Wednesday, 4/24/13, Public Square



by | April 24, 2013 · 6:00 am

20 responses to “Wednesday, 4/24/13, Public Square

  1. When the Koch brothers buy up all those newspapers and fill even more opinion space will their money be better spent than last election cycle when they bought mostly ads? Will it take time to see their brainwashing become effective? Is it even possible for them to spew their craziness in LA or Chicago and not be laughed at?

    • wicked

      Have you seen The Campaign with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakas? Highly entertaining slam on the Republican party and the Koch’s. Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow play the Motch brothers. Your comment on the newspaper thing would fit right along with the Motch brothers in the movie. Of course it’s over the top, but heavy satire isn’t hard to miss. (Check cable movie channels. Rated: R)

      • Satire is not exactly the Republicans cup of tea………it is totally wasted on them.

        One just has to be has blunt as a corn cob rammed up a nose

  2. Once again words of wisdom! Emphasis mine.


    Robert Reich says:

    Rand Paul is now near the top of the GOP’s list of presidential contenders. Even Ted Cruz’s star is rising.

    I’m old enough to remember when there were liberal Republicans who joined with liberal Democrats to do what the nation needed, such as enacting the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, Medicare and Medicaid, and the Environmental Protection Act. But the Grand Old Party threw out its liberals and then kicked out its moderates, and is now the party of xenophobes, homophobes, mysogynists, and reactionaries — who cling to their so-called right to own assault guns but don’t give a hoot about the rights of Americans accused of crimes to have lawyers and criminal trials, who are so concerned about fetuses they deny women rights over their own bodies but don’t give a damn about babies without adequate nourishment or health care, who refuse equal marriage rights but consider corporations people under the First Amendment, who don’t want to close tax loopholes for the very rich but are eager to cut housing vouchers and Head Start for the poor, and who call themselves patriots and wrap themselves in the American flag but don’t care enough about the well-being of their fellow Americans to want to finance good schools and adequate heath care for all.

    Marco Rubio calls the GOP the “stupid party” but I think he’s being too generous. It’s the regressive party, dedicated to an America that no longer exists if it ever did. Some say there’s no real difference between Democrats and Republicans, but that’s absurd. Just open your eyes. Our democracy needs at least two robust political parties but the GOP has proven itself incapable of governing, and the rest of us must do everything in our power to consign it to the dustbin of history.

    • And to think…..St. Ronnie Reagan was the one that started this downward spiral of the Grand Old Party – when he let Jerry Falwell into the inner circle in 1980.

      From that point on…….the GOP has gotten crazier with every passing year.

      • Not just crazier but more concentrated too. Nowadays they may get more voters in red states but they don’t grow outside the areas that are already reliably red.

        And it’s ‘speculated’ Texas could turn purple for national elections. Then we look at Kansas where we find the color red prevailing but the number of representatives and electoral votes likely to shrink.

      • If Brownback loses anymore jobs – just how many people will be in Kansas come next census time?

        Those Far Right Wingers are so busy fighting the social issues battles they cannot win on a national level that they don’t even know to look at their prospects for their future elections.

        Well – Santorum did say that Republican Party will never appeal to the intelligent people (or something like that).

        And Santorum was also the one that called President Obama a snob for wanting to make it possible for everyone to go to college.

        These folks are not only crazy….they are so arrogant to be proud of being stupid.

  3. I’ve said this before….if the Republicans truly wanted a politician that actually lives those infamous family values they preach about – they should consider trying to convert our president to join their group.

    But…..I highly doubt that will ever happen..

  4. I personally have never visited any presidential library. I don’t even know if I want to, although I’ve enjoyed many a museum and collections of artifacts so would probably enjoy it. I wondered what one would find in a presidential library. I started with wiki which began:

    In the United States, the presidential library system is a nationwide network of 13 libraries administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These are repositories for preserving and making available the papers, records, collections and other historical materials of every President of the United States since Herbert Hoover.

    Although not officially sanctioned and maintained by NARA, libraries have been organized for several Presidents who preceded the official start of the Presidential Library Office.

    Recent U.S. presidents have established presidential libraries in their home states in which documents, artifacts, gifts of state and museum exhibits are maintained that relate to the former president’s life and career. Each library also provides an active series of public programs.

    Before the advent of the Presidential library system, Presidents or their heirs often dispersed Presidential papers at the end of the administration. Until 1978, Presidents, scholars, and legal professionals held the view dating back to George Washington that the records created by the President or his staff while in office remained the personal property of the President and were his to take with him when he left office. The Presidential Records Act of 1978 established that the Presidential records that document the constitutional, statutory, and ceremonial duties of the President are the property of the United States Government. After the President leaves office, the Archivist of the United States assumes custody of the records. The Act allowed for the continuation of Presidential libraries as the repository for Presidential records.

    So anyone planning to visit the George W. Bush presidential library which will be dedicated tomorrow?

    • Oh yeah, I plan to be the first one in line for that dog and pony show.

      But first I need to go get a supply of those deep-fried chicken sandwiches that are rumored to have the power to keep gay people from getting married.

      Then, I need to run out and buy as many Chinese-made American flags as possible to make a dress out of them.

      Then I need to buy several boxes of tea bags because my last set on my Tea Party Mad Hatter got all wet……..I wouldn’t want to show up at The Little Cowboy’s new library wearing last month’s tea bags – how tacky would that be?

      Oh, last but certainly not least, I plan to take my King James Version of the Bible – the big family sized one – so I can thump a few of those evul librals on the way down to T-E-X-A-S…..

      Maybe God will bless me on my trip and I can see some of that infamous brush on that ranch that the Little Cowboy was constantly taking vacations to clear…….

      But…only if God allows me….and I’ve been a good little Republican…

      All the above has been brought to you by the Heavy Sarcasm Department of ME – my own personal corporation.

    • I’ve been to the Eisenhower library. Interesting, but no big deal. The LBJ Library is a very big deal and you could spend a whole day there. Very interesting and moving, and the exhibits change regularly. If you ever have reason to visit Austin, (and I suggest you FIND a reason) go to the LBJ Library on the campus of the University of Texas. Austin is a great place to spend a vacation. You’ll never run out of things to do, see, listen to or eat. Oh, I miss that place…

  5. I hope you all read this op-ed piece written by Joan Wagnon and published in The Eagle yesterday. The comments are interesting too.

    • Serious question – do you think Brownback will run for re-election as governor?

      I suspect Brownie has his eyes on the White House ….or at least the V.P. spot…

      I loved the comments ……they sure do have Brownie pegged – don’t they?

      • I think he will run for his second term as governor and I think he will be reelected.

        How is it PrairiePond says it? Something about dumb as Kansas…

        The majority of Kansas voters are die-hard republicans and proudly vote against their own best interests. They’ve convinced themselves Brownback is doing what he said he would do — cutting spending, getting the fiscal house in order. They still agree about “the job creators,” and ignore all the evidence that those with the resources aren’t creating jobs, at least NOT in America. You think education means anything to those dummies? And no matter how much government aid they receive for themselves they either deserve it or earned it, and everyone else who receives any is undeserving.

        I think back to the Tea Baggers signs that read, “Keep government out of my Medicare” as proof of their stupidity.

        There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

      • The Brownbacks of our country cannot get past the republican nomination — they cannot win national elections.

      • If the Kansas republicans ever have a twinge of feeling or caring about the least fortunate they find something in their closet to donate to Goodwill, or do a turn at The Lord’s Diner — and then pat themselves on the back, brag about how much they do and give to charity. You’ll never have to wonder if these types have ever done something or given something in charity — they’ll tell you! Life then goes back to being able to support all the Brownback policies that hurt the poorest the most. They never seem to recognize that if a person works very hard and manages to get up to their knees and maybe has a possibility of standing on their own the republican policies will smack that person down to the ground again.

    • I did enjoy her op-ed, but Joan Wagnon is one of the reasons the KDP can’t find it’s own ass with a map, a flashlight, and both hands.

      She’s a lackey for Paul Davis and Anthony Hensley, both of whom have absolutely no interested in any Democrat winning office except, of course, themselves. I’d be willing to bet one of those guys will run against Pastor Sam in the next election, but they’ll get their asses handed to them because even Democrats won’t support them. Their only interest is filling their pockets and the pockets of their cronies like R.J. Wilson, Jan Pauls, and anyone else who strokes their ego or throws money their way.

      And Wagnon is just one more of their lackeys.

      • Bob White

        I think Prairie is right, the Democrats have different values but they do operate ‘top-down’ just like the GOP and every other business, and they will get their hats handed to them, again, in Kansas. Ks Democrats hold two statewide party meetings each year at an urban location and that is it. To change Kansas’ politics, voters will need to be identified and organized at the grass-roots, not at the state-party level.

  6. Agreed, Bob. And Democrats have to fight for every voter. They can not afford to ignore large swaths of voters in sparsely populated areas. They need to get out and fight in the rural area and pick up what they can. But they’d rather write off the rural parts of Kansas, which is just about everywhere west of Wanamaker Road, and just focus on Wichita, Lawrence, Johnson and Wyandotte counties. Yes, urban areas tend more Democratic, but all the KDP has to do is look around and ask themselves, “how’s that workin’ for ya?”

    They will never regain their footing in Kansas if they keep up that urban only strategy. And, all indications are they will continue to write off more than 80 percent of the state. And, they will continue to lose elections. And, seemingly, they don’t care.

    It mystifies me how they can be so stoop-id.