Sunday, 3/21/10, Public Square


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11 responses to “Sunday, 3/21/10, Public Square

  1. fnord

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  2. David B

    Wasn’t that a wonderful story to hear?

  3. tosmarttobegop

    All it takes is interest and taking the time to look it up, a recent example/
    I received an e-mail that had a photo attached it was President Obama carrying a book as he walked.

    The following text is at the bottom of the photo:

    “The name of the book Obama is reading is called
    The Post-American World, written by a fellow Muslim.
    Post-America – The world After America ??? Please forward this picture to everyone you know, conservative or liberal to expose Obama’s radical ideas and intent for this country!”

    Of course I took the time to put the title of the book in as a search keyword. Review
    Book Description
    “This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s important new work on the era we are now entering. Following on the success of his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Zakaria describes with equal prescience a world in which the United States will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. He sees the “rise of the rest”—the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others—as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world.

  4. tosmarttobegop

    Having mix emotions about the passage today, there is some if not more superficial then meaningful changes with in the bill.

    Sadly too many Faustian deals though, the mandate without an alterative to big insurance is damnation. The President and the Congress seem to work harder to not offend insurance then to help the people.

    It was like there was some invisible force that prevented them from acting in a real manner.

    “But this is a foundation to build on!”, kind of like if running a Marathon you step to the starting line. Then take five steps back and turn the opposite direction to start.

    I will admit there is a part of me that will not be disappointed if the vote fails.

    But I also know that if something is not done, by the time they could do a re-do the odds will be against any kind of bill. As it is, by the time this legislation is in acted the Republicans will be stronger and any fixes will be doomed.

    If not stronger, then a complete retaking of the Congress there is that much desertification. Among Moderate Republicans, Independents and even some Democratic.

    That ball within the Python that is between the head and tail and who is the electorate.

  5. PrairiePond

    As the saying used to go “the truth is out there”.

    But to the “that is not a pipe” crowd, when it comes to proof and truth, “one’s too many and a hundred’s not enough.”

    Denial. It aint just a river in Egypt….

  6. wicked

    I’m counting on all of you to keep me abreast of the vote today. I really need to put my head down and do what needs doing in my own little corner. I’ve managed to not get to it yet today.

    I’m set to get notifications, so poke me by posting here, if you don’t mind. It’s the best I can do.

    See you all on the flip side, wherever that is. 🙂

  7. tosmarttobegop

    Stupak and his cabal have came out and said they will vote for the bill since the President came out with an executive order that states that no federal funds can be used for abortion.

    OK so far as to what Stupak was seeing that I did not I guess it is like that movie “Harvey” he could see the six foot white rabbit that no one else could see. So to assure him the President has issued a note saying well I could see it too!

    Stupak was having a Joe Wilson moment, seeing what was not there rather then what was.

  8. tosmarttobegop

    s there anything that is the least when it comes to something to disagree with?

    “ This is the most pro-abortion piece of legislation since Roe V Wade!”.

    Failing to stop the bill passing now it is a fall back to the old emotional bright and shiny object.

    I was to the point of being pissed at the way the Democrats was slapping each other on the back for passing a fart and proclaiming it a cool breeze.

    They had blown of a Republican legitimate point and one that would have taken less then a minute to handle.

    But this is below contemptible and so Nancy Grace, the Republicans are standing on the unborn as a foot stool!

    Even Stupak came to the floor to call them on it!

  9. PrairiePond

    “I was to the point of being pissed at the way the Democrats was slapping each other on the back for passing a fart and proclaiming it a cool breeze. ”

    Dude, me too. ROFLMAO

    But on the other hand… you may not be as amused at this as I am, but I am loving how the Demcrats are not just putting a whoopy on the pukes, but they are GLEEFULLY rubbing their nose in it.

    Turn about is fair play, after all.

    It’s almost worth it to pass this pos legislation just to watch the victory and grave dances going on.

  10. tosmarttobegop

    I am sounding like a real downer on this, I had such high hopes not alone am I huh?

    I think of what needed to happen and what could have reasonably been accomplished.

    Yes Pond this was a whipping for the Cons IF IT DOES NOT FALL FLAT ON ITS FACE!

    But this was and should have been a easy whipp’n the real shocker would have been a total defeat of the bill.

    I know you may not be as amused at this but this softball game was never between the Reps and Dems.

    It has always been between the Dems, the Reps could only set in their dugout and shout insults and swing batter batter SWING!

    All the downfalls and sucking is owned by the Democratic.

    You and I both would have loved what could have been and should of been.
    What there was no stopping with the sixty majority and would have been free sailing.

    But that was yesterday huh?

    This does have some good in it.
    I should be more happy about that.
    But I am only seeing the deal with the Devil in it and how much it will hurt more then help.

  11. PrairiePond

    TSTB, that’s a good analogy about a softball game.

    I’d say it’s more been between the corporatists and the populists. And yeah, the Democrats could have passed whatever they wanted. Apparently, this is what they wanted.

    “This does have some good in it.
    I should be more happy about that.
    But I am only seeing the deal with the Devil in it and how much it will hurt more then help.”

    Ditto man, ditto. Well said.

    I’ve got the schadenfreude thing going on with the Democrats’ end zone dancing. And the repukes need to be ashamed of how they’ve behaved, especially encouraging the teabaggers and their racist and homophobic bullshit.

    But… the Democrats and this president own this. I think they’ll come to regret rolling over tits up to the insurance and pharma industries when the public realized how bad this bill is and how little it will actually help them.