Wednesday, 3/5/14, Public Square

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by | March 5, 2014 · 6:00 am

12 responses to “Wednesday, 3/5/14, Public Square

  1. You know I’m a huge fan of today’s youth. The young people I’m privileged to be around are our hope and our future — I’m so happy about that! Jordan Nichols, Grade 8, 14 years old, wrote —

    Our generation will be known for nothing.
    Never will anybody say,
    We were the peak of mankind.
    That is wrong, the truth is
    Our generation was a failure.
    Thinking that
    We actually succeeded
    Is a waste. And we know
    Living only for money and power
    Is the way to go.
    Being loving, respectful, and kind
    Is a dumb thing to do.
    Forgetting about that time,
    Will not be easy, but we will try.
    Changing our world for the better
    Is something we never did.
    Giving up
    Was how we handled our problems.
    Working hard
    Was a joke.
    We knew that
    People thought we couldn’t come back
    That might be true,
    Unless we turn things around

    (Read from bottom to top now)

    Reading from bottom to top, the poem reads:

    Unless we turn things around
    That might be true,
    People thought we couldn’t come back
    We knew that
    Was a joke.
    Working hard
    Was how we handled our problems.
    Giving up
    Is something we never did.
    Changing our world for the better
    Will not be easy, but we will try.
    Forgetting about that time,
    Is a dumb thing to do.
    Being loving, respectful, and kind
    Is the way to go.
    Living only for money and power
    Is a waste. And we know
    We actually succeeded
    Thinking that
    Our generation was a failure.
    That is wrong, the truth is
    We were the peak of mankind.
    Never will anybody say,
    Our generation will be known for nothing.

    Poems like this remind us that the future of our society lies in its youth. The fact that such words can come out of a 14-year-old’s mouth demonstrates that today’s youth can be brave and ambitious with big dreams for the world. After all, only by believing you can change the world will you actually do.

    https://sftimes.co/?id=126&src=share_fb_new_126

  2. The Republican Governors Association that Governor Chris Christie chairs released this attack ad a few days ago. The ad was against South Carolina Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen.

    Vincent Sheheen did not cower from the words in the ad. He came out swinging. He wrote a letter to Governor Chris Christie and released it to the public.

    Vincent Sheheen noted that he wanted to do exactly what Governor Chris Christie had already done.

    A governor’s job is to lead and act in the best interest of the people of their state. You rightly made that argument last year when you chose to expand Medicaid in New Jersey.

    You said: “Accepting these federal resources will provide health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income New Jerseyans, help keep our hospitals financially healthy and actually save money for New Jersey taxpayers …[it] is the smart thing to do for our fiscal and public health …Refusing these federal dollars would not mean that they wouldn’t be spent. It just means that they will be used to expand health-care access in New York, Connecticut, Ohio or somewhere else …. It’s simple. We’re putting people first. …

    You and I have the same position on this issue-keep our own federal tax dollars working for the people of our states.

    Vincent Sheheen then posits a question to Governor Chris Christie for which he knows the answer.

    The RGA ad claims that the choice to bring our tax dollars back in-state would hurt South Carolina. So, I ask you: How many jobs has New Jersey lost as a result of your decision to accept your Medicaid dollars? How many New Jersey businesses have been harmed by your choice to put your state’s tax dollars to work back at home? And how much has this expansion cost the taxpayers of New Jersey?

    Vincent Sheheen continues his letter detailing fact based studies that show his position is correct for South Carolina. He then slams the hypocrisy of the politicians who are more driven by fact disregard and self-interest.

    Full text of the letter Vincent Sheheen sent to Chris Christie:
    http://egbertowillies.com/2014/03/03/vincent-sheheen-chris-christies/

  3. http://news.msn.com/us/george-p-bush-begins-political-career-with-win?ocid=ansnews11
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    Wow – who would have seen this one coming? eyes roll….

    Imagine how hard of a race was this to win – being a Bush, running for Land Commissioner in Texas.

    Hmmm…….anyone with one working brain cell should know that Bush – an oil family’s member – would make a great land commissioner to all those oil and gas producers in Texas that don’t give a damn about the environment.

    Regulations be damned….there are millions to be made…..

    Besides – I suspect this is the race that is the most ‘safe’ for a Bushie to win. We would not want any losers coming out of that Bush pile……would we?

    If you read the article, I suspect the Republicans also have future hopes pinned on George P. because he can speak English and Spanish – and his mother was born in Mexico.

    Yeah, but those same old anti-women, anti-minority policies are in the GOP platform………..how are they going to hide those ugly facts?

    • When I heard Secretary of State John Kerry talk about how Russia did not have the right to invade Ukraine without a good reason – I just screamed at the t.v. – but George W. Bush invaded Iraq without a good reason, so the credibility of the USA on that topic is moot – don’t you think?

      UNTIL the day George W. Bush, Dickie Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Conodoleeza Rice are held accountable for their actions in planning and carrying out the invasion of Iraq for no damn good reason – then the USA will always appear like a two-faced hypocrite – IMHO

      I can understand the political reasoning behind Obama not going after the Bush Administration to be persecuted as war criminals – since these same folks left our economy crashed into pieces and left for dead.

      BUT……if we were truly a country that believes in the law of justice and freedom – then WE the PEOPLE should demand justice be done….

      Let the World Court decide if Bush and his Boys (Condi, this goes for you too) are guilty.

      I have NO sympathy for any of those folks…

      • This has been brought up before…….I suspect there are a lot of good reasons why we don’t see the Georgie W. Bush and his Boys (yes, Condi, this means you too) are not traveling the world like Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter seem to be doing.

  4. When we hear these Republicans badmouthing THEIR president as being weak and even giving high praise to Putin for being a strong leader – I just have to shake my head and use that phrase Reagan used so well – there you go again…

    This betrayal of Republicans is nothing new to the Grand Old Party Boys…

    Let’s not forget – these are the same folks who applauded and still worship Ronald Reagan – which was the genius that actually thought selling weapons to our enemy Iran was a good thing.

    Once you insulate yourself into thinking that being a traitor is a good thing – is it really a stretch to think badmouthing your president as being weak and actually high-fiving the enemy as a strong leader is a bad thing?

    Republicans truly live in an alternate universe.

    Isn’t it a shame the rest of us could not invade their universe and just use the justification that ‘God told me to do it’.

  5. Today’s graphic is a reminder of that old phrase my grandpa used to say…

    There are folks who can only talk about doing something. Then there are those folks who actually do the job.

    Republicans like to talk about how great they are in creating jobs, keeping our country safe and keeping our economy strong when they are in power.

    But, as we all can see from the history books, Republicans are just a bunch of fools or liars. Personally, I think they are foolish liars.

    If I could buy Republicans for what they are worth and then sell them for what they THINK they are worth – I could pay off the national debt, give everyone a living-wage job and still have money left over..

  6. Totally off-topic – but my daughter is in the hospital at this moment, getting her I.V. started – so it looks like my newest grand daughter will be making her debut soon.

    I admire fnord for being so optimistic about the younger generation (as she said in her comment post above).

    For the sake and future of my newest little grand daughter – and my other grand daughter and grandson – I hope and pray this country gets its head out of its own ass and starts working together for the good of all Americans.

    But, alas, did you see Darrell Issa showing his ass this morning at the hearing?

    Elijah Cummings was not having any of that Issa shit…..and GOOD for Cummings.

    When will WE the PEOPLE stop listening to the antics of the Bullies and their cheerleaders – the Mean Girls Club – whenever they want to throw their temper tantrums.

    I am DONE with them……DONE, DONE and DONE..

    I don’t have time – nor the energy – to deal with their short-sighted political goals of just hating Obama so much they do not care if they burn down the entire country.

    For the sake of my grandkids – and every kid in America – we OWE it to the future generation to STAND up to the Bullies and Mean Girls Club and promptly show them the exit door….

    • http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/tempers-flare-after-lerner-takes-fifth-n44881

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      Rep Elijah Cummings has the right idea. He is tired of the Republiicans’ antics – aren’t you?

      Republicans have spent $12 million on this IRS investigation alone – where the hell are these Tea Party folks who yell and scream about wasteful government spending?

      Bullies and their Mean Girl Club cheerleaders – this is what used to be the Grand Old Party.

      This is not only sad – but it is pathetic. And what makes these folks so pathetic is that they do not even have the common courtesy and decency to KNOW they are pathetic. These folks are PROUD to be Bullies and Mean Girls Club cheerleaders.

      • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/03/03/lois-lerner-attorney-denies-issa-claim-that-client-will-testify-wednesday/
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        Could this be a reason why Issa cut the microphone to Rep. Elijah Cummings at that hearing?

        Issa announced on Fox News on Sunday that Ms. Lerner would be testifying at this hearing today. Of course, Issa was smiling like he had a defenseless mouse in his cat’s paw……

        But, it seems there is a discrepancy in exactly what Ms. Lerner’s attorney thinks and what Issa purports to be the ‘truth’.

        Why not just let both sides speak Mr. Issa? Let’s put everything out on the table and let the chips fall where they may.

      • Bullies do not like two-sided conversations and they certainly do not like the spotlight being shown on them.

      • Issa is, at the very best, a media whore. But you are absolutely correct that he likes to control the message. Lucky for him his constituency only believes what he says so anytime he can get in front of a microphone or camera he is able to control the message — at least the message heard by the ones he already has in his pocket. Plus, I don’t think there is any way to make these people any more aware or make it any more likely they will stop being the idiots they are.