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Steelboy84
12-18-2009, 10:43 PM
What were they thinking? Let's review

By CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer Christopher Sullivan, Associated Press Writer Thu Dec 17, 12:30 pm ET

Every decade has its mistakes, of course, but one nice thing about the past 10 years' foibles, foul-ups and flubs is that so often they came with neat, two-word monikers, almost like keepsakes: "Wardrobe malfunction." "Mission Accomplished." "Balloon boy."

Here's a review of 10 what-were-they-thinking moments.

1. Bernie Madoff has been called many names. For one federal regulatory sleuth, he was ... "a wonderful storyteller." For years, the Securities and Exchange Commission received detailed complaints that Madoff's investment operation was certainly fishy and probably criminal ("Nothing more than a Ponzi Scheme," a tipster wrote in 2000, eight years before Madoff confessed). SEC examiners found, instead, "a very captivating speaker" who assured them he was not "greedy" and all was OK. An SEC branch's decision to shelve the probe turned out to be a mistake one of, oh, several billion blamed on Madoff, who's now charming fellow inmates in prison.

2. White House flight of fancy, 2003: Advance folks had almost everything right: the golden sunset light, President George W. Bush's dramatic landing on the carrier deck, the speech. But that giant "Mission Accomplished" sign, with years of mission still ahead, who came up with that? Reporters launched the "bannergate" investigation.

3. White House flight of fancy, 2009: We always thought Air Force One takes a good picture in any setting but an aide to President Barack Obama thought a few snaps with lower Manhattan as a backdrop would be dramatic. How's this for drama: panicked office workers, seeing the low-flying 747 shadowed by a fighter plane, streaming out of buildings, phrases like "stupid and alarming" coming from local officials, and pretty much everybody mad about the taxpayer-funded photo op's price tag: $328,835. The aide was, er, grounded.

4. Aerial ambitiousness also gave us the balloon boy. When a homemade foil-covered balloon supposedly slipped its tether with a 6-year-old inside, we all held our breath except some heavy-breathing cable anchors. The balloon finally landed empty and the kid was found safe at home, hiding, his father said. But why? "You had said that we did this for a show," the tyke told Dad, a would-be reality TV star, live on CNN. Whoops. Hoax charges followed.

5. Publishing mistake of the decade, coming in 2006: "If I Did It," O.J. Simpson's book about how the murders of which he was acquitted might have been carried out. Amid furious protest, the project was aborted, the book was ordered "pulped," and the publisher acknowledged its "ill-considered project." And that wasn't the biggest faux pas of the decade for OJ. No. 1 was going to that Nevada hotel with weapon-toting friends to "reclaim" his sports memorabilia. "It was," said the sentencing judge, "much more than stupidity."

6. In 2006, after former Vice President Dick Cheney shot an orange-clad hunting buddy who looked nothing like a quail, the pockmarked victim graciously allowed that accidents happen. How did others react? A Texas Monthly cover threatened: "If you don't buy this magazine, Dick Cheney will shoot you in the face." A hockey team held a "Cheney Hunting Vest Night" "Don't Shoot, I'm Human," the vests said. Even Bush joked about his veep's middle initial: "B. stands for Bull's Eye."

7. Looking for guv in all the wrong places. That's how you might categorize a couple of high-profile statehouse mistakes. South Carolina's family-values Gov. Mark Sanford missed the Appalachian Trail and ended up in Buenos Aires, with his Argentine "soul mate." New York's crime-fighting Gov. Eliot Spitzer turned up far from Albany and as "Client-9" in a hooker's black book.

8. "So, we were watching the boob tube Sunday..." So began an editorial in the Lebanon (Pa.) Daily News, commenting on the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show during which Justin Timberlake tore away part of Janet Jackson's costume, momentarily exposing her breast in what was later called a "wardrobe malfunction." Knowing the offense given to millions of live viewers (plus those offended again and again as they cued up the YouTube rerun), Federal Communications Commission smut-busters imposed a fine but that, too, turned out to be a mistake. Arbitrary and capricious, a federal appeals court ruled.

9. What caused California's energy crisis back in 2000-2001? Deregulation? Too many hands on the AC switch? What about "creativity" by Enron employees? On Jan. 17, 2001, amid rolling blackouts, a fellow at the energy-trading firm told a power plant worker to "get a little creative" and find a reason to shut down, tightening electricity supply. "OK, so we're just coming down for some maintenance, like a forced outage type thing?" the worker offered. "I knew I could count on you," his colleague replied on a tape revealed in a lawsuit. California's grid eventually stabilized, but Enron itself blinked out under hefty fines and criminal charges.

10. Finally, it must be acknowledged there were a few mistakes in the entertainment world and we're not just talking about "American Idol" auditions. No, at least those didn't cost $100 million, the amount investors plowed into the 2002 movie "The Adventures of Pluto Nash." Basically, nobody showed up at the box office. Well, not quite nobody. "I know two or three people that liked this movie," said the star, Eddie Murphy. Who knew there'd be no audience for a comedy about a nightclub arson on the moon?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091217/ap_on_re_us/us_mistakes_of_the_decade

Steelboy84
12-18-2009, 10:48 PM
Not sure how 9 and 10 made the list.

1, 2, 4, and 6 definitely.

Vincent
12-19-2009, 10:28 AM
#1 Decade, century, all time...

http://www.anti-christ.com/newspics/obama.jpg

klick81
12-19-2009, 11:15 AM
#1 Decade, century, all time...

http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/images/George%20W%20Bush.jpg

I AGREE!

GoSlash27
12-19-2009, 11:17 AM
Vincent,
Disagree. That mistake was a direct result of an even bigger mistake that's conspicuously absent from the list:
f_A77N5WKWM

supa_fly_steeler
12-19-2009, 11:46 AM
6. In 2006, after former Vice President Dick Cheney shot an orange-clad hunting buddy who looked nothing like a quail, the pockmarked victim graciously allowed that accidents happen. How did others react? A Texas Monthly cover threatened: "If you don't buy this magazine, Dick Cheney will shoot you in the face." A hockey team held a "Cheney Hunting Vest Night" — "Don't Shoot, I'm Human," the vests said. Even Bush joked about his veep's middle initial: "B. stands for Bull's Eye."

LOLLOLOLOLLOL

MACH1
12-19-2009, 12:26 PM
#1 - #10 Decade, century, all time...

http://www.anti-christ.com/newspics/obama.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_dDGlPYc7rkg/SfT1oC05t3I/AAAAAAAAANU/dlJ0cZjg0F8/obama_mistake.jpg

GBMelBlount
12-19-2009, 01:01 PM
I don't mean to question the validity of this list but why is hiring Arians not mentioned anywhere?

Just saying.

BlastFurnace
12-19-2009, 01:47 PM
#1 Decade, century, all time...

http://www.anti-christ.com/newspics/obama.jpg

Worst mistake this country ever made. Actually, it's pretty embarassing.

Steelboy84
12-19-2009, 01:50 PM
I don't mean to question the validity of this list but why is hiring Arians not mentioned anywhere?

Just saying.

Well, from what folks are saying, he won't be around much longer. Hope we get someone who TRULY believes in the run. Nice balance for the offense.

That's who we have been for 40 years: run the ball, punishing defense.

Steelboy84
12-19-2009, 01:53 PM
I AGREE!

lol

:applaudit: :applaudit: :applaudit: :applaudit:

He wasn't the worst ever. That title goes to one Mr. Hoover. But he's definitely in the top 3.

Steelboy84
12-19-2009, 01:57 PM
Worst mistake this country ever made. Actually, it's pretty embarassing.

A whole lot worse can be named. Vietnam, Iraq, Bush, among others.

GBMelBlount
12-19-2009, 02:29 PM
Well, from what folks are saying, he won't be around much longer. Hope we get someone who TRULY believes in the run. Nice balance for the offense.

That's who we have been for 40 years: run the ball, punishing defense.

Perhaps, but I really can't see anything on this list that remotely compares to magnitude of the mistakes that Arians has made.

I realize that wars and presidents ruining our country is important, but c'mon look Arians has done to our team!....and to not even mentioned here.....

RunWillieRun
12-19-2009, 02:50 PM
Worst mistake this country ever made. Actually, it's pretty embarassing.



Just goes to show how stupid and gullible the 52.9% of the population who voted for this imbecile really are. They bought into his promises of a utopian grandeur all because he was an effective speaker...it's just sad that so many weren't able to see through it and look at his (very few) actions as a State and US Senator and his associations in the past to realize he is hard-core radical statist hell-bent on transforming America into a de-industrialized welfare state.

BlastFurnace
12-19-2009, 04:09 PM
A whole lot worse can be named. Vietnam, Iraq, Bush, among others.

When your boy screws up our entire healthcare system...you and the others who support him will be begging for the days of George Bush.

MACH1
12-19-2009, 04:17 PM
When your boy screws up our entire healthcare system...you and the others who support him will be begging for the days of George Bush.

Thats an understatement. They'll be begging for the days of carter.

BrandonCarr39
12-19-2009, 04:38 PM
This entire decade is full of blunders - although Clinton's/Greenspan's economic policies in the 90's with all those artificial bubbles they created ended up blowing up into full fruition recently.

Vincent
12-19-2009, 05:47 PM
Vincent,
Disagree. That mistake was a direct result of an even bigger mistake that's conspicuously absent from the list:
f_A77N5WKWM

The strategery of this man has been misunderestimated.

That is all.

43Hitman
12-19-2009, 06:00 PM
The strategery of this man has been misunderestimated.

That is all.

:rofl:

GoSlash27
12-20-2009, 09:09 AM
The strategery of this man has been misunderestimated.
I like it! :chuckle:

But the single worst mistake made this decade IMO was releasing John Kuhn.

Gnutella
12-23-2009, 04:36 AM
The biggest mistake of the decade hasn't happened yet. It will happen Thursday morning in Washington D.C.

steelwalls
12-23-2009, 07:09 AM
The biggest mistake is people actually thinking that any of the past 5 Presidents (and current) are any more powerful than the Federal Reserve.

Perhaps even bigger is people thinking the "Federal" Reserve is actually a Federal intity.

43Hitman
12-23-2009, 10:19 AM
The biggest mistake is people actually thinking that any of the past 5 Presidents (and current) are any more powerful than the Federal Reserve.

Perhaps even bigger is people thinking the "Federal" Reserve is actually a Federal intity.

I agree. AUDIT THE FED!

MACH1
12-23-2009, 11:19 AM
The #1 mistake is about to happen tomorrow.

Dino 6 Rings
12-23-2009, 12:06 PM
I don't know...letting a bunch of Jihadist terrorists board at least 4 different planes with Box Cutters and a plan to Hijack, and fly those planes into key targets across the US may have been a big mother effing mistake not mentioned on this list.

I mean...No One thought it suspicious that they all had box cutters? That they all were shady looking and had evil intentions in their eyes? (subjective sure but come on, most of us get that little tingle feeling when something bad is about to happen) yet nobody did anything about these jackholes until it was too late.

Biggest Mistake after that was not Dropping 10 Nukes on 10 Cities in the Middle East. That would have ended all Jihad for at least 2 generations. Syria, Demascus, Medina, Mecca, Tehran, would have been my first 5 targets. Might have thrown one down on Kabul, Riyadh, Bahgdad, Amman, and Sanaa' too. Game set match fckers. That's how I'd have played it.