Friday, 10/09/09, Public Square

looking-out-on-the-fallI hope this Friday gives you a warm pleasant place to look out at a beautiful view.  Brrrr.

Getting ready for a weekend of watching football or whatever makes you feel great?

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13 responses to “Friday, 10/09/09, Public Square

  1. ‘Humbled’ Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize
    Committee says president gives world’s people ‘hope for a better future’

    …the Nobel committee gave the new American president the award because of “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

    • It’s the “Thank God We Survived George WMD Bush” Prize and way premature.

      Awarding the Peace Prize seems to be overt lobbying against a more aggressive strategy in Afghanistan/Pakistan. And I’m not sure I’m against that.

      But even more clear is how the rest of the world came to hate Shrub’s America.

    • Isn’t at least half of the success of our foreign policy based on what other countries feel and think about how we conduct it?

      Everything he’s done has been ridiculed by conservatives, but we have seen movement…and now this.

      Talking doesn’t equal weakness.

  2. I agree that talking doesn’t equal weakness. War really should be the very last option.

    When I first heard this news my thoughts went to how short a time he’s been in office, and the complaints I knew would follow. But ya know what? The Conservatives complain very loudly no matter what — it’s how they live their lives nowadays.

    Monkeyhawk, hadn’t thought about it being, “overt lobbying against a more aggressive strategy in Afghanistan / Pakistan.” But, of course your perception could be exactly right. It seems President Obama doesn’t intend to make rash decisions or be coerced unduly on these difficult decisions, and he gives emphasis to acts of diplomacy (which he is capable of handling). If he does nothing more than always remain flexible it will be an improvement!

  3. Oma, I think respect from other countries is at least half the job!

  4. tosmarttobegop

    Its like being in Love with a blind date you have yet to meet.
    It does actually cheapen the award if based on what might be instead of what is done as of yet. There are something’s that are praises of the President that are more wishful thinking then reality.

  5. tosmarttobegop

    It does get me, health care reform should be the simplest thing in the world.

    The need is so plain, the course is so obvious, it is as simple as if the house is on fire the course is to get out.

    Yet I would have never imagined it would be so difficult and the real hopes are fading.

    We are ending up with something that is are ready broken before it even is in place.

  6. 6176746f6c6c65

    Krugman’s column does raise some very interesting points, worthy of discussion separately, at length after additional thought. Without sufficient time ATM to do so, I do however want to briefly address the issue of cuts in educational spending.

    As I can attest after dealing with those my chronological superiors for many years in a certain service organization whose political stance is grossly different than mine, educational spending is viewed by those so situated as a recurring expense, and not an investment. Thus, the underlying mindset illustrated by cuts among the several states pointed out by Dr. Krugman which have led to the loss of employment in Education becomes understandable; not defensible, not correct (IMHO), but understandable.

  7. From the Nobel Laureate panel who voted unanimously to award the prize to President Obama:

    “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

    “Obama has as president created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

    “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.

    “For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world’s leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama’s appeal that “Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.”

    I have greater understanding of those who criticize the committee, those who state it is premature… I have no understanding of those who continue to criticize President Obama for the actions of the Nobel Laureate panel.

    How difficult it must be to wake up each morning and be negative and critical all day long!

  8. 6176746f6c6c65

    I feel that criticism of the committee along those lines is understandable, fnord, and well-placed IMO. Like you, I do not understand criticism of the President for the committee’s actions.

    I think I just had an epiphany; the latter are convinced that the President is a silent member of the panel with veto power. That must be it. /sarcasm