Tuesday, 05/12/09 Public Square

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I hope today is a peaceful day.  Is there anything special anyone wants to discuss or share?

fnord

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11 responses to “Tuesday, 05/12/09 Public Square

  1. frigginloon

    Morning Fnord..:) and the Prairie P&P’s. Just like to send out good wishes to American journalist Roxana Saberi on her release from jail.

  2. Howdy loon.
    Friggin rainin here again.
    The Neosho river is right up under the highway bridges. Reminds me of living on the Mississippi river when I was a kid.

  3. wicked

    I’m sick of rain.

    But if I complain too much, will that bring on a drought?

  4. My Mother and I went out shopping again this afternoon. My hair is all frizzy from the rain, and I feel slightly damp. We found her a new sofa — glory be! Getting there slowly but surely. 😉

    Someone will know what a cubit is when we need to start the ark, won’t they?

  5. Isn’t this a wonderful thing?

    “Dick Cheney said Tuesday that he’s not going to “roll over” while Democrats accuse the Bush administration of breaking the law with its anti-terror policies.

    The former vice president defended his decision to stay in the public eye during an interview Tuesday on FOX News, his latest appearance in a media blitz since leaving office.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/12/cheney-emerges-defender-chief-bush-years-drawing-criticism/

    To actually see more of his scowling face, and hear his accusations and justifications! Sure works good for making his party look even less attractive! They didn’t have enough numbers to win and he makes them sound ugly enough to turn people away. Life is good!

  6. It’s spreading! And, way past time! I want to live to see marriage between two consenting adults be legal in America, all of America. Well, it isn’t law in New York, yet, and it faces an uphill battle in the Senate, but it’s progress!

    “Assembly OKs same-sex marriage bill by larger margin

    ALBANY – As the State Assembly last night passed a same-sex marriage bill by a larger margin than two years ago, its fate in the State Senate remained uncertain.

    Even though Democrats now control the Senate, Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) acknowledged Tuesday that he needed Republican votes for adoption. Efforts to persuade wavering senators will be aided by the lower chamber’s action, he said.

    In the Senate, 32 votes are needed for passage and at least six of 32 Democrats have said they oppose the bill.

    “We do know that it will probably take a mixture of votes and we’re working on it,” Smith told Newsday. He has said he will not bring the measure to a vote without first knowing it will pass.”

    continue reading:
    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/state/ny-stmarr1312759152may12,0,1837357.story

  7. News from the Votemaster

    “Politico is reporting that Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) will announce tomorrow that he is running for the Senate. He will say that Florida’s problems are caused by Washington and by going there he can help solve them. He will not say that as a freshman in a minority caucus of 40 senators, he will have no power to do anything at all. Nor will he say that being governor is a tough job when the economy is bad because he has to make tough decisions that will be unpopular with many voters. Crist is popular in the state and will probably be elected senator, no matter who the Democrats run.

    On the other hand, the governor’s mansion will then be up for grabs. In the long run, that might actually be more important than one Senate seat more or less, especially when redistricting comes around in 2010.”

  8. “US soldier who shot five troops was ‘broken’ by counsellors

    The US soldier accused of killing five of his fellow troops in Iraq was not a violent person, but counsellors “broke” him before the incident at a military stress centre, his father has said.

    Excerpts of his military record, obtained by The Associated Press, show Sgt. Russell previously did two one-year tours of duty in Iraq, one starting in April 2003 and another beginning November 2005. The stress of repeat and extended tours is considered a main contributor to mental health problems among troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    His father said the soldier, an electronics technician, was at the stress centre to transition out of active duty. He said his son was undergoing stressful mental tests that he didn’t understand were merely tests, “so they broke him.”

    John has forfeited his life. Apparently, he said (to his wife), ‘My life is over. To hell with it. I’m going to get even with ’em,’ he said.

    “He’s not a violent person,” he said. “He’s just a loving, caring guy.”

    “He doesn’t like to see anyone get hurt. For this to happen, it had to be something going on that the Army’s not telling us about.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/5315818/US-soldier-who-shot-five-troops-was-broken-by-counsellors.html

  9. tosmarttobegop

    My son called from Iraq to wish his mother happy mother’s day, we talked about the killings.
    For the most part news of soldiers being killed there does not get to them much. He learns more about it from me then from the Army. He had not heard about the five soldiers being killed at Camp Liberty.
    He said so far his days are pretty boring, like the killer he too is in communications which generally means he ends up setting around and also being a watchman for the computer room so no one is looking at porn or stealing a computer. He ends up being called on to be a gunner in some convoys and guarding odd and ends. Like the locals the FOB hires to pick-up trash outside the fence and one time guarding a blimp they had to reel in to fix something.

    But he does not feel any real stress just bored most of the time.
    He told me a while back that three soldiers assigned to his Division have been killed but he did not know them. Contrary to what the news reported here it was not an Al-Qaeda dressed up like an Iraqis Security
    Force. It really was a ISF soldier that killed them.

    It is a problem with this kind of action, you do not know who the real enemy is, So you end up being always on alert, You only trust your fellow soldiers, but as we can see that is not always the case.

    • frigginloon

      The Loon sends all the best to your son. I have met quite a few American soldiers who have fought in Iraq and I can say I only have the utmost respect for them (not for the man that sent them there but that is a whole other story). I was at an airport in the US a few years ago and a group of young men in uniform were walking through the terminal. One person stopped and began clapping and before I knew it everyone was clapping … it was amazing.