Thursday, 4/24/14, Public Square

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by | April 24, 2014 · 6:00 am

30 responses to “Thursday, 4/24/14, Public Square

  1. http://news.msn.com/us/georgia-governor-signs-gun-carry-rights-expansion-into-law?ocid=ansnews11
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    Besides pointing out the obvious flaws in the rest of this new law…..

    who thinks mixing more guns with a bar filled with alcohol is a good thing?

    There are stupid people. Then there are people who proud to be stupid.

    • The old wild west days are back and that’s exactly what A.L.E.C. wanted with their ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws. Guns and alcohol… what could possibly go wrong?

      • You know why the folks ALEC folks want the Wild West days, don’t you?

        While the masses are fighting to survive – the elitist 1% can completely empty the taxpayer trough and no one is looking..

  2. Let’s make one change to the picture above.

    What if it was Obama’s father instead of Fred Koch?

    Can you imagine the outrage of these very same Conservative Tea Party Evangelinut Republicans?

    • Time began January 20, 2009. At least anything they think is bad. Time before that must be their ‘good ole days.’ Really stupid people.

  3. http://news.msn.com/world/afghan-hospital-guard-kills-3-american-doctors
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    It is way past time to get the hell out of Afghanistan…..

    And then followed by getting out of everywhere our soldiers are put into harm’s way by greedy politicians working for their greedy corporate masters.

    I truly believe our military is being used as nothing more than a security force for these corporations.

    That is NOT what our military was designed to do.

    Again, corporations have found a way to privatize their profits and socialize their costs.

  4. (from the link):

    Epidemic of GOPer virus will kill thousands in red states.

    Imagine that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned that America was about to be hit by a preventable epidemic of a deadly, though curable, virus. In response, the federal government budgeted funds for each of the 50 states to purchase antidotes to save the afflicted and vaccines to immunize residents against future outbreaks. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the White House raised the revenue to completely cover the costs of the emergency program for three years and promised to pay 90 percent of the bill after that. Even having to pick up 10 percent of the tab, most states would come out ahead by virtue of not having to pay for the care of the sick and the dying. All the 50 governors and state legislatures had to do to save thousands of their residents from needless deaths was to say one word to free money from Uncle Sam: Yes.

    Now, imagine that 24 states simply said no, for no other reason than their leaders’ dislike of the president and his political party.

    If that sounds inconceivable, it shouldn’t. It’s actually happening right now. By rejecting the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, Republicans are making the unconscionable routine by guaranteeing that thousands of their own constituents will die every year. Die, that is, from the GOPer virus.

    That’s not hyperbole, but a grim reality. Due to what might be the greatest act of political spite in modern American history, Republicans will needlessly leave millions of people uninsured, many hospitals on the edge of financial ruin and thousands of Americans dead, mostly in the states the GOP itself controls.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/18/1292981/-Epidemic-of-GOPer-virus-will-kill-thousands-in-red-states?detail=email#

    • But these same CONS will simply profess their moral superiority and these CONS will get their little heads patted by their appropriate mega preacher and/or priest and these folks will not even give a further thought.

  5. Hey fnord and pond….just hey.
    Thanks again for the kind words.
    Mom is OK, but I see her slipping fast. Her memory sucks and I sometimes have a hard time dealing with some of her character defects.
    Number one is money management. For 15 years past the folks had an income well into 6 figures, but thanks to mother, there are only negative balances and bills left. Dad made some provisions as much as he could, and the house is paid off thanks to him. Mom had no idea that would even happen. Her checking was 1,000 overdrawn last week and I had to bail her out. She won’t let me see her real financial situation and we had ‘some words’ over that. It’s just depressing.

    Waiting on a phone call from the “Talent Acquisition” guy.
    Sheesh, I hate waiting.

    • Hearing you say “hey” makes me smile.

      Yep! Waiting is the pits. I’ve been doing a bunch of waiting recently, and a bunch of ‘on hold’ too. Hubby is retiring and getting all the stuff done so that is a happy time and not one where we immediately want to strangle one another has been tedious. (Medicare, health insurance, pension…) I think we’re almost there and maybe that means we’ll live happily a week or two before one of us gets the urge to do that strangling. 🙂

      I remember dealing with my Mother and getting soooo frustrated. But as you know, losing them (a parent) is the pits. Hang in there!

      • When dealing with elderly parents, it’s a good thing to remember that what goes around comes around. No matter the frustration, someday we’ll be the ones needing help.

        It’s a good opportunity to bank some good Karma. ‘Cause she’s a biotch, ya know?

    • I think “talent acquisition” is the new term for the hated HR people. Funny how Dilbert becomes more relevant as the years pass. Good luck. If their “talent acquisition” guy has any eye at all for talent, he’ll snap you up and make you an offer. If he doesn’t? “Loser acquisition guy.” And no, dammit, I’m not biased.

      Sigh. Dealing with elderly people can be difficult, especially if they have no experience/clue about managing money. Hell, sometimes I have no clue about managing money. I think the dogs secretly have an ATM card hidden somewhere on the farm. If not, why did UPS deliver a pallet of Milk Bones? Hmmmm…..

      • There is a reason the elderly are targeted by scam artists.

        This is the generation that grew up and learned how to save their money. This generation also grew up to think there are more good people in this world than bad people – and that most people can be trusted.

        Sad to say – I think those trusting days are over…..

      • IIRC – R.D. brought this issue up just the other day – didn’t he?

        He is now taking the calls for his mother and has ‘fun’ with those folks who are trying to sell things that are already covered by Medicare.

        I have worked in the health care system for three decades – there are always those scam artists – but it seems there are more of this thieves every week…

    • I can so relate, we had to take mom’s check book away and my wife took over her bills. Mom is demanding more and more time and becoming more unreasonable when told she needs to do something.

  6. Different subject, but Indy, this one is for you via D.U.

    Wrestler Steve Austin on same sex marriage and religion
    “I don’t give a shit if two guys, two gals, guy-gal, whatever it is, I believe that any human being in America, or any human being in the goddamn world, that wants to be married, and if it’s same-sex, more power to ’em.”

    “What also chaps my ass, some of these churches, have the high horse that they get on and say ‘we as a church do not believe in that.’ Which one of these motherfuckers talked to God, and God said that same-sex marriage was a no-can-do?”

    “OK, so two cats can’t get married if they want to get married, but then a guy can go murder 14 people, molest five kids, then go to fucking prison, and accept God and He’s going to let him into heaven? After the fact that he did all that shit? See that’s all horseshit to me, that don’t jive with me.”

    http://deadspin.com/stone-cold-steve-austin-gives-a-nsfw-defense-of-gay-m-1566573678

  7. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1997/02/17/222188/index.htm
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    I just found this article quite by accident. It was written in February 1997 about the Koch Family.

    I often tell my granddaughter that we can learn something new every day – and today I learned that old Man Fred Koch died at the age of 67 in a Utah duck blind right after he to his friend with him that it was a great shot. The old man collapsed from a heart attack.

    But…….right there in this article it states that old man Fred Koch spent the Depression years in Russia helping Stalin.

    Excuse me – but Stalin? No wonder these Republicans don’t care if Reagan sold weapons to our enemy the Iranians while there was a ban on them.

    Hmmm…..

    But how sad to think that this family has all this money and what do they choose to do with their money?

    Continuing the family legacy of spreading hate, distrust and downright contempt?

    How sad …..how very sad…

    I remember that trial in Wichita and IIRC – Bill and Freddie Koch did win a settlement – didn’t they?

  8. http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/gop-scrambles-condemn-ranchers-remarks-race-n88556
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    Remember that Nevada rancher that owes a million dollars in unpaid grazing fees – Cliven Bundy

    Wow – read this article and let’s play close attention to exactly what is said by these Republicans who are now distancing themselves from this rancher.

    BTW – who did not see this coming?

    • Andy Borowitz:

      “Fox News also blasted the rancher, saying in a statement, “Cliven Bundy’s outrageous racist remarks undermine decades of progress in our effort to come up with cleverer ways of saying the same thing.”

      • Putting aside this guy’s racist rants – this guy is still a person who has refused to pay his grazing fees – while other ranchers have paid theirs.

        Let’s call this exactly what it is – a L-E-E-C-H

  9. Did somebody mention those windmills?

  10. Mom already got scammed for 1,000 several months ago.
    Gave her account # over the phone.

    • Sorry to hear about this. I like to think there is a special place in Hell for scam artists that knowingly make the choice to scam the vulnerable and too-trusting folks.

      Maybe that special place will be right next door to these politicians that have sold their souls for that Almighty Dollar..

      And then on the other side of that place is where these mega preacher boys and their cousins Bubba the televangelist are destined..

      Wow – now talk about scam artists – televangelists have so much power and can convince so many vulnerable and too-trusting folks to send money so they can help God win the battle.

      Isn’t it always telling how that address to God always turns out to be the same address as that preacher man and/or televangelist?