Thursday, 7/15/10, Public Square

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38 responses to “Thursday, 7/15/10, Public Square

  1. tosmarttobegop

    Just saw this on TV. made me chuckle!

    • That’s the one I mentioned a week or so ago! Funny. The look on Honest Abe’s face when he wonders how in the world can he honestly answer that question. 😉

      • indypendent

        I thought it was clever because every man has faced this very same question at some point in their life.

    • It always amazes me at what Geico comes up with. I love it!

  2. indypendent

    This one is cute but have you seen the one with Thomas Jefferson singing and dancing about Macaroni and Cheese.

    I think it is for Kraft. The gist of the message is that Kraft’s Mac and Cheese is better thant the original mac and cheese that was known as Jefferson’s dish?

    The part I don’t like is when this woman is sitting across from Thomas Jefferson and calls him TJ.

    There is funny and then there is crossing a line.

    Or maybe I am turning into that little old crabby lady that lives in the big scary house on the edge of town?

  3. British Open: Woods at 67; Daly at 66; McIlroy shoots 63; Mickelson struggling

    Go John! Why is he the one I want to see win? Is it because it’s easier to identify with someone who has struggled and been so ‘human’? Although lately we could say the same of Woods, and yet I don’t identify as easily with his struggles.

    • indypendent

      It depends on the type of struggling. In my opinion, Tiger Woods brought his struggles onto himself by the choices he made.

      Maybe that is being too judgmental or too cold? Don’t know – but that is my honest feeling about the guy.

      • Freebird1971

        I don’t think you are. A lesson I have learned the hard way is that actions have consequences.

  4. Financial Bill Clears Final Hurdle

    The economy will soon be safer, until Wall Street finds new ways to undermine it: The Senate voted 60 to 38 on Thursday to close debate on financial reform, setting up a final vote on the legislation later in the day. The “yay” column includes three Republicans, who chose to break their party’s filibuster: Senators Susan Colllins, Olympia Snowe, and Scott Brown; meanwhile, Democrat Russ Feingold voted against the measure, saying that it was too weak. Once the Senate passes the bill this afternoon, it will go to President Obama’s desk. He’s expected to sign it within days.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/108989-financial-overhaul-passes-key-procedural-hurdle-with-60-38-vote

    • indypendent

      I just read about this on another blog. The prevailing thought there was that this reform bill did not go far enough to actually reform Wall Street but the consumers did win alot more protection.

      My friend works at a major bank downtown and they are staunch Republicans (go figure). They have been hit daily with emails from the top brass to write to their elected officials to stop all these consumer protection financial reform bills because it would bring down the bank into ruins. Now mind you, this bank makes multi-million dollars profit every year but somehow not being able to gouge the average bank customer is now going to bring down the entire bank.

      Anyway, my friend has told me that alot of their customers are leaving by the boatloads because this bank has already raised fees where they could before this reform bill even got legs to start walking.

      So, in their quest to make more profit before the rules changed – they lose a third of their customers? In what world does that make sense?

    • I think it’s the Republican’s plan to make this accomplishment (yet another big win!) seem less than it is. Maybe it didn’t regulate to the extent it should have, but I know lobbyists for banks and wall street were fighting it tooth and nail at great expense so it must do some good.

      btw, when we think back on the past not quite 17 months to all the legislation that has been passed, does it make you think back to the nothingness that was passed by Republican majorities? Really! What have they accomplished when they are in the majority? I’m not asking for a list, just one example of something they passed that benefited Americans.

  5. 18th-Century Ship Found at Ground Zero

    Ground Zero apparently doubles as an archaeological dig: Diggers at the World Trade Center site found, buried deep in the dirt, the 33-foot hull of an 18th-century ship. Archaeologists think the ship was buried with other debris to fill in and extend lower Manhattan into the Hudson River over 100 years ago. One archaeologist at the site told the Associated Press that the ship will hopefully be removed from the ground by the end of the day. It’s unclear how much of the vessel, however, will remain salvageable. Currently being cleared by hand, the team aims to at least save several timbers. Exposure to air makes the delicate wood deteriorate, though, so the work to analyze the boat must be done quickly. “I kept thinking of how closely it came to being destroyed,” one archaeologist said.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/15/world-trade-centre-hull-ship

  6. indypendent

    Has anyone noticed how silent Sarah Palin has been in the last few days?

    I read on another blog where Todd and Sarah gave a statement to NBC Today Show that they want only the best for their children and so on…..

    Even though I thoroughly dislike Sarah Palin and what she stands for, it must be difficult for a mother to find out about her daughter’s engagement through a public media outlet.

    If that is indeed what happened – I don’t know for sure. I’m trying to think of any other reason for this couple to do it this way other than what they are saying – they did not how she would react if done in private?

    Any way, I do wonder how this will affect her prospects of presidential campaigning? Will it help her or put her up for more ridicule?

    As if any more ridicule than being a Tea Party leader is possible.

    • indypendent

      I sincerely do hope this young couple is serious about becoming a stable family and raising their little boy. Because at the at the end of the day, that is what is most important right now – the future of that little boy.

      • I’m with you on hoping for the best for this young family! From the tiny glimmers into their bigger families it might be best for these three to keep their distance and make it on their own for the most part.

  7. I do soooo hope Palin runs for the Republican nomination! It would guarantee a split in that party. Seems you either love Palin or see her as an incompetent wildly ambitious woman with aspirations far past her abilities.

    • I fear they should not marry….At least not yet. Levi has a very questionable character and motives.

      • indypendent

        Sad to say – It seems like Levi fits right into that bunch when it comes to questionable character and motives.

  8. Freebird1971

    WS,
    We should invite folks here to jopin our Grumpy Old Men’s monthly breakfast. Of coiurse being male should not be a requirement. Having females in attendance might make us behave,but probably won’t

  9. I might invite myself some time! 😉 And, I’m not concerned about being hav!

    I miss the little lunch get togethers Steven always organized. I miss Steven too.

  10. indypendent

    I was just participating in another blog about the prospect of Jeb Bush throwing his hat into the presidential ring.

    Has anyone else heard of this trial balloon being launched?

    The stategy seems to be Jeb’s wife is Hispanic and Jeb speaks fluent Spanish.

    So I’m seeing a pattern here – the GOP knows they need the hispanic vote – which I thoroughly agree with them.

    But how do they reconcile that with the perception that the right-wing Republicans seem to hate everything and everyone that is not exactly like them – especially illegal immigrants and perhaps Jeb Bush favors amnesty (which I don’t know if he does or not – most establishment GOP does).

    The next year will certain be interesting to see who comes forward in the Republican Party and tries to rally the entire GOP behind one person.

    • tosmarttobegop

      Indy it is something that always gets me, the thought that you can say anything under sun.
      But still not think it would come back to bite you by saying well I did not actually believe it when I said it!

      Daily there is a Conservative saying something that is mindless and delusional something that anyone of common sense would have never said in jest. But then afterwards that looked shock if anyone calls them on it.

      Acting as if they had not ever said something like that and it was taken out of context.
      Their fellow cons dismiss it as it was just said to get under the skin of the Liberals.
      Limbaugh could come out and say the best sex he ever had was with a five years old boy.
      And get away with it because none of the Cons would take him as being serious.

    • Wouldn’t a nomination fight between Jeb Bush and Sarah Palin be fun to watch? And where in the world would Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich fit in the picture? They will have a bunch of candidates I predict and they have a very fractured party too.

      Pass the popcorn!

      • A fight between the neocons and the religious right would be fun enough but there are so many more variables that it is really going to be interesting.

    • I sincerely doubt Jeb would get elected. No matter how mediocre Obama becomes, Jeb is a Bush and that name will be associated with his brother.

  11. Freebird1971

    Well I guess if someone’s spouse can give birth to a 38yr old daughter being a den mother at 12 is within the realm of possibility

  12. tosmarttobegop

    Before they had even passed the Financial reform they were smelling each other’s butt and declaring how wonderful each others butts smelled!

    Like with Health care passing they manage a fart and declared it smell like a Glad air freshener!

    Instead of it taking a act of Congress to approve and bail out too big to fail.
    Now the treasury can do it without anyone’s approval or notice.

    • Do you think doing absolutely nothing would have been better? What do you think should have been that isn’t or wasn’t, how could it have been improved? I understand you’re unhappy but I don’t honestly know why. Help me learn.

  13. indypendent

    We did not seem to get true financial reform and Wall Street is happy but they did throw out some crumbs to the little people – consumers – so they expect us to be grateful, shut up and sit down.

    Did I get the gist of it?