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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Violent history

IT WOULD be safe to assume that the pollyanish person who expressed relief that we don't go to extremes by assassinating political leaders a la Bhutto in Pakistan is not a student of U.S. history.

Intelligent voting

IT'S 2008. We are going to pick a president this year. Please, before you vote, learn the issues. Don't just vote emotion. Research the candidates and vote intelligently.

Cape Rock trash

I FREQUENTLY go to Cape Rock Park to watch the barges go up and down the river. You could not ask for a more beautiful place to relax. The other day a man on a motorcycle was there picking up the trash, beer cans and bottles that were discarded by someone who has no respect for others. This is not a dump. It is a landmark, tourist attraction and home to more than one memorial marker. Thank you to the man on the motorcycle.

Branded athletes

WHEN WATCHING the football bowl games, I saw several athletes with the letter omega branded on their arms. This is an abuse that should not be allowed on college campuses and certainly should not be allowed on teams that represent their universities on TV. We would not let any other group disfigure themselves and then be ambassadors for our best colleges. Young athletes should be told not to get branded and then think they are going to play for the university.

Animal insanity

I VOLUNTEERED at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri for a few days. In that short time, five litters of puppies were brought in, and numerous other beautiful strays, including a gorgeous border collie, sweet terriers, an adorable dachshund and too many others to mention. The staff takes care of these pets as if they are their own. They bathe them, give them toys and treats every day, love them and then have to euthanize thousands each year. It's insane. If you don't have your pet spayed or neutered, you are causing this. If you can't afford it, the humane society will help. Stop the insanity.

Next time I'll drive

AS WITH many of my fellow travelers over the busy holiday weekend, I was stranded in Cincinnati due to the ineptness of Big Sky Airlines to investigate business ventures. After barely a month of service to Cape Girardeau, Big Sky cited heavy debt and canceled nearly all flights without contacting passengers. After a four-hour wait for a flight that wasn't to be, I rented a car and drove the six hours to Cape. Much to my irritated amusement, a radio advertisement touted Big Sky's great daily service to Cincinnati just as I crossed the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge into Cape. Next time I'll save myself the misery and drive from Charlotte, N.C. It's only four more hours than Cincinnati.


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AMERICAN auto racing legend, BIG DADDY DON GARLITTS, endorses Ron Paul for President!

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/garlits...

Garlitts made the announcement on the Friday's Alex Jones radio program. You can hear the rebroadcast of that Friday show up until about 4:00pm on Sunday at http://www.infowars.com Select LISTEN LIVE a the top of the page, over on the right. Dr. Ron Paul, as well as Dr. Rand Paul, Ron's son, were on the Friday program.

On the ABC-Facebook New Hampshire Debate, Saturday night, Mitt Romney said that he had conferred with and expressed high regard for empire building, butt-in-sky, neocon extreme, Frederick Kagan. That is enough for me to vote for Al Sharpton before I would Mitt Romney.

Mike Huckabee cozied up to the Council on Foreign Relations, an had an article printed in their magazine, Foreign Affairs. That is enough to make me vote for Satan before I would Huckabee. He isn't the choir boy that he portays himself to be.

Big Daddy is concerned about the North American Union, and he rightfully claims that the New World Order globalist crowd wants to reduce America to a 3rd world country, because if it remains a power, it and the people would be harder for them to control in a one world government plan.

Don't believe me about this American Racing legend, wDon Garlitts, ho drove his racer to 8G's in 2001, in 4.7 seconds, listen for yourself until Sunday at 4pm at http://www.infowars.com

-- Posted by Brill on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 12:55 AM

Animal insanity

With you all the way.

Intelligent voting

Good luck with that one. Afterall, you are talking about the American voter. In Iowa, an evangelical said that h e didn't have to know any of Mike Huckabee's positions. It was unimportant to him, because "He is one of us." Not all of the uninformed are from the lower economic or social groups, this man was verey much middle class, short haried, family man, sort of yuppie looking. He had his religion on his sleeve and that is all that mattered to him. One of the all time war crimminals, George Bush shows up at chruch ocassionaly, that doesn't mean a thing.

Violent history

You are preaching to the blind, and the deaf, but, thank you for trying.

-- Posted by Brill on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 1:02 AM

Animal insanity:

Right on! I wish there were more people thinking like you. As I type this, I'm sitting on my back porch with a sweetie of a stray neighborhood cat in the chair next to me. I'm happy to know that someone else around here recognizes the issue!

-- Posted by CapeRes on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 1:33 AM

"Everybody Knows"

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded

Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed

Everybody knows that the war is over

Everybody knows the good guys lost

Everybody knows the fight was fixed

The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

That's how it goes

Everybody knows

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking

Everybody knows that the captain lied

Everybody got this broken feeling

Like their father or their dog just died

LEONARD COHEN LYRICS @ http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/leonardco...

-- Posted by Brill on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 1:49 AM

During the so-called "Surge," Iraqi Resistance forces seem to be focusing upon quality of targets instead of quanity. Thus, reducing their exposure to reprisal by the occupation troops, their government stooges, and collaborators.

"Collaborationist officer killed in bomb attack Friday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 5:55pm Makkah time Friday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that armed men planted two bombs in the car of 'Adnan Qays Fawzi, an official in a collaborationist "Awakening" police grouping in al-Mushahadah, 25km north of Baghdad at dawn on Friday.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the bombs went off in Fawzi's car just before he arrived at the check point that he oversees. Fawzi was killed on the spot, according to an officer in the puppet police who said that the attackers were suspected of belonging to al-Qa'idah"

-- Posted by Brill on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 1:58 AM

OHHH, OHHH, Not all is hugs and kisses with the collaborating Sunni's who joined the occupations "Awakening Councils." Paid off by the occupiers, now, they are ****** off.

"Sunni collaborators resign from "Awakening" in Baghdad's al-A'zamiyah following clashes with Shi'i sectarian rivals.

In a dispatch posted at 7:03pm Baghdad time Friday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that following battles two nights ago in Baghdad's Sunni al-A'zamiyah district between the Sunni collaborationist "Awakening" police on the one hand and the Shi'i sectarian puppet "Iraqi National Guards" on the other, the commander and men of the "Awakening" organization have submitted their resignations from the pro-American body.

Yaqen reported that the collaborators insisted that they would return to the ranks and continue to patrol al-A'zamiyah on behalf of US forces if they were put in charge of "security" in the district and no longer had to share such roles with soldiers and police of the puppet regime -- most of whom are members of Shi'i sectarian militias and parties.

In recent months the US, trying to reduce Iranian influence in Iraq, has sought to rely increasingly on Sunni collaborators rather than on the Shi'i sectarian parties and forces that accompanied and supported the US invasion of Iraq from the beginning. The Shi'i sectarian puppet forces have resisted being replaced by Sunni collaborator "Awakening" forces and there have been localized clashes.

As of the time of reporting the Americans had made no public comment on the resignation of al-A'zamiyah's "Awakening" squads but it was expected that the US -- which is in overall control of both the Sunni and Shi'i puppet forces -- would intervene to work out a division of labor between the rival collaborationist forces in their employ."

-- Posted by Brill on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 2:02 AM

The Omega branded on the college students represents their fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. It is an honor to have that brand.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 3:06 AM

Swan, I think you are right!

Intelligent voting, I know the issues and that is the reason I am voting for the Democrats.

-- Posted by iago on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 5:02 AM

Violent History,

I too saw the post about how we don't assasinate our leaders and had to laugh. Poster must be part of NCLB.

Successful Assasinations:

Lincoln

Garfield

McKinley

Kennedy

Attempted Assasinations:

A. Jackson

T. Roosevelt

F. Roosevelt

H. Truman

R. Nixon

G. Ford

J. Carter

R. Reagan

G.H. Bush

B. Clinton

G.W. Bush

And that's just a list of Presidential Assasination and attempts it does not include other Public Office holders and political figures.

(please forgive typos/misspellings as I am typing this quickly before work.)

-- Posted by Pups on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 5:52 AM

Pups: George HW Bush and Clinton? When? I knew Saddam put a price on GHWB, but don't remember an attempt.

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 6:03 AM

Its difficult to vote intelligently when no one intelligent is running!This election year is boring as are the Candidates.Last nights debate as well as others have reinforced this belief.I only see one Candidate thats qualified to be President

but I doubt John M. has a chance.Whats this Country coming to?I am worried as all of us should be.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 6:13 AM

Pups, I would have to vet the source of the story about Saddam putting a price on GHW Bush's head before I believed it. If President Saddam Hussein, the legitimate president of Iraq, did indeed put a price on the head of GHW Bush after the Gulf War, it may have been justified. Not only did GHW Bush attack Iraq, unprovoked and slaughterd thousands of Iraqis as they retreated from Kuwaitt, GHWB encouraged Shia Iraqi's to rise up against Saddam following the war. He stated that if the Shia's did that, America would be right there with them and support them in their effort to overthrow Saddam. I heard GHWB make that statement. Then, later when the Shia did rise up, GHWB did nothing to help them. So, GHWB was an instigator. Also, he placed deadly sanctions upon the Iraqi people which killed almost two million Iraqis over the ten years that they were in place. It would be odd if President Hussein didn't want GHWB dead. However, I still would want to verify the source. There has been so much propaganda and outright lies that have come from both of the Bush governments, I wouldn't believe them if they said the sky was blue.

It is the American governent for the last 80 or more years that has killed and attemepted to kill the legitimate heads of states of foreign nations, many of them had been democratically elected. So, blood is ooozing off the hands of many Americans in our government and particularly, the CIA. We cannont pretend to be a bunch of virgins. To think that we are the good guys is not to live in reality.

Just look what the Bush govenrment did to President Saddam Hussein. They murdered him, cold bloodly, to satisfy the blood lust of the Israelis and the Israeli lobby that strangles our government on a daily basis. Corrupting them with bribes, threats and blackmail. ( The intelligence community was afraid of the Israeli's black mailing Clinton over the Monica "Lewinsky" sexcapade.)

Also, I tag GHWB and his friends for the attempt on Ronald Reagan. I have stated the reason in early posts.

According to a former Israeli Mossad agent, Victor Ostrosky, the Israeli's had worked up a plan to assassinate George H.W. Bush. You get into bed with the Israeli's you are dealing with some immoral, blood thirsty folks. The motto of the Mossad is "By Deception Thou Shall Do War.

The US press ignores the good people of Israel who are involved in the struggle for peace, and those in the US, younger Jews who are not aligned with Israel, and seek peace with their Muslim contemporaries.

It is the violent Likud party that the two Israeli Lobbys in the US, the American Enterprise Institute, and the more powerful, American Israeli Political Affairs Committee, align themselves with to our peril.

It is, also, this radicalized Likud group that fanatic, cult leaders like John Hagee tries to seduce Christians into following and believing in their cause of decpetion, and violence agaisnt their neighbors in the Middle East and here in the US.

-- Posted by Brill on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 6:32 AM

Oh, yeah, I forgot. Not only did GHW Bush make a speech suggesting that the Shia rise up against their President, Saddam Hussein, and tell them that America would back them up, he later lied and said that he had never said that. All of the Bushes are liars. They just can't help themselves. Lying is not exlcusive to them, but they have raised the art of lying to a new level.

-- Posted by Brill on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 6:35 AM

Jerry Fletcher

Tell us Jerry, in your opinion, which politician tells the truth?

-- Posted by Solelicious on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 6:55 AM

I'm sorry, but gotta say it any way. Don't all candidates and Presidents lie one way or anothe? I don't think that there hasn't been one yet who hasn't, just that some tell bigger and bolder ones than others.

-- Posted by Twiggy60 on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 7:02 AM

Please Jerry...shut up!

Your tirades are also boring and anyone can

paste and post!Do something constructive like

Get a job.We all know you hate everyone and your Government,enough is enough!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 7:49 AM

Aggie,

I'm not positive but the attempt on G H Bush was in April of 1992. I don't know how far the assassins got, but the idea was there. Something about a car bomb outside the US. I'm pretty sure they were actually stopped before detination, but again I could be wrong.

Still checking on Clinton. My list from above was from a website that listed the names but I didn't read how or why. But will get back to you shortly.

-- Posted by Pups on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 7:57 AM

Aggie,

Not sure this actually counts as an attempt concidering the assassin was randomly shooting thinking he was firing at Clinton.

"[edit] Bill Clinton

October 29, 1994: Francisco Martin Duran fired at least 29 shots with a semi-automatic rifle at the White House from Pennsylvania Avenue, outside the south lawn, thinking that Clinton was among the men in dark suits standing there (Clinton was in the White House Residence watching a football game). No one was hurt and Duran was sentenced to 40 years in prison.[29]"

-- Posted by Pups on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 8:04 AM

Pups: yea I remember now, there was video of him shooting through the WH fence.

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 8:11 AM

Just watched John McCain on "Meet the Press". Unreal. Here is a party line man that at one time was known as a maverick and I supported to the end. Then in 2000 George W has his hit men go after him with lies and deception and McCain was neutered. He stated today that he would have voted to go into Iraq even if he knew no weapons of mass destruction. He continues as others do that 3,000 Americans were killed during 9/11. He stated he would not care if we maintained a military base or bases in Iraq for the next 100 years. He stated he did not disagree with President Bush on most things. Looks as if McCain will now say anything to get elected, he has surely become a party man and not an American.

-- Posted by cannedheat on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 9:26 AM

Sorry folks, I couldn't find much to comment on above (and didn't feel like being still)!

GREYWOLF, "I am tired of the "same oh same oh" in Cape and most of you should be also." & "The "State of the City" is stagnant and I for one hope things change with new leadership soon." Read these comments on the First Friday Coffee article, wasn't sure you'd check back on it.

Since you are out and about more than I; do you have individuals in mind who you think would lead the city better? What qualities are you looking for in the indivual? Personally, I don't know anyone who would consider the positions, or I would encourage them to run. In my SHORT experience of attending public meetings, most of the public appears to be either too busy, or uninterested to even attend. (Given that some could watch public meetings from their homes, unlike those of us with satelite. errrr)

My point here, most folks don't want these jobs. It does take a special person to put themselves "out there" for everyone to pick apart. In regard to politics, we usually end up with folks who have "personal agendas". I haven't seen the figures on those running for City Council lately, was very low last I did. For the School Board, even with all the troubles, 3 open positions, 4 folks running so far.

-- Posted by coke zero on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 9:28 AM

cannedheat, "McCain was neutered"

You are a poet! And welcome back! Missed your posts!

-- Posted by coke zero on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 9:33 AM

I know it seems like nit-picking but the saying for the same thing over and over is "same ol' same ol' ", ol' being a different way of saying old. "Same oh same oh" is gibberish!

-- Posted by Data48 on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 10:44 AM

Canned, I totally agree with you. At one time I was a fan and supporter of McCain, but that was before he became someone else. I just couldn't believe when he switched to the Bush way of thinking, especially after what they did to him during the election. Before, I thought he was a tough, stand-up guy and wouldn't put up with that kind of treatment, but boy was I wrong. After that, I felt he was weak and if he couldn't stand up for himself againt the Bush gang, how in the world will he stand up for the US against our foes.

-- Posted by Katie on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 10:47 AM

Greywolf, re Jerry Fletcher, thanks for putting so well what many of us feel, well at least me.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 11:21 AM

Oh, I thought it was Hillary who might have attempted to assissinate President Clinton! Sorry, PUPS...LOL

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 4:25 PM

Yea I would like to assisinate Bill myself,:):)LMAO

Sorry guru, couldn't pass it up.

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 4:31 PM

Off-Topic, from "The state of 'Paradise City'": Mehner mentioned, but did not explain, how private schools hurt the public school system. IMHO they might hurt public schools by showing the differences between the two--education vs babysitting, maybe?

Cost per student for education in MO: Public, $8,687. Catholic, $6,780. Other religious, $4,260.

Surveys between 1999-2003 show disparities in all areas between public & private education, including better education (public 19%/private 52%), academic skills 20%/53%, discipline 9%/74%, etc. 2003, Grade level 8, math proficiency 67%/82%...Oh, & teacher ratio per student is generally higher--less absenteeism, less violence, lower drop-out rates.

So, Mr. Mehner, it seems apparent that public schools cost more, but private schools are educating our youth better. Is this an indication that our governments might not be as qualified to rule our educational system as we'd like to believe?

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 4:42 PM

Darn, make one little mistake...and someone will always be here to pick up on it! I need a proof reader, Aggie! ;)

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 4:44 PM

I wished I was at Buckner's.

-- Posted by Just_Me_and_My_Opinion. on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 4:51 PM

OMG...Is this who I think it is?

-- Posted by Mr_Fruity_Flapjacks on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 4:55 PM

Gurusmom:

Sorry I missed your reply yesterday, 5 Jan, re: On social-indoctrination of school children...had to hang out in the ER waiting hours for someone to survive a bunch of poking and prodding just for some meds. So I'll catch up today.

I don't think there's any paranoia at all in your statement. Trust me, I've observed and dealt with some real, and scary paranoid and delusional types; in fact there seems to be a few usual suspects, or "sandbox brats" that fit the profile right here in this bog (no error, meant bog, vice blog). Actually, you seem to be among some of those on a more steady keel, even though you're tacking all over the place on many issues almost every day/night, as I assume you enjoy it. Even so, a bit of "functional paranoia" can also be a good thing in some situations. Just ask a successful (read, surviving!), retired street cop, as I believe a couple have chimed in recently. They might agree that your health may not be worth much if you trust and turn your back on a perp once too often. Or how about some folks in various military endeavors? A lot of "what-if'en" that goes on when preparing to meet and defeat the enemy (or guard classified info) can be regarded as "contingency planning"! And, no, it's not paranoia if there's real bad guys out to get ya...like Islamo-fascists or socialists. Perhaps a shrink or two could weigh in on this matter.

Anyway, I think it's key to consider that our nation has experienced incremental socialism, which have been infiltrating all aspects of our culture and institutions, including major churches and especially government schools, for much longer than I've been alive and paying attention. The goal is to keep the masses unarmed and blissfully ignorant, and start as young as possible; however, in the case of socialism, ignorance equates to mass misery and death. Socialists are pathological liars, and perfected the "Big Lie" technique to dupe otherwise logical thinking folks into submitting to their failed ideology. That's why it's imperative that parents &/or taxpayers mobilize and demand observation rights about how "the children" are being indoctrinated.

I almost adopted a little German boy when I was over there and was amazed at how savvy he was, at his tender age, about his own peoples' socialist past and how they'd shamefully try to hide it from their children. Even in the 1980s, he said teachers were still trying to avoid teaching them the truth about the WW II era, and leading up to it. He also said it was hard to find info about it even in book stores, although I managed to. But it was most pathetic to follow German adults through the Dachau concentration camp near Munich and watch them try to shield their children's eyes from the photos and documents showing what was done under the banner of National Socialism, which the left here seems to be clamoring for. "Fools who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it" (paraphrase of George Santayana)...and we have a boat load of fools in this country. Those who think it can't happen here, are the deadliest of fools, and their children will curse them for all eternity for dooming them to it. Activate against it any way and any time you can... while you still can. No joke.

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Sun, Jan 6, 2008, at 5:37 PM


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