Monday, 3/14/11, Public Square

The Wisconsin state Capitol and the statue than stands out front named "Forward."

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13 responses to “Monday, 3/14/11, Public Square

  1. Freebird1971

    Fnord,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to let me know

    (Edited by 6176746f6c6c65 3/14/2011).

  2. I received an email from fnord last night. Her mother died yesterday. Let’s all keep fnord and her family in our thoughts, and if appropriate, prayers. There will be an obituary in the Eagle, so let us honor and respect fnord’s privacy during this difficult time.

  3. indypendent

    I was listening to NPR this morning and the guest was Edward Albee, a playwright. The issue of the disturbing trend of cutting out the arts from public education came up in the course of the conversation.

    Mr. Albee gave his assessment that if the only thing our children learn is how to make money, then at some point we will have nothing but barbarians in our society.

    When I saw the picture in the topic threader today – I thought to myself – I think Mr. Albee is correct.

    We have seen school budgets be cut to the arts in the recent decade. But now we are seeing the demonization of all public school teachers – not just those in the arts.

    Exactly what is driving this force? If it was truly about budgets, then Wisconsin Walker would have went after all the public unions such as fire and police – and not just the majority of teachers.

    We have seen a demonization of public radio and television.

    We saw one of the main criticism of Obama when he was the presidential candidate was that he is ‘just a community organizer’. Another demonization of someone who is trying to better their community.

    And isn’t that what all Americans should want – a better community?

    Exactly when did all this demonization of good, honest, hardworking people start?

    I have my theory that these evangelicals are one of the main factors in this current disturbing trend. This is the group that believes it is their way or the highway. And they are not above destroying the entire country just to get their way.

    When I hear some of these evangelicals spout their nonsense and pure hatred – I reminded of what Jesus said while dying on the cross – ‘forgive them Father for they know not what they do’.

    But in my research into the Conservative Bible Project – that is one verse these evangelicals want to change. Hmmm…….is the nail hitting too hard on their heads?

    • indypendent

      BTW – I do not believe all evangelicals are mean spirited and hate filled – but the majority of their leaders are.

      And I’m still waiting for the moderate evangelicals to rein in their radical fringes – much like the way these evangelicals are wanting moderate Muslims to rein in their radicals.

      There is not one bit of difference between a Radical Evangelical Christian and a Radical Muslim – they are both using their religion as a weapon.

      Ok, maybe there is one difference – the Radical Evangelical Christians are most likely those with the most gold adorning their huge tax-free monuments. Barbarians? Could be…..

    • danieljacobjingleheimer

      My favorite bumper sticker from the 2008 presidential campaign…

  4. In liht of our recent discussion, the following may be of interest:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110314/bs_nm/us_bankofamerica_emails

    • wicked

      Maybe having very little makes me lucky. At least I have nothing they want. đŸ˜‰

      Seriously, I’m glad I bank at a small, local (KS) bank. When I drive up, they greet me by name. I left big banks (anybody remember 4th National?) behind, years and years ago. They charged me 10 cents for each check I wrote, plus bank fees.

  5. danieljacobjingleheimer

    Maybe having very little makes me lucky. At least I have nothing they want.

    I think Kris Kristofferson put it best:

    Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
    Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free