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    This Date in History (Aug. 28)

    1981 – John W. Hinckley Jr. pleaded innocent to charges of attempting to kill President Ronald Reagan.

    1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.

    2005 – New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina.

    2008 – Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination with a speech at Invesco Field in Denver.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924594

    This Date in History (Aug. 27)

    1962 – The United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus the following December.

    2001 – Israeli helicopters fired a pair of rockets through office windows in the West Bank town of Ramallah and killed senior PLO leader Mustafa Zibri.

    2003 – A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that became a lightning rod in a legal storm over church and state was wheeled from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building in Montgomery.

    2007 – Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation after a controversy over the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

    in reply to: A Nice Story about Ted Kennedy #655284


    in reply to: This Date in History #924593

    This Date in History (Aug. 26)

    in reply to: CR ”I Remember When….”! #656032

    I remember when the mods turned on the editor in the Mother’s Day thread

    in reply to: This Date in History #924590

    This Date in History (Aug. 24)

    in reply to: Altering Photos in Photoshop for Fundraising Purposes – Okay? #655015

    md, I was the one who edited the title of the topic. If you look at the URL you will notice that the original title submitted by OP was “photoshop in torah institutions”.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924587

    This Date in History (Aug. 21)

    2006 – British prosecutors announced that 11 people had been charged in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners bound for the United States.

    in reply to: General Shmooze 2 #680055

    We have had a few instances of people posting things which would other wise get approved, but we found there SN to be unacceptable for whatever reason. So we made the rule.

    in reply to: CR ”I Remember When….”! #655958

    welcome back squeak

    in reply to: General Shmooze 2 #680053

    I think you are bright enough to figure that one out on your own.

    As an aside, check your inbox

    in reply to: This Date in History #924582

    This Date in History (Aug. 18)

    1894 – Congress established the Bureau of Immigration.

    1914 – President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.

    1963 – James Meredith became the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924579

    This Date in History (Aug. 17)

    1915 – A mob in Cobb County, Ga., lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment.

    1969 – Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast, killing 248 people.

    1979 – Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156

    1987 – Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died at Spandau prison in West Berlin at age 93, having apparently committed suicide by strangling himself with an electrical cord. He had been the only inmate at Spandau for 21 years.

    1998 – Russia devalued the ruble.

    2000 – The Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles nominated Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman for vice president.

    2005 – Israeli security forces began the forcible removal of Jews from four settlements in the Gaza Strip.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924572

    This Date in History (Aug. 12)

    1944 – Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed when an explosives-laden Navy plane blew up over England during World War II.

    100 homes and killing two people.

    2008 – Declaring “the aggressor has been punished,” the Kremlin ordered a halt to Russia’s devastating assault on Georgia — five days of air and ground attacks that had left homes in smoldering ruins and uprooted 100,000 people.

    in reply to: Imagine Winning the Lottery …… #859957

    To Senior Moderator-72, here is your reminder to buy tickets for both the MegaMillions and PowerBall (as you won’t be the 1st to win two jackpots in a year)

    Here is an AP article:

    WICHITA, Kan. – Edward Williams is the definition of lucky after winning the lottery for a second time in a year. Williams, 47, of Wichita won $75,000 in September playing a $10 scratch ticket. Then on Wednesday, he defied the odds again when matched all the numbers in the Super Kansas Cash drawing to win a jackpot worth nearly $900,000.

    “When I hit $75,000, I figured lightning struck once, it won’t ever hit again,” Williams said in a prepared statement released by Kansas Lottery officials. “This one knocked me flat!”

    He traveled Friday to Topeka to collect his winnings. Super Kansas Cash jackpots are paid in a single cash lump sum. After taxes are withheld, the jackpot is worth $627,541. Also, Yogi’s Grill & Bar in Wichita will be eligible for a $1,000 bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

    “When I won the $75,000, I bought a car and put the rest of the winnings into a CD,” Williams said. “This time, I’m saving it for retirement, which I hope to do at 55.”

    Williams, who is single, has worked for almost 17 years ago for Johnson Controls. Before that, he served in the Marines.

    Played lottery for 17 years

    He said he has been playing Super Kansas Cash, Powerball and other lottery games consistently for 17 years.

    “Just keep on playing,” advised Williams, who buys a $5 Quick Pick for every Super Kansas Cash drawing. “That’s the best advice I have for other people looking for that big win.”

    Williams isn’t the first repeat lottery winner.

    Keith Selix, of Waterloo, Iowa, gained notoriety in 2006 after winning three lottery prizes totaling $81,000.

    At the time, he said his fortune mysteriously changed after his wife died, and he was convinced he was being “led from above.”

    Ironically, Selix’s wife had often scolded him for wasting his money on the “those cotton-picking tickets.”

    in reply to: This Date in History #924567

    This Date in History (Aug. 9)

    1902 – Edward VII was crowned king of England following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

    1945 – The United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, Japan, instantly killing an estimated 39,000 people. The explosion came three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

    1969 – Actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found murdered in Los Angeles; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.

    1974 – Nine Canadians peacekeppers are killed when a Syrian anti-aircraft missile shoots down a UN transport plane en route to Damascus from Beirut; providing air transport and communications support to the UN Emergency Force

    1974 – Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States following the resignation of Richard M. Nixon.

    2000 – Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced it was recalling 6.5 million tires that had been implicated in hundreds of accidents and at least 46 deaths.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924562

    This Date in History (August 6)

    1914 – Austria-Hungary declared war against Russia, and Serbia declared war against Germany at the outbreak of World War I.

    1945 – The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, that instantly killed an estimated 66,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.

    1997 – British Prime Minister Tony Blair shook hands with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams in the first meeting in 76 years between a British leader and the IRA’s allies.

    2007 – The Crandall Canyon Mine in central Utah collapsed, trapping six coal miners. (All six miners died, along with three rescuers.)

    2008 – The government declared that Army scientist Bruce Ivins was solely responsible for the anthrax attacks that killed five and rattled the nation in 2001. (Ivins had committed suicide on July 29.)

    in reply to: Yichus – Its Importance and its Value #652339


    Sometimes it is not that hard to come by, if you have “landmarks”.

    I know someone who is an descendant of Korach. He knows this because he knows he is from the Shla”h HaKadosh, who knew he was from Shmuel Hanavi, who was from Korach.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924561

    This Date in History (August 5)

    1861 – The US federal government levied an income tax for the first time.

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    This Date in History (August 4)

    1830 – Plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.

    1916 – The United States reached agreement with Denmark to purchase the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million.

    2002 – A Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a bus in northern Israel during rush hour, killing nine passengers.

    2005 – A mini-submarine carrying seven Russians became caught on an underwater antenna 600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean; the men were rescued three days later with help from a British vessel.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924558

    This Date in History (August 2)

    1921 – A jury in Chicago acquitted several former members of the Chicago White Sox and two others of conspiring to defraud the public by throwing the World Series.

    1923 – The 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco. Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office as President of the United States.

    1943 – PT-109, a Navy patrol torpedo boat commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being sheared in two by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands. Kennedy was credited with saving members of the crew.

    1945 – President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee concluded the Potsdam conference.

    2000 – Republicans nominated Texas Gov. George W. Bush for president and Dick Cheney for vice president at the party’s convention in Philadelphia.

    2007 – Mattel recalled nearly a million Chinese-made toys from its Fisher-Price division that were found to have excessive amounts of lead.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924550

    you are very welcome icot

    This Date in History (July 29)

    1914 – Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.

    1975 – President Gerald R. Ford became the first U.S. president to visit the site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland.

    2008 – Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was indicted on seven felony counts of concealing more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts from a powerful oil contractor. (A judge later dismissed the case, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence.)

    in reply to: Preparing For The Fast #651783

    I used to average 3 litres of still water prior to a regular fast and 4 1/2 litres of still water before the 9th of av and Yom Kippor.

    Never were fasts easier

    in reply to: This Date in History #924548

    This Date in History (July 28)

    1976 – The Tangshan earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 moment magnitude flattens Tangshan, the People’s Republic of China, killing 242,769 and injuring 164,851.

    1998 – Bell Atlantic and GTE announced a $52 billion merger that created Verizon.

    2004 – The Democratic National Convention in Boston nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry for president.

    2005 – The Irish Republican Army renounced the use of violence against British rule in Northern Ireland and said it would disarm.

    2008 – Four suicide bombers believed to be women struck a Shiite pilgrimage in Baghdad and a Kurdish protest rally in northern Iraq, killing at least 57 people and wounding nearly 300.

    in reply to: Should Selling Organs be Illegal? (Not a Halachic Debate) #651640

    zevi, I have read your response, however you have not explained why it is illegal and why it should stay illegal.

    in reply to: Should Selling Organs be Illegal? (Not a Halachic Debate) #651636

    I think this might be a nice addition to the discussion. Here is an editorial from the Boston Globe (by: JEFF JACOBY, printed on July 5th of this year) about the liver transplant received by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

    Apparently, the only thing his money enabled him to do was to register on the transplant waiting list at numerous locations in the USA.

    Yet when it comes to the donation of human organs, countless people believe that the market must be prevented from functioning.

    The result of our misguided altruism-only organ donation system is much the same: too few organs and too much death. More than 100,000 Americans are currently on the national organ waiting list. Last year, 28,000 transplants were performed, but 49,000 new patients were added to the queue. As the list grows longer, the wait grows deadlier, and the shortage of available organs grows more acute. Last year, 6,600 people died while awaiting the kidney or liver or heart that could have kept them alive. Another 18 people will die today. And another 18 tomorrow. And another 18 every day, until Congress fixes the law that causes so many valuable organs to be wasted, and so many lives to be needlessly lost.

    in reply to: Pet Peeves; A Little Negativity, But a Lot of Fun! #997214

    Those are worse if you don’t have unlimited texting

    in reply to: Pet Peeves; A Little Negativity, But a Lot of Fun! #997211

    People who forward email “warnings” without checking the authenticity

    in reply to: This Date in History #924546

    This Date in History (July 26)

    1964 – Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa and six others were convicted of fraud and conspiracy in the handling of a union pension fund.

    2006 – A jury in Houston found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning of her children in a bathtub in the second trial she faced on the charges; she was committed to a state mental hospital.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924544

    This Date in History (July 24)

    1959 – At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a “Kitchen Debate”.

    2008 – Ford Motor Co. posted the worst quarterly performance in its history, losing $8.67 billion.

    2008 – Cheered by an enormous crowd in Berlin, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama summoned Europeans and Americans together to “defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it” as surely as they had conquered communism a generation ago.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924541

    Rosh Chodesh Av: Yarzheit of Ahron HaCohen

    in reply to: Welcome YW Moderator-80! #651602

    Maybe feivel will be kind enough to do something on the emu in honor if our newest mod, who, amazingly, is a proud graduate of EMU (Eastern Moderator University).

    We have an EMU Emu with us. Seriously, clown college would probably have been a better path in life.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924540

    This Day in History (July 22)

    1916 – In San Francisco, California, a bomb explodes on Market Street during a Preparedness Day parade killing 10 and injuring

    1991 – Police in Milwaukee arrested serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

    1998 – Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of reaching Israel or Saudi Arabia.

    2004 – The Sept. 11 commission issued a report saying America’s leaders failed to grasp the gravity of terrorist threats before the 9/11 attacks.

    in reply to: This Date in History #924539

    This Date in History (July 21)

    1831 – Belgium became independent as Leopold I was proclaimed King of the Belgians.

    1944 – American forces landed on Guam during World War II.

    1969 – Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin blasted off from the moon aboard the lunar module.

    1980 – Draft registration began in the United States for 19- and 20-year-old men

    2002 – Telecommunications giant WorldCom Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection after disclosing it had inflated profits by nearly $4 billion through deceptive accounting.

    2008 – Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, one of the world’s top war crimes fugitives, was arrested in a Belgrade suburb by Serbian security forces.

    in reply to: Welcome YW Moderator-80! #651594

    Remember to bring me tea when you come.

    in reply to: Welcome YW Moderator-80! #651591

    I can’t believe you fell for the rookie prank that 99 plays on all the fresh meat.

    Typical EMU grad.

    in reply to: Welcome YW Moderator-80! #651588

    school of choice? HA! EMU is the school DeVry applicants use as a safety net.

    I’d be surprised if you could do as much as spell moderator with your degree from EMU.

    in reply to: Welcome YW Moderator-80! #651580

    Eastern Moderator University?!? I thought this club was exclusive SMU (Not the one which received the NCAA “Death Penalty”)

    Sad day when we see the editor and more senior mods lowering their acceptance standards.

    in reply to: Welcome YW Moderator-80! #651575

    Glad to have you with us. Good Luck and have fun

    in reply to: Welcome YW Moderator-26! #651608

    Perfect timing, we could use some extra help during the summer.

    Remember, rookies get the night shift!

    in reply to: Dunkin Donuts & The Heter Of Oleh Al Shulchan M’Lachim #662695


    A number of years ago I learned that the heter of lighting the fire only applies to Ashkenazim, not to Sfardim. I also learned that hechsherim in Israel will have the mashgiach come in early and cook the meat (not fully, halachikally cooked) so that there was no issue of bishul akum.

    I saw this 1st hand in a Chineese restaurant once in Jerusalem.

    in reply to: Brain Teaser #688316

    Child could be a mamzer if the father married someone with an issur erva.

    in reply to: Brain Teaser #688310

    Unless the answer you are looking for is a biblical character known as Pinchas, who despite having a father and grandfather who were kohanim, he was not (initially) a kohen.

    in reply to: Brain Teaser #688309

    What about my reply? The Kohen married a non-Jewish woman.

    in reply to: Brain Teaser #688305

    I personally knew of a case like this. The boy thought because his father was a kohen he was. However, his mother is a goy and the boy ended up having a geyrus.

    He still thought he’d become a kohen after that.

    in reply to: OUTRAGES?! Violence in Jerusalem #650525

    I agree, but they were the ones quoting the other side (namely the hospital)

    By the way, please don’t think for a second that I confuse the Jerusalem Post with a legitimate news source (anti-torah/anti-jewish zionist claims aside)

    in reply to: OUTRAGES?! Violence in Jerusalem #650522

    You’ll notice I chose my words carefully Mr. Joseph.

    For some reason, this story brings back memories. I wonder if this is a repeat of a similar story from a short while back, or if this is the same mother both times.

    in reply to: OUTRAGES?! Violence in Jerusalem #650518

    For what it is worth. According to the Jerusalem Post, the mother is a member of Neturei Karta. And they were the ones initializing the protests.

    The article also claims the hospital has security video showing the mother disconnect her son from the IV

    in reply to: OUTRAGES?! Violence in Jerusalem #650499

    Nice Freudian.

    Fire Away!

    Well done

    in reply to: This Date in History #924520

    This Date in History (July 13th)

    1960 – John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Los Angeles

    1977 – A 25-hour blackout hit the New York City area after lightning struck upstate power lines.

    2005 – Former WorldCom Inc. boss Bernard Ebbers was sentenced to 25 years in prison for leading the largest corporate fraud in U.S. history.

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