Sunday, 7/25/10, Public Square


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15 responses to “Sunday, 7/25/10, Public Square

  1. david B

    Woke up with horrid nightmare that I was going out to vote for Moran.

    • I am concentrating on the other guy who I think is even worse.

      I had a lady knock at my door to ask me to vote for Moran. (I have lots more political interaction — phone calls, visits, poll requests — since I’m registered Republican.) I told her I decided to vote against Tiahrt but wouldn’t use the words “vote FOR Moran.” She tried her best to convince me he deserved to be voted FOR. I was polite and listened. I also told her a primary vote didn’t guarantee a general election vote (I didn’t share how new I was to her party or anything like that!). I assured her if Moran was unable to use his advertising dollars to tout his specific qualifications, to tell voters why he wants and deserves the job vs. the stupidity of the negative ads he has used to this point, he won’t get my vote.

    • I think it’s possible Moran will receive more votes in the primary than he will in the general. Do I think he’ll lose the general, no I don’t. I do, however, think some of those who vote against Tiahrt in the primary aren’t likely to vote for Moran in the general.

      • WSClark

        I find the Tiahrt – Moran tilt to be quite interesting. They have virtually the exact same voting records, the same positions on issues and the universal Republican hatred for all thing Obama.

        The only thing Moran has over Tiahrt is that he’s not quite the asshole that Tiahrt is.

    • Such suffering.

      Seeing that family tells me to remember that everyone bears their own sufferings. They may not be the one(s) we bear and we may imagine our suffering is less or more, but we must always remember to be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

  2. A 9/11 Hero’s Outrage

    Melendez-Perez was an immigration inspector conducting secondary screenings at Orlando International Airport when Jose prevented the would-be 20th hijacker, Mohamed al-Kahtani, from gaining admittance to the United States. And because he rejected Kahtani, United Airlines Flight 93 was short-handed on 9/11—a fact several members of the 9/11 Commission say helped ensure that the flight did not reach its intended target—the capitol dome.

    But today, this American hero is sitting idle in a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) office in Orlando—forced to report daily to a building where he does nothing of consequence, awaiting the outcome of an investigation he knows little about.

    Here’s why: On the night of Friday, April 16, Melendez-Perez, by now working as the CBP liaison for the Joint Terrorism Task Force, was on his way home. His own car was in the shop for repairs, so he was driving his official, government-issued vehicle. This apparently broke the rules; department policies permitted such usage of an official vehicle, but those policies had ended four months earlier. This was the only time Melendez-Perez had ever driven home in his government car, he told me.

    Sometime during the night of Sunday, April 18 into Monday April 19, the car was broken into, and Jose’s firearm (as well as some additional items) was stolen. Melendez-Perez told me that the theft of the firearm—and not his use of the government vehicle—seems to be the focus of a local CBP investigation of which he is the subject.

    Melendez-Perez tells me it is highly unusual for someone to be removed from their post during an investigation like this—which is administrative, not criminal. Usually, in a situation like this, the employee would be issued a new firearm, and go back to work, he said. According to Melendez-Perez, even the investigator looking into this incident said he was not aware that Jose had been relieved of his job during the inquiry.

    more here.

  3. tosmarttobegop

    “I had a lady knock at my door to ask me to vote for Moran. (I have lots more political interaction — phone calls, visits, poll requests — since I’m registered Republican.)”

    Perhaps one of the most telling statements about Kansas Politics and the condition of the Democratic party within. Money of course is an issue and the fact that the Republicans have more money to spend on what was listed above. In a State that is so Red should be no surprise.

    But then is there a real reason for a Democratic campaign in Kansas to look like Green’s campaign in South Carolina? A Democrat in Kansas could have the most serious and good answers to every problem. But when it is that the choices boil down to I have hear of this one but no that one.

    It should be more a concern and more important to get the playing field leveled instead of just complain about how Red Kansas is?

    • wicked

      I had a visit a couple of weeks ago from a guy representing Raj Goyle, so the Dems are out walking and talking.

  4. I’ve had one candidate — the Democrat running an uphill battle for state representative of my district, a supporter of Jean Schodorf and the one for Moran I already mentioned knock on my door. I’ve received mail from most Republican candidates, many robocalls, and a few calls asking for me to participate in surveys.

    Did everyone see Crowson’s editorial cartoon in this morning’s paper. It was directed at how much money has been spent on campaign ads and what that money could have done…

    • wicked

      It’s obscene, fnord, especially in an economically poor times and especially in this area. The Dem guy for Goyle who stopped by here was probably in his early 50’s and well-dressed. He was also unemployed. Both of my sons-in-law are still unemployed. We’re all trying to hold on to what we have, while money is being thrown around for campaigning like it was air. It would be nice if Karma would make a visit, but I’m not counting on it.

      The TPers can call names and act like the asses they are, blaming Obama for the condition of the country. I was there when it all fell apart, and it was a guy from Texas who was sitting in that big white house in DC when it happened.

      • indypendent

        Now, now wicked – it isn’t nice to blame Georgie. You know Republicans are so sensitive it hurts their wittle feelings to hear such talk about their little emperor king.

      • wicked

        Hey, indie, you know what I say. Screw ’em. Screw ’em all. 🙂

  5. indypendent

    Did anyone else read where the ex-manager of Jerry Moran’s campaign (this guy was suddenly no longer the manager up until a few months ago) has endorsed Tiarht?

    This guy claims Moran is not a real conservative, yada, yada and more yada.

    Isn’t it pathetic how these two are trying to out-conservative the other one?

    Like my grandpa used to say – if you threw both of them into a sack, you wouldn’t know which one popped its head out first.

    But you just know you want to smack em – don’t you?

  6. tosmarttobegop

    I watched undercover boss tonight, it was Rote-rooter the CEO of production when under and it was such a eye opener for him! He could not understand a system he himself had set up and came up with.
    Using a color coded system and part of his problem was he is color blinded!

    It was touching when he went to a plant that makes their equipment and met a welder there.
    The employee talked about their fear that the plant would be closed and the manufacturing would be moved to Mexico. After the CEO walked off he broke down in tears he had no idea of how much the employees were afraid of losing their jobs.

    Another man he met openly admitted to having a drinking problem but is fighting it for the sake of himself and the effect it has on his family. The CEO’s only father had drank himself to death and knew well the effect such things have on children and the family. His father had died before they could reconcile.

    The end result was he told the employees he now had a better understanding of what they go through and they made him a better person!