Wednesday, 04/29/09 Public Square

serendipitypic-3copy1Serendipity is the gift of making happy, accidental discoveries of valuable things you weren’t looking for.  It comes to the person who is curious and adventurous.

Let’s talk and maybe we’ll happen upon something valuable accidentally.  Maybe we’ll just decide our conversations are valuable.



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13 responses to “Wednesday, 04/29/09 Public Square

  1. Good rainy morning! Have you checked to see if you’re growing webs between your toes?

    Did you know serendipity derives from Serendip, the old Persian name for Sri Lanka? English author Horace Walpole first coined the word in a letter dated January 28, 1754, when he said, “…”this discovery, indeed, is almost of that kind which I call Serendipity, a very expressive word.” He was referring to characters in a Persian fairy tale, “The Three Princes of Serendip” who often made such discoveries.

    • Trip to the Outhouse

      Sri Lanka can’t be very “serendipitous” these days with the Tamil Tigers fighting the government forces with the poor civilians caught in the middle.

  2. On Arlen Spector changing political parties again, as he was a Democrat until 1966, The Votemaster says, “Specter will not be a knee-jerk Democrat, just as he was never a knee-jerk Republican, but no doubt the deal he made with Reid included his voting for cloture most of the time even if he ultimately opposes the bill in question. He could always justify such a split position by saying: “This is an important issue and I believe the Senate should vote on it, not have it be blocked by procedural maneuvers.”

  3. Thunderchild

    I believe we are very close to seeing the end of the Republican party as a relevant entity in national politics. What’s even MORE fun is that the cons seem to be embracing marginalization to irrelevance as some sort of light at the end of the tunnel.

    • That’s quite amazing! But then, they still think ? bush the lesser had some redeeming qualities, so I question their ability to reason. It seems to me they’re just blessed with amazing abilities to deflect, rationalize and excuse. I’m to the point of ignoring the few still in their camp as I see nothing worth spending any time on.

      Someone let me know if they actually come up with an idea or alternate solution to anything.

  4. When raging hormones trump so-called deeply held religious convictions, someone is bound to find an “out,” and others gladly accept that way around the rules as the righteous path! I tell you it’s really much easier to admit you’re horny, adult and normal!

    Islam’s Sex Licenses

    — snip —

    “Luckily for young Muslims like Selman, who are deeply religious yet subject to the same hormonal forces as any other twentysomething, the Quran provides what you might call a caveat clause. Its rule against sex outside of marriage is clear, but many Shiite Muslims believe that a section called “Al Nissa” contains a single word (istimta) that seems to allow Muslims to engage in Mut’ah marriages, or “pleasure marriages”—essentially, temporary marriages for the purpose of having sex.”

    If you are looking for excuses and alibis, permission from your God to have sex (or maybe just are amazed at the hypocrisy!) you’ll want to read this entire article!

  5. Bad Biker

    Good morning Pop Bloggers! It’s nice to see that we are finally getting some rain – at least that’s what I try to tell myself.

    A few thoughts……………………….

    I agree with TC re: the GOP – the hardcore RR conservatives seem to belief, despite all evidence, that they need to move FURTHER to the right to be relevant. Amazing.

    I managed to shower last night without hurting myself.

    Thoughts and prayers today for 6176 and Mary and her man.

    Thank God for spellcheck – I would look even dumber than I do now if all my misspellings were to be posted. Needless to say, I have never won a Spelling Bee.

    Speaking of general mental malfunctions – does anyone else have this problem: when putting items or a list in alphabetical order, I have to recite portions of my ABC’s to remember the correct order.

    Didn’t think so – I am singularly dumb in that regard.

    Well, I am off to my re-mod project. I started priming yesterday. I had told the homeowner that see had not purchased nearly enough prime. Sure enough, ran out about half way through. At least I got all the cut in done – God I hate that portion of painting. Give me the BIG roller!

    Later – don’t drown out there today, folks!

  6. lilacluvr

    I am listening to our former Gov Sebelius now on MSNBC doing a press conference with DHS Napolitano (sp?) about the swine flu.

    The thing that stuck out the most to me was when Sebelius said the doctor from CDC would be speaking next and she said that this swine flu epidemic will be handled by the science (that was when she was talking about the CDC and their plans to send out all the anti-virals and vaccines to the states).

    Isn’t it refreshing to hear someone in her capacity to actually give -science- it’s due?

    It sure beats that famous Bushism – you’re doing a heckuva job brownie.

    But you know, science is a code word for socialism. At least that’s what I gather from the right-wing talk radio.

  7. You left out a couple of the descriptive words — damned uppity, intellectual scientists who work on theories and hypothesis! We need facts not theories! 😉

  8. I talked to 6176 on the phone today. He has been assessed, evaluated, counseled, tested and then all the medical folks got together for a big meeting and decided he would require 4 weeks rehab. He thinks he can better that, and of course, they will all get their heads together again next Tuesday to compare notes again and tweak the plan if needed.

    He likes the people, and has confidence in them. Most especially he seems to really be comfortable with the gals in charge of his PT and OT.

    When he mentioned he and another patient had some mischief planned for this evening at dinner, I knew he was doing just fine! 😉

    Oh, the psychiatrist who evaluated him hasn’t decided yet whether he is normal but he said he was going to be disappointed if he did! He had tried his best to convince him he isn’t normal in any way!

  9. David B

    My Latest Silly Rant:

    “We need the rain,” I often hear.
    I retort, “I do not need the rain. I ain’t no farmer. Look, the rain make my grass grow. Then I have to cut it. My lawnmower puts out more pollution in one cutting than my car does when driven 100 miles.”
    “Rain is therefore bad for the environment. I do not need the rain, thank you very much! I do not need the rain.”

  10. tosmarttobegop

    Yeah TC the Republicans may very well go the route of the Wigs, it is self destruction and I would go on but I am suddenly tired of discussing it. I took not just a shot across the bow on the other blog but fired a direct broadside against some of the leading Con-nuts there. It was kind of disappointing though when I checked back. Reg tried in a half hearted way to fire back but I am convinced I could confess to being a serial rapist and drinking the blood of the innocent on there and it would go without notice.
    LOL I really thought accusing them of being soldiers in Bin Laden war against the United States would get a better response.

  11. Remember when bush the lesser said history would treat him well? Wonder how much history it will take before he is in negative figures?

    Poll: Bush Getting Even More Unpopular Out Of Office

    A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that former President Bush’s popularity has dropped since he left office.

    When he left office in January, 31 percent of American’s viewed him positively. That number has now dropped to 26 percent.”