Saturday, 3/20/10, Public Square

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  1. fnord

    Well, this will only make the actual act impossible, won’t change the real reason behind rape or the cruelty they’ll still be able to inflict on their victims!

    “Argentine Province Approves Castration for Rapists”

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/03/19/argentina.castration/index.html

    • tosmarttobegop

      Recently I heard on the news about this subject and it is not fool proof.
      There have been several cases where a Rapist was castrated then when on to use an object to continue to rape.

      Rape is simulate murder instead of using a knife to stab the victim to death they are using their penis.
      It is liken to the same rage that is used to kill, the Rapist is actually wanting to kill the woman with his penis!

      It is a matter of the mind not the sexual organ.

  2. fnord

    During this era of obstructionism we find ourselves in, I’ve found a [sometimes] sane voice in Christopher Buckley. He finds fault with all politicians and doesn’t demonize any one ‘side’ more than the other. The title of this op-ed piece written by him is, “The Right Stifles Debate.

    Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist, and Larry Kudlow, inter alia, are in a lather over Simpson, whom they view as a—brace yourselves—moderate Republican who might actually end up endorsing tax increases as a way out of the pit that we have dug for ourselves. The horror, the horror.

    At the same time, there are rumblings in the fever swamps of the left over the appointment of Erskine Bowles to the commission. Bowles was President Clinton’s chief of staff back in those good old days. He was instrumental in enacting the 1997 balanced-budget amendment that actually produced a budgetary surplus. (Remember that brief, shiny moment?) The lefties are worried that he might propose trimming entitlements, Social Security, Medicare. Gasp. Shudder.

    I don’t mean to be flip, really. But if you live in Washington and see these commissions come and go, it’s hard to avoid becoming a little skeptical.

    What’s different this time, however, is the fervor with which some on the right are going after Simpson, in an attempt to pre-empt any proposal he might eventually make on the subject of the most critical issue facing our country: the national debt.

    The third rail of Democratic politics is cutting spending. For Republicans, it’s raising taxes. I’ll let Democrats defend spending our grandchildren broke on entitlements. As for the Republican third rail, one or two thoughts, the first being that we ought, really, to cut it out and get real.

    Reagan raised taxes, repeatedly, but let’s not go there. Instead, let’s take two recent presidential models: Bush 41 and Bush 43.

    Bush 41, faced with a recession, rising debt and a war, contravened his own body-part-specific campaign pledge and raised taxes. Say what you will about the politics of it—unwise, and not well-handled—it was the gutsy thing to do.

    Bush 43, also faced with a recession, rising debt and not one but two wars, cut taxes. And here we are, rapidly going broke and an annual—annual—deficit running at $1.6 trillion. (Trillion being the new billion.) Is it necessary to say that Republican caterwauling about Barack Obama’s deficit incontinence is, really, just a bit much?

  3. tosmarttobegop

    Fnord it is the most maddening, you end up feeling like you are tapping the people on the shoulder and shouting you are about to walk off a cliff.

    And they just keep walking, humming a happy tone while they step off the edge.

  4. fnord

    I know, smart. Americans, not just those we elected but many of us, can’t even talk because someone must be wrong in order for someone to be ‘right.’ At least here on our little blog we can actually admit there are many ways to the best path, and often we need to ask each other for directions or ideas when we wander off the path. We also know if we help each other we’re a stronger unit. I’m sure glad I have you guys!

  5. PrairiePond

    Has anyone heard from 617 lately? I hope he’s ok.

    • fnord

      Good morning, Pond. Received brand-new pics of his granddaughter within the last week(ish), and he said he was very busy — it’s his season, and more than ever he needs to make hay while the sun shines. So, I think he’s OK, just busier than that one-armed wallpaper hanger we hear about.

  6. PrairiePond

    Ok so I know I’m a little slow on the uptake here, but I had a death in the family this week and grief postponed the March 17 celebration.

    I’m cooking the corned beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage today. Um….. the house smells good.

    I made smothered steak last night, so I guess I’ll make mashed potatoes today, then clean up the kitchen for the weekend.

    Anyone else cooking something good? I bet Clark is!

    • fnord

      Sorry about the family death!

      I finally did the corned beef yesterday, complete with the potatoes, carrots, cabbage (and apples like you taught me!). It was good, bet yours is excellent!

      Do the cooking smells drive Summer crazy? When I cook Ginger and even the cats can’t handle it. Or maybe it’s that they know if they don’t leave me alone I’ll offer a taste as I usually do. No one will ever be able to tell me those are dumb animals! They have me figured out waaaay better than any human ever did!

      • PrairiePond

        Thanks for the condolences, Fnord. It was really hard. A very dear lady who was like a second mother to me. She was my Mom’s best friend for 54 years.

        Their family and my family go back as friends and neighbors for at least 95 years. Her daughter is still one of my closest pals, and her Dad and my Dad, her grandfather and my grandfather, well, you get the picture.

        So, you can see why I call her “family”. It may not be blood, but it’s thicker than any substance I know!

  7. PrairiePond

    Hi Fnord!

    Good news about 617. I keep forgetting this is his season.

    Summer doesnt mind the cooking smells. She gets NO people food, no exceptions except raw carrots as her “dessert” after meals. So I think she just knows it’s not for her.

    Now Concha, on the other hand…

    The smell of frying chicken made that dog INSANE! She would stand on the kitchen rug and stomp her feet, howl, bark and carry on like nothing I’ve ever seen.

    It’s as if she was saying “dammit! GET that chicken out of the pan. I’m ready to EAT”.

    heheheheheh. She loved her some fried chicken. And salmon skin. Her Husky genes just CRAVED salmon skin after it got good and crispy on the grill.

    Hell, I like crispy salmon skin too, for that matter!

  8. tosmarttobegop

    Been watching “Ax men” sorry to say this but I have a new name for the show.

    “HARD WORKING MEN WHO ARE DUMB!”

    Must be Conservatives and Palin supporters.

  9. PrairiePond

    No kidding TSTB. I used to kind of like that show, and I still watch it sometimes, but those guys who do aqua logging are really too dumb to live sometimes.

    And the other guys, I cant decide if they are dumb or crazy or both! That job just seems to be an accident waiting to happen.

    • tosmarttobegop

      Yeah both of the Aqua loggers sets, the one in the swamps I can imagine him walking into walls until he finally falls through the door to get out of a room.

      And the father and son in Florida, father is so arrogant and treats his son like the boy is dumb but he is smarter than the father is.

  10. WSClark

    What the Hell are the ‘Hawks doing?

  11. fnord

    They spent the whole game losing, now they’ve lost. I was so busy hoping for a miracle I didn’t enjoy the last time this team will play. Happens every time… sigh

  12. wicked

    Gee, to gloat or not to gloat. That is the question.

  13. fnord

    You should celebrate! Games are fun, until the team you’re rooting for loses, and then it’s sad. I’ll bet those KU kids are sad, cause I’m not a kid and I’m sad.

  14. wicked

    We’re a Wildcats family. All 7 grownups. What can I say? In a way, I was sad to see KU go out so early. They always play an exciting game. But N. Iowa was hot. From the highlights I saw, it was an edge-of-the-seat game, especially at the end. It could’ve gone either way. Unfortunately for KU, it didn’t go theirs.

    There’s always next year. 🙂

  15. wicked

    I hate to say I told you so…

    Volcano erupts in Iceland, hundreds evacuated
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Authorities evacuated hundreds of people after a volcano erupted beside a glacier in southern Iceland, Iceland’s civil protection agency said Sunday.

    The eruption occurred around 11:30 p.m. Saturday (1930 EDT) beside the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, the fifth largest in Iceland. No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

    Authorities initially said the eruption was below the glacier. However, scientists conducting an aerial survey in daylight located the eruption and it did not occur below ice, lessening the chances of flooding from a glacier melt.

    “This is the best possible place for an eruption, as the area is not covered by ice,” said Tumi Gudumundsson, a geologist at the University of Iceland said in an interview with the national broadcaster, RUV.

    Scientists can see lava flows in the half-mile (1-kilometer) long fissure, and authorities are watching for further activity.

    Fearing flooding, authorities evacuated some 450 people in the area 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of the capital, Reykjavik, as a precaution but no damage or injuries have been reported, said Vidir Reynisson, the department manager for the Icelandic Civil Protection Department.

    A state of emergency has been declared in communities near the 100 square mile (160 kilometers) glacier.

    Three Red Cross centers were set up for evacuees in the village of Hella.

    The Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration has ordered aircraft to stay 120 nautical miles away from the volcano area, essentially closing it off.

    Three flights from the U.S. — departing from Seattle; Boston; and Orlando, Florida — were diverted to or grounded in Boston because of the volcano. All domestic flights were also canceled until further notice, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service reported.

    A European volcanic island in the North Atlantic, Iceland is largely an arctic desert with mountains, glaciers and volcanoes and agricultural areas in the lowlands close to the coastline.

    The last time the volcano erupted was in the 1820s.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100321/ap_on_re_eu/eu_iceland_volcano