Wednesday, 2/26/14, Public Square

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by | February 26, 2014 · 6:00 am

30 responses to “Wednesday, 2/26/14, Public Square

  1. And, one more little fact —

    Former Vice Pres. Cheney blasted Pres. Obama for food stamp spending, but the number of recipients grew more during the Bush-Cheney years.

    If the republicans were capable of stopping their lies and propaganda, then we could talk about the hundreds of thousands of military personnel and veterans who depend on food stamps.

  2. George W. Bush has his paintings displayed at his library. I heard an interview this morning done by Charlie Rose when he asked GWB why he chose painting.

    GWB replied – for relaxation…

    All the painting in the damn world can never erase what this one man (cheered on by many other NeoCons) did to our country and the rest of the world.

    And, yet, we still have people who will sit back and applaud GWB…

    What am I talking about? Of course these folks applaud GWB – these are the same folks who worship at the Golden Idol of Ronnie Reagan – the guy who sold weapons to our enemy Iran.

    Anything these folks do or say does not surprise me at all….

  3. http://news.msn.com/world/francis-kisses-mini-me-pope-as-carnival-starts
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    Maybe it is just me – but I find dressing up a 19-month-old boy like the Pope just a little disturbing.

    I realize the custom in Italy during this carnival time is to dress up in costumes….but is the Pope’s attire considered a ‘costume’?

    I suspect I feel this way because of my days within the Fundy Evangelical Movement during the 1970’s and what I’ve seen since that time.

    There are too many people – iMHO – treating certain professions like they’re celebrities – and being a preacher, televangelist and Pope – falls into that category (again – IMHO)

    Journalists are another category that I have seen as being nothing more than celebrities in today’s world.

    Can you imagine Walter Cronkite and his fellow journalists of that era behaving like the majority of these journalists we see today?

    Our news sources are all corporate driven – and that means we have to have celebrities – with all the fluff and hype that goes with celebrity status.

    That also invites a lot of gossip, innuendo and in some cases – outright sabotage – which is driven by our social media – IMHO.

    So, somehow the truth gets lost in all this quest to be the hottest (and sexiest) celebrity …..God help us if we ever lose our desire to quench that insatiable desire to see our news being given by somebody ‘hot and sexy’..

    I’ve noticed this disturbing trend in the past few years – everything has to be ‘hot and sexy’…..

    Then we wonder why our children are not safe in this country from perverts…

    • Seriously – does anyone here think Walter Cronkite would be on the short list for ‘hot and sexy’ news anchor?

      I remember watching Mr. Cronkite when President Kenney was shot and killed. When that man spoke, we all listened, and respected what he had to say.

      Just imagine if the same thing were to happen to President Obama and he was shot and killed by some looney.

      I suspect there would be one network that would be dancing the jig and high-fiving each other.

      And why would I think that? Well, let’s look at that network’s coverage of Ted Nugent recently calling Obama a subhuman mongrel.

      Who on the right side of the aisle has truly distanced themselves from Ted Nugent?

      Oh, I’ve heard the usual phrase – those are not the words I would have used.

      Or – those words are not appropriate.

      INSTEAD of standing up and saying that Ted Nugent is no longer welcomed to their political campaign events – all I see are a bunch of wimpy Republicans with a nod and wink-wink to their Rabid Religious Right base – who brag about plotting to bring down President Obama.

      Can you even imagine if this was being done and said by Walter Cronkite in his days as news anchor?

      I realize our country has been dumbed down to the point of no return – but God Almighty – we have folks who sit and brag about being so stupid.

      And that is the sad state of affairs we are in today..

      • Fox “News” tells them what they want them to hear. It’s probable very good people really don’t know any more than that. I can’t believe my fellow Americans would support this nonsense if they had facts.

  4. Meanwhile, that money is NOT being put toward healthcare, education, feeding the hungry, infrastructure…the list goes on.

    DEFENSE BUDGETS

    America’s staggering defense budget, in charts
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/07/everything-chuck-hagel-needs-to-know-about-the-defense-budget-in-charts/

    • But…but….didn’t you hear Dick Cheney say that the US needs to be the strongest military in the world?

      Yeah, NeoCons think that – don’t they?

      These are the folks who have no problem in using other peoples’ loved ones to do the actual fighting and dying.

      • Some of the charts at the link above are even more telling than the one I posted here on the blog.

        How in the world do we get Fox “News” viewers to seek more information? How do we encourage them to be curious?

      • I know I keep harping on this….but look at the Fox News’ targeted audience – they are already sheeple……

        these are folks who knowingly sit in a church pew and applaud their preacher when he preaches that homosexuals are sinners….

        these are folks who knowingly sit in the Catholic church pew and applaud when their priest tells them that using birth control is a sin…

        these are the folks who knowingly sit in the Catholic church pew and make the choice to look the other way when their own damn church leaders lose several lawsuits in a court of law because they made the choice to cover up the crime of child molestation within their churches.

        These are folks who do not look beyond the walls of their confirnement – called their churches.

        Just like this Arizona anti-gay bill being touted as a ‘religious freedom’ issue.

        NO it’s not…. these folks want legal protection to hate anybody that is different than they are……..

        that is plain and simple……..the way I see it.

        And, as long as we have preachers and priests knowingly leading their sheeple to believe that ‘they have the one true God and he loves them the best’ – nothing will change for these sheeple.

        In order to broaden one’s mind – one has to be willing to look outside of their own comfort zone.

      • A lot of B.S. can be cloaked in the disguise of godliness……

  5. I remember it well. How do we get the republicans back from the Tea Party evangelinuts?

    Alan Grayson says: “There once was a time when Republicans did what was good for the Republic.

    • I keep hoping these Evangleinuts will take a page from their Puritan ancestors and find a very big ship and sail away from our shores in search of another country they think they have the right to take over..

      If this happens – my second hope is that the new country these Evangelinuts try to take over will enforce their strict illegal immigration laws and either kick them out…..or perhaps they will land on some the shores of some country that has their own ‘religious freedom’ laws on the books that target Evanglinut Christians as the bad guys.

      Now…that would be K-A-R-M-A

      • Now, I know my dream of Evangelinuts leaving America will never come true……

        Why, you ask?

        I suspect too many of these same folks are sucking off the government teat here in America and would never leave if they know they have to actually work and pull their own weight.

  6. (from the link): Remember when President Obama was lambasted for saying “you didn’t build that”? Turns out he was right, at least when it comes to lots of stuff built by world’s wealthiest corporate behemoths. That’s the takeaway from a new study of 25,000 major taxpayer subsidy deals over the last two decades.

    Consider Koch Industries. Despite the Koch Brothers being the biggest financiers of the anti-government right, and despite their billing as libertarian “free market” activists, their company has relied on $88 million worth of government subsidies.

    http://pando.com/2014/02/26/fortune-500-companies-receive-63-billion-in-subsidies/

    • Try telling this to any Tea Party/Evangelical Religious Right Republican – and they will simply say – so what?

      I remember Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign stating that he takes whatever tax credits and his businesses take whatever government subsidies they can take because it is ‘good for business’.

      Hmmm……so, multi-million dollar companies can suck of the government teat because they can….but hungry kids have their government food stamps cut because they are not worthy of the help?

      Our priorities are screwed up……

      What the saddest part in all this is how these same Tea Party/Evangelicals will continue to sit in their church pews every week and truly believe that they are the ‘right’ ones and God loves them the best.

      As long as we have the sheeple…..we will continue to see these corporations take home the lion’s share of the government money

  7. http://www.eonline.com/news/514667/anderson-cooper-grills-arizona-senator-on-state-s-anti-gay-bill-senator-can-t-come-up-with-a-good-explanation-for-anything

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    Watch this video – this Republican candidate for Arizona governor is actually trying to say there is no discrimination in Arizona.

    Hmmm………I lived in Arizona many years ago – and trust me, there was plenty of discrimination going on…….the state is populated with human beings……….discrimination is bound to happen.

  8. http://news.msn.com/us/obama-threatens-karzai-with-full-us-withdrawal
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    While Obama threatens to take all our troops out of Afghanistan – he might want to ask Karzai what happened to all that US money that has been going down that black hole while Karzai was playing both sides of the fence.

    I don’t trust Karzai…..nor any other foreign leader where our US tax dollars have been flowing through their hands like a busted water pipe.

  9. The reason you never hear Republicans bitch about the Medicare Part D program is because these are the folks that benefit from this very same program.

    We’ve all seen these old folks in the pharmacy aisles at Walmart and Dillons -haven’t we? These are the folks that would rather run stampede over me and my young grand kids to get to their free drugs than to give my young grand kids a second thought.

    I remember the days when old people were nicer folks…..not any more. These are some of the absolute worst people – IMHO

    That stampeding scenario is especially true when the old geezer is out of his little blue pills he needs so he can fly his little flag…..

  10. Yippee! To quote “Queen” “another one bites the dust.”

    I might be moving to Texas instead of Hawaii since same sex marriage equality might be law in the Lone Star State before the Aloha State.

    Hell, they’ll have to send in federal troops to the “Wheat State” before it’s legal here. We’ll be like the Little Rock schools all over again with the governor standing in the figurative chapel door to block the federal troops enforcing federal law!

    http://news.yahoo.com/federal-judge-strikes-down-texas-gay-marriage-ban-193544850.html

    • That is just too cool for words. I am so happy at how far we’ve come. Oh, I’m not naive enough to think the haters are gonna quit hating, but, ya know, they can’t do it openly in as many places. Plus, they’re seen for what they are — aggressive, obsessed, egotistical, intolerant, hateful bigots. At best the evangelinuts act like salespeople working on commission: If they can save my soul, then they’re one rung closer to heaven. They prove daily they’ve forgotten about turning the other cheek, abandoned the notion of treating others like they would like to be treated themselves. They’ve become bent on preaching, judging, and selfishly attempting to save the souls of others by condemning them.

      Then they pat themselves on the back and pretend they are good people who I guess are looking forward to spending eternity with others just like themselves. [eye roll]

  11. Robert Reich poses a question —

    House Democratic leaders announced today they’ll be filing a discharge petition to try to force a House vote on the minimum wage hike. It’s largely symbolic. They don’t expect House Republicans to sign it (they’d need two dozen GOP signatures to get the 218 required to force a vote). The move is intended to sharpen the contrast between the two parties’ economic agendas heading into the 2014 elections. But House Republicans may be further pressured to take up a minimum wage hike if the Senate passes one. Republican Senator Susan Collins is seeking to round up some Republican Senators in support of a hike, and GOP senators up for reelection in 2016 in blue or purple states — Ohio’s Rob Portman and Illinois’ Mark Kirk, for example — might be susceptible to coaxing.

    Raising the minimum wage is so popular that some Democrats tell me they’d rather Republicans not agree to any increase before November’s midterm elections so Democrats can bash them over the issue. (In the Kentucky Senate race, for example, Democrat Alison Grimes’ pollster, Mark Mellman, says the minimum-wage battle will be key to getting downscale women to the polls. Meanwhile, asked whether the minimum wage hike should get a Senate vote, McConnell said: “I would hope not.”)

    The smartest thing for Republicans to do would be to try to take the issue away from the Democrats by proposing a minimum wage hike to, say, $8.25 an hour. (Democrats are proposing $10.10. But if you adjust the 1968 minimum wage for inflation and productivity gains since then, it ought to be $15 an hour.) But I doubt Republicans will do that. What do you think?

    • Even at $10.10 an hour – who can live on that wage, let alone raise a family?

      And we are not even talking about paying for health insurance.

      And as for that family – these same Republicans that don’t want to even have a minimum wage law also are pushing to deny access to birth control.

      Yeah, that’s about as smart as Ronnie Raygun wanting ketchup to be a vegetable for school lunches.

      When was the last time you had a big bowl of ketchup as a side dish?

      Reagan started a lot of this Republican stupidity…..IMHO

  12. Major League Football shopping around for new Super Bowl location according to Sports Illustrated | SI.com. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball has this to say on Arizona’s gay discrimination bill, #SB1062: ““As the sport of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs stand united behind the principles of respect, inclusion and acceptance. Those values are fundamental to our game’s diverse players, employees and fans. We welcome individuals of different sexual orientations, races, religions, genders and national origins.

    “MLB has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation, as reflected by our collective bargaining agreement with the MLB Players Association. Accordingly, MLB will neither support nor tolerate any words, attitudes or actions that imperil the inclusive communities that we have strived to foster within our game.”

    • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just announced a veto of SB1062. Poor Jan. She was hoping to be in the spotlight for a couple more days of drama (will she-won’t she?) but when the NFL starting looking for a new place for the 2015 SuperBowl …Jan had to get off her butt in a hurry.

      Yet another clear example of just how important it is to register and vote. Someone, somewhere voted for these bigots.

      • The ONLY saving grace is if we see long lines of voters of all colors and economic classes turn out for the midterm 2014 elections.

        I still remember seeing the faces of these white prudish Republicans on election day back in 2012.

        It seems everyone on the right side of the aisle knew those long lines were not filled with Republican voters……..

        Well, everyone except Karl Rove which made such a spectacle of himself on Fox News……..what a turd blossom.

  13. “How to Determine if Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions.” Just pick “A” or “B” for each question.

    1. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing.
    B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing.

    2. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am not allowed to marry the person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses my marriage.
    B) Some states refuse to enforce my own particular religious beliefs on marriage on those two guys in line down at the courthouse.

    3. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am being forced to use birth control.
    B) I am unable to force others to not use birth control.

    4. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am not allowed to pray privately.
    B) I am not allowed to force others to pray the prayers of my faith publicly.

    5. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) Being a member of my faith means that I can be bullied without legal recourse.
    B) I am no longer allowed to use my faith to bully gay kids with impunity.

    6. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material.
    B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that I do not like.

    7. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) My religious group is not allowed equal protection under the establishment clause.
    B) My religious group is not allowed to use public funds, buildings and resources as we would like, for whatever purposes we might like.

    8. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) Another religious group has been declared the official faith of my country.
    B) My own religious group is not given status as the official faith of my country.

    9. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) My religious community is not allowed to build a house of worship in my community.
    B) A religious community I do not like wants to build a house of worship in my community.

    10. My religious liberty is at risk because:
    A) I am not allowed to teach my children the creation stories of our faith at home.
    B) Public school science classes are teaching science.

    Scoring key:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-emily-c-heath/how-to-determine-if-your-religious-liberty-is-being-threatened-in-10-questions_b_1845413.html