Monday, 7/18/11, Public Square


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30 responses to “Monday, 7/18/11, Public Square

  1. indypendent

    Another week – another spin story after spin story as told by multi-millionaires who are only concerned about their own political futures.

    Do you think we will ever have a Congress that can put their big boy pants on and get down to solving our country’s problems?

    I was thinking the other day – isn’t it the Congress’ Constitutional duty to handle the purse strings? Obama has presented his budget, so hasn’t he fulfilled his Constitutional duty? Isn’t it time for the Congres to do something – and if they don’t, then isn’t both party leaders to blame?

    BTW – Congress’ approval rating is at an abysmal low. These multi millionaires might want to remember that when it comes to throwing all those spin stories around this week.

    My patience, as well as alot of working Americans, is getting to the point where I want to tune both of the parties out and find someone who is not batshit relgious crazy an put into office. Good luck on that one – huh?

  2. These aren’t exactly numbers to cheer about, but a new CBS poll shows President Obama is handily winning the least-terrible award from voters following the debt ceiling debate:

    President Obama earned the most generous approval ratings for his handling of the weeks-old negotiations, but still more people said they disapproved (48 percent) than approved (43 percent) of what he has done and said …

    Approval drops to 31 percent for the Democrats in Congress, and only 21 percent of the people surveyed said they approved of Republicans’ handling of the negotiations, while 71 percent disapprove … Sixty-six percent of those polled said they believe an agreement will be reached before the Aug. 2 deadline, while only 31 percent say it’s unlikely.

    If those numbers hold, they could be a decent indicator of who would get the blame in the event of a national default. They’re also a reminder that Obama and congressional Democrats aren’t viewed as one and the same, and in this case their differing interests reflect that.

    • It seems the recalcitrant, childish attitude of the tea partiers and the GOP who are pandering to them lose out over adult responsible behavior. Protecting millionaires and corporations while punishing the middle class, seniors and our most vulnerable will never gain approval.

      • indypendent

        While I agree, I my patience is running thin with the Democrats who are just as bad as spinning their spin while the clock is ticking.

        I applaud President Obama for wanting a big package while we are doing all this debating – but I think even he knows this approach will not work – with either party.

  3. A show business reporter who was the first journalist to allege that News of the World editor Andy Coulson was aware of phone-hacking at his tabloid has been found dead, according to The Guardian, in circumstances that U.K. police deem “unexplained but “not suspicious.” Sean Hoare worked at the World as well another Murdoch tabloid, The Sun, until he was dismissed for drug and alcohol problems. Police won’t confirm his identity, but The Guardian reports that Hoare was found at his apartment and pronounced dead shortly after.

    • indypendent

      I just saw this and was going to post here. It was reported this guy had troubles with drugs and alcohol, so I suspect his death will be ruled a suicide. Or maybe I shoudl say – I would not be surprised if this is the final official ruling.

      I just wonder how long will it take for Rupert’s UK troubles find itself over in the US. Secondly I wonder – which politicians are going to be feeling the taint of the scandal?

      • I think there’s potential for this to be a BIG damn deal! Bribery, wire taps, buying politicians, influencing with lies and manipulation of data. Big deal stuff! The GOP should be hoping this comes our sooner rather than later. How deep it goes, what effect it will have on 2012 elections is certainly in the air at this point.

  4. Here’s one way to avoid this mess again: Moody’s, the credit-rating agency, urges the U.S., in a new statement, to eliminate the debt ceiling entirely. Arguing that it creates “periodic uncertainty” among bond investors, Moody’s says the idea of a cap on government spending has not curbed federal outlays anyway.

  5. Did you read about the Colorado woman being arrested and charged with a felony count of sexual abuse against a TSA agent? This woman sounds like she really lost it and behaved very poorly. It’s a wonder more of us don’t when you think about the dog and pony show we’re forced into at airports.

    • indypendent

      The TSA ritual is just another remnant of George W. Bush’s reign of terror.

      I still remember being told by Bush’s people to use duct tape around my windows and doors after 9/11.

      I know men love their duct tape – but seriously, that is going to keep out terrorist threats?

      • indypendent

        P.S. – I’ve always said that our airports should be safe from every grandmother trying to fly to see her family. LMAO

        And to think we have spent how many billions of taxpayer dollars on this ?

  6. indypendent

    Have we all heard or seen this news? Is this a result of the No Child Left Behind Act or would this have happened anyway?

    • Another consequence of the NCLB. Meantime our children and our future suffers and nothing is coming out of the congress critters on this. Of course, the new GOP majority in the House has been very busy with their war on women and attempts to move our country to a theocracy.

      • indypendent

        Agreed 100% on the war on women and the theocracy push. If anyone doubts that, just read the article I just posted about all those silly pledges Republicans are being asked, and most are signing, covering those exact same issues.

  7. indypendent

    Totally off topic – but I am showing my age here.

    Today is Red Skelton’s birthday and TCM is having a day long tribute to Red by showing his movies.

    I miss those days when comedians were truly funny without having to be tacky, classless, vulgar – they were just everyday people doing funny things.

  8. indypendent

    Here’s an interesting article about all those pledges that Republican special interest groups seem to want their candidates to sign before they will endorse.

    It is noted that only one Republican GOP candidate has refused to sign any pledges – John Huntsman. But I know Gary Johnson , former NM governor, has also refused to sign any pledges and he is a GOP presidential candidate also. But Johnson was not invited to the debate – so I guess he does not count?

    Anyway – bravo to both of these men who refuse to kowtow to those certain groups who think they, and only they, are the ones powerful enough to demand pledges to be signed.

    Somehow I don’t think this is exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind – or am I mistaken?

  9. WSClark


    • indypendent

      If you go outside, don’t forget to take a big towel with you to catch all that perspiration that will undoubtedly be cascading down from your head to your toes.

      BTW – I would think all these Evangelical Christians could dial up God on their personal direct line and tell God we need some rain. But I suspect these folks are too busy blaming everyone else but themselves. Maybe this is God’s punishment for these Evangelicals being too arrogant, selfish and all-round pains in the asses of everyone they meet?

      I mean really, this climate change is not due to man’s doing – at least that is what these Evangelicals keep preaching.

    • Me too! Ginger and I go to the park early enough to make it home by 8ish — our walks are 30 – 45 minutes. We’re HOT when we get home before 8 a.m. and the day spent mostly inside is loooong after that. Stir crazy.

    • I just went outside and quickly wanted to go back inside!

  10. indypendent

    I wonder if all those Conservative Republicans who loudly rant they hate all Muslims are even the least bit concerend as to how much Muslim money is flowing through our political system?

    We already know Fox News’ Rupert Murdoch has Muslim business partners and I’ve never heard one word of criticism against Rupert of Fox News for them – palling around with Muslims.

    • indypendent

      Oh I forgot – these Conservatives are blaming Anthony Weiner’s wife, who is from Saudi Arabia, for all the trouble in Washington.

      What was I thinking when I posted this? – I guess I need some remedial lessons on loyalty to everything GOP – whether it is factual or not?

      heavy sarcasm//

      • WSClark

        Have you read that Herman Cain believes and is in support of a community denying Muslims the right to build a mosque?


        So much for that Constitution Thingie.

      • Maybe another of the ‘candidates’ crowding the GOP 2012 field will come out and say a community has the right to be against a Baptist or Methodist or…

        They can out wingnut one another.

      • indypendent

        Are we surprised by their arrogance to deny Muslims to build a mosque?

        Seriously, these are the same folks that cheered and applauded for their little cowboy president when he cherry picked the intelligence to invade a country that did not mastermind the 9/11 attacks.

        There are alot cherry picking being done on the ‘right’ side. These folks cherry pick historical facts, Constitution rights, and even their Bible verses.

  11. WSClark

    I found one use for the heatwave that is baking the US – paint dries very quickly.

    I have completed a couple of projects that go quite well with my seriously demented personality.

    I took the heavy steel toolbox off my truck and made it into a patio table. It’s now painted Hunter Green and White and has wheels. If your drunken party guests get out of control need a place to stay, they can just pop open the lid and climb in.

    (Only I have the keys!)

    I took a tool tray from the toolbox and made a picture frame out of it – it holds four 8 x 10’s and a handful of 5 x 7’s. I took another heavy steel work tray and converted that into a frame for pix, too, but this one weighs about 60#, so hanging it will be a challenge.

    My office walls are decorated with old tools that I have found at flea markets and thrift shops. The best buy I have made is a bolt/cable cutter from the 20’s that I paid $4.00 for – I found an identical piece on eBay for $85.00.

    Next on the agenda is turning five old, cast iron pans into picture frames for photos of the grand monsters. Usually, old cast iron can be reclaimed into serviceable cookware, but these are Taiwanese and not much good for anything else. They will be visiting the ‘paint booth’ tomorrow.

    • You’ve been busy! Sounds like a lot of work and especially in these temps.

      Remember that downburst that happened a few weeks ago where the temp went up in the middle of the night? Well, my son in law is a school teacher and paints in the summer time. That day they had painted the outside of a house and that night that downburst melted the paint! It was a mess, had to be resanded, repainted.

    • W.R.Locke

      Will, we have something in common. My office walls are a stopping place for antique tools, too. I just got a 1938 Universal Drafting machine a couple of weeks ago ($5) and this week I got a couple of ancient steel traps for a buck at an estate sale.

      • indypendent

        Estate sales are interesting places – aren’t they? Lately though, I’ve been seeing items from my childhood and someone makes a remark they are an antique.

        Hearing that makes me feel old.