Monday, 6/6/11, Public Square

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  1. Sometimes, just because it happened that way, we take history for granted. D-Day wasn’t a given. In fact, Eisenhower wrote this for if it had failed

    “Our landings in the Cherbourg-Harve area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

    — Eisenhower Library and Museum

    • Those are sobering words, which never had to be delivered publicly.

      On a different note, today marks the 34th anniversary of my leaving active duty with the USAF. I was successful in making sure there were no invasion of Northern Indiana by the NVA, the Viet Cong, or any other enemy for 3 years, 10 months. A successful, but short, military “career”.

  2. Here’s just one example of what the crop of GOP idiots of 2010 have done in their all-out assault on women —

    “In a 251 to 175 vote this evening, 16 anti-choice Democrats joined every House Republican present in passing H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act. A chief weapon in the House GOP’s “comprehensive assault” on women this bill proposes some of the most radical and draconian restrictions on women’s rights. They include:

    – Redefinition Of Rape

    Tax Increase On Women And Small Businesses

    – Rape Audits

    – Bans D.C.-Funded Abortions — by redefining the D.C. local government as the federal government

    If you’re a woman and you vote Republican… you’re not paying attention.

    • wicked

      Rape audits? WTF?

      Is that tax increase to be on women or women with small businesses? Will women have to fill out a different income tax form than what men do? Each one of these b@st@rds who voted for anything related to rape need to be reamed. And I know you know what I mean by that.

      • If the GOP has their way, women will end up being a possession of man. Maybe they’ll allow men who own a woman a tax deduction?

        I can’t say it often enough — if you’re a woman and you vote Republican… you’re not paying attention.

      • wicked

        Republican women don’t read. Sarah and Michelle are proof of that. 🙂

      • I don’t know, wicked, they seem to do quite well with the simple kindergarten level fiction prepared by others. It does appear that rudimentary U.S. History, as taught on the 5th grade level (back in my day), is clearly too complex for either to comprehend. I have noticed they steer clear of extemporaneous speech, which would serve as clear evidence of their individual inability to form coherent thought, and the lack of ability to understand polysyllabic words.

  3. WSClark

    Bye, bye, Tony. You lied, you embarrassed us and you embarrassed your family.

    You are an idiot.

    Go. Now. Get lost and don’t come back. Ever.

    • Sure glad my life hasn’t been led in the public sector.

      That gal from Kansas did WHAT?

      The only thing I can guarantee is that age dampens some of those stupid human tricks… and that everyone should be sure private things are done privately.

      • One more thing. I’m not going to throw the first stone. 🙂

      • WSClark

        It is the cover up that is the problem, not the actual texting, in my opinion. He lied and made a fool of the people that defended him.

        That’s what pisses me off – we defended him. Now, he makes Briethard (sic) look legit and Dems look like idiots.

        That, and a Weiner sending a text of his weiner is just SO wrong.

      • I still won’t defend degenerate behavior by people who are in the public sector, and do have a responsibility to set examples because their activities are known. I didn’t defend him last week, I was disappointed, and perplexed.

        When I think of President Clinton I know he did a good job as president and an extremely poor job as a man and a husband.

        Humans are fallible. All of us.

  4. WSClark

    I think we need to be honest here. We owe a serious debt of gratitude to American politicians, from both Parties.

    Without them, we would have to hear endless jokes about Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen on late-night television. Now, thanks to the sacrifices made by Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich, late-night comedy writers have an endless supply of material to work with to keep America laughing.

    In seeing the efforts made by the Republicans, Representative Anthony Weiner was only trying to do his part as a good Democrat in providing his best, no matter how hard it was to him personally.

    In his apology, Weiner did extend his gratitude to FTL and BVD for making the cover up possible on such short notice.

    • The press conference wasn’t a ‘brief’ one.

    • Let’s all concentrate on Weiner’s weiner instead of the redefinition of rape or the funding to Planned Parenthood or any of the dozens of things we should avoid thinking about.

  5. You must go check this out on the Loon’s site! There’s a building — a very large building — on Mars!

    http://frigginloon.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/david-martines-finds-building-on-mars/

  6. OK, two doses of Reich today. This is a good one!

    Republicans don’t want to do anything about jobs and wages. They’re so intent on unseating Obama they’d like the economy to remain in the dumps through Election Day. They also see the lousy economy as an opportunity to sell Americans their big lie that government spending is the culprit — and jobs will return if spending is cut and government shrinks.

    Democrats, meanwhile, don’t want to admit the recovery has stalled. They worry such talk will further undermine consumer confidence or spook the bond market. They don’t want to head into the election year sounding downbeat. And they don’t think they have the votes for anything that will have much effect before Election Day anyway.

    But there’s a third reason for Washington’s inaction. It’s not being talked about — which is itself evidence of the problem.

    The unemployed are politically invisible. They don’t make major campaign donations. They don’t lobby Congress. There’s no National Association of Unemployed People.

    Their ranks are filled with women who had been public employees, single mothers, minorities, young people trying to enter the labor force, and middle-aged men who have been out of work for longer than six months. You couldn’t find a collection of people with less political clout.

    http://robertreich.org/post/6188608377

    • He is so correct (sigh). Unfortunately, these folks are too busy merely trying to exist to devote the time and energy needed to gain any political clout.

  7. An interesting title, and well worth the read.
    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/228987/does_free_software_restore_dignity.html

    Zippy, the part of the link that addresses making the PIII/256mb lappy “usable” is one of the reasons I am into Linux and FOSS. It seems we should do our best to keep perfectly serviceable hardware out of landfills. I’m doing my part, using a rather modestly speced used laptop personally, and have two (RAM upgraded) G4 Mac Cubes at work. An aside; I’m glad Mint XFCE runs “comfortably” on the donated laptop. Mint is a great distro for “newbies”. Otherwise, Debian “Squeeze” w/XFCE would be the natural choice, but not as easy as Mint. A much tougher option, which would run very well, would be Arch combined with desktop or window manager of choice. Not good for a beginner.

    BTW, here in Wichita, I’d wager the answer to the author’s questions is “no”.