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Speak Out 5/12/08

Monday, May 12, 2008

Web promotion

THE WEB site for Cape Girardeau County is financed by taxpayers' money. How in the world can two county commissioners justify allowing Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle to promote his books on this Web site? That is wrong. I can't imagine Mr. Swingle wanting to do that or the county commission allowing him to do that. Jay Purcell, 2nd District commissioner, is right on the money.

Secret recording

ALL I can say about one county commissioner secretly recording another county commissioner is this: What a weasel. It's a shame two men can't ride in a car and discuss business without having someone record the conversation. This shows Jay Purcell, Cape Girardeau County's 2nd District commissioner, is too immature for public office.

Out of view

IT SEEMS like Gerald Jones, Cape Girardeau County presiding commissioner, doesn't like to be questioned and likes to assert his power and work in private. It seems like Jay Purcell, 2nd District commissioner, is trying to bring the workings of the county commission out into the open. It just doesn't look right when somebody is afraid to let his actions be looked at by the public that hired him.

Balloons and birds

SINCE WE'RE focusing our attention on the environment, there is another deadly practice that needs to be stopped. That is releasing balloons into the atmosphere. Half of the species of birds that inhabited Missouri have disappeared. Birds see the bright balloons, swallow them and are strangled. Civic groups, churches and other groups need to stop this deadly practice.

Source of comfort

THIS IS pertaining to the comment about cutting back by getting rid of your cats, dogs and horses. I have high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. My pets are the only source of comfort.

Homeless shelter

I AGREE a homeless shelter is needed in Cape Girardeau. People have no idea the kind of people who roam the streets at night. My son was in a homeless shelter for a year and a half. He is bipolar and got down and out. The shelter was there for him. It wasn't luxurious, but it was there.

Do something

I'D LIKE to comment on the Cape Girardeau County commissioners and Morley Swingle, prosecuting attorney. I don't think Swingle should be allowed to advertise his book on the county's Web page. I think Jay Purcell, 2nd District commissioner, has a problem with the other two commissioners, and we need to be looking into the other two. I think there's some shady dealings there. Something needs to be done. Mr. Purcell is trying to straighten stuff up that obviously needs to be straightened up.

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MElange: what in the world is going on up there in Cape Co.? Go out for a week and all heck breaks lose.

-- Posted by Aggiefan/Twiggy on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 7:29 AM


His pacing is over and now yours intensifies! Hope the flight home is safe and uneventful for him.

Hope all of the Moms, future Moms and adoptive moms out there had a great mothers day yesterday.


Glad to see you made it back.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 8:08 AM

Jerry, I am an equal opportunity offender so signs telling everyone what I think of Claire wouldn't be much of a problem.

Can't wait to hear the details on when and where the "hope and change" guy will be.

-- Posted by Instructor_aka____________ on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:03 AM

Birds and the Balloons that kill them!? Please tell me you have more to do with your time, that think up stupid crap like that.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:25 AM

Homeless Shelter:

Build it, and they will come.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:28 AM


Your pompous, pedantic attitude makes your entire posts come across as ignorant and immature. I am certain that you have valid points to make, yet most will never listen to them because of the “way” you convey your message. Try posting without profanity, using only facts, and make well thought out points. You are very emotional and “hot headed”, perhaps you have a hormonal imbalance.

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:34 AM


Loose lips sink ships. We are all grateful your brother and others are returning home. Give them a break about suspected troop movements. You are on the internet, you know.

-- Posted by Hawker on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:46 AM

Re : Homeless

"My son was in a homeless shelter for a

year and a half."

i wonder why he couldn't have lived with the

person who wrote that story...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:11 AM

Here's a little something to lighten the mood

A woman in a hot air balloon realizes she is lost. She

lowers her altitude and spots a man fishing from a

boat below.

She shouts to him, 'Excuse me, can you help me? I

promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I

don't know where I am.'

The man consults his portable GPS and replies, 'You're

in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a

ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are

at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100

degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolls her eyes and says, 'You must be a


'I am,' replies the man. 'How did you know?'

'Well,' answers the balloonist, 'everything you tell

me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to

do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly,

you're not much help to me.'

The man smiles and responds, 'You must be a Democrat.'

'I am,' replies the balloonist. 'How did you know?'

'Well,' says the man, 'You don't know where you are or

where you're going. You've risen to where you are, due

to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise

that you have no idea how to keep, and now you expect

me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same

position you were in before we met, but, somehow,

now it's my fault.

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:27 AM


Per your post at 8:34 am.

I can just SEE you leaning against your fireplace mantle wearing a tweed jacket, sipping on a fine brandy and nibbling a bit of brie with a pompous sneer to your lips. giggle

-- Posted by Conservababy on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:32 AM

I don't care about the piddling details of possible porn, secret recordings or advertising a book on a website. We have bigger problems. The County Commissioners are overpaid and underworked. They receive too many perks such as retirement benefits and county vehicles.

We need to change the system or we will have the same song, just a different verse in the future.

-- Posted by Conservababy on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:42 AM

No theorist you are wrong. I just have the balls to call a spade a spade. Not interested in politically correct BS.

YOU are the pompous, elitist anus.

I'm Dru and I approve this message.

-- Posted by Instructor_aka____________ on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:51 AM

This is what Peg said in her blog today:

"Depending on how you choose the calculate their salaries, you can look at the meeting as seeing your tax dollars at work.

If you calculate the combined annual salaries of the three commissioners and divide that number by minutes in a year, they earn .37 per minute. In which case, one hour of their meeting time is work $22.20 of your tax dollars.

If you prefer the 40-hour-week formula, in one hour, you'll see $92.36 in action.

(Across the street, Jackson Mayor Barbara Lohr is in her office 20 to 40 hours a week, not counting night meetings and other official events. She earns $250 a month in what is supposed to be a part-time job. I'll let you do the math on this one.)"

-- Posted by Conservababy on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:51 AM


Here ya go you can both look into this with the petty arguing crap maybe this will do your body good

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:57 AM

Buckmaster77, that was a hoot! What's next Spongebob Contraceptive Pants? lol

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 11:53 AM

From: http://discerningtexan.blogspot.com/

This tiff over gas and oil taxes only highlights the intellectual policy confusion – or perhaps we should say cynicism – of our politicians. They want lower prices but don't want more production to increase supply. They want oil "independence" but they've declared off limits most of the big sources of domestic oil that could replace foreign imports. They want Americans to use less oil to reduce greenhouse gases but they protest higher oil prices that reduce demand. They want more oil company investment but they want to confiscate the profits from that investment. And these folks want to be President?

Sadly, one of them will be.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 11:56 AM

I would like to congratulate Mr. Dumey and the entire cast and crew that worked so hard to make The Wizard of Oz a complete success. Mr. Dumey has again outdone himself. He is so patient and kind to all of the kids and he definitely brings out the actor in themselves. The Cape school system is so lucky to have him.

-- Posted by kristi on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:01 PM

Someone may have posted this already, but here is a link to the Missouri Revised Statutes dealing directly with county commissions: http://www.moga.mo.gov/STATUTES/C049.HTM

-- Posted by yasgurfarm on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:02 PM

I guess so but that is a fitting product seeing as his sexuality is in question don't ya think???

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:09 PM

Just my humble opinion.

Don't like what the County Commission is doing or how they are doing business? Start a recall petition. Step up and do something rather than just talking about it.

Post all the government websites regarding the Sunshine Law that you want. Until you actually do something, you're posting and complaining means nothing.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:15 PM

grammatical correction:

"you're posting and complaining means nothing" should read "your posting and complaining means nothing"

This message was approved by me.....

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:17 PM


My daughter and granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed the performance. But don't you think the admission price of $10.00 was a little steep?

-- Posted by Conservababy on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:17 PM


Glad to hear your brother is on the way home.

Birds and The Balloons That Kill--

Sounds like the name of a bad "documentary". Don't forget to include uncooked rice from weddings.

This will probably be followed by "Dolphins and the Rings From Coke Can Packages That Kill...."

-- Posted by Super_Bethie on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:26 PM

Hey Borat, making information available to as many people as possible is the first step in "doing something." Unless folks know what is legal and acceptable, they don't know WHAT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST!

An ignorant action is as useless as no action at all.

-- Posted by yasgurfarm on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:31 PM

I paid $40.00 to take my family to the Wizard of Oz and did not think a thing about it. Excellent production, the kids did a WONDERFUL job and Mr Dumey pulled it all off once again.

One thing to keep in mind is those kids are 7th and 8th graders. Amazing....

Mrs Pellegrini was great and we really enjoyed meeting her and hearing the first hand accounts of the movie.

-- Posted by Instructor_aka____________ on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:33 PM

It's Christmas in May for Mel! Happy to hear everything is on schedule.

Tell your bro he is much appreciated. Hooah!

-- Posted by Instructor_aka____________ on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:34 PM

Well Dru....your approval means nothing, and FYI you couldn't be less convincing. A spade, a spade? I do see that I can make you angry, just wish I could make you listen to another opinion. You may never agree, but your close mindedness is only hurting yourself (and those around you).

-- Posted by Theorist on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:34 PM


Hope all is well. Good to see your sense of humor is still there. I, however am slightly more worried about the killer ballons than I am the grass clippings in the street making the whole neighborhood an eyesore or clogging drains.

Speaking of meaningless topics isn't it about time to revive the bow hunting in city limits argument?

-- Posted by SWBG on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:43 PM


LOL...I do agree it is a step above the grass clippings. Let's skip the hunting and just thank Ameren. *grinz wickedly*

I'm feeling pretty good---progressing so bebe can come any day now. Doc sent me home instead of to work...so I have a bit more time than I had otherwise had recently.

Don't forget to put mowing and shooting your clippings into the street on your afternoon to-do list! =D

-- Posted by Super_Bethie on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:50 PM


Yes, I know it was a wonderful preformance. My daughter was just hoping that since it was not a business, but a school production that the admission price would be less expensive. Some folks have to watch their budgets especially for entertainment.

-- Posted by Conservababy on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 12:52 PM


I'm glad to hear you're still doing well. Did you know Mother Nature gives you a hint a few days before you go into labor? You'll get this energy spurt and start straightening, tidying, organizing etc. It must be some sort of 'nesting' instinct. LOL

-- Posted by Conservababy on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 1:10 PM

There were some expenses involved with bringing Mrs Pellegrini in (fees, travel expenses, etc) and I am sure (I will confirm) that the money is plowed right back into the next production.

Those shows sure aren't cheap even with the "free" labor.

-- Posted by Instructor_aka____________ on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 1:14 PM


Congrats about your brother's return. I hope that this will set your and your family's minds at ease.

Mental note...try to reduce info shared on the net. Use generalizations and NEVER give times. OPSEC (operational security) is one of the biggest problems facing our guys across the pond. There are scumbags who rely on this little gem of technology to gain information. No matter how innocent it may seem, don't trust anyone.

You saw me in uniform, but there are BDUs, ACUs, and Class As stolen all the time (or misplaced). All they have to do is sit and listen and take notes.

Not to cheapen your happiness. Society needs to know that our actions (all actions) affect our guys/gals overseas.

-- Posted by fajar154 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 1:21 PM


I've been having that going for the last three weeks. I've been cleaning all sorts of junk. My husband swears the baby won't be licking the side of the dryer that is next to the wall..but I feel compelled to wipe it anyway. LOL

-- Posted by Super_Bethie on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 1:39 PM

Y, "An ignorant action is as useless as no action at all."

Very true. That's what these idiot commissioners rely on come election time. I hate to say it, but the majority of the electorate ARE ignorant, and have no idea as to whom or what they are voting on.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 2:12 PM

The tables turned:


-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 2:14 PM

The charge in tickets does add up, but it was well worth the expense. My nine year old can not wait until he has his chance to star in one of Mr. Dumey's productions. I would think that they got a lot of items donated, but it still is such a huge expense putting on one of those performances and the left over money would definitely help with the expenses for next year. I would definitely pay that price again.

-- Posted by kristi on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 3:07 PM


That balloon story has been around a while, but I enjoyed reading it again! And...no offense...the "parties" could probably be reversed and it still would be hilarious, right? LOL Thanks for posting it!


Great news on brother!


I've found that to be true...The Energy Spurt! The night before my first baby was born, I went bowling for a couple of hours, for Pete's sake. Don't remember the others...since it was never very possible back then to "slow down" or take it easy during pregnancies, guess I might not have noticed having more energy--just always remember the bowling night because it was rather unusual. LOL


That was a good video. See above comment about the balloon story...LOL If we could ever make some sort of law saying that politicians would be "fired" if they did not fulfill their campaign promises within a year...Perhaps they'd be more careful about all the things they promise, and the voting public might be able to more intelligently cast their votes? -- Or not, considering how many voters don't have a clue, and really don't want a clue. Sigh

-- Posted by gurusmom on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 3:17 PM

Personally if they reversed the parties it would be even funnier but that of course is just my opinion

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 3:22 PM

Sad thing though, Snoops is the Democrat majority congress is thought of even less.


-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 3:27 PM

Democratic majority has no meaning unless you get 60% of the congress agreeing, and thats impossible with this bunch of NUTS,

-- Posted by changedname on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 3:30 PM

If you seriously think about it, neither party is worth the toilet paper I just wiped with. Although both are plenty full of what's on the toilet paper.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 3:31 PM

Wow, Snoops, he's right downt here with Jimmy Carter.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 3:35 PM

Very true Dexterite, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The less they can act, the less they can screw us.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 3:37 PM

We all know his approval ratings are down, and that of congress is even lower. ?

So Snoops. So what? What's your point?

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 3:45 PM

Snoops....23% IS less than 31%. :-)

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 3:48 PM

Nope. Other than whining and complaining.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 4:08 PM

Michelle Obama vetoes Whitey...I mean Hillary for VP


-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 4:13 PM

Possibly the same as FU ? :-)

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 4:21 PM

Me Lange

True, but even the dumb badguys can backlog and check out those flights leaving the tarmac IN country. Wouldn't be nice to see on CNN (because you know they would show it over and over agin)a 747, loaded with returning soldiers, shot down by a American made Stinger Missile. Because they fly out of Saudi and Baghdad. Both areas where we are not the most popular of visiters.

Or a mass of convoys getting IEDed because intel from Johnny Jihadie heard that so and so's Company will be heading out soon and wow there's a bunch of convoys leaving. Wonder how many soldiers are packed in that LMTV. Maybe 10. And there are 10 trucks in the convoy. Suzy Suicide Bomber wouldn't have a problem walking out in front of one of those trucks and inflicting mass dead things.

Sorry, but that's the crap I think up. And if can think of it, THOSE guys can too.

Just trying to make my point, too much info is available and people take it for granted.

Again, I'm glad your brother is heading out. Summer time is fun time.

-- Posted by fajar154 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 5:29 PM


You have enough on your mind. I'll shutup. Ignore previous post.

-- Posted by fajar154 on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 5:38 PM



-- Posted by Pups on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 8:49 PM

Who Me,

I am not saying people should not contribute for this individual or that this "raid" was justified, but a quick check revealed that the website may be inaccurate in that it stated the individual had an inoperable firearm while in courtroom testimony according to another website, he admitted to shooting and killing one of the police officers before discarding his weapon.

-- Posted by D'oh on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:00 PM

Glad your boyfriend's home, mel, but why'n'hell do you keep referring to him like a horse, in other words, WHOA?? Whoa is what you say to a horse to get him to stop. I bet you mean hooah - Army slang for, well almost anything.

-- Posted by I'm_just_sayin' on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:19 PM


It isn't her boyfriend she is happy is home. It's her brother that is coming home. And she probably meant Whooo Hooo.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:26 PM


Oooops my mistake. I just read what Melange was saying and I was wrong about the whooo hooo. I think you were right about the hoorah said by either the Army or Marines. Sorry, from an Airforce/Navy family so not familar with the hoorah yell. lol My appologies.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 9:29 PM

Thanks Who Me?. Good article. BTW in regard to @. Thanks, I understand now. I'll excuse him this once. Next time, I'll have to have his mom go to the basement and get him off her computer.....hahaha

-- Posted by BoratObama on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 10:18 PM


You are an ex-law enforcement officer, can you explain something for me??

Snoops posted, "Mercifully, he survived, but despite not finding any drugs in his house, Tracy is being charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Assault, drug paraphernalia and running a drug premises."

If there were no drugs in the house, how does one get charged with running a drug premises? Or are they saying that he was selling the paraphernalia? Oh, and not asking if right or wrong just clarification if possible.

-- Posted by Pups on Mon, May 12, 2008, at 11:06 PM

Some folks are legends in their own minds. giggle

-- Posted by Conservababy on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 12:19 AM


Sorry for the late response, but I go to bed fairly early. Every state often has statutes which often confuse those not familiar with them. A simple label does not always adequately reflect the elements which comprise the alleged crime. In reading one of the websites it states portions of plastic baggies were found. Drug dealers often cut the corners off of plastic baggies and use them to package their drugs. What constitutes “drug paraphernalia” may vary from state to state and may comprise some common household items such as alligator clips. Often to make the connection, you would need a list of other things also found and possibly any residue on the items. Also, it is not an uncommon practice to “overcharge” an individual to use these in plea bargains or just to cover all bases. Additionally, one website refers to undercover officers making a drug buy at the residence prior to this action. I know the SEMO Drug Task Force often makes several controlled drug buys before presenting the case to the Prosecuting Attorney’s office. I am not particularly familiar with their operation, so I don’t know all of the reasoning behind these tactics.

Who Me,

You are right; I read a website on the abuse of “no knock warrants” dealing with the cases of Ingle and Corey Maye. Maye was the one who shot and killed a police officer. That was a mistake on my part in not reading carefully enough for which I apologize.

-- Posted by D'oh on Tue, May 13, 2008, at 11:30 AM

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