Monday, 09/21/09, Public Square

150px-International_Day_of_Piece_2006The International Day of Peace occurs annually on September 21. It is dedicated to peace, or specifically the absence of war, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone. It is observed by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples.

To inaugurate the day, the “Peace Bell” is rung at UN Headquarters. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents.

I would like to see every day of every year dedicated to peace.

How was your weekend?  Ready to start a brand new week?  Let’s make it a great one!



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21 responses to “Monday, 09/21/09, Public Square

  1. On the thought of peace day, a question: are our military forces necessary for the nation building of Afghanistan? Isn’t nation building what the U.N. used to do? Where are they on this problem?

  2. tosmarttobegop

    Iggy its a catch 22, the nation will not be build as long as the security situation is bad.
    Afghanistan is the classic putting lipstick on a Pig, even if you make it shiny and pleasant.
    There is just to reason to be there, it would have to be a U.S. welfare nation.
    SO the question I guess is why so many have tried to invade and control it?
    Except maybe the need to put up signs, entering and leaving on either end.

    The need in part is just the idea of leaving a end undone. Iraq did not attack us Al-Qaeda did.
    We walk away from Afghanistan and leave those who did attack us not captured or killed.
    Karma is out of the picture, off tittered. But then is karma worth the price now?

    • lilacluvr

      Actually, Afganistan is only part of the problem – there is also Pakistan, in my opinion.

      How we deal with Pakistan will directly affect how effective we are with Al Queda and the people who really masterminded 9/11.

      We will probably never get Bin Laden but due to Bush and Cheney pushing their war-for-profit in Iraq, the Al Queda is stronger than before 9/11.

      So do we just ignore them and let Pakistan continue to help Al Queda or shall we draw that line in the sand and start asking the hard questions?

      I agree it is a catch 22 – and anyway we go, it doesn’t look good.

  3. tosmarttobegop

    LOL I woke up wide awake at 4:30 AM. Why I have no idea and now my eyes are burning and I want to go back to bed. I started writing a story that is used as a vehicle for a observation about life and society.
    But the subject matter is something some might object to out of principle.

    What would be your reaction to seeing the neighbor’s ten y.o. daughter naked and running through your sprinkler? It has been something she started doing at three and every year since she does it again.
    Innocent and it is not hurting anything. But she is now ten, would you take away her innocence and tell her she should not be doing that?

    As I said the story is a vehicle not so much about a naked ten y.o. girl as it is about how innocence is forced out by the World.

  4. tosmarttobegop

    OK here is one of those stupid criminal stories with a high tech touch.
    A burglar broke into a house to rob it, but while there he logged onto his facebook account from the victim’s computer. To check for new messages….. Then forgot to log out before leaving!

  5. Today is also World Alzheimer’s Day.

    I’d forgotten.

  6. This is a topic that has occurred to me recently: I am thinking that my self-schema – in terms of how old I appear is stuck in the past. I have noticed that I have looked at people at work and think – “boy, that dude is old” and then I check his DOB and he is four years younger than me.

    Gasp! May be time to update the internal pictures/representations…

    • 6176746f6c6c65

      Easy there, iggy; too much, too soon can be a real shock to the system. 🙂

    • wicked

      LOL Getting old sucks!

      My best friend tells a story about her grandmother who, in her 90’s said that, although she looked old on the outside, on the inside she was still 20. I resemble that remark. 😉

    • tosmarttobegop

      That happens to me when I look in a mirror. That old man in the mirror does not look like the man in my mind.

  7. wicked

    Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.

    (Ha ha ha! I just got a message that I should slow down. I’m posting too fast! I’m slowing down by reading and replying to email.)

  8. Just when you think it can’t possibly get any weirder…

  9. 6176746f6c6c65

    Has anyone else been paying attention to the comments which have been posted to the Eagle on-line article about Wichita not getting a NCAA first and second round tournament site for the albino pachyderm? It is remarkable how any comment not “rah, rah” about the arena and (no doubt implied) how Wichita got the shaft draws “hater” responses from others.

    Sigh; an arena might have made sense in futuro once other development had occurred downtown. It just made no sense as the engine for such development.

    • lilacluvr

      But then the good ole boys would not have gotten their lion’s share at free taxpayers money.

      Soak the peasants for the wealthiest few – isn’t that the American way?

      I still fail to see why anyone would build an arena expecting to fill it and not even put in a parking lot?

      Again, which good ole boy didn’t want a parking lot there?

  10. wicked

    Okay, boys and girls, it’s time for a trip to visit Aunt Arianna. She has a special treat for us today, a review of Michael Moore’s new docu, Capitalism: A Love Story. This is one you don’t want to miss. And don’t forget to read the comments.

  11. tosmarttobegop

    Well President Obama’s appearances Sunday were big failures. He discussed the health care reform like his was not talking about what is there as a example. He stated what he thought should be there not what is there. He repeated the same talking points when the need is to actually say something that would outline real issues within the bill.

    He spoke like a little girl describing the pony she wants for Christmas. More wishful thinking than actual reality of what he will get. He would be better off waiting to make these appearance until there is a actual bill to read and not the possible ingredients that are thought to be going into a bill.

    Now for the Republicans that made appearances, Listening to their proposals.
    Health care savings account, shaking loose of being a prisoner to the Government or the employer based insurance. You need to go out and get a single policy for your family.
    Tax (we are so nice we will give you back your own money) credits for purchasing your own insurance. Now the figure is five thousand tax credit when the actual cost is nearly fifteen thousand. Where on where did I leave that dusty ole ten grand?

    The jest of the Republican plan is a variance of the thought process attributed to the Democrats. The issue is just people are not paying their fair share and need to spend more of their own money. Get off that fat and bloated wallet in your back pocket and walk into the local insurance agent and pull some of the money out of that fat and bloated wallet of yours!

    • wicked

      I pulled out my wallet, opened it, and a whole family of moths flew out, along with a few of their cousins and the in-laws.

  12. lilacluvr

    Even if I had a wallet full of money to buy health insurance, I wonder how many of those insurance companies would be clamoring at my door to get my business?

    I venture to say – next to none?