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Speak Out 5/21/08

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Clipping crisis

ONLY IN Speak Out would more attention be given to lawn clippings in the streets than the suffering in China and Myanmar.

Oil and food

IF SAUDI Arabia won't help us out on the oil issue. why don't we raise the price of grain and other food they purchase from us? Two can play this game. Let them eat their oil.

Fun time for all

KUDOS TO Old Town Cape for the start of another fabulous Tunes at Twilight season. There was a huge crowd, and it was a fun time for all. Great job, Old Town Cape.

Wonderful event

I ATTENDED Artscape for the first time. What a wonderful event. It is such a fun family time with lots to do and see. Great job, Cape Girardeau.

Not a deer problem

I DO not believe for one minute that dogs bark all the time due to deer. Of course a dog is going to bark at a deer in someone's yard, but I don't see a problem with deer within the Cape Girardeau city limits. What I do see is a problem with owners of dogs who have learned to tune out dogs barking and are not considerate of the neighborhood.

City raises

PEOPLE NEED to stop lying about Cape Girardeau city employees not getting a raise. The fact is, they are getting a 2 percent cost-of-living raise. A raise is a raise.

Careful drilling

I AM all for drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, because we are getting to the point that we cannot depend on foreign oil. But I don't want to see the American people stuck with a barren and lifeless piece of land that used to be ANWR. I will only support the drilling of ANWR if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service oversees it.

Smart farmers

ETHANOL CRITICS are jealous because they are not subsidy-receiving corn farmers who are getting rich. Cut the farmers some slack for their being the backbone of the nation as well for their political acumen.

Comparing raises

CITY EMPLOYEES of Cape Girardeau are complaining that they only get a 2 percent cost-of-living increase and not a raise. My raise for the year was only 3 percent. Why should I be too upset over the fact that city employees feel they're not getting enough money?

Depression logic

HIGH OIL prices are going to lead to a new Great Depression, and this is how. With so much money going to the buying of gasoline, everything from small businesses to whole sectors of the economy will be going out of business. This will lead to massive unemployment, which will lead to the last surviving economic sector, Big Oil, to go out of business. Anybody can see this coming using simple logic.

Student success

I SAT through the longest award ceremony at Notre Dame Regional High School, and I want to say "Congratulations" to all of the students for achieving such tremendous success. Way to go!

Checks bogged down

IF YOU are wondering where your economic-stimulus check is, don't call the IRS number on its Web site. "Due to the high volume of calls, we can't answer your call." That tells me Uncle Sam isn't upholding his part of the bargain. I was supposed to receive my check May 9 by direct deposit. I haven't seen my check yet. I guess the IRS computers are on vacation like most of my government at any one time.


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morning folks

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 6:40 AM

If you owe back taxes or student loans you will not receive a stimulus check from the IRS. 303 million is the current U.S. population only 130 million stimulus checks were sent out.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 6:49 AM

Oil and food:

Because we don't have the brass to do it.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 7:02 AM

no more wheat

for the heads with little sheets !

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 7:30 AM

Checks bogged down,

Its funny how people will gripe about anything.

Consider yourself lucky you are getting any stimulous

check!

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:16 AM

Stimulus checks

The checks may be late but gee folks it isn't like it is money you earned so it isn't going to kill anyone to have to wait. Also for all of the ones who got a RAL loan on their taxes even if you had that go dirsect deposit you will get a paper check in the mail for the stimulus. I just know it would be nice to get one I cold always use some extra cash.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:47 AM

New Depression

No one will deny the fact that the cost of living is going through the roof or that small businesses are shutting down, however to a certain extent you can not blame the economy as a whole but also have to see that bad management is also at the root of a lot of business failusres. Some companies try to grow to big to fast and at times like these it is best to take it slow, some profit is better than no profit. When a person gets greedy it usually comes back to bite them in the butt.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:53 AM

How many businesses have closed locally?

-- Posted by yasgurfarm on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:13 AM

Clipping crisis-China and Myanmar are in the news everyday. However, the grass clippings in the street crisis often receives little coverage. Thank God speak out is here to provide a voice for the oppressed of our community.

Oil and food-Why should the Saudis increase oil production when the US has oil but refuses to increase its own production.

Not a deer problem-See Clipping crisis.

Careful drilling-Barren and lifeless? Have you seen pictures of this place? It's a million acres of caribou pasture. Get the oil and stop kissing the Saudis butt.

Depression logic-Gloom and Doom. There is not even a recession. The economy continues to grow although at a slow rate. Expensive gas sucks and needs to be attacked with domestic oil exploration and an aggressive nuclear power plant building program. Things will turn around when we stop all the hand wringing and take control of our future.

-- Posted by stevmo on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:27 AM

Y

The business that I know of going out are more conveince stores, restaraunts etc. Not near as many as some people say but there have been a few and most of them were from management rather than the economy. I know our business is on the small side, about 30 employees, and we had a record year last year and this year is going strong as well.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:27 AM

saudi oil

If you know someone wants something and will pay big bucks for it do you shoot them a lower price to be nice or do you stick with the price you know you can get? That is what the saudis are doing, they know we will pay what they want so they charge what they want, if we provided our own and didn't depend on them then the price would drop. More and more we are becoming to dependant on other nations instead of taking care of ourself and until that is stopped then we pay with higher prices.

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:31 AM

What are our oil reserves for if not for times like these?

-- Posted by flemingx7 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:50 AM

Flemingx7,

Our oil fields are being left alone because in the near

future the oil will run out.When that hapeens the world will fight over it.Since it takes a huge amount of diesel and gas to mobilize a military the Country with the most will be the victor!I prefer to be the victor don't you?

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 10:00 AM

I do understand the thought line of saving for tomorrow but I also understand that saving for tomorrow won't matter if we can't pay the bills today

-- Posted by flemingx7 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 10:05 AM

It is indeed getting tough to drive a vehicle to work or play.Its far beyond time we start conserving in this country.Car pooling will help as well as slowing down a bit.Unloading gas guzzeling vehicles will also

help.As the Country who uses over 25 percent of the worlds oil it is time to try to conserve.This is why I am riding my motorcyle to work and also why I will ride

it to Florida in June for some well deserved R&R.44 miles to the gallon beats 27 my car gets.I expect gas to level off after memorial day.I do forsee 6 dollars a gallon next year if we don't start cutting back now.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 10:14 AM

Little Mac

Oh pshaw...we can always eat Chinese strawberries since they have no agri laws.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 10:38 AM

*putting on crash helmut for protection from the beating I'm sure to get on this one*

Gotta love the rabid environmemtalists...

-- Posted by Little_Mac

Lets remember those words when there is a problem with pesticide covered strawberries ala the spinach scare a few years back.

*ok, let the pounding begin hehe*

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:07 AM

a person could grow their own strawberries

if they really needed some..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:21 AM

*helmut securely fastened*

Why allow any restrictions on production of fruits, Vegs and Meat supplies. Hell we could drop the price on everything if we just let the growers, farmers, rancher, and butcher give us whatever they choose rather then have restrictions and/or regulations as to what they can give us at the market.

Lower prices always trumps 'wacko enviromentalist' out to hurt our economy. To hell with our health and the health of our children.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:22 AM

rick.scaggs,

I tried that a few years back. But those **** pesky rabbits got to them before I did. Wish there was a hunting season on rabbits within the City limits of Cape. They eat my strawberries and make my neighbor's dog bark non stop all night long.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:28 AM

Mikel,

OK, I've got nothing better to do for the next few minutes. Do you really deny that there is such a thing as an "environmental wacko" or that it can go too far? Seems I remember something about Alar...

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:28 AM

Depression logic,

You are correct...your logic is simple.

The strategic oil reserves are not being tapped into at this time because it would do no good. They are not designed to be used when the "oil runs out" either. They are there in time of emergency.

If memory serves me I believe when Katrina hit thus curtailing supply the strategic oil reserves were tapped at that time. Utilizing the reserves now would not bring down the cost of gasoline.

My suggestion is if you are in a pinch try to stop driving so much. Like Grey said carpool if you have to and be more creative. If you are not in a pinch do as you wish.

-- Posted by SWBG on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:29 AM

Red_Rhino,

Sorry, I'm actually still in my sarcastic/devil's advocate mood this morning. I don't feel as strongly as I posted. Just having a bit of fun at Little Mac's expense. If that makes sense.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:31 AM

We all drive too much, well everybody but me.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:31 AM

Mikel,

I know, I just couldn't resist.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:33 AM

Red_Rhino,

Oh I see, I got got with my own gotcha. Very Good Red, Very Good Indeed!!!! *still leaving my helmut on though*

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:36 AM

Does anyone have the test results on the strawberries to determine if they are unsafe?

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:37 AM

Oh and for those asking about Herr. He is still on his Ghost Hunting trip with Mrs Herr. Should be back in a week or so I believe.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:38 AM

Mikel,

Smart move.

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:38 AM

Oh Lord! Don't bring up hunting within the city limits. Not wanting to re-visit that one.

-- Posted by Instructor_aka____________ on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:38 AM

swbg,

not too sure how you define emergency but I am not prepared to state that we are in an emergency due to

high cost of fuel.I still say our reserves should be for strategic use only.Why use ours when we can buy theirs?I am also an advocate of taking all the oil we need from Iraq to help offset the cost spent giving them freedom from a corupt government.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:42 AM

Instructor,

Was that topic ever really finished?? It pops it's little head into speakout every now and then. Now if I could just get the site set on it before it goes back underground, could take care of it with one shot. Oh but I guess I would have to have the permit first, unless you all promise not to tell. hehe

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:44 AM

Mike

We are eating uninspected imported produce now. What does it matter if the US has agri laws?

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:46 AM

We import 50 to 60% of crude oil. I wonder what % of that is imported from Opec countries and what % from other countries.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:53 AM

Babe,

I'm guessing the difference is... If the growers in the US are found to be using dangerous chemicals on our produce, someone out there will find a way to sue. Whether it be for birth defects, poisoning, or wrongful death. I don't think anyone has sued a company outside the US for those things (as far as imported produce). Though I could be totally wrong.

Actually agreeing with you. Seems weird that the same restrictions aren't levied against foriegn imports as they are on our own growers.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:53 AM

I agree Grey. I would be OK with Iraq ratcheting up production (if that is possible) to drive down the cost. Seems like we invaded to protect oil and the price sky rocketed anyways. So in that aspect this war is a failure.

And if anyone suggests this war was not about oil they are off base. If this was not an oild rich area we would not be there at all. In fact we would treat it like we do most of Africa and ignore the whole region.

-- Posted by SWBG on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:02 PM

Bucky, we'll just refer to you as a dumbfu*k also if you like. Just let us know.

-- Posted by Instructor_aka_TheBully on Tue, May 20, 2008, 5:04 pm CDT

Um Instructor you really need to learn the meaning of sarcasm. When I told SEMOAN to be careful I was just joking around so no need for name calling you really really need to grow the f*ck up

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:20 PM

again with the cursing?

-- Posted by slim_pickens on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:21 PM

There said my peace done with the subject and the person

As far as oil prices and food go I believe they are tied together but I am really just waiting to see what happens come January

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:23 PM

Sorry Slim but he decided to throw that lovely little remark in after I had left yesterday and if you look I said I said my piece I am done with him and the subject

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:24 PM

Bucky, I can assure you that I am quite grown-up. As a matter of fact, I am older than you.

Some of the downfalls to the written language are concepts like sarcasm and emotion. Very few writers can convey those concepts effectively.

Have a great day.

-- Posted by Instructor_aka____________ on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:26 PM

As far as the stimulus checks go just because you owe money that they would take your taxed normally does not mean that you will not get one. I filled out the injured spouse form and I will get half of what I was originally supposed to get. If you did not fill out that form no you won't get it

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:30 PM

Babe: The US imports about 17% of its oil from the Persian Gulf but Venezuela is also a member of OPEC. Canada supplies about 18% and Mexico 14% of the nation's imported oil.

Domestic production, which is about a third of the nation's supply dropped from 5,197 barrels a day in 2007 to 5,099 in 2008. Imports have also dropped from 9,972 Barrels a day in 2007 to 9'738 in 2008.

I don't know if this helps.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:32 PM

Slim,

Welcome to the board. You'll find the quality of the posting varies quite drastically depending on who is lurking. Some days it isn't even worth reading, and sometimes it is a hoot. Once in a while there is even some thought-provoking input!

I'm for drilling. They can come to my place to start if they want. The horses, rabbits and goats won't mind.

I am for finding alternative sources of fuel, and alternative technologies. We need to make sure we can supply our demand while we're doing it, though.

-- Posted by yasgurfarm on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:33 PM

SWBG: Africa produces a large amount of the world's oil. But don't get me wrong, I'm not in favor of the US getting involved in the affairs of African nations.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:37 PM

really the quality of the posting depends on the mood of the person that day and I admit that mine has something to be desired lately but what can I say no one is perfect which is what makes it interesting

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:40 PM

SWBG

And what is wrong with our country protecting our interests? If Saddam had been successful in conquering Kuwait he probably would have gone on to other gulf countries and controlled the oil production.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:42 PM

What I do see is a problem with owners of dogs who have learned to tune out dogs barking and are not considerate of the neighborhood

Hmmm a barkless dog does such a thing really exist especially one that spends most if not all of its time outside? How does one go about teaching a dog neighborhood etiquette anyway?

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:43 PM

James Nall there is also something else that Africa mass produces that is worth more than oil I just hope we continue to stay out of Africa and not get into all that as you said they may be a poor looking nation but I wouldn't want to be on their bad side

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:46 PM

If I can't contribute something to make ya`ll laugh, I don't contribute.

-- Posted by RocketSurgeon on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:46 PM

James Nall

And the US also exports crude oil, right?

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:52 PM

RocketSurgeon,

Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.

Leo Rosten

-- Posted by Red_Rhino on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:57 PM

Who's whining about this where we live? we are just simply talking about which other countries our basic everyday stuff comes from. If you don't like the "whining" everyday and have nothing more to contribute but running people in the dirt all day long maybe you should try going somewhere else to gripe yourself

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:00 PM

Little_Mac,

Just having a bit of fun. Nothing personal Little Mac. Just being a smart *** is all. Really do wish sacasm had it's own type face.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:06 PM

Babe: The West Coast, mostly Alaska and California exports oil but not crude oil. They export Petroleum Coke to make steel. Just a small percentage of what they produce.

The North Slope produces about, I'm sure my figures need updated, 900 million barrels a day and California produces about 800 million barrels a day.

There is with new technologies the potential for considerbly more output from California, already the third largest domestic producer.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:15 PM

Mike

Here is what some folks use. Now be careful.

/sarcasm

LOL

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:23 PM

We could go back to not having the government "check" our food supply, but I don't think we'd like it. Our meat industry was a mess before checks were made and I'm sure it's not perfect today. I know we import unchecked foods and that might bite us sooner or later.

-- Posted by DickCheney on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:24 PM

James Nall

I thought we sold crude oil to Canada which refined it and sold us the gasoline.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:26 PM

Personally I like that my food is checked before I get sick from it not being checked JMO

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:29 PM

Babe: You could be right, I just don't know.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:31 PM

Our meat safety is a joke. Just because it's graded doesn't mean it's inspected, at least on any kind of timely basis.

Imported meat, shellfish and fish aren't inspected either.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:33 PM

Imported food is ramdomly checked, same as domestically produced food. Not all the food that you consume is checked.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:34 PM

I would rather have the randoms than none at all.

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:36 PM

James Nall

I know. Here is an interesting article....

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/he...

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:44 PM

Thanks Babe, I'll have to remember that. :-)

Well out for now. If work has the problem with the internet (down all day yesterday/ line was accidentally cut by ATT) I'll chat with ya soon. If not, I'll see you all tomorrow.

Have a great day.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:45 PM

Re: City Raises

Do you even know what the inflation/cost of living is each year? The 2% is well below this.

-- Posted by wowarg on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:46 PM

Did anyone watch comedy central this weekend the special by Carlos Mencia by chance?

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:46 PM

I might be wrong, but I'm guessing those who want smaller government and fewer restrictions, would want unregulated food supplies from whoever/wherever. Market determines quality and quantity. Would that be a correct assumption?

-- Posted by DickCheney on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:48 PM

To me unregulated is just unsafe and playing with fire

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:57 PM

Babe: Very good article. I very seldom eat poultry or restuarant fish, and now I know why I shouldn't. I need to go fishing.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 1:57 PM

Babe,

I want our country to look out for it's own interest. How that is defined and the methods used to go about this are debatable.

If the objective of this war was to help ensure the oil supply would it be considered successful? I guess gas could be $10/gallon.

-- Posted by SWBG on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:03 PM

Agree. Good article on the Chinese seafood fiasco. Seems to me an enterprising individual would want to make a hoopla over this.

It would be interesting to see what restaurants get their seafood from China. I remember being in London during the Mad Cow scare of the mid 1990's. Every restaurant had a sign Imported American Beef. Fisheries in the U.S. should be blasting this stuff all over the place.

-- Posted by SWBG on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:09 PM

SWBG

I would be willing to bet that every restaurant in this area that serves crawfish or crawfish dishes use Chinese ones because of the price.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:18 PM

Babe

Why don't you call Broussard's and ask where they get thiers from?

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:21 PM

Not trying to be mean just providing an outlet for you to get an answer to the question that you asked is all

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:26 PM

*chirp chirp chirp chirp*

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:29 PM

Little-Mac check out this link, it might help or call Sunny Hill Garden Center he can tell you what the problem is!

http://www.unwins.co.uk/growing-strawber...

-- Posted by Free Speak on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:30 PM

Little_Mac have you ever tried hair clippings I heard somewhere that if you spread them around where your strawberries are it will keep the rabbits away

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:45 PM

Here found this maybe you haven't tried these yet

Rabbits can also be controlled by aroma . Sprinkling dried blood around the border of your garden can be effective, as is fox urine. One suggested method for using the fox urine is to tie cotton balls on the fencing around your garden, then every few days sprinkle the cotton balls with a few drops of the fox urine. Both dried blood and fox urine can be found at Southern States or other garden supply stores and are okay to use around vegetables. I have even used ferret feces around the outside border of my vegetable garden fence. Ferrets are another natural predator of rabbits and this method seemed to help keep them away. Any of these methods will have to reapplied after rain.

Human hair sprinkled around the garden can also be used as a deterrent and when the hair eventually breaks down it serves as a good fertilizer. Local hair salons I am sure would be happy to give you a bag of human hair.

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:47 PM

Broussards only serves and sells Chinese crawfish.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:52 PM

That's odd I talked to a friend of mine that works there and said that they get them from Louisiana

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:53 PM

They could be mistaken though.

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 2:54 PM

Better have them take a doggie neighbor etiquette class LOL

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:04 PM

Little_Mac: 1 or 2 bars of ivory soap graded and sprinkled on and around the plants and out about 2 inches from the plants might help! Graden netting, clover plants, onions, or hot pepper sauce, might work as well! Graden netting can be placed over the plants, sow clover around the garden, onions planted sometimes will keep them out, and sometimes all you need is the onion peels, dilute hot pepper sauce into water and sprinkle it on the plants, however you will have to reply after a hard rain or heavy watering! Some dog and cat shoo works on rabbits as well. Also a live trap might help, it might not be more than one rabbit!

Just trying to help!

-- Posted by Free Speak on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:06 PM

DickCheney,

"I might be wrong, but I'm guessing those who want smaller government and fewer restrictions, would want unregulated food supplies from whoever/wherever. Market determines quality and quantity. Would that be a correct assumption?"

-- Posted by DickCheney

I think that is wrong. I think, the majority of those who want smaller government, want a more efficient government, I think those who want smaller government are tired of the being bullied and bullshat. A good, healthy food supply is necessary and it must be overseen by government, but there are many social programs and some "economic stimulus" programs that are nothing more than pork barrel and need to be re-evaluated and some that need to shut down.

-- Posted by Semoan on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:12 PM

Buck

I ordered two pounds of boiled crawfish for Mardi Gras (yes, they were in season in Louisiana) and was told they were $6.99 a pound. When I expressed surprise I was told they were Chinese crawfish. I asked if that is what they served in the dining room and was told yes. I ordered them and they were really not good. Broussards should be ashamed for having a Cajun name and not serving Louisiana crawfish.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:16 PM

Babe like I said they could be mistaken I didn't say you were wrong!

Little_Mac if you treat your dogs like mine I would say the neighbors because my babies are perfect LOL

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:18 PM

Goodness Little_Mac - I was just asking a question, because I wanted clarification. If I knew, I wouldn't have asked. I was thinking the market might police.

-- Posted by DickCheney on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:19 PM

oops sorry - left off itself.

Goodness Little_Mac - I was just asking a question, because I wanted clarification. If I knew, I wouldn't have asked. I was thinking the market might police itself.

-- Posted by DickCheney on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:24 PM

Has anyone noticed that Wal-Mart... and sometimes, even Sam's meat, has a weird taste?

I don't know where Wally World buys their beef, or what kind of preservatives are used, but it has a weird taste and I won't buy meat there, anymore!

-- Posted by Semoan on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:25 PM

LOL Mac My kids are mine so I KNOW they aren't unfortunatly my mother laid the curse on me and it worked.

No I was just pondering the speak out comment about barking dogs which is pretty impossible to stop I have two neighbors behind me with dogs that bark when the wind blows or a bug flies by and I just tune it out otherwise I would have to buy stock in bee bee's

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:31 PM

Yes who me but when you live in town ya have to get creative when you can't use them

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:32 PM

Dick Cheney,

It would be nice if the markets would police themselves, but unfortunately, It's done less and less, as the population grows.

I remember when there was a more, prevalent attitude of care and consideration among people and companies, but today, peoeple go to college, to learn how to cheapen product and make money.

-- Posted by Semoan on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:32 PM

Wal-Mart, in particular their beef is not good. I have found Sam's to be better. Wal-Mart does not even cut their own meat. At least Sam's cuts some of their own meat.

Save-A-Lot also has their own butcher shop and find their meat acceptable. Country Mart is also pretty good. I hate that the Meat Shop went out of business. Seems to me there would be more of a market for custom meat shop. Perhaps when the economy is better (doom and gloom)!

-- Posted by SWBG on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:37 PM

Hasn't anyone tried the silent dog whistles for barking dogs. It confuses them to the point they stop barking.

Has the new Esicars opened yet? They are supposed to sell fresh meat.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:39 PM

I remember when there was a more, prevalent attitude of care and consideration among people and companies, but today, peoeple go to college, to learn how to cheapen product and make money.

-- Posted by SEMOAN on Wed, May 21, 2008, 2:32 pm CDT

That was at a time when everyone knew each other. Communities tend to be more full of strangers everyday. BTW college does not teach those lessons. Ripping consumers off is as old as money itself.

-- Posted by SWBG on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:40 PM

wowarg

Last year's COLA was 2.3%. The fiscal year used for calculating COLA is from July 1 through June 30.

IMO, COLA is not a very accurate reflection of the cost of living (or inflation) for the average citizen. It is based on food, shelter, fuel, apparel, transportation (apparently mainly the price of new vehicles), health care, entertainment and "other service items" (whatever that means). Again IMHO, the COLA should be revised, as used to determine wage/SS increases, and be based on food, housing, fuel, utilities and medical care. The necessities...Period.

An interesting aside: In 1980 the COLA was 14.3, 1981 it was 11.2%, 1982--7.4%! 1987 and 1999--1.3%; 2003--1.4%. You know what? Somehow, we all seem to have survived those 1980's years. Hmmm...is that :/ (sarcasm)? LOL

Buckmaster & Free Speak

Darn! I should have saved the hair I had cut off Monday! LOL Seriously though, that worked for me when I lived in a mega-rabbit area...one should add more "fresh" hair every week or so. The Ivory soap is good, too--and planting marigolds around the garden perimeter. Grandma always had THE best garden, and I learned in helping her with it (probably wasn't that big a help, actually, when I was a little girl) a lot of little tricks like that. Also learned to milk her cow (just had to throw that in).

SEMOAN

I think you've done a lot of THINKING...and I think you are absolutely, positively, correct! ;-) The quote I posted yesterday sort of says something similar...IMO, it boils down to what each individual (or group of...) wants from government, and what we are willing to pay for.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:41 PM

Schnucks has crawfish

Fruitland American Meats in Fruitland and Reis Meat Shop in Pocahontas both have good meat.

-- Posted by Free Speak on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:46 PM

Fruitland meat even delivers to your office, and they have great meat sticks! Also if you want good smoked turkeys or smoked shoulders, butts or hams the Sikeston Shrine Club does those at Holidays!

-- Posted by Free Speak on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:49 PM

In my experience the dog whistles make them bark more but that's just me

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:51 PM

Matter of fact my Shih Tzu will jump up on ur lap if you're sitting down blowing it to take it away from you and growl at you until you quit

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:52 PM

I want to give kudos to Food Giant for grinding their own ground meat daily. You can even pick out beef from the cooler and have them grind it without nary a complaint. I feel safer cooking a medium rare hamburger than I do after buying that prepackaged ground meat from other stores.

Oh, and they still have butchers there that know how to cut up a chicken 'country style' with a wishbone peice.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:54 PM

Freespeak

Schnucks has Chinese crawfish only.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 3:56 PM

Babe

I can say I have never eatten crawfish but frog legs are good, but I don't buy them I know where they come from I get them from my own pond!

-- Posted by Free Speak on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:02 PM

For all your beef needs pick scnucks.For pork pick Sam's(their butts are excellent)great for smoking.

Sams baby backs are also very high quality.For fish pick schnucks.For poultry I use walmart.As for crawdadies I have yet to find any good ones in this area.Brussards is not a place I would eat at.I have worked in their kitchen and will never be back not even for a drink!Just my input on meats.When I cook at these BBQ contest around the area I always use Sams for pork and schnucks for beef and poultry.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:08 PM

SEMOAN & Little_Mac & All

Haven't purchased meat from W.Mart in at least a decade--ugh! They spray their meats with something to make it look all fresh and shiny and palatable. Did notice the last couple of months that Sam's meat seems to have been "downgraded," but nothing I could really put my finger on.

There is absolutely no way I would buy meats from Country Mart, having a relative who worked for some time in their meat department...Perhaps all meat departments do what CM employees do to keep expenses down, but since I know about CM...Yikes!

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:09 PM

The California spinach scare last year was not due to pesticide residue. It was caused by e coli from nearby cattle ranches washing into the spinach fields and invading the plants themselves. All the washing in the world would not get rid of it.

-- Posted by grisgris on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:11 PM

BTW: Has anyone ever actually weighed their meat packages after purchasing? Noticed that my ground beef packs almost always have one less ounce (using digital scale) than noted on package. Not a real big deal to an individual, but...one ounce times however many packages purchased must add up to a lot of profit for the seller, over a period of time. Maybe that's the old "thumb-on-the-scale"? LOL

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:15 PM

What Cape needs is a good fresh fish and seafood market. I mean one that stocks whole perch, trout and other varities of fish other than litte curls of catfish fillets. And some fresh oysters would be nice, too.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:18 PM

Little_Mac

I also like the Schnuck's meat case. They'll even show you both sides of a roast if you ask...no fatty, gristly surprises when you buy one then.

Ummm...I hesitate to be very specific here, not knowing who on here might or might not be affiliated with CM? Some of what they do is probably (and unfortunately) SOP in many meat departments. Some is...IMO...beyond the pale, though. You might laugh at their "preparations" before inspectors come in...although I used to be under the impression that inspection visits were unannounced.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:26 PM

Ugh snot bombs nasty! I don't eat seafood so the fish and crawfish thing doesn't apply to me but I too would like to know about the Country Mart thing

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:26 PM

Little Mac

What movie star was involved with the Alar scare that almost destroyed the apple growers? Was it Streep? If I recall, the dems loved to call in actor 'experts' to testify before congress. My greatest laugh was when Ron Howard was testifying about fires after he had made that movie. But the congressmen had a good time preening and posturing in front of Hollywood.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:29 PM

Little Mac

Ever heard of dry ice and overnight wholesale suppliers?

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:34 PM

Babe you can get fresh fish by fishing too who says you gotta buy it when you can relax and catch them all day

-- Posted by NickeyB63780 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:54 PM

If it don't dry up I may turn my farm into a catfish farm. I like flathead and channel catfish caught out of the local river and crappie.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 4:55 PM

On an economic note, the FED is beginning to be convinced like most economists that we are in a recession. They are also beginning to be concerned about inflation because of previously added liquidity. Looks like they have given up on trying to be politically correct.

Inflation, to some economists is the expansion of the money supply. To the MSM, it is the rising costs of goods and services.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 5:06 PM

Gas hit $4 here today. Can't wait until Obama's president and he takes care of these high gas prices.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 5:12 PM

Ygu folks need to bring your local catches to the famers markets even if frozen. Just don't fillet the heck out of them. Don't folks around here eat whole perch or trout? You know, some fish can baked or grilled instead of fried. LOL

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 5:30 PM

Little_Mac: I agree that the FED is walking a tightrope. It takes a while for today's FED policies to be felt in the marketplace.

By the way Alan Greenspan has apologised, well in a way, for the cheap money policy that he undertook when he was FED chairman. Welcome to $133 a barrel oil.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 5:37 PM

If the congress wants to help us they would tighten their belts and lower fed taxes on gas this summer.

-- Posted by BABE on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 5:37 PM

Way Way Way off topic, but interesting...

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24759141&GT1=43...

Hard to believe people still believe or do these things.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 6:05 PM

We better stop worrying about other countries and take care of our own for once.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 6:36 PM

SWBG,

"That was at a time when everyone knew each other. Communities tend to be more full of strangers everyday. BTW college does not teach those lessons. Ripping consumers off is as old as money itself."

-- Posted by SWBG

Oh yes, I agree that anonymity fosters disrespect.

Big businesses, like our local, state and federal governments are constantly, using new ways to nickle and dime the consumer. The "higher" education businesses (colleges) call this, "creative marketing, or creative finance." These tactics are not illegal, but I feel they are unethical.

-- Posted by Semoan on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 7:21 PM

Mikel,

"Way Way Way off topic, but interesting...

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24759141>1=43001

Hard to believe people still believe or do these things."

-- Posted by Mikel

Yes, that's a horrible shame... but you know, it wasn't all that long ago, that a family from Florida were accused of witchcraft and devil worship

and convicted of unthinkable sex crimes against the children of their Day Care facility, because some pseudo-councilor, managed to manipulate the responses of children, in order to make a name for herself. She completely RUINED that family and the lives of each of them. I'm sure it was pure hell for all of them and older woman died from the stress and heartache.

However.... there was a willingness of the jurors to believe the charges, without any more evidence, than the contrived testimony of the children.... because people are fearful and superstitious.

I wonder what happened to the woman who was responsible for that tragedy?

-- Posted by Semoan on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 7:41 PM

Who Me?

Not only are they quiet, they quiet the problem. hehe

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 7:43 PM

SEMOAN,

I hadn't equated that article to that particular cituation, was thinking more of Salem. But, you are correct, even in this country, the mob mentality can do unthinkable things.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 7:50 PM

mob mentality is running vote 2008...

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 7:57 PM

I was watching the news this evening, and just in case you all didn't know, this country is filled with nothing but miserable, unhappy folks, and we have absolutely nothing to be thankful for.

Hope and change, hope and change, hope and change. Whatever that means.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:09 PM

China sub-sudizes it's fuel @ .22 cents

per gallon ...there is no incentive for

anyone to cut back , their consumption

is greater then the US of A .

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:21 PM

BoratObama,

In my line of work, CHANGE is expected as well as required.

I don't see CHANGE as a dirty word. I'm guess those attacking the word now, didn't have a problem when President Bush used it in 2000.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:25 PM

Who Me?

Sorry for your loss.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:29 PM

Who Me?,

Saw it at $4.09 in Atlanta this afternoon, which is historically has been 10-15 cents higher than rest of the state, BUT STILL over $4!

In case you didn't know there was one, here's a cheap gas finder for the Cape area

http://www.missourigasprices.com/Cape_Gi...

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:30 PM

Who Me? ,

me and my boy were walking in the woods one fine afternoon and

saw a turtle with big yellow spots on it's back...

..my boy said , " look , a diseased turtle !"

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:31 PM

Mikel,

I'm just sayin'.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:35 PM

Borat,

Fair enough. Out for the night. Everyone have fun.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:37 PM

Who Me?,

Exactly. We don't have to look to the Middle East, Russia, or China for our enemies. They're right here at home right in front of our faces every day. We can find them at 6:00am, noon, and 5:00pm every night on the TV in our living room.

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:38 PM

..we sit outside and don't watch such doings on the TV..

-- Posted by ..Rick on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:41 PM

BoratObama

Here's a good one, $4.68 a gallon in Springfield Illinois. Awesome!

And people want Obama for Prez. Isn't he from Illinois? At least he ran for some position there.

Kind of dug the Oil Tycoons in front of the Senate today. Baseball players and Government hands in Corporate pockets, a love story or a shakedown.

-- Posted by fajar154 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:02 PM

fajar154,

The big oil companies did make an effort to ease our pain today, though. I see where they've reduced petroleum jelly prices. :-)

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:07 PM

What?!

http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles...

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:09 PM

How about Traeger Wood Pellet Grills?

-- Posted by fajar154 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:31 PM

Snoops...how was Prince Caspian? Worth the price to go?

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:42 PM

We have two little dogs that have a propensity to bark if they hear strange noises or someone knocks. One likes to bark..the other one doesn't. For my sanity and the neighbor's pleasure my barky small one wears a bark collar. He has become a much quieter pup.

-- Posted by Super_Bethie on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:53 PM

Snoops,

Sorry, I missed the review :-(

3 day weekend ahead and planning on heading to the theatre for a movie or two, and was thinking of making that one of the movies.

Thanks for the info!

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 9:57 PM

Bethie,

Collars always make Pups behave. ;-)

WhooooHoooooo 8 days (or less) and counting!!!! Hope you and Mr Super are doing ok.

-- Posted by Pups on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 10:09 PM

Music night...Live Aid (1985)....Brian Ferry, Sting, U2, and Elvis Costello...woo hoo!

-- Posted by BoratObama on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 10:18 PM

Snoops_Malone

Yeah they're expensive, but worth their weight for what you can do. Smoke, grill, and even bake. Brisquet is fantastic.

-- Posted by fajar154 on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 10:39 PM

LOL...a good collar will definitely do it. ;)

Doin good...my mom took me out walking around the mall this evening. My back has been hurting ever since. Maybe it'll be sooner rather than later.

-- Posted by Super_Bethie on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:53 PM

Snoops - Boston Legal is a hoot!!! Great writing.

-- Posted by DickCheney on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 12:26 AM

Snoops - I record it every week - and WS is perfect for the role. I liked him in Star Trek too.

-- Posted by DickCheney on Thu, May 22, 2008, at 2:26 PM


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