Saturday, 7/20/13, Public Square

who does that


by | July 20, 2013 · 6:00 am

7 responses to “Saturday, 7/20/13, Public Square

  1. I’m positive preachers, priests, rabbis, church leaders all across the country will reinforce our country’s president in calling for all people to control their emotions, seek understanding and common ground. And, our citizens will all talk with families and those they’re closest to about being good people who avoid bias.

    I’m also positive there won’t be people who go straight to attacking the messenger for words of leadership and peace. There won’t be anyone indignant or disgusted that the first non-white president of this country had an opinion on race and racism, especially at a time when most everyone else is speaking of this subject and tensions are rising. Good presidents DO address what has the nation’s attention. Who would choose to be angry and hate everything instead of being part of the solution? Who does that?

  2. Who does that?

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who admitted he hadn’t watched Obama’s remarks about Trayvon Martin and Stand Your Ground laws, complained that Obama was going after white folks’ guns again.

    What President Obama actually said was that laws should be reexamined:

    “I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.”

    But on Friday, Cruz told reporters that Obama had said something very different – again – without actually knowing what Obama had said:

    “It is not surprising that the president uses, it seems, every opportunity that he can to go after our Second Amendment right to bear arms,” the Texas Republican said. “This president and this administration has a consistent disregard for the Bill of Rights.”

  3. The thread below is getting the most hits today on our blog. Does that mean people all across our country may be doing the soul searching our president asked us to do, ‘googling’ for tips to do their part? I hope so. I think most people are kind good people who want to offer respect to all other people.

    Creating An Anti-Bullying Culture

  4. No matter what you hear, Americans haven’t achieved racial equality or women’s equality. In fact, if you stop to think about it you can recognize many people, including the LGBT community who are still treated with less than the dignity and respect that should be afforded everyone. When you listen to Republican congress critters and even a small majority of SCOTUS (ie, killing parts of the Voting Rights Act), trying to say racism is dead you can easily see how wrong they are about not just that subject but many others.

    ‘A So-Called Independence’: Emma Goldman on Having It All in 1911
    All the tensions surrounding what makes women happy in a world where they work and seek equality with men were already clear a century ago.

    Emma Goldman’s 1911 essay, “The Tragedy of Woman’s Emancipation.”

    According to an op-ed at Huff Post —
    4 Women’s Issues That Haven’t Changed Since 1911

    1. Men dominate many of the most esteemed professional fields — and get paid more for their work.

    2. Work stress disproportionately impacts women.

    3. The “freedom” the workplace supposedly offers women sometimes doesn’t feel so free at all

    4. Women are doubling up on work at home and outside of the home.

    • rick liebst

      4 really hits home, my daughter’s Ex does not contribute anything to the support and upkeep of his sons. The only time she does get anything from him is when they will take his income tax refund. She ends up working full time and then still having to miss sleep to able to cope with those times that my wife and I can not. In general the only time that my wife and I do get to do or have any time for ourselves is Saturday morning.

      Even then if it is not my daughter then it is my own mom that seems to begrudge us time for ourselves or any free time. Lately I have been more outspoken about the issue and now I am in the dog house with both. Well I do have a tendency to be there because of being outspoken anyway!.