04/08/09 Public Square


Let’s dance a prairie dawg jig! Feels like spring might nudge out winter.



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26 responses to “04/08/09 Public Square

  1. Good morning dawgs.
    Just a note about my wordpress blogsurfing.
    When I look at the list of ‘up and coming’ blogs, I’ve visited quite a few out of curiosity.
    I’m thinking damn, these spots must really have it going on, what’re they doing that’s so attractive?
    Some of the have zero comments. Many have just a handful. Some have just a few hundred hits.
    I guess I don’t understand how you make ‘the list’.
    IMHO, we’ve done a much better job right here!

  2. jammer5

    sek, no doubt. We made available an open forum, devoid of the garbage some other blogs throw out as discussion, and done so with humor and good people. I like that!

  3. tosmarttobegop

    I have found that too, if I post a blog entry to mine I often follow the tags and related to see what others are saying. Most do not have any comments or an exchange between the author and one person.
    That should tell me that no one is interested in the topic I had chosen to explore.

  4. frigginloon

    Right on Jammers and Sekan….let the squirrels gather nuts and let Prairie P&P’s gather good folk!

  5. tosmarttobegop

    I have been toying with a topic that is both timely for me and sensitive one in general.
    A parent coming to live with you and the effects upon your life and theirs. I use to get so angry with my dad how he treated my Grandmother (his mother) when every they would spend more then a few minutes in the same room. Now that mom has been living with us for over four years I have a glimpse as to why the reactions my dad had.

    • fnord

      I’m (we’re!) dealing with parent issues. Or, I should say we are dealing with my Mom and we aren’t dealing with the issues of Wayne’s Mom (ignoring so as not to cause even more trouble!).

      Wayne’s sister knows what is best for their Mom! Just ask her. No, don’t, just go along and get along.

      My Mom will be moving to Wichita next month! I love my Mother more than I have words. So someone send some good vibes this way; I’m gonna need all I can get!

      I do know this — the adjustment to big changes is easier if I wait for her decision, no matter what it is! Patience is a virtue. Patience doesn’t happen to be one of my strong points and I’m working really hard to find some. Anyone have an extra portion?

  6. iggydonnelly


    I’d love to see a post on that topic. I offer my editing services if you desire. They are free and worth almost that much. It would be a matter of saving the post as a draft and I think I can get to it that way.

    I, too, am curious about the criteria for picking the “Hawt posts” – some are kind of interesting and widely viewed; others, not so much. Maybe somewhere WordPress shares this info – I’ll look.

  7. The parent issue is one that most all of us will face, if we haven’t already faced it, in our lives.

    My mother has made it very clear; she will not move in with any of us, nor will she favorably consider any invitation to do so. Now, I cannot say that this will not occur, but we are all aware of her position, and to the extent we can do so, we will comply.

    I am very fortunate that my mother is still, at the age of 81, able to live independently, and to work (part time, of course). She recently has been off work for a few weeks, due to a severe sinus infection, and is now ready to return to her job with Dillons. I hope the doctor has released her; I’m beginning to dread our telephone conversations (she’s never been one to sit home, and she’s now bored, and gripes all the time about it, and….).

    fnord, I’ve no extra patience at the moment; if I did, I’d share.

  8. fnord

    I might have to see if sekan still has an extra supply of diddly squat! I’m thinking diddly squat might be coerced into patience.

  9. Dear fellow prariepops, I request a comment congo line here:

    These gentlemen have been accomodating and responsive….let’s show them some hospitality.
    Even if we have differing views.

    This is how we found our good friend the Friggin loon, let’s try it again!

  10. fnord

    Although I thought of 6176 when I saw this, I suppose it would be helpful to anyone still facing the tax filing deadline fast approaching. Mine are done! I even sent the state of Kansas their check yesterday — early and all, what a model citizen I am! I still enjoyed these ‘tips.’


    “Tax Preparation Tips


  11. wicked

    This isn’t the age of the Waltons. Generations living together can cause strain on families. Neither generation is totally to blame. We each have our own lives and activities, and trying to blend in an overbusy world just sometimes doesn’t work. It takes even more give and take than marriage, and we all know the stats on that.

    I’ve decided to just find a cave somewhere when the time comes. One daughter has offered to let me live in her basement. They’ll feed me on a regular schedule in return for babysitting. LOL

    Oh, yes, and my next-to-youngest daughter has moved back home with me, so now we’re having to do more room switching, since she and her younger sister can’t find a way to get along. My answer? Grow up!

    Families. Can’t live without ’em, can’t get along with ’em. 😉

  12. snicker, snicker. Love the tips.

  13. annie_moose

    Heard this on the way to Lowe’s


    OK, sure …sometimes I might go a bit far on the air just to elicit a response. This wasn’t one of those times. I’m talking about yesterday, when I was discussing the ramifications of Obama’s extremely popular tax increases on the evil, disgusting rich. Sixty-four percent of the businesses, companies, corporations, partnerships … call them what you will … that actually hire people in this country are categorized as small businesses. These are businesses that report their incomes on personal tax returns. Personal returns … not corporate returns. Are you following the numbers here? Sixty-four percent of job providers are small businesses and they employ well over 70% of all people with jobs. What’s more these small businesses are creating 80% of all of our economy’s new jobs. Now .. the kicker … hopefully you already know this. These small business owners are the very targets of Obama’s tax increases.

    Now I’ve been a small business owner, and I’ve represented many more as an attorney. I’m telling you that when these business owners experience a reduction in their income as a result of these tax increases they are going to look for a way to cut their expenses. One of the ways many businesses will cut expenses is to cut jobs. They will fire people.

    Who to fire? Longevity counts, so does job performance. You’ll want to take this opportunity to send smokers to the unemployment lines … and you might want to look at employees with tattoos. Lord knows nobody else wants to. But let’s say it comes down to tiebreaker time. All elements are equal – but someone has to go. Now is the time to teach your employees that actions have consequences. If one of your employees on the bubble voted for Obama, that should make your decision for you. Tell him or her that they made a choice to vote for someone who made it clear that your taxes were going to go up. You’re not going to take the hit. It was their decision, not yours, and they take the hit. Here’s a box, put your stuff in it and get out. Maybe you can go get a worthy, honorable poor person to hire you.

    Again … actions have consequences. This isn’t a liberal position. It isn’t a conservative position. It’s reality.

  14. annie_moose

    just to be fair to neil


    August 13, 2008 (AP)

    Two-thirds of U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes from 1998-2005, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Government Accounting Office. About 68 percent of foreign companies doing business in the U.S. also avoided corporate taxes during the same period. Collectively, the companies reported trillions of dollars in sales. More than 38,000 foreign corporations had no tax liability in 2005 and 1.2 million U.S. companies (66.7%) paid no income tax. About 25% of large U.S. corporations — those with at least $250 million in assets or $50 million in receipts — did not pay corporate taxes. The GAO analyzed data from the IRS, examining samples of corporate returns from 1998-2005. For 2005, it examined 110,003 tax returns from among more than 1.2 million corporations doing business inside the United States. Tax figures since 2006 were not examined.

  15. Ah, Bortz; he alleges he’s an attorney, so he must know that much of what he’s saying is just so much stuff and nonsense.

    “Small business”; what does that really mean (by the way, while he may be somewhat correct in who reports the income and where, partnerships and S corporations do file their own income tax returns; it is possible for a small business to be a C corporation which files its own income tax return and pays taxes on its taxable income at the corporate rates)?

    I’m thinking that discharging an employee for his/her political beliefs might bring litigation, even in an “employment at will” jurisdiction.

  16. David B

    John Stewart! Baracknophobia: Hannity, Bachmann, And Beck Terrified Of Obama (VIDEO)


  17. annie_moose

    gotta love john stewart tellin it like it is

  18. fnord

    Ah, that was good!

    Pace your rage…

    Good advice! But some of them are hitting it so enthusiastically they may not need to worry about the next elections and the fact that they have nothing to count on but a wish for President Obama and America to fail.

    I plan to stay out of range of their rage!

  19. David B

    I am limiting my exposure to toxins… including working on my tobacco addiction…. grrrrrrrrr

  20. David B

    Regarding the Neal Boortz essay.

    The underlying message is: “If you are an employee of mine and you vote differently than me, I will take your livelihood away…”

    Not very ‘American,’ if you ask me….

  21. Don’t know how many of y’all read Cal Thomas’ column in today’s Eagle, but ole Cal better be careful or he’ll be the next Kathleen Parker. The absurdity of suggesting the battle against gay marriage may be lost, and querying the faithful whether the divorce rate and high numbers of children living in single parent homes might not be a bigger threat to them than a committed homosexual couple. The nerve of that guy.

  22. David B

    That great big radio guy and one of his callers get into a nasty fight on the air today…

    LIMBAUGH: We’re going to go to Chicago. This is Charles. Charles thank you for waiting and for calling. Great to have you here. Hello.

    CALLER: Thanks Rush. Rush listen, I voted Republican and I really didn’t want to see Obama get in office. But you know Rush, you’re one reason to blame for this election, for the Republicans losing. …

    CALLER: We’re not supposed to torture people. Do you remember World War II, the Nazis? The Nuremburg trials? .. I hate to say it…but I think you’re a brainwashed Nazi.

    LIMBAUGH: Charles, Barack Obama —

    CALLER: What’s the matter with you? You never even served in the military. I served in the Marine Corps and the Army.

    LIMBAUGH: Charles, Barack Obama is president of the United States today because of stupid, ignorant people who think like you do. You pose – you and your ignorance are the most expensive commodity this country has. You think you know everything. You don’t know diddly squat. You call me a Nazi? You call me someone who supports torture and you want credibility on this program? You’re just plan embarrassing and ludicrous. But it doesn’t surprise me that you’re the kind of Republican that our last candidate attracted. Because you’re no Republican at all based on what the hell you just said right here.


  23. wmacw

    Sorry, fnord, but with a preschooler and a newborn, what little patience i did have is pretty well used up. But hey, if you do find some, let me know!

    I HATE Rush. He is a waste of airspace IMO. Seriously. And who the hell made him God? Because I’d like to vote them out of office! Heaven forbid someone should express an opinion on his show that doesn;t kowtow to the line of BS he is spewing. Apparently I would be a huge embarassment! Of course, i am not a republican, nor did I vote that way… that probably just makes me an idiot then 🙂

  24. wmacw

    OOPS. One handed typing = lots of typos. Sorry all!