Friday, 06/12/09, Public Square


Friday — doesn’t the weekend start tonight for many?  May you have music, peace, harmony, good conversations with friends, and some fun for the upcoming weekend!



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47 responses to “Friday, 06/12/09, Public Square

  1. Joplin, MO is having it’s annual ‘Boomtown Days’ celebration this weekend. The wife and daughter will be going to hear KANSAS play there. I’m staying home with the dogs. I’ve seen dozens of famous bands, Them, not so much.

  2. BTW, MartyMac.
    If you are reading, please comment!
    I would love to be able to post some of your music.

  3. tosmarttobegop

    OK, sanity check Perjeans is saying that the pageant wanted her to appear in Playboy!
    The same pageant that thought of dethroning her for questionable photos?
    I somewhat defended her because she was not the one that brought her personal beliefs into the pageant.
    But she is turning into such a amoral whore what next she will claim that the pageant wanted her to be impregnated by space aliens?

  4. Bad Biker

    Memo to Carrie Prejean: The Miss California pageant wants the boobs back. The Repo Man will be by on Monday to pick them up.

  5. lilacluvr

    I heard Miss Carrie was on a radio show with Billy Bush when the news broke that she had been fired by Trump. She was claiming that she had not been told about her being fired.

    So, now I hear she is claiming she was fired because of her refusal to pose for Playboy.

    But the pageant officials said, in the first round of controversy, that this woman had not shown up for any of her pageant-sponsored events – but yet Trump still kept her. Why didn’t Trump use that to fire her in the first place?

    I think Miss Carrie knew she was not going to fulfill her Miss California contract requirements and, like most Republicans, she has sat and blamed everyone else but herself.

    But I hear she is ready for all those speaking engagements at every GOP gathering. I wonder if Joe the Plumber is now regretting his decision to tell the GOP good riddance?

  6. Bad Biker

    As you all know, I am a bit of a f*ck up. Further, like the rest of you, I know a whole bunch of f*ck ups.

    This guy, however, is the f*ck up of all f*ck ups.

    “Leaf wanted on drug charges – Ryan Leaf is a wanted man in Texas — and not on the football field.”

    For those of you that are not football junkies, Ryan Leaf was the second pick out of Washington State in 1998. At the time of the draft, there was a deal of controversy as to who should be the number one pick, Leaf or Peyton Manning. Leaf went second and quickly bombed out of the NFL. He is widely considered to be the all time worst draft pick in league history.

    • jammer5

      Having lived in San Diego during the Leaf moment, I can tell you it was a joke from day one. His whining took poor sportsmanship to a whole nuther level. It took the Chargers three years to find someone worth a damn as quarterback after that. Worst ever pick? Easily by a mile.

  7. Bad Biker

    Ah, ya’ll know that I am an EMOTIONAL guy – the bane of my existence. Yesterday, I posted a plea for assistance (don’t know if that’s a rules violation) for a young family that has hit hard times.

    I was a bit down after a fabulous birthday barbecue, slightly buzzed and feeling REAL bad for these folks.

    But anyway, understand that I am not asking for money or your time, but I feel helpless and I need some INFORMATION.

    I don’t know all the angles and dangles and directions for maneuvering through the systems of public and private assistance. Some of you may. I don’t want to see this young family destroyed due to a freak accident.

    Jason was wearing a DOT approved helmet when he suffered a massive brain injury. He didn’t even know that he was seriously hurt until he crashed for a second time and lost consciousness.

    Anyway, three kids, nine, four and one.

    I just gotta do SOMETHING.

    Please give me a little direction – point me the right way and I’ll do the rest.

    Peace, ya’ll!


    • wicked


      Have them try United Way. Call 211. UW has a database of help at their fingertips. They’ll do whatever they can to steer people in the right direction.

      Other than that, local churches.

      Sending lots and lots of prayers…

  8. I haven’t walked this mile, and don’t know. I remember 6176 said the hospital personnel were helpful in guiding him to resources both when his wife was ill and again recently during his illness.

    Maybe Jason’s wife has to ask? Maybe she has to know who to ask, or what to ask? And, I don’t know that either.

    • Bad Biker

      It’s all a very bad deal, L, and that is why I am so frustrated.

      Food stamps only covers actual food items, but of course they need diapers, TP, laundry soap, etc. Their house is not all that big and the parents are basically living and sleeping in a van parked in front of the house. We directed them to Ronald McDonald House so that perhaps they can get some living quarters during this ordeal.

      Further, this is going to be a long, drawn out process. He has yet to regain consciousness and may never. The extent of the damage is unknown, but it is known that the portion of the brain injured controls motor skills.

      Part of my frustration, to be honest, is that I just know – having seen this before – that Jason is pretty much done.

      Modern medicine can do wonders – it also can keep people alive long after they should have died – witness Terry Shiavo.

      I hope and pray for Jason and his family, but I know in my heart that recovery is highly unlikely. I have known of far too many guys that have been in serious motorcycle accidents, many of whom lived, but their lives were completely shattered.

      What really kills me, however, is that I watched Jason and his buds load the dirt bikes into a pickup that evening. As is my style, I yelled to Jason: “Hey, don’t be having too much fun!”


      I am sorry, but this has really struck way too close to home for me.

      • lilacluvr

        Don’t know if this will help but I just Googled United Way and they have a website with a link to their 2-1-1 program. – then click on the 2-1-1 link.

        It has a drop down box for the county and a drop down box for different needs. I noticed there was an entry for basic human needs – so perhaps that would cover those things not covered by food stamps? There were alot of needs listed and I know this covers alot of different non-profit groups so maybe someone, somewhere can help point you in the right direction if they cannot help?

        In the meantime, is there a collection being sought for money to help this young family? If so, please send me the address – I’d like to contribute.

      • djr4488

        Bad Biker,

        I don’t know of a lot of resources available but I’d ask someone at the hospital, maybe look into Catholic Charities, or possibly even United Way. If nothing else perhaps they can get you pointed in the right direction.

        I’ll keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.

      • wicked

        Lilac beat me to it. I should’ve posted it yesterday when I thought of it. Here’s hoping UW has some answers if not a bunch of help.

  9. lilacluvr

    Biker – did he go to the hospital when he was injured and/or does he have a doctor that could help direct them to some available help?

    What county are they in – maybe someone on the county level could help?

    Is there temporary help available, such as to help with the rent, food, utilities, etc. through a church-sponsored agency such as Catholic Charities or maybe the Red Cross or United Way?

    I worked for a neurosurgeon for several years and we saw this happen to a number of patients. It is heartbreaking and frustrating to not even know where to go for help.

    Please keep us posted and I will try to find out from my sources within the healthcare field where people go for such help.

    • Bad Biker

      After the second time he crashed (he called his wife after the first incident) his buds called 911. They were down around Ark City, 2:00 AM. He was airlifted to Wichita and has never regained consciousness. He has a little movement in his right arm but has never spoken. He seems to respond to his wife, but that could be a Shiavo-type reaction.

      We are calling/contacting every public and private source of assistance that we can.

      The biggest issue is going to be long term care. Most rehab facilities require that the patient be at at least a “3.” Jason isn’t even at a “1.”

      Mostly likely, the family is going to have to have him moved, out of state, and that is going to destroy them in every manner possible.

      In addition to the motorcycling issue, I have selfish reasons for my concern. Jason’s step-daughter is my granddaughter’s best friend. They are GLUED together when Cat is at home. It is looking likely now that she is going to have to go and live with her father in SE KS.

  10. Bad Biker

    Note to self: lighten up, Will.

    Okay, you are alone and lonely or you just need someone to kick (bad joke) other than your kids. You are tired of going down to the local watering hole looking for companionship and the wife just caught you going through the personals in the Eagle.

    You are just sitting there, crying in your Bud and you just don’t know what to do.

    Well, the Biker has an answer for you!

    Get off your butt and head down to the Humane Society!

    “Kansas Humane Society holds sale ahead of move”

    That’s right, you pantywaist liberal gun-hating, Obama-worshiping, Tiller-loving slug!

    See yer tax dollars at work!

    Get on down and get the dog or cat of your dreams at cut-rate prices. Just one easy payment of $33.13 gets you a cute, lovable little creature that will keep you company far better than any bar pickup ever could AND, as a special bonus, you don’t have to worry about unwanted pregnancies (they are fixed) or diseases (they have all their shots) or finding them at a later date (they have microchips.)

    Ya’ can’t do much better than that!

    Face it, loser, yer not going to find the love of your life down at Dew Drop Inn or Pick M Up Bar and Grill, so go down to the Society and get something that will love you for ever, never leave you and will always be happy to see you.


  11. Trip to the Outhouse

    I have a question brought about by something I saw on a local (Houston) blog. Did the Phelps family protest at Dr. Tiller’s funeral? I didn’t see that in the Eagle online if they did, although I know there were protestors.

  12. Yes Trip, they did. However, they were kept almost two blocks away from the church entrance and their presence had to be sought out — it was sought out by a few news stations. I wish they got NONE of the publicity they seek, but it’s part of what is controversial so will probably remain part of what is shown. Controversy sells, it seems. 😦

  13. wicked

    They certainly protested at the candlelight vigil the evening of the shooting. Not there for long though. Once everyone stopped “interacting” with them, they left. Nobody cared.

  14. Trip to the Outhouse

    Thanks for the info. I guess if I didn’t see it they didn’t get much mileage out of it.

    • tttO, I remember the ‘good ol days’ when we all commented at the Wichita Eagle, sweet Shirly Phelps showed up a couple of time and did a rant.
      Nobody responded.

  15. wicked

    We were walking on the south side of the street, headed for Old Town Square, when my daughter, who was about 3 steps ahead of me said, “We’re on the wrong side of the street. We need to get over there.”

    At that same moment, I saw a red sign with the word F A G in black. My response was, “Oh, geez, who invited Phred?” We crossed the street.

  16. davika

    Music Theatre is presenting it’s first Broadway-quality show of the season this weekend, Mel Brooke’s outrageously funny and naughty, “The Producers.”

    I will slap myself silly if I don’t get myself out of home and garden and see this production!!! Anyone wanna go with??

  17. davika

    Where is my nifty GRAVATAR!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrr!!

  18. wicked

    I’m waiting for Wicked in October. Tickets go on sale in August.

    • I’m just crowing. Wicked, I think you know I got to see Wicked….ON BROADWAY!
      More good ol days, back when I had an actual job.

      • wicked

        When I was in NYC in 2003, there was a HUGE billboard for Wicked on Times Square, but it was a ‘coming soon’ thing. I knew then I HAD to see it, even though I detest The Wizard of Oz.

        And, sekan, I am trying very hard to FORGET that you got to see it. It turns me very green when I think about it. 😉

      • You’ll love it. The green girl is the star. HA!

  19. When I was a kid in high school, I got to play trumpet for the college musicals. Fiddler On The Roof and Guys And Dolls are the two I remember best.

    • wicked

      I played in the pit band in HS when we did Music Man, then played Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion the next year. We insisted on the music, so we lip synced it because we weren’t allowed the money to do a musical that year. If we hadn’t given our drama teacher a nervous breakdown (really!), I’d have been Annie in Annie Get Your Gun. The stage runs in my blood. LOL

      I L O V E musicals!!!! And the Tony Awards were great Sunday night.

      • jammer5

        When I was in grade school, I got to sing lead in all the school pageants. I remember best, “Oh, me name is McNamara, I’m the leader of the band.” Fortunately, graduation ended my singing career 🙂

  20. I have NO, NADA, ZIP, ZERO talent so in high school I was behind the scenes — scene design, lights, props, makeup for Finian’s Rainbow, Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story, Mr. Scrooge (based on A Christmas Carol)… Actually I did have a pleasant singing voice (not anymore!) and was in several of the group chorus scenes in most musicals.

    Vocal music was my great interest in high school. I performed in the A Cappella Choir and the Girls Triple Trio — soprano back then. Years of smoking gave me a husky voice and took away any ability to actually sing except very privately. 😉

  21. davika

    Lemme see if my Gravatar shows up I actually do not see it in the above posts!!

  22. davika

    Nope.. I still see the default blue thingy…. damn, I love the fingerkid!!!

  23. davika

    and my nickname is not underlined like you smart people’s are! I feel so inadequate!

  24. davika

    “took away any ability to actually sing except very privately. ”


  25. davika

    I was an award-winning Thespian in high school! But in a later life, I was a professional stagehand.

  26. davika

    “Winter for Poland and France”
    Nazis go into your dance!

  27. davika

    Shit.. it looks like Iran is about to implode in an orgy of bloodshed and repression….

    “The conflicting claims, coming after an extraordinary campaign that saw vast street demonstrations and vitriolic televised debates, seemed to undermine the public legitimacy of the vote and to threaten unrest. In recent days, Mr. Moussavi’s supporters were predicting a wide victory, citing voter surveys.

    Some analysts warned that Mr. Moussavi’s supporters might take to the streets to protest on Saturday, despite a firm warning against any demonstrations by the deputy commander of the Iranian national police, Ahmadreza Radan. Early on Saturday morning the Tehran police began a “maneuver” to maintain security, the news agency said”

  28. In high school, I was Peter Van Daan in the _Diary of Anne Frank_. The girl in high school who played Anne Frank went on to star in German Operas, etc. – her dad was a music teacher. In that play when I kissed her, I always wondered if she felt the same way I did.

    The stage is very powerful emotionally…