Wednesday, 5/19/10, Public Square

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23 responses to “Wednesday, 5/19/10, Public Square

  1. David B

    April showers bring May showers. It is raining again? I should have planted water lilies instead of tomatoes, fer gawd sake.

    “If a band plays music in a thunderstorm, who is most likely to get hit by lightning?”

    “The conductor.”

  2. tosmarttobegop

    Sigh…. You ever feel like a sand box and the world is a well fed cat?

  3. Wichita is not about to let Arizona out-stupid them! Nope! In Arizona LE can ask to see your papers, but here in Wichita “police asked the City Council to expand Wichita’s graffiti ordinance on Tuesday.

    The proposal defines “graffiti implements” — going well beyond cans of spray paint to include such things as broad-tipped markers and brushes.

    It would be illegal for anyone to possess a graffiti implement within 100 feet of a wide range of places, such as a public facility, park, underpass or storm drain.

    It also would be illegal for anyone under 18 to possess graffiti tools on school property or within 100 feet of private property without written permission.

    Read it all here (and don’t miss the comments, our local idiots are at the height of stupidity here) —

    http://www.kansas.com/2010/05/19/1320239/wichita-police-seek-to-outlaw.html?mi_pluck_action=comment_submitted&qwxq=516190#Comments_Container?storylink=fbuser

    • indypendent

      I have a question. This task force was set up in 2008 and they have met monthly? And this is what they came up with?

      Seriously….

    • indypendent

      While I agree graffiti is a problem, but I suspect it is more of a problem when certain areas of town are affected as opposed to the other side of the tracks.

      But that is only my suspicion.

  4. WSClark

    One of our posters indicated some level of regret for posting some personal-type information yesterday.

    For the record, should you regret something you posted, you can e-mail me and I will remove/edit your post as you request. You can always e-mail Fnord also, if you have her addy. I won’t post that information here.

    WSClark52@gmail.com

    You can also request the status of author if you choose, and that gives you the ability to remove/edit your own posts, even if you do not post columns.

  5. The Senate failed to limit debate on financial regulations bill, 57 – 42. Why do the Republicans want to protect banks, corporate interests, Wall Street?

    • indypendent

      But, but…… they are not for the Wall Street fat cats. Really, just ask them.

      Actions speak louder than words. And I can see where their loyalties with each vote.

    • tosmarttobegop

      Actually in this case the party of “NO” worked for the best of the people.
      The bill is so weak and has some real pluses for the bank at the expense of the consumer.
      To have passed it would be in some cases worse then no bill at all.

      Saying of bills this is a bill of goods do not buy that it needed to be passed!

      • However, the Republicans aren’t putting forward ways to strengthen the bill! No, they’re simply delaying its passage.

  6. “Few Republican amendments to weaken the bill remained. Among the most significant was a proposal by Senator Sam Brownback to exempt automobile dealers from a new consumer-protection bureau, which Republicans argue could saddle small businesses with onerous regulations.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64G54N20100519?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

  7. A couple of democrats helped prevent cloture —

    The Democrats failed on a crucial cloture vote for financial reform on Wednesday, falling short of the 60 votes needed to move the bill forward. Democratic Senators Russ Feingold and Maria Cantwell both voted “nay,” while Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins were the only Republicans to vote for cloture. The final vote was 57-42. Feingold and Cantwell were apparently angry that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called for the vote before their amendments had been considered.

  8. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma is mostly known these days for putting holds on federal appointments, but it turns out that blocking President Obama’s agenda isn’t the only thing on his plate: On Tuesday, Inhofe blocked a proposal to raise the liability cap on oil spills for energy companies from $75 million to $10 billion. Inhofe, like Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who blocked the proposal last week, argues that such a move would hurt smaller oil companies. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, meanwhile, wants to eliminate a cap on liabilities altogether, while Obama warned that Republican obstruction “threatens to leave taxpayers, rather than the oil companies, on the hook for future disasters like the BP oil spill.”

    http://www.grist.org/article/2010-05-19-big-oils-friends-capitol-hill-block-oil-spill-liability-increase/

  9. tosmarttobegop

    Well for the second time my wife ordered something from off the TV. and for the second time it was a rip-off.

    This time it was some cooker like a George Forman but better and something she had wanted.
    It was only 20 dollars and plus by ordering now you can get a second one for free if you pay the shipping.
    So she ordered it and plan to give the second one to our daughter.

    Today I was on seeing how much money was in the checking account and planned on paying the house payment. When I noticed a pending transaction for $110.00 to some one I did not know who it was.
    I asked my wife and she had no idea and that it could not be what she bought over the phone.
    That should have only been $49.95, well it was the place she ordered from.

    They were not just charging her for the one and the shipping on two. They were charging her for a series of books and attachments that she had not ordered and in fact repeatedly said no to!

    And said she had not just ordered one and one for free but that she had actually ordered a total of four!
    AND that the $110 is only the first half of the payment.

    The name of the place is GMI*GT MEDIA.INC

    And of course when you call it is a foreign call center you get and it takes a very long time and repeat asking what did you say?

    She came home and said she will never order anything again after both times she had it was a rip-off.

    • indypendent

      That is why I order online from those places. That way there is a paper trail as to exactly what was ordered, the price and etc.

      I print out everything and I watch my credit card or bank account (whatever I used for payment) for the next 60 days to make sure they are not dipping where they have no right to dip.

    • I’m sorry you and Mrs. tstb have to face this. Hard lesson, but I’ll bet one that is lasting. ;-(

  10. tosmarttobegop

    So anyway the end result is that we have to pay the 110 but they will cancel the second half payment!

    So its like for 20 dollars she get two of these cookers and pay 90 dollars for shipping.

  11. tosmarttobegop

    The problem is Fnord is that bill was a pay-off for the banks and it was Democrats who were playing whore for the bank. Even the amendments by other Democrats that would have been real reform and regulation of the banks was voted down by the majority.

    It was not a bad thing it was not closed and left for more decision and debate now it is coming out just how much in the pocket of the banks that Dodd is.

    Regardless of the motivation, this time the Conservatives stonewalling has worked out for the people.

    • indypendent

      I have not done any research as to what this bill really contains but from the past spin of the Republicans saying they are against Wall Street but yet will staunchly defend their every whim and desire has been my frame of reference.

      Frankly, I don’t trust either party but I distrust the Republicans more!

    • I haven’t followed it as closely as you, tstb! Thanks for the info! I jumped to the conclusion that the Party of No was being obstinate and I was wrong to do that without all the info.

      Will we get better reforms and protections against this happening again? Better enough, or just a little? Are there good ideas that are being ignored? Are there some legislators who aren’t bought and paid for?

  12. indypendent

    I do know of a local bank that sent a memo out to their employees urging them to contact their elected officials to stop some amendment that wants to put a limit on the percentage of interest a bank can charge.

    Of course, the poor bank was proclaiming they would be broke within a year if this amendment passed.

    But this same bank has tried to shut down payday loan places because of their exorbitant interest rates.

    WTF – there is no difference between the local bank having no cap on interest charges and a payday loan place having no cap on interest charges – IMHO.

    I suspect the bank’s real concern here is the competition.

  13. david B

    Another indication of climate change and social disruptions?

    SOUTH HANGAY PROVINCE, Mongolia — They call it the zud, a prolonged period of heavy snows and paralyzing cold that adds to the challenges of living on a treeless expanse nearly the size of Alaska. But this year’s zud followed a punishing summer drought that stunted the grass and left Munkhbat Lkhagvasuren’s herds emaciated and his family in debt after borrowing money for fodder.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/20/world/asia/20mongolia.html?ref=global-home