Thursday, 3/31/11, Public Square


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31 responses to “Thursday, 3/31/11, Public Square

  1. Yeeeessss, siirrreee, folks! Step right up, this freak show is just getting ready to start!

    Randall Terry, of Operation Rescue and Terri Schiavo fame, is planning to vie for the Democratic Party nomination of POTUS against President Obama.

    • CapnAmerica


      That’s wrong on so many levels.

      At least we can say “Obama’s no Randell Terry.”

    • indypendent

      given a choice between Randell Terry on the Democrat side and Sarah Palin on the Reublican side – I would choose to move to New Zealand.

      New Zealand is my husband and my ‘dream retirement’.

    • wicked

      The commenters after the article (except for one) are so far right, they’re in danger of falling off the planet. These are the kind of people who would shoot a doctor in the face. Fact? They’re insane.

  2. A new poll —

    “Republicans know that they have a lackluster field of presidential candidates as they inch toward the 2012 primary season. Their only hope for defeating President Obama short of an act of God is to drive up his negatives, but a new AP/GfK poll shows that not only are Obama’s approval ratings remaining steady at 53%, but an incredible 84% said that the president is a very likable person.”

    • indypendent

      Talk about approval ratings – Reagan averaged 53% throughout his two terms.

      Hmm…..Obama is steady at 53% only 2 1/2 years into his first term? Not bad for being such a ‘hated and evil man’ by a majority of the Party of NO.

      Just imagine – due to the birthers – Obama’s ratings should be even lower but yet Obama still manages to get 53% – the same as Reagan’s average.

      Hmmm…..Reagan – a GOP golden god in which they worship is the same as Obama – which the GOP demonize as socialist,.

      Interesting note also – Many Democrats voted for Reagan because they liked him personally. Another comparison to Obama as being regarded as a likable person.

      Interesting……don’t you think?

  3. G-STIR

    Enough with the Seattle weather!

    • wicked

      LOL I was telling my 8-year-old granddaughter on the drive to school that it was a lot like Seattle out there. London, too.

  4. CapnAmerica

    Greg Palast used to work as a nuclear regulator. Turns out that the exact same company responsible for the meltdown were seeing now in Japan has been hired to build reactors on Texas’s Gulf Coast.

    The idiocy of it is almost physically crippling.

    Here’s a clip from the must read article:

    The failure of emergency systems at Japan’s nuclear plants comes as no surprise to those of us who have worked in the field.

    Nuclear plants the world over must be certified for what is called “SQ” or “Seismic Qualification.” That is, the owners swear that all components are designed for the maximum conceivable shaking event, be it from an earthquake or an exploding Christmas card from Al Qaeda.

    The most inexpensive way to meet your SQ is to lie. The industry does it all the time. The government team I worked with caught them once, in 1988, at the Shoreham plant in New York. Correcting the SQ problem at Shoreham would have cost a cool billion, so engineers were told to change the tests from ‘failed’ to ‘passed.’

    The company that put in the false safety report? Stone & Webster, now the nuclear unit of Shaw Construction which will work with Tokyo Electric to build the Texas plant, Lord help us.

    • indypendent

      Well, look at the BP oil spill disaster and do we wonder why the same people are allowed to build yet more nuclear plants?

      I remember all too well the many people who were screaming at Obama to stop his madness by shutting down all oil rigs until we knew what caused the explosion at the BP oil rig. Which, to me, was just common sense and a wise thing to do.

      We STILL hear people on the ‘right’ screaming about Obama and the way he handled the BP disaster. While I might not agree with everything he did or did not do or what BP did or did not do – I am still glad we had President Obama and NOT President McCain.

      I still remember a few of those Monday-morning quarterbacks on that fair and balanced network and talk radio claiming that all that spilled oil was simply dissolving into the ocean water and that nature knows how to handle it.

      WTH……..I guess we will never learn our lesson and that is why history keeps repeating….

      • indypendent

        I just reread my first statement – and I did not mean that the same people that did the BP oil rig are in charge of the new nuclear plants.

        I was simply trying to make a comparison as to the last man-made disaster – and that would be the BP oil spill.

    • wicked

      I read a lot of Greg Palast during Dubya’s incarceration.

      • indypendent

        Dubya’s incarceration? Only if there is real justice in this world.

      • Robert

        Wicked, Sorry about being so slow getting back with you on the Alaskan ice palace, and I don’t think we know each other because I went to skinner elementry from 52 to 59. Parents bought a new house on looman. If only these kids today could experience just a little of that life style back then!
        I gave you wrong info on the ice palace. There must have been a roller skating rink some were on hydraulic back in 1883 because of the beacon article, but it wasn’t the Alaskan. I found another article that talks about wichita being a hotbed for ice hockey back in the early 1930’s, when Wichita built the Alaskan Ice Palace for hockey and ice shows. Wichita had a team called the Skyhawks that nearly won the AHA championship on 2 occasions, but the AHA folded in 1939 when most of the Canadian players went home at the start of WWII for them.
        After the war the Wichita Amateur Hockey Asso. was formed. It proved popular with the 5,000 seat Ice Palace almost always filled to capacity. The league ended in 1954 when the Alaskan Ice Palace was destroyed in a fire. I have not been successful at finding a picture of the rink, but it had a 1/10 mi. concrete oval floor. Which sounds big to me. I think this would be a great story for Larry H. on kake tv don’t you?

      • wicked

        No, problem, Robert. You found some great info! I guess I didn’t dream the part about the fire. I remember my dad talking about the hockey team. He was born in 1910 so remembered. The fire happened a couple of years before I started skating there, so obviously they rebuilt as a roller rink. To be honest, it seemed even old then. LOL The floor then was wood, there was a small room with a bar in the middle of it where you could practice, and the railing around the rink was wood, as were the bleachers that were on the two long sides of the rink and set in concrete. Any info on exactly where on Hydraulic it was? I remember trees. It wasn’t like I paid a lot of attention to the outside, I guess.

        Strange that there are no pictures of either ice or roller rink. Yes, it would make a great story for Larry H.

      • Robert

        Wicked, I’m not giving up yet on the photo. I have a fuzzy memory of the outside and a better memory of falling a lot ice skating. I do remember it being located between Douglas and lincolin with lots of big trees. I’m hoping a photo will bring back more of my limited memory of the place. I may be wrong , but I think a apartment complex was put in it’s place. I’m going to work on that Larry H. idea. When I find out more info or get a photo I’ll post under one of your comments.

  5. indypendent

    The full text of Senate Resolution of action against Libya in which this was passed unanimously on March 1st.

    Seems to pretty clear to me – every Senator signed on for US to go along with the no-fly zone and includes the outreach to Libyan rebels.

    So I guess the only question now is – why are Republicans demonizing Obama for helping people fight for their freedom and get rid of a dictator?

    That is the real question – all the rest of the latest GOP talking point is nothing but partisan B.S.

    Just why do Republicans always support dictators – I wondered the same thing when GWB lifted sanctions against Gaddafi and gave him billions of our tax dollars. But not one word of outrage from any his talk radio sheeple then…..I wonder why.

    • indypendent

      this link takes you to the query location. Search for S.Res 85 – then the full text will come up.

      I tried to post the direct link but I cannot seem to be able to do this.

  6. WSClark

    With a newly installed, ‘pro-life’ governor in hanging out in Topeka, the Republicans in the Lege have passed their trifecta of ‘pro-life’ anti-abortion bills. In their infinite wisdom of knowing exactly what a woman needs, the Lege has decided that women must take their morning-after pill in the presence of a physician. That would include the initial pill and the secondary, follow-up dosage.

    I have to wonder if the GOP is going to take this medical mandate to it’s logical conclusion. No more will we hear “take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” Now, it will be “come into the office so I can watch you take the tablets and charge you for an office visit.”

    This logic is obviously going to lead to overcrowding. If we are going to be required to take our medicine under the watchful eye of our doctors, they are going to have to build suitable facilities for the purpose. Now, because I am plum loco, I take a fistful of pills each morning and then another dose of one of them before bed. This obviously means I have to see the doctor twice a day, once about 11:00 AM and again at 2:00 AM.

    This is going to present some difficulties. Due to a genetic defect (no other explanation covers it) I have an attraction to nurses. A large percentage of my past relationships have been with nurses, some leading to disaster that became a contributing factor in a lifelong pattern of depression.

    If I am at the doctors twice a day, seven days a week, there is a decided possibility that the “nurse bug” will rear it’s ugly head once more, leading to ‘relationship’ and eventual relapse. This will mean, of course, additional trips to the doctor and even more ‘anti-nurse’ pills, perhaps a third or even forth dosage per day.

    Looking at all this realistically, the best course of action for me is to obviously move in with my doctor to save money on fuel costs and to reduce my carbon footprint.

    But then, my doctor is also female, so this could lead to a more serious malady – the dreaded “doctor-bug.”

    I wonder if my doc will like living with Rufus?

    • indypendent

      Hey – whatever happend to the Repubican’s mantra of government should not interfere in the doctor/patient relationship?

      Isn’t mandating the doctor be in physical presence while patient takes the pills thrusting the government into an interference role?

      Or am I the only one seeing things that way?

      • wicked

        How many doctors are actually going to do this?

      • indypendent

        If they get paid to do this – probably more than we think. Or – maybe their physician assistant or Nurse Practioner can suffice the legal requirement?

  7. indypendent

    This the New and Improved GOP now labeling women as liars just to get an abortion?

    I swear, this bunch is quite a trip -aren’t they? They have tried every which way but loose to get us women back in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant – and keeping our mouths shut.

    Why the next thing these old elephants will do is to try to take away the women’s right to vote. Don’t laugh – I suspect it is highly possible with this bunch of buffoons.

    • WSClark

      What is with the “could” attitude that GOP’ers seem to have? A woman “could” lie about being raped? In that regard, shouldn’t we err on the side of the woman, giving the benefit of the doubt?

      I hated to even type that paragraph. Really, even to say “benefit of the doubt” is disgusting to me. I can’t imagine forcing a woman to carry to term against her will, not to mention, if she was raped, to even question her status.

      Where do these (overwhelmingly white males) come up with this crap?

      As a man, I am seriously offended that this subject has even been discussed.

      • indypendent

        I hope I did not offend you by posting this subject?

        Personally, I find the Republicans entire approach to women offensive.

  8. indypendent

    What does it say about a birther when even Karl Rove thinks they are making a mistake?

    Another question I have for Trump is this – so when a baby is born, that baby’s religion is recorded for their rest of their life?

    I do not have my birth certificate so I do not even know if my religion was recorded. I do know that hospital admission forms often ask that question.

    Does anyone else know specifics about what data is generally included on a birth certificate?

    But might this just be a case of – perhaps – if the religion Muslim is mentioned on the birth certificate that it might just be – now perhaps – it was Barack’s father’s religion and NOT the baby himself?

    Or perhaps it is something else – all Evangelical Christians believe that once a Christian accepts Jesus as their Savior, then they are Christian. Barack Obama has stated he is a Christian. So these birthers/Evangelicals doubt that their Christian God views Barack as one of his own once he accepted Christ? Maybe Evangelicals really do not believe God changes a person’s religion – is that what is going on here?

    Or is it just these birthers deep-rooted and neverending hatred of Obama.

    Me thinks it is the hatred.

    P.S. Me also thinks Trump is just trying to drum up some ratings and publicty for his shows (that I hear are not doing too well). Last I heard, his shows have not been picked up yet.

    And let’s not forget how he jumped to Carrie Prejean’s defense – -I’m sure that garnered him alot of admiration from these birthers.

    • WSClark

      Let’s take a good look at Donald Trump:

      The man goes out in public with that hairstyle. The man calls himself “the Donald.”

      Now, if he was a Las Vegas lounge singer – D list – he might be able to pull that off without garnering too many laughs.

      President of the United States? Not a chance in Hell.

      The man is a doofus.

  9. indypendent

    If the experts polled are correct in their prediction of government shutdown – what does this do to both parties politically? And what does a shutdown mean to the average American who is just trying to do their jobs, pay their taxes and hope for the best?

  10. indypendent

    I just found this while surfing the Internet for interesting articles and all I can say is – Libya has their own version of birthers. Who knew?