Wednesday, 10/28/09, Public Square

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



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  1. anniethemoose


    The “Mock 10” Signs of Blog Addiction

    At Bloggers Anonymous—we normally frown upon spreading propaganda that minimizes the serious nature of our cause. However, in the name of education and awareness, we would like to point to the this juvenile “Top 10” list of “symptoms” which indicate you may be a addicted to blogging. We will not reveal the authors as to not credit them in any way. Please be aware that this ignorance is out there—and defeating the spirit of our cause.

    10. You check your blog stats a LOT. You occasionally get up in the middle of the night and sneak a peak.

    9. Your significant other suspects you are having an affair with your blog. Even when you’re alone with your special person, you do find yourself thinking what your blog might be doing right then…

    8. You “mental blog” while driving or on the train, and sometimes even when you are alone in the shower.

    7. You filter everything through your post-writing. You can’t watch a movie, see a play, read an article, or share a sweet moment with your child without thinking of whether it’s blog-worthy.

    6. You suffer from “blog envy” when another blogger posts something juicy before you do. You suffer “comment envy” when said post gets 40-something comments – the jerk!

    5. You “binge blog” 3 or 4 posts at once—only to feel guilty and empty afterward.

    4. You ditched all your real friends for blog friends, because, well, “they understand.” You bypass Bowling Alone at the bookstore (who really cares?) while you reach for Naked Conversations.

    3. You think, “I can stop at any time.”

    2. Your lunch hour has become your “blog hour.” You keep a few posts tucked in your desk in case you need them during the day.

    1. After 5 minutes of meeting someone really interesting you ask, “So – do you blog?”

  2. PrairiePond


    Good one, Annie!

    I’m guilty of binge blogging, and it does make me feel empty and ashamed….

    • wicked

      I’m guilty, too, PP. I have an excuse though. I only allow so much time for blogging, whether it’s reading blogs or writing my own. Which reminds me, I’m woefully behind on my own blogs. 😦

  3. PrairiePond

    And Fnord? I hope you are feeling better today. It would be a good day to lie on the couch and read, or not. Just lying on the couch is good.

    • Thank you PrairePond for thinking of me. I don’t feel bad, but I don’t feel great either. Probably just lazy, but it takes much more effort to do simple things the last couple of days. Maybe this is just age and how I’m supposed to feel, but I wish it had crept up a little slower so I could have prepared to feel weak. 🙂

      I bought some orange leaf bags with pumpkin faces on them. I’m going to have to fight the wind for the leaves but hope I can get them filled today — before the rain “they” predict. We blew all the leaves into piles on the grass and then mowed, and mowed, and mowed … with our old mulching blade that isn’t quite as effective as it once was just last Sunday. Today, you can’t tell we did a thing. I do like to try to get the leaves off the grass if rain is possible, so I’ll try again.

  4. tosmarttobegop

    LOL looks like laundry day! We do not have 220 for a dryer so its hanging out the clothes.
    Windy and warm today and a good day for hanging your undies in the breeze.
    (Suddenly I have this vision of a bunch of people running around the back yard in nothing but their undies)

    OH YEAH!!!! The shower is about ready to be used, but the rest of the lower wall still needs tiles
    put back on. I am going to have to find a good glue for that, so far the stuff I tried has not worked good.
    My wife had the idea of if there is enough paneling left why not just extent that the rest of the wall.
    But the thought of having a shower is nice.

    I decided to hit the blog early today, OK mainly since I need to let the cocking dry more.
    Ahh I finally hit the point I figured I would and had been the reason I put off these remodeling.
    Ran out of material I had acquired over the years and the money is not there to buy more.
    I am so a packrat, if having the chance to get something I can use but not at the moment.
    I get it and it sets in the garage till God knows when?
    Drywall, paint, tools, you name it if it is free I get it.
    LOL the supply of lumber went to a wall in the basement and free 2X4 seems to have dried up around here.

    If you drift over to TBTSNBN don’t feel guilty I too have found myself there and left this last night:

    A real Republican is like the old Bull in the joke about the young Bull and old Bull on the top of the hill.

    The young Bull (Liberal) pointed down to the herd of cows, then said
    “hey let’s run down there and impregnate one of those cows!”.

    The old Bull (Republican) replies:
    I have a better idea, let’s walk down there and impregnate them all.”.

    Meanwhile the Conservative Bull scoffs:

    “Huh, run down there and I might trip and bust my leg!

    Walk down there and I might get closer and discover they are all already pregnant!

    NO, I will stay here and just be content that there is no solution worth the effort!”.

    • lilacluvr

      And with a Social Conservative – you need that glow of self-righteousness and piety as they are content to take the position that they right, by God!

  5. Health Reform Video Challenge — Open For Voting

    I’m not sure who is conducting this challenge or who will make the final decisions, but there are 20 short videos intended to be advertisements or public service announcements getting the message across how badly we need reform. And if you are willing to give them an email addy and a zip code, you view them all, rate them all.

    I found it interesting!

  6. lilacluvr

    fnord – maybe you’re like me when the seasons change – my body just seems to take little longer to adjust to the changing weather.

    But it doesn’t sound like the flu that my son got. He knew he was sick and the vomiting left no doubt about that! The symptoms hit him suddenly, ran their course and then he was fine.

    But this is a great day to take it easy on the couch. You don’t want to get down sick before your trip to see your son – do you? When do you leave for Boston?

    • We don’t go until the weekend before Thanksgiving. Adequate time to put off the things I need to do before the trip until the last few days. 🙂

  7. You know what really seems to affect me negatively more each year — time changes! I don’t adjust as easily. I think the one coming up — fall back — is easier than the spring forward, but both take time to get back in the groove.

    Remind me again why we do this daylight savings time thing? And, why did it change to 6 months? Wasn’t there some justification?

  8. Same here on adjusting.

    Justification: same as in Benjamin Franklin’s day when he proposed DST (with different technology), saving “energy” resources (then candles, now whatever) otherwise to be used to light the home, office, etc., not to mention the cost of heating these places.

    • wicked

      DST=Less time Abe had to spend reading by fire or candle/lantern light.

      • lilacluvr

        I thought the original idea of DST was due to having more time for the farmers to work their fields?

        I know the reasoning today is to save energy – but since the modern world is so much of the 24/7 society – just how much energy is being saved by DST?

  9. 6176746f6c6c65


    According to my memory (, Ben was concerned about the shortage of candles in Philadelphia, and came up with the idea of DST to help assuage the situation. The concept of allowing farmers to work later in the fields was a later rationale, promoted by the Roosevelt (FDR) administration as a reason to adopt DST during the Great Depression. During WWII, the energy savings benefit was resurrected, together with the farmers in the fields explanation, to “sell” the American public on mandatory DST.

    It is said that the 24/7 situation notwithstanding, DST helps with energy conservation through reduction in demand during the time that folks are not at work. I think this is still accurate, but the savings are not as large as they once were.

  10. wicked

    Two states that I know of don’t have DST. Arizona and Indiana, but that might have changed in the past couple of years.

  11. Indiana used to have pockets where DST didn’t apply. For instance, the city of Indianapolis didn’t go on DST, but the county it was in did. Some lived and worked in different time zones half the year. They changed that in recent years and I think all of Indiana now observes the time changes. Arizona may still not — but it’s the whole state, not pockets.

    • wicked

      Thanks for the clarification, fnord. I have a friend in Indiana, but we haven’t kept in touch the last couple of years. My bff lived there for a while, too, now that I think of it.

      It is a pain. Now when I pick up my daughter from work it’ll be dark, and I hate to drive after dark. 😦

    • lilacluvr

      I grew up in Illinois and I remember the time change difficulties with the Indiana folks. I never heard they finally decided on the same time for everyone – but sure glad they started to use some common sense.

      We lived in Yuma Arizona for 2 years. That was the one state where our television schedules were messed up because the network shows usually came out of California and when California changed times – then all our show times were changed to their time…

      It was such a pain to get used to that – and then by the time we did get used to it, my husband’s corporation decided to transfer us again.

  12. 6176746f6c6c65

    Indiana finally capitulated a few years back, and observes DST state-wide.

    Back in the day, when stationed there, the only part of the state that observed DST was the small area immediately surrounding Chicago. Otherwise, the entire state “stayed” on Eastern Standard Time year round. Thus, for the months that DST was in effect, the TV schedule was as here; local news, e.g., at 6 and 10. The rest of the year, local news was at 7 and 11. It was a lot of fun adjusting one’s TV viewing schedule once DST was over; Monday Night Football, e.g., would miraculously start at 9 p.m., when the prior week (before the change) it began at 8 p.m.

  13. wicked

    Palin Discloses $1.25 Million from HarperCollins

    In a disclosure form required under Alaska law covering her final months in office, from January through July 26, 2009, former governor Sarah Palin listed as income $1.25 million received from HarperCollins as a “retainer for book.” You can do your own math as to which portion of the contractual guarantee that might cover. Palin’s deal with Harper was announced in May.

    I wonder if she’ll remember to pay her taxes on it.

  14. G-stir

    1.25 Mil? That’s what I call a high dollar comic book! Is that a record?

    • wicked

      I doubt it’s a record. Authors like Stephen King, Dan Brown, John Grisham, even Bill Clinton probably receive much more in advance.

      She may have received more than the article states. I’m not sure what a “retainer” would be, but probably because of a bidding war. It is part of her advance, I’m sure.

      Here’s a quick explanation of advances, royalties, and the like:

      Advances are not paid back. They’re a pre-payment on royalties advanced to the author (and agent, if involved). If the book doesn’t pay out what the advance was, the publisher takes the hit. The author doesn’t pay back the advance, unless there’s a breach of contract, such as not turning in the manuscript. In cases where the advance doesn’t “earn out,” the advance is all the author receives and there are no later royalites.

      Here’s how an advance works with my publisher and is pretty much industry standard for print publishers.
      I’m currently under a two-book contract. I’m sent copies of the contract, which I sign and return. Once they get them back, I’m sent a copy and a check for 1/2 of the advance on the first book, 1/3 advance on the second. I have deadlines to meet to get the rest of the advances. I sell on proposal, so the first book is a synopsis and first 3 chapters. To get the second 1/2 of my advance, I must turn in the full manuscript. I’m sent payment when the manuscript is approved. With the second book, I must send a full proposal (synopsis & first 3 chapters–2nd book was sold on synopsis only). When that’s written, sent, and approved, I get the 2nd 1/3. When the manuscript is finished, sent, and approved, I get the last 1/3. I’m paid royalties (a small precentage of the cover price on books sold) twice a year and only after book sales have covered (earned out) the advance.

  15. I read somewhere the almost-son-in-law is running off at the mouth about having knowledge that could hurt Palin. He, however, says he’s taking the high road and won’t divulge it. 🙂

    • wicked

      The way I look at it, they used him, so he has the right to use the notoriety he got from that.

      As for the knowledge he has, he’s probably keeping quiet for fear of law suits. You know how that family LOVES that kind of thing…as long as it’s them suing, not them being sued. 🙂

  16. Veering madly to another topic; how many are using Firefox 3.5? It is part of the package for Ubuntu 9.10,which I’ve been Beta testing (me and literally thousands of others). I really like it, and consider it a major step up from 3.0.14. So, if you’ve not hit the upgrade button, do so; I feel you will be pleased.

    • jammer5

      I use both Ubuntu and windows 7 (Just upgraded). I use Firefox 3.5 on both and find it does work more intuitively than the older versions. How are you liking Ubuntu 9.10. Much different than the 8. series? If I could get a few things to work on Ubuntu, like their sound recorder(big hassle was going on about it at the Ubuntu blog sites), I’d probably drop windows altogether.

      • 6176746f6c6c65

        Liking it immensely, and agree it is a major step forward from 8.04 and 8.10, and an improvement oner 9.04, too.

        Will also be upgrading to Windows 7, but want to wait a bit for things to sort out before I do. Right now, I need to keep some version of Windows going, due to a few websites I must visit from time to time.

        BTW,I’ve three computers going at the office. Two Apple Cubes, one of which is still running Ubuntu 8.04 LTS due to need for stability; one dual booting Debian Lenny (to try it out just in case Ubuntu community cannot keep a PPC version going) and Ubuntu 9.04, and a laptop on which I’m running Vista; Ubuntu 9.10; Linux Mint 7; and Ultimate Edition 2.2. Looking forward to Mint 8, as it should pick up the 9.10 “goodies”. UE 2.2 will likely go away soon, as it isn’t what I thought it was when d/l and installed. I’ve given openSUSE 11.1 a whirl, too; not really all that impressed with it.

      • jammer5

        Windows 7 is a major improvement over vista. I bought the upgrade back in July for less than 50, and got it yesterday, right after release. The activation code was so small, the letters and numbers were hard to read. I tried every variation I could and ended up calling microsoft. Got sent to a tech in India. Couldn’t understand her and finally figured out a 6 was really a G, and got it fixed. How friggin difficult is it to print something readable?

      • wicked

        jammer, I missed getting 7 by one day. Still beating my head against the wall for trying to hang onto the green stuff for just a little longer.

  17. How would I know which Firefox version I’m using?

  18. jammer5

    All bloggers on this web site should immediately stop blogging and head here:
    Instructions are provided on making home made advanced tin-foil hats and the proper wearing of same. If you really, really care about the alien invasion, I suggest you start making your own hat ASAP!

  19. 6176746f6c6c65


    Click on Help, look at “About Mozilla Firefox” menu item. The version will be given in the box that appears. HTH.

  20. 6176746f6c6c65

    Speaking of Windows, Linux, etc., I’ve been working albeit slowly on a post about using Knoppix as a “rescue CD” when one boots and is confronted with the BSOD and there is one or more very important files that must be retrieved immediately. I’ll see if I can get this tidied up and on the Blog soon, as it may help someone.

  21. fnord, disregard the suggestion re: Beta; version in Beta is 3.0.15, not an upgrade to 3.5.4, which is what you have.

  22. My grandson knew how little I know so set me up with frequent reminders, taught me which ones to always say ‘yes’ to. I have a list I consult.

  23. wicked

    Hey, guys and gals, do any of you know a good orthopedist? A writer friend needs fluid drained from her knee and possibly more, so include orthopedic surgeons, if you know of any.


    • jammer5

      I do not recommend Orthopedic Surgeon
      1131 S Clifton Ave
      Centre For Orthopaedic Medicine
      Wichita, KS 67218
      email me if you want his name. I’d rather not give it here.

      • wicked

        Thanks, jammer. I’ll pass it along to her.

        The only ortho surgeon I know about died several years ago, and I don’t have a clue who replaced my mom’s knee, not quite as long ago.

    • PrairiePond

      Wicked, tell your friend to run, (hehehh) not walk, to the Kansas Joint and Spine practice and see Dr. Robert Cusick (sp?)

      He’s the guy who did my knee replacements when no one else would touch me. He’s just great. Beyond great. A genius and brave and kind to boot.

      I HIGHLY recommend him! Especially for knee problems. It’s his specialty.

      • lilacluvr

        My daughter used to be Dr. Cusick’s little girl’s teacher at Rainbows United. She had some physical handicaps and was such a sweet little girl. My daughter often told me that Dr. Cusick was always patient, loving, kind and would always be the first one to get his daughter what she needed.

        My daughter really enjoyed knowing Dr. Cusick during those few years of pre-school. I think his caring for his patients so much may come from his own personal experience of dealing with a child that has physical challenges.

        I’ve never met the man but from what my daughter has told me – I would recommend Dr. Robert Cusick also. Besides, I work in the health care field and I’ve heard great things about his medical knowledge, as well.

  24. jammer5

    What is with South Carolina and Republicans? First Sanford, now an assistant attorney general:

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — A deputy assistant attorney general who said he was on his lunch break when an officer found him with a stripper and sex toys in his sport utility vehicle has been fired, his boss said Wednesday.

    Roland Corning, 66, a former state legislator, was in a secluded part of a downtown cemetery when an officer spotted him Monday, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act.

    As the officer approached, Corning sped off, then pulled over a few blocks away. He and the 18-year-old woman with him, an employee of the Platinum Plus Gentleman’s Club, gave conflicting stories about what they were doing in the cemetery, Officer Michael Wines wrote in his report, though he did not elaborate.

    • lilacluvr

      Well, South Carolina is in the Bible Belt you know. Isn’t there something about kinky sex and the number of churches per capita?

      But I’ve got a question – why in the world in a cemetery? Now that’s just plain weird…

    • wicked

      When sex is done by the Bible–and you all know what I mean–the suppression makes people crazy.

    • PrairiePond

      He’s 66?

      No wonder the repukes insist that Medicare pay for Viagra….

  25. jammer5

    You all remember Hank Paulson? One of the infamous Wall Street morons who help instigate the meltdown? Yep, that Paulson.

    Seems him and his son, owners of a minor league soccer team in Portland Oregon, want the city (taxpayers) to kick in millions for a new soccer stadium. How nice of them to kick an economy, thus the taxpayer, when they’re down. All the juicy tidbits are here:
    Well worth the read.

    • lilacluvr

      Wasn’t this the same Hank Paulson that left Goldman Sachs to go work in the Bush White House? If I remember correctly, little Hanky got a very large golden parachute when he left Goldman Sachs.

      But, now you’re wondering about him and his son wanting taxpayers to pay for their new stadium. Don’t you know that this is how Republicans always pay for their toys? They get taxpayers to pay for their fancy stadiums and they try to make it out that they are bringing jobs and revenue to that particular city.

      But then all these snake oil salemen whine and complain about the evil government spending money they don’t have – but they sure don’t mind that government spending when the money goes into their greedy hands – huh?

      • PrairiePond

        But thank god we’re STILL safe from socialism, eh? Except when it concerns folks like the Paulsons and projects like sports stadiums….

  26. David B

    Unless you ground them, tin foil hats can actually increase the radiation entering your tender brain.

    An MIT researcher investigated:


    For all helmets, we noticed a 30 db amplification at 2.6 Ghz and a 20 db amplification at 1.2 Ghz, regardless of the position of the antenna on the cranium. In addition, all helmets exhibited a marked 20 db attenuation at around 1.5 Ghz, with no significant attenuation beyond 10 db anywhere else.


    The helmets amplify frequency bands that coincide with those allocated to the US government between 1.2 Ghz and 1.4 Ghz. According to the FCC, These bands are supposedly reserved for ”radio location” (ie, GPS), and other communications with satellites (see, for example, [3]). The 2.6 Ghz band coincides with mobile phone technology. Though not affiliated by government, these bands are at the hands of multinational corporations.

    It requires no stretch of the imagination to conclude that the current helmet craze is likely to have been propagated by the Government, possibly with the involvement of the FCC.

    We hope this report will encourage the paranoid community to develop improved helmet designs to avoid falling prey to these shortcomings.