Tuesday, 12/08/09, Public Square

You’ve been warned!  Find someplace cozy, and blog until the weather improves.



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19 responses to “Tuesday, 12/08/09, Public Square

  1. Good morning!

    I have to be downtown for my secret government work today. If you can, stay warm, and I’ll catch up later.

  2. PrairiePond

    Yikes, Fnord, be careful out there. I’m not sure even your most important job there is worth venturing out on slick streets.

    I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to town today. First, I have to get my truck out of the shed and hope the doors arent frozen shut. I’m not as strong as I used to be. Sigh.

    Then… will I make it home tonight? It’s supposed to get worse during the day.

    Tuesday is the busiest day of the week for us as that’s the day we send the paper off to be printed and every dot has to be finished. I did two days of work yesterday in case I didnt make it today.

    I know they need me. I just wonder if they care enough about me to let me stay home? More later when the sun comes up. I’ll make a decision then.

  3. If you did two days work yesterday, while being paid for one (I’m sure!), then don’t risk your health whether they care enough or not.

    Here in the “biggest little city in Kansas” (Hat tip to Monkeyhawk!) the worst part of my drive will be the 1- 1/2 blocks I drive on neighborhood streets to get to cleared streets. Truth is the worst part will probably be at the end of the day when I have to clean off the car that will sit outside in a parking lot all day. 😦

  4. If any part of my ass can fall off in this weather, I am going to spend the whole day outside waiting!!!

    I didn’t encounter any bad weather on the drive into KC this morning, but ours is supposed to be coming. We’ll see…

  5. PrairiePond

    “two days work yesterday, while being paid for one:

    Yep, that’s exactly what my co-worker and I did. I think they can get along without me today, unless my boss wants to come get me in his 4×4 Jeep. And bring me home.

    I’m more worried about tomorrow, when I update subscriptions and generate postal labels and postal reports, and stuff, wrap and the papers and send them on their perilous journey through the bowels of the U.S.P.O. Believe it or not, I’m the only one there who knows how to run the postal software, and it takes ALL of us to stuff and bag.

    I’m sure they’ll figure something out, because it’s supposed to get worse today and tonight. I’ll likely not make it until late tomorrow at best. Blizzard conditions, high winds, highs in the teens… and frozen solid shed doors.

    Summer is ecstatic that I decided to stay home. She’s free from the dreaded kennel confinement, at least for today. She’s snoozing on top of the heated mattress pad on my bed. I plan to join her shortly!

  6. lilacluvr

    Just saw this on the WE website and thought I would post it here for anyone interested.

    ‘New poll shows Moran, Tiahrt close in Senate raceThe GOP primary race for the U.S. Senate in Kansas is apparently a dead heat once again. A new poll from SurveyUSA shows the race at 37 percent for Jerry Moran, 34 percent for Todd Tiahrt. The margin of error is 4.6 percent, meaning that either number could swing by that much. The new finding is in marked contrast to the 43-27 finding in Moran’s favor in an early October survey by the same pollster. But that outcome now appears to be an aberration. In four of SurveyUSA’s five polls on the race this year, the results have been within the margin of error — meaning that either guy could have been ahead. The new poll, taken Friday to Sunday, is a big boost for Tiahrt who took something of a p.r. hit in the wake of the 43-27 finding in early October.’

  7. Hard to believe it is even close.

    • Fundraiser for Republican Senators taking place after hours at my office this Friday.
      I’m hiding my valuables.
      I noticed they are hiring extra security for the event; the firm must realize what thieves these GOP Senators are! Thank goodness someone will be looking after my valuables in my absence!

  8. Silver bullets come in handy, too, I understand.

  9. David B

    “The few straggler LIBs that remain here, make this sooo little fun.”

    I guess I will abandon the mud puddle, too.

    News: Public Option Dead.. Medicare buy ins for all 55 and older….

  10. David B

    Worth a read:
    Digby asks why the anti-climate-change types are so angry, then approvingly links to Amanda Marcotte, who says that it’s all about annoying liberals.

    Krugman refers to:

    • Annoying liberals and opposing President Obama — what Republicans stand for today. They must be so proud of their ideas, solutions, vision…

      Have they figured out what their party stands FOR or are they spending all their time and energy on what they are AGAINST?

  11. I read about this new ‘strategy’ in this morning’s paper. Decrease the requirements for Medicaid, lower the age and requirements for Medicare…

    I”m not so sure I don’t prefer this to what the bills became! This is a better start in my opinion to what should be the ultimate goal — Medicare for all.

  12. “Public Option Dead”

    What are Medicaid and Medicare if not public options?

    Again, if this floats the Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats boats, go for it. It gets more people covered, adds younger people to the pool of Medicare, certainly should add competition to a degree since 55 year olds would become eligible for that public option that isn’t a public option, donchaknow.

    –Medicaid to people with incomes 150 percent above the poverty line

    –the expansion of Medicare to people between 55 and 64

  13. Thunderchild

    ““The few straggler LIBs that remain here, make this sooo little fun.”

    I guess I will abandon the mud puddle, too.”

    That’s cause.

    “News: Public Option Dead.. Medicare buy ins for all 55 and older….”

    That’s effect.

    Well happy day! MAYBE I will live another 10 years and get health care!

  14. Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (FPL)
    Effective January 2009


    None of us will know what will come from health-care reform efforts. But as I understand the compromise currently being discussed in the Senate, Medicaid would be offered to everyone with incomes up to 150% of the poverty level. For a family of two people that is $1,821.25 per month ($21,855 annually).

    It’s a start. I don’t think the bills are what any American needs or deserves and I won’t think they are adequate until we get to a single-payer system where everyone is treated equally with total disregard for income. We’re not getting there this time no matter what, there are too many snobs who think some things should only be available to those who can pay for them and they include health care in these “things.” I don’t understand how anyone can think that way, I just recognize that they do.

    There are many groups of people who don’t enjoy human equality or even human dignity because of these people. But they will tell you how much they do for the less fortunate without even asking — they’re always ready to brag about how good they are to the little people.