Monday, 10/05/09, Public Square


A brand new week!  A road trip later this week!  How was your weekend?



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21 responses to “Monday, 10/05/09, Public Square

  1. David B

    The Politics of Spite -Paul Krugman

    “There was what President Obama likes to call a teachable moment last week, when the International Olympic Committee rejected Chicago’s bid to be host of the 2016 Summer Games.

    “Cheers erupted” at the headquarters of the conservative Weekly Standard, according to a blog post by a member of the magazine’s staff, with the headline “Obama loses! Obama loses!” Rush Limbaugh declared himself “gleeful.” “World Rejects Obama,” gloated the Drudge Report. And so on.

    So what did we learn from this moment? For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.”


  2. Krugman besmirches bratty 13-year-olds everywhere.

    As we see every day over on WE Blog, the arrogance of ignorance flourishes among CONs.

    If we could only double-down our efforts to keep the tencil on the toad.

  3. I have an extra supply of diddly squat. Could I barter some for a tencil and a toad?

  4. I goggeled “tencil on the toad” and came up empty. What in the, as Radar would say, does the H E double hockey sticks, “tencil on the toad”, mean. Thank you.

  5. I had that same question, Iggy!

    Seems one day last week on TBTSNBN ole Regular went on one of his illogical rants that no one could actually understand or even tie to the subject being discussed, but included a number of quotes, sayings, many big words, and this tencil on the toad reference.

    When Monkeyhawk asked about that ‘tencil on the toad’ part he deflected with more of the big words without discernible meaning. He didn’t actually say he had misquoted, which would have been close to admitting an error, so we’ll never know for sure exactly what he meant. Although you and I missed this particular episode we’ve both seen others with the same plot.

    It’s like the birth of Stand The Floor Up. You can have it explained but without actually being there your understanding is a bit more vague.

    • Thank you fnord. I should have been able to guess that. Stacie and I used to laugh heartily at the “stand the floor up” deal. It must really suck to have to “right” all the time – those poor losers…

  6. “The Wizard of Beck”

    “Let us take a trip back into history. Not ancient history. Recent history. It is the winter of 2007. The presidential primaries are approaching. The talk jocks like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and the rest are over the moon about Fred Thompson. They’re weak at the knees at the thought of Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, they are hurling torrents of abuse at the unreliable deviationists: John McCain and Mike Huckabee.

    Yet somehow, despite the fervor of the great microphone giants, the Thompson campaign flops like a fish. Despite the schoolgirl delight from the radio studios, the Romney campaign underperforms.

    Meanwhile, Huckabee surges. Limbaugh attacks him, but social conservatives flock.

    Along comes New Hampshire and McCain wins! Republican voters have not heeded their masters in the media. Before long, South Carolina looms as the crucial point of the race. The contest is effectively between Romney and McCain. The talk jocks are now in spittle-flecked furor. Day after day, whole programs are dedicated to hurling abuse at McCain and everybody ever associated with him. The jocks are threatening to unleash their angry millions.

    Yet the imaginary armies do not materialize. McCain wins the South Carolina primary and goes on to win the nomination. The talk jocks can’t even deliver the conservative voters who show up at Republican primaries. They can’t even deliver South Carolina!

    So what is the theme of our history lesson? It is a story of remarkable volume and utter weakness. It is the story of media mavens who claim to represent a hidden majority but who in fact represent a mere niche — even in the Republican Party. It is a story as old as “The Wizard of Oz,” of grand illusions and small men behind the curtain.”

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  7. wicked

    Do you think the talk jocks care how the votes go? Oh, hail no! They care about the millions they’re raking in. Do you think they believe what they’re saying? Oh, hail no! They care about the millions they’re raking in.

  8. David B

    What is the travel time required out to the hinterlands of Prairie Pond from Wichita?

    • I think I remember that it takes approx. 3 1/2 hours. It’s about 170 miles and all but the last twenty are on four-lane interstates, all but the last five on a great two-lane. The only time I went we stopped A LOT (my passenger wanted a smoke break about every half hour), so I can’t judge what time it should have taken!


    Click above says the mileage between the two cities is 210 miles.

    PrairiePond will know.

    My one trip out there, I left here shortly after 8, stopped for a passenger in Lindsborg (where I got lost for about 10 minutes before finding THE house), stopped at least three more times for 5 or 10 minutes each and made it there shortly after noon (I think).

  10. Apple Sues Australian Grocery Store Over Logo

    Australian supermarket Woolworths changed its logo last year. While it’s technically the letter ‘w’ Apple seems to think the fact that Woolworths made its new look like a peeling apple warrants legal action.

    read more and see offending (to Apple) logo here:,8784.html#xtor=RSS-181

  11. Did everyone see the article in today’s paper that talked about the good work Mrs. annie the moose does / is doing?

    A big pat on the back and a well deserved thank you — everybody who works with our school kids is my hero!

    • wicked

      No. Which article? And where within

      I skimmed through the eschool article and was tempted to post a comment. I hope it’s improved in the past 5 years. It was ‘all that’ then and had many problems.

  12. That’s it — she is head of the eschool.

  13. wicked

    Sorry. I meant it WASN’T ‘all that’. My youngest spent three years in it, and I couldn’t say much for the people in the office and even less for some of the teachers. We tried the Learning Center with little success. The guy running it couldn’t find any of her information when we went in. She’s finally on a roll with Insight. All A’s first semester last year, all A’s but one B the second. She’s actually learning and enjoying doing it.

  14. wicked

    Here’s something that might have you wanting to slap someone…or knock some sense in them some other way.

    My daughter just finished an assignment that required participating in an online discussion. The subject? Stem cell research. The question asked to answer and discuss was whether these students would vote in favor of the research or against it, if they could vote. The majority voted against. Most had no idea and did not read the information posted by another student who actually had a clue what it was about.

    There were the usual snowflake baby comment b.s., and one announced that he/she was against genetic selection. Huh? One anti-research student posted that the conditions which stem cells might help was part of God’s plan and they shouldn’t be healed. I guess that means there’s no need for doctors.

  15. PrairiePond

    Yeah Fnord. It’s about 3.5 to four hours from Wichita to here, depending on how many times you stop. I’ve made it in three, but then, I drive like the proverbial bat outa hell. (With all due respect to Meatloaf!)