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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33 responses to “Thursday, 10/29/09, Public Square

  1. PrairiePond

    Wicked, I’m posting this in two places to be sure you see it.

    Tell your friend to go to Kansas Joint and Spine and see Dr. Robert Cusick. He’s the best knee guy in the whole world.

    No one would touch my knees, literally and figuratively, because I was so young, but overweight and such. On the first visit, he just watched me walk across the room and calmly said “Ok, here’s what we’re gonna do, we’re gonna do both at the same time, four weeks from now, and you’ll be fine!” And I was.

    He was not afraid of my conditions or weight or age or anything else. No one else would do both at the same time. And now? Well, the only parts on me that DONT hurt are my knees!

    He’s simply the best.

    • lilacluvr

      I second this recommendation – I had posted my thoughts on yesterday’s Public Square.

      Dr. Cusick is a wonderful, caring doctor.

    • wicked

      Thank you, so much, PrairiePond and lilac!!! I’ll pass this on to my friend.

    • Orthopods are just about the most arrogant of all doctors. And they usually earn it.

      It’s a highly selective specialty.

      The church newsletter has all too many entries about little old ladies falling and breaking a hip or leg. I remember, as a kid, when someone said so-and-so broke her hip, we all responded with a knowing look so-and-so was gonna die soon.

      Not so much anymore.

  2. It is soooo wet out there! Ginger refused to uncross her legs anyplace but the park. She does know how to ‘play’ me. She had been allowed to go out front off leash and that should have been enough… But now she has completed her taskS and we’re both wet. Did I mention neither of us melted!?

    Everyone is so quiet. Nice day for doing whatever needs done INSIDE, reading, etc. I plan to dust and I have some reading to do too!

    • tosmarttobegop

      Yes but did either of you float away?
      Hope you feel better, I too suffer from season changes and feel only like laying around when I do something.

      But then after awhile feel like I need to do something other then lay around.

  3. lilacluvr

    As for Congress working together to get things done – I don’t think we will ever see that being done until perhaps something so catastrophic happens to us as a country.

    I remember directly after 9/11, the country seemed to be united for the first time in a lot of years. But then Bush and Gang seemed to throw all that to the wind so they could have their war-for-profit – all under the guise of Democracy, the flag, God and mom’s apple pie.

    And what was the war-for-profit but Republican the usual politics?

    Poll and after poll shows that the American people are tired of all the bickering and political fighting – so if we truly are tired of it – then why does it continue? Something or some people must be pushing it to continue.

    Is it because our society is so used to reality shows where everything is a fight and we expect it from our politicians? Are today’s politicians nothing but contestants on some reality show as to who is going to get the coveted prize by outfoxing and outsmarting the other ones?

  4. We all seem to be blind to our own faults. Yet, we see them easily in anyone else.

    I was blissfully complacent, pretty much buried my head in the sand and didn’t pay much attention to national politics until bush the lesser. So, this may not be anything new and is just another of the many things I don’t know. If it isn’t new, if this is the way things have been going on for a long time, then I have less hope that we can ever get over it.

    Someone who is smarter and has paid closer attention — are we more partisan today? Is compromise less likely than in the past?

  5. And if our politicians are behaving exactly as they always have, then it will be up to Americans to get rid of them — ALL OF THEM. And, Americans sure don’t seem to be any more willing to be cooperative with one another than our politicians are.

  6. tosmarttobegop

    This country has suffered from public apathy when it came to Politics for many years.
    we elect them and than do not want to think about it.

    Yeah Bush was a motivation for me and yes the condition of the Government came as a shock to me too!
    The partisanship has gone over the edge of the cliff, it does not stop once the session is over and time for a few drinks.

    Both sides have became enemy camps in a War where the good of the country is not a consideration.
    Not seeing the members of the other party as even human beings with the same wants and needs.

  7. Jon Stewart took on both the media and Senator Lieberman last night saying, “You know what’s worse than being sick and not having health insurance? Having to sit through the Lieberman filibuster that kept it from you.”

    Read more at:

    • David, I rescued your post from “Pending,” where posts with more than two links go. WordPress advised that many links was a trait of trolls and worse.

      But you’re not a troll, you’re a David!

      Oh, and you’re not a Phil, either.

      Probably a pill tho.

  8. wicked

    You know, I’m beginning to think the Republicans are dragging their feet in hopes that people will just get tired and give up. “People” meaning those who want health care reform.

    I saw on Yahoo news that the bill has been introduced in the House. I haven’t made it to the article yet. Maybe later?

  9. According to The Boston Globe —

    Gates, Crowley keep the conversation going
    Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge police Sergeant James Crowley apparently weren’t kidding when they agreed to continue talking after their White House beer arranged by President Obama. Last evening, we’re told, Gates and Crowley were in deep conversation in a booth at River Gods in Cambridge. Crowley, you’ll recall, arrested Gates for disorderly conduct after responding to a possible break-in at Gates’s home. The charges were later dropped.

  10. Pedant

    fnord, article in yesterday’s paper said a psychiatrist was stabbed a couple days ago at Mass General in Boston. Isn’t that where your son works?

    The article listed the victim’s name, and I remember thinking “that don’t sound like fnord’s kin” – thank the good lord – but still I think it was your son’s workplace. The stabber was shot dead, on the spot, by a security guy who was off duty. So one doc stabbed, and one stabber shot to death inside the hospital: good grief.

    Assuming I’ve got your son working in the right hospital (in my head), then I hope he wasn’t exposed to any of that.

  11. Pedant

    Glad to hear it, fnord. And I agree: a very tragic situation.

  12. It’s a scary and sometimes too sad a world.

    Makes me more thankful for all the good people I have the privilege of knowing!

  13. “30+ Congressmen Under Ethics Investigation

    Somewhere, a Hill staffer is really kicking himself, now: A confidential House ethics investigation report has been leaked to The Washington Post after it was accidentally placed on a public server. With this new data, the Post reports that more than 30 lawmakers and various aides are under scrutiny for activities related to defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, and includes details about already-troubled Charles Rangel (D-NY), powerful liberal Maxine Waters (D-CA), and high-ranking Financial Services Committee member Sam Graves (R-MO) The “Committee on Standards Weekly Summary Report,” the leaked document, was prepared in late July outlines ethics investigations of 19 lawmakers and a few staff members. Though many of the cases contained in the report are well known, the document indicates that the investigations are more sweeping than initially believed. Lawmakers on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee are being watched, as are the lobbying group PMA Group.”

  14. And, one of them is Todd Tiahrt!


    “The investigations by two separate ethics offices include an examination of the powerful subcommittee chairman, John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), as well as others who helped steer federal funds to clients of the PMA Group. The lawmakers received campaign contributions from the firm and its clients. A document obtained by The Washington Post shows that the members under scrutiny also include Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.), James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) , C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.). “

  15. Will anything be done? Seems like our lawmakers have no need of actually following the law.

    It is depressing!

  16. PrairiePond

    Hey Fnord, are you feeling better?

    My roads were slop today. It was ditch to ditch all the way to the church. Took me 45 minutes to go nine miles.

    Then it was WORSE when I came home.

    I’m thinking of taking tomorrow off as a “mud day”.

    Tell Ginger to be glad she’s not Summie!

    • Yes, I’m just too ornery to keep down for long. Besides, at my age many days aren’t my best until I decide they are going to be!

      A mud day. (giggle) Well, ya know, it’s a loooong walk and safer to call in ‘muddy’ from home.

      Ginger is spoiled rotten. I wouldn’t have it any other way. She treats me like I’m really special so it’s a mutual admiration. 🙂

      • PrairiePond

        Well, there was one very cold and very wet little brown dog who was VERY glad to see me pull into the yard. She has a doghouse, actually two, but she refuses to use them. I believe she just likes to make me feel guilty for leaving her home alone in the rain all day.

        And did I mention I wash and dry and fluff her blankies every night so they are clean and dry in her dog house every morning when I leave? Then I put a Milk Bone and two Pupperonies in the house so she goes inside and eats them.

        Now THAT is spoiled!!!!!

  17. PrairiePond

    Oh, and Lilac, I’m glad we agree on Dr. Cusick. I didnt know about his little girl. I think his ex-wife is also a surgeon, but I think she’s in the internal medicine practice where I had my gall bladder removed.

    People in Wichita have no idea how lucky they are to have all that health care available on their doorstep, and not a four hour drive away.

    • lilacluvr

      Yes, his wife is a surgeon and she is downtown in an office next to St. Francis Hospital. I don’t know much about her but I hear great things about Bob.

      Their little girl was a real sweetheart.