Monthly Archives: October 2009

ETHICS . . . POLITICANS WORST NIGHTMARE.

ethics-9651There are currently two separate ethics investigations going on in Washington: investigations to see if Rep. Laura Richardson and Rep. Maxine Waters, both Democrats from California, violated rules of conduct. Rep. Laura Richardson’s case involves whether she received preferential treatment in the foreclosure and eventual re-acquisition of her home in Sacramento, California.

Waters is being investigated for allegedly seeking preferential treatment for a bank linked to her husband, the committee said. According to the panel’s announcement, the investigation will look into whether Waters or her husband benefited from any of her communications or actions involving One United Bank, in which her husband held stock and previously was a director.

At a time when politicians are under intense scrutiny by every pundit with a camera or a computer, one would think those same politicians would learn crime doesn’t pay. South Carolina has had its share of idiots as well, both Republicans, so it’s not limited to any one party. So what is it about politics that tends to bring out the worst in some people? Or do the statistics reflect the general population?  I can imagine the answer to that question runs the gamete of everything from stupidity to outright greed, to it isn’t any different than pick a city near you. But I think there’s a basic question that does need to be answered:  Is politics, hence party affiliation, really involved, or does the perp lose that when he or she walks the on the unethical side? My answer to that is: a crook is a crook, and what party they belong to makes no difference. I’ve seen it used too often when either a Democrat or  Republican is charged with a crime, then suddenly it’s their parties fault. One can list the unethical from both parties, and the list would be ten pages long, at least. So using party affiliation as a blaming factor for criminal behavior is pointless. Any other views?

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Saturday, 10/31/09, Public Square

250px-Jack-o'-Lantern_2003-10-31Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints. Today, it is largely a secular celebration.

The day is often associated with the colors black and orange, and is strongly associated with symbols like the jack-o-lantern. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, ghost tours, bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.halloween_2

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Friday, 10/30/09, Public Square

ToiletPaperLgAccording to wiki, mischief night or mischievous night is a tradition in northern England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the United States; a night when the custom is for preteens and teenagers to take a degree of license to play pranks and do mischief to their neighbors. The most common date for mischief night is October 30, the day before Halloween.

I think two things:

1.  It’s a good thing I didn’t know this when I was a kid.  I limited myself to Halloween (well if you don’t count the times a group of just decided to see what kinds of trouble we could get into.)  But at least we didn’t know there was a specific day set aside!

2.  Is mischief the same today as it was when we were kids?  My memory says times were more innocent back then and so were mischievous deeds.  But then I’m sure every generation thinks they weren’t as bad as these kids of today.  🙂

So, what mischief did you get into as a kid?

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Thursday, 10/29/09, Public Square

team workThis picture says “team work” to me.

What do you think needs to change for members of Congress to work together as a team?

As we’ve talked about often, if you discount the radicals on both ends, there is less difference between the two major political parties today than in years past.  Yet, there is no agreement.  Makes you dizzy, doesn’t it?

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Foreign Health Care Models

sick_worldThis is a well-written article reminding Americans they don’t need to reinvent the wheel to learn some lessons about how to reduce costs and make health care more efficient and effective.  America is close to the last country to face this challenge.  So why don’t we take a longer and closer look at what other countries have done, what has been successful, and where the real challenges are that need attention.

As Americans search for the cure to what ails our health-care system, we’ve overlooked an invaluable source of ideas and solutions: the rest of the world. All the other industrialized democracies have faced problems like ours, yet they’ve found ways to cover everybody — and still spend far less than we do.

I’ve traveled the world from Oslo to Osaka to see how other developed democracies provide health care. Instead of dismissing these models as “socialist,” we could adapt their solutions to fix our problems. To do that, we first have to dispel a few myths about health care abroad.

Continue reading here.

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Wednesday, 10/28/09, Public Square

brain taken

This is what happened to ‘Conservatives’ in their childhood!

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Tuesday, 10/27/09, Public Square

duct tape

A “fix” for The Party of NO!

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