Sunday, 1/20/13, Public Square



by | January 20, 2013 · 6:00 am

12 responses to “Sunday, 1/20/13, Public Square

  1. There were only three incidents of guns going off at gun shows yesterday and only five people injured… When the gun nuts get together it’s good if not too many people are nearby. Seems which people have access to guns should be very important!

    5 injured after firearms go off at Ohio, N.C., Indiana gun shows

  2. Today, President Obama is sworn in for the third time; tomorrow he will be sworn in for the fourth time. Watch President Obama talk about his upcoming inauguration.

  3. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, just does not know when to shut up. In an editorial for the Huffington Post, he laid out his prescription for health care reform:

    “I believe that, if the goal is universal health care, our country would be far better served by combining free enterprise capitalism with a strong governmental safety net for our poorest citizens and those with preexisting conditions, helping everyone to be able to buy insurance. This is what Switzerland does and I think we would be much better off copying that system than where we are currently headed in the United States.

    I believe that health care should be competitive in the open market to promote innovation and creativity… There is an alternative to mandated health care in free enterprise capitalism based on voluntary exchange for mutual gain. This alternative allows individuals and businesses to innovate and develop customized solutions to health care where a “one size fits all approach” fails. Creativity and progress are stifled when government regulations dictate the parameters of what health care plans can be offered. Creative businesses, and the people who work them, can make something that has value for all stakeholders”.

    Maybe he should have studied the Swiss system a little closer before placing it on a pedestal. The European nation’s health care scheme requires everybody to purchase health insurance from a private, competitive market, provides Swiss citizens who cannot afford their own coverage with government subsidies, and mandates minimal coverage levels in health plans while limiting how much insurers can profit off of their customers. Obamacare is, in large part, modeled off of that exact system.

    The Swiss health care system does have some important differences with Obamacare — a more tightly regulated private insurance market that, unlike Obamacare, must negotiate its prices and premiums with the government, and employers play close to a non-existent role in providing health benefits for their workers, making the system more efficient.

    article about Swiss healthcare:

    • Whole Foods was founded in Austin, Texas after Makey and his partner founded and sold Schotzkey’s sandwiches. He’s a disappointment to the very liberal Austin community. He used to be a liberal hippie, which I guess shows what a lot of money and power can do to a person.

      And speaking of Austin…

      I saw that “Greater Tuna” is being performed in your community. The guys who wrote and performed the whole “Tuna” series are from Austin and performed there regularly. If you have never seen any of the “Tuna” plays, do yourself a favor and go. It’s being performed by local Wichita actors, so I don’t know how much that will change the character of the production, but if it stays true to form, you’ll laugh yourself sore. My favorite is still “A Tuna Christmas” but if I were closer, I’d never miss any of the “Tuna” productions including this one which was the first in the series.

      It’s at the Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley in Old Town At 7:50 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Feb. 2 (doors open at 6 p.m., buffet served 6:15-7:30 p.m.)

      Really. You owe it to yourself to go.

  4. Many good charts at the link!

    (from the link): The Dow Jones average is as good an indicator of the economy as any; it’s made up of 30 of the largest corporations covering a diverse array of industries (source). It’s always interesting to watch the conservative argument that somehow President Obama has created an environment that is anti-business and hurt economic growth; it seems that facts can’t penetrate the tough exterior that is the conservative ideological bubble.

    Since President Obama has been president – the Dow has grown over 68% and has reached a 5 year high. Now conservatives would call President Obama’s economic record an abject failure but 5.5 million private sector jobs later … we’ve reached a point where conservative economic arguments boil down to their opinion…

    • I think this is why Big Finance, Wall Street, and even the Koch Kartel are calling off their little repuke dogs on the debt ceiling fight. For all their whining and posturing, they know the economy and their bottom lines are growing and they don’t want the gravy train to slow down, much less stop. They do want our Social Security checks and Medicare benefits, but they don’t want the government to default or shut down.

      And they have enough money to have it both ways.

  5. Guns deaths in Australia for 2011 were 1.05 per 100,000. In the US for the same year it was 10.2 per 100,000. Since Australia instituted stricter gun control in 1996, the incidence of guns deaths in that country has dropped by 2/3rds. Sources: the World Heath Organization and the Gun Policy Institute. It’s no wonder the NRA is against gun violence research.

    Of course, once we get accurate research and figures it will be just another topic for republicans to ignore the facts and spin lies about. Their constituents won’t do the research but they’ll believe whatever Faux “News” or their republican congress critters tell them.

  6. Walter Cronkite must be rolling in his grave. And they let Dan Rather go for questionable journalism? And now this?

    “WASHINGTON (AP) — Just in time for inauguration coverage, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor.

    Rice, who served as secretary of state during President George W. Bush’s second term, made her debut on “Face the Nation” Sunday and will be included in inauguration coverage on Monday.

    CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes made the announcement Sunday, saying Rice “will use her insight and vast experience to explore issues facing America at home and abroad.”

    Jesus wept!

  7. Here is the long-a-go thread getting ‘hits’ today. A walk through time to an earlier day…

    The Circular Continuum: A Crisis of Faith (or Approach) Among Atheists

    • I admit I don’t recall that thread at all. A glance at the date suggests a possible explanation, as that is about the time I was permitted to return to work on a full-time basis.

      From my college days, paraphrased, is this: Religion is the attempt by man to explain those things observed in Nature that he has not the knowledge to otherwise explain.

  8. One of them has faced reality. Maybe more will wake up and pay attention. America deserves (at least) two strong political parties.