Tuesday, 6/29/10, Public Square

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16 responses to “Tuesday, 6/29/10, Public Square

  1. david B

    http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/must-47 Photo Gallery, especially see photo 6 in full screen

    In “A Year at War,” The New York Times will trace the steps of the men and women of the First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division during their yearlong deployment in northern Afghanistan. Damon Winter, the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography, followed the battalion in late March and early April as it made its way from Fort Drum, N.Y., to Kunduz Province. Over the weekend, as the first installments of the series were published, he spoke about the project with James Estrin.

  2. The good news and the bad news —

    It isn’t yet July and the first named storm, Alex, may become a hurricane and come ashore in southern Texas. From there the ‘bad’ news has implications for the oil in the gulf and creates lots of opportunities for discussions that tend to sound scary and oily.

    Now if we’re looking for good news we can join in the speculating and predict Alex will hit southern Texas and those people will be well prepared so little damage will occur. Then (wait for it 😉 ) the system will head northward after landfall bringing rain to Kansas! This rain will come right before the 4th of July celebrations giving everything a good soaking and protect against potential fires.

  3. so what do y’all think about Kagen keeping army recruiters out due to “don’t ask, dont tell? My feelings are mixed. If Harvard is a private university, then I suppose it was all fine. And I certainly am glad they repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, but it was the law of the land when kagen turned recruiters away. While I’m, anti-war except in extreme cases, that seems a bit extreme. Besides i doubt they would have got many recruits, considering it is harvard

    • WSClark

      The DADT policy of the military violated Harvard’s anti-discrimination policy, hence the move to block recruiters.

    • indypendent

      I read on another blog that Kagan did not refuse the militar recruiters to come on campus – she told them that they could only set up in certain areas of the campus.

      But that presents another question – does she have the right to tell them the location they can use once they are on campus?

  4. I just heard that recruitment went up during the time recruiters couldn’t come on campus. It sounds like a complicated deal, one which could be seen from different perspectives depending on how one would choose to look at it. If it can be interpreted in such diverse ways I don’t know who is going to decide which is supported by ‘facts,’ but it won’t be me!

    If Kagan is for the protection of individual civil rights I find that a good thing for a member of SCOTUS. We have an adequate number of members who support the rights of industry! I’m sick of humans being put into categories and rights being doled out according to which category they have been put in.

  5. indypendent

    I just read a funny Opinion Line comment this morning on the WE blog and thought I would share:

    Sam Brownback is just Phill Kline with a perm.

  6. Shall we (IN UNISON!) tell the idiots that women are not giving up the right to make decisions about their own body, that we’ve been faced with difficult decisions since time immortal and will continue to make them no matter who does what? Women can be trusted! These men show us who they are, and as Maya Angelou said so eloquently, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

  7. indypendent

    I saw another funny comment on another blog:

    Tea Party: another way to spell ‘we are wrapping up the old ideas, trying to sell it as new ideas and hoping you don’t notice it stinks’.

    • 😉

      I’m noticing, but then I’m capable of thinking. Anyone who thinks “we screwed the pooch and we have nothing but HELL NO but give us power back anyway” makes sense isn’t capable of thinking.