Tuesday, 12/22/09, Public Square

Did you know there are only three days ’till Christmas?  Only nine days left in 2009?


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12 responses to “Tuesday, 12/22/09, Public Square

  1. As it gets closer to Christmas, I know that I will get more and more busy. So I want to take this time to wish my friends here a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, Blessed Solstice; whatever you celebrate, have a great one!

  2. Thank you, Paula!

    I think everyone is a little busier.

    My wish for everyone is that you are surrounded by lots of love and kindness! Seek out those people who offer you those qualities.

    And peek in here even if it’s just to say, “Hi.”

    • wicked

      I’m surrounded by bickering family members. Is it possible to divorce your family?

      On a happier note, my youngest and I took two of the oldest grandkids and joined my oldest daughter and her daughter (today is her birthday) for an hour or so of ice skating. It’s been at least 25 years since I skated, but I didn’t fall! Not that my grandson didn’t try to take us both down. He is so not a skater. LOL

  3. I find truth in this quote. I also think if we acknowledge our intricacies, strengths and weaknesses we come closer to understanding that no man is an island, and we need to take care of each other.

    “I loathe the expression “What makes him tick.” It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.”
    – James Thurber

  4. He’s gotta do whatever increases his chances of being reelected! We all know job one for every one of them is getting reelected!

    Freshman Alabama Congressman to Switch Parties to Join GOP

    “Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, is switching parties to become a Republican, Fox News learned Tuesday.

    Griffith is expected to make a formal announcement in an afternoon press conference.

    Griffith, a retired oncologist and businessman, succeeded former Democratic Rep. Bud Cramer, who retired earlier this year, in a hard-fought contest for the northern Alabama seat.

    Republicans thought that district would be hard for Democrats to hold without Cramer on the ballot, but Griffith defeated Republican Wayne Parker by 4 points — 52-48 percent — even though Republican presidential nominee John McCain won every county in the district.

    Former President George W. Bush won the district by double digits in both of his races.

    In Congress, Griffith joined the Blue Dogs, the coalition of moderate and conservative Democrats in the House. He voted against the health care reform bill in November.

    Earlier this year, Sen. Arlen Specter moved from the Republican Party to the majority Democratic Party but Griffith’s party switch from the majority to the minority party is rare.”

    • lillacluvr

      The man is from Alabama – enough said.

    • Seems the ‘purists’ don’t think Griffith is ‘pure’ enough. Laughing out loud! (Note: the little ‘lol’ wasn’t adequate to convey a belly laugh!) 🙂


      A Chilly Republican Welcome
      by Benjamin Sarlin

      “A conservative Alabama Democratic congressman, Rep. Parker Griffith, is reportedly jumping across the aisle to join the GOP, generating howls of protest from…the GOP?

      From a partisan standpoint, there are few things better than a lawmaker switching parties—it’s a free seat, the other guys fronted the campaign money to put him there, and the abandoned party is left to explain what it is about their philosophy that’s driving its members away.

      But influential conservative activist Erick Erickson, one of the prime players in backing a third-party candidate against moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava in New York’s 23rd district (they both lost), has now put Griffith in his crosshairs.

      “We will not fix the GOP’s problems if we keep allowing people who are not one of us to suddenly switch the letter next to their name and magically become one of us,” Erickson wrote on RedState.com, an influential conservative blog in a post that went up even before news of Griffith’s switch became official. “Being a Republican should be about more than just the letter next to a person’s name. We can improve that seat.”

    • Probably if a person had been a sinner, lost and without God, admitted such and asked Jesus to come into his heart and forgive him, the ‘purists’ would complain he hadn’t always been ‘one of them,’ and therefore couldn’t switch!

      This gets more laughable on a daily basis. Do any of the republicans actually know what they stand for, or has it all boiled down to what they are against?

  5. Only Positive Statistic Of Year Announced

    WASHINGTON—Amid a growing list of domestic and international concerns such as skyrocketing fuel prices, the slumping dollar, massive recalls of tainted food, the housing market collapse, and an increase in obesity, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals delivered the country’s only positive statistic Tuesday when officials announced that cases of feline leukemia had stabilized. “In this current climate, we were all waiting for some good news,” said Brad Gambrell, 37, an unemployed census worker. “With more infants perishing during childbirth, fewer citizens covered by health insurance, and air quality steadily worsening, it’s a huge relief that the number of cats dying from this horrible disease is staying the same.” Additional data showed that, upon hearing the news, hundreds of Americans who were being evicted from their homes or learning that they had colon cancer briefly experienced a glimmer of hope—a once-common sensation that has declined by 250 percent since 2002.”

  6. I don’t know what others have heard about the General in Iraq that issued a general order which, inter alia, prohibited his soldiers (female) from becoming pregnant or (male) from impregnating a female. This being a general order (which is of dubious validity in this part of it IMHO), the accused may be punished by a court-martial.

    It appears he has had reason to reconsider. http://abcnews.go.com/WN/general-backs-off-threat-court-martial-pregnant-soldiers/story?id=9399604&page=1

  7. Zippy

    I’m beyond busy, but Happy Holidays, folks!

    Mazeltov! (or maybe Molotov? — I get those two confused a lot, which is how I blew up my front room! 🙂 ).

    • wicked

      And la chaim to you, too!

      (I’m not even Jewish. But at least I know more about Hanukkah than my son-in-law. What dunce!)