Thursday, 9/30/10, Public Square

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  1. Remembering Tony Curtis

    • wicked

      I just hate to wake up to this kind of news. Tony Curtis has been a favorite since I was a kid. When the death of Eddie Fisher was announced the other day, I thought of Tony and had a feeling…

      RIP, Tony, and thank you for so many memorable moments in film.

  2. I had good news! My Boston kids have made an offer on their first home. So exciting!

  3. An old story, but so worth reading.

    “…The Whale… If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole
    time, and he will never be the same.”

    May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude. I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.

    http://articles.sfgate.com/2005-12-14/news/17403910_1_humpback-crab-pots-whale

    • wicked

      What a beautiful story!

      • 6176746f6c6c65

        Darn it, fnord; a wonderful story, one which has literally brought a few tears this morning. Thank you for posting it.

    • tosmarttobegop

      When growing up, one of the things I wanted to be was a Whale expert one who studies whales.
      I can name and identify every know species of whales, I even know the difference between a Orcas Grampus and a Orcas Orca.

      I do love such stories and believe that whales are one of the most intelligent species of all.

    • paulasayles

      Thank you, fnord, for reminding me that there is good done here on this Earth every day. We don’t see it, but it’s out there. And it is rewarded. That is something that is easy to forget when you see hard work going unrewarded everyday and suffering and pain all around you. It’s important to see the good.

  4. tosmarttobegop

    “Buck up”, one of the first things I said of Obama was he spoke to us like we are adults.
    he speaks as if he assumes we are adults and that would be something that would cause some resentment.

    Much like when dealing with children, you can not assume that all they are is little adults and will see the logic and reason as a adult is suppose to.

    That saying about not letting the prefect be in the way of the good.
    In many ways that is logic and reason and reality of how life works.

    Now of course ideologists of both side can never accept that.
    The extreme Right can never stop until they achieve their ideas of the prefect and never can the extreme Left.

    • I’m still amazed at the people who are of adult age and unable to behave as an adult. 😦

      Children should never be expected to behave as adults! They’ll get there soon enough, so let’s not forget they are children and should behave as such. Now, that said, there is no reason they can’t behave well and still be children. Sometimes I think adults place children in adult situations too often and leave too little time for them to be children.

    • tosmarttobegop

      Hee I posted the same thing on that other blog. Wow talk about firing up the disturbed!
      All of them Cons…

  5. paulasayles

    There is so much wrong with the country right now; this is just another problem to deal with. But it is a dangerous and urgent problem–the “christianization” of our military forces. Strong religious beliefs can make people do things that they would not ordinarily do. It is SCARY to think that the Evangelicals are “Talibanizing” our military at every level. What will they be swayed to do, to whom and when after the brain-washing is complete?

    http://www.truth-out.org/underground-group-cadets-say-air-force-academy-controlled-evangelicals63726

    • wicked

      Thanks for the link, Paula. I used to read at TruthOut often and am not surprised at the latest news about the USAFA.

      The USAFA issued a press release earlier this month after the MRFF alleged that dozens of cadets had come forward and complained about the improper and cult-like evangelism practiced by Cadets for Christ.

      I heard something about this not that long ago, so yes, earlier this month. I’m glad to be able to read “the rest of the story.”

  6. paulasayles

    By the way, I LOVE the banner picture. Gorgeous!

  7. wicked

    Very few of you probably watch “kid” movies, but with 5 grandkids, there’s always one of those movies playing on the TV.

    At Christmas I bought Monsters vs. Aliens, a Dreamworks animation. It’s actually pretty good. I’ve seen it over and over, since it’s the youngest grandson’s favorite at the moment. I just realized that even after all those times, I missed something.

    The Missing Link (voice by Will Arnett) who, along with the other “monsters” housed by our government, steps out of a cargo plane and mentions that he doesn’t remember it being quite so warm. He asks Gen. W.R. Monger (voice by Keifer Sutherland) if the earth has warmed. If so, he’d like to know. That would be a convenient truth, he says. I had to ha ha. I love it when they slip those adult things in.

    BTW, Stephen Colbert does the voice of the President, who is a hilarious bumbling idiot.

    Rent it sometime. It’s worth a dollar at Red Box. And maybe you’ll find one of those nifty adult lines like I did.