Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 1, 2013

0404 Blood sport ends when Rome stages last gladiator "games".

1862 Greedy bastard, Uncle Sam, imposes 1st income tax.

1902 Michigan and Stanford play in first Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Mexifornia.

1908 102 years ago, the Big Apple began the tradition dropping of the ball in Times Square to officially mark the inception of the New Year.

1909 The prototype for a real, small government, maximum liberty conservative, Barry "Mr. Conservative" Goldwater, joins a humanity that fails to fully appreciate him.

1968 Splat! Evel Knievel fails miserably, trying to jump fountain at Caesar's Palace.

1971 Five years after mandating a warning label on each pack of smokes - "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health" - Nanny State nitwits ban cigarette ads on TV.

2000 The dreaded, highly publicized Y2K Bug is a no show on New Year's Day.


Anonymous said...


"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances..."
(Dr. Lee DeForest, "Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television.")

"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives..."
(Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project)

"Computers in the future may weigh more than 1.5 tons."
(Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.)

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
(Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943)

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
(The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957)

"But what is it good for?"
(Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.)

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."
(Bill Gates, 1981)

This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us,"
(Western Union internal memo, 1876.)

"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper,"
(Gary Cooper on his decision mot to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind.")

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out,"
(Decca Recording Co. Rejecting the Beatles, 1962.)

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible,"
(Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.)

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy,"
(Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.)

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
(Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.)

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value,"
(Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre, France.)

"Everything that can be invented has been invented,"
(Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, US Office of Patents, 1899.)

"The super computer is technologically impossible. It would take all of the water that flows over Niagara Falls to cool the heat generated by the number of vacuum tubes required."
(Professor of Electrical Engineering, New York University)

"I don't know what use any one could find for a machine that would make copies of documents. It certainly couldn't be a feasible business by itself."
(The head of IBM, refusing to back the idea, forcing the inventor to found Xerox.)

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."
(Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872)

"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon."
(Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.)

"When Barack Obama is elected in 2008, unemployment will drop below 8%, the budget will be balanced, and we'll all live in prosperity,"
(Al Gore, blowhard and Nobel Prize genius - 2008.)

Schteveo said...

I think we're f**ked too.

And as I said before, the GOP should be put away because he's already DOA on 99.999999999999999% of issues. this tax thing proves it. I expect them to roll over quick and easy on the 2nd Amendment too.

Are there 514 lamp posts in D.C.? I'd hate to dishonor a helpless / innocent tree by hanging one of these elected, useless worms from said trees!