Tuesday, 08/04/09, Public Square

11073254Happy birthday President Obama!  Born August 4, 1961, he is celebrating his 48th brithday today.  All at Prairie P&Ps wish you well, wish you a pleasant peaceful productive (those three Ps again!) day!

What’s happenin’ around your way, bloggers?

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15 responses to “Tuesday, 08/04/09, Public Square

  1. tosmarttobegop

    Yes happy birthday Mr. President, even though you are the forefront of the invasion from the planet zip-nar!
    That alien race who’s intent is to enslave the Mallard ducks of earth.

    There was a discussion about the birthers and conspiracy theories of the passed. I noticed something odd, why is it that even though there was enough evidence to support the whole Bush, Neo-conservatives thing.
    It has not gain any real standing within the populist. Yet several of the right inspired conspiracies have such legs? A part of the reason that the birthers get so much air time is that the left is acting like a shark smelling blood in the water.

    Now I have found it true that the right does seem to have the ability to accept many aspects of the conspiracy theories on face value. I know I needed no real evidence to accept much about Bill Clinton during those days. I simply did not think about it as to whether it even made sense.
    I wonder if it is the “what difference does it make” effect? Kind of like a belief in ghosts or not, whether you believe or not does not make a difference over all.

  2. I think it’s a difference in curiosity and the ability to think for oneself, plus critical thinking skills.

    I’ll let you assign the qualities where they belong.

    According to wiki:

    “Critical thinking is purposeful and reflective judgment about what to believe or what to do in response to observations, experience, verbal or written expressions, or arguments. Critical thinking might involve determining the meaning and significance of what is observed or expressed, or, concerning a given inference or argument, determining whether there is adequate justification to accept the conclusion as true. Hence, Fisher & Scriven define critical thinking as “Skilled, active, interpretation and evaluation of observations, communications, information, and argumentation. Parker & Moore define it more narrowly as the careful, deliberate determination of whether one should accept, reject, or suspend judgment about a claim and the degree of confidence with which one accepts or rejects it.”

    • I think you’re onto it there.

      I think the difference is being able to fairly evaluate the evidence at hand, vs grabbing at anything that you think may support your point of view and taking it as absolute truth, even when its proven false.

      Steadfast refusal to see and believe anything but the talking points seems to be a value.

  3. tosmarttobegop

    for some it really just boils down to the partisanship, if it drives the left nuts then go for it! Repeat it and seem to accept it. Again it falls to what difference does it make? If you say that you think Obama was not born in the U.S. Now you really do believe there is no question and you accept that. But if there is a great deal of objection from the left it is a gig to be used.

    Now it does become like acting crazy, you do it long enough you do become crazy.

    • Are there any consequences (other than making a public fool of himself) for the soldier who refused to be deployed on the grounds the CiC isn’t legal?

      • lilacluvr

        I think that soldier refusing to serve was a tactic used by Republicans to bring a lawsuit into the court system. They are hoping to get it to go the Supreme Court and make Obama look bad.

        I think this goes hand in hand with the birthers movement.

      • tosmarttobegop

        chatting with my son and he said yes it is refusing to obey a direct order

  4. wicked

    The key word in all of this is “think”. Too many don’t have to these days. After all, we have Rush and the rest to do it for us.

  5. wicked

    singing in a very breathy voice

    Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Mr. President, happy birthday to you.

    🙂

    • griffin

      Thoughts of a billowy white dress aflutter in the breeze and the sound of a subway train in the background. I have a good imagination!

  6. lilacluvr

    How many of you think that Rush squashed any radio deal for Sarah Palin?

    Isn’t Clear Channel the one Rush is with and wasn’t it Clear Channel that passed on Palin?

    What’s he afraid of – a woman with an equally annoying brand of lies?

    Let the infighting begin!

    • Two of them would be two too many. Rush probably knows that alone his statements are absurd, add another making equally absurd statements (although less clearly understood) and you have a nutcase conspiracy.

      • lilacluvr

        You may be giving Rush too much credit for thinking.

        I’m thinking Rush doesn’t want the competition and the possibility of losing money to another – woman!

        He’s already lost to 3 women through divorces and if they didn’t take him for his money – they should have.

  7. annie moose

    I wonder how much globalization had to do with this?