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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Coverage lacking

THE COVERAGE by the media of the boil-water order left much to be desired. In the past, such orders have flashed across the bottom of the television screen on local channels. The public-access channel should also have had information on this. The map the Southeast Missourian had in the paper also was lacking. It showed Bertling ending at the river, which is does not. The map should have had streets and their names listed.

Nutrition lessons

SCHOOLS SHOULD not be held solely responsible for teaching children about nutrition. Banning birthday cake from the classroom is only a small step in taking care of the weight problem in this country. Take into consideration these same children who will go home and eat junk provided by the parents while they sit and play parent-provided video games for hours. Please don't add yet another parenting task to the schools.

No pork, no votes

MIKE JENSEN'S praise of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill for not voting for any pork-barrel legislation is admirable and reassuring in the sense that it makes certain that McCaskill will be a one-termer.

Single working mom

I AM a single mother with two children. I don't get any assistance. I make more than $13 an hour. I usually work about 50 to 55 hours a week and am paid time and a half for the overtime. I don't get any child support. But guess what? It still isn't easy. The money is the thing that I couldn't care less about. How about some help getting the children ready for school and church, making sure they eat supper and doing their homework? Some help with discipline would be nice too. How about when they are sick and I'm scared to take them to the doctor because I need my job and the money I earn? How about rides to the places they need to go? Alone time? Parents with spouses have someone to help with the little things that most people take for granted. Though I don't need the financial benefits from the government, it is still not easy raising a child alone. I try to grin and bear it because I love my children.

Trashy city

IS CAPE Girardeau the city of trash? Is there no pride in your city? If my yard looked like some public places, I would surely get fined. Pick up the garbage and be proud. Don't depend on others to clean your neighborhood.

Higher taxes

I WOULD like to congratulate Cape Girardeau voters for their participation in the Tuesday election. 13.74 percent of registered voters voted. To all of you who did and didn't vote: thanks for raising my cost of living by increasing the sales tax again.

Unhappy wife

I JUST read a comment from a married woman complaining about how hard marriage is and how single moms have it easy because of welfare. Does this woman's husband know how unhappy she is? This woman's self-aggrandizing morals directly contradict the teachings of Christ, who called out the hypocrites in his Sermon on the Mount. He gave us the Golden Rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Forgive us our trespasses. He taught us to pray for forgiveness. I pray for this woman to have a happy marriage and for a proper relationship with God.

Helping hand

I LIVE on disability. It's hard to make ends meet. I've got to decide if I'm going to pay my gas and electric bill or eat. It's a day-to-day decision. People say there's no starving in America. I beg to differ. On top of this, the governor's wife is making a plea for the public to redecorate her home, the governor's mansion. I'd like her to help me with some of my home repairs.

Thank-you notes

MY HAIRDRESSER and I just had a conversation that we've had many times. We have 20-something relatives who get married and have babies. When they're given gifts, they never send a thank-you note. We came up with a solution: Give them gift cards that you can activate, but you won't activate them until you have received a thank-you note. Is there anyone else with us on this who've seen the same problem with the ungrateful attitudes of young people these days?

Bad decision

REGARDING THE bus incident during the big rainstorm: My grandson was on the bus. He had only been living in Cape Girardeau for three weeks and didn't know his way around. He had no cell phone and no place to go. He had to walk over a mile and got drenched by all the passing cars. He finally came to a bank where he called me. The woman at the bank gave him a blanket to sit on because he was so wet. I think the bus driver could have done her job and taken those children back to the junior high or at least someplace dry where they could have used a phone. The bus company is lucky no one got hurt or died. She needs to be more than reprimanded for what she has done. She made a bad decision.

Too much exposure

I'M TIRED of seeing a picture of Timothy Krajcir on the front page of the newspaper for doing what he has done. Everybody knows who he is. Take his picture off the front page. Let's put somebody on the front who deserves to be on the front page of the newspaper.

A better Olympics

THE OLYMPICS were a great idea for fostering the spirit of goodwill and friendship. But what the Olympics have become over the years is a disgrace, a forum for some nations to show off their pride and power instead of friendship and sportsmanship, a place to protest and demonstrate. When you have to install drug testing and background checks for athletes, there's not much truth and honor or fair play. If somehow we could get athletes together without their countries' egos interfering, it would be a great togetherness event, and friendship would prevail.

No bowl of cherries

I SUPPOSE a recession could lead to a depression, so it's not all cheery news. I suppose those who have these expensive homes and can't unload them are feeling a little depressed right now, so I think they may be in the depression. Try having your home up for sale with no buyers, and lovely homes at that. A lot of us are becoming depressed over the high gasoline prices. Grocery prices are going up. And then the electric company wants a rate increase. I say the rates are high enough. I'm getting more and more depressed each day. I don't want to imagine the Great Depression of 1930s. It's depressing enough, and recession certainly isn't a bowl full of cherries.

Keep the car

I HAVE traded cars nine times in the past 15 years, but after this and other tax increases I have vowed to keep my current car until the wheels fall off. It is four years old, and I have found it's doing well. I will keep it forever if I can.


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RE: Keep the car

Suggest an interesting exercise is to figure out the cost per mile for a vehicle. Some of the major costs that come to mind are fuel, depreciation, and insurance.

As an example, given a vehicle that gets 20 miles per gallon, driven 15,000 miles per year, insurance costs of $600 per year, and depreciates $3,000 in a given year -

At $3.00 per gallon, fuel cost is $0.15 per mile.

Depreciation amounts to about $0.20 per mile, and changes inversely with miles driven - fewer miles relates to higher costs per mile.

Insurance costs come out to $0.04 per mile, also varying inversely with miles driven. Many insurance companies offer a reduced rate for low annual miles - something like less than 6,000 miles per year.

Then there are other things such as routine maintenance (oil, tires, brakes, etc.), major maintenance (ball joints, bearings, etc.), property taxes, and license fees that are a little more difficult to figure or that have smaller impacts, but these all add up to a true cost per mile.

IIRC, the federally-allowed reimbursement rate for mileage is something in the neighborhood of $0.50 per mile, which one would think was arrived at by summing all the various costs, most likely for a new or newer vehicle.

A change in fuel costs from $2.00 per gallon to $3.00 per gallon amounts to $0.05 per mile in this example - a significant increase, but not show-stopping.

At any rate, owning, operating, and maintaining a vehicle never has been cheap, it's just that fuel cost increases seem to serve as a reminder on a more frequent and more visible basis.

So, hang onto vehicles until the 'wheels drop off' to keep the depreciation costs per mile down and to offset cost increases in other areas. One can generally buy a whole lot of parts for maintenance and additional fuel for any mileage differences - for much less than the depreciation costs of a newer vehicle. Also, can drop to liability-only insurance, and property taxes are in the low double-digit dollars to further lower costs per mile.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 8:18 AM

re: coverage lacking

I totally agree. The warning was tardy and random. The map was useless. Doesn't Cape have the emergency notification system whereas automated calls can be sent to the phone numbers in the affected area?

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 8:40 AM

thank you notes,

I thought the true idea of gift giving was to give and expect nothing in return. If you are that concerned about getting a thank you note don't give.

-- Posted by SWBG on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 8:47 AM

re: single working mom

This term is one of my pet peeves. What ever happened to the terms of divorced, widowed or never married instead of the universal and vague term of 'single mother'?

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 8:50 AM

re: helping hand

Cape Senior Center offers full meals for $15.00 a week for seniors over sixty years old and the disabled. They also deliver meals. Meals on wheels delivers full meals for $11.25 a week.

PS...Cape Senior Center has the best meals of the two.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 8:59 AM

re: a better Olympics

I wonder how the caller feels about Jimmy Carter pulling the USA out of the Moscow Olympics in 1980?

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 9:05 AM

re: no bowl of cherries

Cherries do have pits.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 9:08 AM

re: keep the car

I have a twenty year old (bought new) Ford minivan and feel the same. If it ain't broke, don't trade it in.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 9:15 AM

Lord love a duck...I surely did funckle. giggle

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 9:19 AM

Synchronicity of energy?

Only yesterday, we were discussing the problems that occur, when people allow their dogs to run loose and today, it makes the news...

"Loose dog shot to death in Cape Girardeau"

http://www.semissourian.com/apps/pbcs.dl...

What a shame!!!

HEY conservababe!

That's quite a provocative avatar you're wearing, this morning! LOL!

-- Posted by Semoan on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 9:26 AM

RE: Keep the Car

Buy a good vehicle and keep it. I keep mine a minimum of ten years with 200,000+ miles. My motorcycle is twenty years old. I replace them only when it is no longer practical to repair them. You will save a lot of money in the long run.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 9:34 AM

OH MAN.... I agree with the caller who spoke out about, "Trashy City."

It's terrible! On Rt K, people throw their trash out, all the time. Every so often, someone tosses a whole, garbage bag of trash onto the shoulder. Invariably, someone comes along and HIT'S the SOB and it explodes

all over the place.

I'm not sure what needs to be done. More public awareness? Higher fines? It's really, getting bad!

I used to help pick up the trash along Rt K and people would throw stuff at us, as we were working.

What is the matter with people these days? There doesn't seem to be any civic pride, or sense of community.

-- Posted by Semoan on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 9:43 AM

SEMOAN

I notice that the dog was a pit bull....hmmmm. Mr Hovis is full of crapolla, methinks. We are legally armed to protect ourselves and our property (the cat). If we cannot discharge a firearm in the city for just such a circumstance, then when can we, Mr Hovis?

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 9:46 AM

OK Babe, you got me. I feel your pain the the deer thing now. I have a **** cat diggin into my flower bed. Now, that doesn't mean I want a 1000 cat trappers going through my yard. LOL

So speaking of loose pets. What are the home owner's "personal" rights about other peoples pets defecating, digging, killing half eaten birds and leaving them in your driveway and walking on top of your car and leaving foot prints?

These "varments" are mere pests for those on the unwelcomed in. How would the owner of that cat feel if I came and took a big dump in their yard, ate a big tub of KFC and left the bones in their driveway, and walked on top of their car? (all 260 pounds of me) It would be only fair...right?

The line has to be drawn somewhere on this. Yes, this is a combo in the fact I'm not a cat or dog lover, but it's also about MY property rights. Now...who shall I sue for the damage done to my flower bed? The city? Because I can't seem to find who this **** cat belongs too. Rest assured, when I do....I'll be walking on top of someone's car.

-- Posted by Proud_Democrat on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 9:48 AM

Jerry, I used to live down the street from a guy that had a little gravestone in his front yard that said "Here lies the last dog that pooped in my yard".

A few weeks ago there was a big pile on the bench of our picnic table! It had to be a big dog to do that. We only have a short legged little dachshund. Big dogs come into our yard all the time. I hate that.

-- Posted by thinker on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 10:38 AM

Thank you notes:

I agree that it is rude not to thank someone for a gift, but things are just different these days. Kids aren't taught to send thank you notes and many people could care less about that sort of thing. Even though it may be rude, I don't think these young people are being rude on purpose, they just don't realize that they are being rude at all. That sort of thing doesn't bother me so much. When people are intentionally rude, that does bother me.

I agree that if you have to have a thank you note or you are going to be upset, just don't give the gift. The joy should be in the giving, not in the receiving of a thank you.

-- Posted by thinker on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 10:46 AM

Thank You Note,

I believe we should raise our children to be appreciative of gifts and express their thanks, but I agree with Thinker and SWBG. Giving should be a selfless act. If you give expecting thanks, don't give.

-- Posted by D'oh on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 10:55 AM

Babe,without Liberals you wouldn't have Soc Sec and Medicare,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,you folks have given us W Bush, what a great deal.

-- Posted by changedname on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 11:08 AM

No bowl of cherries: There are two very good articles on LewRockwell.com this morning dealing with the Depression and today's bubble economy. I reccomend reading Gary North's "An Economy Built ON Lies" first. It can be found at http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north61... and an article that exposes how we reached this point of government intervention in the economy, Murray N. Rothbard "Herbert Clark Hoover: His Attack of Laissez-Faire at http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/roth...

-- Posted by BCStoned on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 11:30 AM

conservababe,

Yes, it was a pit bull. My son had a pit bull. He rescued her as a pup, from a hick, who kept her in a chicken coop. She was starved and neglected, but grew into a strong, beautiful dog..... She was a sweetheart and a clown and very smart. She was extremely, protective of small children, but we wouldn't think of letting her out, by herself, or off a leash.

I don't think there will be any charges forthcoming, but between the bleeding hearts and the gestapo, you never know which rights are being revoked, from one minute to the next.

-- Posted by Semoan on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 11:37 AM

"Here lies the last dog that pooped in my yard".

ROFLMAO!!!!! That aughta do it!

Jerry66,

Maybe, if you call the cops and tell them, the cat was doing drugs, or violating it's parole, they would send someone over, to shoot it. ;-)

-- Posted by Semoan on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 11:52 AM

"Babe,without Liberals you wouldn't have Soc Sec and Medicare,,,,,"

Yes, indeed, and the USA would have done much better without either one.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 12:12 PM

Me'Lange,

Back from Army school and you're not meeting out tonite? Promise I'll shave and bathe. Where's the venue and the time?

-- Posted by fajar154 on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 12:25 PM

SEMOAN

"There is a side of this that is a current hot topic in the dog world: breed specific laws. It is a sad fact of life that the pit bull was created by mankind to kill other small animals. Like it or not, that is what the dog was bred for, and it remains the essence of the dog. Any one pit bull might be sweet to its owner, but is still "hard-wired" to kill other small animals. For that reason, pit bulls are dangerous to people because they have the in-born propensity to attack other people's pets, which often results in a redirected attack against the other people, or a bite to another person." per Animal World

PS...and, also, the stats don't lie.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 12:37 PM

LOL. SEMOAN. That's a good idea. What's their tele? LOL!

-- Posted by Proud_Democrat on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 1:01 PM

Jerry,

I believe that number is 334-nofun!

Ask for Sargent Dick head of security.

Why, yes, conservababe, I'm well aware that pit bulls are a dangerous breed. That's why we never let her off her leash, when outdoors. Pit bulls were also used, in the "pits" at slaughter houses, to hold down, unruly, bulls and as you said, they were specifically, bred for fighting.

In my opinion, the breed, should not be allowed to continue.

-- Posted by Semoan on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 1:56 PM

Single Working Mom

Yes, it's tough to balance a job and children alone. If you have friends in the area, consider "trading off" now and then...one evening a week the friend takes your children for a few hours, then you take hers for one evening--perhaps the same on a Saturday. If you have relatives in the area, they might enjoy having more time with their grandchildren or neices/nephews.

As for getting children ready for school, helping with homework, etc...That's your responsibility: Don't despair, you can do it! When you finally are able look back on all you did, it won't seem as bad, but it will fill your heart with pride and the knowledge that you succeeded (and survived LOL). Stay strong, and know that your children love and appreciate you, and in their adulthood they will remember with gratitude all that you did for them.

Meanwhile...get the process going to receive child support!

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 2:01 PM

Me'Lang,

I would love to attend, but don't know yet, if I'll be able to.....

Can I give you a maybe, for now?

-- Posted by Semoan on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 2:01 PM

Melange,

Just a quick note and back to work... I'll be there tonight

-- Posted by Pups on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 2:03 PM

Bad Decision

Didn't we read this one before? Or were there two children who went into the bank and sat on a blanket?

thinker

"Here lies the last dog that pooped in my yard".

OMG, that is hilarious! When Pop gets home, he'll have to make us a couple of those headstones!

An aside for dog/cat owners: A few days ago a chihuahua was run over in front of a neighbor's house. Love your pets? Keep them contained.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 2:06 PM

GurusMom

I think the tombstone is hilarious, too. I live on a street that many dog walkers use to get to the walking trail and we frequently get the **** in the yards and no one scoops it up. Once my neighbor had a little fit after watching a man letting his dog **** and then just strolling away. He scooped up the **** himself. He waited for the man to come back up the street and followed him to his home. When the man closed his front door the neighbor dumped the mess on his front doorstep.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 2:40 PM

You were talking about neighbors pets pawing up your car and crapping in your yard and I had to laugh. I live on the edge of town but my house is in the city limits. There is a large apartment complex behind my back yard and the apartment complex pastime seems to be bringing animals to mess in my yard. I have always hated that and just about the time I get one person to understand then they more out (abandon the pet) and more move in. There was an older lady that lived in the end apartment with these two little yapping ankle biters that thought it was high comedy to cut across my field and mess with my laying hens. They would get my birds all out of sorts and the eggs would stop for a day or two. Anyway one day I had about three dozen dominiques free ranging in the field and on watch was a full bodied ill tempered dominique rooster named Loki. Loki had something of an anger management problem to begin with but when left alone he did a great job with his flock. Those two little noisy muts came rushing across the field and I guess it just caught Loki the wrong way because that rooster jumped those dogs and flogged them all the way back across the field and into their house. It was a good fifty yards and I donít think Loki touched the ground once. The owner actually had the nerve to complain to me that her dogs were dumping on the sidewalk now because they were afraid to go back on the grass (my grass).

-- Posted by Donnie on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 2:56 PM

Donnie

OMG...that was so funny and you told it so well.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 3:13 PM

Gee. Even the Police Report is a groaner today. I thought, as a community service, the weekends were reserved for folks to get liquored up, then go out and mug people and steal things...a little fun mayhem stuff, donchaknow?! Shucks, there just ain't no excitement going on today, other than lousy weather.

Oh, wait! It looks like the dog squeeze issue from several days ago got brewed up again, which tends to be a smelly topic at times! Might be a good time to revive the older "bows for Bambi" debate again, only for the dogs within the city limits. At least you might not get arrested for firing and arrow in lieu of a firearm(?). So save the lead and give 'em the shaft!!

Well, hmmm. The Dutchtown flood gig is up again, I see. Considering the high winds again today, I wonder if it'd be regarded as a violation of PC naziism if I'd temporarily suspend my community spirit mantra (for the good of "the children", of course) of "SURF the SLUDGE SLIDE!" for a temporary one like, say, "SURF'S UP IN D-TOWN!!"; naw, on second thought, belay that idea. Geeze, I need to find some trouble to get into. Even my Mule ain't into kickin' me around today.

What? Awww, gee. Yes my sweet, my beloved! Hmmm. My mule's snortin' and stompin' her hoof, suggesting that since I ditched her yesterday to storm the big metro area by myself (well, heck, she opted to work...what can I say?), she thinks I should pacify her with a treat...how about a block of salt?!! Imagine that. Guess that means taking her out somewhere to strap the ole feedbag on as a bribe or somethin'. Huh? Right now? Aw shucks...yes my gracious (or is it grazing) luv, I'm a comin'. Can't get away with nothin' anymore.

-- Posted by Herr_Hauptmann_DES on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 4:05 PM

Donnie

Hilarious story! Hoping for the day when our banty roosters learn to do that...Meanwhile, one of the stray cats runs after them, and rubs lovingly up against them.

babe

I've heard of people doing that--In fact, daughter in IL was considering it, but living alone, she's afraid of retaliation. I absolutely hate Doody Patrol for our own dog...What's worse than absolute hate...when I have to pick up the horse-sized piles of runny doody from someone else's ill-fed and probably wormy dog. YUCK!

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 4:28 PM

Don't you people know that EVERY AMERICAN is entitled to a new car every two years? Each and every one of us are owed this luxury. Health care? A 1500 sq ft home? $200 a week for groceries? $100 a week for fuel? H*ll, all of it should be free.

After all, we are Americans and someone "owes" us. Right?

(posting with pride from the home of the Engineers, Ft Leonard Wood Missouri)

-- Posted by Instructor_aka____________ on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 4:54 PM

Conservababe & Donnie,

ROFLMAO!!!

Those are great T**dhound, stories, if just a wee, bit FOWL! LOL! So righteous and just!

I'm not going to be able to make, El Alcapulco. My brother came in, from out of town and it's family time...

Y'all have a great evening.

You too, Herr!

SOOOO......

What do you want on your tombstone?

-- Posted by Semoan on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 5:53 PM

so who's showing up to this thing?

-- Posted by Proud_Democrat on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 5:54 PM

Me'lange,

I think I might stop by this thing at the restaurant. I have to be at the ND play at 8:00pm anyway. It will give me a chance to get a bite to eat.

-- Posted by Proud_Democrat on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 5:58 PM

Man I'd love to go tonight but we are packing and kind of on the clock. Wish I could go.

-- Posted by Donnie on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 6:27 PM

Gurus

Iíd give up on the bandies. There are some very high spirited bandies and Iíve known some bandy roosters that thought they were ten foot tall and bulletproof but at the end of the day they are still three pound chickens. I prefer a Dominique, Buff Orpington or a Rhode Island Red (production reds). They are the only combination breeds that offer a good production as well as full bodied stew stock. Problem is all three are very mild tempered and can get pushed around if you mix them with other breeds. Every once in a while a special rooster will come along that just seems to have some salt and onion to him and I typically keep them for flock tenders. The wimpy roosters I use for chicken tenders. If dogs or cats are a problem around your area donít trim the spurs on your roosters. They will tear some of the saddle feathers of the biddies they ride and may draw blood every once in a while but Iíve never lost a hen to it. The only birds that get names on my place are the ones that have earned the right to stay around. Right now I have Scars, Red Devil, Evil and One Eye. I have the meanest clutch of roosters Iíve ever had right now and I havenít lost a hen all year. Of course if space is an issue and predators are not then bandies are great.

-- Posted by Donnie on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 6:54 PM

Also for dogs and cats a .17 HMR works great. It is small enough where you can't even see the hole and the pest goes home to die. Its really kind of a win-win

-- Posted by Donnie on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 6:57 PM

Instructor

Hmm, someone owes me over 5 cars then...because I missed out on getting one every 2 years. Where can I pick them up?

Donnie

I've been looking, thinking about ordering some Buff Oringtons from McMurray...but hate to order something like that to come through the mail. Is there anyone locally who sells poultry?

You are going to miss your roosters, it sounds like...And thanks for the spurs tips...the banties still have theirs. Only one is, ummm, a little feisty. Oddly enough, he's the one the other roosters "pick on," but he has taken a dislike to a few humans. Only reason we have those little fellas is...sigh...because someone at Farmer's Market had a "free" sign on them, and pop is such a sucker for anything free. ;-) Well, except for me maybe?

"...for dogs and cats a .17 HMR works great." No idea what that is. But enjoyed your chicken/rooster comments. Wish I'd been able to meet you in person.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 8:20 PM

Guru

The Bucheits at Jackson carry buffs sometimes around this time of year. I think they get theirs through the Cackle Hatchery but Iím not sure. Buffs are a very mild mannered bird, probably the mildest. They actually seem to prefer the company of humans and that is very odd. Many will say that their skin coloration makes them not as desirable for a meat bird but I really donít understand that point. If I had to pick one species to raise and could only have one then I would go with buffs or their Australian cousin austrolops. The austrolops have a beautiful greenish sheen to their black feathers almost like a Jersey Giant but they are not as people oriented as buffs.

Buying through the mail is the way to go if you want at least 25 peeps. McMurry and Meyer are both great to deal with. Call your post office first and let them know that you will have a shipment and they will call you very early and let you come and get them. Many people do that. When a chick is born they absorb much of the remaining yolk sac through their vent so they can go three days with little to no nourishment. Just make sure and be there with plenty of water when they come in and youíll do fine. Also taking the crumbled yolk from about a dozen hardboiled eggs on a paper towel will pep them up out of the box. A nice heat lamp, plenty of water and your ready to go.

There is a guy who works at Bucheits named Wendell and he is the authority on all things poultry.

-- Posted by Donnie on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 10:01 PM

The loose dog could have been any dog. In fact, it probably wouldn't have even tried to go in if the owner's hadn't been friends and the dog didn't find the man familiar.

That being said...the gentleman was within his property rights. Another person's PROPERTY was violating his personal space.

Pit Bulls were not created solely for the purpose of killing small animals. Actual pit history--which by the way would ONLY apply to American Pit Bull Terriers, the ONLY actual pitbull..which is tossed about as casual slang---involves utilizing the dogs in a wide variety of "work" manners---including pulling carts and etc. Yes---"grounding" of small varments (groundhogs, badgers, etc) was a portion of their history...but please don't portray things in a light that doesn't reflect the WHOLE truth. Also---many small dogs were bred for the purpose of "grounding" small animals. Check out the AKC and UKC websites for the histories of various small dogs.

However---all dogs are a form of property. Thus, property is constitutionally protected as long as it is not infringing upon someone else's rights. So as long as my property (my dog) is on my property (my yard)....then it's no business of anyone else. And...if my property (my dog) was to go infringe upon someone else's property (neighbor's yard)...I'd welcome them to shoot my property.

Also---if you believe you don't have a stake in the "breed specific" legislation hot topic...then you are kidding yourself. It'll start with "bully" dogs...then they'll push for your Mastiffs, Rotties, Dobermans, Akitas, Chows, German Shepards (dang vicious police dogs...I can already hear it..)...until they come to your house to pick up your chihuahua and your toy poodle.

Think I'm wrong on this....consider smoking bans that started out just in governmentally public owned buildings...were getting closer to banning smoking in your own personal home and your own personal car. Heck...we've even showed we'll do it in relation to people if you take a good look at WWII....how many people sat their while someone came for their neighbor...only to discover there was no one left to speak for them? Would we really be different in relation to animals?

-- Posted by Superbethie on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 10:31 PM

Who me & Guru, all you have to do is vote for Obama and all the things I mentioned will be yours for the taking.

Of course this will come at the price of you "contributing" 98% of your income for the common good.

In January 2009, change will definitely come. Now change could mean cutting off your right arm, but it is change none the less. People want change.

You are about to get it. BOHICA

-- Posted by Instructor_aka____________ on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 10:50 PM

Thanks, Who Me.

I really mean it...if I were not responsible enough to keep my dog in my yard...

I'd support their right to shoot it.

Mastiffs are sweet pups. I like them...although I would have to live in a much bigger home to have one....he'd be like a bull in a china shop! LOL

Plus most dogs like a "job" and with not enough room for him to exercise...he'd have the potential to become destructive to household items. LOL

Plus...they drool. A LOT. LOL

-- Posted by Superbethie on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 11:48 PM

Bethie

In case you're up late..."we're getting closer to banning smoking in your own personal home and your own personal car." That's already happening across the country. People in some places (CA, I believe) are seeing laws in the making (or passed) that if they live in their own condo (not rented) they cannot smoke. And it did happen so very gradually, didn't it?

Smokers started feeling guilty about their smoke bothering other people...then the government got into the act and put out their falsified (for the most part) Second-Hand Smoke studies (primarily to justify raising tobacco taxes), which led to health and insurance organizations jumping on the bandwagon. And see what we got for all of that? People who are so radical about smoking and so misinformed about the SHS "dangers," that they are almost militant.

Bottom line, though, is: Buy cigarettes, pay those taxes our governments so desperately need, but don't smoke them. Make bas relief pictures, or use them in floral arrangements, or as chips when you play poker. Sorry...Wish you hadn't mentioned it! LOL Like that you used part of that quote, which began, "First they came for the Jews, but I was not one..."

-- Posted by gurusmom on Sun, Apr 13, 2008, at 12:00 AM

Guru--

I completely agree...I have some friends in Cali who have talked about some of the legislation passed there in relation to smoking. It's crazy...

Glad you recognized what I was thinking of. *grinz*

I just can't support infringing upon someone else's rights because you don't like or "fear" something. The slope in that situation is just too, too slippery.

-- Posted by Superbethie on Sun, Apr 13, 2008, at 12:15 AM

GurusMom

The silliest yet insidious mandate on smoking came from a friend's employer right here in Cape. She was in sales and worked out of the business location. She drove a company car and was not allowed to smoke in it. I can understand that as it is their car. Later the company closed the local office and offered her the opportunity to work the same job from her home. There was one stipulation, though. She would not be allowed to smoke in the same room where she would be working at her computer...in her OWN home.

-- Posted by conservababe on Sun, Apr 13, 2008, at 12:25 AM

To the lady who thinks that single mothers have it easy because of welfare. All I can say is that most single mothers don't don't have an easy time of getting by, yet they still do not suffer from being an idiot like you. Oh yea, and not all single mothers are on welfare.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Sun, Apr 13, 2008, at 3:02 PM


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