Wednesday, 10/23/13, Public Square



by | October 23, 2013 · 6:00 am

13 responses to “Wednesday, 10/23/13, Public Square

  1. Envy, there is someone whom everyone would envy it may not be the same person. But that person has what you would want or has a life that you might dream of having. The Koch’s have a life from the outside that many wish they had.
    But then looking in from the outside is always seems better then seeing out from the inside. what motivates the Koch’s? I could guess but then I am seeing them more liken to the same ilk as those industrialists whom supported the rise of Hitler.

    I am not saying they are Nazis but I am saying that they would make the same mistakes they did. Seeing someone they think is a fool they can control and use. A fall guy that will be a front man for them, but like Hilter their fall guy will once in power be a creation they can not control.
    Their own “Frankenstein” monster”.

  2. In Oklahoma no less! 🙂

    Tribal law helps Oklahoma gay couple marry despite state ban

  3. There are many reasons, this is ONE!

  4. Only 0.3% of Massachusetts residents had signed up for the Massachusetts Commonwealth Care Plans (“Romneycare”) during the first month of its rollout — but 97% had signed up 11 months later, prior to the penalty deadline.

    (from the link): A new Gallup poll was released this morning showing public support for the Affordable Care Act inching higher, from 41% in August to 45% now. In isolation, that’s a pretty modest shift in a single poll, and hardly worth getting excited about. But it’s not the only poll showing improved support for “Obamacare.”

    This week, four national polls have been released – Gallup, CBS News, CNN, and ABC/Washington Post – and all four show the health care law more popular now than the last time the pollsters asked.

    To be sure, you can look at the chart I put together and see that in each instance, support for the law is below 50%, so it’s obviously far too soon to characterize the Affordable Care Act as “popular.” It’s not.

  5. I am really starting to lose hope for my oldest grandson’s future. He is severely A.D.D. and is suppose to be going for counseling but his therapist comes to get him and if he does not want to go. She just said “Ok” and leaves. This has happen the last three times! He is eight years old and hardly able to make such decisions. She finally offered to get him ice cream and still no way so she left. Every time this happens my stomach ties up in knots. I have seen those in my grandson’s like and it only holds Prison time and/ or being locked up in a state mental intuition. don’t force him to do what he does not want to. Do not require him to do anything shoot he is right now in hog heaven because the school killed him out for a week! This from a special class for kids like him? If they do not understand him how in the fook is the rest of the world suppose to?.

    • That has to hurt really bad and all that worry isn’t good for you either! Could someone take your grandson to the therapist? Although, now that I think it through I guess it takes more than simply being together… Boy are you right about that last question! Doesn’t lend much credibility to the special ed class! Does he have a schedule / routine /structure at home and expectations that he follow the rules? Is one of the rules that he follow rules at school and therapy? It’s hard to do everything that needs to be done to keep a family sheltered, fed, and it’s even more difficult when there are special needs added on top!

    • RD, I’m so sorry. I know you worry constantly about your grandson. It’s hard to know where to turn or what to do when the people you are supposed to turn to and the things you are supposed to do don’t help or happen. I wish I had some answers for you, but all I can say right now is that he is awfully lucky to have you in his corner fighting for him and his future. Just don’t make yourself sick over it because he needs you and you can’t help him if you don’t take care of yourself first.

      That’s from the department of “it takes one to know one!”

    • RD – My heart goes out to you and I know you’re a great Grandpa. ALL kids need a Grandpa they can count on……

      My daughter and her husband has worked with special needs kids for the past decade.

      This may sound like a stupid question – but is his problem more with anger issues or is he not able to concentrate on one goal at a time?

      Or – has he learned how to manipulate his environment?

      That may sound harsh – but with my past experience in the long-term care – we have been seeing a lot more elderly people with the same problems as these young kids with special needs.

      There are those who are shy, quiet and will follow instructions.

      Then there are those who are just angry all the time – and know how to throw their fits.

      Then there are those who have learned what to do and what to say to therapists and caregivers to get their way – such as not having to do something they don’t like.

      Or – maybe it is just the fact that your grandson does not like this therapist or his teacher(s) at school?

      Maybe your grandson is just Mad as Hell at the world and this is the only way he knows how to express it?

      I feel for you……it is hard to know what to do or what to say sometimes.

      But your grandson knows that he has one Hell of a Grandpa…..and that will make all the difference in the world – at some point.

      Here’s a story about my nephew….

      My nephew hated school – and it was because he had Turret’s Syndrome and the teachers all passed him over like he was such a burden – until the day he turned 16 yrs old and he signed the papers to drop out of school. The counselor and principal called my sister-in-law to let her know and she begged them to keep him at the school until she got down there.

      Their response? He is 16 yrs old and of legal age – he can do as he pleases.

      You see – everybody gave up on my nephew at that school because he was ‘too much to handle’. All the kid needed was to find the best way that he could learn – while dealing with his Turret’s Syndrome.

      I guess that was too much to ask for from those school teachers ….

      My nephew spent the next 3 years drifting from friend to friend and smoking a lot of marijuana. He left to go to Florida with a bunch of his friends and then he ended up as the one left holding the bag for the past due rent on their apartment but he called home and my brother and sister-in-law flew down to Florida to get him and paid all debts owed.

      They did not yell at him – they simply sat him down and explained that he had a choice to make – to either find the way to learn a trade or to give up – but his parents was not going to support him choosing to give up.

      It finally sank through the kid’s head. He cleaned himself up – got off the marijuana habit and found a trade school and got into what he loved the most – fixing up old cars.

      He is now the owner of a very successful car repair and body shop.

      He found his purpose in life – and for the first time he felt successful – he was hooked on getting more education.

      There was an older man in our little suburb town that took my nephew under his wing and let him work for him fixing cars.

      My nephew felt so good about himself that he decided to get his High School G.E.D. – and then he really felt good about himself.

      So…..R.D…….maybe the trick with your grandson is to find the one thing that makes him feel the most successful and then build on that?

      My nephew was much older…..but he went through a childhood of dealing with the Turret’s symptoms – the twitching, the ticks, and he would have outbursts of yelling and cussing.

      Too many people (teachers mostly) thought the kid was just a punk bratty kid….but he wasn’t. He had a medical condition that needed to be factored into his education.

      But back then….special needs classes were not exactly what they are today. And once placed in that category – you had that label throughout your school life – and no parents wanted to put that label on their kid.

      Our society/culture does not really treat those with learning problems very well – do they?

  6. Read this article about Denmark. Now this is how a country should be run – IMHO.

    BTW – that biking thing would never fly here in the U.S.A. Can you imagine the average American riding their bike?

    Hell – I’ve been in so many doctor’s offices and hospitals this past month – and I can tell you something I noticed. We have a lot of overweight and sick Americans.

    I stopped counting the number of folks I watched try to get out of their cars in the parking lot and then go huffing and puffing while walking up to the front doors.

    And then – imagine my surprise when these same folks were waiting to see the cardiologist or pulmonary doctor.

    Hmmm… you think America has an obesity problem?

    • No wonder our health care system is in such a sorry-ass shape…..

      But, I’m sure the drug companies and those medical device companies are thrilled with all the profits they are making off these Americans.