Monday, 1/14/13, Public Square

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by | January 14, 2013 · 6:00 am

15 responses to “Monday, 1/14/13, Public Square

  1. Sen. Joe Manchin and Gov. Jon Huntsman announce “Problem Solvers”: a group of House and Senate members evenly split between Republicans and Democrats who have agreed to hold monthly meetings in 2013 to build trust across the aisle.

    The group, put together by No Labels, includes: Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Janice Hahn (D-Calif.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Jim Moran (D-Va.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Scott Rigell (R-Va.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

    Turning Congress’s partisans into problem solvers
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/turning-congress-from-partisanship-to-problem-solving/2013/01/13/30e547ba-5db0-11e2-9940-6fc488f3fecd_story.html?hpid=z3

      • Ive seen this guy on television spouting teapublican rants. Would not think he would be a good fit with this group looking for bipartisanship.

        And if he is under investigation for ethics – is this his ruse to appear like a ‘good’ politicain? guy.

        Besides – he looks like a used car salesman I knew once…..I’m still trying to get the sleaze grease off my hands…

        http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/mostcorrupt/entry/michael-grimm

      • Republican Jim Cooper from Tennessee is one I do think is trying to do a good job for America. I’ve heard him and he seems to have some common sense – and I don’t recall any ethics problems or sex scandals concerning Rep. Cooper.

        The others on this list – I recognize some of the names – but the group – No Labels – I signed up with them on their website when they first formed this groups.

        I decided to withdraw my support of their group when they came out in support of Mitch Daniels for President.

        Mitch Daniels is a Republican that helped several of his fellow elephants to create alot of this trillions in debt but now try to act like it just magically appeared under Obama’s watch.

        No way – No how – is how I feel about the group No Labels.

    • Bob White

      Obviously, many of these elected are not at all about what they say the are about! However, voters elect them over and over. “One term and out” is my call.

      • I’m sure there are some good elected officials – but these folks all seem to be the ones that take one look at our corrupted system and say – Oh HELL No….

        And can we blame them?

  2. rick liebst

    LOL this morning took mom’s Ranger to the local Ford dealership to be check for a problem…. Does anyone else get reminded when dealing with a car dealership of the ole saying ” Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it is raining!” Five hundred dollars for among other simple things an oil change!

    • I’ve noticed….anytime I take my car to any repair shop, it generally ends up being around the $500 range. Do you think it is a conspiracy?

      • The sad part is – if you need tires, sometimes the tires cost more than the car is worth.

        We have an old 1995 Mercury Cougar – it still runs. It was salvaged a few years ago because my husband had an accident, the insurance totaled it, we got a check but we still got to keep the car and just fixed it up ourselves.

        We had it inspected and he is driving it daily to work (no out of state driving).

        Have you priced tires lately? With that size of car – buying four tires would end up being more than the car is worth.

        Geeesh…..and, I swear, there is a conspiracy between the city not fixing potholds in these roads and these tire stores…….

      • Just last week hubby had a blow out on Kellogg. He was traveling in the fast lane, going to work time traffic and managed to get the car over to the narrow piece of cement that serves as a shoulder on the far right. Thank goodness he was east bound and the blow out was on the passenger front. He changed the tire but found the spare was flat. That’s when the phone rang here at home.

        I’ll spare you the part about the phone lesson on filling the air bottle with the compressor that lasted long enough to make his cell phone go dead and go straight to what I did after the nearby service station filled that damn air bottle.

        By now, it was after 8 am and the traffic was less, but still heavy. It was Thursday, the morning it rained and visibility was very reduced. I knew I was looking for him between the Meridian and Seneca exits and was right upon him before I could see him. I climbed over the console, exited my car on the passenger side because three lanes of traffic was whizzing past at well over the 60 mph speed limit and they were literally inches away from our two cars pulled off as far as could be. He quickly filled the spare and we slowly drove (both cars with flashers on) along that narrow shoulder to the Seneca exit and got off that &$@@!&#^ highway.

        He bought four new tires that day so, yes, I know how expensive tires are. Boy was that a scary experience!

      • OMG – fnord – what a horrible experience…….

        and those things always seem to pick the worst weather days to happen -don’t they?

        In that part of Kellogg – you’re lucky you were not hit by the idiots that cannot drive well when it is good weather – let alone a rainy and reduced visibility day.

  3. I received an email from Change.org this morning asking me to sign a petition to support this woman who was allegedly was kicked out of a store in Texas for breast feeding.

    Their logic is that breastfeeding is a natural way to feed your baby. Doesn’t the same thing apply to urinating as being a natural way to rid the body of waste – but would you do that in public?

    Maybe it’s just my age showing….or the way I was raised….but I just don’t get why any woman wants to breastfeed in pulbic. Even if you’re draped – like this woman says she was – is it still considered socially acceptable to walk into a store and see some woman who is obviously breastfeeding on the public seating ?

    I understand the reasons why women breastfeed – but if it is to truly be a special bonding time with the baby – then how could you possibly bond with a baby when you have it covered by some hoodie in public?

    I just don’t get it…….BTW – I did not sign this petition.

    The way I see it…….somethings need to be worked out in this life and breastfeeding in public is one of them. If stores want to provide an area for that purpose – then, by all means, go for it and Good for Them.

    But…..to be mandated to allow women to just do it where they want and how they want to do it – is that really the kind of world I want to live in?

    Can’t we all just get along???

    http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/20436355/2012/12/27/breast-feeding-mom-says-hollister-manager-threw-her-out

    • It’s extremely unjust. I was breast-feeding in public just the other day, and everyone in the room seemed to think we were out of line! 🙂

      Sorry — I actually had a serious comment in mind, but it’s late, and the cheap joke was easier!

      • I appreciate your humor……laughter and humor are two things we need more of…IMHO

      • I think my reaction to that petition request is based on my age and the way I was raised.

        I am from the generation that dressed in your Sunday clothes to go to the doctor, dentist or even into town for shopping.

        Our sneakers were Keds and they were for running and playing – not for wearing when out of the yard or house.

        Nowadays – people wear whatever they want in public. I’ve even seen people wear pajamas and their bedroom slippers (those fuzzy kinds) while at Walmart.

        I must confess, I dress alot more casual than I used to when I was younger – but damn.. sometimes I wonder if we have dressed down too much in our society?

        I know we have ‘dumbed down’ to make everyone feel good about themselves – but dumbing down on appearance – does that just reinforce this idea tha -anything goes’?

        ometimes I really do feel like an old dinosaur…….LOL