Saturday, 1/2/10, Public Square

This year will be a better year!  Let’s help each other, and not miss any opportunity to make it a great year.  Let’s be encouraging and helpful as we make our way into this new year of hope and challenges.  Together, we can do anything!


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6 responses to “Saturday, 1/2/10, Public Square

  1. Today’s date is a ‘palindrome date,’ meaning it is the same when read backwards as forwards.


    “Most of us learn palindromes as words or phrases: Madam, I’m Adam.

    Aziz Inan, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Portland whose hobby is creating math puzzles, said he realized one-third — or 12 of the 36 — palindrome dates in this millennium will occur this century.

    The first such special date in the 21st century was Oct. 2, 2001 (10-02-2001). The last one before that was Aug. 31, 1380 (08-31-1380), when people didn’t have smart phones or DVRs, much less the luxury to recognize palindrome dates in style.

    That’s even if they wrote dates in the format of mm-dd-yyyy during the Middle Ages. In Europe today, they write dates dd-mm-yyyy, and the International Standard format is yyyy-mm-dd.

    But we’re in the United States of America, right? So, go ahead, party like it’s Independence Day, or 07-04-1776.

    Inan pointed out if you split the date in two, to 704 and 1776, it’s interesting to notice 704 = 4 x 4 x 44 and 1776 = 4 x 444.

    “It’s as if the founding fathers had a secret code to choose that day on purpose, but I know it’s not true,” he said, adding he plans to publish a recreational math puzzle book before the next palindrome date of Nov. 2, 2011 (11-02-2011).”

  2. It’s funny. The last time I thought of palindrome dates, I hadn’t ever heard of the person oft in the news named Palin. She’s pretty much the same backwards as forwards too. In fact, I’ve heard her speak and been unable to tell whether she is speaking backwards or forwards.

  3. National security will be a top issue this election year. All who oppose President Obama — those who want America to fail — are loudly proclaiming he hasn’t and won’t “keep America safe.” You’ll hear and read many ‘takes’ on what’s happening, how situations are being handled, and some will attempt to color it their way. Read the following remarks from the President himself — his first weekly address of the new decade — about the dangers we face and what his administration is doing to keep our nation safe:

    “It has now been more than a week since the attempted act of terrorism aboard that flight to Detroit on Christmas Day. On Thursday, I received the preliminary findings of the reviews that I ordered into our terrorist watch list system and air travel screening. I’ve directed my counter terrorism and homeland security adviser at the White House, John Brennan, to lead these reviews going forward and to present the final results and recommendations to me in the days to come.

    As I said this week, I will do everything in my power to make sure our hard-working men and women in our intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security communities have the tools and resources they need to keep America safe. This includes making sure these communities — and the people in them — are coordinating effectively and are held accountable at every level. And as President, that is what I will do.

    Meanwhile, the investigation into the Christmas Day incident continues, and we’re learning more about the suspect. We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of al Qaeda, and that this group — al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America.

    This is not the first time this group has targeted us. In recent years, they have bombed Yemeni government facilities and Western hotels, restaurants and embassies — including our embassy in 2008, killing one American. So, as President, I’ve made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government — training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al Qaeda terrorists.

    And even before Christmas Day, we had seen the results. Training camps have been struck; leaders eliminated; plots disrupted. And all those involved in the attempted act of terrorism on Christmas must know — you too will be held to account.

    But these efforts are only part of a wider cause. It’s been nearly a year since I stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and took the oath of office as your President. And with that oath came the solemn responsibility that I carry with me every moment of every day — the responsibility to protect the safety and security of the American people.

    On that day I also made it very clear — our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred, and that we will do whatever it takes to defeat them and defend our country, even as we uphold the values that have always distinguished America among nations.

    And make no mistake, that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. It’s why I refocused the fight — bringing to a responsible end the war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, and dramatically increasing our resources in the region where al Qaeda is actually based, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s why I’ve set a clear and achievable mission — to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies and prevent their return to either country.

    And it’s why we’ve forged new partnerships, as in Yemen, and put unrelenting pressure on these extremists wherever they plot and train — from East Africa to Southeast Asia, from Europe to the Persian Gulf. And though often out of sight, our progress has been unmistakable. Along with our partners, we’ve disrupted terrorist financing, cut off recruiting chains, inflicted major losses on al Qaeda’s leadership, thwarted plots here in the United States, and saved countless American lives.

    Yet as the Christmas Day attempt illustrates, and as we were reminded this week by the sacrifices of more brave Americans in Afghanistan — including those seven dedicated men and women of the CIA — the hard work of protecting our nation is never done. So as our reviews continue, let us ask the questions that need to be asked. Let us make the changes that need to be made. Let us debate the best way to protect the country we all love. That is the right and responsibility of every American and every elected official.

    But as we go forward, let us remember this — our adversaries are those who would attack our country, not our fellow Americans, not each other. Let’s never forget what has always carried us through times of trial, including those attacks eight Septembers ago.

    Instead of giving in to fear and cynicism, let’s renew that timeless American spirit of resolve and confidence and optimism. Instead of succumbing to partisanship and division, let’s summon the unity that this moment demands. Let’s work together, with a seriousness of purpose, to do what must be done to keep our country safe.

    As we begin this New Year, I cannot imagine a more fitting resolution to guide us — as a people and as a nation.”

  4. Hello public!
    I don’t FEEL square.

  5. tosmarttobegop

    Hindsight is always 120 by 120, you can look back and see exactly what you should have done or not done.
    As with the last attempt, once 9-11 happens the indicators were clear that something like it was going to happen.

    To quote a famous American President: “Fool me once shame on you…. Fool me again you can’t fool me!”.

    The latest really was a failure, unlike 9-11 where such a thing was not likely in the mind.
    This one was to be looked for and to be aware of, the system failed not due to President Obama.
    After all, we were coming out of 8 years of being the subject of such attacks and it could be thought that by now a system was in place that would catch this.

    I have often pointed out to those pointing to there have not been another terrorist attack in the last eight years. As Bush’s success that all that could mean is that they have yet to enact an attack.
    Though this one is now being accredited as an Al-Qaeda attempt, it is not the same Al-Qaeda as with 9-11.
    It was not a Bin Laden operation and more the present danger as instead of one enemy there are hundreds to watch.

  6. David B

    Free Open House at the new downtown Intrust Area. Today, 10 A.M for 6 P.M.