Wednesday,5/30/12, Public Square

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  1. I have been thinking about our comments yesterday about Obama and that kill list.

    This is what is so frustrating to me about the Republicans. While we are at such a dangerous time in the world – and our own economic problems are huge – why can’t these folks just put aside their partisan bickering and score pointing to get behind our president and present the UNITED States of America to the rest of the world?

    Is that so damn hard to do?????

    • I’ve been thinking for quite awhile about how I can make a difference. And I am not talking about being partisan – I am talking about getting the American people interested and involved in the political process.

      For too many people – both parties have become the equivalent of the movie ‘ Dumb and Dumber’

      And for those people – they have tuned out, turned off and do not want to be bothered.

      What will it take to wake up the American people? How many times has the elections been determined by a small percentage of the actual potential voting age Americans?

      This is what needs to change – IMHO. Until that happens – we will continue to get the kind of government and politics that corporate money can buy.

    • Even if we had all the people who complain cast votes we’d up our voters. Voter apathy is a serious subject and a challenge many have been trying to improve. Now tho we have the republicans purging voter registration rolls, making up a problem and finding a solution to the problem that didn’t exist which makes the whole situation worse. I understand that it isn’t in the republicans best interests to have all eligible voters actually cast votes, but it makes me so angry that they are having success in disenfranchising voters.

      Another reason we cannot allow federal courts to become even more ‘conservative.’ There was a time when the word ‘conservative’ had a positive meaning when used to describe a political ideology, but it doesn’t today. The right to appoint federal judges is at the top of my list of reasons to vote for President Obama.

      • Agreed 100% …….God help us all if the Supreme Court gets any farther to the right. They might just risk the chance of kissing their own butts if they keep going further.

  2. The Deadliness of Income Inequality

    America’s growing wealth gap isn’t just an economic problem. It’s a public health problem, too.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/05/the-deadliness-of-income-inequality/256976/

  3. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born 95 years ago today and later became our first President born in the 20th century. Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

    • When I look at this photo one of my first thoughts is how money has changed politics.

      • I remember those old kitchen chairs with the pull-out steps. Do they even make these anymore?

        My husband and I have to laugh when we go to these antique stores and see toys and things from our childhood. Dang, time goes by fast…….

      • My grandmother’s kitchen chair with the pull-out steps was bright red. Rather a bold color back in those days – don’t you think?

      • Mine was a bright sunny yellow. Those sure were handy! I can remember using them as a high-chair by tying the toddler on with a dish towel or diaper.

        Wait a minute. That was redundant. The thin diapers were dish towels. :-)

      • When I go out for errands with my two grandkids – I always have to wonder WTF…… I can understand wanting to make sure kids are safe – but seriously, when I was a kid, we were not belted down in the car. The cars were heavier and traveling at least 75mph and usually with the windows down all the way.

        Nowadays – the back windows do not even go down all the way due to child safety feature.

        Like that high chair fnord used – we always tied the kids down with some diaper or towel to some chair.

        Did we get too safety conscious or did the corporations make us that way so we would have to buy their products? There should be a happy medium somehwere – IMHO

  4. This is one of the those moments in life that makes me wonder…

    While some may see this as an act of God working in mysterious ways – others might see it as the energy of love is at work to help a grieving family see one more picture of their deceased loved one?

    Whatever the reason for these things happening – or for wahtever method is used – isn’t it nice to know we live in a world of unforeseen beauty and goodnesss and not just all this fgire and brimstone that too many churchy people want us to be fearful of?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/addison-logan-kansas-teen-polaroid-camera-uncle-garage-sale_n_1553283.html

  5. Gross Domestic Product — GDP — may have its limits. But it’s a useful, broad measure for looking at national economies. It’s basically the total dollar value of all of the goods and services a country produces in a year.

    Here are all the countries with GDP of over $100 billion:

    Having a very large GDP means a country is an important economic player in the world. But it doesn’t necessarily mean the country’s citizens are rich.

    A better measure for looking at the wealth or poverty of a nation’s citizens is GDP per capita (adjusted for the fact that $1 buys more in some countries than in others).

    Here are all the countries in the world with GDP per capita over $15,000 a year:

    Perhaps the most striking difference between the two graphs is China, which has the second biggest economy in the world but is still very poor. China, which has a GDP per capita of $7,599, doesn’t even show up on the second graphic.

    It’s also worth noting that GDP per capita is just an average. So a country with a high level of inequality may have a relatively high GDP per capita, but many poor people.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/05/30/153950742/the-worlds-richest-countries-and-biggest-economies-in-2-graphics?sc=fb&cc=fp

  6. There’s America, and there’s Mitt Romney’s “Amercia.”

    Twitter was ablaze with commentary on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning after it came to light that the Romney campaign’s newly released app, “With Mitt,” misspelled “America” as “Amercia.”

  7. This is a terrific video to end the day…… watching a human reach out to help a fish in need…..

    I wish more humans would treat their world the same way this guy treated this puffer fish

    http://now.msn.com/now/0530-diver-puffer-fish-hook.aspx