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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45 responses to “Friday, 10/30/09, Public Square

  1. I attended a county school, junior high (7th and 8th grades) was probably when I was involved in the most ‘mischief.’

    Our math teacher was exceptional. We all knew that, but what we concentrated on too often was that he was mean and hard and tough… I think even at our young age we loved him, respected him, knew we would benefit from being in his class.

    There was the group of us who put together a note to him — we cut out individual words and letters from mgazines and newspapers, glued the note together. It read, “Just because you eat, drink and sleep math, doesn’t mean we should have to!”

    We thought that was really mean.

    His response was to hold up the note and tell us somebody or maybe several somebodies had too much time on their hands so homework would be increased.

    • wicked

      While I’d love to be involved with the telling of tales, I don’t know how long certain laws can reach out and a nail a person, so I’ll have to refrain from commenting. 🙂

    • wicked

      I know kids in my former “hometown” have taken to forking yards. IIRC, the art teacher gets hit every year. He’s a nice guy, too.

  2. It was this night in 1938 Orson Welles broadcast “War of the Worlds.”

    Do you think Americans could be fooled as easily today?

    Do you think Americans are being fooled just as easily today?

    • The pharmaceutical companies are fooling many people every day. They tell us we are too fat, too tired, not tired enough, in too much pain, or not “performing” good enough, but they have a pill…

      Here is an excellent article from In These Times.
      (I hope it doesn’t offend anyone)

      • lilacluvr

        I work in a closed door pharmacy servicing nursing homes, assisted living center,home health and hospice. The drugs we fill the most are anti-depressants, anti-psychotic and Viagra. One does have to wonder…..

        BTW – these drugs are also the highest priced ones we sell and our major payers are Medicare and/or Medicaid.

      • Here is the money line from your article, Paula — “Her film hits female erogenous zones that pharmaceutical fixes can’t find: your brain and your funny bone.”

        As women have known forever, if your sexual partner makes you feel desirable and loved, and contributes to a happy feeling then there will be much less female sexual dysfunction. Pharmaceutical companies profits would surely take a hit!

        Life gets in the way for both sexes, but if your partner is a soft, safe, comfortable, interesting and enjoyable place to take solace from the worst life deals out, the rest will take care of itself.

  3. The Votemaster has a good synopsis of the health-care reform bill introduced to the floor of the House yesterday. I’ve found this site to be trustworthy, so unless you prefer to wade through the pages of the bill, I recommend this summary.

    • wicked

      Good link, fnord. The link from there to the summary is helpful. In fact, from what I read, there are people who have only listened to or read either what they want to hear or read, or they’ve been told twisted versions to get their panties in a wad. I have a feeling I’ll be referring to the link(s) when rebutting statements made in all forms of media and discourse. (IOW, I’ll be more informed so I can call people out and argue with them. 🙂 )

      According to the link you provided, Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats have seriously weakened what could have been an exeptional health care program for this country. I agree.

  4. David B

    Only 39% of American profess belief in Darwin’s theory of evolution.. so….

  5. I hope all those Congress critters being investigated for ethics violations are thoroughly investigated and held accountable if found to be guilty. I must admit to skepticism. The lawmakers seem to not be required to follow laws, and we voters just reelect them like nothing happened.

    Tiahrt — well, I wish for that doofus an extra special dose of investigation and notoriety during his campaign for Senate. Just think! If he were to be successful he could hide out for six years without any worry of coming before the voters. And even then, he would come before Kansans so he has few worries as long as he states he is against abortion, against gay marriage, for guns out the wazoo… Such small minds.

    • lilacluvr

      Let me guess as to what Tiarht’s spin on this investigation will sound like..

      He is doing God’s work and those evil Godless liberals are trying to take him down by any means possible.

      Am I close?

      Of course, Tiarht will have to throw in a couple of references to God and his base will fight the Devil himself for Tiarht’s right to take bribe money. After all, as C Street preaches, God has put Tiarht into his position of power and whatever Tiarht wants – that is okay with God.

      But let’s see what the investigation uncovers and what the evidence says.

      I’m all for catching anyone – Democrat or Republican – with their hands out for a bribe to be charged with the crime and if convicted, go to prison just like the average American would have to do.

    • Last I read, Lilac, Tiahrt’s office didn’t have a comment. 🙂 They may have come up with one by now. Maybe you could email with some hints to be sure they emphasis the points necessary to keep bigoted right-wing religious nut-jobs in his corner.

      I think Moran is smiling.

  6. lilacluvr

    You’re probably right about Moran smiling. Last poll I saw had Moran beating Tiarht anyway – so this might just be the last straw on that old Religious Right camel’s back?

    • lilacluvr

      BTW – I’ve wondered about something. Maybe someone here could help me out with the answer??

      According to the C Street Family’s preachings – all their members have been chosen by God to be in the position of power they are in – correct?

      So why would God tell both men to run for the same Senate seat knowing that one of them will lose in the primary?

      Furthermore, why would God even care about one Kansas Senate seat?

      Maybe these people worship a different God – maybe one called the Golden Calf???

      • I think you wondered long enough to come up with the correct answer. 🙂

      • wicked

        Your “Golden Calf” referrence gave pause to some thinking.

        Biblical quotes of the 10 Commandments:

        Exodus 20:3
        Do not have any other gods before me.

        Exodus 20:5
        You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,

        Exodus 20:17
        You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

        It seems to me that within these references, God breaks his own commandments. Okay, I guess he can do that, since He made them up. But isn’t coveting a part of jealousy?

        And if my neighbor believes God is his (or hers), would my wanting that same God be coveting?

        Ah, there’s nothing like asking unanswerable questions before noon. 😉

  7. Other than a write-in campaign, has Tiahrt missed filing deadlines in any effort to keep his current seat? I hope so! I really want to see his political career end.

    Although I’m sure the money he is paid by lobbyists will keep him fine until he can join a lobbying firm.

    How in the world do we end this nightmare of lobbyists?? It’s a goal we all share without regard for political affiliation. There has to be a way!

    • wicked

      Lobbying–as in giving and recieving money, goods, and services–should be against the law. Okay, maybe $20 for two drinks in a bar per person recieving in a long stretch of time, say…6 months?

      How do these Congresscritters sleep at night? Or is lack of conscience a requirement for running for election?

  8. I read an interesting article titled, “Post-Bush Stress Disorder.”

    “In “The Godfather,” Sonny talks about going “to the mattresses,” meaning war with rival Mafia families. Now President Obama and the Democrats are holing up together on their Posturepedics as they work out battle plans on health care, banking reform, and Afghanistan. The question is whether they’ll be daring soldiers of the future or content to fight the last war.

    That war, when Republicans controlled at least one branch of government, created a mindset where many moderate Democrats now constantly fear giving the other side ammunition. There’s some logic in this. Overreaching is always a danger in politics, and House Democrats in particular are to the left of the country as a whole. Appeasing powerful health-care interests, as the White House did early on, was a smart move. By delaying a climactic battle, Obama built momentum for a bill. The same sequencing was true for banks and the U.S. military in Afghanistan. The bleeding had to stop before their treatment could be properly managed.

    But Democrats are now at risk of post-Bush stress disorder (PBSD), a trauma that can cripple their efforts to adjust to everyday life in a new era. Their longtime enemy—potent Republicans—is gone, a mere memory of pain.”

    Continue reading here —

  9. Independent Senator Joe Lieberman continues to nettle the Democratic Party by saying that he will campaign for Republican candidates in 2010. Adding insult to injury, the man who was once the Democratic nominee for vice president said he may not seek the party nomination when he runs for re-election in 2012. Lieberman’s move to the right has been an ongoing affair: he supported John McCain in 2008 presidential election. Just this week, he said he would filibuster a health-care bill that contained a government-run insurance plan. “There’s a hard core of partisan, passionate, hardcore Republicans,” Lieberman told ABC News. “There’s a hard core of partisan Democrats on the other side. And in between is the larger group, which is people who really want to see the right thing done, or want something good done for this country and them—and that means, sometimes, the better choice is somebody who’s not a Democrat.”

    • lilacluvr

      Lieberman has been in office way too long.

      And for me to listen to this man for more than 10 seconds it would take an act of God to take away my hearing!

      I never did understand why Gore picked him as VP.

      Really, Joe Lieberman?

  10. 10 Worst Political Scandals
    by Mark McKinnon

    “2009 isn’t even over yet, but has already gone down as an epic year for political misbehavior.

    We’re not yet closing the nominations, but we feel confident the following have already secured their place on the ballot…”

    Read his nominees here. Do you agree or disagree with that list of nominations? Did they miss some you would add?

    • wicked

      I get a kick out of Grayson. I suppose that’s bad, but, hey, somebody needs to say things in a way that gets peoples’ attention!

      As for the K Street whore comment, if the subject had been a man, there’d be a much quieter uproar. (Would that be a down-uproar?) Let’s face it, saying someone is a whore doesn’t have the same connotations it once did. There are people who are whores for coffee, clean underwear, and even safe sex. I’m a rant whore. 🙂

      • lilacluvr

        These Republicans have a fit about Grayson calling someone a whore but have no problem with fellow Republicans calling President Obama all those racist names?

        Maybe it is simply a matter of who is using the word whore. After all, if it is one of your whores, then it is okay. If it is the other side’s whore, then it is wrong?

      • wicked

        lilac, I’m giving you a sitting ovation on that one! (Only because it’s hard to type standing up.)

  11. David B

    Grayson was over the line, in my opinion. (He may have insulted honest working girls!)

    But I think he did apologize for his choice of nouns.

  12. Nothing like being accused of being full of hate. What I really hate is that no one before has gone to the trouble of pointing out my flaws to me. I really do hate that. 🙂

  13. It’s OK, Iggy!

    Always remember this — someone’s opinion of you is just that, their opinion, and definitely not who you are!

    But, you knew that!

  14. jammer5

    Just upgraded Ubuntu from 9.04 to 9.10. Seamless and it’s much better than 9.04, as six said. Ubuntu boots up in less than a minute and closes in less than five seconds. I’d like to see windows come even close to that. And running open office, gimp and a bunch of other free apps, what does one need windows for, really? Kinda wish I’d skipped windows 7 and saved 50 bucks.

  15. jammer — this way you have an honest comparison!

    • jammer5

      Windows 7 froze on me already . . . twice. I had to do a restore to get it back up. So far, Ubuntu’s up two to nada.

  16. I remember one summer night when I was about 15 — my sister and I woke up to find out house had been TPed. We think it was the perps leaving that woke us. Anyway our Dad was very strict and we knew he was going to have a conniption when he saw the damage.

    Sooooo, we got up in the middle of the night and cleaned up the whole mess. Actually it was an easier clean up because it was dry. Often the next morning it’s all wet with dew. Satisfied that we weren’t going to have to take the brunt of Dad’s anger, we went to sleep.

    Well, Dad woke up us up way too early the next morning, bellowing, and demanding we get outside and clean up that mess. We looked at each other like surely we were dreaming.

    Seems the perps had driven past to admire their work, found it gone, so did it all over again!

  17. “They don’t know your rules…”

    WOW! Powerful message there, Sekan. Thanks for sharing. Unless you pick your battles carefully, you may find yourself fighting many of them, and I can’t see that will contribute to many days of contented happiness.