Friday, 10/1/10, Public Square


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25 responses to “Friday, 10/1/10, Public Square

  1. wicked

    I hate to wake up to sad news. Yesterday it was the passing of Tony Curtis. Today it’s the reminder that 40 years ago tomorrow, a plane filled with college football players, coaches, and boosters went down in Colorado.

    I can’t believe it’s been 40 years since the WSU plane crash. It’s one of those days that many people in and around Wichita and even beyond look back on and remember exactly what they were doing when they heard the news.

    The annual memorial will be held at WSU tomorrow morning, and hundreds are expected to be there this year, many who haven’t been before. One of those was a 12-year-old boy at the time who helped at the crash site.

    And a look back in photos.

    • wicked

      I was going to post a thread on this, but WordPress has yet again changed its posting format, making it even crazier than in the past to blog. If I have to jump through hoops, forget it. It’s bad enough that to receive notices of comments, I have to do cartwheels. I’m too old for carwheels.

      If I haven’t mentioned it lately, I hate WordPress.

      • WordPress, and this blog, is all I’ve ever worked with so I have no comparison, and find it easy. I didn’t even know there were any changes, I’m still doing the same as always.

    • I was chairman of a Red Cross bicycle event and at the neighborhood grade school talking to students, encouraging them to sign up and ask sponsors to help. I stopped by the office between my rounds of classrooms and learned of the tragedy.

      My dentist, Eric Farmer, lost his father in this crash. The victims didn’t end with those who were on the plane.

    • wicked

      I’d known Maxine Coleman when I was a little girl. I can still remember what she looked like. I knew the brother of John Hoheisel, one of the survivors. I know one of the players on the other plane, who was supposed to have been on the one that crashed. His parents didn’t know for several hours after they heard the news about the crash that he’d changed planes.

  2. tosmarttobegop

    One thing that highlighted for me about the McDonalds item was the cap of ten thousand a year.
    Having recently been once again exposed to medical charges and insurance explanations.

    A cap of coverage of ten thousand in a years time would be reached quite quickly.

    With Doctors submitting their bills which often are expended to insure that they will get a fair wage.

    The hospitals also submitting a bill to cover not just their expenses for the actually service rendered but to cover for expenses that were not covered under other services.

    The insurance making a effort to not have to spend money taken in that they can figure out a way to ignore or deny charges. LOL the first response to my situation from the insurance company was that a blocked artery and the end result of lack of blood flow to an eye.

    WAS NOT A MEDICAL MATTER! It was vision which is not covered by the policy.

    Needless to say a mere ten thousand has been reached in a matter of two months.

    • Ending annual and lifetime caps on coverage is one of the best parts of what has been done to date.

      We’ve talked, hashed, rehashed, and cussed this bill. Absolutely none of us here think it is everything Americans should have. But it is a start. A start that took over 100 years to proceed from talking about the need.

      The Republicans will be reelected and try to stop even this amount of progress. If you take the time to look at any of their suggestions you’ll find every single one of them are contained in the bill passed earlier this year. So they want to repeal this entire bill (so no democrat can ever be given any credit), and then talk about it some more, maybe accomplish their ideas which have all already been accomplished. Makes no sense, as has been noted —

      “In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.”
      Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821)

  3. tosmarttobegop

    Every day there is a local trauma, somewhere one or more families are stuck with the most devastating news imaginable. Such was the plane crash, a mere blip on the radar for other places news but where it is local it is for a moment as if the world has stopped spinning.

    Everyday there is a local 9-11, something that has happened where it seems the world has been totally disrupted and fell apart. One that comes to mind was the young girl who was ejected from a car that stuck a tree and she was killed on East Lincoln. I passed the make shit monument before I knew of the details.

    The flowers and a picture of the girl was standing against the tree, though I did not know why it was there.
    I did know that something most tragic must have happened there.

    That a families life had been thrown from its standing and was now suffering a loss that makes the world less sure.

    The end result of what happened and the said cause made that result seem so pointless and foolish for it had happened. Flashing of a gang sign and a burst of fake reaction then a car race down a street to end with one car losing control and hitting the tree.

    But then after anything that cost lives and ends in such a tragic outcome looking back nothing seems ever to have been worth the cost. No amount of blaming or second judgment ever reverse the course or brings back the lost.

  4. tosmarttobegop

    Toward the end of my career with Wal-Mart and reviewing the choice of the insurance.
    It stuck me that many were more a half hearted attempt to have the coverage more on the associates pocket and less on the insurance or Wal-Mart.

    Medical savings accounts, meant to take some of the stink out of the deductible but not able to sustain many attacks from even a half a year of the normal medical cost of a small family.

    With high deductibles on every member of the family and many write offs by the insurance company and or coverage from other sources as to what they cover and what they did not.

    Or a choice of Doctors who have agreed to care for an associate or family member for a minimum cost.
    Often with cost cutting in mind and barely a cursorily exam of the patent and no real interest after that.

    Wal-Mart makes attempts to actually run several money making functions and one has became insurance.
    But they do nothing that is not a profit for the company as such they often in these attempts do put profit above the lives and welfare of those using these functions.

  5. wicked

    Lame duck Tiarht is in hot water with Texans. Seems he passed up a chance to help the people hurt by Hurricane Ike. Stick a fork in him, he’s done.

    • wicked

      BTW, read the comments. One was so spot on, it was scary.

    • He didn’t have a need to hurry home to campaign so he stuck it to some Texans. The silver lining behind this dark cloud is Tiahrt is a lameduck and will be gone soon. In this, Kansas is lucky. Sorry to those Texans, guess he couldn’t constrain himself from spreading around his damage to American citizens.

  6. wicked

    Kansas in the news.

    WASHINGTON – A trading firm’s use of a computer sell order triggered the May 6 market plunge, which sent the Dow Jones industrial average plunging nearly 1,000 points in less than a half-hour, federal regulators said Friday.

    A report by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission determined that the so-called “flash crash” occurred when the trading firm executed a computerized selling program in an already stressed market.

    The firm’s trade, worth $4.1 billion, led to a chain of events the ended with market players swiftly pulling their money from stock market, the report said.

    The report does not name the trading firm. But only one trade that day fit the description in the report. The firm Waddell & Reed, based in Overland Park, Kan., has acknowledged making such a trade that day.

    I’m Canadian. 😉

  7. I know so little about the stock market I shouldn’t make any comment, but I do have a question and I hope someone can help me understand. Why is the stock market so volatile that it can be affected by one trade? Is this only now in our time of economic instability or always, no matter what?? Probably my lack of knowledge means I didn’t even ask the question so it could be understood. You kinda have to know something in order to question it. 😦

  8. tosmarttobegop

    Fnord it kind of depends on which stock and how much to be sold.
    If it is a shock with a strong history and no apparent reason for a large sell off of it.
    Like cattle stock traders can be spooked at sudden noises start a stamped and the run is on till finally they claim down enough to wonder why are we running?

    Stock with a good market trade and showing a profit seldom give a reason for a massive trade off.

    It could be explained as needing to liquidate your portfolio due to a financial down fall in your personal life.

    But even then it would be the last stock you would sell off.

    I do not know if that was the case here but that is a explanation of how a sell off can happen.

    Stock trading is a gamble and like gamblers at the casino if a machine suddenly seems to be running cold or a table is not showing any winners. the rest of the gamblers will shun it like it is cursed.

  9. tosmarttobegop

    It is one of those things in life that makes you ask why that is?

    I have needed a 24 foot extension ladder it seems enough to have a reason to buy one.
    The pawn shop is having a sale and the ladders are 20% off plus my friend said he could give me another
    10 % off.

    But I do not have the money and there was one that is prefect for a price lower then brand new at Wal-Mart.

    Why is it you only find what you need on sale when you do not have the money?
    Life…. the great mystery?

  10. tosmarttobegop

    A cool ghost story: The Lexington aircraft carrier after it retired is moored in Corpus Christi Tex.
    Now a museum, for a price you can go through it and once in the engine room.
    People have said a tour guild dressed as a sailor come down a gang way ladder and then points out different things in the engine room and tell you what each is and what it does.

    He walks with you and continues till you get through the engine room and then stands aside for you to leave the room through the door on the other end.

    The problem is? There is NO GUIDED TOURS ON THE U.S.S. LEXINGTON!

    Over a hundred people so far has reported the same thing happening.

    From the description of the sailor it matches the description of a sailor that was killed in a torpedo attack in 1944. Who’s body was never found?

  11. tosmarttobegop

    Kind of related to one of the above posts. Got the call from the motor cycle mechanic and told the damages of fixing my bike.

    320.00 in parts and all total parts and labor is 380.00.

  12. Zippy

    Osama bin Laden is back again, and I guess he’s looking for more US associates.

    Earlier he had actually had the nerve the recommend Noam Chomsky (in 2007). I didn’t know about that.

    Hey, news flash, asshole: Chomsky is a devoted pacifist, and, as a Jew, it is nothing but brave for him to support justice for the Palestinians.

    How genuine is your “odd call for compassion,” as the NY Times put it? Who can trust you, at all?

    Did you not understand that killing a huge cross-section of the world’s population (Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, etc.) in the World Trade Center did not send any coherent message to the West, or than one of sorrow, hatred, and fear–and bigotry against Muslims and people from the Middle East? And that you made the situation much worse for the very people you pretend to cherish?
    Sorry, folks. I know the people at that other place will make hay of this. Hey, let them (let the hits multiply!). I didn’t have a multi-million dollar ad campaign at my disposal. And, yeah, I consider it just as likely that bin Laden will see this as the King of Sweden will show up at my front door asking for crack cocaine.

    But PPP was available.