Tuesday, 7/24/12, Public Square


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50 responses to “Tuesday, 7/24/12, Public Square

  1. prairie pond

    Another day, another bombardment of insanity and Teh Stupid along with a side order of hypocrisy. I think I woke up grumpy. Again.

    • wicked

      I can assure you that if I don’t wake up grumpy, within the first half hour I’ll be there. It seems to be contagious. Wish I could find a fix for it.

      • I don’t know if it would be a cure, but a good rain and a few days where we didn’t feel we were being held hostage by the heat might help.

      • prairie pond

        I agree, Fnord. If you were to visit here now, you wouldn’t even recognize the beautiful place you and Pmom saw. We are literally burning up. No crops. No grass. No creeks. No pasture. Just scorched earth. Very discouraging. Hawaii looks better and better.

      • wicked

        fnord, I think you have a winner there on the rain thing. I don’t go outside unless I have to. I’ve given up my morning walk until the a.m. lows get closer to 70, instead of 75. I noticed our low this a.m. was 79. Combine that with a humidity above 40 or 50%, and I can’t breathe.

        PP, I’m all for a move to Hawaii. Don’t think I can afford the cost of living, but the electric bill this summer here might be the deal breaker. πŸ˜‰

      • prairie pond

        Wicked, don’t know how much of this discussion you’ve heard, but I am seriously considering a move to the big island outside of Hilo. I have a cousin there who has invited me to live with his family.

        Hawaii has a lot of different micro climates, but where he lives, it’s a rain forest. And, he has neither heating nor air conditioning installed in his house. The temps never get below seventy and the high this summer has been 87. The trade winds (what we would call a breeze) keeps their house cool on the hot days in the 80’s.

        He’s in the process of installing a solar energy system that will cost about $6000 and it will more than cover their electric needs, and, in fact, it will let him turn the meter back and sell electricity to the power company. His neighbors get a check from the electric company every month that they produce more than they sell. Turning the meter back is also legal in Texas. But, funny thing, it’s not legal in Kansas. You can install a system, but you can not turn your meter backwards and “sell” power to the power company.

        Yeah, I know, the cost of everything in Hawaii is higher, but on their five acre farm, my cuz grows most of his own food and hunts wild boar, deer, and raises birds and rabbits for meat. There is lots of publicly owned jungle where they can pick mangos, avacados, nuts, and even coffee beans. They are pretty self sufficient. He says in Hawaii, family is everything, and he would like to have some family nearby.

        I know it all sounds too good to be true, and when that happens, it usually is. But finding employment out here is near impossible, land prices may not hold these highs much longer, I have no family and would also like to be near at least one relative who speaks to me. So… if I wait much longer, I may get too old to make such a move.

        Still thinking, but circumstances make me lean towards the land of aloha! I’d miss my farm, but Kansas? Not so much.

    • prairie pond

      Wicked, I don’t know how anyone can pay attention to all the bullshit going on and being said in our country and state and not be grumpy or even depressed. Hell, The Boss said yesterday he’s depressed. If Springsteen can’t fight it off, how are the rest of us expected to cope?

  2. In a Mitt Romney ad last week, a stern Jack Gilchrist of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating tells President Obama that his family — and not the government — built his company.

    But John DiStaso reports Gilchrist “did receive some government help for his business” in 1999 when the company received $800,000 in tax-exempt revenue bonds “to set up a second manufacturing plant and purchase equipment to produce high definition television broadcasting equipment.”

    In addition, Gilchrist Metal received a U.S. Small Business Administration loan of around $500,000 in the 1980s and has received several sub-contracts from the U.S. Navy.

    You’d think they’d research better so this kind of crap doesn’t come out. Oh wait, we’re talking about a republican. They just expect us to believe everything we hear like their constituency.


    • I had come onto the blog for the first time with this exact same article. Can you believe that Romney and his Boys did not think that someone – somewhere – would find out the truth?

      But, I’m sure that Romney and his Boys will continue to say what they’ve been saying all along – government does not create jobs – it only makes the funding possible – that’s all.

      Sad to say – there are some people who will not even get it – even after being pointed out ot them.

      I suspect it is because these folks feel they are ‘entitled to that government funding’ because – well, you know, because they are God’s favorites.

      • First time, huh?

        Steven and I used to make thread headers on the same topics. It happened so often that after I would schedule one I would check to make sure we hadn’t duplicated and often I put mine in the trash. They weren’t always ‘timely’ news subjects either, just both of us thinking about the same topics and wondering what everyone had to say about them. πŸ™‚

        We laughed about this often.

    • prairie pond

      HA! I’ve been guilty of every one of those points when I’m feeling lazy.

    • 9. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

      10. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

      • wicked

        I can’t write without ( ). Or — Or …

        As far as I’m concerned, most of those are acceptable. Considering how bad grammar has become acceptable in the past ten years. My pet peeve?

        Where’s it at? And bless their hearts, I hear it on TV. Uneffingbelievable.

  3. The headline tells us —

    Romney to hit Obama on foreign policy, info leaks

    I bring this so you don’t have to bother reading republicans. This is the script. Those are their orders.

    • Is this the same Romney who has no foreign policy experience? And now he is on a 7-day trip and he chooses to go to London for the Olympics – Israel (and we all know why he chose Israel – don’t we?) and Poland.

      All I can say is – if Romney thinks showing up at the London Olympic Games will present him as some fantastic and great presidential-appearing man – then the American people will deserve what they get if Romney gets voted into office.

      But the problem with that is – the rest of us have to suffer along with these fools.

      • He has no foreign policy experience and has said very little about foreign policy — just enough to tell us he wants to wage war(s). So if he wants the discussion to be about foreign policy, I say let’s talk about that subject! Let’s talk about it in depth. Let’s make sure it’s one of the topics discussed in the debates!

  4. Can Pawlenty or Portman Bring in His State?

    Insiders are expecting Mitt Romney to go with a conventional choice for his running mate. Picking a new and exciting candidate, like Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) or Gov. Susan Martinez (R-NM) runs the danger of having an unvetted candidate make a blunder, which calls Romney’s judgment into question. Unlike John McCain, Romney was never a daredevil fighter pilot. He always tries to minimize risk. For this reason, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) are the most likely picks. They are solid Midwesterners who are unlikely to embarrass Romney.

    One of the things a Veep candidate is supposed to do is bring in his own state. What are the chances of this happening? The table below shows how Minnesota and Ohio have gone since World War II:


  5. Record Number of Openly Gay Candidates Running for Congress

    The change has been swift but entirely under the radar. Before Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) announced that he was gay in 1987, no member of Congress was on record as being gay or lesbian. The first nonincumbent gay or lesbian to win a seat in Congress was Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in 1998. Baldwin is now running for the Senate (the first openly gay or lesbian candidate to do so) but what is more amazing is how many other gay or lesbian candidates there are for Congress and how little any one cares about their sexual orientation. It is like a Catholic, Jew or black running for office; it isn’t much of an issue. Among candidates given a real shot at winning are Kyrsten Sinema (D) in AZ-09, Sean Maloney (D) in NY-18, Mark Pocan (D) in WI-02, Mark Takano (D) in CA-41, and Richard Tisei (R) in MA-06. While there are several openly gay members of Congress now, all are Democrats. A victory by Tisei over Rep. John Tierne (D-MA) would make Tisei the first openly gay man elected to Congress as a Republican. Wikipedia has a list of other gay and lesbian “firsts.”


  6. R.D. Liebst

    Everyday, i watch one of the Political channels I just seem to not be able to help myself.
    Once in awhile there is something so dumb said or an explanation for something said that rocks me out of my seat. Newt can say things that you either have to laugh out loud or shout something to the effect that he has to be the most amoral if not dim-witted fool.

    Well today on MSNBC when asked about some deplorable thing he said, his response was :
    β€œThat was not an allegation it was a question.”. Well Newt, if that is the case I have a question for you.

    β€œNewt, was butt humping that ten years old boy enjoyable or not?”

  7. R.D. Liebst

    That was not an allegation it was a question?

    • wicked

      ROFL Go for it, R.D.!

    • Newt does have a way with words. He can confuse anything and everything.

      • R.D. Liebst

        It is frightening to me because there will be those who actually will not question or think for a second about things said. Perhaps that is one of my problems I think about quite a bit about what is said.

      • I know what you mean about watching these political shows – somtimes I sit there and wonder if I am the only person that is not crazy because all I hear is crazy talk.

    • prairie pond

      That reminds me about a story they tell in Texas when LBJ was first running for the U.S. Senate. He told his aids to start a rumor that his opponent, as he said, “liked to diddle little boys.” The aids were shocked and said, “but sir, that’s not true.”

      LBJ is supposed to have said, “I know it’s not true, I just want to hear him deny it!”

      Ah, Texas. Chicago’s got nothing on the Lone Star state!

  8. My husband and I would love to move to New Zealand. Don’t know why, exactly. But if this country keeps going like it is – and if Romney and Boys get in, we can expect things to go south very soon and very fast down that hill.

    One thing about New Zealand – they only accept a limited number of new people. And there are certain occupations that are acceptable.

    Last time we checked, I think sheep herding was on there. Maybe I could learn to herd those shep?

    Hell – if I need instructions on herding sheep – I’ll have to watch Fox News or Pat Robertson…

    • prairie pond

      I had a friend who moved from Austin to New Zealand. Just because he wanted to do it. He didn’t know anyone there. At last report, he loved it, although he said the weather was a little too cool all the time. But then, he was a Texas native so cool is a relative term.

  9. I was glad to hear this news this morning. Warner Brothers is giving a substantial donation to help the Colorado victims of that tragic shooting last Friday.

    It got me to wondering…..the people who stand for freedom of speech (the movies) are giving meoney to help hte victims – where is the NRA – the people who stnad for freedom to buy as many guns and ammo as you want?

    Where is their compassin?


  10. I like to think there was someone (maybe several someones) in that dark theater who was ‘carrying,’ and that someone(s) was wise and responsible, thus didn’t add to the tragedy. I like to think of people who ‘carry’ this way.

    I also like to think of religious people being loving and kind, compassionate and caring.

    The toxic remarks I hear from some people who ‘carry,’ and some people who claim to be religious make this difficult, but I still like to think…

    • Sorry I can’t size this image — another of the many things I don’t know how to do. I think you ‘get’ it.

    • wicked

      2 of the 3 guns were purchased at Gander Mountain. Gander Mountain? Who goes geese and duck hunting with a Glock or a automatic/semi-automatic assault rifle? I want to see what that bird looks like when shot. Oh, wait a minute. There’d be nothing left, but a pieces of feathers.

      So these guns sold are sporting goods? What kind of sport is this?

  11. I just saw this on another blog – thought I would post the link here. I wonder how many other Republicans feel this same way?


    • My best guess would be none who live in Kansas. I do think there are moderate republicans who are as disappointed as we are in today’s teapublicans.

      • I also think the moderates will require more from a candidate than “I’m not Obama.” That only works with a number too small to win any election at the national level.

  12. prairie pond

    HA! Mustang Sally is one of my very favorite songs. Here’s wishing Sally a good launch into eternity.

    • wicked

      My dad worked at Boeing for almost 25 years, forced to retire at age 65. Besides being a philatelist since before I came along, he was fascinated by everything about space. I doubt he ever missed a NASA launch. He worked on several NASA projects at Boeing and was very proud that he was a small part of it. A few months ago, I opened a box of his things that my mother had kept. Inside, I found letters and signed photos from several astronauts and others at NASA. One of those autographed photos is Sally Ride. I can assure you that she’ll get a warm welcome in the afterlife/Heaven/whatever from my dad.

  13. I couldn’t resist … πŸ™‚