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#92249 - 12/26/08 04:51 AM Round Table For Friday, December 26th, 2008
Scoutgal Offline
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1982 - The Man of the Year in "TIME" magazine was a non-human for the first time. A computer received the honors as 1982’s “greatest influence for good or evil.”

Click on the picture!

Today In History~

---- - Boxing Day had its origins in England and is always celebrated on this day (except when December 26th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the official holiday is moved to Monday) with government offices and many businesses closed. Folks throughout Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada celebrate Boxing Day with family, friends, food, fun and friendship.

1865 - James H. Mason of Franklin, MA patented the coffee percolator that makes coffee good to the last drop! Mason would have loved all the coffee houses that have popped up throughout the world over the past few years. He’d probably be sitting at home inventing an espressolator or a cap-perc-uccino for next Christmas.

1902 - Oscar ‘Battling’ Nelson hit the canvas five times in a bout in Hot Springs, SD. That’s not the worst of it. Battling’s opponent, Christy Williams, saw little birdies and ate the canvas 42 times! Wow! That’s a record for knockdowns.

1931 - George Gershwin’s musical, "Of Thee I Sing", opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. The show became the first American musical to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

1939 - W.C. Handy of Memphis, TN one of the legendary blues composers of all time, recorded the classic "St. Louis Blues". W.C. and his band recorded in New York for Varsity Records. Handy was one of the first to use the flat third and seventh notes in his compositions, known in the music world as ‘blue’ notes. On another note, the music awards for blues artists’ are called the W.C. Handy National Blues Awards. Now you know where they got that title.

1947 - A monster snowstorm hit New York City, dumping up to 26 inches of snow on the Big Apple. It became the worst snowstorm in the city’s history, surpassing the snowfall totals from the Blizzard of 1888, which had 22 inches of the white stuff.

1950 - “Look sharp! Feel sharp! How are you fixed for blades?” The Gillette Safety Razor Company signed agreements for the rights for the next six years to baseball’s World Series and All-Star games. The price tag: $6 million dollars.

1953 - "Big Sister" was heard for the last time on CBS radio. The show had been on the air for 17 years. "Big Sister" was the ongoing story of Sue Evans Miller and her relationship with her big sister, Ruth Evans. Actresses who played big sister Ruth over the years: Alice Frost, Nancy Marshall, Marjorie Anderson, Mercedes McCambridge. Little Sister Sue was played by Haila Stoddard, Dorothy McGuire, Peggy Conklin and Fran Carlon.

1954 - One of radio’s most popular programs, "The Shadow", lurked around the airwaves for the last time. Vigilante crime-fighter Lamont Cranston battled greed and corruption since 1930. “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows....”

1963 - Capitol Records rushed to release its first single by the Fab Four, otherwise known as The Beatles. "I Want to Hold Your Hand", backed with "I Saw Her Standing There", reached #1 on February 1, 1964. The flood of music by John, Paul, George and Ringo had started the British Invasion; changing contemporary music forever.

1964 - More Beatles news: The Fab Four got their sixth #1 hit song since February 1, as "I Feel Fine" became the top tune this day. The first five #1 hits by The Beatles were: "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "She Loves You", "Can’t Buy Me Love", "Love Me Do" and "A Hard Day’s Night".

1967 - A sad day for jazz fans, as the Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbanded after sax man Paul Desmond left the group. Desmond was a fixture with the quartet for 16 years and can be heard on all the immortal Brubeck standards, including "Take Five".

1972 - Harry S Truman, 33rd president of the United States, died in Kansas City, Missouri, at the age of 88. Truman’s wife, Bess, died on October 18, 1982. They are buried side by side in the Harry S Truman Library courtyard in Independence, MO.

1981 - AC/DC’s album, "For Those About to Rock We Salute You" was #1 in the U.S. for the first of three weeks. The tracks on the album were: "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)", "Put the Finger on You", "Let’s Get It Up", "Inject the Venom", "Snowballed", "Evil Walks", "C.O.D.", "Breaking the Rules", "Night of the Long Knives" and "Spellbound".

1984 - House Speaker Tip O’Neill was selected to receive the J. Fred Muggs Award, given by "TV Guide" for TV goofs and blunders. The Speaker of the House earned the uncoveted prize when he ordered cameras from CSPAN to pan the almost empty House of Representatives while Republicans were making rip-roaring speeches. For those who don’t remember, J. Fred Muggs was the rascally, but cute, chimpanzee that wreaked havoc on the "Today" show back in the 1950s. The network thought it would be nice to have a cuddly chimp liven things up for a pretty boring Dave Garroway. Unfortunately, Garroway hated J. Fred Muggs; the chimp knew it and proceeded to terrorize the entire show for quite some time, until Garroway threatened to quit the show. J. Fred was soon history.

1986 - Doug Jarvis, age 31, set a National Hockey League record as he skated in his 916th consecutive game. It was a record that started in 1974. Doug holds the individual record for most consecutive games played (964).

1986 - TV’s longest-running drama was seen for the last time. "Search for Tomorrow" ended its 35-year run on television. The program, seen on CBS, included show veterans, Wayne Rogers, Jill Clayburgh, Morgan Fairchild and Don Knotts.

1990 - Garry Kasparov beat Anatoly Karpov to retain the world chess championship. This was Karpov’s second attempt at regaining the championship from Kasparov. He had lost the title to Kasparov in 1985 and had tried to get it back in 1987.

1990 - U.S. Census Bureau officials reported that the U.S. population stood at 249,632,692 people.

1996 - Six-year-old beauty pageant princess JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s Boulder, Colorado home. Her mother, Patricia Ramsey, phoned police early on the day after Christmas to report that she had found a ransom note demanding $118,000 for JonBenet’s safe return. Eight hours later, JonBenet’s father, John, found his daughter’s body. Days of investigation turned into weeks, weeks into months, months into years -- and the murder remains unsolved.

Music For The Day~

Click on the picture! Rupert Holmes-Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

Quote For The Day~

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.

Chuckle For The Day~

Picture For The Day~

Fjord In Milford, New Zealand

Trivia For The Day~

The world's largest predator found on land, an adult male polar bear weighs around 400–680 kg (880–1,500 lb),

milk and Girl Scout cookies ;-)

Save your breath-You may need it to blow up your date.

#92255 - 12/26/08 01:25 PM Re: Round Table For Friday, December 26th, 2008 [Re: Scoutgal]
loganrbt Offline
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I didn't know a fjord could be devoid of ice and snow!! Thanks for th epic. Wonder how much longer polar bears will exist in the wild.

Thanks for having the persistence and dedication to get a roundtable up and running the morning after Christmas! That is taking one for the team! Have a good 'un.
"The white men were as thick and numerous and aimless as grasshoppers, moving always in a hurry but never seeming to get to whatever place it was they were going to." Dee Brown

#92257 - 12/26/08 01:28 PM Re: Round Table For Friday, December 26th, 2008 [Re: Scoutgal]
Greger Offline

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Registered: 11/24/06
Posts: 15115
Loc: Florida
Beautiful opener Scoutgal!
Thank heavens we won't have to worry about those scary Polar Bears much longer! I wish somehow we had been more effective at reducing the numbers of some of the smaller predators. Like Mosquitoes.
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."— Oscar Wilde

#92258 - 12/26/08 01:33 PM Re: Round Table For Friday, December 26th, 2008 [Re: Scoutgal]
agnostic Offline

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1865 - James H. Mason of Franklin, MA patented the coffee percolator that makes coffee good to the last drop!

1964 - More Beatles news: The Fab Four got their sixth #1 hit song since February 1, as "I Feel Fine" became the top tune this day.


“It was only when I finally undertook to read the Bible through from beginning to end that I perceived that its depiction of the Lord God--whom I had always viewed as the very embodiment of perfection--was actually that of a monstrous, vengeful tyrant, far exceeding in bloodthirstiness and insane savagery the depredations of Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Attila the Hun, or any other mass murderer of ancient or modern history.”
-- Steve Allen


a) Israel's threats and the impact of the world press

Israel tossed the UN observers in Gaza who had been documenting how deadly the Israeli blockade around Gaza was to the elderly, and to kids. Hospitals were without water, electricity and medicines.

Finally, after an angry global response (except in the US, where there is a news blackout on Israel's actions) Israel, combining its threats of invasion, using tanks and US warplanes, armed with US cluster bombs, briefly relented, and allowed food and water in three of 16 entry points.
- - -

b) Pakistan cancelled all military leaves, the standard move before armed conflict begins. Both India and Pakistan view current US behavior to be non-productive, even becoming the source of more friction.

If this war begins, both nations will lose millions of lives. The whole Middle East will be destabilized even further, and watch some small nuclear power in the ME use the whole mess to launch an air attack on a large oil producing nation.
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c) Pastor Ag must be dreaming. Can this be true? Pat Robertson likes what Obama is doing? and thinks Bush screwed up royally?

(CNN) – Pat Robertson is "remarkably pleased" with President-elect Barack Obama, the conservative leader told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux – and believes President Bush's administration has not dealt with the nation's economic crisis in a "professional manner."

"Well, it's hard to assess blame, but I, over the years — I hate to be critical, I mean I am a Republican, and this is the president of the party that I'm a member of — but I think we've had some serious goofs along the way," he said on the Situation Room Tuesday.

"The Katrina matter was terrible. The rebuilding of Iraq has been terrible. The [handling] of the economy right now has been terrible. It hasn't been handled in what I would consider a professional manner."

Ow. Just pinched myself. And again. Tea is hot. check. Eyes open. check. Computer's on. check. Toilet's working. check. took bite of food. check. All newspapers current & read. check.
No, Pastor Ag is apparently awake.

- - -

d) The contest between the states as the home for stupid criminals gets closer. I guess California just wants to be first. It was bad enough when Santa went on a murder spree in California, killing eight people.

Yesterday, a gang banger on parole was arrested when he violated probation. He had a photo on his keychain showing him with Santa and two other gang members, throwing gang signs.

An Anaheim man has been thrown in jail for flashing gang signs in a photograph he took with Santa Claus at a mall in Orange.

Eighteen-year-old Uriel Oliva was arraigned Monday after his probation officer saw the photo hanging from the teenager's key chain. Oliva had been under a court order not to associate with members of his street gang, engage in gang activity or hang out at the Village Mall.

Orange police Sgt. Dan Adams says the photo was taken Dec. 16 and included Oliva and two other members of the Orange County Criminals. The photo was spotted on Oliva's key chain during a probation check.

Another California hero tried to hold up a bank that was closed down, no longer in business, and contained no money.

Then there was the California robber who ran into his mother while trying to make his getaway. In the bank.

Or the robber in Panorama City, CA? His note read: "I have a gun. Give me all your twenties in this envelope." The teller claimed that all she had was two twenties. The robber took them and left. Yes, it does get better. The robber used his deposit slip for the bank to make the note.

- - -

e) The Pope pleads for an end to child abuse.
In what is an exciting new turn-around for the Vatican, (after its 1960s written policy ordering its bishops to hide evidence of priests routinely sexually abusing children), the pope has finally called for the end of child abuse. It remains to be seen whether his priests will completely obey this order.

The pontiff also called for special consideration for suffering children who are homeless, forced to serve as soldiers or exploited in pornography "and every other appalling form of abuse."

"The Child of Bethlehem summons us once again to do everything in our power to put an end to the suffering of these children; to do everything possible to make the light of Bethlehem touch the heart of every man and woman," he said

Given the billions this scandal has cost the Vatican, maybe we have his attention. As a historical note, before he was named Pope, the Rat was in control of all Vatican policy decisions concerning the sexual abuse of children.
"There was never a good war or a bad peace."

Benjamin Franklin

#92260 - 12/26/08 01:37 PM Re: Round Table For Friday, December 26th, 2008 [Re: Greger]
olyve Offline

Registered: 08/02/06
Posts: 7504
Loc: Athens, Ga.
Nice opener, Scout.
Thanks for the Pina colada song. Perfect touch for me this morning. \:\)
Ahhhh....Christmas is over. Time to think about the beach! Or at least the pool.

Morning all.
I've got a little bit of work to do today but not too bad.
Just checking in.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to's about learning how to dance in the rain."

#92264 - 12/26/08 03:03 PM Re: Round Table For Friday, December 26th, 2008 [Re: olyve]
pdx rick Offline
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Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 41348
Loc: Puget Sound, WA
Mornin' everybody. I trust that everyone's holiday was a good one.

Yesterday I saw a commerical for button and bumper stickers that say: Yes! I say Christmas

(Sponsored by the Catholic Church and, no doubt, influenced by Bill O'Reilly's "Happy Holidays" rant for the past three years.)

...saw an awesome bumper sticker in San Francisco on Wednesday night, it read:

Those with knowledge speak
...those with wisdom listen.

Awesome, I think I'm gonna make that my new sig line.
Contrarian, extraordinaire

#92266 - 12/26/08 03:34 PM Re: Round Table For Friday, December 26th, 2008 [Re: pdx rick]
EmmaG Offline

Registered: 09/16/07
Posts: 1841
Loc: Florida Piney Woods
Good morning all. We had a quiet day yesterday. Both our sons are far away so we were unable to spend the holidays together. So it was just the two of us. We ate venison (me with very mixed feelings).

Rick, this year I've become somewhat militant about the Happy Holidays thing. Several times I've heard people say "Merry Christmas" in a quiet little voice, followed by "I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say that." So I confront them: "Who said you can't say it? It IS Christmas after all. You're allowed to say whatever you want to say." I'm just not going to let that stupid Bill O'Reilly lie be perpetuated in my presence.

"I believe very deeply that compassion is the route not only for the evolution of the full human being, but for the very survival of the human race." —The Dalai Lama

#92269 - 12/26/08 03:44 PM Re: Round Table For Friday, December 26th, 2008 [Re: EmmaG]
pdx rick Offline
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As a few Ranters point out on the Round Table many years ago, technically, this period of time isn't "Christmas." December is not the month in which a man named Jesus was born.

According to astronomers, and according to the layout of the stars according to the Bible, that month would have been April.

In the middle ages (1300s) the all-mighty Roman Catholic Church moved "Christmas" to December because it coincided with the pagan holiday of "winter solstice."

Turns out, that even "Easter" was moved to coincide with the pagan holiday of "spring renewal."

So, as far as this being the "Christmas season" - historically, and factually, it's not so. Happy Holidays! \:\)
Contrarian, extraordinaire

#92272 - 12/26/08 03:49 PM Re: Round Table For Friday, December 26th, 2008 [Re: pdx rick]
EmmaG Offline

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Posts: 1841
Loc: Florida Piney Woods
Rick, regardless of when Jesus was born, December 25 is still the official day that Christians celebrate his birth. As I said, you are free to give whatever greetings you wish to, but no one has ever proclaimed, declared or legislated that you are not allowed to say "Merry Christmas."

"I believe very deeply that compassion is the route not only for the evolution of the full human being, but for the very survival of the human race." —The Dalai Lama

#92273 - 12/26/08 03:54 PM Re: Round Table For Friday, December 26th, 2008 [Re: EmmaG]
pdx rick Offline
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I think the 'Happy Holidays' saying is in deference to those who are Jewish, Muslim, and those who celebrate Kwanzaa.

How can one tell by just looking at someone if they celebrate "Christmas"?

I think saying 'Merry Christmas' to strangers is forcing the Christian religion onto others who do not share Christianity as a religion to be wrong - it's like beating someone over the head with one's religion.

...but that's just my opinion.
Contrarian, extraordinaire

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