Sunday, 1/29/12, Public Square

Happy 151st Birthday Kansas



Kansas Day commemorates the admission of our state as the 34th in the Union on January 29, 1861.


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32 responses to “Sunday, 1/29/12, Public Square

  1. With the current crop of Republicans in power, Kansas will be right back where we started – 151 years ago .

    That is where these Republicans felt more comfortable – white men ruled everything and women were seen and not heard. And child labor laws were non-existent.

  2. This is a very interesting comparison. Study the charts. The Gipper doesn’t look so good!

    Why The Obama Recovery Has Been Much More Impressive Than Reagan’s

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  3. Kansas Day always makes me remember back when. My memory took a stroll back to our state’s Centennial. I am feeling very old in realizing that was 51 years ago. 😦

    I attended county schools and we graduated from 8th grade with as much pomp and circumstance as high schoolers today. Caps and gowns, celebratory dinner and dance, Baccalaureate services — all culminating with “the graduation.” It was the year Kansas turned 100 (1961) and our theme was based around the Centennial.

    The good news is I still keep up with about a dozen people I shared that experience with and none of us seems any older than we did back then.

    Does this mean I’m close to being able to hide my own Easter eggs?

    • I remember the Centennial. My mom made “pioneer” dresses for herself and me. They were made of brown calico with a tiny sunflower pattern. Ugly as sin, as I remember. Brown is NOT my color.

      • Kansas did the Centennial in a BIG way — it was a year long celebration. I’ll bet you and your Mom looked beautiful and much like other females in the state! Remember several years later — 70s? — when the granny dresses were all the rage?

      • Oh, yeah, had me some granny dresses, too. 🙂 I even made a maxi coat.

  4. Did Norquist help bury the bodies or what is it he ‘has’ on the republicans? He sounds like a man who slid over the edge of sanity yet the entire Republican Party (elected officials and voters alike) dance to his lead. When did any president pass bills? Even our current incompetent do-nothing Congress has that responsibility. Norquist is pretty stupid to be given all that power.


    Norquist: Republicans Will Impeach Obama If He Doesn’t Extend Bush Tax Cuts

    Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist has long held a tight grip on the marionette strings of the GOP. Wielding undue influence as the head of the Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist ensures that Republican lawmakers sign his anti-tax pledge and threatens them with electoral defeat should they even think of deviating from it. Norquist has marked a successful few years, killing the deficit super committee agreement, batting down a tax increase on millionaires, and, of course, ensuring the extension of the Bush tax cuts.
    Pleased with his headway, Norquist is now mapping out how he can ensure further anti-tax victories by securing Republican majorities. In an interview with the National Journal, he mused that a GOP mandate would obviously enact an extension of the Bush tax cuts, work to maintain a repatriation holiday for corporate profits, and even pass House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan that jeopardizes Medicare. But when asked what Republicans should do if faced with a Democratic majority that won’t keep the tax cuts, Norquist had a simple answer: “impeach” Obama.

    • I was yelling at the TV. Literally. I’ve seen a lot of dumba$$es on Real Time, but Rohrabacher took the cake. Talking about illegals and meaning anyone that isn’t white and “American” made him look like the racist and bigot that he is. I don’t know any Native Americans with the last name of Rohrabacher. Do you?

      Seriously, I hope he’s never invited back. Rude doesn’t even describe him.

      • Robert

        Wicked, It happens eveytime Bill puts 2 conservatives and 1 liberal on the panel. If I was in Rohrabachers district, Nov. wouldn’t come soon enough.
        I hope you caught Bill Moyer, or maybe not, on ch8 today. Wow are we screwed! At least now we know how and why the monetary system is not working for the middle class. Instead of yelling at the TV a brick would have been costly to have near by.

      • Yes, Robert, I’ve watched many episodes with a 2-1 Republican panel, but it’s never gotten as bad as this latest. Rohrabacker was simply rude, with nothing of substance to say, nothing to back up what he did manage to say, and yelling so no one could get a word in. What was really funny was that he seemed to think the audience was on his side.

        I don’t always agree with Bill Maher. We part company on not only some things, but on degrees of some things. I enjoyed watching Politically Incorrect back in the day, because both sides were represented. I didn’t get to watch often, because the republican I was married to hated the show.

  5. Romney would rank among richest presidents ever

    Just how wealthy is Mitt Romney? Take the comined wealth of the last eight presidents – that’s Nixon through to Obama. Then double it. You’re in the ballpark.

    • r.d.liebst

      Though it pretty much is means nothing, Since President Obama will win re-election. Said by the time traveler who has returned to the here and now.
      In a sense I would agree that if there was a Republican that would win the candidacy of both the party and the nation it would be Romney. Since the newt version was tried once and did not go over well in the forties.

  6. bobwhite

    No, I disagree. There was a time in history when Republicans did make sense and they worked with Democrats and the Elected President to govern the US. The difference, now, is that Republicans have gone off the deep[ end and will no longer try to govern with either the Democrats or the Elected President. Today, Republicans must have their own way. Much has changed today, but yesterday’s history has not changed. It is very true that Republicans try every day to change the actual history through mis-representation of the facts … but that misrepresentation does not change the facts. What is most sorry, is the actual history the Republicans are writing, today, for future decades to acknowledge.

    • Robert

      I agree with everything you said. The Republicans seem to be representing some other planet. In todays Democracy, I doubt if the Democrats will be much better in solving the working classes dilemma,but at the present time their at least talking a better direction. I also believe there is no way Obama can undo the past with a ignorant populace.

    • I remember those days. Government worked the way the Founding Fathers expected it to. When did that end? After Nixon? During Reagan’s terms?

      • After Eisenhower – IMHO.

        Reagan started the decimatin of the middle class – but even ST. Ronnie knew he had to go along with the Democrats on some things.

        This current bunch of GOP elephants are too stubborn and too ‘religious’ to compromise.

      • bobwhite

        The change in the GOP is not something that was sudden. I agree with the opinion that it started during the terms of Reagan e.g., the Laffer Curve, & Bush 41. But it did not create the hardships across the US until exacerbated by the total contempt by the GOP with Clinton who was so successful with raising taxes and vastly improving the economy. It was accellerated during Bush 43 with the damaging tax-cuts and unfunded-wars. And now, it is totally out of control.

    • Yes. But why? Are they all that power hungry? Money hungry? Afraid? Stupid?

      This is not my day to figure out anything, believe me.

      • Republicans say they are against class warfare but yet continue the government giving a select group those special Bush tax cuts.

        All the time these same folks are ranting about Obama being a socialist taking away from one person to give to another person – these folks want to take the taxpayer-funded subsidies and special tax breaks and give to the 1% all under the empty promises of job creation.

        Let’s not forget – those that control the taxpayer trough – also control the power.

        The current Republicans know exactly what they are doing – Hell, they even have their own group of God’s chosen people (Religious Right) to give God’s blessing on their insatiable quest for power and money.

  7. “Calling Obama the ‘Food Stamp President’ because he came into office during a recession is like calling George W. Bush the ‘Planes Crashing Into Buildings President’.” — Bill Maher

    Under President George W. Bush the number of food stamp recipients rose by nearly 14.7 million. Nothing before him comes close to that.

    And under Obama, the increase so far has been 14.2 million.

    Yes, I know President Bush served eight years and President Obama has only served three years. And since the economy is improving and growing it’s possible we’ll never see the numbers of recipients added during the Bush2 years again. I sure hope so! So many are hurting so badly.

  8. Time Traveler From The Year 1998 Warns Nation Not To Elect Newt Gingrich

    WASHINGTON—Saying he came bearing an important message from the past, a stranger from the year 1998 appeared on the Capitol steps Thursday and urged voters not to elect Newt Gingrich president in 2012. “In the late 20th century, Newt Gingrich is a complete disgrace!” said the time-traveling man, warning Americans that 14 years in the not-so-distant past, Gingrich becomes the only speaker in the history of the House of Representatives to be found guilty on ethics charges, and is later forced to resign. “In my time, he shuts down the federal government for 28 days because his feelings get hurt over having to sit at the back of Air Force One. Gingrich gets our president impeached for lying about marital infidelities when, at the same time, Gingrich himself is engaged in his own extramarital affairs. And for God’s sake, he divorced his first wife after she was diagnosed with cancer. Won’t anyone listen to me?!?” When asked about Donald Trump, the time-traveler said he had no information on the man, as no one from 1998 cared about a “washed-up fake millionaire.”

  9. Freebird1971

    I firmly believe that it does not matter who wins the the election it will be at least 4 more years of SSDD. Changing Madams in the brothel,nothing more nothing less.

    • It will matter more to minorities, women, gays, anyone perceived ‘different.’ Have you not listened to the plans the republicans talk about? If republicans are in power we’re screwed. Everyone but the very very wealthy will be affected negatively.

      The republicans have already told you they will wage war with Iran. They’ve already told you they will cut taxes for the wealthiest and cut benefits for everyone else. They have NO jobs plan. All they ever say is cutting taxes and regulations on the ‘job creators’ is all that’s needed. I know you’re smart enough to see how well that has worked.

      It’s very obvious that there are vast differences between the parties. How can you ignore the Bush2 years? Each of the republican candidates will take us back to his failed policies and war mongering years. President Obama is not perfect — far from it — but in only three years ‘we’ve come a long way, baby.’ We have farther to go!

      • Freebird1971

        We are screwed,period.

      • But you’re not a woman who Santorum and the rest of the Evangelicals are after to control whether you have he right to use birth control or not.

        That is a very big difference between the two parties. But, I’m speaking from a woman’s viewpoint.

      • My response was to Freebird. I know that my dear blog friend Free and and I do not alway agree on how to solve our problems, but in the issues of women’s rights – the Republicans are not all that high on most womens’ list.

        It’s been a fact for many years that majority of women vote Democratic – and there’s a reason for that. Women are generally the caretakers of the world – and the ones who are worried about their kids’ futures.

        What kind of future will this country have when every Republican but one from the Final Four GOP hopefuls have already but declared war on Iran?

        On one hand they demonize the fact that Obama has bankrupted the country (of which we are not bankrupt – because we obviously have enough money in the taxpayer-funded trough to keep giving those special Bush tax cuts)..

        On the other hand they want to declare war on Iran. Romney stated he wants to build 15 warships rather than the 9 Obama has authorized to build.

        If we are so frickin ass broke – where is the money going to come from?

        As for those jobs Romney, Gingrich and Santorum all promise to create – I’ll believe that one when the sun turns a bright neon pink with purple spots.

      • The republicans have gone waaaaaaay past opposing Roe v Wade. And their war on women won’t enrich their parties numbers!

      • Funny thing you should bring up the GOP wanting to overturn Roe v Wade. If these Republicans are all so ready to outlaw abortions – then why did not one Republican in the entire 6 years of total Republican control (2000 to 2006) ever attempt to overturn Roe v Wade?

        Where were their core principles during this time? Oh, I forgot – these pro-life people were too busy being war mongerers.

        I thought all life was precious?