Wednesday, 4/22/15, Public Square

a lot of dirt


by | April 22, 2015 · 6:00 am

19 responses to “Wednesday, 4/22/15, Public Square

  1. Need a smile to start your day? Read this short piece by Richard Crowson. You might even giggle. 🙂

    Can I Interest You In A Vomeronasal Organ Implant?

  2. What a wonderful message!

    This is the description the people who produced this wrote:
    “Going into this video, the end goal wasn’t quite sure. You can never be sure because you can never know how people will react. It’s a completely different video depending on if people react positively or negatively. This video wasn’t one of those, “oh let’s see if people offer us money.” It was, “let’s see how people feel about themselves when someone who is classified as “lesser” than them on societies class ladder offers them money.” The results were not expected and not wanted. It doesn’t matter how much you have in life if what you have in life takes away from you being humble. At the end of the day, even the most poor man can be the most rich depending on how much love he has in his heart. feel free to share.”

    • Asher Bob White

      A superior lesson about “real people” in the US Empire that claims to be a nation of moral, Christian people.

    • When did things change?

      I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s and I don’t remember people being this sarcastic, rude, feeling entitled, being nasty and hate filled all the time.

      I don’t remember people not being able to go to the doctor or dentist when they needed to go. Doctors even made house calls.

      I remember Mom and Pop businesses in town – not all Corporate-owned cookie-cutter companies with customer service that equals that found in the den of thieves.

      I don’t remember preachers walking around in Gucchi suits and driving luxury cars. And the churches today are massive monuments. I don’t remember any of this crappola.

      I don’t remember politicians being the slime balls we too often see today.

      Was I just taught different values?

      Was I just blessed to have parents and extended family support?

      Or was I blessed to be born in 1953 and being able to see what government can do for people? Eisenhower was the last Republican president to balance the budget.

      We’ve all talked about this before – the tax rates during Eisenhower’s years in office were staggering.

      So, when Republicans yammer about how they want to go back to the good old days – I just want to say – Bring It On (tip of hat to George W. Bush)

      But, as fnord reminded me last week, if we go back to the good old days – women were not allowed to have credit cards in their own name. Recently married women had to have their married name – Mrs. ___________ on the credit card that they had been carrying for years before their marriage (this happened to me personally).

      Women were not exactly treated the same – or near the same as men.

      I wonder how many young women of today would want to go back to the good old days if they knew what they really meant?

      But I digress….

      when did our society change from the 50’s to this ME-ME-ME crap?

      I blame Ronald Reagan and the Era of Greed he ushered in…..with the help of Jerry Falwell and his Immorality Boys.

      • BTW – my thinking also involves my thoughts on how one little bully can continue to be the bully throughout several school years and NOTHING is ever done.

        I remember during my school years – the bully kids got pulled out of school ands sent home where the parents took care of the problem.

        But more than that – I suspect we have bully kids because they are being born to bully parents.

        How many times have we seen adults who act like nothing more than just a big bunch of bullies – just to get their way and think they are ‘winning’?

        Something is very wrong in this country..


    Dr. Steve Pegram, Superintendent USD 434, Santa Fe Trail, Osage County writes a letter to the state rep for his area about the new ‘block grant’ school funding. It’s short, it’s interesting. How many think Representative Corbet will accept the invitation offered?

    • Here’s what Representative Corbet says on his website about education. He’s in need of some fact checking:

      “School funding is based upon a decades old formula containing few safeguards regarding fiscal accountability and student achievement. It does, however, contain a litany of special funding triggers that require large increases regardless of the ability of Kansas taxpayers to fund them. An eye-popping statistic regarding school funding is that less than 65% of funds, on average, ever make it into the classroom to benefit students. We can and should do better.

      During the recent economic downturn, the state chose to delay automatic education funding increases, rather than raise taxes on already hard-pressed Kansas families. School administrators immediately sued Kansas taxpayers to extract the funds. A state court recently issued a ruling that, if implemented, will require a $600 million property tax increase on Kansas families. Attorney General Derek Schmidt has pledged to appeal the decision, protecting Kansas families from this financial devastation.
      The Legislature will revisit the formula to identify greater efficiencies and establish a regime of accountability, both in how tax dollars are spent and in the expected outcomes achieved. This is not “cutting education.” On the contrary, we must ensure that Kansas kids actually receive the greatest benefit from every education dollar spent. Education Week magazine just released a study showing Kansas among the top 20 states in terms of dollars spent on education, but ranked only 37th in terms of achievement. I would greatly appreciate your input on this very important discussion.”


      • He wants input? Okay – let’s give him input.

        BTW – Mike Pompeo – my US Representative – also asked for my input and I gave him some.

        I have yet to hear back from this guy that MY tax dollars pay for..

        Oh, did I mention I wrote to Pompeo sometime last summer??????

        Maybe he has been too busy butt-licking every Fundy Ass Christian Conservative Republican in order to keep the real problem – gay marriage – out of America – OR – maybe he has been too busy fighting to make sure that all those Fundy Ass Christians are singled out as a protected group so that these folks can continue to discriminate against homosexuals and cover it under the blanket of ‘religious beliefs’.

        Yeah, that must be the reason I have not heard from this Doofus..

        Yeah – Pompous Pompeo has certainly earned that nickname – IMHO

  4. This is an op-ed written by Newt Gingrich. It’s hard to wrap my mind around how sane he sounds, but then I stop and realize that in comparison to today’s tea bagger/neocon/evangelinuts everyone is sane.


    (from the link): NO one who lived through the 1990s would have suspected that one day people would look back on the period as a golden age of bipartisan cooperation. But in some important ways, it was. Amid the policy fights that followed the Republican victories of 1994, President Bill Clinton and the new majorities in Congress reached one particularly good deal: doubling the budget for the National Institutes of Health.

    The decision was bipartisan, because health is both a moral and financial issue. Government spends more on health care than any other area. Taxpayers spend more than $1 trillion a year for Medicare and Medicaid alone, and even more when you add in programs like Veterans Affairs, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Indian Health Service.

    Even as we’ve let financing for basic scientific and medical research stagnate, government spending on health care has grown significantly. That should trouble every fiscal conservative. As a conservative myself, I’m often skeptical of government “investments.” But when it comes to breakthroughs that could cure — not just treat — the most expensive diseases, government is unique. It alone can bring the necessary resources to bear. (The federal government funds roughly a third of all medical research in the United States.) And it is ultimately on the hook for the costs of illness. It’s irresponsible and shortsighted, not prudent, to let financing for basic research dwindle.

    • Let’s not forget – Newt Gingrich is also the snake in the grass that got his lily-white tight panties in a twist when President Clinton told him he had to ride in the back of the Air Force One.

      Let’s not also forget that Newt Gingrich was one of several prominent Republicans who were demonizing Clinton for his extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky.

      And what played out during this time? Newt Gingrich (and his other fellow Republicans) were the ones that got publicly caught with their own mistresses. Newt took it even further and married his mistress.

      So – I guess that is okay?

      Oh, wait a minute, at that time – Newt was only on his second wife. Since that time, Newt had another mistress and dumped his second wife to marry that mistress.

      My, oh my, my head hurts just trying to keep track of the timeline of Newt’s many ‘traditional marriages’ – you know, those marriages that are the backbone of our society and same sex marriage is evil. Big eyroll.

      BTW – if trying to follow Newt’s timeline in his marriages is frustrating – don’t even attempt to follow another Loud-N-Proud Conservative Republican – Rush Limbaugh.

      That Rush is now on his fourth or fifth wife?

  5. THIS is what teachers are all about! And, believe me, this example of teachers covers way more of them than the tiny few who don’t have these qualities!

  6. I know, I know — you all surf the net too and you don’t share everything that interests you. I promise this will be the last one. But, I do find this very interesting! 🙂 How many of today’s “ills” could we attribute to this? Indy and I had a conversation recently about Celiac Disease, and we all know the increased incident of ‘gluten intolerant’ plus there’s Diabetes2 and many others that can be attributed to diet.

    (FROM THE LINK): Two studies give us a glimpse into our ancestors’ microbiome — you know, those trillions of bacteria that live in the human gut.

    And the take-home message of the studies is clear: Western diets and modern-day hygiene have wiped a few dozen species right out of our digestive tracts. One missing microbe helps metabolize carbohydrates. Other bygone bacteria act as prebiotics. And another communicates with our immune system.

    How Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes

    • The only thing I can think of – when there are chronic illnesses – a lot of people make a lot of money off the misery of others.

      Insulin-Dependent Diabetes is a prime example of how much money it costs to just stay alive.

      And this is with health insurance coverage. Just imagine what it would cost without health insurance. And if these Republicans are successful in getting rid of Obamacare and we go back to the way things were – a lot of people with insulin-dependent diabetes and other chronic illnesses will be forced off their current health insurance due to that corporation’s only motivation which is M-O-N-E-Y.

      For a country as wealthy as America – there is not one damn good reason why our tax dollars are used to give free health care to the Iraqis and yet Americans are denied the basic health care and are under the threat by Republicans to even take that away from them.

      To borrow from PP – Jesus Wept.

  7. Well my oldest Grandson will be starting on his third school this week. A reminder: He is A.D.D, and stubborn, it does not take long before teachers. Have had enough of dealing with him. So the solution seems to be to ship him to another school. each time it is seeming to be farther way. From Augusta to El Dorado then Newton.

    • I sure hope THE teacher he needs is found soon! I just know there is the perfect match for him out there and it’s obvious those who send him on are not good for him!

      I know you and your family don’t need this extra complication! You guys have proven up to handling your many challenges — others would have not been as capable!

      Love you bunches!

    • Newton?

      R.D. – I’ve got a question for you.

      Does Augusta school district have alternative schools for elementary grades? I am interested to find out because one little known bully has never been suspended or transferred to any other school. And I would lke to know why.

      We just learned this week that the bully from last year is still doing her nasty work.

      This time – the teacher took swift action and the bully’s parents were called into the school.

      But – as we also learned yesterday – these parents, her teacher and counselor have been working on this bully’s issues all year.


      What happened to the policy of Zero Tolerance for bullying?

      What happened to the days when parents actually cared if their kid is a bully and did something about it?

      I’m just thankful that this year’s teacher had the guts to call it like it is – because, as the teacher said, the bully student admitted that she did it.

      Of course, why not? I suspect she is proud of her accomplishments.

      I also suspect that her parents are nothing more than bullies themselves – of course, they live in the ‘right’ neighborhood with their fancy house and they work at the ‘right’ jobs and go to the ‘right’ church.

      I am SICK and TIRED of these people who like to pretend they are such morally superior folks and are doing nothing more than raising a bunch of little bullies.

      Maybe the old adage is true here – the bully does not fall too far from the bully tree…

  8. Robert Reich —

    In the ten days since launching her campaign, Hillary Clinton has said she wants to be the champion of everyday Americans when the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top. She’s come out for curbing CEO pay, raising the minimum wage, higher taxes on the wealthy, campaign finance reform (including a constitutional amendment to reverse “Citizens United”), federally recognized same sex marriage, and has questioned special tax breaks for hedge-fund managers.

    This is an impressive start. I keep getting calls from reporters asking whether this is “enough,” and whether she’s simply trying to mimic Elizabeth Warren. I tell them it’s obviously not enough – hopefully, she’ll come out in favor of a minimum wage of $15 an hour, resurrecting Glass-Steagall and busting up Wall Street, making it easier to form unions, and she’ll oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But, I say, she has time do all this, and so far she’s doing great. And if she’s trying to mimic Elizabeth Warren, fine. But instead of personalizing this, the press should understand there’s a large and growing movement out there that wants to take back our economy and democracy.

    Hillary is responding to it. Good for her.

    What do you think?

    • I like Hillary Clinton – but at the end of the day, she is still a very astute political animal.

      Which is very much like a double-edged sword.

      Hillary knows how to handle the Republicans when they attack – and make no doubt, Republicans hated the first black man in the White House but I suspect they will hate the first female president in the White House even more.

      On one side of that doubled-edged sword is an experienced politician that knows how to get things done. And where to drag out the bodies from all the skeletons if needed.

      On the other side of that same doubled-edged sword is the fact that every successful politician may rant against Wall Street and Corporations – but as we’ve seen all too often – these same politicians will succumb to the very same assholes when the rubber hits the road.

      Hopefully, Hillary will want to make history in all areas and be the first to actually kick some balls while she is playing in the ‘big boys game’..

      • correction: got two metaphors mixed up – meant to say – drag out the skeletons from all the closets, if needed – or bodies, if the case requires.