Saturday, 3/26/11, Public Square


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13 responses to “Saturday, 3/26/11, Public Square

  1. I found this op-ed piece interesting, and I sure didn’t know all these wonderful progressive traditions of Wisconsin!

    Wisconsin’s Radical Break

    NOW that a Wisconsin judge has temporarily blocked a state law that would strip public employee unions of most collective bargaining rights, it’s worth stepping back to place these events in larger historical context.

    Republicans in Wisconsin are seeking to reverse civic traditions that for more than a century have been among the most celebrated achievements not just of their state, but of their own party as well.

    More at —

  2. This one interested me too! Sad, frightening what our country has become with the help of some of her citizens and law makers. The love of money is the root of all evil.

    Corporate Profits At All-Time High As Recovery Stumbles

  3. Maybe you all get these emails too. If not, here’s the most recent —

    The White House, Washington

    Good morning,

    I’m writing today with an update on the situation in Libya, including the actions we’ve taken with allies and partners to protect the Libyan people from the brutality of Moammar Qaddafi. For further details, please take a moment to watch this morning’s Weekly Address:

    Watch the Video

    Sending our brave men and women in uniform into harm’s way is not a decision I make lightly. But when someone like Qaddafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region, it is in our national interest to act. In fact, it’s our responsibility.

    Our mission in Libya is clear and focused — and we are succeeding.

    Along with our allies and partners, we are enforcing the mandate of the United Nations Security Council. Working with other countries, we have put in place a no-fly zone and other measures that will help prevent further violence and brutality. Qaddafi’s air defenses have been taken out, and his forces are no longer advancing across Libya.

    As a consequence of our quick action, the lives of countless innocent civilians have been saved, and a humanitarian catastrophe has been avoided.

    The role of American forces in this mission is limited. After providing unique capabilities at the beginning, we are now handing over control of the no-fly zone to our NATO allies and partners, including Arab partners like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

    The United States has also joined with the international community to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance. We’re offering support to the Libyan opposition and have frozen tens of billions of dollars of Qaddafi’s assets.

    Our message to Qaddafi is clear: attacks against innocent civilians must end, his forces must be pulled back, humanitarian aid must reach Libyans in need, and those responsible for the violence in Libya must be held accountable.

    The progress we’ve made over the past seven days demonstrates how the international community should work, with many nations, not just the United States, bearing the responsibility and cost of upholding international law.

    Every American can be proud of the service of our men and women in uniform who have once again stood up for our interests and ideals. And as we move forward, I will continue to keep each of you fully informed on our progress.


    Barack Obama
    President of the United States

    P.S. On Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. EDT, I will deliver an address at the National Defense University in Washington, DC on the situation in Libya. You can watch the speech live at

    • Zippy

      A underrated political tactician , Mr. Obama. UAE’s incursion in Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, is pretty outrageous. But they voted, with the rest of the league, to protect civilians in Libya.

      A mission with some worth, unlike quashing protests in a neighboring county.

      Thank you. United Arab Emirates. And–cough! cough! SaudiArabiawhereareyou!–hack! Your presence supporting the no-fly-zone that the Security Council and Arab League requested is appreciated.

  4. wicked

    LOL at today’s image. Go, Arlo!

    That boy was raised right. 🙂

  5. Yeah, Arlo!

    On another topic… Here’s Politifacts page on Obama’s birth certificate for all the deniers. They reposted it to Facebook today.

    • wicked

      My four daughters and I have fake Kansas birth certificates, as are the five birth certificates of my grandkids. After all, they all say “Certificate of Live Birth,” not “Birth Certificate.” Damned expensive fakes, that’s for sure!

    • JEP

      here’s photocopies of the newspaper birth announcements, too…

      The combination of this evidence should have put the matter to rest long ago, but the prejudice that fuels the birthers to dispute endlessly and deny all evidence is much more powerful in them than the truth.

      Even in the face of such overwhelming truth, they continue to CHOOSE to believe the lie.

      • Hi JEP! I don’t think I ever had the opportunity to say welcome to PPPs, but you are very welcome.

      • Thanks for the added input and resource, JEP. Those look like they were pulled up off microfilm, a little more difficult to alter. When the newspapers were microfilmed, several copies were often made so they would be able to be sent out on loan to other libraries and even private parties. When I was heavy into genealogy I had purchased an old microfilm machine and had a catalog where I could get microfilm from all over the world sent to my home to view. To alter the information, EVERY copy of it would have to be altered.

      • JEP

        Thanks for the welcome fnord, and Moonshadow, no amount of proof will convince someone who refuses to believe it… but it is frustrating to show proof and they refuse to acknowledge it. Its like Donald Trump, just ignore the proof and play the birther card to foment more denial.

        As if Trump ha any real gravitas, but unfortunately, most of the birthers consider him “more worthy” because he’s a billionaire. Or something like that…

        That fealty to wealth as authority plagues our nation right now, worse than most any other factor. If there were fewer millionaires in the House and the Senate, those billionaires wouldn’t be so powerful in the first place. Never ceases to amaze me how some people enable their own exploitation so readily.

  6. CapnAmerica

    Great quote by Arlo.

    I saw him live in Fla about a year ago. He sang “I’m Changing My Name to Chrysler” and pointed out how all the old songs are relevant again . . . Also, “Deportees,” heh.