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Speak Out 7/31/07

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sikeston experts

I HOPE Central High School principal Mike Cowan has consulted or will consult with the area's two leading experts on extending the length of the school day. They are former Sikeston Superintendent, now Southeast Missouri State University instructor, Dr. Robert Buchanan. The other also hails from Sikeston and is the publisher of Sikeston's Standard Democrat, Michael Jensen. Sikeston went through this debate a number of years ago. In my view Buchanan and Jensen emerged as far and away the leading experts on this sometimes contentious issue.

Complete failure

IF YOU think the troop surge is failing, you're either blind or ignorant. The left can't stand it that the surge is working (I know, because I'm in Iraq). The left also can't stand it that the Bush-initiated tax cuts are working (I know, because I'm a middle-class citizen who has benefited). And the left can't stand the fact that the liberal Congress is a complete failure that has failed to pass a single piece of meaningful legislation (I know, because the Democrats have a lower approval rating than President Bush).

Tired of criticism

MISSOURI'S Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has mandated that graduation requirements be increased. An incoming freshman will now need three units of math rather than two like all previous classes. This will only allow for a student to fail one math class and still graduate on time. The lengthened school day and "Tiger Time" is not some dreamed-up, last-minute idea from the principal. The Central High School faculty has devoted hours and hours to developing a plan to better serve all of its students. It is a diversified school. Look at Cape's demographics. Give CHS a break. Its list of successes and accolades far outnumber its failures. The media in this town hate CHS. All you ever hear is the negative. If anyone has a better idea about how to help our students, why not get your teaching certificate, apply for a job and share all of your infinite wisdom with the world of public education in a country where everyone wants to tell teachers how to do our jobs but few will join us to see it through. Not too many people are tough enough to handle it anymore. I'm sick of being criticized.


RUSH LIMBAUGH and other right-wing blowhards should not be limited by reimplementation of the Fairness Doctrine. Rush and his lesser clones ushered in the Republican revolution of years ago. However, people are now so sick of him, Sean Hannity and the others that their rants are counterproductive to their intentions. People are voting Democrat in large part because these troglodytes continue to spew their venom, voters have become wise to them and, as a result, a Democrat counterrevolution is at hand.


I'M AN aspiring politician. I realize that around here the only way to get elected is to be hard-core pro-business, even at the expense of anything and everything else. Therefore, I must agree with the comment that (for the sake of business) promoted the trashing of Cape Girardeau with flimsy and gaudy commercial signs.

Economic sense

THE CURRENT rate of homeownership is at it's highest rate in history. While there's also a record number of foreclosures, that statistic is also linked to the fact that minority homeownership rates are the highest in history, which also relates to the fact that minorities have the highest foreclosure rate. The bottom line is that the economy is good, but personal choices are not always linked to common sense.

Purse returned

MY MOTHER left her purse in the cart at Schnucks. A nice, young woman, Kimberly Adelson, not only found the purse and called us, but she delivered it to my elderly mother. She would not accept a reward and instead said she hoped someone would do the same for her someday.

Small business

OUR CITY council does not listen to its constituents. The council members all have the Republican mentality that trickle-down economics works. An example is the tax incentive to Missouri Builders and NARS on the premise that NARS will hire 600 people who will spend their paychecks in Cape Girardeau, generating sales-tax revenue for the city coffers. This council and the chamber of commerce do not promote small business because they think we do not generate enough of the trickle-down effect. But just as another comment pointed out, when the burden of doing business in this town outweighs the benefits, there will be a migration to other towns. Jackson will be a lot more attractive when the interchange is completed.

Library access

THE PAST two semesters students at Southeast Missouri State University have had to go a side entrance of the library, which was once a loading dock. They have to dodge traffic and watch for broken glass. That entrance is not handicap accessible. There is not even a place for students to walk to get there. This is silly when there is another entrance from inside the library, which is much more convenient and safe. It should not be dangerous and inconvenient to pick up textbooks.

Message movies

I FINALLY got to view Michael Moore's documentary "Sicko." Wow! What a movie. Every American should see how the U.S. medical system is compared to Canada, Britain and Cuba. It is amazing how conservatives continue to criticize socialized health care when it has worked so well in many other modern countries. Please see "Sicko," then rent "An Inconvenient Truth." These are two issues that all Americans should be concerned with.

Soldier's back

PLEASE STOP using soldiers as political volleyballs. If we didn't want to be a part of this war on terror, we wouldn't have volunteered. If we don't agree with the war, we can each make a personal decision to face the consequences of refusing to honor our sworn oath. Those of you on the Left need to stop whining about how you've shed enough tears for us. If you don't agree with the war, make a case on your own merits, not on my back.

School progress

KUDOS TO Nell Holcomb School District for managing its budget so well. Progress is not cheap, and $2.3 million dollars is big money for a small district. Pay attention, voters. This new construction will go forward without a tax increase. That's what an effective school board can do. First hire great administrators, then commit to one goal: student success.

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Yep the US Government is planting stories just for South East Missouri. Calling our local Newspaper to try and save face. The FBI is also involved. They are more worried about what people like MJB think so they have this big conspirecy to take over SEMO. Next will be the world But first they have to get MJB on thier side. He has it all figured out and they know it. With all the FBI, CIA, Homeland security and Deputy Dog staking out his house , Computer, phone, toilet!!! They have spent millions of dollars to control South east Missouri, Turn it into a government controlled concentration Camp.

There how is that for my make believe story. LOL

-- Posted by Dan Riley on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 6:54 AM

Re: Economic Sense

Wow, I have not seen a more racially-biased comment in quite a while. Yes, prime-loan foreclosures are increasing, but the real problem has been the sub-prime foreclosures. This really has little to do with those that received the loans, and more to with the brokers that approved the loans. The sub-prime loans were given to individuals and families that would not have qualified for a home loan fifteen years ago. Individuals were approved by brokers who were merely looking at the money they would make off the loan, instead of looking at the money the individual could put down; or if they could afford the monthly payment. In most cases, the lendee did not have to put any money down on a very large loan, and were given a variable interest rate. After months of scraping together every penny to make large loan payments with ever increasing interest rates, the banks were forced to foreclose on those homes. This is why foreclosures are at an all time high, not due to racial issues. The economy also plays a big role, as well.

-- Posted by cabat on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 7:09 AM

Responding to the speak out comment about Nell Holcomb School District success; if all the other area school districts received the tax base that Nell Holcomb receives from Proctor and Gamble, the boards in these districts could spend the money and give themselves a pat on the back and a feather in the hat as well.

-- Posted by ithenana on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 7:50 AM

Ballou, you're an idiot. Did it ever occur to you that the Soldier from Iraq is a local, perhaps a Guard or Reserve Soldier currently deployed, who uses the internet to read the paper and to submit his/her comments? Despite what you may have heard or believe, they have the internet AND computers in Iraq. That's how most Soldiers stay in contact with family while deployed.

I'm surprised that someone as smart as you think you are doesn't know this... Oh, well, just goes to show...

-- Posted by Little_Mac on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 8:33 AM

Speak out comments are often made via the Internet.

-- Posted by nephi on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 8:38 AM

Message Movies:

Wow! 'Sicko' and 'An Inconvenient Truth' were made for folks just like you. It is convenient to sit in a chair and digest the carefully edited movie footage and then believe it, (Wow!, amazing!).

It is inconvenient to do your own research and find the truth, (Wow!, sicko!).

-- Posted by Hawker on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 9:03 AM

Message Movies...

Relying on Micheal Moores slant is like reading the National Enquirer for news. You are silly.

-- Posted by cjwalker on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 9:05 AM

Mr. Ballou you are very rude and disrespectful in not capitalizing President Bush's name when speaking about him.

-- Posted by catch22 on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 9:12 AM

You messed up that time MJB !

I can't believe that with all your infinite

knowledge you would think that our Soldiers in Iraq would not have internet access.Just more proof that you don't actually think for yourself.This is not to say that you are stupid but sometimes "stupid is as stupid says"!And why do you use the word "War" when refering to the Iraq conflict?I don't recall

the Congress declaring war on the Iraq Citizens.I hate the fact that there are armed conflicts all over this planet but God told us that there always would be.You will say that its all about oil and money,perhaps you are correct.The truth is MJB ,the world will end up fighting over it in the future

anyway so why not get it done now.I say,occupy Iraq and Iran and turn it into vacation land and take their oil!If they resist then lets nuke the whole place.We can dig for oil through glass.These people hate us for what ever reason.They want us exterminated from the planet.They want the Jews and their state terminated as well.My opinion is "never let an enemy live to fight another day"If civilians get in the way,guess what!,its a historical fact that

people die when we have armed conflicts!Yes,my views are radical but I don't want my Grandchildren to have to deal with these animals on our turf in the future,I say deal with it now with whatever it takes!

By the way,using nukes is very radical but

sometimes extermination is necessary when dealing with dangerous animals!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 9:17 AM

It surprises me how many of the willfully ignorant post here. As much as you like to bash on Mike, he is the greatest patriot of here. He is unafraid to question the motives of a government run on greed and who's job #1 is making the rich richer at the cost of the ever shrinking middle class.

Our nation is founded on questioning authority, and challenging the system, NOT mindlessly following president bush instead of the constitution.

Bashing your president is your PATRIOTIC DUTY. He's a millionaire, chicken hawking, coke snorting, morally corrupt, grandson of a member of the Nazi party. What more do you need to find fault in this guy?

When asked about his legacy, bush said "Well, the jury is still out on our 1st President." I submit to you that the jury is in as that George Washington is ON THE ONE DOLLAR BILL.

In closing:

When you are all finally able to scrape together a single sentence that can intelligently dispute Mike's posts, feel fee to comment, until then, stick to your NASCAR TV and cross burnings.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 11:05 AM


calling other human beings "animals" because they disagree with you or are different from you is simply ridiculous.

-- Posted by noomanaut on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 11:24 AM

You notice there is very little printed in speak out from those opposing the conflict and the administration. Do you think it is because no one calls in against those things, or is the Southeast Missourian selecting comments that suit their views.

-- Posted by oldvet on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 11:25 AM


They cull the comments that best support the conservative slant of the paper. To get a left leaning comment posted, you are forced to neuter your message to the point that it has been formated to not offend the people that buy the paper for anything other than bird cage liner.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 11:39 AM

cabat...that is the absolute truth on many foreclosures these days. Those of us who could foresee the future and what would happen if the interest rate went back up did not purchase $200K+ homes. Those who didn't will either lose their home or take a loss when they try to sell it.

-- Posted by Wildnsyko on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 11:42 AM

-- Posted by U2FUNNY on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 12:41 PM

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 12:46 PM

Nice stereotype Tarantulas !(NASCAR TV and cross burnings) So what are you? I am sure I can come up with some good ones on you also. You people crack me up. From the paranoid to the I am so smart and even the how dare you, Get A LIFE . Worry about YOURSELF ! And get reality. Good day everyone!

-- Posted by U2FUNNY on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 12:48 PM

asdfgtrewqw, thank you, thank you, thank you, that worked! Now I can quit posting those nonsensical blank posts!

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 1:04 PM


When you decide to rewrite your post in English, let me know. I unfortunately do not speak whatever alien dialect you communicate in.

You (like many on the right who post here) weaken your argument by not possessing the capacity to express your thoughts intelligently.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 1:16 PM

I just want to say that I'm so happy that some of the soldiers are getting comments printed in speak out. I get so tired of certain people trying to tell us how the soldiers feel about the war. I sometimes wonder if these people even know any soldiers. I personally know several and of those that I know, not one of them regrets becoming a soldier. Oh, and one more thing, to the writers of Complete Failure and Soldiers Back...I say THANK YOU!!

-- Posted by lilmisangel on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 1:48 PM

I have ascertained from reading other comments (I'm still boycotting Ballou) that Ballou blew one today. Allegedly, Ballou betrayed a woeful lack of knowledge by assuming that Speak Out comments can only be submitted by telephone and knew nothing of the on-line form for submitting commentary. I don't buy this for a minute. I think Ballou knows this perfectly well but pretended not to as a diversionary tactic. I firmly believe Ballou is an anarchist, situated somewhere in the steppes of Russia, and submits his no government is the best government screeds from there. I'm telling you, BEWARE BALLOU!!

-- Posted by philosopher king on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 2:35 PM


I'm pretty certain that regardless of a soldier's pride in serving their country, their survival instinct is greater, and the majority of our service men and women would rather be out of harms way.

True, it is their job to protect their countrymen in times of trouble, but it is thoroughly unpatriotic for the American people to support politicians who put our fighting force in harms way under false pretenses.

From the White House intern application page:

"Thank you for your interest in serving President George W. Bush."

Shouldn't that say "serving your country" as it did under past presidents?


Your patriotic duty is to support the Constitution of the United States of America, NOT the presidency.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 2:39 PM

Tarantulas, you are just as rude and disrespectful as Mr. Ballou in not capitalizing President Bush when writing his name in your email.

-- Posted by catch22 on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 2:39 PM


philosopher king:

I don't know where you get your material, you must write for Leno (and that is no compliment)

Obviously Mike isn't calling the Missourian and having them transcribe his posts... he's using the online submission form like everyone else.

Also, many online forums are blocked by the military due to bandwidth concerns and trying to keep the cost of communication down. So in truth, not all of our troop really have free and easy access to the internet.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 2:43 PM

Tarantulas You are an idiot plain and simple. You sit behind your keyboard and try and think up big words to try and make yourself look smart because frankly your life isnt worth anything past this forum. Did you understand that one you twit.

-- Posted by U2FUNNY on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 2:49 PM


When george w. bush decides to start respecting ALL the citizens the United States of America, not just his "base" of ultra rich, zionist dirt bags, THEN he'll get some capitalized letters in his name.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 3:04 PM


In an effort to educate, I'll correct the following post...

"Tarantulas You are an idiot plain and simple. You sit behind your keyboard and try and think up big words to try and make yourself look smart because frankly your life isnt worth anything past this forum. Did you understand that one you twit."

1) In line one, you should use a comma after "Tarantulas." It makes your sentence address the person you are speaking to. example: "Johnny, get the ball" NOT "Johnny get the ball"

2) In line one, "You" should not be capitalized.

3) Your second line is a run on sentence. Consider breaking it into two separate thoughts to avoid losing the reader.

4) On line two, "isn't" is misspelled as "isnt". "Isn't" is a contraction of "Is" and "Not," where as "isnt" isn't a real word.

4) You should add a comma after the word "one" on line three. Again, it makes your sentence address the person you are speaking to.

5) Since you appear to be asking a question on line 3, a question mark would be needed to indicate such.

In closing:

You are welcome to form whatever opinion of me you wish, it is your right as a fellow human being. HOWEVER, if you wish to chastise me for my beliefs, or try and insult me as a person, please do so at a literacy level that wouldn't make a 3rd grade English teacher cry in disgust.

If you are unable to meet this requirement, please refrain from making a fool of yourself in this public forum.

Thank you.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 3:26 PM

Tarantulas, since you are so concerned about correcting U2funny's grammatical errors here is one for you: President George W. Bush is a name which is a proper noun and should always be capitalized.

-- Posted by catch22 on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 3:56 PM

This just goes to show the laim personality you have. Is that all you can think of is my grammer? Is that the best you can come up with? You are a joke. jtst to sohw you how gmaemr can be rcnizd you can perdy mcuh sepll any way you wnat to and can sitl udner satnd it. I bet you havent even left this area? I on the other hand have been around the world and seen it all. And you are still a TWIT. LMAO

-- Posted by U2FUNNY on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 4:13 PM


-- Posted by BlahBlahBlag on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 4:49 PM


Your opinions mean nothing if not properly expressed. If you don't care enough to use grammar and spelling properly, why should anyone care about what you have to say? And if your answer is "I don't care" then why are you posting here in the first place?

You're too funny to chastise further. Power Rangers is on, be gone with you.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 5:08 PM

Been gone for a bit but am now back. If the supporters of Bush want him to be given the respect of capitalizing his name then the same should be true of President Clinton. How many times have I read here that Clinton did this or Clinton did that. Respect flows both ways and if Mr. Ballou and Mr. Tarantulas don't want to show that respect more power to them.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 5:23 PM

Yep, You can be the pivot man.

-- Posted by U2FUNNY on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 6:01 PM

I guess the best thing to do is not to read any of this. I will no longer read the comments on here. They aren't worth reading.

-- Posted by Dan Riley on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 6:10 PM

In all seriousness, when is the next get together at the Global Cafe? I have really enjoyed the other ones and look forward to the next.

-- Posted by philosopher king on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 6:42 PM

Small Business - although many republicans champion the trickle down economics banner, it is not a republican idea. It is simply a law of economics that has worked wonderfully when implemented.

-- Posted by bigdaddy200 on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 7:56 PM

My purse was stolen recently, and had to cancel all of my accounts, including movie rentals and library cards. I then went to the library to get a new card and check out some books, but the librarian would not let me because the thief had checked books out on my account, totalling $30.00, and I have to pay it before I can get a new card. How rediculous is that?

-- Posted by kellyma82 on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 8:16 PM

MJB: You dont have to phone in a speak out comment you can e-mail one if you wish.

catch22: keep your eyes open. You aint seen nuttin yet.

greywolf: You sound like me (dig thru glass) great comment.

-- Posted by Piledriver on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 8:49 PM

WOW: There is sure alot of name calling going on. Can I play??

-- Posted by Piledriver on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 9:12 PM

MJB: communist.

Tarantulas: bigot/Idiot/half wit/ dumb ***

greywolf: tired

oldvet: old man

Dan Riley: Quitter

catch22: whiner

u2funny: flamer

cannedheat: lefty

-- Posted by Piledriver on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 9:36 PM


You left a name off the list...

"Piledriver : poster child for why allowing abortions up to the 60th month is a good idea"

Also, I didn't know you could be classified as a bigot for pointing out and making comments condemning the bigotry and racism in our society (be it black, white, gay, etc...) which is what I did in the comment that you keep referencing. But what should I expect from someone who posts comments based their "skimming" of other peoples posts? I can only guess your other three "slams" are based on our differing opinions on political issues, which is fine. Just remember, I will still be here spreading TRUTH long after you tuck tail and run claiming that speak out is "overrun by a bunch of unamerican, limp wrist, commie pinkos."

Do you really have that much invested personally in your support of our current commander-in-chump that you can't stand someone insulting him on an internet message board?

Hey Mike, 10 bucks says that Piledriver is really dick cheney's AOL screen name.


-- Posted by Tarantulas on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 10:04 PM


I am experiencing existential angst because you've apparently chosen to refrain from analyzing, then characterizing me. I yearn for your attention and description.

-- Posted by philosopher king on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 10:20 PM

philo, you crack me up! Piledriver left me out, too. Maybe we all need to get a new sandbox; this one is full of name-calling again. LMBO

-- Posted by SaviorBreath on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 11:27 PM

I copied the following comment from 7/20/07's Speak Out:

""verbal spankings"

1) Baseless character judgment referencing their mental state / parentage / underpants size

2) Declaring that person "unamerican"

3) Cries for them to be quiet

Wash, rinse, repeat.

When the right leaning posters here are finaly able to come up with a true "verbal spanking", let me know. So far, it's been someone getting owned, that person sitting in paused silence, then yelling back "Yo Momma!" which their peanut gallery says "You Tell'em Steve!"

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Fri, Jul 20, 2007, at 2:30 PM"

I'll stop feeding the trolls now.

-- Posted by ynot on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 11:53 PM


Actually they are worse then animals!!!!

What would you call a bunch of humans that would rather cut your head off then look at you?Sorry,"Animal"isn't even close to what they really are.Believe me if they had a tactical nuclear weapon they would not hesitate to put it in the middle of any

large City in the U.S. and detinate it.

Sorry you do not agree.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 7:47 AM


I can see where you would think that a group of like minded, politically aware, and intelligent people could be considered "gay."

I'm sure by your estimation, the founding fathers were a bunch of Will and Grace tivo'n, Rosey O'Donald lov'n, limp wristed musical fans too.

-- Posted by Tarantulas on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 8:21 AM

Don't sweat it guys. People like U2 and Greywolf are content burying their heads in the sand and blindly following whomever they deem fit currently. There is a concentrated effort to stamp out critical thinking in this country and raving Neo-Cons illustrate this well.

Of course the Democrats aren't off the hook either. They are all on the same global team. How much has the voters' voice has been heard since the last elections? Are we out of Iraq? Is anything at all really different?

If the conservatives really wanted abortion to be illegal, then why after all those years of having the executive branch, the majority of both houses and a stacked Supreme Court is it still an issue? Because it's needed to divide people and make them feel there is still a choice to be made. No one in politics, either side, is interested in making the voters' concerns be a priority.

-- Posted by jumpinjehova on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 11:14 AM

Now you just did not compare yourself to our founding fathers. You do have issues. LMAO Yes I have to agree you are a legend in your own mind. LMAO

-- Posted by U2FUNNY on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 11:19 AM

U2 I, for one, am glad that SOMEONE still remembers the founding fathers and what they stand for. You and your ilk do not.

-- Posted by jumpinjehova on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 11:29 AM

Dangit I got one taken off. Were there replies I missed also?

-- Posted by U2FUNNY on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 11:37 AM

Are you sure? You know who I am? Believe me when I say I know A little more than your croanies do. Heck I have even played horse shoes on Zachary Taylors lawn.

-- Posted by U2FUNNY on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 11:40 AM

Thanks for that bit of troll bait. Not biting.

-- Posted by jumpinjehova on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 2:42 PM

To: Complete Failure

Where are you getting your information? Are you really in Iraq, I have been there as well but it seems to me some right wing idiot is feeding you BS.

-- Posted by Marine5151 on Wed, Aug 1, 2007, at 3:41 PM

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