in prison. The crime was killing an acquaintance in Maryland in 1997.

2001 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that gave police the power to secretly search homes, tap all of a person's telephone conversation and track people's use of the Internet.

2001 - The U.S. stamp "United We Stand" was dedicated.

2001 - NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Mars.

2002 - Microsoft Corp. and Walt Disney Co. announced the release of an upgraded MSN Internet service with Disney content.

2003 - In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.





Have a good day everybody!!
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#82747 - 10/24/08 04:26 AM Re: Round Table for Friday October 24th, 2008 [Re: pdx rick]
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Scout returns to the Round Table next Tuesday, October 28th
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#82767 - 10/24/08 08:43 AM Re: Round Table for Friday October 24th, 2008 [Re: pdx rick]
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 Quote:
1537 - Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died after giving birth to Prince Edward.

1973 - Jane Seymour excited Bond fans throughout the world, in Live and Let Die. She has been repeatedly called one of the top 10 sexiest Bond girls.


COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT!

 Quote:
“The assumed instinctive belief in God has been used by many persons as an argument for his existence. But this is a rash argument, as we should thus be compelled to believe in the existence of many cruel and malignant spirits, only a little more powerful than man; for the belief in them is far more general than in a beneficent deity.”
-- Charles Darwin


FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:

a)Ashley Todd (R-Texas-confused girl)

Evidence is mounting that Ms. Todd, a 20 yr old former Ron Paul supporter, who now volunteers for John Bush McCain's campaign, was NOT attacked by a 6'4", bearded, evil -ni. .- er, black man, but instead, she gave herself a black eye, then, scratched the "B" backwards on her own cheek.

Ashley, honey, sweetums, I know you were afflicted by the infamous Texas Skule Cystern, (unless you were home-schooled, which might explain a lot), but by the age of 20, you should realize that a mirror reflects everything BACKWARDS!

Or are you claiming that that while he attacked you, that big black man told you he was dyspeptic? or dysentery? Discombobulated? Disaffected? Disheartened? AH! Dyslexic!

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b) Alan Greenspan: "I may have miscalculated slightly."
As Dr. Watson was never quoted as saying, "No $hyte, $herlock."

 Quote:
Business decisions by financial services firms were based on "the best insights of mathematicians and finance experts, supported by major advances in computer and communications technology," Greenspan told the committee. "The whole intellectual edifice, however, collapsed in the summer of last year because the data inputted into the risk management models generally covered only the past two decades a period of euphoria."

He added that if the risk models also had been built to include "historic periods of stress, capital requirements would have been much higher and the financial world would be in far better shape today, in my judgment."

And that wasn't the only bad data being crunched by IT systems. Christopher Cox , chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission , told the committee that credit rating agencies gave AAA ratings to mortgage-backed securities that didn't deserve them. "These ratings not only gave false comfort to investors, but also skewed the computer risk models and regulatory capital computations," Cox said in written testimony.

http://www.nytimes.com/external/idg/2008/10/23/23idg-Greenspan-Bad.html


Translated into English, Greenspan admitted that he expected market forces to cause banks to self-regulate their worst urges, as they worked to insure shareholders' value. To paraphrase Condi Rice, "Who wudda thunk that the top execs would use ever escalating derivatives and swaps paper values to award themselves huge multi-million dollar bonuses, knowing that the values of the underlying paper was built on a house of cards?"

What is truly offensive about Greenspan's testimony was his solution. How to solve this collapse in the financials? Despite acknowledging a "flaw in his reasoning," his advice is simple: Little regulation, and rely on free market forces. But only after we bail out his friends at Morgan Stanley, Lehman, AIG, etc., with taxpayer dollars totaling more than a trillion dollars. Oh, and his basic plan was sound, but the data going in was bad.

Why does Greenspan's advice remind me of Guiliani's efforts to make his criminal partner, Bernard Kerik, the head of our nation's Department of Homeland Scrutiny?

In other words, "Trust me." Again.

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c) RNC Spendthrifts.
Apparently, the RNC spent more on Sarah's delish outfit than they did on advertising in six states, including some closely contested contests. The best response comes from John McCain, who does not understand the value of money, unless it comes from other people, like Keating, Jack Abramof, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or the telecommunications industry whose lobbyist denied that their recent affair was sexual. "She needed clothing."

Silly Sarah herself has backtracked, either suggesting that she doesn't actually wear the clothes ("Most of them are STILL packed away in my big white campaign jet! And doncha know, there are some darling outfits there! Oh, and tax cuts! and Ronald Reagan!") She also suggested that she:

i. might donate the clothing, but take a tax write off on their value
ii. auction the clothing, with the proceeds going to her favorite charity - Vote for Palin 2012!
iii. would let the First Dude try on that lovely black silk skirt and matching bra
iv. keep the clothing, "because it is so me!"
v. give back the clothing, "because it is not me!"
vi. nobody could really follow her 114 word, grammatically incorrect, confusing, contradictory sentence
vii. Other.

So, that explains cutting all revenue to Congresscritters Mustgrave and Bachman, two women who were among the most conservative in congress.

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e. The art of headline writing thrives at the Suntimes:

 Quote:
Toasted Kellogg students flake at Field Museum

Sue, Chicago's iconic T. rex, likely saw some pretty wild stuff 67 million years ago, but a Northwestern University grad school party at her Field Museum home was a real fright, too. Students of Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management reportedly got drunk, vomited on the floor, spit at people, passed out and threw things at Sue herself.

http://www.suntimes.com/index.html


Sure looks like these MBAs are perfecting their final training before taking their places in Wall Street, assuming we are foolish enough to ever take Greenspan's advice ever again.

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f. The kookie kristian reich - they can't even give money away!
 Quote:
A contest that would pay $10,000 to an engaged couple, as long as they abstain from premarital sex, hasn't gotten any takers. The deadline for the Marriage for a Lifetime contest is Oct. 31. The prize includes free flowers, invitations and other wedding treats.

So far, organizer Phillippia Faust hasn't gotten any entries.

She said, "In our society it's going to be hard to find" a couple that hasn't had premarital sex.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/10/23/national/a123456D50.DTL


Either this whole abstinence garbage doesn't work (as every study has shown) or $10,000 doesn't mean much anymore.

In unrelated news, Democratic Congresscritters continue to duck the question of why a majority of them voted to support the $200,000,000 Bush abstinence program. All experts agree that this program directly resulted in increased single parent teen pregnancies, (say Silly Sarah, know anything about that?) and an explosion in teens with STDs, including HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HPV. Oh, and those federally supported Purity Bowels that are so popular with proud daddies in the south and west? Their lovely daughters suffered from even higher rates than the rest of the population.
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#82773 - 10/24/08 10:09 AM Re: Round Table for Friday October 24th, 2008 [Re: agnostic]
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 Originally Posted By: agnostic
iii. would let the First Dude try on that lovely black silk skirt and matching bra

...ya know, I'd pay to see that!!!!

We all know that milque toast doesn't wear the pants in his family.
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#82795 - 10/24/08 02:00 PM Re: Round Table for Friday October 24th, 2008 [Re: pdx rick]
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its friday night

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#82796 - 10/24/08 02:11 PM Re: Round Table for Friday October 24th, 2008 [Re: Schlack]
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Drink, Father Jack! \:D
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#82797 - 10/24/08 02:15 PM Re: Round Table for Friday October 24th, 2008 [Re: pdx rick]
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1901 - Daredevil Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She was 63 years old.

2003 - In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed


Happy Landings to us all.
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#82809 - 10/24/08 03:56 PM Re: Round Table for Friday October 24th, 2008 [Re: humphreysmar]
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Re Ashley Todd:
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. . .. this incident could become a watershed event in the 11 days before the election.

If Ms. Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee.

You simply cannot make stuff up this outrageous. It can't be done!

Oh, and BTW:
 Quote:
Police spokeswoman Diane Richard says investigators gave the 20-year-old woman a lie-detector test and are "looking at some inconsistencies" in her story.
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#82812 - 10/24/08 04:00 PM Re: Round Table for Friday October 24th, 2008 [Re: stereoman]
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Even if the woman is completely honest and accurate in every aspect of the incident, why does it cause any voter to rethink their decision about how to vote for President?

Is there any suggestion that the Obama campaign, the national, state, or local democratic organizations, or any other element of the campaign for President in any way is connected to the attack?
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#82813 - 10/24/08 04:06 PM Re: Round Table for Friday October 24th, 2008 [Re: stereoman]
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Fox News story

Anyone notice that the "B" is reversed, as if done in a mirror?
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