Wednesday, 09/30/09, Public Square

allergiesGot allergies (sniff, sniffle)…?

I tell you — what those weanies on the Senate Finance Committee did yesterday almost took my mind completely off my runny nose!



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65 responses to “Wednesday, 09/30/09, Public Square

  1. David B

    Somehow I feel good about WE Blog being down!

  2. When we fist started Prarie P&Ps it came after a discussion that The Eagle may be in financial trouble. We were following the news of layoffs, etc. and wondering if and when TBTSNBN would end.

    Seems it’s at least taking a vacation. And just when some would like to rub others noses in what the aholes on the Senate Finance Comm did yesterday.

    Yes, I like the timing of their vacation! 🙂

  3. PrairiePond

    The funniest part of that blog being down for a day or two is how folks like Amway and reg and the usual addicts must be going crazy. You know they are checking it every fifteen seconds and just JONESIN’ for a post! heheh. HAHAHAHAHA!

  4. Wouldn’t it be just the very best thing if social conservatives got their choice of candidate in the Republican primaries for the next presidential election? Makes me smile really big! Their ‘base’ deserves what they want!

    “Palin Wildly Popular with the Republican Base

    To many social conservatives, Palin embodies exactly what they want in a politician. Professional Republican politicians are scared to death of her. She would be an extremely formidable candidate in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, but they know full well that if she is the GOP nominee, she’s going to make 1964 look like a real squeaker. A substantial fraction of the Republican voters will then vote for Obama or stay home on election day and nearly all the Democrats and independents will vote for Obama. It will be Armageddon for the GOP.”

    • tosmarttobegop

      Palin being nominated is the same as the sign, “Will the last one out close the doors and shut off the lights”.
      It would be the surest indicator of the end of the Republican party.

      • Yeeeeesssssss! 🙂

        At least it would be the nail in the coffin of the fringe groups the Republicans allowed to steal the party!

        I think this encouragement of the religious zealots was started by Reagan and of course encouraged by Rove.

      • No matter what it takes — Americans must keep our country from being a theocracy.

        They aren’t going to have the Constitution rewritten to more closely resemble the Bible.

        Women will have choice about their reproductive body parts.

        Christianity will remain ONE of the choices of religion people are free to make.

        Love knows no gender.

  5. Thunderchild

    I don’t think it is funny. There are heads that need bashing that go unbashed.

  6. G-stir

    If “those people” over at TBTSNBN don’t achieve their required spew quota, will they implode, explode or simply fade away? Does it really mattter? Not to me……………

  7. tosmarttobegop

    LOL any of us who have suffered the withdraw of taking needed time away from the blog know the feeling.
    Drug addicts and Blog addicts are not much different.

  8. At least our small merry group of addicted bloggers had the foresight to have this place up and running!

    Nah, na, na, na, nah!

  9. PMom and I had a short visit last evening — she sent an IM asking if it was only her who couldn’t access TBTSNBN. She recently had to make a new nic in order to post there — for no explainable reason!

    Anyway, I invited her, once again, to come blog here. She said she has visited, although she said it had been awhile. She also said she doesn’t like this blog. When I asked why, she said she doesn’t like the topics of discussion. I told her to come be an Author or Editor and start topics of her choosing.

    (shrugs shoulders and wonders)

    So what topics do you think we’re missing?

    Or is the truth that some people prefer arguments to discussion?

    • I think I have to go with the latter explanation. There are plenty of people who prefer the adrenaline (AKA epinephrine) rush of arguing with idiots. This true for all sides, too.

  10. Bad Biker

    There is an open thread everyday, you can comment on any topic. We usually do. We don’t have flame wars like WE, but it’s all good.

  11. tosmarttobegop

    Maybe she want the drama? Her and TB so enjoy rattling the Cons. I guess I will do my part as a Republican.

    YOU….YOU…. YOU… ah…. LIberals!

    OMG I am so ruthless and cruel, my soul feels so darken by that outrageous outburst.
    I would have called you all Nan-poops but I did not know how to spell it.

  12. Well, we are all of that and more! In us I see all the traits we complain about in our elected representatives. Some days I actually admire the lock-step, sticktoitiveness of the other guys! We spend so much time worrying about whose toes we may step on, and whether or not everyone and every idea has been listened to and considered that we’re still patting one another on the back, passing out hugs, telling one another that was a good idea — when the ruthless Cons have finished something exactly opposite of what should have happened!

    I love you all!

  13. jammer5

    To visit TBTSNBN and find blank pages is akin to walking out the front door and finding all the rose bushes in full bloom. But then again, there’s been so much fertilizer spread, they should be lookin’ good.

  14. I have to mow the back yard today. Most of you have seen it, and most of you probably think that’s not too big a task — but you would be wrong! 🙂

    We own a push mower, it is gas powered so it’s a bit better than old-fashioned reel mowers. It’s about 10 years old, starts with great difficulty (reminds me of an old woman who needs more enticement). Once started it chugs along pretty good. Today’s problem is the back yard should have been mowed a few days ago so the grass is high enough to need a bailer.

    Thanks for letting me complain. It allowed me to put off the inevitable for a few minutes longer. 🙂

    • wicked

      My two youngest mowed last Sunday. Sometimes I think they don’t notice how high the grass is getting. I’d mentioned it a time or two, hoping they’d get the hint. HINT: They do NOT get hints. I finally told them to mow.

      Like you, fnord, we have a normal, everyday gas mower. My son-in-law just got it back to running order several weeks ago. The problem is, it has a bag. That might be okay if you mow once a week or every 10 days, but when weeks go by and the grass gets high (poetry for new song?), the bag must be emptied constantly. That means mowing takes two to three times longer. Tall grass means damp grass, and both mean harder to mow.

      Will they ever learn? I doubt it. I’d have had it mowed weeks ago, but I’m not in the mood for another bout with asthma, so it came down to pretty much demanding. But, hey, it’s mowed and looks good! Well, for a crappy yard, that is.

      I think I’ll start apartment hunting…

  15. David B

    A word to the wise.

    My desktop computer hard disk drive suddenly failed and needs to be replaced. As I have been careful to make back ups of all my files, I will not be losing all my thousands of music files and photos ad emails and all the other things on the computer.

    ALL hard disk drives will eventually fail, so fer gawds sake, back up your data!

    • wicked

      Which is why I have an external hard drive, set to auto backup. Not to mention numerous disks (discs?) and jump/flash/thumb/??? drives.

      Hey, David, when did it happen? Yesterday or before?

  16. jammer5

    And now for something obviously con:
    “Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement from Chairman Michael Steele announcing the release of a new video in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. However, though the press release emphasizes the Republican Party’s “commitment to the Hispanic community,” apparently that commitment does not include hiring a qualified Spanish translator. The Spanish translation of Steele’s statement is riddled with embarrassing typos and errors. Even Yahoo’s automatic online translator, Babel Fish, produces better results. A quick revision highlights the multitude of glaring errors:”

    Check it out. It’s pretty funny.

    • Thanks jammer! That was fun! I read several of the comments and had even more fun.

      I found this comment interesting —

      “I am waiting for the republicans to trot out Jeb’s son anytime now. He’s the hispanic version of JFK, jr., and with the growing hispanic population growing rapidly, they’re probably grooming him as we speak.”

      • jammer5

        I suppose the unfunny part of it is these are the same people who whine like little girls about how bad Obama is.

        Jimi was right: There ain’t no life nowhere!

  17. G-stir

    I wonder if the Shrub was using the Babel fish translator when he spoke. That could explain a lot. I just thought he was using strangle-ish!


  18. G-stir

    Make that “mangle-ish”.

  19. jammer5

    John L. Perry, writing for newsmax, wrote a column considering a military coup taking over the presidency from Obama. Newsmax pulled the article, but TPM was able to copy it prior to it’s removal. This, in my opinion, constitutes sedition and the White House and Congress should go after this idiot with guns blazing.

    As much as I disliked Bush, and his denigration of the Constitution, something that extreme never crossed my mind. I have no doubt articles, like John L. Perry’s, only serve to further divide this country to the point someone is going to attempt something really stupid.

    I’m including the entire article because it points out the fact we really need to stop playing nice with these morons and start fighting back. Every time they come out with lies and distortions, we need to hammer the truth and put them in their place. I really am getting tired of the likes of beck, palin, limbaugh and the like, and we need to bash them with everything we have. We need to take a page from the conservatives and fight back.

    Obama Risks a Domestic Military Intervention

    By: John L. Perry

    There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.

    America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it. So, view the following through military eyes:

    # Officers swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Unlike enlisted personnel, they do not swear to “obey the orders of the president of the United States.”

    # Top military officers can see the Constitution they are sworn to defend being trampled as American institutions and enterprises are nationalized.

    # They can see that Americans are increasingly alarmed that this nation, under President Barack Obama, may not even be recognizable as America by the 2012 election, in which he will surely seek continuation in office.

    # They can see that the economy — ravaged by deficits, taxes, unemployment, and impending inflation — is financially reliant on foreign lender governments.

    # They can see this president waging undeclared war on the intelligence community, without whose rigorous and independent functions the armed services are rendered blind in an ever-more hostile world overseas and at home.

    # They can see the dismantling of defenses against missiles targeted at this nation by avowed enemies, even as America’s troop strength is allowed to sag.

    # They can see the horror of major warfare erupting simultaneously in two, and possibly three, far-flung theaters before America can react in time.

    # They can see the nation’s safety and their own military establishments and honor placed in jeopardy as never before.

    So, if you are one of those observant military professionals, what do you do?

    Wait until this president bungles into losing the war in Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s arsenal of nuclear bombs falls into the hands of militant Islam?

    Wait until Israel is forced to launch air strikes on Iran’s nuclear-bomb plants, and the Middle East explodes, destabilizing or subjugating the Free World?

    What happens if the generals Obama sent to win the Afghan war are told by this president (who now says, “I’m not interested in victory”) that they will be denied troops they must have to win? Do they follow orders they cannot carry out, consistent with their oath of duty? Do they resign en masse?

    Or do they soldier on, hoping the 2010 congressional elections will reverse the situation? Do they dare gamble the national survival on such political whims?

    Anyone who imagines that those thoughts are not weighing heavily on the intellect and conscience of America’s military leadership is lost in a fool’s fog.

    Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of limited, shared responsibility?

    Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.

    Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

    Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don’t shrug and say, “We can always worry about that later.”

    In the 2008 election, that was the wistful, self-indulgent, indifferent reliance on abnegation of personal responsibility that has sunk the nation into this morass.

    • WOW! I hardly have words.

      President Obama has sure done a lot in his 8 months plus a few days in office! I didn’t realize how much credit he deserved!

      sarcasm off

      It really does get scary when you see lunatics openly, publicly saying such as this!

    • wicked

      It seems the author is a tad bit confused.

      I want to see specifics as to how Obama is not being Constitutional. We can all give specifics to how Dubya did it. Someone needs to remind him that simply saying it doesn’t make it so. I want proof.

      # They can see that Americans are increasingly alarmed that this nation, under President Barack Obama, may not even be recognizable as America by the 2012 election, in which he will surely seek continuation in office.

      Maybe the author needs to step outside his little box and take a look around. This country, under Republican rule and voice, is not recognizable as the America that I remember. And under Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, et al, it’s all being expedited.

      # They can see that the economy — ravaged by deficits, taxes, unemployment, and impending inflation — is financially reliant on foreign lender governments.

      Oh, yeah. The unemployment situation is Obama’s fault. Let’s see, here in Wichita alone, the aircraft company layoffs began…over a year ago? The economy has sucked officially since March of…2007? Let’s blame Obama for that!

      Does this man truly think he’s helping? He’s as deluded as the rest and, frankly, I’m fed up with him and all the others like him, who are talking trash with nothing to back it up, except distortions of history.

    • wicked

      Imagine a bloodless coup… that would take over the corporate world and send them all to live in the ghetto, with no car, no job, no anything. Now that’s something I might consider applauding.

    • Jammer,
      That guy is an effing nut!

  20. If need be, she could always downgrade to the bar mitzvah circuit: The New York Post reports that the Washington Speakers Bureau—which also represents George W. Bush, Laura Bush, and Condoleezza Rice—is having a hard time convincing potential clients to book Sarah Palin for $100,000 a pop. One industry expert tells the Post: “The big lecture buyers in the U.S. are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot.” Palin is believed to have quit her job as governor of Alaska early, in part, to earn more money. According to the source, many big lecture circuits are subscription series, and bookers are afraid of ticking off subscribers by putting her on the roster.

  21. jammer5

    In the vain of idiots: Ann Coulter recently stated Bill Clinton assaulted Monica Lewinsky. Since the whole thing was consensual, it makes me wonder if Coulter thinks all sexual advances by males are considered assaults in her feeble mind. I suppose in a basically sexless person, it would seem so, as understanding sex would be beyond them.

  22. TheFlash


    I sometimes mow tall grass without the bag once.

    Let it dry.

    And then mow it again with the bag to pick it up.

    Don’t know if it’s any faster but it seems less frustrating . . .

  23. G-stir

    Ann Coulture is the word picture for the term “dessicated”

  24. Thunderchild


    The WEBlog has a thread apologizing for the fact that the comments function is broken.

    Heh “You can’t post. Discuss.”

  25. I can’t find a way to upload an image.

    No big deal, but I’d kinda like to do on if possible.

    • I have used the cut-‘n- paste feature. I use the old fashioned Control – C (to select the image) and then Control V (to insert it in the post).

      Welcome Monkeyhawk.

      Anyone else have a suggestion how to insert an image? Maybe, I should think of a better way to ask that. Ho, ho…

  26. If you are wanting to include a you-tube video, you have to copy their long address and post it that way.

  27. I’ve never been able to upload a photo as a comment, just when I start a thread.

    Maybe you need to have a WordPress account and have an Author or Editor or something status — none of which is any problem! Most of us here contribute and start threads which is exactly the way we like it!

    Do you have a WordPress account?

  28. Fnord is correct. I just tried to put an image of Ann Coulter here from the Playboy edition and was unable to do so.

    I guess we’re lucky I wasn’t able to do it.

    You can do the you-tube deals here, though.

    Get an account Monkey. Let us know when you have, and we’ll upgrade your privileges.

  29. Look, look, a story about us, kinda, well, not really but very nearby and very nice pictures that aren’t taken in our state, but very nearby.

    Great Plains Are Great, Not Plain
    By Claire O’Neill

    I’ll admit it: I haven’t done much traveling in the areas west of the Mississippi and east of California. Translation: I haven’t really seen much of my own country. I’ll also sheepishly admit that when I think of that vast region, I envision dry grass plains and corn. Lots of corn. This ignorance of mine is exactly what photographer Michael Forsberg is trying to turn on its head. His work is in a new book called Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild and, needless to say, it put my mental images to shame.

    more here (along with some nice pics!) —

  30. Monkeyhawk, we’re not the sharpest pencils in the box when it comes to technology — maybe I shouldn’t speak for everyone, just myself. Anyway, maybe there is a way and we have no idea how to do it. Iggy gave me a book called WordPress for Dummies and I’ve read it, consulted it, looked ‘things’ up in it. Sometimes I find answers. Other times I’m reminded that book had no idea what kind of dummy I am!

    • wicked

      I have that book, fnord. I had some questions while creating a wordpress blog for a client. I never did find the answer.

      That Dummies book is written for people who undertand the language used for WordPress. CSS? (I forget and don’t care.) I gave up. I’d give you my copy, but I doubt 2 of the same book would do any better than one. 🙂

  31. Hell, I thought I had some sort of wordpress status, but it’s not a big enough deal for me to, y’know, actually learn something new.

    Click my name to get to my personal blog, which I’ve recently reactivated. Not very political. Yet.

    But it’s stuff.

    • wicked

      Ah, MH is on blogger. I’ll have to stop by. 😉

      • I’ve visited his blog — he is, as always, wonderfully fun! The Cons never appreciated the fact that he never once was less than factual, even tho he did in a way they objected to (by pointing out their own failings and nonsense) they were never able to refute his facts!

  32. Fnord,
    I am needing to take kids to guitar lessons. If you could upgrade Monkey to an Editor – he will have privileges up to and including banning other posters (Except you and me, of course).

    I will do it latter if you don’t get to it.

  33. “Where do these nut jobs come from?” RNC Chairman Michael Steele said on Thursday when asked about Thomas Friedman’s latest column. Sadly, he was not taking up Friedman’s theme—which was about the dangerous rise of right-wing extremism in the United States—but was attacking Friedman himself. Friedman’s column said that the current political climate reminds him of the political climate in Israel in 1995, shortly before Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. “Something very dangerous is happening,” Friedman wrote. “Criticism from the far right has begun tipping over into delegitimation and creating the same kind of climate here that existed in Israel on the eve of the Rabin assassination.”

  34. jammer5

    Speaking of anarchists, this video from looner on Hitler’s rant on Kraft changing the name of Vegemite to iSnack 2.0. Freakin’ hilarious:

  35. Monkeyhawk,

    You need to set up an account with WordPress – the people who provide the structure for this joint and several others. Your Blog is set up through “Blogspot” – they are a different company.

    I think you would be happy with moving your blog to wordpress – it is easier to use and looks better, I think. The WE Blog uses them, too.

    Let us know if we can help.


  36. wicked

    …wordpress – it is easier to use and looks better, I think.

    Except that WordPress is a royal pain to personalize. 😉 Sixteen gazillion different files.

    • wicked

      I guess I should add that I have one WordPress blog. That’s one out of three I’ve set up, but all reside on the clients’ servers, and all were made to match the websites after the websites were created without CSS.

  37. The book WordPress For Dummies helped me. WordPress may be less than perfect, but it is much closer than Blogspot in my humble opinion. I have had experience with both and I don’t think there is much of a comparison. MHO only…

    • wicked

      They’re totally different, I agree. And to be honest, I didn’t read that much of the Dummies book. I was looking for one thing that apparently wasn’t covered. At least I never could find it.

      I’m more familiar with CSS now, and as long as the WordPress blog isn’t customized and uses a pre-made template, along with being hosted with WordPress, it’s good. 🙂 I’m not complaining, just giving you a hard time. LOL