Saturday, 09/05/09, Public Square

ramsey7It’s Labor Day weekend in America.

With so many out of work, I’m sure this 3-day-weekend won’t be quite the same as many years in the past.  There are signs we may be starting on the path to recovery.  Too bad the recession was ignored for so long that our country was on the verge of depression by the time it was acknowledged, let alone anything started to help!

What’s happening with you this weekend?



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36 responses to “Saturday, 09/05/09, Public Square

  1. wicked

    Wouldn’t it be nice to roll back the clock to the Clinton era? People had jobs, people had money. I’ll join with those who say he was the best Republican president we’ve had. Maybe because there was real conservatism coming from him? I don’t know. I wasn’t paying attention.

  2. It looks likely President Obama may have at least three opportunities to nominate Supreme Court Justices during his first term. Although the expected vacancies and replacements wouldn’t have as great a chance of changing the court’s current philosophy, potentially three liberal-leaning justices will be younger, and the current balance ensured.

    Top that off with the fact that meaningful health-care reform is possible before the elections next year for House and some Senate seats.

    The Democratic majorities can have great impact without even lasting great numbers of years.

    I’m gonna see the glass as half full!

  3. WmacW

    I miss three day weekends 🙂 I don’t get “time off” anymore. LOL. Although I am thinking about going AWOL this afternoon and going to the mall to spend my birthday money from my mom…

  4. anniethemoose

    What can I do to help out with Mondays fandango? Fnord can you please e-mail your address to me @


  5. OK, I’ll send an email to that address.

    We don’t know yet how things will get diffyed up, but we should know by this time tomorrow. 🙂

  6. jammer5

    Got “The Book” today. I imagine some fine time reading it.

  7. Bad Biker

    Mrs. Fnord and Mr. Iggy,

    I can’t say for sure that I can make it Monday, but I am going to try. If I do come, I’ll likely bring my grand daughter.

    I would like to bring corn on the cob. I am addicted to corn on the cob and it would eat it 365 days a year.

    Dillion’s is open on Monday. Next week, if you shop at the Dillion’s at 31st and Seneca, say hello to the new grocery assistant manager. That big and tall dude is my son, Dylan. He was just promoted this past week.

    Fnord, e-mail me your addy – I will confirm yea or nay tomorrow after I talk to my family.


    • Bad Biker

      I could also bring my world-famous cole slaw if that would work out better………………….

    • wicked

      I’ll look for your son, Biker. We keep saying we’re going to shop more at Dillons, but WM is closer. Going to Dillons means actually making a list for several days to a week. I’ve grown too accustomed to running to get whatever I need in a pinch. Maybe that’s in protest for only shopping every 2 weeks. The pendulum has swung in the opposite direction. I need to find a middle ground.

  8. wicked

    I need help from someone who’s computer savvy.

    I bought a new wireless printer, thinking I could put it across the room. There’s no room left on my desk and the shelf is full. I discovered I can’t do that because my computer isn’t wireless. It’s hooked directly to the modem via a router. That router is hooked to the wireless router my daughters use for their laptops and I use for mine when I use it.

    Am I going to be forced to buy a new wireless thingy to attach to my computer? (Not sure the connection will be good ’cause the room I’m in is a converted garage. Thicker walls.) We don’t have our computers networked, but would that help?

    Clueless in the state of Confusion

    • wicked

      Just so you know, we have 2 routers because one is not wireless and is what runs my Vonage phone.

      • Bad Biker

        My son is the ‘puter nerd in the family – I’ll ask him about it tomorrow when he comes home – sounds like you need a router for the computer to the printer.

        WM’s produce and meats suck compared to Dillion’s – make yer list and hit the Dillion’s store nearest you!

      • wicked

        What I need is to rest my brain.

  9. David B

    WAIT WAIT WAIT!! Will we have wireless internet available at the do?

  10. You tease with, “my world-famous cole slaw” without a commitment to let us try it! I’m thinking that is not very nice! 🙂 But, you choose! Whatever is here will be eaten and appreciated.

    I talked to Vaughn today and he says he plans to come, barring something unforeseen (he always talks like that!). I’ve asked him to speak English and he can if he tries really hard… He says maybe his daughter, maybe his friend Bob (we remember him as rm__)

    I’m off to email, Biker.

  11. wicked

    I’m trying to find a way to get to the “do” on Monday. In-law said they plan to leave about 3. It figures. Did anyone ask if I might have plans on a holiday? (Not that I did until fnord cooked this up.) If I make it, it will only be a short visit. Short is better than not.

    • Short is better than not! Trust me, the kids can come — we’ve got ropes and bungy cords…

      • You do know I’m kidding? About the ropes!

      • wicked

        We’ll see if the meds have started to kick in yet. The shrink doubled the dosage. ::evil grin::

        I’m sorry, that wasn’t nice. I love my grandson, but he’s VERY out of bounds and tends toward destruction. Not that he’s bad, he just has no control over himself. And he’s a BIG kid, much bigger than all the other kindergarteners. The girls aren’t a problem. The other grandson is in the terrible two stage.

  12. An op-ed piece from the Fort-Worth Star Telgram

    — snip —

    “It wouldn’t be the first time a president has tried to inspire young people to think, to talk and to act. John Kennedy did it, as did Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

    Who can be a more persuasive role model for students to stay in school or commit to serving their country than the person who holds the highest office in the land?

    Unfortunately for a growing number of frightened, misguided and hate-filled Americans, this president should not and must not be a role model for their children. Therefore, their young sons and daughters should not be in class — or perhaps even in school — if there’s a remote possibility that the plague-spreading left-wing devil called Obama will speak to them.

    They’ve labeled him the Antichrist who is set on desecrating the Constitution, destroying the country and annihilating their children’s futures.

    It is theater of the absurd, being played out in exaggerated dramatic fashion on stages large and small — in offices, backrooms, broadcast studios and on the World Wide Web.

    I would find it laughable if it were not so tragic, so sinister and so sickening.

    People who consider themselves intelligent, patriotic and religious have bought into this pathetic self-serving campaign to oppose Obama at every turn by plotting against any initiative he offers and continuously praying for his failure even if it would mean the downfall of their own country.

    While I understand mean-spirited, partisan adults exhibiting such behavior, I can’t comprehend why anyone would want to pass along such disrespectful and vitriolic traits to their children.”

    • wicked

      fnord, did you read the comments after the editorial? I’m still shaking my head.

      As easily as some of these people can apparently be led, maybe we should all come up with something–a product? a service? If we could get a commericial spot on Rush’s show, we’d have it made! All you have to do is scare the bejeezus out of them, and you’ve got them in the palm of your hand.

      Once again, we see the Right leading the charge with FEAR as their primary platform.

  13. There were no comments when I grabbed the link. Will it scare me to go back? It isn’t what scares them that makes me shake in my boots — IT’S THEM! 😦

  14. Lordy be. They walk among us. I read five or six and skedaddled outta there.

  15. wicked

    Very scary, fnord. Did you see that video posted over there? The one with the hate-filled pastor. Now that is super scary.

    Churchill was right. We have nothing to fear but fear itself. And the Right is so fearful, they’re filling their drawers, if you get my drift. 😉

    • Bad Biker

      Hon, I love you but yer facts are wrong – it was FDR that said “we have nothing to fear…..” December 8, 1941.

  16. wicked

    Well, that’s what I thought, but I googled it and saw Churchill’s name.

    Sorry, I’m tired and depressed. Too many videos and posts by hateful people. This is worse than the racial tension when I was growing up. This is spreading everywhere. Hate destroys the soul.

    • wicked

      Okay, that is totally weird. I googled it again and came up with NO references to Churchill and all to FDR. Did I fall asleep and read a botched Google in my dreams?

      I’m gone for the night.

      “To sleep, perchance to dream-
      ay, there’s the rub.”

      Hamlet, by William Shakespeare 😉

      • Bad Biker

        It o’tay, you wicked one. We all make mistakes now and then. I have made two and a half mistakes in my life – married twice and almost a third time.

        BTW: I know Shakespeare very well, so much so that I call him Willie these days.

        Nite nite!

  17. Thunderchild

    I like this. I WISH I could live by it on the WE Blog.

    I can’t. But I will try….

    “It doesn’t matter what they say….”

  18. David B

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. -Winston Churchill

    A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Winston Churchill

    Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have. -Winston Churchill

  19. David B

    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. -Winston Churchill

    A treasure trove….

  20. David B

    You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. -Winston Churchill

  21. WmacW

    Wait. I missed something. A Do on Monday? 😦 I probably won’t be able to make it… someone send me details please? Does anyone even have my contact info?

    I am sad today. September is Craniofacial Acceptance Month (some of you may remember that Sunshine was born with a cleft palate, a craniofacial defect) as designated by the Children’s Craniofacial Association, which we are members of. Last week I sent email requests to all the local news sources, asking them to run a story, a blurb, an ad, ANYTHING about this to get the word out (as support systems in the Wichita area are nothing short of woeful) and I have not had a single peep of a response from anyone. I find this terribly depressing – we are a local family dealing with this and all I want is a 15 second PSA and noone can contact me back? Argh. No wonder there is no sort of support system here. I am finding this monumentally frustrating. Anyone have any advice (or an in with any of the news channels or paper) that I can use?