Monday, 7/15/13, Public Square

Going blue?

Texas has been a solid Republican state for years, but that may change as the Latino population grows.

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13 responses to “Monday, 7/15/13, Public Square

  1. If future demographics didn’t get republicans attention, maybe women can help? They don’t seem to own a copy of “How to win friends and influence people.”

  2. The very first comment to this op-ed is exactly what I thought while reading it. Nurse Pam did write about the advantages of combining capitalism & socialism simply and concisely enough that republicans might be able to understand if they bothered to read it.

    “Silly woman, Nurse Pam, believing a Republican would actually have the interest and desire to read this, and really understand the reality of a government, working for the people, and by the people. Nice article though, simple and concise.”

    The last sentence in Nurse Pam’s op-ed:

    “Democratic Socialism does NOT mean taking from the rich and giving to the poor. It works to benefit everyone so the rich can no longer take advantage of the poor and middle class.”

    Explaining Socialism To A Republican
    Author: Nurse Pam
    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/11/explaining-socialism-to-a-republican/

  3. Hunger Games, U.S.A.

    (from the link): Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party. We’ve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. We’ve even gone beyond selfishness and special interests. At this point we’re talking about a state of mind that takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable.

    To fully appreciate what just went down, listen to the rhetoric conservatives often use to justify eliminating safety-net programs. It goes something like this: “You’re personally free to help the poor. But the government has no right to take people’s money” — frequently, at this point, they add the words “at the point of a gun” — “and force them to give it to the poor.”

    It is, however, apparently perfectly O.K. to take people’s money at the point of a gun and force them to give it to agribusinesses and the wealthy.

    Now, some enemies of food stamps don’t quote libertarian philosophy; they quote the Bible instead. Representative Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, for example, cited the New Testament: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” Sure enough, it turns out that Mr. Fincher has personally received millions in farm subsidies.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/opinion/krugman-hunger-games-usa.html?_r=0

  4. From what I’ve read, George Zimmerman happily took other people’s money to cover his living expenses and the costs of defending himself against murder charges. He set up a website to make it easy for others to donate to cover his expenses. Other people happily gave to him and I never heard anyone bemoan his worth as a person simply because he needed other people to donate to his living.

    IF his days in court aren’t finished, civil cases ensue, how long will he need to be supported? Will it always be fine and dandy because those who support him do so voluntarily instead of through taxation? Is that the part that makes him ‘worthy’?

  5. Congrats to the new addition to your family, fnord. Happy days for you and yours.

    Zimmerman will become a very wealthy man. Product endorsements, interviews for pay, books, films, speaking engagements, etc. He’ll be making money hand over fist. Not to mention the above listed welfare/charity/donations he’ll receive. He might even land a powerful job at the NRA or some other wingnut welfare group like AEI or Freedomworks or something. Hell, the repukes might even run him for office.

    No one needs to worry about his finances. He’s about to find out much gold is in the jackpot for a murder that is popular amongst the denizens of wingnuttia.

    • Sooooo good to hear from you! I’ve missed you a lot!

      It takes being a selfish buffoon interested most in yourself to have lots of money and be powerful? I hope I never ever ever achieve that kind of wealth. I really can’t imagine the scenario where one actually loves him/herrself while being devoid of love for others.

      Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~ Rumi

      • My Grandpa used to tell us kids –

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        Love and money are of no use if you keep them both all to yourself.

        Money should be a tool in which to make life on this Earth more enjoyable.

        And what is love if you don’t share it with at least one other person?

    • In my view, Zimmerman will have compete with his brother for Fox News show (maybe the producers will convince them to host it together, who knows). He will of course have a security detail, but that’s normal for the rich and infamous. Unlike another unliked defendant from the area (CAn’t SEe anY reason to name her), he has a built-in support system, mainly among those who think if a black kid gets shot and you’re not sure why, he probably had it coming.

  6. Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station shares his opinion.

    A number of you have asked my opinion of the Zimmerman verdict.

    My opinion is that I’m not in any way surprised.

    A number of pundits and prominent “news” sources are speculating about public unrest resulting from the verdict (and I think we all know what “public unrest” means in this context, without having to spell it out. Right? Wink wink, you know how “those” people are). I don’t think that’s anything to worry about. I think the thing to worry about here is that the clear message of the Zimmerman verdict is that you can shoot people on a public street in Florida, and anywhere else there’s a Stand Your Ground Law, and get away with it.

    The problem isn’t civil unrest, the problem is more George Zimmermans.

    But then again, the verdict is a two edged sword. Zimmerman claims he’s a marked man, fair enough. The press speculates that a “certain segment” of the population might seek to take revenge on him. Heh. That’s not necessary. According to Florida law, as codified by the Zimmerman verdict, if you’ve got a beef with George Zimmerman, all you have to do is follow him on the street, when he says something about it you pick a fight with him, when he starts kicking your ass, pull out your gun and shoot him – and then you walk away scot free. After all, two edged swords cut two ways, don’t they?

    Note: I am NOT in any way suggesting or advocating that anybody actually confront George Zimmerman on the streets of Florida. I just find the fact that you could, particularly in THIS case, ironic in the strongest possible sense of the word.

    • wicked

      I read that and am awaiting his promised blog post on the same subject. As for how I’m feeling on the subject, let’s just say that I’ve done enough ranting. Sadly, I expected the jury to bring back a not guilty verdict, while holding out hope that it wouldn’t happen. All I can do now is hope that Karma takes care of George Zimmerman swiftly. ‘Cause you know, she’s a bitch.

  7. Not only Zimmerman may become a very rich and famous man – the jurors are also out looking for their hitting the jackpot?

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/15/19488815-zimmerman-juror-gets-book-agent?lite

    • Wow – on one hand we hear how sacred and important the service of a juror is – but then we heard the Ca-Chinga noise coming from the backbround of this literary agents’ diatribe.

      • I’m not surprised to hear one of the jurors wants in on the money to be made, but I am disappointed. If she had helpful input it could be given without profiting, huh? She could testify before the Florida legislature, she could testify before the U. S. Congress because these ALEC-written stand-your-ground laws are being adopted by several republican-dominated states. They write laws and give them to republicans. She could actually draw much-needed attention to the Corporations behind ALEC. Well, that’s one scenario.

        Wonder if other jurors will join in the greed.