Sunday, 06/14/09, Public Square

us flagSince 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day. Prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Congressional legislation designating that date as the national Flag Day was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949; the legislation also called upon the president to issue a flag day proclamation every year.

Presidents have declared today Flag Day.  But, a few short years ago today was declared the date Wicked was born so PP&Ps hereby declare this day Wicked’s birthday!



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18 responses to “Sunday, 06/14/09, Public Square

  1. Happy birthday, Wicked! I love ya, girl! Do something just for you today.

  2. Happy birthday. Be selfish today if possible!

  3. Gotta go help an old friend with some house wiring.
    If your lights dim out, play taps!

  4. tosmarttobegop

    I woke up this morning in a positive mood, now as usual when I wake with a positive mood.
    I am positive some SOB will screw my positive mood up!

    • Don’t let ’em! Don’t give anyone control over your emotions. Be positive that your positive mood will be better for you and everyone around you.

  5. davika

    Black is hot, white is neutral and green is ground…

  6. There are religious people who see the dangers.

    “Faiths join in prayer for peace

    Representatives of a half dozen faiths gathered Saturday at a Wichita synagogue to express their religious solidarity in the wake of recent shootings in Wichita and Washington, D.C.

    Members of the Islam, Hindu and Baha’i faiths joined their counterparts from Jewish and Christian congregations in an interfaith service called “Love Overcoming Hate.”

    About 75 people attended the service at Ahavath Achim Hebrew Congregation, 1850 N. Woodlawn.

    Several participants addressed Wednesday’s fatal shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Washington, D.C., as well as the May 31 fatal shooting of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller.

    They also mentioned the June 1 fatal shooting of a soldier outside an Army recruiting booth in Little Rock, Ark. The suspect in that shooting was identified as a recent convert to Islam who was motivated by religious and political beliefs.

    “The irony is that the people who committed these crimes came from religious backgrounds,” said Maher Musleh, Wichita chapter coordinator of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

    “They looked in religion and found hatred. They didn’t look for what is good in religion.”

    Michael Gardner, the pastor of First United Methodist Church, said religious congregations were shaken by the shootings.

    “The events of the last two weeks have taken their toll,” he said. “Our confidence was shaken in the goodness of God.”

    The service was sponsored by the Hebrew Congregation and Inter-Faith Ministries. The Rev. Sam Muyskens, Inter-Faith’s director, said the service was held for the benefit Jews who were hurt most by the Holocaust Memorial shooting.

    “The whole faith community wants to come together and express solidarity, to say that love overcomes hate,” he said after the service. “It’s not just a concept. It is happening.”

    Rabbi Nissim Wernick of the Hebrew Congregation agreed.

    “Violence and terror is an epidemic that, if not checked, is a disease that will cause the fall of humanity,” he said.

    “I think we have made the community aware of the hatred and how it can be overcome.”

  7. davika

    Are you following the meltdown in Iran?

    Minute by minute updates….

    Grand Ayatollah Sanei in Iran has declared Ahmadinejad’s presidency illegitimate and cooperating with his government against Islam. There are strong rumors that his house and office are surrounded by the police and his website is filtered. He had previously issued a fatwa, against rigging of the elections in any form or shape, calling it a mortal sin.

    Report: Former head of Revolutionary Guards contests election. This could be huge, from ABC’s Lara Setrakian on Twitter: “Rezaei, the conservative candidate and fmr head of Revolutionary Guards, apparently publishes open letter strongly contesting iran election.”

    An informed Iranian-American tells me, “If the former head of Revolutionary Guards is saying it’s illegitimate, it’s definitely a crack in the armor because even if he’s not in, his former staff are still there.”

  8. I read several articles last evening, and gathered there are indicators the election results weren’t on the ‘up and up.’ Among them:

    If anyone still has any doubt about the fraud, consider this precise announcement twelve hours after the polls closed: Mr. Ahmadinejad received “62.3 percent” of the popular vote. This precision from a highly rural and largely developing country, where many of the votes obviously weren’t even counted. That is, they almost certainly had to be “counted” before they were cast.”

  9. Guess what car sold 457,000 units in 2008, topping the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord? In the ’90s, it outsold both the Accord and Ford Taurus.

    It would land in the top-20 best-selling models of all time, if considered, having sold more than 10 million units in its 30-year history.

    This top-selling car is pictured here.

  10. davika

    A tiny bit of progress?

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed an independent Palestinian state beside Israel for the first time on Sunday, dramatically reversing himself in the face of U.S. pressure but attaching conditions the Palestinians swiftly rejected.

    A week after President Barack Obama’s address to the Muslim world, Netanyahu said the Palestinian state would have to be unarmed and recognize Israel as the Jewish state — a condition amounting to Palestinian refugees giving up the goal of returning to Israel.

  11. A tiny bit of progress is better than what we saw for the eight long years under bush.

    I think the seeds are sown and will grow.

  12. lilacluvr

    Wicked – Happy Birthday!!!!