Saturday, 10/18/14, Public Square

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by | October 18, 2014 · 6:00 am

17 responses to “Saturday, 10/18/14, Public Square

  1. Republicans find all kinds of big, bad, scary things in every place they look! Be afraid, very afraid! I think currently Ebola is among the horribly scary things republicans find.

  2. No matter your opinion of Roseanne or the TV show, watch this! It’s less than two minutes and has more wisdom than you’ll probably hear all day long.

  3. I thought this was a good wrap-up of close races for Senate seats in the upcoming mid-terms.

    The most crucial Senate races, ranked
    http://www.vox.com/2014/10/17/6989421/senate-race-rankings

  4. Asher Bob White

    THIS MODERN WORLD’s Danger Man simply has got to be a typical Republican!

  5. What we should be able to celebrate may just be exactly what motivates those who don’t think gay people are really people who deserve equal rights, those who seem to believe that they are superior and have the right to have greater rights than other people. We know what the U.S. Constitution says and we even know what the Bible says but we also know that upholding the U.S. Constitution has nothing to do with the Bible. A large group of homophobic haters don’t know that.

    (from the link): “It’s sad, no, incredibly disgusting, that in this day and age, entire states exist based on hate

    So, that’s most likely the plan. Fire up the right and get them to the polls so they can grab off state and national house and senate seats and statewide offices to further put their ruinous stamp on this once great country.

    Democrats, you might want to vote this time around.”

    A Great Time For Gay Marriage? Not So Fast!
    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/10/18/great-time-gay-marriage-fast.html#.VELkjLNgQys.facebook

  6. I agree with the author of this piece. It’s sadly ironic that she describes herself as I might describe myself: “I’m an optimist who’s expert at finding silver linings – American progressives have to be…” She lays out it out well, it’s an easy read and contains much wisdom.

    (from the link): “There’s no doubt 2016 will be much better for Democrats. The base turns out for presidential elections, and the Senate map that year will be as tough on Republicans as it is in 2014 on Democrats, forcing the GOP to defend more seats and offering their rivals more pickups. All of that is a given.

    But even a 2016 rout is unlikely to force Republicans to focus on a policy agenda and commit to governing again. All they have to do is thwart the plans of President Hillary Clinton, or whomever, and reap the rewards two years later.

    Until the Democrats’ structural disadvantage in voter turnout is corrected, American politics is an endless feedback loop of futility: little or no policy change leads to a discouraged electorate, which ensures little or no policy change, which guarantees more voter apathy.”

    America’s Looming Freak Show: How GOP Control Will Terrorize a Nation – With No Political Repercussion
    The GOP will shame themselves if they run Congress—but it’ll be torture for the rest of us.
    http://www.alternet.org/election-2014/how-gop-control-2015-will-terrorize-nation?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark

    • A snip from one of the comments to the above piece: “I think those of us who support a compassionate life-affirming social agenda have to face the fact that we have people like Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachman, et al. because the American people voted for them…”

      • One more comment to the above piece:

        “Three points.

        (1) I’m glad to hear that in 2016 the Republicans will have more Senate seats to defend than will the Democrats–it seems to have been the other way round for decades, perhaps because Democrats retire when they’re past their prime.

        (2) One reason for the Republican success in 2014 is the party’s increasing reliance on voter suppression, such as 40,000-some voter registrations which have gone missing in Georgia, plus vote-suppression moguls from the Koch 5 on the Supreme Court down to the state secretary level such as Kansas’s Kris Kobach, who has effectively blocked poor and minority voters from registering in time for the November elections. And,

        (3) the oft-trumpeted determination of maybe-majority leader Mitch McConnell to make Obama’s second term a dismal failure, no matter what the expense to his own constituents, thousands of whom stand to lose their healthcare if McConnell has his way.

        Of these three, voter suppression is the most insidious, causing Republican presidents from Lincoln through Ford to be spinning in their graves. The Supremes’ gutting of the Voting Rights Act made suppression much easier for Red states to change the rules to exclude minorities. To get proof of American citizenship, one must produce a birth certificate–not easy–and, if you were born abroad, a certificate of naturalization. I can’t find mine, and I found out this morning that a replacement would cost me $240!”

  7. This video pretty much says it all. The SHOCKING Differences Between a Gay And Straight Wedding.

  8. You really can’t get more truth than what this t-shirt says!

  9. I think she has a point!

    Rachel Maddow said:

    ““So, Republicans spent the last, hmmm, six years decrying Obamacare as the end of the world,” said Maddow. “Now we have Obamacare. It’s kind of working. Costs are down, lots of people signed up, sky didn’t fall. Literally, it’s working the way it’s supposed to. Millions of people have health care who didn’t have it before. Working.”

    “So,” she went on, “the Republicans’ reason for living has just disappeared. The main thing they like to talk about, they can no longer talk about.”

    “If your opponent loses the thing that they’ve been using as a crutch for six years and you just let them walk away from it like it never existed, maybe you don’t deserve to win,” said Maddow. “They just don’t have the killer instinct it takes to make their opponents pay for a big mistake and I don’t understand why the Democrats are doing that.”

    • That’s why I’ve no stomach for the way politics is currently practiced. The Republicans have successfully transformed same into a blood sport, and have diligently worked on perfecting their approach to same on this basis. While the history of the Republic demonstrates this is not the first appearance of this phenomenon, I’d argue that this is the longest period such has existed. Common decency doesn’t matter, just win at any cost.

      Unless and until the body politic determines once again that such conduct is no longer acceptable, it will continue. Thus, it becomes necessary to participate on this basis if one is to win.

      BTW, I personally believe this conduct is fully protected by the First Amendment, which is designed to allow for freedom of political speech. It’s often ugly, reprehensible, and quite unpleasant, but it is the responsibility of the citizen to filter through the chaff to find any kernels of grain extant. Too many of those eligible to vote are either unwilling or unable to exercise this responsibility, to the detriment of all.

  10. INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN

    Gisella Perl was forced to work as a doctor in Auschwitz concentration camp during the holocaust.

    She was ordered to report every pregnant women to the physician Dr. Josef Mengele, who would then use the women for cruel experiments (e.g. vivisections) before killing them.

    She saved hundreds of women by performing abortions on them before their pregnancy was discovered, without having access to basic medical supplies. She became known as the “Angel of Auschwitz”.

    After being rescued from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp she tried to commit suicide, but survived, recovered and kept working as a gynecologist, delivering more than 3000 babies.

    **I want to nail this to the forehead of every anti-abortionist who uses the word “Holocaust” when talking about legal abortions.