Eye-Catchers of the Day:
- The Top Ten Reasons The Government Shutdown Isn't All Bad (Posted by a group of Republican Senators)
- What happens in a US debt default?
Q & A: BBC http://is.gd/gxpHEW
- Vote for the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees: Rolling Stone Magazine http://is.gd/u2PACz
- ESPN Picture Graph: 21 countries have qualified for the 2014 World Cup. 11 more will do so in Nov. playoffs
STATS OF THE DAY
- By 2020, an estimated one-fourth of American workers will be 55 or older, up from 19 percent in 2010.
- The most calories for a single item at McDonald's is the chocolate McCafe shake with whipped cream and cherry-700 calories; the lowest caloric burger or sandwich is theircheeseburger-300 calories.
- The St. Louis Cardinals flame thrower Trevor Rosenthal has not allowed a run in 11 career post-season appearances.
- The Dodger’s Yasiel Puig is batting .600 (9-for-15) through four home postseason games, the highest home average in MLB.
- ESPN: ``Justin Verlander is the first pitcher in postseason history to be the starter in two games in which his team lost 1-0 in a single postseason.’’
- Just 45 % of Americans were vaccinated during last year's flu season, according the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
- According to the Washington Post, stretching back to 1980, the debt ceiling has been raised 42 times. It was raised 17 times under Ronald Reagan, 4 times under Bill Clinton and 7 times under George W. Bush.
- According to the Corruption Perceptions Index (2012) Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tie for first place as being the least corrupt countries, based in part on their strong access to information systems and rules governing the behavior of those in public positions, while Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are the most corrupt countries based predominantly on their lack of accountable leadership and effective public institutions.
- Former Fox News commentator Liz Cheney has raised $1.027 million since she announced in July her intention to challenge Mike Enzi (R-WY) for his senate seat. Enzi, by contrast, has earned $847,646 during that same time period.
- Harris Interactive Poll: Dallas Cowboys are the favorite team of adults who follow professional football. The Green Bay Packers move up one spot to number 2 and the Denver Broncos make one of the largest moves on the list, going up 14 spots to 3rd from a tie for 17th in 2011. Rounding out the top five favorite football teams are the New York Giants, up three spots from 7th to 4th, and the New England Patriots, who drop from number 4 to number 5.
- Esquire-NBC News survey: just 1 in 4 support immigration reforms that would provide a path to citizenship for those who came here illegally.
- The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll: An all-time high 74 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling Washington’s budget crisis; 53 percent, by contrast, disapprove of Obama’s work on the issue-21 points lower than disapproval of the Republicans.
- The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research: Among Americans ages 50 and older who currently have jobs, 82% expect to work in some form during retirement.
- Pew Internet & American Life Project: As of May 2013, some 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email. Another 85% of U.S. adults do go online.
Today in History:
October 16, 1997: The first page one color photo appears in The New York Times.
A Footnote: The first color photo believed to have appeared on page one of a major newspaper was on October 21, 1959, when the Minneapolis Star ran an Associated Press color photo of the funeral of General C. Marshall. On June 8, 1939, AP transmitted a half-tone color picture of President Roosevelt and King George VI from the nation's capital.
Cushy: The word ``cushy'' as in ``cushy job'', comes from a Hindi word khushi, meaning ``pleasant'' --a slang expression used by the British in India.
Looking For a Good Quote?
`` The boisterous sea of liberty indeed is never without a wave.''
October 16, 2013