Saturday, 12/31/11, Public Square

A boy and a girl on a bus going across the country looking for America.  Another year is gone.  Have we found America?





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14 responses to “Saturday, 12/31/11, Public Square

  1. If you care about women’s rights, those for the LGBT community and minorities, or AIDS, this article is guaranteed to set your teeth on edge. Paul can’t blame these words on someone else. He’s a despicable excuse for a human being.

    in his 1987 book, Freedom Under Siege: The U.S. Constitution After 200-Plus Years, republished in 2007, Ron Paul made some eyebrow-raising statements about sexual harassment and women’s rights in the workplace:

    “Employee rights are said to be valid when employers pressure employees into sexual activity. Why don’t they quit once the so-called harassment starts? Obviously the morals of the harasser cannot be defended, but how can the harassee escape some responsibility for the problem? Seeking protection under civil rights legislation is hardly acceptable.”

    Harassment isn’t the only area where Paul’s ideas came into conflict with workplace equality. Paul is also against equal pay laws in the book.

    “The concept of equal pay for equal work is not only an impossible task, it can only be accomplished with the total rejection of the idea of the voluntary contract. By what right does the government assume power to tell an airline it must hire unattractive women if it does not want to?”

    Other passages in the book include jabs about LGBT people and AIDS. Like the notorious newsletters which include unsavory passages about the AIDS epidemic, Paul writes that the Founding Fathers probably wouldn’t favor AIDS research and that insurance companies should have the right to refuse care to patients with HIV/AIDS:

    “Victims of the disease AIDS argue…for crash research programs (to be paid for by people who don’t have AIDS), demanding a cure…The individual suffering from AIDS certainly is a victim — frequently a victim of his own lifestyle — but this same individual victimizes innocent citizens by forcing them to pay for his care. Crash research programs are hardly something, I believe, the Founding Fathers intended when they talked about equal rights.”

  2. This is fun! The loonies will never stop, but I like rubbing their noses in their idiocy. 🙂


  3. Vermont Introduces Resolution to Amend US Constitution, Ban Corporate Personhood

    It’s been one year since the US Supreme Court decided that corporations are people and money is free speech. The disastrous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling destroyed over a century of restrictions on corporate influence of our nation’s electoral process, accelerating the already alarming corporate takeover of American politics.

    The citizens of Vermont certainly know that the Citizens United ruling is definitely not in their best interests. And instead of sitting around and just bitching about the corporate takeover of America, they’re actually doing something about it. By declaring war on corporate personhood, they’re setting a fine example for the rest of the nation.

  4. A friend wished this and I thought it covered everything that is really important, so I’m sharing and wishing this for each of you —

    May your new year be filled with hope and music and dancing, love and compassion, healing and art, freedom from want, growth and enlightenment.

  5. ‎(from the article) Activists have collected 507,533 signatures out of the 540,208 needed. They have until January 17 to collect the remaining needed signatures.

    The recall efforts success has prompted the Scott Walker’s campaign to take aggressive action to invalidate signatures. Walker sued his own Government Accountability Board, arguing the procedures adopted by the board to review signatures aren’t aggressive enough. Without citing any concrete evidence, Walker alleged to Fox News that there was massive fraud in the signature gathering effort. The case is still pending.

    Nevertheless, Walker has changed his tone in recent days and acknowledged making mistakes in pursuing his an anti-union effort in his first few days in office. Walker told the LaCross Tribune that “that he’s made mistakes in how he’s gone about achieving his agenda” and “he regretted not having done a better job of selling his changes to state government.” Walker also said he regretted his statements on a phone call with a man pretending to be billionaire David Koch. He said his comments on the call, where he referred to his plan to undermine collective bargaining as “dropping a bomb” and admitted he considered planting troublemakers among the protesters, were “stupid.”

    With Over 500K Signatures Already Collected, Recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Appears Inevitable

  6. It is the policy of some police departments to not hire people with high IQ’s, because they might, quote, “get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.”

    Specifically, a candidate scored 33 on the police test, which was an equivalent to a IQ of 125 and was not considered for employment because it is department policy to only interview people who score between a 20 – 27.

    Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops

  7. Freebird1971

    Hope everyone has a fun and safe time tonight. Please don’t become a statistic.

  8. And let’s not forget he can also relate to the unemployed. He’s unemployed himself, ya know.

  9. Sydney launches into 2012 with a spectacular fireworks display over the

  10. Did you watch Mitt Romney get testy with Andrea Mitchell during her interview? Andrea was asking if Mitt would release his tax returns- if he becomes president – as all presidents have traditionally done.

    Mitt suddenly went into what I call his ‘robot- mode’ and said that he would follow all laws. When Andrea interrupted him and said that there was no such law – but that all presidents have done so.

    Mitt suddenly then went into this long explanation as to when he was runnign against Ted Kennedy that Kennedy refused to release his tax returns – even though Mitt said that he would release his tax returns if Kennedy released his tax returns.

    And from that it went downhill……

    I suspect Mitt Romney has an issue with certain buttons being pushed and he is quick to show his temper. And – showing his disdain for people that question him. I noticed the looks Mitt was giving Andrea during all this time – especially when she made the statement that everyone knows Mitt is wealthy so is there something to hide. To which Mitt abruptly said – I am wealthy and yes, I agree, there is nothing to hide.


    Remember how John McCain got rattled and quick tempered when he started realizing that he was losing to Obama during the 2008 campaign? This is that same quick temper behavior and then quickly to show their disdain for anyone who dared to question them.

    Is it just a Republican thing or is it just a sore loser thing?

  11. Freebird1971

    We have our heads stuck in somthin overseas , standin ASS deep in Hypocrisy…

    Lynyrd Skynyrd “The Way” from the album Viscous Cycle