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#99585 - 02/08/09 08:38 AM Round Table for Sunday, February 8, 2009
stereoman Offline
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Registered: 06/30/04
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Good Morning Ranters!
It's Sunday, February 8, 2009


Sunrise begins another beautiful day in the neighborhood!



Today's featured neighborhood is Tern Lake, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska



This Day in History, . . .


1587:
Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded


Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.









1600: Vatican condemns
Giordano Bruno to death

Bruno was an heretic who dared to suggest that the earth revolved around the sun rather than vice-versa, and that the universe was essentially infinite.




1887:
Dawes Act Passed

The Dawes Act was passed by Congress after most Native Americans were already confined to reservations in the West. It abolished the Native American nations and tried to "Americanize" the Original Inhabitants, but the two conflicting ideas it represented could not be reconciled. Under the Dawes Act, America accepted the "Indians" as citizens, but not as Indians. Each family was given 160 acres of reservation land as their own. But the native people were not equipped or motivated to assume a European lifestyle.



1910:
Boy Scouts of America incorporated


The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. Some of those values have come under scrutiny in recent years.



1915: "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in L.A.
D. W. Griffith's silent film about the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, one of the most controversial films of all time. Its demeaning portrayal of blacks as idling and brutish sparked a massive wave of protests. The explosive controversy set off by the film revealed Hollywood's power to shape public attitudes about race, and set the stage for the decades-long struggle to improve the portrayal of blacks on film. The Birth of a Nation chronicles the fall of the South during the Civil War (1861-1865) and the reemergence of white political domination over the interracial state governments of the Reconstruction era.


1925: Marcus Garvey enters federal prison in Atlanta GA


Garvey's conviction on a charge of mail fraud was basically a technicality, derived on a depiction on a brochure of a ship with a fictitious name. The brochure was not even entered into evidence - only an empty envelope which the FBI team, under the supervision of a young J. Edgar Hoover, claimed had once contained the offending brochure. Garvey was sentenced to five years in prison, but after 2 1/2 years President Calvin Coolidge commuted the remainder.
Up, up you mighty race! You can accomplish what ye will!

1926: Sean O'Casey's "The Plough & the Stars" opens at Abbey Theatre Dublin
The Plough and the Stars, an anti-war play, was misinterpreted by the Abbey audience as being anti-nationalist and resulted in scenes reminiscent of the riots that greeted John Millington Synge's The Playboy of the Western World in 1907. W. B. Yeats famously declared to rioters "You have disgraced yourself again, is this to be the recurring celebration of the arrival of Irish genius?"

1959: Stagger Lee, by Lloyd Price
tops the R&B charts


1960: Congress opens "payola" hearings
Allegations that radio announcers accepted bribes from record companies to promote their records led to the ruin of Alan Freed, the first disc jockey to promote integration of "Negro Music" into mainstream White American culture.

1967: I'm a Believer by The Monkees heads the Top 40 list




1968: Orangeburg Massacre
An act of racism in a small college town leads to peaceful protest by frustrated black students. The governor, elected on a platform of racial moderation, responds with a vast show of armed force. Each side misreads the other, escalating the conflict. Then, in a peak of emotional frenzy, nine white highway patrolmen open fire on the students. Three young men were killed and at least 27 were wounded. None of the students were armed.

At the first federal trial of police officers for using excessive force at a campus protest, all nine defendants were acquitted. The activist Cleveland Sellers was the only person convicted and imprisoned as a result of the incident. After serving his prison sentence, he went on the earn a degree from Harvard and headed the African-American Studies program at the University of South Carolina for many years.



1983: Africa, by Toto, tops the pop charts
doubters take note -- this song came out in the EIGHTIES!!!




1992:
"I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred peaks at #1


in honor of our missing comrade loganrbt



In the News
Ten Years Ago Today:
The Senate heard closing arguments in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial

Impeachment proceedings began in the "lame duck" session of the outgoing 105th Congress. The Speaker-designate, Rep. Bob Livingston (no relation to me), chosen to replace outgoing Speaker Newt Gingrich, announced the end of his candidacy for Speaker and his resignation from Congress after his own marital infidelity came to light.

Clinton was impeached on grounds of committing perjury and obstruction of justice. The Senate trial lasted from January 7 until February 12 and was presided over by Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Clinton was defended by Cheryl Mills.

No live witnesses were called during the trial, although four witnesses were interviewed on videotape: President Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Clinton's friend Vernon Jordan, and White House aide Sidney Blumenthal.


Five Years Ago Today:
Beyonce won five Grammy Awards, tying the record for female performers held by Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keyes and Norah Jones.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, commonly known as Beyoncé, was born Sep 4, 1981 and raised in Houston, Texas. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the girl group Destiny's Child. Knowles has sold more than 50 million records worldwide with the group.

During the hiatus of Destiny's Child, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in June 2003. Dangerously in Love earned Knowles five Grammy Awards in a single night in 2004, signaling her viability as a solo artist.

Beyoncé's official website





Last Year:

Scotland Yard concludes Benazir Bhutto was killed by blast, not bullet

Benazir Bhutto was a leading political figure in Pakistan for 20 years before she was assassinated in on Dec 27, 2007. She served twice as Prime Minister, and twice was ousted under questionable circumstances. She went into self-imposed exile in 1998, returning to Pakistan on 18 October 2007, after reaching an understanding with President Pervez Musharraf that all outstanding charges against her would be dropped. She was assassinated after a political rally in Rawalpindi, two weeks before the scheduled general election of 2008 where she was a leading opposition candidate.

Numerous conspiracy theories immediately cropped up, implicating everyone from Osama Bin Laden to George W. Bush. Many people still feel that the case was never solved and the perpetrators never caught.


Today's Birthday Bunch:


William Tecumseh Sherman
(1820-1891)







Jules Verne
(1828-1905)






Martin Buber
(1878-1965)






Dame Edith Evans
(1885-1976)





Claro Mayo Recto
(1890-1960)






Elizabeth Bishop
(1911-1979)







Lana Turner
(1921-1995)






Audrey Meadows
(1924-1996)






Joe Black
(1924-2002)





Jack Lemmon
(1925-2001)





James Dean
(1931-1955)










Nick Nolte
(1940-)



Ted Koppel
(1940-)






Tom Rush
(1941-)




Creed Bratton
(1943-)





Mary Steenburgen
(1953)









Gary Coleman
(1966)


Somewhere Up Yonder:

This is a tiny portion of the largest panorama ever produced by the Hubble Team: a 50-light-year-wide view of the central region of the Carina Nebula where a maelstrom of star birth — and death — is taking place. The puffy clouds, called "globules", are mysterious patches of dust and gases that are ever-present in star forming regions.


Have a great day, everyone!
_________________________
Steve
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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#99586 - 02/08/09 09:33 AM Re: Round Table for Sunday, February 8, 2009 [Re: stereoman]
Joe Keegan Offline
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Thoroughly enjoyed This Day in History...visual presentation and Today's Birthday Brunch photo gallery, Steve. Tom Rush's version of Joni Mitchell's "Urge for going" is still one of my favorite songs. Temps is the FL Panhandle will be up in the 70's again today and, according to NOAA, for the rest of the week- it's about time.
Joe

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#99595 - 02/08/09 01:50 PM Re: Round Table for Sunday, February 8, 2009 [Re: Joe Keegan]
stereoman Offline
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Registered: 06/30/04
Posts: 15646
Loc: Asheville, NC
I hope the fact that every picture is clickable was not lost on you.

I might have mentioned that sooner.
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Steve
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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#99598 - 02/08/09 02:38 PM Re: Round Table for Sunday, February 8, 2009 [Re: stereoman]
agnostic Offline
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Registered: 07/14/03
Posts: 9723
Loc: ill in noise
 Quote:
1600: Vatican condemns
Giordano Bruno to deathfor suggesting that the earth revolved around the sun, and that the universe was essentially infinite.

1967: "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees heads the Top 40 list

COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!

 Quote:
“It is neither Madonna-worship nor saint-worship, but the evangelical self-worship and hell-worship -- gloating, with an imagination as unfounded as it is foul, over the torments of the damned, instead of the glories of the blest, -- which have in reality degraded the languid powers of Christianity to their present state of shame and reproach.”
-- John Ruskin


FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:

A) Joe Biden
The US has wasted no less than $20 BILLION a year on an untested, unworkable, anti-missile system in Alaska. It is about to be deployed in Poland, purportedly to defend against Iranian missiles - which can never cross Poland's skies 2500 miles to the northwest. http://www.mapcrow.info/Distance_between_Warsaw_PL_and_Tehran_IR.html
Yesterday, he announced that the US would continue with this program, which has pissed off Mother Russia something fierce. (a mere 400 miles to the east, and perfectly suited to attack Russian missiles against NATO)
 Quote:
“We will continue to develop missile defenses to counter a growing Iranian capability, provided the technology is proven and it is cost-effective,” Mr. Biden said during the speech.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/washington/08biden.html?ref=world

Joe, this is how we RESET our diplomacy with Russia?

- - -

b) Army recalls $20,000,000 worth of protective vests.
Yes, the same bulletproof vests that beat out Dragon Skin (with some DOD honchos likely trade the silver stars on their shoulders for iron bars for walls- bribery? fraud?), the same armor that soldiers have complained about repeatedly, and the same vests that top generals shun in favor of Dragon Skin for their personal use.
 Quote:
Army Secretary Geren has ordered the recall of more than 16,000 sets of body armor following an audit that concluded the bullet-blocking plates in the vests failed testing and may not provide Soldiers with adequate protection. The audit by the office of the Defense Department inspector general, not yet made public but obtained by The Associated Press, faults the Army for flawed testing procedures before awarding a contract for the armor.

In a letter dated Jan. 27 to Acting Inspector General Gordon Heddell, Geren said he did not agree that the plates failed the testing or that Soldiers were issued deficient gear. He said his opinion was backed by the Pentagon's top testing director. Despite his insistence that the armor was not deficient, Geren said he was recalling the sets as a precaution.
http://www.military.com/news/article/body-armor-recalled-by-army.html?ESRC=dod.nl


As a precaution? my rectum.
- - -

c) Stimulus Woes? or Stimulus Whoas?
The majority in the US Senate bent over, bared butt, and offered the GOP minority their choice of butter, margarine and Parkay, as they added almost 40% in tax cuts into the stimulus mix.

Considering that every respectable economist agrees (excepting the handful of Heritage and Club for Growth pseudo economists who lost relevance and integrity a decade ago) that tax cuts do NOT stimulate an economy anywhere close to spending the same amount, rational people across the country are left scratching their heads. Who actually won the last two elections? Are democratic spines that difficult to locate?

More and more, Americans are beginning to wish for a better class of democrats in Congress.

Oh, and Mr. President? Ever hear of a bully pulpit? The word "bully" has meaning, too.

- - -

d) Nadya Suleman - proof positive that humans should really have a sanity test before they are permitted to breed and spawn.
Out of work? No assets? No partner to help? 14 kids, 8 of which immediately need feeding, burping, and changing several times a day? Here's a practical question: Just how many tits do you have, you foolish little girl?

In the meantime, let's pull that license from the fertility doctor who permitted this mess to occur.

- - -

e) KBR
The company electrocuted dozens of US soldiers, some fatally, because of their shoddy work in IraqNam. This company sickened thousands in Baghdad, because of the tainted food, polluted water and ice used to store corpses they gave the troops to eat and drink.

How does our vaunted DOD respond? By giving KBR another $35 million dollar contract for electrical work and related construction.

No wonder Obama ordered the SecDef to start cleaning out the Rummie holdovers from the DOD. Obviously, Gates did not start quickly enough.

In unrelated news, a newly refurbished BILLION dollar navy warship tried out its new sea legs by running aground.
 Quote:
The USS Port Royal ran aground on Thursday evening, about a half-mile south of the Honolulu airport where it was visible from several vantage points on Oahu. . .

At a press conference, Rear Admiral Joseph Walsh, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said the ship is structurally sound. But he added that a thick, underwater rubber encasement that surrounds sonar equipment at the bow has taken on seawater. . .

The 15-year-old Port Royal had just ended a four-month routine maintenance visit to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and was finishing the first day of sea trials when it ran aground at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.


Mr. Secretary? Why don't you speed up removing all the Bush/Cheney/Rummie officers from the military? It would really help everyone concerned.


Edited by agnostic (02/08/09 02:46 PM)
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#99604 - 02/08/09 04:17 PM Re: Round Table for Sunday, February 8, 2009 [Re: stereoman]
humphreysmar Offline
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Registered: 08/11/04
Posts: 5723
Loc: alabama
 Quote:
1587: Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded

1994 Jack Nicholson uses a golf club to attack a car


Everyone, sing along now: "Things are getting better all the time."
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Currently reading: Best American Mystery Stories edited by Lee Child and Otto Penzler. AARGH!

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#99605 - 02/08/09 04:35 PM Re: Round Table for Sunday, February 8, 2009 [Re: stereoman]
humphreysmar Offline
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Registered: 08/11/04
Posts: 5723
Loc: alabama
 Originally Posted By: stereoman
I hope the fact that every picture is clickable was not lost on you.

I might have mentioned that sooner.


If even I can be trained to click on a picture without instructions, anyone can.
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#99608 - 02/08/09 04:54 PM Re: Round Table for Sunday, February 8, 2009 [Re: humphreysmar]
BamaMama Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 3733
Loc: Huntsville, AL
Steve, your opening was f-*=*=king amazing! You must have worked for not only hours but days!

I'm glad you mentioned the Orangeburg Massacre. People remember Kent State (white students) and forget the other event. I wonder why that is?

Last night I attended the opening ceremonies commemorating this the 40th anniversary of men walking on the moon.

Here are some highlights:

From tonight:

How cool is this? The Saturn V rocket that took man to the moon also in the picture?









I was seated next to a woman who was also attending the event single. As we talked we decided that we had been separated at birth. We had so much in common including husbands who perhaps suffer or enjoy Asberger's Syndrome.

It was a wonderful evening.



Here are two songs that came to mind.


Click of course!





Alan Bean gave the key note speech. He said, "What if? What if our government had been run the same way NASA was in those Apollo days? What if there were worst case scenarios and what was to be done in case of deregulation; a downturn in economy? Why if we had had back-up plans as we did for Apollo?" Good questions all.
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#99609 - 02/08/09 05:04 PM Re: Round Table for Sunday, February 8, 2009 [Re: BamaMama]
BamaMama Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 3733
Loc: Huntsville, AL
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Kenai Peninsula, Alaska


I guess everyone knows by now that a big volcano about 100 miles from Anchorage is going to blow. When we flew out in July, we were told that we would be flying through sulfur clouds from another volcano erupting. We were told to expect unpleasantness, but we were fortunate.

K.
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#99617 - 02/08/09 05:59 PM Re: Round Table for Sunday, February 8, 2009 [Re: BamaMama]
BamaMama Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 3733
Loc: Huntsville, AL
I think this youtube (although long is worth a watch!

LOVE BIRTHDAY BOY ROBERT KLEIN

(Click on Robert Klein singing "I Can't Stop My Leg.")


...............
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#99621 - 02/08/09 06:34 PM Re: Round Table for Sunday, February 8, 2009 [Re: stereoman]
Joe Keegan Offline
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Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 8707
 Originally Posted By: stereoman
I hope the fact that every picture is clickable was not lost on you.I might have mentioned that sooner.
Um, ah,..er,...duh (scratch, scratch), what does "is clickable" mean? Is that right "is clickable," left "is clickable," or just "is clickable?" Thanks for the accompanying historical, educational, and informative narrative that I discovered after you suggested clicking on the pictures. (P.S. Scoutgal always reminds you to click on the picture). Also, I've seen some early photos of Sherman. Sherman was not a nice man. The one you posted is flattering.

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